Another Post on Handicaps

“Most of us have scored 27 Stableford points on one day and 43 Stableford points on the next round – a range of 16 points!  When the range of likely scores is that wide, it becomes ridiculous to worry about whether a particular golfer’s handicap is 25.4, 24.8, or 23.4….There is no way to know on any given day the “exactly right” handicap for any golfer with the skill level of the average SMAF participant.”

Yes, I have to go back to that quote again.   When I first read it I thought it was one of the most stupid things I have ever read about handicaps.   THEN,  someone whom I consider to be quite intelligent told me this week that he agrees with the statement.

The purpose of handicaps is to try and make it as absolutely fair as possible for each participant to win on a given day.   Of course no computer program or data analyst is able to determine in advance who is going to have or not have a good round.   There are 2 handicap systems, USGA and CONGU — both have large manuals with all their rules.   It is their belief that if you follow their rules you will get a fair result based on how each individual plays that day.   You must follow their rules as closely as possible in order to get it exactly right on that given day.   Neither system is perfect but one or the other is accepted by nearly 100% of the world’s golf organizations.   (Note:  that is more than the 2000+ golfers that use BIRDIE).

The difference between 25.4 and 23.4 is 2 stokes.  I recently determined that if I use the BS-hcp I would get 2 more strokes than using the USGA handicap that I had posted.   As this is acceptable to the SMAF Administrators I did so.   The 2 more strokes were on holes #2 and #18 which on the 2 days I used this handicap I was lucky enough to par (for 4 points).  I also won the Stableford on Monday by 2 strokes.  A profit of 1560 baht in the skins game over the 2 days which was used to buy beer for those that competed without BS-hcps.  Of course I am not going to get par on #2 and #18 every day but even once every 2 rounds is still a nice advantage.  The fact of the matter is that the BS-hcps are usually a stroke higher for each member and if you throw in a Happy City or Waterford score you can get it up another stroke.

The Administrators keep bringing up “Fun and Friendly”.   I would advise them that in my 18 years of playing with various groups I have found there to be 2 issues that are fun killers.   One, is cheaters and two, is the perception that handicaps aren’t correct.   It is my observation that the Administrators think ignoring those issues make it more “fun and friendly.”

Here are my analogies. 

  1. USGA handicaps using SMAF only scores.   “The Crystal Clear Pool”  .  Only rounds played as SMAF competitions are included.  All other rounds don’t count.   Counting non-SMAF rounds is peeing in the pool.   One person is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the pool.  This worked very well for over 3 years with no conflicts.  Our handicaps were accepted on the rare occasions we played elsewhere.
  2. Chiang Rai Golfers — CONGU handicaps.  “The Public Urinal” .  As both Waterford and Happy City are not rated they are not able to maintain a pool.  Only those that use the urinal (play as CRG competitions) are included.   One person is responsible for ensuring that the urinal is flushed regularly and kept clean.  Their handicaps work well within the group and are close enough to be compatible with the SMAF handicaps.
  3. BIRDIE — supposedly the same as USGA handicaps.  “The Thai Toilet” .  All rounds that you play may be included even though Waterford and Happy City are not officially rated.  BIRDIE doesn’t tell us where they got the ratings from or even what the ratings are.   That leads several of us to suspect they just made them up.  The Santiburi rating is wrong.   Anyone playing without a BIRDIE handicap on a Chiang Rai course against someone with a BIRDIE handicap is at a disadvantage.  A Thai toilet is something we all avoid and use only when absolutely necessary.   Everyone in the group gets to use it and no one is responsible for seeing that the toilet even gets flushed.  It would work well within the group if it were absolutely necessary.  It isn’t.
  4. The World Handicap System that the new SMAF blog has announced for 2020.  It is possible that it will be the answer to all our problems.  As “This Is Thailand” I would expect that the Thai courses will not get rated and that we will not be any further ahead than we are presently. 

What to do now?

As most of the membership are not presently in town I would suggest that we decide (each day) on the first tee which handicap we should all use (SMAF(USGA) or BIRDIE). The majority wins.   (Jokingly, I pick BIRDIE as long as I am winning.)   Once the majority of the members are here (perhaps 12 or more) then we take a vote and settle this once and for all.  I am not opposed to golfers maintaining BIRDIE handicaps if they feel they have a use for it outside of SMAF events.  I am just saying we had a system that was working and when done correctly eliminated all controversy.  The Dictators Administrators have decided that the members are too stupid to know what is best for us and haven’t given us a say in the decision.

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Updated handicaps — Results June 28 -> July 9, 2018

I will be publishing the handicaps for all the members  and friends that have recently played with us every 2 weeks.  For those with 5 or more cards but less than 10 cards their handicap will be updated weekly.  All handicaps are peer reviewable.  All scores are recorded on this blog.  If anyone wants a listing of theirs or anyone else’s last 20 scores I will send it to them.  Only SMAF rounds played at Santiburi are included in the handicap calculation.   The course rating for all tees is as listed on the Santiburi golf course website.

I will be publishing another handicap commentary probably on Wednesday.

Updated Handicaps – Monday, July 9, 2018

Name Handicap Index Blue Handicap
Members:
Andrew 15.4 17  up 1
Brian J 22.6 24
Bruce G 5.9 6
Egbert 23.4 25
Graham T 19.2 21  up 1
5Points 26.2 28
John P 10.9 12
Leo 19.3 21
Les 29.6 32
Marc 19.8 21
Paul P 17.8 19
Peter R 12.1 13
Young 28.4 29 red
Darryl 15.6 16 (13)
Steve 31.6 32 31 (29)
Bruce K 31.7 32 (30)
Friends
Woody 5.1 6  up 1
Jim 34 37 36 max.
Mike D 13.4 14  8 cards
Peter Mac 13.4 14  6 cards
Rob B 14.7 16  8 cards

For white tee competitions use your index rounded to the nearest whole number.

Darryl, Steve and Bruce K’s white handicaps are 16 / 31 / 32.   When competing against those on the blue tees they should use the number in brackets.

Results – Monday, July 9, 2018

stb score Players hcap Skins Money
24 99 Peter Mac 15 0 -250
37 87 Rob B 16 2 -90
37 85 Mike D 14 2.5 -50
39 92 Leo 23 12.5 750
33 96 Graham 21 1 -170
33 82 Bruce G 7 2.5 -50
33 107 Jim 32 4 70
30 108 Steve – W 30 0.5 -210

Results – Saturday, July 7, 2018

stb score Players hcap Skins Money
32 89 Rob B 13 0.00 -250
32 105 Young 29 0.00 -250
20 116 5Points 28 0.83 -150
30 90 Mike D 12 1.00 -130
35 92 Paul P 19 1.00 -130
38 91 Graham 21 1.00 -130
33 79 Woody 4 1.50 -70
38 77 Bruce G 7 1.50 -70
31 92 Peter Mac 15 2.00 -10
24 115 Jim S 31 3.00 110
42 79 John P 13 4.33 270
41 90 Leo 23 8.83 810

Results – Thursday, July 5, 2018

stb score Players hcap Skins Money
17 119 5Points 28 1.00 -170
29 107 Paul M 28 1.00 -170
33 94 Paul P 19 1.83 -103
33 104 Young 29 1.83 -103
29 110 Jim S 31 2.00 -90
33 96 Graham 21 4.33 97
27 88 Bruce G 7 4.50 110
44 95 Steve – W 31 8.50 430

Results – Monday, July 2, 2018

stb score Players hcap Skins Money
21 105 Paul 18 0.00 -250
33 96 Leo 21 0.50 -205
34 81 Bruce G 7 1.00 -160
30 90 Mike D 12 2.00 -70
28 92 Rob B 12 2.50 -25
36 100 5Points 28 3.00 20
42 96 Young 30 4.00 110
32 97 Graham 21 5.50 245
42 97 Steve – W 31 6.50 335

Results – Saturday, June 30, 2018

stb score Players hcap Skins Money
24 111 Young 27 2.00 -100
30 99 Graham 21 2.00 -100
33 94 Andrew 19 2.00 -100
32 107 Les 31 2.50 -65
31 105 5Points 28 4.00 40
37 90 Paul 19 5.00 110
32 89 John P 13 6.50 215

Results – Thursday, June 28, 2018

stb score Players hcap Skins Money
20 100 Rob B 12 0.00 -250
24 96 Mike D 12 2.00 -150
28 108 5Points 28 2.00 -150
39 76 Bruce G 7 9.00 200
31 98 Leo 21 12.00 350

Updated handicaps — Results June 21 – 25, 2018

I will be publishing the handicaps for all the members every 2 weeks.  All handicaps are peer reviewable.  All scores are recorded on this blog.  If anyone wants a listing of theirs or anyone else’s last 20 scores I will send it to them.  Only SMAF rounds played at Santiburi are included in the handicap calculation.   The course rating for all tees is as listed on the Santiburi golf course website.

Name Handicap Index Blue Handicap
Members:
Andrew 15.1 16
Brian J 22.6 24
Bruce G 5.7 6
Egbert 23.4 25
Graham T 18.4 20
5Points 26.6 29
John P 11.5 12
Leo 19.3 21
Les 29.6 32
Marc 19.8 21
Paul P 17.8 19
Peter R 12.1 13
Young 29.1 29 red
Darryl 15.6 16 (13)
Steve 30.8 33 31 (29)
Bruce K 31.7 32 (30)
Friends
Woody 4.9 5

For white tee competitions use your index rounded to the nearest whole number.

Darryl, Steve and Bruce K’s white handicaps are 16 / 31 / 32.   When competing against those on the blue tees they should use the number in brackets.

Results – Monday, June 25, 2018

Gross Scores (using above calculation) — Par is 72, we played from the blue tees:

  • Graham (HCap 20):  72 + 20 + 36 – 27 = Gross Score 101
  • 5Points (HCap 28):  72 + 28 + 36 – 31 = Gross Score 105
  • Bruce G (HCap 7):  72 + 7 + 36 – 36 = Gross Score 79

Results – Saturday, June 23, 2018

All played from blue tees.

stb score Players hcap Skins Money
30 106 5Points 28 2.00 -130
34 81 Bruce G 7 2.50 -100
42 87 Graham 21 4.00 -10
30 109 Les 31 4.50 20
41 80 John P 13 5.50 80
34 95 Leo 21 6.50 140

Thursday — June 21, 2018

Happy City –  No scores recorded on the blog.

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.

 

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

*manipulated score — declared invalid

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).