Varner discusses his golf game, using the platform for good in a magazine article
Golf has long been a passion for Harold Varner III.
In recent months, however, the game has provided him with plenty of opportunities to publicize more than his million dollar smile and booming golf swing.
Just before the PGA Championship to be held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, the Gastonia native and Forestview alumnus is billed as the August cover for Golf summary magazine.
In an interview with veteran writer Mark Whitaker, Varner touches on a multitude of topics ranging from his early days on connections to the opportunities he has gained through sport.
“Right before I got into the brand, (Michael Jordan) texted me,” Varner said in the Golf summary story. “He said, ‘I just followed your career.’ I’m pretty close to his good friend, the president of the Charlotte Hornets. This is how it all started.
“The best thing MJ has told me is to be in balance, to be relaxed. Just be in control of the situation and not let the situation control you.”
Varner also provided an honest assessment of his game, feeling that he “has always been there; it just hasn’t been very consistent.
“Sometimes you are in a hurry and you make bad decisions,” he added. “You have to learn to relax, slow down, take your time. Just take the shot you see. I have to keep improving in this area.
While chasing his maiden PGA Tour win, the Forestview alum is hoping to be a beacon of positivity despite recent discord following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
“I didn’t mean anything, but the way society is, if you’re black you had to say something,” Varner said in the interview. “Especially if you have any type of platform. Let’s not play the fool and pretend the police brutality has just started. We knew it was happening. Now it’s just brought to light by cell phone video and social media.
“There has been evil since the beginning of time – I am a Christian; I believe that. But I also think there is more good than bad in the world. If you sit down and watch TV a lot at the moment; you won’t hear anything good. You know, that’s why people talk to me. If there hadn’t been a race, I don’t think people would be talking to me right now.
“But I accept this role of being a leader in this situation, to make things better for the next generation.”
The August edition of Golf summary is now available for purchase at local newsstands.
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