Bunker Boys 18/2
Monday, February 18th
Crystal Bay B & C
1st Colin Greig (12) 39 points
2nd John Hughes (19) 36 points
3rd Peter Kelly (11) 36 points
4th Tony Robbins (21) 35 points
5th Jimmy Carr (15) 35 points
Near pins Tom McMurray, Keith Norman, Jimmy Carr, & Colin Greig
The first game from our new home Woody’s Bar was played at Crystal Bay with a good turnout of twenty-two in attendance. The course was in the worst shape we have seen it in for a long time and now looks really neglected. The on-course irrigation system has broken down with dry bare patches all over the course coupled with soggy drenched areas where water leaks continue unattended. Many of the greens are showing wear and are variable in speed. Within the clubhouse and around the course toilets are broken and the overall impression is that the course needs a significant injection of funds to bring it back to good shape again.
Despite a couple of groups going out directly before us, the speed of play was
not too bad. Only one golfer Colin Greig neared was is normally expected to win at this venue and Colin did just that with thirty-nine points. Second place went to the wily John Hughes with a superior back nine to Peter Kelly who took third, both with thirty-six points. Fourth and fifth were also locked on the same score of thirty-five points with Tony Robbins edging out Jimmy Carr. Near pins went to Tom McMurray, Keith Norman, Jimmy Carr, & Colin Greig. To mark the occasion of our first night at Woody’s Bar the club shouted everyone a free drink and the feedback from our relocation is all positive. New comfortables chairs are on the way so it will be a very nice venue to wile away a few hours and enjoy a few post golf beers in good company.
Wednesday, February 20th
Greenwood A & B
1st RobbyWatts (9) 39 points
2nd Tony Robbins (21) 38 points
3rd Geoff Cox (18) 38 points
4th Peter Kelly (11) 37 points
5th Ken Davidson ( 23) 37 points
6th Tom McMurray (17) 36 points
Near pins John Hughes, Geoff Cox, Keith Norman X 2.
For the second time in a week, we had a very good field of thirty golfers for our round at the popular Greenwood course. Just about everyone was full of praise for the course and its condition, with the exception of the bunkers which were overfilled with very fluffy soft sand resulting in a fried egg lie just about every time. The three nines were open so the speed of play was excellent for high season. A nice breeze blew all day so temperatures were comfortable.
Once again Robby Watts took the honors with a stylish thirty-nine points. Tony Robbins and Geoff Cox were both on thirty-eight separated on countback as were Peter Kelly and Ken Davidson in fourth and fifth respectively on thirty-seven. Tom McMurray put thoughts of his roof space aside for the day and rounded out the scoring with thirty-six points. Near pins went to John Hughes, Geoff Cox and two to Keith Norman. History repeated itself for Ken Elmore when he pulled his tee shot on the eighteenth into the cabbage left of the fairway as he did last time throwing out an anchor on thirty-eight points, unfortunately, no anchor required this time as he finished his tour of duty with perhaps his lowest score in two months.
Friday, February 22nd
1st Roger Touhy (13) 42 points
2nd Tom McMurray (17) 39 points
3rd Tony Robbins (21) 37 points
4th John Oatway (13) 36 points
5th Brendan Harnett (13) 36 points
Near pins Jimmy Carr, Keith Norman, Robbie Watts, Michael Brett.
A group of twenty for our game at Pleasant Valley in hot humid conditions. The course was very crowded which puts pay to the notion that this is an unpopular course. By the time our tee off time came along we were left with only trainee caddies most of whom were about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike, couldn’t read greens or estimate distances. The course was damp in places necessitating lift, clean, and place, unusual in high season.
Roger Touhy in his second last game of this tour was in scintillating form and scorched round the course in forty-two points, putting like a pro, all in all, a very steady performance. Tom McMurray was also in good shape and shot a solid thirty-nine points. Tony Robbins who doesn’t like the course and always claims he can’t make the carries on twelve and fourteen somehow manages a very good score of thirty-seven so now we can expect no more gripes. John Oatway one of the Memorial winning team took fourth place with Brendan Harnett rounding out the scoring in fifth place with thirty-six points. John Hughes another who claims he can’t make the long carries was completely psyched out by them and his game fell apart in a big way with a succession of wipes. Near pins went to Jimmy Carr, Robbie Watts, Keith Norman, and Michael Brett. Back at Woody’s Bar for the presentation, it happened to be Niall Glover’s birthday so Kob had organised elaborate soiree with roast pig and various other delicacies.
Birthday Boy Niall Glover