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A Better East Texas: Masters Golf Tournament

The Masters Golf Tournament finished up a week or so ago and there was one name that you did not see listed as winner or even near the top finishers.  As a matter of fact, golfer Michael Thompson did not even play in the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday. 

Thompson did not "make the cut" as it is called when players on Thursday and Friday play well enough to shoot for the championship on the weekend. 

 Michael Thompson, an amateur golfer, a college senior at The University of Alabama, an Eagle Scout, inadvertently touched his club to his ball as he was about putt while trying to qualify on Friday. 

 The ball moved about an eighth of an inch.  No one saw it but him, but he immediately called for an official to get a ruling knowing it would cost him a stroke.

  He missed the cut by 2 strokes but to me won the title of champion.  How many of us could say that we would have made the same decision as Thompson? 

 Whether it is beating the system, gaining an unfair advantage or outright cheating, Thompson's honesty is a lesson for us all. 

 Our world is driven by a win at all costs attitude and Michael Thompson showed the world that honesty can be the greatest title of all. 

Perhaps his action, while more than a thousand miles away can make this a better East Texas.

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