Family holidays are an opportunity to play more golf

2010-12-23 00:00

IT’S holiday time again and that usually means that most of us have some spare time.

Golfers are well aware that at this period of the year they have an obligation to play ‘happy families’ but at the same time it should be remembered that it’s an opportunity to play some more golf. There are extra competitions going on now at all of the courses and there’s always someone at the club looking for a game. Even if you go away for the holidays you should take your clubs with you and have a round or two (or more) at another course. If you have a non-golfing spouse or partner he or she must realise that you don’t have to deprive yourself of golf just because the family is on holiday. Since there would be no work worries, stresses or pressure, you will probably play better golf and therefore enjoy it more than you usually do so. Your spouse must understand that he or she shouldn’t prevent you from having fun.

At this point it should be mentioned that there is no intention to provoke or incite family arguments or disagreements on whether golf should be played while on holiday, but just a word of advice, if you do manage to play golf when your spouse expects you to waste precious time with the outlaws, don’t overdo it, don’t spend too much time at the 19th hole.

What a fine performance from our local lads in the South African Open at Durban Country Club. Neil Schietekat and Colin Nel both finished equal 14th at 12 under par and received a nice little payday. More important than that for Colin, it seems that at last, he believes in himself and that’s half the battle won. Well done guys, the golfing fraternity of Maritzburg is proud of you.

Last weekend’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held a Xmas four-ball alliance on Saturday. The winners on 106 points were D. Biggs, G. McKenzie, R. Gouweloos and W. Weedon. In second place were D. Trodd, D. Bottomley, T. Engelbrecht and B. Woods on 105 points.

Victoria Country Club held a four-ball betterball Stableford on Saturday. The winners with 44 points on a count-out were G. Burnett and D. Burnett. In second place were R. van Niekerk and A. Booyens.

FROM THE 19TH HOLE:

A couple of weeks ago, one of our city’s prominent lady golfers told this story. She was walking down the street when she was approached by a particularly dirty and shabby­looking homeless woman who asked for a couple of rand for something to eat.

She took out her purse and asked, “If I give you some money, will you buy make-up with it?”

“No, I haven’t put on make-up for years,” the homeless woman said.

“Will you use it to buy shoes?” she asked.

“No, I wouldn’t waste money on shoes,” the homeless woman said. “I need to spend money on trying to stay alive.”

“Will you spend money at a beauty salon?”

“Are you nuts?” replied the homeless woman. “I haven’t done that in years and years!”

“Well,” the lady golfer said, “I’m not going to give you any money. Instead, I’m going to take you out to dinner with my husband tonight.”

The homeless woman was shocked. “Won’t your husband be furious with you for doing that? You can see I’m dirty, I look terrible and I smell pretty awful.”

The lady golfer said, “That’s okay. It’s important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up buying make-up, shoes and going to beauty salons.”

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