Stockman & Davis the standouts at Pattavia


PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, Oct. 13, Bangpra – Stableford

If you haven’t been to Bangpra and had the ‘pleasure’ of evading the monkeys and enjoying the mature scenery you do not know what you are missing.  They even have big lizards here, when I say big I mean at least 5 or 6 foot, it can get exciting at times.

On this day the monkeys were out and quite aggressive, one of them even challenged Mashi for his sandwich, which reminded me of the time one of them stole Mashi’s sandwich, threw the meat away and ate the bread.  On this day Mashi managed to save his food.  Mind, he usually brings scraps for the dogs and the dogs usually keep the monkeys away.  Smart cookie is our Mashi.

Bob Watson (centre) with Tom Herrington (left) and John Pierrel.

Back to the golf, well the course was in good condition, especially the fairways.  The greens were a bit bumpy having been cored of late, but the walk around was good.  There was no holdup and we were able to move along at a good pace, except for the odd player who spent a lot of time smelling the roses and watching the wildlife.

Round over it was soon into cars and back to base as you never know when it rains at present.  We did get back early and it enabled us to get into the presentation nice and early.  The scores were very tight and we had a three-way count back for the winner’s spot on 32 points.  Taking the count back was Bob Watson, with John Pierrel in second and as usual losing all the count backs was Tom Herrington in third.  The final spot on the podium went to Takheshi Hakozaki with 31 points in fourth.

Near Pins: Walter Baechli, Bob Watson (2), Andre Van Dyk.

Friday, Oct. 16, Pattavia – Stableford

The agenda this Friday called for the Tropical Golfers to head out to Pattavia.  With good weather and no chance of rain (at least during golfing hours) 21 hackers and masters set out.  Also joining us this morning were some first time guests, and all were welcome.

John Davis.

Pattavia is a longer drive than most, but is it worth it?  The answer is a resounding “Yes”, especially if you go during one of the discount days.  The course is in excellent condition and well manicured.  That doesn’t mean Pattavia is easy or even always fun for some.  The greens are slick and highly sloped – if your ball isn’t below the hole on approach, it soon will be after the first putt!  The clubhouse is an excellent place to sit and watch other groups finish the 18th hole.  So who won?

In A-Flight (0-15), visitor Dave Stockman (H/cap 10) must have been good on the greens as he finished with an amazing 42 points.  Steady Ted Morris (15) came in second with a fine 37 points, followed by Maurice Roberts (12) with 35.

B-Flight (16+) saw John Davis (16) again show winning form with an impressive 39 points.  He was followed by John Knight (28) with 33, and a surprised Barry Elphick had his name called with 29 points.

Near Pins: Mashi Kaneta, Daryl Evans, Maurice Roberts, John Pierrel.

Long Putts: Dick Warberg.