Wot! No Aussies?


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

The Pattaya Golf Society visited Mountain Shadow on Monday, 26th August to play a stableford competition on the testing course which was in excellent condition with quite pacey greens.

Starting on time, the group made good progress and a very pleasant and comfortable breeze cooled them throughout.  For once there were no Aussie golfers in the top places and Wichai Tananusorn and Mr Len shared third place with 31 points each.  Only one point ahead were the joint winners Masashi Iizumi and Thai lady golfer Wan Meeraka.

There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went to Jeff Hunt for his record split figures of 21 and 7.  In addition, he benefitted from an extreme rebound off a course dog to put himself in position on the sixth to record his first par of the day.

All-in-all it had been another fine day on a splendid golf course.

Bangpra shows its teeth

Wednesday, 28th August saw the Pattaya Golf Society travel to Bangpra to play its monthly medal event on the quality course which had been freshened by some overnight rain that left the fairways lacking the usual run.  In addition, the use of the newly relaid white tees saw tee placements well back and the greens were their usual tasty and testing best.  Scoring would be tough as the group found out.

Sharing second place with net 80 were the trio of Leigh Abbey, Evan Millar and Wichai Tananusorn, the latter producing the best gross figures of the day, 85.  The winner was the amiable Frenchman Jean Morel whose net 78 was a result of accurate if not long hitting, and it proved the adage that “nice guys sometimes win”.

Evan Millar recorded the only birdie ‘2’ of the day, on the attractive twelfth hole and Ian Wilson’s quadruple par on the third guaranteed him the Booby Bevy.

Bangpra continues to be a firm favourite in the minds of many Pattaya golfers and in this condition it has more than enough to offer golfers of all handicaps a fair test of golf.

Tananusorn’s gem at Emerald

The Pattaya Golf Society ended the week with a trip to Emerald to play a stableford competition on a course which was in good condition despite the remedial work that has been done on the fairways and any efforts that enhance the quality of the fairway grasses have to be applauded.

With preferred lies in place the flight got off to a prompt start and those making good progress included Garry Hookey and Robbie Taylor who both finished with 33 points to share runner-up.  The round of the day was being played by Wichai Tananusorn and after nine holes he was level par for the course.  After sixteen he was still on course for a gross 72 but unbelievably his trusty Cobra turned and bit him with two huge pulls setting up awkward rescue attempts on both seventeen and eighteen.  Such is golf but his forty point return was his best round since early April.  It was an excellent performance indeed.

There were no birdie ‘2’s and the returning Wayne Morrison took the Booby Bevy for his low score, on his birthday as well!  But the day belonged to a smiling Khun Wichai who is looking forward to a further reduction in his small handicap before the new week begins.