Collier - Island Pines- Stroke - Monthly Medal
Normally when you shoot 4 over the card you would like your chances of winning the day. Such was the case for Jack today, who by all accounts had a brilliant ball striking (4 novelties) and putting day (27 putts) and the "Money Hole". With the lone hiccup being a triple bogey on Pines 1. But when you are playing off a 7, three under your handicap, doesn't always get the job done. (Someone I know once shot 3 over and finished 4th)
The winner today Ryan, had an even better day, played solid golf with a matching 40's and only one double on the card. Well done Ryan.
Third place finisher John Morris also had a good day, securing the final podium spot from an unlucky Basil. I played with Basil today, and as we joked mid round, golf is an extreme game. Extremely frustrating, extremely annoying, extremely variable, etc, etc. A couple of blow up holes undid his charge on the back 9.
I also had witnessed the back and forth match play battle between David Ogg and John Scafidi. It was classic "tale of two halves" match. John was on fire early with some great short game and putting to race out to 3 up. Oggy was battling a back issue that wasn't allowing him to swing freely. But he shortened his swing to get around the pain and slowly began to claw his way back to be one down after 9. From there, there was never more than 1 one hole lead for either play. John's game cooled a little and he had some unfortunate tree encounters. They were even coming down the last and Oggy won the last to win 1 up.
The Rob Mizen - Andy Chilcott match was back and forth, with only 3 holes halved all day. Rob won 4 of the first 6 holes, to go for up. Before Andy won a couple and they turned with Rob 3 up. Then Andy went on a tear winning 4 holes in a row to square the match by the 14th. It was back and forth from there with Rob winning the last of take out the match 1 up.
Although the Island 9 was cored and sanded and the dew didn't burn off at all, it didn't seem to put too many people off. I was feeling pretty good about my 32 putts, but three players on 27 and four more off 30 and 31 and I wasn't even in the running. :)
1st: Ryan Nottle (-4)
2nd: jack Wagner (-3)
3rd: John Morris (-2) cb
NAGA: David Ogg (+11)
Island 2nd: Peter Fitzpatrick
Island 4th: Mike Patton
Pines 3rd: Ryan Nottle
Pines 7th: Jack Wagner
Long Drive A: Jack Wagner
Long Drive B: Trev Bindon
Nearest in 2: Jack Wagner
Nearest in 3: Jack Wagner
Longest Putt: Dave Thomas
Money Hole: Jack Wagner
Rob Mizen 1 up over Andrew Chilcott
Ryan Nottle 6 and 5 over Nigel Smith
David Ogg, 1 up over John Scafidi
John Morris 2 and 1 over Peter Musca