Brooks bags the monthly mug

From left, Joachim Sparwith, Landis Brooks, Bill Jones and Mike Johns.
From left, Joachim Sparwith, Landis Brooks, Bill Jones and Mike Johns.

PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, Jan. 30, Treasure Hill – Monthly Mug

Every month we have a competition for the monthly mug which uses the stroke scoring format.  On this day we were to play Treasure Hill and this is a toughie, especially when playing stroke and not one to be toyed with.

Paul Weatherley.
Paul Weatherley.

The course was a bit damp but the weather was very good so we moved on quite well.  As the leading group teed off on the last hole it started to rain but they managed to sink their puts on the green before the heavens really opened.

Back in Pattaya it was soon into the results and in the A Flight, 0 to 23, the winner was Mike Johns with a net 75 ahead of Mashi Kaneta in second with a net 77.  In third was Dick Warberg with a net 79 ahead of a three-way count-back on net 80 that saw Paul Weatherly in fourth and Richard Kubicki and John Davis just missing out.

In the B Flight, 25 up, the winner was Joachim Sparwith with a net 75 ahead of a count-back on net 77 that saw Torsten Bischof in second and Karen Brown in third.  Taking fourth place was Don Carmody with a net 79.

Now to the big one, with a net 74 Landis Brooks won the BJ’s Tropical Golf Monthly Mug for January.

Friday, Feb. 2, The Emerald – Stableford

It was a new month for the Tropical Golfers and to kick it off we returned to the interesting and slightly difficult Emerald golf course.  Twenty five intrepid golfers made the trip, and a few were happy for the later than usual tee time.

We arrived at a crowded course – so much so that many had to wait for caddies to finish a round or get called into work on short notice.  Eventually everyone had their helper, and just as the first group was ready to hit it started to drizzle.  That was to be the routine all day; drizzle, sometimes rather heavy, then a few holes of easy going, then rain again.  To top it off it was a slow round with the last group finishing at dusk.  Several Tropical Golfers gave up after nine holes, but most stuck it out and some were rewarded.

Emerald is a difficult but well designed course, so the conditions made it extra challenging.  In A-Flight (0-20), Paul Weatherley (c/h 20) continued his fine form and had the best score of the day with 38 points.  Mashi Kaneta (17) was next with 36, followed by John Davis (14) edging out Landis Brooks (10) on count-back at 34 points.

B-Flight (21+) saw Jim Ferris (27) and Gordon Clegg (25) tied on an impressive 37 points, with Jim taking first on count-back.  Torsten Bischoff (26) was next with 35 and Colm Mullen (26) finished his flight’s honor roll with 33 points.

Tom Herrington and Gordon Maher recorded the best non-winning 9 hole scores.