Culloty stars at Pattavia

Pat Culloty & Ted Morris.
Pat Culloty & Ted Morris.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, May 5, Green Valley – Stableford

We had a reasonable size group for this time of year at Green Valley so we had two flights with the cut for the A flight coming out at fourteen. Unfortunately, unless there is a dramatic change in the condition of this course, it is going to be very hard to keep up the numbers as it is in very poor condition at the moment.

Stuart Brown (H/cap 7) returned today after a long absence and made an excellent return by winning the A flight with thirty-seven points (which was the best score of the day), and to make it even better he also had two 2’s. Russell Gilroy (14) came second with thirty-six points and Craig Hitchens (12) was third on thirty-four, beating Jerry Sweetnam on count­back. Craig also had a 2 but he had his on a long par four.

In the B flight we had two players with thirty-six points and here Paul Butler (17) won the countback to come first and Ian Corica (27), who had twenty-two points on the front nine, had to settle for second spot. We then had two players with thirty-four points and here Vincent Gras (17) won the countback to come third, edging Donal McGuigan off the podium.

We had five 2s today, from Craig Hitchens, Pete Seil, Jerry Sweetnam and Stuart Brown (x2).

Tuesday, May 7, Pattavia – Stableford

On arrival at Pattavia we were informed that holes 1 to 6 had started greens renovations that morning and had been cored & sanded. After much discussion it was decided to play holes 10-18 twice as alternate courses nearby were fully booked or closed for private party.

The back nine here is in great condition with green, well grassed fairways, rough that is not too long and greens that ran a bit slower than normal. They are also replacing the sand in all bunkers over the next few months.

We had a small field but some hot scoring. First place went to Pat Culloty (23) with a great 41 points, Donal McGuigan(16) (who thought he had done enough to win) came second on 39 and in third place was Craig Hitchens (12) with 35.

Pete Seil & Jon Batty shared the 2’s pot today.

Thursday, May 9, Burapha – Stableford

A much cooler and more comfortable day for golf here today at Burapha where we were back playing on the A and B nines after a change to C and D last week. We had a good size group out for this time of year so two flights with the cut for the A flight coming out at twelve.

We also got very steady scoring today and in one case even playing to your handicap wasn’t enough to get in the prizes. Ted Morris (17) came in with by far the best score of the day to win the B flight with an excellent thirty-nine points. In second place was Daryl Burkett (13) on thirty-five points and Ian Corica (27) came third with thirty-two.

In the A flight it was the low handicappers who came in with the best scores and Richard Fearby, playing off 2-handicap, was the winner with thirty-seven points. Greg Russell (4) was playing his first ever game with us and he also had thirty-seven points but he lost out on the countback to Richard. We then had two players with thirty-six points and here Kevyn Wright (10) won the countback to come third and Gerry Hannan lost out, however he had the consolation of having a 2 on his card, as did Jerry Sweetnam.