I will start with what I witnessed. A few members had a side bet of 100 baht on their game. If anyone plays poorly and fails to get 30 points the bet is cancelled. One member after wiping the 10th hole declared that he didn’t care anymore. He wasn’t going to get 30 points so he wouldn’t have to pay 5Points. On the 13th hole he hit a poor tee shot, followed by another poor shot into the bunker on the right at the dogleg. That put him about 275 yards away from the green on a par 5 – he picked up his ball and walked off the hole after only 2 shots. Walking to the 17th hole he announced that he couldn’t get more than 2 more points for the rest of the day. If he didn’t get closest to the pin he would wipe the hole. He hit the ball a bit long and to the left. Hit a poor chip, followed by another chip onto the green, then instructed the caddie to pick up the ball while he was on the green about 15 feet from the pin in 3. He didn’t get 29 points because he played poorly, he got 29 points because that is what he manipulated his score to be.
What was wrong with that? He wasn’t playing within the spirit of the game and it was extremely poor sportsmanship. I was told to shut up and not say anything because I wasn’t part of the side bet and it was no concern of mine. Did I not have a responsibility to inform the others of what I witnessed? If he gets away with it once do you not think he would do it again (and again)? Changing what should be 32s, 33s and 34s into 29s will affect his handicap. If allowed to continue then it is the concern of all members as they are playing with someone who has manipulated his handicap higher.
What kind of a LOSER goes to such effort to get out of paying someone 100 baht?
He is the only one to refer to our home golf course as a “goat track”. He contributes very little. How many times has he played at a different time on our golf days because he prefers to play with others and not with our group? For 6 months he refused to play with another member (me) – the only one to do such a thing. I thought all personal differences weren’t to be brought to the golf course. He constantly criticises the organisers particularly the Fairness Specialist who is doing a great job. None of this ever happened before he joined us last August.
Our blog says that all are welcome to play friendly, competitive golf. I haven’t found it to be friendly this past 6 months. I WAS always polite to him and would give him a cheerful “hello” whenever I saw him. All I ever got from him was an ogre’s grunt. Why should I have to shut up and accept his rudeness and disregard for fair play? I have to tolerate his and his friend’s rudeness away from the golf course. I come to play golf to get away from their bullshit – not to get more of it.
Recently I have been told (more than once) by the Organiser Of The Day that he has had enough of this. Does he think I haven’t? I have no desire to continue playing with SMAF. I am willing to play with any friendly golfers on any day of the week preferably at 9:30 or later (at Santiburi). Please feel free to contact me at any time if you are looking for a game.