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.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.