Noodle, Sasicha and Nu.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20TH
Why would a prestigious golf course like Green Valley have an irrigation system that is so antiquated that it belongs in the 20th century? Many sprinklers have been out of order for a long time resulting in some watering of certain areas having to be carried out by hand, whilst others are leaking and those that are in working order must be turned on during the day manually when the sun is at its’ hottest. Today I had a free drop on four occasions for casual water and the cause was not rain. But moving on, the competition for places in the ladies competition was fierce. 4 ladies on 35 points did not get a mention for Miss May (11), having more birdies – three – than pars lost out to Miss Nu (16) on the same score but with 19 points on the way home which included 7 pars and 1 birdie. Miss Noodle (14) started the round off well with 7 points in the first 2 holes and another 7 points in the last 2 holes in her 38 points but three double bogies on the back nine meant she fell one short of the eventual winner, Miss Sasicha (21), who found a higher gear at the turn with 22 points to win the day. Auke Engelkes (12) had a poor start with only 2 points on the first 2 holes but the remaining seven holes accounted for 18 points and a 36 point total, the same score as Peter Thomas (19) but Peter had 19 on the back nine for 3rd place. Tony Oakes (14) having received a jolt to his system with an expensive bill for air conditioning repairs, compensated for that expense by taking 2nd place on 37 points 2 points behind his playing partner Jeff North (9) who had a very steady round with 39 points. For the 2s Ted Gardner did not bother having a birdie on the par threes for he eagled the 2nd for 4 points the other 2s going to Miss Am, Miss Poopay, Auke Engelkes and Jeff North.