𝗙𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗪𝗔𝗬 𝗕𝗔𝗧𝗧𝗟𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗧𝗢𝗣 𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗧
On the drive to Pattavia, the clouds were getting heavier and darker. Even as we gathered at the first tee, there seemed to be a threat of the rain returning from the previous evening.
However, as the day moved on, so did the heavy clouds, and it was a dry and quite comfortable round of golf.
The fairways here are almost always in very good condition and so they were today. The greens, normally pretty slick and tricky, were not cut right down, possibly, due to lack of rain, to prevent the possibility of them burning.
Never fear, missing a downhill putt resulted in the ball teetering off towards the edge of the green.
The tricky job today was to get it back uphill to the hole. With the slower pace, some found three putts happening unplanned.
The starter was anxious to get groups moving so, the four groups from the Society in front of us teed off about 30 minutes early, as did our five groups dropping in behind. Our booked time was 10.40 am, but all were away by 10.38.
The scores were, mostly, not all that impressive, however four players did have 35 points and all had 17 points on the back nine, so many countbacks ensued to sort the placings, and it was pretty tight, right to the last hole score.
In the eight games Robert Cha has played with us, most scores have been better than his handicap of #9. Very consistent, but he has not been able to win the Green Jacket.
Now, in his final week and with a score not quite to handicap, he has won all the countbacks to achieve his aim of a ‘Jacket’.
It was a close thing with Peter Kelly, who usually manages a good score when he plays with us, just missing the top spot.
George Mueller examined the cards when all the 35 points came in to make sure the countbacks were correct. They were, and George took the third, and final place on the podium.
Grant Pride was the fourth player with 35 points but settled for the consolation of ‘best front nine’ after winning a countback for that place.
Paul McGowan slipped in for a ‘best back nine’, also with 18 points.
𝙉𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙋𝙞𝙣𝙨: Phil Davies (4), Mike Ehlert (7), Ian Fraser (13), Robert Cha (17)
𝐖𝐈𝐍𝐍𝐄𝐑𝐒 𝐀𝐓 𝐏𝐀𝐓𝐓𝐀𝐕𝐈𝐀
𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 – 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗖𝗵𝗮 (𝟵) – 𝟯𝟱 𝗽𝘁𝘀 𝗰/𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸
2nd Place – Peter Kelly (12) – 35 pts c/back
3rd Place – George Mueller (17) – 35 pts c/back
𝘽𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙁𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩 𝙉𝙞𝙣𝙚 ( non winners) – Grant Pride – 18 pts c/back
𝘽𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝘽𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙉𝙞𝙣𝙚 ( non winners) – Paul McGowan – 18 pts
With the early start, it was an early afternoon back at Links for the presentations. Now, with a cook and a whole new menu, some players decided to sample the wares for a late lunch. A thumbs up from all.
𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼: Winner, just in time, 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐚