COVID-19 NEWS: Part of the game, the Ontario singer laments the loss of golf

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BARRIE, ONT. – Golfers across Ontario continue to wait for the government to lift the ban on the sport.

A golfer used this time away from the game to express his feelings in the lyrics of the song.

“I was talking with my friends and everyone misses golf and I got the idea to write a song,” said Chad Driscoll, singer and occasional golfer.

Driscoll posted a video of him singing the song to YouTube on Sunday, and in three days the video garnered nearly 100,000 views.

“I was shocked and amazed. My buddies kept me constantly updated, ”Driscoll said.

Lyrics include: “It’s almost 11 o’clock, where’s the beer cart?” Just kidding, I’m standing in my backyard “and” throwing golf balls at my children’s toys wishing I was outside playing with the boys. “

The song delighted many golf enthusiasts during the long days of confinement.

“I wanna dance when I hear that,” said Sandy Smardenka, owner of Marlwood Golf and Country Club in Wasaga Beach, Ont.

Smardenka and her husband Alex have stayed their course during the stay-at-home order and are ready to open once the Ford government gives the green light.

“We’re going to feel like we’re alive again and out of jail, and it’s not just the nightmare that continues and wakes up with the same,” said Alex Smardenka.

The provincial decree implemented on April 17 forced the closure of outdoor activities such as golf, baseball, soccer and basketball.

The policy was not recommended by the province’s science table, which had said outdoor activities were relatively safe.

The problem has prompted golf enthusiasts across the province to pressure the government to revise its stay-at-home order.

The response to Driscoll’s clip is just one example of how golfers, and others looking to get out during the lockdown, are hoping the government will make changes as the weather warms.

Driscoll said he was buried under media inquiries and kind messages from strangers.

Juno Award-winning country music star Jason McCoy gave his approval on Wednesday.

“Normally I don’t play golf unless there are plastic windmills, but even Chad Driscoll makes me want to play a good 18,” McCoy said.

Driscoll plans to write a sequel to his original golf lockdown single once the province eases restrictions.


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