Today's Golfer (UK) - - FIRST TEE -

Hav­ing taken up golf only three years ago at the age of 29, my av­er­age score is some­thing be­tween 90 and 95. A par is an achieve­ment, a birdie a rar­ity. So, imag­ine my hap­pi­ness when I re­cently ea­gled a par 4 on my lo­cal course. The only prob­lem was that I was play­ing by my­self. I was ex­cited to tell my usual part­ners, but my tale was met with scep­ti­cism. The phrase ‘if a tree falls in a for­est and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?’ was men­tioned. Fast for­ward a cou­ple of weeks later and I was back on the same tee, only with my friends in tow. The ex­pec­ta­tion got to me, my drive flew way right and I ended up hit­ting three off the tee. To make mat­ters worse, I three putted and carded a triple-bo­gey seven. I sus­pect my friends will never be­lieve me now. JON COX, SUR­REY

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