𝑺𝑶𝑮𝑮𝒀 𝑭𝑨𝑰𝑹𝑾𝑨𝒀𝑺 – 𝑨 𝑺𝑬𝑽𝑬𝑵 𝑩𝑨𝑳𝑳 – 𝑨 𝑯𝑨𝑹𝑫 𝑺𝑳𝑶𝑮
Having so much rain in the area recently, including heavy showers the night before our visit, this golf course was very, very wet. The fairways were so soft and wet that it was difficult to find a place to take a drop from casual water.
The rough is deep, and it is a bonus if you can find the ball, then there is the need to hit it out.
It would cause a lot of damage to attempt to put machinery on the fairways for badly needed mowing.
However, the greens are in excellent condition and just as true and quick as we expect here. Only some rain late in the round slowed them a little.
The Management can’t control the weather so, as we near the end of the rainy season, we just need to persevere.
As if the course wasn’t difficult enough, coming up behind a slow moving Thai seven-ball didn’t improve the mood.
A couple of our groups, after being held up, took the initiative to go ahead a few holes, then come back to finish those that were bypassed, therefore finishing in reasonable time.
With all of the above obstacles, we would have been surprised to see any high scoring.
𝗕𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗲𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁, the lowest handicapper in the field, slogged it out best with a winning score of 29 points, his first win at Links Golf. No matter the number of points, a win is a win.
Stan Stewart, who has played almost every game since his return from UK, scrambled along for a score of 26 points to take second spot.
Then came a two way countback on 22 points, yes 22.
Mike Tottenham won that countback from Phil Davies to make it into third place.
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐩𝐫𝐚
1st Place – 𝗕𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗲𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁 (𝟭𝟬) – 𝟮𝟵 𝗽𝘁𝘀
2nd Place – 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝘁 (𝟭𝟳) – 𝟮𝟲 𝗽𝘁𝘀
3rd Place – 𝗠𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗺 (𝟭𝟲) – 𝟮𝟮 𝗽𝘁𝘀 𝗰/𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸
A light shower came through at the halfway point and a heavier one nearing the finish, but not enough to interrupt play.
For some reason many courses in our area seem to be getting busier than were the past couple of months. Is there really a ‘high season’ coming on?
Photo: Winner, 𝗕𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗲𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁 skipped out before the photo op.
So, we have Mike and Phil for the countback