Roberts rules the roost


PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, August 30, Greenwood – Monthly Mug

This was going to be a different day for me, that was for definite.  The last time I ran a stroke competition was when I used to run the ‘Monthly Mug’ at The Café Kronborg years ago.  Now ‘The Warberger’ had come up with the idea that we should run the ‘BJ Holiday Lodge Monthly Mug’ as the last competition of the month.  This would also be the final leg of the golfer of the month comp, lucky me!

Brian Parish (left) and Maurice Roberts (right) with the ‘Boss’.
Brian Parish (left) and Maurice Roberts (right) with the ‘Boss’.

To top it all off the night before it poured it down so we decided to play of the yellow tees with the ‘lift, clean and place’ rule in effect and to make things a little tougher the wind blew all day.  The wind was a nuisance but the course was in good condition and the greens were running fast and true.  However, by the time we were finished we were all tired out and as the first group came to the last green it started to rain.  Now that is very sad for those following behind.

The winner on the day, and thus the BJ Monthly Mug winner for the second time, was Maurice Roberts with a fine net 65.  In second was Brian Parish with a net 66, Barry Elphick took third with a net 67 and Mashi Kaneta was fourth with a net 69, all great scores.

Mick Coghlan (left) with John Pierrel.
Mick Coghlan (left) with John Pierrel.

With his second place on the day, Brian Parish jumped the two leaders to win the golfer of the month competition and here we have to say a big thank you to Bill Jones, of BJ’s who very kindly sponsors this event.

Near Pins: Daryl Evans, John Davis, Maurice Evans (2).

Long Putts: George King.

Friday, Sept. 2, Treasure Hill – Stableford

A new month and hopefully the start of some slightly cooler days but with the continuation of slow season golf specials.  This day started out with twenty two Tropical golfers heading out to Treasure Hill.

This course gets it right: it is invariably in good condition, and an eclectic layout means you are never bored.  Not a “grip it and rip it” course, as analytical skills affects scores as much as skill.  Right now with a fee of 1000 baht all in including cart, it’s easy on the wallet too.  What’s not to like?  Ok, some people don’t like trees dividing fairways, and the “alligator hole” shouldn’t be a 15 handicap, but that’s small stuff.  Treasure Hill is well named.

It was a rare cloudy day when umbrellas stayed in the bag since both sun and rain were missing.  How would the golfers perform with such good conditions?

In A-Flight (1-17) John Pierrel (c/h 17) had the best score of the day with an impressive 39 points.  Tommy Marshall (8) played the best golf of the day with 37 points off his enviable handicap, and Maurice Roberts (14) showed his recent consistent form with 35 points.

Over in B-Flight (19+), the revered Mick Coghlan (22) gathered up 38 points in an excellent round, followed by Mike O’Brien (24) with 36 and George Bailey (27) with 34 points.  Congrats to all.

Near Pins:  Bob Watson, Andre Van Dyk, Graham Buckingham, John Pierrel.

Long Putts:  Tom Herrington, Dick Warberg.