Pierrel prevails in Bangpra heat

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PSC Golf from the Phantom Golf Society

Monday, Sept. 21, Bangpra – Stableford

After cancelling two games the previous week due to the horrendous weather conditions in Pattaya, we were all “jumping out of our skin” at the prospect of getting back into some golf.  Bangpra was the selected venue on this day and its popularity was borne out by the fact that 21 golfers were signed up to play and with nearly a full bus we departed the Phantom Bar.

When we arrived at the course it appeared to be quite busy so there was no early tee off, in fact our first group got away about 10 minutes later than scheduled.  The weather was quite oppressive, very hot with almost no wind to cool things down and as most of us elected to walk it was indeed somewhat of a struggle.

John Pierrel & Nat Rukkid.

The course was in very good condition as usual with hardly any damage after the recent heavy rains and the greens were very good, in fact quite “friendlier” than usual as in not so slick.  Unfortunately the round turned into a bit of a “slog” with some very slow groups in front of ours and most of us had to endure a round of golf that took a little under 5 hours.  The very hot weather and slow pace took its toll on many of us as could be seen in the results.

The good number of golfers on the day enabled us to have 2 flights with 3 places plus a Ladies flight with 1 award for the winner.  In the A Flight it was John Pierrel with 36 points who was the winner, with Phill Davies in second place on 33 and Mike Allidi came third with 32.

It is very rare to be a winner with 29 points but this distinction went to John Tallett in the B Flight while in second place came Dick Brainbridge with a “measly” 24 and Stu Mann (departing for Australia the next day) was third with would you believe 23 points!

The second best score of the day was Nat Rukkid’s 34 points, which gave her a win in the Ladies flight.

A Flight (0-16)

1st John Pierrel (12) 36pts

2nd Phill Davies (12) 33pts

3rd Mike Allidi (3) 32pts

B Flight (17+)

1st John Tallett (27) 29pts

2nd Dick Braimbridge (36) 24pts

3rd Stuart Mann (19) 23pts

Ladies Flight

1st Nat Rukkid (18) 34pts

Near Pins: 8th – Neil Skilton, 12th – Peter Blackburn

Long Putts: 9th – Peter Blackburn, 18th – Lorraine Percy

Wednesday, Sept. 23, Treasure Hill – Stableford

1,050 baht for Green Fee, Caddy & Cart is a great deal, especially for the challenging Treasure Hill course and we had 19 players signed up to play.  We handed out welcomes to Mikito Homma having a game with us once more, Aussie Barry Elphick playing with us for the first time, Big Bill Steinman and Sal Brizzi with his three mates from Melbourne Australia – Robert Motea, Andrew Hills & Frank Divicenzo.

After driving through drizzling rain we arrived at the course 55 minutes later and although there were a couple of groups ahead we managed to get our first group, a three-ball away right on time at 10.00am.

Bill Steinman & Mikito Homma.

It was overcast all day with a slight breeze and with no sun it was an almost perfect day for golf, with rain threatening but not eventuating.  The course condition was very good although a bit wet after recent rains and ‘mark, lift, clean & place’ was allowed on the fairways & first cut.  The greens were good although a few of them were lightly sanded but all in all conditions were excellent.  The pace was quite good with most groups completing their rounds in a little under four hours.

With 19 players in the field we had 2 flights – A Flight for handicaps 0 to 15 and B Flight for golfers with handicaps of 16 and over.  There were also 2 nearest the pins & 2 longest first putts.

“Buffalo” Bill Steinman was the A Flight winner with 36 points and Sal Brizzi came second on 33, with Phill Davies finishing in third with 30.

B Flight was won by Mikito Homma who had 33 points, 1 point ahead of John Tallett in second place and Robert Motea was third with 31.

A Flight (0-15)

1st Bill Steinman (11) 36pts

2nd Sal Brizzi (6) 33pts

3rd Phill Davies (12) 30pts

B Flight (16+)

1st Mikito Homma (18) 33pts

2nd John Tallet (27) 32pts

3rd Robert Motea (17) 31pts

Near Pins: 6th – Peter Blackburn, 17th – Nat Rukkid

Long Putts: 9th – Wan Makmul, 18th – John Tallett

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]