Tropical Golf 20/02
Friday, February 20, Pleasant Valley, White tees, St
A Very Pleasant Valley Day for Landis
This Friday the Tropical Golf Group gathered at BJ’s Holiday Lodge in preparation for the trek out to Pleasant Valley. It’s been quite a while since we’ve played this course. Some were trying to remember the course layout while others were wondering what the conditions would be like after the nearby PSC Monthly was rained out the day before.
Pleasant Valley is one of the shorter courses, but tight fairways and numerous water hazards, including many forced tee carries, make the course challenging. Nerves of steel on the tee can make or break a round, and rumor has it the drink stops were doing a brisk business selling used golf balls, with many soon returning to the hazards from whence they came. If that didn’t make the course challenging enough, the on and off again rain on the back nine bested all but the most determined golfers. Still, the rain finally stopped for good and the scores trickled in.
When the counting was done one golfer stood head, shoulders, and an extension ladder above the rest. Landis Brooks (9) posted an incredible 43 points – a full eight strokes ahead of the nearest competition! On a tough course, under tough conditions, Landis shot 74 off the stick. Take a bow Landis! No one lost sleep that night thinking if they made one more putt they’d take first place. Further down, the mere mortals had a three way count-back all at 35 points. When all the tie-breaking was done it was Takeshi Hakozaki (13) over Mike O’Brien (22), followed by Graham Buckingham (22).
Near Pins: Tom Herrington, Landis Brooks, Graham Buckingham, Paul Weatherley
Long putts: Landis Brooks, Graham Buckingham