Wednesday, December 31, 2008

When golfers from hell attack

WHOEVER said golf is a gentlemen’s game probably failed to consider Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr. and his minions.

The Mayor, or His Honor as blokes like him liked to be called, went UFC and beat the crap out of a 14-year-old Jungolfer and his 56-year-old dad, why?

Most of the scattered reports I got blamed “slow play,” for the brawl and a blog account of the daughter of the Jungolfer’s dad, who was also present during the incident, said Pangandaman, an insignificant mayor of an otherwise unknown town before this, was part of two flights which overtook the family of golfers.

After catching up with the two flights, the father proceeded to ask them why they overtook their flight without asking permission, but instead of an answer, he got whacked.

I’m no expert in golf etiquette, let’s leave that to our golf guru, Ed Chiongbian, but I don’t think you need to be an expert to know that getting to blows in the gentleman’s game--or any sport for that matter—is a big no no.

I wanted to learn how good Insignificant Mayor is in golf, or what his handicap is, but all the entries in google report the same thing--this mayor beat the crap out of a jungolfer and his dad.

In a TV interview, Insignificant Mayor’s Dad, a Cabinet official, pointed out that his son and his bodyguards weren’t the first one to inflict violence. They merely fought back.
Hmmm, so the dad, with his 14-year-old son in tow, instigated the fight with a stranger and his bodyguards? Why?  For fun?

If that’s the case, Pinoy boxers for the 2012 Olympiad should cross-train in golf to toughen up.  For starters, they could play a hole ahead of guys like His Honor.

According to the daughter’s account, while the fight was going on, Insignificant Mayor was shouting, “Hindi nila kami kilala! Sabihin mo nga sa kanila kung sino ako!” (Well, nobody really knew him before that event, and I guess it’s safe to say, he’s quite famous now.)

That “Hindi nila kami kilala” phrase, I think, proved one thing.  There is nothing more dangerous than an ego of a small town politician who thinks everyone else should recognize him because he is the Mayor of So and So.

Maybe, for the safety of other golfers, golf courses should hold out a sign when guys like the Insignificant

Mayor play, “Warning, Politician playing golf!”  Or, instead of churning out handicaps, golf courses should also assign “Temper Tantrum Caps,” with a 1 for “He’s as sweet as a baby,” and a 10 for “Stay away for your safety!”

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