Tee Time:All Day
Good Scores On A Difficult Course
St.Andrews 2000 is one of the more expensive courses in the area and, because Golf Societies need to cater to all players, this course is not on the roster very often.
However, we were able to take advantage of their Sports Day Wednesday at the very good price of 2050 bht all in. (Carts are compulsory) Not cheap, but a chance for some visiting golfers to treat themselves.
Twenty four excited players arrived at the course, checked in and ready to go. But, what a disappointment to find many greens are having problems with some fungus and, despite the efforts of the grounds staff over a long period of time, the greens are not up to the standard that we have come to expect. Many are quite grainy, making it hard to read and to get the speed.
Otherwise, this course is a good and challenging layout and maintained in beautiful condition.
Fairways are nicely grassed, the first cut rough is not too punishing, and the weather was comfortable, with a nice, but not strong, breeze for most of the distance. Although the skies threatened, it never did rain. Got away with it again!
Not sure if it happens in other places, but it is not uncommon around this area to find we are placed behind a 6 ball group. This day there were two groups in front of our players.
After some protestations from our Organizer, the Marshal asked these people to keep up the pace. Happily, they did just that, so there were no hold ups. Thank You.
With the greens as they are, we might not have expected the scores to be all that impressive. Well, we were wrong!
We played one flight, five places, with Michael Olah heading the list scoring a terrific 40 points, to hold out a fast finishing Wayne Peppernell, bagging 20 points on the back nine to take his tally to 39 points.
Simon Niven is here for a couple of weeks rest?? and did well for his first time at this course in 3 years to have 38 points. Then came the 36’ers..
Three players finished on 36 points to be separated by countback. Geoff Wallace got the nod for fourth, beating Merle Humphreys. Colin Service had 36 but just missed the last place of five.
Near Pins: Kevin LaBar (3), Garry Bright (5), Colin Service (10), Paul Garvey (19 )
No, not a typo! Hole 17 was closed and we used the alternate par 3 (19)
.Best Front Nine ( non winners)….Phil Davies……..19 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners)…..Dave Arataki……18 pts
Winner …………..Michael Olah (18)…………….40 pts
2nd Place…………Wayne Peppernell (16)………39 pts
3rd Place…………..Simon Niven (12)……………..38 pts.
4th Place……………Geoff Wallace (16)……………36 pts c/back
5th Place……………Merle Humphreys (21)………36 pts c/back
Alan Dow… This what you want? Darren Beavers had the worst score of the day, and probably his worst so far, he wears the “wig”.
I’ve been told it is the “silly hat”, not the funny hat. OK then, it was Greg Proctor taking over from his mate, Graeme ( hat trick ) Dunn, who has gone home. Greg had a very low score on the back nine to thoroughly earn it.
Then the fans were turned off as Joy carried out the Birthday Cake with candles glowing for Happy Birthday, Wayne Peppernell,