Branden. Random? or a force to reckon with? Martin V considers.

Jan 23 2012

Thought for the Day
He who laughs last thinks slowest

With the Grace of God
At what was once regarded as the tender age of 23, Branden Grace has started his professional golf career with the results: Tied 14th, won, won – which surpasses even the explosive entry of Tiger Woods into the paid ranks. And while I am genuinely delighted for the lad, who must feel as if he has solved Fermatt’s Theorum at the first time of asking (the theorum, incidentally, states that: No three positive integers a, b, and c can satisfy the equation an + bn = cn for any integer value of n greater than two, and was unsolved for 358 years. Mathematics Ed), I hope he doesn’t get too carried with this flush of success. The history of the pro game is littered with the corpses of hot young tyros who initially laid waste to everything before them but whose light burned very brightly but for a hugely disappointing amount of time. And while I loathe the idea of becoming what my mother described as a Job’s comforter – the sort of person who tries to cheer up his friend in hospital, who has had a leg amputated, by pointing out that the man in the next bed wants to buy his slipper – I do hope that Branden has enough insight to recognise that a fabulous start doesn’t always lead to a wondrous finish.

People like Nick Dougherty, Marc Warren, Steve Webster, Chad Campbell, Kirk Triplett, Steve Flesch and Ty Tryone were all hailed as great prospects when they tasted early success but they now (more…)

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We’re not the only ones who don’t like trolley bans…

Jan 23 2012

GoKart electric golf trolley

With thanks to Richard W. from Tavistock.  And his spaniel of course.

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Calling all Wessex golfers!

Jan 23 2012

Well to be specific (because we weren’t quite sure where Wessex is exactly, so we checked…) – Devon, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Somerset, Dorset and Hants.  Take a look at the schedule for the Wessex Amateur Golf Tour.

Started by GoKart owner Dave Thomas, the tour visits nine impressive venues from March to October; with a separate competition at each, and a cumulative order of merit to battle for too (five best stableford scores from the nine rounds).

So if you’re a serious golfer, or you just fancy visiting some different courses for friendly golf with a competitive edge, it’s worth taking a look at the tour website here

 

 

 

 

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GoKart halts production at Jaguar Landrover

Jan 16 2012

Oooooops!

“Your Christmas puzzle has cost Mr Tata thousands. Once the lads on the shop floor knew about it, word spread like wildfire. With operators running in and out “try such and such for hole 5, 6 ,15″ etc – it was never ending. And as for hole 9? Well there must have been about 10 of us staring at that little duck…
Now best get back to making cars…”

They’re talking about the GoKart Christmas puzzle 2011 – it seems we’ve caused a few sleepless nights! There’s still time to play; the winner won’t be drawn until Feb 1st. Click here to play.

GoKart electric golf trolley

“Cripes, its easier playing Royal North Devon GC in a souwesterly force 8 than doing one of your quizes – anyway, bril bit of work, its only taken me the whole of Christmas Day and Boxing day to do! – much to the wife’s chagrin!”
“last years was also exceptional but this years is really something else”.
“Thanks for letting me have a round of golf on Christmas day”
“Got the solution, that was a bitch of a quiz…lots of fun tho.:)”
“Really enjoyed the challenge!  Looking forward to next year’s”
“Great quiz – thoroughly enjoyable, just like the GoKart!”
“The quiz kept my family going through the entire of boxing day and most of today as well, thanks!”
“Fab puzzle once again.Wouldn’t be Christmas without driving yourself mad trying to solve it”
“Hours of fun – thanks, now trying to relax with crossed fingers – not easy:) “
“My Mum and I had been looking out for the quiz all through December and were disappointed not to see one, but delighted when the email arrived on Christmas Day”
“Love your Xmas quizzes! Don’t really do it for the trolley but coz the questions are easily the most inventive and out-of-the-box and I’m a dork!”
“Thanks for another great and fiendish puzzle ! … it’s become part of my Christmas routine now !”
“Great Quiz – drove us bonkers!!”
“Kept me away from food and drink for a while!”
“What a fantastic way to spend an evening, brilliant quiz!!’
“Hope I win,  cause I don’t fancy doing this again; its hell, but good fun al the same”
“well done on a brilliant quiz even tho I wanted to call you something entirely different on several occasions”.
“Solved it at last, cor its taken 5 weeks what a one to sort out, my brain hurts”.
“You have caused me several sleepless nights! BUT I love the way you go about things”.
“Phew! Now what am I meant to do with every spare moment? S’pose I could go play golf!
“Another incredibly testing puzzle, you have a twisted mind!!!!”

Just in case some of that has worried you a bit, rest assured there’s a forum poised ready with hints for when you get stuck. We’re twisted but not sadistic…

 

 

 

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Martin Vousden’s crystal ball for 2012

Jan 15 2012

Thought for the Day
If your parents didn’t have any children, the chances are that you won’t either

Early skirmishes
Those of you old enough to remember (and that’s a fast dwindling group) or, more likely, with some knowledge of 20th century history, will know that in the first six months after we opened hostilities with Germany in 1939 there was a period called the Phoney War. After the drama of announcing our intention to take on the Hun, nothing much happened but there remained a sense of anticipation. A stupid analogy, I know, but the start of a new golf season always reminds me of those events of more than 70 years ago because, despite all the expectations and hopes we are presented with – well, not very much. On the European Tour we have a few tournaments in South Africa, what used to be called the Sunshine Tour but, with the greatest respect, the fields are not representative of the best players in the world. Of course South Africa has some fine golfers but it does not have great strength in depth, which is why people like Louis Ooosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel (and before them Retief Goosen and Ernie Els) tend to become serial winners on home turf. And the US Tour, meanwhile, takes itself to Hawaii for a few weeks during which the players have a wonderful time, I’m sure, but the (more…)

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