Buckingham bags his first monthly award


PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Society

Tuesday, April 28, Bangpra – Stableford

We must be into the Low Season as we were playing Bangpra today and we got away on time on a course that has to be said was in average condition; the fairways were a bit lumpy in places and the greens were strangely not all the same pace.  The greens did speed up as we hit the back nine so maybe it was just a case of them drying out.

The pace of play was quite good but the heat of the day caused the walkers to struggle a little towards the end.  Round over it was a quick bite in the Restaurant and then back to BJ’s for an early presentation.

Graham Buckingham (left) is presented with the MBMG Golfer of the Month prize by Dick Warberg.

In the A Flight, 0 to 17, the winner was Jock Brown with 36 points ahead of John Davis with 35 in second and Bill Steinmann took third with 33.  In the B Flight, the winner was Graham Buckingham with 37 points, one up on Barry Elphick in second with 36 and Henry Wong completed the podium in third with 35.

Andre Van Dyk (left) with John Davis.

Being the last Tuesday of the month, it was then time for the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month award to be presented.  With his fine showing on the last day, the winner was Graham Buckingham, and this was also his first time winning it so well done to him.

Near Pins: Jock Brown, Andre Van Dyk, Rita Zoebeli, Henry Wong

Thursday, April 30, Burapha – Stableford

We brought forward the golf from the Friday as it was a holiday, and decided to go to Burapha on the Thursday as It was a Sports Day.  The interest was high and even players who never take a cart decided to go.

We were to play the A & B nines and the course was found to be in good condition.   We fairly scooted around the A nine but turning onto the homeward stretch it all came to a halt.  It rained, and I do mean rained as it came down by the bucket full.

When it eased off a bit we continued but the greens were flooded and putting was practically impossible.  All in all it was a pretty miserable back nine but we somehow battled on and reached the dressing rooms like drowned rats,

Jock Brown.

Cards in it was soon time to travel back to Pattaya where we saw no signs of rain, indeed I was told it had not rained at all.  Luck of the draw.

Despite the conditions, the golf results were not too bad and the winner with a fine 38 points was Andre Van Dyk ahead of John Davis in second with 37.  In third we had a three-way count back on 36 points that saw Brian Parish in third, Mark West taking fourth and Tom Herrington, our count back expert, in fifth.  T.T.F.N.

Near Pins: Jock Brown (2), Walter Baechli, Brian Parish