Close calls at Emerald

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The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

On Wednesday, 10th April the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Ban Chang to play a stableford competition at Emerald, in two flights with the cut at thirteen and under.  The day was fine and the course clear at tee off time and good progress was made on the popular course.

In the top flight Wichai Tananusorn shared third place with fine Canadian golfer Brian Beaupre, making his final appearance with the group this trip, both returning 35 points.  Martin Grimoldby showed his class with gross figures of 75 giving him 37 points and a share of the win with Robbie Taylor.

In the second flight Ken Grimes took third place with a steady 36 points, one behind the runner-up Dave Lehane who is striking a rich vein of form at the moment.  The flight winner was Larry Ang, obviously now over the hiatus which followed his extra large handicap cut a few weeks ago.  His 38 points was well constructed and he was the only golfer to break par on the day.

The ‘2’s pot was shared by Brian Beaupre, Dave Lehane and Robbie Taylor.  Old friend Mike Ensor sponsored two technicals on the day and they were won by Robbie Taylor for the best nine hole score of 22 points and Bento Saeverud for the worst nine hole score of 9 points.  Cheers Mike!

The Booby Bevy went to low scoring Andrew Purdie and Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Brian Talbot on his return from UK.  All in all it was a very pleasant day at Emerald.

Wilson’s dream debut at Khao Kheow

The Pattaya Golf Society chose Khao Kheow as the venue for a stableford competition on Friday, 12th April and we were allocated the A and B nines as the combination for the day.  The annual evacuation of golfers from pre-Songkhran Pattaya saw a moderately sized field contest the day in a single flight and the course was in good condition except that the front nine greens had been recently sanded.

In fourth place was Dutch golfer Harry Soek with 33 points, just one behind the runners up Brian Talbot and John Mason, with 34 points.  The plaudits of the day were reserved for newest PGS member Iain Wilson after his dream debut with the group in which he played the course in a level par 72 off the yellow tees.  Thirty seven points from a tough course augers well for the Scottish golfer on his first visit to Khao Kheow.

Iain also shared the ‘2’s pot with Paul Edgar and Dave Plaiter.  John Chelo enjoyed the Booby Bevy for his 18-8 split figures and Bento Saeverud won Rabbi’s free beer draw on his final appearance this trip.

It had been an enjoyable day at Khao Kheow and showed that golfers can still have fun at Songkhran!