Happy as Larry

Friday, 14 December 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 50

The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Emerald in Ban Chang on Monday, 3rd December to play a stableford competition in two flights divided at sixteen and under.  The course was reasonably well set out but the areas which had been re-turfed a few months ago still have a few weeks to go to blend in completely but at least GUR is well marked.  The main disappointment were the greens which were very slow, for Emerald at least.

In the second flight Dave Wilkinson played some of his better golf with a splendid 33 points, giving him third place just two behind Ken Grimes in second.  The flight winner was Margaret Wilkinson who once again emulated her husband with some solid accurate golf in her level par round.

The first flight saw Neil McIntosh and Wichai Tananusorn share third place with 37 points each but the round of the day was recorded by Larry Slattery.  His rounds recently have been unspectacular but this day his putting showed a distinct improvement and he ended with 39 well deserved points.

There were no birdie ‘2’s and in celebration of his birthday Dave Wilkinson sponsored two prizes for the best totals on four nominated holes.  In the top flight Wichai took the prize with 9 points on the four easiest holes on the card whilst Mr Len recorded ten points on the four hardest.  Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Alan Flynn and the Booby Bevy went to Jim Ferris for his 11 - 18 split.

Emerald had given the group a good start to the final month’s golf of the year.

Not Many happy returns

On the King’s Birthday, 5th December, the Pattaya Golf Society celebrated by visiting Rayong CC to play a stableford competition.  The group found the course as “rough” as it ever has been since the Korean takeover a couple of years ago and the complete lack of caddies meant carts had to be used and they were restricted to the temporary cart paths situated at times in the neighbouring parish!

The complete lack of etiquette by those Koreans present meant a noisy round interrupted by them racing around in search of empty tee boxes from which to knock balls around at random like kids on a holiday treat.  Scores were therefore academic with Alan Flynn and Neil McIntosh sharing second place with 31 points and Ray Banks taking first place with 32 points.

Ray shared the ‘2’s pot with Sam McLellan and the Booby Bevy was deservedly reserved for golf geezer Mr Len who had arranged the fixture there in the first place.  He certainly won’t be winning it for that reason again.  Rayong - bygone.

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