Alain Meuse's golf column
What a difference a fortnight makes. Cold dismal weather gave way to cloudless and windless days with temps in the high teens and mid-twenties by the time June rolled around.
The Yarmouth Links has never been better: it’s even dry at the bottom of holes No. 2 and 9 and the two run-offs the 16th fairway can also be waded with slippers.
I know, things around here weather-wise can change as quickly as the brain of a teenager but so far so good.
And this being the warm season, tournaments are beginning to spring up, usually on weekends.
Golfers should note that even though there is a tournament, it doesn’t necessarily mean the course is closed all day.
For us early birds, if a get-together like the one the lobstermen had over the weekend kicks off at 8:30 a.m., our group showed up at 5:30 and easily put in 18 holes.
Most tournaments are over by 1 or 2 p.m. It’s wise to check with the club.
Noticed the two sand pyramids adjacent to the garage out there by tee No. 3? It’s not true that an Arab potentate has moved into the area and the Links wants to make him feel at home. Now if I spot a few camels around the area I may add to the rumours….
The sand is for the new traps to be constructed on No. 15.
The future of any institution depends on it being able to recruit new blood and golf is no different. The local membership is a bit short on the tooth and hair so I applaud the efforts of the club to entice the young ones to try the game, at the club’s expense.
The annual drive, chip and putt event will take place at the club sometime this month. It’s open to any novice golfer, from five to 19 years of age, and it’s gratis.
“People should call to register by July 7,” Lynn Doucette, club manager, said in an interview.
This is an excellent venue to introduce someone to a game that can last a lifetime. A few days ago I saw Levi Muise teeing off on No. 1. He’s over 90 years of age — yep, 90.
During this month a few schools will be sending delegations to the club to hit a few balls. This will take place on days that the schools are closed.
Helping Lynn on this chore are George Watkins and Garth Nickerson. Kudos to all three because if this course is to survive it needs new entrants.
The Clara Caie Tournament was held recently and familiar names emerged on top. Winning the event was former club champion Derek Boudreau who shot 66. Second Gross winner was Morgan Penney, last year’s club champion. Ryan Goudey placed third and Jon Rodney, the winner of a car due to a hole-in-one in a tournament last year, came in fourth.
First net was Jim Burbidge. Craig MacDonald, Randy Fells and Elliot Fevens finished after Burbidge.
In the 2nd division Randy Scoville shot 77 and won. Coming in second was Gerry Pitman. Glen Whitehouse placed third and Garth Nickerson fourth.
First net was won by Jacob LeBlanc, followed by Gerard Lindsay, Bob Hamilton and Eric Newell.
In the ladies division, perennial club champion Sheila Pothier topped the list, with Karen Lindsay coming in second and Sharon Fraser third.
The club would like to thank Pleasant Supplies Timber Mart for donating tee blocks for all the Par 3s used for the gold and red tees. They also replaced a few of the older white tees.
Smile du Jour: “You’ve just got one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you’ve hit it,” Sam Snead.