Newcomer Frank conquers the Mountain

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Tuesday, June 30, Plutaluang – Stableford

Normally we do not go to this golf course except on a Friday, but this month, just for a change, we thought why not a Tuesday?  The drive down there was not so bad and we were soon booked in to play the North and West Nines.  It is always a bone of contention which is the better 18 holes here but the ‘Big Boys’ always seem to play this 18 holes in the major competitions, so who are we to argue.

It has rained quite a bit of late and many of the courses have banned carts from the fairways, but there were no such problems here and the carts went where they wanted to.  The course was in good condition and the greens were as you normally expect to see here.  The tees were mostly placed well back, making the holes much longer than normal.

Dick Warberg (left) presents the MBMG Group Golfer of The Month prize to Nigel Perry.

Round over, we were soon back at BJ’s and into the results.  The winner on the day with 33 points was Kurt Ebentheuer ahead of Nigel Perry on count back in second.  We then had Mike O’Brien in third with 32 points ahead of a 5-way count back on 31 that saw Bob Britton in fourth, Maurice Roberts fifth and Barry Oats and Mike Sanders just missing out.

One of the talking points of the day was Mashi Kanata’s near pin with his tee shot being smack on line and ending only a couple of inches short.  There is a rumour he choked down on his club to save the ball going in – the things Mashi will do to not have to buy the beers!

This being the last Tuesday of the month it was time for The MBMG Group Golfer of the Month award.  As usual a lot was decided on the results on the day and the winner was declared as being Nigel Perry, thanks to his second place on the day.  Well done Nigel!

Near Pins: Jon Deane, Barry Elphick, Dick Warberg, Mashi Kaneta

Friday, July 3, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

Just when you thought maybe the worst of the heat was behind us along comes a day to remind you “not yet”.   Such was the case as the group of golfers met at BJ’s Holiday Lodge for breakfast and transport assignments to play Mountain Shadow on Friday.   Seventeen players were hoping to find the golf magic this day, and so off we went.

Checking in without any delay we found the course empty.  After some warm-up we were able to tee off a bit early and playing off the blue tees we found that Mountain Shadow is in good condition now, with fairways well covered and fast greens, and represents exceptional value.

Frank Martineau (left) with Mashi Kaneta.

The day was fairly hot but at times there was some breeze to cool down the golfers a little, and umbrellas were a common implement.  Playing in such weather can be tiring and saps concentration, so who would prevail this day?

Mountain Shadow is a test of golf, but newcomer Frank Martineau (h/cap 15) showed he had what it takes by returning an amazing 39 points, four clear of the field.  Well played Frank!  Next in line was Mashi Kaneta (14) with a respectable 35 points, beating last week’s Mug winner Landis Brooks (9) on count-back.  In fourth place was Ted Morris (13) just one back with 34.

Near Pins: Landis Brooks (2), Andre Van Dyk, Derek Brook.

Long Putt: Graham Buckingham.