A great perk for golf writers is the occasional invitation to play on a wonderful course.
Every year Sun International invite us to play the Final Round at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City – the last round before it is closed for nearly a month while being prepared for the Nedbank Golf Challenge (formerly Million Dollar).
I have attended most years since 2001, and I have never ever ever broken 100. Hell, I don’t think I’ve managed more than 20 Stableford points!
That course has been my master on each occasion, but this time, come November 9, I’m determined to play 18 holes without exceeding double digits.
The reason for my optimism is that my game has improved dramatically in the past year.
But I know the real test will come once I’ve stepped onto the course … Yikes!
There’s not much of school work I can remember, but one that stands out was the Starndard Seven lessons on Nazi Germany, the rise of Adolf Hitler and one of humanity’s worst dictatorships.
It was fascinating stuff, but I couldn’t comprehend how people could blindly follow a man without showing a sign of rational thinking. The lesson we were supposed to be learning back then is to ensure that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.
The supporters of Leonard Chuene and Julius Malema could do with a crash course on the rise of Nazism, although they seem to have perfected it already. A meeting by athletes was disrupted at the weekend, and a critic of Chuene emailed me claiming he received a threatening phone call last week. Coincidence or not, but a Nedbank branch in Randburg caught fire this (Monday) morning.
Can’t Chuene see the divisions being caused by his decision to stay?
I hope this matter is resolved permanently soon – surely it can’t continue like this!
Not that we doubted it, but ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema underlined his stupidity by slamming Nedbank for terminating their contract with Athletics SA a year early.
The reason Nedbank pulled out was because of the controversy hanging over ASA because of their inept handling of the Caster Semenya debacle. Now Malema is vowed to mobilise the masses against Nedbank for their withdrawal.
Had Malema bothered to mobilise one or two of his brain cells, he might have remembered that the Constitution of this great country enshrines various rights, including the right of association. Nedbank are surely free to associate with whomever they wish.
ASA president Leonard Chuene, on the other hand, admitted lying to the nation for his role in the Semenya debacle. The Constitution protects access to information, and I would argue that Chuene contravened the Constitution when he lied, and lied, and lied.
Malema instead decides to make this purely about race. What a fool he is – but we knew that already!