PSC CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
PSC CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
Assuming my role as PSC Golf Chairman late last year, left very little time to organize the PSC’s traditional High Season Tournaments for 2019.
However, having squeezed in an early scramble in February, followed by the Charity Classic in March, both with excellent fields of 85 or so, there was very little time to fit in the Club Championship.
Later than usual, this year’s Club Championship was the traditional 36 hole, 2 day tournament, staged at Bangrpa (colloquially known as the Monkey Course) on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th April. So close to Songkhran, with many local expat Residents already away, anxious to avoid the Thai New Year water throwing activities in Pattaya, coupled with many of the seasonal visitors having already returned to their home countries; the numbers for this event were always likely to be down on the usual January scheduling.
Nonetheless, for the time of year, I was delighted with the turnout; but apart from the support of the usual four or five “Member Groups”, remain disappointed that many of the so called “PSC” Outlets did not choose to support the event.
However, the 44 players included many non-outlet aligned members and with all things considered turned out to be a very successful and enjoyable event; the lower than usual numbers enabling us to hold the presentation at the 5 star Baraquda Hotel on 2nd Road.
All the PSC staff had played their part preparing for Day 1, as Tim, Nigel and Ing arrived early, in time for the registration for the 8.30 tee time.
Golf Chairman, Jack Moseley, arrived with the Club Championship shirts, which bore a remarkable similarity to the Charity Classic ones, only predominantly red and white instead of blue and white; before heading off to the first tee to set the day off.
Fortunately, the severe storm in Pattaya during the early afternoon did not disrupt the golf, unlike the chaos it caused to many roads in Pattaya.
Wednesday was a non-golfing day, but it was a busy day for Jack and Tim calculating the results and establishing who was playing stroke, who stableford and the preparation of the start sheets.
With most of the work already done, Thursday was a much easier day for the check-in guys, this time just Tim & Nigel and with only 2 “no-shows”, Jack got all 11 groups away on time, with the weather remaining kind again although Pattaya did experience a drop more. .
The Baraquda Hotel is a boutique hotel on 2nd road next to the Avenue and is part of the MGallery range by the Sofitel Group. The roof top location is ideal for up to 50 people providing many of us with a first look at this beautiful venue matched by very pleasant management and staff. After enjoying the excellent food – with some drink – it was time for the Presentation – Nigel introduced Golf Chairman, Jack Moseley who expressed his appreciation to the players and to Tim, Nigel, Ing and the PSC staff for their help, as well as welcoming the PSC President, Peter Malhotra.
The results had been complicated to work out and whether there are 100 players or 50, the amount of work is pretty much the same, just a much lesser percentage win prizes; on this occasion, it was not far short of 50%.
The results were calculated in such a way that apart from the near-pins, no player could win more than one prize and also in priority order of the tournament parameters, which is a 2 day medal competition.
The 2 day stableford was exceptionally close, with countback separating 3rd, 4th and 5th; Jonathan Davies, Steve and Brent all on 64pts, with Myles 2nd on 69 and Brad winning with 70.
The ladies strokeplay, with only 4 playing, was headed by Nong on 144.
In the men’s strokeplay:- The Nett was won by Joerge on 142 from Richard on 143 and in the Gross; whilst Jonathan Pratt & David Smith took third & fourth with 165 and 167 respectively, it was very close between Anders & Jack, jostling for the Club Champion title, which eventually went to last year’s winner, Jack on countback, who after an indifferent front nine, dropping 6 shots in the first 4 holes before birdieing all of the par 5’s to return with an excellent score of 36, compared to Anders’ 39.
Jack Grindvold receives the Club Championship Trophy
from PSC Golf Chairman, Jack.
The next PSC Tournament is at Phoenix on 16th May and will be a 2 person scramble, full details will be released soon.
Finally, the PSC President, Peter Malhotra closed off the evening with a few words, thanking the work done by the PSC staff and reminding the guests and members, of the PSC’s mission in Pattaya:- To promote Sports and Support Local Charities.
Near-pins, winning a Classroom hat & a sleeve of balls; were won by; Richard Kubicki (2), Peter Jeucken, Ron Birdsall, Nong Jantamaneekul (2), Noi Emmerson (2), Roland Hofer, Neville Jackson, Karen Brown, Dave Stockman (2) and Andy Spence.
Carole Kubicki (2nd Ladies) Nong (Ladies Winner)
Joerge Mueller (Nett Medal Winner) Jon Davies (3rd Stableford)
Brad Jordison (Stableford Winner)
Aprroximately from the left:- Brad, Mick, Richard, Carole, Joerge, Tosh, Jack, Jon,
Steve, Karen, Robert, Noi, Jonathan, Nong, and quite a few more including Mikael, Ron, Brent
and last but not least, Peter. (My apologies for any omission or errors)
(Photos courtesy of Pattaya Mail)