PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Wednesday, Jan. 2, Khao Kheow – Stableford
Carrying on with the ‘Festive Season’ we decided that the Tuesday being New Years Day, and a holiday, most players would not be in a mood to play golf, or more of a reason, in no fit state, so we decided to go on the Wednesday when most were recovered.
Most of the courses are quite well used at this time of the year so it was not a great surprise that the best time we could get was an hour later than normal; still it gave us a bit of a lie in and the normal group turned up to play this difficult, but usually fine course.
Carole Kubicki (right) is presented with the MBMG Golfer of the Month award by Dick Warberg.
After one of Bert’s golfer’s breakfasts we loaded up and got away. The trip down there is pain free these days, onto the ‘7’ and pretty much a motorway run. So it proved on this day and not even Keith got lost. We arrived and as is normal here the book-in was quick and we were soon onto the first tee, which proved to be C1 with the B Nine to follow.
We actually got away a few minutes early, but soon caught up with the groups ahead and were then travelling at a more sedate pace. Mind, for some this was a relief as we had all just had a ‘hard’ week and it was nice to smell the roses, so to speak.
The course itself is not in the best of condition at present, I suppose that in a change of season we have had little rain lately, so the fairways were quite dry and trying to find a lie with a bit of grass under it was not that easy. The greens were as usual and the rough although quite deep was very difficult to get the ball out of.
Soon around it was soon back to the changing room for a shower and then up to the restaurant for a bite to eat before we set off back to Bert’s. Due to the late start we hit all the traffic and so arrived back at Bert’s very late, however Bert had laid on one of his curries for the golfers special. It was big enough to feed two and I think in some cases it did.
So into the presentation, and as we had played Silky Oaks on Boxing Day we also made this day count for the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month for December. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Mike Gaussa with 35 points ahead of Brian Parish with 34 points in second and Mashi Kaneta with 33 points in third.
In the B Flight the winner was Carole Kubicki with 36 points ahead of Henry Wong in second with 33 points and Joel Flor in third with 32 points.
So to the MBMG Golfer of The Month, and the winner with a fine win on the last day was Carole Kubicki. Well played Carole!
Near Pins: Paul Alford, Brian Parish, Torsten Bischoff, Richard Kubicky
Long Putts: Joel Flor, Carole Kubicky
Friday, Jan. 4, Treasure Hill – Stableford
This is a long way away, so for many years we did not play the course.
Now however the management here has come up with a realistic rate and the drive there is much easier. One final point is that the course is being worked on, and on this day it was seen that the ‘GUR’ we have been having to put up with of late has turned into a nice smooth approach to most of the greens. A bit too smooth for some golfers. Indeed much work has been put into the course in many respects making this almost too difficult for some players.
Whether all the changes are to the liking of the golfers is a point worth discussing, however what cannot be argued is that most of the golfers who play with us enjoy the course and we are now booking it more often. On this day it was in fine condition, and really tough as well.
Back at Bert’s the results were declared and it was seen that not one player had shot his handicap. In the A Flight, 0 to 16, the winner was Rob Brown with 35 points ahead of Mashi Kaneta with 34 points and a count back for third saw Mark West come out on top over Mike Gaussa.
In the B Flight the ‘cut’ allowed Mike O’Brien to win with 32 points from Walter Beachli in second with 30 points and Torsten Bischoff in third with 29 points. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins: Walter Baechli, Mike O’Brien, Mark West
Long Putts: Karen Brown