Yesterday, as my little American friend Trent would have said, I HAD A GREAT DAY !
I had been looking forward to this day for months ,, nae, years ,, and had worried that maybe the dreaming of it would far outshine the reality.
But I needn't have concerned myself, for, as it turned out, it was a truly awesome day !
I played Sandyhills again, for the first time in over 40-years ,, the golf course where I first played the game as a skinny teenager !
I didn't remember much of the place ,, a few holes looked familiar but not many ,,, like all golf courses, naturally, it has changed over the years, but I was back, and I loved every minute ,,
Memories of my old pal Alistair ( Best ) came flooding back ,, our school days, afternoons spent in his Killin St. home ,.,.,.., sadly he couldn't be there with me this time ,, he died, 2-years ago now.
I played "out of my skin" and had by far the biggest win of the day finishing 9-up ,.,.
I shot an amazing 38 out and 40 back giving me a score consistant with an 8 handicap player rather than my existing 16. My opponents ( only the President and Captain of Sandyhills ) gave me the "Man of the Match " award and re-christened me "The Scud Missile Launcher", having seen the "Scudder" motif on my hat !
I helped our team ( Cowglen Seniors ) to a famous 5-1 victory and the lifting of the Match Trophy.
But what made me happiest of all, and the day really great, was simply returning to my Spiritual Golf Home.
Ahhhhhhhhhhh Happy Days.