Davies & Coghlan shine at Pattavia

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The Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, Nov. 15, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

How time flies.  The year is winding down, and with just six weeks to go in this one, 18 Tropical golfers signed up for the challenge at Mt. Shadow to get in some golf memories.  Weather is a bit cooler these days and the “daily rains” are down to a few times/week, increasing chances of uninterrupted rounds.

Mick Coghlan (left) and Phil Davies.
Mick Coghlan (left) and Phil Davies.

Mountain Shadow is in fair to good condition, fairways are ok and greens a bit uneven but not disagreeable.  Playing off the blue tees made the course a fair but not unreasonable test.

The weather was fine so where is all this leading?  It means we are out of excuses!  Maybe too many golfers were out late the night before as not a single player got within three shots of handicap, and things fell off quickly from there.  Someone has to win however, so on with the results.

Gerd Riedler (c/h 7) and his impressive handicap tied for the best score of the day and took top honors on count back over Brian Parish, both with 33 points.  They must have been surprised.  Tom Herrington (19) and Andre Van Dyk (15) were next with 32 points, followed by Roger Rees (13) and Mick Coghlan (24) with 30.  Sometimes the course wins, and this was one of them.

Near Pins:  Dick Warberg, Gerd Riedler (2)

Friday, Nov. 18, Pattavia – Stableford

Twenty two intrepid golfers showed up at BJ’s Lodge for breakfast and brew and this time the destination was Pattavia.  After filling up stomachs and cars, off we went.

Pattavia is a bit of a drive to be sure.  So is it worth it?  Yes, the course was in excellent condition.  If one had to dig for a complaint to be “balanced”, the sand in the bunkers is a bit hard and stony, but you’re not supposed to be in there anyway.

With the Golfer of the Month race winding down it was almost a runaway but some hope lingered, and with the golfers’ egos still smarting from low scores the previous round there was a lot of reason to be interested in this day.  How would the group perform?  Very well thank you.

In A-Flight (0-16), newcomer Phil Davies (c/h 14) announced his arrival by taking the top spot with a fine 39 points, edging out Bob Watson (7) on count back.  The final spot in A-flight was taken by Maurice Roberts (12) with 38.

Mick Coghlan (25) continued his fine form in B-Flight (17+) with the highest score of the day, a stellar 41 points!  Next in line was Don Carmody (30) with 40 points, and then Tom Herrington (19) who took the final podium honors.

Near Pins:  Tom Herrington, Mashi Kaneta, Bob Watson (2).