GOLFERS ARE 99.9% HON­EST

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Iam tired of read­ing ar­ti­cles in the me­dia about dis­hon­est golfers, so could not re­sist writ­ing this af­ter hav­ing seen an­other let­ter about dis­hon­est golfers in your May is­sue. I am a mem­ber of a golf club since 1990, play­ing nearly every Satur­day, and go­ing on tours with friends all over the coun­try. I am now at my third club, in three dif­fer­ent prov­inces. In all this time I have seen two in­ci­dents of cheat­ing. My ex­pe­ri­ence is that 99.9% of golfers are hon­est and won’t cheat on the course. Club play­ers don’t know the rules, but that is some­thing else.The me­dia should rather con­cen­trate on this. I have never seen any­one who tried to ma­nip­u­late his hand­i­cap, al­though there have been many ar­ti­cles about so-called ringers.We must ac­cept that cer­tain golfers have the abil­ity to shoot low scores, and some will be more con­sis­tent with­out be­ing fan­tas­tic.All these sto­ries about dis­hon­est golfers are pos­si­bly keep­ing new­com­ers away from the game. Every ef­fort should go into bring­ing new play­ers to clubs. If you look at the de­clin­ing mem­ber fig­ures at coun­try cour­ses this fan­tas­tic game is dy­ing slowly but surely. An­dré Pot­gi­eter, Kirk­wood, Eastern Cape

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