Carmody conquers Treasure Hill

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PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, Sept. 8, Burapha – Stableford

It was nice to see the ‘boys’ back after their trip the previous week to Hua Hin, but I suspect some of them were a bit tired as one or two took the day off.

We arrived at the course early so had to wait a bit before signing in.  First away of our groups was the Aussie three-ball with the low handicappers in it, so after they teed off the next group did not have to wait until they played their second shots but could tee straight off.  Of course we did not – we have some pride after all!

Don Carmody.

The way ahead was clear all the way around so we made good time, however as we walked down to the 1st tee the board said the speed on the greens was 10 on the stimpmeter so we expected them to be really fast.  I think either they forgot to cut them or we are getting used to the greens here, but other than that they (the greens) were fine; fast from above but as usual slow from below.

The fairways here are getting a bit dry and bare bur I suppose you cannot expect anything else at the moment.  Add this to the normal wind and a really hot day and as you can imagine it was a tough day.  But the good company makes any day fine.

Back at BJ’s we were early into the presentation and the winner was declared to be Andre Van Dyk with a fine 37 points.  Andre also had two near pins so had a great day.  In second was Mashi with 35 points and also a near pin that was as close to a hole in one as you would want.  We then had a count back on 31 points that saw Bob Watson in third, Daryl Evans in fourth and Brian Parish just missing out.

Near Pins: Andre Van Dyk (2), Mashi Kaneta, John Perrin.

Friday, Sept. 11, Treasure Hill – Stableford

On Friday it was time for the Tropical Golfers to take advantage of the good deal currently offered at Treasure Hill.  A slow season and post Hua Hin group of 13 golfers met at BJ’s Lodge under threatening skies for the trip out.  Much discussion was on the constant rain the night before and would the rain leave us in peace?  It turned out to be no worries at all.

Andre Van Dyk (left) with Mashi Kaneta (right) and one of BJ’s finest.

Treasure Hill is an underrated course: Fairways and greens are usually in very good condition, the course is scenic and free from urban noise.  That doesn’t mean a round here is relaxing as it is one of the most challenging layouts in the area, with a large number of “I dare you” risk and reward decisions throughout the round, and after the round too many people regret the decisions they made.  Scores were generally lower than the normal today, but a few standouts showed their mettle.

Fresh off his flight win at the PSC Monthly, Don Carmody (h/cap 27) continued his streak with an impressive 37 points for top spot.  Excellent play on a tough course!  Second place went to frequent winner Mashi Kaneta (16) with 35 points due to an impressive back nine of 21 points, beating Daryl Evans (21) on count-back.  In fourth place was Andre Van Dyk (14) with 33 points, just edging out Brian Parish on count-back, but Brian had a good round taking both long putts.

Near Pins: Tom Herrington, Daryl Evans, Nigel Perry.

Long Putts: Brian Parish (2).