If it’s Treasure Hill it must be Mukesh

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IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Treasure Hill on Monday, 24th January to play a stableford competition on the course which is probably as well presented as any currently with well grassed fairways and good paced greens.  The group formed two flights, divided at fourteen and under to tackle the course off the yellow tees.

In the second flight, the course as always provided a challenge for the higher handicappers with the emphasis on accuracy, but Jean Morel acquitted himself well with 34 points for third place, one behind runner-up John Chelo, again very consistent off his eighteen handicap.  The flight winner was Mr. Len and his level par 36 points marked his best performance on the tough track.

Club Captain David Thomas (center) presents the PGS ‘Player of the Year 2010’” awards to Wichai Tananusorn (runner-up) and winner Tony Thorne.  Club Captain David Thomas (center) presents the PGS ‘Player of the Year 2010’” awards to Wichai Tananusorn (runner-up) and winner Tony Thorne.

In the top flight Dave Moriarty and Rob Lamond shared second place with 31 points each but the flight was blown away by another high scoring Treasure Hill round by Mukesh Thakkar who followed his forty-one point return the previous visit with 39 points this time.  The course will always be a firm favourite for the straight hitting Ugandan golfer.

The ‘2’s pot was shared by Rick Schramm (hole 2), Dave Moriarty (hole 6) and Marc Jensen (hole 14) and Ray Banks received the Booby Bevy for his poor round and the disclosure of his secret life as a musical artiste.  Sadly he was not in tune at Treasure Hill.

Slow going at Eastern Star

On Wednesday, 26th January, the Pattaya Golf Society visited Eastern Star to play a monthly medal play event and found the course in good condition with slow but fairly consistent greens.

The group were scheduled to follow a large visiting Scandinavian seniors’ group who were intent on playing “holiday” golf and when two large gaps appeared in the field no attempt was made to call those behind through, making the day a very slow one indeed.

The PGS field was divided into two flights at fourteen and under and the second flight saw Larry Slattery record net 81 for third.  In second place was Jim Ferris with net 77, leaving Joe Niisato to rule the roost on net 76.

In the top flight Peter Ditz and Lee Dolphin shared second place with net 75 each, Lee recording his best gross score this visit.  The flight winner was the returning Vic Hansen who took the day with net 72.

Vic and scratch golfer Chris Smith shared the ‘2’s pot with fine efforts on the thirteenth and the Booby Bevy went to Steve Evans for falling asleep after the seventh hole whenever the opportunity arose.  But who can blame him with the events going on in front of the group.  By then it was apparent that the Seniors event, generously sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Society, was taking its toll!

Bridges best at Green Valley

The Pattaya Golf Society visited Green Valley on Friday, 28th January to tackle the course in a stableford event played out in two flights, cut at fifteen and under.  The Asian presence on the course is now easing and the group got away on time in perfect conditions.

In the second flight Dave Wilkinson applied himself well in turning in a 34 point score for third place, following Yvonne Earley’s amazing round of twenty-four points on the front and only eleven on the back giving her 35 points for second.  The flight winner was the inveterate Jack Robertson who again soldiered his way to a sub-par round with 37 points.

The top flight saw Rick Schramm turn in his best card this trip, his 37 points sharing second place with Larry Slattery.  The best score of the day was recorded by Welshman Alan Bridges and his 39 points marked his best return with the group in a long while.

The ‘2’s pot was shared by Wichai Tananusorn, Larry Slattery and Rick Schramm, while Dave Cadwallader, playing his final round, returned his best score this trip but with a 13-19 split, giving.  MR Len had the perfect excuse for presenting him with the Booby Bevy.

Green Valley was the perfect backcloth to the later presentation of the 2010 “Player of the Year” awards and the return of David Thomas gave the former twice winner the opportunity to present runner-up Wichai Tananusorn and winner Tony Thorne with their hard earned trophies.  The fine camaraderie went on well into the night and it proved to be the best golf day of the year so far for the PGS.  Here’s to many more!