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January 2018

Mashi’s Debut Performance

We scheduled a game of golf at Pattavia for New Year’s Day. It was always going to interesting to see how many hardy, or dedicated, souls signed up. Much to our surprise that number became 26. Not such a surprise was the fact that we had cancellations and two no shows, but a couple of very late entries, to finally load 21 starters into cars and buses and get away on time.
We booked Pattavia, because in the recent past they did not charge holiday rates. Our next surprise was that, when we arrived, we found we were about to pay 1150 baht and not 700 bht green fees. Oh well, we’re here now.
The course looked to be all ours and our first group, a three ball, got away a few minutes earlier than our scheduled time. That first group set a good pace and all others followed.
Weather was just about perfect and the Course was in the excellent condition we know and have come to expect. The greens were sloped and quick, of course, but not as fast as some other occasions. Actually quite puttable, but still not wise to miss the hole on a downhill putt.
With 21 players, we paid two flights with the cut at 15.
The best score of the day came from the golf journeyman, Mashi Kaneta. In his first outing with Pattaya Links Golf he won “B” flight with an impressive 37 points. Yes, you read correctly ”B”. Pat Murphy had a win last week and this time was second to Mashi, scoring a fine 35 points, and David Dunne with 33 points, grabbed third spot by the narrowest of margins on countback.
Simon Kendall won the Green Jacket last week and again was on top of “A” flight with a handicap equalling 36 points. Phil Davies made a last minute decision to play today and reaped the reward for second place with 35 points, while third place went to a three way countback, each having 34 points. Terry Worth did best on the back nine to take the prize.
Two more prizes to go, those being Best Nines.

Best Front Nine ( non winners)…Steve Evans………...20 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners)….John Doyle…………19pts. c/back

Winner..”A” flight……..Simon Kendall (14)…………….36pts
2nd Place…................Phil Davies (11)………………...35 pts
3rd Place………………..Terry Worth (15)………………..34 pts. c/back

Winner “B” flight……….Mashi Kaneta (16)…………......37pts
2nd Place………………..Pat Murphy (25)……………….35 pts
3rd Place…………………David Dunne (18)……………..33 pts. c/back

After an uninterrupted round all adjourned to the Club House to make use of the free drink/food voucher which, once again, Pattavia is presenting to each player upon payment of green fees. Nice.
We were nice and early back to Links Bar, so Phil decided to do presentations without much delay. The highlight was to see Mashi wearing the oversize (for him) Green Jacket. The “wig” went to Andrew Purdie. Not something you would expect, but we’ve all been there.

Stevens Starts the Year in Style

The third day of 2018 saw the Pattaya Links Golf Society visit beautiful Burapha to play a stableford competition in two flights, cut at sixteen and under. As always the sumptuous A and B nines were in perfect order and the day was fair with a light breeze making it the most comfortable of golfing experiences.

Scores were as competitive as always, with one exception and in the top flight Simon Kendall again found the secret with 34 points giving him third place - a few behind runner-up Irishman John Doyle on 37. John's 81 was also the best gross of the day. The flight winner was Ralph McConnell, also with 37 points but the countback was in his favour.

In the second flight third place went to David Dunne after a sound performance of 35 points, Jake O'Neill managed 36 points for second but the flight was usurped by Canadian golfer Rod Stevens whose power-packed swing returned to give him 40 points and the group's first sub-70 round of the year.

Consolation awards went to Colin Smith for his best front nine of nineteen points and fellow Welshman Len Jones who took the best back nine slot with twenty points. A special mention must be made of one of the group's most loyal supporters, Dave Moriarty who played his first round since suffering a heart attack back in the States in the summer. His recovery is taking time but just to see him on the course again after the trauma is a reminder to us all of how precious our golf days are. Good to have you back Dave!

Wayne Peppernell Takes Top Spot

After a great win in the December Golfer of the Month, Wayne Peppernell had a couple of games off, followed by a not so good score. However, he bounced right back to record 39 points and the best score of the day, which saw six of the 27 starters play to handicap or better.
Another player to start the new year on a high is our November GOM, Tony Browne, shadowing Wayne by scoring a fine 38 points for second place. Then we had to go to a countback for third with David Dunne putting in another solid round to hold out Mike Allidi, both on 37 points. Well done both.
In the “B” flight (h/cap 19+) Mikael Lindberg notched up 38 points, to finish well in front of Larry Slattery and Mike Wilsher, both on 32 points, with Larry getting the nod for second.
Like Crystal Bay, it sometimes seems an adventure to go to Pattaya Country Club. This course has certainly had it’s ups and downs over the past couple of years, so we are never sure what to expect.. Those older than me say it used to have some of the best fairways around.
Today we found those fairways in quite good order and improving, browning in patches, but then due to the rain almost finished for now, many golf courses are having that problem.
The layout of the course is good, with some challenging holes, and maintenance seems to be getting on top of it. We saw on our visit here in November that the greens were being worked on and expected to see the result of that work.
These greens are now very much improved, albeit with some damp patches around the outside from sprinklers. Even the back nine is coming along nicely and, with some tricky pin placements, some had visions of Pattavia greens. Then we realised they were being prepared for a Tournament to start next day.
Pattaya CC is currently offering vouchers for 900 bht green fee for PSC Members, so if you walk you pay only 1250 including caddy fee. This course is very walkable. Also they allow share carts, so more savings.

All Par 3s had near pin markers out and all were won.

Mike Allidi (hole 12), Mikael Lindberg (5 and 16) , Craig Mitcham (7)

Best Front Nine (non winners)…Rod Stevens……….19 pts. c/back
Best Back Nine (non winners)…Mike Allidi………...19 pts. c/back

 Winner “A” Flight………Wayne Peppernell (14)…………..39pts
   2nd Place………………..Tony Browne (18)………………..38pts
  .3rd Place………………...David Dunne (18)………………..37 pts c/back

Winner “B” Flight………Mikael Lindberg (23)…...................38 pts
2nd Place…………………Larry Slattery (19)…………............32 pts. c/back
3rd Place…........................Mike Wilsher (24)………………….32 pts.

At the presentation Phil helped Wayne into the Green Jacket, and then, since the two finally crossed paths, also presented Wayne with his prize for being Golfer Of The Month for December, a much prized golf bag bearing the Khao Kheow logo.

Two “wigs” today. Jim Reilly, who directed Peter Henshaw to drive to Pattana instead if Pattaya Country Club was well deserved. They did get to PCC and played in the comp. The second was for the least impressive score of the day, and once again Frank McArdle accepted it with a big smile.

Absolute Quality on Show at Lakeside

Put together a field of good golfers and find the course which best rewards their skill and you have the recipe for a wonderful golf experience. Such was the visit of the Pattaya Links Golf Society on the second Monday of the year when forty golfers came together for a stableford competition on the banks of the Bangpakong at Royal Lakeside. The course is in outstanding condition at the moment with fairways with a "spring" in them, bunkers excellently tended and greens running true at 11 on the stimpmeter. Add some glorious golfing weather with a light comforting breeze!

The PLGS field was divided into three flights with the cuts coming at seventeen and twenty one. Getting away on time the field quickly showed its quality.In the third flight Paul Scotton posted thirty six points for third place, one behind Len Jones's thirty seven in runner-up place. The flight winner was Canadian golfer Rod Stevens and he posted his second round of forty plus in a week, managing 41 points on this occasion.

In the second flight consistent Irish golfer David Dunne took third place with 35 points whilst Tony Browne and Craig Mitcham both posted 38 points for the top spot with Craig taking it on countback.

In the top flight Irishman John Doyle posted 36 points off his ten handicap for third place with Bob Britton taking second with 38 points. It was left to Maurice Roberts to take the day with an outstanding 43 points, his best round for a long time. It was helped in no short measure by winning two of the near pins on the par threes, Such was the accuracy of his iron play on the day. The other near pins were won by Andre van Dyke and Craig Mitcham.

Consolation prizes (non winners) went to Wayne Peppernell for his best front nine of 21 points and the returning Ray Banks for his best back nine of 18 points.

Congratulations are due to not only the winners but all the golfers on a memorable day at Royal Lakeside.

John Anderson Easily At Treasure Hill

Once again, we awoke to the surprise of a drizzling overcast morning. Rain usually scares away many golfers and, as per a couple of weeks ago, when we had similar conditions in the morning, by the time we were due to leave, our numbers had dwindled by 50%.
Expecting the same, I was surprised and happy that this time we had just one cancellation and two serial no-shows, (TIT) to leave us with 26 starters.
During the drive to the course we encountered some rain, even heavy at times, so it was with delight that, as we scrambled from our three buses, it had become barely a drizzle. During the first six holes we had some light on again off again sprinkles, until it stopped completely for the rest of the way.
Bearing in mind that the course had taken some rain overnight and in the morning, once again Treasure Hill turned it on for us.
Even though there were some wet patches here and there, we used lift, clean and place, the fairways were in great condition, as were the Greens. The front nine greens slowed because of the moisture, but by the time we made the back half they were running nicely for us.
We were able to pay two flights today, along with 4 near pins and Best Nines.
Scores were nothing to write home about, as is very often the case at this Course, with only the “Treasure Hill Specialist”, John Anderson, recording 36 points to finish well clear of the rest in “B” flight. Niall Caven scored 28 points to finish second on a countback from Larry Slattery.
The best the “A” flight could muster was 30 points from Pierre Cere to beat Ray Banks on countback. Laurie McBride filled third spot with 29 points.
Musing with a golfing buddy last night about what makes this course such a scary or difficult proposition for many golfers, raw and experienced alike.?
There is not as much water to carry unlike many others, fairways are always well grassed. Yes, we know about the so-called crab grass, and the greens are usually a good speed and run true. We can’t really understand.. John Anderson seems to like it, having had some of his best scores here.

Of the four near pins, only three were claimed:

Larry Slatterty (No.6), Brian Davidson (no.13), Berndt Motzenbacher (No. 17)
The Par 3 second was too much for all 26 golfers.
Best Front Nine (non-winners)…. . Bill Copeland….15 pts
Best Back Nine (non-winners)…… Chris Walsh……16 pts

Winner …”A” flight…….Pierre Cere (13)……………..30 pts c/back
2nd Place…………............Ray Banks (12)……………...30 pts
3rd Place………….............Laurie McBride (14)………..29 pts c/back

Winner…”B” flight……..John Anderson (29)…………..36 pts
2nd Place…………………Niall Caven (18)……………..28 pts c/back
3rd Place…………………Larry Slattery (20)…………...28 pts

Looking at the low scoring, we wondered just how low the score would be for the “wig”. It was very low…not telling, but the recipient was a newcomer to Links.
Kitae Kim was surprised and had some fun wearing the “wig” for the camera.
Phil Davies presented Johnno with his third Green Jacket.

Colin Smith Bounces Back To Form

“Bangpra seems less fortunate than many other courses in our area, as it tends to dry out quickly when the rainy season ends. The sprinklers can do a job, but can’t get to the whole area. Already, as my Caddy pointed out, there are brown patches appearing.”
Well, that was how I described the Bangpra course just a month ago.
What a difference some rain makes to grass. There have been the one or two surprise showers about recently and Bangpra has benefitted greatly. Today we found grassed fairways mown to just the right height to allow for easier striking of the ball and looking a treat and the dams were almost full again. Quite a scenic view, if you have time.
Today we did have time. Our 10 groups were allocated a 2 Tee start, thanks to the Course Management. However, on both courses we all come up behind some 5 balls to inevitably slow things right down.   Well! it is High Season, I suppose.
The legendary fast greens were in excellent condition, although not as fast as we have known them, but allowed the putt to run smoothly and truly, and you can’t ask for more than that.
Always a tough course and some good tactical thinking is/should be involved. Of our 37 players, only one managed to play to his handicap.
Welshman Colin Smith, in a return to form, handed in a card with 36 points to win “A” flight comfortably. Laurie McBride had 30 points for second place and Wayne Peppernell won a controversial countback to take third with his 29 points.
“B” flight saw Niall Caven take the honours, in another consistent showing, scoring 33 points.  Good mates Frank McArdle and Jake O’Neill filled the other two places with 30 and 29 points respectively.
Sometime visitor, Ken Hole, was successful in the “C” flight racking up 35 points, 3 clear of Peter Henshaw’s 32. Brian Davidson was right behind them with his 31 points.
Four Near Pins were out for this round and all were won.

Rod Stevens (hole 2), Helene Lindberg (8), Peter Wilson (12), Ronnie Ramsey (17).

By now if you have not had a win, another two chances on Best Nines.

Best Front Nine (non-winners) …Bill Copeland………19 pts
Best Back Nine (non-winners)…Mikael Lindberg……18pt

Winner “A” Flight……..Colin Smith (13)……………36pts
   2nd Place………………Laurie McBride (14)……….30pts
  .3rd Place………………Wayne Peppernell (14)……..29 pts c/back

Winner “B” Flight………Niall Caven (18)…................33 pts
2nd Place…………………Frank McArdle (18)………...30 pts.
3rd Place…........................Jake O’Neill (18)…………....29 pts c/back.

Winner “C” Flight………Ken Hole ( 21)….....................35 pts
2nd Place…………………Peter Henshaw (27)………….32 pts.
3rd Place…........................Brian Davidson (21)…………31 pts c/back

Because of the late start, Bangpra has a better price after 11.30am, and the slow pace, we arrived back to Links Bar very late in the afternoon where we quickly worked through score cards and prizes.
It was now dark, so Len got on with the presentations so that those who had more pressing places to be could get away.
A long day out, but hey! We were playing golf in Thailand.
Happy to see Bangpra Golf Course in such good condition.

Finally, congratulations to the “Links Bar” team on taking first place in the Pattaya Matchplay competition just completed.

Craig Ends Holiday On A High

A visit to the amazing Khao Kheow Golf Club is always something to look forward to. Once again, if you choose to go to a popular course, you will get plenty of golfers come with you. After a couple of no shows, again, we lined up 38 players in 10 groups.

These numbers can become a bit cumbersome, but it is high season and we welcome anyone to join us. All the organizer asks is for some patience from the players. Not every one can be in the first group. We try to please, but it doesn’t always work for some.

Only 5 days earlier Khao Kheow received so much rain in one day so as to cause the abandonment of the PSC Charity Classic. But the course has recovered so well that it looks magnificent.  We played B and A nines off the yellow tees and carts were allowed on the fairways, which were quite firm, but as is the case at KK, not a lot of run. The greens are in superb condition, with some interesting pin placements, and the ball rolled well and with good speed.

This is regarded as a fairly tough course, so we had only three players scoring handicap or better. None better than “B” flight winner, Craig Mitcham with a terrific 40 points. This was his send off as he returns to his job in cold old UK.

Ralph McConnell should have been going as well, but decided to extend his stay and racked up a nice even 36 points to take second spot, while Alan Sullivan made 32 points in his first outing with Links Golf.

“C” flight saw our only lady golfer, Helene Lindberg take the honours with a fine 37 points to finish well in front of second placed Chris Walsh, 31 points, and then John Anderson winning a narrow countback to sneak into third with just 28 points.

Why “A” flight last?  The top score of this flight was only 33 points, shared between three players. Therefore, we went to the countback to separate them. Pierre Cere won out with the best back nine (A) course. Then Bob Watson tipped out Colin Smith to grab second.  Perhaps not big points, but well played to those three.

Four Near Pins out today and all were won:
Henry Mah (B3), Mike Wilsher (B8), John Hughes (A3), Tony Gavaghan (A5)

There’s always the Best Nines:

Best Front Nine…..Bill Copeland……..19pts 
Best Back Nine…..Mike Allidi…..........18 pts

Winner..”A” flight……...Pierre Cere (13)……………33pts c/back
2nd Place….................Bob Watson (4)…………….33 pts c/back
3rd Place………………..Colin Smith (13)……………33 pts.

Winner “B” flight………..Craig Mitcham (18)………..40pts
2nd Place…………………Ralph McConnell (16)……..36 pts
3rd Place………………….Alan Sullivan (15)…………32 pts

Winner..”C” flight……...Helene Lindberg (23)……….37 pts
2nd Place….................Chris Walsh (23)…………….31pts
3rd Place………………..John Anderson (29)…………..28 pts c/back

Even if you lose a few golf balls, it is always a good day out at Khao Kheow and our group had some fun and laughs.
Colin Smith over cooked a chip, and the ball was headed for the water, when one of the caddies took a diving catch millimetres before she and the ball went swimming. There was hat and towel and gloves flying everywhere. If any cricket team needs a wicket keeper, she’s your girl.

Craig Mitcham wore the Green Jacket and the returning Henry Mah loved the “wig” and glasses.

Bill Laughs His Way to Green Jacket

Some days it all just works and makes for an enjoyable day out. Of the final 32 players on the start sheet 24 of them boarded the buses as allocated. Step one. Then a pleasant drive of only 50 minutes to the Greenwood course, easy check-in, even though there was only the one assistant instead of 2, then all assembled at the muster area.
The course was busy and the starter told us we must wait 10 minutes, so time for a putt.
Our first group, a four ball got away right on time and, with Phil calling up the groups in order, all went smoothly.
How many different ways can one describe just how good this course is. We played the A and B nines and were presented with grassed and nicely mown fairways and Greens were first class, slightly slower than we expected, but great to putt on. And yes, the usual wet areas around the bottom of the Greens. If that is the only complaint, we’ve done ok.
After the round all cards were handed in, no late comers, and all once again went to their allocated bus…. bliss.
Bill Copeland is a man who enjoys his golf and his infectious laugh as we went around rubbed off on our group and the caddies making for a fun and relaxed day. Bill headed up the “A” flight with 36 points off his handicap of 11, and the top score of the day.
We’ve mentioned before that Peter Wilson doesn’t play that often, but when he does is usually in the call of the podium. And so, it was today taking second place with a nice 34 points. Another one seemingly always at or near the top is Takeshi Hakozaki who took third place with 33 points.
In “B” flight John Anderson was Club House leader with only one last card to come in. Then came Len Jones to pip him on the post. Len scored 35 points to John’s 34 pts. Coming in third was lady golfer Helene Lindberg with 32 points, beating husband Mikael on a countback.

Four Near Pins out again today, but no-one could get on to the almost 200-yard A2.

Rod Stevens (A6),  Thorsten Jodehl (B2), Maurice Roberts (B5)

Next were the Best Nines.

Best Front Nine (non-winners) …Dave Moriarty….17 pts c/back
Best Back Nine (non-winners) …Larry Slattery…….17 pts

Winner” A” flight……...Bill Copeland (11)……………….36 pts
2nd Place…..................... Peter Wilson (8)………………….34 pts
3rd Place………………..Takeshi Hakozaki (14)…………...33 pts.

Winner “B” flight……….Len Jones (29)…………................35 pts
2nd Place…………………John Anderson (29)………………34 pts
3rd Place…………………Helene Lindberg (23)…………….32 pts c/back

Bill Copeland got to wear the Green Jacket at last! Then Phil did the rounds to tease a few into thinking they would get the “wig”, before settling on Frank Baker, who was already making his way to the front, knowing it was coming.

Another great day out at a fine golf course for the Links Golfers.

Smith's Blitz at Pleasant Valley

The Pattaya Links Golf Society took another large field to Pleasant Valley on Friday, 19th January to play a stableford competition on the tight track with two flights, divided at eighteen and under. The course itself was in good condition with well grassed fairways and well tended bunkers. The greens were of a consistent medium pace and day was very warm and more than a little humid.

Always a test of accuracy the course tested the field as normal and with the exception of one card returns were tight at the top. In the second flight Len Jones again made the frame with 34 points for third, having promised much more on the front nine. In second was Scottish giant Mike McGuigan with his best return this trip, 35 points and he was unlucky to lose out on countback to lady golfer Tina Orth, making her first strides with the group.

In the top flight Martin Patch had a successful round with 37 points for third place, losing out again on countback to Olli Orth who almost emulated his wife and came second. The flight winner with an incredible 41 points was Welshman Colin Smith which immediately propelled him to the top of the group's Golfer of the Month table.

Near pins were won by Bob Watson (5), Chris Barker (8), Tony Browne (13) and Max Cristalli (17). The best nines consolation prizes went to Ray Banks for twenty on the front and Wayne Peppernell with 18 on the back.

Back at the Links at the end of the presentation golfers gave their best wishes to Maurice Roberts for his birthday and in return there was birthday cake and a "ringing of the bell". It was a good end to a splendid day's golf at Pleasant Valley.

Banks & Jones Keep it Tight at the Top

The Pattaya Links Golf Society took its largest field of the year to Mountain Shadow on Monday, 22nd January to play a stableford event in three flights with the cuts at 15 and 20. Four dozen golfers of varied skill and confidence took on the ever testing course which was in fine condition with running fairways and greens with a little pace in them to add to the challenge. The course was so overwhelmed that not enough caddies were available but those braving the round without caddies found carts were compulsory.

Scores are traditionally low at Mountain Shadow and this day was no exception. In the second flight fourth place went to John Hughes with 28 points, losing on countback to Paul Chesney and Mashi Kaneta. The winner was Martin Patch with a meagre thirty points. The third flight saw Helene Lindberg take fourth place with 24 points, a three points behind husband Mikael with 27 points. The secret of Mikael's success was a change of balls after thirteen holes which had seen him collect only a point a hole until then. Second place went to Larry Slattery with 31 points leaving Len Jones at the top of the flight with a caddy-less 35 points. Easy job this caddying!

The top flight was a tighter affair with Colin Smith's 33 points losing on countback to third placed Peter Wilson. In second was Jon Dean with 34 points and the winner was Ray Banks with 35 points. He took his first green jacket on countback from Len Jones. At the bottom things were equally tight but Phil declined to present the dreaded wig on this occasion. And, no, he wasn't in the frame for it!

Consolation prizes went to non-winners Bill Copeland for his best front nine (16) and Takeshi Hakozaki on the back (18). Near pins were collected by Colin Smith (5 and 15) and Simon Watt (17).

The top prize of the day should have been shared by Phil, Maurice, Len and John for their dedication in making a tough day so enjoyable at Mountain Shadow, despite to problems a very large field inevitably throws up. Well done everyone!

Paul and Helene Top Flights

Once again Treasure Hill prepared a sparkling, well manicured course for us, and greens that were true and had some pace. Thirty-three golfers came along to take advantage of a great course and still paying the much appreciated price of 1250 baht for g/fee, caddy and cart.
What strange weather we are having right now. It appeared most of the round that it might rain, but didn’t, but a few sprinkles on the windscreen of the bus on the way home told us there was some around. By early evening, during presentations at Links Bar, the promise of rain came good, short but sweet.
Treasure Hill is not known for allowing good scores, however, some players today were out to prove that it could be done.
“A” flight saw well-played 38 points from Paul Chesney to take the honours, closely followed by Phil Davies on 37 points. Ray Banks won the Green Jacket on Monday and continued that form today with a fine 36 points to take third spot.
The magic number this time was 38, as Helene Lindberg scored that many to have another top three placing, this time winning “B” flight. Tip Briney was surprised to take second spot with 32 points, and happy about it. Charlie Leon was over the moon with his 31 points straight after the game, his best for a long time he told me. Not sure he believed it when that score got him third place.

Winning the near pins were:

John Evans (No.2), Ray Banks (8), Niall Caven (13), Martin Patch (17)

Best Front Nine (non-winners) …. Simon Watts……….18 pts
Best Back Nine (non-winners) …… Ronnie Ramsey……19 pts

Winner …” A” flight……. Paul Chesney (19) …………....38 pts
2nd Place…………............Phil Davies (12) ……………....37 pts
3rd Place………….............Ray Banks (14) ……………....36 pts

Winner…” B” flight……. Helene Lindberg (22) ………….38 pts
2nd Place…………………Tip Birney (20) ……………….32 pts
3rd Place…………………Charlie Leon (27) ………….......31 pts

Looking at the lower end of the scoring, we wondered just how low the score would be for the “wig” and sunglasses. It was very low…not telling, but the recipient was a newcomer to Links. Tony Mc Lean was a late entrant and a deserved winner of that coveted prize. Phil Davies presented Paul Chesney with his first Green Jacket.
Of course, the rain came back heavier as I started the trudge home.

Harrison's Haul at Lakeside

The Pattaya Links Golf Society abandoned an expensive Phoenix visit in favour of a late booking at Royal Lakeside on Friday, 26th January, and found the course in impeccable condition and at half the cost of a visit down the road in Ban Ampur. Even the early start did not deter too many golfers and three dozen early risers played in two flights with the division set at eighteen.

With quick greens and a steady breeze scores were not as high as normal but a couple of golfers excelled with sub-par rounds. In the top flight "Mr Consistency" Colin Smith scored 35 points for fourth place, on countback from Maurice Roberts and Huw Phillips. In third was Andrew Purdie with 36 points, losing runner-up spot to compatriot Bob Watson on countback and the winner was John Chelo with 38 points, his best effort this trip.

The second flight had Harry Langkoff in fourth place with 33 points, again assisted by countback, which was also used to separate third placed Colin Service and runner-up Helene Lindberg, both on 34 points. The flight winner was Nigel Harrison with an excellent forty one points, the best total by far on the day.

Near pins were won by Tommy Marshall, Chris Barker, Simon Watts and Nigel Harrison whilst the consolation prizes went to Paul Greaves for his best front nine of 21 points and Ray Banks's best back nine of 17 points. The dreaded wig went to Udo Emmerich. All were convinced the decision to abandon Phoenix in favour of one of the best courses on the schedule was the correct one as all had enjoyed a fine day out, doing what they like best, playing golf with many good friends.

Watts Has the Power at Pattavia

The final week of January started with a visit to Pattavia as the Pattaya Links Golf Society took another large field to the testing course for a stableford competition on a course which never fails to impress with its well maintained fairways and bunkers and challenging greens.

The field was divided into three flights with the cuts coming at 15 and 20 and the day stayed fine for the most part except for a spitefully sharp shower towards the end which wiped out a near pin prize and made "maché" of a few cards. Conditions were favourable for good scoring and in the third flight Mike Wilsher drifted off the pace towards the end, losing second place on countback to Helene Lindberg's 33 points on her final round this trip. The flight winner was Irishman Larry Slattery with 35 points.

In the top flight Chris Barker's solid 35 points was enough to edge Bob Watson out of third place, leaving Ray Banks second on 36 and Wayne Peppernell again made his presence felt with a well crafted 38 points taking the win. The second flight saw the best scores of the day with Tony Browne holding down third place with 36 points, a couple behind second placed Mashi Kaneta The flight winner with an excellent 42 points was Simon Watts whose golf was obviously quite electric!

Near pins went to Chris Barker, Mashi Kaneta and Masaaki Sugaya and consolation prizes went to Phil Davies for his excellent front nine total of 22 points and Maurice Roberts for his back nine haul of twenty points. Booby Shirkey had the pleasure of his debut wig win.

The presentation had a birthday special "feel" about it as belated greetings and a cake went to Helene Lindberg before her departure for sunny Sweden, ending another fine day with the PLGS.

Banks in Credit Again

The PLGS visited Crystal Bay on a warm bright day on the final day of the month and found the C and B nines in reasonable condition with fairways soft in places and greens which hardly passed muster. The front nine greens - C course - were slow and "woolly" whilst the back nine - B course - had them in much better condition and a full stimp point (or more) quicker. Just another problem for the large field to consider. Two flights were identified with the division at 18 and under.

Scores were not startling and in the second flight third place went to Big Mike McGuigan with a score of 33 points. Countback was needed to identify the flight winner and Stuart James took the win from Paul Chesney, both with 35 points. In the top flight countback again identified the third place winner, Wayne Peppernell, the unlucky golfers level with him being Masa Takano, John Kelly and Maurice Roberts. In second was Takeshi Hakozaki with 35 points and the only sub-par round of the day was recorded by Ray Banks in his penultimate round this trip, a meritorious 37 points. Near pins were won by Takeshi Hakozaki, Wayne Peppernell and Tony Browne (two) and the consolation prizes went to Richard Dobson (front nine 18 points and Colin Service (back nine 17 points). The field were unanimous in their wish to see the A course reopened soon and at least some consistency brought back to the greens.


Quality Scores and Service With a Smile

Pleasant Valley is a course which golfers either love or hate. A bit like Silky Oak really, especially in peoples' concept of a good golfing venue. The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited there to start February and numbers were down, probably for this reason but two dozen golfers made an excellent competition in two flights, cut at seventeen and under. The course was in good condition with well covered fairways and consistent greens with a little pace in them.

Scores were incredible with a quarter of the field breaking par. The course played short from the shorter than normal tees and the persistent wind seemed to help on almost every hole.

In the top flight German golfer Udo Emmerich took third place on countback with 38 points for his first podium place this trip. In second was Udo's compatriot Olli Orth with 39 points and the winner was Ray Banks, concluding his visit this day, with 41 points. Ray's golf seems to have rejuvenated him this year after a few visits recently with little success.

In the second flight Richard Dobson at last came good with 39 points but this was eclipsed by the top two. Tina Orth enjoyed a splendid "PB" with 44 points but saw "Murphy's Law" kick in when Colin Service returned a score of 46 points to take the day. Such scoring brought the number of PLGS "69-or-less" rounds this year to thirteen. Near pins went to Masa Takano, Tip Briney, Tina and Colin and the consolation places went to Pierre Cere his the best front nine of 22 points and Keith Melbourne for his best back nine of 22 points. What a day it had been with scores the like of which will not be seen for a while to come. Unless you all know different of cousre...

37 Points Everywhere at Lakeside

A fine, cooler Pattaya morning saw Links Golfers board 3 buses and a couple of cars to make the trip up the road to beautiful Royal Lakeside. Some say this trip is too long, but this day we arrived exactly one hour after departure from Links.
As we were still finding caddies and carts, the starter told our first group to go when ready. A little rushed perhaps, as we were on our way before all preparations were done.
Weather was quite breezy and cooler, very comfortable for a round of golf, although the wind did play havoc with the high shots at times.
This course is always, it seems, in wonderful condition and today it was just that. Fairways cut to enable good contact with the ball, rough that didn’t punish harshly, and greens that were hard and fast. The only complaint came from those who can normally make a ball hit the green and stop. This was very difficult to do. However, putting was true and with good speed.
As with it’s neighbour, Bangpakong, this course is known for high stableford points, with 40 plus from many players not unusual.
Today however, we could not manage a 40-point score between the lot of us. We did have 37 points from each of 4 players and in fact, 20 of the 29 starters had 30 points or better.
“A” flight (0-16) saw a three-way countback on 37 points. to decide placings.
Petur Petursen won out with a best back nine of the three, to relegate Andrew Purdie to second spot, and he in turn bettered Udo Emmerich, who was excited to have his first podium finish in Thailand.
“B” flight (17+) produced the fourth 37 pointer from John Chelo. What a turnaround! Last week John finished a round nearer to last than first. That’s golf! Larry Slattery is rarely out of form and his good 36 points got him second place, while John Evans needed to win the countback to take third.

Four Near Pins out and they were won by:
Andy Kelleher, John Evans, Udo Emmerich, Petur Petursen.

Best Front Nine (non-winners) …Richard Dobson….21 pts
Best Back Nine (non-winners) …. Brian Beaupre…….16 pts c/back

Winner …” A” flight……. Petur Petursen (5) …….37pts c/back
2nd Place…………............Andrew Purdie (9) ……37pts c/back
3rd Place………….............Udo Emmerich (10) ….37pts

Winner…” B” flight……. John Chelo (18) …………37 pts
2nd Place…………………Larry Slattery (20) ………36 pts
3rd Place…………………John Evans (16) ………….35 pts c/back

The drive back was smooth and in good time, until we reached Pattaya Klang at peak hour. Took almost as long as the first 100 km, just to get to third road.

Back early, we started presentations only to see the eventual winner of the Green Jacket not appear back at the Bar, so that went to the best “B” flight 37 pts, John Chelo. A father and son, both named Richard had to be separated to find who got to wear the “wig”. The elder Richard got it.

A note to Golf Clubs…Those who complain that golfers from Pattaya Golf Bars don’t spend money at your restaurants, you might try charging realistic prices for drinks. We would love to sit at your establishment, after a round, and enjoy a drink or two, but not at the current pricing.

Great 40 Points Wins for Pallesen

You’ve got to love the weather this time of year in Pattaya. Certainly, we experienced some unseasonal rain at times, but this day gave us that nice comfortable, breezy feeling ready to tackle the great Treasure Hill Golf Course. We took 34 people to the course, 32 players in the competition and 2 noncombatants.
All went well until, upon arriving at the muster area, we found that two very large groups (larger than had been booked, by the way) had virtually drained the stock of Caddies available. Phil went to make enquires and was told that we can drive our own carts and they would get some caddies to us as they finished the morning rounds.
With that our first group headed off 20 minutes after the scheduled start time and with one caddy for three players. This is well and truly high season, as the same stories are coming from other courses.
After completing four holes we started to notice caddies being delivered to the groups. They were bought over from Pattana course. Thank you to the TH management.
With so many players around the course, we expected slow going. Pleasantly surprised that it all rolled along quite well and we finished in 4.5 hrs.
Treasure Hill is not renowned for allowing big stableford scores, but Michael Pallesen, in a hit and run appearance, belied that to have the top score for the day of 40 points, to win “C” flight (h/cp 22+) Excellent.! Michael’s Danish compatriot and good buddy, Soren Hansen, was close up for second with 37 points and the evergreen, Len Jones, once again in the placings scored 32 pts on countback for third.
A regular in the placings, Larry Slattery took out the “B” flight (16-21) with a handicap equaling 36 points ahead of Colin Service, who is having a good run. Martin Patch was relegated to third spot on countback, both with 34 points after a one-shot penalty was applied to each.
Dave Nicholson, playing his second game with us won the “A” flight with a terrific 38 points. Not yet understanding the system, wanted to know why he didn’t get the Green jacket. Top scorer gets the Jacket, Dave.Maurice Roberts seems to be finding form and put together 36 points to get second ahead of Kevin La Bar on 34 points.

Four Near Pins and all were claimed:

Martin Patch (No.2), John Bell (6), Soren Hansen (13), John Evans (17)
Best Front Nine (non-winners) …. Brian Nuttall……...17 pts c/back
Best Back Nine (non-winners) …… Harry Langkoff……19 pts

Winner …” A” flight……. Dave Nicholson (15) …….38 pts
2nd Place…………............Maurice Roberts (13) …….36 pts
3rd Place………….............Kevin La Bar (12) ……….34 pts

Winner…” B” flight……. Larry Slattery (20) ………….36 pts
2nd Place…………………Colin Service (19) ………….34 pts c/back
3rd Place…………………Martin Patch (17) …………...34 pts c/back

Winner…”C” flight……. Michael Pallesen (25) ……….40 pts
2nd Place…………………Soren Hansen (24) ………….37 pts
3rd Place…………………Len Jones (28) ………….........32 pts c/back

After a smooth trip back, results were done and presentations nice and early.
Michael was presented his first Green Jacket and Australian visitor, Craig Martin, received his first “wig”, much to the delight of his travelling companions.

A Long Good Friday!

Pattaya CC is the nearest course to town and as such is an easy scheduling option for Pattaya golf groups. Beware of high season Fridays though as the Pattaya Links Golf Society found on 9th February as a very full course made it a long day for the group's forty golfers. For the second successive round delays were inevitable and the field teed off forty minutes later than the booked time and pity the poor recorder, Mr Len as he received the final card in the clubhouse at 6:30pm and was faced with an arduous Friday evening drive back into town.

However the day is about golf and there were some fine performances despite the frustrations, on a course which was excellent for the first nine holes but was besmirched by the slow greens on the inward nine. The field was divided into three flights with the cuts coming at sixteen and twenty three. Al three divisions saw a tight competition. In the third flight Torben Lingaard performed to his usual standard collecting 36 points from a painstaking round, In second was the returning Irishman Derek Phillips and he showed he had lost none of his form of the previous year with 38 points ,losing on countback to Keith Melbourne who picked up his first flight win in many years of trying. Well done Keith!

In a competitive second flight Larry Slattery took third with 36 points whilst a countback was needed to separate John Chelo and Colin Service, the latter taking the flight with 37 points.

In the top flight Phil Davies again found himself in the mix with 37 points taking third place, one behind the runner up Ronnie Saxkjaer with 38. The winner, with the best score of the day was John Dean with 39 very solid points.

Near pins went to Colin Service (5), Derek Phillips (7), Mike McGuigan (12) and Hilary Stoker (16). Consolation prizes went to Maurice Roberts (best front nine of 20 points) and Pierre Cere (best back nine of 22 points).

A very long day ended with Mr Phil presenting the green jacket to John Dean and Jorgen Furst took his first fitting of the wig for the lowest score of the day. And so to bed...!

Jodehl & Lankoff Drive the Juggernaut

The Pattaya Links Golf juggernaut rolled on with a visit to Bangpakong Riverside on Monday, 12th February as forty seven golfers made to trip to the always excellent course. They struggled to see any bare or sanded divots on the well covered fairways and the only surprise were the greens which were a little "bristly" and running slower than normal. They were however very consistent.

It was the fourth time a field of almost fifty had turned out since the start of the year and the large group was again divided into three flights with the cuts coming at 14 and 22. Scores were generally as high as usual at the course and a strong breeze kept the golfers comfortable and inevitably frustrated more than a few.

The third flight saw Martin Hoblyn make an early impact on his recent return with a fine total of 36 points to take third place, a couple behind Rod Stevens and Derek Phillips on 38 points, the latter taking the win on countback.

The first flight was mainly quality again with Andy Kelleher's 37 points good enough for third place, losing on countback to Kevin LaBar's stronger back nine. The flight winner was Andrew Purdie and his 38 points represented the best gross of the day, 79.

The second flight caused gasps when it was announced that Harry Lankoff's 42 points was good enough only for second place as he was usurped by Thorsten Jodehl's amazing 43 points for the win, with Tony Browne taking third on 38.

Near pins were won by Dave Nicholson (7), Dave Neilson (4, 16) and Bart Bingham (13) and the consolation prizes went to Henry Mah for the best front nine (20) and Irish golfer Connie Walsh for his best back nine of 22 points.

Finally old friend Mark Stubbings from New Zealand called in and presented a lucky draw prize of a golf shirt and it was won by Paul Gill.

Next stop for the PLGS juggernaut is Crystal Bay but the brakes may need to be applied as Pattaya is running out of minibuses ... allegedly!

Roberts Grinds Out a Win

A very jaded Crystal Bay welcomed the Pattaya Links Golf Society on Wednesday, 14th February. Fairways were dry, yet soft and wet around sprinkler heads, and the greens are now very poor on the C nine, being slow and uneven in places. By contrast the B nine was in fine order and thus consistent golf was not an option. When asked when the renovated A nine would be available the starter responded with a shrug and the prophetic words "Mai Loo". Alas, disappointment for the large group which was divided into two flights with the cut at eighteen.

The second flight had Tony Browne beating Harry Langkoff on countback for third with 33 points. Countback was also used to separate the top two with Derek Phillips holding off the challenge of fellow Irishman Larry Slattery with 35 strong points.

On the question of countback at this course when C and B are the options it was based on the closing nine - B course - and therefore perhaps was a true reflection of the quality of the closing holes, rather than the hit and miss efforts on the C greens?

In the top flight Tommy Marshall held off the challenges of four golfers to take fourth place on countback with 34 points, with Masa Takano holding down third place with a fine 35 point card. Monday's winner Thorsten Jodehl was second with 36 points but such was the graft and quality of Maurice Roberts' golf that he was the only golfer to break par on the day and take the flight with 37 points.

Near pin winners were Harry Denman (C4), Tommy Marshall (C7) and Derek Phillips (B6). No golfer had the honour of making the green on the B4th green as 175 yards to a raised green and into a strong headwind was tough to make. Fringe placements do not count.

The consolation awards were received by Martin Patch (best front nine, 18 points) and Martin Hoblyn (best back nine, 18 points).

Crystal Bay you have my number. Please call when the A nine reopens and we'll then return. Sadly, not before.

Browne Bags Top Place at Bangpra

The PLGS ended its hectic week with a visit to Bangpra on Friday, 16th February and found the course in good condition for the large field which was divided into two flights at fourteen and under. It was a day when scoring would be tight, as usual at the course but this made for some very competitive golf.

In the top flight Bill Wilkinson took fourth place with 34 points on countback whilst third place was occupied by Mike Allidi, his best gross of 77 giving him 35 points, separated by countback from runner-up Dave Edwards. Maurice Roberts was two points clear at the top with 37 points.

In the second flight fourth place went to Martin Hoblyn with 33 points. The same score saw Niall Caven placed third on countback whilst a few points better was Rod Stevens with 36 points. The winner and green jacket recipient was Tony Browne, so often in the frame, with 38 hard won points.

Near pins were won by Tommy Marshall ( 2 and 8), Paul Gill (12) and Andrew Roberts (17) and the nine hole consolation prizes went to Andrew Purdie for his front nine 22 points and Chris Walsh for his back nine 18 points. Finally the dreaded wig was worn on his final round this trip by Paul Gill.

So ended the week with the PLGS with a mixture of good, bad and indifferent golf course conditions but the efforts of all the golfers could not be questioned.

Caven Contented at Khao Kheow

The week began for the Pattaya Links Golf Society with a trip to Khao Kheow to play a stableford competition on the C and A nines which were in good condition. Another large field saw three flights set with the cuts coming at 11 and 18, a measure of the quality of the golfers in the field.

The top flight saw scratch golfer Brendan McGovern record an equal day's best gross with his 74 giving him 34 points for third place. The top two places were subject to a countback with Masa Takano on 38 points just nosing out the second best gross of the day, Mike Allidi's 38 points.

In the second flight scores were more diverse with Irishman John Kelly taking third place with 34 points, and Stu Thompson making the frame in second for the first time in a long while with 35 points. The flight winner was the ever consistent Tony Browne with 38 points. The third flight was even more diverse with 31 points making third place and putting a smile on Harry Lankoff's face. In second was Larry Slattery with 32 points on his final round before some R & R in Vietnam. The flight winner was Niall Caven and he also was awarded the first green jacket for his best score on the day, 39 points. Another contented customer. The same could almost be said of Tommy Marshall who donned the wig for the first time after his card was adjudged the worthy winner.

Consolation prizes went to Rod Stevens (best front nine, 21 points) and Kevin From (best back nine, 18 points) Near pins went to Andrew Purdie (C3), Phil Davies (C8), Kevin From (A3) and Bart Bingham (A5).

The fun continues at the Links on golf days. Fancy being a part of it all? As signups are numerous these days please sign up before 6pm the evening before golf and your place is booked.

Knight Earns His Spurs at Burapha

The PLGS visited Burapha on 21st February to play a stableford competition on the C and D combination, disappointing those who had hoped that A and B would be the choice. Although in quite good condition the fairways are poorer than the prime combination, the rough is much more punitive and the greens are a little inconsistent, the back nine (D) being slower and more "grainy".

The large field was divided into three flights at 13 and 22 and all three saw some excellent golf and tight scoring. In the third flight John Mason's 32 points took third place on his return round and Richard Dobson took second with 33 points. The flight winner was the old campaigner Vic Barton for whom age and arthritis have been generous with his handicap. His 35 point return showed he had lost none of his skill in the five years he has been absent from the group. Welcome back Vic!

In the top flight Kevin Rogers took third with 34 points a couple behind runner-up Andy Kelleher with 36. The flight winner was Tommy Marshall and he set the record straight after his "wigging" on the previous outing with an impressive 38 points this time. In the second flight Harry Lankoff managed another solid round with 36 points giving him third place, losing on countback to Soren Hansen. The winner was visitor Rob Knight who set the best score of the day with 39 points and was thus awarded with his first green jacket. Near pins went to Wayne Peppernell (C8), Alan Walker (D2) and Len Jones (D8) with Mike Firkin and Andrew Roberts inseparable on C4. The losers' consolation went to Mike Jeffreys (best front nine, 22 points) and Masaaki Sugaya (best back nine, 20 points).

The golf had been good and it was a pity that the A/B stage wasn't available to show the golfers in their best light.

One Tough Day

There are times when even the golf gods have a bad day and contrive to be spiteful. Friday, 23rd February was one such day as the PLGS visited Mountain Shadow to play a stableford competition. Heavy drizzle dogged the journey and a delay at check-in lasted until ten minutes before the due tee-off time. Heavy skies and very high humidity saw the group tee off on time on a course where the fairways were soft and with very little run, Greens were slower than normal but got better as they dried out. Everyone in the two flights struggled to come to terms with the conditions and an overall average of 25 points tells the story of the day.

In the second flight the twenty plus handicappers tried manfully to make an impact but it was left only to three to break the magic thirty points mark. Bart Bingham was third with 30 points whilst Martin Hoblyn won the flight on countback from Rod Stevens, both recording 32 points.

The first flight was almost a mirror image with Tony Browne's 30 points edging Masa Takano into third on countback and a very chirpy John Kelly enjoying a win with 32 points. Near pins went to John Kelly (5), Masa Sugaya (8), Phil Mitchell (15) and Wayne Peppernell (17) and the consolation prizes were won by Andrew Purdie for his best front nine of nineteen points and Andrew Roberts' fifteen points on the in-run. Some candidates for the Booby Bevy missed the presentation, choosing instead to lock themselves in a darkened room with bottle of tonic wine as Keith Melbourne manfully accepted the dubious honour.

It had been a rare tough day at Mountain Shadow with the golf gods having an off day

Takano Tops at Pattavia

The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Pattavia on Monday, 26th February to play a stableford competition in two flights with the division coming at a generous twenty. The course was in fine condition and the greens were quick, making putting a tough task, as often the case here.

There was more than a sniff of rain about and the final holes were subjected to a heavy storm which delayed progress for 45 minutes for the later groups.

Scores were on the low side and the top flight saw Soren Hansen take fourth place on countback with 33 points, a couple behind Niall Caven in third on 35 points. One point better was Andy Kelleher and a tight flight was topped by Masa Takano with an excellent 37 points, representing the day's best gross of 79 and the only golfer to break par.

The second flight had lower scores with fourth place going to Noel Junck on 28 points. In third was Alan Walker making a welcome return to the podium with 30 points. Runner-up was the consistent Martin Hoblyn this time posting 31 points leaving Scot Billy Hill as winner with 33 points. Twelve months ago Billy almost made the loser's wig his own property but how his game has changed. Hours of finely honing his swing on the practice grounds in Troon, studying all the golf manuals and coaching videos into the wee small hours, the many tweaks to his grip and swing... ah, if only! Just a little more confidence and concentration on each shot and "voila", success at last. Well done mate!

Near pins went to Masa Takano (4), Craig Harris (7), Andrew Roberts (13) and Richard Dobson (17) whilst the consolation prizes went to Thorsten Jodehl for the best front nine (20) and Wayne Peppernell for the best back nine (18). Billy's smile said it all when the wig was presented to Bart Bingham as the day's low marker.

Silky Success for Roberts & Barton

On Wednesday, 28th February the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited the golf folly at Silky Oak for a stableford competition. The course was in good order with grassed fairways, damp in parts and slow to medium greens The weather was very warm and humid.

Always a challenge with artificially raised greens and copious amounts of water the course has always been just one ill-judged decision away from becoming bizarre. Trust Green Valley to have made that decision already with the repositioning of the fifteenth tee box to drive to sloping fairway with water at 200 yards. It leaves no choice for the average golfer but to lay up leaving a second shot of maybe 200 yards to a green fully twenty feet above the ball, over water and steeply sloping grass and sand bunkers. Daunting stuff for the best golfers and a nightmare potentially for other mere golfers.

The field was divided into two flights with the cut coming at nineteen. In the second flight third place went to Jayson Schembri of Australia with 35 points and second went to Phil Mitchell on countback, also scoring 35 points. The flight winner was Vic Barton with 39 points. In the top flight third place was taken by Tony Browne with 37 points, the runner up being Canadian golfer Pierre Cere with 38 points. The flight winner and also green jacket recipient was Maurice Roberts with 40 points. Near pins went to Phil Mitchell (3), John Chelo (6), Alan Walker (8), Tony Browne (14) and scratch golfer Brendan McGovern on hole 16. The consolations for the best front and back nines went to Adam Barton (front, 19) and Greg Gawron (back, 21). Phil is back with the presentations and his beloved wig went to Noel Junck for his low score after a podium placing in his previous round with the group.

The post round conversation in the clubhouse surrounded the changes to the fifteenth and the consensus seemed to be that there are other courses, equally tough in the area, which do not extract the urine that that particular hole does and a break with the course is probably now in order.


Bren's the Guvnor

The Pattaya Links Golf Society ended its current golfing week with a trip to Mountain Shadow to play a stableford competition on the course which is looking a little jaded at the end of high season with dry, hard fairways giving run but some very tight lies. The weather was also very warm and humid in the run up to the traditionally steamy month of April.

The field of three dozen golfers found two flights today divided at fifteen and under and conditions made for low scoring yet again. In the second flight Larry Gibb found himself in third place with 29 points, losing out on countback to the veteran Barry Oats who took second. The flight winner was again Tony Browne whose consistency seems never in doubt. This time Tony recorded 32 points. The top flight saw slightly better scores with Dave Edwards returning 30 points for third, a couple behind the runner-up Jon Dean on 25. The winner was scratch golfer Brendan McGovern whose gross figures showed only two dropped shots to the track as he posted 34 points. It was a quality performance indeed from a more than competent golfer. Near pins went to Vic Wright (5), Masa Takano (8), John Dean (15) and Adam Barton (17) and Bobby Oliver still showed signs of his very recent flight with his wig winning performance for the lowest score of the day.

Thus ended a tough week with PLGS when more than a hundred rounds of competition golf witnessed only five sub-par rounds in total. Stick with it lads, chins up as the next week is always better!

Marshall Heads the Birthday Parade

Did someone mention "the ides of March"? Monday 3rd saw the Pattaya Links Golf Society embark on the annual good natured mayhem known as "Phil's Birthday Bash", which took place at Burapha on the C/D combination in hot and steamy conditions and on a course well-prepared for the purpose.

In common with previous years twenty groups took part in a stableford event with a hidden team challenge and eighteen technical prizes all up for grabs. The field was divided into three flights with the cuts at handicaps 14 and 21. For those who may be unaware the Burapha complex has two main options with the A/B combination being more customer friendly and perfect for social golf whilst the C/D combination is the preferred tournament option and presents a stricter challenge with some punitive rough, undulating fairways and its share of water.

This being the background for the day the golfers enjoyed trying to beat the course with their individual collection of skills but sub-par scores were a rarity. In the third flight third to fifth places were subjected to a countback leaving John Mason on 34 points the unlucky golfer with Derek Phillips, Sean Soden and Bart Bingham taking places five to three. The flight runner up was Bruce Walters, losing on countback as Alan Walker's 35 points took the victory.In a more straightforward second flight Irish warrior Larry Slattery took third place with 37 points, leaving runner-up Deryl Neufeld two shots behind the winner Pierre Cere with 39 points. In the top flight there was some definite quality on show as Masa Takano took third place with 35 points and Christian Boysen in second with 36 points. The best score of the day was that of the winner Tommy Marshall whose best gross figures of 77 gave him an unassailable 40 points for a fine win. The technicals winners are too many to mention individually here but the team prize went to the final group out Tommy Marshall, Adam Barton, Maurice Roberts and Mikk Lovensksold with a combines 129 points.

An excellent presentation birthday buffet followed at the Links with the entertainment running late into the evening. From an organiser's point maybe it needs mentioning that cards will only be accepted if completed under the Rules of Golf, with accurate recording, clear names accurate handicap index and two signatures. Also there should be no "nil returns" as under the USGA handicap rules scores from every round of golf must be submitted for assessment. That said the day was a wonderful experience for all those involved and we all wish Phil the very best for the next year in the run-up to his next Birthday Bash.

Hats Off to Larry

After a busy Monday the PLGS got back to normal with a trip to Bangpra to play a stableford competition on the course which has disappointed now for months with very "un-Bangpra" greens, slow and inconsistent. Conditions were very humid to add to the mix and the round was to be punctuated with a couple of rain stops. All very unsettling for most golfers.

The field was divided into two flights at handicap 18. In the top flight Chris Barker took third place with 32 points, one behind second placed golfer Masa Takano whose best gross of the day gave him 33 points. The flight winner was Masa's compatriot Takeshi Hakozaki who hit the top with 35 points.

The second flight was equally tight with third place going to Dave Moriarty on 34 points. This was very well received because Dave has manfully tried for a month or more to post a good score after the events of last summer which laid him low for a long time. Great to see you back at the top Dave! Countback was needed to separate the top two and the golfer with the best back nine was Larry Slattery who nudged Masa Sugaya into second place, both recording 36 points. It was an appropriate end to Masa's current stay and we all hope he comes back with form as good in a few months time.

Near pins were won by Phil Mitchell (2), Noel Junck (8), Chris Barker (12) and Andy Kelleher (17) and the dreaded hirsute appendage - the wig - went to Vic Wright for his low score of the day. It gave his mate Noel a deserved laugh as he had taken the booby on his first round a week or so ago.

It is to be hoped that Bangpra gets its act together soon and brings the greens up to the standard always associated with the club in the past. They always were the club "signature" and now they almost make the course anonymous.

Takano Wins in Another Tight Finish

Pattavia is a course in splendid condition but unfortunately the greens detract from an otherwise enjoyable day with their capacity for "run" and general quick pace. Some golfers will avoid the course because of this but the Pattaya Links Golf Society still took forty-five golfers to the course on Monday, 12th March, to play a stableford competition in three flights with the cuts at fourteen and twenty-one.

Although very humid the day stayed dry and a very tight competition ensued.

In the third flight Bart Bingham again found himself in the frame with a third placed finish on 32 points, one behind Mike McGuigan whose phenomenal back nine of 23 points made up the mediocrity of his front nine, giving him 33 points overall. The flight winner was John Mason with 35 points.

In the second flight Colin Service's 33 points took third place with Jim McGinnis and Soren Hansen both returning 36 points but the latter snatching the win on countback. In the top flight Huw Phiilips made third place with 33 points, Mark Effendie took second with 35 points and Masa Takano took the win with 36 points off his handicap of eight. Excellent golf on a testing course Masa!

Near pins were won by John Kelly (4), Dave Heyes (7) and Masa Takano (13), with the seventeenth disappearing somewhere mid round. Consolation prizes went to Derek Phillips and Mike Davies for their best nines, both recording eighteen points.

Altogether another successful day with the Links group.

Hansen Beats Hot Rod to the Line at Lakeside

Royal Lakeside had the pleasure of a visit by the Links Golf Society on Wednesday, 14th March as moire than three dozen golfers chose to test their skills in the exquisite course. As always the course was in excellent condition with well grassed fairways and greens which were a little deceptive in pace with a more than grainy element than had been seen for a while there.

The two flights were divided at twenty and under and play got underway on time on a nit too crowded course. In the second flight countback was needed to separate second from third place as Dave Moriarty's back nine took the day from newbie Mark Samuels, both finishing with 35 points. The flight winner was out of sight as Canadian Rod Stevens was in turbo-mode scoring 43 points to win by the legendary distance.

The top flight saw more top quality action as Larry Slattery continued his consistent golf with a third placed finish on 37 points. Larry was three behind Masa Takano who finished with a gross 76 giving him 40 points for second. The flight winner, on his final appearance this visit, was Danish golfer Soren Hansen whose 43 points also took the green jacket, nosing out "Hot" Rod on countback (22/21). Near pins were claimed by Masa Takano (3), Tom Wilson (6), Huw Phillips (12) and Bobby Whannel (15) whilst a lacklustre display for the rest of his round saw Bobby receive the wig for the lowest score of the day.

The course was well and truly beaten-up by three golfers on a fine golf day but it still holds some secrets in store for our next visit next month. Good courses don't give all their secrets up at the first challenge to their status. Next time may well be different.

Welcome Back Dave Moriarty!

On Friday, 16th March the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Emerald for the first time this season and found the course in reasonable condition and at a splendid vfm price. Fairways were grassed but dry and greens were moderately quick and tricky to putt with the predominance of "grain", which we see at this time of year.

Three dozen golfers were divided into two flights at seventeen and under and an empty course gave the opportunity for good, concentrated golf.

In the top flight some focussed golf gave mark Reynolds 31 points for fourth, just losing out to third placed Andrew Purdie on countback. Second place saw another very solid round by Pierre Cere as he finished with 33 points leaving Chris Barker the winner on 35 excellent points.

In the second flight Tip Briney threw off some very mediocre rounds with a fine 32 points which gave him fourth place. However he was still some way off the front three as Phil "PJ" Mitchell took third place with 36 points, with Dave Bibby in second on his final round this trip with 37 points. The winner, with the best score of the day was American Dave Moriarty, who has battled with stoic determination during this trip to produce an excellent score of 38 points and take the coveted Green Jacket back at the Links later. Well done Dave, welcome back! Near pins went to Pierre Cere (5), Mark Effendie (7), Paul Chesney (13) and Warren Gallope (15). Consolation awards went to Chris Walsh (best front nine, 18 points) and Colin Service (best back nine, 19 points) and in the absence of Phil Mr Len rewarded the low score of the day with the Booby Bevy, the famed beer consolation. Kevin Timbrell certainly enjoyed a cooling end to his golf day.

Thus ended another fine week for the golfers at the Links Bar, with good scores on tough courses and in testing hot and humid conditions. Nobody said it would be easy, after all, least of all Dave Moriarty.



















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