What would YOU do?? You are looking forward to a fantastic round in the Monterey Peninsula. You grab a few other participants and head out to Poppy Hills. You reach the 17 mile drive gate and are sooooooooo excited to see the weather. It will be a gorgeous day......perfect Monterey. You are foaming at the mouth to tee it up. You are enjoying the tall pines and the beautiful Monterey forest and the scenic drive along the way to the course in the 17 mile drive. You have an hour before tee time and will grab a bite, hit some range balls and be ready to go.
Chuggg....chuggg...chugggg........the car dies!!!! WHAT??? The car dies. You pull over and crank the engine. No response. IT WON'T START!!!! OH SHXX!!!! You get out and push the car to the side. Now what?? Let's at least call the course and let them know we will be late and can they let other groups go ahead. The response "this is a tournament, if you miss your time, you can still try to play, but you will be OUT of the tournament!!!" OH SHXX!!!
NOW WHAT?? We can't walk it....it's too far!!! UBER is not in the area. Let's call a cab!!! BRILLIANT!!! 30 minutes to tee time...we will make it. CABBIE calls and says he went to the wrong place. OH SHXX!!!! He finally shows up with 10 minutes to tee time. Let's go....let's go!!!!
Next on the Tee......The 10:30 tee time....tick....tick...tick. CONGRATULATIONS TO....... Sam Varghese / Harsha Sastry / Felix Solomon / Abi Vickram......for avoiding the DQ and making it to the tee in time for the TEAM picture by abandoning the car on the side of the road on the 17 mile drive with a note "please do not tow".
ONLY IN IAGA!!!!!
Now onto the results: What are the chances that anyone from this foursome won ANYTHING!!!????
- LOW GROSS.......Maharaja Flight........PRADEEP BAKSHI (That is back to back events for Mr. Bakshi.....as he says....unlike Tiger...HE IS BAAAAAACKKK!!!!....and beats KABIR SINGH & SHRIRAJ GAGLANI by 2 strokes)
- TIGER FLIGHT........RAJ GAUTAM.....(Who??? Yes that's right. El Presidente is BACK in the winners circle....squeaks out a win by a stroke over SUNIL MEHTA)
- COBRA FLIGHT.......VISHAL GOYAL.....In a dominating 4 stroke win with the only NET under par round of the flight!!!!
- Closest to the Pin.......VISHAL GOYAL....with only 13 inches to go for the hole in one!!!! Can we assume he made the birdie??? He DID!!!
- Long Drive - Maharaja........ANKUR AHLOWALIA.....HUUUGGGEE!!!!
- Long Drive - Tiger/Cobra....VISHAL MALAKAR.......GORILLA!!!!
- 21 SKINS were won amongst the 3 flights.....
- PAYOUTS FOR POPPY HILLS ATTACHED
- GOLFER OF THE YEAR..........The races are tightening a bit, but PRADEEP BAKSHI - Maharaja.........MUNISH MEHTA - Tiger.......PRAVAT LALL - Cobra........are leading the way half way through the season!!!!
- QUALIFIERS FOR THE MAJOR AT HALF MOON BAY updated
- CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS FROM POPPY HILLS.
It WAS a gorgeous day.....it WAS a ton of fun....and the SPEED OF PLAY....was AWESOME!!!!! Everyone finished in less than 5 and a half hours!!!!