McAdam stays the course in Hua Hin

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What an eventful tour and a great thank you to everyone attended.  We had only positive feedback about all aspects and I am especially happy about how the format of the tour worked out, with the final results proving that the slope and index system we used was fair and allowed different levels of players to have an equal opportunity and equal fun.  It made it easy as well for our Aussie, European and US friends where a very similar system is in use.

Day 1 of our tour started off at Majestic Creek, with our first day format being to play with friends and regular partners off the same tee box – this being the yellows in the case of Majestic Creek.

Bruce McAdam (left) receives the winner’s trophy from Andre Coetzee.

Bruce McAdam took an early lead, being the winner in division B with 39 points while in the A division young Nicholas Jenkins shot an excellent 70 gross to finish on 38 points and win that flight.

Plenty of ‘2’s were to be had, with Colin Hoole scoring 2, and Bob Moore, Andy Makara and Peter McCormack each scoring one.

Keith Etherington celebrates his hole in one at Banyan.

The second day of the tour was at the fabulous Banyan course, which was in excellent condition with some wicked greens.  What I did like about the course and something we don’t see enough in Pattaya was that the course was properly marked off and they made a lot of effort to properly demarcate hazards and GUR’s.  Good job!

The day was especially memorable for Keith Etherington who recorded a hole in one!  Division B was won by Chu Srinual, with a great 36 points off her 24 handicap while Terry Reeves, not playing so good on day 1, had a great recovery today to finish top of A division with 38 points from his course adjusted handicap of 16 off the difficult blue tees.

Day 3 was held at the fabulous Black Mountain course (my personal favorite in Hua Hin), which was in equally good condition, although signs of the prevailing drought were present.

Playing from the 61 tee’s, Phil Payne was the B division winner with a fabulous 40 points from his 17 handicap.  In the A division, Maurice Copan, playing from the 70 tee’s, had an excellent 41 points to win his flight by quite a margin.

In the overall results, where consistency over 3 days is a big help, Russ Rylance finished in 6th place with 102 points while Brad Jordison was a point ahead in fifth.  Reijo Heiskanen, who played all three days in good form, finished fourth on 106 and on the last day’s result, Glenn Reeves was beaten to second spot on count back by Maurice Copan, both with 107 points in total.   The overall winner, and by a clear margin of 4 points, was Bruce McAdam who held his game together so well for 3 days.  Well done Bruce!

The Hua Hin tour group at Black Mountain.

Monday, March 14, Burapha – Stableford

Sugar Ray Handford held the fort while most of the rest where away on the Hua Hin tour and organized a game for a small group of players at Burapha on Monday.  Pete Stonebridge came in first place with 40 points, beating Peter Nixon on count back while Sugar Ray came third with a respectable 37.

Friday, March 18, Green Valley – Stableford

Another small group played Green Valley on Friday and the scoring did not disappoint.  Congratulations to Eddie Beilby who had another blast of a round (even with a 2 shot HC cut this week) to finish with 42 points and take the win.  In second place was Bob Finley, who continues with his good form, with 40 points and in third was Gerry Roche with 37.