Torrie & Lyne triumph on slow day at Green Valley

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IPGC Golf from The Tara Court Golf

Sunday, Jan. 11, Green Valley – Stableford

We got off to a bad start today at Green Valley where we had to wait over an hour after our allotted tee time to get started as they were very busy and the starter let people out at a time when they had no booking.  

When we did eventually get going, we moved along at a nice pace and everything went ok.  There was a nice breeze, so perfect weather for golf.  Again we had a large group out and anyone who now wants to play with us on Sundays needs to let us know early in the week to be sure of a place.

John  Fetherston & Ger Lodge.John  Fetherston & Ger Lodge.

Rod Torrie was the winner today in A flight with thirty nine points, which considering the reduction of seven shots off his handicap over the last six months was a very good score indeed.  Jack Fetherston, who has just arrived from Ireland, made a name for himself quickly and took second place with thirty seven points.  Declan Kelly was third with thirty five, beating Shaun Merriman in to fourth on a count back.

Michael Lyne was the winner in B flight with thirty seven points and Ger Lodge took second with thirty four, beating Andy Galvin into third on a count back.  This was Andy’s second week in a row to get on the podium and he is definitely getting the hang of Green Valley now!  Tony Aston, who is just back from a visit home, was fourth with thirty two points.

Andy Galvin, Teddy Lodge and Joe McArdle split the ‘2’s pot.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

We arrived at Mountain Shadow early today and there were not many around so we teed off well before our allotted time and got round quickly as there was no one in front of us.

A strong wind and fast greens kept the scoring low and none of our group managed to play to their handicap, but they couldn’t blame the course as it was in perfect condition and a pleasure to play.

Brian Lalor had just arrived from Ireland at the weekend and quickly took the top spot in B flight with thirty three points, followed by Ger Lodge in second with thirty one on count back over John McGarry in third.

After a spectacular meltdown on Sunday at Green Valley where he had twenty-one points on the front nine and then only nine on the back, Joe McArdle managed to hold it together today to bring in the best score and win A flight with thirty five points.  In second was Jack Fetherston with thirty one, beating Frank McGowan into third on a count back.

Thursday, Jan. 15, Pattana – Stableford

A lot of confusion at Pattana on Thursday, most of our friends were charged 1,200 baht for the green fee when the agreed price for the IPGC was 1,000.  When the mistake was discovered it took a long time to get the staff to agree to the proper price.  Then, when they did agree, all the people who had paid had to go back to their caddy to collect the tickets and bring them back to the cashier to get a refund.  The cashiers in Pattana are slow at the best of times taking money but when it came to giving a refund it was even worse.

Eventually it was sorted out and then when we got to the tee box we discovered that our organizer had forgotten to put some of the names on the time sheet so more confusion, but at the end of the day we all got off for our game.

Everyone who played today was very impressed with the course and a lot of people were asking why we don’t play it more often, so we will be adding it on to our schedule a lot more in the future.

Again today, none of our golfers managed to play to their handicaps, with Jack Fetherston being the best of the day and winning A Flight with thirty five points.  Donal Lyne, on his last game with us for this year, came second with thirty three and he nudged Frank McGowan into third on a count back.

Ger Lodge was the best in B Flight with thirty three points, John Fenwick was second with thirty two and John McGarry came in third with thirty one.

Ger Lodge, John Deardon and Jack Fetherston shared the ‘2’s with one each.

Note: The Tara Court Golf Group play every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in the Tara Court on Pratamnak  Rd. around 10.00 a.m.  Sign up either in O’Gara’s or call Joe on 089 249 1364.