Purdie power


The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

On Christmas Eve, the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to a fine and warm Emerald golf course in Ban Chang to play the group’s monthly medal round and maybe follow up with a few last minute “bargains”, just to set up the festive period perfectly.

The course was in quite good condition and the vast areas of GUR are now grown in, leaving only a few small areas and all clearly marked.

The large field was divided into two flights at fifteen and under and in the second flight Alan Flynn again posted a score near his handicap with net 74, giving him a third place finish.  There were two golfers with net 73, thereby sharing the lead, and once again it was John Chelo and Jim Ferris, winners a week ago at Greenwood.

In the top flight Ray Banks started the week as he ended the previous one with a very steady net 74 for third place, one behind Wichai Tananusorn’s net 73 and another powerhouse performance by Andrew Purdie who again blew the field away with a ruthless net 65.  He also shared the ‘2’s pot with Ray Banks and Chris Walsh, all the birdies coming on the short par three fifteenth.

The Boss’s free beer draw was won Helene Lindberg and the Booby Bevy went to Dave Lehane for being the first of four golfers to “nil return”.  And now … on in search of those last minute bargains in Ban Chang!

The Pattaya Golf Society wishes all its many friends and supporters the very best of everything in golf in 2013 and looks forward to many more hours of the friendliest competition golf anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard.

Memorable Boxing Day for Pilkington

On Boxing Day the Pattaya Golf Society visited Treasure Hill to play a stableford competition on the demanding course which was in excellent condition.

The field was divided into two flights at thirteen and under and in the second flight Masashi Iizumi recorded 29 points for third place in his final round before trekking north for the New Year.  The flight win was shared by Dave Thompson and Jim Ferris with 32 points and represented Jim’s third consecutive shared victory this month.

In the top flight third place was shared by Martin Grimoldby and Rick Schramm with 33 points whilst John Hackett won with 34.

The highlight of the day was Alan Pilkington’s tee shot on the long thirteenth which caused the caddies some concern as it was into the low sun and imagine Alan’s joy when he found his ball had ended up in the hole for his first ever hole-in-one!  It had also been part witnessed by the manager who happened to be passing in his golf cart.  Amazingly, when the four-ball finished and went to report the feat, the club shunned them and refused to even discuss the shot!  What is the world coming to, we ask?

Back at Rabbi’s the presentation certainly honoured the shot even though it negated the claims of Wichai Tananusorn, Dave Thompson, Steve Evans and Mark Cooper for well deserved ‘2’s.  Alan’s ace was the second with the group this year and follows the feat of Russell Meiers back in March at Khao Kheow.  Brilliant Alan and enjoy the memory!

Hooray Henry

The Pattaya Golf Society closed the year in fine style with a visit to Bangpra on Friday, 28th December, to play a stableford event on the excellent course with the field divided into two flights at fifteen and under.  The start of the New Year weekend saw a full course and the fortitude of the players has to be admired with the prospect of a five hour round as they teed off.

In the top flight Martin Grimoldby and Joe Niisato showed their merits as they shared second place with 33 points, but the winner was Rick Schramm with a level par round of 36 points.

The second flight fared better generally with Larry Ang and Alan Flynn sharing second place on 37 points, leaving Canadian Henry Mah to rule the roost with the best points score of the day, 39, for a fine win.

There were birdie ‘2’s for Larry Ang on number two and John Chelo on number twelve.  Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Ray Banks on the eve of his departure and mine host picked up the Booby Bevy for the day’s largest split figures of six and sixteen.

The presentation saw Mr Len thank all the golfers and the hosts Rabbi and Khun Peung for all their support throughout another tough year and extended his sincere wishes to all for a happier and healthier New Year.