Reflections of an autumn morning

As I wake up to an absolutely glorious September morning I come to think about golf’s calendar. Yes, I know that is sad but the bug of golf tends to do things like that to us. My thinking is that the weather in general is good for golf at this time of the year, the courses are never better and yet there is so little competitive golf to play in the amateur game. In the professional world the PGA Tour conclude with the Tour Championships next week, without Tiger Woods for the first time. In Europe the fight for next year’s cards is hardening and the Race to Dubai has yet to reach its climax. If there will be one that is. The Ryder Cup in early October should mean that the pro game feels interesting for a bit longer as at other times I remember the distinct feeling of ‘the party is over’ after the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Whether October in Wales will have any resemblance of a party remains to be seen I guess.

To come back to the amateur calendar I fail to understand why it is like this. We cannot wait to get started in the spring when temperatures are still freezing cold and the grass on the greens really has not started growing. In the summer any decent amateur can find about three tournaments a week to play in but come the end of August it is like somebody has pulled the plug once and for all. Hibernation sets in!

This of course is not in the best interest of the developing players and needs addressing. Perhaps something for the EU to get involved in???

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2 Responses to “Reflections of an autumn morning”


  1. 1 Ron harrison September 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, most inland courses are in their prime during late August, Seprember and early October but most of the amateur calenders are front end loaded . . . Yes, get the EGU involved and move the clocks two hours forward for summer time, let’s live a bit and enjoy our sport during this special time of the year.

  2. 2 Caroline Southgate September 24, 2010 at 4:22 am

    As Mother to an aspiring golfer I couldn’t agree more, with young school age players who have enjoyed the summer holidays the void that is the autumn term is quite depressing for some boys. The eveinings are still light enough until half term and the weekends are better than the May/June weekends when exams are looming. For those outside education the pace of the summer and the disappointment at having to miss tournaments as the schedule is too full during the summer does not make sense.
    Also the spread financially for amateurs could be better if the season was longer.


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