Hello Mainlands Golfers.  This past weekend’s Scramble Results are in.  On Saturday the Scramble was to find umbrellas and shelter.  We got rained out, which I believe is 2 weeks in a row now.  On a positive note the course is as lush and green as it could be.  So at least we got that going for us.

Sunday’s Two-person Scramble was surprisingly packed being our largest Sunday Scramble of the Summer so far.  40 people came out for a battle royale on the links of Mainlands.  The course was wet and the format was a standard scramble.  When all was said and done the results were tabulated in our Golf-Tabulator 9000 and the winning team is . . .

1st Place David and Alex Hobbs -2

2nd Place Stuart Hoff and Steve Bevins Even  Par

3rd Place Donna Dorsey and Ken Thompson +2

Closest to the Pin was stuffed to about 5 inches by Trey Orobik on number 17.

Congratulations to all of the winners!!!  Your club credit accounts have some new dollars in them and for Trey he has some golf balls behind the counter with his name on them.

Each week I am trying to address a singular topic I find relevant to the game of golf and maybe even life itself.  Sometimes the topic is easily evident, remember those heinous sunflower seeds?  Yes someone was back again spitting them out on the greens of the #1 and #2. (insert sigh of exasperation here) But that was last week’s topic.

Today I wanted to take the time to talk about responsibility.  To make a long story short I was in between clubs with about 130 into the green on number 18.  I say to Mike I’m thinking of laying off of an 8 instead of stepping on a 9.  He said I like the easy 8.  So I try to hit an 8 with three quarters strength.  I hit one of the straightest shots I have hit all day.  Right where I was aiming, straight over the pin the ball flew like a rocket.  I line drived it right over the pin and into this rather nice looking Chevrolet.  THUNK… I hear it hit and watch it bounce somewhere into the parking lot.  This week I would like to give a DIS-Honorable mention; to my 8 iron.  I would also like to give an Honorable Mention to myself.  Point being I walked to the Chevy, saw the dent, walked inside and wrote a note with my apologies, my name and my cell phone number and I taped it to the window.  Golf and Life are mirrors of each other.  In both you are responsible for your actions.  The Golf Course is not responsible for my bad shot.  The weather didn’t make it happen.  Mike’s caddying wasn’t responsible.  I hit the ball and it is my fault.

I don’t know a golfer who hasn’t hit a ball OB.  I implore all golfers to think about integrity and how it is an integral part of both life and golf.  If you are not going to be responsible for your golf ball maybe you shouldn’t play.

I have said before that Golfers tend to be people of high moral fiber.  I am fortunate to say that the people I meet through the golf course are almost always decent, honest, and good people.  I appreciate that fact so much and I look forward to keeping that reputation.  If you are still reading this I thank you for the gift of your attention.


-Tyson Duane