Tropical Golf 30/04
Thursday The 30th April : Burapha ( Stableford)
We brought forward the Golf from the Friday as it was a holiday, and decided to go to Burapha on the Thursday as It was a Sports Day. Playing normally on a Tuesday and a Friday we do not make this Sports day so this was to be a day out on a Course we do not regularly play. The interest was high and even players who never take a cart decided to go.
So off we went and arrived early and as It happened we were to play the A & B Nines, this was good as these were the two original Nines and to me the better tracks. So onto the Tee and away we went a little ahead of time. The Course is always in good condition and with the sky a little overcast it was not unpleasant but it appeared a nice day. The A Nine was in good condition and we scooted around and then onto the B Nine and all came to a halt. It rained and I do mean rained. It came down by the bucket full and when it stopped for a minute then it rained again.
I suppose we have been particularly lucky this year in missing the rain, but not on this day. When it slowed between the downpours the greens were flooded and putting was practically impossible. When we got bored and pushed on in the rain it still did not have the decency to slow down, All in all it was a pretty miserable back nine but we somehow battled on and reached the dressing rooms like drowned rats,
I really did not find any hot water, sort of luke warm, but some did find some warmth in the water. So a shower and off to find the restaurant which was closed and we used the one I remember using many years ago. Cards in it was soon time to travel back to Pattaya where we saw no signs of rain, indeed I was told it had not rained. Luck of the draw.
Early back it was soon time for the results and they were not too bad.The winner with a fine 38 points was Andre Van Dyk ahead of John Davis in second with 37 points. In third was a three way countback on 36 points that saw Brian Parish in third, Mark West in fourth and Tom Herrington, our countback expert, in fifth. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins Jock Brown (2) Walter Baechli Brian Parish