Another day dawned and golfers made their way to the Khao Kheow Country Club to play this challenging course for the May PAGS tournament. The day’s field of 96 players, which included 5 ladies, had an eye on the weather conditions and with good reason too as a few storms had been experienced over the previous few days.
We played the A & B combination, with the course being in reasonable condition after the recent storms, with a variety of the club’s yellow & white tee boxes. Greens were running smoothly, although the recent rain softened the fairways reducing much run, with a heavy 30 minute storm dropping plenty more water on the course.
Organizers had implemented ‘lift, clean & place’ on the closely mown areas to avoid the dreaded mud ball on the soft fairways, an insightful decision.
Steve Truelove (H/cap 12) was the standout performer this month, shooting 75 to claim the Low Gross, first place in the A Flight with an outstanding 45 points and his maximum 2 technicals.
The Ladies winner was regular PAGS participant Jeeranan Duncan with a solid 36 points, to go with her NTP on A5.
Runner-up in the A flight for handicaps 0–12 was Tommy Marshall (8) with an impressive 41 points, to go with his approach on B1, while Peter Park (6) picked up third spot on 37 points, plus an Approach on A6.
B flight winner for handicaps 13-19 was Craig Banks (14) with 39 points to go with his Long Drive on A9, while the minor places were tightly contested with a countback required. Richard Goodwyn (18) got the nod with his 19 points on the back 9, over Mikael Andersen (18) after both signed for 38 points.
In the C flight, for handicaps 20 & above, there was a clear win for Todd Fox (37) with 42 points, 1 ahead of Thierry Danzas (27), while the bronze went to John Duffy (24) with a creditable 39 points.
A shout out of congratulations to John Seton for his first ever hole in one on Hole A5.