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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Catch up....and Golf!

The Embassy in the background

Teeing off hole one.
Hole in One Prize

I know it's been awhile since I last posted...my apologies. Jeff has been TDY a couple of times since last post to Bangui and Malabo, and is getting ready to go again to N'djamena. Though I only work part time at the Embassy, I've devoted my time to my work and when I'm not working Í'm either in the kitchen or the garden...not to mention I'm taking golf lessons every Thursday and Friday. Yaounde has a nice golf course at the foot of Mt. Febe, adjacent to the Embassy. Last Friday Jeff and I played 9 holes. We're just out there to have fun, but next time we play we'll write down our score. I never thought golf would be so fun and relaxing just because the course itself is sorrounded by nature. Before I always thought it's a boring game and considering it's an expensive game to begin with. Didn't imagine myself getting into golf until Aunt Shirley gave me her used clubs when we visited her in WV. I'm glad I decided to give it a try and here I am now loving golf.
Today I just walked 13 holes and watched the opening day of the International Golf Tournament, which is being held at Yaounde Golf Club. It's the first annual tourney and it falls within celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Cameroon's independence. The competition will take place in both the professional and amateur categories. Around 43 professionals from Congo, Cote d' Ivoire, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa and of course Cameroon. My golf instructor is one of the participants from Cameroon. Cameroon and Nigeria tee'd off first at 0845H.
The course is very green, and very hilly. Lots of up and down. The rough here is real rough...not like rough in the US. We even had 2 sand greens until just a few weeks ago. Narrow fairways, lots of sand traps. But if you can play decent here, you can play well anywhere else.
Tomorrow is the 2nd day of the tourney. Jeff and I will watch in the morning. Tee off will start at 0845H . I'll post pictures later.
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