Thomas wins tight finish


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

The last week in May began for the Pattaya Golf Society with a visit to the quality course at Royal Lakeside on Monday, 27th May, for the group’s monthly medal round.  The course was in excellent condition as always and the absence of golfers also helped an early start and early finish.

Since the renovations of a year or so ago the course has toughened significantly and low scores are still achievable but only by golfers on top of their game.  This gave an opportunity to the group’s most improved golfer this year, Larry Ang, and he recorded a fine net 73 for third place.  One shot ahead was John Chelo, playing his final round this trip and the Canadian golfer exited as he had played for so long with a level par round.  The winner was Aussie Craig Thomas who managed net 71 on his first visit to the course.

Dave Edwards and Larry Ang shared the ‘2’s pot with their efforts on the fifteenth.  The Booby Bevy went to Andrew Purdie for his “hero-to-zero” performance after winning last time out and hitting the depths this round.  Nevertheless a fine day was had by all and next month sees a return to the popular course at the mouth of the Bangpakong River.

Good course, shame about the golf

Khao Kheow beckoned and the Pattaya Golf Society fell for its charms on Wednesday, 29th May, when its golfers called to play a stableford round on the A and C nines from the yellow tees.

The course was well prepared and the day stayed fine meaning all the golfers had to do was stroke the ball cleanly and collect good scoring points.  Hah!  From first to last opportunities were scorned, shots were wasted, putts missed, rhythms ruptured, “thicks” followed “thins” and generally scrappy golf became the order of the day.

For the record the winner was Alan Flynn with thirty points with Dave Plaiter and Peter Allen sharing second place with 28 points.  ‘2’s?  Forget it!

The Booby Bevy was targetted at “steward” for the day Dave Edwards and it was duly presented for him heading up the biggest bunch of plonkers to masquerade in the name of the PGS in many a long year.  Time for the Boss to make a comeback, methinks!

Normal service restored at Crystal Bay

After the shambles at Khao Kheow on Wednesday normal service was restored for the Pattaya Golf Society on Friday, 31st May, at Crystal Bay when the group assembled to play a stableford competition on the B and C nines which were in excellent condition.  This time there was no messing as par was first peppered then “possessed” with Dave Plaiter charging the back nine to record 35 points for third.

In second was Mr Len, blowing the opportunity for a large score by dropping four points on the final three holes to finish on level par, his best performance after six months in the doldrums and finally coming to grips with his game again.

The winner was Andrew Purdie and he recorded 39 points in his swansong event before returning to work in Oz.

Instead of a ‘2’s pot this time there were near-pins allocated to the par threes and these were won by Larry Ang (two) Dave Plaiter (two).  In the multiplier sub plot Dave Plaiter and Mr Len swept all before them with an excellent 71 points.

After a fine day’s golf the PGS boat had been steadied again and good days lie ahead next week with visits to Green Valley and Burapha.