Watts crowned club champ after terrific 45

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Bunker Boys Golf Society

Monday, Dec. 5, Crystal Bay (white tees) – Stableford

A Flight (0-16.2)

1st Neil Carter (13) 37pts

2nd Geoff Parker (14) 37pts

3rd Colin Gregg (11) 35pts

B Flight (16.3+)

1st Alan Ashton (21) 34pts

2nd Gordon Melia (16) 34pts

3rd Michael Brett (33) 33pts

Near Pins: Takeshi Hakozaki, Neil Carter, Michael Brett, Colin Gregg.

Bunker champion - Robby Watts.
Bunker champion – Robby Watts.

A lovely day for golf on this public holiday but on arriving at the course we were advised that there were no buggies available and that we would have to wait until other golfers completed their round and returned the buggies.  This necessitated us redoing our groups so that buggy users were at the back of the field and the walkers could head out first.

The course was in good condition and the greens well prepared but bunkers left a lot to be desired.  A pleasant surprise was that the club had purchased new buggies, which were a huge improvement.

Neil Carter won the count out in A flight with 19pts on the back nine to Geoff’s 18 and in the B flight Alan Ashton beat Gordon Melia with an excellent 21pts to 15.  All the same old faces warming up for our club championship starting on Wednesday.

Wednesday, Dec 7, Pattavia – Medal

A Flight (0-15.3)

1st Keith Norman (14) net 71

2nd Tony Scrambler (13) net 72

3rd Gez Williams (14) net 72

B Flight (15.4+)

1st Ken Davidson (24) net 71

2nd Mike Brett (19) net 71

3rd John Hughes (20) net 72

Near Pins: Gez williams, Les Cobban, Keith Norman, Keith Hemmings.

The first day of the Club Championship and this year Pattavia was selected as an excellent course that was a fair test and not too difficult.  We arrived to find the course very busy and they were importing caddies from Greenwood to meet the demand.  The greens are fast and tricky here so those who depend on their caddy for reading the greens had a decided advantage if they scored a local Pattavia caddy.

The scores were very close with 11 players within 2 shots of the lead.  Ken Davison, Keith Norman and Michael Brett all had net 71, Tony Scambler, John Hughes and Gez Williams net 72 and Les Cobban, Robby Watts, Tony Robbins, Peter Allen and Geoff Cox with net 73.

Shot of the day went to Neil Carter on the short par-3 13th hole.  His tee shot was shanked into the water hazard so he frustratingly teed up again and hit his ball straight into the hole for a regulation par!

Friday, Dec. 7, Mt. Shadow (white tees) – Stableford

A Division (0-17)

1st Robby Watts (12) 45pts

2nd Tony Scambler (13) 34pts

3rd Ian Rattray (7) 34pts

B Division (17+)

1st Gerry Cooney (19) 34pts

2nd Andy Brady (18) 33pts

3rd John Hughes (20) 30pts

Near Pins: Robby Watts (4)

A little tension was in the air as we started the final round with half the field in contention.  Keith Norman, Les Cobban, and Gez Williams were the hot tips with limping Tony Scambler and the injured John Hughes (who spends more time in the physios than Tiger Woods) the dark horses.  However, almost everybody had a poor day with only one person playing to handicap.

Robby Watts was the lone star as he blitzed the Mt. Shadow course with a terrific 5 over par gross (net 65) to clearly win the Club Championship by 10 shots from Gez Williams, with Tony Scambler third on count back.  Robby also joined the elite group of Geoff Parker, Alan Freeman and Mark Stanley in winning all four near pins.

A great day out for Robby who was awarded the beautiful crystal trophy and he reciprocated with a drink for all the golfers.  He easily won the A division with 45 stableford points followed by Tony Scambler 34pts and Ian Rattray.  B Division was won by Gerry Cooney on 34pts with Andy Brady second with 33 and a chastened John Hughes in third.