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It isn’t too often you play Alenda golf and the wind isn’t a contributory factor in pushing you into thinking, ‘Is it time to hang up my clubs’!  A low-points score today could not be attributed to wind, weather or the course playing long. There was a chill in the breeze early on, but the sky was blue and clear, and tees were fairly placed. The course was the winner today because it’s a well-designed course and a fair challenge, and todays thirty players were unable to meet that challenge, myself included. It was a great surprise that only one-person broke par, and that was Mr. Middle (Alan Rickers, 37 points).  Alan epitomises what provides a positive score, namely being consistently on the fairway. Playing the game, the easy way!  The average points score in the silver category was 26,2 and the gold category marginally better with 27.1.  These statistics beg the question, why?  The front nine is the easier nine and not terribly difficult. There are several holes where a good score could be built, but it’s on the back nine where the score wrecking holes appear.  (At least in my opinion!) Holes 10 and 11 are not especially difficult but then Alenda’s ‘Amen Corner’ begins!  Hole 12 is quite rightly handicap 3 and requires a straight drive off the tee.  If not then the left-side hazard or out of bounds on the right will destroy any chance of a score on the hole.  Hole 15 is the hardest drive on the course.  From the tee, there appears to be a very narrow window of opportunity to find the fairway, and danger lurks, left and right, and these dangers are in play all the way to the green. Even if you have been lucky enough to find the fairway with your second or third shot, the final approach shot is still difficult because of the bunkers protecting an elevated green.

What we all hope for in any round of golf is that there are enough positives in the round to give hope and encouragement for the next time out on course. The people you play with are instrumental in negating the belief it was all a waste of time.  My playing partners today were a delight to play with and their sporting, competitive and friendly attitudes were the winner for me today.  It just would have been nice to score well too.  Is that asking too much?  Perhaps! 

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Alenda Winners:

Nearest the Par 3 pins: D. Cranston 3, K. Winton 5, K. Johnson. 13, T. Finne. 16

The 2’s winner was O. Cederberg on hole 5.

Silver: 3rd L. Holmberg. (30)  2nd K. Krog. (30)  1st R. Nilsen. (32)

Gold: 3rd J. Nerhus. (32) 2nd K. Winton. (32), 1st A. Rickers (37)

NEXT MATCH:  CAMPOAMOR. 1st May 2019

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