The competition got away exactly on time and the rounds proceeded at a brisk pace, considering the four person scramble format, with the last teams round being completed in less than four and a half hours.
Stephen Beard, left, and Barry Winton, right, from the winning team, pose with their trophies.
As the day progressed the skies remained overcast with a slight wind ensuring everyone had a great day’s golf whether they were among the prize winners or not.
With a maximum of five tee shots for each team member the system allowed all levels to compete in what is designed primarily to be a fun tournament which everyone can join and enjoy with the real winners being the charity.
The standard of scoring was again exceptionally high with all the teams finishing within five shots of each other and indeed the top nine teams covered but just three shots with the top three teams all shooting a gross 66 and the winners, second place and third being determined by the handicaps received. The winning score was just 0.1 higher than that of last year’s event.
Whilst golf was the main attraction of the earlier part of the day, the concept was to use the tournament to focus on the raising of funds for the children of the Bann Jing Jai Orphanage which has some 80 children under its care and exists solely on the good will and donations of private individuals and charitable donations from organizations throughout the year. This event was organized to raise funds to go towards the construction of a new home, for approximately 100 children, to be built on over four rai of land on the outskirts of Pattaya, the land already having been purchased for that purpose.
Runner-up team, Lars Nedrelid, Anders Hansson, Tom Novak and Colin James.
More information can be found on the website www. baanjingjaifoundation.org.
Whilst there was not a hard and fast target for the day it had been hoped, having regard that the event was to be held in the middle of the low season, that somewhere around a hundred thousand baht could be raised. In the event this figure was exceeded.
Prior to the presentations there were special thanks to some of those who had assisted in setting up and organizing the day and or sold tickets for the lucky draw. These included Len Jones and Russell Exley on the golfing side and Jim Farmer and Jeff Stone who between them sold a large number of tickets for the prize draw, together with collecting many donations and to all those who donated in any way whatsoever to the cause.
Third placed team Grant Cadell, Noi Emerson and Tony Barritt (Al Keith not in picture).
Following the draw for the 50/50 prizes the final total for the day was revealed as THB 105,000.
The total raised for the Baan Jing Jai New Home Appeal was made up as follows: Golfing activities of the day 22,000 baht; 50/50 Draw 42,000 baht; Donations 31,000 baht; Special Donation 10,000 baht.
Whilst not wishing to exclude and also not mentioning any individual, many who gave very generously either through the 50/50 draw or directly into the fund with donation, it is right to give credit to those commercial sponsors who helped to make this such a successful day; these were Phoenix Golf and Country Club, The Pattaya Mail, The Links Golf Bar, The Pattaya Sports Supply and The Haven Hotel.
A happy Bling, left, – the 50/50 draw winner.
1st Barry Winton, Graham Davis, Stephen Beard, Orathai Winton (8.0) Net 58.0
2nd Lars Nedrelid, Anders Hansson, Tom Novak, Colin James (7.5) Net 58.5
3rd Al Keith, Grant Cadell, Noi Emerson, Tony Barritt (6.4) Net 59.6
4th Peter Masters, Joe Niisato, Jean More, Jeff Cohen (8.9) Net 60.1
5th Don Everett, Terry Hodgkiss, Max Allan, Mike Armstrong, (8.9) Net 61.1
50/50 Draw Winners
1st Bling Suree
2nd Lamyai Beard
3rd Sean Connolly