Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen stormed to an early lead with 24 points on the front 9 with David “Jack” Webster was hot on the Dutchman’s heals with 22. Jack continued his strong form on the homeward 9 with a solid 20 points for a total of 42. This is a culmination of improved form by Jack over the past few rounds. The Dutchman faltered on the back 9 for another 16 points and a total of 40. The damage to the Dutchman’s score occurred between the 10th & 14th before he recovered over the last 4 holes. This would suggest that fitness is lacking in the mental rather than physical department. Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel was third with a solid 19/20 39 points, while colourful local identity, Philip “Thomo” Thomson scored 38. Once again Thomo showed the benefit of improved fitness with a 18/20 split. There was a big gap to Mark “Mouldy” Millward on 34. This was promising, however, in that Mouldy seems to be emerging from a period of dismal form at long last. Dick Secomb scored 33 followed by David “Robbie” Robinson & the mercurial Bob Taylor locked on 32.
The rest of the field fared poorly all failing to score 30 points. Andy Phillips could only manage a 14/14 28 points while Chris “Critta” Waters had a 14/13 27. Kobi Wenzel scored an improved 25 points with a 14/11 split suggesting a fade in concentration on the back 9. Denis Little was welcomed back to the club with the Mars Bar. Denis’ score on the homeward 9 (which has been withheld from publication) suggests a lack of match fitness.
The handicapper has been busy taking a stroke off both Jack & The Flying Dutchman. The Dutchman has now lost 3 strokes since January 14. On the other side of the ledger it is sad to see that both Thomo & Critta have drifted out a stroke.