WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22ND
The Singha Open being held at Green Valley was the reason we were playing at Silky Oaks and what a pleasant change. The views are spectacular and the openness of the course provides a completely different atmosphere to Green Valley. The fairways are as good as any around but you will need a hammer to enable the ball to reach the hole on the greens. One suggestion that the management would like to consider is to put some steps or something resembling a ski lift on the side of the tees for in the wet weather the slopes could be quite dangerous. Eight groups today and the majority will be happy with the end result, particularly Auke Engelkes who forgot that, following a 2 month plus layoff, that golf is not an easy game and left everyone in his wake with 42 points with 22 on the way home. Greig Ritchie, resplendent in pale mauve attire started badly missing the opportunity to score on the 1st hole, even though he would have received two shots, to score 41 points one more than John Mills on 40 points. The other Ritchie – Gary – would not be left out in the cold although needing a countback to give him 4th place also with 40 points. Miss Eng could not see any problems on the course having 38 points one more than Miss Da who said to me ‘I did not have a good day’ with 37 points 1 ahead of Miss Nu in third with 36 points. Big hitting Keith Allen did not have his best day with the exception of his 2nd shot to the par four 14th when his approach from about 40 feet obviously had a homing device to record an eagle for 5 points. Other 2s went to Gary Ritchie, Tony Oaks, John Player, the Barney Rubble of the Billabong – Wayne Cotterell and two to Auke to round off his perfect day.