Success is not final. Failure is not fatal.

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Winston Churchill said that success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.

With a blink of an eye, 2018 started. With another blink, week one of 2018 is part of history. If you measure success as top honors and prize money, it definitely wasn't a roaring success. But I believe that it was undoubtedly a successful week, despite the poor performance recorded on the scorecard. 

My first event of 2018 was a LPGT event, held at a private estate south of Manila. Little to say, it was also my first tournament after a 6 month break due to injury. Weather forecasts were beyond poor for the week. With tricky and grainy greens, undulating fairways and blind tee shots, golf had to be sharp to return a low score. Gusting winds, constant rain during the first day and threatening skies throughout did not help to keep my confidence high either. Knowing it was my first tournament in months combined with changes in equipment and my swing all contributed to an insecure mindset.

Little to say, I missed the cut of my first event of the new year. Upon exiting the scorers room at Ayala, I felt strangely at peace. I believe that success isn't only measured by lifting a trophy on a weekly basis. It is also the result and combination of hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and determined striving towards perfection. I have learned to compete under tournament pressure in harsh weather conditions. I have learned to play in gusting winds. I have learned the value to smile and laugh during difficult days on a golf course.

The most important lesson learned during week one, was that it was only the first week in the series of 52 weeks of opportunities. I am overly excited at the next 51 weeks of 2018.

-MG