Stones in bunkers can ruin your irons

2008-09-02 00:00

September this year brings us the Ryder Cup, the biennial competition which is the most hotly-contested event in world team golf.

It really catches the imagination and attention of golf fans worldwide.

The Americans will play Europe with home advantage and they are desperate to win, having been on the losing side in five out of the last six Ryder Cups. The Americans always seem to field the stronger team with the more experienced players, yet they still manage to lose. They have often been accused of not being team players and this is reflected in their poor results over the past decade.

The Ryder Cup is played only in matchplay format, so the objective is to beat your opponent. In strokeplay, on the other hand, you have to beat every golfer in the field to win. Tiger Woods is not available to play, which theoretically weakens the American team, but perhaps the Americans will perform better as a team without him.

European captain Nick Faldo and U.S. captain Paul Azinger have just released the names of their team members. The long-awaited event will be played from September 19-21.

These days it’s quite common to see golfers with their irons in little plastic covers. This form of protection is to prevent the clubs from damaging each other during the normal transportation.

These little iron covers were virtually unheard of a few years ago, so it is fair to say that clubs are cared for more in recent years than in the past. Stones in bunkers are usually the cause of damage and can make a nasty dent in your club that is almost impossible to repair. Golf clubs are expensive and to take a chunk out of one of your new irons is no laughing matter.

Don’t you think that all golf courses should have a local rule that permits the removal of stones from bunkers? Surely this would meet with every golfer’s approval. Fortunately, both city clubs have excellent bunker sand, but this is not the case with all courses in KZN and some have stones large enough to seriously damage golf clubs.

KZN golf

The KwaZulu-Natal Open Foursomes Championships due to be played at Maritzburg Golf Club this Sunday have been cancelled due to lack of entries.

Results from last weekend:

At Maritzburg Golf Club a 4 ball betterball Stableford competition was held as a fund- raiser for Midlands Golf Club.

The winning pair was Ravi Ramlaal and Vinesh Harry with 45 points. In second place on a count-out were Telf Plenderleith and Harold Horsley with 43 points. Tom and Ron Smith were third.

Victoria Country Club also held a 4 ball better ball Stableford competition and the winners were Leon van Schalkwyk and Chris Van der Merwe with 41 points. In second spot were Gordon and Rhona North with 40 points. Third place went to Doug Crowe and Dirk Stoffberg.

From the 19th hole:

“I’ve just killed my wife,” cried the hysterical golfer, rushing into the clubhouse.

“I didn’t see her, she was behind me,” he sobbed. “I started my backswing and hit her right between the eyes. She died instantly.”

“What club were you using?” asked a concerned member.

“It was a three-iron.”

“What a coincidence,” said the member, shaking his head. “That’s the club that always gets me into trouble too.”

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