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Only the Good Die Young

Greetings Golfers,


“Whom the gods love, dies young” is an old - even ancient - saying. It wasn’t invented by Billy Joel. 

And if you’re watching the show “Succession”, you would say it applies to the patriarch of the Roy family. He’s not good, and he’s not young. The show seems to be based on the Murdoch family. If so, I’m sure Rupert Murdoch isn’t enjoying it. But I am. 

Succession can be a problem for any organization - not just a family business. Had lunch this week with some local Golf Pros and we talked about some friends who were retiring. Some had retired on their own … and some had been “nudged” out the door. 

Obviously it’s the same in many organizations - most aren’t so visible. And just like football coaches, you can win the Super Bowl and people still don’t think you know what you’re doing.

Well, a guy who knew what he was doing died last week - Dave Alsaker.  

Dave was a beloved man who did so much for the Minnetonka athletic community. He’d had cancer for the last year and a half … and dealt with it gracefully and courageously.

The ancient saying aptly applied to him. Dave was good, and died young.



Tom Abts
GM/Head PGA Professional
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