Holiday plans torpedoed at Navy

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PSC golf from The Bunker Bar

Monday, Feb. 14, Bangpra – Stableford

Our group of 30 golfers arrived at Bangpra to find that our booking time had been changed from 11.20 to 12.12 a.m. so there was nothing else to do other than get a cup of coffee, and chat for an hour (although some of the keener members were spotted on the driving range and practice areas).

After eventually getting away, the round progressed slowly for the front nine, although it speeded up somewhat on the inward nine.  The slow pace of the day appeared to suit Geoff Cox, who returned a score of 38 Stableford points to win the A Flight, whilst Reg Smart made a welcome return to form to take the honours in the B Flight.

A Flight

1st Geoff Cox (13) 38pts

2nd Dave Ashman (14) 36pts

3rd Lee Butler (15) 35pts

B Flight

1st Reg Smart (23) 33pts

2nd Geoff Parker (18) 31pts

3rd Jack Robertson (22) 26pts

Near Pins:  Alan Freeman, Lee Butler, Reg Smart and Geoff Cox

Wednesday, Feb. 16, Phoenix Ocean & Mountain – Stableford

The day started perfectly as we set off on time to play an apparently empty Ocean course.  The groups progressed rapidly around the first nine holes, until the leading group arrived at the 10th tee to find 4 groups waiting to tee off!  The resulting 40 minute wait destroyed many players’ concentration, and changed the whole complexion of the day.

Geoff Cox - winner at Bangpra. Geoff Cox – winner at Bangpra.

Those who coped best with the break in play went on to take the honours, with Peter Kelly winning the A Flight beating Gerry Cooney on a count-back.  Reg Smart took the honours in the B Flight for the second game running, despite scoring only a single point on each of the last 5 holes (handicap management?).

A Flight

1st Peter Kelly (9) 38pts

2nd Gerry Cooney (11) 38pts

3rd Tony Robbins (13) 36pts

B Flight

1st Reg Smart (23) 34pts

2nd Paul Edgar (17) 32pts

3rd Jack Robertson (22) 32pts

Near Pins:  Geoff Cox, Gerry Cooney, Mashi Kaneta and Cyril Wallwork.

Friday, Feb. 18, Emerald – Stableford

We arrived at our scheduled venue at Plutaluang Navy course to find the place in chaos.  No caddies, no golf buggies, and at least 30 golf bags awaiting the arrival of caddies completing their first round.  Clearly a hopeless cause, or at least an interminable wait.  We decided to find an alternative venue, and were fortunate to be allowed to squeeze in at nearby Emerald.

Despite the initial trauma at the Navy course the rest of the day went smoothly and Geoff Parker made a welcome return to form with the best score of the day on 37 Stableford points to win the B Flight.  Cyril Wallwork matched his handicap to win the A Flight with 36 points ahead of Tore Elliason and Barry Murnin who had to be separated on a count-back.

After match discussions centered on the future policy regarding what best to do on public holidays, but the only decision that met unanimous approval, was that we will be steering clear of the Navy course!

A Flight

1st Cyril Wallwork (12) 36pts

2nd Tore Eliason (13) 34pts

3rd Barry Murnin (16) 34pts

B Flight

1st Geoff Parker (18) 37pts

2nd Jack Robertson (22) 35pts

3rd Nile Sheehan (21) 28pts

Near Pins:  Alan Freeman, Peter Habgood, Bob Turner and Mike Whiting.