The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society visited the Emerald course in Ban Chang on Monday, 6th February to play a stableford competition on the course which was in good order with medium paced greens and running fairways. Visa runs, domestic duties and the “Superbowl” had left the field with a single flight but all the challenges of a round at Emerald were still there.
In third place a trio of regulars all scored 34 points with Wichai Tananusorn joining Brian Kelly and Evan Millar. Just one point better was Joe Niisato, again playing sound golf to match his handicap. The winner was Mike Earley and the round was the second consecutive victory for the Englishman whose 36 points again were augmented by a blitz on the final three holes which gave him ten points again.
The ‘2’s pot was shared by Wichai, Mike Ensor and Brian Kelly and the Booby Bevy went to Keith Melbourne for his 13-7 split. Those who were not distracted elsewhere and made the golf course had again enjoyed some friendly competitive golf with the PGS.
ESR back on track
On Wednesday, 8th February the Pattaya Golf Society chose Eastern Star as the venue for a stableford competition in the hope that the course had improved since the previous few visits and they were not disappointed. Fairways were good and running and the greens, so often the cause for complaint, were very well prepared, cut and almost running with a consistent pace. Spirits were lifted and a tight competition took place.
Visitor Niall Caven returned 37 points but at the top of the field a trio of experienced golfers jostled as local member Mikael Andersson joined Dave Moriarty and lady golfer Margaret Wilkinson on 34 points.
Mike Earley recorded the day’s only birdie ‘2’, on the seventeenth. The Booby Bevy went to Keith Melbourne only hours before his return to UK as a reminder of the fun he has shared on the golf course this trip and he will be back for more later in the year. Hopefully Eastern Star will still be in good form when he arrives.
Joe steals the show
Greenwood is currently the “must play” golf course on the Eastern Seaboard with its splendid green fee package and well prepared fairways and greens and the Pattaya Golf Society visited there on Friday, 10th February to play a stableford competition on the B and C nines. As expected the course was full but, starting on time, the large field made good progress.
The cut was at fifteen and under and in the second flight Ken Grimes and Mr Len shared third place with 33 points each, just one behind Ken Page and his 34 point card. The flight winner was Aussie “senior” Alan Walker and his 35 points represented his best showing in a long time with the group.
In the top flight Canadian Will Bean scored 34 points for third place and Wichai Tananusorn blew his front nine score of only one over the card to finish on 36 points, his gross 79 being the best of the day. The flight winner was Joe Niisato and he repeated his score at the course just a month ago with another exquisite 41 points.
The ‘2’ pot was shared by Khun Wichai, Richard Dobson and Dave Moriarty. Mike Ensor sponsored two technical prizes and the award for the best par three points total went to Roy Bassett and Dave Moriarty (10) and the par five total went inevitably to Joe Niisato with his ten point total.
The Booby Bevy was reserved for Richard Dobson after a reasonable front nine of seventeen points was followed by a miserable return of nine points on the back nine. Greenwood did the PGS proud once again and more visits are scheduled there soon.