The 2005 Golf Tour

7th October to 16th October 2005

Tour base Sabel Harbour - 5 bed, 3 bath and pool


We flew from Manchester with Delta to Sarasota via Atlanta:-

7-Oct-05 – Flight DL 65 – Dept. MAN 12:05 PM – Arrv. ATL 4:05 PM
7-Oct-05 – Flight DL 1217 – Dept. ATL 6:47 PM – Arrv. SRQ 8:15 PM

16-Oct-05 – Flight DL 1097 – Dept. SRQ 3:15 PM – Arrv. ATL 4:45 PM
16-Oct-05 – Flight DL 64 – Dept. ATL 8:00 PM – Arrv. MAN 9:05 AM 17-Oct-07

Tour Transport – 12 Seater Mini Van – Dollar

Accommodation was again in Sabel Harbour but a different Villa

The Tour Party

Tour Security

Alan is a dedicated professional who tells us that he interrupts his slumber nightly to carry out a security check of our premises. He has declined to carry firearms preferring to rely on his cunning and gile to keeping us safe.

He returns after missing the 2003 tour and as a past multi event winner he will be a threat while he still has balls in his bag!

Tour Organiser & IT

Andrew had one victory in 2005 and finished a disappointing 7th with 255 points. Not what was expected from the 2003 tour champion.

If he can avoid the “FLoBys” he will surely challenge for the top spot again.

Tour Host

Brian will ensure that your glass is always charged and if its a song your a wanting there is no finer voice on tour. His dedication to quality control is relentless and he will continuously check the refreshments, for our benefit of course.

Despite no victories in 2003 he was Mr consistent and had an average handicap of 2.1, the lowest by far!  By the law of averages he will be a banker for a tour win this year and may not settle for one.

Tour Hotel Manager

David will keep us looking our best with a superb laundry service. He has very high standards and if any of your smalls fail to meet the mark the trash can awaits. Shoddiness is not tolerated!

Now residing down south he will be accustomed to a warmer climate and with 2 victories in 2003 you rule him out at your peril.

Tour Transport Mgr

David will be entrusted to ensure the tour bus is loaded correctly and that the optimum route is taken to keep costs down. However he will not be allowed to do any garage parking as he has confused “keep going” with “STOP!” in the past. He endorses K-Mart poly filler.

He had shot of the 2003 Tour by canning a 2 iron from 220 yards for an eagle 2. He won at Stoneybrook and finished 3rd overall. Expect another strong performance.

Tour Fitness Coach

Graham has cycled the length of Britain, completed the London marathon but can he knock us into shape? Is this a challenge to far. If he can’t push us to circuits in the morning he will no doubt push the pace in Gecko’s at night.

He also returns to the tour after missing 2003 and will challenge Brian for low man of the Tour. A steely competitor with a short game to die for, expect him to challenge daily.

Tour Tobacconist

Stuart is your man if a good cigar is required either for your own enjoyment or as a gift to take home. Once inside a humidor he’s like a kid in a sweet shop. Easily spotted on the course with a big Cuban creation in hand, rolled on the thighs of Cuban maidens apparently.

This fierce competitor notched up 2 victories in 2003 and recorded the most sand saves with 5. Another tenacious performance is expected unless we can get at his 9 iron!

Tour Virgin

Steve makes his first appearance on the tour and will be unaccustomed to the pressure he is about to face. He will therefore not have any extra responsibilities thrust upon him.

Playing very well at the start of summer with a flowing Woosnam like swing. Will he take the tour by storm or will his balls be gator bait?

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The final leader board of the 2005 tour

Player - Handicap Points Total Wins FLoBy's Balls Lost
1 Graham - 3 265 2 1 16
2 Steve - 8 264 2 3 24
3 David F - 5 263 0 3 14
4 Stuart - 11 263 1 2 18
5 Brian - 4 261 2 1 12
6 David B - 17 260 1 2 37
7 Andrew - 8 255 1 3 32
8 Alan - 15 240 0 3 37
Total 190

Graham takes the 2005 Tour Title

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The 2005 individual performances by course

CourseSinglesAlanAndrewBrianDavid BDavid FGrahamSteveStuart
1. UniversityGross86808483
7,001 YardsHandicap15841753911
Slope 138Net78758175
Par 72Points2332232833293422
SS 71.3Place7th3rd6th5th2nd4th1st8th
FLoBy*Sand S's*0*0000000
3's05305222
TotalPoints2332232833293422
OverallPosition7th3rd6th5th2nd4th1st8th
2. StoneybrookGross9787807686
7,141 YardsHandicap17751733514
Slope 139Net9082777380
Par 72Points3321272732352729
SS 75Place2nd8th7th5th3rd1st6th4th
FLoBy*Sand S's0*0*001010
3's01413122
TotalPoints5653505565646151
OverallPosition4th6th8th5th1st2nd3rd7th
3. RosedaleGross908285848691
6,714 YardsHandicap151071720614
Slope 138Net807578848077
Par 72Points3228333230252833
SS 72.8Place4th6th1st3rd5th8th7th2nd
FLoBy*Sand S's000*0000*0
3's21322322
TotalPoints8881838795898984
OverallPosition4th8th7th5th1st2nd2nd6th
4. The Bobcat Gross8785848388
6,748 YardsHandicap151141623812
Slope 137Net7683817576
Par 71Points1831292024263231
SS 73Place8th3rd4th7th6th5th1st2nd
FLoBy*Sand S's0000*000*2
3's12313224
TotalPoints106112112107119115121115
OverallPosition8th5th5th7th2nd3rd1st3rd
5. Riverwood Gross938181729089
7,004 YardsHandicap181041833510
Slope 137Net837778698577
Par 72Points3426312930392229
SS 74.2Place2nd7th3rd5th4th1st8th6th
FLoBy*Sand S's010*020*00
3's10223604
TotalPoints140138143136149154143144
OverallPosition6th7th4th8th2nd1st4th3rd
6. LegacyGross897483848697
7,067 YardsHandicap161231830811
Slope 140Net777183847886
Par 72Points2033373228243024
SS 73.8Place8th2nd1st3rd5th6th4th7th
FLoBy*Sand S's0*0000*000
3's04323223
TotalPoints160171180168177178173168
OverallPosition8th5th1st6th3rd2nd4th6th
7. WaterlefeGross9186908497
6,908 YardsHandicap191001731813
Slope 145Net8186878384
Par 72Points2828242822262023
SS 73.8Place2nd1st5th3rd7th4th8th6th
FLoBy*Sand S's*000100*00
3's01301300
TotalPoints188199204196199204193191
OverallPosition8th3rd1st5th3rd1st6th7th
8. The VenetianGross868783788282
6,931 YardsHandicap177016511114
Slope 127Net798778777168
Par 72Points3130252734313840
SS 72.9Place4th6th8th7th3rd5th2nd1st
FLoBy*Sand S's0000*00*00
3's13131223
TotalPoints219229229223233235231231
OverallPosition8th5th5th7th2nd1st3rd3rd
9. The River ClubGross917989828084
7,026 YardsHandicap17831841911
Slope 144Net837671787975
Par 72Points2926323730303332
SS 74.4Place7th8th4th1st5th6th2nd3rd
FLoBy*Sand S's00001000
3's12313310
TotalPoints248255261260263265264263
OverallPosition8th7th5th6th3rd1st2nd3rd
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Daily News

13-10-2997 – ROUND 9
We played The River Club early on Sunday morning prior to our return journey. This was the first visit to this course for six of the tour and yet another excellent track. A fine performance saw David B finish on a high with a convincing victory. His 37 points was 4 clear of Steve on 33 who finished 2nd and in 3rd place was Stuart on 32 points after a card playoff against Brian.
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15-10-2005 – ROUND 8
This was the tours first visit to the Venetian and very enjoyable it was. A slightly more forgiving track but with very difficult greens. Stuart produced a great performance to hold off tour virgin Steve and take his first win of the tour. He finished with the best points total so far, 40 points. Steve came in with 38 points and 3rd was the tours most consistent performer David F with 34 points.
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14-10-2005 – ROUND 7
Waterlefe is a very difficult golf course which is used for a US Open qualifier round. With water everywhere and the fastest greens we have played everyone suffered. With that said this is a course you must play when in this part of the world and even if you have a poor round you will want to return.

We had the first three way tie which saw Andrew get his first victory of the tour, Alan was in second place and David B taking third spot all on 28 points. The eight of us left behind in the water and jungle a total of 37 balls! No wonder they give you a free sleeve of Pro VI’s.
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13-10-2005 – ROUND 6
Brian notches his second win of the tour shooting a tremendous 74 gross round Arnold Palmer’s demanding Legacy golf course. With 37 points he was 4 clear of Andrew on 33 points. With a 9,8,6 start, a shank and missing a 12″ put all inside the first 6 holes Andrew showed his mental strength to conquer adversity. David B’s round was the reverse with a superb first 12 holes he had 28 points at that stage but unfortunately only added another 4 over the closing 6. His total of 32 points was still good enough for 3rd.
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12-10-2005 – ROUND 5
Riverwood was magnificent with their new greens by far the best we have played. Graham produced a superb round matching his best in the US with a level par round of 72. This gave him 39 points and catapulted him to the top of the leader board. Alan produced his best knock and took 2nd place with 34 points. Brian finished 3rd with 31. Steve had a dip in form and took last spot with 22 points.
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11-10-2005 – ROUND 4
Steve wins again! With a total of 32 points he takes his second title of the tour. Stuart knocked Andrew into 3rd place by holing from the bunker at the last to tie with him on 31 points but beat him with a better back 9. This was hard for Andrew to take as he had played excellent golf tee to green but had no fewer than 10 three puts. A number of the tour suffered in the heat and slumped to their lowest scores so far. Brian and Andrew again did not loose a ball.

An early night in after visiting Siesta Key beach on the way back to our Villa has allowed for today’s report to be posted early.
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10-10-2005 – ROUND 3
Brian bounces back. After two days in the wilderness, and yes he was literally in wilderness, Brian got the winning habit again. He pipped Stuart on the back 9 as both carded 33 points. David B took 3rd spot from Alan again on a back 9 playoff as both had 32 points. David F moved further ahead in the overall points tall with 30 points despite only having 2 shots. Playing off scratch took its toll on yesterdays winner Graham who only managed 25 points. Steve again struck the ball tremendously but his short game let him down on this occasion. On the ball front Andrew achieved an unlikely feat of getting round the course without loosing a ball. This course is the tightest we play and was described by a local pro “that’s not a golf course its a bowling alley”. Brian also managed this achievement on his way to victory.

Rosedale was magnificent and the best course so far.
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9-10-2005 – ROUND 2
A fine performance by Graham saw him win at Stonybrook today. With a gross 76 he came in with 35 points, 2 ahead of Alan. David F finished 3rd with another steady knock and has yet to loose a ball. The same cannot be said about Andrew who left no fewer than 10 balls in the lakes of this great course. (If you haven’t played these courses it is easy to loose 10 balls with the luck I had. HONEST!!!!)
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8-10-2005 – ROUND 1
Tour Virgin looses his cherry and brings home the bacon!

A fine performance by Steve saw him take the honours at University today. Both he and David F got round this excellent track without loosing their balls. For the rest of us it was a much more painful experience.
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7-10-2005 – Travelling
Arrived safe and sound after 20 hours travelling. Off for swim before zzzzz
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