The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Emerald on Monday, 4th February to play a stableford competition on the popular course which was well prepared. The single flight struggled with the strong breeze and scores were surprising lower than expected.
Sharing fourth place were Alan Flynn, Dave Lehane, Dennis Lea and Jack Robertson, all with 33 points. John Chelo went one better for third place and the winning duo was Niall Caven and Mike Wilsher, the latter taking his first win in more than twelve months playing with the group.
For the third round in a row Dave Lehane collected a birdie ‘2’, this time on the tough fifth hole and he was joined in a share of the pot by Pete Sumner who scored a fine ‘2’ on the thirteenth.
Mike Earley picked up Rabbi’s free beer prize and the Booby Bevy went to Dave Lehane for his split figures of 13-20 despite Mike Wilsher’s claim when he signed for a handicap lower than he in fact had. It was a reminder to all to check their handicaps before teeing off.
Nothing to chose between Caven and Flynn
On Wednesday, 6th February the Pattaya Golf Society visited the Pattana complex to play a stableford competition on the B and C nines which were in their usual exemplary condition. Unusually the competition was played from the yellow tees which made the round much more ‘customer friendly’ and the comment from a moderate handicapper that it was “good to play irons into the par fours, and not woods” justified the choice.
The single flight saw the ‘2’s pot shared by Niall Caven, Mike Earley, Alan Flynn, Ron Rigden and, for the fourth consecutive round Dave Lehane.
Third place was shared by Mike Earley, Larry Slattery and Ken Grimes, on 36 points whilst Alan Flynn and Niall Caven shared the top honours with 37 points each.
Rabbi’s free beer draw went to Leigh Abbey and the Booby Bevy went to John Pearce for his low score of the day.
An earlier than normal start had helped travellers and the general feeling was that Pattana had again provided the PGS with another almost perfect golf day. All thanks are due to “Rabbi” for his efforts in running the show in the absence of the PGS golf geezer Mr Len.
Impressive stuff from Takano
The Pattaya Golf Society ended another week with a visit to Greenwood on Friday, 8th February to play a stableford competition on the B and A nines. The course has improved significantly over the last few months and it has become popular with farang and Asian golfers alike and on this day the later groups checking in found they were allowed to play with no caddies.
In the second flight Alan Flynn posted 31 points for third place, a couple behind Aussie golfer Leigh Abbey, enjoying another good day with the group. The flight winner with 34 points was Martin Hennessy, so often the journeyman golfer, proving the adage that “everyone golfer has their day” and it was thoroughly well deserved.
In the top flight all leaders came from the same playing group with Rick Schramm taking third place with 33 points, Dave Edwards taking second with 36 and Masa Takano easily winning the tussle with 38 points and the best gross of the day, 76 shots.
Dave Edwards secured the only birdie ‘2’ of the day on the challenging A2 par three and the failure to register a fifth consecutive birdie ‘2’ left Dave Lehane with the Booby Bevy.
Greenwood was a fine way to end the golfing week with the PGS.