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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 313
THE SERIOUS SIDE OF GOLF F or 60 seconds before the final group teed off in the NSW Open last Sunday the assembled crowd stood in silence. Men removed their hats and children were shooshed by mothers as, collectively, we were asked to remember the end of the Great War, that four years of madness which claimed the lives of millions before mercifully coming to an end 100 years ago. I’ll be honest and admit that while I have taken part in this ceremony most years of my adult life I have, for the most part, given it little thought. But Sunday was different. As I stood behind the first tee it dawned on me that the three young men standing in front of me would have, 100 years ago, been exactly the sort sent away to the trenches. Harrison Endycott, Jake McLeod and Blake Proverbs are three really nice blokes and all really, really good at golf. They tip the age scales at 22, 24 and 22 respectively. A century ago it was young men in their prime, just like these three and the dozens of others on course at Twin Creeks Sunday, who were lost in all that madness. Perspective is something we all need a jolt of occasionally and during that minute’s silence some came to me. I wondered how many times I had referred to golfers as ‘combatants’ in my stories or outlined an on course ‘battle’. Even worse, I wondered how much energy I’ve wasted seething about a missed short putt or a skulled chip shot or a tee shot out of bounds (the answer, shamefully, is plenty). And I thought about the amount of time I devote to thinking about the game and debating – sometimes flat out arguing with people – over the merits of this or that aspect of it. Being predominantly a participation driven game, golf seems to invoke passion far more than most other amateur sports and most of us are guilty of taking it too seriously at times. Certainly, I know I am. Golf IS important in fulfilling the role it does for most of us. It’s a chance to get away from the realities of day-to-day life, to escape into a nice landscape and focus on a challenging yet fun activity. But it is ultimately just recreation. When it ceases to be fun it ceases to be golf, someone once said, and we probably all need to remind ourselves of that more often. It was only 60 seconds but the time spent standing behind that first tee at Twin Creeks on Sunday was a great lesson in perspective, one I will hopefully remember. It might be business for some of us but in the end golf is still just a game and one to be enjoyed. And if you’re not doing that then you’re doing it all wrong. VIEW THE ROD MORRI is an award-winning writer and podcast presenter. He hosts The iseekgolf.com Podcast weekly. CLICK here to listen.
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