12-10-2003 – ROUND 9
Our final game was played early on Sunday. A 7.45 am tee time had been booked to allow for packing and the drive to Tampa Airport to catch our 5.50 pm flight.
This was our first visit to the Preserve at Tara. It has a number of holes similar to the original course here at Tara, which is now private. A heavy dew and the poorest greens we had played on durring this trip made putting very difficult. The course it’s self was another excellent design by Ted McAnlis and provided the greens are sorted we would love to revisit.
With four players within 2 points this was a very closely contested game. David B piped Mike for third place on a card playoff, both with 32 points. Andrew took first place from David F also on a card playoff with both men posting 34 points. A birdie two for Andrew on the 205 yard 17th was the turning point.
By finishing ahead of Mike today this allowed Andrew to take the points total for the tour with 271 points from the 9 events, just 2 ahead of Mike who finished on 269. It must be noted that Mike had amassed his total with far less shots. Due to his consistent performances he only played once of his normal club handicap of 12. A special mention must also be made with regard to our low handicapper Brian. Despite not winning an even his consistent scoring saw him playing off scratch at one point and gave him an average playing handicap for the tour of 2.1
Well I am writing this final report from home and can reflect on a fabulous 9 days of golfing in idyllic conditions, eating too well and enjoying the excellent company of the other FLORIDA GOLF TOUR 2003 TEAM MEMBERS. Will we be able to earn sufficient brownie points for 2005?