When last we checked in on our eight-golfer league, dark was dampening our spirits on Monday nights at Northern Pines in Cicero.
So Commish ended last week’s shortened play with a talk with the higher-ups at the course just outside of Syracuse, N.Y.
They suggested the best route was to separate our foursomes, each to follow the two leagues in front of us on separate sets on nines.
That’s indeed what we did Monday night.
Bird, Morelli, Amy and I repeated last week’s route, starting on hole No. 10, while DJ, Commish and Lovely Linda scooted on to the tee at No. 1. Mrs. Bird had to miss play.
Both group were still later to the tees than our scheduled 5:45 p.m. time.
Our foursome trailed different leagues than usual. And the group ahead of us was slow. In fact, Bird took it upon himself to walk up the fairway on the par-four No. 5 to address them politely but firmly when the green was clear but they were not ready to hit their approach shots. In fact, one of the golfers was on the opposite side of the hole from his ball, searching a waste area, apparently looking to scarf up some last balls. When Bird walked back to us at the tee, he said they replied that they were waiting for the group in front of them, but he said he pointed to the free green and said, “No.”
The ranger came by in his cart a moment later, and Bird replayed the story to him. The group in front of us got a visit from the ranger, and played much faster the rest of the round.
Yes, we finished before dark. It was 8:30 when we finished putting out, and the other group hit the parking lot to put their clubs in the trunk at the same time.
Afterward, we all gathered in the clubhouse for a beverage and conversation. This is the way the league is supposed to finish each week. Although we do realize that with the daylight now getting shorter, unless the leagues ahead of us start playing faster, nine holes a group won’t last forever.