PSC Golf from the Café Kronborg – 2012
Monday, March 26, Plutaluang West & North – Stableford
The Admiral was on his way to the USA and Buckers still had a crook back but we had a good field of 28 golfers signed up for our monthly trip to the Navy Course. We were happy to welcome back Frenchman Alain Taddei after his hernia op and also Henrick Aargaard from Denmark & Peter Wiltshire from New Zealand.
Departing Café Kronborg 10 minutes later than normal at 0825hrs due to a couple of golfers “dragging their feet” in just 40 minutes we were at Plutaluang where we were told that it was very quiet and we had our pick of which nines we wanted to play. I chose West and North as West is the nine that we have played least in recent times and is also probably the most difficult of the four.
Henrik Aargaard, Peter Blackburn & Kenny Chung.
We had an all Aussie four ball leading the way and 25 minutes ahead of our scheduled 1000hrs tee off time your writer, Hunter, Toddy & San Miguel Stu commenced proceedings with fine weather although somewhat overcast skies.
The course was in very good shape and the greens were very well maintained although of course considerably slower than we had been used to at most of the other courses that we play. We continued at a leisurely pace with of course plenty of good (mostly) mickey taking as is the Aussie way and due mainly to the fact that San Miguel Stu was not “on Safari” on the day we finished our full round in four hours & twenty minutes.
There were 2 flights with A Flight for handicaps 0 to 18 and B Flight for 19 and over. There were rewards for nearest the pin on all four par threes and longest first putts on West 9 & North 9 greens.
Mike Winfield, Peter Blackburn & Niels Hansen.
The combination of West & North nines did in actual fact prove a challenge as only 2 golfers played to their handicap or better and newcomer Henrik Aargaard won the A Flight with 35 points. In a count back on 34 points we saw Martin Todd (21 point back nine) finish second with Lotte Boskov (19 point back nine) in third spot. Another count back on 33 points awarded fourth place to Ulf Larsson (17 point back nine, 12 points on last 6 holes & 7 points on last 3 holes) with Ken (let’s hear it for) Bernek (17 point back nine, 12 points on last 6 holes & 5 points on last 3 holes) in fifth place.
B Flight was won by Kenny Chung with a fine 37 points with Bjarne Kjaer (also the fashion award winner once more) in second spot with 36 points. Coming third was Aussie Jerry Dobbs with 34 points and in a three way count back on 31 points for fourth & fifth places Mike Winfield (19 point back nine) finished just in front of Peter Hammond (15 point back nine, 11 points on last 6 holes). J C Lhoste (15 point back nine, 8 points on last 6 holes) just missed out.
A Flight – 0 to 18
1st – Henrik Aargaard (18) – 35 points
2nd – Martin Todd (9) – 34 points
3rd – Lotte Boskov (18) – 34 points
4th – Ulf Larsson (16) – 33 points
5th – Ken Bernek (17) – 33 points
B Flight – 19 and over
1st – Kenny Chung (24) – 37 points
2nd – Bjarne Kjaer (20) – 36 points
3rd – Jerry Dobbs (23) – 34 points
4th – Mike Winfield (21) – 31 points
5th – Peter Hammond (23) – 31 points
Near pins: W3 – Ulf Larsson, W8 – Lotte Boskov, N3 – Stu Rifkin, N6 – Uwe Zickermann
Longest first putts: N9 – Henrik Aargaard, W9 – Alain Taddei
The Compass Cap was once more won by Ron Folks to the delight of yours truly, Eddie the Eagle and a couple of others and Hunter paraded Deefa the Dog who as usual collected many donations to charity from the Kronny Crew.
Thursday, March 29, Treasure Hill – Stableford
After a couple of late cancellations and one annoying “no show” we were left with a group of 28 golfers for the trip to Treasure Hill Golf & Country Club. We welcomed Daniel Oshiro from Hawaii and bade a fond farewell to our friend Peter Hammond who is shortly returning to the U.K. after his lengthy annual stay in Pattaya. Of course Peter will return later in the year & we look forward to seeing him then.
San Miguel Stu was hungry so popped down to Kiss Food & Drink for breakfast and as a result we were running a tad late thus departing The Kronny a few minutes later than normal at 0820hrs. Stu was kind enough though to gobble down his brekky after Dobbsy rang him to say that we were about to leave.
Arriving at the course 50 minutes later we found the car park fairly empty and sure enough we were invited to tee off at our leisure. There had been recent adverse reports regarding the condition of the greens at Treasure Hill so we weren’t quite sure what to expect but apart from the greens having plenty of residual sand on them there were no problems.
Our first four ball was able to get away 25 minutes ahead of schedule at 0935hrs and in very hot & humid conditions we commenced what was to be a fairly leisurely round of golf. The course was in very good shape and as mentioned earlier the greens were sandy and mostly fairly slow but as usual it was a case of adapting to the conditions. It got fairly hot later in the round so a couple of drink stops were necessary but we were able to complete the full round in four hours & twenty minutes.
There were 2 flights with A Flight for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Flight for 18 and over. There were rewards for nearest the pin on all four par threes and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.
One of our playing partners, Niels Hansen had a very good day and won the A Flight with 39 points, 1 point ahead of Ulf Larsson in second place. A two way count back was necessary to decide third & fourth spots and Takeshi Hakozaki (20 point back nine) just pipped Ken (let’s hear it for) Bernek (18 point back nine) with both players on 36 points. Three Handicapper Mike Allidi finished fifth with 35 points.
The B Flight was well won by Mike Winfield with 40 points and the departing Peter Hammond was second on 37 points, 4 points ahead of Daniel Oshiro in third spot. In a three way count back with 31 points Jan Lovgreen (17 point back nine, 11 points on last 6 holes) finished fourth from Bjarne Kjaer (17 point back nine, 10 points on last 6 holes) in fifth place. Thientong (12 point back nine) just missed out.
A Flight – 0 to 17
1st Niels Hansen (15) 39pts
2nd Ulf Larsson (16) 38pts
3rd Takeshi Halozaki (14) 36pts
4th Ken Bernek (17) 36pts
5th Mike Allidi (3) 35pts
B Flight – 18 and over
1st Mike Winfield (21) 40pts
2nd Peter Hammond (23) 37pts
3rd Daniel Oshiro (20) 33pts
4th Jan Lovgreen (21) 31pts
5th Bjarne Kjaer (20) 31pts
Near pins: 2nd Thientong Charoenrung, 6th Thientong Charoenrung, 13th Ulf Larsson, 17th Mike Allidi.
Longest first putts: 9th Takeshi Hakozaki, 18th Takeshi Hakozaki.
The Compass Cap (awarded for worst score on the day) was won in a count back by Lotte Boskov and Hunter paraded Deefa the Dog to collect many donations from our generous group.