The Tropical Golf Group
Tuesday, July 25, Pattana – Stableford
On arrival at Pattana the dreaded words were uttered by the course management, “carts on the path only”, as after several days of rain the course was very wet, such is life. The fairways were soggy and the rough difficult to get out of, however the greens, despite being wet, were fast and true.
In the A Flight, 0 to 15, the winner was Landis Brooks with 38 points ahead of Mashi Kaneta in second with 37 and Brian Parish third with 35.
The B Flight winner was Dick Warberg with 37 points, two up on Mick Coghlan in second while Graham Buckingham was third with 34.
The best front nine was recorded by Takeshi Hakozaki with 18 points and best back nine came from Mike Johns, also with 18.
Thursday, July 27, Greenwood B & C – Medal
Both the monthly mug and golfer of the month prizes were up for grabs on our last outing of the month. Mashi Kaneta had a commanding GOM lead and basically needed to just complete the round and turn in a card to win yet another prize. However with the mug also up for grabs there was also the chance for a “daily double” and knowing Mashi, no one thought he would take it easy.
Greenwood was wet from recent rains and with carts restricted to paths only, “ball in hand, through the green” was the rule of the day. Playing off the shorter yellow tees, the course still played long and several times it took awhile to locate balls plugged in the middle of the fairway. However, no rain fell during our round and with no groups in front of us we were around in good time.
With three golfers on net 74 it took a count back to determine the final order in the mug competition, which Dick Warberg won over Mashi Kaneta and Phil Mitchell. John Sykes then edged out Graham Buckingham on a count back at net 77 for the final spot on the podium.
On to golfer of the month and as noted above, Mashi just needed to complete his round for the win, and, with his stellar round finishing second, came close to the “daily double”, and blew away all others for the July GOM prize.