With carts confined to paths only, we were more than pleased with the condition of the course once we set off. As usual in these conditions we applied the winter rule of ‘lift, clean and place’ on fairways, but it has to be said the ball did not pick up too much mud or dirt all the way round.
We did have the threat of rain a couple of times, but Buddha must smile on our group. Monday and Wednesday were wash outs, whilst Tuesday remained dry.
Tuesday’s winners pose with the staff at The Relax Bar.
Our winner today was the little leprechaun Patrick Browne with a fine tally of 38 points. In second place was Peter (Bomber) Harris with 34 points, third was Adriano Reale with 33 and fourth was the other Italian, Sergio Volpi, with 31 points. I think this was the first time Adriano managed to finish on the podium. Well done!
Near pins were won by Dick, Eamon Murtagh (2), and Jim Neilson.
Our lucky draw winners (prizes donated by our hosts, The Relax Bar) were Ken Collons, Mike Gerrard, Joris Goetschalkx and Hugh Byrne.
Onto Friday 23rd Nov. and today we welcomed a lovely group of 8, yes 8 Welshmen. Their leader, Salah, had called me from the UK (must not say England. I’ll get beaten up with leeks) and requested that could they possibly join our group. I was overwhelmed to think we had achieved international recognition as a group.
What a great bunch of guys. Not only did they turn up early, they also managed to find their way to The Relax Bar and enjoy a few bevies with us as well. I have to say we drew the line when they suggested that they form a male voice choir and sing for us. We decided that they would have enough male ‘vice’ singing later in the evening.
With quite a lot of funds in the kitty today we went to five places for the major prizes and our winner today, who, again took money off me in match play, was Richard Baldwin who scored a superb 37 points (should have been more). In second was Hugh Byrne with 34 points, third was Bill Hewitt with 33, fourth was one of our Welsh guests Brian Owen with 30 and fifth was his compatriot, Cookie (Burns) with 28 points.
Near pins went to Hugh Byrne, Mike Gerrard & Brian Owen. Lucky draw prizes were awarded to four other players who had not won anything. Sorry cannot remember who, but they got them!
On Friday, 4th January 2013 we are hopefully planning to organise a New Year Drive In (in conjunction with the PSC) with a local charity as the beneficiary. We will be playing at Phoenix from approx 10.30 am and I have provisionally reserved 15 tee times. Entrance fee for this tournament will be 1.000 Baht to include prizes and a superb buffet at The Relax Bar, leaving what is left over to donate to the charity. All green fees, caddy fees and cart fees will be extra on the day.Anyone interested in participating should contact me direct on 087 091 7565 or email mikegerrard@cslox info.com.
As always, anyone who would like to sponsor anything will be welcomed with open arms. There will be free playing (green fee and caddy fee) places for any organisation who would like to sponsor from 5.000 Baht upwards.