Today just six BYFORD Golf Club guys played at on one of our tougher courses on our calendar for only the second time this year namely Kennedy Bay and we were greeted  with overcast skies early and a little bit of wind. But it was a pleasant morning and the sun eventually made an appearance after about halfway. This course always plays tough with all those “lovely” pot bunkers to negotiate. Today another factor was that everyone found putting to be harder than usual as the greens were really slow today and you had to hit it hard, even downhill at times.  So the scoring proved to be fairly hard today as the end results showed up.  It was also the last chance to qualify for The Masters. Fortunately all who started today had already qualified so no-one had any extra pressure. We welcomed back Nifty after his latest visit to the Philippines and his break must have done him well as you will soon see. So the captain had the two groups of three drawn out and yours truly (Bart Romein) was yet again paired up with El Capitano and also got his brother Rob to join us this time. That left Nifty (Neville Steward) to play with Wayne Turnbar and Kiwi (Tony Bartlett). Half-way the battle lines seemed to have already been drawn in the sand so to speak, with three of us struggling and three doing relatively well. In the end two of the six contributed the final four dollars to The Masters Kitty. We shall find out next week how much it is (either before or after the game). Now without further ado let us go to the top 3 place getters.

WINNER – El Capitano a.k.a Peter Van Herk with 36 POINTS. Well after last week’s attempted heroics this time El Capitano finally turned the tables on me quite emphatically in the end. Peter had an up & down front nine finishing up with just one wipe but with a decent total of 15 points. Then Peter played a superb back nine with many good shots and even got a birdie when his long putt on the 14th disappeared like a scared little rabbit into the hole. He tried to repeat the feat a few holes later but did not quite succeed having to settle for a par. Overall he collected a sterling total of 21 points on the back. It turned out to be a case of Deja Vu in a sense as Peter won at Kennedy Bay back in May, so you must like the course and well done Peter on your sixth victory for the year (equal in victories with me {Bart Romein}). Now that leaves two questions to be answered next week...

1. Is either of us going to get “bragging” rights and get victory number 7 by winning The Masters?
2. Are you going to pip your older brother for the Consistency Award after you reduced the deficit to him to just 2 points by winning today, and beat him by another 3 points next week or will we see a tie or will big brother prevail and beat you next week to take out this award? Time will tell but I am sure you will try your best to make it happen.

2ND Place Nifty a.k.a. Neville Steward with 34 POINTS. Nifty Steward must have felt refreshed after his last little sojourn to Asia (this time to the Philippines again) and his warm-up on the driving range may have helped him too, but like earlier in the year when he played here, Nifty came so close to a win yet came up just short again. Deja Vu Nifty? This time he started off with a tame 2-pointer but soon got “hot” with a great birdie for a 4-pointer on the second, followed up by one more 3-pointer as well as four 2-pointers for the first nine but he also had one miss and a 1-pointer to end the first nine. So overall he was steady & as his playing partners stated he did not hit it long enough to get into any pesky fairway bunkers, finishing up right on handicap with 18 points at halfway. A few minor blemishes early on the back nine were righted by Nifty parring both the par 5 holes for 3-pointers, before joining up with the first group to play the final hole as a group of six. I asked him how he was going and he said you were close to your handicap. Unfortunately Nifty then proceeded to make a few mistakes on the last hole culminating in only his second wipe for the day and then finding out he could have won with just 3 points more. So commiserations Nifty on being a bridesmaid yet again at Kennedy Bay. But we are sure you will be a dark horse once again at The Cut for the Masters as the defending Masters champion.

3RD Place – Kiwi a.k.a Tony Bartlett with 33 POINTS Kiwi continued his good form after last week’s strong defense of the Club Championships ended in defeat, but still collecting both third place for the day & the Gross Club Championship title. But yet again he did not quite set the course alight, nonetheless Kiwi was very steady throughout the day. It was once again a day where birdies were only seen by Tony in the air or in trees and not on his scorecard, you will see them on your scorecard again no doubt Kiwi? But take some pride in your game for at least you had the sole honor of scoring on every hole. Thus perhaps it was another case of what could have been a good round for you being no doubt spoiled by many missed opportunities. Anyway well done on another placing Tony and I am sure you will be one of the favorites who will probably figure in next week’s MASTERS. 

Now for the NTP’s and Longest Putt on the last.
3rd– Wayne Turnbar
6th – No-One
14th – Peter Van Herk (Including a 2-ball)
16th – Peter Van Herk
Longest Putt – No one

That’s all folks for this write up.
So see you all for our final game of the year at The Cut Port Bouvard for THE MASTERS with a 9.10 AM tee-off (check Website for confirmation). 
Bart Romein   

PS. I did not “sand-bag” and neither did I go out a shot I just had a bad day but better than some?


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Sunday 19 November - Kennedy Bay. Tee off 7.00am - Stroke
Please be at the course 30 minutes before tee off.