Pritchard prevails at Emerald


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Tuesday, Oct. 15, The Emerald (white tees) – Stableford

1st Rob Pritchard (29) 38pts

2nd Paul Blackshaw (10) 33pts

3rd Rob Taylor (8) 29pts

I’m always excited when we go to Emerald: It’s not just the course that we’ve all played many times and love the layout, it’s the whole day.  Out on the course, our normal tradition is to stop at the 18th hole drink stop for a beer after the game, that can last from 30 minutes to 3 hours or the occasional visit after the game to the local bars starting at the Camel for a bonding session after a hard day at the course.

This day was no exception, a good day at the course with some good golf played, then an excellent bonding session afterwards.

We had a good turnout yesterday welcoming back some friends and also some new players.  It was nice to see Dave from Adelaide, Andy (Beeper) from Darwin, Rob and Neil from England, Rod (the frog) and Peter from Sydney along with the regulars.

With the recent poor weather, the course was a little bit soggy underfoot.  Fairways were also uncut and the rough was long, making good scoring a little harder than normal.

We arrived early and were able to get all out groups away 15 mins earlier than our allotted tee-off time.  There was no one in front of us so it made for a fairly quick round.

Two of the Aussie lads, don’t  mention ‘Frog’ and Peter (oops), were only able to complete nine holes as the humidity, lack of acclimatising, lack of sleep, and not to mention the excess partying started to take effect.  Come on boys, try and show some more mettle than the Aussie cricket team and stick in there!  Their combined effort probably merited two ducks in cricket terminology, although Peter did manage a par on the 7th and about 12 lost balls in nine holes.  Impressive for a self-proclaimed scratch marker!

Some good golf was played today with Neil claiming one dubious trophy for the most balls lost (13 balls in an impressive score of 136).  Stick with it, we all have bad days mate, and being a fairly new player it’s going to happen from time to time.

Special mention to Rob (Ned Kelly) from Wales, probably over handicapped by 10 shots who managed to take the prize again in the first group.  I had a few offers of bribes after the game to make sure he was handicapped quickly.  Keep on putting those cards in Rob and we will catch up with you soon.

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