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There is an interesting story behind the first ever hole-in-one on the 12th hole  at the Masters' Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. It happened in 1947. Claude Harmon and Ben Hogan were paired together that day. While the two were good friends, their personalities were worlds apart.  Harmon was outgoing and charismatic. Hogan, on the other hand, was always very professional and businesslike, especially on the golf course.

Harmon had the honors that day as they came to number 12. He promptly stepped up to the tee and knocked the ball into the cup for the first ever hole-in-one  during the Masters, Tournament. The crowd went wild.

Hogan, however, did not say a word. No congratulatory shake of the hand, no tip of the hat, no acknowledgment of any kind. He simply stepped up to his ball in business-like manner and knocked it a few feet from the hole.

As they walked from tee to green, the crowd roared for Harmon. When he retrieved his ball from the cup, once again the crowd went wild. All the while, Hogan was "in deep concentration over his putt, seemingly oblivious to the historic event that he had just witnessed. He surveyed his putt, read the green, and in typical Hogan fashion, stroked the ball. into the cup for a birdie.

As they made their way to the 13th  tee, the crowd still buzzing from Harmon's hole-in-one, Hogan finally spoke up. He said, "You know, Claude, that's the first '2' I've ever made on that hole."

There is a lesson to be learned from Hogan. We may get so caught up in our own achievements and accomplishments that we come to think that we are the source of it all and forget others, especially God. This Thanksgiving, let's open our eyes to all of the blessings God has poured out upon us instead of saying, "Look what I've done," or complaining that others have more than we do. Read Psalms 68:19.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward