Parish bags April Monthly Mug


PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, April 21, Green Valley – Stableford

This was a typical post Songkran morning at the golf and we had only a few golfers as most had left Pattaya to get away from the mayhem, as they do every year.  We were soon away to Green Valley where we noticed that the course was also relatively empty.

As we teed off the heat of the day was already apparent, although mercifully there was a bit of wind that made things not too bad in a cart but the walkers really struggled, where are those buckets of cold Songkran water when you really need them?

Monthly Mug winner Brian Parish (right) receives his prize from organizer and runner-up Dick Warberg.Monthly Mug winner Brian Parish (right) receives his prize from organizer and runner-up Dick Warberg.

Post round the golfers struggled back to the changing room where we found that those in charge of the facilities had taken pity on us and decided to not heat the water, so cold showers were had by all and reminded us of the good times!

We were back in Pattaya nice and early so could get on with the results quite quick.  The winner with 37 points was Barry Elphick ahead of Graham Buckingham in second on 36 and Dick Warberg took third with 35.

Near Pins: John Davis, Dave Cooper, Paul Alford, James Brown

Friday, April 24, Pattaya C.C. – Monthly Medal

It was the last Friday of the month and the regulars at the Tropical Golf Group know that this means a trip to Pattaya Country Club to play for the Monthly Mug.  What better prize than one that looks good on the shelf and also holds your favorite beverage?

Barry Elphick and Graham Buckingham.Barry Elphick and Graham Buckingham.

Playing Pattaya C.C. is always a love/hate experience: we love the short drive, the new clubhouse is great, good staff, and the layout is interesting enough.  The flip side is the course condition is always a guess, seemingly moving between good to poor within a couple weeks.

This day found the course condition so-so or maybe “ha-sip ha-sip” is appropriate, with the greens as good as we’ve seen them since the recent renovation.  However by the last few holes the course conditions were not on anyone’s mind as a nice show of lightening followed by a downpour was the main concern.  A few groups finished in time but a couple waited out the storm to finish the last few holes.  The delay was about an hour and all came in to report scores.  So what about the Mug?

It was a fight to the finish, and wouldn’t you know it ended in a tie.  When the count-back was applied Brian Parish (h/cap 13) came out as the winner over Dick Warberg (19) both with a net 68.  Brian had sunk a long birdie putt on 18 capping off a fine back nine to win the prize!  Congrats to both golfers.  In third place came Mark West (13) with a net 73.

Near Pins: John Davis (3), Mashi Kaneta

Long Putt: Mashi Kaneta