No need for refs or umpires in golf

2008-08-05 00:00

The fourth and last Major golf tournament starts tomorrow with the United States PGA Championship to be held at Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, which is 20 miles north of Detroit in Michigan.

The winner will hold aloft the Wanamaker Trophy. Prior to 1954 this tournament was played in matchplay format. Oakland Hills is one of the old traditional golf courses, which has hosted six U.S. Open championships and two PGA championships. The course will not be set up in the same way as for a U.S. Open.

The last time the PGA was held at this venue in 1972, Gary Player won his second PGA title. He is the only South African to have won this Major, although Nick Price won it on two occasions. Nick was born in Durban, but we cannot claim him as a South African major golf title winner as he was playing under the banner of Zimbabwe.

What a momentous win for the South African cricket team in England this past weekend. It was gripping Test cricket, but it wasn’t without controversy. The debate continues whether to use technology or continue to use the guess-work of the umpires. Wrong decisions often tip the balance of a match and it leaves a bad taste for the aggrieved team. One hopes that common sense will prevail with regard to the use of modern technology.

We are so fortunate that golf has no such problems. While the rules are many, there is no need for referees or umpires with golf, irrespective of the standard of play. The same rules apply whether we are playing for the PGA Championship or playing a friendly game on Sunday afternoon with the family.

The weekend’s results:

Victoria Country Club held two competitions in one on Saturday. As well as the Bill Roberts Monthly, a fourball alliance with two scores to count was played.

The A division winner was Lee Daff with 73 net. In second place was Conrad Tyschen on 69 net. The B division was won by Chris van der Merwe with a net 71 and in second spot was Ron Davis with 73 net. The C Division was won by Hillary Keeton with 73 net and in second place with a net 74 was Tony Antonic.

The fourball alliance was won with 85 points by Jenny Hallowes, Sally Anderson, Tish Kauffman and Jen Mason. Second place on 83 points went to Keith Ferguson, Lee Daff, Wayne Marcus and Tony Antonic.

Maritzburg Golf Club also held their monthly mug, sponsored by the The Bed Store. The A division was won by Richard Nel on 71 net, with Robby Bruce second on 73 net. The B division was won by Shakey Norman on a net 69 and second was Barry Daff with 70 net. The C division was won by Piet Nel on net 66 and in second place was Telf Plenderleith with 67 net.

From the 19th Hole:

Two old Scottish golfers, Donald and Angus, were playing in the club matchplay championships.

They were a similar age and had been rivals for many years and there wasn’t much love lost between them. The match was very close and there was never more than one hole in it either way.

Not one word was exchanged between them until they reached the 17th hole where Donald chipped in from off the green to go one up.

He turned to Angus, “That makes me dormie.”

Angus just scowled at Donald and said, “Chatterbox!”

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