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Swing Into Your Strokes

Today’s edition of #SheSTRUTSaturday
was inspired by my time at a golf clinic with The Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild

Once I was able to master Swing Into Your Strokes, I saw I can make anything happen!

Swing Into Your Strokes©
Yolanda YoTrip Triplett 2016

What’s in your Strokes and Swing?
Can I tell you everything!
When they say you can’t
Swing Into Your Strokes
When they say you won’t
Swing Into Your Strokes
When they say you don’t
Show them otherwise and
Swing Into Your Strokes!!!

Are you poised to
Swing Into Your Strokes? Believe in the power of you!

Do you have the right stance to
Swing Into Your Strokes? Slight bend in posture, good grip on the club and you eyes on the prize!

Are you focused properly to
Swing Into Your Strokes? Yes because I desire to move the ball on the course.

Are you giving it your all to
Swing Into Your Strokes? Yes I have the power to do what takes to make the shot

Do you see beyond your now to
Swing Into Your Strokes? My goal is to advance the ball towards the hole!

Are you moving with authority to
Swing Into Your Strokes? I own the course and the game

Do you let it go and let it flow to
Swing Into Your Strokes? I am in it to win it!

In play and in this thing called life, just
Swing Into Your Strokes!



Althea Gibson: A True Champion On The Court and Beyond


“The loser is always a part of the problem; the winner is always a part of the answer. The loser always has an excuse; the winner always has a program. The loser says it may be possible, but it’s difficult; the winner says it may be difficult, but it’s possible.” —Althea Gibson, 1991


Althea Gibson was a pioneer and game-changer for women’s sports in the areas of Tennis and Golf. Long before the world knew of the Awesome Arthur Ashe, the Zesty Zina Garrison or the Winning Williams sisters,Venus and Serena, there was Althea Gibson who paved the way for those who would stand on her shoulders.

In the late 1950’s Althea Gibson broke barriers  In 1956 she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title (the French Open). The following year she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open), then won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In all she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, including six doubles titles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Althea_Gibson

Born into poverty in the state of South Carolina, Gibson’s parents relocated to New York to make a better life for their family. In her neighborhood Althea took up table tennis and became a champion.   Althea Gibson found her comfort on the court with a tennis racket in after two doctors, Walter Johnson and  Hubert A. Eaton[discovered that she had that special something that would take her to the next level  in the game of tennis.  The talent that Althea Gibson had did not come without a cost and a high sacrifice. The game of tennis and world were still segregated in the 1950’s, Althea Gibson could not always gain access to play in tournaments because people who were not white were not welcome. Even as Althea Gibson was winning tennis matches she had to enter the facilities through back doors and would not be treated equally as other players.

From 1956 until 1958, Althea Gibson became a champion on the tennis court and a woman who set records that were not broken for many years to come. Playing during a time when there were not multi-million dollar endorsements, Althea Gibson became a professional tennis player in 1959 but that did not prove to be lucrative and earned her meager amounts of money. The lack of funding and access turned Althea Gibson to a career in the entertainment field where she worked as a singer and musician as well as doing some acting.

In the mid 1960’s Althea Gibson set another record as the first black women on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour. A contender who was a top 50 money earner  in the LPGA Althea Gibson, again was met with discrimination and little recognition and compensation for her accomplishments.

Althea Gibson retired from the game of golf in 1978 and for the next two decades she worked to bring recognition of the game of tennis in underprivileged areas. After a long career of being a champion and game-changer, Althea Gibson suffered a cerebral hemorrhage as well as a stroke. Her declining medical condition depleted most of her funds and Althea Gibson struggled to live, leaving her unable to afford her rent or medication. Though she reached out to multiple tennis organizations requesting help, none responded. Former doubles partner Angela Buxton made Gibson’s plight known to the tennis community, and raised nearly $1 million in donations from around the world. In 2003 , Althea Gibson died from respiratory issues, she was 76 years old.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Althea_Gibson

A True Champion on the court and to all those who aspire  to greatness in their passionate pursuit in the game of sports and life, Althea Gibson set the bar. The legacy she left is her footprint of grace, style, talent, perseverance and a belief  that you can be who and whatever you set your heart and mind to be in this world. Thanks Althea Gibson for showing the way and leaving a lasting legacy.


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Mind, Body, Spirit” 
Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for April 7, 2011-Making History at the Masters (Vol.4, Iss.1)

 Carl Jackson, who will caddie in his 50th Masters, has carried Ben Crenshaw’s bag since 1976. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff)


Making History at the Masters

In LA (Lovely Augusta) the first week in April signifies the start of Spring Break for students in Richmond county public schools and the commencement of the Professional Golf Association (PGA)’s premier event, the Masters tournament. For seventy-five years, the greens owned and created by Bobby Jones has set the course for golf majors. An international tournament, the Masters brings players and people from all around the world to see the well-manicured greens, blooming azaleas, colorful dogwoods and woodsy pines. The Masters golf tournament is  an event steeped in tradition and fanfare, and brings a large amount of revenue to the “Garden City”. Augusta is Georgia’s second largest city and  is located on the Savannah river and borders the state of South Carolina, when the Masters comes to town it puts the city on the world stage to see which golfer will reign victorious.

This year’s Masters has a wonderful back story of a person,Mr. Carl Jackson who has walked the course for 50 years and played a pivotal role in the career of golfer Ben Crenshaw. Mr. Jackson is a caddie that grow up peeking through the chain link fence of the Augusta Country club watching the happenings on the golf course. At the young age of 14, Mr. Jackson began a career as a caddie and was able to work at the Masters at the invitation of caddiemaster Freddie Bennett.

Since 1961, Mr. Jackson has worked on the “big course” and caddie the Masters tournament, he is easily the most recognized caddie in the game. In 1995, Mr. Jackson surpassed the late Willie Peterson, who spent 25 years as Jack Nicklaus‘ caddie (1959-83), with 34 trips, according to research by Golf Digest ‘s Ron Whitten. Mike Cowan, former caddie of Tiger Woods ,is a current caddie who has gained 27 trips to the Masters.

Mr. Jackson is humbled by the feat and has been planning for this milestone for a decade. Having such a wide margin between himself and the Mike Cowan means Mr. Jackson can rest assure it will be a record that will stand for years to come. Carrying the bag and walking the greens of the Augusta National has been Mr. Jackson’s calling card and it is with pride he carries this banner of longevity.

In the course of Mr. Jackson’s fifty years at the Masters, he has been with golf legend, Ben Crenshaw for thirty-five years and two Masters tournament wins (1984 and 1995). The two men were introduced to each other by Jack Stephens, a member of the Augusta National that saw the potential in Carl Jackson in his younger years. It was Jack Stephens at urging of President Dwight Eisenhower and others who help Mr. Jackson maintain his position as a caddie after dropping out of school to make money to help support his family.  Jack Stephens convinced Mr. Jackson to get a GED so he could remain employed by the Augusta National. Mr. Jackson would later move to Little Rock, Arkansas and work as a caddie, caddiemaster and business manager for Jack Stephens and his family.

Larger than being the caddie of a great golfer Mr. Jackson is proud of the Augusta National Caddies (a group of black men) that he worked with from 1961-1983, during this time period no outside caddies were allowed to work at the tournament. Willie “Pappy” Stokes, Nathaniel “Ironman” Avery and Willie “Cemetery” Perteet, were apart of the Augusta National Caddies and have died. Stokes, who caddied for five Masters winners, was a mentor to Jackson.

Mr. Jackson is not only a history making caddie but he is a husband, father, brother and son but also a cancer survivor. In 2000, Mr. Jackson was diagnosed with colon cancer, with multiple tumors he was told he would need a costly operation. Giving up and not wanting to be a burden to his family, Mr. Jackson decided he would just let the cancer take its course.  Mr. Jackson’s wife contacted Ben and Julie Crenshaw and let them know that her husband chose to not fight the cancer. The Crenshaw’s along with Jack Stephens convinced Mr. Jackson that he could have any needed treatment for his cancer and not to worry about the cost. The time Mr. Jackson was battling cancer was the only time he missed a Masters in fifty-three years.

The Masters golf tournament will not formally acknowledge the accomplishments of Mr. Carl Jackson. It is the belief of members of the Augusta National to focus on the game and not those playing or assisting with play. The laid back demeanor of Mr. Jackson will gain more from the crowds of fans who will show their support and celebration at each hole on the journey that he and Ben Crenshaw take as they seek to grab hold of the victory once more at the Masters.


14: Age Jackson caddied his first Masters Tournament

39: Number of consecutive Masters appearances

30: Cuts made by golfers Jackson caddied for at the Masters

34: Number of Masters Jackson has caddied for Ben Crenshaw

1: Masters Jackson has missed in the past 50 years

1961: Year Jackson Caddied his first Masters Tournament

2: Bags carried to Masters wins, both with Crenshaw.

To read more about the life and times of Mr. Carl Jackson check out http://www.augusta.com/stories/2011/04/01/mas_610932.shtml

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