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:
- 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)
Steve – W
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).