Ferris the form man for April


PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday, April 29, Greenwood – Stableford

This golf game is really played between the ears and in some respect according to ‘Anno Domini’.  There is no doubt that with the passing of the years the power to play the game tends to fade away, but many golfers compensate for this fall in physical strength with a much better thinking game between the ears.  But some alas do not.

It has to be said that there are many golfers here who have maintained their ability well into the three score years and ten, but also some who find their handicap rise as they get on in years.  The scribe was like that until a couple of months ago and had a handicap that seemed to be flying out.  However, a sudden thought on a day’s golf seemed to remind me of forgotten actions.  The result is a couple of months of playing well and suddenly this golf game has become a pleasure to play again, and the handicap is falling like a lead balloon.  I wondered what would happen on this day at a Green Valley that could become anything.

James Ferris (left) receives the MBMG Golfer of the Month award from Mashi Kaneta.James Ferris (left) receives the MBMG Golfer of the Month award from Mashi Kaneta.

We had a late start but we were still off at 1145 into a strong wind.  The course is in reasonable condition at present but the wind was unsettling on the day and as we teed off effectually at mid-day, it was very hot, I mean really hot!  As the day wore on we moved into a cooling late afternoon, but by then of course we were all fried.

The front nine was difficult and not surprising the scribe struggled, while some in our 4-ball had really good front nines.  Still, I was 4 or 5 shots behind after 9 holes and the question was could I get it back on the homeward stretch.  Surprisingly I played the back nine really well and as we finished I was living in hope, but the rest had been playing well also, so we would see.

As soon as we got to Bert’s it was time to announce the results and it was also time for the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month award which had really been decided early on as the winner had won the first two competitions of the month.

So first things first, the winner on the day was your humble scribe, Derek Brook, with 38 points and a really good back nine.  In second was Tom Herrington with 37 points and we then had a count back on 36 that saw Brian Parish in third, Dave Cooper fourth and Brian Gabe fifth.

It was then time for the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month to be announced and the winner was James Ferris.  Well done!

Near Pins:  AVD, Brian Gabe, Steve Durey (2)

Friday, May 2, Treasure Hill – Stableford

Not a big group on this day, and with Dick busy moving it fell to AVD and Brian Gabe to run the event.

Soon booked in it was onto the first tee and away we went.  It was a bit breezy but well within our ability to play, and with the fairways being in quite good condition we made good speed around the course.  The greens were also in good shape except for the 16th where the multi-grass and was a bit of a problem.

Derek Brook (right) and Tom Herrington (left) with one of Bert’s helpers.Derek Brook (right) and Tom Herrington (left) with one of Bert’s helpers.

The round was soon over and it was into transport and back to Bert’s.  Treasure Hill is a difficult course and no one on this day managed to shoot their handicap, still all in all the scores were quite good.

The winner was Brian Parish with 35 points ahead of Jim Ferris in second with 34.  We then had a count back on 33 points that saw Brian Gabe in third and Tom Herrington (losing a count back again) in fourth.  Alan Sullivan was fifth with 31 points.  T.T.F.N.

Near Pins:  Alan Sullivan, AVD, Barry Elphick, Brian Gabe