Rita rules the roost

Tom Herrington (left) with Barry Elphick.
Tom Herrington (left) with Barry Elphick.

PSC Golf from Tropical Golf Group 

Monday, March 5, Pattavia – Stableford

With the PSC Club Championship taking place on Tuesday and Thursday, a much reduced number gathered at BJ’s on Monday for the journey to the Pattavia.  The surprise was that the course seemed quiet and there was no queuing on the first tee, in fact we were straight off a little early.

The course is in excellent condition these days and far better than the Century Chonburi of memory.  The bunkers are all raked and the fairways are in reasonable condition.  Of course the greens are pretty scary and I suspect it would take many rounds there to actually understand them.  The par-three holes are also most difficult and many players need a wood to get near a couple of them.

We were round pretty quickly and soon back at BJ’s really for the results.  The winner on the day was Rita Zoebeli with a fine 39 points and we then had a three-way count-back on 36 points that saw Paul Weatherly in second, Mashi Kaneta third and Tom Herrington fourth.

The best front nine (non-winner) came from Dick Warberg with 18 points on count-back over Derek Brook, and the best back nine was by John Davies with 20 points.

Friday, March 9, Treasure Hill – Stableford

The night before delivered a huge storm to the Pattaya area, and the dark cloudy, and rainy morning was not encouraging.  A check of weather maps and a call to the course who said (surprise) all was well showed promise, so seventeen golfers decided to give it a try.

Arriving at the course amid drizzle, most players left golf bags in the car to survey the conditions and make a decision.  Regular checking of radar apps and a team sent out to examine the course said we’d be able to play.  A few golfers packed it in and headed home, and they missed out.  Despite some light drizzle on and off during the round the course was quite playable using “lift-n-clean” rules, and in fact was overall a nice cool day, with many players commenting how they enjoyed the weather.

Treasure Hill is a tough layout and several hourglass shaped fairways scream “I dare you”.  This course has to be played with the mind as well as the arms.  Who had luck, err, skill on their side?

In A-Flight (0-20), Tom Herrington (c/h 17) returned from his Philippines training trip to shoot a “three better” score of 39 points.  Next John Davis (16) had a fine 35 points, edging out Brian Parish (13) by a shot at 34, who in turn beat “Fast Eddie” Kost on count-back.

In B-Flight (21+), Barry Elphick (27) also showed that golf in the Philippines is good training and had the high score of the day, getting 40 points on a tough course.  John Anderson (30) was next in line with a fine 38 points, and Graham Buckingham rounded out the flight with 34.

Best nines (non winners) came from Nigel Perry and Mashi Kaneta.