Your personal best golf moments of the year | A Quick Nine

By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
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The holiday season isn't simply about giving and receiving gifts. It's also a time for personal reflection. A time to think about and appreciate the intangibles that make our lives complete.

It's a time to look back on the year that was (and is... but winding down) and remember and savor those special moments.

In that spirit, we asked you -- our friends in Facebook Nation, which is well over 200,000 strong (Click here to join the masses!) -- to share with us your own "best golf moment" of the year.

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Last week, we asked you to tell us about your favorite moment in professional golf during 2013. This week, it's all about you and your moment.

Here are the top 9 answers we received from you:

9. "The joy of my 14-year-old son finally beating me from the same tees." -- Dan Buchanan

8. "I was playing golf with my son (12 years old) and he made back to back birdies and after the second birdie he looked at me and said, 'how did I do that, dad?'" -- Glenn Smeal

7. "Playing in Palm Springs last weekend, I caught my 139-yard tee shot to an island-ish green on the hosel, and put it in the water. I then re-enacted the Tin Cup scene until the last ball in my bag landed at the pin and finally stayed. I took a 13 on a par 3. Hahaha! Never did that before. It was hilarious." -- Jim Nielsen

6. "7/19/2013 -- Trying to break 80 for the first time in my life. Playing a pretty tough course, Texas Star in Euless, Texas. I need a par on the par-5 18th to break 80. I stick my third shot, 6 feet from the hole, and make the birdie putt for a 78." -- John W. Munson

5. "I just started golfing this last summer, and (surely on accident) I got a birdie on my first legit 18-hole outing with my cousin. He's been golfing for about eight years now. He was beyond upset because it took him nearly five months when he picked up the sport to sink his first birdie. I had been practicing on a couple different 9-hole par-3 courses for about two weeks before that full 18-hole day. I ended up with a 104 or something, but my first birdie was pretty sweet." -- William Metheny

4. "Watching my son qualify for The U.S. Amateur at The Country Club. He eagled his 36th hole in the qualifier to win medalist honors and move on to TCC." -- Duncan Gratton

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3. "My best golf moment was when my father gave me respect. After 25 years, I played my best round ever as he watched overlooking the course. When I came in, he told me he would rather play a round with me than anyone else (I thought he was mowing or tinkering on a machine). My father is not the hugging type and on that day -- in front of clients -- he hugged me and told me he was proud. It was a 9-hole course and not a pro course, but I got respect. All I ever wanted was that. Golf made us friends and I will never forget that. From his caddy to a man -- that's my story. I love ya, pops." -- Trevor Berry

2. "I was playing a foursome with my Dad and a couple of great friends within a grandiose daily group called the "Nooners." It can be competitive, and somewhat hectic. We were walking on a pre-fall afternoon after hitting approach shots on our 14th hole. At that particular moment, the course, scorecard and our round really didn't make a difference to me. I stopped, took a good look around, and noticed. I noticed it was just one of those moments that you wouldn't trade for anything in the world. A beautiful day, with the ones you love, doing exactly what we love. I discovered that's what life's all about -- a series of moments. And I was living in one." -- Zack Ford

1. "I organize a junior program similar to the First Tee but we started ours in 1980. After one of our weekly sessions, a young man came to me to share that he beat his mom in a family golf outing and his next target was his older brother who is the captain of his high school team. That young man is 12 and has Down's Syndrome. You put a golf club in his hands and he has the confidence of a King. Very inspiring." -- Richard Feldman

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