Matchplay: don’t get confused about ‘dormie’

2011-08-18 00:00

A YOUNG golfer was in the clubhouse a few weeks ago, telling friends about his matchplay tussle in a recent league match.

He was describing shot for shot when he mentioned that at the 16th he lost the hole and went “dormie” two down.

The friends listening to him were all golfers so it’s assumed they understood what he meant, but they didn’t correct that statement. They either didn’t want to, or they also didn’t know the meaning of “dormie”.

Of course there is no such thing as “dormie down”. The word “dormie” in matchplay means that a player is leading by as many holes that there are left and the opponent must win every remaining hole to halve the match.

In this instance, the young player’s opponent was two up with two to play so he was “dormie”. The game of golf evolved initially in Scotland and almost all of the words and terms were developed by the Scots.

Unfortunately the Scots didn’t develop a word for the antonym or opposite for “dormie”’ it is simply described as two down with two to play.

So remember, “dormie” means up and not down.

The U.S. PGA was played last weekend and was won by American rookie Keegan Bradley in a play-off with Jason Dufner.

Both golfers are relatively unknown, which unfortunately lessened the interest and excitement that we are normally accustomed to with Major golf tournaments.

Last weekend’s results:

Victoria Country Club held a four ball betterball Stableford on Saturday sponsored by Stedone Homes. In first place were S. White and M. Todd with 46 points. In second place were J. Walker and P. Newman on 45 points.

On Saturday afternoon Maritzburg Golf Club held a three ball Stableford alliance coupled with the Centenary Plate. The winners on 88 points were V. Harry, J. Naidoo and R. Ramlall. In second place were D. Griffiths, A. Grant and B. Pridmore on 87 points. The Centenary plate was won by

C. Jorgenson, L.V. Nel and B. Graham with 83 points.

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