TGJ Podcast 71

The Sober League

Three members of Philadelphia’s sober golf league discuss the game’s role in their recovery

Episode 71: The Sober League The Golfer's Journal Podcast

“I can’t think of any other sports where you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going to go play tennis or shoot some hoops and I’m kind of worried I might get a DUI on the way home.’”

Yes, in TGJ No. 14, Coyne chronicled the hellish battles he and four others had with substance abuse and how golf in a sober league became an unexpectedly vital part of their journeys to recovery. But in this pod, it’s clear that busting each other’s chops is also a big part of it. In a surprisingly funny and hopeful conversation, Coyne and two members of the league discuss golf’s longtime kinship with alcohol, their own roads to sobriety and why a sense of humor helps too. Because hey, it’s a lot easier to play 36 a day when you’re not hungover.

“I knew something had to change and I was just so scared of taking any action. I think that’s true of anybody that gets into recovery—taking that action, whatever it might be, there is a definite moment of fear and terror and needing some courage to do that. But my experience was that after I asked for help I felt like I was carried by people, and that’s why I feel bad saying I was brave. I wasn’t brave, I was fortunate and blessed.”