Kia ora. ¬†Following yesterday‚??s precedent, as today‚??s victor I have the honour of writing our blog. ¬†Which is only fair ‚?? after a miserable 18 holes Michael is not in great form. ¬†He lost 7&5. ¬†¬†
We teed off early this morning at Whangamata GC, a nice wee track on the Coromandel Peninsula. ¬†While not nearly as spectacular as yesterday‚??s course ‚?? Kauri Cliffs ‚?? there were plenty dog legs, streams and ponds to keep us honest. ¬†Thankfully, however, missed fairway did not necessarily mean lost ball (although there were a couple of those). ¬†Fortunately we hooked up with a couple of Auckland‚??ers ‚?? Ian and Dave ‚?? who were great company. ¬†Unfortunately they beat us...convincingly (5&3) - although Ian‚??s 26 handicap might have had something to do with that. ¬†Bandit. ¬†At the end of the day, Whangamata GC was the winner, and all said and done it was a very enjoyable morning. ¬†We even met a couple of punters on the 3rd fairway that had heard about what we were doing, which was pretty cool.
One or two holes were pretty memorable. ¬†The 16th for me was a standout ‚?? a short ‚??risk reward‚?Ě par 4, where you can either lay up with a mid-iron short of a stream, or resort to violence and crash driver over a small forest, hopefully landing near the well guarded green. ¬†The 14th wasn‚??t bad too ‚?? a long par 4 with a(nother) stream 50m short of the green. ¬†(I made double bogey). ¬†But the people are what made the day, along with the weather. ¬†
Thanks to Whangamata GC for hosting us; to the friendly locals we met in the clubhouse; and to Ian and Dave from Auckland. ¬†An epic day all round. ¬†Now we‚??re off to play some beach cricket and spend some time with the golf widows. ¬†Peace.
Scores: Jamie 78; Michael 88 (Jamie won 7&5)
3 Putts: Jamie 0; Michael 1
Birdies: Jamie 1; Michael 1 ¬†
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