Gabe fires a parting shot

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PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday, June 3, Khao Kheow – Stableford

The usual group plus a few welcome faces we haven’t seen in a while met at Tropical Bert’s for the trek out to Khao Kheow.  The weather was again hot and humid, but a couple things were happily missing this day; a rain delay, and those pesky gnats that swarm around your head.  Perhaps they have gone away for another year or don’t much care for Khao Kheow.  Either way, it was nice to be rid of them.

We were assigned to play the A and B courses and although Khao Kheow is one of the most interesting and scenic layouts in the area, it was sad to see the fairways on the A course heavily infested with creeping weeds, patchy areas, and an uneven cut.  We trust that this nine will quickly get back to the usual Khao Kheow standard.  The B course was much better.

Brian Gabe & Max Scott.Brian Gabe & Max Scott.

Khao Kheow is always a tough but fair test with enough water to make even steely nerves shake, and the island green is always waiting!  Back at Bert’s several had bruised egos, but Brian Gabe (H/cap 17) showed the course who was boss with an impressive 39 points.  Brian is leaving us for a few months and made sure we won’t forget him too soon.  The always dangerous Max Scott (5) finished in second with 37 points, followed by Dick Warberg with 34 and Maurice Roberts with 32.

Near pins were claimed by Max Scott, John Harrison, Dick Warberg, and Noel Pittard.

Friday, June 6, Plutaluang – Stableford

Friday saw Tropical Bert’s regulars make the trek out to Plutaluang Golf Course, better known as the “Navy” course, and it was pure coincidence that we played a military course on the anniversary of D-Day.  Was it our imagination or is it getting slightly cooler and less humid than we’ve had the past couple months?

Upon arrival we were assigned to play the East and West courses and we hadn’t played these in a while so everyone seemed to enjoy playing the layout.  Course conditions were best described as fair to good with the greens recovering from aeration and sanding, but would this impact the results of the competition?

Henry O’Brian & David Edwards.Henry O’Brian & David Edwards.

Navy is always a challenging course, but today a few brought out the “big guns” for the event, and scores had to be high (as in Stableford high) to get any reward.  Back at Bert’s the results were tallied and in first place with an impressive 42 points was Henry O’Brian (22), just beating out David Edwards (15) on count back.  In third came Landis Brooks (7) with 39 points.  Well played all three!

Near pins went to David Edwards, Henry O’Brian, Dave Nicholson, and Guy Stewart.