Inside Golf : Inside Golf August 2014
70 August 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au your voice YOUR VOICE Have you got something to say? Then tell us! Write to us via email at email@example.com or mail a letter to: The Editor, Inside Golf, PO Box 360 Nunawading, Vic 3131. Tell an interesting story or something funny about golf and you could WIN a prize like this month’s GolfBuddy Voice GPS unit! I had a huge wake up call recently. I got home from the Cardiac Unit at Greenslopes hospital to read an article in a golf magazine about warning signs for heart attacks. I ignored a mild one on the previous Sunday, feeling “10 foot tall and bulletproof ” even at 70. Felt OK on the Monday so I fronted for the Veterans event at Redland Bay GC, a shotgun start Stableford. I felt a little “off ” heading out to the No. 13 Tee so accepted a lift holding my buggy alongside. I teed off and walked up the fairway with chest pains and dizziness becoming more intense. I then putted out for a bogey (2 points), then finally did the sensible thing and told the group I was having a heart attack. They were in two buggies and one player, Ian, put me in his buggy, telling me he knew CPR from his time in the Fire Brigade. John rang 000 and Mike said something that made me laugh and away we went. Nothing but praise for the way the boys reacted, and for the medical treatment that followed complete with a stent in the Circumflex artery. The message is clear: ignore the warnings at your peril. Statistically 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women over 40 will have a heart attack to some degree of intensity. The high end of the scale means you just played your last game of golf. The good news for me is that I will be back to golf inabout4to6weeksandonthedayIplayedto my handicap even if it was just for one hole! Bob Muir LetteroftheMonth First in - First off My playing partners are all fairly quick golfers. As I was reading your “Quick Tips” for slow play, after every tip, I said to myself - “we do that.” I have one more tip: We call it “First in - First off”. We all carry our score cards and pencil in our back pocket. As soon as the first player putts out, as he is holding the flag, he records his score. As the other three players putt out, he records their score. This way as soon as the group reaches the next tee, he is ready to hit off. Once he has hit off the rest of the group are also ready to play. Unfortunately by playing quickly using your common sense tips, we find ourselves waiting at most holes! The other day on a par-4, after our tee shots, we were 150 meters out and waiting for the green to clear. Once clear, we Ticker Troubles A Baker’s Dozen ACROSS 1 & 4-across Winner of the 2014 US Open (6,6) 10 Adapt to fit (9) 11 Australian lady golfer who won the 2002 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic (5) 12 Make money (4) 13 Web.com player, winner of the 2011 Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open (5,5) 15 Elbow-room (6) 16 Covered (like a golfball) with small indentations (7) 18 Pleasantness (7) 21 Golf gear, for example (6) 23 Energised (10) 25 Small round marker (4) 27 Golf ranking: Order Of _____ (5) 28 Winner of the 2014 Memorial Tournament, Hideki _________ (9) 29 Approaches (6) 30 American winner of the 1988 Victorian Open, Jim ______ (6) DOWN 1 Top lady golfer, ________ Wie (8) 2 Someone who can be called upon in case of withdrawal by first-choice competitors (7) 3 Golf club with a metal head (4) 5 Look forward to (10) 6 White wine (7) 7 Staggers (5) 8 A travel document that may be needed by a globe-trotting golfer (4) 9 Phil Mickelson’s star sign (6) 14 Scottish links course, an Open Championship host (10) 16 Highest-finishing Aussie at the 2014 US Open (3) 17 Winner of the 2014 St Jude Classic (3,5) 19 Winner of the 2014 BMW PGA Championship, Rory _______ (7) 20 Physical injury (6) 22 Copy (7) 23 Matchplay games before the final (5) 24 Consumes a meal (4) 26 Regulation that must be followed by golfers (4) Crossword > Answers: page 73 We all read about ways to get more players onto the course. Some say being “time poor” is a problem. I have a different problem, I used to play twice a week in comp but now find myself only playing once a week and hiring a buggy—costing me $40 for a comp game. If I could play in a comp at my club consisting of 13 holes, I am sure I could walk it, so I would be back to two games a week, possibly three. This equates to more income to the club via course fees and refreshments afterwards. Imagine if there are thousands in the same boat as me, which I’m sure there are. Allan Burford Re: Slow Play (July issue). Your suggestions about managing the course make a lot of sense – I only wish my club would implement them to make the course quicker to play, be more interesting and less repetitive. A four-hour round is considered fast at my club. After reading your suggestions, it became obvious that four of our par-4’s and three of the par-3’s are too long. In addition, those long par- 3’s are almost identical in length. It’s ok to keep the long holes to enable the course to be classed as a championship layout, but the majority of club members are not A-graders. Also - I am not an expert on the thousands of rules of golf, but offer a comment on “if it’s lost, it’s lost.” As far as I am aware, there is no rule in golf that allows a player to “declare” a ball lost. After looking for five minutes without success, the ball is “deemed” lost. Warren Elliott Editor’s note: You’re absolutely right Warren. It’s a common misconception that you may “Declare” a ball lost. Decision 27/16 states: A player cannot render a ball lost by a declaration. See Definition of “Lost Ball.” Instead of “Declare it lost” perhaps I should have said something like “Realise that there are too many rules in golf for even a knowledgeable person to remember.” Slowly lost and found? hit up. Two of us needed two shots to get on the green. We had all walked 150 meters, had 6 shots, were ready to putt, and I noticed the group in front had still not left the next tee... which was only 20 meters from the green! Some people’s nature is just to be slow and selfish. They are the same ones, when you are on holidays are always 10 minutes late for the bus. They likely get half way reading your article and say “that’s not for me.” I don’t know what we can do about them. I hardly ever see a Marshall on a course anymore. I think as clubs are struggling financially, it is a cost cutting measure, but it might cost them members in the long run. Keep up the good work. David H Signs of the times I have been playing golf for a relatively short period of time, but have played at numerous courses around Sydney. The courses have all be challenging to me, yet often the biggest challenge has been finding my way from one pin to the next tee box. The lack of signposting at numerous courses is next to non-existent and to a visitor this is most frustrating. Not only does it slow play down, it encourages the player to then hurry their next shot, thereby decreasing a player’s enjoyment of the game. In the end this could lead to a player giving the game away altogether. Just an arrow and a number placed strategically would be all that is needed. Of course this is not the issue at every hole at every golf course however is quite prevalent. In addition, many of the scorecards issued do not have a layout of the course or if they do, you need a magnifying glass to read it. Not good for people like me with diminishing eyesight! Ian Rowley 1 2 3 45 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Editor’s note: Great advice Bob. Like you, many out there feel “bulletproof ”, so we hope that your Wake-up Call will help others to realise that we are all human, and to heed the signs. According to the American Heart Association, symptoms of a heart attack can include: • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the centre of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, weakness or lightheadedness, or an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. Note that not everyone experiences severe chest pain. The pain can often be mild and mistaken for indigestion. Remember: Minutes matter! If you suspect you are having a heart attack, ring 000 immediately.
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