Alain Meuse's golf column
Playing as often as my confreres and I do early each morning, about the only thing we haven’t come up against is a cadaver or a closed tote bag containing zillions of dollars.
I’ve already written about the animal life on the old Caie Farm. Heading the list this summer is a small gaggle of geese that persist in relieving themselves on freshly mown greens.
Running and yelling at them, threatening them with a front-row seat to a lip-smacking nosh of rappie pie doesn’t scare them either. They just waggle away and continue their daily routine, which seems to be eating, defecating and taking naps.
Sounds like a few of my buddies.
Other than geese, the occasional pheasant vents his displeasure at being disturbed and a mallard lady with her brood seems in constant search of bugs in the fairways.
Just saw three whitetails so far this year; apparently not enough flowers on the links to entice them to appear more often.
Over the year I’ve found golf gloves, golf clubs, golf covers, car keys, sunglasses – all of these my own!
Occasionally, something out of the ordinary catches our attention.
At first it was the occasional mussel shell. Then the bright red discards of a lobster dinner and rather large animal bones we concluded came from a slaughter house on the Wyman Road area and probably hauled on the course by either coyotes or turkey vultures.
But a week or so ago, Wayne and I happened on something we hadn’t seen before on the course.
“What’s that?” Wayne asked, pointing to something on the ground.
“It’s a flounder,” I said.
And it was, in all its entirety. This was at about 7:45 a.m. so what was it doing there?
Really funky high tides?
Full moon was that night, not the previous one. And the oceans haven’t warmed up to the extent of depositing what looked like a fresh flounder on our fairways.
More than likely a gull had given up the struggle and simply dropped the thing and kept on going.
And since we didn’t have a frying pan, butter and a carafe of Chablis in our bags, we decided to let it be and tickle the fancy of the next group of golfers coming by.
TOURNAMENTS: Jacob LeBlanc had himself a nice stretch of golf in August. The youngster won both the Yarmouth and Clare junior invitationals and in the Ricky Boudreau Memorial he won 2nd net in the 2nd division. Atta boy.
Results Yarmouth Links Junior Invitational: Gross, Jacob LeBlanc. Net, Ryan Swinamer.
Junior 1st gross Jacob Lloyd. Juvenile 1st gross Julien d’Entremont. 2nd gross Brandon Watkins. 1st net Josh Watkins. 2nd net Nicky Porter. Bantams: 1st gross Kayden Nickerson. 2nd gross Noah Pearson. 1st net Reid Symonds. 2nd net Teran Newell.
Rick Boudreau Memorial: Jody Swim won the event after a five-hole playoff with Aaron Nickerson. Low net Nathan Townsand. Low senior Bobby Stoddard Jr.
1st division gross Aaron Nickerson. 2nd Eric Locke. 3rd Morgan Penney. 4th Derek Boudreau. 1st net Ryan Dixon. 2nd Chris Perry. 3rd Matt Fish. 4th Jordan Gray.
2nd division gross Jordy Atkinson. 2nd Colin Fraser. 3rd George Watkins. 4th George Baker. 1st net Dustin Goreham. 2nd Jacob LeBlanc. 3rd Brad Belliveau. 4th Alex Pink.
3rd division 1st gross Jim Burbidge. 2nd Kevin Penney. 3rd Mitch Penney. 4th Jeff LeBlanc. 1st net Phil LeBlanc. 2nd Irving Wade. 3rd Glenn Whitehouse. 4th Robbie Hubbard.
4th division 1st gross Donald LeBlanc. 2nd Pat Gallagher. 3rd Bruce Arthur. 4th Bob Hamilton. 1st net Paul Jones. 2nd Ricky Boudreau. 3rd Kempton Goodwin. 4th Gordie Muise.
The Yarmouth Links club championship will take place over the three-day Labour Day weekend. A sure sign that the season is rapidly coming to a close for most golfers but for some of us we’ll soldier on ‘til the snow flies, or beyond.