Tee Time:All Day
Peter Bailey asks “What Storm?”
Many excited golfers gathered at Links Bar early to ready themselves for a long awaited trip to the beautiful Pattana Golf Course.
The green fee price at this course during the High Season was quite prohibitive, but now with Low Season kicking in, it was at last time to get back there..
This course is always presented in immaculate condition and today it lived up to that high standard and, as a bonus, the weather was looking fine. But oh! How things can change.
We played B and C courses in that order. Fairways are cut to near perfection, rough still gets hold of the club at times, and the greens are in very good order.
Twenty six starters (but only 24 finished) as a wild electrical thunderstorm rolled in, prompting management to sound the warning siren to clear the course, much to the relief of some petrified caddies.
Everyone under shelter, and since we were rained off from Treasure Hill two days earlier, we were determined to wait this one out. 45 minutes passed and just as we moved towards our carts, the all clear siren sounded
We had enough players to pay two flights, and this time it was the “A” flight players with the better scores.
Peter Bailey has been building up to it this trip and today beat a strong field to score an impressive 41 points from his 15 handicap, ignoring the fact that for the second half of his round the course was little soggy.
Right in behind Peter was Nakano with 39 points, which, on another day might have been a winning score, and Lee Rodman found that elusive form to take third spot with 37 points.
Peter Henshaw, when he visits us, is more often than not finding a place on the podium. Today it was top of the “B” flight with an excellent 37 points.
Dave LeHane has just returned and snuck into “B” flight so, with 33 points took second on countback ahead of newcomer Ken Ishikawa.
Near pins were available for each par 3 and all were won.
Nakano ( B3), Tommy Marshall (B7), John Coetzee (C2), Paul Smith (C7).
So, with two flights and four near pins, we looked towards the best scores on the front and back nines, for anyone who had not yet won anything.
Best Front Nine….Dave Edwards………19 pts c/back
Best Back Nine….Derek Phillips………..17 pts on c/back
Winner..”A” Flight …..Peter Bailey (15)………….41 pts
2nd Place……………. Nakano (15)………………..39pts
3rd Place……………..Lee Rodman (11)………….37pts
Winner “B” Flight………Peter Henshaw (30)……….37 pts
2nd Place……………..Dave LeHane (18)…………..33pts c/back
3rd Place………………Ken Ishikawa (16)…………..33 pts
That weird thing that happens with tropical weather. On arrival back to Pattaya we saw only dry roads, not even the tell tale puddles. Reports of no rain all day.
Time for the presentations. First job was to find the culprit who picked up and carried back the wrong bag of clothes from the locker room. Derek was anxious to get his wet clothes back. A red faced John Heaney finally admitted it was he with the wrong bag..
I’m sure it wasn’t planned, but just as Peter Bailey was about to be photographed in the Green Jacket, his Lady happened to arrive, and with phone camera in hand captured the moment.
Who better to wear the “wig” than John, the bag snatcher himself…