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By D.W. Wilber, America Out Loud, Aug 9, 2022

Del is a former under cover employee of the Central Intelligence Agency serving overseas in Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East. He currently does consulting work in counterterrorism and writes columns, as well as appears as a guest on a number of programs.

D.W. WilberIn the sport of golf ⏤ golfers often refer to what they call their “long game.” It generally refers to golf shots that are made from the tee box, or from at least one hundred yards away from the green. After a few years of trying to play the game of golf, I finally gave it up. I had trouble with my long game, my short game, and putting on the green. I was fairly adept at driving the golf cart; I could at least keep the cart on the cart path. In fact, the only part of my game that I was any good at was enjoying a cold beer at the ‘19th Hole’.

Few people ever reach the stature of a Tiger Woods or a Jack Nicklaus in the sport of golf. Most are ‘hackers’ like I was. They go out every weekend shooting ‘bogey’ after ‘bogey,’ hoping to improve their game though they rarely ever do. For the average hacker, you reach a plateau and stay there. They will celebrate making ‘Par’ on a hole, and are ecstatic over the extremely rare ‘Birdie’, or the even more rare ‘Hole-In-One.’ Both of which call for a round of drinks at the 19th Hole so that the experience can be relived over and over, and everyone there can be regaled with your prowess on the golf course. …

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