– The gentle awaking –

“I think about martina. The little girl with blond hair tied-up with two red bows. On saturday there was no school and i used to accompany my father to play golf.”

In my parents’ room there was a large wooden cabinet, whe- re he kept his golf clubs. I could not touch them, because I had been taught that they were too valuable, and certainly not a children’s toy. I would just sit in bed, watching my father cho- osing which clubs he wanted in his dark blue bag.

He was a good player, or at least that’s what the golf experts said, and I was proud of him. I liked watching him play and shaking his friends and colleagues hands.

“He was a good player, or at least that’s what the golf experts said, and i was proud of him.”

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However, I liked Martina more. In ten years of life I had never seen such a beautiful girl. She was different from my classmates, who sat all the time in gossip sessions. Martina ran. She ran like a gazelle, muttered the amused men, and they said that she would certainly become a lovely woman.

I was terribly annoyed to hear them talking about her. They saw only a pretty lively little girl, while I had understood all the force that was unleashed by her carefree runs. She even knew how to hold a golf club: my father didn’t even allow me to touch one, but hers yes. Her father was the owner of the golf course, and of many others.

People said that he knew a man who had won a major, the US open, but I didn’t know if it was true. I could ask Martina, if I had the courage.

“And they said that she would certainly become a lovely woman.”

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She has always been braver than me. So she is today. The first time she spoke to me it was, of course, on a Saturday morning. A spring day, those rare ones, where the sun is just warms enough not to make you sweat.

“Do you want to try?” She asked, holding out a golf club. It was a wood, for long distances. Thinking about it, I doubt that this was just a coincidence. Perhaps she sensed that the two of us, together were not made for short shots.

I designed my bedroom in such a way that there was a cabinet that could represent the spirit of my father: tall, strong, dark, and inflexible, like him. Like a rock, a constant presence. I keep my clubs where he used to put them, even if my bag is of bright red. A gift from Martina, my wife. Our room is full of her presence.

“Saturday morning for me is martina, but also penelope. and my father.”

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The breakfast tray sits on the bed, with coffee cups and sweets that she likes. Her elegant shoes left in the middle of the room, because at home she prefers to be barefoot, running around like a gazelle.

It is nearly nine o’clock on Saturday morning, I have to hurry up: today I take my daughter to play golf. Little Penelope looks at me enchanted while I choose the clubs, with her hair, as dark as mine, tied with two red ribbons. I smile at her and I let her touch the iron maces. Saturday morning for me is Martina, but also Penelope. And my father.

“Saturday morning for me is martina, but also penelope. and my father.”

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The Majors

Major Golf Tournaments that are often referred to as just “majors” are the four most prestigious tournaments of the professional golf season. Ordering them chronologically according to the date on which they take place, they are:

_April/ THE MASTERS (the second weekend in April), played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

_June/ U.S. OPEN (the third weekend in June), organized by the United States Golf Association that takes place in various locations throughout the United States.

_July/ THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (or British Open) (on the weekend of the third Friday in July), organized by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and played on courses linked to the club in various locations around the UK.

_August/ PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (on the fourth weekend after the Open Championship), organized by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and played in various locations throughout the United States.

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