Golfer, Author Reflects on Second Chances at Prayer Breakfast

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Wally Armstrong

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Golfer Wally Armstrong spoke of second-chances, known in golf as “mulligans” in the game of golf during the RV Industry Leadership Council’s annual Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Ky.

About 180 industry members attended the early morning devotional, where Armstrong, who once played on the PGA Tour and is now a coach and author of The Mulligan, spoke of the lessons he’s gleaned from a life on the links.

“We had probably the biggest crowd we’ve had in five years,” RVI Leadership Committee Chairman Carl Pletcher said following Armstrong’s remarks.

Like his book, Armstrong’s speech to the group drew comparisons between his faith, life and the second-chance given to golfers.

“There may be a song about that, ‘Amazing mulligan, how sweet the sound, that saved a hacker like me,’ “ Armstrong said, illustrating his metaphor.

Armstrong began his golf career as a caddie for Gary Player, but was promptly fired after an early mishap. When he returned home, Player had sent a set of golf clubs to the younger golfers’ house.

“He said, ‘You should be playing golf because you will have an impact. When you get off the PGA Tour, you’ll have a platform to speak from,” Player told Armstrong.

A decade later, Armstrong finished fifth at the Masters golf tournament, as his former employer won the event.

“Gary Player gave me a great mulligan, because he could have said, ‘Oh you’re out of here,’ “ Armstrong said. “But he knew I’d just become a new believer in Christ, and that (experience as a caddy) was a gift.”

Attendees of the hour-and-a-half long event received a copy of Armstrong’s book.

Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds Executive Director Tim DeWitt opened the morning, followed by an invocation from Jayco Director of Delivery Services Jason Bontrager.

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