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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.

 

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