“My Life as a Golf Marshall” :Chapter 13 How to Deal with Juniors

Juniors are a special case. Many are savvy as to golf etiquette but an equal number are clueless. This could be because they have played with parents clueless about etiquette or their parents do not play golf therefore unable to impart good or bad etiquette. Like talking on the green on their cellphones before putting. Or walking slowly like tired mules all bunched up rather than going to the ball and shooting separately. But one thing is a constant they are polite and a little wide-eyed by some old Marshall politely asking them to speed up or giving them a very gentle lesson in etiquette. Occasionally you’ll see a light popping off in their head like they finally understand some rules of etiquette. Although not mentioned in my training I believe it is a duty of a golf Marshall to teach etiquette to young golfers. I won’t dare say to an adult golfer, “Why are you taking five practice swings?” because that mature golfer is obviously rude and inconsiderate and resentful of such “advice”. But I will say to a junior how improper multiple practice swings are. I am making them better golf citizens. They are respectful and open to learning. And what a shame there are no etiquette courses offered at my golf course.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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