Do you prefer medal or match play?

2011-11-24 00:00

THERE are those who say that strokeplay (medal) is the real test of golf, when you have a card and pencil in your pocket. There are others who believe that match play really tests the golfer’s resolve. Whichever group you belong to, you will agree that each form of the game will be played differently. In match play you only have to beat your opponent, not everyone else in the field.

Let’s take a look at the putting green for instance — the match-player is a birdie putter. He attacks the five- metre­ putt with every intention of holing out and reducing the size of the cup for his opponent when his ball is only half that distance away from the hole.

The medal-player will play safely to ensure making a par four. Of course, the medal player in his defensive mode, will hole the odd putt when he is trying to play safe, but how many more would the match-player hole? Never up, never in, is the match-player’s maxim. The medal-player will point out that the putt that was just short didn’t drop, but a putt that goes past could be a 3-putt. It really boils down to individual temperament. It probably indicates that the golfer who prefers match play, and a naturally more aggressive golfer, will be more erratic with medal scores.

The seventh Braaider Cup was held on Sunday at Maritzburg Golf Club. The Internationals narrowly beat the South Africans 61½ to 58½.

This means that the trophy was retained by the Internationals for the fifth consecutive year (four wins and a tie). The Braaider Cup has developed into the biggest event on the golfing calendar at MGC. The day begins early with an opening ceremony. Golfers are attired in national dress. There are bagpipes, signs, banners and flags galore from both sides. The format is match play over 18 holes. The first six holes are played as betterball, the second six as foursomes and the final six holes as singles, with a point up for grabs in each section. Where does the word Braaider come from? Ryder Cup match-play golf and a big braai afterwards.

Last weekend’s results:

A fundraiser four ball alliance was held at Victoria on Saturday with Craig Joubert as guest speaker. The winners on 90 points were C. Lyle, P. Parsons, C. Jack and K. Parsons. In second place were K. Walker, S. Carstens, D. Louw and A. Blackbeard on 89 points.

On Saturday, MGC held a four-ball- betterball Stableford sponsored by Hydepark. The winners on 48 points were L. Combrink and C. Severn. In second place on a count-out were J. Olivier and A. Mackenzie on 46 points.

From the 19th hole:

Sam and Fred were quietly sitting in the clubhouse bar after their game of golf.

Suddenly Sam said: “Think I’m going to divorce the wife — she hasn’t spoken to me in over two months.”

Fred thinks for a while, takes a long slow sip of beer and said: “Don’t be too hasty, women like that are hard to find.”

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