Tropical Golf 02/02
Greenwood ( Stableford)
Sadly this day turned out into a bit of a bore after we went there two weeks ago and had a great day. Probably because the Course offered a great rate and that meant that many players from elsewhere decided to visit the Course.They do say that a bad day on the Golf Course is better than a good day at work, well I have had some great days at work, but that is a story for another day.
Usually when we have odd numbers we tend to go with 3 Balls and 4 Balls as we did so on this day. That meant we started with with three 3 balls and followed up with three 4 balls. The idea is that the 3 balls can set the pace and the 4 balls try to keep up with them We expect the three balls to get around in well under 4 hours. Usually it works.
Sadly on this day the plan fell down as in front of us was a 5 ball, who to give them their due, were constantly held up from in front. That meant that as our first 3 ball we were held up for every shot and in fact took slightly over 5 hours. That really does spoil the round, however in past years this was pretty common, we are spoilt at present. I suppose we can be thankful for small mercies in that this year the slow pace took us by surprise. Mind some of the groups behind, particularly the 4 balls, did enjoy the pace and enjoyed their round. It drove me up the wall.
However back to the plot, with the bad roadwork’s on the 331 we went with the New ‘Dick Route’, as it takes out all the traffic lights and bad roads. It seemed to work and we all got to Greenwood in a good mood and without suffering trying to miss holes in the road. I am told we came back the same way but sadly I was inspecting the inside of my eyelids. Amazing how arriving back in Pattaya tends to always make me come back to life.
The Course was not too bad, and we did have plenty of time to inspect it, just stood there looking around. Tom tells me he spotted one snake but then he had plenty of time to look. The greens were not bad in fact good but the rough was just that rough. The fairways were not too bad either, just a little sparse. We were all pleased to end what was a long round although the weather played the game and was very nice.
Quick shower, a bite to eat and back to Pattaya as soon as we could. Mind it was late..
Back at BJ’s it was into the results rather quickly. In the A Flight, 0 to 20, the winner . and with a fine round he won quite easily, was John Hackett with 43 points. In second was Tom McDowell with 38 points and in third was Mike O’Brien with 36 points on countback over Dick Warberg.
In the B Flight the scores were not as good. The Winner with 34 points was Dave Cooper ahead of Paul Weatherly in second with 32 points and Tom Cotton in third with 29 points. As they say you only have to get enough points to win. It may have not been the best day on the Golf Course but with a good bunch of players and a great Venue, the night went well. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Landis Brooks Doug Maiko Dave Cooper Jim Ferris