Bed, breakfast and late-night television to watch the Masters

2013-04-19 00:00

YOUR scribe is out of his comfort zone.

This column is almost always written at home in familiar surroundings, with a few favourite biscuits and a hot cup of coffee in which to dunk them.

This week there is a change of surroundings.

I find myself in a small but clean and neat bed & breakfast establishment in East London just around the corner from the East London Golf Club.

I set off from Maritzburg early on Sunday morning and arrived about seven hours later. I was looking forward to a golfing week along with 330 other senior golf fanatics from all over the country.

But there was one thing on my mind, something that was of paramount importance to me. No, it wasn’t the two East London courses that I had never played before.

Nor was it that I was worried about missing my darling wife and pet dog Biggles.

It wasn’t the fact that I get lost easily and I could drive around aimlessly for hours on end.

My biggest fear last Sunday afternoon was whether or not the bed & breakfast room had (a) a television set and (b) one that was connected to a DStv satellite dish.

That evening, the final round of the U.S. Masters was being broadcast live from Augusta, Georgia.

To miss that would be … well, it’s unthinkable.

I had never missed the final round ever since television first started showing the Masters on SABC.

That was way back when Trevor Quirk and Dennis Hutchinson were so inexperienced.

I breathed a whopping sigh of relief when I switched on and found to my delight that there was a television set with DStv and some sports channels.

The TV itself was small and it was a colour type (not black and white) so I was thankful with no complaints.

It was very late viewing and even though none of our South African boys were in the reckoning, it was enthralling to watch.

Just when you think you have seen it all, there’s another twist, as they say.

The U.S. Masters lived up to its reputation of producing first-time Major winners and most of us will feel pleased that Adam Scott won his first major after being denied by Ernie Els in The Open last year.

From the 19th hole:

A visitor to the local golf club, after a game of golf, inadvertently showered in the women’s locker-room.

As he was drying himself he heard three ladies entering the room.

He panicked and covered his head with the towel so that he couldn’t be recognised, but he was completely naked.

He then ran out past the ladies.

One lady member said: “How terrible, at least he’s not my husband.”

The second lady said, “He’s certainly not my husband either.”

Then the third one, single and flirty, said, “He’s not even a club member.”

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