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The Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, Oct. 11, Green Valley – Stableford

We tend to go here every month in the low season as we can usually get on at a reasonable time and today we managed to tee-off at 11am.  Mind, with all the earth moving that is going on at Green Valley at the present time we had to tee off over the water but lo and behold we all got over first attempt.

Tommy Marshall (left) with Derek Brook.
Tommy Marshall (left) with Derek Brook.

The weather was very overcast as we set off and remained so for the rest of the day.  It was immediately noticeable that the greens were recovering from being sanded and the ball went where it wanted, also that the fairways, although not soaking wet, were soggy and many a player commented on mud being picked up on the ball.  In particular the approach to the 18th green was very soggy and muddy.  I suppose the area has appreciated the rain, but this course has suffered.

We were back late at BJ’s so we got into the results as quickly as possible.  The winner on the day was Tommy Marshall with a fine 41 points just ahead of Derek Brook in second with also a very good 40 points.  In third was Andre Van Dyk with 38 points and we then had a count back on 36 that saw Dick Warberg in fourth and John Pierrel fifth.

Near Pins: Don Carmody, John Pierrel, Brian Parish (2).

Friday, Oct. 14, Mt. Shadow, Stableford

We had not been to Mountain Shadow for some time and all were anxious to see if the management had managed to knock down some of the rough along the fairways.  Good to report that they have started and hopefully within a couple of weeks the course will be in fine shape for the high season.  The fairways, while a bit damp from the nightly rain showers, were in very good condition and the greens generally ran at good speed and true..

Gerd Riedler (left) and Dick Warberg.
Gerd Riedler (left) and Dick Warberg.

Golf over and back to BJ Holiday Lodge the results were quickly tabulated and the presentation held.  The winner on the day was Gerd Riedler with 36 points off his enviable course handicap or 7.  Dick Warberg (H/cap 20) and Barry Elphick (27) took the next two spots with Dick edging out Barry on count-back, both on 34 points.  They were followed by Mashi Kaneta (15) on 32 points who took the final podium spot.

Near Pins: Mick Coghlan, Gerd Riedler, Landis Brooks, John Davis.

Long Putt: Barry Elphick.