Carter’s close call


The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC)

at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

On Monday, 15th July, the new golfing week began for the Pattaya Golf Society with a visit to Green Valley for a stableford competition on the course which is in excellent condition this low season.  Fairways are rich and greens are true and a good score awaits the golfer who can control his game. 

The single flight saw Aussie Mike Marshall get nothing but plaudits for his 37 points whilst an all Aussie trio took the top three places.  Firing his best round for a while Ken Grimes recorded 39 points for third whilst “soul mate” Robbie Taylor went one better to record forty points for second.  The winner, for the second successive round, was Phil Carter and his 41 points matched the group’s best Green Valley round in two years.

There was a birdie ‘2’ as well as Rob Lamond finished the ninth in style.  Rabbi’s free beer prize for the non winners went to Geoff Reynolds whilst Dick Batson enjoyed the Booby Bevy after another dour round.

After a few rounds on quite “iffy” courses it was a delight to be at Green Valley again and Phil Carter and Robbie Taylor certainly celebrated in fine style.

Treble up for Carter

A round of golf at Royal Lakeside is always a treat and can be a fillip to the golfer whose game may be in the doldrums as the course is always in fine condition.  Wednesday, 17th July was no exception as the Pattaya Golf Society left the bustle of Pattaya to play a stableford competition on the banks of the Bangpakong River.  An empty course welcomed the group as they teed off before time and a stiff breeze contained the gofers enthusiasm and kept them comfortable.

Three golfers shared second place with 33 points and for Michael Sim, Pete Dunsmore and Rob Lamond the reward was for some clinical and accurate golf in the windy conditions.  For the third successive round the top spot was reserved for Phil Carter who managed a level par round this time and the rest of the group will welcome his trip to Cambodia at the end of the week!

Elsewhere Takeshi Hakozaki and Dick Batson both recorded birdie ‘2’s on the sixth and fifteenth holes respectively whilst Geoff Reynolds took the Booby Bevy for failing to beat the returning Mr Len’s score after a six week lay-off with health problems.

It proved to be another successful and enjoyable golf day at Royal Lakeside.

Jonsson again,

ten years on

On Friday, 19th July, the Pattaya Golf Society visited Crystal Bay to play a stableford competition on the A and B nines which were in excellent condition, as always.

With the recent form of Phil Carter taking a holiday in Cambodia another golfer would be picking up the winner’s mantle and competition was tight to decide on this title.  Hence there was a four-way tie for third place with Murray Edwards, Rod Black, Dick Batson and Takeshi Hakozaki all sharing the place.  In second was Paul Edgar with 34 points and the winner was Icelander Kerry Jonsson, with 37 points, and who took his first win with the group since 1st April, 2003!

Takeshi recorded two birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went to Peter Sanderson who recorded another birdie ‘2’ in a handicap qualifying round and was not in the competition proper.  The words “in it” and “win it” spring to mind.  And so it was that the week with PGS had ended on another fun high spot and good golf lies in wait for the group for the next week as well.