The Ray Rogers 8th Memorial Tournament Scramble 2014
Thursday The 8th May 2014 Plutaluang ( North and West) The Legend continues and gains strength as the Years go by. When Ray went to the ‘Great Golf Course in The Sky’, his Nephew Gary declared that he would keep it going as long as he can, till at least Ray would have been 100 years old. That is in fact next year. Gary was not there but sent his very best to all his friends, and promised that next year Ray would have been 100, and that will be a big day. And sadly probably the last. We shall see.
Dave Richardson continues to be the strength of the ‘Organisation’ side, supported by his team, and supported as usual by The Scribe the ever faithful recorder. The friends of Papa Ray and Gary rally around, and many old faces come out of hiding. Particular thanks go to Bjarne and his family from The Cafe Kronberg who provide the buffet food which went down particularly well this year with the hungry Golfers and the absence of the airborne menace of previous years. Mind we did have a few.
Gary is the Major Sponsor and every Year throws himself into the day by providing his house for the event, sponsoring the many prizes, and being the ever respectful Host, and I am certain his Uncle Ray would be most proud of him. From all who take part and fondly remember Ray, our thanks to Gary for his continuing commitment. Gary unfortunately was unable to make it this year as amongst other things having to be done at home in U.S.A. he will however do his best to make it for next year, in fact before most of Ray’s friends join him in the ‘Great Golf Course in the Sky’.
Onto the day and Dave had slaved away as he usually does to get together a number of groups and zoomed about raising additional bits and pieces to make the day a success. A day such as this does not just happen and Dave was out and about for some time previous. Even making a trip out to visit me on ‘The Roof’. On this day with Umbrellas for all the Golfers and fine prizes, Gary and Dave surpassed themselves. It was sad that we had a relatively light turn out, but sadly as the years go by memories fade for all but the few and some have sadly joined Ray.
The day started with all turning up at Plutaluang, and a great deal at present, and playing off either the North or West as we had a two Tee start. This 18 holes is, as all who play there know, a really difficult 18 holes .
The Course as such was in very good condition, this 18 holes is not the most esthetically pleasing but a real test it is. I must also say that these days it is very well maintained and the fairways are well manicured and the greens well looked after and run fast and true. On this day the Course was as ‘The Admiral’ wanted it, in very fine condition for the day but a real test. We also had a fair bit of wind so this would keep the scores realistic, I hoped, as the greens also proved difficult.
We were off pretty much on time and the first group on both tees were quickly away into the strong wind, With a fairly light number of players on the Course the players were able to get around quite quickly, and only a group of golfers ,as we finished the first nine, tried to slip in. It did not however hold up the flow and we finished in good time for a 4 Man Scramble. As usual all enjoyed this change from the normal game.
The Restaurant at this Course is probably the best value of any Course. It has inherent advantages in that it is on a Military base, but it has to be said the food is usually very good and well priced and the views are exceptional. Worth a visit. Mind with the food at Gary’s beckoning most sat and had a beer, and then a quick drive back, and many left straight away as the food was laid on for 1600 hrs. at Gary’s..
You can always tell where the house is, the cars are parked all down the road, and through the gates the tables are set out and the beer is flowing. The beer this year was in coolers on the back of a pickup, and it worked well. The food was laid out well and the beef and pork in particular were cooked well and were especially tasty. The tables were full of hungry golfers filling up on cold beer and good food.
Dave meantime was beavering away on the results but was not missing out on the cold beer and food, then it was time for the presentation and as Emcee Dave was soon underway.
Firstly he thanked all who helped him, and paid particular attention to Gary and his family, who gave of his house for the day and so heavily sponsored the day. Dave also thanked those others who helped him, Tiger Line Golf, Good Golf, John Swanson, George Bennison, The Nielson Family, Pattaya Sports Club, Plutaluang Navy Course and Pattaya Mail, also The Scribe. I will however add my thanks to Dave who has been a ‘Rock’ in the Golfing World’ in Pattaya for many years. Then it was into the presentation.
Firstly Dave gave out the Technical Prizes, reported below and then onto the Team Winners.
In third place with net 58.5 were Tom Thompson, Ken Price, Mike Chitwood and Darren Zuidema
In second place with a net 57.5 were Clive Robinson, Trevor Loersch, Kristin Helgason and Bob Rasmussen
So to the winners and with a net 57.2 were Dick Warberg, Mike O’Brien, Henry Wong and Brian Gabe. Well done, great score.
With the presentations over it was time for Dave’s ‘Lucky Draws’ and most went home with something. Then the pickup was emptied and all went home till next year. Great Day. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins Ken Price Ian Pickles Mashi Nigel Perry
Long Put Trevor Loersch Dick Warberg
First Group Tee Off
Bjarne prepares the Food
Players sit and enjoy the day and the food
Dave and George get ready to go
Dave finishes and can relax
First Drive of the Day