Tee Time:All Day
Barry Wellings’ on Fire at KK
After our report from Burapha on Wednesday where some believe it was the hottest day they could remember in 20 years, we found a welcome contrast in the weather for our trip to Khao Kheow.
The pundits in the bus on the way were predicting us all getting wet at some stage of the day.
I’m happy to announce that they were wrong as, although we had some rain during the drive, the day turned out to be overcast and a very pleasant temperature which was welcome as carts were restricted to the paths.
Persistent rumbling of thunder provided background sounds, and, after my caddy borrowed an umbrella for me from the Marshall, we had a few light drops for the first two holes and nothing thereafter.
We had a smaller than usual turnout on Wednesday, but all was back to normal today with twenty one golfers ready to tackle Khao Kheow off the longer yellow tees. Of course, with the recent rains KK has been receiving, along with others, the course played much longer as there was very little roll on the fairways.
One thing about Khao Kheow though, is that the greens are almost always in good shape and today lightly brushed with sand they played as good as we expected.
Only one flight today and Barry Wellings headed the leaderboard with a handicap equalling 36 points. With his handicap of just 6, that is a fine effort. He says his return to using blades ( that’s a type of golf club for the uninitiated) is working well.
Colin Service had a win two days earlier and continued that good form here to take second place with 34 points.
Mike Firkin has had his ups and downs with form, and at one stage during the day was commenting that he might have lost it again. However, 33 points to take third place may have caused a rethink. Fourth place went to Dom Downey also with 33 points but beaten on countback by Mike.
It’s always a little bonus to have your name called for “being nearest the pin” We had four chances and all four were won.
Ian Corica (B3), Gabriel Enright (B8), Tommy Marshall (A3), Peter Henshaw (A5)
The last chance to have your name called is to record a “best nine” score.
Best Front Nine (non winners)…..Phil Davies……….16 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)……Petr Pedursen……17 pts
Winner …………….Barry Wellings (6)………….36 pts
2nd Place……………Colin Service (21)…………..34 pts
3rd Place…………….Mike Firkin (23)…………….33 pts. c/back
4th Place…………….Dom Downey (12)…………..33 pts.
There were two in our group keeping check on each other in the quest to win ( or avoid) the dreaded “wig”. How disappointed (or delighted) to discover that both were pipped at the post by that happiest of “wig” wearers, Tip Briney.
The complimentary food served quickly, presentations done and, strangely, everyone disappeared. By the amount of flooding seen as we arrived back, maybe the plan was to beat the next shower (which never came).