Jacket for Jones, Ties Optional
Treasure Hill, always a tough test and yet one of the most popular venues on the PLGS schedule. The group visited there on Wednesday 6th February to challenge for a stableford event in two flights, cut at eighteen and under. The course was in excellent condition as always and, with forty golfers in the field, an earlier start than booked was offered and the group got away safely.
Traditionally the course is low scoring and today was no exception in humid conditions with only a slight breeze to cool the golfers. This always makes for a close competition and there were no less than seven ties for the minor positions, all requiring countbacks to resolve the results.
In the top flight Ray Banks came fifth with 31 points, behind Maurice Roberts, Tony Browne and runner-up Steve Truelove, all with the same score. The flight winner was popular Japanese golfer Masa Takano with 33 points.
In the second flight Gordon Laviolette lost countbacks for third and fourth, ending up fifth on 33, behind Darren Beavers and the returning Paul Chesney. Second place went to Mike Tottenham with 34 points. The flight winner and recipient of the Green Jacket was Len Jones with the day’s best of 35 points.
Near pins went to Derek Phillips (6), Jack ? (13) and Phil Davies (17) with no-one sullying the green on the long second.
The best front nine was recorded by David De Caminda (15 points) and Frank Hughes recorded 17 points on the back nine for the other consolation prize.
“A” Flight (0-18)
1st Place – Masa Takano (8 ) -33 pts
2nd Place – Steve Truelove (10) -31 pts c/back
3rd Place – Tony Browne (18) – 31 pts c/back
4th Place – Maurice Roberts (12) – 31 pts c/back
5th Place – Ray Banks (13) – 31 pts
“B” Flight (19+)
1st Place – Len Jones (31) – 35 pts
2nd Place – Mike Tottenham (19) – 34 pts
3rd Place – Paul Chesney (20) – 33 pts c/back
4th Place – Darren Beavers (20) – 33 pts
5th Place – Gordon Loviollette (24) – 32 pts
Malcolm Garrety chose the day to make his debut at Treasure Hill and suffered the inevitable with the wearing of the wig whilst Phil Mitchell made his long awaited return with the silly hat awarded for the poorest nine hole score.
It had been a typical Treasure Hill day at the Links, tough but nonetheless enjoyable