After an hour and a half of clarification, Duveyoung said, "This isn't working for me. I don't see anything up there that will make me play my best." Hipp tore the sheet off the pad and let it feather to the floor. Half an hour later, the golfers had hammered out their true intent: "Our commitment is to give the sincerest expressions of our hearts."
The Pioneers played the championship tournament expressively and with heart. "We were one big team," says Duveyoung. "Other schools tended to be just a bunch of individuals." He shot a 76, losing a playoff for the state individual title. Schechtman was fourth with a 79. Fifth was teammate Ted Hirsch, who shot a 43 on the front nine, then steadied and came home with a 37 on the back. "Even after that 43, Ted recognized he was still in the game," Hipp says. "His only goal was to express his heart sincerely."
Next spring, construction is slated to begin on the Royal Lotus Golf Course and Country Club, a semiprivate course in Fairfield. Hipp will be the club pro. "The course should exert a subtle energy," he says. "The energy would cause golfers to be happier, play better and be more enlightened." Consultants from the Maharishi Sthapatya Veda Institute were enlisted to ensure that the design conformed to ancient Vedic principles of directionality and proportionality, and that the course radiated maximum enlightenment. But the consultants, who at first knew nothing about golf, advised that every hole face either north or east. "Unfortunately, if you think about it, you wouldn't ever get back to the clubhouse," Hipp says. "Unless one clubhouse was in Iowa and one in Minnesota."
Now that this small detail has been, resolved, Hipp dreams about opening day. "I dream about Maharishi standing on the 1st tee in his dhoti, hitting the first drive." Though it's unlikely he'll show up, the Netherlands-based ascetic is said to be a fan of the game. "Ah, golf!" he once mused. "A very royal sport. Just walking along the green fairways." And as we all know, it's the walking—the space between—where the real game is played.