Golfer: The Hands of Time

Golfer: The Hands of Time

This poignant golfing story was inspired by a true incident related to me concerning a near and dear relative. This wonderful human being, who was my great uncle, had been a long standing golf professional, now retired and, unfortunately, suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Eric was regularly picked up by the local police, whilst he was lost and out walking, sometimes late at night. As those of us who have experienced the terrible scourge that Alzheimers is, would know, the compulsion to go ‘walk a’ bout’ is a very common circumstance. This delightful old chap would give the police putting lessons, while he was waiting back at the station for a family member to come and collect him. The issues of ageing in the twenty first century; and the game of golf’s universal appeal throughout the western world are presented interwoven within this tale.

Golf is such a great game for all ages, but it is particularly part and parcel of the retiree’s identity. The ability to test oneself against the course, to challenge oneself to still improve, despite age and infirmity, is the powerful appeal of golf for those of us making our way through life on the back nine. We swing our clubs and strike the ball, even if we cannot exactly see where that sweet white sphere is heading. We play in hope to break our ages; and to keep our heads held high in the club room of life. Golf is such a poignant metaphor for how we live our lives; our we going to lay up or go for the green?

I hope that you enjoy, this brief, but bittersweet story that I have crafted in ode to my lovely great uncle and his lifetime’s dedication to the game we all love to play. The inclusion of Old Tom Morris is my imaginative insertion as a creative writer and I reckon he wouldn’t mind being associated with the true story of my family member’s twist of fate on this mortal coil. The beginnings of this Scottish game are shrouded in the mists of time; and we all would love to make our imaginative way to St Andrews, the home of golf.

Robert Hamilton is a writer, historian, and a very keen golfer. He is at this time working on a collection of short stories, inspired by sport, but also entertaining what it really means to be alive; to be entitled She’ll Be Right Sport. Robert lives in desperate hope of breaking the magic 80.

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The Ten Best Asian Golfers Of All Time

The Ten Best Asian Golfers Of All Time

Golf in Asia is booming and there are now some great Asian players on all the world tours. The women have made more of an impact, I think, in terms of success and numbers of them on the premier golfing tours. The current number one golfer on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour is Lydia Ko; a Korean born young lady from New Zealand. This girl is a wunderkind in anybody’s terms, incredibly talented and modest to a tee. She will have a long and glorious career at the top of the golfing tree.

Minjee Lee is a Perth girl, who has only turned professional recently and has already won two professional events; including one on the LPGA tour. The LPGA tour is the women’s tour in the USA; and is regarded as the biggest women’s pro golf tour. Minjee Lee is the next big thing coming in women’s golf.

Shigeki Maruyama is the hottest Asian male player on the USPGA tour, which stands for the United States Professional Golf Association tour. This young twenty three year old Japanese star is almost at the top of his game. Beating Ricky Fowler in a play off at the Waste Management Phoenix Open recently put him on the world stage.

KJ Choi, another great Korean golfer has been a stalwart on the USPGA tour for many years now and has been showing signs of late of returning to top class form; so another win may be just around the corner. Will it be in the Year of the Monkey?

Inbee Park, yet another Korean, has been atop the LPGA women’s game for a number of years and does not look like slipping anytime soon.

Arjun Atwal is a great Asian golfer on the European men’s tour and has already had great success; with only more to come.

Bae Sang Moon, yes you guessed it, another great Korean golfer, has won on the USPGA tour and great things are expected of him.

Danny Lee from New Zealand is achieving high finishes and wins on the USPGA tour; and he may only get even better.

Amy Young is a star on the LPGA tour and is a consistent performer at the top level.

Yani Tseng is another fabulous Asian lady golfer on the LPGA tour with multiple wins under her belt.

Ryo Ishikawa is a Japanese player with huge potential and has already achieved massive success on the men’s Japanese tour.

 

 

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