Phantom Golf Society 15/06
Monday, 15th June – Plutaluang, North & West – Stableford
Big Steve’s Gross 74 Just Good Enough!
There was a huge downpour in the early hours of the morning but by the time we arrived at The Phantom Bar to await our departure at was all clear. Christian had flown to Denmark for a couple of weeks the night before so we had big Thomas Nyborg as our bus driver and he navigated his way to Plutaluang without any dramas. It was sadly time to say farewell to good friend Dave Neal who has been with us for 6 weeks and his lady, Thientong – we will miss them both. However it was a hearty welcome back to Dick Braimbridge who is now back with us after several months in Australia. We had 3 groups on the Starting Sheet and requested the North & West nines which was granted and we headed off to the North 1 Tee. The fairways were quite wet after heavy overnight rain so preferred lies on the fairway was the rule and our first group got away 10 minutes early at 9.50am. Once again the golf course was in great shape with excellent greens and it was certainly terrific value for money and surprisingly the course was extremely quiet. With no other groups immediately in front of us we maintained a very good pace and finished our round in three hours & fifty minutes.
It was a close finish as Big Steve Truelove had a gross 74 for 42 points and took out first place just 1 point ahead of Big Thomas Nyborg in second spot. Departee Dave Neal came third with 35 points and your writer, Peter Blackburn scraped into fourth spot with a very modest 31 points.
1st – Steve Truelove (8) – 42 points
2nd – Thomas Nyborg (17) – 41 points
3rd – Dave Neal (25) – 35 points
4th – Peter Blackburn (14) – 31 points
North 3 – Ian Pickles
West 9 – Steve Truelove
Friday, 19th June – Phoenix, Mountain & Ocean – Stableford
Marcus Signs Off With A Win!
Numbers are down currently for golf in Pattaya but with the help of Lewiinskis who supplied a few golfers we had 4 groups ready to play at Phoenix and for a change the weather was looking good. It was time to say farewell to dear friend Marco Beer who is returning to Switzerland in a couple of days and also Dave Fletcher who is going back to work in Western Australia after an extended stay here. Our first group teed off on Mountain nine about five minutes before our scheduled 10.24am tee time and the weather stayed fine throughout the round with the golf course in good shape and the greens still improving. With very few other golfers on the course the pace was quite good and most groups finished in a little over four hours.
For the first time this trip Marco Beer found himself on the podium and was one of 2 golfers with 38 points with the resultant count back determining him the winner with his 21 point back nine and Thomas Nyborg (18 point back nine) finished in second place. Neil Skilton who is finally playing some consistent golf came third with 35 points and the colourful Walter Baechli finished in fourth spot with 33 points.
1st Marco Beer (16) – 38 points
2nd –Thomas Nyborg (17) – 38 points
3rd – Neil Skilton (7) – 35 points
4th – Walter Baechli (15) – 33 points
Mountain 8 – No-one good enough
Ocean 9 – Walter Baechli