4) Too Many Questions — One Possible Answer

The side bet —  You and I are going out for a game of golf.   The one with the lower stableford score will pay the one with the higher score 100 baht.   The fine print clause “If either one of us has a really poor round (fails to score 30 points) then the bet is cancelled.”

Some SMAF members have been making that side bet for a long period of time.  Suddenly the really poor round clause has been quietly dropped.   If both members are trying to win what is the problem — why drop the clause?   Was Andrew “dropping anchor” last week not the first time this happened?

If I hadn’t been playing with Andrew or if Andrew hadn’t been so foolish to boast that he was going to drop anchor then I would not have noticed and reported it.   It is my opinion that the clause was dropped because I made an issue of it.

Why were those that had been participating in the side bet strongly defending Andrew’s behaviour as acceptable?  Why has the group defended his misconduct with “we think it was one bad golf day for the SMAF participant that can be dismissed like the bad golf days we have all had – and an informal poll of other SMAF members closely corresponds with our views on the matter.”?   If you have a bad golf day are you untitled to unsportsmanlike conduct?

I admit I did hijack this blog.   I was shouted down at the lunch table and it was the one resource I had to make my points.   I had fully intended to give the blog back to SMAF once my points had been addressed.   I offered to post anything they wanted completely unedited and once they were given back the blog they would be free to do whatever they wanted with it including delete my post(s).   When they came up with the “one bad golf day” excuse I took a stronger stance which was get Andrew to apologise or you don’t get the blog back.   They considered that coercion (which it was) and they started a new blog.   They told me I could do whatever I wanted with this one.

Why not force the member who certainly was guilty of misconduct (that’s a polite way of saying broke the rules) to apologise?   Mea Culpa.   It would have ended all of this.

The only possible answer for all the questions is perhaps one or two other members had been dropping anchor — would that not be a reason for the way they handled this?   Those that dropped anchor or knew of other incidents and didn’t report it wouldn’t have been in a position to criticize Andrew would they?  I now suspect that dropping anchor had been going on for a while.

Although I have no proof that this wasn’t a solitary incident it would certainly explain why other members went through extremely bad patches and their handicaps went up.  They weren’t deliberately manipulating their handicaps but their handicaps could have gone up due to anchor dropping.   I have always defended SMAF handicaps and the skins game as being fair.   I can no longer say with 100% certainty that they were indeed fair.  MY PROBLEM is that I now believe the integrity of the group has been compromised.

SMAF’s probable response to the above is here.

MY PROBLEM is that after doing the majority of the work for 3 years to promote and build SMAF I was shouted down in a most disrespectful way.  This is not how we sorted things out in the past.

MY PROBLEM is that even if dropping anchor were acceptable that members would resort to such measures to get out of paying a 100 baht bet.   I don’t accept poor sportsmanship.  A bet is a bet.

I resigned but have been told that I am welcome back if I chose to do so.  Their new blog (https://smaf310022724.wordpress.com/)  says “come join us for a fun, friendly round of golf”.   When I announced that I was permanently leaving one member shouted out “GOOD”.    MY PROBLEM is that I don’t call that “friendly” or “welcoming”.

My PROBLEM is that I have too many problems with the way that SMAF has evolved over the past 6 months.   I have no desire to go back any time soon.

It is very likely that I won’t have anything further to say on this subject and it is likely there will never be another post on this blog.   Comments are open so feel free to say whatever is on your mind.   Nothing will be deleted unless it contains foul language.

 

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2) Read the Rules

For those that aren’t aware the person known as “Anchor Dropper” in the previously postings is Andrew.   His actions are accurately described in Leo’s Resignation.

Anyone who has played golf long enough should know that golf has rules forbidding just about everything.   There has to be rules with regards to score manipulation.   On a quick look I found the USGA handicap manual says—

Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap Systemnamely that each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review. The player and the player’s Handicap Committee have joint responsibility for adhering to these premises.

 

4-1. Unfinished Holes and Conceded Strokes

A player who starts, but does not complete a hole or is conceded a stroke must record for handicap purposes the most likely score.

There is no limit to the number of unfinished holes a player may have in a round, provided that failure to finish is not for the purpose of handicap manipulation.

 

Andrew made it clear after the 10th hole that he was not going to get 30 or more points.   He clearly wasn’t trying to score points and he picked up twice before completing the hole where his “most likely score” was at least 1 and could be argued as 2.    He handed in his score with a 0 on both holes to end up with his target of 29.  This is clearly an infraction of the rules.

The Ad-hoc administration claim they are doing “damage control”.   Saying all kinds of nice things about me one moment and then kicking me in the balls the next.   They offer excuses for Andrew —  “the person who “dropped anchor” by avoiding getting 30 or over was well within his rights to do so.  It wasn’t Leo’s place to call foul when the player took an option that the rules of the side bet allowed. ”  After reading the rules above you can see that it is not true.

Another excuse — “we think it was one bad golf day for the SMAF participant that can be dismissed like the bad golf days we have all had.”    I was there.   He was not having a bad day.   He was having a not quite good enough to win day.   After the round it looked like a bad day due to his score manipulation.  Is the Ad-hoc administration suggesting that it is OK to cheat if you are having a bad day?

Their other form of damage control is to make me the villain.  They claim I am doing this just to take a shot at Andrew.   It is no secret that he and I have issues.   However, what he said after the 10th hole offended me.   It was extremely poor sportsmanship over a piddly sum of 100 baht.  I felt if I didn’t report the incident it could happen again.  I have insisted that if ANYONE else had done this I would have reported it just the same.  After the round I brought this up at the lunch table and was shouted down.   It wasn’t a very productive discussion so I used other resources that were available to me.

The best form of damage control is honesty, not excuses.   Admit there was an error of judgement and apologize.   Once Andrew has apologized to his playing partners and the other members I would have no choice but to shut up.

For reporting cheating at CRAPS I was penalized so severely that no one dared report cheating again.   I sincerely hope this is not the road that SMAF is taking.

In closing I would like to thank all those who have quietly supported me.  It is appreciated.

(Comments for this posting have been disable.   If you have something to say that will move this forward in a positive way email me and I will post it.)

SPECIAL STATEMENT FROM SANTIBURI MEMBERS AND FRIENDS (SMAF) AD-HOC ADMINISTRATION (aka 5Points and Graham)–Results March 8, 2018

For quite a few months now, SMAF has been administered in an ad-hoc way by Leo, Graham, and 5Points.  Leo is a founding member of SMAF, and has had more impact than anyone in making SMAF what it is today, including doing the vast bulk of the administration duties himself for months, establishing and maintaining the handicap system, designing the skins scoring spreadsheet, and creating this blog, as well as doing an incredible job of supporting golf in Chiang Rai in general (Canada Cup, The Tony Memorial, the Bernie Memorial, Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai competitions, etc. – the list goes on and on).  Last Monday, Leo announced his resignation from SMAF.  However, Leo has temporarily retained control of the SMAF Blog you are reading now.  He stated he intends to turn control of the blog over to Graham and 5Points next week, but not until he has a chance to draft and post one last blog post.  Leo has indicated his final post will explain in more detail the side-bet incident involving 5Points and one other SMAF participant, and describe how the actions of the SMAF participant reflects poorly on the SMAF participant and on anyone who condones the SMAF participant’s actions.  For the record, 5Points and Graham disagree with Leo on this point – we think it was one bad golf day for the SMAF participant that can be dismissed like the bad golf days we have all had – and an informal poll of other SMAF members closely corresponds with our views on the matter.  5Points and Graham consider Leo’s plan to use this SMAF blog (and the voice of Santiburi Members and Friends) to broadcast publicly his personal opinions to be grossly inappropriate.  5Points and Graham wish all readers of this blog to be aware that Leo’s blog post, when it is published, constitutes his opinion, and does not reflect the position of Santiburi Members and Friends – neither the remaining members of the ad-hoc administration nor the rest of the SMAF participants.  Apart from that, we wish Leo well and welcome him back to play with us any time.

We had 10 participants with us today:  8 members and two friends (Ae and Jockey John).  Darryl had to leave early, so he did not participate in the skins, and Jockey John elected to not participate as well —  however, Jockey John did shoot an excellent 40 points from the blue tees using his SMAF handicap, which would have been a winning score.  We played our normal skins game from the blue tees (Steve played from the white tees).  The course remains in great shape in the run-up to the pro tournament.  They have spread some sand on some of the fairways and aprons, and they were doing some aeration in the always persnickety 10th fairway under the trees.  The 11th and 12th greens have also received some sanding.

Perhaps because of the new handicaps which recently came out, the scoring was not as intense today.  Brian and Peter tied for the top Stableford prize, with 38 points each.  Brian got the closest prize on the third hole, and Bruce G took the prize on hole 7.  Ae knocked it stiff to 8 feet on Hole 12 to win, and edged Bruce G on Hole 17….  No, wait, Ae three-putted 17 from 42 feet, and his “Walk of Shame” left the prize to Bruce G (45 feet).

Here are the results:

Stableford

  • Winner/Runner-Up (Tie):  Brian (38 Points) and Peter (38 Points)

Closest to the Pins:

  • Hole 3:  Brian
  • Hole 7:  Bruce G
  • Hole 12:  Ae
  • Hole 17:  Bruce G (Ae did the Walk of Shame)

stb

score

Players

hcap

Skins

Money

28

106

5Points

26

1.50

-130

31

96

Graham

19

0.50

-210

34

80

Bruce G

6

4.00

70

38

94

Brian

24

7.00

310

33

91

Andrew

16

4.00

70

35

89

Ae

16

1.00

-170

38

85

Peter

15

3.50

30

34

106

Steve – W

32

3.50

30

Next Events:

Santiburi Members and Friends:

·         Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)

·         SMAF plays every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 AM.  Please be at  the course by 8:15 AM!

·         Save the Date:  Monday, March 26, 2018 — SMAF-Sponsored COMMUNITY CUP Tournament — The day after the Singha Masters Pro event concludes.  More details to come!

Chiang Rai Golfers:

·         Tuesday, March 13, Waterford, 8.30am

·         Thursday, March 15, Happy City, 8.30am (All-up price is 1400 baht, including compulsory single cart).

Updated Handicaps — Mar 6th

Name Handicap Index Blue Handicap White tee comps
Members:
Andrew 14.9 16 down 2 15
Brian J 22.1 24 22
Bruce G 5.9 6 down 3 6
Darryl 16.1 17 16
Egbert 24.8 27 down 1 25
Graham T 18 19 down 2 18
5Points 23.9 26 down 1 24
Les 28.8 31 29
Marc 20.9 23 21
Peter R 13.8 15 14
Steve 34.6 37 capped 36 35
Young P 28.4 up 1 29 red
Paul P 17.6 19 18
John P 12.5 13 13
Bruce K 30.4 31
Friends
Colin 14 15 14
Will 12.3 13 12
Ralph P 40.4 44 41
John R. 20.4 22 21
Jessie 12.5 13 13
Ae plays 16
Gday All
 Handicaps have been calculated ( please note the last revision was on 20 / 02 ) which was 14 days ago and will continue to be done every 2 weeks
8-3. Handicap Revisions
The Handicap Committee at the golf club is responsible for following the revision schedule and procedures of the Authorized Golf Association.
 a. Revision Schedule, Frequency of Revisions, and Inactive Season
A domestic golf club must follow the National Revision Schedule. Under the National Revision Schedule, each Handicap Index must be revised on the 1st and the 15th of each month.
For an international golf club, each Handicap Index must be revised no less often than once a month and no more often than once every two weeks during the active season in accordance with the revision schedule as established by the Authorized Golf Association that has jurisdiction in its area.
Ae has only 3 cards in so after discussions  his HCP will  be 16

Results – Monday, March 5, 2018

Another sunny, very warm day with the course in excellent condition.  The rough is getting long, and the fairways and greens are near perfect.

We had 11 players today:  nine members, and two friends (“Jockey” John, a former member and long-time SMAF participant, and Ae, who came with Steve).  We played our normal skins game from the blue tees.  Jockey John decided not to participate in the skins game.  However, he shot 40 points, so he may join in with us on Thursday.  Leo and Steve played from the white tees.

Leo mentioned recently that historically, scores and handicaps start to come down this time of year, as the course begins to come up to perfection in the lead up to the Singha professional tournament.  Today’s scores certainly reflect that reality.  There were four Stableford scores in the 40’s (five if you count Jockey John’s 40), and four other scores greater than 35.  You had to be shooting fours if you wanted to be in the money.

Ae took the top Stableford spot with 45 points.  Steve came in second with 44 (he also won the most skins, with 6.83, garnering 433 baht).  Egbert came in third with 43 (he tied for second with 5Points in skins, with 4.00 skins and 150 baht).

Bruce got closest on Holes 2 and 7.  Leo took Hole 12, and Brian got hole 17.

Plans are starting to come together for the Community Cup, scheduled for March 26th, the day after the final round of the Pro tournament.  5Points contacted the course management, and they confirmed that the course setup for the Community Cup will be the same as the pros will be playing on Sunday, with the rough still long and the pin placements designed to force good shots.  More info to come shortly!

Here are today’s results:

Stableford:

  • Winner:  Ae (45 Points)
  • Runner-Up:  Steve (44 Points)

Closest to the Pins:

  • Hole 3:  Bruce G
  • Hole 7:  Bruce G
  • Hole 12:  Leo
  • Hole 17:  Brian
stb score Players hcap Skins Money
37 98 5Points 27 4.00 150
43 93 Egbert 28 4.00 150
38 85 Leo – W 15 2.67 17
36 93 Graham 21 0.50 -200
40 77 Bruce G 9 2.50 0
38 94 Brian 24 1.33 -117
29 97 Andrew 18 0.00 -250
45 81 Ae 18 3.17 67
29 94 Peter 15 0.00 -250
44 96 Steve – W 32 6.83 433

Next Events:

Santiburi Members and Friends:

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)
  • SMAF plays every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 AM.  Please be at  the course by 8:15 AM!
  • Save the Date:  Monday, March 26, 2018 — SMAF-Sponsored COMMUNITY CUP Tournament — The day after the Singha Masters Pro event concludes.  More details to come!

Chiang Rai Golfers:

  • Tuesday, March 6, Waterford, 8.30am — Tea Bag Tournament
  • Tuesday, March 13, Waterford, 8.30am
  • Thursday, March 15, Happy City, 8.30am (All-up price is 1400 baht, including compulsory single cart).

 

Results – March 3, 2018

A warm, sunny, beautiful day for golf.  The course is in excellent condition and getting better.

Announcement:  Effective immediately, Santiburi Members and Friends will play the ball “down”; that is, no more “lift, clean and place” in the fairways.  As mentioned above, the course is in excellent condition, and there just is no reason to touch your ball, even if it gets a miniscule bit of dirt on it.  Obviously, if there is a major weather event or abnormal ground conditions arise, we will modify the policy as needed, but the blanket “lift, clean and place” policy is hereby rescinded.

We had eight participants today, all members.  We played our normal skins game from the blue tees (Leo and Steve played from the white tees).

Egbert posted 42 points to win the Stableford competition by one point over Graham and Andrew (41 points each).  Egbert also won the most skins (7 skins for 310 baht).  Brian came in second with 6 skins and 230 baht.

Bruce G got closest on 3 and 12 (times 2, since Andrew did the Walk of Shame on 7), and Brian got closest on 17.

Here are the results:

Stableford:

  • Winner:  Egbert (42 points)
  • Runner(s)-Up:  Graham (41 points); Andrew (41 points)

Closest to the pins:

  • Hole 3: Bruce G
  • Hole 7:  No One (Andrew did the Walk of Shame)
  • Hole 12:  Bruce G (x2)
  • Hole 17:  Brian
stb score Players hcap Skins Money
35 100 5Points 27 3.50 30
42 94 Egbert 28 7.00 310
26 97 Leo – W 15 0.50 -210
41 88 Graham 21 2.00 -90
39 78 Bruce G 9 3.00 -10
33 99 Brian 24 6.00 230
41 85 Andrew 18 2.00 -90
34 106 Steve – W 32 1.00 -170

Next Events:

Santiburi Members and Friends:

  • Monday, March 5, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)
  • SMAF plays every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 AM.  Please be at  the course by 8:15 AM!
  • Save the Date:  Monday, March 26, 2018 — SMAF-Sponsored COMMUNITY CUP Tournament — The day after the Singha Masters Pro event concludes.  More details to come!

Chiang Rai Golfers:

  • Tuesday, March 6, Waterford, 8.30am — Tea Bag Tournament
  • Tuesday, March 13, Waterford, 8.30am
  • Thursday, March 15, Happy City, 8.30am (All-up price is 1400 baht, including compulsory single cart).

 

Results – Thursday, March 1, 2018

A beautiful, nearly cloudless day – Maka Bucha Day – no beer on tap, but plenty of good golf.  The course is looking very good, except for a couple of greens on the back nine which could be better as the pro tournament approaches.  We had eight participants: seven members and one friend (Jesse).  John Park returned after being away.  We played our normal skins game from the blue tees (Leo played from the white tees).

Jesse cleaned up most of the closest-to-the-pin prizes, taking Hole 3 and 12 (for two skins after no one hit Hole 7).  John Park hit the flag on 12, and his ball dropped to about 3 feet, but Jesse, never daunted, calmly put his ball one foot from the pin.  Jesse also put it close on 17, but Graham was closer, and Leo closer still.

5Points posted 41 stableford points (including an eponymous 5-point birdie on Hole 4) to take the top Stableford prize.  Leo, Egbert, and Bruce G each posted 38 stableford points to grudgingly share the runner-up prize.  all players ended up north of 30 points.

Here are the results:

Stableford:

  • Winner:  5Points (41 Points)
  • Runner(s)-up:  Leo, Egbert, and Bruce G (38 Points)

Closest to the pins:

  • Hole 3:  Jesse
  • Hole 7:  No One
  • Hole 12:  Jesse (x2)
  • Hole 17:  Leo
stb score Players hcap Skins Money
41 94 5Points 27 9.00 470
38 98 Egbert 28 1.83 -103
38 85 Leo – W 15 4.83 137
34 95 Graham 21 1.00 -170
38 79 Bruce G 9 0.83 -183
33 99 Brian 24 2.00 -90
31 86 Jesse 9 3.00 -10
32 89 John P. 13 2.50 -50

Next Events:

Santiburi Members and Friends:

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)
  • SMAF plays every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 AM.  Please be at  the course by 8:15 AM!

Chiang Rai Golfers:

  • Tuesday, March 6, Waterford, 8.30am
  • There will also be a group playing at Santiburi,  at 8.30am on Tuesday (Mar 6), for those who want to take advantage of Santi’s new low-season prices of 1300 baht walking or 1900 baht with cart.
  • Tuesday, March 13, Waterford, 8.30am
  • Thursday, March 15, Happy City, 8.30am (All-up price is 1400 baht, including compulsory single cart).

Results – Monday, February 26, 2018; New Low-Season Rates Effective March 1st

LOW SEASON RATES BEGIN MARCH 1….  Please Note — Starting March 1, 2018, Santiburi non-member green fee rates revert to their low-season 50% discount.  That is, Monday – Friday, green fees are B1,000.  Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, B1,250.  Cart fees remain B600 and Caddy fees remain at B300.

A beautiful day for golf — a little cloudy and some threat of rain that never materialized, followed by brilliant, sunny skies. Today is Paul and Young’s last round at Santiburi before they head back to S. Korea.  They plan to return in June.  Paul and Young, you have been great, enthusiastic additions to our group.  Please travel safely and hurry back!

We had eleven participants:  ten members, and one friend, Air, who came with Steve.  We played our normal skins game from the blue tees (Leo, Les, and Steve played from the white tees, and Young played from the red tees).  Scores were generally very good today, with four participants scoring over 40 Stableford points (Andrew (41), Egbert (42), Air (43), and Bruce G (43)).

Air and Bruce G won the Stableford competition, tying at 43 points each.  Andrew won the most skins, taking home 5.5 skins for a profit of 355 baht.  Bruce G came in second, at 4.5 skins and 245 baht.  Bruce G took two of the four closest-to-the-pin prizes, with Steve and Andrew taking one each.

Here are the results:

Stableford:

  • Winner/Runner-Up (Tie):  Bruce G and Air (43 Points Each)

Closest to the Pins:

  • Hole 3:  Bruce G
  • Hole 7:  Andrew
  • Hole 12:  Bruce G
  • Hole 17:  Steve
stb score Players hcap Skins Money
36 99 5Points 27 1.00 -140
42 94 Egbert 28 2.50 25
29 94 Leo – W 15 2.00 -30
32 97 Graham 21 1.00 -140
43 74 Bruce G 9 4.50 245
41 85 Andrew 18 5.50 355
32 102 Les – W 26 1.00 -140
39 101 Steve – W 32 3.50 135
43 83 Air 18 3.00 80
35 92 Paul 19 0.00 -250
34 102 Young 28 1.00 -140

Next Events:

Santiburi Members and Friends:

  • Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)
  • Monday, March 5, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)
  • In general, SMAF plays every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 AM.  Please be at  the course by 8:15 AM!

Chiang Rai Golfers:

  • Tuesday, February 27,  BERNIE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT,  Waterford,  9am —  Please be at the course by 8.30am.

 

Results – Saturday, February 24, 2018

Santiburi got hammered by a thunderstorm yesterday afternoon, with high winds, hail and rain.  The course survived nearly unscathed, except for several trees either uprooted or shorn of major branches (mainly trees between Holes 4 and 5).  The greens team were out early and apart from a few rough areas with leaves  and dead branches, the effects of the storm did not affect play at all.

We had nine participants today, all members.  We played our regular skins game from the blue tees (Young played from the red tees).  Bruce G put on a clinic, shooting a gross one-over round (44 Stableford points), prompting calls for the Fairness Specialist to sharpen his pencil.  You just can’t win without someone wanting to rain on your parade! Egbert came in second with 40 Points, and he won the most skins (6 skins, netting 290 Baht).  Bruce G came in second on skins, with 5 Skins and net 200 Baht.

No one hit the 3rd green, but Paul did the Walk of Shame on Hole 7, leaving the door open for Brian, who took two skins for his closest.  Graham did the Walk of Shame on Hole 12, and again Brian walked in to take the prize.  Young put one close on 17, and no one else could best her.

Here are the results:

Stableford:

  • Winner:  Bruce G (44 Points)
  • Runner-Up (Egbert (40 Points)

Closest to the Pins:

  • Hole 3:  No One
  • Hole 7:  Brian (x2) (Paul did the Walk of Shame)
  • Hole 12:  Brian (Graham did the Walk of Shame)
  • Hole 17:  Young
stb score Players hcap Skins Money
37 98 5Points 27 1.50 -115
40 96 Egbert 28 6.00 290
24 108 Brian 24 2.00 -70
36 93 Graham 21 4.00 110
44 73 Bruce G 9 5.00 200
37 89 Andrew 18 2.50 -25
23 116 Les 31 0.00 -250
37 90 Paul 19 1.50 -115
31 105 Young 28 2.50 -25

Next Events:

Santiburi Members and Friends:

  • Monday, February 26, 2018, 8:40 AM (please be at the course by 8:25 AM)
  • In general, SMAF plays every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 AM.  Please be at  the course by 8:15 AM!

Chiang Rai Golfers:

  • Tuesday, February 27,  BERNIE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT,  Waterford,  9am —  Please be at the course by 8.30am.  To enter email chiangraigolfers@gmail.com. A draw will be posted at the weekend.

 

Results – Thursday, February 22, 2018; Bernie Memorial Announcement

Announcement:  Bernie Memorial Golf Tournament, Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 9:00 AM, Waterford Valley.  The Bernie Memorial Golf Tournament is an annual golf tournament, originally sponsored by Ray Terry (who purchased the trophy) to honor the memory of Bernie Moody, an avid Chiang Rai golfer who was very friendly, welcoming to all, and a big part of golf in Chiang Rai for many years.  Ray Terry has since also passed on to the great clubhouse in the sky, and the Bernie Memorial (along with the Tony Memorial) has become an annual event to honor the lives of all those Chiang Rai golfers who are no longer with us.  The tournament is being sponsored by Chiang Rai Golfers this year.  Several SMAF members are planning to participate, including 5Points, Graham, Bruce G, Andrew, and Paul and Young Park, among others.  If you are interested, please email your entry to chiangraigolfers@gmail.com by Friday so a draw can be sent out at the weekend.

Today was beautiful, sunny and warm — perfect for golf.  The course is looking very nice.  The greenskeeping staff is clearly putting the final touches on the course for the Singha Open professional tournament, which will be held March 22-25, 2018.  There are a few sand traps which are being renovated, and there is some sand on greens and tee boxes, but in general, the course is starting to come into its pristine pre-tournament state.  The rough is getting longer, and conditions will get better and better over the next month.

Today we had eleven players and 10 participants (all members) in our regular skins game.  All played from the blue tees, except for Young, who played from the red tees.

Scores were generally better, perhaps because of the awesome course conditions and dry fairways, which had a lot of run.  Everyone was in the 30’s (except for Graham, who scored 40 points to win the Stableford top prize.  5Points, Bruce G, and Paul each scored 39 points to share the runner-up prize.  No one won the closest-to-the-pin prize on Hole 3, but Brian got two skins for his closest on Hole 7, Bruce G won Hole 12 (Les was only half a foot farther out on the opposite side of the hole), and Graham took the honors on Hole 17 (about 3 feet from the pin; Andrew was about 3.5 feet out; both birdied).

Save the date (March 26, 2018)!  A tentative plan is in the works for a Chiang Rai community golf tournament, sponsored by SMAF.  March 26th is the Monday after the Sunday final round of the Singha Open professional golf tournament.  The course will be in pro-tournament form, with long rough and Sunday pin placements.  We will play like the pros and have a chance to win a trophy, just like they do!  We currently have five tee times (accommodating up to 20 players)  and could probably get more if the demand is there.  We are putting together the details and will have an announcement soon!

Here are today’s results:

Stableford:

  • Winner:  Graham (40 Points)
  • Runner(s)-Up:  5Points, Bruce G, and Paul (39 Points each)

Closest-to-the-Pins:

  • Hole 3:  No One
  • Hole 7:  Brian (x2)
  • Hole 12:  Bruce G (Les was a close second)
  • Hole 17:  Graham (Andrew was a close second)
stb score Players hcap Skins Money
39 96 5Points 27 4.33 183
35 101 Egbert 28 2.50 0
31 101 Brian 24 4.00 150
40 89 Graham 21 3.50 100
39 78 Bruce G 9 3.17 67
31 100 Marc 23 0.33 -217
38 88 Andrew 18 0.50 -200
34 105 Les 31 3.50 100
39 88 Paul 19 0.67 -183
32 104 Young – R 28 2.50 0

Next Events:

Santiburi Members and Friends:

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:32 AM (please be at the course by 8:15 AM)
  • Monday, February 26, 2018, 8:40 AM (please be at the course by 8:25 AM)
  • In general, SMAF plays every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 AM.  Please be at  the course by 8:15 AM!

Chiang Rai Golfers:

  • Tuesday, February 27,  BERNIE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT,  Waterford,  9am —  Please be at the course by 8.30am.  To enter email chiangraigolfers@gmail.com. A draw will be posted at the weekend.