What is different? ...
- The busy season for my particular line of work got stretched out. Made for a lot less of a crunch. We probably did a little more business than we would have otherwise, but not as much as I had hoped. So, for me, the money situation is ok.
- It closed my home golf courses (although that probably was going to happen eventually anyway) and relocated me to a new place.
- Because of the flood of people on fewer golf courses, I have not been able to play nearly as much and my game is suffering for it.
- Many years, a group of my family and friends will get together for a week's vacation in the Outer Banks. This didn't happen this year.
- Any sort of real aspiration to get back in the gym went out the window with the closures first and now the mask mandates. Just can't see myself working out in a mask or maybe that's just an excuse.
- Even after all these months, I constantly have to walk back to the car to get my mask because I always forget it.
- The breathlessly dire quality to our newscasts is somewhat depressing.
Good point about "intent". Not to be one of those Dad's going against his kid's coaches but I would be more on the side of self-awareness and consideration. That can serve a person well for the rest of his / her life. And aren't sports a microcosm of real life?
I honestly don't know. I don't have direct experience with junior golf, and don't know what other organizations for juniors do. But you know I'm an old and set-in-my-ways guy, I think its at least a little rude to repeatedly walk away while someone is still completing a hole. This policy seems to me to be a measure that AJGA has taken to address previous issues, and so may not reflect what golfers should consider normal in other competitions or situations. If so, its training young players to be kind of rude, at least in my book.