Barry makes it two in a row

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PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday, Sept. 24, Green Valley – Stableford

Tuesday was an important day for the Tropical Bert’s golfers as it was not only a fine day for golf (after all the wet weather the last few days) but also an exciting finish to Golfer of the Month competition (more on that later).

Our usual Tuesday fearless leader, Derek, is back home for a few weeks and Dick Warberg filled in admirably.

After a nice breakfast the group headed to Green Valley and the weather was mostly cloudy with a slight breeze – perfect.  The fairways were in their usual excellent condition, but some heavily sanded greens made putting a guess for all but the most skilled flat stick players.  Still, some high point totals showed more than one player could master the conditions.

Dick Warberg (right) presents the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month award to Barry Oats. Dick Warberg (right) presents the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month award to Barry Oats.

In first place with a whopping 40 points was Barry Oats.  As we shall see, this score had much impact on the Golfer of the Month race.  Second place went to Barry Elphick with 37 points, and third to Graham Buckingham with 36.

Near pins were awarded to Barry Elphick, Graham Buckingham, and Rita Zoebeli.

Going into the final round for Golfer of the Month, the contest was close with several players in contention.  One regular had a three point lead, and only a fine showing could take over.  Sure enough Barry Oats had a fantastic come-from-behind-finish to win this month’s MBMG sponsored prizes!  Congrats to Barry and thanks to MBMG Group for supporting this event.

Friday, Sept 27, Mountain Shadow – Stableford

It was Groundhog Day at Tropical Bert’s on Friday, but no one realized it yet that morning as the gang assembled for morning munchies and a couple cups of ambition.  The destination this day was Mountain Shadow and though some people made a wrong turn or two on the way, everyone managed to arrive on time at the first tee.

The weather was humid and a bit warm at times, but scattered clouds and a steady breeze kept things tolerable.  Mountain Shadow is a tricky course with plenty of rolling fairways and greens to test every skill and currently it is in excellent condition, so between the fine weather and good grass anyone with disappointing results was out of excuses.

Back at the 19th hole much talk centered around two near pins that were near aces, one ending a scant 2 inches from the cup.

Back at Bert’s for food and refreshments, it was time for an accounting of the day’s deeds.  When it was all done the scorer had to check to make sure he didn’t have the sheet from just three days before – this was just too familiar.  But there was no mistake – in first place (again) was Barry Oats with 38 points, and in second place (again) was Barry Elphick with 37 points!

Congrats to both Barry’s, and more than one golfer heard “I Got You Babe” in their head.  Third place went to Walter Baechli (36), and poor shooting on one par 3 created a fourth place, won by Alan Sullivan (35).

Near pins went to Tom Herrington, Nigel Perry, Mark West.