Masters sets the standard at Rayong

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

On the King’s Birthday, Dec. 5, the Pattaya Golf Society celebrated in the only way they know by playing a stableford competition, this time at friendly Rayong C.C. on a course lightly sprinkled with golfers and more heavily sprinkled by the irrigation system, which was active on most holes.  Don’t knock it – we’ve been crying out for it for almost two years!

The large group suffered two dropouts prior to the departure and therefore was reduced to one group but there was some class there as well.  Brian Talbot returned to the group with 30 points which held down fourth place, only one behind Sam McLellan’s third place finish.  There seemed a country mile between the minor placings and the runner-up, Alan Duckett, who completed his third successive sub-par round with the group with 37 points.

The winner was Pattaya’s most improved golfer this year, Peter Masters.  Peter, restricted to playing golf at school holidays, has come down from thirteen to just eight in five months and will plunge further when his winning score of 40 points is fed into the system.  It was quality throughout with seven pars and four birdies giving him the best gross figures of the day, 76.  For good measure he secured a birdie two on the seventeenth to join Alan Duckett and Tony Thorne who had also managed the feat on the fifth.

The Booby Bevy went to Mr Len for the biggest split of the day, 10 – 18, and the boss’s day was complete when he was later attacked by a soi-dog in North Pattaya, which resulted in another big split…in his leg!  Barking mad with being in the last group, maybe?

Thorne makes a point

A hectic week ended for the Pattaya Golf Society with a trip to Pattaya C.C. to play the group’s monthly merit stableford competition.  The course was well turned out again and the field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under for the day.

In the second flight it was gratifying to see Michael Sim from Bangkok make the frame with a share of third place on 34 points, Gary Bolger also making the same score.  Larry Slattery’s good form followed him from the IPGC Monthly Members’ event on Wednesday as his 35 points was good enough for second this time.  The flight winner was old friend Masashi Iizumi who ended the week in fine style with a level par finish on 36 points.

In the top flight the return of Ray Banks saw him take third place with 34 points, a couple behind Ken Page, performing well with 36 points.  The flight winner, making the point that one cannot write off a golfer in the doldrums, was Tony Thorne and his 38 points was the best of the day.

Rick Schramm nailed the only birdie ‘2’ of the competition, on the twelfth and lady golfer Sue Mawhinney took the Booby Bevy on her debut for having the distinction of being the only top flight golfer not to reach thirty points.  Welcome to the club Sue and welcome back to form Tony Thorne.