‘Tee it forward’ golf not for South Africa

2011-10-27 00:00

DALE Hayes came back from the United States a few months ago, and mentioned on television that there is an initiative by the U.S. Golf Association to encourage golf clubs to place tee markers forward so that golfers can hit short irons to par four holes “just like the pros”. Hayes surprisingly said that he is in favour of the tee it forward idea.

While the U.S. can boast of having the most professionals and the most scratch golfers in the world, they also have the most duffers. There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of these duffers. These “golfers” have the best and latest equipment, the snazziest clothing and they play with Titleist Pro Vs (which is like giving strawberries to donkeys), but they shoot scores in excess of 120 on a good day and that includes Mulligans. Most of these golfers have a permanent booking for lessons with the local professional but they rarely improve. Sure, they love the game and they are very important to golf clubs as members not to speak of their buying power of golf-related products.

It appears that one of the problems in the U.S. is that club tee markers are placed too far back for many of the golfers, so the U.S.GA is trying to make courses easier which obviously also speeds up play. There are many more duffers in the States than all the golfers in South Africa. It’s doubtful that South African golfers will warm to this idea, especially those who belong to proper golf clubs, have genuine handicaps and play regularly in club competitions.

Tee it forward smacks of mashie golf which, as we all know, isn’t real golf and isn’t taken seriously at all. Besides, we have enough controversy with forward markers for seniors without creating further problems.

Last week’s results:

Victoria Country Club held a four-ball alliance on Saturday. The winners on 84 points were R. Newman, G. Yeats, W. Battershill and K. Paxton. In second place were S. Van Niekerk, K. Will, M. Holmes and R. Laatz on 83 points.

Maritzburg Golf Club held a four-ball betterball Stableford fundraiser for The Rotary Club on Saturday. The winners on a count-out were M.Rossouw and J. Crafford with 47 points. In second spot, were B. Paul and H. Fanner.

From the 19th hole:

A man and woman were having a quiet, romantic dinner in a fine restaurant. They were gazing lovingly at each other and holding hands.

Their waitress, taking an order at a table close by, suddenly noticed the man slowly sliding down his chair, but the woman acted unconcerned.

The waitress watched as the man slid all the way down his chair and out of sight under the table. Still, the woman appeared calm and unruffled, as though her dining companion hadn’t disappeared. The waitress went over to the table and said to the woman: “Pardon me ma’am, but I think your husband just slid under the table.”

The woman calmly looked up at her, shook her head and said, “No, he didn’t. My husband just walked into the restaurant.”

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