IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society visited Emerald on Monday, 6th May, to play a stableford competition on the course which was well prepared, except for the greens which were ready for remedial maintenance and as a result were very slow. This had the effect of adding a few shots to everyone’s round and therefore scores were on the high side.
In third place was the form man, Robbie Taylor with 31 points, just one behind Mike Wilsher and his solid 32 point return. The winner was John Chelo, still recovering from a serious broken nose after a mysterious and sober fall on Second Road a week or so ago. John used all his concentration and “nouse” to wheedle out 33 points on a day when scoring was tough.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went to Dave Plaiter who was two under par after thirteen holes only to fail to register another point during the closing five holes of his round. There will always be days like this in a golfer’s life and next time out the golf may not be so precise but the scores will nevertheless be better.
Hookey wins tough test
On Wednesday, 8th May the Pattaya Golf Society visited Mountain Shadow to play a stableford competition on the tough course, from the blue tees, on a day which was perfect for golf and on a course which was in excellent condition. An empty course saw the group tee off thirty minutes early and a tight contest was in prospect between a couple of very good in-form golfers.
So it was then that Wichai Tananusorn found himself in the frame again, his 32 taking third place with the best gross of the day. One ahead in second was Canadian John Chelo, well on the road to recovering his form after a recent accident, and his 33 points was almost enough to push the winner Garry Hookey all the way. As it turned out Garry’s score remained the best over the three remaining groups and he also had the pleasure of sharing the ‘2’s pot with Khun Wichai and Robbie Taylor.
Robbie also had the distinction of picking up a rare Booby Bevy after imploding on the back nine leaving him some eight shots in arrears after a level par opening nine.
The biggest question of the day is “How does Mountain Shadow hide its secret?” A course as welcoming as this and in as good condition should have Pattaya golfers queuing up for the experience of playing there.
The week ended for the Pattaya Golf Society with a visit to Khao Kheow on Friday, 9th May, to play a stableford competition on the A and C nines, whilst the B nine is closed for substantial fairway renewals. The course was in top order and the greens were well paced. The day was very humid and the threat of a shower was ever present.
Throughout the field golfers were struggling to make an impact and eventually Sam McLellan returned a score of 28 which amazingly took third place. In second was John Chelo with 29 points and he ended the week in fine style with the group. The winner was Dave Plaiter with 31 points, helped in great part by his birdie two on C3.
When the golfers had all returned to the safety of the locker-room the inevitable happened and the heavens opened giving Khao Kheow the dousing it had threatened all day. Week over lads!