Pro­fes­sion­als OOB

Inside Golf - - In the Mail Box -

THANK you for a most en­joy­able, in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing mag­a­zine.

As the di­rec­tor of a ju­nior academy I have distributed your pub­li­ca­tion to both staff and stu­dents alike. I know the stu­dents en­joy the pub­li­ca­tion and ‘hang out’ for the new de­liv­ery. We have over 50 stu­dents in­volved in the Col­lege’s Golf pro­gram. I, and my staff, are very fo­cused on bring­ing the game of golf to as many kids as pos­si­ble.

Golf is a way of life, the hon­esty, etiquette and dis­ci­pline golf teaches us has many important life lessons.

Hav­ing said that I re­cently played a pres­ti­gious Pro-am lo­cally. I do not usu­ally play these events due to my role as an ed­u­ca­tor, the cost in­volved and the lo­gis­tics of only get­ting en­try for the week­end.

Any­way, I was thrilled to be in­vited to play the fi­nal day with the pros and looked for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence. What I un­for­tu­nately wit­nessed over the 5 (Yes 5!!) hours of play was poor form at best. The be­hav­iour of two of the pros I saw bor­dered on pa­thetic as the pro in front swore loudly, beat his club against the buggy and tossed it at one stage. The pro I played with was at pains to en­gage in con­ver­sa­tion, and pro­ceeded to play a card game on his iPhone for 16 holes. What a let­down and poor form by the ones I am teach­ing my elite group to as­pire to. I recog­nise that this does not rep­re­sent all pros but a small mi­nor­ity and it is hard to have a con­ver­sa­tion and con­cen­trate and that this is their liveli­hood but the etiquette and un­der­ly­ing prin­ci­ples do not change. Poor form men! Robin Wust, via email

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