Tee Time:All Day
Maurice Handles Slowest Greens
The way things change so quickly leaves one’s mouth agape.
Three weeks ago Links Golf was taking up to 40 players out to a course for a golf day. On this day we had just 15 starters. To be sure, all other Societies in and around Pattaya are experiencing the same drop in numbers, in part due to the Songkran exodus.
Another amazing thing is the much written and spoken about greens at Pattavia.
Not so long ago, a writer for another Group suggested they may cancel a booking, as the greens were so slick as to be almost unplayable.
Today the exact opposite was the case. I thought that I was the only one not able to get the ball uphill to the hole. But in conversations later, realized I was not alone with that problem.
One plus was that if a downhill putt missed the hole, you were not punished as previously.
Perhaps the clue to slow greens lies with a sign at check-in, offering reduced green fees for the duration of the course maintenance. It has to be done sometime.
Tip Briney suggested he might stay in the air conditioned bus because of the very hot weather we are getting of late. During the first half of the round, that sounded like a good idea. However, a nice little breeze did eventually find us.
In-form Maurice Roberts admitted to the problems of the slower greens, but managed to find a way to beat them, and therefore taking out first placing with a hard earned 39 points.
Stuart Thompson is on a roll lately and did very well to score 36 points, and with a superior back nine, won a countback from a rare, but always welcome visitor in Gerd Riedler, both with 36 points
A small number of players, but we still had 4 near pins out.
Winners were, Maurice Roberts, Stuart Thompson, Bill Copeland and Peter Wilson.
Best Front Nine ( non winners)……Tip Briney………..19 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners)……Steve Truelove……20 pts
Winner ………Maurice Roberts (13)……………39 pts
2nd Place………Stuart Thompson ( 18)………..36 pts c/back
3rd Place……….Gerd Riedler (10)……………….36 pts
Perhaps he was afraid that the Green Jacket might receive a drenching, so Phil left it and the “wig’ in the cupboard, much to the relief of the player with the worst score of the day.
To those staying in town, stay dry. Haha, as if that is possible..
The Staff wearing Traditional Dress.