Golfers bitten by Tiger-Tee Tuesday

Tuesday’s winners: Tom Herrington, from left, with Don Carmody, Rob Brown and Carole Kubicki.
Tuesday’s winners: Tom Herrington, from left, with Don Carmody, Rob Brown and Carole Kubicki.

PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, Feb 12, Bangpakong – Stableford

This Tuesday Tropical Golf broke convention and tried something different. As a fun experiment the players could elect to play off the back black (Tiger) tees, or take things as usual. Bangpakong is an excellent choice for this variation as it’s a bit more forgiving. Playing at a mere 7140 yards it’s not just a test of distance but also managing your handicap.

Interesting some golfers with handicaps of 28 decided to get in the spirit, man up and have a go. With a maximum of 5 players in each flight there were 12 prizes spread over 19 players.

Bangpakong was in its usual excellent condition, and for all the fairway woods hit this day it was a big help. Winning scores were divided into two flights, two for the Tiger Teams and two for those taking the familiar route.

In A-Flight Tiger Tees (0-13), Rob Brown (H/cap 5) hardly noticing the extra yards as he really earned his 33 points. Richard Kubicki (10) held on to take second with his 30 while the best consolation nine holes in that flight went to Landis Brooks with 14 points.

Tom Herrington (14) took the honors in B-Flight Tiger Tees (14-29) with a long hitting 32 points and was second overall in the Tiger Tee challenge. He was followed by Andre Van Dyk (17) with 29 and Fred Tam had the best non-winning nine hole score with 15 points.

In C-Flight (21-24), Carole Kubicki (23) bounced back after losing a record 4 countbacks over the last 2 games to easily take her flight with an excellent 35 points. Mick Coghlan (29) returned a modest 29 points, but it was enough for second. The best non-winning nine score for this flight went to Joe Sparwirth with 17.

Don Carmody (26) conquered D-Flight (25+) with a fine 33 points, just ahead of Graham Buckingham (25) with 32.Best nine here went to Barry Elphick with 14.

Our next challenge will be Front Tee Friday playing off the whites at Pleasant Valley in March.

Friday, Feb 15, Greenwood – Stableford

Off to Greenwood which was, as always, in very good condition and they are not afraid to keep it well watered… green and lush. It was back to our staple of Stableford today and only 2 players broke handicap.

John Davis was not one of those but his 33 points off his 11-handicap was still enough to garner first place in A- Flight (0-14). Brian Parish (13) edged Rob Brown (13) out of second place on countback after both posted 32 points overall. Big Deryl Neufeld (14) completed the podium in fourth place with 40 points. The best nine in that flight went to Alan Sullivan with 16 points.

In B-Flight (15-24), Dave Cooper (24) took top spot with 38 points, two ahead of Joe Sparwirth (22) in second on 36. Third place went to Mikito Homa (24) with 34 points and a stellar fourth to Andre Van Dyk (17) on 30. Paul Weatherly had the best non-winning nine hole score of 17 points.

Graham Buckingham was the star of the day as he demolished C-Flight (25+) with 45 points off his 25-handicap. Colm Mullen (28) placed second some way back with 34 points, David Bailey (27) was third on 33 and all round nice guy Don Carmody (26) took fourth with 32. The best nine score for this flight went to Brian Cooper with 17 points.