Smith on fire, makes it 3 from 4

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The Growling Swan Golf Society

Monday, July 10, Emerald G.C. – Stableford

1st Glenn Smith (26) 39pts

2nd Alex Field (18) 38pts

Near Pins: #5 – Martin Kempton, #13 – Martin Kempton, #17 – Alex Field.

Long Putts: #9 – Mashi Kaneta, #18 – Denis Paul.

10 of our core group of golfers gathered to have a crack at Emerald G.C and the day was good weather wise.  The fairways at the course were in great nick but the greens were still a little slow today.  Playing from the white tees the group attacked the layout with enthusiasm and the scores showed as a result of that.

It turned out that the man of the moment went on to make it 3 from 4 as Glenn Smith, riding a purple patch, left all in his wake.  Glenn returned to the club house after shooting 39 points and the bookies and handicappers will be looking at this bloke from here on in.  Alex Field filled second place only one shot behind the day’s winner.

Thursday, July 13, Eastern Star – Stableford

1st Denis Steele (11) 39pts

2nd Martin Kempton (12) 36pts

3rd Steve Younger (15) 34pts

Near Pins: #3 Dave Fletcher, #13 Martin Kempton, #17 Denis Steele

Long Putts: #9 Denis Steele, #18 Martin Kempton

On an overcast morning with a bit of rain threatening, 14 golfers headed out from The Growling Swan to tackle Eastern Star G.C.  Looking back through our records it had been around 10 months since we had played here, so the challenge was on.

The weather was playing games and as the golfers arrived the heavens opened up which threw some doubt as to whether we could take carts on course as the rain was quite heavy!  It turned out ok for us, we could take carts on course but we had to play ‘pick, clean and place’.  As the day got longer the warmer it became, although a slight breeze was of some relief later in the day.

The greens were in superb condition and the fairways were the best that they have been for a long time.  Our golfers actually commented how well the course was playing and looking.  It’s the best it has been for years.

We played from the white tees, which unfortunately did not agree with all but as we have such a broad range of golfers it is important to keep as many happy as possible.  We play from the back as often as we play from the front.

Only one division was required and it was Denis Steele that took the honors, returning with 39 points.  Denis was well ahead of second placed Martin Kempton while Steve Younger took the final podium position.