IPGC Golf from The Tara Court Golf Group
Sunday, Nov. 8, Green Valley – Medal
I don’t know if it is that we are all getting older or that we are all enjoying ourselves too much living here but the time seems to go very quickly and today it was time for our Monthly Medal again here in Green Valley.
This competition is getting very popular with everyone wanting to win one. Maybe they were trying too hard or it was the fact that it was stroke competition but the scoring wasn’t very good with only one player playing to his handicap and winning the medal with a level par 72. Joe Peters started what turned out to be a very successful week for him and was the winner today despite having to add a two stroke penalty to his score for playing a wrong ball out of the rough. Well done Joe, a very popular winner!
Rod Torrie was second two strokes back from Joe with a net seventy four. We then had three players on seventy five with Michael Williams wining the count back to come third, Gary Brown fourth and Michael Barry came fifth.
John Dearden won another count back to come in sixth and Paul Hubbard was seventh.
Declan Kelly, Kevin Blake, Rod Torrie, and John Dearden shared the ‘2’s pot.
1st Joe Peters (24) net 72
2nd Rod Torrie (15) net 74
3rd Michael Williams (15) net 75
4th Gary Brown (10) net 75
5th Michael Barry (17) net 75
6th John Dearden (18) net 76
7th Paul Hubbard (9) net 76
Tuesday, Nov. 10, Mt. Shadow – Stableford
Today we were back in one of our favorite courses, Mountain Shadow, which when you take in to account the price and the general condition of the course is probably one of the best in the area, especially when it is played off the blue tees, which we all did today.
We joined up with our friends at the PFGS today so we had a large group out and decided to play two flights.
Although Pattaya had very heavy rain and flooding that day we got around dry, just one flash of lightning and a very loud rattle of thunder was all we got. Players from the PFGS won both flights, with Craig Hitchens taking the top spot in A Flight on thirty six points and Donal McGuigan having an excellent score of forty one points in the B Flight.
Declan Kelly came second in the top flight with thirty five, beating Kevin Blake on the count back.
Both Russell Gilroy and Alan Bishop probably though they had done enough to win B Flight with forty points each but it wasn’t enough today to deny Declan. Russell won the count back to come second and Alan had to settle for third.
We had five ‘2’s from Declan Kelly, Gary Brown, Digby Hillier, Serge Stratten and Donal McGuigan.
1st Craig Hitchens (12) 36pts
2nd Declan Kelly (12) 35pts
3rd Kevin Blake (9) 35pts
1st Donal McGuigan (17) 41pts
2nd Russell Gilroy (16) 40pts
3rd Alan Bishop (22) 40pts
Thursday, Nov. 12, The Emerald
Friday we went to Emerald for the first time in a very long time. We had heard good reports about it and decided to give it a try and everybody was very satisfied with it. The course was in very good condition, both fairways and greens, and when it is in this kind of shape it is a very good golf course, not easy and with the best par threes in the area.
We had a large group out and to a man they were all full of praise for Emerald and especially the prices in the restaurant where both the food and drinks are excellent value. We will now be adding it to our regular schedule for the high season.
Although I said earlier that this is not an easy course, one of our players, Joe Peters, who is on a roll at the moment having won the monthly medal on Sunday, had an almost unbelievable score of forty four points and won by a mile. Well done again Joe and I know that you are delighted to hear that you are in for a massive cut to your handicap!
Russell Gilroy had to settle for second again today for the second time this week and again with a score which would normally win as he had thirty seven points. Kevin Blake also had thirty seven but lost the count back to Russell and so came third.
Ricky Hurley came in fourth with thirty five and then we had two players on thirty three with Digby Hillier wining the count back over Donal McGuigan sixth.
Joe McArdle, Joe Peters and Vincent Gras shared the ‘2’s pot with one each.
1st Joe Peters (24) 44pts
2nd Russell Gilroy (16) 37pts
3rd Kevin Blake (9) 37pts
4th Ricky Hurley (6) 35pts
5th Digby Hillier (14) 33pts
6th Donal McGuigan (17) 33pts
Note: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in the Tara Court on Pratamnak Rd. around 10.00 a.m. Sign up in O’Gara’s or ring Joe on 089 249 1364.