Tropical Golf 22/05
Mashi – King of the Hill, er, Mountain!
Tropical Golf @ BJ Holiday Lodge
Mountain Shadow – Stableford
With the day dawning a bit cloudy and after an overnight rain the hopefuls who gathered at BJ’s for breakfast and check-in were a bit apprehensive of having a dry day out. On top of that, after the Tuesday round for many at the PSC members Open at Pleasant Valley, some were wondering if there would be any roll on the ball at Mt. Shadow. With several of the regulars playing in a semi-annual tournament this week the numbers were down a bit but then, that gives the remaining hopefuls a better change at reaching the podium.
Reaching the course in good time followed by a speedy check-in, we found the course virtually empty and we were off the 1st tee a few minutes early. Playing the Blue tees, Mt. Shadow is quite a test with the added length plus the usual quick and undulating greens, and this day a steady breeze. However, the rains seemingly have missed this course as the fairways were dry and firm and no one needed to have worried about roll on the ball. We did play the day off everyone’s “Course Handicap” instead of the usual “USGA Handicap Index” so most received an extra stroke on their handicap, with a couple getting another. The question is will it make a difference in the scoring?
With the lead group not catching up to the group in front until the 17th hole, not having even seeing them early in the round, all finished in 3 ½ to 4 hours. Could not ask for better than that.
Back at BJ’s earlier than usual, thirst quenchers and lunch going down easily, the results were tabulated and the presentation made. Congratulations to Mashi for leaving all in the dust and taking the top podium spot, and this after winning his flight at the PSC last Tuesday. Even with the additional handicap stroke, the scores pretty much mirrored the group’s history at Mt. Shadow with one player doing very well followed by the others struggling to play to their handicap. All in all, an enjoyable day, a good course with a great group, and who could ask for more than that.
1st: Mashi Kaneta (17) 40 pts
2nd: Derek Brook (24) 33 pts
3rd: Daryl Evans (21) 31 pts. on count-back over
Tom Herrington (17) and Brian Parish (13)
Near Pins: Derek Brook (2), Brian Gabe, Brian Parish