First sign of spring

Devoted readers will remember when I wrote about the experiences from the choir where two of my children sing (if you don’t, click here). The beuty of that choir and the Christmas concert that I of course went to see is that people of all ages and abilities come together. The less experienced have somebody to look up to and something to aspire towards. This also serves as a bit of a reality check as the risk of something that quite often happens in sport – somebody becoming a big fish in a small pond – is minimal. There is usually somebody there who is better, partly because he or she is older and more experienced, who will help the youngsters to understand that an important first step is probably to become the best in that bunch.

As I now sit down and reflect over the first true sign of spring in English golf, the Sunningdale Foursomes, I realise that this exists also in golf. At least it does this week. the Sunningdale Foursomes are quite unique. Played around the beautiful Old Course at Sunningdale, for the first time in 1934, for amateurs, professionals, men and ladies it is just a great melting pot of different experiences coming together. Among the winners of previous Sunningdale Foursomes you can find Open Championship winners (Alf Padgham and Max Faulkner) as well as the current World number 3, Luke Donald. And even if not playing, you can bet your bottom dollar that a visit to Sunningdale this week will give you a good chance to spot ex Ryder Cup Captain and legend Sam Torrance hiding in the club house. It is of course this mix of grey hair with young enthusiasm, experience from the tour with junior champions and not the least men and women coming together that we should do so much more of. The silo type of working is a decease that is spreading across our society, not just in sport but in pretty much every walk of life and I am sure that it limits our development greatly. We have just got so much to learn from each other!

And not that it really matters but if you are interested in the results at Sunningdale – they should appear here. If you are a true golf fan, you will put on your best cap, perhaps take your dog and your walking stick and join the members on the fairways for what is truly a great experience. But perhaps you are just too far away from Sunningdale…

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