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FLORIDA---T&T-born golfer Stephen Ames
finished sixth at the Allianz Championship,
after carding an impressive five-under 67 in
the final round on Sunday.
The 52-year-old had fired a superb nine-under in
Saturday's second round at The Old Course at Broken
Sound---including an ace on the par-3 14th---to vault
into contention ahead of the final day of the US$1.75
Starting Sunday 12th on the leaderboard, Ames
picked up six birdies while dropping a single shot
to finish 14-under 202, three shots adrift of even-
tual winner Scott McCarron who also carded a final
Ames made a strong start to the round when he
birdied the opening par-5 first and then followed up
with another birdie on the par-4 fifth.
Making the turn at two-under, Ames picked up
shots on the tenth and the 12th, to charge to four-un-
der before bogeying the par-3 14th to drop a shot.
However, he kept his wits and closed out strongly
with back-to-back bogeys on the 17th and 18th.
Ames is a four-time PGA Tour winner, a haul that
includes the prestigious Players Championship back
in 2006. He is a Canadian citizen and now resides in
"If we really love ourselves, everything in our
life works" --- Louise Hay
I don't know if you celebrate Valentine's Day or not,
however, for some its a day to do something special,
like go to dinner, wear red, give gifts of roses or choc-
olates. It's a day when we spend money to let someone
close to us know that they matter to us---something
we can do, and should be doing, every day with our
words and actions.
For sure its a day when florists, jewellers, chocolate
and card companies do a thriving trade leading up to
this leading commercial day each year.
Even with the front pages of the daily papers dis-
playing an orgy of crime and mayhem and the back
pages littered with vivid headlines about poor sport
governance and the unhappy consequences, one may
very well feel inclined to pass on Valentine's Day which
begs the question---where's the love?!
It now appears that it's normal to Hate, display
Anger or Mean spiritedness even as citizens look to
celebrate, but will be asking---where is the love this
Valentine's Day 2017?
With so much cynicism and pessimism forming the
basis for the majority of conversations, I can recall
a conversation I had a few weeks ago where I was
seeking to explain to someone that the goal to achieve
ten or more Olympic gold medals by 2024 was more
than simply an objective to win medals, but instead,
a journey of self knowledge---loving yourself, your
family, your community, your sport, your country
I need not say that my renderings was received with
much scorn and jocular mirth as I found myself re-
peating, "not really," "I am serious," "no... I am not
joking." But to no avail, and in the end we venture on
our separate ways with me walking away shaking my
head in quiet disbelief and the other with a laughing
fit and hiccups.
It had me thinking about self-love and how we
are socialised to believe it is selfish and narcissistic
towards each other. How can you show love to an-
yone or anything if you are overcome by self-hate
Most people are living in an illusion based on some-
one else's beliefs so unless you are prepared to under
take a journey of self-discovery and self-knowledge
we will never be able to discover the deeper subcon-
scious beliefs that are holding us back and blocking
us from living the kind of life we would love to live.
Note the use of the word love. However, we must take
time to examine what are the limiting subconscious
beliefs holding us back?
Also, we must ask ourselves how do you open
up the space to invite the awesome beliefs and
experiences that you would love to experience in
your life? In addition, arrogance and conceit aren't
the same as self-love and confidence since other
people's opinions of us matter more than our opin-
ion of ourselves. The key to being the best you you
can be is to get validation from within---love and
trust yourself, have a purpose and be committed to
creating a reality based on your limitless potential.
So what's the point of today's column? It is sim-
ple, this Valentine's Day 2017, give yourself a gift,
feel comfortable loving yourself, appreciate how
special you are, do things you love, don't compare
yourself to others and forgive yourself no matter
what anyone else think of you.
It may make the world of positive difference to
those around you and in turn be the best Valentine's
Day gift they have received from you.
#10 golds24, #futureisfemale, #TeamTTO,
#nextchampion #sportindustryTT are all Trin-
idad and Tobago Olympic Committee initiatives
that are about encouraging and empowering youth
and young people to follow their hearts into the
great unknown and to take a great leap of faith
even though others may doubt or criticise you.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Brian Lewis is the President of
the TTOC. The views expressed are not necessarily
those of the Olympic Committee.
Ames ends sixth
at Allianz after
Love you first on this Valentine's Day
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