I trust everyone enjoyed Saskatchewan Day yesterday? There really isn’t a compelling reason for the August civic holiday except to give us another day off, perhaps to get in a game of golf. I read that golf is suffering somewhat compared to other professional sports when it comes to the numbers and demographics of its spectators. When you think about it, compared to team sports, golf is an honourable game played by people who don’t need referees.
Professional golfers are only paid in proportion to how well they play. In golf, your most feared opponent is you. When golfers make a mistake, nobody is there to cover for them. In golf you have to play your foul balls. Golfers don’t demand a new contract or hold out for more money because of another player’s deal. Golfers don’t get paid per diems and free seats on a charter flight travelling between tournaments. The best golfers can hit a ball more than twice as far as the best baseball players. In golf if you fail 70% of the time you won’t make $10 million a season like baseball players with a 300 batting average. I’ve admitted I’m not a good golfer but I enjoy the exercise, fresh air and camaraderie with those I’m playing with. How many strokes it takes to motivate the ball into the hole on each green is irrelevant. If I ever start to get frustrated and upset at bad shots or high score that’ll be the day I mothball the clubs and just watch the PGA on tv.