Millar grinds out a win

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

The Pattaya Golf Society visited Green Valley on Monday, 19th August to play a stableford event and found the course as good as it has ever been with excellent fairways and greens which possessed some pace and consistency.  With a cooling fresh breeze in attendance the round was played in comfortable conditions.

Strange it was then that scores did not reflect the conditions with Masashi Iizumi posting 35 points and Evan Millar taking the win with 36 points.  There were no birdie ‘2’s once again.

The Booby Bevy went to the returning Peter Allen for his low score and the golf week at Rabbi’s had begun in quiet and unspectacular style.

Many happy returns

Wednesday, 21st August saw the annual golf extravaganza known as the Boss’s Birthday Bash with the Pattaya Golf Society, which this year saw Mr Len and his mates gather at Siam CC to play a stableford competition on the course which, for various reasons, has been largely ignored for the past few years.  Always a favourite it was a pleasure to tread the tight, rich fairways again and test the touch and nerve on the challenging greens.

It proved to be a real test for the golfers, most of whom have never played there in the past.  Being the home of the annual Honda LPGA event it was probably appropriate that the only lady in the field, K. Wan Meeraka, found herself in third place with a fine 35 points.  One point ahead in second was Aussie Brian Shaw whose level par round of 36 points was just reward for his accurate long game.  The winner was Robbie Taylor who in the words of one of his group, played his best golf in a long, long while, putting together a clinical round which included a birdie ‘2’ on the tough sixteenth.  Falling away towards the end he still returned 38 points.

The return to Siam CC had been a happy one and the presentation later at the Elephant Bar in Soi Buakhao saw the returning Garry Hookey receive his customary Booby Bevy whilst Rabbi and K. Peung outdid themselves with their hospitality, birthday cake included.  It certainly made the golf geezer happy.  Here’s to the next one!

Taylor’s stitches up again

An excellent week for the Pattaya Golf Society ended on Friday, 23rd August with a visit to Crystal Bay to play a stableford event on the A and B nines.  As usual the course was in top order and with medium paced greens there was most of what every golfer wanted somewhere in the day to ensure a pleasant round.

Again, as usual, scores were good and in third place with 37 points was Japanese golfer Takeshi Hakozaki whose game was straight and accurate on the course at which he is a member.  In second place was Wichai Tananusorn, finding his form again after “resting” his new Taylormade driver in favour of his trusty failsafe club and the result was the best gross of the day, 77, which gave him 39 points.  The winner, doubling up after Wednesday at Siam, was Robbie Taylor and he racked up his third forty point round in four months with a very fine 40 points.  He also shared the ‘2’s pot with Garry Hookey after a brace of birdies on the fifteenth.

Only two golfers failed to cross the thirty point threshold and the lowest of these, Masashi Iizumi was rewarded with the Booby Bevy.  Rabbi’s free beer for the non-winners went to Murray Edwards and a thoroughly enjoyable week’s golf concluded satisfactorily with a few cool beers back in Soi Buakhao.