Friday, March 11, 2016

All the Pretty Golfers.....


.............in their Under Armour shirts and their fashionably skinny trousers, with their carefully manscaped mini beards!

You may find this hard to believe but I went to a major golf tournament yesterday, and, second surprise --- lived to tell the tale. It was a back-handed sort of invitation. The OC had lucked into some tickets but his usual golf buddy couldn't go. With his best SEG he turned to me and asked if I'd like to go, knowing full well I'd probably prefer to stick pins in my eyes, or stay home reading, sewing, or even chasing dust bunnies. Since it couldn't be for my singleminded devotion to the game, he could only be asking me for my scintillating company. How could I say no?

I had to arise and shake myself a little earlier than usual but after a shower and some coffee I was ready. The course we were headed to is a beautiful one. In addition to famous golfers I knew there'd be beautiful trees so I packed my camera along with sunscreen, a book (in case it turned out to be incredibly boring,) lip balm and a comb.

The OC was poised and ready,

"Let's go!"

"Hang on a sec! Which hat should I bring? A big floppy one or a gardening one?"

A sigh from the OC while I go to select a hat, end up taking both. When in doubt, take two.

"Oh. Wait! I have to go!" Should have passed on the coffee, but then I'd still be asleep.

Patience was wearing thin. Teeth were grinding. Toes were tapping. The OC was probably weighing the benefits of my scintillating company against the irritation of my usual three trips back into the house before I was actually ready.

Finally we were on the way and he could relax. If I'd forgotten anything else I'd just have to manage without.

We picked up our tickets and a sheet of instructions.....

No cameras allowed...? Boo, hiss! Taking pictures was what I'd been looking forward to the most! No purses, no backpacks, unless they were see-through --- who on earth goes around with see-through purses and backpacks anyway? No food, no water bottles...so much for the apple slices and water in my (not see-through) backpack.

But then we turned our attention to the golf. And, surprise, it was really interesting. For one thing, I was familiar with most of the big names because of the constant barrage of golf from the television at our house. Whether I'm actually listening or not, it seeps into my brain. And I have occasionally, in the spirit of "if you can't beat 'em join 'em," sat down with the OC and watched some of the tournaments. And for another, unlike baseball or football where I truly have no earthly idea what's going on, I do have some idea how golf is scored. Learned early in life when I used to walk around the course with my dad, caddying for him (mar dhea) when he went golfing..... Everybody's darling, Jordan Spieth, was there, along with the slew of new, really young, outstanding golfers.

Watching one of them, up close, hit his drive off the tee I whispered to the OC "What is he, sixteen?"
I overheard some young men nearby whispering to each other "Well he's a trust fund baby you know..."
Probably had his first set of clubs while his peers were still riding tricycles and mastering the monkey bars.
And all these young professional golfers, with very few exceptions, looked like they'd just stepped out of an ad in Esquire or Gentlemans' Quarterly. My sons only dress so spiffily when forced to. I wondered if these guys liked being dressed up like dogs' dinners, the better to promote sales of their sponsors' wares, or if they longed for baggy cargo shorts and loose cotton tees. I guess when they play at this level they're handsomely compensated for any such "sacrifices."

Wherever there is money and fame and handsome young men there too will be gorgeous young women dressed to attract all of the former. While the OC carefully watched the technique of each golfer in turn, making notes and filing them in a special corner of his brain, I too watched them with interest. But I was also watching with equal interest the multitudes of fans and their varied fashion statements. Sensibly shod in my sneakers, I was nonetheless impressed by some of the attendees' footwear choices. Sneakers were my choice. Walking shoes, or even sturdy sandals, would also have worked, but, faced with the prospect of traipsing around all day on uneven, grassy terrain the last shoes I would have chosen would have been (if I even owned a pair) four or five inch heels. It must be my age.....

I could make fun of such a fuss being made, worldwide, of grown men trying to hit little white balls into ridiculously small holes....but then I'd probably have to defend my own habit of buying perfectly beautiful fabric and cutting it up into small pieces only to painstakingly sew them all back together again....so we won't go there today!

We walked and walked until I could, not only feel, but actually hear my knees creaking. Later in the afternoon we found some bleachers overlooking the sixteenth green and sat in the shade and watched the action in comfort, sipping water and licking ice cream.

We had a good day. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the shady trees providing frequent relief. I was happy I went. The OC was glad of the company, scintillating or otherwise. He's gone back today. But not me. Today I'm staying home reading, sewing and chasing dust bunnies. And yes, of course, writing.



Note: no photos for reasons mentioned above. Again --- boo, hiss! Especially when everywhere we went at the tournament there were people snapping away surreptitiously with their cell phones! 

10 comments:

Ali Honey said...

That's quite a different point of view - he he.
So did you have a card in your pocket or were the drinks and ice cream free?
Any one who treads a golf course or any grass area in high heels has to be questioned?
It gave you something to write about in an amusing fashion so be glad about that.
Hugs from NZ.

Elephant's Child said...

I think it was Mark Twain who said of gold 'a good walk ruined'. I have long leant to his view, but may have to shift focus, thanks to your post. Sigh on the camera ban.
Five inch heels? I remember tham. A piece of yoof I let go with alacrity.

Molly Bon said...

AH -- Free at the Veterans' enclosure, but the OC had his card, along with my lip balm in his pocket, so we were able to buy outrageously priced hot and didn't starve! And yes, it did provide (free!) blog fodder...

EC --- "A good walk ruined..." I couldn't agree with that as the golf course where my dad played was in a beautiful area and the course wound its way through and around the ruins of an old abbey and castle and picturesque river. As for heels, I always felt they made me too tall. It's no fun as a teenager to be taller than most of the boys!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

After I'd Googled Under Armour shirts , I had to rethink golfers . My father played in flannels and a tweed jacket and his father wore plus-fours ... but they weren't followed around by young ladies in 5" heels either !

Thimbleanna said...

Haha -- I could imagine myself in your place. I'm not a golf fan and would like to make fun of it, but, as you said ... cutting up bits of fabric and all. In my mind, golf is good for one thing -- it gets you outside on a beautiful day.

I smiled when I read you grabbed your camera and I thought uh-oh. And sure enough, arrived to the part where no cameras are allowed. I know nothing about the game of golf, even though we live on a golf course. A few years ago, to much fan-fare, our course started hosting a tournament that's a feeder into the big tournaments. Lots of young golfers. I watched a bit on the golf channel, and on the last day, as they got to the last (and top) ten-or-so golfers, I turned the bench in our backyard to toward the tee and Dad and I perched ourselves out there to watch. When the young South African who eventually won and his caddy arrived on the tee, I raised my phone to snap a shot. Holy Cow, you would have thought I'd raised a machine gun. That caddy was all over me like he was the secret service. Apparently there were lots of no camera signs all over at the start of the course, but since I was in my backyard, I had no idea. It was very embarrassing. And now I know -- NO cameras LOL!

Pam said...

Wow, you're back! Welcome, stranger.

Relatively Retiring said...

On your next trip to England you should try polo for the designer chic. I'd really like to read what you make of that, especially if there are a few princes around!

Susan Kane said...

Seeing your name always makes me happy!

I agree: this new batch of golfers look like someone needs to check their ages on their driver's license.

Molly Bon said...

S&S --- What? No Flappers?

Annabanana --- But in your own back garden? Sounds a bit unreasonable!

Pam --- Yes, and trying for it to last.... "Isabelle" is not exactly prolific these days either!

RR --- Princes AND horses! What's not to like?

SK --- I'm happy to see you haven't given up on me.

Nathalie H.D. said...

Great story, even without photos.
I love the way you tell it.

Re one of the comments above, I wonder if you can really forbid people taking photos from their own backyards?