Fireworks a-few at Eastern Star

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

The Pattaya Golf Society visited a full Eastern Star on Monday, 5th November, to play a stableford competition in two flights cut at fourteen and under.  The course was in good condition but the rough is a real problem, being thick and damp.  Of course we shouldn’t visit such parts of the course should we!  Unsurprisingly there were to be no fireworks on this auspicious day.

In the second flight Dave Roberts and Phil McClure kept up the Aussie connection with a share of third place with 29 points each whilst Mr Len went one better with thirty points for second place.  The flight winner was Neil McIntosh with 33 well deserved points.

In the top flight Ron Mathews posted 31 points for third with Mikael Andersson recording 34 points on his home track to take the win.  He shared the win with a golfer who wishes to remain nameless.  This correspondent would declare it to the world if he had produced the best gross figures of the day, eighty!

The only birdie ‘2’ of the day was recorded by Masa Takano on the twelfth hole and Jesper Hansen picked up Rabbi’s free beer draw prize.  The booby bevy went to Richard “Banjo” Bannister on his long awaited return after recording the day’s biggest split figures of eight and fourteen.

High season comes hand in hand with “silly” season at Eastern Star as an attempt to confirm future bookings was met with the response that every weekday both tees are booked for 150 Korean golfing visitors.  Play there at your peril!

Wichai grinds out another win

The final Pattaya Golf Society competition of a tough week took place at Treasure Hill on Friday, 9th November.  Following on from a long and soft Eastern Star and a very unprepared Pattaya Country Club, a stableford round at the “crocodile” course was something of a relief even though the course is undergoing some remedial work at present.

The course maintained its reputation as a tough challenge as scores struggled to reach par.  In third place was Masanori Takano with 30 points and a consistent round of 31 points gave Richard Bannister second place.  When the going gets tough there is no-one better than Wichai Tananusorn at grinding out a score and he was level par after seven holes and without the intrusion of a “wipe” on the twelfth he would have recorded a net level par round.  As it was his 34 point return was more than enough to settle the result.

The only birdie ‘2’ of the day, on the thirteenth, was recorded by “rookie” Kiwi Alan Flynn, qualifying for a handicap and therefore he took the Booby Bevy as consolation.  Rabbi’s free beer draw went to Alan also, proof if it were needed that the golf gods have a sense of humour as well as justice.  Thus a tough week ended with smiles after events at Treasure Hill.