IPGC golf with the Pattaya Golf Society
The Pattaya Golf Society visited beautiful Bangpra on Monday, 23rd May to play a stableford competition on the course which was well presented as usual. The impact of low season saw only two English golfers in a predominantly “down under” field and competition was tight for the bragging rights.
Scores could not have been closer as Wichai Tananusorn continued in his consistent form to post 34 points for fourth place, one behind new member Aussie Tim Knight in third. In second was Masanori Takano on 36 points and he used the occasion to sign off this trip in good style. The winner was Pete Sumner with the day’s only sub-par round, 37, and his second consecutive win with the Soi Buakhao based group.
There were no birdie ‘2’s on this occasion and the Booby Bevy went to Rob Lamond, a rare feat, after his round ended sadly with four blanks leaving him with a 16-7 split. But he’ll be back to try his hand again and it will probably be a long while before he is the recipient next. All in a days’ work at Bangpra for the PGS.
Rod shows Howett’s done
The Pattaya Golf Society took advantage of an excellent “sports day” deal to play St Andrew’s on Wednesday, 25th May, and found the course in fair condition on a very humid and overcast day. Avid walking golfers avoid the course and the resultant small field had returned to the clubhouse within no more than four hours on the course.
In third place was Pete Sumner, continuing a fine week, with 34 points and in second was Jim Ferris on 35, playing his final round this trip. His golf has been much better than on previous visits and he will be anxious to return for more at the end of the year. The winner was Rod Howett with an excellent return of 38 points to mock the club “rule” on the card advising golfers with handicaps of more than eighteen not to play. Indeed both the leading two golfers share the same twenty-plus handicap.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy was held back until the next competition in the absence of a suitable candidate.
Happier memories for Lazecki
On Friday, 27th May, the Pattaya Golf Society travelled to play a stableford competition at the Emerald course in Ban Chang, a change from the original format which was to raise some much needed funding for the group’s chosen charity this year, The Fr. Ray Foundation Outreach Center.
A smaller than expected field made the change in format inevitable but the day still raised an impressive amount to be used for the provision of new illuminated signs at the Center on Soi Thepprasit.
In the competition proper sharing second place were Ronnie Ramsay and Sam McLellan, recently returned, and their returns of 29 points reflected the toughness of the course on a heavily overcast and humid day. The winner was Canadian golfer Tim Lazecki who had previous bad memories of the course after breaking a hip there in January, but this time the smiles were back as his impressive 35 points took the day.
Also making a return was organiser Mr Len after a barren twelve week spell of frustrating inactivity recovering from surgery and an amended swing eventually found success after the front nine. Just to be part of the PGS golf day scene again was reward enough for the boss, and at Emerald. ‘Nuff said!