The weather report was awful, but the rain held off once again until we were able to finish the round. There were four Santiburi Members today. The course conditions were more marginal than usual. It appears the course has received a lot of rain in the last few days, and nearly all of the bunkers were either eroded badly or in the middle stages of repair. Not a lot of standing water, but the sand is wet and most bunkers that have been partially repaired are still in need of some work. Furthermore, the greens keepers also used small tine aerators on greens one through nine, and they have returned to work finishing the big-bore aeration on the back nine fairways. So, there is lots of work going on at Santiburi. Of course, the course still remains playable so the work is not overly obtrusive, but the combination of weather factors and regular maintenance made the conditions more difficult today.
The four decided to play a two-man team 50-baht Nassau, Bruce and Less against 5Points and Graham. On the opening nine, 5Points and Graham took quite a while to get started. By the time they arrived at hole 7, they were three down with three to play on the front side. Never daunted, Graham got to work and won the next two holes. But they could only manage a tie on the 9th hole. So Bruce and Les won the front nine by one hole.
Blood drawn and the gauntlet set, things got more serious on the back nine. The next four holes were tied at 2 points each. Graham’s 2-point bogey won the 14th hole, putting their team up one hole on the back and squaring the match. Then 5Points chipped in from 70 feet for par on 15, and bogied for 3 points on the long 16th. This put 5Points and Graham up three on the back with two to play (so they won the back nine), and dormy for the match. Could 5Points and Graham hold off Les and Bruce to win? Or would it finish all square?
Les’ two-point double on 17 won that hole, so it came down to the 18th. Bruce G unexpectedly found the water with his approach, and Graham got on in 5 and two putted. Les got on in five and made a long putt for bogey. 5Points put his fourth shot wide of the green but putted to within four feet to set up his bogey, and sunk it to tie the hole and win the match.
Leo showed up for lunch and informed those present that due to medical reasons he will be away from golf for a minimum of 2 weeks.