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Tuesday, October 16, Pattana A/B – St
AVD Tops the Field at Pattana!
Middle of the month and we find ourselves off for our monthly encounter at one of the more challenging and scenic layouts in the area. There is plenty of water and bunkers to avoid while attacking 18 holes where the design differs adequately to create many different options to play each hole. And, at this point, still a reasonable low season green fee rate although the caddy and cart fees have gone up since our September visit, a possible sign of things to come as the transition to high season occurs.
Assigned to play the “A” & “B” nines, the longest of the possible combinations, and told that carts were restricted to the cart paths due to the daily afternoon/evening showers, it was once again “Lift, Clean, & Place” through the green, which has become the norm rather than the exception. However as those who walked will attest to, many areas were extremely soggy making the walk a bit more tiring than normal and for those renting carts and not keeping the ball near the cart path some long walks to and from the ball. With those conditions, while the pace of moved steadily, it was slower than normal and not helped by several balls not found due to the soggy ground in relatively high rough. However there was no rain this day and the breeze did pick up a bit providing a little lowering of the perceived temperature and all the group finished and were gathered in the fine restaurant to enjoy the complementary glass of beer currently offered with every green fee. So with the scorecards collected and sorted, it was a relaxed and rested group that made their way back to Pattaya and BJ’s for the presentation.
Due to the smaller group of players this day there were no technical or “Best 9‘s” awards so it was straight to the 5 best stableford scores. Atop the podium with an excellent 39 points stood Andre Van Dyk (c/h 17) , four points clear of Derek Brook (29) with his fine 35 point effort. Then it was into a count-back on 34 points for 3rd taken by John Davis (11) over Mashi Kaneta (15) and a further count-back on 33 points saw Don Carmody (30) edge out Dick Warberg and John Anderson for the fifth and final spot. Well played by all under the warm, humid and soggy conditions. Let’s hope the rainy season is about over and we can play it as it lies soon!
What’s there left to say about Pattana? A first class operation all around. With the cheerful greeting on arrival, the green fee vouchers from PSC, and then the free drink coupon from the course on check-in, let’s get there and get out on the lush fairways.
Assigned to play “C” then “A” this day we were off under blue skies with scattered clouds. With the course wet under foot and possible rain showers in the forecast it was lift, clean and place through the green, as seems to be the norm of late. The course was in great condition, excellent grass under the ball in the fairways and greens running at a reasonable pace and true. With the course not crowded our groups played at a pace that suited them and, round over, all enjoyed the complimentary drink in the restaurant overlooking the course while the scorecards were sorted. With the small numbers it was direct to the presentation at the course this day.
As has now seemingly become the routine at Pattana, and for the second time this week on top of that, the top step of the podium was claimed by Don Carmody (c/h 28) with 36 points. Coming here once a month, this is Don’s third win in a row at this long and challenging course! Will have to see if he can continue his streak as the venue is already on the schedule for next month. Congratulations to Don. Joining Don on the podium were Bob Britton (13), 35 points and Graham Buckingham (23), 33 points. Well played everyone and with that it was into the cars and back to BJ’s for a couple hours of celebration or consolation.
Winner Andre Van Dyk (L) with Runner-up Derek Brook