New Year’s resolve on the golf course

2009-01-07 00:00

HAPPY New Year to everyone and let’s hope that 2009 brings continued enjoyment to all of us when playing our wonderful game of golf.

You may be looking forward to the new year to positively implement your New Year’s resolutions in a golfing context. Yes, some people have more than one.

Sometimes it’s difficult to differentiate between a resolution and a wish list. For instance, a golfing wish list would be: no more three-putts, straighter iron shots, no more lob-wedges in the teeth, longer drives, etcetera. A wish list is not a really a resolution. A resolution would be something that is more controllable. Resolutions imply that you “resolve” to do something active, not just wish for a desirable outcome.

Perhaps one of your resolutions would be that you want to adopt a new approach and attitude, such as not becoming too upset after a bad shot and keeping your composure after a “nightmare” hole.

It may be that you want to play more consistently, not play so aggressively and be a little more conservative, such as not going for that almost impossible shot over the hazard. Or it could be the opposite; the percentage player needs to be more positive in order to improve his or her game.

What about trying to play more golf?

If you usually play a couple of times a month, perhaps you can try to play every week, or as frequently as possible without upsetting the wife, family, work colleagues or the boss. There is no doubt about it, once you have hit your first tee shot, it’s difficult to think of the trouble and turmoil in the world. Playing golf is an automatic switch-off to those things that worry and irritate us.

So with a new year upon us, the New Year’s resolutions for each individual will be different, because we all know our own strengths and weaknesses.

Last weekend’s results:

On Saturday, Maritzburg Golf Club held a four-ball-betterball Stableford competition. The winners on 47 points were Thatch Engelbrecht and Mike Wooldridge. Second were S. Vather and Roger Pridmore (played as a ghost) with 45 points and in third spot were captain Alan Grant and Pelham Henwood on 45 points.

Victoria Country Club also held a betterball Stableford competition on Saturday. The winners were Tish and Barry Kauffman with 47 points. In second place were Sandy Davidson and Scott Taylor on 46 points. Third were Jonathan and Jen Hallowes with 45 points.

From the 19th hole:

Two elderly gentlemen played golf together every Tuesday morning. They were sitting at the halfway house after nine holes when one turned to the other and said: “Bob, I’m 83 years old now and I’m just full of aches and pains. I know you’re about my age. How do you feel?”

Bob replied: “I feel like a newborn baby.”

“Really, like a newborn baby?”

“Yep. No hair, no teeth and I think I just wet my pants.”

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