Mon July 8th – Pattana A & B
Today we were allocated A & B nines at Pattana and what a difference between the two nines. The A nine was surprisingly shabby with greens lumpy, slow and unmowed. The B nine was very different with fairways in better shape and greens that were smooth, quick and true, The difference was remarkable and reflected in the scoring with those who didn’t play well on one improving markedly on the other. A case in point was today’s winner Jimmy Carr who had a poor front A nine but went crazy on the back to amass thirty-seven points and overtake second-placed Robby Watts on countback. Likewise Stuart Brown had a better back nine to take third place with thirty-five points. Near pins went to Stuart Brown and Robby Watts with Kob Glover taking the difficult A3 island hole, the last B8 went unclaimed.
1st Jimmy Carr (15) 37 points
2nd Robby Watts (8) 37 points
3rd Stuart Brown (9) 35 points
Near pins Kob Glover, Robby Watts, & Stuart Brown.
Weds 10th July – Green Valley
The midweek game at Greenvalley was enough enticement to lure out a field of eighteen to play a superior course which is now close to being back to its best again. A nice sunny day with a light breeze blowing kept playing conditions comfortable. The course was quiet so no delays or holdups although the second group did complain they had to wait on every hole for a slow three-ball out first, nevertheless the round was completed in under four hours which is acceptable. Scoring today was of a very high standard with most performing well, seven players scored thirty-six or more. Winner and course member Stuart Brown applied all his local knowledge to take first place with an excellent score of forty-one, he even managed to get a wayward drive heading into the jungle to hit a rock and bounce back into the middle of the fairway. Gerry Cooney continues to play to his best and took second place with thirty-nine points, perhaps his handicap could do with a little adjustment, twenty seems a bit high for a player of his ability. Niall Glover had his best game to date with a fine thirty-eight and take third place. Newcomer Neil Harvey took the last place on the podium also with thirty-eight beaten on countback. Near pins went to Rocky Ishikawa, Les Cobban, Stuart Brown, and almost an ace from Gavin Lang. After golf, a feast of sport continued with the State of Origin rugby league decider and The Kiwi’s v Indians in the World Cup one day cricket, too much sport is barely enough.
1st Stuart Brown (9) 41points
2nd Gerry Cooney (20) 39 points
3rd Niall Glover (20) 38 points
4th Neil Harvey (9) 38 points
Near pins Masao (Rocky) Ishikawa, Les Cobban, Stuart Brown, & Gavin Lang.
Mon July 12th – Khao Kheow B & C
A good field of sixteen for the last game of the week at Khao Kheow where we were allocated B & C nines. As always the course was nice and playing conditions bright and sunny with little or no wind. Despite nobody in front of them our lead group were painfully slow and took four hours twenty minutes to complete the round.
When questioned about it they said they had to continually wait for caddies which is becoming more of a problem, the current crop of caddies don’t like to walk and are not shy of showing their displeasure when required to do so. Despite being patchy at times Gerry Cooney did enough to take out first place on countback from Kob Glover both on thirty-seven points. Stuart Brown took third with thirty-six and Chris Delamare rounded out the scoring with thirty-five points. Chris also had shot of the day on the ninth when his second from a bunker went straight into the hole for the only eagle of the day. That shot was replayed many times back at the bar. Near pins went to Geoff Cox, Tony Robbins, Stuart Brown, and Gary Smith. Last games today for Niall Glover back to work in Peru and Barry Murnin on tour in Vietnam.
1st Gerry Cooney (19) 37 points
2nd Kob Glover (26) 37 points
3rd Stuart Brown (8) 36 points
4th Chris Delamare (1) 35 points
Near pins Geoff Cox, Tony Robbins, Stuart Brown, & Gary Smith.