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Golf Australia Express : Issue 6
DESPITE THE recent warm weather and constipated clouds, it’s still winter and I think it wise to discuss what should be done in the eventuality of rain being forecast for the Big Day. Naturally, any Big Match worth its capitals will go ahead regardless of climactic concerns, but the question remains: who is going to be the first to don the wet weather gear? A bit like a game of chicken on the 1st, I have watched tears of frustration wash away in tearing wind and torrential rain as two men refused to be the first to draw umbrellas. Which was, we all agreed later, completely absurd. The bloke who won—both the stand-off and the game—caught a nasty flu that kept him off the course for weeks. There are reasons for this and by shedding some light on their historic roots we may hopefully banish such stubborn displays of stupidity. Like golf, umbrellas have been around for a long time. In fact, they had been sighted well before St Andrews started to attract visitors in 1552. But a man named Jonas Hanway was the first to take the bold step of using one to keep dry in the rain—before then, an umbrella was known as a parasol and was used purely for keeping sun from burning the delicate skin of ladies. As a result, dear Hanway was mocked mercilessly but despite this, he carried an umbrella with him until his death—with a dry head—1786. And that’s all very interesting, but note: it was during this time that golf got serious. Stroke play was invented in 1759, and in 1764 St Andrews constructed the first 18-hole course. Their reasoning is clear, even through the mist of time. Now that people had a device to keep them dry, they could walk the course, play the game and keep their scorecards from sodden ruin. Now, at last, they could ‘Get Serious’. So don’t let yourself be fooled into games of bravado and their accompanying attendant winter ailments. If it rains, think about your game— ignore the raised eyebrows from opponents and concentrate on the dryness within, the calm that only comes knowing you play on your terms, come rain, hail or shine. OTG WHEN IT COMES TO THE BIG GAME, THERE’S NO ROOM FOR BRAVADO. KEEP A DRY HEAD AND YOU’LL MAINTAIN CLEAR THOUGHT, WRITES WILL HONE. WINTER BLUES with Will Hone IN HONING Amadio Pinot Grigio Rated: 93 Points by James Halliday “The Australian Wine Companion 2011” Pink-bronze; an almost startlingly perfumed and aromatic bouquet of pear, lychee and musk is reflected on the palate, although less intensely; has good balance and mouth feel. Amadio Sangiovese Rated: 91 Points by James Halliday “The Australian Wine Companion 2011” Has a considerable volume of aroma and flavour, with cherry stone, multi-spice and sour cherry all intermingling and strongly expressive of the variety. Amadio Reserve Block 2a Shiraz Rated: 94 Points by James Halliday “The Australian Wine Companion 2011” Has retained excellent hue; the bouquet and palate live up to the promise of the colour, providing bright fruit flavours, dark berry and chocolate nuances. Quality cork, properly inserted. 101011_41068 “To buy online or view our local stockist map, simply go to www.amadiowines.com/shop”