Every year around the holidays, tKO HQ is running in high gear. The moratorium for discussions on the next year’s tKO tournament has passed and your faithful leaders are churning away at ideas for giveaways, games and much more. This year is no different. The October 1st deadline for discussions about next year’s tournament was ignored as usual, so Brendan and I have been hard at work since May 21st.
As already announced, expansion to 32 participants has given Brendan his usual expansion boner, one that will most certainly become flaccid once he realizes 32 is still just 50% of his March Madness style 64 person bracket. And while May 2019 feels like a lifetime away, seeing random rounds pop up on fairwayfiles.com throughout the winter months gives me a sense of pride that all tKO’ers are continuously grinding away year round to make it to that next flight group.
As the year comes to an end, I like to reflect on all the good that tKO has brought to my life. One of the things about tKO that I’m most proud of as a co-founder has been our expansion into charitable givings these last few tournaments. As a group of relatively well-off individuals, using our collective hyper-elite golfing skills to raise money for great causes is something we should all find gratifying.
Our VP of Social Outreach Pete has identified many causes worthy of our collective dimes over the past few years, but for this year, I hope he doesn’t mind me making an executive decision on which charity to support…
Which brings me to the reason I’m writing this post. Five weeks ago, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Through a myriad of scans, blood tests, doctor appointments and a surgery (Google orchiectomy if you’re interested), I’ve taken all the necessary steps so far to fight this disease. Thankfully to this point, all results and signs are pointing to a favorable outcome but my future is still somewhat uncertain, as further treatment may require chemotherapy.
But if there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I’m competitive as hell. And just like my final hole birdie to win tKOVI (sorry, WJ), I’m going to fight this thing all the way to the final hole when I’m gonna drop a birdie on its ass and lift that trophy.
For those of you who already know this news, I truly appreciate the support you’ve shown to me so far (insert tear emoji). For any of you who has gone through this fight with a parent or family member, I’d love to chat with you about your experience. As much as we dick around and keep things fun and light, this hyper-elite community of men we’ve assembled is our band of brothers, and I’m eternally grateful for all of your friendships.
So seriously guys, grab your balls, give em a check. We’re all squarely in the prime demo for this cancer (except for old farts like Wally, Rich and Keith – lucky them!) and early detection is key. You can find a lot of great info at the website below.
Now back to arguing with Brendan about another expansion….