Tropical Golf 08/01
PSC Golf from Tropical Golf Group
Friday, Jan 08, 2016, Pluataluang, East and South, St
Takeshi and Dave win at Caddie Challenged Navy
It’s been a while since the Topical Golfers visited the Thai Navy, Plutaluang, golf course so this Friday it was finally in the rotation. Even though the Pattaya Sports Club annual tournament was going on the same day, the sheet still filled up with 28 golfers hoping to give this most interesting golf course a try.
On this day we were assigned the East and South courses. Love it or hate it, this course is never boring. Several holes have trees splitting the fairway testing driving accuracy, and there is enough water to make one wish for floating golf balls. The course was in overall fair to good condition.
The course was busy and there were not enough Caddies to go around. A few groups got lucky, but most waited quite a while with no clubs or Caddies in sight. Finally golfers started to put bags on trolleys themselves and start the round. Well… this didn’t sit well with the “Powers-that- Be”, and soon buggies appeared filled with Navy Cadets who might have been pulled out of class in order to pull the carts. Interesting that the term “Caddie” is thought to have originated from “Cadet” who, in the early days of golf, were assigned bag toting duties. Most had never been on a golf course before, so the stories at the end of the day varied from frustrating to amusing. Still, everyone made it around fine and it is good practice to read your own greens once in a while.
A-Flight (0-20): Regular player Takeshi Hakozaki (h/cap 16) had the best round of the day with an excellent 38 points on a challenging course. Well played and congrats! Brad Robbins (19) was next with a fine 36 points, followed by Brian Gabe (17) with 35 pts, and Rob Kubicki (10) winning some count-backs with 34 points.
B-Flight (21+): Dave Cooper (26) won on count-back over Karen Brown (34) at 32 points. Then returning visitor Paul Weatherley (21) won the count-back over Jim Ferris, each with 30 points. Just goes to show that you never know and never give up.
Near pins: Jim Ferris, Ted Morris, Mike O’Brien, Takeshi Hakozaki
Long putts: Brad Robbins, Jim Ferris