Tropical Golf 13 January
Tuesday The 13th January 2015: Crystal Bay ( Stableford)
There must be something in the air here in Pattaya as despite the fact that the Pattaya does not seem over full, the Golf list fills up as soon as it is on the board, and we spend time having to turn away the overflow. Indeed taking the extra group has become the normal. And so it was on this day.
Early morning at BJ’s was its normal packed self as the staff flew around making sure that all the golfers got their breakfast, until it was into cars and away we went. Well not quite as one of our normally reliable players!!, decided he could not make it and as usual changes had to be made. Sadly I could not get hold of the players who had wanted to play but we still left with an overfull group.
A couple of cars left early as the Course said to try and have groups ready to Tee off early, but as usual ‘The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men’, we teed off at the normal time. The test for the day was to be the C & A Nines, as well as a wind that at times verged on a Gale. At others it was benign but could turn from one golfer to the next. Really a very difficult day.
This is a Course we all like and with the wind up the big slice right was in evidence time after time, with no surprise seeing players on your fairway. An exciting time for all. The Course itself was not bad except for the greens. They look like Josephs Coat, multicolored, but all in green. Some of it bright and some dull. All the shades of green are on these greens. It also affects the putting quite badly. Sad because this is a good Course.
One of the sad things about having so many players is that as you wait for them to come in time passes and it gets later and later. Now while this may not seem that important,, but when you are playing at Crystal Bay it means you hit the traffic at 1700 hrs. instead of 1600 hrs. The traffic was insane.
Back at BJ’s we got underway as soon as possible, only to realise that the ‘Organiser’ was having one of those days and all picked out his ‘Deliberate Mistakes’, so after a pause to gain my courage it was once more into the results.
In the A Flight, 0 to 20, the winner was Landis Brooks with 40 points ahead of a 4 way countback on 37 points that saw Takeshi Hakozaki in second, John Hackett in third , Brad Robins in fourth and Brian Gabe just missing out. In the B Flight the winner was Torsten Bischoff with 41 points ahead on Daryl Evans in second with 39 points. We then had a countback on 35 points that saw George King in third and Gordon Clegg in fourth. Then at the end of a hard day it was time for George to buy me a beer. Happy Days. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins Doug Maiko Jim Ferris Mark West Torsten Bischoff Landis Brooks Barry Elphick
Long Put AVD Torsten Bischoff Doug Maiko Tom Cotton