I have said it before that every golf bar in Pattaya is filled with stories of hard luck and “what ifs”. That is much a part of the game as playing. But I dare say in terms of hard luck it would be tough not to offer some consolation to Terry Mangan who signed his A Flight winning card incorrectly. To Terry’s credit it was he who brought this error to the attention of Colin who was left with little option but to red card Terry.
From left: Sunday’s winners Mike Craighead and Bob Newell with Colin the Golf Manager.
This unfortunate oversight gave the A Flight honors to ‘Broad more’ Bob who shot a very good 38 points. Bob was one stroke clear of Jim Brackett (silver) and Thierry Petrement (bronze), who both ignored “the ladies before gents” protocol as Jan Erikssen and Yui Bietry were left satang less on the same score.
B Flight it seemed had more 40’s than you would find in an augmentation clinic, and, of course, it is the scribe’s job to keep you abreast of such observations.
There are not many plaudits left to bestow on Mike ‘the mechanic’ as he shot a very creditable 40 points. It should be noted that Gavin Perfect matched the point output but fell to a back nine count back. The Principal scraped the bronze three shots adrift.
Most Brits of a certain age remember the old florin coin, sometimes referred to as two bob, now known as twenty new pence. There were two 2’s carded today both chipped in by Bob Newell and Bob Patterson, with inflation and the strong baht it worked out at 1.200 nice ones apiece.
Monday, April 30, Bangpakong Riverside - Stableford
1st Paul Hack (15) 43pts
2nd Jim Bell (18) 38pts
Well there it is! A score that would normally raise the hackles of a skeptical Pattaya golf community but which in this case received a congratulatory round of applause and hoots of “great round.” Paul blistered the Bangpakong layout with 43 points off his old 15 handicap. Paul was five strokes clear of Jim ‘I nearly did’ Bell.
Amazingly half the field carded a ‘2’ and just about received their investment back
Wednesday, May 2, Royal Lakeside - Stableford
1st Thierry Petrement (12) 39pts
2nd Jon Haugen (7) 33pts
1st Jim Elphick (24) 35pts
2nd Emil Galzen (17) 34pts
It turned out the story of the day was Thierry Petrement and his 39 points as he was the only competitor to play under his handicap. Thierry was four strokes clear of the field and six clear in the senior flight from Jon Haugen and Garry Green, Jon managing to edge Garry off the podium steps.
Jimmy ‘two shots’ Elphick was top man in B Flight with 35 points. Emil Galzen took the silver on count back as Jim ‘I did ring the’ Bell lost the resulting count back.
Amazingly there were no 2’s recorded so it is a rollover on Friday.
Friday, May 4, Crystal Bay B&C - Stableford
1st Gary Green (10) 34pts
2nd Ed Wyckoff (9) 34pts
1st Paddy Jordan (18) 38pts
2nd Lou Szigligeti (18) 35pts
With a group of luminaries knotted atop the senior flight at 34 points, the old count back was dragged out and the log jam was quickly sorted. Garry Green edged Ed ‘our man in the White House’ Wyckoff for the flight honors, and the latter sent Steve Newman and Nigel Jones to the presentation crowd.
B Flight’s Paddy Jordan was the man of the match as he was the only player to solve the Crystal Bay riddle with a fine 38 points. Paddy’s fine effort was three clear of the ‘Soi 13 traffic Warden’ Lou Spaghetti
A Flight’s Nigel Jones made up for his count back disappointment as he split the 2’s pot with Terry ‘pork chop’ Mangan.
Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya Land Soi 1, Beach Road Soi 13/3 near to Walking Street. Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764. Transport is provided.