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Derek Brook (right) with John Davis.
Derek Brook (right) with John Davis.

The Tropical Golf Group

Friday, August 18, St. Andrews 2000 – Stableford

This Friday a group thirteen golfers decided to test themselves with a trip out to St. Andrews – of the 2000 variety.  You didn’t really think we were off to Scotland did you?

St. Andrews is considered an “elite” course to play, and one of the most scenic in the area.  Sadly the current condition would be rated poor to fair.  Even taking into account scarified greens are needed for good maintenance, it doesn’t help to perform that on brown greens with bare and blighted patches.  Fairways had many thin or bare areas.  Overall this excellent and interesting layout is in worse condition than many local courses costing much less.

In first place today came Derek Brook (c/h 24) with an inspired 41 points.  Considering that Derek doesn’t usually play on Fridays he might decide that’s now his best golfing day.  John Davis (16) with a fine 38 points took second place on count-back, keeping the lower handicap players from getting laughed out of the restaurant.  Losing the count-back was Reg Cochran (33), while Dick Warberg (21) with 37 points rounded out the podium finishers.

Best nines (for non-winners) came from Graham Buckingham and Brian Gabe, both with20 points on their respective nine.