Another Monday, another Garry

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IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at The Links Bar

The Pattaya Golf Society started the new week with a visit to Pattana to play a stableford competition on the A and B nines from the white tees, all 6876 yards of lush fairways and little run.

Greenwood golf course in pristine condition.
Greenwood golf course in pristine condition.

The round was not without surprises as a storm punctuated the round for an hour with a heavy downpour, but the group emerged relatively unscathed with Andrew Purdie and Mike Wilsher sharing second place with 31 points. Currently with PGS “if it’s Monday (or even Wednesday or Friday) it must be Garry” and the adage held true this time as Garry Hookey took control with 34 well earned points on a tough, long golf course. Well done Garry on a very solid round of golf.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and in welcoming back Aussie golfers Luke Abbey and Ken Grimes the organiser for the day, Mike King congratulated John O’Sullivan for his low score which gave him the Booby Bevy at the end of a long day.
Pattana, always a joy to play off whites, but …yellow next time methinks.

Glorious Greenwood

It’s amazing what a few days rain can do to refresh the region’s golf courses and Greenwood, which two weeks ago seemed to be getting more and more brown, is now in excellent playing condition with well grassed fairways and some of the best greens in the province.

Such was the backdrop on the A and B nines for the Pattaya Golf Society’s first visit this month on Wednesday, 1st June. A seasonally small field saw some quality golf however and the surprise of the day was the performance of Bangkok resident Michael Sim who put together a round where he only missed one fairway all day and recorded a rare sub-par score of 38 points. Well done Mike! Jon Batty fired the best gross of the day, eighty-one and that included the only birdie ‘2’, on the short A6 hole.

Many golfers will shrug shoulders at the thought of the run up to Greenwood but currently the condition of the course and the rate asked for is as good as it gets and the course is certainly work visiting a couple of times every month.

Purdie prevails at Khao Kheow

On Friday, 3rd June the Pattaya Golf Society visited Khao Kheow to play a stableford competition on the course which has improved immensely since the arrival of the rains a week or so ago. Fairways are lush and greens are receptive and quite true.

The quality field contained PGS Champion Chris Smith and a handful of other single handicappers all set on passing the stern test that Khao Kheow can pose on the B and C nines.

There were two birdie ‘2’s, with Finn Erik Anttonen (B3) and Aussie Luke Abbey (B8) being the grateful winners. In the competition proper, Erik finished on 33 points to take third place and Dave Edwards produced his best round for a while with a second placed finish on 34 points. The winner was the powerful Australian eight-handicapper Andrew Purdie and his score of 39 points was assembled by a combination of length and guile.

The Booby Bevy went to the returning Toby Glass whose split figures were 8 and 15 but in fairness he had only returned the day before with no time to prepare for the golf which would lie ahead, not only for him but the rest of PGS.