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Carts out, ice in; golf’s about done, curling is nigh

BY ALAIN MEUSE: YARMOUTH – It seems like the golfing season would never start but now it’s almost over. This part of Nova Scotia was blessed with excellent golfing weather beginning in early July and continuing until that nor’easter rain-wind event on Oct. 22-24.


   Donnie, Jeff, my son Kevin and I played Clare in mid-October and the scenery was spectacular.

   But now the carts literally are out of the barn and even though it hasn’t been that cold, word is that ice has appeared on the cement slab at the Yarmouth Links where the carts used to call home.

   Charlie and I played on Sunday, Oct. 19.  The course was festooned with stakes sporting red flags. The cross was pockmarked with chalk.  A major school cross-country run was going to take place the following day on the course.

  Since carts weren’t allowed, Charlie, Steve and I deferred from entering.

   The closing golf tournament was a real blast, what with teeing off the gold tees, perfect weather and a great turnout. Special thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible i.e. the great meal, the prizes, which were solicited by Stephanie and generously donated by businesses.

   Our threesome shot 12 under but were no match for Randy Fells, Don Berry and Garth Nickerson, who carted a minus 19.

  Other results: 2nd place:  Ed and Al Wall, Aaron LeBlanc and Glenn Muise.

  The mixed was won by Gerard and Karen Lindsay, Ray Muise and Nicole Tufts.

  Placing second were Sheila Pothier, Brian Marks, Flo and Levi Muise.

  The ladies’ crown was won by Pat Moulaison, Andrea Doherty, Amy Racine and Pamela Graham.

   The big prize for a club membership in 2015 was won by Brandon Surette. Pamela Graham won 10 green fees and Pat Moulaison was the winner of a range pass for next year.

   In the recap of the club championship there was an error in the final standings. Jeff Reardon was the winner of the 3rd division.  Garth and I apologize for the error.

Parting shot: There were many memorable events which took place in the global game of golf, not the least of which was the emergence of Rory McElroy as the world’s best golfer of the year. Another event captured my attention and it was the Royal and Ancient of St. Andrews finally granting women full status at the club. They could always play at the Old Course but that was about it.  Incredible, isn’t it?  Women golf has had a long history in Scotland.  Think back to Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth I’s cousin, circa 1587. She loved the game and indeed played after her husband had just recently died. The Catholic Church wasn’t pleased with that. The fact that she played golf was brought up at her trial for treason as evidence of her ‘callousness.’ She suffered a one- stroke penalty, alas from the executioner’s axe, not the tally on her scorecard.

See you next year.



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