Ramsay roars back


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

The Pattaya Golf Society got back to normality on Monday, 17th December, after an intense week at the IPGC Annual Championship, with a trip to Greenwood to play a stableford event on the C and A nines.  The field was divided into two flights at eighteen and under and the course was in good order with the greens slowly improving after months of mediocrity.

In a competitive second flight, Pat Murphy returned 33 points for third place, just one behind the winning pair of Larry Ang and Henry Mah.  In the top flight Wichai Tananusorn posted a fine 35 points with his best gross of the day to give him third place. Joe Niisato scored 37 points for second place and Ronnie Ramsay returned an excellent 39 points for the win.

There were birdie ‘2’s for Wichai, on A6, as well as Joe Niisato (A6) and Steve Evans (C6).  The Booby Bevy went to Masashi Iizumi when the promise of a fine round with 21 points on the front nine dissipated on the back with only eleven added.  Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Ray Banks and for him it was the only highlight of the day!

Ronnie has better memories of a day expertly stewarded by Khun Wichai and Ray Banks!

Larry adapts to change

Green Valley’s customary high season penchant for changing courses without notice resulted in a very late change of venue on Wednesday, 19th December, when the Pattaya Golf Society took on Pattana A and B nines in a stableford event.  The course was in its usual fine condition and the field was divided into two flights at 18 and under, the second flight playing from the yellow tees.

The second flight found the going tough but the tough got going with Jim Ferris and Pat Murphy posting 29 points each for a share of third place.  In second was Larry Ang with thirty points and the winner was long hitting Ken Grimes with 33 points.

In the top flight long hitters held sway again with third place held down by Robbie Taylor on 31 points, Ronnie Ramsay in second on 33 and the accurate Larry Slattery taking an excellent win with 34 points.

There were no birdie ‘2’s and the boss’s free beer draw was won by Ray Banks.  There was no comfort for the gaffer either as he ended the day spending five hours on a drip suffering from complete dehydration.  Just another bloody day in paradise!

Banks back in credit

The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Khao Kheow on Friday, 21st December, to play a stableford competition over the B and C nines on a course which is continuing to improve from its low season condition.  Considering the global importance of the date the club management had refused to sanction a rain check if the world came to an end before the round was completed.

The field was set in two flights with the cut coming at fifteen and under.  In the second flight Kiwi Alan Flynn took third place with 31 points whilst John Chelo and Jim Ferris shared the victory with 33 points each.

The top flight saw marginally better scores with Martin Grimoldby and Robbie Taylor sharing second place on 33 points but the round of the day belonged to Ray Banks who achieved best gross figures of eighty in his round of 37 points.

Neil McIntosh and Alan Pilkington both birdied the par three B3 whilst Ken Priddy had similar success on the Island Hole for a share of the ‘2’s pot.

Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by “Banjo” Bannister whilst the Booby Bevy was reserved for Peter Masters after his round of very little sparkle.  Still Peter, it wasn’t the end of the world!

The group was very capably stewarded by Ray Banks in place of a poorly golf geezer and it seems everyone enjoyed the day at Khao Kheow.