Blake bounces back at Burapha

Kevin Blake.
Kevin Blake.

The Tara Court Golf Society

Sunday, May 20,
Green Valley – Stableford

We had 13 players today on what was a very hot and humid day. The course was quiet when we arrived and we were away 15 minutes early. Despite catching a 5-ball by the 6th hole we still got around in less than 4 hours.

The course is in great condition at the moment and this was reflected in the scoring today. In first place was Ian Corica (H/cap 28) with a great 41 points. Not far away in second came Donal McGuigan (18) with 39 points, third went to Kevyn Wright (13) 38 and the fourth and final podium place was won on a count-back, with Pat Carty (20) getting the nod over Joe Peters (21), both with 35 points.

Tuesday, May 22,
Plutaluang – Stableford

As it is low season we decided to try a course that we have not played for years, Plutaluang Navy. We were told on arrival that the N/W course was being prepared for a large tournament and carts were on the path only, so we decided to try the S/E course which had full buggy access to the fairways: 1200 baht for G/F, cart & caddy or 680 baht walking was a very good price.

The bunkers on the East course looked like they had not seen a rake in many months but the greens were generally good with a couple having some sandy patches on them.  The rain stayed away and we were around in under 4 hours.

As a lot had not played this course before the scoring was not great, with no-one breaking their handicap. First place was decided on C/B with Kevyn Wright (13) beating Kevin Blake (8), both on 35 points. A distant third was Donal McGuigan (18) on 30 points.

Pat Carty had the only ‘2’ today.

Thursday, May 24,
Burapha – Stableford

We were back at Burapha today where we again played the A and B nines. Although we got no rain it was still very wet and playing long.

We got some very good scores from a small group and Kevin Blake (8) again came out the winner with an excellent thirty-eight points. His playing partner Russell Gilroy (17) gave Kevin a good run for his money and scored thirty-seven points to come second. Russell also had the only ‘2’ of the day so he actually walked away with the most money. Ted Morris (19) came third with a respectable thirty-five points.