Sullivan shines at Pleasant Valley

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Alan Sullivan.
Alan Sullivan.

PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Friday, Jan 4, Pleasant Valley – Stableford

The Tropical golfers started out the year at Pleasant Valley, and 25 were recovered enough from New Year celebrations to make the trip.

Pleasant Valley is one of those courses that if asked beforehand, you might say it’s not that hard. Then when you play it reality sets in, and how. Many fairways are narrow, there are plenty of out-of-bounds (remember the new rule!), the jungle is close at hand, and the back nine greens are sloped enough to make one think they are at Pattavia. Overall course condition is good. Pleasant Valley is often fully booked so be prepared for a slow day sometimes.

In the A-Flight (0-14), Alan Sullivan (hcp 14) had the best score of the day with a magnificent 40 points. Ever-present Mashi Kaneta (14) took a countback over Steve Truelove (7) at the 33 point mark, and Rob Brown (7) was in the thick of the action as usual with 32 points.

Brian Gabe (17) took B-Flight (15-22) honours thanks to a strong finish over Tom Herrington (15), both with 34 points. Joe S. (22) then did the same to Mike O’Brien (21) to take third, each a point back with 33.

In C-Flight (23+), Barry Elphick (27) used some fine putting to take the flight with an impressive 37 points. Barry was chased by Frank Xin (23) with a handicap tying 36 points and in a countback for third, Dave Cooper (23) edged out Graham Buckingham (24), both with a fine 35 points.

Best nines (non-winners) came from Andre Van Dyk and Karen Brown.