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Golf Australia Express : Issue 52
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK YOUR THOUGHTS... MYFATHERTAUGHT ME to play, and my memories of growing up are playing golf with him and all my brothers (all five of us). Now my son, aged 9, does the same with me. Sunday afternoon is reserved for his nine holes. I can't wait until he is big enough to join me in playing Saturday competitions. Already he realises the importance and tradition of golf. His favourite saying after a bad shot is: “They can't all be good”. If only I could have his wisdom and acceptance. My favourite story of him and golf involved picking him up from a kids’ party and then going to watch the Australian Ladies Open at Commonwealth. As we left to go he said, “won't we have to go home and change? I haven't got a collared shirt on”. — BRIAN SMITH, VIA EMAIL THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Neil Kamminga, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON LYDIA KO... I DO NOT THINK Lydia Ko is the biggest story of 2012 for one reason—women’s golf does not have the same public appeal that men's golf has. Adam Scott losing the Open will be remembered more for the wrong reasons at the end of the year than Lydia's outstanding effort will be. Hopefully though, she keeps setting records in the future. — MICHAEL CLIFFORD, VIA EMAIL IS THERE ANY WAY we can claim Lydia Ko as an Aussie? We always claim other star Kiwis as our own, don’t we? —JOHN SYMONS, VIA EMAIL ON GOLF WITH DAD... MY HUSBAND AND SON would talk golf for hours, look through books and online, watch matches—I felt a bit left out. Well now I too play and I can see why they could discuss a little white ball for hours. It’s so addictive. We have many laughs when playing a round together. — DEBBIE MCKEE, VIA EMAIL I DIDN'T PLAY MANY ROUNDS with my dad but he did get me started. He had a left-handed grip with a right-handed swing and could never hit over a water hazard with his first shot (and often his second) regardless of which club he used or how small the hazard. Based on his prowess he paid for me to have lessons with the local pro when I was 13. Now 43 years later and I'm still playing and loving it. Dad's gone but I carry the memory of him teeing up with a 3-iron to try and hit across the water to the pin 90 metres away and seeing the ball disappear into the drink—twice. Again. —NEILL KAMMINGA, VIA EMAIL I INTRODUCED MY SON to golf and used to love taking him to our local public course until they banned children under 14. He lost interest then—I did too for a while—and he never regained the passion he'd had. Thankfully, that attitude has changed on many courses and that allows him to take his son onto the course. (He started hitting a ball before he was 2 and we even built a 2-hole putting green in his backyard to encourage him to keep it up. Unfortunately, they live in Melbourne and I now live in Noosa. I can't wait until I can play a round with the three of us together. The kids are the future of our great game. — ROY CROMBIE, VIA EMAIL