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Tuesday, March 31, Greenwood – Stableford

Not a large turnout on the day as a ‘Phoenix Special’ was on, with some of our players going down there for a ‘freebie’.  Still, we had four groups that met at BJ’s and zoomed up to Greenwood.  On this day the roads were nice and clear and we made it in good time.  Nice to see that some of the roads are being repaired, it certainly makes the drive more comfortable.

The course was empty and we were to play the A and C Nines, so off we went with no one around and teed off into the wind, playing the C nine first.

This course is well liked by all our players and with due reason, it plays tough but is rewarding and being well into the countryside it always seems to be quiet and peaceful.  On this day the fairways were quite good, the rough was reasonable and the greens were fine if a little slow.  All in all a tough test, but still enjoyable.

Dick Warberg (right) congratulates Dave Cooper – the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month.Dick Warberg (right) congratulates Dave Cooper – the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month.

Back to BJ’s for the results and a big surprise of the day was that only one of the par threes was hit by the players and the only ‘Near Pin’ was on A6 by Alan Sullivan.  The scoring was also quite low, so the winner was Steve Truelove with 36 points ahead of Derek Brook in second with 35, Dave Nicholson taking fourth spot with 34 and John Davis fourth on 33.

This was also the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month day and the winner was Dave Cooper.  Well done Dave!

Friday, April 3, Crystal Bay – Stableford

A large group gathered at BJ’s Holiday Lodge on Friday for breakfast and the usual pre-round excuses on why their game would suffer, most excuses having to do with activities the night before.  Andre Van Dyk’s pre-round excuse was he was sporting a new set of irons for their first use ever, not even trying them at the range yet.  Slow season?  Twenty nine would-be golfers showed up for the ride to Crystal Bay.

Crystal Bay is one of the best values in the area.  The course is quite affordable and in good condition.  B-Course is still closed so we played C and A.  No doubt about it, the dog days of summer are here.  Umbrellas came out on the first tee and water flowed, though a steady breeze helped.  Despite its share of tricky holes Crystal Bay is quite playable and scores are usually on the high points side, and such was the case today.

Back at BJ’s as the scores were announced, it quickly became clear that unless you shot your handicap or better your main job now was to clap and order another beverage.

Andre Van Dyk (left) and Dick Warberg celebrate a winning day at Crystal Bay.

In A-Flight (0-18), Andre Van Dyk (h/cap 16) baptised his new clubs in grand style by taking first place with 39 points.  Well done Andre, and you should consider a new set every week.  Gerd Riedler (9) was next with 37 points, followed by Max Scott (4) and Brian Parish (14) each with 36.

B-Flight (19+) saw Dick Warberg (19) tie the best score of the day with 39 points, Dick playing with the same old clubs.  A message there?  Then came the “Battle of Thirty Six” as the next three places required a count back calculation before it was announced that Nigel Perry (27) edged Dave Nicholson (19) and Dave Cooper (21).  It pays to finish strong.

Near Pins: Tom Herrington, Max Scott, Steve Truelove (2), Mike O’Brien, Max Bracegirdle, Henry Wong

Long Putt: Kenny Chung