Gabe on the march at Bangpakong


PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday, Jan. 21, Greenwood A &C – Stableford

Some days things do not go well, on this day when I arrived at Bert’s the mini bus was there with doors open, but when the boys went out to get in it sometime later it had disappeared.  We eventually got it back, but it meant many left half an hour late and put pressure on us to get to the start on time.

Surprisingly when we got to the course there were very few cars in the park and this took some pressure off, and as we got to the start tee the passengers from the bus arrived and all was well!  The trick was getting the people away from the first tee and this we did, if not quite in the order we had planned it.  We also got away into a very strong wind, seems normal these days.  This made the day difficult, but still this is a course that is fair if you are playing well, and so we battled on.

Tuesday’s winners pose with one of Bert’s finest.Tuesday’s winners pose with one of Bert’s finest.

The course itself was in fair condition and we found that with it being watered we had to dodge the sprays and the soggy patches.  The ground was very firm, as I noticed after we finished and my hand was quite bruised, still at was all well playable.  The greens were also in good condition so all in all a great day out and as the scores came in it was noticeable we had a few decent ones.

Back at Bert’s we announced the results and in the A Flight, 0 to 20, the winner was John Hackett with the best score of the day 38 points, ahead of Mark West in second with 36.  We then had a count back on 35 points that saw Alan Sullivan in third and Doug Maiko in fourth.

In the B Flight the winner was John Marritt with 36 points, ahead of Graham Buckingham in second on 34 and we had another count back on 32 points that saw Max Bracegirdle in third and Don Carmody taking fourth.

Near Pins:  Daryl Evans, Tom Cotton, Keichi Kasami

Long Putts:  Daryl Evans, Keichi Kasami

Friday, Jan. 24, Bangpakong – Stableford

This course may be a long drive but these days it is certainly worth taking the trouble.  We had a full group to travel today and surprisingly most found the venue with no problems.  I say most because there is always one and for some reason some Sat Navs seem to find a problem, however in the end all got there in time.

On arrival, not having been there for some time, we were really pleased to find brand new changing facilities, which made the start to the day really good.

Brian Gabe & Graham Buckingham.Brian Gabe & Graham Buckingham.

As said we have not been there for some time and the course seems to have had a lot of work done on it, to the extent that I did not hear one complaint and only good things.  This was always a fine layout, long and fair and if you played well you would get a good score.  On this day it looked as well as we can ever remember and all aspects were great, especially the greens which were as good and true as any we have played for a long time.

The trip back always seems shorter when you have had a great day on the course and we were soon back at Bert’s where it was time to sort out the results and see who had played really well on this fine course.

In the A Flight, 0 to 20, the winner with the best score of the day was Brian Gabe with 43 points ahead of Landis Brooks in second with 39.  We had a count back on 36 points that saw Brian Parish in third over Colin Mullen.

In the B Flight the winner was Graham Buckingham with 42 points ahead of Henry Wong in second with 39 points on count back over Paul Alford in third.


Near Pins:  Andre Van Dyk, Henry Wong, Michele Sancille, Brian Parish