Van Dyk sails to victory

Nigel Perry (left) with Andre Van Dyk.
Nigel Perry (left) with Andre Van Dyk.

The Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, August 1, Khao Kheow – Stableford

This is a quality course and also a real test of your golf.  On this day the test was to be the A & B nines and on a warm day we set forth.

The fairways were still damp after recent rain and there was little run but the ball only occasionally picked up mud.  The greens were generally fine but if anything a little slow.  The rough here is always difficult and so it proved.

Back in Pattaya it was soon into the results and the winner on the day with 33 points was Mashi Kaneta on count back over Dick Warberg in second.  Taking third place was John Davis with 32 points on another count back over Tom Herrington in fourth.  Tom had looked all over the winner after 17 holes, but blew up on the 18th, and no points, such is golf!

The best front-nine from non-winners came from Brian Gabe with 18 points while John Pierrel was best on the back-nine.

Friday, August 4, Plutaluang – Stableford

This Friday the Tropical golfers headed out to the Thai Navy course to play the South/East segments.  One certain thing about the Plutaluang course is, love it or hate it, it’s not boring!  Water, jungle, and trees in the middle of several fairways keep the mind active and the nerves on edge.

In A-Flight (0-21), Andre Van Dyk (c/h 18) came back to sink all the competition and post the best score of the day with 37 points.  John Davis (16) was right behind with 36 points, followed by Brian Parish (12) with 35, winning third on count-back.

Nigel Perry (25) announced he is back in town by taking  B Flight with a fine 36 points, followed by Graham Buckingham (28) with 34, and John Sykes (36) with 32.

Best nines (non-winners) went to Kip McLachlan and Dick Warberg.