A few months ago, the Santiburi pro shop staff touched base with us to let us know that there was a tournament scheduled for today, and acknowledged it. Then, as the high season approached, we asked to make tee times through the high season, and the Santiburi proshop staff printed off all our scheduled tee times, once again confirming that there was a tournament at the course today.
I guess we forgot to put that in our calendar.
5Points showed up early for his morning constitutional and was surprised to see several cars in the parking lot already. When he checked in at the pro shop they delivered the saad news: No golf for SMAF today. 5Points scrambled to alert Graham and Leo, etc., and to make alternate arrangements. Bottom line, a slightly smaller SMAF event did take place, but at Waterford Valley instead of Santiburi.
Four members participated: 5Points, Egbert, Les, and Bruce G. They elected to play a 50-baht Nassau team game, Scots against the Rest of the World, best stableford score of the twosome counts as the team score. The condition of Waterford is really excellent right now — perhaps the best shape it has even been in, with all the rain this year and the fact it drains so well. Firm fairways and fast greens.
5Points and Egbert got out to an early lead, with 5Points parring the first hole, and that lead held until the 8th hole, when Les and Bruce tied it up. Unfortunately, the treacherous 9th beat everyone but Egbert, who eked out one point and won the front nine for his team.
The Scots struck back immediately, winning the first two holes on the back nine to go up two, but Egbert and 5Points bogied hole 12 to get a point back, and the Egbert’s par on Hole 13 got two points on the Scots. Rest of World one up. On Hole 14, the long uphill par 4, 5Points chipped from just off the cart path to within four feet, and made the putt for par. Rest of World up three points. That lead held to the 18th hole, and 5Points’ sandy par on 18 sealed the deal for good.
Scots (Les/Bruce G) scored 17 + 18 = 35 points (Lost (50 + 50 + 50) x 2 = 300)
Rest of World (5Points/Egbert) scored 18 + 23 = 41 points (Won (50 + 50 + 50) x 2 = 300)
Santiburi Members and Friends: Every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, 8:30 AM tee-off (please arrive by 8:15 AM).
Chiang Rai Golfers:
- Waterford,Tuesday November 7, 7.50am. (Walking special 550 baht)