Tropical Golf 22/9

Friday, September 22, Emerald – St
John Davis Wins on a Rainy Day at Emerald

Emerald, not a course we visit often, but an interesting and challenging layout. This is only the second visit for the group this year and with recent reports of green maintenance going on, we set off with questions in mind of what we would find. However with the very good rate in effect for green fee, Caddie, and Cart, it seemed worth the trip no matter what. After all the courses do have to perform the maintenance or there would be complaints about that and with some rain and warm sunshine greens can recover quickly.
Arrival and check-in were smooth and we were soon off under cloudy skies with no groups in front or waiting to follow. As we worked our way around the front nine there were no signs of greens maintenance were detectable and they were rolling true, at a good speed, but typically “quick” if putting down a slope.
After the turn the skies darkened and the drizzle started, turning into a steady, drenching rain stopping play as our last group arrived at the 14th tee. Sheltered there under a small hut they watched the group in front play out the long, uphill par 5 and head off to the 15th tee. After a wait of 45 minutes or so, the rain returned to the drizzle stage and off the last group went finding the fairways wet but playable and the greens a bit slower but without standing water. All good, however, when all finished and the scorecards collected it was learned that 5 of the group had packed it in and headed to the clubhouse during the rain. One of them had a very good round going and most likely would have been on the podium had he completed the round. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned here; unless the competition organizers call off the competition, stay with it, as you never know what the results could be at the end.
Round over, quick showers and back to BJHL for a late lunch and on to the results of the day. Taking the top step was John Davis (CH 15), 37 points, followed by Dick Warberg (CH 19) 33 points, and John Pierrel (CH 14) 29 points. Way to go guys in less than ideal conditions.
The Best 9’s prizes went to Mashi Kaneta for the “Front”, 16 points, and Walter Baechli with 13 points on the “Back”.

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