5th Annual Poppy Day Golf Tournament
Friday The 7th November 2014: 5th Annual Poppy Day Golf Tournament at Khao Kheow ( 2 Ball Better Ball Stableford) A & B Nines.
Like all good things in life, the idea came from a meeting of minds in Tropical Bert’s, in 2009, with Bert ‘The Sec’, Graham ‘The Pres’ and Derek ‘The Chair’ where we were discussing what to do during the coming Remembrancetide and The Poppy Appeal. Of course then a few ‘Cold Un’s’ helped to clear the mind, and Poppy Golf was born. Now with the fifth one about to take place it was time for the volunteer of the three, me, to get the other ‘Volunteer, Max, and for the fifth time get this years Poppy Day Golf up and running.
One of the good thing about already having a few Tournaments in the book, is that you have a record, and hopefully if it is good, the players will appear. So it was on this day and the sign ups came in fast and furious, until on the night before the Competition we had close to 152 players. I suspect that playing at Khao Kheow, at a great rate, was much to do with it, and Max was beavering away to get the players in order. However here I have to say thank you to the staff who look after us all every Poppy Day, at Khao Kheow, they are ‘Stars’. This year we were again trying a different slant on the night out and had decided to hold it on the Saturday, the 8th, to give players the chance to relax after the game and next day to take their ‘Significant Other’ out for the night at The Amari Tavern By The Sea’.
A day such as this does not go on without weeks of work and good will from many of the Golfers. Here, Max and I were well supported by the Golfers of Tropical Bert’s Golf Society, in the run up, especially though to Daryl Evans, Mashi Kaneta, Dick Warberg, Tom Cotton and Keith Phillips. They added many of the items for the Raffle, and also made my efforts much easier.
As on the previous year the weather had become a problem. All the weather forecasts has said rain in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon, and only a few days before Pattaya was flooded for days on end. It seemed like someone up there had it in for me again, but in the last few days before the Competition the really bad days seemed to be not as bad and we occasionally seemed to get the odd sunny period. Indeed I went into the day with high hopes despite the weather forecast.
The day started with fine weather and Max was down at the Course at 0730 to get things set up. After all these years Max and the staff there know the routine and Max, with Matt, set up ready to go. Mind first they have a few things to do like putting the pins out and setting up the Sponsors Signs. This year we had Twining’s, Pattaya Reality, Manpower Group and as usual MBMG, thanks to them all. All that was awaited now was the players.
As said the players we expected was 152 but with two groups not showing we got underway 144 players on the day, a really fine number. With a two Tee start from 10’00 clock soon all were underway by 1230 and that is when the rain hit. I am told it rained really heavy here in Pattaya, but on the Course at Khao Kheow we had maybe 10 minutes of rain and then it cleared although the sky did look like it had more. We had a bit of thunder in the distance but all in all we were very lucky. Seems like someone up there really does love me.
On a day like this I always go out first, on this day partnered by Mark West along with two guests from MBMG, and with the rain around of late it was no carts on the fairways, not a problem normally as I do not tend to hit the fairways. However really the Course was in good condition despite the short storm that hit. The Khao Kheow Staff really put themselves out for this day and to them I say thank you.
The day moved well and all the players made efforts to play quickly on a Course that played well with fairways in good condition, if a little soft, greens that played remarkably well and rough, that was a bit wet, but played as rough should. All in all a great day out.
Max and Matt were beavering away sorting the results out and I must also say thanks to Bob and Mike who gave of their day to assist. Bob sold the Poppies and told of one person who gave 2 Baht for a Poppy, no names!!, who said Golfers were not ‘Over Carefull, and Mike who acted as Starter. At least Max had until next day to sort out the Results with the presentation being at The Amari Tavern by the Sea.
The function was to be at Amari Tavern By The Sea on the Saturday night. The idea being that maybe as we get a little older a break would be good for the golfers and they would bring some one with them. And so it turned out. The Golfers brought out their guest and we had over 170 people at the night. The Buffet was out a bit early and as usual The Amari Tavern By The Sea Staff put on a superb Buffet that was enjoyed by all. Certainly the best I have seen for years. Also with drinks at a specially cheap price the beers went down well. Thank you big, to Brendan Daly and his staff.
The night started with the Chairman saying his thank you and asking Mr Graham MacDonald MBE President of the Royal British Legion to say thank you to the main Sponsors, Twining’s, Pattaya Reality and Manpower Services. He did not mention his own Company, but I did, as MBMG are the biggest supporters of The Royal British Legion here in Thailand. As Chairman I thanked Colin Davis of Lewiinski’s, then to Brendan Daly of Amari Tavern By The Sea and last but not least to Maxwell Matthews who has given me so much support over the years.
The night continued and this really is a fine venue, but it was soon time for the scribe, and Chairman of The Royal British Legion Thailand, to say his thank you to all those who also helped. To Max and his team for their fine work not only on the day but during the build up. Chris Balzis for his fine shirts delivered on time. To The Navy Lads for the Trophy’s, To the Pattaya Mail and last but not least to our President, Graham MacDonald, and MBMG. Group who are our biggest supporters. I also gave thanks to all the Hotels who gave such support to out ‘Draw’ and to Christina who gathered a list of ‘Hotel Vouchers’ the like of which I have never seen.
So onto the presentation, and as it was a ‘Big Do’ I think it only fair to mention the Technical winners. We had two Fights for all the Technicals, 0-17 and 18 up.
Near Pin A Flight B Flight
A3 Max Scott Barry Elphick
A5 Jeff Clohessy Sean Soden
B3 Ning Neal Dick Warberg
B8 Donal McGuigan Jim Ferris
A9 Terry Smith Aidan Murray
B9 Bob Newell Les Easton
So to the winners and first we presented to the ‘Strongest Team’ of the day to Kurt Eberhardt and Otto Schmid. They always give of their best and epitomise what the game is all about. Then to the winning Teams and I have to say that the scores here were very good when you consider that the weather was not the best and the Course was wet.
In Sixth were Mashi Kaneta and Tom Herrington with 48 points losing on countback to
In Fifth were John Hackett and Jim Ferris with 48 points
In fourth were Gordon Melia and Geoff Parker with 49 points losing on countback to
In third Bernard Green and Marcus Earp. with 49 points
In second we had Jim Heaney and Dominick Downey with a fine 50 points .
So to the winners and with a fine 51 points the winners were Tore Eliassen and Odd Holm-Hansen Well played gentlemen.
We then held the Draw and the Lucky draw to complete the night.
It was then time for the Scribe to relax with friends and listen to the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the day. T.T.F.N.
‘Strongest’ Team get something to commemorate their skill. Ladies Umbrellas.
As Strongest Team the Chairman says thank you for their good will.
First Tee with the Starter