I recently met avid golfer Jimmie James, who played the top 100 courses in the U.S. within one year.

I’ve been watching the No Laying Up youtube series, Strapped, in which the boys document their wallet-friendly golf trips around the country. 

I’ve played premier courses on U.S. soil and abroad. 

I’ve hopped on for a quick nine at munis around the world and have been paired up with some of the most interesting people I’ve ever encountered.

I once met a guy on the driving range who paid me with a V.I.P. all you can eat sushi experience at his restaurant after I beat him in a game of closest to the pin.

In an effort to save some money in my tournament travels, I’ve stayed in random people’s houses. A lot of them. Some were weird. Some were cool. And some became more like family than hosts by the end of the trip.

I’ve been gifted basketball tickets, engaged in heart-to-heart conversations that I’ll never forget, been invited on family vacations, and even had a few near-death experiences with people I’ve met on the course. And man, NOTHING bonds two people together like a near-death experience.

And yet, all of these things had one root origin: the love of golf.

I love the experience of playing a top-notch golf course just as much as the next guy. But, what I really love is the spectrum that spans the entire length of the golf community. From the touring pro to the fair-weather corporate outing player, we all gain a thing or two from this game.

Allow me to re-introduce myself.

My name is Kayla Jones. A 9-hole municipal track in the Bronx was where I first found my love for the game. 

And I’ve taken off around the world chasing a little white ball ever since.

I’ll leave this piece with a little nugget of wisdom from my college golf coach, Amy Bond of Florida State University:

“Hit it. Go find it. Hit it again.”

At the time, being even younger and dumber than I am now, I certainly thought to myself “Duh, coach.” But now I understand what she meant by her little mantra. 

You never know what life is going to throw at you or what you might find. Pretty much everything is “figureoutable,” as I like to say. So keep it simple. Keep chasing that little white ball. 

Oh, the places you’ll go.

Sometimes you’ll end up in a water hazard. It happens.

Kayla Jones

Kayla is a professional golfer on the LPGA Symetra Tour and the Women’s All-Pro Tour. She has played professionally overseas on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour as well. Kayla graduated from Florida State University after playing all 4 years on the golf team there. Go Noles.