PSC Golf from the Phantom Golf Society
Monday, Oct. 12, Crystal Bay A & C – Stableford
On a fine, overcast sunny Monday morning we had almost a full minivan and left The Phantom Bar right on time at 8.30am and headed for our first game of the week at Crystal Bay. After a 45 minute drive we entered the course through the back way and it was fairly quiet, so after checking in we wandered down to the starter’s hut where we were told it was to be A & C nines once again in that order.
We got our first of 4 groups away 10 minutes earlier than scheduled at 9.50am and the pace was a bit slow at first due to a Thai four-ball in front, but things did quicken up a bit as the round progressed. The course was in good condition and surprisingly dry after the recent heavy rains and once again the greens were somewhat two paced and unpredictable but it was merely a matter of adjustment. We were able to speed up a bit later in the round as the group in front “woke up” and we managed to complete our very enjoyable round in just on four hours.
Our resident “biker” Mogens Mellander had the best score of the day and was the winner with 36 points and a count back was required to determine second & third spots with 2 golfers on 35 points. Your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (19 point back nine) was the “bridesmaid” for the fourth time in a row in finishing second, with Torben Lindgaard (15 point back nine) in third spot & Marcus Earp, playing his first game since returning from the USA, finishing fourth.
1st Mogens Mellander (29) 36pts
2nd Peter Blackburn (14) 35pts
3rd Torben Lindgaard (31) 35pts
4th Marcus Earp (34) 33pts
Near Pins: A8 – Wan Makmul, C7 – Peter Blackburn.
Long Putts: A9 – Dick Braimbridge.
Friday, Oct. 16, Eastern Star – Stableford
We just had 2 groups for the trip to Eastern Star and the weather was fine so things were looking good. We teed off a couple of minutes ahead of our 10.05am scheduled time and the going was slow with some very “tardy” golfers in the group in front.
It was quite hot & humid and then out of nowhere the heavens opened as we were on the 10th green and along with several other golfers we sheltered at the nearby drink stop for about 30 minutes. We continued on wet fairways but at least the greens drained extraordinarily quickly but alas, the rain returned a few holes later so it was shelter time again. Once more we got going again but after a couple of more holes the thunder & lightning started along with heavy rain so Walter, Marcus & I decided to call it a day for safety reasons.
Christian, Mogens & New St battled it out and completed their round so that was the winning order for the day. Congratulations to New St for gaining her first spot on the podium.
Note: The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, meeting at The Phantom Bar in Soi Buakhow at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7.30am onwards. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to peter [email protected]