By Bruce Braun

Golf is a game of ego, but it is also a game of integrity. The most important thing is you do what is right when no one is looking. Submitted by Dennis O’Sullivan.

We will start out on a somber note. This morning the senior men’s league paid their respects to past members who are no longer with us. This annual event, like so many others interrupted by Covid, was restarted after a few year hiatus. The group of 72 members and 5 guests gathered on the hill top ninth tee. Richard Cone, sans pulpit, spoke eloquently. Ray Howard and Larrie Davies shared names of recently departed members. John Bowiec tickled his fiddle to a somber melody and concluded with a refreshing jig. 

The Beauty Bay senior men’s league has reached the final stage of the matchplay event. Two men, Keith Lake and Marvin Koski, are the only two men standing, leaving 12 behind in their wake. They will schedule their match shortly. It is quite likely that gallery tickets will go on sale immediately following the announcement of their contest date.

Among the senior men’s league membership there are those who make an effort to improve. Some of us just hope it will happen naturally through the course of numerous rounds of playing golf. Others of us actually go out and try a few different things in an attempt to improve. And, of course, there are those of us who don’t care! Perhaps, if we were younger, more flexible, more malleable, we think we would have a chance. Alas, we are elderly, and this means we adapt our game to our body and not the other way around. Even so, it is argued that all of us can improve. If you do aspire to improving your game, I recommend a 1995 book by Bob Rotella entitled.” Golf is Not a Game of Perfect.”

Below, are a couple nuggets from his book: -On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot. -Golfers must learn to love 'the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives—anger, fear, whining, and cheating—do no good. -Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself. -It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt. This book is filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with. Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect will improve the game of even the most casual player.

Results for the league on July 18 is as follows:

Front nine scramble winners were Russell Hintz, Al Pekarchuk, Norm Peacock, and Paul Vincent with a -3 score of 32.

Congratulations! Other achievements: Longest drive (white tees) on number 11: Roger “My Name Says It All” Long.

Closest to the cup second shot on number 13: Frank “In The Zone” Bastone.

Closest to the cup first shot on number 14: Murray “Lazer Beam” Kesselman.

Longest putt on number 16: Dave “Double Breaker” Moorey. Longest putt on number 18: Paul “Nothing But Net” Vincent.

July 18 back nine flight winners: Flight 1: Keith Lake, 39. Flight 2: Jim Beaman, 41. Won on a countback. Flight 3: Russ Garneys, 42. Flight 4: Lorne Nault, 43 Flight 5: Kevin Little, 46.