A long day at soggy Pattana

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

Whilst Pattaya was experiencing its second successive miserably drizzly day on Monday, 17th September, the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to an equally sodden but rain free golf course at Pattana to play a stableford competition on the C and B nines.  As usual the course showed little run and the group deferred to the yellow tees for the day.

The cool conditions, whilst comfortable for golfers, meant the organiser’s round finished early when a back muscle strain after three shots cut short his round.  Of those who continued, the longer hitters held sway with Robbie Taylor and Haru Kato sharing second place with 34 points, both achieving birdie ‘2’s on the B3 hole and Robbie adding to it on B7.

The winner was Dave Edwards with 35 points and a sub-par round was denied him only by some erratic putting, the only real weakness in his game.

Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Bryan Barrell and an enforced seven day rest has denied Mr Len of some scintillating golf for the next few competitions.  What else has Pattaya to offer?  Ah well, never mind!

Tananusorn at home at Greenwood

An early morning telephone call to Greenwood on Friday, 21st September, confirmed the course was open after the heaviest rains of the year so far and the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to enjoy a testing stableford competition on the B and C nines.

With very little run the course was to suit only the longest hitters and, with one exception, the results followed the handicap rankings.  The exception was Jeff “Rabbi” Cohen whose produced one of his better rounds of the year to share second place with Tony Thorne and the in-form Dave Edwards, on 31 points.

On his “home” course Wichai Tananusorn can often be the man to beat and this day his game contained all the elements for victory, with long drives and accurate irons helping him to accumulate 35 points for the win, even with two scratched holes on his card.

There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went to Gubbi Innvaer on his first round back with the group, whilst Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Mike Ensor.  Even dismal and damp days can be enjoyable on a good golf course such as Greenwood.