San Miguel Golf Society
Roda October 3 A beautiful October day greeted 41 members and 3 guests at Roda this week. From a distance, the course looked lush and green but further examination revealed the greens were very poor indeed. Apparently, recent heavy rain had caused severe flooding and the resultant damage left large bare patches, which doesn’t make for easy putting. Just to add insult to injury we are now in high season with the green fee. Therefore, it’s no surprise there were some moans and groans afterwards.
All things considered, however, the scoring was good – this isn’t an easy course at the best of times and some holes were playing long.
An administrative error meant that no nearest the pin markers were deployed this week so we reverted to a 2’s competition. As luck would have it there were 4 birdies – the same number as the NTP prizes – the winners were Paul Wainwright, Gordon Wilson and Norman Padmore all on the 7th over the water, and Richard Cleary on the 13th.
Our best guest was Odd Arne Johansen with a creditable 32. There were five prizes in each category this week as we had 41 members playing.
In the bronze section Ron Stenhouse snuck in 5th with 27, Norman McBride kept up his prize winning form with 28 in 4th. 3rd was Mike Jordan making a rare visit to the podium with 29 – well done. 2nd was another man in good form Nor- man Padmore with 30 but 1st place went to Neil Sheldon 32 playing the course for the first time – perhaps it helped.
In silver, the scores were slightly better and 5th place was taken by Colin Rust with 31. Peter Girenas 4th and Richard Cleary 3rd had to be split by countback both coming in with 33. Paul Kelsall 2nd had another good week playing to his handicap and scoring 36.
The winner was Kev Albright, another man who seems to be hitting good form at the moment with a very creditable 38.
In the gold division Baz Roehrig, making a rare appearance these days, just took 5th spot on countback. Then came Matt Taylor in 4th who lost out on a scoring error – a 5 recorded on the last instead of a 4.
It just shows you should always check your gross score at the end of the round. That meant Captain Smale took 3rd on his own with 35. Stephen Jones had a good round returning 36 for 2nd and Russell Bailey put all the problems with the course aside and eased to a very good 39 for the best score of the day and a deserved win.
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