Brown in unstoppable form

Rob Brown with Paul Weatherly, Torsten Bischoff and Henry Wong.
Rob Brown with Paul Weatherly, Torsten Bischoff and Henry Wong.

PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, Jan. 22, Bangpakong – Stableford

It’s always a pleasure to play at Bangpakong Riverside and today was no exception. It’s a little longer drive up the 7 to get to this course, but it’s certainly worth the trek. A couple years ago, this course played easier, and players would typically need to shoot very good scores to be among the winners. But recently, management has been adding extra trees and waste areas, adding to the degree of difficulty, and making the course even better.

Today we had a total field of 25 players, with fourteen winners, spread over four flights. In the A flight (0–13) Rob Brown proved that adding some trouble to a course does not slow down a real golfer. Rob rang up 40 stableford point, playing from his handicap of 7. Second went to Steve Truelove (10) with 34 while John Davis’ (11) took third with 33.

In the B flight (14-21) Paul Weatherly (15) was first on countback over Dick Warberg (21), both with 35 points. Andre Van Dyk (16) was third with 32.

In the C flight (22-24) Torsten Bischoff (23) took first spot with 36 points ahead of Joe Sparwirth (22) in second with 33 and Dave Cooper third (23) on 28.

Henry Wong (29) was first in the D (25 and up) flight with 38 points. Colm Mullen (28) placed second with 31 and Fred Tam (29) took the third and final podium slot with 28.

The best front nine, not placing, went to Carol Kubicki’s 16 points, while Brian Parrish had the best back nine score with 19 points.

Friday, Jan 25, Treasure Hill – Stableford

This Friday twenty eight Tropical golfers headed out to Treasure Hill, which by law we are required to describe as ‘Tough’ Treasure Hill. It was more difficult than usual, as we shall see, but it’s always a challenging course.

Always a test, TH was even more demanding this day as the greens had been cut down to nothing and sanded. Reads were quite difficult, and many claimed to have figured it all out on the 18th green. The fairways, while decent, were rather hard and many areas were light on the green stuff. TH still has the special of just 300 baht for a cart so many usual walkers took a break.

The result was a bunch of low scores but Mick Coghlan didn’t seem troubled by the course in the least. Mick took out the B-Flight (14-22) with a fine 39 points ahead of Carole Kubicki in second on 32 and Paul Weatherly third with 30 on countback over Andre Van Dyk, also with 30.

A-Flight (0-13) had lower numbers with John Davis taking the win over Richard Kubicki on countback, both with 33points. Steve Truelove was third with 32 and Mashi Kaneta took fourth on 31.

Colm Mullen was the winner in C-Flight (23+) with an even par 36 points on countback over Graham Buckingham while Dave Cooper also needed a countback to secure third with 33 points ahead of Kurt E.

Best nines (non-winner) went to Paul Sharples and Rob Brown.