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Golfing is more than a game

May 30, 2019  |  Geno Fragnito

Golfing is more than a game

You’re likely involved in many organizations: an alumni association, a charitable foundation, a community organization and/or a professional association, just to name a few. And, this time of year, you probably field multiple invitations from these organizations to their annual golf tournaments.

The MNCPA’s golf event is coming up June 25. If you’re a scratch golfer and already plan to attend, then I’ll see you there!

If you usually discard golf invitations because you rarely play, or you read that last sentence and are wondering what I’m talking about, then this blog post is for you.

I encourage you, the non-golfer, to think about a life lesson many of us learned as children; advice someone wiser shared at some point in your life. “There is more to this than meets the eye.”

Whether you call golf a sport or a game, find it enjoyable or frustrating, or you have never played, there is more to golf than meets the eye. Golf tournaments are not only a great way to enjoy four or five hours outside, but they also provide a great opportunity to network with colleagues and establish new connections.

Don’t believe there’s room at golf tournaments for beginners? I’ve attended several golf events with lawmakers who don’t golf. At all. Ever. But they still attend because they see the value in being there to meet people and foster relationships with their colleagues. Some may grab a putter and practice their short game, but most are happy to ride in the golf cart and make conversation.

You never know who you will meet at the driving range, on the practice green, in a group of individuals you were randomly paired with for the day, or over dinner in the clubhouse after the round is over. A new business lead, a new client or maybe a job opportunity is waiting to be found at the tee box.

Networking opportunities come in many forms: lunch meetings, happy hours, conferences, seminars and CPE classes. The MNCPA provides many of these opportunities throughout the year. But none provide as much face-to-face time as a round of golf.

So join other CPAs and make new friends June 25 at the MNCPA’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament for a day of networking -- with a little golf thrown in. Whether you’re a scratch golfer or your score hits triple digits, we welcome you with open arms. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Topics: Personal Development , MNCPA Programs & Activities

Geno Fragnito

Geno Fragnito is the MNCPA government relations director, advocating on behalf of the CPA profession. His days consist of last-minute meeting changes, building relationships with lawmakers, helping CPAs navigate state government, and putting in more than 15,000 steps per day walking the halls of the Capitol. Geno unwinds with a little golf and traveling with his family. If he weren’t a lobbyist, Geno would perfect his cast and be a professional fisherman. Geno can be reached at 952-885-5550 or gfragnito@mncpa.org.

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