February 26, 2018February 26, 2018adminbs2 Comments
Monday 19th February
1st Alan Harris & Keith Norman 46 points
2nd Ronnie Melvin & John Hughes 45 points
3rd Geoff Parker & Gordon Melia 45 points
Near Pins Geoff Parker, Alan Harris, Colin Greig, and Neil Jones.
Our two-ball better-ball game of the month was held at the Bangpra course. This was the first day in months where the weather might have played a part in the play. Thunder rumbled in the distance all day, a few flashes of lightning were seen, and dark clouds threatened all day long, however, the rain stayed away and we completed the round dry. The course was extremely crowded so play was painfully slow. Some very good scores were recorded despite the frustration of slow play and the inability of anyone to gain any momentum. Keith Norman in his last game of this term teamed up with Alan Harris to take the honors with forty-six points. Second place went to Ronnie Melvin andJohn Hughes on countback from Geoff Parker and Gordon Melia.Later it was discovered that Ronnie Melville had played of an incorrect handicap, an oversight of the new rules where overseas-based players with a big differential between their home handicap and PSC should play off their home handicap plus ten percent, a little fine tuning of the oversight of overseas handicaps may need to be implemented. Near pins went to Geoff Parker, as usual, Alan Harris, Colin Greig, and Neil Jones.
1st Ian Rattray (11) 39 points
2nd Neil Hurst (7) 36 points
3rd Stan Stoker (24) 36 points
4th Gary Smith (10) 35 points
5th Pat Ryan (13) 35 points
6th Neil Carter (12) 34 points
Near Pins. Gary Smith,Richard Mohan, Ian Rattray, and Pat Ryan.
Following the cancellation of last week’s round at King Naga due to a lack of caddies a new booking today resulted in much the same result, not enough caddies or golf carts and those who went without a caddie had to do with a very shabby pull cart. It seems some lessons are hard to learn. The fairways and greens were in fair condition but off the fairways a decent lie was hard to find. The course would benefit greatly from use of a leaf blower. For a variety of reasons there was a high level of fatigue amongst many of our members after the round with a number of prize winners not returning to the M Club to collect their winnings thereby benefiting the delinquents fund greatly. Winner of the round was Ian Rattray with an excellent thirty-nine points.Neil Hurst and Stan Stoker were second and third on count back with thirty-six points. Fourth and fifth went to Gary Smith and Pat Ryan also on count back with thirty-five points and Neil Carter filled sixth place with thirty-four points. Near pins went to Gary Smith, Richard Mohan, Ian Rattray, and Pat Ryan. Two additional prizes were also awarded, a golf cap signed by Darren Clark went to Ian Rattray for best score of the day, while the “Bradman” prize for highest score of the round went to Neil Jones (a pair of golf slippers).
Friday 23rd February.
1st Richard Baldotto (20) 36 points
2nd Led Cobban (10) 34 points
3rd Geoff Cox (17) 33 points.
Near Pins Led Cobban X 2, Neil Carter X 2.
A smaller than normal group of fourteen made their way to the challenging Treasure Hill course for the last round of the week. As always the course was in fine condition, and playing conditions were benign. Once again slow play was an issue and most residents are now looking forward to low season with less crowded courses and better pace of play.
Enjoying some of the best form of his golfing career Richard Baldotto took the honours today with a fine round of thirty-six points, many are asking if this run of good form will ever end. Second place went to the ever consistent Led Cobban with thirty-four, whilst Geoff Cox rounded out the winners list in third place with thirty-three.
Near Pins went two each to Neil Carter and Les Cobban.
The ever present issue of slow play continues to dog the game of golf and some players simply fair to grasp how slow they are. While everyone should enjoy the game, slow play prevents many from having much enjoyment, all golfers should make a conscious effort to play at a respectable pace.