- Mobile phones have gone and made things worse.
- Appointments are made and cancelled willy-nilly.
- The golfers that are in the habit of not showing up should be classified as wakora (scoundrels).
Back in the day when I was in college, the days when we used to make appointments and stuck by them, I called my father’s office one day to book an appointment to see him the following day.
We set the appointment for 9am. I arrived at 9.15am and greeted my father, nonchalantly. His response was curt: “If you meant to be here at 9.15am, you should have set the appointment for 9.15am!”
My father’s statement took me aback. I was only 15 minutes late and, in any case, he had informed me that he would be in the office all morning.
All the same, I learnt a valuable lesson that day. It is rude to keep anyone waiting. Even if it is for one minute.
Mobile phones have gone and made things worse.
Appointments are made and cancelled willy-nilly. This culture has sneaked into our beautiful game where a number of golfers are serial offenders when it comes to honouring appointed tee times.
If you go through the draws that are published today (below) with a fine-tooth comb, you will notice that some individuals appear in more than one golf club on the same day.
There is no way one person will be expected to tee off at mid-day at say Royal Nairobi Golf Club and also at 1pm at Muthaiga Golf Club.
The only logical explanation for that occurrence would be that the golfer was entered into one of the tournaments without his knowledge.
If this is not the case, and the player actually entered their names on both, then it is the ultimate disrespect to the committees and other golfers when they don’t show up.
The golfers that are in the habit of not showing up should be classified as wakora (scoundrels).
The Rules of Golf require the committee in charge of the competition to establish the times of starting and, in stroke play, arrange the groups in which competitors must play.
This basically means that to run a bona fide competition, the committee must publish a draw. It is not a competition if people just saunter in and form groups at the tee or in the changing rooms. Such a competition would not be considered procedural. The courts would be within their mandate to annul such a competition.
The Rules of Golf also dictate that a golfer must start at the time that the committee has indicated on the draw.
If the committee has set 9.00am as the starting time for a group in a stroke play competition, then all members of the group must be at the tee at 9.00.00am… not a second later.