Someone Mowed the Fairways
It was November 2007 when my youngest brother, Michael Bowman had a thought, “is it possible to create a simple to use, cross-hair laser golf alignment aid which can be seen outdoors?” From that moment forward I have loved telling anyone who would listen about SQRDUP. Bringing SQRDUP to market not only became my goal, at times it became an obsession.
How could I not be excited about the future of SQRDUP?
Dr. Jim Suttie gave SQRDUP a great endorsement and Arnold Palmer’s magazine Kingdom Golf placed SQRDUP in their gift section twice. We received kind gestures from many others as well such as, Sydney Hagan; Barry Arrington PC; Dr. Chuck King; Dick Leyton; Philip Nelson; our investors and so many more in promoting SQRDUP.
Of course the road has not been easy. Numerous times our situation seemed hopeless.
If you’re an entrepreneur, there is a pretty good chance you have taken loans to keep moving forward, I am no different. In 2013 after maxing out every credit card, personal loan & 401K loan, I was done and SQRDUP was finished. I was leaving work to meet a bankruptcy attorney when I received a call from a gentleman I had spoken with 2 months earlier. He called to tell me he was sending a check that day for overnight delivery. When I asked him why, he informed me as a Christian he had been praying that morning and God placed me on his heart.
Another time after a year of discussions a group of potential investors informed me they were re-evaluating their position, I was once again faced with the end. Later that day I received funding from a previously unknown source.
There have also been great days when I would allow my thoughts to dwell on “what if”. Imagine such scenarios as SQRDUP being used on the practice green or driving range at the Masters. I have never had the privilege of attending the Masters, but I have heard it is an experience of a lifetime. Landscape beyond belief and not a single weed to be found. Immaculate greens and fairways mowed far better than any green I have ever putted on. It is obvious Augusta National Golf Club did not just happen. There are many people responsible for making Augusta what it is.
As I contemplated telling the story of bringing SQRDUP to market I realized there is a more important story. Just as a person instinctively understands someone has mowed the fairways so it should be when we look at this big blue ball we call earth. With the sun just close enough to keep us warm, not crispy - cool, not frozen. Except instead of a fleet of mowers and dedicated workers there is an Almighty God.
Call me naïve but when I compare the story of creation to the story of a couple of molecules colliding in space and eventually becoming what we are and what we now have, I cannot reach any other conclusion than there is an Almighty God. This very same God gave the world this promise to mankind in John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
Thank you for visiting our site and if we are fortunate enough to earn your hard earned dollars, I am TRULY humbled & FOREVER grateful.
Co-Founder & CEO
PS: Next time you play a round of golf, remember - Someone Mowed the Fairways.