Tropical golf 26/1

PSC Golf from Tropical Golf Group
Friday January 26, 2018, Crystal Bay – St
John, Tom, and Jim Sparkle at Crystal Bay
Wow, we are nearly finished with our first month of the New Year. Time marches on and speeds up. Its busy time at Tropical Golf, and today we had thirty-one golfers signed up for the trip to Crystal Bay. We had a rather early tee time, and as will be seen that was lucky. With the staff at BJ’s Lodge bustling to get all golfers served, everyone loaded up and headed out before 08:00. For some troubles were just to begin.
The trip to CB always starts with the question “Sukhumvit or freeway”? Last time the freeway route was the loser, so this time a few “smart” drivers opted for Sukhumvit. Huge mistake! Due to construction delays it took over two hours to get to the course! Tee times were missed on a busy day, forcing the staff at CB to scramble to fit in groups well over an hour late. To their credit eventually all groups got underway, but on different nines. Lesson: If possible, always check traffic before heading out. Those that chose the “freeway made it on time” this day. More compliments to Crystal Bay in these times of rising prices, they have held firm at 1050 Baht to walk. The consensus is course condition would be considered “fair”. A few greens were in need of repair but most were just fine. So how did the groups fare?
A-Flight (0-16): John Davis (c/h 13) kept his winning scores going with 36 points, winning on a narrow count-back over Rob Brown (10). Next “never gone for long” Brian Parish (11) had a fine 35 points, followed by Paul Sharples (16) taking final place on count-back.
B-Flight (17-22): Tom Herrington (17) posted the best score of the day with 39 points, followed by “messed up 18” Dick Warberg (19) with 37. Mick Coghlan (21) took the next spot with 33 points, and a surprised Paul Weatherley (20) took the final spot with 31 hard earned points.
C-Flight (23+): Jim Ferris (24) won his flight with 35 points, barely edging out Dave Cooper (23) and Karen Brown (38) at the 34 mark. Then the ever present Torsten Bishoff (26) took the final flight step with 30 points.
Best Nine (non winner): Visiting Arne Jorgensen and Takeshi Hakozaki won the best non-winning 9-hole scores.

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