Cops and Robbers

first_img2nd Barry Copestake (12) 38pts3rd Kevin Mcentee (8) 37ptsB Flight1st Gerry Hughes (22) 44pts2nd Peter Wallace (22) 42pts3rd Brian Cooper (25) 41pts Near Pins:  No 4 Jan Eriksen No 9 Kevin Mcentee No 12 Claude Harder No 16 J-P GasserWhen you read the title you probably back tracked to see if you had started reading a true crime novel, and some people might think that when they have finished.  The scribe, ever in search of the eye catching title, chose to highlight the performance of two society members who have chosen to apply their trade in the Irish Garda.Gerry Hughes (left) and Kevin Mcentee.The junior flight provided the man of the match in Ireland’s very own Gerry (C.I.D.) Hughes, as evidenced by his 44 point lashing on the field.  Gerry’s score overshadowed the fine effort of fellow Irishman Peter Wallace with 42 points, who has quickly recovered from having an angiogram removed from his leg at the local hospital.  Brian ‘Mini’ Cooper filled the flight a further shot back to end this stay with his taxi fair to the airport paid for.It should not be overlooked in a vain effort to support the above title that Irishman Kevin (detective inspector) Mcentee filled the bronze spot in the senior flight.  Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake emerged from a quiet spell to win the sliver on 38 points, as Scotland’s favorite son Mark Wood stood atop the flight with a solid 39 point return.Barry Copestake, Broadmore Bob, Billy Briton, Reg McKay and Liam McGuinness shared the 2’s pot.Monday, November 28, Royal Lakeside – StabelfordA Flight1st Conner Doyle (13) 38pts2nd Kevin Mcentee (8) 37ptsB Flight1st Liam McGuinness (16) 41pts2nd Colm Mullen (16) 34ptsThe scribe had one of is his greatest dreams come true as two of Lewiinski’s most popular players made the podium.  Ireland’s Liam McGuinness, whose 41 points was good for man of the match and top spot in B Flight, was followed up the podium steps (at last) by good friend and Fellow Irishman Colum Mullen on 34 points.  Mind you, it needed the aid of a count back verdict over the unlucky Jon White.The Irish contingent continued their assault on the podium in the flagship flight as Conner Doyle stood atop with 38 solid points, with ‘you know who’ from Co. Offaly filling out the flight to make it an Irish rout.Peter Hedenburgh, whose great, great, great uncle visited Ireland in 1672, carded the only ‘2’ of the day.Wednesday, November 30, Bangpra – StablefordA Flight1st Kevin Mcentee (8) 37pts2nd Patrick Kelly (+2) 35pts3rd Reg McKay (14) 34ptsB Flight1st Eddy Beilby (16) 42pts2nd Colum Mullen (16) 37pts3rd Maurice Swish (17) 35ptsThis midweek stint belonged to Eddy ‘the Eagle’ Beilby as he put a 42 point lashing on the gang.  Eddy was five shots clear of Colm (can I play in B Flight please) Mullen, and a further two ahead of Maurice Swish, of whom I can only guess his nationality.In the senior flight it was the never ending story as ‘guess who’ topped the flight with 38 points?  (I will have to stop being rude to Kevin, he is just playing to good).  Kevin’s haul was two shots clear of Patrick ‘plus 2 handicapper’ Kelly and yet another in front of ‘Buckie’ boy Reg McKay.  Alas for Patrick’s father, Peter, his acumen on the course did not translate to the score card, as Reg had the better of the count back.J-P Maffrey and Terry ‘red card’ Mangan split the 2’s pot.Friday, December 2, Mountain Shadow – StablefordA Flight1st Patrick Kelly (+2) 37pts2nd Reg McKay (14) 33pts3rd Peter Kelly (8) 33ptsB Flight1st Jim Elphick (25) 36pts2nd Lew Szigligeti (19) 35pts3rd Merle Humphreys (19) 33ptsIt was off to the always intriguing Mountain Shadow for the final game of the week for the lads and lasses.Plus two handicapper Patrick Kelly must have got it right as he stood alone as the only player to better his handicap on the day.  Patrick’s 37 points was good for the man of the match and senior flight honours.  Scotland’s very own Buckie boot boy Reg McKay split the Kelly father and son partnership as his back side score bettered Peter’s in the resulting count back.Jimmy ‘two shots’ Elphick was top dog in the junior flight with a rock solid even par round.  Jimmy’s total was one stroke better than Lew ‘the thunder from down under’ Szigligeti while Merle Humphreys on 33 points was left to tidy up the flight.Patrick Kelly, Terry Mangan, J-P Gasser and Colm Mullen shared the 2’s pot.Note:  Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya Land Soi 1, Beach Road Soi 13/3 near to Walking Street.  Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764.  Transport is provided. PSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, November 27, Green Valley – StablefordA Flight1st Mark Wood (10) 39ptslast_img read more

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Watkins smooth as silk

first_img3rd Neil Wilkinson (13) 37ptsOn Monday the TRGG travelled to Rayong to play Silky Oak.  Recent history has proved that Neil Wilkinson has found this golf course to his liking and today was no exception as he scored 37 points which was good enough for third.  This score was bettered by an excellent round from Nick Thomas but Jack Watkins surpassed even that and scored 42 points to lead the field home.Tuesday, Feb. 13, Phoenix Gold – Stableford1st Derek Thorogood (16) 44pts2nd Mike Rushant (11) 41pts3rd Jason Fitzgibbon (23) 39ptsPhoenix Gold welcomed the society on Tuesday with yet another five and a half hour round of golf.  Despite the longevity of the occasion, several decent scores were recorded.Jason Fitzgibbon scored 39 points to secure the third while Mike Rushant’s splendid score of 41 points was enough to take the second prize.  However, the round of the day came from the boss Derek Thorogood with a great score of 44 points.Wednesday, Feb. 14, The Emerald – StablefordDivision 1 1st Alan Thomas (6) 39pts2nd Steve Carleton (8) 37pts3rd Martin Cooper (4) 37ptsDivision 21st Mr Gorilla (21) 37pts2nd Richard Talbot (20) 33pts3rd Y. Takita (19) 31ptsOn Wednesday the Emerald course welcomed the golfers with uneven fairways and spectacular views awaiting the players.The conditions were ideal for the scribe who scratched together 33 points and took second spot in division 2.  The round of the day came from Mr Gorilla, I kid you not, and with the deftest of touches 41 points were scored by the player who comfortably led the rest of the field.In division 1 the low handicappers dealt far more successfully with the difficult conditions.  The second spot was a close contest with three players scoring 37 points; Jim Getty just missed the podium but played with such comfort that he was playing the ball off the tees and fairways right handed, and then putting left handed.Just beating Jim into third was the shy and retiring Martin Cooper with a splendid round of 3 under par but claiming the second spot as a result of a super back 9, was Steve Carleton.However, nothing seems to rile Alan Thomas and his 39-pointer was good enough to record a fine victoryThursday, Feb. 15, Green Valley – Stableford1st Arnold Jones (17) 37pts2nd Alan Thomas (5) 34pts3rd Seil Peter (6) 33ptsA beautiful day on the Eastern Seaboard acted as the perfect back drop for another scintillating round of competition golf.Seil Peter’s stronger back 9 was just good enough to see off the ex-owner Fergus Brennan, as his 33 points were good enough to take the third, and Alan Thomas also struck the ball well to finish in second position.  On this day however no golfer could compete with Arnold Jones as he shot 37 points to claim the top prize.Friday, Feb. 16, Burapha – Stableford1st Kim Scadden (16) 42pts2nd Arnold Jones (16) 38pts3rd Richard Talbot (20) 38ptsFriday found the TRGG at Burapha A and B courses and with 18 of the 20 players shooting over 30 points, a score over 40 was required to win the day.With open fairways and flat greens to the scribe’s liking, his 38 points were good enough for the bronze but he was edged out of silver by Arnold Jones on count-back.  There could be no arguing about the day’s winner as Kin Scadden shot a fine round of 42 points.Saturday, Feb. 17, Pattavia – Stableford1st Bill Shepley (5) 37pts2nd Fergus Brenner (14) 36pts3rd Masa Takano (7) 34ptsOn Saturday the TRGG visited Pattavia and as usual the course was in splendid condition but with some treacherous greens.Masa Takano shot a splendid 34 points to take the third spot and it was a welcome return to the podium for Fergus Brenner as his 36 was good enough for second.  The top prize of the day was claimed by Billy Shepley who scored a fine 37 points.  The Canadian, who has recently been on a diplomacy course, displayed a great touch to shoot a fine 4-over par round. Jack Watkins (left) & Arnold Jones.Travellers Rest Golf GroupMonday, Feb.12, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Jack Watkins (13) 42pts2nd Nick Thomas (12) 38ptslast_img read more

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Golfnutter: Thai Caddies and the Rules of Golf

first_imgTo those of you who do not play competition golf, the following has no relevance.  To those of you who do, read on.Let’s assume you’re playing golf in LOS and your caddie:Uses the flag stick, hand or other implement to touch the putting surface to indicate your line of putt.Asks another more experienced caddie for advice on club selection, or the break on a tricky green? Taps down a pitch-mark on the apron, positioned between your ball and the putting surface. Repairs scuff-marks on your line of putt.Thinking your two-inch putt will be given, picks up your ball.Upon removing her ball-marker, thumbs-down or smooths the putting surface immediately behind your ball. Your playing partner’s caddie replaces his ball in front of the marker – in the normal way.  Yet you’re sure when she originally marked his ball she positioned the marker to the side.  She repeats this action on the next green. These and other similar examples are everyday occurrences on any course in Thailand.  Everyday occurrences?  No, make that many times during the course of a single round, especially rounds involving Farang whose golfing experience is limited to Thailand.A two-inch tap-in and she picks it up! Perhaps some have played with a venue or outlet that insists on adhering to the Rules, to the extent that caddie mistakes, as outlined here, always incur the appropriate penalty.  I personally can’t recall playing with such a group.  And if I did, I doubt whether I would return.Most of us know that under the Rules of Golf, occurrences as outlined above incur a one or two-shot penalty.  More imposing is Rule 1-3 Agreement to Waive Rules, where the penalty for breach is disqualification.  Yet agreement to waive rules is what I’m advocating.What authority am I invoking here?  Unfortunately I cannot instance any, and this is the point of the post.  The Local Rules of IPGC and PSC make no allowance for these or similar situations involving unwitting rules transgressions by caddies.  Yet common sense and equity demands, in my view, golfers not be penalised for the ignorant actions of caddies.The wiser of Pattaya’s golf venues, when asked, will say that golfers need not be penalised for certain actions of their caddies.  A common convention in some golf outlets is to allow caddies one error per event, or one chance per infringement, regardless of how many separate infringements may occur per round.  The golfer is then charged with advising her/him of their mistake, and accepts that a repeat will incur a penalty.  Please note that this involves actions carried out by a caddie about which the golfer had no prior knowledge.  It does not include the golfer accepting her advice in error, e.g. wrongly claiming an entitlement such as a free drop, or mistaking the extent of a hazard line etc.  That’s the golfer’s error, not the caddies.The problem is that many golfers don’t know that such unwritten concessions exist.  Surely a duty of any golfing administration is to ensure all players are playing by the same rules?  So why don’t our local administrators provide for “caddie leeway” in their Local Rules?The answer may have something to do with the likelihood of the R&A approving such a Local Rule being zilch.  Yet any reasonably-minded administrator, who has ever played golf in Thailand, would recognise the need for lenience.It comes down to playing in a country which has its own unique way of doing things, particularly things involving caddies, and to a lesser extent green keepers, six-balls and, well, just being Thai.  Here are some mitigating factors:It is compulsory to hire the services of a caddie when playing golf in Thailand.The golfer, more often than not, doesn’t or can’t choose his/her caddie. Very few caddies understand the Rules of Golf.Few caddies speak or understand English.I believe a somewhat liberal interpretation of Rule 1-4 could apply:Rule 1-4: Points Not Covered by Rules.  If any point in dispute is not covered by the Rules, the decision should be made in accordance with equity. Surely that’s what it’s all about, equity, fairness?  Ensuring we are all playing by the same set of rules, singing from the same song sheet?  Yet how does equity to all apply here, when many don’t know such conventions exist?  Where do they go to find out, and what about the issue of uniformity between venues?The IPGC and PSC contribute a great deal to Pattaya golf.  The enjoyment of thousands of golfers, me included, wouldn’t be the wonderful experience it is without the dedicated work of unselfish golf administrators at both organisations.  Notwithstanding, in this instance some well-intentioned golfers, by sticking to the Rules, are being unfairly penalised.I believe Local Rules is the appropriate forum to address this oversight.Happy golfing,Golfnutterlast_img read more

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