The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society began the new week with a visit to Khao Kheow on Monday, 18th February, to play a stableford competition on the C and B nines from the yellow tees. The course was well prepared with greens a little slow but the day was set fair and some excellent scores were in store.
With the cut at sixteen and under the two flights set about their day and in the top flight Robbie Taylor made a good fist of things with a score of 36 points which gave him third place. Sharing the major honour were Peter Ditz and Masa Takano on 39 points, the latter posting the day’s best gross score of 75 on his farewell round this trip.
In the second flight Vic Barton returned 38 points for third place and John Chelo scored an emphatic 40 points which deserved better than his second place whilst Yvonne Earley played the round of her life, returning 46 points to equal the group’s winning score record. It was one of those days when everything went right and everyone back at Rabbi’s later was unanimous in their praise of her efforts.
John Chelo logged the sole birdie ‘2’ of the day, on C8 and Rabbi’s free beer was won by Larry Slattery. At the other end of the scale Syd Harrison picked up the Booby Bevy for his low score of the day. What a day it had been but someone forgot to tell Yvonne Earley that one doesn’t do things like that at Khao Kheow!
Two victors at Greenwood
The Pattaya Golf Society chose Greenwood as the venue for its stableford competition on Wednesday, 20th February and found the A and C nines in quite good condition, under a hot sun. The two flights were separated at sixteen and under.
Scores were respectably tight and in the top flight Alan Flynn again found the podium with his 32 points giving him third place. In second was Larry Slattery whose form is still blowing hot and cold at the moment but 33 points put a smile on his face in second place. The winner was newest PGS member Vic Woolton who took the honours with 34 points.
In the second flight Dave Plaiter showed the benefits of lessons with 33 points for third place, one behind Alan Walker’s consistent 34 points. The flight winner was Vic Barton with 35 points.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went “in absentia” to Phil McClure for his low score and Peter Ditz took Rabbi’s free beer draw prize with a smile. Greenwood had thrown up an unusual coincidence as two “victors” left their mark on the day.
Resolute performance from Jones & Plaiter
On Friday, 22nd February the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Emerald to play a stableford pairs better-ball event as part of its monthly fundraising programme for its adopted charity’s “Brick in the Wall” project, at the Fr Ray Foundation Outreach Center on Soi Thepprasit. Nine teams were entered and play got underway on time despite a full course.
The first pair in set the standard for the day as Alan Flynn and Tony Browne closed with 42 points but they were later challenged by Robbie Taylor and Ken Grimes, finishing with the same score. Only some resolute and purposeful golf by the last pairing of Mr Len and Dave Plaiter nosed the two pairs out and their winning score of 46 points was just reward for the excellent all round team effort which saw partners stretching themselves when the other faltered to produce a consistent score.
Near pins were sponsored by Ken Grimes and Mr Len and the winners were Mike Earley, Larry Slattery, Alan Flynn and Steve Evans and the latter also shared the Booby Bevy with partner Steve Jones for the day’s lowest score.
The successful day ended with another few thousand baht raised in the on-going campaign to build a security wall around the project in South Pattaya, as well as a happy return to competitive golf for the gaffer at Rabbi’s after two debilitating months of low blood pressure and energy levels. Even the golfing gods know a worthy cause when they see one.