The ‘Asia gang’ were in front of us and we teed off 30 minutes ahead of schedule on an almost deserted course. As always here the clouds were bubbling in the distance but there was no threat of rain today, according to the caddies.
Playing off 19 now, the best recorded score of the day was in division 2 with 41 points winning it for Bryan Rought; ‘Countback’ Burnie came in second on 37 and Lee Casey was third with 33.
On a four week holiday from Nigeria, Arthur Hancock topped division 1 with 39 points, Mike Missler was second on 34 and with two players came in with 33 points, 16/16 on the back nine and 10/10 on the back six, with eventually Chris Voller beating Terry Phur 4/3 on the back two holes for third place.
Near pins went to Mikael Andersson (2), Steve Armstrong, Chris Voller, Ian Hart, Sid Ottaway and Burnie Sinclair.
In the ‘2’s Steve Armstrong birdied the fourth and Arthur Hancock the twelfth to split the division 1 pot includong a rollover from Phoenix. Ian Hart was the only winner in division 2 after a birdie on the twelfth.
Wednesday, June 13,The Emerald - Stableford
A hot and humid day as we arrived here to another empty course. There was only one division out with us today and the new boy Steve Armstrong drove the second hole to 5ft from the pin but missed the putt which would have been a fantastic ‘2’.
David Phillips returned his best ever score with us, winning the division with 38 points. Grant Cadell took second on 37 and Al Keith was third one point behind Grant.
There were no near pins today and no ‘2’s.
Friday, June 15,Eastern Star - Stableford
There was quite a strong breeze here today coming off the coast, just a few weeks away from the rainy season when the wind changes direction for 3 months and comes in from the east.
In the two divisions today, with six groups out, the cut was 6-16 and 17 plus, and the organizer, playing his best round for some considerable time, won division 2 with 42 points. Joe Kubon was second with 38 points and the Irish boy Cully Monks took third with 36.
The scores in the first division were not comparable to division 2, with 32 points winning it for Arthur Hancock, Tony Barritt in second one point behind, and new Eastern Star member Ted Gardner beat Grant Cadell on a 15/14 back-nine count back for third after they both came in with 30 points each.
Miss Chevrolet’s other half, Andy Baber, after two months in the doldrums, scored 5 on the front nine and then bounced back with 17 on the return and he was a happy chappy.
In the ‘2’s Chris Voller birdied the 6th to take the pot in the premier flight while in division 2 with three rollovers, Lee Casey birdied the 17th from around 4ft away and Sid Ottaway and Bryan Rought got ‘2’s on the 13th to share the purse three ways.
Near pins went to Mike Missler (2), Chris Voller, Lee Casey and Bryan Rought.