Khao Kheow was the course chosen for this year’s Pattaya Sport Club Charity Classic, playing the ‘A’ and ‘B’ nines with a 2-tee start on Wednesday, March 6. Tim, Nigel and Ing from the PSC office were at the course early to prepare for registration of the 85 players.
As usual the course was in fine condition, the weather was hot – but dry – and with the very helpful clubhouse staff everything was set for a good day.
The tee-times ran reasonably smoothly with Tim, the starter on ‘B’ and Jack the starter on ‘A’ but perhaps it wasn’t made quite clear enough that A was the first and B was the tenth. It will be corrected next time.
The Golf Hub sponsored the near pin competition on the island B8 green, as well as providing 2 very able ladies who orchestrated a “keep your ball on the green” fun game. If your ball did not go in the water, your ticket went into a raffle, drawn in the evening. If it did go in, you could have another go at a price! It was a great idea and very good for the charities.
All the other par-3s were also sponsored; two of them by Tyrone’s TPR Golf Academy at Siam Country Club. Other sponsors for the day included Chris Dodd, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Casa Pascal Restaurant, The Classroom, Walter Baechli, 4 golfers from The Kronberg, Diana Garden Resort, Roman Golf Shop, Avani Hotel, Sinco, The Sportsman Pub & Restaurant, Mediterranean Garden Resort and of course many of the local golf courses; including Khao Kheow, Phoenix Gold, Eastern Star, Soi Dao, Pattana, Pattaya Country Club and last but not least Angkor Golf in Siem Reap.
The evening festivities started at 6pm, with the excellent choice of buffet food provided by the wonderful Thai Garden Resort. After most of the 85 guests had finished eating, the resident band moved away and Nigel called everyone to order and introduced the 2019 PSC Golf Chairman Jack Moseley.
However, a surprise visitor to the evening was Peter Malhotra, the PSC President and Jack passed the microphone to Peter for a few welcoming words.
Jack then expressed his appreciation for those taking part with a special mention of the many generous sponsors. He also thanked Tim, Nigel, Ing and all the PSC office staff, for all the good work they did in staging this event. He also welcomed the Japanese contingent, ten of them, the many new faces to Pattaya and finally thanked the long-standing members.
It was then back to Nigel to announce the winners and it was last year’s runners-up (definitely not new faces) who got over the line first by just one shot. After an indifferent but solid front nine, Eddie Beilby got his act together on the back half to produce his ‘A’ game, helping him and Peter LeNoury post, not only the best score of the day (46 points) but also the first score of the day; first off on course A and around in under 4 hours!
In second place were Fumio Kakegawa and Satosi Kawakami with 45 points on countback over Lance Nomeland and Brenton Shaw, and Ning Neal and Onsee Lakda who finished in that order. Karen and Robert Brown placed fifth with 44 points, edging Chop Daprakhon and Galer Duangden into sixth on another countback
Unfortunately, the ‘near pin’ results were incomplete as someone decided to ‘kamoy’ the pin markers. We were left with only one on B8 and none on A3, so those prizes will be carried over to the next event at Bangpra.
The near pins which remained were won by Mikael Anderson & Albert Bruce (A5), Andy Spence & Ning Neal (B3) and Noksa Amphai (B8).
The next PSC golf event is the annual Club Championship, to be held at Bangpra on 2nd and 4th April. The first round is medal (stroke-play) for all divisions before putting the leaders into a second day of medal and the remainder into a ‘plate’ competition, playing stableford, having had their first day’s score converted to points.
The evening event will be held at either the Barracuda on The Mercure. Check the PSC website for details.