PSC Golf from the Phantom Golf Society
Monday, March 7, Khao Kheow A & B – Stableford
It was back to the popular Khao Kheow for the first game of the week and after a few withdrawals due to sickness we ended up with a very healthy field of 30 golfers ready to tackle this challenging layout. Just 40 minutes up number 7 and we were there and with it not being too busy our first group was able to get away right on our early tee time of 9.10am.
The weather was perfect although fairly hot but a gentle breeze did help somewhat but towards the end of the round the humidity was high as was the water consumption.
The golf course was in great shape as ever with the greens very well prepared and fairly quick at times causing many three plus putts from quite a few in the field but as they say, it’s the same for everyone!
Peter Kelly followed up his win at Royal Lakeside the previous Wednesday with an excellent 42 points and easily won the A Flight. There were 2 golfers on 36 points, therefore a count back was required which resulted in second place being awarded to Paul Smith (18 point second nine & 12 points on last 6 holes) from Phil Davies (18 point second nine & 11 points on last 6 holes) in third spot and Mike Allidi came fourth with 33 points.
It was another win for Satita “New ST” Cheoychao in the B Flight who had 41 points and another count back was needed with 2 players on 37 points, which saw Nigel Harrison (19 point second nine) take second place from Barry Oats (18 point second nine) who finished third. There were 2 golfers with 36 points and the count back resulted in fourth place going to Colin Davis (23 point second nine), with Torben Lindgaard just missing out.
A Flight (0-16)
1st Peter Kelly (12) 42pts
2nd Paul Smith (2) 36pts
3rd Phil Davies (15) 36pts
4th Mike Allidi (2) 33pts
B Flight (17+)
1st Satita Cheoychao (39) 41pts
2nd Nigel Harrison (30) 37pts
3rd Barry Oats (23) 36pts
4th Colin Davis (21) 32pts
Near Pins: A5 – Colin Hopkins, B3 – Christian Boysen, B8 – Colin Davis
Long Putts: A9 – Asger Levin, B9 – Brian Jensen
Wednesday, March 9, Bangpakong – Stableford
It was a much smaller turnout on this occasion with just 11 players signed up, which was surprising for this golf course which has in the past attracted good fields but I guess things are getting a lot quieter in Pattaya and maybe the extra distance was a deterrent.
After the one hour & five minute journey we arrived to find the course not too busy and our first group teed off 10 minutes after our scheduled 10.00am time. It was hot and humid with very little breeze and the course was looking a treat although many of the greens were fairly slow which did make things a bit tricky but not for all, as can be seen in some of the scores.
The pace was quite good and most of our groups were able to complete the round in under four & a half hours, which was fine considering the fairly oppressive conditions.
Two handicapper Paul Smith had a super round of golf, shooting 35 on the front and 32 on the back and of course finished in first place with 43 points, 2 points ahead of Andrew Purdie who had a fine 41 points in scond. Taking third place was Dave Lehane with 40 points and Murray Edwards was fourth after scoring 35 points.
1st Paul Smith (2) 43pts
2ndAndrew Purdie (8) 41pts
3rd Dave Lehane (19) 40pts
4th Murray Edwards (22) 35pts
Friday, March 11, Crystal Bay B & C – Stableford
Once again it was a very small field with just two groups and with an earlier tee time of 9.37am we departed Phantom Bar just after 8.15am and with Satita’s dad, Lan, behind the wheel for the first time we had a smooth ride and arrived at the course in plenty of time.
It was fairly quiet so we were able to hit off just before our allotted time on B1 and proceeded at a steady pace in hot and humid conditions. The golf course was in good shape with the greens much improved and with no delays we were finished in about four hours & fifteen minutes.
All of us struggled on the day, probably due to the heat and it was your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn who returned to the winner’s circle after several months and “sheepishly” accepted first place after scoring a very modest 31 points. In second place was Svend Hommel on 30 points and newly married veteran Ted Morris came third with 28.
1st Peter Blackburn (16) 31pts
2nd Svend Hommel (14) 30pts
3rd Ted Morris (15) 28pts
Note: The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, meeting at The Phantom Bar in Soi Buakhow at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7.30am onwards. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to [email protected]