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January 2019

Akira’s Green Jacket at First Start

Thirty-one players loaded on to buses and cars on a cool, breezy morning headed for Mt. Shadow golf course for the second time in about three weeks. The report from the earlier trip showed some disappointments at the condition of the course and of the clubhouse. Nothing has changed, unfortunately.

The fairways are drying out now, as many courses are, but the watering practices seem to be haphazard at times, so many dry patches are starting to appear. The greens are varied with some quicker and truer than others, leaving one guessing what surprises the next one holds. Watch out for the downhills, says Mitchell.

Overall, perhaps good to average marks for the course, but below that for the clubhouse. The problem with no water to flush toilets seems to be ongoing and the whole place is overdue for a lick of paint.

Akira Sekiya came to play with us today for the first time and certainly left an impression. His 37 points easily won “A” flight and his first Green Jacket. The dynamic duo of Phil Davies and Maurice Roberts followed with 34 and 32 points respectively, while fourth place went to one half of the Links Matchplay champs, Michael Wright, with 30 points.

Apart from the first four, most players struggled as the best that “B” flight could muster was 29 points from Colin Service, while Derek Phillips got back into the placings, albeit with 28 points, and Mike Tottenham filled third spot. The “best nines” followed the trend with very low points scores, but good enough.

Near Pins: Mitchell Carlon (5), John Doyle (8), Phil Davies (15), Pete Seil (17)
Mitchell Carlon had neither the lowest nine-hole score or the lowest overall score, but Phil decided to award the “silly hat” to him for having a near pin on hole 5, and then three putting. This from a 10 handicapper. The downhill putt! There’s hope for the rest of us yet.

Iain Craigen is still learning the game and this course was no help in his progression, he wore the “wig” again.

We really hope Mt. Shadow can come up with some improvements, but for some, it’s already too late.

(Thanks to John Anderson)

Double for Akira

The Pattaya Golf Society visited Emerald on Friday, 4th January to play a stableford competition on the course which was in better condition than on the previous visit. Fairways had a better covering of grass, the rough was cut back and greens were very "sporting" with pins placed on or near the many slopes and putts running at a good pace.

Thirty-nine golfers made up the field which was divided into two flights at fifteen and under and generally scores were low as the course is always a tough call.

In the second flight Mike Tottenham made fourth place with 32 points, one behind Niall Caven on 33. In second was Irish golfer Donal McGuigan with 35 points whilst Richard Dobson was delighted to take the win on his return round with 36 points.

In the top flight Stan Stewart continued his fine form with 35 points, edging out Colin Smith on countback for fourth place, a couple behind Maurice Roberts whose consistency gave him yet another pink envelope. American golfer John Collias finally came good with 39 points for second place whilst Wednesday's winner Akira Sekiya took his second consecutive green jacket with 41 points. He also had the honour of recording the seventeenth PLGS official competition hoile-in-one, on the testing fifth hole. Having played two tough courses for the first time this week the former professional caddy certainly has been impressive with two green jackets and a couple of near pins.

Near pins went to Akira Sekiya (5, 13), John Harrison (7) and Michael Wright (15).

Thai lady golfer Panda Aree won the consolation best front nine award for her twenty point score and was joined by John Doyle with 19 points on the back nine. Bill Copeland returned from the US with a poor front nine score guaranteeing him the "silly hat" award whilst the dreaded wig went to Craig Mitcham on his less than impressive return round.

The PLGS has many popular Japanese friends and golfers and all show the noble traditional Japanese traits of respect, tradition and custom. It was therefore disappointing to see the hole-in-one winner today decline the time honoured golfing celebration of such a feat, thereby denying the golfers the opportunity to share their congratulations, as is customary throughout the golfing world. It's a funny old game indeed.

(Thanks to Len Jones)

Phillip Ashton Piles on 42 Points

Golf mornings at Links Bar have taken on a new exciting start to the day’s proceedings. To start with it was “ho hum”, but now the draw for each group’s place in the field is attracting plenty of interest. As each number comes out there is excitement and disappointment, if your group has been drawn well, or not.

Draw done, everyone fed and watered and forty-four hopefuls headed off to Bangpakong Riverside for the day in search of that big score.

We never tire of hearing about how good this course is, as it is almost always presented in immaculate condition with wide, nicely mown fairways, rough not too harsh and first-class greens running with good speed.  Today was no exception with the possibility of some big stableford point scoring. And that’s what we got, with three outstanding 40+ hauls.

Because of the big number of players, we were divided into three flights.

Phillip Ashton got into town about a week ago and got right into his game by taking out the “A” flight and the Green Jacket with the best score of the day, a big 42 points. Pete Seil is a class golfer and never far from the podium and his 39 points is a very good score from his handicap of 5. Maurice Roberts is showing some solid form of late and took the countback for third from Colm Lawlor, both on 38 points.

“B” flight was set up for a countback as Ralph McConnell and Wayne Peppernell both had great games amassing 41 points each. That result got Ralph first place by way of a better back nine. Then a gap to third placed Dane O’Brien with 36 points and Tony Browne winning a countback for fourth on 34 points

The “C” flight at last found world traveller, Walter Baechli, return to the form we know he is capable of to take first place on 35 points ahead of Larry Slattery on 34 points. Then the final countback of the round saw Pierre Zbinden take third from Kenny Jepson, both on 33 points,

Near pins: Carl Luke (4), Dane O’Brien (7), Tip Briney (13) and Brendon McGoven (16).
 
Best Front Nine (non-winners) …………Mitchell Carlon……18pts
Best Back Nine (non-winners) …………. Dave Arataki………21 pts

Fun and excitement in the mornings, but just plain fun for Phil’s presentations as he tells stories, in his unique way, of car drivers “knowing” the way and then becoming lost, people leaving bags and phones at the bar, retrieving them, only to get to the course and realise the wallet is left in the hotel room. All deserving of the “silly hat”.
In the end, that went for its original purpose, the worst nine-hole score. Phil thought a green hat looks good on the Irish, so here comes Chris Walsh.
Newcomer John Pearce had a lot to do with all the lost things but avoided the “hat”. However, he also had one of the lowest scores, so it was the “wig” for him.
A later than usual finish but a good time and lots of laughs had by all.

(Thanks to John Anderson)

Captain Wayne Shows the Way

After an unusually high number of no shows and cancellations we took a field of 38 players to Pattavia Century Golf Club. Although there was another Society ahead of us, our first group got away pretty much on time. Those playing today are an organiser’s dream, everyone getting to the tee at their allotted time and ready to go.

The day started off quite warm and stayed that way.  A bit harder to take after we were spoilt a couple weeks ago with some cooler temperatures.

There really is no need to mention the condition of this course, but I will.
First class fairways easy to hit from, and greens running quick at about 10.3 and true. I think the rough was not too bad, I didn’t look, and the bunkers are not the white soft sand as other courses, but more compacted. With an efficient check-in and a just 1050 baht to walk, what a nice day out. We did two flights today with 5 places in each.

“A” flight saw Phillip Ashton score his second “40 pointer’ in a week, just before he heads off home. We don’t see many plus handicappers playing in our Societies, but we had Brendon McGovern here for a return visit and did he show what a +2 handicapper can do?  His 67 “off the stick” was a terrific round of golf. Dave Arataki said later “he plays a different game to us”. That great round equated to 39 points and “only” second placing. Then came the very in-form Maurice Roberts with 37 points, followed by Bill Copeland on 34 points and Mitchell Carlon with 33 points.

“B” flight saw our current Captain, Wayne Peppernell, follow up his 41 points two days ago with yet another 41 points here. He was beaten to the Green Jacket then, but this time it was all his. Marco Beer had a welcome return to form with an above average score of 39 points for second place. The next three placings all had 36 points and had to go to countback. This resulted in Peter Mace for third, welcome back John Hughes, for fourth and Colin Service, who missed the putt on the last hole by a whisker, in fifth.

Near pins: John Doyle (4), Gabriel Enright (7), John Hughes (13), Steve Truelove (17)

Phil conducted presentations with the usual hilarity, awarding the “silly hat “ to John Pearce, who forgot his age and thought he could walk. The “wig” went to newcomer Robin Taylor, who hired a set of clubs from Links. Phil put the set together and handed them over. Right handed Robin had a surprise on the first tee to pull the driver out, only to find it was a left-hand club. No excuse for a low score, according to Phil.

(Thanks to John Anderson)

Rare Green Jacket for Stu Thompson

High season can be tough on golfers and the Pattaya Links Golf Society suffered interminable delays during their round at Pleasant Valley on Friday, 11th January as the long-booked tee off was delayed by thirty minutes and the 25 golfers ended up following an Asian group which contained a golfer who consistently drove no more than 75 yards, and rarely straight! And we were told that the revised Rules were put in place to speed up play at our level. Most of the seven groups playing endured a five-hour plus round in very humid conditions.

The course was fair with some damp fairways and greens which ran slower than most. However, generally it was worth the discounted deal which the group enjoyed.

The field was divided into two flights with the cut coming at eighteen and scores in both were a fair reflection of the day. In the second flight third place went to Len Jones with 31 points. Note to self: "Don't switch off after four and a half hours, a day like this lasts longer!" Second place went to Derek Phillips with 33 points and Stuart Kidd took the win with 34 points.

The top flight saw Wayne Peppernell going for a third big score this week and he did not disappoint with 39 points, but he lost top spot to compatriot Stu Thompson whose back nine was better. Stu thereby took a long awaited and very rare Green Jacket. Well done mate! Third place in the flight went to the consistent Cardiff golfer Colin Smith with another level par score.

Near pins went to Derek Phillips (8 & 13), Stu Thompson (5) and Kenny Jepson (17). The best nine awards were won by Willie Brown (best front 19 points) and John Harrison (best back 20 points). Mr Phil concluded the presentation with Marco Beer being highlighted for losing two countbacks, one for the best front nine and the other for the "silly hat" where Dave Arataki nudged him out for the ignominious honour. The wig award for the poorest score of the day went to American golfer Michael Kaps, playing his first round in Thailand. We've all been there, done that, and have filled our wardrobes with tee shirts,,,and wigs!

A long day ended thus at the Links with everyone in the usual fine humour and the delays of earlier were almost forgotten after a few cold beers.

A Double Helping of Stu

The PLGS's week began with a field of forty golfers attempting to get the better of Burapha C and D nines. Though not the most popular combination of nines at the course the fairways were well grassed, bunkers were well tended and the greens were also fair and with some pace.

The large field was divided into two flights cut at seventeen and under. In the top flight Andy Kelleher marked his return to the group with a fifth place finish on 34 points, losing out to Alan THomas in fourth on countback. Marco Beer celebrated his final round this trip with 35 points and third place whilst Colm Lawlor finished runner-up with level par 36 points. After a few lacklustre rounds Mr Phil came back with a bounce and took the win with 37 points.

The second flight was no less exciting with countback separating Darren Beavers and Derek Phillips for fourth and fifth place with 33 points each. Phil Scotton, new to the group, presented his credentials with 34 points to take third. Keith Melbourne acquitted himself well with a second placed finish on 35 points but the winner, with the best score of the day was Stu Thompson with an outstanding 38 points for his second successive Green Jacket. It was the group's second "helping" of Stu in four days and his game certainly has the all the ingredients for success.

The technical prizes were well shared out with near pins going to Dave Cooper (C5), Richard Dobson (C8), Pete Seil (D2) and Alan Thomas (D8). The longest successful putt on the final hole went to Michael Kaps, showing an immediate improvement on his previous round "wig" and the best front nine score was that of Kevin LaBar with 20 points. The award for the best back nine went to Steve Eddowes with 18 points. PLGS newbie, Malcolm Cox, took the silly hat award for his meagre back nine of seven points and the wig was presented to Barry Oats whose shoulder problems restricted his scoring opportunities.

At the end of the day forty golfers had all enjoyed a good day out at Burapha and savoured the fine hospitality of the Links kitchen and hard working bar staff. Well done all.

Kenny and Will Win A Tough Day

On this day Treasure Hill was the big winner with none of our forty golfers able to play to their handicap. Why? The course was in great condition once again, with well grassed and mown fairways and bunkers and rough to test those who deviate from straight. The greens had been lightly sanded but did not affect the roll. The main topic here was some of the pin placements which made life a little more difficult.

A couple of “dark horses” were the successful ones on the day. The “A” flight (0-18) saw William Brown taking the win at long odds with an impressive 35 points. Next came consistent Colin Service, who is usually somewhere near the top and 34 points kept him up there. Ray Banks was in the placings again by taking third spot on a countback over Garry Bright, both had 33 points, while Ralph McConnell rounded out the podium with 32 points for fifth.

Kenny Jepson had won a Green Jacket recently and was always an outside chance and, on a tough day at a tough course, he came through with the win for “B” flight (19+).  His 35 points got him another Green Jacket. Derek Phillips had one of his better games to take second place with 32 points, beating Darren Beavers on countback.  Our only lady golfer today, Avril Wildsmith took fourth place on her first outing with Links, scoring 31 points, leaving returnee Soren Hansen to fill fifth place on a countback.

Near pins: Garry Bright (2), Steve Eddowes (6), Kenny Jepson (13), Tom Herrington (17)

Best Front Nine (non-winners) ……Colin Smith ….18 pts
Best Back Nine (non-winners) ……. Tony Browne…17 pts

No hold ups on the course had everyone finished and back at Links surprisingly early compared to more recent games. There were plenty of low scores on the day and the player with the lowest of them managed to do the disappearing act, so Phil decided there will be no “wig” today.
One Player committed the sin of no name or handicap on his card. Maurice did some detective work to find out who this was.  It was Soren Hansen, who didn’t come back for the presentations but, as he came to collect his motor bike, he was spotted and called in to wear the “silly hat”.  He had a look of amazement, not realizing what he had done (or not done).
Even with the frustratingly low scores, all had another great day out at Treasure Hill.

Wayne Wins a Three-Way Countback

We already knew that Greenwood Golf Course was going to be busy for this day, with at least 3 PSC Bars all with a 10.00 am tee time, followed by various other groups. First to the starters and managers, well done to you. All three nines were used, with Links golfers starting on the “C” nine, to be followed by the “A” nine. We then proceeded to have a clear run for the entire round.

The weather for the start and most of the game was just perfect for golf, with the sun behind cloud and a pleasant breeze, making very comfortable conditions.

The course is looking a treat right now with the plenty of water to keep the fairways green. Some areas, perhaps, had a little too much water and were soft, with the ball picking up some mud, but had good run. The normally quick greens, at this time of year, tended to be just a tad slower, maybe they are due for a mowing. Great conditions gave us the good scores we might have expected and gave us a thrilling three-way tie in the “A” flight.

Wayne Peppernell has been in excellent form this last couple of weeks and with the more powerful finish held out in a tight countback situation.
All three players had fine scores of 39 points, so Ralph McConnell then won his countback against an unlucky Mike Kaps who had his final game this trip.
Top efforts from all three. Right behind them were two newcomers to Links, with 38 points each. Zac Carson won the countback from Jason Kerr. Crowded up there.

“B” flight was a little more cut and dried with returning Greg Thompson
scoring first up with 36 points. John Hughes was right on his tail scoring 35 points.
Then came another countback as Keith Melbourne nudged out his mate, Len Jones, just. Both did well for 32 points, and Tip Briney rounded out the podium with 31.
 
Near pins: Ralph McConnell (C3), Mike Kaps (C6), Tony Kerry (A2), Jason Kerr (A6).

Thirty-nine players today and plenty of winners. There are two prizes we try to avoid, but somebody has to “win” In the absence of any silly things happening, Steven Eddowes wore the “silly hat” for the lowest points on either nine. Peter Mace just had the lowest score and wore the “wig”.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Another week dawned with another field of forty golfers as the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Royal Lakeside to play a stableford competition on a course in excellent condition, under a cloudless sky. What could be a better start to a week?

The field was divided into two flights cut at eighteen and under and play got underway a little later than planned on a full course. However no one was inconvenienced as progress was good and the golf enjoyable.

In the top flight scores were excellent with Tony Browne holding fifth place with 37 place, losing fourth on countback to Jon Batty, making a welcome return. Low marker Paul Smith recorded a level par round "off the sticks", giving him 39 points for third, leaving Garry Bright and Dave Edwards to contest the win with forty points and a countback. Dave was successful and won the flight.

In the second division Jim Ferris managed to get the wheels back on his wagon after a few rounds of stuttering progress, emerging with 34 points in fifth place. One point better was Links regular Tip Briney, another golfer who found some form again today. Tip was involved in a three-way countback for second on 35 points but was more than content with fourth behind Derek Phillips in third and Phil Burton in second. The flight winner was Irish golfer Larry Slattery whose forty points took the flight by a comfortable margin and he also won the countback for the green jacket. For an Irishman there is nothing more satisfying than "the wearing of the green".

Near pins went to Mark Cooper (3), Kenny Jepson (6), Sharon Burton (12) and Petur Petursen (16). The honour of the best front nine went to Bill Copeland with 23 points whilst the best back nine sore was recorded by Rana Gurnam (19 points).

The consolation prizes went to Simon Watts whose nine points on the back nine more than warranted the "silly hat" whilst the hero of recent weeks, Capt Wayne Peppernell, underwent a fitting for a rare wig when he lost (won?) a three-way countback for the dubious honour. Yes Wayne, "all things come..." etc, etc.

Tom A Runaway Winner at Big Navy

Today a smaller than usual field to tackle the Plutaluang Royal Thai Navy Course.
There are four nines here and no matter which combination we are allotted, there is plenty of variety and challenges. The weather was warm, and the East and South courses were in very good condition, all ready for our 27 golfers to take them on. Somewhat surprisingly, even though there has been no rain around, there was little run on the fairways, maybe the sprinklers again.

The main talking point was the thick bladed grass in front of the greens, where the ball became imbedded at times. However, once on the green it was found to be a very good putting surface, attested to by Tom Herrington who, according to his group, made it look easy.

If you can putt well you are likely to wear the Green Jacket, as Tom did today.
He very comfortably won “A” flight (0-18) with a great 39 points, well clear of Steve Doris on 35 points and Maurice Roberts filling third spot with a nice 34 points.

Mike Tottenham doesn’t get to play a lot, but when he does, he usually seems to be in the results somewhere. He has also had a clear win to take out “B” flight (19+) with 36 points, three ahead of John Chelo and Iain Jones who both scored 33 points. John’s better back nine got him second place. Some sad news is that Capt. Wayne Peppernell had to retire hurt after injuring his wrist. Hoping he gets back quickly.

Near Pins: David Decaminda, Tip Briney, Paul Gill, Phil Davies

At this course, the caddies sometimes get a bad rap, either there isn’t enough of them or they are not trained well. Speaking to one of the groups over drinks, they were all very happy with their, smiling, friendly caddies today.  Some good news there.
The “silly hat” for the worst nine-hole score went to Paul Gill for his 7 points on the Eastn course.

The ‘wig’ for the worst score of the day went to Stuart Kidd.

Plutaluang is not everyone’s favourite, but with the course in very good condition and at a reasonable price, worth a try. We are booked in for February so check the Links website or the noticeboard in Links bar.

(Thanks to John Anderson)

A Day of Silly Hats

When we received the news late afternoon before the game that the course we “thought” we were booked at told us we had no booking, it started a day where there was just not going to be enough “silly hats” to go around.
 The Management at Khao Kheow were helpful and checked to find that we were booked at Pattavia this day, and Pattavia confirmed that. No idea who to blame, so we won’t.

After a couple of no-shows, we arrived at the Golf Course with forty-six players who had taken the change of venue in their stride, thanks to all. Our eleven groups started pretty much on time and, as you might expect with a large number, the pace of play was a little slower, but our group, number six, finished the round in about four and a half hours, not too bad. The round started in nice breezy, comfortable conditions, but that changed to hot and humid later in the day.

This course maintains it’s excellent standard and, although the surrounds are drying out, the fairways are kept green and mown and are in top condition.
The tee boxes are looking untidy, but it is obvious there are upgrades happening there. The greens are what we usually expect here, fast, true and tricky. Three putts are considered the norm.

Three flights today at 0-14, 15-21, 22 plus and a long putt prize in addition to the normal near pins.

No huge scores with only three players able to play to handicap or better.
“A” flight saw a count back for first with still in-form Maurice Roberts holding out Rana Gurnam at the 36 points mark. In third came Oscar Gabella with 33 points ahead of Andy Kelleher on 30 points.
Jeff Carrow produced the best score of the day with 38 points to easily take first spot in “B” flight. John Hughes was in the placings again on 35 points ahead of Larry Slattery on 34 points, while Phil Burton won a countback for fourth position on 33 points.

Only 34 points but it was good enough to give Kenny Jepson another win in the “C” flight. Greg Thompson had 32 points just ahead of Gordon Laviolette on 31. Tip Briney won a countback for fourth with 26 points.
Near pins: Masa Takano, Paul Smith, Michael Blumhagen, Simon Eely
Best Front Nine (non-winners) …Colin Smith….15pts
Best Back Nine (non-winners) …. Paul Gill .........18 pts.

Our bus driver handed me a pair of shoes someone had left in the bus, a phone call back to the club asking to look in number 4 locker for the new hat just purchased, but lost already. The player who had to be moved to a late group as he was nowhere to be found when due to tee off.
And no-one in an early group thought to collect cards and hand them back down the line. So, we had half at Pattavia and the other half back at Links bar. All qualifiers for the “silly hat”

Maurice Roberts wore the Green Jacket; Ian Collier wore the “wig” and Phil put the “silly hat” on himself after he had refusals from the one he targeted.

A very “silly” day.

Kidd's Play at Burapha

Burapha was the venue for the Pattaya Links Golf Society on Monday,28th January and, more especially, the delightful A/B combination was the assigned course. After dropouts and "no shows" a field of thirty-two golfers were ready for the day with two flights divided at eighteen and under.

As usual the course was in excellent order and greens were true and running at a fast medium pace. Cooler conditions at the start made for a comfortable day with some good scoring on show.

In the top flight Colm Lawlor and Rana Gurnam both scored 39 points with countback relegating Colm to third place, Rana taking another high placed finish. The flight winner was Andy Kelleher, who defied his own prospects - "I can never win" - with a fine 40 point finish giving him his first win this trip.

The second flight saw John Hughes take third with 33 points whilst Dane Soren Hansen took second with 35 points after a frenetic start. More later... The flight winner was Stuart Kidd and his 41 points gave him a runaway victory and the green jacket.

Near pins went to Stuart Kidd (A3), Tommy Marshall (A6), Paul Smith (B3) and Paul Durkan with more than a little luck on B8 where his tee shot rolled against the existing near pin marker and just crept inside it.

Consolation prizes went to Phil Davies for his 21 points on the front nine while Tony Browne posted 20 points on the back nine for some small success. Barry Oats hade suffered a sleepless night before his round and his continuing shoulder problems were not eased by the winning of the wig. Soren Hansen had placed his ball on the first tee to lead the group off when his caddy informed him he had not paid his green fee. Chaos followed as he rushed, embarrassed, back to the check-in, leaving Maurice to re-jig the playing order on the tee. In fairness one can understand Soren's oversight because the layout of the clubhouse means check-in comes after the locker-room "action". However, the silly hat was thus decided before a ball had been struck.

The day will be remembered for Andy Kelleher's and Stuart Kidd's efforts however, long after Soren's blushes have evaporated.

 

Melbourne & Brown, Just for the Record

The Pattaya Golf Society ended its January schedule with a visit to local Pattaya CC on Wednesday 30th to play a stableford competition on the course which continues to be more than presentable with firm fairways giving lots of run and greens which were a little tricky with deceptive pace.

Thirty three golfers took to the first tee and oblivious to the fact, when Willie Brown teed off he started the groups five hundredth competition round this month, a monthly record for the group. Completely unfazed he went to to perform well.

The field was divided into two flights at eighteen and under and in the top flight Masa Takano again seemed to be the "bridesmaid" with his second best gross of the day giving him 33 points for third place. Ahead was the daunting figure of the consistent Maurice Roberts on 37 points in second. The flight winner was the aforementioned Willie Brown with 39 very solid points.

In the second flight scores were again very competitive with Soren Hansen taking third place with 38 points, losing second on countback to a resurgent Tip Briney. The flight winner and recipient of his maiden green jacket was Keith Melbourne with a personal best score of 43 points on a day when he trusted his caddy to give him the right advice and kept his nerve throughout,except on a very watery seventeenth hole. Again it was a case of a non fancied golfer, leading from the front, and, boy did he enjoy his moment!

The near pins went to Bill Copeland (two), Phil Davies and Torben Lindgaard whilst the best front nine score was recorded by Derek Phillips (23 points) and the best back nine score went to Larry Slattery on countback with 18 points.

Competition was tight for the dreaded wig with countback deciding it would be worn by Darren Beavers, thus leaving Paul Stewart to take the "silly hat" for the poorest nine hole score.

I think it's fair to say that all the groups golfers had enjoyed the month and thanks are due to the cool "professionalism" of the organisers, making large fields as manageable as possible so all enjoyed the LInks golf experience.

February

Tony Browne Scores 40

Chris Barker the first to wear the Jacket, Silly Hat and Wig All at Once.

After just one week it was back to Pattavia for another try at taming those greens. However, the Greenkeeper had done the job for us as some maintenance had slowed things down. This caused some confusion as we were still too scared on the downhills, unnecessarily as it turned out. Weather was pleasant as the first three-ball of our 11 groups teed off behind a large group from another Society. It looked like a slow day ahead, and it was. We did get away on time with the help of the Marshal who is very good here.

In the “A” flight (0-17) it was a three-way countback on 34 points to sort the placings which resulted in Stu Thompson taking the top spot ahead of Chris Barker and Tommy Marshall in third. Then another countback on 33 points saw Masa Takano sneak in ahead of Ray Banks.

It was cut and dried for the first three places in “B” flight (18+) with Tony Browne having an easy victory, scoring a great 40 points on a difficult day. He must have been on the simulator again. Bart Bingham took second with 38 points and Torben Lindgaard third on 36 points. One more countback to settle fourth place where Greg Thompson got the nod over Ian Collier, both with 35 points.

Near Pins: Bill Shepley (4), Russell Exley (7), Maurice Roberts (13), Bill Copeland (17). Best Front Nine (non-winners) - Jim Ferris…….18 pts,
Best Back Nine (non-winners) - Richard Dobson ...22 pts.

Stu Thompson almost wore the “silly hat” due to a ricocheting ball hitting a tree and a caddie, but not enough. The player with the worst score didn’t make it back to the bar, nor did Tony Browne to get the Green Jacket.

Chris Barker came back on the first bus and sat quietly for more than an hour.
All the places sorted, envelopes written and then Maurice and Len discovered one card missing. When identified, he handed over the card and it turned out Chris had a winning score. So, because all the prizes in “A” flight had to be re done, THAT deserved the “silly hat”. With neither Tony or the “wig” winner present, Phil decided Chris could wear the lot. First time ever that’s happened.

Beavers Enjoys the Riverside

The Pattaya Links Golf Society turned out in style at Bangpakong Riverside on Monday, 4th February, when ten groups took on the challenge of the glorious course in a stableford competition. The conditions were excellent and a humid day did nothing to detract from the pleasure of playing the flat riverside course.

The field was divided into two flights at eighteen and under and scores were predictably good. In the top flight Takeshi Hakozaki playing his first round with the group this year took fifth place with 35 points, losing on countback to Maurice Roberts, and a point behind third placed golfer Tommy Marshall. In second pace was Huw Phillips with 37 points but the flight was won by Paul Smith whose gross 73 gave him 39 points.

The second flight golfers found the test a little tougher, with one exception. Fifth place went to Phil Burton with 33 points, again losing on countback to Bart Bingham. Third place belonged to Walter Baechli with 34 points and senior golfer Barry Oats made amends for his previous round with a fine 36 point return. The winner by a country mile was Darren Beavers with a splendid 43 points. After weeks of anguish and self doubt with his game everything came good again today and last weeks wig became this week's green jacket. Beavers' beaming smile could not have been broader.

Near pins went to Petur Petursen (4), Pete Seil (7), Lachlan Gotz (13) and Barry Oats (16) with the best front nine being posted by Colm Lawlor (18 points) and the best back nine award going to Soren Hansen with 19 points.

Jim Ferris' abysmal start ensured him of the "silly hat" award and Richard Dobson's irretrievable struggles on the front nine also rewarded him with the wig.

What else can be said? Another quality golf day with the Links.

Jacket for Jones, Ties Optional

Treasure Hill, always a tough test and yet one of the most popular venues on the PLGS schedule. The group visited there on Wednesday 6th February to challenge for a stableford event in two flights, cut at eighteen and under. The course was in excellent condition as always and, with forty golfers in the field, an earlier start than booked was offered and the group got away safely.

Traditionally the course is low scoring and today was no exception in humid conditions with only a slight breeze to cool the golfers. This always makes for a close competition and there were no less than sven ties for the minor positions, all requiring countbacks to resolve the results. In the top flight Ray Banks came fifth with 31 points, behind Maurice Roberts, Tony Browne and runner-up Steve Truelove, all with the same score. The flight winner was popular Japanese golfer Masa Takano with 33 points.

In the second flight Gordon Laviolette lost countbacks for third and fourth,ending up fifth on 33, behind Darren Beavers and the returning Paul Chesney. Second place went to Mike Tottenham with 34 points. The flight winner and recipient of the green jacket was Len Jones with the day's best of 35 points.

Near pins went to Derek Phillips (6), Jack ? (13) and Phil Davies (17) with no-one sullying the green on the long second. The best front nine was recorded by David De Caminada (15 points) and Frank Hughes recorded 17 points on the back nine for the other consolation prize. Malcolm Garrety chose the day to make his debut at Treasure Hill and suffered the inevitable with the wearing of the wig whilst Phil Mitchell made his long awaited return with the silly hat awarded for the poorest nine hole score.

It had been a typical Treasure Hill day at the Links, tough but nonetheless enjoyable.

If It's Friday It Must Be Browne

The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Pleasant Valley on Friday, 8th February to play a stableford competition on the course which was in reasonable condition but with greens which were variable in pace on the back nine. Little wind was evident and conditions were sultry and humid as the field of forty-two golfers teed off on time. The field was buoyed by a dozen "new" golfers, all keen to enjoy a day's golf with the popular group and they were not to be disappointed. The field was divided into two flights at eighteen and under.

Scores were close in both flights and the second division saw US golfer Tip Briney post 32 points for fifth place, a couple behind Thai lady golfer Panda Aree in fourth with 34. A level par round by senior golfer Alan Walker nudged him into third place, one behind Wednesday's winner Len Jones on 37 points. The flight was won by Stuart Kidd with 38 points.

The top flight was just as tight with Russell Exley taking fifth place with 37 points, on countback from Phil Davies. Three golfers vied for the other minor places with 38 [points, countbacks placing Ray Banks in fourth place behind Tommy Marshall and Masa Takano. Poor Masa, "bridesmaid" again! The flight winner and green jacket recipient was Friday Man Tony Browne who followed his previous week's forty points at Pattavia with another forty points haul this week.

Near pins went to Chris Barker (5), Tommy Marshall (8), Ray Banks (13) and Masa Takano (17) whilst the best front nine was reserved for Phil Davies' 22 points, David De Caminada holding the best back nine award with 27 points, after countback.

The silly hat was awarded to Maurice Roberts after demonstrating that smoking can be dangerous whilst the dreaded wig went to its first female winner Hilary Stoker after a poor showing on the tough track.

Pleasant Valley had seen the PLGS week close with good scores and fine comradeship.

Maurice’s Great Big 42 Points

An unusual, for this time of year, grey cloud hung over Pattaya and our golfers were thinking ‘rain’ as they ate breakfast at Links Bar. This cloud and the idea of rain passed quickly and it was into buses and cars for the short trip to Burapha Golf Course for the later start time of 11.30 am.

Organisation was good and our nine groups got away on time, under fine, but warm conditions and had a nice clear run to all finish the round in good time. The course was in its usual first-class order and all comments I received were usually of one word, excellent.

Playing off his 12 handicap, Maurice left the field in his wake to romp in with an impressive 42 points to win “A” flight and the Green Jacket. Watch out, he is starting another of those runs. The first four place getters in “A” flight all had scores of note. Alan Thomas scored 39 points (76 gross) for second and Tommy Marshall 38 points (77 gross) to take third place. David Decaminda finally showed his 9 handicap on his last game this trip scoring 37 points for fourth.

The “B” flight saw a tight finish for the first three places, with a three-way tie on 35 points. Some countbacks were needed resulting in Gordon Laviolette, finally breaking into the winner’s circle, getting the nod over consistent Stuart Thompson and newcomer to Links, Joseph Buchberger, taking third spot. Then Stuart Kidd held out in another countback for fourth on 34 points.

There were four near pin markers out and all were won:  Chris Barker (A3), Stuart Kidd (A6), Paul Durkan (B3), Bill Shepley (B8). Best Front Nine (non-winners) – Colm Lawlor – 19 pts c/back. Best Back Nine (non-winners) – Wayne Peppernell – 21 pts

It seems our most regular wearer of the “silly hat” is none other than Phil. He often finds a silly reason to wear it, but this time it was for the original purpose of the worst score on one of the nines.
The first, and to date, the only lady to wear the “wig” was seen shuffling toward the front as Phil was teasing. But she missed out on a second chance as the “wig” found its way on to the head of Seamus Byrne for the lowest score overall.

Steinmann Star Man

The Pattaya Links Golf Society called in on Greenwood on Wednesday, 13th February to play a stableford competition with the forty-one strong field divided into two flights at 17 and under. As always the course was in excellent condition with deliciously consistent greens. The only downside was that the course was damp after the usual early morning irrigation and so it was decided to play the A and C nines from the yellow tees with the preferred lies option on the fairways. This made for a very tight contest in both flights and certainly helped the shorter hitting golfers enjoy the day more on a course which boasts some long par threes and fours.

In the second flight minor places were decided by countback with Stuart Kidd taking fifth place with 35 points behind John Chelo and third placed Kenny Jepson. Derek Phillips was runner-up with 36 points and the flight was won by the senior golfer in the field John Pearce with 38 excellent points.

The top flight followed the same pattern with countback relegating Maurice Roberts to fifth with with 37 points, behind Phil Davies and Dave Hewson, finishing third on his return round, again with 37 points. In second place was Bill Copeland with a fine 38 points and the flight winner was New Yorker Bill Steinmann with 39 points on his debut round with the group. Not many golfers take the green jacket on their debut round so well done Bill!

Near pins went to Maurice Roberts (A2), Bill Copeland (A6) and Gordon Nelson (C6). Again the long C3 preserved its modesty with no golfers invading its space. Consolation prizes for the best nines went to Tip Briney on the A nine (21 points) and Chris Barker on the C none (21 points).

Mr Phil thoroughly enjoyed presenting the wig to his friendly rival Adam Barton after carding the lowest score of the day and the "silly hat" to Colm Lawlor on his final round this trip, his final nine holes netting only ten points.

Let nobody say Greenwood is easy from the shorter tees. It certainly isn't but it makes life easier for some on a sultry, windless day and everyone enjoyed the experience immensely.

“Laughing Man” Has Last Laugh

Darren Beavers never seems to be far from the action at Links Golf. If not sporting the “wig”, which he did during a form slump, or the “silly hat”, then he is wearing the Green Jacket. He was certainly “laughing man’ (a reference to a photo last week) after scoring a massive 45-point haul at Plutaluang today to run away with the “B” flight and the Green Jacket. Upon his return to the bar he tried to tell mates he did OK. But then within seconds he blurted out the score. Why wouldn’t you?

Phil Burton put in a great performance to take second spot with a fine 38 points, while Niall Caven showed a return to form with 35 points getting him third place. Phil Mitchell and Bryan Barrell battled it out for fourth at 34 points, with Phil having the better back nine. On another day 41 points would win everything and be the headline, but Takeshi will take the “A” flight win with a big smile. He has been close recently and today kept the rest at bay. Dave Hewson’s 39 points from a handicap of 9 certainly rates a mention and that got him second place and the best gross score of 78. Third and fourth went to the countback with Ray Banks winning that one from Bill Copeland, who is heading back to the USA for a short trip. Colin Service rounded out the podium with a handy 36 points.

Forty-one golfers found a Plutaluang Golf Course in very good condition and some reckoned the greens were true and as fast and treacherous as Pattavia. Darren Beavers thought they were okay as 27 points on the first nine came largely because of his putting where his playing partners agreed that he just could not miss. One of those putting days we all want.

In addition, Darren also picked up a “near pin’ by getting one inside Phil’s very good putt. Other near pins were won by Ray Banks, Iain Jones and Phil Davies settled for one.
Best Front Nine ( North) ( non winners) – Garry Bright…21 pts
Best Back Nine (West) (non-winners) – Adam Barton….21 pts

Once again there were many contenders for the “silly hat”. Takeshi lost his wallet, but Maurice found it for him, and then there was no money in it anyway.  However, Phil decided that the original purpose of the hat, for the lowest score on a nine, was the way to go. After a few fluttering hearts it was Phil Thackery getting the “honour”.
Michael Pallesen played his first game this trip from Denmark and scored low enough to wear the “wig”. Phil did point out the Michael had not been able to play for three months as his home is way too cold for humans.

Solid Slattery Tops the List

A tough task lay ahead of the Pattaya Links Golf Society on Monday, 18th February as thirty eight golfers made their way to Mountain Shadow to play a stableford round on the course which was very dry, giving lots of run but many tight lies on the dusty fairways. Greens were quite good but the back nine were slightly slower than those on the front. The course demands accuracy, fairways have to be hit and the punitive rough avoided. Quite a daunting prospect after a Pattaya weekend!

The field was divided into two flights at eighteen and under and scores were inevitably close. In the second flight fourth place went to Darren See on his debut round with the group, with 30 points. In third place was Derek Philips with a very sound 33 points, one behind runner-up Stuart Kidd, playing his final round this trip. The flight winner was Barry Oats with 36 points.

In the top flight fourth place was held down by Kevin LaBar with 30 points with Pete Seil on 33 points taking third after losing a countback with runner-up Billy Shepley. The flight winner and deserved wearer of the green jacket was Irish golfer Larry Slattery with the only sub par round of the day, 37 very solid points.

Near pins went to Phil Davies, Larry Slattery, Stuart Kidd and Tip Briney and the consolation best nines awards went to Darren Beavers (front nine, 17 points) and Chris Barker (back nine, 19 points). Chris also took the "silly hat" after a shabby six points on the front nine in a round of two distinct halves.

The fabled wig went to Ray Banks on his final round as he struggled with the prospect of an imminent return to England to produce the second lowest score of the day. It must be said however that his golf this trip has been generally very good with more success than some others on their annual visit. He and the other returnees wil be missed for their skill and comradeship.

No More Bridesmaid for Masa

Due to a mix-up in bookings we were disappointed to miss out on our trip to Khao Kheow in January, but we made up for it today. Thirty-nine golfers took to the course, after one no-show, and relished the decision to play from the yellow tees. Weather started hot, still, and uncomfortable, but eventually some cloud cover and a wisp of breeze gave some respite. We were told the day before that the course is not in good condition.  On any day we can get differing versions of that subject, depending on the circumstances of the commentator.

Although not in the pristine condition as at the start of the high season, probably due to heavy use and lack of rain, our group decided conditions were very good. Fairways, although drying somewhat are grassed and neatly mown. The greens are in excellent condition and mostly quite quick after being lightly sanded. The tee areas have not come up as well after a renovation, not a disaster, but a little disappointing.

Two flights today with the cut at 19 and under.

Masa Takano has been the “bridesmaid” many times on this trip. He has had some excellent scores which deserved a Green Jacket, but somehow managed to be the second-best score.  Today, just before heading home and back to work, he got his wish. With a nice 39 points he took out the “A” flight and the Jacket. Well done. Dave Hewson has been on the podium a bit and with his lowly handicap held second spot with 37 points and Chris Barker, another regular place getter, was third on 35 points. Derek Phillips and Mike Ehlert went to a countback on 34 points resulting in Derek getting fourth spot and Mike fifth.

A three-way tie had to go to countback to split them in “B” flight. Vic Barton won out to take first place from Bryan Barrell who, in turn, beat John Anderson into third. Gordon Laviolette with 31 points held out Paul Chesney who finished with 30 points.

Near pins: Dave Hewson (A3), Paul Chesney (A5), Mike Ehlert (B3), Richard Dobson (B8). Best Front Nine ( non winners)…Darren Beavers….18 pts  Best Back Nine (non winners)…..Connie Walsh ......18 pts.

At his final game this trip Mark Stubbing had the lowest nine hole score and donned the “silly hat” while Jim Ferris had a horror day and recorded the lowest overall score and was awarded the “wig”.

Gordon Good for Green

Local golfers could be forgiven for thinking the main golfing occasion at the end of this week was at Siam Old Course where the LPGA was holding its annual Honda event but wiser heads knew it was the Pattaya Links Golf Society's trip to neighbouring Pattaya CC on Friday, 22nd February which held all the thrills.

The course was dry but the greens were consistent and a strong breeze either helped or hindered shots but certainly made the day more comfortable. A field of twenty-nine golfers turned up and with the cut at sixteen and under play in two flights got under way before the allotted time slot.

The top flight saw an extremely tight contest with three golfers sharing the top score of 35 points. Countback placed American Mike Ehlert in third place behind compatriot Kevin LaBar leaving Andy Kelleher as the winner with the day's second best gross score of 82.

In the second flight Sweden's Eddie Runfors took third place with 34 points, one behind Alan Walker's solid 35 points and the only sub par golfer Gordon Laviolette on 38 points, which was good enough for the green jacket back at the Links.

Near pins went to Steve Truelove (5), Masa Takano (7), Gordon Laviolette (12) and Frank Jelmo (16). The consolation best front nine award was won by Gordon Nelson with 17 points with the best back nine award going to Darren Beavers with 19 points.

Golfers who struggled were relieved when the wig was awarded to Richard Dobson, who stepped down from a motorcycle taxi at the Links as his name was announced - the timing of the man is impeccable - and the "silly hat" award went to John Harrison whose back nine score of seven points belied his handicap of 12.

Galleries may well have been smaller than just down the road but the excitement was no less intense as the Links ended its current golf week with three enjoyable and skilful days of the game we all love.

Garry Hookey’s First Hole-in-One

Alan Thomas Wins 3-way Countback

The ball took one bounce on the green and dropped straight into the hole. Garry didn’t see it, but the caddies did and screamed, but not as loud as Garry and his playing partners once they knew, and could be heard three fairways away.

Thirty-nine golfers lined up at the first tee on C course. The first and only three-ball got away right on the allotted 10.04 am with some cloud cover and a slight breeze. The course was presented in the usual excellent condition with nicely mown fairways, with some of that rough in the middle and the greens very good with some pace. There were some tricky and rather callous pin placements on some of the later holes on the D nine.
 
The scores will show that today was a course for low handicappers. The “B” flight (16+) was won by first time Links player, Wayne Greenwood, who was invited by Alan Walker to play with us. 36 points is a very good first up effort.  Gordon Laviolette is fast becoming Mr. Consistent as he took second place with 33 points.

That darn “wig” gets them going. The next three places were many times wearer, Tip Briney with 32 points, followed by two very recent recipients, Darren Beavers and Richard Dobson had a countback on 31 points. It’s an inspiration!

The “A” flight (0-15), or “the big boys” as Phil calls them had a shoot-out at the top with three scores of 38 points. Into countback mode where Alan Thomas came out on top. One of his playing partners, Pete Seil also had 38, but the two were separated by Dave Hewson winning that countback. Then another countback to separate Garry Bright and Connie Walsh, both on 37 points.
There were four near pin markers out and all were won: Chris Barker (C5), Gary Hookey (C8) Hole-in-one, Nigel Harrison (D2)), Alan Thomas (D8).

Len reckons the green “silly hat” looks good on Irishmen and Chris Walsh was right at home after having the lowest nine-hole score. Ian Craigen is still learning the game and, after missing out on the “wig” a couple of times, wore it well today.
We have been having a very good run at Burapha at a very good price, much to the enjoyment of many golfers playing at Pattaya Links Golf.

Masa Gets a Taste for Green Jacket

It’s true that it takes a little longer to travel to Royal Lakeside Golf Club, but when you arrive and enter the magnificent clubhouse, then walk through to the vast and immaculate practice greens and practice bunkers, it makes the trip worthwhile, and you have yet to see the course. The first hole is 490 yards in length with a slight dog-leg right and cut just for golfers. When you reach the green, you will find it true and with good speed, just made for putting. The rest of the course and greens are as good as this first hole.
 
We usually expect high stableford scores here (rightly or wrongly?) and today we did see that type of scoring.

The surprise packet was Nigel Harrison with 40 points and taking out “B” flight (15+) making this his best score for quite some time. Colin Service has been wondering where his game went, but it was back today and he racked up a cool 36 points, for second place. Derek Phillips is running hot and cold lately and did well to get third spot with 35 points, while that man Gordon Laviolette was there again, even after a handicap reduction, scoring 33 points for fourth.

Speaking of hot, Masa Takano made another 41 points to win “A” flight (0-14) and don his second Green Jacket in 7 days. This top player is really is getting a taste for it. Paul Smith, sporting an unusually high handicap, and consistent Chris Barker, were both right behind with 40 points each. Paul had 21 points on the run in to just edge into second. Connie Walsh quietly slipped into fourth with a nicely done 39 points.

Near pins: Paul Smith cleaned up taking hole numbers 3, 6 and 15, and Mark Oliver (12) took the remaining pin. The honour of the best front nine (non-winners) went to Andy Kelleher with 19 points on c/back whilst the best back nine score was recorded by George Mueller (17 points c/back).

Andy Kelleher’s day didn’t finish there. He had paid his Green Fee, Caddie, Cart and then when asked to produce the paperwork on the first tee, found he had lost (mis-placed) them. Some panic, maybe have to pay again? But in charged Maurice Roberts calling for the owner of these vouchers. All ended well, but Andy deserved and received the “silly h
John Pearce made his final bow this trip re-uniting with his favourite “wig” for the lowest score of the day.

March

Blue Skies, Red Dragons and Green Jacket for Big Phil

March 1st is St David's Day and is special for Welsh people everywhere. Just how would the PLGS' small contingent of Welsh golfers fare at Pleasant Valley in their Friday golf? Pretty well is the answer.

Forty two golfers made up the field which was divided into two flights at seventeen and under and play got away on a decently prepared course on time and under blue skies. A fresh breeze made the conditions comfortable and a good competition ensued.

In the top flight three points covered the top five golfers with Chris Barker taking fifth place with 34 points, losing on cb to Dennis Eager. Third place saw Steve Truelove return 35 points with Masa Takano, playing his swansong round this trip, taking second with 36 points. The flight winner was Welshman Phil Davies with 37 points. "Chwarae da iawn" Phil!

In the second flight scores mirrored the top flight with Mike Firkin losing on cb to Alan Walker with 34 points. In third place was Icelandic golfer Bjorgvin Hallgrimsson with 35 points, a couple behind Welshman Len Jones, runner-up with 37 points. The best score of the day was recorded by Phil Mitchell who returned in the final group with a score of 38 points.

Near pins went to Phil Davies (5). Dennis Eager (13) and Masa Takano (8 and 17) whilst the best front nine score was logged by Paul Durkan at 19 points, John Chelo taking the award for his 18 points on the back.

The third Welshman in the field, Mark Oliver belied his nine handicap status to return an embarrassing meagre points total and wore the wig with panache, whilst Bryan Barrell did not wake up until the back nine having only recorded a brace of points to secure yet another "silly hat" award.

It had been a fine day's golf, St David's honour had been preserved and "Big" Phil Mitchell deservedly would have worn the green jacket had he returned to the Links on time. Instead Mr Len was given that honour. Happy Saint David's Day, one and all.

Phil’s Birthday Bash

Phil Davies decided to celebrate his 60th Birthday by inviting 84 of his good golfing buddies to share his big day. He put his hand in his pocket so that nobody had to pay out more than 2000 baht. For that sum, each golfer had free tea or coffee and bacon roll at Links for breakfast, free bus travel, no competition fee, 18 holes at the incredible Laem Chabang Golf Course which included green fee/caddie fee/cart and a sumptuous smorgasbord dinner at Links Bar in the evening. Oh! Also included, his buddies could bring partners.

The entertainment for the night was provided by an excellent young duo who kept the big crowd staying longer than we have seen before at Links.

At the course there were prizes on every hole and a competition within the competition. A normal stableford round with an Irish Stableford team event. For an optional extra 100 bht a pool was established to pay out on twos. 78 took part in this. The pool was eventually split between 12 winners.

The golf course was in immaculate condition and we got to play on the newly renovated “A” course, which was a plus. 5 groups started on “A” course and 16 groups off the “B’ course. Every golfer played their part by being on time and ready at the tee for his group. From a grateful organizer, Thank You.

Laem Chabang is considered by those who know these things to be an excellent and challenging layout, and with fairways and greens in top notch shape we expected some very good scores, and there were.

”A” flight
1st  Place -  Petur Petursson - (6) -  39 pts
2nd  Place -  Paul Smith  (4 ) -  38 pts c/back
3rd Place -  Tom Herrington -  (13) - 38 pts
4th Place -   Alan Thomas  (6) -  37 pts c/back
5th Place -   Peter Park (4) - 37 pts

”B”’ flight
 1st Place -  Barry Cunningham (21 ) - 40 pts c/back
2nd Place - Terry Mangan (21) - 40 pts
3rd Place -  Nigel Harrison (22) - 39 pts
4th Place -  Paul Chesney (21) - 38 pts. c/back
5th Place -  Bart Bingham (20) - 38 pts

Irish Stableford – Team Event.
Winners: Tip’s Team (Tip Briney, Nigel Harrison, Barry Oats, Iain Jones)
Second :  Len’s Team (Len Jones, John Mason, Mike Firkin, Bryan Barrell)

There were prizes available on each of the 18 holes, however nobody was able to claim B7 and the B4 prize was for “B” flight but had a name from the “A” flight, so that went begging as well. Golfers will know that there is always one!.
Too many prizes to list here, but they were spread around. The recipients were happy to collect.
Phil conducted the presentations in his own inimitable style, and then it was time for all to relax with a cold one and enjoy that great little singing duo.

                                       HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHIL

Thanks goes to Maurice for a major part of the day’s success, phoning around to invite regulars to play, organizing the groupings, preparing the 84 cards and 21 team cards and on and on. Also special help from a blow-in, Peter Blackburn, while in Pattaya for a few days. These events need many helpers and thanks goes to Links staff and the many others who pitched in for a great day on and off the golf course.

Mitch Carlon’s Hit and Run

After such a huge day at Phil’s’ birthday two days earlier, it was a nice restful day at Greenwood when, after two no shows, we started with just twenty six players.
The management at Greenwood, who are always good and helpful, gave us a two tee start which also enabled everyone to finish and be back in town much earlier.
Weather ranged from hot to very hot, cloudy and cooler, to a nice breeze. Three seasons in one day.
The course was in fine condition and did not have the wet patches as per our previous visit. Greens on both nines, B and C, in good shape and ran nicely. Some in our group thought they were not quite right as the area around the holes seemed to make their putt deviate.
Mitchell Carlon’s work takes him offshore for periods of time and a couple of trips to Udon Thani with his lady, has cut down on his number of games of golf.
However, today he came out blasting his 300+ yards off the tee which had Tip Briney in awe. Tip saw them even though he wasn’t in the same group. Good putting helped also, and Mitch won the day and the Green Jacket, his first, in a closely fought three-way countback at the 39 points mark.
Tony Browne has been in good form of late and continued to be right up there, taking second ahead of Tip Briney, a very popular winner. We thought he was inspired by Mitch’s driver, but his driver still doesn’t work.
We went one flight with six places. Darren Beavers had enough “flashes of brilliance” to grab 36 points and fourth place.
The final two places had three players in contention, but one had to miss out.
Andy Kelleher and Phil Mitchell both scored 35 points, with Andy having the better back nine. 
Best Front Nine (non winners) (B)……Stu Brown ….22 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) (C)…….Richard Dobson…18 pts

There was no contest for the “silly hat” as Keith Melbourne had his name on it when, although he was in the second group out, not the last group, proceeded to pick up the near pin markers and walk off with them, until he was pointed to the error of his ways. Barry Horman didn’t score many and wore the “wig”, but he certainly scored with plenty of ladies when a bevy of beauties showed up at the bar at little later, when went out to greet them.

Phillips Takes the Prize at Eastern Star

A visit to Eastern Star on Friday, 8th March ended an eventful week for the Pattaya Links Golf Society as forty golfers took the opportunity to play the tough course at an extremely generous price. The course was in fine condition and the greens are running well. Some bunkers seemed over-full but generally the course is well set up.

The field was set in two flights, cut at sixteen and under and both flights enjoyed a tough joust in hot conditions.

In the top flight Connie Walsh took fifth place with 28 points, three behind Pete Seil on 31. In third was American golfer Jon Dean with 33 points, one behind runner-up Tommy Marshall on 34 points. The flight winner was Canadian Brian Beaupre whose annual visit was him win the flight with 36 points.

In the second flight things were even tighter with Len Jones staking fifth place on countback with 30 points. One point better was Tony Lang with 31 and Nigel Harrison took third with 32 points. Second place went to Richard Dobson, his back nine impressing as he reached a total of 34 points. The flight winner was Irish golfer Derek Phillips whose 36 points gave him the green jacket on cb from top flight winner Brian Beaupre.

The near pins awards went to Connie Walsh (3), Andy Kelleher (6), Dave Hewson (13) and Pete Seil (17).The consolation of the best front nine went to Murray Edwards (18 points) whilst Tommy Kelly took the back nine award with 17 points. John Evans looked resplendent win the wig, befitting his low mark status and Tony Browne's front nine score more than deserved the silly hat.

Phew! Whar a week it had been.

Beavers The Best at Burapha

It was quality golf again at a quality course on Monday, 11th March as the Pattaya Links Golf Society took thirty-five friends and golfers to Burapha to play a stableford competition on the C and D nines. The course was in fine condition and the weather was hot.

The field was divided into two flights, cut at sixteen and under and a quarter of the field posted scores of level par or better.

In the top flight three golfers tied for the minor places on 37 points, invoking a countback to refine the positions. In fourth place was Petur Petursen, following Paul Durkan in third and runner-up Paul Smith. The flight winner was Tommy Marshall with 39 very solid points.

The second flight was no less competitive with fourth place going to Richard Dobson on 36 points, losing on countback to Masa Sugaya on his return from Japan. Runner-up was Friday's green jacket winner Derek Phillips with 37 points. The round of the day was that of Darren Beavers who bullied the course with some strong and accurate shots to amass 41 points on the toughest combination at the club. Darren is a golfer who is either "hot" or "not" but today saw him at his best.

Near pins went to Mitch Carlon (C5), Tony Browne (C8), Connie Walsh (D2) and Tony Lang (D8) whilst the best front nine consolation award went to Phil Davies with 19 points, Merle Humphreys taking the back nine honours with 18.

Tony Browne had to be stirred before the day began, thinking it was Sunday. His Bible class would have to wait and he eventually made it to the Links just in time, where he was reminded that the rules for the day were those drawn up by the R & A/USGA not those cast in stone two thousand years ago in a far off land. The silly hat was his of course. Barry Horman continued his fittings for the wig with another lack-lustre performance.

Another golfing week had begun in style at the Links.

Bibby's First Green Jacket

The Pattaya Links Golf Society returned to Pattavia on Wednesday, 13th March, not without some trepidation having heard that the day before that the greens were back to their pacey best. However Pattavia's management had decided to water them earlier in the day and they were certainly more amenable for the earlier starters. Fairways were good, with run and the day stayed hot.

The field was divided into two flights, cut at eighteen and under and the quality design made for some competitive golf. In the top flight the Links' rivalry between Phil Davies and Maurice Roberts invoked countback as they both recorded 36 points but Maurice retained the bragging rights and took fourth place. In third was Paul Greaves with countback taking him above Maurice. The runner-up was Kevin La Bar with 37 points but the winner was Paul Smith with countback deciding in his favour as his 37 points reflected his best gross of 75. A splendid display indeed.

Things were a little more clearcut in the second flight as Greg Gawron took fifth place on his return with 34 jet-lagged points, one behind fourth placed John Tallett. In third was Richard Dobson with 37 points and runner-up was Links stalwart Tip Briney with 38 points. The best points score of the day was returned by David Bibby and he took his first green jacket with a solid 39 points.

Near pins were won by Greg Gawron (5), John Evans (7), Pete Seil (12) and Richard Dobson (17) and the consolation awards for the best nines went to Petur Petursen (19 on the front nine) and Mike Davies (20 on the back nine). As usual Mr Phil left the booby awards till last and after much teasing Chris Walsh was presented with the wig for his poor score whilst the silly hat was sported at a jaunty angle by Mr "Rocky", one of Melbourne's less accomplished golfers, after a poor show on the front nine.

Pattavia never disappoints and always seems to draw some fine scores, despite the testing nature of the greens.

Mike Firkin Makes a Comeback

Once again, the day started hot and tiring, and that is before we boarded the buses to Treasure Hill. However, conditions did cool slightly later on. We had one of our smallest fields for quite some time as, after one no-show and two non-competition players, we started with 30 players in two flights with the cut at nineteen.

We were told that this course was in excellent condition presently and, after playing today, there is no argument about that. Although the rough and beyond has started to brown, the fairways are kept green and in great condition. The renovations on the tee boxes has pretty much settled and the greens are superb, running with good pace and true.

The “A” flight saw a return to Links, after a long absence, of John Holmes who immediately made his presence felt by recording a very sound 40 points to easily win the flight. From the same group, his buddy, John Chelo, had a good result to take second place with 36 points. It seems that this trip there is no keeping Chris Barker out of the placings and he took the only remaining spot in the flight, scoring 32 points to beat last week’s Green Jacket winner, David Bibby on countback.

“B” flight provided the star of the day, Mike Firkin. After being plagued by frustrating injury/injuries, he came back to the front with a power game and do what very few have done at Treasure Hill, that is to score more than 40 points. His 41 points was way ahead of the rest of the flight and gave him his third Green Jacket. A big gap then to a three-way tie on 32 points which saw the resultant countbacks going to Richard Dobson in second, 21 points on the back nine, and Tip Briney sneaking ahead of the unlucky Bryan Barrell.
Bryan didn’t miss out though, as he was then the winner of “best front nine” (non winners) with 17 points, while Len Jones came home stronger to nudge out John Anderson to take “best back nine” (non winners) on countback.

Near pins: John Holmes (2), Colin Service (6), Jim Ferris (13), David Bibby (17)
As he handed in his card, David Heyes was worried if he had the lowest score of the day. He need not have worried… he did, and Phil didn’t even bother to tease him. But of course, he took it in great spirit as the “wig” was fitted. Graham Cole deserved the “silly hat” but disappeared before presentations. It’s waiting for him.
Another fine day out, this time at beautiful Treasure Hill.

Phil Still on A High

Bangpakong Riverside Golf Club welcomed the Pattaya Links Golf Society on Monday, 18th March when the group arrived to play a stableford competition in two flights, divided at eighteen and under. The weather was hot and, surprisingly for the course, the day started of still and very humid. The wind was to get up on the back nine however and would cause problems, swirling around the flat riverside track.

Conditions kept scores at a moderate level, with one exception, as did the fairways which were soft and the greens were more grainy than usual.

In the second flight third place went to the elder statesman Barry Oats who finished on 35 points, one behind the leaders who were subjected to countback to decide the winner. John Chelo's smile was broad as it was announced he had nudged Richard Dobson into second place. In the top flight third place went to Chris Barker on countback with 37 points, Stu Thompson being the unlucky golfer to lose out. Derek Phillips took second with 38 points and Phil Davies was still on a "high" after the weekend which saw his beloved Wales win the Grand Slam in rugby on Saturday. He powered his way to forty-two points with very few putts, nailing everything within six to eight feet.

Near pins went to Barry Horman (4), Darren Beavers (7), Pete Seil (13) and Richard Dobson (16). The best front nine was recorded by Stu Thompson (19 points) and Connie Walsh took the award for the best back nine with 20 points.

At the other end of the leaderboard Barry Horman wore the wig yet again, a fine way to finish his stay, whilst a measly nine points on the back nine gave Masa Sugaya the "silly hat" award.

The presentation ended with brandy all round as Dave Heyes celebrated his birthday in a most generous fashion and even the day's hero Mr Phil could not resist the spirit of the occasion as he indulged for a very rare time. It had been a magical couple of days for the winner of the green jacket.

Thunder, Lightning, Rain, Low Scores

The day started as usual with many golfers coming for breakfast or just a coffee. Then an orderly boarding of buses and cars and off to Khao Kheow Golf Club. Check-in was efficient as usual here and we were happy to pay the Sports Day price of 800 bht green fee.

As the first group, a three-ball, teed off on A1 it was noted that they were on the white tee. After some short, but lively debate between organisers, the group re-loaded and had a “take two” off the yellows.

All went well until we were into the second nine (B course) when suddenly that black cloud become crashing thunder and lightning striking seemingly close to our groups. Three quarters of the group behind decided to call it a day and head for the hills. The remaining member joined us to make a five-ball. The lightning storm abated almost as quickly as it came, and our group, number five of eleven, continued on to finish the round and hit the showers.
Upon emerging from the locker room, we watched as the rain bucketed down, no thunder this time, just heaps of water. In the end, of the 42 starters we finished with 30 completed scorecards, some soggy, and the rest N/R. or lost.

Needless to say, there were no record-setting scores, but a first timer at Links, David Innes, a miner from Western Australia topped the scoring with a hard earned 36 points to take out “B” flight and the Green Jacket. Second in that flight went to Greg Gawron on 33 points and then John Anderson scored his third 32 points in his last three games at KK.  John Chelo made up the podium with 31 points.

The best of the “A” flight was Kevin McEntee with 34 points, a very good score considering his low handicap and the trials of the day. Ken Ishikawa, on his final game this trip, beat Paul Greaves on countback at the 33 points mark, while Connie Walsh, also heading home, rounded out the four placings with 31 points.

Near pins: No-one good enough on A3, Ryan Thomas (A5), Derek Phillips (B3), Steve Turner (B8)
Best Front Nine (non winners) …Huw Phillips….18 pts c/back

Best Back Nine (non winners) …. Masa Sugaya ...16 pts c/back

Due to the crazy weather, wrong tees and lost pins and cards, Phil decided that the “wig” and “silly hat” remain in the bag waiting for another day.

The big serving of Spaghetti Bol. went down well as Phil presented David Innes with the Green Jacket. David was so happy that he “rang the bell”, much to the delight of the golfers present, to end an adventurous day at Khao Kheow.

Tottenham Tops

The Pattaya Links Golf Society chose to stay local on Friday, 22nd March as they visited Pattaya CC to play a stableford competition on the course which is starting to show a little wear after a reasonably dry high season. Fairways were a little patchy and soft around the irrigation points with mid morning watering having little or no effect in the hot conditions. Greens hover were still quite consistent.

Play started on time and good progress was made all round. High scoring was not on the agenda. except for a couple of golfers. A field depleted by a half dozen regulars trekking out to Wangjuntr left 25 golfers competing in a single flight. Countback was inevitably invoked again with Nils-Petr Kristensen placed fifth on 35 points, Colin Smith's back nine advantage giving him fourth place. In third was Darren Beavers with 38 points and he saw Larry Slattery elbow himself into second with a better back nine. For Larry it was the final round this trip and closed a series of excellent results over the past few months. The winner was Aussie Mime Tottenham who showed his potential again with forty very solid points to take the green jacket.

Near pins went to Masa Sugaya (4), Chris Barker (7), Larry Slattery (12) and Colin Service (16). The consolation best front nine score was Len Jones' 19 points and the back nine winner was Nigel Harrison with 18 points.

In the absence of Jack Robertson at the presentation the dreaded wig was left in the bag but Maurice Roberts accepted an overwhelming late suggestion that his second poorest nine hole score of the day thoroughly deserved the Silly Hat. Needless to say Maurice's "Silly Hat Hit List" is now in operation again!

With the end of high season coming at the end of next week a final blast of quality golf awaits the PLGS golfers over the next seven days. Just sign up and turn up, simple as that. Enjoy!

Humphreys' Big Haul

After a frustrating Monday when play at Burapha was abandoned without a ball being struck the Pattaya Links Golf Society took to the road again on Wednesday, 27th March and played a stableford competition at the sumptuous Royal Lakeside course. The weather stayed fair but overcast enabling the field of 35 golfers to enjoy the day on a beautifully prepared golf course.

The field was divided into two flights at seventeen and under and play got away on time. Fairways and greens were excellent and the slight breeze helped golfers produce good scores. In the top flight fourth place went to Idris James, his 37 points losing out on countback for third place, which was occupied by Les Cobban. The runner-up was Phil Davies with 38 points whilst the victor was Paul Smith whose seventy-two gross gave him 41 points for an emphatic win.

In the second flight Derek Phillips beat John Chelo on countback for fourth place with 35 points and third place went to Bart Bingham on 36. Jim Ferris took advantage of countback to stay ahead of Bart in runner-up place whilst the winner, with the best score of the day, was Merle Humphreys with 42 points. Merle is happy playing his own game in his own time but today most of his shots were true as he recorded his biggest score with the group to take the famed green jacket for the first time.

Near pins went to Darren Beavers (3), Ryan Thomas (6), Tom Herrington (12) and Pete Seil (15) and the consolation awards for the best nines went to Colin Smith (front nine 22 points) and Kevin McEntee (best back nine 20 points). Darren Beavers' ten points on the front nine assured the slow starter of the "silly hat" whilst the continuing woes dogging Micky Tighe saw him presented with the wig after a couple of decent shows.

It was such a relief to be on the course again after a frustrating Monday and Royal Lakeside was certainly the place to be.

Peeing Down at Pattana

(Observations by Jesuit John)

For 9 holes yesterday at Pattana the weather was pleasant as yours truly battled with golfing demons on slick greens where there were worrying indications that the greenkeeper from nearby Pattavia must have been doing a bit of moonlighting. Every sodding hole was on a slope, making the lagged putt a forlorn hope. Added to which the C 9 holes were in the considered opinion of this pundit looking a little tired with lots of divots and worm casts in evidence and some patchy fairways.
Nothing that a bit of feed and a drop or 2 of rain couldn't put right, I suppose. Typical Thailand response! - if you want to crack a nut, hit it with an exocet. A storm that Noah would have given the thumbs up to hit us part way round the A 9 holes that seemed to me to be better presented, so much so that our 3-ball reciprocated by presenting 5 balls to the water gods on A3 - after which we became a 2-ball as the rain started and he who had but an unmagnificent 7 points on the front 9 sought the sanctuary of a beer in the clubhouse. Just two hardy souls slogged on until we met up with Micky Mouse, the par-6 6th hole, where the hooter to terminate all play sounded just after I launched a pair of my best efforts to get me to within 180 yards of the green for 2. With a gross albatross all but guaranteed and 3 for 2 for 6 points all but pencilled in on the card, how utterly frustrating to be told that play was prohibited.
A long wet trudge to pick up my ball, mark the spot - red castle tee now lost, I suppose - as if golf isn't already expensive enough - and then a real soaking as the nearest half-way house was a good kilometre away. The rain battered down for well over an hour accompanied by thunder claps and the occasional flash of lightning, as the greens, fairways and cart paths disappeared under water. Wet as I was, my clubs were pretty dry courtesy of my efficient caddy and her bag cover, She stayed dry too under her magnificent rain suit. I didn't have my eye on young Firkin all the time; so for all I know she might have been tangoed.

 

 

April

Barry Wellings Shows Them How


Laem Chabang Golf Club has wasted no time in re-introducing the great Monday Sports Day Special of 2059 baht all in, and Links golfers have wasted no time in signing up to get there.

Forty-six players comprised the final starting line-up and the first group hit off right on our allotted tee time of 10.00 am. under warm, slightly overcast conditions. Last week we missed one complete round and the game was called off at the half-way on another day, so this made for the extremely unusual occurrence of twice in a week due to rain and storms, so would we complete the round today? It looked promising.

It was decided to play just two flights with six places in each, plus best nines and near pins. The course played long today, even off the white tees, and many found it tough going with some lowly scores after the A nine, and the C nine considered much more challenging. The greens were a little slower than usual but some took advantage of that. Having many low and very low handicappers, the cut was 0-14 and 15 up.

We hadn’t seen him for a while but Barry Wellings announced his return by firing the best score of the day, by far, with a card reading 41 points from his 5 h/cap (72 gross) and thoroughly deserved the chance to don the Green Jacket. Newcomer Derek Hutch held out Les Cobban on countback at 37 points, then came Paul Durkan with 35 points, Paul Smith on 34 points and another newbie, Richard Fearby won a four-way countback on 34 points for sixth place.

On previous visits, Niels-Peter Kristensen was a “wig” wearer more than once, but this time around he is showing some very good form and ran away with first place, scoring 38 points. Donal McGuigan just returned to Pattaya and, although a fair way behind the winner, was happy to take second spot with 33 points. John Chelo has shown some consistency recently and took third with 32 points. Then Tony Browne was shaking his head to be handed fourth prize with only 31 points to beat Bobby Lloyd on countback, in Bobby’s finale this trip. Bringing up the final spot was Darren Beavers on 30 points.

Near Pins: Barry Wellings (A7) and (C8), George Mueller (A2), Paul Lanzetta (C5)
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Francis McGuigan – 20 pts c/back
Best Back Nine (non winners) - Mike Firkin – 18 pts.

On Friday, Bart Bingham returned to Links to find his clubs did not return. After frantic phone calls, it appears he did the inexcusable by letting his caddie take the bag to the bus. An alert bus driver from another Society noticed a strange bag in his bus, unloaded it and handed it to Pattana Staff. After a unanimous vote it was decided that Bart was silly enough for the “hat” There were four contenders for the “wig” and Masa Sugaya “won” on countback. From Bart and Links Golf, thank you to that bus driver and to Pattana Staff who took care of the bag. Oh! How was the weather? It did rain and stopped play for 20 to 30 minutes at about half-way. However, play did continue and everybody had an excellent day out.

Captain Leads the Field at Bangpra

The Pattaya Links Golf Society started the day at the Links, in the middle of a very wet week, silently praying that the golfers would be able to enjoy a full day's golf at Bangpra. Course conditions had prevented the group from playing there for almost a year but news of improvements had drawn them back. Indeed the course was in good condition and the greens were much better than expected even though they were very "grainy" with slow uphill putts and the need to apply the brakes putting down to the pin.

Pleasantly the field of thirty golfers got underway earlier than booked and the course was relatively empty. High humidity and thunder rolling not too far away made for a tight contest for the two flights, cut at fourteen and under. In the top flight only one point separated the top four golfers with countback inevitably being used. Thus fourth place went to Danish golfer Gerner Lykke on 37 points with Petur Petursen holding down third on the same score, leaving Les Cobban in second by virtue of his better back nine. The winner on 38 points was Wayne Peppernell and it was fitting that the PLGS "Captain" took the green jacket for a fine performance.

The second flight was almost as close with fourth place going to Jesper Hansen on his return with 31 points, a couple behind Greg Gawron on 33. In second place was a delighted Micky Tighe who took the honours from Greg on countback. The flight winner was Richard "Banjo" Bannister who was also making a return visit and his solid golf pedigree gave him a winning score of 36 points.

Near pins went to Barry Wellings (2, 8), Pete Seil (12) nd George Muller (17) on a day when the shortest par three was about 170 yards. The best front nine consolation went to Ryan Thomas (19 points) and compatriot Tip Briney took the back nine award with 18 points.

Bart Bingham was awarded the "silly hat" prize for the second successive time as his front nine of 6 points was poor by anyone's standards and the wig went to Paul Stewart who struggled all day to record a point a hole.

And the rain? It never arrived, making the day complete for all the golfers. Meanwhile, back in Pattaya...

The Wig Inspires Masa Sugaya

It’s been said before that, love it or hate it, the “wig” at Links Golf provides great incentive to make an improvement to your game in order stay clear of it. Masa Sugaya looked sheepish and not amused when he wore it on Monday. By Friday he was wearing the Green Jacket as having the best score of the day, on countback. How things can change!

The A and B nines at Khao Kheow were presented in very good condition, perhaps not as pristine as we sometimes find, but this is likely due to a lot of traffic in past weeks. The greens were good Khao Kheow type greens, running true and with good speed. The weather was very hot and tiring with only the promise of a cold shower and a cold drink at the completion to keep you going.

Thirty-three players started out, thirty-two finished, so two flights with four places each. Masa Sugaya not only won the “B” flight (17+) scoring 37 points, but had a four-point buffer to second placed Niels-Peter Kristensen who continued his good form to beat Greg Gawron on countback at 33 points each. Adam Barton, in a rare appearance due to work, held down fourth spot on 32 points.

On the same day that Masa wore the “wig”, Barry Wellings wore the Green Jacket and would have again today if not beaten on countback, by Masa.
 Barry had 37 points to win “A” flight (0-16) by one point from Paul Smith on 36 points. Paul Greaves (16) snuck between all the single figure handicappers scoring a solid 35 points in beating Les Cobban on countback

Near pins: Paul Chesney (A3), Phil Davies (A5), Paul Smith (B3), Tom Herrington (B8). Best Front Nine (non winners) Petur Petursson, 18 pts on c/back. Best Back Nine (non winners) Richard Fearby 21 pts.

When it came to the “silly hat” Phil had Paul Chesney in the frame for saying he had made a marriage proposal. Marriage is a silly idea, according to Phil. (I hope Joy can’t see this). Since Paul had conveniently escaped, the “silly hat” went back to the lowest nine-hole score. Guess who won?  Phil Davies! Poor Bryan Barrell knew he could not be beaten for the “wig” and stood behind Phil expectantly while he told stories and teased four others before finally making Bryan happy to be reunited with “his” wig.

The now weekday green fee of 800 bht makes Khao Kheow look like an option for a top course at a good price.

Brian Tully Leaves the Rest Behind

With low season almost here and many golfers already heading away from the Pattaya Songkran madness, numbers are down from the big crowds we have had for the past few months. However, today we had thirty players which is not a huge drop-off.

Plutaluang’s North and West courses proved to be in very good condition. Some dampness and quite wet patches early in the day had encouraged Phil to call lift, clean and place on the fairways, a good decision as players were not seeing much run.
The greens here are much improved and on both nines were true and had good speed. There was some variation to keep golfers on their toes, some of the greens a little slower than most. The weather was again hot, the same for the whole area right now.

Two flights today at 0-16 and 17+ where the “A” flight was a tight affair at the top.

Huw Phillips is back in-form, again, and took the flight with a respectable 37 points.
Richard Fearby is a two handicap so you would expect him to be thereabouts and he grabbed second spot with 35 points, making the best gross of 75.
Peter Park and Gerner Lykke both scored 34 points, but Peter had a better back nine to finish in third and Gerner fourth.

Brian Tully has returned after a long absence and produced some very good first up form by taking the “B” flight and The Green Jacket with a great 39 points, the day’s top score.
Colin Service has his ups and downs in this game and today was an up. 35 points is a good effort which took him to second place.
Niels-Peter Kristensen is now used to being in the placings and was there again in third with 32 points while Phil Mitchell, who we sung farewell to on Friday, re-appeared to score 30 points. He assured us he is going this time.

Near Pins: (somebody forgot to number them) Huw Phillips x 2, Gerner Lykke, Niels-Peter Kristensen. Best Front Nine (non winners) – Jesper Hansen, 20 pts. Best Back Nine (non winners) – Pat Lavin, 20 pts.

There were two players with the lowest score of the day and qualified for the “wig”.
David Beames got the prize because…Tip Briney not only had the lowest overall score, but also the lowest nine hole score, so he got the “silly hat”, again. The “silly hat” had a day out today. Paul Chesney escaped on Friday after announcing his engagement to his Thai girlfriend. Phil reckoned proposing marriage is a silly idea so the “silly hat” caught up with Paul. Then, yet another silly thing when Paul Stewart, sitting in the back seat of Phil’s car on the trip back was caught out by a policeman and fined for not wearing a seatbelt, this after Phil being pulled over for a license check. He was chuffed that he had one to show.
What we lacked in numbers today was made up for with the enthusiasm of the players at Plutaluang Royal Navy Course.

Mike Firkin Snares Another Jacket

Spread-eagles the Field

On another hot and steamy day twenty brave golfers headed to beautiful Pattana Golf Club. Last time we came here we encountered thunder and lightning storms and a deluge of rain, enough lightning, at least, to call the game off.
This time around, apart from the heat, a nice quick round on this always high-quality course. After the game everyone was heaping praise on the course and especially the greens.
As we saw two days ago, numbers are down for reasons stated then and this day we had a nice even twenty starters, so having just the one flight.
Mike Firkin has once again snared the coveted Green Jacket, this time with a magnificent score of 43 points, leaving a seven-point gap to the next two players. He does have his ordinary games, but when he is on song can rip it apart, and 43 points is no mean feat at Pattana. Opposite ends of the handicap scale went to a countback for second and third with Peter Park doing better at the end to keep out that man again, Niels-Peter Kristensen, both with excellent 36-point scores. For Peter Park, that is the day’s best gross of 76. Pat Lavin, in his final game before heading home for a couple of months did well yet again to take the last spot on the podium with a good solid 35 points. Anne Stokes managed to get a prize on her last outing, for now, as she and Bob also head off, making the best front nine score for non winners. Kevin LaBar had the best back nine.
 
Near Pins were hogged by:
Gerner Lykke (A3 and A8), Darren Beavers (B3 and B7)

1st  Place – Mike Firkin (25 ) - 43 pts
2nd Place – Peter Park (4) - 36 pts c/back
3rd Place – Niels-Peter Kristensen (21) - 36 pts
4th Place -  Pat Lavin (12) – 35 pts
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Best Front Nine (non winners) ………Anne Stokes……….18 pts c/back
Best Back Nine (non winners) ………. Kevin LaBar………17 pts

We think Masa Sugaya likes the “silly hat” as much as Derek Phillips does because he wore it again today for achieving the lowest points score on a nine.
The man they are calling the film star, our Thai friend, Wichai, scored the lowest overall of 21 pts. Some days that score could run a placing on the podium, he was happy with the “wig”.
It’s now become a custom at Links that anyone leaving for home receives an en masse rendition of the first lines of the song “I’m leaving on a jet plane”. Always fun.

Jacket a Perfect Fit For Adam

The countdown to Thai New Year, Songkran, is on and so is the exodus of Ex-pats to drier parts. This left us with eighteen players headed for Treasure Hill Golf Club. This day was a public holiday, but the 1700 bht all in holiday pricing is still cheaper and better value than many others around.

Recent rains have given new life to the course as today it was in immaculate condition, with good grass coverage on the fairways and super greens. One player didn’t expect much, but was pleasantly surprised at how good the course was presented. We played lift, clean and place even though carts did go on fairways, but the course was firm enough that we tended to forget LCP mostly. The weather was a little more friendlier with some nice cooler breezes and some cloud cover in between bouts of hot sun.

It is never expected to see big scores here but three players did manage to equal or better their handicap.
Adam Barton led the way with an excellent 39 points on his last game before going back to work. He works shifts so will be back soon.
Then came a countback situation between Gerner Lykke and Petur Petursson both scoring 36 points. Gerner won that countback.
In fourth place was George Mueller having a good round with 35 points.

Near pins:  Petur Petursson (2 and 6),  Masa Sugaya (13) , Kevin McEntee (17)

Best Front Nine (non winners)  - David McKey – 17 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)  -  Will Brown   -  21 pts

Bryan Barrell wasn’t sure which one he would get, thinking he could have both, but he was only allowed one, so it was the “silly hat” for him for having the lowest score on a nine. Iain Craigen has just returned and wasted no time in getting back his favourite headwear, the “wig”, for having the least impressive score for the day.

We got away with a rain-free day, presentations were completed early and soon everyone had slipped away to whatever was their next activity.

Tottenham Wins Jacket and “Silly Hat”

A couple of no shows left us with twenty golfers to take on Eastern Star Golf  Course.
It turned out to be a different course to the one that has been receiving great wraps recently.  Nothing very bad, but fairways here don’t seem to have had the amount of rain received by courses further north, so drying out in places, but one good solid shower will fix that.
It was rumored over breakfast in the morning that the greens had been cored, so it was no surprise to find them slower than last time and a bit “bumpy”. However, overall a course still in very good condition.
Weather was the same, but some players agreed that it was not as hot as recently, with a breeze at times helping.
The one flight produced some tight scoring at the top with the best of them being Mike Tottenham with the best score of the day of 37 points. This was Mike’s second Green Jacket in just over three weeks. Winning form is good form.
The next two places went to a countback with both players scoring 35 points, but Paul Chesney just beat Kae Dayton, in her first game at Links, for the second spot, while Peter Park had 32 points to take the final place on today’s podium.

Best Front Nine ( non winners) – Mickey Tighe – 17 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners) – Walter Baechli – 17 pts

Near Pin: Maurice Roberts (3), Andre Van Dyk (6), Andrew Purdie (13), Paul Weatherley (17)

Results from Eastern Star:

1st  Place – Mike Tottenham (19 ) -37 pts
2nd Place – Paul Chesney (21) -35 pts c/back
3rd Place – Kae Dayton (22) - 35 pts
4th Place – Pete Seil (4) – 32 pts

Phil is on his annual trip to Wales and beyond so Maurice took charge of presentations. He became a little nervous when he saw who was eligible for the “wig”, so decided to rest it and the “silly hat”.
But wait! Who was it that kept leaving clubs lying around for people to find and return them ?? It was Mike Tottenham..so for silly things, the “silly hat” did find a place after all.
Is this the first time a player has had the Green Jacket AND the silly hat at once?

Brown Goes Green

Of course it was hot and humid as the twenty golfers boarded two mini buses and some cars to take the short trip to Pattaya Country Club. This venue was put into the schedule to make an easier trip back to town on these water crazy days. This course comes with plenty of commentary about the quality or otherwise. This time we found a very well presented layout.

The fairways are still well grassed, but with some dry spots appearing, and some tee boxes have been allowed to go brown, but as stated in another report, a good drop of rain will fix all. However, the important part is the greens and, apart from sanding on the first three of them, we found the best presented greens we have seen in a long time. They had speed but not excessive and you needed wits about you on the downhill putts. They are looking every bit as good as some of the higher priced courses, very impressed.

Scores were very respectable with a close race for first spot with two players on 36 points, to be separated on countback.

Will Brown had the better back nine to hold out a much improved effort from Masa Sugaya and therefore he donned  the Green Jacket. Third and fourth places also went to countback and here newcomer Paul MacGowan took the honours over Peter Park with both scoring 35 points.

Near Pin prizes ( somebody forgot to number them) went to: Andrew Purdie, Mitchell Carlon, Will Brown, Peter Park.

Best Front Nine ( non winners) – Brian Talbot – 18 pts c/back
Best Back Nine (non winners) -    Iain Craigen – 20 pts

Winners Pattaya Country Club

1st  Place – William Brown (16 ) -36 pts c/back

2nd Place – Masa Sugaya (22) -36 pts
3rd Place – Paul MacGowan (26) – 35 pts c/back
4th Place -  Peter Park (4) – 35 pts

Once again Maurice conducted presentations and decided that due to the small numbers or Songkran or something, the “silly hat” and “wig” would stay in the brown bag. Pattaya Country Club is looking at their pricing, it seems, as they offered a Songkran Special on Thursday of 1400 bht all in, and Tues/Thurs 1500 bht all in. This is a good sign and worth taking the short ride there.

Pete’s Green Jacket in Absentia

Can a golf course be described as being in perfect condition? According to many of our twenty-six players who teed off at Laem Chabang today, it was very near just that. The first two greens seemed to have had a sprinkling of sand recently, which resulted in them not being as smooth as the other sixteen which were perfect. The fairways are immaculate and easy to hit from, and the rough was not too much bother.  As always check-in staff and starters are efficient and the special Monday price of 2059 bht all in made a great day for all.

Scores today were much lower than at our last visit here. Maybe this had something to do with starting on the difficult, watery, C nine?

The “A” flight provided the top scores with Pete Seil having an excellent round off his new handicap of 5 making 37 points to take the win and the “Green Jacket” for best score of the day. George Mueller is never very far away from the placings and he, off his new handicap of 14, had an even round of 36 points, one ahead of Kevin LaBar who is becoming quite consistent of late.

The “B” flight saw the successful return to Links of Masa Okada, whose 35 points held out another consistent player in Mike Tottenham on 34 points. Regular, and always welcome visitor to Links is the much-travelled Walter Baechli, who took out third place with a handy 33 points.

Near Pins: Nigel Harrison (C5), John Harrison (C8), Tip Briney (A2), Pete Seil (A7).
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Derek Phillips – 17 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) - Maurice Roberts – 19 pts c/back
Maurice asked to mention the weather on this day. It was hot, damn hot, as it has been in Thailand for a couple of weeks now. All we ask is for some relief from this energy sapping heat.
It was a race for the bottom, or the lowest scores, and good ol’ Tip Briney managed 4 points on the C nine enabling him to keep his favourite “silly hat”.  Tip was beaten for “wig” for the overall lowest score by Stan Stewart, but it was close.
Pete Seil didn’t make it back to the Bar for the presentation.

Masa Masters Burapha

On Wednesday, 24th April the Pattaya Links Golf Society golfers took the short trip to Burapha to play a stableford competition on the C and D combination. It has to be said that the C-D course at present is not in the best of condition. It has always been the poorer sister to the A and B nines but at the moment the rough is particularly punitive and the greens are not good. They are inconsistent in pace and some show evidence of maintenance and others not. A very hot and steamy day added to the difficulties of putting together a solid round and the eighteen golfers all deserve medals for their efforts.

Results saw Kevin LaBar losing countback on 37 points for second place whilst Kevin Rogers took runner-up spot. An excellent round of 39 points saw Japanese golfer Masa Sugaya take the win with 39 points.

Near pins awards went to Tip Briney (C5), Kevin LaBar (C8), Derek Phillips (D2) and Jamie Booterbaugh (D8). Wayne Peppernell's front nine of 19 points was the best front nine whilst Walter Baechli's 18 on the back nine was also awarded. Brian Byrne, making his debut with the group, took the wig for his 21 point score and the poorest nine hole total of 9 points was that of Jamie Booterbaugh and he duly accepted the silly hat with a broad smile.

It had been a hot and testing day at Burapha and maybe next time we will be granted the splendid A-B combination as the challenge.

Masa's Third April Green Jacket

Another hot day dawned on Friday, 26th April. as the Pattaya Links golfers made their way to Eastern Star to play a stableford competition on the testing track, which was in good shape. Fairways were a little hard, as always, but they allowed quite a lot of run and the greens were almost at the end of some serious maintenance. In a week they will be very good. As always the welcome was warm and the three dozen golfers relished the challenge, starting ten minutes ahead of schedule.

The field was divided into two flights, cut at seventeen and under and scores were in keeping with the course's history, never excessive and a level par or better finish always leaves golfers satisfied.

In the first flight third place went to Andrew Purdie with 33 points, a couple behind Jamie Bootenbaugh's 35 points finish, leaving the American in second place after his "silly hat" win last time out. The flight winner was Welshman Willie Brown with 36 points.

In the second flight Micky Tighe surpassed his expectations with his 35 points taking third place on countback, leaving Mike Firkin in second with an fine 37 points. The winner was Masa Sugaya, following on from Wednesday's show, and his 38 points gave him his third green jacket in April. Surely this must rank as a peak in the Japanese golfer's curriculum vitae.

Near pins went to Mike Firkin (3), Paul Durkan (6), Tommy Marshall (13) and Wayne Peppernell (17). Paul Chesney's 18 points on the front nine gave him the consolation award, as did Tip Briney's 18 point score on the back nine. Both wig and "silly hat" contenders had jumped ship before the presentation but the feeling amongst the golfers was that they may well be wearing them to tee off in their next round with PLGS. It would be a fitting tribute to those who always stay to receive the honour.

And so to next week. More quality golf on quality courses. beginning at Bangpakong Riverside.

May

Where Did Those Two Come From?

Golfers invariably enjoy a day's golf at Bangpakong Riverside. The well maintained fairways and consistent greens make life so easy for a golfer on top of his game. The course was the venue for the Pattaya Links Golf Society for its final competition in April and eight groups travelled there in good humour anticipating the best. At the end of a five hour-plus round one question dominated the conversations. "Where did those two come from?"

The field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under and play got underway on time. It was soon evident that an Asian two-ball had appeared in front of the field and playing, from the back tees, ambled their way around eighteen holes, occasionally dropping and playing another ball, without a thought of calling any else through. From the third hole the PLGS golfers were waiting on most shots in melting heat and the results was a round of five and a half hours.

In the top flight third place went to Jamie Bootenbaugh after winning a countback with a score of 36 points. In second place was Richie Fearby, the three handicapper, coming in with 37 points. The winner was the Aussie giant Andrew Purdie whose score of 44 points was as good as he has managed in ten years of golf with the group. In the second flight third place went to Colin Service, on his birthday, with 36 points, one behind Tip Briney in second, on 37. The flight winner and green jacket recipient was Craig Brodey with a score of 46 points on his debut with the group.

Near pins went to Richie Fearby (4), Pete Seil (7), Stu Thompson (13) and Terry Dreier (16). The best outward nine score was set by Tommy Marshall (19) whilst a week's R & R following SEXIT 2019 had served Mr Len well with a winning back nine of 21 points. The feared wig went to Eamonn Moran for his low score and the "silly hat" was anticipated by Bryan Barrel who had fled the scene before the presentation. Instead Mr Len , deputizing for Mr Maurice awarded it to the two mysterious Asians who had such an impact on the day.

The question could also have been asked of the winners, "Where did those two come from?".

You Beat Handicap – You Win

The twenty-nine golfers were all excited to be going to Greenwood on this day as they loaded themselves into the buses 15 minutes before departure time.

The weather was fine but a dark cloud hung over the city for some time and produced nothing.

We had a very good price for a public holiday and were presented a golf course in excellent condition, and given a two tee start.

Greenwood has not yet commenced low season maintenance, as some have, so fairways and greens are top notch. The greens, although looking quick were just a little slower than that but everyone felt good playing them.

The weather stayed fine and hot but with some cloud cover and was not as oppressive as recently. A storm did threaten but came to nothing.

With a course in such great condition, players were scoring freely to the extent that Maurice decided to have one flight and award a prize to everyone who bettered their handicap. Consequently, there were six prizes down the list. Scores overall ranged from 41 points to 29 points. Hard to believe that 29 points gets you the “wig”.
1st Place – Kevin Rogers (10) – 41 pts
2nd Place - Dave Stockman (7) – 40 pts c/back
3rd Place - Mike Tottenham (19) – 40 pts
4th Place - Keith Peplow (16) – 39 pts
5th Place - Banjo Bannister (16) – 37 pts c/back
6th Place - Jesper Hansen (16) – 37 pts

Near pins went to Jamie Booterbaugh (C3) and (C6), Simon Niven (B2), Kevin Rogers (B5).
Best Front Nine (C) (non winners - John Coetzee - 19 pts c/back
Best Back Nine (B) (non winners) - Brian Talbot…….20 pts c/back.
If the guy in the “silly hat” looks familiar, yes, it’s that Irishman, Derek Phillips, wearing his favourite colour. From the Penthouse to the Outhouse for Craig Brodey as he came back to reality following his 46 points on Monday to have the lowest score for Wednesday of just 29 points and his first time wearing the “wig”.
Thanks to Greenwood for a terrific price and a beautifully presented golf course.

Octogenarian Frank Turns It On

Frank Riley reckons he’s close to age eighty but, for him, that matters not when he can score a massive forty points off the yellow tees at a difficult golf course such as Khao Kheow.

Thirty golfers made the trip to Khao Kheow today to play the B and A courses. Low season/wet season maintenance has started around many courses now and KK is in the process of rejuvenating the B course. Consequently, we found most greens a bit bumpy with some bare patches and some sanding. Tee boxes were getting some treatment as well. It has to be done. The contrast was obvious when we moved to the A course which has yet to start the maintenance, so we had the usual excellent Khao Kheow greens and, although drying a little, nice fairways with some run.

Weather was hot and still, then the odd puff of breeze, right through to thunder and a flash of lightning as we neared the final holes of our round. Happily, for us, the rain came as our first bus was leaving the club.

Andrew Purdie has found some real form on this break from work and kept up the pace, winning “A” flight with 36 points. Maurice Roberts has been lamenting his recent ordinary form but was happy his 35 points had him in the winner’s circle, and Russell Exley also managed some improvement to take third spot with 32 points.

The “B” flight produced the best two scores of the day with Frank Riley leading the way with his 40 points, three ahead of Keith Peplow, who did well to make 37 points. Will Brown has been having a good run lately and he filled third spot on 34 points.

Near pins: Russell Exley (A3), Andrew Purdie (A5), Darren Beavers (B3), Andrew Purdie (B8)
Best Front Nine (non winners) …Donal McGuigan….20 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) …. Wayne Peppernell ...20 pts

Derek Phillips’ B9 tee shot went in the water, the penalty drops went in the water, he moved along for the next penalty drop which also went in followed by his golf club, no anger, just a slip?  He did retrieve it. Certainly, he earned his second “silly hat” in succession.

Lee Rodman played his first game this trip and showed he needs a warm- up or two because his 18 points got him the “wig”. Be patient with the golf courses at this time of necessary maintenance, they will be special for us once again when completed and that rain we had at the end will go a small way to achieve that.

Willie Pushes Hard as Exley Wins

Never shirking the challenge the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Eastern Star on Monday, 6th May, to play a stableford event on the testing course which is now showing signs of some fatigue with fairways desperate for water. OK there is a lot of run but it takes a very solid iron player to get the best out of the course as fairways are very hard and dry. Greens are quite consistent and running at a good pace.

As low season kicks in field sizes are down to high twenties and today it was decided to play the field as a single flight with six place getters joining the technical winners in the pink envelope race.

As expected the "big" lads headed the field with the top six all with handicaps of less than the average, sixteen. Three golfers with 33 points were subjected to countback and thus Richie Fearby was placed 6th, behind Pete Seil, fifth, and Craig Brodey in fourth. Wayne Peppernell's excellent 38 points took third place whilst Russell Exley and Willie Brown, both 0n 39, were separated by countback with Russell taking the major honours despite a very firm challenge from Willie, who wilted in the heat to drop points on the final few holes.

Near pins went to Paul Durkan (3), Jamie Bootenbaugh (6), Russell Exley (13) and Colin Service on seventeen. The consolation best nines went to Mr Len with a sound 18 points on the front nine and Mike Tottenham with seventeen on the run-in.

The day's wig warriors were Stuart Thompson whose paltry 19 points was completely out of character with the usually very consistent Aussie golfer, whilst Kevin Rogers had already established himself as favourite for the silly hat on arrival at the Links in the morning as he left his baht bus driver frustratingly using his horn as he headed for breakfast without thinking of paying his fare. Now that's what we call "focus" on a tough golf day ahead at Eastern Star.

Pattana is Mike Firkin’s Favourite

Pattana is a golf course which is always presented in splendid condition and today was no exception. Apart from some sand on a couple of greens early into the A course, things were what we have come to expect here. This is not to say it is an easy course to navigate but, some of the excellent scores returned today perhaps belie that opinion.

Mike Firkin followed up his 43 points at his most recent visit here with another big haul of 42 points for this round and another Green Jacket. We think he has a love affair with Pattana! Mind you, some of his other games in between have been fairly meagre returns, but winning “B” flight today more than compensates. Steve Baker chased Mike home and nearly got there but his 41 points fell just short, while Tom Herrington pulled out his A game to take third spot with 37 points.

“A” flight scores were not quite into the heady atmosphere of forty plus but a round of gross 73 off his handicap of 2 saw Richard Fearby get first place due to a countback over Peter Park, both with fine scores of 38 points. Lee Rodman, after wearing the “wig’ last time out, made amends with an impressive 37 points to hold down third place.

Near Pins: Simon Niven (A3), Peter Park (A8), Tommy Marshall (B3), Jamie Booterbaugh (B8)
Best Front Nine (A) (non winners) – Keith Peplow – 20 pts
Best Back Nine (B) (non winners) – Jim Ferris – 18 pts
Stan Stewart had the least points on a nine, but left the building before he could be presented with the “silly hat”. It was decided by popular vote that he wear it all day in his next game. Masa Sugaya was at the top of the list with a a run of Green Jackets in April, but today he was at the other end and wore the “wig” for lowest score, on countback.
The weather was still hot, of course, but not as wearing as per recent times and with no hold-ups everyone was back at Links nice and early, except Stan, although he actually did return later.

Pete Seil Breezes Around Treasure Hill

There are those who dislike playing at Treasure Hill for their own reasons, but that didn’t stop thirty enthusiastic golfers boarding the buses and leaving Links about 10 minutes earlier than scheduled. Checking in was easy, as usual, and to our pleasant surprise, the price had been reduced from 1400 bht to 1250 bht all in. Thank You.

Down to the first tee where the first of our two three-balls got away before our 10.00 am tee time into a nice little breeze and much more pleasant conditions than the past few hot weeks. The condition of the course is still very good with nice grassed fairways and short, but tough rough. Maintenance of the greens has started and so we found plenty of light sand and some not running as well as they would normally. However, still some of the best greens around.

We ran two flights today with the cut at 15. We have known of big scores at this course, but not often, so it came as no surprise that only one player was able to play to handicap.

Pete Seil scored 36 points from his handicap of 6, to take out “A” flight and get to wear The Green Jacket again. Of course, his 78 gross was the best of the round.  Andrew Purdie who is still in very good form was 4 points behind in second place, while Phil Davies won a countback to hold down third place, scoring 31 points, in his first game since returning from Wales, in fact his first for some weeks.

The “B” flight was tight at the top needing a countback to separate first and second. Donal McGuigan had the better finish to hold out Mike Firkin in another good game from him. Both scored 35 points. Third place went to John Anderson with 33 points to maintain his good form at Treasure Hill.
Near pins: Lee Rodman (2), Stan Stewart (6), Donal McGuigan (13), Tony Molan (17)
Best Front Nine ( non winers) – Bernie Ward – 16 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners) – Craig Brodey – 18 pts c/back
First timer at Links, Keiran Maund “won” a three-way countback for lowest score on a nine to wear the “silly hat” for his first time. He would hope it was the last.
Mick Bunn has now had a couple of games with us and managed the lowest score of the day and he sported the “wig”, also a first time.
Having much more pleasant weather and no hold-ups most finished the round in close to four hours. With all that and a fine golf course, plus the welcome lower price, what more could you ask?

Marco Beer Toasts A Big Win

When a top of the range International Golf Course, designed by the great Jack Nicklaus, is making an offer of half price why would you not go there at least twice a month? Links Golf is doing just that and many players are jumping at the chance, so today we had thirty-nine names on the sign-up sheet. The weather has changed so much in the past few days we have almost forgotten how depressingly hot it has been. This morning as we assembled at Links Bar, we had grey sky with a fine drizzle of moisture, quite pleasant and, with everyone here, buses left early again.

Check-in is easy and off to start on the C1 tee. Our first group, a three-ball teed off ten minutes before our scheduled time and made good speed throughout.

This course is always immaculate and, although the regular maintenance of the greens had been done recently, they had settled nicely with just a smidgen of sand still visible.
There had been some overnight rain so the fairways were damp and it was decided to play lift, clean and place, which was a good choice as there were some plugged or muddy balls at times.

Marco Beer was in the first group who, as Marco described it, were nearly running and completed the course in about 3 hours 15 minutes. This, however, did not affect his game as he has come in with a great score of 43 points to easily win the “B” flight.  Darren Beavers and Colin Service have both had form slumps for a while, but both came roaring back today with Darren recording 40 points for second place and Colin had 35 points for third.

Les Cobban lamented that his 38 points, a good effort off a 6 handicap, could only get him third place in the “A” flight, being beaten by his two playing partners Jamie Booterbaugh scoring 39 and Lee Rodman making 40 points for the win.  

Near Pins: For the first time in memory all four pins failed to return to the Bar. There will be double the near pin prizes next game.
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Frank Riley – 17 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) - Kieran Maund – 20 pts c/back
The last group did as requested and picked up the near pin markers, but rather than hand them to the organisers gave them to a bus driver. Thinking “why is this crazy Farang giving me four bits of paper stuck to a stick?” Probably rubbish, so throw them in a bin.
We’ll never know, but it was worth two “silly hats”, so compatriots Kevin LaBar and Paul Lanzetta were presented with new headwear.
On a sour note: Of the 39 who signed up there were two last minute cancellations, who did call and four no-shows. In these days of many forms of communications how hard is it to make a call to tell organisers if cancelling?  It means trying to re-shuffle players while on the tee, not good for anyone.

 

Maurice's Memory Returns

On Wednesday, 15th May, the Pattaya Links Golf Society was spoilt with a competition at Burapha on the A and B nines which were in fine condition. Fairways were well grassed, the Bermuda rough was tantalizingly short but difficult to escape with any real success and the greens were consistent but a little "grainy". Regular cloud cover helped the day to be more comfortable for the ardent golfers.

The field was restricted to a single flight and most golfers performed well enough to set a field average of 36 points. Of course there were some outstanding performances with Frank Riley's 39 points being only good enough for fifth place, after countback, with Tip Briney heading him in fourth. Third place went to Lee Rodman with 41 points on his final round this trip, losing out on countback to runner-up Pete Seil who produced a level par 72 off the sticks. The winner was Maurice Roberts with a blast from the past, his 43 points being a mix of consummate golf skills and outrageous luck. Maurice has suffered golfing amnesia for more than a few rounds but this day his memory was back as he negotiated the course with panache. The long awaited green jacket sat well on his shoulders.

Near pins went to Kevin Rogers (A3 and A6), Pete Seil (B3) and Maurice Roberts (B8) whilst the consolation best nine awards went to John Coetzee (17 front nine) and Len Jones (22 back nine). Extra technicals were in place after the farce in the previous round when the NP cards were not returned and near pins (third shot) on the par fives saw Lee Rodman, Andrew Purdie, Jamie Bootenbaugh and Russell Spratt successful. Unsurprisingly, as low handicappers, they were amongst the favourites for the awards.

At the other end of the scale Barry Oats took the wig for his low score of 25 points whilst Phil Davies struggled on his third round in three days, following a break of three weeks, to take the day's silly hat for a lowly nine point haul on the A nine.

As always Burapha was a joy to play and the PLGS golfers rate this as one of the best golf days in the month, on the A and B nines of course.

Masa In The Picture Again

Masa Sugaya never misses a photo op as, at last count, he has been in the Links photos eight times since March 18. He has racked up two “silly hats”, two “wigs” and today’s game gave him an amazing four Green Jackets. Ah! The fortunes of golf.

We ended up at Pattavia at the last minute after being messed around by Bangpra Golf Club and arrived to find a cheaper price than expected. Some clubs just know how to keep happy customers, well done Pattavia. We thought the extremely hot weather had broken over the past few days but today we had some very hot periods, some slight breezes and even stronger breezes at times, so quite comfortable golfing weather.

This course always has very nicely grassed and cut fairways and the light rough is not much of a problem. The greens have had the low season maintenance so were slower than we would usually expect, but they still ran downhill if you missed the hole. As with most courses, we would expect these greens to return to their usual quickness once settled.

After some morning reshuffling, we had twenty-eight golfers line up at the first tee. Our first group hit off 15 minutes before schedule and, with no hold-ups, set a good pace to finish in under four hours, without rushing it.

Two flights today at 0-16 and 17+ as well as near pins and best nines.

As per the headline, Masa Sugaya won the “B” flight with 40 points, not an easy task here, but he took it in his stride, Masa is not one to show his excitement. Second and third went to a countback with Mike Tottenham and Donal McGuigan both scoring a fine 38 points. Mike won that tussle leaving Donal in third.

The “A” flight saw the continued resurgence of Maurice Roberts as he
scooted four points clear of his nearest rivals. After his 43 points haul at Burapha two days ago a follow-up 39 points today but, alas, no Green Jacket. that was Masa’s. Another countback to separate second and third in this flight between newcomer Wayne Antlizt and Jamie Booterbaugh, both having 35 points, but it was Wayne sneaking over the line.

Near pins:  Andrew Purdie (4), John Harrison (7), Bernie Stafford (13) and nobody good enough on17. Best Front Nine (non winners) – Jim Ferris – 20 pts c/back. Best Back Nine (non winners) - Petur Petursson – 21 pts.

There were five players with a miserable score of 23 points, so it was obvious that the “silly hat” and “wig” would come from this group.
Resultant countbacks for the bottom saw the “silly hat” for the lowest nine-hole score go to John Mason and the “wig” for overall lowest score went to recent Green Jacket winner, Mike Firkin. Ah! The fortunes of golf.
Thanks to Pattavia for taking us on such short notice and for the great special pricing happening there at the moment.

Slowly Slowly Catchee Monkey

It was just two weeks ago that we visited Eastern Star and on that occasion the course was drying out and badly needing water on the fairways. Because of these conditions, it was decided that for this game we would play Rainbow Tees. For those unaware this means each player must play 6 tee shots from each of White, Yellow and Red tees. Tactics and some thought are needed as the player chooses which tee to play on a given hole.

The weather was hot, but dark clouds gathered into the afternoon and the sound of thunder could be heard. However, luckily the storm went around and away from the course.

The starter, in his wisdom, inserted a six-ball in the middle of our competition, which inspired Maurice to protest to the management at the half way point. To their credit they phoned the marshal to give him a “hurry-up’.

The six-ball moved at a good pace, unlike our four-ball behind them which was very slow and lost more than two and a half holes, holding up those behind and causing a near five-hour round for the latter half of the field.

It seems this was one of those tactics we mentioned, as they were so slow and “methodical” that two of the four won prizes, and one had two prizes on the day.

We played stableford scoring and had to go to the countback to separate the first two placings. Petur Petursson, who was not in the slow group, is usually consistent and his 39 points won the day over John Harrison’s 39 points. Good scoring from both. Then came a four-way tie on 36 points and more countbacks to decide third and fourth. Two were knocked out quickly. After going to last nine, last six, last three, last hole, and hole by hole we could not separate Bryan Barrell and Ron Matthews, so split the prize for two third places.
Near Pins: Jim Norkett (3), Craig Brodey (6), John Harrison (13), Kevin Rogers (17)

It was a countback also for the lowest score on a nine with Jim Norkett donning the “silly hat”.
Obviously, the tactics employed by Wayne Peppernell didn’t work too well as he got to wear the “wig” for posting one of the two lowest points scores of the day.

We expected to face those drying out fairways, but thanks to some rain and good management, we had nicely cut grassed fairways along with very good greens which were quite quick.
 A fun, albeit slow, day playing a different game, the Rainbow.

 

Service is Special at the Riverside

On Wednesday, 22nd May, the Pattaya Links Golf Society travelled up highway 7 under heavy cloud cover to play a stableford competition at Bangpakong Riverside. Since our last visit three weeks ago the fairways have been cored and are currently well under repair but the "bounce" associated with them has disappeared leaving little run. It is not helped of course by the daily rains which affect all Bangkok "local" courses. Indeed thunder rolled around for most of the round but it came to nothing more than that. Greens were very consistent as usual.

Six groups set off and preferred lies were adopted for the day. Scores were good as always with Darren Beavers taking fourth place on countback with 36 points. Peter Seil again posted the day's best gross of 75 giving him 37 points for third place with Jamie Bootenbaugh, on 39, in second spot. The winner was Colin Service, returning after a break with forty very solid points. Ignoring the taunts of "It's a left-handers course" he enjoyed the round and at the presentation it was very much "service with a smile"!

Technicals saw Livio Marrone take two near pins, seven and sixteen, with Craig Brodey (4) and Jamie Bootenbaugh (13) taking the others. The consolation best nine awards went to Pierre Zbinden (21, front nine) and maurice Roberts (21, back nine). Jim Norkett performed poorest to make the wig his own and Jamie B wore the "silly hat" with embarrassment after holding the group up before departure, not having read the full departure details.

A round at Bangpakong Riverside is always a pleasant experience regardless of indivdual form and today was no different.

Darren’s “Flash of Brilliance”

Masa Sugaya was in our group and his card showed 41 points so we reckoned he had the Green Jacket sewn up. But then Darren Beaver’s excitement as he handed over his card suggested we may have reckoned too soon. Indeed, he had yet another great score, this time it was 42 points to just edge out Masa for the Jacket, and continue his ambition to get his handicap much lower.   Stop Press! Updated handicaps are now out and he has gone lower.

Twenty-one players descended on Pattaya Country Club with dark clouds hovering, but providing some nice breezes a lot of the time enabling a comfortable round of golf. As with most courses right now, PCC is going through the maintenance phase, but there are many sanded and GUR areas on the fairways and some wet ones as well, so Maurice called lift, clean and place on the fairways. The greens are also being worked on but for the most part ran quite well, even though there were sad stories of lip-outs.

Our lead groups made good time even though they ran up behind another Society. They were two three-balls and moved along until we all caught up to a five-ball. Still, it was late in the round by then, so no problem.

As we have seen, Darren Beavers took first place over Masa Sugaya. In third place was Peter Park with another solid round scoring 36 points and once again the best gross, then Craig Brodey in his final game this trip withstood a countback to take fourth with 35 points.

Near Pins: Peter Park (5), Takeshi Hakozaki (7), Russell Spratt (12), Peter Park (16)

Best Front Nine (non winners) – Petur Petursson – 19 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) -    Maurice Roberts – 17 pts c/back

At the presentations, Phil told many stories about possible contenders for the “silly hat”. However, none of the subjects was present so it reverted back to the original worst nine-hole score and, after wearing the Green Jacket a week ago, John Harrison was at the other end. John Anderson has narrowly avoided the “wig” on numerous occasions but his lowly score today left no place to hide.
Most like the layout of this course, but it still a bit rough around the edges and still, in the opinion of this writer, priced too high for what you get.
A nice day out topped off by the fun atmosphere at Links Bar.

Leave It To Beaver(s)

Early morning showers on this Monday morning failed to deter our twenty five golfers as they gathered at Links Bar for coffee or a full breakfast. The two buses got away on time for the trip to beautiful Laem Chabang which has become very regular for us due to the great Monday Special pricing, long may it stay This course is in it’s usual pristine condition so not much to add to previous descriptions. Perhaps the only comment to be made is that some found the greens on the A nine to be a little slower than expected, but all made the necessary adjustments. The C nine greens were as expected, terrific. The scores today would seem to reflect the fine condition of the course, and there were many excellent returns.
At this time, if you are looking for great scores it is a case of “leave it to Beaver(s)” as he takes all before him and, with another big score of 42 points, his second Green Jacket in three days. The second and third placings in “B” flight went to the countback with two players on 39 points. It was Bernie Stafford, in a rare appearance at Links, who got there ahead of Tip Briney? Tip who? The same perennial wearer of the “wig” and “silly hat”? A big turnaround. Well done Tip.

“A” flight saw Peter Park still in good form but being pushed this time by just returned Michael Wright. Both had 39 points with Peter just holding top spot, and of course, best gross of 73. Tom Herrington runs hot and cold, but after a couple of weeks playing a lot of golf put it together for a good 36 points for third.

Near Pins:  Livio Marrone (A2), Bryan Dore (A7), Tom Herrington (C5), Kevin Rogers (C8)
If you are the marker for Boss Phil and lose his card, and if the Boss only scores 22 points, you need to be prepared for something. Michael Wright may have come second in “A” flight but that didn’t save him from the “silly hat”. The potential wearer of the “wig” did a runner, so his turn will come later.
Another fine day out, back early for food and presentations, just right.

 

A Big Tip at Lakeside

It was Royal Lakeside's turn to host the Pattaya Links Golf Society on Wednesday, 29th May and the return of a few old friends made the day more enjoyable. The course was well presented but fairways were soft and a little fluffy as a result of the ubiquitous "Bangkok" daily rains but the lightly sanded greens were quicker than most in the region currently.

The single flight adopted preferred lies for the day and it soon became apparent that scores would be good. Indeed a full field average of 34 points spoke volumes about the quality of the field and the golf course.

All the sub-par scorers were rewarded at the presentation, with fifth place going to Bryan Dore, losing on countback, with 37 points. Ahead of him was Michael Wright and in third place was Jon Batty, both with 37 points also. Second place went to Pete Seil with another fine round of 39 points giving him the best gross score of the day, 74. The flight winner was American regular Tip Briney who produced some consummate golf for his best score with the group, 43 points. His club control belied his high handicap and his putting was spot on from the start, never suffering three putts on a hole. A hot tip is always very welcome!

Technicals in the form of "near pins" went to Maurice Roberts (3), John Doyle (6), Petur Petursen (12) and Phil Davies (15). The best front nine award went to Mark Sharp with 20 points whilst the back nine winner was Iain Jones with 19 points. Long time member Alan Walker, newly returned from Australia posted a level par front nine score but succumbed to "anno domini" and back problems on the back nine to take the silly hat award with 11 points whilst Jim Norkett was left with the wig after Bernie Stafford's absence from the presentation indicated he suspected it may have been his turn. Tough on Jim, don't you think?

Colm Makes a Triumphant Return

Twenty four golfers made a quick dash for the buses as rain began to tumble just at our departure time, as we headed for Plutaluang Royal Navy Course. The rain was intermittent en route and we hoped for the best, weather wise.

At this time of regular and necessary maintenance of courses, some players gripe about the condition of greens, tee boxes et al but the course will be better for it. With the East and South tracks here, we are not so sure. They seem to have been let go for a while. The notice indicated that green speed was 6.5. This seemed a bit optimistic as putts were stopping short and, with grass growing over the lip, appeared to have not changed positions for some days.
There is a tournament taking place over the week-end and we wonder whichcombination that will be on? With a below standard golf course we had plenty of below standard scores today. However, there is always one, or in this case, two, who defy the odds.

Colm O’Donovan left for Aus. in January, but since then has played golf with some mates in KL and Hua Hin. Arriving back to Pattaya he came to visit Links. Got the Green Jacket right away with a solid, evenly paced score of 40 points. 20 pts on each nine is very good going. A long way off in second place in “A” flight was another returnee, John Doyle, with 34 points. That’s not bad with a 9 handicap. Third place was controversial but was awarded to Michael Wright with 33 points.
Tip Briney has had a great week. 39 points on Monday, followed by 43 points on Wednesday and today another 39 points to round it off, and win “B” flight, seven points clear of Torben Lindgaard’s 32 points with Donal McGuigan again on the podium taking third spot with 29 points on countback.
Don’t tell Colm or Tip the greens were not good. Ask Tip how many twenty footers he holed.
Near Pins: Colin Service (E2), Phil Davies (E5), Darren Beavers (S13), Michael Wright (S16). 
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Peter Park…17 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) – Barry Oats…15 pts c/back

Michael Wright lost Boss Phil’s score card on Wednesday and had to wear the “silly hat”. Today a misdemeanour on his own score card should have resulted in disqualification, but a hastily called meeting of adjudicators allowed his score to stand. Maurice paraded the card around for all to see while Phil placed the “silly” on Michael yet again.
From the heady heights of a pair of 42 pts in the past week, Darren Beavers came crashing back down to score 16 points and wear the “wig’. Happens to us all.

June

John (“I played badly”) Harrison Wins Again

This Monday was a new Public Holiday in Thailand so we were not sure how busy we would find Treasure Hill Golf Course. Happily, to our surprise, we were the only Society lining up for the 10.00 am tee time, and consequently got the first of our seven groups started 15 minutes earlier than that.

The weather was divided into two halves with the first half of the round being very hot, humid, and still, while the second half gave us some breezes and some quite heavy rain, causing a thirty-minute delay. The course is in excellent condition with fairways well grassed and firm, or that was until the rain came, and although the greens have recently been cored, have settled well with nice pace.

In the bus on the way home, John Harrison could be heard moaning how badly he had played and his handicap had an “R”, and it would have had everyone feeling sad for him. That is until he admitted to having a score of 38 points! In fact, as it happened, he won “A” flight and the Green Jacket for the best score of the day. Takeshi Hakozaki returned to some good form to make 37 points for the second spot, then low handicapper, Bryan Dore took third with 35 points. Not big numbers, but that is expected at Treasure Hill.

In the “B” flight, Colm O’Donovan, who wore the Jacket last week continued that form with 36 points to take first place a full five points ahead of a surprised Barry Elphick on 31 points. Darren Beaver’s total of 30 points won the countback over John Anderson to grab the final place on the podium by making 20 points on the back nine. Not a good front nine Darren?

Near pins: Michael Wright (2), Colm O’Donovan (6), Peter Park (13), John Doyle (17)
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Tommy Marshall – 20 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) – Gerd Riedler – 18 pts

Tommy Marshall was a contender for the “silly hat” by leaving his locker wide open with the key in and heading to the tee. But a second contender came with the discovery during presentations of empty pink envelopes being handed out. It was put to a vote for which was the winner. Tommy had a few, but the big cheer went for the empty envelopes. Everyone thought they were voting for Maurice to wear the hat, but were shocked when Phil called out Moon. She only had one job, that was to fill the envelopes and because she forgot, became the first non-golfer to wear the “silly hat”.
 Poor Maurice was innocent. Just another fun day at Pattaya Links Golf.

Another Dose of Beavers' Magic - Just!

A stormy day was in prospect on Wednesday, 5th June as the PLGS headed for Burapha to play a stableford competition on the A and B nines, in two flights with the cut coming at thirteen and under.

The course was in fine condition at the start but soon after a severe storm held up play for long time and left fairways very soft and waterlogged. Bunkers were now ponds but amazingly the greens, once the surface water had drained, retained their speed. It was hardly a day for good scores but somehow the golfers contrived to contribute to a field average if more than 33 points.

In the top flight the usual suspects were to the fore with Peter Park registering 39 points for third place, a couple behind Irishman Bryan Dore who fired the day's best gross figures of level par, giving him 41 points for second place. The flight winner was Bob Rice, scoring 42 points on his return to the group.

In the second flight the returning Scot, Andy Stormouth posted 38 points for third place. Ahead of him a titanic battle saw both Colm O'Donovan and Darren Beavers record 42 points, with Darren claiming the bragging rights on countback. It was his third such round in just a couple of weeks and his fellow "Geordies" could be forgiven for boasting "Ha'way the lad! What a belter!"

Near pins again went to the lower markers with Michael Wright (A3), Bob Rice (A6), Peter Park (B3) and Bryan Dore (B8) all picking up envelopes at the presentation. Mike Firkin won the prize for the best front nine with 18 points with Nils-Peter Kristensen taking the honours for the best back nine, with 23 points. However his front nine of merely 11 points also assured him of the "silly hat" award for the lowest nine hole score of the day. Finally, Derek Phillips suffered more than most with a new driver and the rain delay and abandoned his efforts after twelve holes, giving him another opportunity to don the dreaded wig.

Burapha had been quite tough on the PLGS golfers but "when the going gets tough, the tough get going".

Washout at Khao Kheow

Abandoned after ten holes due to heavy storm

Another Tight Finish at Laem Chabang

After a Friday washout at Khao Kheow twenty-seven PLGS golfers were even more intent on enjoying a stableford competition at Laem Chabang on Monday, 10th June. The day was bright with some scattered cloud cover but nothing threatening as they teed off on the A nine, with the more testing C nine to follow. The course was in its usual fine condition but the greens were hard and much slower than expected with grain predominating.

It was decided to play in one flight and a fighting performance by Derek Phillips dispelled the disappointment of his previous few rounds as he finished in fifth place with 34 points. Another very steady round by Tommy Marshall helped him to finish in fourth place with 35 points, one point behind third placed Peter Park on 36 points. The top two golfers both broke par with Iain Jones' 37 points taking runner-up spot, a couple behind the winner, Erik Lundman on 39 points on his debut with the group.

Near-pins went to Richie McGhie (A2), Andrew Purdie (A7), Phil Davies (C5) and Paul Smith (C8). The best front nine was that of Toby Glass (20 points on A) whilst Kevin LaBar's eighteen points on the C nine saw him receive another award.

At the nether end of the leaderboard there were e few contenders for the dreaded wig with Stu Brown eventually wearing it for his 19 point haul, whilst the "silly hat" went to last week's hero Tip Briney for his seven point total on the easier front nine. Taking it in his stride Tip was living proof that the elevator runs quickly from the "penthouse" to the "outhouse" and nobody is exempt.

An enjoyable day at one of the region's premier courses more than made up for the disappointment of the abandoned round at Khao Kheow a few days before.

Phillips and Yates Down to The Wire

Although overcast in the morning, the forecast was for cloudy and no rain. At Pattana that is exactly what we got, and were able to complete a full round. We played only the one flight down to six places. After very late sign-ups (or not at all) and one who paid then went walkabout, never to be seen again, even though we held a bus for him then, after some last-minute juggling of groups, we fielded twenty-eight players, enough for two flights but too late to be changing envelopes now.

The course is in its usual first-class condition, although we were curious that the ground staff commenced sanding the B nine greens as we hit off. They beat us to most of them, but these greens still played well. Carts stayed on the paths so it was lift, clean and place on fairways. My old legs were happy when, suddenly, the caddies took the carts onto the last two fairways, a little bonus.

Derek Phillips has had his share of “wigs” and “silly hats” recently but today recorded his best score since Songkran, a grand total of 39 points. However, he didn’t have it all his own way as Selwyn Yates took it to him, also having 39 points to be just beaten on countback. Tom Herrington had an “on’ day and was right behind this pair scoring 38 points to sit alone at third, then came another countback resulting in Gerry Conway pipping Andrew Purdie at the 37 points mark. Tommy Marshall was the only other to play to handicap or better with 36 points.

Near Pins: Bryan Dore (A3), Phil Davies (A8), Gavin Smith (B3), Bill Copeland (B7)
Best Front Nine (A) (non winners) – Iain Jones – 19 pts
Best Back Nine (B) (non winners) – Paul Smith – 19 pts

Alan Walker was awarded the “silly hat” for a mediocre score on the front nine, which was only one point worse than sparring partner, John Anderson. Warren Gallop returned for his first game this trip and settled right in to the “wig” position of last. It was pointed out that he had been there before.
The excellent scores of the first six place getters speaks volumes for the condition of this course and, at the sports day price currently on offer, is good value.

Green for Brown at Greenwood

The Pattaya Links Golf Society ended the week with a trip up highway 331 to Greenwood to play a stableford competition on the Peter Thompson course which saw the C and B nines in good condition with fairways allowing run and very consistent greens. A couple of withdrawals reduced the field to twenty-nine golfers and the two flights were cut at thirteen and under. Three golfers failed to finish the round as a result of illness, injury or "mood".

Scattered clouds were evident throughout but a fresh breeze all day kept the prospect of rain at bay. Beginning on the C nine it would be a tough test as the starting holes were long, into the wind and with many tees well back.

In the top flight third place went to Bryan Dore with the Irishman posting 33 points on the final lap of his stay. In second was Selwyn Yates, just beginning his stay, with 35 points. The flight winner was Phil Davies with a level par round after a couple of mediocre performances recently.

In the second flight Donal McGuigan again found a place in the frame with 34 points whilst Tom Herrington recorded 35 points for second place. The winner was Stu Brown with a surprising 36 point total at the end of a week which saw him start with the wig! Now it was the green jacket generously conceded by Mr Phil.

On a day when three of the par threes played very long, near-pins were won by Paul Smith (C3), Gavin Smith (C6), Bill Copeland (B2) and Paul Durkan (B5) . The best front nine was recorded by Greg Perfrement (21 points) whilst Tommy Marshall (18 points) took the back nine honours on countback from Alan Walker. With the absence of the aforementioned retirees It was decided not to award the hat or wig this day and for one golfer, Mr Len, it was blessed relief after a round of error-strewn golf. But following Stu Brown's example today things will be better next time! Promise

Richie McGhie’s Super Round

A hasty re-scheduling saw us heading for Khao Kheow to use our “rain check” vouchers before they expired. Although we were given a limit of six groups, we had thirty-three golfers sign up before we knew it but, because the course was not busy, Khao Kheow allowed us some slack and all lined up without inconveniencing any others.

The drizzle we had encountered on the trip to the course amazingly stopped just as our first group hit off A1, and stayed away for the whole round.
The course is in very good condition but, once again, the tee boxes are undergoing maintenance, so some are a little rough. No carts on fairways so lift, clean and place was the order.

When playing off a handicap of two you can’t afford many mistakes and Richie McGhie obviously had a very clean round to score 38 points, 72 gross to win the “A” flight. On a day where most struggled that is first class. It was a big gap to second placed Selwyn Yates scoring 33 points. He has been in good touch already on this trip. Toby Glass made 31 points to just edge into third spot.

“B” flight saw similar scoring with newcomer to Links, Godfrey Atienza, taking first place with 36 points ahead of Bill Stewart on 33 points. Stu Brown continued his recent good form to get third on a countback with 32 points over Colm O’Donovan who, however, won the best front nine award.

Near pins: (somebody forgot to number them) Adam Barton, Bill Stewart, Nils-Peter Kristensen, Toby Glass.

Best Front Nine (non winners) …Colm O’Donovan….18 pts

Best Back Nine (non winners) …. Dave Hewson ...16 pts

Once again, there were many contenders for the “silly hat” with some very lowly nine-hole scores. However, they escaped because Maurice had a mix-up with locker keys when key number 18 fitted locker 79. Some panic occurred when he couldn’t find his clothes, but all ended well and he wore the hat. There were three scores of just 18 points but countbacks awarded another newcomer, Kaj Aabling his first “wig”

The course played long from the yellow tees and it was a tough day at the office, except for Richie McGhie who wore the Green Jacket for the first time.

 

 Perfect Forty for Perfrement

We missed out on Bangpra last month because someone there tried to charge us an exorbitant green fee, so we cancelled. How different today, friendly and efficient check-in and a very good sports day rate followed by a starter who sent us off earlier than our scheduled time, a nice start.

Even better is the condition of the course. Some playing Bangpra for the first time, and others, heaped praise on the layout and condition. My caddie told me at the start that the greens are slow. They are, but running truly and nice to putt on. The weather was similar to our experience two days earlier, being overcast with some nice breezes and most importantly, no rain, just perfect.

Greg Perfrement was just about perfect as well by scoring an excellent 40 points on a course that requires plenty of thought and management. With, eventually, twenty-three starters, we played one division with four places.
Maurice Roberts continued some good form to take second spot behind Greg by making 37 points. Then we needed a countback to split Godfrey Atienza with his second 36 points in two days, and Mark Sharp, on his return from a short work stint in the Middle East, also with 36 points, rounding out the podium.

Near pins: James Hudson (2), Maurice Roberts (8), Adam Barton (12), Tom Herrington (17)
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Gavin Smith – 20 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) – Selwyn Yates – 18 pts

Unfortunately for the hard working organisers, things today were not perfect. We need to order buses by 5 o’clock on the eve before the game. We allow for a couple of seats for late sign ups but prefer to know before we order. Three people had names on the sheet, all unknown to us, with no contact details or indication if they want a bus. It came as no surprise that they never appeared as this same situation has happened more than once before. Then some regulars who forgot to sign up and arrived in the morning ready for golf. Please help the organisers by getting on the sheet early or use our on-line sign up.
Derek Phillips wore his favourite “silly hat” again as one of those who forgot to sign up. He always has a big smile when wearing that hat. Colm O’Donovan wore the Green Jacket two weeks ago, but today it was the “wig” for him with an unusually poor score.

Sharp Cuts Pattaya Down to Size

On Friday, 21st June The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Pattaya CC to play a stableford competition in two flights, cut at seventeen and under. A few scattered clouds scudded across the sky on a hot day which saw the return of some old friends, notably Dave Arataki, making a return after five months out recuperating from some serious medical issues.

The course was full as the group started on the tenth with dry fairways and consistent greens, which were just a tad slow. Good progress was made however.

The second flight saw France's Serge Straeten mark his return with a third place finish of 34 points, only one behind the consistent Irishman Donal McGuigan on 35. The flight winner was Tip Briney with another very solid round of 38 points. His secret? Leave the woods at home, trust the irons and hit the greens!

In the top flight third place went to Adam Barton on countback with 34 points, one point adrift of runner-up Colm O'Donovan who was resurgent following the wig award last time out. The flight winner was American Mark Sharp whose 41 points marked his best round with the group as he blunted the opposition in an otherwise tight flight.

Near pins went to Petur Petursen (5), Bill Stewart (7), Kym Richardson (12) and Derek Phillips (16). Best nine consolation awards went to Warren Gallop whose 21 points then saw him retire sick before starting the back nine, which was won by Kevin LaBar with 29 points.

Once again the "silly hat" went to a golfer who had not signed up for the day, Kevin McEntee, and serves as a friendly reminder that places are in great demand with the group and someone, someday, will be hugely disappointed with no name on the startlist. The wig was worn by Stu Brown who has enjoyed the ultimate highs and inevitable lows this trip.

It may have been the traditional longest day of the year but it was nevertheless enjoyable at Pattaya CC.

 

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