by Derek Brook
Pattana A & B Nines (Stableford)
This promised to be fun, with the biggest turnout, probably, of the new high season. Dick thought it would be fun to run the different flights off different tees, so the A flight were to play off the white tees and the B flight to play off the yellow tees. Of course Dick volunteered to do all the splitting of the flights so who was I to complain. But of course I did.
Finally at the course we got underway in nice time and then it was just a great day out. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best clubhouse around, but the course is also a fine course to play and as I was in a buggy and the other two walking I had time to smell the roses.
The two walking in my group included my grandson who was playing his first round in Thailand, and as he had been volunteered to play I even lent him my old golf shoes that had been in my cupboard for a long time. I did not realise till the soles came off and the caddies held them on with elastic bands that old shoes here dry up and the soles fall off. Oh fun!
Still the walk around was much enjoyed and all had fun. Till we got back in and a hot shower saw us up in the restaurant where GS2 (grandson 2) and Nigel Perry decided the best way to beat the ++ was to drink jugs of beer. Mind we had plenty of time as the other groups slowly trickled in. All saying what a great day they had had.
Somehow on the way back I came down the ‘bouncy bouncy road’ and it just gets worse. Better to miss it if you can. Still with so many players, and even more signed up already for next week, we were back late and I got into the presentation as soon as I could.
In the A flight, 0 to 18, played off the white tees, the winner was Bob Watson with 39 points, as this was shot by a 4 handicap player it was a one over round, great golf. We then had a countback on 38 points that saw Brian Gabe in second and Brian Parish in third. We then had a countback on 37 points that saw Maurice Roberts in fourth and Rob Brown just missing out.
In the B flight the winner had the best score of the day. Nigel Perry won with 42 points ahead of Barry Elphick in second with 38 points, Torsten Bischoff in third with 35 points and Dick Warberg in fourth with 32 points. Then time for a cold one. TTFN.
Near pin: Bob Watson, Dave Nicholson, John Anderson, AVD
Long put: Maurice Roberts