Inside Golf : Inside Golf June 2016
19th hole 62 June 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au Satyendra Sinha has been the driving force behind the Bondi Diggers Social Golf Club for way too many years than he cares to remember. The club is an eclectic bunch of golfers from the Eastern Suburbs whose regular get-together has become a Sunday morning rite for many of them. ‘Sat’ as he is affectionately known to his golf buddies has also been the man behind the club’s highly successful annual Good Friday Charity Golf Day for the last 25 years or so, all because he didn’t want to go to the Royal Easter Show. “I started doing it because I didn’t want to go to the Easter Show with the kids. I sent my wife instead. She asked me what wasIgoingtodoandIsaidImighthavea Charity Golf Day. That’s how it started over 25 years ago,” Mr. Sinha said The Charity Day has to date raised over $200,000 for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, and while Sat has a sense of pride with what he has managed to achieve for the Hospital, he’s quick to play down his efforts and what he gets out of it. “Just personal satisfaction mate. Regulars look forward to coming. Every cent we raise goes to the hospital. It’s a good day out.” Sat has been involved with the The Bondi Diggers Social Golf Club for over 30 years. The club itself was based at the famous old Bondi establishment and was a popular activity on the club’s sports calendar for many of the members. “I got involved with the Diggers over 30 years ago. We used to get around 50 members play every Sunday, that sort of thing. It was a good get together with your friends. It got you out of the house. We still enjoy it.” After 25 years running the successful charity day, Sat is considering stepping aside and handing over the reins to the event. “It’s very dear to me, and very important I can talk someone into running it, as long as that someone can do the job. There’s lots of time and effort in it. I might have to bribe someone,” he laughs. Sat however, still intends to be a regular on the day. The importance of the charity will still be close to his heart. “I will still be there to support the day, anything for the kids you know,” he smiled. PEOPLE Sat’s pride in charity effort It’s that tIme agaIn! Larr y Canning firstname.lastname@example.org IT’S akin to racing in the Dakar Rally ... on a moped ... naked. Or facing my mother-in-law after sleeping with her daughter ... Naked. That reminds me ... a couple of years ago I was standing on the 1st tee with this young bloke who was clearly feeling pretty cocky and confident that he was about to give me an absolute towelling. I had a bad feeling he was right, so I did what every middle-aged golf pro would do and attempted to insult this upstart and get under his skin. I sidled up to him and said – “Hey mate, you might hit it 40 yards past me and shoot something pretty low today, but I slept with your mother last night!” To which he replied, “Don’t be a wanker, Dad.” But I digress. The “it’s” to which I am referring above is, of course, The U.S. Open. As tradition demands, The U.S. Open is always played on a course set up on the edge of unplayable with some of the best golfers in the world stumbling off the 36th green with new-found twitches and speech impediments. Greens harder than the Wacca, rough that resembles Donald Trump’s hair in a strong wind and par-4s narrower than the runway he lands his jet on seem to be the perfect formula as seen by the USGA suits. And this month’s venue appears to be no exception. The revered and feared Oakmont Country Club has hosted America’s most sought-after golf title a record 9 times with the last being 2007 when Angel Cabrera’s 5-over-par total was good enough to edge out Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by 1 stroke. Wonder kid, Jordan Spieth played a not- so-secretive practice round last month and had this to say to the media who weren’t supposed to know he was playing: “I know that if you win a U.S. Open at Oakmont, you can go ahead and say that you’ve conquered the hardest test in all of golf,” Spieth said. “Because this is arguably the hardest course in America day-to-day.” This has to beg the question, how the hell do the members go? Imagine being at the presentation after a Saturday Stableford – “ The winner was Judge Smails with 5 points. Runner-up was Hootie Johnson with 3. The last ball went to Sandy Greenback with none on a countback. Just a reminder, members, we still have no one booked in for next week’s monthly medal.” Call me sick, twisted maybe even a tad masochistic, but instead of feeling some kind of empathy watching my professional colleagues being physically and mentally tortured during those four days, I’m going to love every second of it! There’s something really quite captivating watching a player celebrating a par like it’s some rare Egyptian relic he’s just spent three months digging up. To me, viewing the U.S . Open is like watching a movie with Indiana Jones battling evil villains, massive rolling rocks and a pit full of deadly, venomous snakes to capture one of the rarest artefacts on the golfing planet ... a U.S. Open birdie! Then there’s the sub-plot which always sees Phil Mickelson holding the golden statue worth millions in his hands only to have it ripped out by the evil, rich opportunistic philanthropist played by... well just about anyone who has won the U.S. Open since 1999. The Aussie contingent, which wasn’t finalised when this was written, will be headed up by Jason Day and, according the 4-time Olympic champion, Dawn Fraser the “Evil Anti-Australian”, Adam Scott. I’m a huge fan of our Dawny and I see the work she does for women’s professional golf in this country but her criticism of Adam Scott and his decision to not play in the Olympics is way off base. Adam has done more for golf, and sport for that matter, in this country than just about anyone else since Greg Norman back in the 1980’s. What he did to promote our game during the Australian golf season 2013 was nothing short of remarkable and clearly physically taxing although he didn’t let on to his fans or media. Then to cap it off by partnering Jason Day to take Australia to our first World Cup win in 25 years has apparently all been forgotten by Dawn. The Olympics might be the pinnacle for some sports but unfortunately golf isn’t one of them. It’ll do me, when one of our golfing stars, playing in a major championship across the other side of the world, holes a winning putt and in that moment of passion and emotion, instinctively screams out “C ’mon Aussie”.
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