When we are kids nothing seems to phase our youthful mind. We fall down, we get up, and we attack life with an unbridled confidence. Today I sit and observe my 10 nieces and nephews; they all seem to go about life without the fear that we adults seem to live with in our daily lives. I am confident that we all started our lives with a similar fearlessness and somewhere along the way we let worry and doubt creep into our subconscious.
Fear seems to be a suggestion to millennials. They seem to ignore the world's suggestions and completely delete it from their vocabulary. It's as if they continued with confidence far beyond any generation before them. Youthful humans have pushed the progression found in today’s sports to the limits, and by all accounts there seem to be no limit to what can be achieved by the youth of today. In a variety of sports, from X-Games to running, there appears to be someone younger, stronger and faster right around the corner that will shatter records otherwise thought impossible in years past.
As an example of this in Golf, let's take 11-year young Matty, founder of 18 Unda' Par. He is leading the way in the fearless youth movement; he decided to push the limits in the game of golf by setting a goal to shoot 18 under par, which would be the equivalent of Robert Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile in track and field back in 1954. Everyone said it could not be done yet since his record-breaking mile, 18 (<-- coincidence?) other sub 4 minute miles have been achieved.
When I first discovered Matty through Instagram, I took the time to learn about his goal and company through his website. I had the typical doubting adult response, thinking "no one can achieve that impossible goal when pros typically reach the summit at the magic number of 59". I then took a moment to ponder my negative thought, "if a pro can achieve 13 under, why can't this 11 year old who made it a life goal to achieve the magic number of 18 under? He has time, youth, talent, and intent". If you take any amount of time to learn about this over-achieving kid, you will begin to believe in his cause and his overall outlook on life. I can not tell you how many adults I run across in day-to-day life that are unhappy with where they are and what they have NOT done in life; they have an overwhelming fear to make a change. Take a look at Matty and what he has achieved at a young age. You may begin to realize that the only person that can make 'you' change...is you.
18 Questions with 18 Unda Par
Born: Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Sports Team: Manchester United and all New England teams excluding The New England Revolution
Likes: Watching Capoeira Videos
Favorite Food: Beans on Toast
Quote: "I dream about winning the Ryder Cup"
1. Who inspired you to play golf?
2. Why did you start your business and at what age?
3. Did your parents help you get your start in business or did you do everything on your own with their advice?
4. Did you ever have a lemonade stand and if not, did you have a business before 18 Unda Par?
5. Do you think you will achieve 18 under par and if you do when do you think you will achieve your goal?
6. What is your best score in golf?
7. What professional golfer, man or women will reach 18 under par first?
8. What is your most memorable golf shot? Mine was a 50-foot chip in at the 18th hole at Torrey Pines South to break 90 for the first time on the South Course. I play the shot over-and-over in my head all the time.
9. Who do you think will take over as the “next” Tiger Woods? Is that golfer Rory McIlroy?
10. Speaking of that Rory guy, do you think he will win more tournaments than Tiger when all is said and done?
11. What do you think of the cultural diversity in the PGA Tour or lack there of?
12. Why do you think the LPGA reaches a much wider global demographic than the PGA?
13. Do you have an opinion why there are not many African Americans on the PGA Tour, and how can the PGA add more minorities to the tour?
14. Tell me more about the Black Heart Foundation and why the public should donate to their cause?
15. If you had one players that you would want to play with at Augusta National with, who would it be and why?
16. Where can the golf industry improve, and what suggestions would you make to the industry as a whole?
17. The golf industry continues to struggle, specifically local golf courses with less rounds being played annually. Do you think that more golf courses will close and do you have courses closing in your area?
18. Do you plan on playing professional golf and if you play professionally will you want to play in college to get your education first?
"Stop Drop And Make A 12 Foota"
Making life look easy! He indeed is making 12 footers look fun.