Cannon fires again at Pattaya Country Club

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PSC golf from the Café Kronborg

Monday, November 14, Treasure Hill – Stableford

Yet another beautiful Pattaya morning saw 33 golfers assemble at Café Kronborg ready to take on the challenging Treasure Hill layout.  We welcomed Annie & Tage Anderson from Denmark, Larrina Brinn from Holland and Frank Donnelly from Qld., Australia.

Mike Gosden was running just a touch late due to his media commitments but we managed to depart the Kronny right on schedule at 0815 hrs, arriving at the course 45 minutes later.  The car park at Treasure Hill was fairly empty, which is generally a good sign for us and after a short wait we were able to get our first group away at 0930 hrs.

Dave Richardson, Elias Magnusson & Martyn Topham.Dave Richardson, Elias Magnusson & Martyn Topham.

The weather was great but hot at times but there was a stiff breeze early on to cool things down a bit.  The golf course was looking quite good although many of the tee boxes were temporary and in spots we’d never seen them before, making some tee shots a little bit tricky.  If you happened to face a downhill putt on the greens as I did several times then you had to be extremely careful as they were very slick indeed.  We were never held up at any stage of our round which was completed in four hours and thirty minutes which included a couple of lengthy drink stops.

We had 2 flights with A Flight for handicaps 0 to 23 and B Flight for 24 and over.  There were rewards for nearest the pin on all four par threes and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth.

Nigel Cannon (right) receives his Cafe Kronborg November Monthly Mug from The Admiral. Nigel Cannon (right) receives his Cafe Kronborg November Monthly Mug from The Admiral.

The course was the real winner on the day as only one golfer played to their handicap or better and that was Martyn Topham who won the B Flight with 38 points.  The A Flight was won by Elias Magnusson with 34 points and in a four-way count back for the next 4 places; Mike Gosden (19 point back nine) finished second, Mike Allidi (17 point back nine) was third, Jan Lovgreen (16 point back nine with 9 points for last 6 holes) was fourth and Kjeld Ravn (16 point back nine with 8 points for last 6 holes) finished in fifth place.

Gordon Clegg took second spot in B Flight with 35 points and Sussanne Gaarde was third with 34 points.  Dave “The Admiral” Richardson finished in fourth place with Annie Barril fifth on 32 points.

A Flight (0-23)

1st Elias Magnusson (19) 34pts

2nd Mike Gosden (10) 33pts

3rd Mike Allidi (0) 33pts

4th Jan Lovgreen (23) 33pts

5th Kjeld Ravn (23) 33pts

B Flight (24+)

1st Martyn Topham (31) 38pts

2nd Gordon Clegg (28) 35pts

3rd Sussanne Gaarde (30) 34pts

4th Dave Richardson (26) 33pts

5th Annie Barril (28) 32pts

Near Pins:  #2 Ronnie Ratte; #6 Annie Barril; #13 Maurice Herbergs; #17 Mike Gosden

Long Putts:  #9 Mike Allidi; #18 Svend Gaarde

The Compass Cap was well won by Dick Braimbridge and Deefa the Dog was present to collect lots of donations to charity from the Kronny Crew.

Thursday, November 17, Pattaya C.C. – Monthly Mug/Stroke

There was a full field of 32 golfers once again signed up for a chance to compete for the coveted Café Kronborg Monthly Mug and we assembled at the Kronny bright & early ready for the short ride to Pattaya Country Club.  We welcomed Patrick Poussier from France and Nigel Cannon back to defend his title from last month.

Departing just a couple of minutes early at 0813 hrs in three mini vans we were at the course in a blink of an eye to find the car park quite well occupied and sure enough it was soon evident that we would have a fair wait before getting the day’s proceedings underway.  Despite this we were able to get our first group away 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 0950 hrs in perfect conditions for golf with the course looking in fine shape.

I can personally comment on the state of the bunkers and the greens as I spent plenty of time in and on both of them.  The greens in particular appeared unusually quick and once more being above the hole was the order of the day otherwise three putts were the norm.

The groups in front did not hold us up at all and we managed to complete our full round in four hours and twenty five minutes which included several stops for drinks.  Everyone appeared to struggle on the day as nobody managed to play better than 2 points off their handicaps and I believe the slickness of the greens was a major reason for that.

In addition to the Monthly Mug Award we had 2 flights with A Flight for handicaps 0 to 22 and B Flight for 23 and over.  There were rewards for nearest the pin on all four par threes and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth.

There was a four-way count back necessary to decide the winner of the Mug and last month’s winner Nigel Cannon emerged victorious with a net 74.  The winner of A Flight was Mike Winfield also with net 74 and Mike Allidi finished second with net 75.  Another count back was required to decide third & fourth with Mike Gosden edging out Leif Kirkgaard and Takeshi Hakozaki was the one who just missed out, all three carding net 76.

Gordon Clegg won the B Flight in another count back with J C Lhoste finishing in second place, both on net 74 and yet another count back enabled Ronnie Ratte to finish third from Laurina Brinn in fourth spot, both with net 75

Monthly Mug

1st Nigel Cannon (24) net 74

A Flight (0-22)

1st Mike Winfield (20) net 74

2nd Mike Allidi (0) net 75

3rd Mike Gosden (10) net 76

4th Leif Kirkgaard (19) net 76

B Flight (23+)

1st Gordon Clegg (28) net 74

2nd J C Lhoste (24) net 74

3rd Ronnie Ratte (27) net 75

4th Laurina Brinn (23) net 75

Near Pins:  #5 Annie Barril; #7 Patrick Poussier; #12 Takeshi Hakozaki; #16 Mike Allidi

Long Putts:  #9 Takeshi Hakozaki; #18 Jan Lovgreen

The Compass Cap was won by Ulla Ravn, and Mike Gosden paraded Deefa the Dog who collected lots of donations to charity from the Kronny Crew.