𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑺𝑼𝑵 𝑺𝑯𝑰𝑵𝑬𝑺 𝑶𝑵 𝑵𝑰𝑮𝑬𝑳 𝑯𝑬𝑵𝑺𝑶𝑵
The rainy season is still with us, so it came as a surprise to be teeing off at Pattana under almost clear skies where we could actually see the sun.
Some high clouds did gradually move in but the temperature stayed very warm and, not being used to the heat, many tended to wilt a little. Only an intermittent breeze gave some relief.
The fairways were damp, a little fluffy and soft underfoot, so there were plenty of plugged balls. However, there were areas to take relief from casual water.
It is difficult to get the mowers onto the course and even more so for the rough, which is high and thick.
As carts were restricted to the path, it was very squelchy moving through the rough to get from cart to fairway.
The good news is that the greens, which had some problems not long ago, are in wonderful condition and a credit to the greenkeeper and/or management.
𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗻 can hit a long drive and some good fairway shots, but his form is a bit up and down. His putting was good today, but there were some near misses that could have been a couple of extra points. On a good day he can be a winner, as he was just about two weeks ago.
Nigel was certainly a winner again today. Where others struggled, he made it look easy by putting together a very good 37 points, which is a handy score on this wet track.
With only seven starters, it was two places only.
John Chelo, when being told that carts were not to go on fairways, suggested that he may not be able to complete the round with a lot of walking. He took a rest for one hole, but full credit to him, he did complete the round with a sound score of 33 points to take the second spot.
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐚
1st Place – 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗻 (𝟭𝟵) – 𝟯𝟳 𝗽𝘁𝘀
2nd Place – 𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗼 (𝟮𝟭) – 𝟯𝟯 𝗽𝘁𝘀
The golf courses are lush and green at the moment after some good periods of rain. Playing golf on them when wet is a challenge, but there are many golfers up to the challenge.
Photo: Winner, 𝐍𝐈𝐆𝐄𝐋 𝐇𝐄𝐍𝐒𝐎𝐍 with Phil Davies presenting