You know you can’t get much better that 29 happy golfers, playing a fun format on a golf course 20 minutes from Pattaya, with an all-inclusive price of 1600 Baht, which included green fee, caddie, cart and comp fee. Add to that, a course which was in great condition, with some great holes and all rounds completed in less than 4 hours 30 mins, including two stops for heavy rain.
Add in a first prize of a 40 inch smart TV, a second prize of a mobile phone and all the presentation over and completed on time at 3.30pm; and what have you got? A supremely organized and well run PSC tournament!
Teeing off at 8.30am, the weather was cool but windy, everyone had checked in on time with no exceptions. Tim & Nigel were as usual in charge of the office/check-in procedure whilst Jack assumed his role as the starter. Then the dark clouds rolled in bringing with them, heavy rain; some doom and gloom set in that the golf might come to an abrupt halt. However, clear skies were not far away and the rounds were able to continue, there was no thunder and lightning and apart from one more stop for some more heavy rain, everybody finished and made their way to Siam Country Resort on time.
Many of the players had not been to the Resort before and nodded their approval of the retreat, which offers excellent food, bar facilities and accommodation. Owner, Neville and his staff were extremely welcoming and I am sure it will not be too long before we return here as a PSC member Group facility.
We went with one division in this novel format which many enjoy playing; the essence being, that a player (male) must play 6 red, 6 white and 6 blue tees and a lady or silver player, must play 9 reds/silvers and 9 white. The strategy of whether to pick a red tee on a par 5 to maybe get on the green in two or the blue tee on a par 4 than you cannot get on it two from the whites, is quite intriguing and all part of the fun of this format and can easily make a difference between winning and losing.
It was all very close, with three players tied on 38pts, leading to countbacks for 4th, 5th and 6th.
My thanks to the PSC Office Staff for doing all the paperwork and especially to Tim and Nigel for their help on the day and without whose help these days would not be possible.
Our next PSC Monthly is a 2 ball better ball format at Laem Chabang on 15th July for the very special rate of 1800 Baht (all up) plus the comp fee of 200 Baht. Sign up at the office, (on line sign-up disabled for now), as soon as possible, limited space available.
6th Alfredo Ventrurini (H’cap 18) 38pts (back 9 c/back 18)
5th John Player (19) 38pts (back 9, 20pts, last 6, 11pts)
4th John Healy (14) 38pts (back 9, 20pts, last 6, 13pts)
3rd Lloyd Shuttleworth (5) 39pts (back 9, 19pts)
2nd Dave Smith (10) 39pts (back 9, 20pts)
1st Torben Lindgaard (27) 40pts.
Near pins were won by:-
H’cap (0 – 17) H’cap (18+)
Hole 5 Travis Linger Charles Heneghan
Hole 7 Lloyd Shuttleworth Charles Heneghan
Hole 12 Per Lovgren John Player
Hole 16 Sel Wegner Ed Turner