The Tropical Golf Group
Tuesday, Oct. 24, Bangpakong – Monthly Mug
Well it rained and rained, in fact most of the day it threw it down. We checked the internet to see what the weather forecast at the course was and naturally it said it was likely to be fine, so off we went. We arrived at Bangpakong in a downpour and went down to the coffee shop to watch the rain hammer down and turn the course into a series of lakes.
After the best part of one hour the rain slowed and having come so far and noticing the lakes were slowly draining, we made the decision to play. It was obvious we were going to get our feet wet but it would not be the first time. The decision was made to ‘lift, clean and place through the green’ in the hope we could actually find a dry spot to put the ball. Some hope at times.
One group turned back and claimed ‘rain checks’, but the rest of us completed the round. The greens were naturally slow but seemed to have drained well, but the rest of the course was a bit of a quagmire.
Round over and back Back late at BJ’s it was soon into the results, and despite the trials of the day we had some good scores. The winner on the day was Daryl Evans with a fine net 65 ahead of Brian Gage in second with net 66 and Brian Parish third with a net 67. In fourth place was Mashi Kaneta with a net 69 ahead of a count-back on net 71 that saw John Davis in fifth and Steen Haberstaat sixth.
Near Pins: John Davis, Peter Bygballe, Walter Baechli, Steen Haberstaat, Mick Coghlan.
Friday, Oct. 27, Crystal Bay – Stableford
Numbers are starting to climb and this day we had a winning twenty-one golfers take the trip to one of the more favored and forgiving courses, Crystal Bay. One nice surprise is it was in borderline excellent condition!
The scores this day were high but not mind-blowing. Several people below handicap level even got some mentions.
In A-Flight (0-20), John Davis (c/h 15) shot the best score of the day at 41 points. Next was the returning Alan Sullivan (17) who made a nice showing with 37 points, followed by Ronnie Ratte (20) on 33 and Brian Parish (13) taking the final flight honors on count-back with 32.
Mick Coghlan (24) showed he had stamina in B-Flight (21+) with a fine 39 points while Daryl Evans (25) shot right on handicap with 36 points. Following on were Steen Habersaat (29) and Peter Bygballe with 33 points.
Best nines for non winners came from Tom Herrington and Don Carmody.