Tee Time:All Day
Drive for Show…Just!
What better for a golfer than the prospect of a competition at Bangpakong Riverside to start the week! With two groups of regulars involved with a visiting tour group the PLGS numbers were more in line with the seasonal average and one large minibus was on order to ferry the lads on the hour long travel to the course.
The new operator provided a smaller bus than was ordered and one golfer withdrew because of the lack of seats and the journey began. Insisting he knew best the driver proceeded to hint at visits to Royal Lakeside, Amata Spring and the Power Station course at Bangpakong, before eventually finding the Riverside after one hour and forty five minutes, meaning the group checked in at tee off time. What a fine preparation for the day!
Golfers are hardy folks and very adaptable and the four groups eventually teed off on a course which was in magnificent condition. Superlatives cannot do the course justice and fairways, which were immaculate, allowed some run whilst the greens were a joy to putt on with their consistency.
The single flight saw a tight battle ensue with two golfers going head-to-head on the back nine. Unfortunately, one poor drive on the fourteenth saw Mr Len’s challenge waver and the advantage went to marker Bernie Stafford, who eventually finished with forty points, one ahead of Len Jones’ thirty nine.
In the following group Bill Copeland was drawing his current stay to a close with another fine round of thirty eight points.
Near pins went to Chris Barker (4), Masa Takano (7), Larry Slattery (13) and Colin Service (16), whilst the best front nine of 19 points went to John Mason with Darren Beavers taking the back nine with 18 points.
Winner …………….Bernie Stafford (18)……..40 pts
2nd Place……………Len Jones (30)…………..39 pts
3rd Place…………….Bill Copeland (16)……….38 pts
Keith Melbourne received the wig with a broad smile and Mike Firkin suited the silly hat to a tee after his poor back nine.
The final technical for the longest drive of the day went to Khun Somchai of the minibus company.