𝘼 𝙎𝙒𝙄𝙎𝙎 – 𝙁𝙍𝙀𝙉𝘾𝙃 𝘾𝙊𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙎𝙏𝙄𝙆𝙀𝙎 𝘼𝙂𝘼𝙄𝙉
What a difference a couple of weeks makes when a golf course gets no rain. The ground staff at Khao Kheow are trying, but fighting a losing battle, as the fairways are quickly turning to the colour of straw.
There are green areas, being the tee boxes and the greens. Here, the greens are in very good condition and running nicely and with some good pace, although the ‘B’ nine greens are slightly slower than our first nine.
A strong wind most of the round, fairways dry and difficult to hit from, and playing longer tees than we have been, resulted in some much subdued scoring.
It was, once again, the Swiss-French combination of Francis Goyons and Jean-Pierre Gasser who stood out in the ‘𝗔’ 𝗳𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 to take the first two places with 36 and 35 points respectively.
Tony Browne had another good game to hold third spot with a solid 34 points.
Vito Cirelli, on his annual visit from Australia, handled the conditions well to take fourth place on 33 points, while the ever present, Petur Petursson, filled the fifth place on 32 points.
Returning after playing at some different places, John Chelo steadied for a good round of 35 points to take the honours in the ‘𝗕’ 𝗳𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁.
Niall Caven has also been away for a week or so up country and, in his return game, scored 34 points for the second spot.
Neil Smith was there again with a moderate 33 points ahead of Mike Firkin on 32 points for third and fourth placings.
Our happy Korean visitor, Young Min Ko, played well a couple of days ago without being in the placings, but a handy 31 points got him onto the podium in fifth spot.
𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝘀: Tony Browne (x2), Mike Kaps, Kevin LaBar
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐊𝐡𝐚𝐨 𝐊𝐡𝐞𝐨𝐰…..𝐀. 𝐅𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭…(𝟎-𝟏𝟕)
𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 – 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝘀 𝗚𝗼𝘆𝗼𝗻𝘀 (𝟭𝟰) – 𝟯𝟲 𝗽𝘁𝘀
2nd Place – Jean-Pierre Glasser (10) – 35 pts
3rd Place – Tony Browne (17) – 34 pts
4th Place – Vito Cirelli (13) – 33 pts c/back
5th Place – Petur Petursson (8) – 32 pts c/back
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐊𝐡𝐚𝐨 𝐊𝐡𝐞𝐨𝐰…..𝐁.. 𝐅𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭…(𝟏𝟖+)
𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 – 𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗼 (𝟮𝟭) – 𝟯𝟱 𝗽𝘁𝘀
2nd Place – Niall Caven (23) – 34 pts
3rd Place – Neil Smith (21) – 33 pts
4th Place – Mike Firkin (19) – 32 pts
5th Place – Young Min Ko (30) – 31 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Len Jones – 21 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Huw Phillips – 17 pts
The weather was windy and somewhat ‘coolish’, reaching ‘only’ about 29 degrees.
Although our 10 groups weren’t able to get a two tee start here, all finished in good time.
A tough day at the office was forgotten as soon as the Spaghetti Bolognese came out once returning to Links.
Photo: Winner, 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝘀 𝗚𝗼𝘆𝗼𝗻𝘀 with Phil Davies