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Monday, December 25th Pattavia

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Last write up of 2017…..

Monday, December 25th
Pattavia
A Flight
1st Colin Greig (11) 37 points.
2nd Ian Rattray (9) 34 points.
3rd Nial Glover (13) 33 points
B Flight
1st Geoff Bracegirdle (16) 38 points
2nd Les Humphries (30) 37 points
3rd Les Hall (24) 32 points
Near Pins Geoff Bracegirdle, Keith Norman, Nial Glover, Steve Glover
An excellent turnout of twenty players for a Christmas Day game at Pattavia meant two flights. The course was in good condition, greens were still very fast and some almost impossible to keep the ball on the putting surface. A nice cool breeze kept conditions very comfortable. Speed of play was good if not breakneck and the round was completed within four hours, very good for the time of year. The A flight saw a return to form of Colin Greig who has been in the doldrums of late with a very good score of thirty-seven points. Second place went to another Scott, Ian Rattray with thirty-four points and Nial Glover brought up the rear with thirty-three. In the B flight, Geoff Bracegirdle was another with a good score of thirty-eight points followed by Les Humphries on thirty-seven, his best score of this tour of duty, whilst Les Hall took third with thirty-two. It was nice to see some good scores recorded after last weeks very low numbers.
Near pins went to Nial and Steve Glover, Keith Norman and Geoff Bracegirdle aka Bracey.
Wednesday 27th December
Pleasant Valley
1st Colin Greig (11) 38 points
2nd Michael Brett (16) 37 points
3rd Geoff Parker (14) 35 points
Near Pins Michael Brett, Colin Greig, Richard Baldotto, Les Humphries
Overnight heavy rain which continued into the morning was probably responsible for a lower than expected turnout, also four of our number played elsewhere in an inter-club competition resulting in a field of only thirteen. An unpleasant surprise lay in wait as we drove to the club, just about all the exits of highway seven onto the service road had been closed off without prior notice to maximise use of tollways so some who didn’t take the Khao Khoew exit had to drive several miles further before being able to do a U-turn to get back to the Pleasant Valley exit. Light rain was falling as we teed off but soon cleared to pleasant conditions for the rest of the round. A recent return to top form by Colin Greig saw him take first place with thirty-eight points, one ahead of Michael Brett in second place. Geoff Parker took third with thirty-five points. Near pins to Les Humphries, Colin Greig, Richard Baldotto and Michael Brett. Shot of the day went to Jimmy Carr who put his ball into the water on the twelfth, the ball skipped out of the water and onto the fairway about twenty yards from the edge. If Jimmy didn’t have holes in his feet he could probably have walked on the water. Richard Baldotto might argue the point having hacked his way through the trees on a parr five found himself eighty yards from the green for his fifth which he duly put straight into the hole for a parr, as they say, “it’s better to be lucky than good”.
Friday 29th December
Crystal Bay
A Flight
1st Julian Preissenger (4) 36 points
2nd Colin Greig (11) 35 points
3rd Alan Sullivan (15) 34 points
B Flight
1st Les Hall (29) 33 points
2nd Les Humphries (31) 32 points
3rd Jimmy Carr (17) 32 points
Near Pins Julian Preissinger, Les Cobban, Geoff Parker, Neil Carter.
The last game of the week and indeed the year was played at the popular Crystal Bay course where twenty-three participated meaning we had two flights. The course was in good order, however, there was a deal of speed variation on the greens particularly a big difference between the C and B nines.A strong wind blew all day making conditions difficult as was evident by the scores, normally a score of forty or more points are required to win on this course.
A new player to the Bunker Julian Preissinger off a four handicap took out first place with a score of thirty-six points, clearly, a guy who can play golf. Second, went to Colin Greig with thirty-five points and third went to Alan Sullivan with thirty-four points. In the B flight, Les Hall took the honors with thirty-three points followed by the other Les, Humphrey with thirty-two beating Jimmy Carr into third on countback. Near pins to Julian Preissinger , another Les, Cobban, Geoff Parker and as usual Neil Carter. Golfer of the Month was a seesaw affair. For a time it looked like going to Ken Davidson, then Michael Brett or Geoff Parker, but with two wins and a second place in the last week it went to Colin Greig.

Some statistics for the year,
Club Champion Ken Davidson,
Memorial winner Raleigh Gosney,
Most games played, Jimmy Carr 147
Most games won, Michael Brett 20
Most Near Pins, Neil Carter 50
Most Golfer of the Month, Michael Brett 3,
Aces, Ken Elmore, Led Cobban one each.

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