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Monday, February 25th
Khao Kheow A & B
1st Colin Greig (11) 37 points
2nd Robby Watts (9) 37 points
3rd Roger Touhy (11) 37 points
4th Keith Hemmings (22) 37 points
5th Kob Glover (27) 36 points
Near pins Gordon Melia, Robby Watts, Tom McMurray, and Jimmy Carr.
Today we experienced two things we hadn’t seen for some time. First, the traffic from Laem Chabang interchange to the course was in gridlock on Frontage Rd both going to and returning from the course resulting in a very long day. The second was rain which threatened on the front nine tumbled down on the back, welcome rain for the course but the timing could have been better for golfers who got soaked. After the rain cleared and the sun came out the humidity went through the roof making for uncomfortable conditions for those already saturated by the rain. Despite that, the standard of golf was good and very competitive with four finishing with thirty-seven points separated on countback. Colin Greig had the best back nine and took first place, followed one back by Robby Watts. Roger Touhy and Keith Hemmings both playing their last game of this tour also finished on thirty-seven and were placed third and fourth respectively with Kob Glover one back in fifth place. Gordon Melia made his first appearance in the winners circle snaring a near pin with Robby Watts, Tom McMurray, and Jimmy Carr taking the remaining three. We are seeing a big exodus of players this week with at least six either returning to the UK or locals going on holidays, hopefully, a few newcomers will take their places in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, February 27th
Bangpakong Riverside Country Club
1st Neil Carter (12) Net 64
2nd Robby Watts ((9) Net 66
3rd Les Cobban (8) Net 68
4th Geoff Parker (18) Net 69
5th Raleigh Gosney (20) Net 69
Near Pins Robby Watts & Michael Brett
The last game of the month and our second medal round was played the Bangpakong Riverside course with a field of sixteen participating. The course was in its usual nice condition, the weather fine with a cool breeze blowing and the caddies were of a high standard so conditions were perfect for good golf and that’s exactly what we got. Neil Carter unencumbered by the hassle of organising groups and transport went into the game with a clear head and shot the lights out with a fantastic net sixty-four. From the start, he had a ding dong battle with Les Cobban who also finished on the same gross score but due to his lower handicap had a lesser net score and had to settle for third with Robby Watts slotting in between in second place with a net sixty-six. Having spent months in the wilderness and seen his handicap balloon out to eighteen, Geoff Parker returned to form today with a very tidy net sixty-nine in fourth place edging out Raleigh Gosney into fifth. Only two of the four difficult near pins were won today going to Bobby Watts and Michael Brett. This is a course where the par threes are particularly long and with a stiff breeze blowing made them all the more difficult resulting in only two being taken.
As it was the last game of the month it was time to find golfer of the month. Four were in with a show however John Hughes who last week claimed ” If I want to win I can” didn’t have the stomach for the battle and didn’t play leaving Tony Robbins, Colin Greig, and the eventual winner Robby Watts to fight it out. Winning reflects consistently good play over the course of the month and Robby certainly showed that.
Friday, March 1st
1st Keith Norman (13) 39 points
2nd Tony Robbins ((20) 37 points
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 35 points
4th Michael Brett (15) 35 points
Near pins Robby Watts, Craig Dows, John Hughes, & Les Cobban.
It seems like we have made a seamless transition from high season to low, in the space of a week our numbers have gone from thirty to sixteen with a big exodus earlier this week. Nevertheless, sixteen is a decent number for a course that is not universally popular even with an attractive green and caddie fee. The course was pretty much as we expected, tees and fairways ok, greens lumpy, slow, and in need of mowing and the rough was appropriately named. Even though a group went out directly in front of us they quickly disappeared so the pace of play was excellent
January golfer of the month Keith Norman seems to have developed a liking for glass trophies and it looks like he wants to bag another this month before returning to the UK, he had an excellent score of thirty-nine points to take first place. Tony Robbins is also in good consistent form lately and took second place with thirty-seven points. Carrying on from where he left off on Wednesday Geoff Parker took third place on countback from Michael Brett both on thirty-five. Near pins went to Robby Watts, Craig Dows, John Hughes, and Les Cobban. Looks like numbers from all societies in Pattaya are now down to low season levels so we may now be returning to millionaire golf again.
Jimmy Carr presents golfer of the month trophy to Robby Watts