Purdie Slays Them at Burapha
There was just time to have a last crack at Burapha before the “high season” pricing kicks in. Twenty seven golfers arrived to be told they would play the C+D combination. Our organiser, Maurice, asked the starter if we could play our preferred combination of A+B, and this was granted.
So, on a hot day but with some breeze the first group, a three-ball, set off on time.
The course was in very good condition, as always, and the greens were playing nicely. The main comments after the game were about the rough. It seems that it never gets any shorter or easier here.
Andrew Purdie probably doesn’t know about that because he hits a long, long tee shot and a short iron to the green and can stay clear of the rough.
His round today must have been immaculate as his gross of 73 gave him 44 stableford points and a big win. Not a surprise because his recent form has seen him close to the top.
Barry Forbes is a first timer at Links and made himself known with an excellent score of 41 points for second place. He got to wear the Green Jacket as Andrew didn’t make it back to Links Bar.
Tip Briney had a score of 20 points two days ago at Treasure Hill, but he has turned that around and come up with a terrific 39 points to take third spot.
Kevin McEntee and Garry Hookey both did very well by scoring 38 points each. Kevin won the countback to leave Garry in fifth place.
Near Pins: Maurice Roberts (B3), Tony Browne (B8), Steve Moxey (A3),Wayne Peppernell (A6).
Winners at Burapha
1st Place -Andrew Purdie (9) – 44 pts
2nd Place -Barry Forbes (13) – 41 pts
3rd Place -Tip Briney (22) – 39 pts
4th Place –Kevin McEntee (10) – 38 pts c/back
5th Place – Garry Hookey (18)– 38 pts
Best Front Nine ( non winners) – Bill Copeland – 19 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners) – Derek Phillips – 20 pts
One player decided to travel in a car and to not tell the organisers. Consequently, there was last minute running back and forth to find the missing person who should be on the bus.
It was not until later at Links when the truth was discovered. Should have been the “silly hat”, but it was let pass and that “prize” went to Sonny Andrews for the lowest points score on a nine.
Peter Allen sometimes doesn’t come back to the bar, but he will be glad he did so that he could wear the “wig” for having the least impressive score.
Not only did Tip Briney turn his form around from two days ago, but just about everyone else did too. Even though a harder track, arguably, scores were way up and most would have regained some confidence.