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PSC Golf from the Phantom Golf Society

Monday, July 6, Bangpra – Stableford

It was time to play the “Monkey Course” again and we had a healthy four groups signed up to play.  The skies were very grey on the journey to the course and there were a few drops of rain but by the time we got to Bangpra it was fine and clear.

It was very busy on this their Sports Day and it was disappointing to see that they had dropped their 400 baht cart promotion from July 1 onwards, so I immediately informed the PSC Office to change the rate on their current schedule.

Adam Barton.

With plenty of time for some practice putts before our 10.30am tee time we then waited for seven groups from a non-PSC affiliated society to tee off and our first group got away about 10 minutes later than scheduled.  I do not usually “bag” other societies but I have to say that many of the groups in front of ours need to be much more aware of golf etiquette, in particular the slow play rule as was pointed out to the group in front of our first one, who were posing for photographs of one another on the 12th tee while they were half a hole behind!

Thanks to the slow play in front, our rounds took just a bit under five hours, which is unacceptable, but apart from that the course was in good shape and the greens appear to be getting back to their “slick” self again.

Phil Davies was the winner with 33 points and in a count back for second & third with 2 golfers on 32 points it was Graham Buckingham (14 point back nine) who took the honour from Tony Cook (10 point back nine) in third spot.  Fourth place went to Frank Donnelly who had 31 points.

1st Phil Davies (16) 33pts

2nd Graham Buckingham (22) 32pts

3rd Tony Cook (29) 32pts

4th Frank Donnelly (23) 31pts

Near Pins: Wan Makmul

Long Putts: Frank Donnelly

Wednesday, July 8, Khao Kheow (B & A) – Stableford

We had three groups on the starting sheet and we were able to get our first group away 46 minutes early at 10.00am off B1, after being allocated B & C nines in that order.  The weather was good and the golf course in fine shape as usual, and with the groups in front of us not wasting any time we maintained a fair pace and all our groups completed the round in well under four hours.

With most golfers struggling on the day it was Adam Barton who stole the show by compiling 39 points and easily winning the competition, with veteran Ken Hole in second place on 33 points and Steve Newton third with 29.

1st Adam Barton (14) 39pts

2nd Ken Hole (18) 33pts

3rd Steve Newton (27) 29pts

Near Pins: Steve Newton

Thursday & Friday, July 9-10 – Kabinburi – Stableford

This was the first away trip for Phantom Golf Society and we had 20 eager golfers who were very much looking forward to doing something different.  We left Pattaya at 8.00 a.m. and after just a two and a half hour drive arrived at Kabinburi Sports Club, checked in and were ready to meet our 12 midday tee time.  For the first game we played stableford off the white tees and after the game all the cards were drawn out in pairs, the 2 scores added together to achieve a first, second, third & fourth result.

The golf course was in fantastic shape with lush fairways and very well maintained greens and it is certainly a challenging but super layout.  The rooms were excellent and great value and the staff could not have been more obliging.

Dipty Narongsak & Phil Davies.

On the first day the winning pair was Phil Davies and Dipty Narongsak with a total of 67 points, and Kevin Fernadez and Tony Cook came second with 59.  Gerd Riedler & Larry Gibb were third with 58 points and Neil Skilton & Mogens Melander finished in fourth spot with 56.

On the Friday we played the “Rainbow” format, which required all the men golfers to play 6 tee shots off the white tees, 6 tee shots off the yellow tees and 6 tee shots off the red tees.  The tee colour could be nominated before each tee shot and the ladies played all their tee shots off their normal red tees.

After the Friday round all the individual scores for the 2 rounds were added together to arrive at an overall first, second, third & fourth.  The overall winner was Kevin Fernandez with 81 points, 10 points ahead of Dipty Narongsak in second place.  Then came a count back with big Aussie Steve Truelove (37 points in the second game) finishing third and in fourth place was our resident “Bikey” Mogens Melander (34 points in the second game), with both players having a total of 64 points.

Everyone agreed it had been a great 2 days on a terrific golf course with fantastic staff and at very reasonable prices and we will certainly be back there before too long.

Results (Overall)

1st Kevin Fernandez (24) 81pts

2nd Dipty Narongsak (12) 71pts

3rd Steve Truelove (7) 64pts

4th Mogens Melander (36) 64pts

Near Pins: Nat Rukkid, Steve Truelove, Dipty Narongsak

Long Putts: Lorraine Percy, Graham Buckingham

Note: The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays and Phoenix every Friday, meeting at The Phantom Bar in Soi Buakhow at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7.30am onwards.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to [email protected]