Tropical Bert’s 14/01 & 17/01
Tuesday The 14th Jan 2014: Mountain Shadow ( Stableford) This was a brutal day on the Course and at the end of the round, for the first time in years, I sat at the rest stop by the Clubhouse.and relaxed with one of my playing partners while I had a couple of beers and watched the players come up the last hole. Then went in and had a long warm shower.
This Course is normally a hard test and as we went to the first the wind was behind, so why not play off the blues ? well we did and the number of times as we played when I wish we had played off the whites, was legion. The wind was howling and behind or in front it was a problem and blowing from either side the ball went wildly where it was not supposed to go.
This was not the major problem, the major problem was that once the ball was on the green you had to keep it there. Get the ball above the pin and try to stop it on the green with the wind behind could be next to impossible. To make it even worse the greens were fast, this was a tough day on a tough Course.
After 10 holes I had 12 points and the player I was scoring for had 7, that may give you some idea how tough it was, mind that was the time to buckle down and try to get a few points, the question was how good, or bad, were the rest of the players doing and surely they were not as bad as us. After the round when at least we saved some credence in the last 8 holes, then as said, it was time for a beer to recover.
Shower over it was into the restaurant where I ordered some ‘French Fries’ to chew on as the scores came in. The fries were as good as I have had for a long time, and I noticed as the players brought their cards in they also had a few fries and all enjoyed them, after all they were free. The thing I noticed was that the scores as they came in were very low, as low as I can remember. Maybe there was hope yet.
Back at Bert’s, after travelling back in the back of Mashi’s car, and suitable refreshed after a bit of shut eye, it was soon time for the results. The thing I had found as the scores came in was that everyone had a bad day, in fact it is a long time since the scores had been so bad, we usually get someone who beats their handicap. On this day no one had, or got close, the question was had my 20 points in the last 8 holes managed to get me in the frame?.
In the A Flight, 0 to 18, we, believe it or not, had the best score of the day when John Maycock won with 33 points. In second was Keichi Kasami with 32 points ahead of Doug Maiko in third with 31 points on countback over Mashi Kaneta in fourth.
Now to the B Flight, ‘the thoughtful Golfers’, when I would find out if my valiant fight back over the last eight holes would be any good. We had a four way countback on 32 points, amazing. So the winner with 21 points on the back nine was Derek Brook ahead of Rita Zoebeli in second with 20 points on the back nine with Mike O’Brien third with 17 on the back nine and Max Bracegirdle fourth with 14 points on the back nine. Those missed puts were costly for some. This tells the tale of never giving up and believe me ‘Miracles Do Happen !!’
Near Pin Richard Kubicky Buckers Bischof Mashi
Long Put Mashi Paul Alford
Winners with one of Bert’s Finest
Friday The 17th January 2014: Treasure Hill (Stableford) Just another another day out on the Golf Course but it did mean an early morning at Bert’s and a long drive to the Course, the thing is would the day turn out well, with the heavy winds of late, and would the course be in good condition ?. Well we soon found out.
This is a Course with a quick book in so we were soon at the start and the first thing we noticed was that the wind was quite light and stayed that way all through the round, so for once we were not wind blown. This was quite surprising as normally we get a high wind here at all times’. This surely was going to be a good day. Even the temperature was fine.
So to the walk around, well the Course was in great condition and continues to improve. There has been a great amount of improvement on this Course and they are always working on it, although some of the improvements are, to put it kindly, improvements put in to make the Course tighter and more difficult to play. for example trees in awkward places. For the general knock about golfer they make the Course over difficult and this Course has always been tough enough. Mind that said this is always a Course worth a visit if you are a masochist.
Back at Bert’s it was time to declare the results and with great weather and a Course in fine condition, it was still as I expected, Golfers nil, Course 28.Over the week Courses 56 Golfers nil, what a tough week!!.
In the A Flight the winner was John Carlton with 33 points ahead of Brian Gabe in second with 31 points. In third was Dick Warberg with 30 points ahead of a countback on 29 points that saw Mark West in fourth in fourth and Vero Morgan missing out.
In the B Flight the winner was Max Bracegirdle with 35 points ahead of Nigel Perry in second with 34 points. In third was Jack Robertson with 33 points and in fourth was Graham Buckingham with 32 points. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Vero Morgan Andre Van Dyk Mashi Kaneta Landis Brooks
Long Put John Carlton Graham Buckingham