Norman wins ‘golfer of the month’ award

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Monday, Feb. 27, Crystal Bay (white tees) – Medal

A Flight (0-17)

1st Raleigh Gosney (17) net 73

2nd Tony Robbins (15) net 73

3rd Sonny Khanna (14.4) net 74

 

B Flight (17.1+)

1st Tony Messenger (21.2) net 66

2nd Dave Gow (18) net 70

3rd Jimmy Carr (18) net 70

 

Near Pins: Jimmy Carr, John Hughes, Sunny Khanna, Bob Cowell

 

Despite many of our members being overseas for a variety of reasons, a good turnout of two flights contested the last round of the month which was unfortunately plagued by slow play.

The medal format is not everybody’s favorite but nevertheless, scores were overall quite good with Raleigh Gosney beating Tony Robbins on a count-back and also celebrating a win in the A flight.  Best score of the day went to Tony Messenger who beat Dave Gow by 4 shots in B flight shortly before both departed for home.  A case of take the money and run!

Neil Carter presents the Golfer of the Month trophy to Keith Norman.
Neil Carter presents the Golfer of the Month trophy to Keith Norman.

All interest for the day focused on the golfer of the month contenders, namely long-time leader John Hughes and the fast finishing Keith Norman.  It’s hard to tell whether Keith maintained his fast finish or John Hughes did his best impression of Greg Norman and chocked, but either way the spoils went to Keith who was another having his last game of this current tour before returning to the UK.

 

Wednesday, March. 1, Greenwood A & C – Stableford

Fifteen Bunker boys participated in the Links Bar’s monthly competition held at Greenwood, in a total field of eighty-three players.  Despite the size of the field it is pleasing to report that no delays were experienced on the course and on the roads to and from the course.

The slope handicap system was used which had the effect of distorting scores, but scoring was still of a high standard.  Many of the better players from the Bunker Boys were missing for a variety of reasons but those that did play performed with distinction and provided not only the overall winner in A flight (Neil Carter), closely followed by Alan Freeman who lost on a count back, but also were among the prizes in most of the categories.  Random prizes were on offer on all holes with the Bunker Boys taking more than their fair share.  Among the prize winners were John Hughes, Ken Davidson, Sunny Khanna, and Michael Brett.

The Links Bar are to be congratulated for their efforts in organising this event which it is hoped will get bigger and better over time.  It is also an opportunity for golfers from different societies to get together in a spirit of competition and camaraderie.

 

Friday, March. 3, The Emerald (white tees) – Stableford

1st Gerry Cooney (16) 36pts

2nd Mark Stanley (8) 35pts

3rd Michael Brett (16) 34pts

 

Near Pins: Mark Stanley (2), Mike Brett, Les Cobban.

 

With some of our members taking a break and heading off to play Soi Dao, we had a reduced field of only one flight today.  After an easy run down to Ban Chang we checked in to one of our regular venues, which was in good condition with fast greens and some challenging pin positions.  Some of the tee boxes were in need of attention, as were the brakes on the buggies.

The scores were mixed with some good but quite a few poor scores also recorded.  The short fifth par three had its share of drama with Michael Brett’s ball falling off the tee on his downswing resulting in a bad shot but he recovered to feature in the prizes.

Gerry Cooney is back in form and was the only player to record a level par round.  John Hughes was enticed away from our game with a promise of free food at the Links Bar after golf.  With Neil away we decided to hold prize giving at the golf club before heading home.