Thomas turns up the heat

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Greg Thomas.
Greg Thomas.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, Oct. 21, Green Valley – Stableford

On a day that looked to be very wet we had our largest group for a fair while with 22 brave (crazy) players hitting off in 6 groups. The course was very wet and no run at all. We had 3 or 4 heavy showers though out the day and4 groups finished before a heavy downpour saw the last 2 groups washed out with 1 or 2 holes still to play. As expected the scoring was not great with one exception. We had 2 divisions with the cut at 15 & 16+.

In top flight the best score the day and first place went to Paul Semple (3) with a great 37 points (74 gross). Taking second was Kevin O’Sullivan (14) on 35 points (24 pts on the back 9), third went to Jerry Sweetnam(10) with 33 and Greg Thomas(10) completed the podium with 30.

Dan Hobbs (26) took Division 2 honours with 33 points, one ahead of Gerry Hughes (21) in second on 32, Paul Butler (18) was third with 31 and Peter Henshaw (28) fourth on 30.

Kevin O’Sullivan had the only ‘2’ for the day.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, Eastern Star – Stableford

On arrival 30 minutes before our tee time, there were vans full of golfers everywhere. Check-in was busy, but very fast. About 20 minutes late we were underway and the course was surprisingly dry considering the rain we have had the past week.

Twenty-one players today and the A Division was a tight affair although no one came near to playing to handicap. Phil Brown (10) came first on countback over Greg Thomas (10), both with 32 points. In third was Peter Martin (16) on 31 pointts and Paul Semple (3) took fourth on a countback over Pers Forsberg & Jerry Sweetnam, all with 30 points.

B Division saw better scoring and first place went to Glenn Armitstead (17) with 37 points ahead of Joe McArdle (18) in second on 34, Ted Morris (19) third with 32 and Dan Hobbs (26) fourth on 31.

Thursday, Oct. 25, Burapha – Stableford

Now that the Sport Days are at an end we had what will be our last game here in Burapha for 2018. We played the A and B nines and as the course is still very wet we played off the white tees and had pick and place in operation.

We certainly went out in style for our last game with some excellent scores on a course which was playing very long. As our usual organizer wasn’t there we just played one flight with six places, which as it turned out was just as well as all the winners came in what would have been the A flight as the higher handicappers didn’t play as well.

Our winner today was Greg Thomas (h/cap 10) with an excellent 40 points. Pete Seil (7) probably thought he had it won but his 38 points was only good enough for second today, but he had the consolation of also having two ‘2’s to make up for it. Stephen Richardson (14) also had 38 but he lost out on the countback to Pete and had to settle for third. Glen Eldershaw (15) came fourth with 37 and Per Forsburg (15) fifth with 36. Kevyn Wright (10) was the only one to get a prize without playing to his handicap and he came sixth with 35 points.

We had three ‘2’s today, with Fergus Brennan poaching the other one.