McGuigan triumphs on long day at Green Valley


IPGC golf  from The Tara Court  Golf Group

Sunday, March 9, Green Valley – Stableford

1st Donal McGuigan (24) 36pts

2nd John Beshoff (15) 36pts

3rd George Pearson (20) 34pts

4th John Kelly (26) 33pts

5th Frank Dunstan (24) 33pts

Today was another painfully slow round of golf at Green Valley.  We all arrived in good time for our allotted tee-off but had to wait for over twenty minutes to get started.  Then we had to endure over five hours on the course and waiting on every shot.  There was not a Marshall in sight anywhere to do anything about it.

Donal McGuigan and Charlie Lapsley.Donal McGuigan and Charlie Lapsley.

I see where they are changing the layout from next month and say it will take four minutes off the time to play.  It is not four minutes they need to take off but at least one hour.  Our last few rounds here have been the same and this year there are very few Korean tour groups around to blame.

Maybe it was because of the slow play and the boredom but the scoring wasn’t great today.  Donal McGuigan was the winner with thirty six points, beating John Beshoff on a count back.  George Pearson, who slept in and missed the bus and had to take a taxi to the course, came third and got his taxi fare back!  John Kelly was fourth with thirty three, edging Frank Dunstan on a count back.

Joe McArdle and Terre shared the ‘2’s pot.

Tuesday, March 11, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

1st George Cullen (13) 36pts

2nd Joe McArdle (13) 35pts

3rd John Kelly (26) 33pts

We had a smaller group out on Tuesday at Pattaya Country Club and the course was in reasonable condition, although it actually seems to be deteriorating instead of improving and is not really value for money compared to other courses in the region.

There were not many other golfers around so at least we enjoyed a fast round of golf, unlike Sunday’s experience, and got round in less than four hours.

George Cullen, who is just getting back to form, was the winner today with thirty six points and in second place was Joe McArdle with thirty five.  John Kelly, who was playing his last game for this trip, took third place with thirty.

There were no ‘2’s recorded today.

Thursday, March 13, Mountain Shadow – Stableford

1st Charlie Lapsley (8) 37pts

2nd Joe McArdle (13) 37pts

3rd John Beshoff (15) 34pts

4th George Cullen (13) 34pts

5th Paal Anderson (14) 34pts

We were back at Mountain Shadow on Thursday to one of our favourite courses.  It was, as usual, in excellent condition and was not too busy so we again got round in under four hours, which is great.

It was a bit hotter today although there was a fairly strong breeze, which made playing here a bit more difficult than usual.  This is a course where you have to be hitting straight and keep out of the trees and sometimes a strong wind can make that difficult to do.  Despite that, a few of our players managed to beat their handicaps.

Charlie Lapsley was the winner today with thirty seven points, which off his eight handicap and under the conditions was a very good score.  Once again Joe McArdle was beaten into second place, having the same thirty seven points but losing out on the count back to Charlie.  In third place was John Beshoff with thirty four points and he beat George Cullen and Paal Anderson on a count back.

Once again there were no ‘2’’s today.

Note: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in the Tara Court on Pratamnak Rd. around 10.00 a.m.  Sign up either in O’Gara’s or ring Joe on 089 249 1364 and he will book you in.