Riedler wins monthly mug

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PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, May 26, Green Valley – Stableford

We thought we would go to Green Valley this week and why not.  So after meeting at BJ’s we took the not so long drive there for an early book-in and time to get some practice in on the range before teeing off.

The wind was strong today for the whole round and while it helped to cool us a little it was still a hot and tiring day and by the end all the players were struggling.  The course was relatively empty and was itself not in bad condition, quite good really although I have seen it better. The greens were also in good but not in top condition.

MBMG Group Golfer of the Month, John Anderson (right), is presented with his award by Dick Warberg.

With not as large a group as usual we were soon back at BJ’s and into the results an hour earlier than usual.  The winner on the day was John Anderson with 36 points on count back over Mike O’Brien in second.  We then had a count back on 34 points that saw Mark West in third ahead of Bob Britton and John Davis.

This being the last competition of the month it was also time for the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month award and with his win on the day, for his first time the monthly title was bestowed on John Anderson.  Well played!

Near Pins: John Davis (2), Mike O’Brien, Bob Britton

Friday, May 29, Pattaya C. C. – Medal

The last golf Friday of each month is the quest for the Holy Grail of the Tropical Golf world – to be the proud winner of the monthly mug.  As usual the event was to be held at Pattaya Country Club and after filling up stomachs and cars at BJ’s Holiday Lodge, 23 hopefuls made short drive to PCC.

Monthly mug winner Gerd Riedler (left) is congratulated by runner-up Bob Watson.

There is no denying the new facilities at this course are top notch.  Does anyone even remember the old locker room?  The course was mostly dry today and quite firm and we hope some rain comes along to water it soon.  Most notable are the tee boxes, many of which seem to be made of concrete, and one needs a hammer and 10-penny nail to make a hole for your tee.  All said though, the course was in fair condition with some tricky pin placements.  But now on to the exciting results!

With no stableford to mask your game, stroke play bares your soul to the golfing world.  It was by the narrowest of margins but in the end Gerd Riedler (h/cap 9) took home his first monthly mug with a net 68.  A big congratulation to Gerd!

Just missing the top of the podium in A-Flight (0-13) was Bob Watson (3) with a net 69.  You read it right, Bob played the course in level par for second place.  Great play Bob!  Rounding out the flight were Steve Truelove (9) with a net 71, and Maurice Roberts (13) with net 73.

Henry Wong (23), back to playing off the white tees, showed he can handle it by scoring net 71 to win the B-Flight (14+), followed in by Tom Cotton (22) and Andre Van Dyk (14), both with net 72.

Near Pins:  Tom Herrington, Kurt Ebentheuer, Takeshi Hakozaki, Gerd Riedler.

Long Putts:  Andre Van Dyk, Gerd Riedler.