Once bitten, forever smitten

2013-05-03 00:00

ABOUT a month ago, your scribe wrote an article about a local golfer who finally called it a day and quit playing golf. The article wasn’t sent to The Witness, it was shelved just in case he made a comeback. The story had to be scrapped because he did in fact resume playing the game.

But allow me to tell about his painful circumstances.

They say that when a person takes up the game of golf and begins to play quite often, he or she has been “bitten by the bug”. When the person becomes a bona fide member of a club and is playing the game regularly for a few years, it usually means the golfer will play the game for a lifetime and is “bitten for life”.

There are golfers who remain club members and play infrequently and the reasons that would cause them to cease playing the game would be injury, illness, a nagging wife, lack of finance or just old age. With each of these reasons, the golfer would reluctantly quit. So it is safe to say that golfers, if they can avoid any of the above, play the game virtually until they die. They continue playing the game because they love it, not deterred by the weather, the seasons or how well or badly they perform. We know that golfers love to play well and hate it when they don’t. It is also a fact most golfers threaten to quit when they play badly but they’re always back next week with renewed optimism.

A local golfer, Leo had a prolonged period of playing badly, his handicap increased and he often threatened to quit. The continual disappointment and frustration eventually became unbearable. He couldn’t accept that his golf had deteriorated with age because at one time he was a competitive low handicap player and very difficult to beat, especially in matchplay.

After yet another high score (one that a batsman would proudly raise his bat) he finally declared that it was time to put an end to the pain and the overwhelming frustration. He said in future he would spend the time that it takes to play a round golf in a far better and more relaxing way. Quitting like this signified that Leo had given up all hope of ever playing well again. Everyone believed that he was lost to the game; “what a shame,” we all said. Then, after three months, Leo returned. Everyone was pleased to see him. He is still hacking, but somehow he has developed immunity to the pain. So it seems that the old adage of once bitten by the golf bug, you are smitten for life, rings true.

From the 19th hole:

A little girl was talking to her father. She asked, “When can I have a little sister daddy?”

The father replied, trying to be clever and amusing, “Well you have, but she always walks out of the back door when you walk in the front door.” The daughter then said, “Oh, you mean the same as my other daddy.”

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