by Jane Rodgers
Posted on February 22, 2016
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Upon arrival player’s were warmly greeted by the organising committee, given a goody-bag full of gifts from our sponsors including some very useful items such as sun screen, golf balls, drinks, etc. and also a packed lunch box ready for the 12:30 shotgun start. The Texas Scramble format is certainly fun and creates some fantastic scores for those who play well and use their tactics to full advantage. In order to raise more money for our BWG Charities we sold ‘Mulligans’, which enable the player to take another ‘free’ shot after making a mistake with their first shot without adding a stroke to their score. Whilst the shot may be ‘free’ the cost of a ‘ Mulligan’ wasn’t. The Mulligan is one of many strange golfing terms,
causing confusion for one of our non-golfing helpers who thought that they were going to sell Irish drinks called a Mulligan. What a giggle we had, all adding to a great fun day.
Another fund raising idea was to ask local Golf Professional James from Xcite Golf to help us raise even more money by hosting a ‘ beat the pro’ challenge on the 13th par three hole. For 200 THB each player could challenge James to see if they could hit their ball closer to the hole than him and a few did manage to do it, with Deb Farrar winning the prize draw. This was great fun and all of the money raised by James went to our charity fund. A big thank you also goes to Scott who helped organise the event in a very professional manner and make sense of the many score cards submitted in order to determine the
winning team. A huge thank you to all the staff at Thana City, the course was in great condition and the weather was just perfect for a challenging competition.
After the event a prize giving BBQ dinner was planned to be held on the terrace of the clubhouse but unfortunately the great weather we experienced out on the course did not continue and the heavens opened in true tropical style to force everyone and everything to move rapidly indoors. This was a great shame for the beautiful table settings that the Thana City staff and our BWG ladies had arranged during the afternoon. However this last minute move indoors didn’t dampen our spirits and the wonderful BBQdinner and kindly donated free-flow drinks provided by our very generous sponsors went down a treat after 5 hours in the sun chasing a little white ball into a hole.
After dinner and many stories of ‘the putt that just missed’, ‘ if only there was less water on this course’ and ‘if only I hadn’t moved my head’, the prize giving took place hosted by our Chairman and MC for the evening, Gina. It was a very close finish to the competition with winners James Osborne and Simon Rudolph posting an outstanding round of 14 under par, 58 net, from a gross 63, which is indeed an awe inspiring score. Hot on their heals were runners up Bryan Dodd and Jeff Kimble who had the same gross score as James and Simon at 63 shots but less handicap giving a net 59. In third place husband and wife
team Robert and Bee Elliot played extremely well and are still speaking to each other, to post a gross 72, net 63.
The raffle then took place also hosted by Gina, as always it was a great success with many wonderful prizes again donated by our very kind sponsors. Congratulations to our BWG raffle ladies in persuading so many people to dig deep into their pockets and buy lots of tickets.
With the evening drawing to a close and the free-flow Hendricks Gin starting to dry up, players and helpers alike hailed what a fantastic, well organised day out it had been and calls of ‘we must do it again’ echoed through the club house as we headed home, many like me with thoughts of what might have been and the need for a little more practice.
One final thanks go to all our members and friends of the British Women’s Group for making this day a great success and rising a good sum for BWG supported charities in Thailand and of course a huge well done for all the effort made over many months by the organising committee.
By Carol Hampshire