Phantom Golf Society 03/08
Bangpra – Stableford
Blacky Wins Easily!
It was time to return to “The Monkey Course” and with 16 golfers signed up and clear skies we were all anticipating a good day of golf on one of Pattaya’s oldest and finest golf courses. Just a 42 minute drive up the Motorway after a slightly earlier departure time we arrived at Bangpra to find it surprisingly quiet on one of their Sports Days. We welcomed back the colorful Walter Baechli and bade a fond farewell to Greg Perfrement who will shortly return to Sydney, Australia after a couple of week’s golf with us. After a brief practice putt & chip we sent our first four ball away a couple of minutes before our scheduled 9.42am tee time. The weather was fine and not too hot with the golf course looking a treat and the greens were nearly back to their tricky best and most downhill putts caused concern. With no groups to be seen ahead of us we played at a cracking pace and finished our round in three hours & forty five minutes. It was then back to The Phantom Bar where as usual we were treated to free pizzas & French fries and it was pleasing to see that everyone returned for presentations.
After a couple of months in the “wilderness” your writer, Peter Blackburn found some good form and won the day with 37 points, five points clear of second placegetter Gerd Riedler. There were three golfers with 30 points vying for third & fourth places and it was John Pierrel (16 point back nine) who grabbed third spot from Walter Baechli (14 point back nine) finishing fourth & Dave Edwards (13 point back nine) just missed out.
1st – Peter Blackburn (15) – 37 points
2nd – Gerd Riedler (8) – 32 points
3rd – John Pierrel (12) – 30 points
4th – Walter Baechli (15) – 30 points
8th – Christian Boysen
12th – Peter Soerensen
9th – Jim Vimoljaroen
18th – Mogens Melander
Wednesday 5th August – Khao Kheow, B & C – Stableford
Phantom Golf Cup No.3
Bob Watson – Low Gross Winner!
This was the third Phantom Golf Cup Tournament and once again the interest shown was excellent as we had 50 players on the Starting Sheet which reduced to 46 after four “no-shows”. Once again we had a low gross prize so we settled on A Flight (0 to 11 ) playing stroke from the Blue tees with B Flight (12 to 19) playing stableford from the Yellow tees & C Flight (20 & over) playing stableford from the White tees. The first four ball got away off B1 a few minutes before our scheduled 9.00am time and then the rain came down, not really a downpour but enough to cause a delay of 10 minutes or so but our keen golfers proceeded in light rain and after a total of 25 minutes it was fine again. Preferred lies on the fairways were declared and naturally the fairways were fairly wet but it wasn’t too long before they dried out somewhat and conditions were good although there was very little run on the fairways which prompted some of the A Flight players to struggle off the longest tees. The course was playing tough in the conditions as was reflected in the scores because there were only four players out of 46 who played to their handicap or better. The pace was quite good for such a large number of groups and I guess the average time per group was just under four and a half hours.
Apart from the 18 technical awards there was a low gross prize, first & second place in A Flight playing stroke and first second & third prizes in both B & C flights who played stableford. Presentations were held back at The Phantom Bar where a fantastic buffet meal was provided for all players, partners & family and many thanks go to Peter, Jim & Lew from Lewiinskis for the food and thanks once again to Christian Boysen for sponsoring this very popular event.
As mentioned earlier most of the scores were nothing to write home about and the low gross prize was won by Bob Watson with 84 gross. It was tight at the top of A Flight with 2 players on net 78 and after the count back Christian “Psycho” Boysen (45 on the back nine) was declared the winner from Landis Brooks (46 on the back nine) in second place. B Flight was well won by “Buffalo” Bill Steinman who scored 39 points and another count back was needed to decide second & third which resulted in Nat Rukkid (17 point back nine) taking second place from Dave Nicholson (14 point back nine) in third spot. Count backs galore again in C Flight with 3 golfers on 35 points which ended up with Steve Newton (19 point back nine) winning from Tony Cook (17 point back nine) in second place and third spot went to Rona Carungay (14 point back nine).
Low Gross: Bob Watson (3) – 84 gross
A Flight – 0 to 11
1st – Christian Boysen (11) – nett 78
2nd – Landis Brooks (8) – nett 78
B Flight – 12 to 19
1st – Bill Steinman (13) – 39 points
2nd – Nat Rukkid (18) – 37 points
3rd – Dave Nicholson (18) – 37 points
C Flight – 20 & over
1st – Steve Newton (26) – 36 points
2nd – Tony Cook (27) – 35 points
3rd – Rona Carungay (36) – 35 points
It was once again a fantastic day and evening with everyone having a great time at the party and the next Phantom Monthly Tournament will be held at Phoenix Gold on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 with the first tee time at 9.00am.
Friday 7th August – Mountain Shadow – Stableford
Blacky Wins Again!
Another slightly earlier tee time meant an 8.15am departure time from The Phantom Bar and with clear skies above we headed North up the motorway to tackle the testing Mountain Shadow Golf Course. We had three groups of four for the day’s event and welcomed Aussie Bryan Brown now residing in Pattaya, Jared Undery from Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia on his first visit to Thailand and Ted Morris back with us for a game. We decided on Blue tees for the day and our first group got away a few minutes ahead of our scheduled 9.44am tee time and with very little traffic ahead of us we made quite good time whilst enjoying the good condition of the course. Some of the greens were a bit two paced and many three putts were reported on the day but all in all the course was in good “nick” and our round was completed in just under four hours.
It was your writer, Peter Blackburn who had his second win of the week after carding 36 points with Christian “Psycho” Boysen in second place with 33 points and veteran Ken Hole came third on 31 points.
1st – Peter Blackburn (15) – 36 points
2nd – Christian Boysen (11) – 33 points
3rd – Ken Hole (17) – 31 points
5th – Graham Buckingham
15th – Jared Undery
18th – Ted Morris
The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, meeting at The Phantom Bar in Soi Buakhow at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7.30am onwards. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org