Tee Time:All Day
Bobby Wins Own “Bobby’s Birthday Bash”
Bobby Watson had a golfing party for his 60th and 77 players came out to help him celebrate.
It was a fun day, as it was decided to play Rainbow Tees. That is, Tee off Blue 3 times (max), White 6 times, Yellow 6 times and Red 3 times. Your choice when to use a particular colour. Tactics will win out here.
There was a prize on every hole as well as flight prizes as an added attraction, but they all knew Bobby and why we were doing this.
Pattana Golf Course again presented well, as usual, and Management there is thanked for giving us a special price for the Big day, as well as the assistance needed at times.
Although a couple of friends were giving us dire warnings of a lot of rain, we saw dark clouds in the distance, but a few droplets on the umbrella was the best the weather gods could do, thankfully.
We had great support from Dick Warberg and the Tropical Golf Group with almost 5 groups present, and also Colin Davis and his group from Colin’s Bar. We were also able to use Colin’s two mini buses.
Playing a two tee start, with 9 groups from A1 and 11 groups from B1, it was an organizer’s/starter’s dream that all groups assembled and got away at their allocated time. On the A nine all were within one minute of their time. Congatulations and thank you to all.
What about the golf?
It was all about the Birthday Boy as the winner of “A” Flight and overall best score, Bobby scorched around Pattana in a superb 5 under par, 67 gross. How’s that for a 60th birthday celebration?
That was good, but there were two others with fantastic scores in “A” Flight, as Paul Hack and Paul Funster fought out a countback, both with 43 points, Paul Hack ( Hacky) getting the nod for second place.
Dave Stockman took fourth place edging out Guy Stewart on countback, going to the last three.
Overall scoring in “A” Flight was way up, with many in the high thirties, yet couldn’t get close, but well played.
“B” Flight was also a tight affair, but the scoring was not quite that set by the senior flight.
Pete Shaw is a high handicapper (29), but his tactics with the Tees worked well for him to score a good win with 37 points.
Len Jones is in good touch at the moment and once again was in the placings, winning a countback to take second spot ahead of Jim Elphick, both on 36 points.
In fourth place was Nigel Perry with 35 points, winning a countback over Tony Browne.
There was a prize on every hole available, for various near pins, but three went unclaimed.
Winner..”A” Flight …….Bob Watson (3)……………..44pts
2nd Place……………..Paul Hack (13)………………..43pts c/back
3rd Place………………Paul Funster (14)…………….43pts
4th Place……………..Dave Stockman (8)…………..41 pts c/back
Winner “B” Flight………Pete Shaw (29)……………..37pts
2nd Place………………Len Jones (28)……………..36pts c/back
3rd Place………………Jim Elphick (30)……………36pts
4th Place……………..Nigel Perry (20)……………..35 pts c/back
We were a little later than usual getting back to Links bar, but when we did the party was in full swing. The Guest singers were warming up, the “pig on the spit” was close to being ready, as was the BBQ chicken being prepared out front.
Maurice and the girls and boys in the kitchen had the bain marie stocked up ready to go. All we needed was Phil to announce the many results for the day.
He did that in his own unique style followed by a few brief words from Bobby Watson. They were brief and so it was on with the show.
Just to finish off, we wished Happy Birthday also to Moon who was working hard in the kitchen, and Graham “Buckers”.Buckingham
A great day for the many who attended Bobby’s Birthday Bash.
Photo: Links Staff help Bobby celebrate.