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Holy-in-one

Keywords: Golf, Hazard, Sports

QUESTION: Name the only golf professional who has 31 sisters and no brothers? Answer: Alan Hogg. resident teaching professional and golf manager of "Golf Club Maria-Bildhausen" near the medieval town of MunnerstadtRindhof in Germany.

Hogg, 32, following a distinguished semi-professional career culminating in a 9th positioning at the Himmerland Open, has of recent found God, and has become the professional of the only golf club in the world owned and run by an order of nuns.

In 1992 he began to give lessons in the grounds of a convent near the town just outside Frankfurt where the nuns muck in on the sports side by helping with the greenlceeping, and by raking the bunkers every day. Mother Superior Grunda Gruber said: "They love it. They do a better job than most of the players".

Hogg adds: "Working with nuns has taught me resignation and patience on the golf course. But not charity. I don't give any putts. No matter how much my opponent begs. I don't know who said it but 'Golf is not a game within the view of the law but a form of moral effort.'."




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