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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 and...wow!

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.

 

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