Yesterday, I was invited to play in a golf tournament.
A thank you from a supplier to all of their customers.
A very generous gift...and much appreciated by people who can
actually PLAY GOLF!
My partner, before we had even got to the first tee
was telling me that she had
played golf, three or four times about twenty years ago,
and that she he had never taken a lesson in her life.
She came with an ancient, borrowed set of men's clubs that she had never swung before. I knew we were in deep trouble when she pointed to the first tee box
and asked me: "what's that for?" I've never seen anyone swing at the ball
and miss it completely, so many times, and...then think it perfectly okay to 'just have another go."
Now, not to single the poor woman out too much, I'm sure
of the 144 'players' on the course (and I use the term player loosely),
she was not alone in her lack of ability.
Please don't misunderstand, she was a lovely woman,
interesting, intelligent, and I would love to sit and have coffee with her.
But, tell me,
...would you play hockey if you have never laced on a pair of skates?
...would you enter a swim meet if you haven't progressed beyond using water-wings?
...would you enter a double tennis match if all you had ever done was watch
the Williams sisters on TV?
So why, on earth, would anyone enter a golf tournament if you don't play?
It's so unfair to those of us there to play the game.
I spent all day answering her inane questions:
"which club should I use now?" (truly, it didn't make any difference which one she used, she couldn't swing any of them).
"what's a driver?
"how many strokes have I had so far?" (how high can you count?)
Then there was keeping her 'stuff' together, so she didn't leave it all over the golf course; keeping her quiet when others were swinging;
trying to keep her safe from flying balls and flailing irons (including her own).
It was like baby-sitting a small child.
...and I was really looking forward to playing yesterday!