TGC Competition write up for week ending 5th April
The pin placements and the speed of the greens were ready for the ThaiLPGA event Tuesday. Nobody beat their handicap, the caddies struggled to give you a positive read as they had never seen the pins on the greens where they were on Monday at Green Valley. Kenny Aihara always wanted a change in pin placements, he would have been really happy. The picture is of the caddies in my group with the ThaiLPGA signage.
36 Points for Yui Birch THA and Jeff Acheson US off 28 and 15 Zed Beloglavec AUS 34 from 16 Project Smile Stephen Downs US near pin and missed the putt (the 16th green was slick at the front)
A pleasant day at Greenwood, played C & B. The front tees were very inducive to high scoring and an easy day out. Meanwhile Pattaya endured a heavy day of thunderstorms and rain for a couple of hours. The soi’s were flooded including LK where the water level nearly entered the bar. It hasn’t been this wet for a couple of years to the best of my knowledge. The trip home was lengthened by the weather although the bulk of it had passed. A couple of hours of clean-up and the presentation of Pattaya will be back to normal by the next day. two guys with 41 points Tom Nettleman US and Ishi JPN Bob Catlow AUS 38 off 19
Full van, hot again, off to Khao Kheow. Played A & B, a notable quote for the day from the winner. “the fairways are mowed for us to use”. Greens really quick, Doc Beard told me he 4 putted the first hole on A (that’s the short hole about 280). He then gave his caddie a couple of whiskeys and the reads improved. Maybe he should have had a couple also to steady the hands. Anyhow “great day at the office”, fully enjoyed by all. Bob Catlow AUS 38 points off 17, last game after a couple of months here, thanks again for your support Doc Beard US 32 points from 21 Rick Tranter AUS 29 points off 19
Change of venue for Friday. I had a couple of acceptors for Parichat. At the suggestion of a couple of locals we played Silky Oak. Thank you to Peter Le Noury for taking myself and Allan to Rayong. The van was not required. Silky Oak displayed slow and woolly greens but lush fairways for most of the time. The design is complicated combined with the hole handicaps allocation difficult to understand. For those who have played SO previously the 15th is still beyond my comprehension. The tee is back to the original position to the left after the up-hill par 3. There is no bail out, for an (in the water) drive you cannot play “point of entry” to the water as that ground is now marked “out of bounds”. The drop zone does not comply with standard golf rule drop zone compliance together with disadvantage by position. Yes, you guessed it, I hit my drive into the drink. Happy camper NOT. my apologies for the late presentation, we had 3 flat tyres on the way home two locals with 40 points Fred Birch US and Tom Nettleman off 15 and 18 respectively The Project Smile near pin was Fred who missed the putt.