Siam Country Resort 08/04

Monday April 3,

Pattavia, (white tees),

Stableford.

1st Trevor Priestly(22)                43 pts

2nd Geoff Cox (15)                     37

3rd Neil Carter(13)                      36

4th Gerry Cooney (16)                35 oco

Near pins: Trevor Priestly, Mike Brett, Gerry Cooney, Peter Allen.

Unseasonal rain interrupted play for the fourth outing in eight days at today’s game at Pattavia. The greens on the front nine had just been cored and sanded prior to play with more sand on the greens than in the bunkers, worse the sand had not been brushed in properly making putting a bit of a lottery. Added to the mix thousands of tiny black flies swarmed around the arms and faces of players whenever they stood still to play a shot making the whole experience difficult and unpleasant.
None of the above made the slightest bit of difference to Trevor Priestly who breezed through with an exceptional score of forty-three points from a handicap of twenty-two. Trevor is making a habit of playing infrequently and throwing up an exceptional score to win. One feels he may soon have an appointment with the handicapper. Six points back on thirty-seven points was Geoff Cox, another occasional player who scores well. For the first time when the numbers are between fifteen and twenty, a fourth place was awarded. This fourth position will continue as it was felt unfair that there were only three places paid up to nineteen players and then jumped up to six places when there were twenty players and two flights. Near pins were shared between four players.

 

Wednesday April 5,

Pattana,

Stableford.

 

Only seven Bunker Boys joined forty golfers from the Links Bar for the monthly competition at Pattana Sportand Country Club A and B courses. The weather was cool and overcast with the ever-present threat of rain which luckily held off. The course was in excellent condition for this time of year, well grassed and greens receptive.

The bane of every golfers life (slow play) was the order of the day, which led to one player being struck by a golf ball standing close to a green but out of sight from the following group, luckily no serious injury resulted but it serves as a timely reminder to all players to keep up with the group in front and clear the greens quickly after they finish putting. Some golfers seem oblivious to what is going on around them and despite repeated prompting continue to play too slowly.

The Bunker Boys didn’t acquit themselves very well and only two players figured amongst the prize winners, Brett Chan won two technical prizes and lost out on the major prizes on count back with a fine score of thirty-nine points. The other prize getter was Neil Carter with a very good near pin.

Bunker Boy scores:

Brett Chan 39

Tony Robbins 35

Geoff Parker 34

Neil Carter and Michael Brett 33

Les Cobban 32

Jimmy Carr 30

 

Friday April 7,

Khaow Khew (yellow tees)

Stableford.

1st Mike Brett (16)                       30 pts (back nine 15 pts last 3 6 pts)

2nd Tony Robbins (19)                30 (back nine 15 pts last 3 5 pts.)

3rd Geoff Parker (14)                  30 (back nine 13.)

Near pins: Tony Robbins, Trevor Priestly, Jimmy Carr, Geoff Cox.

Recent golf reports have at times looked more like weather reports and today is no different as unseasonal wet weather dominated play. The front nine was played in overcast oppressively hot conditions, this all changed on the back nine. The rain which had been threatening for some time tumbled down in torrents accompanied by thunder and lightening requiring a break in play of about fifteen minutes. On resumption of play, the fairways were sodden with no run whatsoever and greens had pools of water in places.

The difficulty of the conditions was reflected in the score with three players reaching only thirty points, the placings being decided on count back. Near pins were shared between four players.

As we move deeper into low season our numbers continue to dwindle, but with the Northern Summer approaching, we may soon see an increase again. Our no longer resident style guru Raleigh has returned to the land of the rising sun a little too early and is missing an opportunity to restock his wardrobe. As Songkran approaches many locals are dressed in very colorful floral Hawaiian-style shirts and some might even be found that would better fit his svelte figure.

Trevor Priestly.

 

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