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Lady Tour Pro chooses Tenerife as winter training camp

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Another Lady pro golfer that’s chosen Amarilla Golf Course as her practice course whilst here in Tenerife. The lady in question is Anna Dahlberg Soderstrom a young Member of the Swedish PGA 2011 and Nordea tour player who is heading to Q school this January …

She’s having great fun practicing and playing at Amarilla Golf Course in shorts and polo shirt and says it a wonderful place to be in October as the sun shines every day.

Anna says “ All the courses I have played here in Tenerife have been fantastic, its so nice to escape from the cold and rain and come to Tenerife and enjoy my sport in such wonderful conditions… I will defiantly be back and recommend Tenerife to anyone who wants to enjoy golf in the sun”.

We here at Golfing Tenerife wish this talented young golfer good luck at Q school and she promises to keep us all updated as her career evolves .

Spring Hotels have Announced Their Annual Golf Tournament 25th September 2010

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Spring Hotels have a hotel close to  all the major golf courses in the South of Tenerife which makes them the perfect partner for the golf visitor and the Golf Courses alike.

Every year they hold the Spring Hotels Golf Tournament, this year its on 25 September 2010, everyone’s invited to enter  guests, holidaymakers and locals.  This year its being held at Golf Las Americas Golf Course which will be newly opened and will be in great condition .

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Golf Las Americas

To make the event that little bit special, why not take advantage of a mini break at the award-winning four star Arona Gran Hotel just along the shore in Los Cristianos. Prices start at 50 Euros per person per night half board, two or three-day packages include green fees for players and accompanying persons. To book go to our website or email spring@springhoteles.com. Please add your. handicap and licence number if you have one. If you are not staying with us you can still book the green fees, 45 Euros,  direct with the course through this link.

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After the golf they present the prizes and  hold a super raffle for all competitors. It’s a great day out, I wrote this from last years tournament, where I may add Wifie won an all-inclusive break at a Spring Hotel , we both had a great time with super food on our visit to the 4* Hotel so I’m hoping we win a break this year too……

Brendan Breen The New Commercial Director Of Las Americas Golf Course.

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I met with Brendan, for the first time, last week at the lovely Las Americas golf course in the Centre of Las Americas in Tenerife and to be honest we could have been in a country club rather than a busy town centre golf course as its completely surrounded with palm trees and lovely colourful bougainvillea which more than blocks out any traffic noises, and now as all the construction is finished around the whole course it makes this place a little oasis for the disconcerting golfer.

We sat on the raised balcony,outside the restaurant, overlooking the 18th green in 22 degrees,  the perfect setting for our chat. Brendan  I found  to be a very approachable chap, when we met he immediately ordered the coffee, which put him in my good book’s right from the start.

We started by discussing Brendan’s past employment and the time he has been here in Tenerife. After leaving  Clonkeen College in Dublin, Ireland he joined a merchant bank and was on track to complete a career in Banking but like most things in life fate kicks in and his career path was changed.

A good golfer as a young man, playing off low single figures. Whilst at the bank he was asked one day if he would be interested in showing a group of wealthy American tourists round some of the better Golf courses in his native Ireland on behalf of the Irish tourist board as they had just started “Golf Ireland” a new initiative  to bring American golfers to Ireland. Brendan jumped at the idea, a chance to play some of the best courses on offer and get paid for it, little did they know this would change the path of his future career.

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Within a few years the trips were a great success and Brendan was offered a senior position with a newly founded company to represent Canadian & American Golf Tour Operators in Ireland and the company went from strength to strength.Things went well,  very well, and profitably for the next few years as they gained a loyal, growing and repeat customer base. Then disaster struck – Lockerbie and the American bombing in Libya in 1997. After this occurrence the tap was effectively turned off as American and Canadian golfers decided it was safer to stay within their own boundaries rather than travel to Europe. The company which managed to survive the crisis still continues today but Brendan decided to leave in those dark days to find pastures new.

Tenerife was the next stop on Brendan’s career as the new Sales and Marketing Manager for a new real estate development on Golf Del Sur called Sunningdale Village which was owned by an Irish company who wanted to develop the Sales & Marketing of the business and needed a man on the ground to look after their and the owners interests, he was that man for 7 years where he settled down into local life and of coarse learned to be fluent in the Spanish language. The neighbouring complex Las Adelfas which was also Irish owned subsequently lured Brendan to work as General Manager of their Tenerife Operation for a period of 9 years.

La Gomera the picturesque island off the coast of Tenerife was the next stop on his career ladder going to work with Fred Olsen at the Jardín Tecina hotel and Golf Course as Sales Director. He spent two years there, in a job he loved, but its a small island and I’m sure island fever got to him and he returned to the mainland of Tenerife this time as Sales and Marketing director of one of the most exclusive 5* hotels in the Canary Islands, Hotel Las Madrigueras.

The Hotel Las Madrigueras is a small luxurious golf hotel overlooking Golf Las Américas golf course and as we were at the course we jumped on a golf buggy and drove across the course to the hotel,with the press of a button a gate slid open and we drove the buggy right into the heart of the hotel where I was given a tour of this stunning establishment. The owner of the hotel is the same man who owns the golf course and as with all things Santiago Puig certainly does it well and exceeds ones every expectation, 6* would not go a miss here. Brendan tells me many celebrities have stayed here from the world of show business, sports, business and politics but he was far too modest a man to name them.

That brings us to his present position as Commercial Director of Golf Las Americas golf course a stunning 18 hole golf facility in the South Of Tenerife, with an attached newly purpose built conference centre. Golf Las Americas is one of the best and busiest courses on the island of Tenerife with all the modern facilities you would expect at such a prestigious  establishment. Apart from the day to day running Brendan has to deal with the tour operators and hotel groups who send customers to the course, also in the promotion of the groups business interests both here in Tenerife and abroad attending the many golf fairs and Expos throughout Europe and  beyond.

He is also heavily involved with the Tenerife Golf Association which promotes  all of the islands golf courses and runs the premier golf tournament every year called Tenerife and La Gomera Golf Circuit. Open to all classes of players with a round  being played on each course throughout the islands and sponsored by some of the top brand names on the island and also the Tenerife government and tourist board.

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Since Brendan has started at the course he has already got to work by assisting in the introduction of a new web site, also linking into the social media of Twitter and Face book, I am sure customers will see the benefits as they visit Las Americas golf course in the future. One such benefit, which I revealed , is the total closure of the golf course for two months in the summer to relay all 18 greens and practice facilities with a fantastic new grass which will do well with the watering and management systems in place at Las Americas.

Brendan added, as I was leaving, that a great inspiration in his life has been the cyclist Lance Armstrong whom he has met on several occasions. Lance brought the whole cycling team Astana to Tenerife as a winter training camp, staying of course at The Hotel Madrigueras. Lance Armstrong  a cancer survivor himself  founded a charity in 1997 called The Lance Armstrong Foundation.The LAF states that its mission is ‘to inspire and empower’ cancer sufferers and their families, under the motto “unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything”  This foundation and its founder mean a lot to Brendan.

Sir Old Golfer.

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson In Tenerife !

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In 1995, Golf del Sur golf course in Tenerife hosted the Shell Wonderful World of Golf tournament and its head to head battle between Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson its again being shown on Sky sports this MONDAY 08/02/2010 AT 9.00PM.

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Why not tune in and see the course I play most of my golf and the wonderful conditions we have here in Tenerife for the golfer.

The Game we play It’s Called Golf

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  • In primitive society, when native tribes beat the ground with clubs and yelled, it was called witchcraft; today, in civilized society, it is called golf.
  • The man who takes up golf to get his mind off his work soon takes up work to get his mind off golf.
  • Golf was once a rich man’s sport, but now it has millions of poor players!
  • Golf is an expensive way of playing marbles.
  • The secret of good golf is to hit the ball hard, straight and not too often.
  • There are three ways to improve your golf game: take lessons, practice constantly … or start cheating.
  • An amateur golfer is one who addresses the ball twice … once before swinging, and once again, after swinging.
  • Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddy because it cannot count, criticize or laugh.
  • Golf is a game in which the slowest people in the world are those in front of you, and the fastest are those behind.
  • Golf: A five mile walk punctuated with frequent disappointments.
  • There’s no game like golf: you go out with three friends, play eighteen holes, and return with three enemies.
  • Golf got its name because all of the other four letter words were taken.

Manure and Golf What do they have they in common ?

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Manure:  In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.
Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening
After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ‘ Stow high in transit ‘ on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term ‘ S.H.I.T ‘ , (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.
You probably did not know the true history of this word.
Neither did I.

I had always thought it was a well used golfing term.

I haven’t written much in the last few months

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I haven’t written much in the last few months, a break was needed, but in the New Year I fully intend to start my Golfing In Tenerife… Golfing again.

I still get a few 100 readers a day so to them and you if your a new reader

A Very Merry Christmas and a Great New Year to you and yours”

from the Sir Old Golfer and of course long suffering Wifie.

July 2010 Ladies Tenerife Open to be held at Buenavista Golf Course.

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Its has just been confirmed that this years Ladies Tenerife Ladies Open, part of the Ladies European Tour, will be held at Buenavista Golf Course in the North of Tenerife on July 1st-4th. Buenavista Golf course is a beautiful setting for such a prestigious event, once again sponsored by the Canarian government and tourism dept in conjunction with the Tenerife golf association.

We can expect a full field of top class international Lady golfers including the 2009 winner Falicity Johnestone. More on this as the year unfolds, but I for one expect to be there, maybe as last year, doing a bit on local radio.

Why not bring your clubs over and play the courses around the island and catch a few days of the open this summer holiday ?

Here is the beautiful Buenavista Golf Course Web site...

TENERIFE LADIES OPEN: Adeje Golf Course

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009

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Ladies’ European Tour Scoreboard

TENERIFE LADIES OPEN
Costa Adeje, Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
THIRD-ROUND TOTALS
Par 216 (3×72)
204 Becky Brewerton (Wal) 66 69 69

207 Felicity Johnson (Eng) 69 72 66
209 Bettina Hauert (Ger) 69 73 67, Tania Elosegui (Spa) 71 70 68
211 Stefania Croce (Ita) 68 76 67, Beatriz Recari (Spa) 68 70 73
212 Elizabeth Bennett (Eng) 70 74 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 72 71 69
213 K-m Juul (Den) 69 74 70, Paula Marti (Spa) 72 71 70, Nina Reis (Swe) 72 69 72, Anja Monke (Ger) 65 74 74
214 Julie Greciet (Fra) 70 74 70, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (Fra) 71 73 70
215 Melissa Reid (Eng) 69 75 71, Laura Davies (Eng) 72 77 66

The laws of Good Club Selection

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A ten-foot putt counts just the same as a ten-foot drive
Even if it’s a 5-iron, the lowest numbered iron in your bag will always be impossible to hit
Everyone turns in a 2-iron, but you can kiss that wedge good-bye
Funny-looking putters have short life spans
If you have to keep the cart on the cart path, unless you take every single one of your clubs over to your ball, you won’t have the right club
If you want to hit a 7-iron as far as John Daly does, simply play to lay up just short of a water hazard
It always takes at least five holes to notice that a club is missing
Its the right club, but you decide it’s the wrong club
It’s the right club, but you think it might be too little club so you try to kill it, or it might be too much club, so you quit on the shot
It’s the wrong club
Never ask the pro if you need a new set of clubs
Never buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it
Never hit trick shots with demo clubs
Nothing cools off a putter quicker than a hot driver
The best thing about a 60-degree wedge is it’s a great club for getting the ball out of the lies you’re going to end up in if you’re dumb enough to use a 60-degree wedge
The best thing about hybrids is that no one can tell that your 150-yard club used to be a wood, not an iron
The best way to cause the reappearance of a club lost on the course is to order a replacement
The reason those fancy wedges are so expensive is they come with a free case of the shanks
The straightest iron shot of the day will be exactly one club short
The week after you break down and buy one of those super-duper new drivers, they’ll knock a hundred pounds off the price and release a brand new model with a better shaft and a bigger head
When in doubt, just ask yourself, What would Tiger hit?, and use six more clubs
When someone asks what club you hit, always subtract one or add two
When you’re between clubs, it’s always the other club, unless it’s the other other club
You can hit the ball 30 yards with any club in the bag
You can’t hit decent tee shots with a 3-wood unless you carry a driver you never use
You haven’t really hit bottom until you need to get your ball retriever regripped
You really need only four clubs to hit every bad shot in golf

The Golf Pro Prayer

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The golf pro Prayer

The Pro is my Shepherd,

I shall not Slice.

He maketh me to Drive Straight

Down Green Fairways;

He leadeth me Safely

across Still Water-Hazards;

He restoreth my Approach Shots.

He Leadeth me in the Paths of

Accuracy for my Game’s Sake.

Yea, though I chip through the Roughs

in the shadows of Sand Traps,

I will fear no Bogies.

For his Advice is with me;

His Putter and Irons,

they confort me.

He prepareth my Strategy for me

in the presence of mine Opponents;

He anointeth my head with Confidence:

The Cup will not be runneth over!

Surely Birdies and Eagles shall follow

me all the Rounds of my Life,

And I will score in the Low Eighties

Amen

Golf Club Male Members MUST watch This !

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This Video says it all about Golf Clubs and Members

My "Masters" Report

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Wonderful, Riveting, Exciting, Fascinating  are the words I use to describe the most thrilling Masters from Augusta in years, the last day course set up was a bit easier than normal and that led to one of the most thrilling climaxes I can remember.

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There were some unbelievable shots, some great shots, some normal shots and some downright bad shots but put them all together and you had some 7 hours of seat hugging TV. The big two were on a run and at one stage I thought Phil Mickleson was going to do it, then a loose shot into the water, showed him as a mere mortal.

Kenny Perry kept his nerve till the 17th, then dropped shots on both the 17th and 18th making him finish level  with Chad Campbell the club house leader. Whilst Angel Cabrera kept just kept his head down went for the Par’s and came into the club house tied with the other two to make it  a three man play off.

On the first play off hole Chad Campbell and Perry pull both their second shots  right, after great drives, Cabrera stuck his second in the centre of the green. Perry hit a sweet chip close which he holed, while Campbell from the bunker failed to get up and down so he was out.

Cabrera and Perry went to the 10th, the second play off hole, the upshot of which was Perry bogied and Cabrerra pared to claim the famous Green Jacket and a place in Masters History as the first ever Argentinean to win.

Golf : Well ! What Exactly Is It ?

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Golf can best be defined as an endless series of
tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle,
followed by a good pint of beer. 

Golf! You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing
left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins. 
And on top of that, the winner buys the drinks 

If you find you do not mind playing golf in the rain,
the snow, even during a hurricane, here’s a valuable
tip: your life is in trouble. 

Golfers who try to make everything perfect before
taking the shot rarely make a perfect shot. 

The term ‘mulligan’ is really a contraction of the
phrase ‘maul it again.’ 

A ‘gimme’ can best be defined as an agreement
between two golfers …neither of whom can putt
very well too cheat.

An interesting thing about golf is that no matter how
badly you play; it is always possible to get worse. 

Golf’s a hard game to figure. One day you’ll go out
and slice it and shank it, hit into all the bunkers and miss
every green. The next day you go out and for no
reason at all you really stink. 

If your best shots are the practice swing and the
‘gimme putt’, you might wish to reconsider this game. 

Golf is the only sport where the most feared opponent
is you. 

Golf is like marriage: If you take yourself too
seriously it won’t work, and both are expensive.

The best wood in most amateurs’ bags is the pencil.

Lynn Francis eliminates golfers problem shot

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Here is the feedback, I promised following my EFT treatment with Lynn Francis. I had heard through the grapevine that Lynn was achieving great results with Golfers who were experiencing psychological blocks in their game using a technique called EFT (emotional freedom technique) I read many articles about Lynn and learned she is well respected in the sports world and had even appeared on Sky sports TV. Her success in curing the nightmare problem known as the yips has brought people from all over the world for treatment with her. I was intrigued, so arranged to meet her for a chat.

During our discussion Lynn told me how she now wishes to play down her work with ‘yippers’ saying she feels that because of her success with the yips it actually stops many golfers from benefiting from her treatment. She went on to explain that although she now has enough ‘yippers’ to keep her going until retirement, helping local golfers with their psychological blocks is her aim now. Lynn’s main clients are golfers who are confident that their technique is correct yet still feel anxiety over certain shots and situations, loss of confidence, pre match nerves to name but a few can all be quickly and easily eliminated.

 I explained to Lynn that although I was confident that my technique was fine I still found myself questioning it due to the fact that I experienced an anxiety whilst chipping onto the green from 40yds in.  In practice I was fine and I could stand there all day and chip well but when playing in competition I over analysed and was aware of an inner tension over this particular shot.

 Lynn’s face lit up, excellent she said, that is a prime example of what I can sort out.  Really! Said I, so you can stop this happening, how long will it take. She explained that some problems can be quite complex and may take a few sessions but in many cases 1 or 2 sessions were all that were needed.. Now I really was intrigued so I booked a session.

Well all I can say is, it is a very strange technique indeed, and I now understand why she preferred not to try and explain anything about it prior to the treatment. I honestly would have thought she was a little crazy and me even crazier to go along with it. However what I do understand now is why she is so confident in her abilities, after only one 2 hour session, the problem has gone, yes completely gone, I no longer feel the anxiety and tension I felt prior to treatment, I now feel totally different when approaching this shot and chip with ease, it really is amazing!! I also feel more relaxed throughout my whole game.

It’s a feeling like going back to your “youth “when you really enjoyed your golf rather than putting pressure on yourself with these must get the ball close to the hole shots. I now believe I can achieve more in golf, at the moment I play off a handicap of five which isn’t bad at 50 plus and I am also the current club champion of our local golf club. With Lynn’s help I feel I can go much lower in handicap and may even have the confidence to enter larger amateur events in the UK to try to push myself even more to see in the end what is achievable. This technique has also eliminated my lack of tolerance, enabling me to accept other playing partners more readily and not to apply my standards to them as I now understand they are playing to their standard, This allows me just concentrate solely on my game rather than being upset with myself and others.

 All these changes were not gradual, but happened within a few days of my meeting and treatment with Lynn, I really was unaware that there was any changes in my game, the mind seems to trick you into thinking you are just playing better, nothing to do with the treatment. Lynn is fully aware of this phenomenon so for this reason before your first session she asks you to write down your feelings about the shot or situation that bothers or makes you anxious, just as well she did as you soon forget just how you felt prior to the session as you seem to think you have fixed yourself rather than accept that the treatment actually worked.  I cannot thank Lynn enough for what she’s done and will certainly be recommending her to all fellow players who may be experiencing psychological blocks or anxiety in their game.  Although Lynn is better known for curing the “Yips” she has definitely been a great help to me sorting the problems I had with my short game.  I highly recommend you give her a call, believe me, you have nothing to lose except your problem.

Thank you Lynn….

This technique is available to all,  Check out Lynn’s own site Here

WGC-CA Championship : Doral :Florida

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 Phil Mickelson wins a World Golf Championship title, as he tames the Blue Monster course at Doral,18 hours before his tee time he broke into a cold sweat and couldn’t stop shaking weakened and dehydrated by a stomach virus that sent him to the hospital on the eve of the final round.

He finished with a 3-under par 69 to win over young Nick Watney.

1. Mickelson (-19)
2. Watney (-18)
3. Furyk (-16)
4. Singh (-14)
T-5. Villegas (-13)
T-5. Wilson (-13)

 He is no longer the best player without a World Golf Championship apart from me, well in my mind anyway !

The Golf Glove : Extend Its Life

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How many of you take your golf glove off after a round of golf and stuff it into your golf bag?

Well Being a Scot I will tell you how to make them last longer

The combination of your golf glove and sweat don’t mix well when you wad up your golf glove and stuff it into your golf bag. By doing that you reduce the life of your golf glove.

The next time you reach into your golf bag to pull out your golf glove you find a wad of hard leather. Combine this with the normal build-up of dirt and your golf glove can become kind of shinny and slick, which looses its effectiveness.

You can make your golf glove last longer if you do two things:

1. After a round of golf hang your golf glove out to dry. Find a way to clip it onto your golf bag. The easiest thing to do is wrap the glove around the golf bag strap.

2. When your golf glove becomes dirty and slick through it into the washer. Through it in with your clothes with cold water and mild soap.

Don’t put the golf glove in the dryer, but rather hang it up to dry so it doesn’t shrink. You’ll probably want to flatten the golf glove so it dries ready to be used the next time your out on the golf course.

Want to Drive the Golf Ball a Little Bit Further

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Looking to drive the golf ball just a bit further ?

Here are 3 simple steps to give you that added distance off the tee:

1. Widen your stance by moving your back foot about an inch farther back than normal.
2. Play the golf ball a little more forward in your stance than normal.
3. Tee the golf ball a fraction higher than normal.

Follow these 3 simple golf tips and it will set you up to launch the golf ball higher so you get more carry off the tee. No need to swing any harder, and its very important to maintain your balance. Just put your normal golf swing on the ball and watch it roll past your mates balls on the fairway.

Golf Joke : Women dont you just love them ?

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Jill: “I just don’t understand the attraction golf holds for men.”

Mary: “TELL me about it! I went golfing with my ex one time, and he told me I asked too many questions !”

Jill: “Well, I’m sure you were just trying to understand the game. What questions did you ask ?”

Mary: “I thought I asked legitimate questions – like, “Why did you hit the ball into that lake ?”