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IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Crystal Bay on Monday, 16th May, and found the course in excellent condition for a stableford event with one flight.  The chosen nines were B and C and play got underway on time on the relatively empty course.

Scores were generally better than average with a full field average return of almost 34 points.

In third place with 36 points was Canadian golfer Gordon Everingham and Scottish Ronnie Ramsay went one better with his 37 points giving him second place.  The winner, with his second consecutive forty point return was the competent Japanese golfer Masanori Takano.  All the hours of practice have borne fruit as his latest two rounds show.

All the birdie ‘2’s came in the same playing group with Takeshi Hakozaki taking the honours on C4 and Don Nellis and Larry Bland following suit on C7.  For Don it was justifiable reward for his superintending duties on the course once again.

Tim Lazecki drew the short straw for the Booby Bevy as his eight – sixteen split gave him the day’s lowest score.  But it did not spoil his day on an excellent golf course at Crystal Bay.

Success for Sumner

Cloudy skies and stormy weather drove the Pattaya Golf Society to a brighter Greenwood on Wednesday, 18th May, to play a stableford competition on the B and C nines which were in excellent condition as usual.

The moderate turnout saw a single flight compete under the stewardship of Wichai Tananusorn who performed well enough on his favourite course to occupy fourth place with 31 points.  In third was Alan Pilkington enjoying his swansong before an immediate return to the UK for a couple of months.  In second place was Larry Bland, once again peppering par with his consistency.  The winner was Pete Sumner with 37 points and it was good to see the English golfer get the honour he deserves for his solid unspectacular efforts.

There were no birdie ‘2’s despite the greens being very consistent and the Booby Bevy was shared by Irish newbies Sean Byrne and Joe Farmer for their combined scores which would have given them a share of third place, were it within the rules for the day.  It gave them a fine taster of what golf with the PGS is all about, fun with good friends on a quality golf course such as Greenwood.

Aussie clean sweep denied

On Friday, 20th May the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Green Valley to play a stableford competition on the course which was in reasonable condition despite recent scarifying on some fairways.  The day stayed fine and for the single flight there was the prospect of some good golf with the return of some very competent golfing friends from Australia.

Sharing third place with 39 points were the day’s group leader Garry Hookey and local golfer Wichai Tananusorn, Wichai spoiling the Aussie party by his strong efforts, as the win was shared by Darren Norris and Tim Knight, both with 42 points.

Darren also shared the ‘2’s pot with Wichai, who emulated the Aussie’s feat on the fourth and added another on the sixteenth for good measure.

The Booby Bevy went inevitably to the returning Don McKinnon who conjured up his usual brand of “apprentice” golf but this time also had the temerity to upset a nest of hornets by hitting their tree and was thus painfully rewarded by them.  A chilled beer was the perfect medicine after a day out at Green Valley.