The March game was held at the immaculate Palm Garden Golf Club. Arrangements for the game had been set up well in advance by the absent El Pres, Iain Wise, but when Paul arrived at the club, all the Palm Garden people who were supposed to be helping us were not there and had not delegated further down. However, with some quick organization by Paul, a disaster was averted and after a smooth registration, 32 players including numerous guests & 4 visitors from Hua Hin teed-off early with a 2 tee box start. Following a (rigged) vote at the previous game, it had been decided to tee-off from the blue tees; in practice, a number of the blue tees had then been moved back to the black tees, and with a number of flags at the back of the greens, made for a considerably lengthier round that on previous occasions.
The course was, as always, in very good condition, so the balls were running well, providing you were on the fairway. If you weren’t, it was a different matter !
The weather was hot and hazy throughout.
After the game, the group adjourned to the trusty East of Highway restaurant for the post-game dinner. The (good) food was selected by Roger McGowan and was accompanied by numerous jugs, plus some good wines provided by Ricardo Castro.
Despite the lengthier round, 7 players bettered or equaled their handicaps. The March medal winner by a healthy margin was Martin Belderink with 92 for 44 (cut 8); second was Juerg Stoll (96 for 40)(cut 2) and third was Paul Geddes with 81 for 39 (cut 1).
Full results below.
- NTP winner #2 : Dave Evans (2.55m)
- NTP winner #17 : Lim Hong (5.2m)
- Longest Drive : Niall Murray (268.1m)
- Lowest gross : Geoff McLaws (81)
- Last birdie : Shin Tokura
We had 4/5 nominations this month for COTD.
- Stan – for encouraging Shin to play when the flight ahead was still on the green (on a par 4 !)
- El Pres (in absentia) – for pushing through the use of the blue tees
- Paul Geddes – for forgetting to leave the NTP marker on #17, then placing it at the wrong hole
- Martin Belderink – for nearly hitting the players in his flight (from the adjacent fairway)
- Stan – for taking advantage of his guests
Stan was unable to deflect the vote on this occasion so was unanimously voted as COTD !
Given the attendance of the vistors from Hua Hin, the opportunity was taken to belatedy present Gary ‘Fingers’ Cooney with his COTY trophies for his misdemeanours in Bangkok, which were recounted for the benefit of the group by Lars (owner of the purloined wallet). Needless to say, everyone was being very careful with their wallets whenever Gary was close !
The opportunity was also taken to bid a temporary farewell to Martin Walsh, who is returning soon to Europe, and thank him for his earlier service to KLOGS.
Only 5 honesty jugs this month, despite the afore-mentioned use of the blue/black tees plus numerous other smaller fines for various offences, (Acting ) El Pres being determined to boost the KLOGS coffers.
This is expected to be at Sungei Long on 17th April. An email will be circulated shortly, once details are confirmed.
This will be in Chonburi, Thailand (not the P word) from Monday May 13th to Saturday May 18th, to avoid weekend golf. Contact El Pres if you wish to join.
Our sponsors are a main reason that we can play at good golf coursesand award members with trophies, attractive prizes as well as “KLOGS”signature golf balls. In order to show our appreciation we encourage members to support our sponsors.
Wine : Ricardo Castro
Photos : courtesy of your Scribe, Stuart & Ricardo (thanks)