Another spectacular day greeted the players for the 3rd annual Paul Jordison Memorial game held at Long Reef GC on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
23 players including one ISG newbie and 6 visitors took to the tee, but beforehand there was the obligatory moments silence followed by the downing of a shot of Vanilla Vodka or Jim Beam Black to celebrate PJ's birthday.
Chris once again came along to support us, as we support her, and watch the day unfold. I'm led to believe that the trip down to the course with Blacksnake was something to behold, as Blacksnake's "thingy that tells me where to go" sent them all over the North side before finally delivering them to the course.
Play got underway on the shortened par 5 first hole with many catching the creek that crossed the fairway, all somehow bouncing out and over the other side. Out of bounds all along the right side saw nearly everyone steer clear, except for Madam who duly loaded up another ball. Wise cracks flew thick and fast but it came to bite one wag on the arse as he hit not one, not two but three balls out of bounds from the tee...what a chopper!!
Whilst the sun was shining the wind slowly built up during the round which made for some very wide fades and draws, depending on which way you were facing, luckily Long Reef being a links style course, gave everyone plenty of room to spray their shots.
Blacksnake was on fire early, paring the first 2 holes to be on 7pts...there endeth the lesson as he could only muster another 15 over the next 16 holes. Another looking the goods was Francie, who eagled the par 4 3rd hole with a top shot into the green that took one bounce and then straight into the cup! He scored Blacksnakes total result of 22pts on his first 9 holes. Standing on the 10th tee he decided it was time for him to use TLTB2, A 153m uphill par 3 playing straight into the breeze...this was to be a decision he would rue for the rest of his round as the triple bogey 6 set up the rest of the 2nd nine for him with 12pts.
Unfortunately, injury took it's toll on perennial favourite, 2Putts and he was forced to pull out after the 8th hole. We hope we see you back with us when you are feeling better mate...after all, we need our wind gauge.
The "Course Marshal" was forced into action at the 13th hole as the group ahead of him had lost, oooh Id say about 2 days, to the group in front! They soon made haste after the razzing. Still, it was only a 4hr 30 round for the last 2 groups, with the first group of 3 flying in 3hr 40min.
Most of the group made their way back to Birdie Killers for the presentation and another sumptuous feast as well as the opening of his wine cellar. Ever a gracious man, BK rejected any payment that had been taken for covering the dinner costs, so with PJ's mum giving us a generous amount to use on the day, a couple of fancy red wines were purchased and presented to him as thanks. Apparently all NSW ISG games are now going to be played within 20mins of his place.
So the presentation got underway, no prizes down the line, only the Shield, WBT and SOI NTP's at this event. Madam took home the ISG Members NTP and Blacksnake couldn't have been happier.."is Madam flying back to QLD" he asked, he was..."Great, hope he is ready for excess baggage charges" as he was presented with his super heavy cooking pot.
Vistor's NTP was taken out by Long Reef member Dale Ronald...looks like something else has gone wondering form Mrs Blacksnakes kitchen as she was presented with some part from a food blender.
We rolled through the placings and as visitors cannot win major items, we applauded Dave Ronald's 40pts...home ground advantage showing through there. In 2nd place and taking home the WBT at his 2nd successive event, and defending it from last years PJ day was Schmuck. This means he has 2 spots in the COC event at The Springs later in the year and wasn't he happy about that..."can't wait to get there" I think I heard him say.
Finally it came time to announce the winner of the PJ Memorial Shield and fittingly it went to our host Birdie Killer. He was ecstatic yet emotional at the same time as he struggle to put into word what this meant to him. PJ would be pleased mate.
The presentation wrapped up with the cutting of an amazing cake supplied by Chris, with pictures of the original ISG NSW crew and others from previous events, truly a masterpiece.
Then it was on to the wine...well for those not driving at least.
Special thanks go to Mr & Mrs Birdie Killer for having the rabble at their place for a second time in less than a year, going above and beyond, those that traveled just to play, Francie from Melbourne, Madam from the Gold Coast, Pegasus and PMG001 from drought ravaged Coonabarabran, as well as our newbie ISG member pyl and the rest of the visitors who we hope will play with us again.
As for my game, well I'll put it down as a lost opportunity. Suffice to say, once the tears have stopped I'll describe it in my "Desperately Unlucky" thread. Thanks to Francie, Blacksnake and Francies mate "BarnEy" for the company and laughs around the course, loved every minute...well maybe not the last 30 mins
BK is nice enough to bring up by fabulous NTP prize next week by car. Ill give him a random address to leave it at me thinks!