IPGC Golf from the Tara Court Golf Society
Sunday, Dec. 27, Green Valley – Stableford
Today we had our last game here at Green Valley for 2015 and we had a very large group out for it. From what started out a few years ago with a 2-ball playing here and then progressed in to a 4-ball, we have now become the largest group playing here on Sundays. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have supported us so well over the years and made the group so successful and wish everyone good golf for 2016.
Alec Hoare, who was one of the founder members of the group, has had a very good 12 months with his handicap coming down and winning our first monthly medal. Alec certainly finished the year off in style and was a clear winner of the B Flight today with an excellent forty points.
In A Flight, Rod Torrie was the winner with thirty seven points and Kevin Blake came second with thirty six. Paal Anderssen and Sean McNamara, who has just arrived over from Ireland, took third and fourth respectively at one point deficits and we had two players tied on thirty three, with Declan Kelly winning the count back and keeping Paul Pavloff out of the prizes.
Andy Galvin took second place in B Flight, five points behind Alec Hoare, and with three players locked on thirty two points the count back placed Norman Cheetham in third, Jim Ferris in fourth and Michael Healy fifth.
We had five ‘2’s, coming from John Chambers (2), Alec Hoare, Nick Caulfield and Rod Torrie.
1st Rod Torrie (14) 37pts
2nd Kevin Blake (9) 36pts
3rd Paal Anderssen (14) 35pts
4th Sean McNamara (13) 34pts
5th Declan Kelly (12) 33pts
1st Alec Hoare (16) 40pts
2nd Andy Galvin (24) 35pts
3rd Norman Cheetham (16) 32pts
4th Jim Ferris (24) 32pts
5th Michael Healy (16) 32pts
Tuesday, Dec. 29, Eastern Star – Stableford
Tuesday we went to Eastern Star and were delighted to see that it was still in excellent condition; for a while this course has been in the best shape we have seen for years and when it is like this it is a delight to play.
As everyone knows, this is a difficult course and to play to your handicap here is an achievement. Today were joined by our friends from The PFGS to mark the end of the year and the prizes were fairly evenly divided between the two groups.
Nick Caulfield played very good golf off his four handicap and scored thirty six points to win the A Flight. Kevin Blake came second for the second time this week, today just one off the pace and George Cullen third with thirty four. In fourth place was Nick Looby with thirty three.
Joe Peters has had a very good year at the golf and has lost four shots off his handicap. Despite this he still scored thirty six points to win the B Flight ahead of John Fenwick who has also been playing very steadily. Michael Healy came third with thirty three and Alan Bishop took tfourth place with thirty two.
We had two ‘2’s recorded today with Allan Parker and Michael Healy getting one each.
1st Nick Caulfield (4) 36pts
2nd Kevin Blake (9) 35pts
3rd George Cullen (12) 34pts
4th Nick Looby (14) 33pts
1st Joe Peters (20) 36pts
2nd John Fenwick (20) 35pts
3rd Michael Healy (16) 33pts
4th Alan Bishop (21) 32pts
Thursday, Dec. 31, Mt. Shadow – Stableford
Today we were playing our last game of the year and where better to play it than one of our favorite courses, Mountain Shadow. Actually we were supposed to play another course nearer to Pattaya as it was New Years Eve and we wanted somewhere convenient but when we booked it some time ago they didn’t inform us that it was a Holiday and weekend price for the green fee. Lucky for us one of our members said it might be expensive and when we checked with them they wanted an exorbitant price so we cancelled our booking with them.
Also lucky for us was that Mountain Shadow were able to accommodate us and give us a very reasonable rate of one thousand baht, so we went there instead. As it turned out the traffic coming back was ok and we got home in the normal time.
As usual when we are here we gave a choice of tees with the majority opting to play off the blues and a smaller group off the whites. Maybe our players were suffering from all the celebrations over Xmas etc. but the scoring wasn’t so good today.
Off the blue tees we had three players with thirty three points and Ted Morris finished the year off well by winning a count back to come out on top. In second place was Joe McLoughlin and coming third in third was Joe Peters. Michael Healy, playing his last game for this trip, had thirty one to take fourth place and Donal Lyne came fifth with thirty.
Off the white tees Frank McNamara won with thirty four points, which was the best score of the day. Sean McNamara, who is no relation of Frank, came second and Sean’s wife Evelyn placed third with twenty seven.
Although the actual scoring wasn’t so good we had six ‘2’s, with Nick Caulfield having two of them and Ted Morris, Andrew Purdie, Michael Healy and Sean McNamara having one each.
1st Ted Morris (13) 33pts
2nd Joe McLoughlin (21) 33pts
3rd Joe Peters (20) 33pts
4th Michael Healy (16) 31pts
5th Donal Lyne (14) 30 pts
1st Frank McNamara (18) 34pts
2nd Sean McNamara (13) 33pts
3rd Evelyn McNamara (23) 27pts
Note: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in the Tara Court on Pratamnak Rd. around 10.00 a.m. Sign up either in O’Gara’s or ring Joe on 089 249 1364.