Tropical Golf 23/01

PSC Golf from Tropical Golf Group
Friday, January 23 Pattaya CC, Medal
Mashi Wins First Monthly Mug By A Mile!

Anticipation was high this Friday. The Tropical Golf Group kicked off the first Monthly Medal Mug competition, which will be held around the last Friday of each month. Every golfer wanted to claim the inaugural prize. We don’t get a chance to play stroke play often and while some prefer it and others don’t, there is no denying the strategy is a little different. Risk/reward are more carefully considered because without the option of getting a “blob” for a hole its important to avoid big numbers to stay in contention.

This first (and next couple) medal competition was held at Pattaya Country Club. The course was in fair shape. Greens show less patchwork, fairways are still on the hard side, and all tee areas were heavily sanded. Still the course was quite playable. Caddies say the clubhouse will open “next month” but acknowledged they have been saying that for several of them already. Back to the competition… There can only be one first time first place winner, and boy what a win it was!

Without further ado, lets congratulate Mashi Kaneta (15) for shooting an amazing net 63 to obliterate the field and prevent anyone else even thinking how the mug might have been theirs! Great golf Mashi! Did anyone check to make sure he played all 18? There were many fine scores for the day and though they might not be in the same league as Mashi they showed some good golf.

A-Flight (0-20) first place winner was Landis Brooks (9) with net 73. Good round. Next came countback time with Kei Kasami (7) over Bob Edwards (10) and then Doug Maiko (15) – all with net 75. Poor Brian Parish had the same net 75 but there are only so many prizes.

B-Flight (21+) revealed Tom Cotton (25) the winner with a fine net 68, followed by John Merritt (28) beating Don Carmody (26) on countback with a net 73, followed by Kurt Ebenthever (35) with net 74.

Near pins: Graham Buckingham, Barry Elphick, Kei Kasami, Tom Herrington
Long putts: Brian Parish, Maurice Roberts

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