Bad dress code, better humour

2011-09-15 00:00

THINGS have changed over the years with golf. For instance, the dress code on and off the course has become more relaxed, so much so that many golfers look downright scruffy.

There are hidden socks, you know, the ones that look like no socks are being worn. There are “cargo pants” with huge pockets front and back that are sewn on the outside and it’s difficult to tell if they are long shorts or short longs. They shouldn’t be allowed for golf.

And shirts without a collar used to be a big no-no; today they are okay on most courses.

Perhaps the worst is after golf, when slops or crocs are worn with T-shirts bearing some ridiculous or offensive slogan.

It’s unfortunate that dress code has deteriorated, but there are improvements in other aspects of the game, and I don’t mean equipment.

The players’ discipline — fixing pitch marks on the green, repairing divots and raking bunkers — has generally improved. Club throwing is a rare and frowned upon occurrence, while 20 years ago it was far more acceptable to let a few “helicopters” go after a bad shot. The furnaces of frustration could always be doused at the 19th hole. Of course, we still have colourful language, but golfers today seem to control their emotions better, even if they aren’t dressed as well as they should be.

Last weekend’s results:

Victoria Country Club held the Old Mutual Monthly Mug on Saturday.

A division: D. Burnett net 69. P. Dewes net 71.

B division: R. Davis net 70. L. Joubert 70.

C division: D. Moodley net 67. R. Moodley net 70.

Maritzburg Golf Club held a fundraiser for the KZN Blind and Deaf Association.

The winners on a count-out on 45 points were M. Wooldridge and E. Ganie. In second place were C. Rowley and G. Katz

FROM THE 19TH HOLE:

Three old golfers, Sam, Harry and Fred, were sitting together after a game of golf. These are some of the things they were overheard saying to each other:

Sam said, “The police arrested two youngsters yesterday, one was drinking battery acid and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.”

Harry said, “The police station toilet seat was stolen yesterday. The police have nothing to go on.”

Fred said, “Did you hear about the fat alcoholic transvestite?

All he wanted to do was eat, drink and be Mary.”

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