𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙉𝙀𝘽𝙍𝘼𝙎𝙆𝘼 𝙆𝙄𝘿 𝙍𝙄𝘿𝙀𝙎 𝘼𝙂𝘼𝙄𝙉!
Back up the hill for another crack at this tough St.Andrews course went our nine groups, on an overcast, but warm morning. A couple of lady Korean groups started out ahead of our players, but didn’t cause any delays.
The greens were playing slowly, as they had recently been sanded, but played truly. The bunkers are hard packed and in need of some proper sand. However, the course was in overall good condition.
The star of the day was the guy we have dubbed ‘The Nebraska Kid’, mainly because that is where he hails from. Mike Kaps started this visit to Thailand about November and has played well enough to lower his handicap by quite a bit.
At our most recent game at this course, on Dec.29, Mike scored 38 points (on a handicap of 20) and has gone even better with a great round of 41 points (handicap 17) to win ‘B’ flight and be best overall.
Butsarawan Phintham (Noy)after finishing second last Monday with 34 points, has today scored 37 points to again finish in that position.
Phil Davies was next with 35 points to take third spot. Yes! He was in ‘B’ flight, just.
Martin Patch came back after an absence of some time to be the best of five players on 31 points and get fourth place, while Pierre Zbinden was next best on that score to grab fifth place.
The ‘A’ flight didn’t reach the heights of 41 points, but Paul Durkan playing with an exorbitant six handicap played his usual excellent game to score 36 points for the win in this flight.
Roger Emery ran him very close, however, also with 36 points, but losing narrowly on countback and holding second place.
Another multiple countback to sort the next lot of placings as four players scored 34 points.
Paul Gill was the best of those for third spot, followed by Ben Hebert in fourth and Dave Heyes taking fifth place.
Glen Elsworth was the one to miss, but was compensated by winning ‘best front nine’ with 22 points.
𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝘀: Peter Lacey, Roger Emery, Tony Browne, Russell Exley
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐭.𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐬…..𝐀. 𝐅𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭…(𝟎-𝟏𝟔)
𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 – 𝗣𝗮𝘂𝗹 𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗸𝗮𝗻 (𝟲) – 𝟯𝟲 𝗽𝘁𝘀 𝗰/𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸
2nd Place – Roger Emery (12) – 36 pts
3rd Place – Paul Gill (14) – 34 pts c/back
4th Place – Ben Hebert (11) – 34 pts c/back
5th Place – Dave Heyes (14) – 34 pts c/back
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐭.𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐬…..𝐁. 𝐅𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭…(𝟏𝟕+)
1st Place – Mike Kaps (17) – 41 pts
2nd Place – Butsarawan Phintham (20) – 37 pts
3rd Place – Phil Davies (17) – 35 pts
4th Place – Martin Patch (18) – 31 pts c/back
5th Place – Pierre Zbinden (19) – 31 pts c/back
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Glen Elsworth – 22 pts c/back
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Niall Caven – 18 pts c/back
The sports day price again today was excellent, which allows us to play a course we used to avoid as being too costly.
How things change, and may these great prices continue and we continue to come back here.
𝑷𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐: Winner, ‘Nebraska Kid’, 𝐌𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐊𝐚𝐩𝐬.