In the Chinese Calendar, 2013 is the year of the Black Snake which began on Sunday February 10th shortly after the new moon in Aquarius. The year would seem to bode well for golfers, in that it represents steady progress and attention to detail, with focus and discipline being necessary to achieve specific aims. All well and good, except that the weather once again led to Snakers losing another Sunday at the dawn of their special year! Despite the optimism of Greens’ Chairman, Phil Carling, the 7:45 a.m. message stating that the course was open, was quickly followed by a text to golfers and an updated answerphone message informing disgruntled participants who had donned wet suits and various waterproofs that the greens were flooded, and that there would be no golf. This message obviously didn’t reach Jeff Osbourne who turned up to play dressed as a Flowerpot Man, presumably because he couldn’t find any waterproofs. No one is quite sure why, but it was possibly in homage to the recent 60th anniversary of Bill and Ben on December 12th.“Flobbalobbalob shobbalob!”
Course management continues despite the weather, and the latest cull involved, among others, the huge conifer to the right of the twelfth and another adjacent to the eighteenth green. Match Captain, Leon Reece, was canvassing the views of members in respect of these alterations/improvements, and, generally, most were in favour, with the proviso that they could each reclaim at least three dozen balls which, over the years, they had deposited in the former hazards! Even with the three Sundays lost in to the weather, the likely winners of the Spring Snakes are not obvious, but several pairings remain undefeated. Indeed, when the weather allows for a resumption of hostilities, at the moment, only six pairings are unbeaten. Off the first tee, something has to give with John Redknap and Richie Collins taking on Jordan Price-Davies and Liam Bevan. Huw Elias and Peter Ingram are up against Peter “Porky” Edmunds and Mike Desmond, and, perennial bandit John Letton and partner Gwyn Griffiths pit their skills against Phil Harris and Nigel Jones.
Clearly, the Year of the Snake will have a considerable impact upon members of the Glamorganshire, since, in this year, people are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally, logically, and seldom instinctively (Committee please note!). Such people are complex individuals, apparently being clever and men of few words from their birth. Their business always goes well, but very often they are stingy, and sometimes egoistic and conceited. However they can be very active in their friends’ life. They are often too active, not believing other people and relying only on themselves. Snakes are allegedly also very insightful and naturally intuitive. 2014 is the Year of the Tiger, which some would deem to be even more appropriate for a golf club!