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

Crystal Bay was in fine fettle on Monday, 20th August when the Pattaya Golf Society called to play a stableford competition on the B and C nines.  Two other Pattaya golf groups were also there but surely they could not manage to better the full field average score of the PGS, which stood at its highest ever, 33 points.

Everything was in place for good golf, well grassed fairways, well tended bunkers and very consistent greens which actually made putting fun.

Winning duo, Wichai Tananusorn and Mr Len receive the perennial birthday trophy. Winning duo, Wichai Tananusorn and Mr Len receive the perennial birthday trophy.

In third place was the ubiquitous Dave Edwards, again venturing below par with 37 points but he found himself edged out this time by the Aussie pair of Alan Walker and Garry Hookey who recorded 38 points each.  For Garry it was a fine way to draw the curtains on his current trip.

There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Boss’s free beer draw was won by Robbie Taylor whilst Ian Wilson picked up the Booby Bevy after a round which had been hampered by a painful knee condition, giving him the day’s lowest score.

Crystal Bay had provided the perfect opener for the week with the Pattaya Golf Society.

Birthday Fun!

On Wednesday, 22nd August, the Pattaya Golf Society visited Emerald to play a pairs scramble (stableford) event to celebrate the birthday of Mr Len, the group’s golf “geezer”.  Following a memorable event last year at Pleasant Valley the teams gathered at Emerald for an equally enjoyable day.  The format allowed for stableford play and the secret of success was in pairing low and high handicappers together.

In addition to the very generous sponsorship of technical prizes by the members, the proceeds of the day were targetted for the group’s adopted charity, The Fr. Ray Foundation Outreach Center on Soi Thepprasit.

The course played very well and a tight contest ensued with only three points covering the top five teams.  In third place was the duo of Seil Revels and Leigh Abbey and a fine birdie chip-in on the last by Seil boosted their score to 44 points.  One point ahead was the pairing of Pete Seward and Johnny Larsson with 45 points.  Waiting to play their approach to the last green they had the dubious pleasure of watching a magnificent chip-in birdie ahead by Wichai Tananusorn which gave him and playing partner Mr Len the narrowest of victories on 46 points.  After a very fine second place last year this was always the pair to beat but they had to work hard to put together an excellent back nine of 35 shots after misfiring on the front nine.

Technical prizes were very kindly sponsored by PGS friends Mr Len, Rabbi, Garry Hookey, Kerry Jonsson, Masashi Iizumi, John Mason, Dave Edwards and Seil Revels.  The presentation party saw the winners receive the perennial trophy in the form of an engraved putter and the “birthday boy” rang the bell to acknowledge the generosity and support of the members which had seen 6K raised for the group’s charity.

All in all it was a splendid way to celebrate the golf geezers’ big day.  Here’s to the next one!