Masa rolls on at Eastern Star

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

On Monday, 28th May the Pattaya Golf Society enjoyed a visit to Eastern Star where they played a stableford competition on the course which was in fine order with the usual slow greens.  Fairways though were greatly improved since the last visit there a month or two ago.

The field of fifteen played as a single flight and once again it was the form golfers who impressed with Robbie Taylor and Joe Niisato sharing third place with 34 points, a couple behind long hitting Garry Olliffe on 36 points.  The winner once again was Masa Takano who completed his sixth round under par in the last nine with a fine 37 points.  Just who can hold him at bay at the moment is the burning question as his iron play is as fine as any seen with the group in the last year or so.

There were no birdie ‘2’s on the pedestrian greens and Bryan Barrell’s hero-to-zero status merited the Booby Bevy award, his winning performance in the monthly charity event a few days before being nothing but a dim memory.

It was good to visit Eastern Star after a break and hopefully the condition will be maintained for a few months more at least.

Revels halts Takano bandwagon

On Wednesday, 30th May the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to an empty Greenwood to play a stableford competition over the A and B nines which were in fair condition.  Sadly, for a course which prides itself with some of the best greens in the province, the greens were in poor shape with more than a few of them bare and rutted after misuse in damp conditions.

However the game was on and making third place was new member Dave Edwards with 31 points.  In second was Steve Evans on his final round this trip and his 32 points gave him some satisfaction to take back to South Wales in a few days time.  The winner was Seil Revels and the Korean-American was just the man to take on Masa Takano who has blown all opponents away during his recent rounds.  This time he stuttered and mate Seil rubbed salt in the wounds as he amassed 37 points to take the win.  He also had the bonus of the only birdie ‘2’, on A6.

Elsewhere Mr Len had “DQ’d” himself after questions were raised regarding the extension he had had fitted to one of his clubs but it was later found to be “conforming” in all respects under the Rules of Golf.  The correct decision was made at the time and the Booby Bevy was his only reward.  It had not taken anything away from the day at Greenwood and we all hope the greens will be in better shape when the group returns next month.

Robbie ‘Taylors’ a fine win

On Friday, 1st June the Pattaya Golf Society visited Treasure Hill to play a stableford competition on arguably the toughest course in the province with its 6700 yards plus off the white tees and with soft fairways being the result of heavy rain the day before.  The course was in good condition and the greens were consistent throughout.

Scores were disappointingly low across the field and Masanori Takano’s surprise at a third place finish with 30 points drew embarrassed laughter from the Japanese golfer at the presentation.  In second place with 32 points was Aussie golfer Ken Grimes who has added consistency to his armoury over the last month.  The winner was Robbie Taylor with 35 points and he showed that accuracy not length is the key to doing well at Treasure Hill.

Masa and Ken Grimes shared the ‘2’s pot for their efforts on hole six and the Booby Bevy went to a low scoring Tim Knight on his return to the group.

Thus the PGS golfing week ended, two days rest lay ahead and golfing “wounds” would be licked.  Treasure Hill can certainly teach tough lessons.