𝐌𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐓𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐡𝐚𝐦 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚 𝐑𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐰𝐨 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬
The heavy overnight rain and storm in Pattaya eased to a drizzle on this Friday morning as we gathered for our departure to Khao Kheow golf course.
Once on the motorway, there was some drizzle, but seemed to be clearing the further we travelled.
The golf course had only light showers overnight and clear in the morning, so the fairways were firm, with plenty of run, and carts were allowed on course. The weather was heavily overcast and ‘coolish’ for our tee off time.
As we started on the second nine, the C course, dark clouds were looming so, fingers crossed, we hoped that the rain would miss the course.
By the time of putting on C2, we were drenched and headed for the nearby hut for shelter, where we found the players of our number two group.
After about 45 minutes, play resumed but under much different circumstances. Group two had decided to ‘up stakes’ and head for the clubhouse while the remaining two groups carried on.
There were some good first nine scores but, with the fairways now wet and losing that run, and the rough became harder to hit from, scoring slowed considerably.
Only 𝗠𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗺 was able to handle the conditions to have a credible score of 35 points, having almost two even nines.
Mike Firkin had a big score playing this same combination a few days earlier but, in different conditions, big scores weren’t coming. However, he did well with a score of 32 points for second place.
Dave McKey started the week with a good win and has taken third spot here with 30 points.
It was certainly a round of two halves. We started with twelve players, the best number for a couple weeks, but finished with just eight. From a nice dry course to a wet and slow course, it was an interesting, and fun day of golf.
Apart from the troublesome tee boxes, this course is, currently, in very good condition and improving with each visit.
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐊𝐡𝐚𝐨 𝐊𝐡𝐞𝐨𝐰
1st Place – Mike Tottenham (16) – 35 pts
2nd Place – Mike Firkin (19) – 32 pts
3rd Place – Dave McKey (20) – 30 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – John Anderson – 17 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Len Jones – 16 pts
Photo: Winner, 𝗠𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗺, with Phil Davies