Twelve hardy souls ventured out to Carbrook at a sleep-depriving hour on a cold and windy morning, only to have to wait while two or three other groups teed off late before us. Eventually we teed off ourselves, only to discover it was colder and windier on the fairway than on the tee. Fortunately the weather - if not the golf - warmed up; after 6 holes the first sweaters came off, after 12 holes the second sweaters came off, after 18 holes we were feeling a bit warm and bothered and sunburnt, at least I was.
The so-called leading group somehow managed to get lost - which required us to improvise with the NTP and LD competitions - and rejoined the procession at the back many holes later.
The scores were disappointing after last month. Perhaps Carbrook is just more difficult than Royal Pines. Perhaps it was playing the harder nine first. Perhaps it was the wind. Perhaps it was the true but fast greens which require familiarity to navigate successfully. Perhaps it was the bunkers which even I admit are pretty poor.
Owen Wright and I had a ding-dong battle all day, but my 4 for 4 on the par 4 6th (our 15th) apparently broke his spirit!
Anyway, when the dust settled, these were the results:
NTP #2 - Ashutosh Misra
NTP #7 - Ian Smith
Ladies LD (on #5) - Judith Chapman
Mens LD (on #5) - Dan Williams
3rd place on 33 points - Ashutosh Misra
2nd place on 34 points - Ian Smith
1st place on 38 points - Rodney Topor
OK, I had a home ground advantage, that might have helped, but this was the first time I've played to my handicap in I don't know how long.
The next game will be at Gailes on 9 October.
The updated league table will be posted later.