Bangpra reigns after the rain

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IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

A pause in the heaviest storm period the monsoon season has dumped on Pattaya so far this year saw the Pattaya Golf Society fulfill their medal fixture at Bangpra on Monday, 24th September under surprisingly clear skies.  The course looked as immaculate as ever but the first steps on the fairway saw feet settling in the soft surface, though not enough to give relief from casual water.  With very little run nothing but the best connections saw success and as a result the course held all the aces.

Manfully the group stuck to its task and Neil McIntosh held on to post a return of net 81 for second place, just edging out Wichai Tananusorn by two shots.  The winner, as so often recently, was Dave Edwards with net 79.

There were no birdie ‘2’s and Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Norwegian Gubbi Innvaer whilst Bryan Barrell savoured the Booby Bevy yet again for his high scoring round.

One couldn’t blame the field for hoping for better weather next time at Bangpra but October can be pretty grim as well on the Eastern Seaboard golf courses.

Hats off to Larry

On Wednesday, 26th September, the Pattaya Golf Society visited Eastern Star to play a stableford competition as its charity event for the month.  In the main the day stayed fine and the course was reasonably turned out but with little run, in common with so many other venues currently.

Returning after ten days from a back spasm and the resultant sciatica an anaesthetized Mr Len showed his relief at being out with the lads again as he returned 31 points for a share of second place with Seil Revels.  The winner was Larry Ang, paying only a fleeting visit and his 35 points was an excellent effort on a day when the lower handicappers suffered.  None more so than Dave Edwards.  In one brief rain spell he relocated his clubs inside the cab of his golf cart and they slipped, accelerating the vehicle into the cart in front.  Ouch!  An expensive mistake which was later supplemented with the Booby Bevy.

Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Norwegian visitor Khun Bento.  However the real winners on the day were the kids at the Fr Ray Foundation Outreach Center on Soi Thepprasit when once again the generosity of the group saw over 4K raised.

Treasure for Tananusorn

The Pattaya Golf Society ended a tough golfing week with a visit to Treasure Hill on Friday, 28th September.  The course was in fine condition and the day stayed dry but the special challenge of the course is always present and scores reflected this.

Sharing third place were Dave Edwards and Bent Saeverud on 29 points, one behind runner up Andrew Purdie, playing the course for the first time.  The winner was Wichai Tananusorn with 33 points and it is always good to see a very capable golfer make a good fist of the round at the testing course.

Again there were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy was reserved for Ken Grimes for his low score of the day.  The round was splendidly marshalled by Dave Edwards in the absence of the sciatic golf geezer.  Better times lie ahead no doubt.