Coghlan & Clegg battle to the wire

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Mick Coghlan (left) with Gordon Clegg
Mick Coghlan (left) with Gordon Clegg

The Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, Nov. 21, Bangpakong Riverside – Stableford

The first thing we noticed after setting off was that the rain of the last few days had left the course seemingly overgrown.  The grass on the fairways was a bit long and the rough was penal if you got into it.  Most of all though, was that the greens putted like you were on velcro, and it was really difficult getting the ball to the hole.

Round over we were soon back in Pattaya and into the results.  In the A Flight, 0 to 21, the winner was Brian Gabe with 38 points on count-back over John Davis in second.  A count-back on 37 points then saw Rob Brown in third and Takheshi Hakozaki just missing out.

In the B Flight, 22 up, we had the best scores with Gordon Clegg winning with 42 points and Graham Buckingham second on 41.  We then had a count-back on 40 points that saw Don Carmody in third with Colm Mullen edged off the podium.

In the non-winners’ section Takeshi Hakozaki won the front nine with 23 points and Dave Cooper the back nine with 21.

Friday, Nov. 24, Crystal Bay – Medal

It was Black Friday and the Tropical Golfers were shopping for lower scores in the quest to go home with the Monthly Mug!  Crystal Bay was the choice of the day and we played the C and B courses in that order.  Overall the course was in fair-to-good condition although a few greens had bare spots.

Two players tied at the amazing score of net 64 and it’s a shame we didn’t have two mugs to pass out as both deserved one, but due to count-back Mick Coghlan (c/h 24) won the day.  Tied at the same score was Gordon Clegg (34).  Then “everyone else” came in way back, all tied at net 73, with the count-back order being Andy Murphy (17), Colm Mullen (26) and the returning Rob Brown (8).  At least they can feel good that one short missed putt didn’t cost them the mug.