Monday Dec 23rd – Pattavia
Some very good scores were recorded, none better than Geoff Cox who took first place with thirty-nine points. Fresh off a plane from the UK complete with a new set of clubs and a dodgy handicap Andy Grey took second with a respectable thirty-seven. Peter Kelly came third with thirty-five, and Les Cobban completed the winners circle a further point back. Near pins went to Dave Ashman, Peter Kelly, and Colin Greig.
Neil Jones went a bit wayward off the first tee and collected the marshal’s cart coming up the left side of the fairway. Could have been serious. Daryl Vernon also had a bit of drama when the ground above a drainage pipe gave way and in he went, luckily he came away with no more than a sore shin. Could also have been quite serious. Some wag said maybe he needed to slim down a bit, it had been that sort of day.
1st Geoff Cox (17) 39 points
2nd Andy Grey (29) 37 points
3rd Peter Kelly (13) 35 points
4th Les Cobban (8) 34 points
Near pins Dave Ashman, Peter Kelly, & Colin Greig.
Golf Societies in Pattaya face an ongoing challenge, i.e. courses refuse to provide written confirmation of bookings with the green and caddies fees applicable to that booking itemised. Consequently, groups are turning up at courses only to find their booking cancelled completely or their green and caddie fees hiked up considerably, sometimes by three to four hundred baht. This leaves them with two options, either suck it up and suffer the increase or walk away which is precisely what the Bunker Boys did Monday at a course with which we believed we had a good relationship and supported twice a month during low season. Despite our best efforts, a satisfactory resolution could not be reached thus limiting our options.
A quick phone call to Pattavia found we could tee off immediately on arrival so we made the fifteen-minute trip up 331 and found a warm welcome at an empty course and a saving of four hundred baht. The course, like all in the area, could do with some soaking rain but was still in decent condition. The greens were slow, however, mostly due to the fact they hadn’t been mown for a few days and were a bit wooly.