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Golf Australia Express : September 2013
M Y HOLE-IN-ONE WAS RUINED. Yes, about a month ago I popped the cherry on what will (surely) be a procession of memorable aces to come. It was the 5th hole at a local public track, and it was every bit as sweet as I imagined it would be. The editor of this very magazine snapped a photo [pictured right] as I plucked the ball out of the cup, immortalising the moment. Within seconds it was launched into the social media stratosphere. And a few moments later, there was the ‘comment’. A female sibling, who cares little for eagles but plenty for leather jackets and high-waisted denim, took just two words to bring that elation crashing down. “Nice pants.” Whack. Age-old insecurities immediately materialised, as what I’d thought was a safe apparel choice in simple black slacks quickly became a cotton- fuelled source of despair. Was everyone thinking the same thing but she the only one with the golf balls to say it? Would the shining moment in my mediocre golfing career be forever tarnished by a misguided choice of menswear? Reflecting post-round, it struck me how deeply the clothes COVER A female sibling, took just two words to bring that elation crashing down. “Nice pants.” OTG senior writer Adrian Ballantyne—seen here in the offending trousers—proved the importance of dressing up for a round. After all, you never know when an ace is around the corner readers.
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