Takeshi sparkles at Crystal Bay

Friday, 13 April 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 15 By  Peter Blackburn

PSC golf from the Café Kronborg

Monday, April 2, Crystal Bay, A & B – Stableford

Now that we are into April our bookings are for just 6 groups and even after a couple of late cancellations we had a waiting list which enabled us to have full field.  We welcomed the return of Buckers from his recent back problems and also Arne Fuglholt, who has not played with us for quite some time.

We departed the Kronny right on schedule at 0815hrs and headed off down Highway 3 for our monthly visit to the popular Crystal Bay course and arrived there 45 minutes later.  It appeared to be quite busy with another couple of PSC golf outlets also there on the day and after waiting around for half an hour or so our first group was able to tee off on A nine 5 minutes ahead of our booked time of 1000hrs.

Jan Lovgreen, Peter Blackburn & Takeshi Hakozaki.Jan Lovgreen, Peter Blackburn & Takeshi Hakozaki.

The weather was perfect for golf although there was a fair bit of wind around early on but on this well presented golf course we were all looking forward to an enjoyable day.  The fairways were excellent as were the greens as usual and we proceeded at a good pace thanks to the groups immediately ahead of us.  Slowing down on the second nine (B) we had a couple of drink stops and finished our round in four hours & twenty five minutes.

There were 2 flights on the day, A Flight for handicaps 0 to 18 and B Flight for 19 and over.  There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par threes & longest first putts on A9 & B9 greens.

As usual on this course there were some good scores and some bad ones but Takeshi Hakozaki had an absolute day out and won the A Flight with a fine 44 points.  In second spot with 71 off the stick came Mike Allidi, now on a dangerous four handicap with 41 points and Ken (let’s hear it for) Bernek was third with 38 points.  After 12 points on the first nine Stu (Heineken) Rifkin jumped into top gear (more Heinekens) and his 24 points on the second nine was good enough to give him fourth spot.

A steady 36 points from Jan Lovgreen enabled him to win the B Flight, three points ahead of J C Lhoste in second place.  On 32 points came Alain (Inspector Clouseau) Taddei in third spot with Bjarne (Mr Fashion) Kjaer finishing fourth one point further back.

A Flight (0-18)

1st Takeshi Hakozaki (13) 44pts

2nd Mike Allidi (4) 41pts

3rd Ken Bernek (16) 38pts

4th Stu Rifkin (13) 36pts

B Flight (19+)

1st Jan Lovgreen (20) 36pts

2nd J C Lhoste (24) 33pts

3rd Alain Taddei (19) 32pts

4th Bjarne Kjaer (19) 31pts

Near Pins:  A5 – Takeshi Hakozaki; A8 – Martin Todd; B4 – Arne Max Pedersen; B6 – Alain Taddei

Long Putts:  A9 – Mike Allidi; B9 – Jerry Dobbs

The Compass Cap (awarded for worst score on the day) was awarded to Aussie Jerry Dobbs and Hunter paraded Deefa the Dog who once more collected many donations to charity from the ever generous Kronny crew.

Thursday, April 5, Mountain Shadow - Stableford

A late withdrawal and a late inclusion enabled us to have another full field of golfers signed up for another of our favorite courses, the challenging Mountain Shadow.  After we assembled at Café Kronborg we handed out welcomes to Scott Lobenwein and “Strings” from Queensland, Australia.  Strings used to have dreadlocks but has now got rid of them, but of course the nickname has stuck.

Mike Winfield, Peter Blackburn & Henrik Aargaard.Mike Winfield, Peter Blackburn & Henrik Aargaard.

Departing the Kronny right on time at 0815 hrs we headed off down Sukhumvit Road for the second time this week and without encountering too many delays going through Sriracha we arrived at the course 48 minutes later.  Surprisingly it was very quiet and we were invited to tee off when we were ready and in great weather conditions our first four-ball got away 25 minutes ahead of schedule at 0935 hrs.

It was not too hot and with a gentle breeze we proceeded in a leisurely fashion with no-one in front of us and of course the golf course was in terrific shape with most of the greens ready to trap anyone who ended up above the hole with putts of medium to long distance.  Completing our front nine in one hour & fifty five minutes we took it easy on the back nine and took a fairly lengthy drink break before the thirteenth tee. There had been a couple of rumbles of thunder but the weather remained fine and we completed our full round in the excellent time of four hours & ten minutes.

There were 2 flights on the day plus rewards for nearest the pin on the four par threes & longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.

Once again the course was playing fairly tough with just 3 players bettering their handicap and in A Flight it was Henrik Aargaard who finished first with a fine 38 points.  In a count back for second & third Lotte Boskov (19 point back nine) just edged out Stu (Heineken) Rifkin (18 point back nine) with both golfers having 37 points.  Alain (Inspector Clouseau) Taddei finished in fourth place with 35 points.

Mike Winfield (20 point back nine) won the B Flight on a count back from Scott Lobenwein (16 point back nine), both having 35 points.  Thientong Charoenrung finished in third place with 33 points, one point ahead of J C Lhoste in fourth spot.

A Flight (0-18)

1st Henrik Aargaard (17) 38pts

2nd Lotte Boskov (17) 37pts

3rd Stu Rifkin (13) 37pts

4th Alain Taddei (18) 35pts

B Flight (19+)

1st Mike Winfield (20) 35pts

2nd Scott Lobenwein (31) 35pts

3rd Thientong Charoenrung (20) 33pts

4th J C Lhoste (23) 32pts

Near Pins:  5th – Arne Max Pedersen; 8th – Thientong Charoenrung; 15th – Scott Lobenwein; 17th – Mike Gosden

Long Putts:  9th – Niels Hansen; 18th – Arne Max Pedersen

The Compass Cap (awarded for worst score on the day) was once again won by Ron Folks and Hunter paraded Deefa the Dog who once more collected many donations to charity from the ever generous Kronny crew.

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