Tee Time:All Day
37 Points Everywhere at Lakeside
A fine, cooler Pattaya morning saw Links Golfers board 3 buses and a couple of cars to make the trip up the road to beautiful Royal Lakeside.
Some say this trip is too long, but this day we arrived exactly one hour after departure from Links.
As we were still finding caddies and carts, the starter told our first group to go when ready. A little rushed perhaps, as we were on our way before all preparations were done.
Weather was quite breezy and cooler, very comfortable for a round of golf, although the wind did play havoc with the high shots at times.
This Course is always, it seems, in wonderful condition and today it was just that. Fairways cut to enable good contact with the ball, rough that didn’t punish harshly, and greens that were hard and fast. The only complaint came from those who can normally make a ball hit the green and stop. This was very difficult to do. However, putting was true and with good speed.
As with it’s neighbour, Bangpakong, this course is known for high stableford points, with 40 plus from many players not unusual.
Today however, we could not manage a 40 point score between the lot of us. We did have 37 points from each of 4 players and in fact, 20 of the 29 starters had 30 points or better.
“A” flight (0-16) saw a three way countback on 37 points. to decide placings.
Petur Petursen won out with a best back nine of the three, to relegate Andrew Purdie to second spot, and he in turn bettered Udo Emmerich, who was excited to have his first podium finish in Thailand.
“B” flight (17+) produced the fourth 37 pointer from John Chelo. What a turn around! Last week John finished a round nearer to last than first. That’s golf!
Larry Slattery is rarely out of form and his good 36 points got him second place, while John Evans needed to win the countback to take third.
Four Near Pins out and they were won by:
Andy Kelleher, John Evans, Udo Emmerich, Petur Petursen.
Best Front Nine ( non winners)…Richard Dobson…..21 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners)….Brian Beaupre……..16 pts c/back
Winner …”A” flight…….Petur Petursen (5)…….37pts c/back
2nd Place…………………..Andrew Purdie (9)…….37pts c/back
3rd Place……………………Udo Emmerich (10)…..37pts
Winner…”B” flight…..John Chelo (18)…………..37 pts
2nd Place…………………Larry Slattery (20)………36 pts
3rd Place…………………John Evans (16)…………..35 pts c/back
The drive back was smooth and in good time, until we reached Pattaya Klang at peak hour. Took almost as long as the first 100 km, just to get to third road.
Back early, we started presentations only to see the eventual winner of the Green Jacket not appear back at the Bar, so that went to the best “B” flight 37 pts, John Chelo.
A father and son, both named Richard had to be separated to find who got to wear the “wig”. The elder Richard got it.
A note to Golf Clubs…Those who complain that golfers from Pattaya Golf Bars don’t spend money at your restaraunts, you might try charging realistic prices for drinks. We would love to sit at your establishment, after a round, and enjoy a drink or two, but not at the current pricing.