Warberg wins golfer of the year

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PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Society

Tuesday, Dec. 30, Greenwood – Stableford

We saw some major changes last year, mainly the move from our many year location of Tropical Bert’s to our new home at BJ Holiday Lodge on Soi 3.  Although at the time the move worried us, things have in fact gone very smoothly and I thank both Tropical Bert’s, for looking after us for so many years, and BJ Holiday Lodge for making the move so easy.

So it was that on the last Tuesday of the year we had a very big turnout to go to Greenwood.  In fact we decided to take the ‘waiting list’ and the place was full with those getting ready to go.  Maybe having such a big turnout was not just because this was the last game of the year but also the day that the MBMG Group Golfer of The Month and also MBMG Golfer of The Year awards would be announced.  We thank the MBMG Group for staying with us since we changed location.

Dick Warberg (right) is presented with the MBMG Group Golfer of The Year award by Derek Brook.Dick Warberg (right) is presented with the MBMG Group Golfer of The Year award by Derek Brook.

So in buses and cars the cavalcade set off and reached the course in time for what, at the last minute, was an earlier tee time.  Dick and his group set off to ensure we were at the club in adequate time.  With nine full groups it was going to be a long full day and I sometimes feel sorry for Coin Davis of Lewinski’s who does more groups than this every day.  It can be difficult.

As usual the course at Greenwood was in fine condition.  The greens were great, in fact as good as most have seen them, and the condition of the fairways was also fine with the rough being as tough as you would expect here.  Even the weather helped to make the day a fine one.

With so many groups it took time for the last one to come in but as usual they surfaced and after a bite it was time to get into transport and toddle back to Pattaya.

Surprisingly we were soon ready to go at BJ’s Bar and were away with the results on time.  In the A Flight, 0 to 19, the winner was John Davis with 38 points and the best score of the day.  In second place was John Hackett with 37, Rob Brown took third with 35 and in fourth was Brian Gabe with 34 on a count back over Mashi Kaneta.

The B Flight winner was Barry Elphick with 37 points ahead of Torsten Bischof in second with 35.  Taking third was Daryl Evans with 34 points ahead of Tom McDowell in fourth with 32 and in fifth spot was Don Carmody with 31.

In the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month competition, the fine round by Barry Elphick saw him take the win for December, well done Barry!

And so to the ‘Big One’ and the announcement of the yearly award.  As the day started Dick Warberg was holding onto a slim lead and as the round prgressed he must have realised that he needed some divine intervention, as his day did not go well.  Seemingly he must have a good connection to the ‘Almighty’ as all his nearest chasers also fell by the wayside.  So the MBMG Group Golfer of the Year was Dick Warberg, and as this is a 12 month competition we congratulate him on his staying power.  TTFN.

Near Pins: Brian Parish, Barry Elphick, Carole Kubicki.

Long Putts: Tom McDowell.

Barry Elphick (left) receives the MBMG Group Golfer of The Month award for December.Barry Elphick (left) receives the MBMG Group Golfer of The Month award for December.

Flight winners, John Davis (right) and Barry Elphick (left), with one of BJ’s finest.Flight winners, John Davis (right) and Barry Elphick (left), with one of BJ’s finest.