AS THE RAIN falls and we await the name of the latest hurricane sweeping eastwards across the Atlantic let us take a few minutes to reflect on a 10 good reasons to be cheerful over the coming months of 2016 and what promises to be a thrilling year of tournament golf. Continue reading
HAVING LOOKED AT things to delight us in the new year it is unfortunate that we shall be seeing and hearing a lot more of Donald Trump in 2016. For the purposes of this article we shall try and restrict ourselves to his possible influence in golf rather than his Presidential candidacy for the Republican party although the two tend to overlap.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE Cantelupe Club. The club lifted the extremely large John Slater Trophy (see above) in a famous victory at the Sussex Artisan Golf Union (SAGU) Championship held at the East Sussex National Golf Club played over 36 holes. Continue reading
BIARRITZ HAS BEEN a fashionable tourist destination since 1864 when Princess Eugenie decided that Vichy was no longer a suitable venue given the fact that Napoleon kept a mistress there. Thereafter the couple holidayed in Biarritz. Continue reading
LET’S LEAVE THE last word to Edgar Guest, who penned these lines in June 1930 and which appeared in the Lincoln Star newspaper in Nebraska. It is entitled ‘Comfortless’:
‘I do not see the sunbeams dance,
Nor hear the birds,’ said he.
‘There’s something faulty with my stance,
I can’t get off the tee.
‘All day I’ve shanked my mashie shot,
My putts rimmed every cup,
I’m doing something I should not;
I think it’s looking up.’
‘Poor man,’ I said, ‘t’is very sure
No help for you appears,
The woes you bear I tried to cure
Myself for thirty years.
‘And still my mashie shots I shank,
And stil I slice the drive,
And with the dubs expect to rank
As long as I’m alive.
‘Through time all other griefs may cure,
All other hurts may mend,
The miseries of golf endure:
To them there is no end.’
Whatever happens enjoy your golf in 2016.