A good day to play

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS - BY KEVIN ADSHADE

It’s a cool Thurs­day af­ter­noon in Oc­to­ber – you can feel it in the air, win­ter is on its way – and the wind isn’t mak­ing things any warmer.

Up on Frasers Moun­tain, where the sun was only oc­ca­sion­ally show­ing it­self from be­hind the clouds, about a dozen or so golfers are get­ting in an­other round, a cou­ple of weeks be­fore Glen Lo­vat Golf Course is set to close for the win­ter (weather depend­ing, their ten­ta­tive clos­ing date is Oc. 31).

Bernie Delaney is wait­ing on the sixth tee: a group of four just fin­ished on the green, and Delaney, who is golf­ing by him­self on this day, is in no hurry.

“I love golf­ing,” he says. “I mean, the weather’s fine and I’ve golfed in worse. It’s a nice af­ter­noon, so why not?”

Delaney, a trans­planted Cape Bre­toner, is a re­tiree and lives with his wife Karen just a few hun­dred yards away from the grounds of Glen Lo­vat (“about two three-woods away,” he says) and has been a mem­ber there for five or six years.

Af­ter a cou­ple of squir­rely shots on the sixth hole – an invit­ing lit­tle par 3 – some­one sug­gested that an in­tru­sive pho­tog­ra­pher was dis­turb­ing his swing, but Delaney dis­missed that no­tion.

“It’s me,” he says. “I’d love to blame it on that, but it’s me.”

Fall colours

The fall fo­liage is start­ing to dom­i­nate the grounds of Glen Lo­vat.

Gre­gory MacKeen and Robert Russell just fin­ished play­ing nine holes of golf and wanted to take a quick golf cart ride around the back nine, to see what they’d be miss­ing.

They worked to­gether for close to 30 years at St. Martha’s Hospi­tal in Antigo­nish, says MacKeen.

“We’re play­ing ter­ri­bly, but I got earplugs,” he adds with a grin, as he slips on the head­gear to get his ears warmed up.

Russell grew up play­ing in Scot­land — the very birth­place of golf, more than six cen­turies ago, as most his­to­ri­ans agree — be­fore mov­ing to Canada in 1975, so he doesn’t seem to have a prob­lem with less-than-ideal weather.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful day,” says Russell. “A beau­ti­ful day to golf.”

KEVIN ADSHADE/THE NEWS

Bernie Delaney on the sev­enth hole at Glen Lo­vat Golf Club

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