Friday, April 21, 2017

A very busy Easter week end of golf with the Australian Kiwi Golf Club national tournament held over Sunday and Monday.  Unfortunately it didn't allow the course staff any time off over Easter but fortunately the players care of the course was excellent with barely an unrepaired pitchmark evident on the greens and the bunkers raked quite well considering the number of shots played out of them over the two days.  A lot better than the way the front bunker on 11W was left after todays Members comp!!  The bunkers were raked in amongst play and only players in the comp had gone through when I saw this.  It was a left hander which might narrow the field down!!

Why do we bother raking them?

Food for thought?

The photo below is from the 1992 LA Open where Tiger played his first PGA Tour event as an amateur and he finished as the low amateur.  Standing next to then 32 year old Fred Couples who won the tournament and who has himself had massive troubles with back injury but was well enough to still finish in the top 20 at last weeks US Masters.  Sad news today with Tiger undergoing another back operation.

25 years ago!!

And even sadder news was that of the sudden passing just before Easter of Marcus Price who was the Course Super at Royal Queensland GC where he spent his entire working life.  Marcus passed away at age 47 and was one of the finest turf craftsmen I know which was evidenced by the superb playing surfaces at RQ.  The Queensland golfing community came together to farewell him yesterday.  Vale Marcus.

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