Tropical Golf 20/01

Carmody Takes 1st on Count-back

This Friday the PSC Tropical Golfers made another visit to Silky Oak.  After our end of the year ‘Wine Fest’ round in December, and the influx of tourist making booking a bit of a challenge Silky Oak was again the choice for the day.  And not a bad choice it was with a very competitive all-in-rate, a little later tee time, and no wait on the first tee. Pretty surprising for this time of the year, but our first group, a 3-ball were off and did not see the group that had teed off before us until well into the back nine. Just about “Millionaires Golf” as they say! The only question about this course seems to be the state of the greens on any given day, so how would they play this day.

All would get a good test of the greens right from the start as a recent visitor from Germany, Herr Jorg, made a donation if we would have a 1st Hole prize for ‘Long First Putt’, evidently, Jorg had never seen a competition with prizes for ‘Long Putts’ and found them to his liking. Other than being on the slow side, the greens rolled pretty true and on this first hole the pin had four different names, each putt longer than the previous. It seems the golfers came to play!  So with the weather fine with a bit of a breeze, all were finished in reasonable time and stopped at one of the several F&B outlets for a quick drink while the scores were tabulated. Then back in the cars and out to the 36 highway construction heading back to BJ’s Holiday Lodge for the presentation. With 18 players this day and only one flight, it would be interesting to see how the wide range of course handicaps would compete against one another with the water carries off the tees that this course presents.

Well evidently all manage pretty well. Right into a count-back for first with 40 points saw Don Carmody(course h’cap 29)  taking the top spot over Landis Brooks(9). Third place went to John Davis(14) with 38 points followed in fourth by Torsten Bischoff(29) with 38.  Seems like the course played well for all levels. The special prize for Longest 1st Putt on Hole #1 went to a visitor from Switzerland, Sina Nikisch, steady nerves and off to a good start. Well done!

Near pins:  Brian Gabe, Dave Cooper, Deryl Neufeld, John Davis, Barry Elphick

Long Putt, 18: Paul Weatherley

Best Nine’s, non-winner: Dick Warberg, Brian Parish



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