PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group
Monday, May 28, Bangpra – Stableford
It is most unusual for us to play on a Monday, however with the Tuesday a holiday it seemed a good idea at the time. One thing I noted on this day that I really have not seen in days past, probably because of the grass not being cut as short, was the fact that long leaf grass seems to be taking over this course and has become very widespread. This is very difficult to get out of once you are in it and many of the players found they were coming in with very low scores.
This is always a difficult course but on this day seemed ultra testing for most of the players. This long leaf grass has been a problem at many courses in this area and is difficult to recover from. The greens were not too bad but this course is noted over the years for the best greens around and on this day they were quite slow, also probably due to the heavy rain of late. We did however get away without being soaked.
One of our players had an altercation with one of the male monkeys today. The player was not injured but decided that he was not that hungry after all and the monkeys were free to eat his peanuts.
The winner on the day, with a superb score in the circumstances, was John Davis with 42 points and a continuation of his great form of late. In second was Dick Warberg with 37 points, John Pirelle was in third with 35 and Don Carmody fourth with 31.
The best front nine (non-winner) was recorded by Dave Cooper with 18 points and best back nine came from Gordon Clegg with 15 points.
Friday, June 1, Pattavia – Stableford
A small but enthusiastic group found a practically empty parking lot and course at Pattavia. With a high probability of rain during our round we teed off playing “ball-in-hand – through the green”. Although carts were allowed on fairways, the course was wet under foot and with balls picking up mud it was a wise decision. Overall the course was in great condition and the greens, while a bit quick downhill, were nowhere near the pace that most remember at Pattavia.
With the pace of play great we were well into the back 9 before the storm clouds appeared and the thunder started getting close. However, while a light drizzle did cause umbrellas to go up and a couple bag condoms to go on, there was nothing severe enough to halt play and the round was finished pretty much on the 4 hour mark. It was then we had our upset of the day as there was no electricity in the clubhouse and therefore no hot water and little water pressure in the showers. So it was a rinse under a dribble of cold water, towel off and into dry clothes for the trip back to Pattaya.
With no technical or “Best 9” prizes up for grabs, the presentation was short and sweet. Congratulations to Mick Coghlan (C/H 26) for his 39 points and the top step on the podium. Mick was followed by three at 34 points; John Davis (13), Daryl Evans (27), and Mashi Kaneta (16) in order of the count-back.