Tropical Bert’s we27/06
Tuesday The 24th June 2014: Crystal Bay ( Stableford) The ‘Wife’ woke me up with the comment, generally, that I wanted my head testing as everyone knew it was going to storm for the next couple of days and that I would make better use of my time just rolling over and going to sleep. As I have just returned from the drive around England and what with the football ending up at my normal time arising time, I have to admit to being a little ‘Jet Lagged’. However forcing my eyes open I struggled out of bed and half asleep bimbled around to Bert’s.
It looked a bit grey above, from behind my eyes, but being pretty stubborn I entered Bert’s to be met by the players for the day. The decision was made we would go, although there were few of us. This is the quiet time of the year after all. So off we went with the fewest I can remember for some time.
The drive there was not too bad but we were looking at the sky that looked ominous. Still the drive down there the only rain was a little sprinkling on the windscreen. Indeed as we approached Crystal Bay the clouds seemed to clear a little and we lived in hope. However a surprise met the scribe as he opened his carry bag to find no shoes and a very clean bag. So new shoes had to be bought. Then arriving at the first tee, open the golf bag, very clean, to find no golf ball, no tees and all the golf gloves clean and lined up. However as I walked to the Tee I found the gloves inside out. Happy days, seems Madam had washed everything. Final bite was three drivers in the bag, happy days!!!.
Soon at the start we found the test for the day was to be the A & C Nines, and a very strong wind. However the sky seemed to have started to clear, surely we could not be so lucky!!. With the strong wind behind us we got away, always mindfull that the strong wind would soon be into our face.
The Course was in reasonable condition, with the greens on the C nine slower than the other nine. The fairways were not too bad but seemed a bit short of grass. Well, with a fine wind behind and and also a tough wind ahead the day was going to be tough. This is not to count the cross wind that took the ball where it wanted. Still with a lot of three balls the players raced around and were soon in the showers.
The early finish let us get away early and we were soon back at Bert’s and an early results. Not forgetting this was also The MBMG Group Golfer of the Month as Dick advised me having kept the results while I was away. The winner on the day was Landis Brooks with 38 points ahead of Mashi Kanata with 37 points in second and Thomas Johansson in third. It was then time for the M.B.M.G. Golfer of the month.
The winner of the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month was Landis Brooks having won two Competitions during the Month. Well done indeed on his first Golfer of the Month. T.T.F.N.
Dick presents to Landis Brooks, winner of The MBMG Group Golfer of the Month.
Winner and runner up with one of Bert’s Finest.
Friday The 27th June 2014: Pattaya Country Club ( Stableford) This Friday the Gang met at Tropical Bert’s for the breakfast special and the upcoming round. Today was the relatively short drive to Pattaya Country Club. This Course had fallen off the radar for a couple of years due to a major Course Modification Programme, but is back on the rotation on many golf groups and deservedly so. In addition there are signs that the weather is returning to more tolerable conditions, and this day was a fine example. High clouds and a steady breeze kept this almost pleasant for the round.
Pattaya C.C. gets the award for the ‘ Most Improved’ over the last few months. Our group had played here a month ago and we were pleasantly surprised to se notable improvements, especially on the back nine greens. Fairways are very nice, if a little thin in places, but they continue to fill in very nicely. Fairways are generous in their width but the payback is well protected greens with gentle slopes affecting most puts.
The new Clubhouse is progressing, maybe a little behind schedule but it looks to be fabulous when completed. Now if they could just put some flypaper into the current dining area.
Pattaya CC is a good site for scoring opportunities, and on this day in particular one golfer took full advantage. Henry O’Brien smashed the competition with a fantastic 42 points, five points clear of second place winner Tom Herrington who garnered 37 points. Kenny Chung edged out Walter Baechli on countback for third , both with 36 points, and was Walter in fourth. In fifth was Landis Brooks with 35 points.
Congrats to all and see you next time.
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