The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society visited the beautiful Crystal Bay club in Bangpra on Monday, 9th April to play a stableford competition on the well turned out C and A nines. The course was virtually empty as the group were allowed to start thirty minutes early and from the start distant thunder rolled around the skies but thankfully nothing but a brief light sprinkle occurred.
The competition turned out to be tight affair with on-leave Peter Masters turning in a card of 34 points for third place, just pipped by Seil Revels who played his best round for three months with the group, recording the best gross of 78 for his 35 points.
The winner was a very late entry, Brian Shaw, who just happened to be awake early after the entertainment restrictions in force the evening before meant that he was raring to go. He finished with 38 points to cap a good day, having won in his final round on his previous visit a few weeks ago.
Peter Ditz had the honour of the sole birdie ‘2’, on C4 and the Booby Bevy was withheld in deference to the solemnity of the day.
Good day for Glenn
The Pattaya Golf Society chose Khao Kheow as the venue for its stableford fixture on Wednesday, 11th April, testing the A and B nines as a combination for the first time in many visits and found the course in good condition but with some old rain damage scarring still evident on the B nine. The greens were very good however and an empty course again proved the ideal backdrop.
The large single flight found scoring difficult as usual on the challenging course and Ray Jackson emerged in third place with 33 points. In second was the only lady in the field Margaret Wilkinson and she produced 36 points for second. The winner in his final round this trip was Glenn Martin and he found his best form for a long while in scoring 39 points.
There were birdie ‘2’s for Joe Niisato and Mr Len on A5 and for Seil Revels on the signature Island B8 hole. The Booby Bevy went to Joe Niisato for his hero-to-zero performance on the back nine which saw him go from one under to eight over in two hours of hard concentration. But Khao Kheow can do that to the best of golfers Joe, chin up!
Purdie’s the pick at Rayong
The Pattaya Golf Society retreated from Pattaya on the eve of its annual madness known as Songkran when the group visited Rayong CC on Friday, 13th April. Imagine the joy at being told that green fees were free but carts were compulsory! The course was empty as the group’s single flight teed off.
Scoring was tough as the hard and dry fairways demanded consistent and solid iron play. Benny Hansen was surprised to find his 28 points took third place, two behind John Mason, making the frame for the first time this trip, on 30. The winner was Andrew Purdie on his return from Australia with 31 points.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went to Mr Len for the day’s largest split, an eight point deficit on the back nine.
The return to Pattaya confirmed the mayhem had already begun and thus the curtain was drawn on the PGS activities for a week, when only a welcome distraction at faraway Wangjuntr would offer solace until the deluge relented.