Ditz blitz at the Riverside

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IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

With the weather warming up nicely again the golfers with the Pattaya Golf Society gave themselves a treat on Monday, 4th April when they visited the beautiful Bangpakong Riverside course to play a stableford competition.  As always the warmth of the welcome was matched by the excellence of course presentation and the greens are some of the most consistent the group plays in the area.

With the annual “between-seasons” lull in numbers the group were limited again to one flight but the quality of the golf was there for all to see as half the field returned scores of level par or better.

In joint third place were Joe Niisato and Glenn Martin, both recording 38 points whilst Austrian golfer Peter Ditz had the round he has been seeking for a long while with a fine winning 39 point card.  His gross of 79 was also the best of the day.

Surprisingly there were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy was reserved for Jim Ferris after a promising start of nineteen points had finished with six less on the back nine.

John Mason once again brought his usual quiet efficiency to the organisation and only tested his calm once when confronted with a marshall who was set on testing his nerve, his shot ricocheting OB off the dumbly parked golf cart!  It may have been “sanuk” for the marshall but it inevitably affected the progress of Mr. John’s round.  Ultimately Peter Ditz had the last laugh with his splendid performance at the Riverside.

West is best

On Friday, 8th April the Pattaya Golf Society visited Green Valley to play a stableford event on the course under brooding skies with a threat of rain.  When the rains did arrive the small single flight had almost all finished their round and found Les Burns in third place with 33 points, Chris Smith in second on 34 and Mark West at the top with 35 points.

Scratch player Chris Smith also took the ‘2’s award for his effort on the sixteenth.

The day was ably managed by Larry Slattery, the personable Irishman enjoying a return to the course where he had performed well only two days before in the IPGC Members’ Monthly tournament.  With the average score at 32 the field had all enjoyed a good day out with the threat of a golf-free hiatus on the horizon as Songkhran approaches.