Club Pro Block awed by fanfare, message from MJ
Michael Block, a club professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in California, was left awed by the unexpected visit of NBA legend Michael Jordan in 2015. Despite being starstruck at the time, Block now cherishes the memory and the message that Jordan imparted to him.
Block was playing in a Southern California PGA Pro-Am event which was being held at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Beach. Jordan, a notoriously enthusiastic golfer, showed up unannounced and offered to join Block’s group. Though initially shaken by Jordan’s presence, Block reveled in the opportunity to play alongside his idol.
Block was touched by Jordan’s humility and graciousness during the round, but it was the short conversation they had after the game that left a lasting impression on the club pro.
In a brief but impactful conversation, Jordan told Block that he was impressed by his demeanor on the course. He said that Block handled himself with class and respect, and that those qualities would take him far in his career.
The message from the basketball legend boosted Block’s confidence and reaffirmed his dedication to the game. Talking about the experience, Block said that “It was pretty cool to have arguably the world’s greatest athlete say something like that about you.”
The meeting with Jordan had a major impact on Block’s career. He felt that if he could get through a round of golf with Michael Jordan without embarrassing himself, he could handle anything on the course.
Six months after the chance encounter at Pelican Hill, Block became the first player from the Southern California section to be named PGA National Club Professional of the Year. His impressive achievements didn’t stop there; he won the California State Open in 2017 and has since become a full-time coach.
Block’s story is a testament to the transformative power of positive feedback. A few encouraging words from one of the greatest athletes of all time had a profound impact on his career trajectory, pushing him to take on new challenges and achieve new heights.
Block’s encounter with Jordan reminds us of the importance of recognizing and appreciating the efforts of others, even in small ways. A few kind words can make all the difference, inspiring people to push forward with renewed determination and a sense of purpose.
We should all strive to be more like Jordan, using our positions of influence to lift up others and help them reach their full potential.