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Golf Australia Express : Issue 37
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK SHAME ON YOU, OTG Mag! Since when was Francis Ouimet ever a Frenchman? He was born in the US and, despite winning the 1913 US Open—beating the great Harry Vardon in a playoff—he remained an amateur. He was the founder of a scholarship scheme for caddies and was well loved and respected until his death.Arguably the best book ever written on a golf match "The Greatest Game Ever Played" details this tournament in detail. AMATEURS NEED TO ignore the 'you're away' thought and if ready, play. This includes hitting your shot before assisting another player who is looking for a ball. It also includes assessing the putt on a green while waiting to play, rather than simply standing in a group until you’re up. Professional golf needs to remove the caddie from lining the player up. This takes time on fairways but can be excessively long over putts.— Roger T, via email THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Hamish G, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS *Ed’s Note: We could try and come up with excuses for the reference, but the truth is we just plumb stuffed up. Despite having a French-Canadian father, Francis Ouimet was in fact an American golfer (and a damn fine one, too). At least we didn't call McIlroy an Englishman! Here's a dozen new pills Hamish— can you ever forgive us? I FEEL SO sorry for Kevin Na after the way he was treated by some ignorant fans on the final day at the Players Championship. Clearly he is himself frustrated by his routine and inability to 'pull the trigger' without fans making it worse. The heckling and his 'internal fight' clearly affected his play on the final day. Kevin is not the only player who takes his time. Tiger is a fine one to talk about imposing an immediate penalty with the amount of time he often takes over a ball, particularly on the greens. Let's give Kevin some support and I for one hope he gets over his yips soon. —Viola C, via email I WOULD IMAGINE a high percentage of amateur golfers have never been to watch a top class professional event. If they did I think they would be amazed at how quickly the players walk between shots. Sure they take their time with pre-shot routines, but once the trigger is pulled they almost break into a trot. A visit would certainly open a few eyes and speed up play at clubs across the country.—Chris S, via email PLAYING IN A four ball in the 1970s we, as a group, were playing very badly and the group behind us were waiting on every shot into the green. As we walked on to the 13th tee our low marker told us to get our drives on the fairway and sit down. He invited the following group to play through and they put all their drives into the trees and told us to carry on. We never saw them again! I find that, generally speaking, very few golfers in Australia know how to call through and even worse there are golfers who, when called through decline the offer. —Peter C, via email