Tropical Golf 10/02
Tuesday The 10th February 2015:
Crystal Bay ( Stableford) Situation normal in the morning as the players descended on BJ’s but this time a bit early as our T Time was at 0920. So we all dealt with brekkers and were away from BJ’s by 0800 hrs. That is except for the odd one who did not realise that we had an early start. Mind as luck would have it, Mashi knows all the quick ways and the back roads on this day were roads I did not even know existed. So quick did we go we were not the last car. Truly amazing.
This is a Course that all the players like as it is a fair test of Golf that all players can play and have an enjoyable game on. Not too testing but most players go out to have a good day. On the day we were to play the C & A nines in that order and we were also blessed with a strong wind. Not fun playing in the wind but it seems an ever present here at some times of the year.
The Course is as usual, with the fairways in reasonable condition, the rough tough with plenty of trees and greens that leave a lot to be desired. Mind the whole package is a good day out. On this day the Course was reasonably quiet and we got around at a decent speed.
The Restaurant has seen better days but it is user friendly and the food is reasonable. So food, then into cars and back to BJ’s by the conventional route I think, the first thing I usually remember is the ‘Sleeping Policemen’ as we get back into Pattaya. I do like the drive back when I am not doing the driving.
At BJ’s it was soon time for the results. It was obvious that we had a big different in the scores between the A Fight and the B Flight, this was a day you really did need a bigger handicap. So we will start with those with the lower scores. In the B Flight, 18 upwards the winner was Dick Warberg with 34 points ahead of a countback on 33 points that saw Giampaolo Di Grandis in second and Barry Elphick in third. In fourth with 32 points was Graham Buckingham. Meanwhile in the A Flight the scores were excellent and Dick off handicap 18 was pleased the cut was at 17. So in the A Flight, 0 to 17, we had a countback on 40 points that saw Richard Kubicki in first and Brian Parish in second. I played with Richard a couple of weeks ago when he shot 40 points on a tough Course and there was no way he was going to be beaten until Brian came in with a great score. On the day it was sweet revenge. In third was Andre Van Dyk with 39 points ahead of Bob Watson in fourth on countback. Bob deserved to be fourth as he only shot a ‘Gross 72’. It is a tough school but still a great round by Bob, eat your heart out golfers. So it was then time to relax, T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Barry Elphick Colm Mullen Dave Nicholson Bob Watson
Long Put Mick Coghlan Brian Parish