It was an overcast day that greeted our 32 golfers who ventured out to Laem Chabang to tackle the A and C Jack Nicklaus designed nines. Initial numbers were 38 with 6 players calling off. Three of the players had the courtesy to let us know that they could not play. The management have no issues with players calling off but would appreciate notification of a cancelation bearing in mind that transport and groups have to be arranged.
Despite the overhead conditions, it is easy to understand why Laem Chabang is such a popular event with the courses in pristine condition. Like so many of the courses in the area, Laem Chabang always takes care of the Links ensuring we got an early start with no other groups in front of us. `C` course is generally considered to be one of the hardest 9`s in Pattaya and that is where our groups headed to tee off. The best 9 of the day was actually recorded on C with Toby Glass making the turn with 21 points in his pocket.
Unfortunately for Toby he couldn’t quite keep it going and he was beaten into 4th place. The winner was Sam Reid with an excellent score of 37 points. It was Sam`s first ever Green Jacket and fully deserved. The ever consistent Brendan Kane was 2nd on 36 just beating another very consistent performer, Tony Cliff, on a count back. It was good to see Joe Dourley get onto the podium claiming 5th place with 35 points.
1st Place Sam Reid (37)
2nd Place Brendan Kane (36) c/b
3rd Place Tony Cliff (36) c/b
4th Place Toby Glass (36)
5th Place Joe Dourley (35)
NP A2 Steven Lynch
NP A7 Brendan Kane
NP C5 Alan Clifford
NP C8 Keith Buchanan
BF 9 N.W. Geoff Wallace (17)
BB 9 N.W. Paul Anderson (19)
Whilst it was a close run thing for the main places, it was even closer for the dreaded wig. Finally it was settled on a count back. I think it is a first where a count-back has decided the winner of the wig with both players scoring a total of 12 points. Their names will remain anonymous.