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January 2017

New Year...But Same Same

The Pattaya Golf Society celebrated the New Year with a trip to distant Pattavia for its opening stableford competition of 2017. The course was in splendid condition and with more receptive greens than normal a close competition was on the agenda.

The single flight saw Vic Woolton score 32 points on his return for third place whilst the current usual suspects, Peter Wilson and American Dorsey Richardson shared the win with 36 points each.The twos pot was shared by Karl Flood (13), Huw Phillips (17) and Dave Moriarty (17), the latter playing with little knowledge of the evening before his debut round this trip. He also fulfilled the role of steward for the day as Mr Len was on hospital call.

The consolation beer went to Chris Walsh and everyone shared a fine welcome to the new year's golf with PGS.

All In a Day's Work for Larry

The PGS visited Crystal Bay on Thursday, 5th January to play a stableford competition on the course which saw the B and C nines well prepared. Conditions were very comfortable for playing and a good contest lay in store.

In the absence of the usual coordinator Irishman Larry Slattery took quiet control of the group and the extra responsibly served him well as he recorded 38 points for an excellent win, some four points ahead of his nearest rivals Huw Phillips, Vic Woolton and Colin Service, the latter returning his best score (34) with the group since joining PGS six months ago.

There were no twos and John O'Sullivan savoured the consolation beer after his non-winner's card was drawn from those making up the rest of the field. Both Crystal Bay and Mountain Shadow are very popular with the group and it shows clearly that the Legacy group knows how to offer a product which gives enjoyment and value for money.

Banks in Credit on Return

The passing of the recent heavy tropical storm left Thursday, 12th January free of clouds setting the scene at Emerald for another PGS stableford competition. The seasonal field saw two flights divided at seventeen and under and the course was in very good condition, obviously refreshed by the recent three days of rain.

With many of the white tees set well back the course was testing and in the second flight there were shared winners with Colin Service and John Holmes returning scores of 30 points only. John also managed the only two of the day, on the seventh. In the top flight Canadian John Chelo scored 32 points for third place, one behind Larry Slattery whose golf is very consistent at the moment. The flight winner was Ray Banks on his first round this trip with 35 points.

Keith Melbourne savoured the consolation beer and for the rest of the group there remained memories of an enjoyable day at Emerald.

PGS Annual Championship

Access All Areas

The Pattaya Golf Society held its Annual Strokeplay Championships at Khao Kheow on Tuesday and Thursday, 17th and 19th January, The course was in excellent condition on both days with B and C being the course for Day 1 and A and B chosen for the second and decisive day. Conditions were comfortable with a cooling breeze in evidence throughout.

Thirty six holes of highly focused strokeplay is a big "ask" but, in the absence of current Champion, Chris Smith, who has loftier golf ambitions now, a quality field of golfers were up for the challenge.

At the end of the first day the Net Championship saw Jon Batty and Billy Shelley tying for second whilst the only sub par round of the tournament was recorded by Alan Thomas, his net 70 (gross 76) held the lead. The second day was a tougher affair and the low handicappers from the newly established Access Golf group, who had qualified for this event used their knowledge of the tough AB track to joust it out to the end. Favoured golfers like Seil Pete, Peter Wilson and Jon Batty led their standards slip a little and that gave Dave Moriarty and Ray Banks an opportunity to join the fray but another consistent round from Billy Shepley saw him dominate with net scores of 73 and 74.

After the maths had been done Alan Thomas (144) had won the Net Championship with Billy Shepley (147) second, with positions reversed for the Gross Championship as Billy took the major honours with 155 shots to Alan's 156. Third in both divisions was Jon Batty, giving the Access golfers all three podium places. It had been another highly enjoyable Championship and at the Presentation later in The Links Mr Len thanked all who had helped to make the day another success, including the staff at the bar whose fine efforts on the final day provided a splendid presentation buffet. However the main thanks were reserved for the PGS golfers who had contributed so much to the golf group throughout 2016, thereby qualifying for the fifteenth PGS Annual Championship.

A Mountain Too High

The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Mount sin Shadow on Tuesday, 24tth January to play a stableford competition in two flights, divided at 18 and under, on a course in very good condition but in a strong breeze which hamstrung many of the golfers in terms of length and accuracy.

With some of the blue tee markers well back the day was destined to be long and testing and overall scores were low. In the second flight Murray Edwards played a rare round with the group following tendon trouble and yet managed 28 points for third place whilst Dave Lehane, struggling with a fever, took second with 30 points. Niall Caven, in rude health, took the victory with 31 points.

In the top flight Aussie Craig Thomas played his sole round this trip and recorded 30 points for third place, leaving joint winners, Larry Slattery and Peter Wilson ruling the roost with 31 points each. Peter had the honour of the day's only birdie two, on the fifteenth. Steve Evans enjoyed the boss's consolation beer and the presentation was left to wonder why the scores were so low after what was essentially a very enjoyable day at Mountain Shadow.

Return of the King

Greenwood was the choice of venue for the Pattaya Golf Society on Thursday, 26th January and Peter Thompson's fine layout on the B and C nines was the allotted course for the day. The course is in excellent condition with grassed fairways, trimmed and raked bunkers and very consistent greens, a little quick if truth be known. The large field was divided into two divisions at eighteen and under and a tight contest was inevitable with the return of some good friends, all looking for a fine day's golf.

In the second flight Mr Len put his Championship woes behind him after a tough week previously and posted 31 points for third place with Mike Wilsher thrashing the front nine only to see the brakes put on his charge on the C nine but ending with 33 points in second place. The flight winner was Mike King, playing his first round back with immense trepidation after serious heart problems during his return to the UK. He not only survived the conditions but took the honours with 34 points. Well done Captain Mike!

In the top flight Peter Wilson and Alan Griffiths shared third place with 32 points each, one behind the flight winner Dave Moriarty, with 34 points. It was another consistent round from the NY based golfer. There were no birdie twos on the day. John Tallet enjoyed the consolation beer on his return after a few months absence. With only three sub par rounds played out of more than one hundred and fifty so far this month there is plenty of room for improvement for most of the PGS golfers and the new week brings with it fresh opportunities to show off their skills.

February

Emerald a Tough Challenge

On Tuesday, 7th February the newly reborn Pattaya Links Golf Society visited The Emerald to play a stableford competition in two flights divided at eighteen and under. The course was in good condition but for some reason the course showed its teeth and scores, with one exception, were average at best.

In the top flight Dave Neilson and Ray Banks shared third place with 34 points, the latter's score stuttering on the greens, which were a little slower than those played on recently. The win was shared by Niall Caven and Dave Moriarty with 37 points.

In the second flight Keith Greaves made the podium for the first time in his PGS career with a third placed 35 points, one behind second placed golfer Larry Slattery, with 36 points. The flight winner was Dave Lehane and the retired dentist never looked down in the mouth once as he savoured 42 delicious points. Tut, tut Dave, it's not done at The Emerald!

There were two birdie twos with Chris Smith managing the fat on the fifth and Bob Ford repeating the trick on the thirteenth.

It had been a memorable day at Emerald and one which posed all manner of problems for the golfers...but why?

Celtic Conquerors

On Thursday, 9th February, the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Mountain Shadow to play a stableford competition in two flights cut at eighteen and under. The course was in fine condition and the warm welcome set everyone up for a fine golfing day.

From the start the Celtic golfers in the field - Irish and Welsh, and proud - showed they were up for it and the second flight was headed by John O'Sullivan with his best score in a long while, 38 points. Second was the returning Ian Wilson, and he made an impact with his customary colourful clothing, as well as his 34 points. In third place was Aussie Mike Firkin with a welcome 33 points. The top flight the Welsh duo of Steve Evans and Russell Goldsworthy shared second place with 37 points each and Irishman Karl Flood topped the field with 39 excellent points. In addition Russell and Steve shared the twos pot with their efforts on the short fifth par three.

Back at the Links Masa Sugaya savoured the consolation beer and everyone enjoyed the company of the golfers, sharing tales of what might have been on a splendid day at Mountain Shadow.

Bangpra, A Valentine Day's Treat

On Tuesday, 14th February - Valentines's Day no less - the Pattaya Golf Society golfers from the Links Bar left for the short trip to Bangpra, hearts a-flutter at the prospect of some quality time on a quality golf course. Madame Bangpra did not disappoint as she was wearing her best smile and was set up for some sporting action.

A quality field matched the occasion and Jim Ferris caressed 37 points from the course to take third place. Peter Wilson's best gross figures (78) took second place with 38 points and Michael Palleson showed touch and feel to carouse 40 points from the course for the win.

Steve Evans and John Malet de Carteret hit the sweet spot with their twos on the eighth and seventeenth holes respectively and even the senior member in the field, Aussie Alan Walker, enjoyed some relief with a cool consolation beer back at the bar.

It had been a day to savour at Bangpra and some may say it was the best Valentine's Day action they would see this year. Golf does that to one!

Treasure Hill? Elementary Holmes

The Pattaya Links Golf Society travelled up route 331 to play a stableford round at Treasure Hill, which was in quite good condition but needs some water as fairways were hard in parts. The great deal currently on offer makes up for any blemishes however and the group took to the tee determined to probe the mysteries of the tough course. Three "no shows" on the morning left a large single flight which played from the white tees which were well forward in some cases.

As always accuracy is essential at Treasure Hill and John Malet de Carteret showed just that as he joined low markers Peter Wilson and Bryan Dore in a share of second place with 31 points. The winner started his round making sure everyone knew his choice of tee was not the one being used but his game was effective enough to win by five points, a large margin by any measure. Well done John Holmes on your level par 36 points! Mike Firkin sponsored near pins and these were won by Peter Wilson (2), Dave Moriarty (6), Bryan Dore (13) and Mike King (17) and PJ Mitchell shared the twos pot with John Holmes after their efforts on six and thirteen respectively

Treasure Hill was as tough as its reputation but it's always a fine challenge and getting within a personal buffer zone is always a prime motivation on a visit up the 331.

Phillips Puts the Record Straight

Tuesday, 21st February dawned very warm and an enthusiastic group of Pattaya Golf Society members took a later departure for Crystal Bay to play a stableford competition at the customer friendly track. Course conditions were good and all was set for some excellent golf.

On the previous visit the group suffered the ignominy of low scores across the board but this day was to see a change. All three of the principals in the single flight broke par with Mike King taking third place with 37 points and Mike Firkin taking second with 38. The day's winner was Huw Phillips and his score of 39 points put the PGS record right. There was only one two as John Chelo performed the trick on the teasing C7. Mike Wilsher qualified for the consolation beer but declined in favour of non-combatant Mr Len, still house-bound with a sick wife and domestic duties. "Get well soon" was the message from the lads and the boss could not agree more!

Flood Tops the Field

Thursday, 23rd February saw the Pattaya Links Golf Society visit Greenwood to play a monthly medal round on the testing B and C nines, which were in good condition, as usual. Some golfers considered the greens to be slower than normal but generally it was a pleasure to putt there.

The large field was divided into two flights at 18.2 and under and scores reflecte3d the condition of the course with both flight winners breaking par. In the second flight Irishman Chris Walsh took a podium place for the first time in a long while with net 78 taking third place. In second was Colin Service with net 75 but the flight was won by John O'Sullivan with an excellent net 71.

In the top flight Dane Jesper Hansen held on to third place with net 73, solid stuff, and "Banjo" Bannister just nosed ahead with net 72 for second place. The flight winner with the best score of the day was Irish golfer Karl Flood. His net 68 showed what potential he has and the booming consistency of his sliced drives, so much a feature of his game, set the holes up for some accurate golf. There were no birdie twos.

Newbie Rob Considine enjoyed the consolation beer and the company stayed for a long time savouring the hospitality of the Links and its comradeship.

March

It’s Official ! A New Era of Golf in Pattaya

Pattaya Golf Society and Links Golf Society have become united..

Now with bigger fields and more prizes it is the place to play your golf when you visit Pattaya. Pattaya Golf Society is the oldest and one of the most popular golf societies in Pattaya and Links Golf Society is one of the newest and building steadily.
Now we are to be known as :
                                          “ Pattaya Links Golf Society’
We are a friendly group playing the popular courses around the Pattaya area on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.
“Pattaya Links Golf Society” is affiliated with Pattaya Sports Club where members are able to receive discounted rates at most golf courses we play. Regular competition golf and special tournaments throughout the year open the way to meet new friends, both tourists and expats.

The 26th February saw our last regular Sunday at Burapha, but we will be returning here once a month to play this terrific course. Twenty four golfers lined up on C1 Tee and our first group got away a little before our start time. We were to play A and B courses, but once again the Marshal gave us the option to wait or go now.
Skies were sunny, and in fact during the first 3 or 4 holes all in our group were raising a good sweat because the weather became very “tropical”. Shortly after things settled down and was quite a pleasant round.
There were two flights today, and once again it was the “B” Flight players with the highest stableford scores.  Soren Hansen scattered the field with a very well played 41 points. Tom Kirkpatrick came closest with 39 points and there was yet another placing for Richard Dobson in 3rd on 36 points.
In the “good golfers” “A”Flight the best score of the day was the in- orm man Phil Davies amassing 37 points. Mike Ehlert again had his name on the pink envelope getting 2nd on countback over Paul Smith., both on 35 points.
The two winners of the “twos pot” today were Kevin Rogers and Adam Barton. They halved a very nice sum.
Back to the ‘Links Bar” for eats, drinks and presentations. Now we are joined with the former PGS, I believe presentations in future will have a new look. Waiting to see how it happens..

“A” Flight Winner…………..Phil Davies (h/c12)…….37 pts
                 2nd place………….Mike Ehlert(h/c11)……..35 pts  on c/back
                 3rd place………….Paul Smith (h/c 4)………35 pts

“B” Flight Winner……………Soren Hansen (h/c20)………41 pts
                 2nd place…………   Tom Kirkpatrick (h/c 29)….39 pts
                 3rd place……………Richard Dobson (h/c 28)……36 pts.

“2s”….Kevin Rogers….Adam Barton.

Massive Numbers Turn Out for the 23rd Monthly “Links Cup’


The day started quietly enough as I sat at Links Bar at 7.00am and ordered breakfast. This day was to become very busy indeed.
This, the 23rd “Links Cup” drew a field of 85 keen as mustard golfers. They came from all around Pattaya and the World ( holiday makers and ex- pats) including a large contingent from The Bunker Boys golf society.
It is great to see the different groups in Pattaya supporting each other, well done Bunker Boys, but also well done to the many golfers who normally play out of other Bars. Great to see you.
As the sign- up grew, by Tuesday night, it was apparent we needed to have a 2 Tee start, so with the cooperation of the Greenwood Management we teed off from A1 and C1. So well managed was it, that the crossover, for our group at least, was seamless, it was like changing nines any other day.
The “Links Cup” offers heaps of prizes. There was a prize on every hole, from near pins to longest first putt, to closest 2nd shot on par 4s and the Keg of beer from Sponsor ,TOUCH Agogo. This was on the C9 fairway and was “closest to the keg”, Beauty!.
For the novelty prizes there were 2 flights, but because we had such a large number of players, it was decided to split into 3 flights with 4 places in each for the main prizes.
What happened?? 18 novelty prizes to be won , but one went begging. 85 players and no name on the pin.. So a Lucky Draw for the remaining prize. First out wasn’t here ( must have been the only one..) the redraw was won by.. Wait for it..Yes, Lucky Phil !
Greenwood Golf course is a pleasure to play, especially those of us who are scared of water. It seems the course is always in very fine condition, and although a little damp in places,particularly around the greens, allowed some quite good, but not crazy, scores to be had.
For those who know or have been to Links Bar ( if you haven’t yet, come pay a visit)will wonder how we managed to fit 80 people inside and outside. I didn’t do a head count, but there was standing room only by the time the presentations started.
And so, to the Presentations. A Thank You speech from Christian, then Phil took over the Microphone to present the prizes. Not everyone was a winner, but plenty were.
The well stocked and varied Smorgasbord was eagerly surrounded when Phil announced “ food’s on!.” Unable to get an evening Chef, Maurice decided to become acting Chef.. he could give up his day job, it was very nice thank you. Maurice was very ably assisted by Joy and Moon.
 Many stayed on for a couple more cold ones.. As he walked past me just before presentations, Phil remarked “ it’s all going according to plan” and for that many people have to be thanked, but it can only really work with the cooperation of all the golfers attending . Thanks Everyone. See you next Month, if not before.  

“A” Flight…..1st….Neil Carter ( c/h 16)………..38 pts  c/back
                         2nd…Mark Johnstone ( c/h16)…..38 pts  c/back
                         3rd…Allan Freeman (c/h5)..…….38 pts
                         4th…Banjo Bannister (c/h15)……37 pts

“B” Flight ……1st….Sunny Khanna (c/h 18)………….38 pts  c/back
                           2nd…Soren Hansen (c/h18)…………...38pts 
                           3rd… Dave Lehane (c/h19)…………....36 pts  c/back
                           4th….Mogens Melander (c/h19)………36pts

“C” Flight……1st…..Michael Pallensen (c/h28)………42 pts
                          2nd..  Richard Dobson (c/h27)…………39pts  c/back
                          3rd….Richard Hughes (c/h23)…………39 pts
                          4th….Jim Ferris (c/h23)………………..38 pts

74 Golfers Gather for  “Phil’s Birthday Bash” at Khao Kheow

It’s Phil’s Birthday, but he was giving out the presents. Golf has to be part of a successful Birthday Party and it should be colourful, so today we played Rainbow Tees. Players  had to tee off from each of Yellow, White and Red Tees, 6 of each, any order they wish. This is where tactics come into play. Use to advantage.
As per our “Links Cup” there were prizes on every hole, some for “A”Flight, some for “B”Flight, and some for both. All that in addition to paying for 3 flights, each to 4 places.
Considering the extra large number of players, the whole field moved along at a good pace, and even though the last group had no major hold ups.
We need to mention the condition of the course, and can only reiterate the reports from most of the other Societies that Khao Kheow is, it seems, always in top notch order. Thank You for that KK, the Marshals, as well as our Golf Captain, Mike King, who got all of the 18 groups away smoothly.
A Birthday party needs food, music, and fun! This night at Links Bar we had it all, a pig on the spit, BBQ chicken and the trimmings. Music by a local combo playing good old songs with a volume just right.
And then we had Phil, MC with the lot. Not your dull and boring golf presentations, but a light hearted, fun half hour . All the prize winners came forward, had a photo taken with Phil, (courtesy of Christian) received some witty comments or some cheers from the crowd all in good spirit.
In what has become a tradition at Pattaya Links Golf, the coveted Green Jacket was presented to the player with the highest points total for the day. Amassing an amazing 51 Stableford points was Patrick Poussier.
At the other end of the scale was the worst score for the day and here Phil, with a brunette men's wig to present, had great fun moving around the bar teasing a number of would-be contenders . Finally settling on Aussie Kevin Timbrell, who looked dashing with his new brown hair.
It was then time to mix and catch up, after a successful day, But wait! Someone in the crowd didn’t forget it was all about the Birthday Boy and started with the 3 cheers, which became louder with each one..
Planning has started for next year.

Birthday Boy Phil Still Celebrating !

It’s only a couple of days ago we had a Big celebration day for Phil’s birthday, but at Bangpra today he kept the party going with a runaway 40 points Stableford to easily win “A”Flight.
Another big crowd of golfers, 31 in all, loaded into 2 buses and a number of cars to make the trip to the “Monkey Course”. Weather was certainly favourable and the course in very good condition.
We all need to be aware that if we want to play on very good greens, then we must be prepared to accept that the Greenkeeper needs to work on the greens at some point. Today we may be inconvenienced, but tomorrow have excellent greens to play on.
With that in mind, these were allowed to grow a tad longer, but for the good of the greens. So today a little slower than we know Bangpra to be. However, Phil Davies said he didn’t have problem with this, even though many others did.
Generally scores were much lower all round, apart from Phil’s 40 and “C”Flight winner, Nim with 35 points. Nobody could explain why, and certainly no-one blamed the course. Maybe, because many of these players had not been to Bangpra for a while, and next time will fare much better. That’s my theory anyway..
With so many players, we again had 3 Flights, with 3 places in each. And the “2s” were everywhere. Today we had to split the kitty 4 ways. So obviously the Par 3s were good to some.
Back to “Links Bar” for some fine food and presentations.
We only have the one Green Jacket, so it needs to fit anyone who shoots the best score of the day. On some it looks a little loose and others a little tight, but just like Goldilocks and the porridge, on Phil Davies it fits just right. ( after all he was the model for the tailor who made it!..)
And now for a couple of cold ones, while watching day become night after another terrific day of golf.

“A” Flight
Phil Davies (11)…………………..40 pts
Jacob Cummings (7)……………36 pts
David Moriaty (15))………………35pts

“B” Flight
Larry Slattery (18)…………….28 pts
Mogens Melander (17))…….26 pts on c/back
Matt Cronin (19)……………....26 pts

“C” Flight
Nim (21)………………….35 pts
Derek Phillips ( 30)….34 pts
Chris Walsh (24)………31pts
“2s” …Maurice Robert, Jacob Cummings, Chris Walsh, Colin McDonnell

 

Walsh, Wilson and Westmoreland Head the Field

Mt.Shadow was available and ready for the 45 Pattaya Links Golf Society golfers to descend on its well mown fairways. We have been a little critical of the course condition recently, but this day we found the fairways and greens in good order. The rough is still “rough’ and hard to hit out of, but that’s what it’s about, I guess. As with any golfing group around Pattaya, and especially with the large numbers we have had recently, it becomes very difficult to organize if players who are driving cars to the course don’t get themselves and their occupants to the starting Tee in good time.

After spending time to set up the playing list for the day, and then having to redo and redo again on the first tee because all or some of a group have not arrived confuses not only the “Captain” of the day, but the other players” psyche” is thrown out when they are rushed to start before they are ready. So, please car drivers, if the group has buses and cars travelling to the course try to get there at the same time as the bus/busses. This will have the added benefit of allowing you time to practice putting or warm up at the Range.

So, how did we score on the day?  Well, 3 only of the 45 players managed to equal or better handicap. Connie Walsh equalled handicap(12) with 36 pts to win “A” Flight on c/back over Peter Wilson (8) while Steve Westmoreland ( h/cap 22) piled on a big 37 points to take out “B” Flight and get to wear the “Green Jacket” for the best score of the day. There were, in fact, some very good scores in the 30s, so we can give the course a #1 and the players a #1. Win Win.

“A”Flight:   1st Place….Connie Walsh (12)……..36 pts c/back
                    2nd Place….Peter Wilson( 8)………..36pts
                    3rd Place…..Jacob Cummings( 7)…..35 pts c/back
                    4th Place…..Kevin McEntee (9)……..35 pts
“B”Flight:    1st Place…Steve Westmoreland (22)….37 pts
                     2nd Place…David Bibby (25)………….34 pts
                     3rd Place…Dave Cooper (19)………….31 pts
                     4th Place…Barry Elphick (24)…………30 pts

“2s”..Maurice Roberts…New Satita…Peter Wilson

Back at “Links Bar” for the presentations by Phil Davies and some tasty complimentary Penang Curry. The “wig” was happily accepted and worn for some time by Billy Hill.

Irish Larry Dons the Green Jacket

Busy morning at “Links” Bar as many golfers arrived early to breakfast and prepare for the trip to Crystal Bay. Loading into 3 Mini buses and a number of cars, 34 players were raring to go.

On the first tee (C1) golfers gathered, milling around waiting for their turn to tee off on this slightly warmer and a little windy day.

As the “A” course is closed for renovations, we, as has been the case for a while, played “C” and “B” in that order. The “B” course recently went through it’s own renovation and we find the difference in the 2 nines distinct. Not to say “C” is not a good golf course, but once you get to the much quicker greens on “B” and the slightly more lush fairways, the game plan needs to change somewhat. But isn’ that a way to keep us thinking?

St.Patrick’s Day is coming soon, and how fitting that the Best score of the day and to become the wearer of the” Emerald” Green Jacket is an Irishman by the name of Slattery, Larry, that is, His 40 points was the Top score for “A”Flight, followed 3 points in arrears by Phil Davies, still in fine form.
After a few games down on form, New Satita came right back with a very good 37 points, to take out “B”Flight from  Richard Dobson,  who had 35 points for the day.

Larry was presented with the Green Jacket by Phil, who then went in search of the next head to wear the “Wig”. Phil decided that, since he liked it so much last time, it will go again to Billy Hill. And proud he is.
Green Curry Chicken was today’s complimentary Golfers meal, and the winners of the “2s”.announceed.

“A”Flight …1st………...Larry Slattery ( 18)………...40 pts
                   2nd……….. Phil Davies (11)…………… 37 pts 
                   3rd……….. Adam Barton (13)……….....36 pts
                    4th………..Karl Flood (16)…………......34 pts

“B” Flight…   1st………New Satita ( 19)…………….37 pts.
                      2nd……..Richard Dobson (23)………35 pts
                      3rd………David Bibby (25)…………...33 pts
                      4th………Anders Soekjaer (19)…….32 pts  c/back

Scoring “2s”….Larry Slattery Phil Davi Mike Davies & Colin Service.

The Canadian and “The Rocket” score big at Silky Oak

31 golfers lined up on the White tees at a Silky Oak course in good condition. We were very happy with the fairways which are well grassed and cut so as to allow the ball to just sit up enough to make striking easier. Thank You.
The greens; well they are sanded, again (seems like every time we’re here they are sanded) Maybe they are just a difficult job for the greenkeeper and a lot of effort being put into them. But of course, they were quite slow. Like any green we need to adjust. Some of us do that quicker than others.
Weather-wise, it is starting to get hot, but once again that strong breeze arose to just keep things in the range of pleasant.

Canadian Jim Carlson is going home with a big notch under his belt. After a number of ordinary games this trip, he left the best till last, with a big 42 points to win “B” Flight. This, however was not a runaway win, oh no! Right on his tail was that “pocket rocket” New Satita, having yet another great game and clocking up 41 points. Len Jones, after a lay-off of a couple of weeks, came back rejuvenated to post a nice 36 points to take 3rd.

The big guy Adam Barton was the victor in “A” Flight with a steady 38 points off his 13 handicap. Mogens Melander runs hot and cold, today was “hot” for a score of 36 points on a countback over visitor Robin Peach.

We have had a revamp of “novelty” prizes. Gone are the “2s” and replaced by nearest to pin on 2 of the par 3s (2 flights on each) and a “best front 9” and “best back 9” for anyone who has not won any other prizes. This leaves the door open to everyone who didn’t make the podium.

“A” Flight…..1st….Adam Barton (13)…………38 pts
                     2nd…Mogens Melander (17) …...36 pts c/back
                     3rd…Robin Peach (17)………….36 pts
                     4th…Ken Page (15) …………….34 pts c/back

“B” Flight ……1st….Jim Carlson (20)…………42 pts
                       2nd…New Satita (20)…………41 pts
                       3rd… Len Jones (26)…..………36 pts
                       4th….Richard Dobson (23)……33 pts

Near Pins:  Hole 6 … Fleming Sorensen…Chris Walsh
                   Hole 14…New Satita…...Robin Peach
Best Front 9:    John Chelo
Best back 9:     Larry Slattery

A Great Day for the Irish – almost!

Where would you go to play golf with a St.Patrick’s Day Theme? Emerald of course! So it was that 26 Green clad aspirants arrived ready for a team event, the Pairs Best Ball comp. The name is deceiving, as the teams comprise only 2 players. Scoring is individual Stableford with the better of the two scores becoming the teamscore. Got That?

The Emerald course condition was described thus “ it’s Emerald”. Fairways were classed as good and the greens also good but slow. Look at the scores and some players thought the course was just fine.

Apart from the first 3 placed teams, there were heaps of prizes to be won, many donated by some of the participants (maybe hoping to win their own prize). Cash prizes and/ or golf balls for near pins, long 1st putts and many more.  Plenty for everyone.

With the weather on the change and becoming a little hotter, there were some weary bodies making it back to “Links Bar” to await the results.
With Phil away on leave, presentation duties were handed to Club Captain, Mike King, who seemed to delight in giving away so many prizes. Len’s helping hand organizing the order of prizes made life easy for Mike.
Space won’t allow a listing of all the “novelty” prizes, but congratulations to those who won. A full list is available at (thepattayagolfsociety.org) website.
You would expect that, being St.Patricks Day, an Irish Team would take the honours.

 They came close, but a pair of “party poopers” beat them to it. Canadian John Chelo teamed with Captain Mike to muster 45 points for the team, edging out Chris Walsh and Larry Slattery (the Irish) on44 points with the Danish Pairing of Mogens Melander and Svend Hommell on 40 points taking 3rd.

It became late early (is that Irish/) so after a few pick-me-ups we headed for home, or maybe some more St. Paddy’s Day celebrations.  Another great day of golfing in Thailand.

 Winning Team…….Mike King and John Chelo………………45 points
 2nd Placing………...Chris Walsh and Larry Slattery…………..44 points
 3rd Placing…………Mogens Melander and Svend Hommell…40 points

Thunder  and Rain Slows Scoring at Royal Lakeside


Like it’s next door neighbour, Bangpakong Riverside, Royal Lakeside is a relatively flat course and usually conducive to good scores. The greens have a tiered design and can trick the unwary, running quite quickly and true. Fairways are well grassed, but starting to dry around the edges.
 There were some good scores from the Links golfers today, but without the storm, albeit short and sharp, we wonder what might have been. However a  few more of these storms or rains will fix the drying out problem soon.
In his first appearance at Links for a while, Huw Philips defied the storm and came in with 40 points to take out “A”Flight. Mark Cooper also did well off his low handicap to record 38 points to get 2nd place. Then Phil Mitchell won a countback from Kevin McEntee, both on 36 points.
The winner of  “B”Flight almost wasn’t!  Matt Conin presented his scorecard as the  envelopes were about to be sealed. He had 41 points. Mogens Melander with 38 points got 2nd spot , and then another countback saw Colin Sevice win by a nose from Richard Dobson, both on 37 points.
For those who had not yet won anything we have a “best front nine” and a “best back nine.
John O’Sullivan managed 21 points to win best front 9.
Christian Boysen with 20 points took the honours on the back 9.

You Had to Make 40 Points to Win at Greenwood!

The price at Greenwood may have come down, but the quality and presentation of this course has not. Fairways are well grassed, but cut to allow good run. The greens are not a 10 on the Stimpmeter, but have enough pace to get the ball to the hole if you are good enough.

Weather was kind today, with the skies darkening only as we approached the final green.

Yes, 40 points was the top mark today, and this was achieved by 3 of the eventual 22 starters. It was one of those days! One withdrawl because she found going back to sleep was more inviting than playing golf, another with a spinning head from looking at computers and one no show.

“A”Flight winner with an excellent 40 points, Wayne Peppernell, had to survive a countback over octagenerian (14 handicap would you believe?) Kevin Cumming. Well done both..
“B”Flight winner Nigel Harrison had it slightly easier, also scoring 40 points but no countback. Still close however, as Mogens Jensen was only 1 point behind on 39.

We had 4 near pins layed out, all on Par 3s but only 2 had names on them.
So the winners were Dave Moriaty (A flight) on B5 and Chris Walsh (B flight) on B2.
Any players who have won nothing else now get the chance participate in the “Best9”. Svend Hommell with 20 points was “Best Front 9” and John Anderson with 21 points was “Best Back 9.
Back at “Links Bar” presentation duties are being shared around. In the absence of Phil and Captain Mike, this enviable duty fell to Len Jones with a short and succinct session.

“A”Flight: 1st Place….Wayne Peppernell (16)……..40 pts c/back
2nd Place….Kevin Cumming (14)………..40pts

“B”Flight: 1st Place…Nigel Harrison (26)…………..40 pts
2nd Place…Mogens Jensen (38)………….39 pts

Non Winners: Best front 9…Svend Hommell ( 20 points)
Best back 9…John Anderson (21 points)

Raise Your Glasses for a Beer!
Marco Beer made his first appearance at “Links”, but not his first in Pattaya, to record a terrific 40 points at the often difficult, but beautiful Khao Kheow Golf Course.
Paul Walia, long time Pattaya visitor, also made his first appearance with us and took second place in the “A” Flight only one point behind Marco.
Dave Moriarty, in his last game before heading back to the USA will be quite surprised when he learns that he won “B” Flight with just 33 points. He will be even more surprised to know that Larry Slattery also heading home to Ireland only needed 31 points to finish second on a countback.
Such was the day! Many scores were well below what we would have expected. Why?
Certainly nothing wrong with the course because, as always, Khao Kheow is presented in great condition. Fairways are well grassed and the greens are as difficult as we make them.
Yes, the weather had turned quite warm with very little breeze, sometimes none, that even in carts it was hard work, so I take pity on the walkers today.
There were nearest the pin prizes set up on each of the par 3s, but only 3 bore any names. Sometimes it’s even hard for A graders to get on in one shot..
So, after extracting all the winning cards, it is left to the rest of us to hopefully win a “Best 9”. The two best were Peter Wilson and Huw Phillips.
With “only” 23 starters the sorting of prize getters was done quickly and presentations conducted by Club Captain Mike King. And then the complimentary golfer’s meal was served.

“A”Flight:   1st Place….Marco Beer (15)…….   40 pts 
                   2nd Place….Paul Walia (17)………. 39 pts
“B”Flight:    1st Place…Dave Moriaty (18))…….33 pts
                    2nd Place…Larry Slattery (18)……31pts

Best Front 9 : Huw Phillips..19 points (on c/back)
Best back 9 : Peter Wilson…19 points
Near Pins: Marco Beer (C3)…Mogens Melander (A3)…Mike Firkin (A5)

Truelove Conquers All at Treasure Hill

The final week of March dawned in a foul, stormy manner, condemning Pattaya to a constant downpour but the stoic golfers of the Pattaya Links Golf Society knew better than to abandon hopes of a golf day and made their bedraggled way up the 331 to Treasure Hill to play a stableford competition from the yellow tees. A quick call to the golf gods from the organiser put paid to the rain and the whole round was played under gloomy skies but generally dry underfoot. On a good day the course is a test but today it was bearing its teeth. The rough was wet and clingy for those who ventured there but greens were a good pace for putting. Results saw three golfers on 33 points with Wayne Peppernell taking second on countback and Colin Ssrvice easing Huw Phillips into fourth on countback also. The winner was Aussie Steve Truelove with an astounding total of 39 points on a course where golfers generally are in heaven with a level par round. The near pins were won by Steve Truelove (13) and Big Phil Mitchell (17) and Peter Wilson took the consolation for the best front nine with seventeen points whilst John O'Sullivan took the back nine with seventeen splendid points also.

On a day when the timorous chose to stay in town the PLGS ventured out and thoroughly enjoyed taking up the cudgels against Treasure Hill in curiously confortable conditions.

Quality Service at Crystal Bay

Wednesday, 29th March saw the stalwarts of the Pattaya Links Golf Society travel to Crystal Bay for a stableford competition on the B and C nines, which were in good condition. After starting on B1 within thirty minutes the golf gods took their revenge for a lull at Treasure Hill two days previously, with a solid thunderstorm which lasted the best part of an hour. Amazingly thirty minutes later the course was dry and the greens had recovered their pace.

Scores were generally good with only a couple of "retirees" finishing their day early, and in third place with 36 points was Mike King. In second, beating Mike on countback was Khun New Satita with 36 points. The winner was Colin Service with an amazing 42 points. To be fair Colin's golfing pedigree was based in north-east England, which is hardly synonymous with tropical climes!

Technicals were near pins for Christian Boysen (B4), Khun New (B6 and C7) and John Hackett (C4) whilst the best front nine award went to Adam Barton (20 points) and the best back nine to Swiss golfer Marco Beer (18 points).

It had been a long day with the rain break but an enjoyable one for most of the golfers, and there was, after all, Service with a smile!

Close Contest at Silky Oak

A wet week ended with a visit to Silky Oak by the Pattaya Links Golf Society with a typical end-of-season moderate turnout. A course in good condition, but with greens still to get up to pace, saw a very close contest with three golfers finishing on 37 points and a countback was invoked to declare Nick Odnoral third and Mogens Melander second, leaving Torben Lingaard the winner of the day. All round scores were good with a field average of almost 34 points. Near pins were won by Torben on the sixth and by Mogens on the eighth and the best gross for the second successive round was the 80 recorded by Christian Boysen.

It had been a tough week for Pattaya golfers but when things get tough the tough get going and this week was no exception for the PLGS. Well done lads, one and all.

April

New Satita Blasts 43 points at Bangpakong

Monday 3rd April started as a bright, sunny day when 18 golfers set out from “Links Bar” for the trip to Bangpakong. A slightly longer trip than most courses we play, but we had an easy and pleasant trip up the “7”.

This course was described by another writer as “a feel good course” and so it is. As this scribe had a disastrous day at another unnamed course on Saturday, I needed to get back some confidence, and Bangpakong provided that, Phew!

We have had 2 trips here recently and on each occasion found it in immaculate condition. All comments afterwards were nothing but positive, fairways with good lies, rough not too rough and greens that were not crazy fast and ran true.

Last time here we had a rush of 40 plus points. Today there was only two. New Satita , still in great form, ran away with it by 3 points from Steve Truelove, also having a good run lately. Third and fourth place was decided by countback, with John Chelo edging out Gary Bolger.
Only 2 near pins but only one of them was claimed, that being Takeshi Hakozaki on hole 13.
Non winners Best 9s were decided on countback.
 
 Winner ……….New Satita (20))………...43pts
                       Steve Trulove (9)……….40 pts
                       John Chelo (21)……......39 pts on c/back
                        Gary Bolger (19)……  …39 pts

“Near Pin:……..Takeshi Hakozaki  (hole 8)
Best Front 9……Bob Watson (c/back)
Best back 9……John Mason ( c/back)
                          
 A nice drive in the country, a nice golf course, followed by the complimentary golfers meal by “Links Hotel and Bar” (and the rain held off until after we finished the round).

Links Cup Flight Winners Set New Personal Bests

Golfers! Do you ever take the time to stop and look around at the scenery of the Golf course on which you are standing? While waiting on the B9 Fairway at Pattana Golf Club the panorama was spectacular. Bridges adorned with draped flowering shrubs, a fountain in the lake and green fairways into the distance. Swivel around and see behind the green, the grand clubhouse.
Here was the venue for our April “Links Cup”. Thirty eight players including, once again, a contingent from Bunker Boys Society, came to try their luck at snaring some or any of the 22 prizes on offer. The weather was kind and together with a course in splendid condition some good scores were turned in.

“Links Cup” has a prize on each hole, for long first putt, near pin on Par3s, near pin on 2nd shot on Par 4s etc. Many winners, some lucky ( or good enough) managed  2 each.

 Adam Barton is now the proud owner of the Keg of Beer from Sponsor “Touch Agogo” in LK Metro, perhaps only temporarily, which was for nearest the pin on 3rd shot on Par5 B9.

Now the PBs ; “A” Flight winner Phil Davies set a new personal best gross score of 77, bettering his previous best of 78. Happy man. And he was one of those to grab two of the hole prizes.
“B” Flight winner, Frank Riley, age 70 something, cannot remember ever having 25 points stableford for 9 holes, so again this was a first.
Huw Philips ran a close 2nd to Phil in “A” flight with an in form 41 points, while in “B” flight PJ Mitchell recorded 39 points.

Before tee off Phil (PJ) thanked me for choosing to play Yellow tees. I regretfully could not claim that honour as the decision had been made before I arrived. Our bus was late as traffic slowed due to a road accident en route.
Back at “Links Bar” the smorgasbord was smelling delicious and looking inviting, prepared by their recently appointed Chef.  Lasagne, Fried Rice, Pork Spare Ribs, Curry and Chips  were some of the choices. Don’t forget the Apple Crumble and Vanilla Custard.

Presentations by Phil contained the usual light hearted banter, much to everyone’s enjoyment.

“A” Flight…..1st….Phil Davies (11)………..42 pts 
                     2nd…Huw Philips (14)………41 pts                           
                        

“B” Flight ……1st….Frank Riley (23)……….42 pts 
                      2nd…PJ Mitchell (21)………..39pts 

Having 2 winners on 42 points, who gets to wear the Green Jacket?  Phil Davies decided that since we already have a photo of him wearing it, the honour would be handed to Frank Riley.  Well done to all the winners!
Phil’s back from leave and the “Wig” is back.. The lowest score for the day and new wearer of the wig is Niels Peters. 

Ban Chang Best Forgotten

The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited The Emerald in Ban Chang on Friday, 7th April and, in hindsight, the golfers would have been better advised to stay in bed and savour the week's previous two rounds.

It was one of those days where the excessive humidity - 99% and rising - damp fairways and slow greens contributed next to no inspiration for the field, leaving most golfers with symptoms resembling a hangover.

For the record the group's lowest scores ever at the course were recorded with a three way countback needed to determine which of the three 26 point returns should ne honoured. Phil Davies should have blushed with embarrassment in acknowledging his superiority over the closing three holes had edged Vietnam Vet Alan Walker into second place.

Still, the beers were cool back at the Links as the golfers dismissed the (non) events of the day as a mere blip on the PLGS radar. After all with Burapha, Bangpra and Khao Kheow all up in the next week better days are most definitely in store.

Mogens Runs Hot at Burapha

Songkran is wet, weather is humid, and Mogens Melander scores a hot 39 points. 

This course was, for quite a time, our Sunday Special during high season, however we had not been for a few weeks.
The fairways were in very good condition. The rough was long and thick, not easy to play out of. Some could handle it, some had trouble. The greens had the appearance of being pockmarked, but actually were slick and true. Appearances aren’t everything.!

All or most golfers can relate to large variants in form and Mogens Melander fits the bill, but today was his day to take the honours. Nigel Harrison did well in the conditions to finish 3 points back on 36 points, while Christian Boysen carved out 35 points in 3rd spot.

At this time of year numbers are down a little in most Golf Societies, so today we had 15 starters. No near pins, but still had “Best “9” winners.
An easy run back to Links Bar for the complimentary meal, today a green chicken curry, and presentations by Phil.

                Winner…..........Mogens Melander (16)……..39pts
                2nd place…… ..Nigel Harrison (22)………..,,,36 pts
                3rd place………Christian Boysen (7)… ……,35 pts

.               Best Front 9 ( non winner)…New Satita….19 pts
                Best Back 9 ( non winner)….John Mason…19 pts

Jesper Hansen Impressive 38 points at Bangpra

Where are the Monkeys? The caddy’s explanation was “ it’s Songkran, they’re hiding”. Seems reasonable given that our group saw none until about the 14th hole.

There were some very good scores today, but also some scores returned by some who would prefer to never see that card again. Hey! That’s golf, for better or worse. This course was in much better condition than I had been led to believe. Fairways had plenty of grass, the greens were slower than many expected, but still tricky enough. The only complaint, if you call it that, are the bunkers being packed and a little stony. Best not to get into them.
Bearing in mind this is the quietest time of year for golf for various reasons, player numbers today were a very good 22 starters, so that enabled two flights.
“A” flight ( 0-16) winner was Steve Truelove, who is on a bit of a roll. He won’t count his 35 points as one of his best but good enough to win the flight today.
Monday’s winner Mogens Melander carried on his good form to take 2nd with 33 points ahead of  Gerd Reidler , playing with us after a long absence, on 30 points.
“B” flight (17+) saw the best score of the day from Jesper Hansen on 38 points to be only one of two players to play to handicap or better. Torben Lingaard was the other, taking 2nd spot with 36 points followed by a steady 34 points from John Anderson.
Near pins were placed on 2 of the Par 3s , one for each of A and B flights.
“A” flight managed to get no one on the green. Huw Philips asked if being on for a brief moment counted, before it rolled off. Sorry Huw, no!
John Anderson got on the green on hole 8, not by much, but good enough.

Best front 9 (non winner) ..Adam Barton…..18 pts
Best back 9 (non winner)…Gerner Lykke….15 pts

There were three contenders for the coveted ”Wig” all on the same (undisclosed) points. As two had been previous recipients it was decided that John Mason should have the honour. As the decision was being made, John had already pre-empted by rolling up with his own (blue) wig. Well done John!
In the photo with John is Jesper Hansen, the Green Jacket looking like a good fit

“A” Flight …….Steve Truelove (9)……………35 pts
                        Mogens Melander (16)………33 pts
                        Gerd Riedler (9)………………30pts

“B” Flight……  Jesper Hansen (18)……………38 pts
                       Torben Lingaard (27)………….36 pts
                       John Anderson (27)……………34 pts

  Near Pin: Hole 8….John Anderson

Pocket Rocket Soars to “New”Heights

New Satita has bought her handicap down by another stroke. But that mattered little as she soared to yet another victory and an impressive 40 points on a Khao Kheow course, as always, in great condition.
Eighteen golfers was the final total of starters today, so we just managed 2 flights. After a re calculation they became handicaps  0-16 and 17+, therefore putting New into “B”flight.
Charlie Sykes wanted to get in one more game before returning home. Walking off the B9 he was happy with his best score this trip. Surprised, however, that his 34 points got a second placing behind New.
Gerner Lykke has now had 3 games with us and today a score of 38 points was his best so far, and playing off a handicap of 10 became the winner of “A”flight.
Adam Barton is never far away from the podium and a credible 36 points got him second place after  winning a countback over Christian Boysen.
Some would see it as an act of sadism when it was decided to place the only two near pin markers on “The Island Green” B8. In retaliation Andre Holmem was closest for “A” flight and Phil Mitchell hit closest for “B” flight.

Non Winners Best Front 9…Bob Watson……...19 pts c/back
Non Winners Best Back 9….Christian Boysen..17 pts

“A”Flight:   1st Place….Gerner Lykke (10)……. 38 pts 
                   2nd Place….Adam Barton (12)………36 pts

“B”Flight:    1st Place…New Satita (17)………….40 pts
                    2nd Place…Charlie Sykes (21)……34pts

Near Pins: Andre Holmem “A” flight and  P.J Mitchell “B” flight..both B8

With the best score of the day New wears the Green Jacket and almost disappears when donning it for the photo. We may need to order another jacket to fit her, very likely it will get plenty of wear.
A tightly fought contest to wear the “Wig” was won on countback by visitor Dan Green, who had the best (or worst?) lowest score.

Another wonderful day out at almost everybody’s favourite golf course in the area. Now! Can we get home along Soi Buakhow without getting drenched? Doubtful…
Happy Songkran to all!

May

Christian’s Birthday Bash

 What a Party it turned out to be! 44 golfers came to celebrate at the beautiful Pattavia Century Golf Club to contest a Stableford round. Then nearly everybody returned to the “Links Bar” for the after party. Free drinks and food aplenty,a live band and golf presentations had the big crowd in the Party mood.
There are winners and winners as we had two flights with 4 placings in each, 4 nearest the pins and best 9s.
Pattavia was already very busy when the golfers arrived, so much so that we were told there were no carts available. Some accepted that they would be walking, others not so sure. However, as the early morning players returned, carts did become available before we teed off.
This course is in magnificent condition, and although the greens were as quick as ever they didn’t seem as treacherous as usual. Maybe the pin placements were more friendly, or maybe we are learning how to play them??
With so many on the course, in addition to our large contingent, it became a long slow round so that we on the last bus arrived back at the Bar under the cover of darkness. So who were the winners?
The best score of the day and getting to wear the Green Jacket was a visitor from Darwin ( Australia), Peter Bailey, scoring a big 43 points, well clear of Maurice Roberts, currently in fine form, beating two others on countback, all with 39 points. Nevertheless good scoring from Mike Allidi and Mark Cooper.
He seems to save the best for the big occasions! Torben Lingaard headed the “B” flight tryers scoring a terrific 40 points to edge out Peter Henshaw by a solitary point, well played. Ken Hole on 37 pts and Alan Walker 36 pts filled the placings.

Winner…”A” flight…. ...Peter Bailey (15)………….40 pts
2nd  Place……….……….Maurice Roberts (15) …….39pts  c/back
3rd Place………………....Mike Allidi ( 4)……………39 pts c/back
4th Place…………………Mark Cooper (13)…………39pts

Winner…”B”flight…...Torben Lingaard (26)………..40 pts
2nd Place………………Peter Henshaw (24) …….......39 pts.
3rd Place……………….Ken Hole (20)………………37 pts
4th Place……………….Alan Walker (24)……………36 pts

Near Pin…Phil Davies (Hole 4)…Mike King( 7)..Jesper Hansen (13)..Tip Briney (17)

Best Front 9….Tom Herrington (22 pts)
Best Back 9…….Mike Jeffreys     (21 pts)

Regular readers will know about the “Wig”, awarded to the player with the worst score of the day (undisclosed, of course). We have had some fine golfers donning this prestigious prize, including “The Pocket Rocket “, she, the partner of today’s worthy recipient.
Birthday Boy Christian Boysen was very happy to get the “Wig” on his big day, and just as happy to hand it back quickly after the photo op.


 A Scramble at the Scramble

The 26th Links Cup at Burapha Golf Course was billed as a Texas Scramble rather than the usual Stableford.
Fifty-ywo players were on the start sheet on this Wednesday morning. As the deadline to leave for the course came around seven of those had not appeared. In this age of advanced technology and communications, these people could not even manage a 20th century style telephone call or SMS to offer apologies for non  attendance.
Two person teams had been set, handicaps calculated and starting positions known. Now a reshuffle had to be done at the first Tee, as we waited to see if any of those travelling in cars did not arrive. Happily, they all got there. The Course Marshall was anxious for us to start, so new team combinations were being done as they teed off. Then the excitable Marshall asked us to send one group (why only one of 11?) to Tee off at D1. We did not.
Burapha was hosting a large Tournament on the day, using A and B nines. The C nine had been closed for renovation, but because of the above Tournament, they opened C for us.
It was extremely clear they were never expecting anyone to be playing this Nine. Bunkers were used to store gravel, greens were partly re-laid and heavily sanded, and workers with heavy machinery were having to stop and stand aside as we passed by.
The D course, thankfully, was up to Burapha standards.
One questions why we were not made aware of all of this before accepting our booking?
Obviously, we could then make other arrangements. TIT.
Oh! There was some golf played, by the way. As per any Links Cup, there were prizes on every hole, from cash to “Links” T shirts and free drinks, as well as the Keg of Beer from Touch Agogo. Suffice to say that one team cleaned up by taking 8 of those prizes.
There were some very good team scores turned in, considering the condition of the Course, the energy sapping weather and the reshuffling of the teams.
Playing this type of event can sometimes move at a rather slow pace, but full credit here. We were team 9 of 11 and , after the first 3 or 4 holes, never had to wait to tee off. Well done to those up front.
Having seen the names on the “Pins”  as we went we had a good idea which team might win overall. Not a surprise to see the brothers Chris and James Smith taking top spot with a net 62.25.
The team of Tommy Marshall and Maurice Roberts came a very close second to the Smith boys, netting a fine 63.25.  Alistair Gall and J.P Maffrey having a good day out finished with a net 64.80 and in 4th place was the team of Gary Bolger and Paul Glover.
The sticky hot weather must have taken it’s toll as not all made it back to “Links Bar” for the presentations. However, most did, and thoroughly enjoyed the excellently presented  Smorgasbord.
Phil made the presentations in his usual jovial way, and then everyone drifted off into the night, eventually!

    Winning Team…..........Chris Smith/James Smith (4)…62.25 net
    2nd place…… ………....Tommy Marshall/Maurice Roberts (5.75)…63.25 net
    3rd place………………...Alistair Gall/J.P Maffrey ( 8.15)…64.85net
    4th place……………......Gary Bolger/Paul Glover ( 8.25)…65.75 net

Tip Briney Toughs It Out

Another trip to the challenging Treasure Hill Golf Course by an intrepid few. After withdrawals and no shows we numbered only 11 players, determined to beat this course at it’s own game.
However, Treasure Hill was at it’s teeth bearing best (or worst) and did not allow anyone to play to handicap. Tip Briney came closest with a modest, but good enough to win the day, 35 points.
This course is as green as ever, but as with most golf clubs at this time, the greens had been recently cored and sanded, the Greenkeeper hoping for rain. Therefore things became a little tricky making putts. Apart from speed, or lack of, it seemed the ball would deviate at the last inch just when it looked “in”.
Fairways are in their usual good condition, but there is still the usual lamenting over the crabgrass in the rough. As one player said “it grabs your club and turns it sideways”.  Somehow we need to play it. Hence the challenge.
Tip Briney’s 35 points was way in front of the next best, that of Lee Lepper’s  31 points and then John Anderson on 30 points rounded out the Podium.
Just beating a thunderstorm, we arrived back to Links Bar early for the complimentary meal and presentations.
Tip was quite chuffed that the Green Jacket fitted so well, made for him??
Visitor Simon Niven was ready to happily accept that he would wear the “Wig” when Phil tried it on him for size. But no, it was once again Niels-Peter stepping up for the photo.

Winner …….Tip Briney (23)………35 pts
2nd Place….Lee Lepper (9)……….31 pts
3rd Place….John Anderson (27)….30 pts 

Hookey a Runaway Winner at The Mountain

Many around Town are asking “ where are all the golfers?” As with many of the golf societies in Pattaya at the moment, we are recording a large slump in numbers turning out for a game. It seems only a couple of weeks ago we had 2 days of 44 or so starters.
Today we managed to round up just 8 players to try out the testing Mt. Shadow course. Quality not quantity was the order of the day. Well, that’s how it looked on the start sheet.
The reality was somewhat different with only two golfers fitting that description on the day. And of those two, only Garry Hookey, with a wonderful 40 points, managed to better handicap, 6 points clear of  Steve Truelove who once again gained a placing with his 34 points.
We,  not long ago, had some critical words about this course, but in the past couple of visits much work has been done and now it is in very good condition. The rough has been trimmed to a playable level, the fairways well grassed and the greens are playing well. A couple of visiting friends, one for the first time, complimented the course and were more than happy with the greens. So well done, Mt. Shadow management.

The Caddies forecast a number of times “rain coming”. Just like the Weather Bureau they eventually got it right. As we sat in the Restaurant the heavens opened, and kept up a heavy downpour until we neared Pattaya. Lucky !
With only two places to pay, presentations were quick and easy. Garry deservedly got to wear the Green Jacket for the photo op, while there was no doubt about yours truly donning the “Wig” for the first, and hopefully, the last time.

                  Winner……Garry Hookey (19)……..40 pts
                  2nd Place….Steve Truelove (8)………34pts

Ken Hole Wins Despite The Rain

What better way to end the golfing week than a short run up the motorway to the Bangpra Golf Course.
The current price of 1550 bht for G/F, caddy and cart after 9.30 am is great value for this course which seems to get better each time we visit there. As most courses are now receiving much needed rain, we are able to see just how good they can be. And this one can be very good. The greens are coming along nicely and a downhill putt needs to be done carefully or the ball will roll much further than intended.
On the subject of rain, yes, this day we did manage to get caught out, hence the excuses for poor scoring. Our first group stopped only for the heaviest and decided to push on. A Thai four ball also sheltering allowed us to go ahead of them. In the end the round took us just 3.5 hours.
Ken Hole let the rain get to him. “ I would have had 45 if not for the rain”. However, after 22 points on the front nine and a miserable 14 points on the back, he still managed to come out ahead of the pack.
Adam Barton, just returned for his two week break from work, continued the form from last trip and scored a credible 34 pts. for second place.
Once again a smaller than usual number came out to play, so only prizes for two places.
After the complimentary meal and a couple of coldies, most decided to make it an early night and looking forward to the next visit to Bangpra.

Winner………….Ken Hole (20)……...36 pts.
2nd Place……….Adam Barton (13)…34 pts

Millionaire’s Golf At Royal Lakeside

The rain was coming down hard in Pattaya as the brave few gathered at Links Bar ready for the slightly longer trip to the beautiful Royal Lakeside. The question was asked a number of times about the weather we could expect at the course.
Like any good meteorologist (which I’m not), I gave 50/50 answers, shrugged shoulders and suggested that rain was possible.  Of course, this is the Tropics, and so by the halfway mark on the motorway the road was dry.
On arrival at the course, which was done in good time, we were informed there would be no carts on the fairways.
Royal Lakeside is relatively flat so a good walking course. As we started the sky was overcast and a cool breeze in our faces. Easy! However, after about 4 or 5 holes the sun broke through, the humidity rose and the rest of the round hot and sticky. But we soldiered on to complete the round in 3 hours 30 minutes. Not bad for a 3 ball walking..
Our group was second out. The first group, a 3 ball in carts disappeared from our sight quickly. They informed me later they had taken just 2 hours 35 minutes. WoW!
The third group also disappeared and came in 45 minutes after we had finished. So no one in front and no pressure from behind, it really was Millionaire’s golf.
Tip Briney is currently in good form and  for the second time in 8 days he wins the day and the Green Jacket. 37 points is a good score considering the course, although in fine condition, was a little soggy underfoot  at times. The Greens were rated a 10, but most agreed they were a little slower than that as none in our group was able to get the ball to the hole.
Stuart Thompson returned after a short absence to record an even 36 points off his handicap of 19 to take the only other place on the podium
Willy Barbour playing his first game since getting back to Pattaya immediately had the job of wearing the “Wig” and seemed quite happy to do so.
Those who decided not to play because of rain missed out on playing an excellent golf course and another great day of golf in Thailand.

Winner…....Tip Briney (22)…………..37 pts
2nd Place…Stuart Thompson (19)…36 pts

 

Wet Millionaire’s Golf At Burapha

The rain was coming down hard in Pattaya as the brave few gathered at Links Bar ready for the short trip to Burapha. The question was asked a number of times about the weather we could expect at the course. Read this before?
In the bus I announced that we would be lucky today and avoid the rain. I have since been reminded of that forecast many times after having non stop "wetness" for the entire round.
But the intrepid nine players did not flinch and all completed the 18 holes in around 3 hours 30mins. It was once again “Millionaire’s Golf”. Nothing in front and no pressure from behind. Gotta love the low season. The golf courses and caddies don’t, however.
We played A+B courses today which are in great condition. Plenty of grass on the fairways, and even though we were using lift, clean,and place, more often than not we found the ball sitting up already. The rough was cut a little more than previous and, although not easy, was quite playable. Greens were very good, not as quick as expected, but we did have a lot of rain. Certainly a thumbs up this time.
Gary Bolger has been away for a while in Udon Thani, but came back today rested, ready and primed, to show just how easy golf can be. He grabbed an impressive 43 points to win by a massive  10 points. With only two places available on the podium, it was Simon Niven winning the coutback (to the last 6) over the perennial bridesmaid, John Anderson.
Rain continued all the way back until we reached Soi Buakhow, amazing.
Into Links Bar early, presentations were quick and easy, and then some stayed to solve the problems of  the world with advice for politicians while partaking of their favourite refreshment.

Winner……..Gary Bolger (18)…………43 pts
2nd Place….Simon Niven (12)………..33 pts c/back

Peter Sorensen Four Point Winner at Greenwood

Greenwood Golf Course is always presented in great condition, and today the A and B courses were as good as ever,maybe better.
Fairways are well grassed, but cut to allow good run. The greens have been cored and sanded recently, and had allowed true putting with good roll and  quick enough to get the ball to the hole.
The weather was kind, But only just! All the  groups were already in the restaurant when the heavens opened. The storm was ferocious with a lightning show I haven’t seen since I left my hometown of Darwin, Australia. The thunder at times was deafening.

With the Course playing so well, the scores were expected to be at least to handicap, but it wasn’t to be.
Peter Sorensen did best, scoring 34 points from his 25 handicap. Some days you never know. Len Jones struggled at times, but managed second place with 30 points and Mogens Jensen took the final podium place.

Winner…………Peter Sorensen (25)…………..34 pts  
 2nd Place……….Len Jones (28)……………….30pts
 3rd Place……….Mogens Jensen (33)………….29 pts

An easy drive back to Pattaya with all clear on 331 and the motorway, until we reached 3rd Road area when things slowed considerably. But a good day out, and we managed to escape the thunderstorm and stay dry.
The Green Jacket was snug on Peter, but he made it fit. The potential “Wig” wearer wandered off to Soi Buakhow in a bold escape bid. He will be found!

 

It's Truelove at St Andrew's

On Wednesday 24th May the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited St Andrew's to play a stableford round. It was the first visit there for many a month and the welcome was warm even though the weather was dour with humidity near 90% and heavy clouds threatening all day. The course was in good condition though the soft fairways and two-club humidity made a long course seem even longer. As has happened so often recently it was another example of "millionaires' golf" with hardly a golfer in sight all day.

Yes, scoring was a problem and in third place was Alistair Gall with 34 points. It took a countback to decide the winner and Aussie Steve Truelove's better back nine topped the leaderboard from compatriot Gary Bolger, both finishing with 36 points.

Elsewhere Mr Len's abysmal putting drew the attention of M/C Mr Phil but the award of the dreaded wig was waived as the main winner of the day was absent and a glorious photo-op was missed.

Back at the Links Bar in Soi Buakho the "craic" was good and the chicken satays were even better on a day when Truelove conquered all at a tough St Andrew's.

Lindgaard's Quality PB

A small group of golfers representing the Links Golf Society visited Pleasant Valley on Friday, 26th May to play a stableford competition on a course in good condition, although a little soft, with greens that ran quite quickly. The heavy and humid atmosphere made accurate club selection essential and three golfers managed the round well enough to post sub-par rounds.

In third place with 37 points was Mr Len, again blowing hot and cold with his putter, whilst J-P Maffray's solid and accurate golf helped him to 41 points and second place. The winner was Danish golfer Torben Lindgaard and his round was to be his personal best in Thailand. Forty-four points on a damp course and in very humid conditions was quite an achievement for the gentle giant and he is to be congratulated on this personal record.

Thus the week ended after some testing golf on soft courses but the golfers at the Links are made of stern stuff and are already planning their raids on Khao Kheow, Wangjuntr and Pattana next week. Rest up well lads!

Melander Masters Wangjuntr

On the final day of a very stormy and humid May the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited distant Wangjuntr to play a stableford round on the Highland course, after an absence of a couple of years. Few of the group had played there before but those who had regaled their fellow coach passengers with gloomy tales of scrambling up steep hills and huge rolling putts. Nothing has changed. Once again we played the well prepared course to the right hand greens, significantly more difficult than those to the left, in uncomfortable and very humid conditions.

It was made more tolerable by the excellent rate for the day and apart from the occasional wildlife the course was empty.

Khun New finished in third place with 27 points and partner Christian Boysen went a few better with 32 excellent points to give him second, with the day's best gross of 84. The winner was Danish compatriot Mogens Melander and his power off the tee helped immensely as he amassed 34 points to take the day.

All golfers had tales to tell after the round, concerning exhaustion, bad luck, duck ponds and hornets but it was a day to savour on a course which exhibits a completely different "face" to others usually played in the province. There will be more masochistic visits in the future to be sure!

June

Paul Smith Takes on Pattana and Wins

What a contrast! Ten days ago I was at Pattana where it rained and stormed the entire round. No carts on the fairways and the ground became soggier as the day wore on. And we wore on!!
Today, 2nd June, however, an entirely different scene. Pattana Golf Course has not only recovered well, but the greenkeeper has been able to mow and return to the pristine, beautiful course we know. Carts on the now firm fairways, weather fine and a nice day for a game of golf.
When we see a player consistently have a 2 or 3 handicap, we expect that player to par the course or thereabouts. High expectations, but Paul Smith rarely lets us down, and today the Englishman took first place with 38 points off  a 3 handicap. Not quite par, but close enough! Oh, if only I…
We have mused before how Mogens Melander runs hot and cold. Today he was hot and came a close second to Paul by recording 37 points in a good steady round.
A friend and fellow scribe uses the term Uber golfer when describing Bob Watson. Taking third place on a countback, off his exorbitant handicap of  7 the Uber golfer scored 35 points, and this after a short layoff with injury.
Not quite enough points on the back nine for Greg Perfrement to just miss out.
We often hear complaints about slow play, and rightfully so. Today our three four balls each completed the 18 holes in 3hrs 45. That is good and enjoyable golf.
A smooth trip back to Links Bar for the presentations and then the golfers’ complimentary food arrived.

                       Winner …….Paul Smith (3)…………………..38 pts
                       2nd Place….Mogens Melander (17)……….37pts
                       3rd Place…..Bob Watson (7)………………….35pts

Bookends Take The Plaudits At Bangpakong

Monday 5th June started as a bright, sunny day when seventeen golfers set out from “Links Bar” for the trip to Bangpakong. A slightly longer trip than most courses we play, but we had an easy and pleasant trip up the “7” Check in was swift and painless and we were very soon at the first tee. Once again it was easy to see this course was in it’s usual immaculate condition. We found the fairways with plenty of grass  and mown to allow the ball to sit up nicely to make for easy hitting.
The greens looked good and ran truly. Maybe  it’s because your scribe putted well that we say that? But one of my playing partners was also pleased he had many less” three putts ‘than his previous outing." Bunkers were damp, but we have had some rain lately..
John Davis and Mick Coghlan signed in together and joined us for a rare appearance.
John played a great game to finish atop the podium with a big 40 points, looking even better since we played from the longer White Tees at a total of 6685 yards.
His compatriot and fellow signee, Mick, finished at the complete opposite end and happily donned the “Wig” for the lowest score of the day to make perfect bookends. It was good to see the “Wig” make a return, as it was to see the Green Jacket which almost fitted John.
Phil Davies shook his head when he was handed the envelopes to find he had won the countback for second place. His 38 points was a terrific performance, along with the beautifully dressed Walter Baechli also on 38 points.
We had enough players to re introduce the Best Nines for those not winning any other prizes.

Best Front Nine …Christian Boysen ..16 pts
Best Back Nine…..Mike Allidi………,,...20 pts

Winner ……….John Davis (14)………...40pts
                       Phil Davies (12)………..38 pts  on c/back
                       Walter Baechli (16)…….38 pts 
                       
It was great to see the golfers coming back after a rather lean period in Pattaya. All enjoyed a perfect day out at the beautiful Bangpakong Course. Back at Links Bar the golfer’s complimentary meal arrived as the tall stories about what could have been surfaced.

It’s Watson’s Links Cup

The 27th Links Cup at Burapha Golf Course attracted 27 avid golfers all seeking the top Prize or any of the other 23 prizes on offer.
The Pattaya golf scene has been very quiet for the past few weeks and it was heartening to have so many players turn out for the “Cup” day. Sure a lot fewer than normal, but  under the current circumstances……looking better for the weeks ahead.
Last month we played the “Links Cup” at Burapha and were critical of being assigned the “C” and “D” combination because of ongoing renovations.
This time, however, we played “A” and “B” and what a pleasure. Fairways were in excellent condition, cut a little shorter than a course we played earlier in the week, but absolutely fine. The greens looked a little patchy in places, but ran truly and if you could decide a read or listen to the caddy and follow it, the ball was in the hole. The rough here has caused me trouble before, and I wasn’t the only one. It somehow manages to twist the club head as you swing. I’m guessing this does not happen for top of the range golfers.
Speaking of “top of the range golfers”  The Bob Watsons... after a slight injury he seemed to be on the comeback trail with 35 points at Pattana last week. Today just got better to take out “The Cup’. Forty one points from a 7 handicap (gross 74) is an excellent round of golf. Doubt he found out about the rough.
After a couple of very ordinary games, Phil Davies has also been finding the form that regularly had his name called to the winners circle. Today, he made his presence felt with a 3 under his handicap 39 points.
Third place in “A” flight went to Jacob Cumming. Good effort for someone who arrived at Bangkok Airport, jumped in a car and headed straight to Burapha, not even getting to his hotel first. Again a sub-handicap round.
Torben Lingaard, the jovial Dane, lead the charge to take out the “B” flight and not for the first time. A handicap equalling 36 points got him the Pink envelope. He is a bit keen on the Pink envelopes as he also won two of the technical “Hole” prizes. A good day out for Torben.
Kenny Chung and Henry Wong had played in the days of the old Phantom Bar, but this was the first time at Links. They made the most of it with Kenny running second on 35 points and Henry in third with 33 points. For the second time in a week Greg Perfrement lost a countback and a podium finish. Next time, Greg.
There were prizes up for grabs on every hole. Without going to detail, there was a good mix of winners, some won two (Torben, as mentioned) and also overall winner Bob Watson.
Touch Agogo is a much appreciated supporter of the Links Cup whereby they put forward a keg of beer for one of the prizes. Christian was absolutely thrilled when his non beer drinking partner New Satita  won the keg this time. I feel a visit to Touch coming on..
The lids were lifted on the Smorgasbord and there was plenty for everyone. We waddled off home late.

“A” Flight…..1st……Bob Watson ( 7)…...............41 pts
                     2nd… ..Phil Davies (12)…………......39 pts
                     3rd…...Jacob Cummings ( 7)………37 pts

“B” Flight……1st……Torben Lindgaard (25)…..36 pts
                      2nd……Kenny Chung (24)……......35 pts
                      3rd……Henry Wong (24)………......33 pts c/back

Perfrement Pushed all the Way

On a clear Friday, 9th June, the Pattaya Links Golf Society took to the road again and visited Crystal Bay to play a stableford round on the B and C combination which was in good condition, with slightly soft fairways and greens which were as good as they have been for the last few months. Another empty course welcomed the group which teed off on time and made good progress all round.

The day saw the return of old friends Masa Sugaya and Aussie Toby Glass, and the a/c engineer blew hot and cold throughout his first round. The plaudits were saved for Phil Davies who carded another consistent round of 34 points, giving him third place and Peter Hynard whose round of 36 points rewarded him with second place. Top spot was reserved for Greg Perfrement and his 37 points gave him victory despite the pressure of the second placed man, Peter Hynard. Bob Watson managed the best gross of the day, 82 and the minor prizes went to Maurice Roberts for the best front nine and Masa Sugaya for the best back nine. Back in the Links later the golfers gathered for the usual "aprés golf" celebration and minds turned to another testing week on the horizon with the Pattaya Links Golf Society.

Treasure Hill The Winner !

Many believe this course is just too difficult. Is it an urban myth?
It really does not seem any tougher than say a Khao Kheow or a Pattana, but there are not many golfers can play to handicap here. Of course there are exceptions, and a good golfer having a good day can do it.
Today was not the day. Our lowest handicapper was the only one to get close. Jacob Cumming, h/cap 7 scored a creditable 34 points to take the honours, while Selwyn Yates made a valiant attempt getting to 32 points and second place.
The remainder, apart from Toby Glass who did not play in the comp had scores not worth mentioning.
It seems the biggest talking point after the game, and the best excuse for low scores, was the hole placements. It was suggested that the hole placements had not been changed for some days, with the consequence being the grass growing up around the rim forming a defensive barrier.
As the putt was heading on line the ball would either stop short of dropping in or be sent off course, which did make for some frustration. The only way to beat that was to attack and hit the back of the hole. It took some bravery to ‘have a go’. If you missed it was two shots back. Greg Perfrement had a particularly frustrating day, but was still able to laugh afterwards. That’s the spirit!
It always makes one wonder why this course is not teeming with golfers. At the price of 1150 bht G/F, caddy, cart and a very well maintained course, why ?? Today we managed only 10 players to make the trip. There were a couple of groups of Thai golfers ahead of us, who called two of our groups through, much appreciated. But that appeared to be the total. Maybe some more in the afternoon.
A nice smooth drive back to Links Bar for the “ shortened “ presentations by Mr Len and into the spaghetti bolognese, everyone having a good laugh about the day over their favourite tipple.
Winner…….Jacob Cummings ( 7)……..34 pts
2nd Place…Selwyn Yates (15)………….32 pts.

Spectacular Selwyn

The Pattaya Links Golf Society endured a rare late morning start at Burapha on Wednesday, 14th June as they gathered for a stableford competition on the sumptuous A and B combination in two flights divided at eighteen and under. One of the regions premier courses, Burapha gave the group another warm welcome and the course was in fine condition with well grassed fairways and quick and consistent greens.

Humidity was high as the group set off and it came as no surprise when a heavy storm interrupted play after about twelve holes, leaving greens temporarily flooded. Yet within half an hour they were back to their best. How do they do it?

For the record scores were good with Barry Elphick taking second in B flight with 32 points, the winner being Greg Perfrement with 38 points, a fine return before his return to Australia.

In the top flight Mogens Melander was staggered when his 39 points only gave him second place, the result of a spectacular round by Selwyn Yates. His 43 points was by far the best round of the day and one which Selwyn has been threatening since his return last week. The non-winners' consolation prizes went to Paul Bray for his best front total of 20 points and David Hewson after his back nine of nineteen points.

For the Links Golf Society the "dream" continues with quality golf on quality courses throughout low season and more days like this one are on the horizon.

The Marshall and Watson Show


St. Andrews 2000 is not a place for the faint hearted, the short of breath, or the high handicap golfer. As well presented as it is, and compulsory carts were allowed on the fairways sometime, there is still a lot of uphill and downhill walking. Just to tire the golfer more, today was very warm with little breeze. The course is in very good condition. A couple of complaints about the greens, but they are much improved on their condition 5 or 6 weeks ago.
This is a course where the very good golfers can shine. Today the first group out consisted of 4 very good golfers and supplied the first three placegetters in “A” flight and a best 9 winner.
Upon the first checking of scorecards, there he was again, Bob Watson had the top score of 40 points off a handicap of 6.  But his buddy and playing partner Tommy Marshall pipped him at the post presenting a scorecard of 41 points off his exaggerated handicap of 10. The consistent Jacob Cumming in only his third game this trip, rounded out the “A” flight on 37 points.
Then the “B” flight, and here we see the gap between low and high handicaps most prevalent at St.Andrews.
Jayson Schembri, a sometime visitor to Links, topped the flight with 34 points (handicap 19), a score we would happily take any time. Masaaki Sugaya has been another consistent player this trip taking second spot with 32 points (also handicap 19), while Veteran Alan Walker filled third spot on 31 points. His look of amazement was worth a photo.
Today’s attendance by 22 players was most heartening and makes the organizers feel much better, as well as enabling more players to win prizes. There were some walking away wondering. How do you score so well on the first nine holes (we had 18, 19,23) all to completely capitulate on the second nine. I know it was not the fault of the course or the caddy.. who’s left??
Considering it was a Friday afternoon our trip back to the Bar was smooth and easy, thank you for that. A very nice Beef Stew arrived, followed by presentations by Mr.Len. An enviable job when you have so many winning prizes.
The Green Jacket looked comfortable on Tommy, while we needed to wait a minute or two for the wearer of the “Wig”, Mike Wilsher, to get the hair straight and the make-up on for the photo op.!

Winner….”A” Flight…….Tommy Marshall (10)……...41 pts
                    2nd Place……..Bob Watson (6)………….40 pts
                    3rd Place……..Jacob Cummings (6))….37 pts

Winner….”B” flight…….Jayson Schembri (19)………..34 pts
                    2nd Place……Masaaki Sugaya ( 19)………32 pts
                    3rd Place…….Alan Walker (22 )……………31 pts.

Best Front Nine (non winner)…...Selwyn Yates……….23 pts
Best Back Nine (non winner)……Mogens Melander…20 pts

Good Form Wins It For Masaaki

We were once again a small group of eleven players today. A few days ago we had 22 starters. This is an up and down season for sure. Considering the condition of the course, would have expected some good scores.
After some words to management regarding prices advertised and prices charged, in their favour, of course, little was gained and we proceeded to the first Tee. Management needs to proof read information given to, for example PSC, before blaming others for getting it wrong.
Greenwood Golf Course is always presented in great condition, and today the A and B courses were as good as ever.
Fairways are well grassed, but cut to allow good run, even allowing for some light rain earlier in the morning. The greens have been cored and sanded recently, and had allowed true putting with good roll and  quick enough to get the ball to the hole.
However, the only shining lightswas the Winner of the day, Masaaki Sugaya (19) with a handicap breaking 37 points. In his short stay this trip Masaaki has played well but just fallen short. Today was his.
Colin Service has his ups and downs, golf wise, and today was an up day, handing in a scorecard with 34 points from handicap 17 to take the only other spot on the podium.
Bob Watson scored a creditable 31 points, followed by 4 players on 30 points.

Best Front Nine (non winners)…..Mike Allidi……18 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners)…..John Anderson...17 pts c/back

.Winner…………Masaaki Sugaya (19)…………..37 pts  
 2nd Place……Colin Service (17)…………….....34pts

An easy drive back to Pattaya  and on to the sorting of results over a tasty curry and rice  for the Players.
There was a big cheer when “Massa” was presented with the Green Jacket.
Mr Phil could not believe his luck when told who was to wear the “Wig”. Plenty of laughter as he fitted it on the head of Maurice Roberts. Everyone thought that darker colour suited nicely.
LATE NEWS: It is now Wednesday and the PSC rates site has been amended to the prices management insisted were correct. Maybe somebody listened?

It’s Not Over 'Til It’s Over

Sunny, hot and humid conditions greeted the small but merry band of eleven golfers as they gathered at Links Bar ready for the relatively short trip to Bangpra Golf Course.
This lovely course has been through a few transformations recently. Last dry season only the brave few would venture there as the lack of rain had taken a toll, with the fairways resembling a dustbowl.
Then the rain came and all was green again, the dams full,the caddies happy and the monkeys went through their breeding cycle. All was right with the (golfing) world.
Today we found a course in very good condition, BUT ! those renowned fast greens were anything but fast. My caddy warned me at the start and she was right.
Old campaigners like Len Jones and Bob Watson thought these greens had never been as bad as this. This seems to be a trend at the moment, as we have had greens at other courses in the past week or two not up to their usual standard. We can only trust they are working on it.
Once again a nice quick, uninterrupted round albeit in hot conditions, and struggling with the greens.
Checking of the cards and we had the (potential) placegetters in order. However we were two cards short. These were with two players in a car. Would their scores be any better than what we had? Yes, they were..
They arrived not long after the bus,and, in true fashion, “it’s not over 'til it’s over.
Peter Henshaw produced the day’s highest points tally with a terrific 32 points to demonstrate just how tough it was out there. Second place was tight, with Selwyn Yates winning the countback scoring 31 points. Paul Bray, fellow car traveller with Peter just missing out and filling third place.
The Green Jacket and the “Wig” stayed packed away today.

Winner……Peter Henshaw (22)…..32 pts
2nd Place…Selwyn Yates (15)……,31 pts c/back
3rd Place….Paul Bray (9)…………,,,31 pts

Turned Out Nice in the End

Friday, 23rd June and the Pattaya Links Golf Society players gave no thought to the anniversary of the UK "Brexit" vote and proceeded to Mountain Shadow to play a stableford round on the course which was in good condition with well grassed fairways, allowing roll and greens which were a huge relief after the "brillo pads" at Bangpra two days previously. Fair weather clouds and a fresh breeze held for the full day and an empty course just added to the comfort of the day.

That said, the golfers found it hard to get going and low scores were a feature of the day. Dave Lehane took third place with 26 points and Sydney golfer Mike Firkin managed one point more on his return round. Mr Len's "on-off" relationship with his putter was definitely improved as he shrugged off a stuttering start to complete the final thirteen holes in two under to his handicap and took the day with 31 points. What could have been a hard slog turned out nice in the end. That's the magic of golf.

Selwyn Smashes His Handicap!

Players arrived nice and early for the trip through the pineapples to the beautiful Pattavia Century Golf Course. After one no-show we were an even dozen, and reshuffled into three 4- balls.
Whenever somebody is heading for Pattavia the first time, the advice is always “keep your ball under the pin” as downhill putts here can cause grief. What a surprise to find these greens, along with most courses we have been to recently, had been cored and sanded and were the slowest we have experienced.
Apart from the surprising greens, this course is in excellent condition and check in and the Starter were very efficient.
The normally speedy, tricky greens don’t usually allow big stableford scores. However,  being as slow as they were big scores were aplenty.
The biggest of them all came from Selwyn Yates with a massive 48 points off his handicap of 15.  On the front nine he amassed 27 pts, but could “only” manage a mere 21 pts on the back nine. Great score Selwyn..
In the locker room I asked Mike Firkin his score. He said he was a little bit embarrassed by his 43 pts. At that point I thought it was in the bag for him. How can you have 43 pts and finish second?
Alan Walker and Mark Bamber both had 37 pts. This would win on just about any other day. Alan won a countback to take third place in a very good effort.
Our groups completed the round in good time, so allowed us to spend a few minutes relaxing with a drink on the verandah of the splendid Clubhouse.
Into the buses and an easy trip back to Links Bar. Chicken and chips arrived promptly followed by Phil’s light hearted presentation.
I think Toby Glass knew he would wear the “Wig”, but Phil did tease him a little. Surprised us when he shammed putting it on Mr. Len, who had not played this day! Plenty of laughter and, of course, chatter after another fine day of golf in Thailand.

Winner…………Selwyn Yates ( 15)……….48 pts  
 2nd Place…….Mike Firkin (23)…………….43pts
 3rd Place…….Alan Walker (23)…………….37 pt

Mike Allidi Wins Out In 3 Way Tie

It seems golf in Pattaya is coming out of the “low season” slump as nineteen players headed out to Pleasant Valley on this Wednesday.
This course is not the favourite of many golfers, for various reasons, and I must say I have dodged it for a year or more. Having now played here again, I can now think of no reason why I would not come back.
The course appears to be undergoing some major renovations, on the fairways as well as the greens. The works are being done in a way as not to inconvenience players, so  should be a nice enhancement when finished. Delighted to find the showers have also been upgraded. Certainly some money is being spent.
There is one complaint, however. The bunkers are way below standard. Many had been used as a playpen for dogs. On two occasions in our group alone, the ball had come to rest in dog footprints or even in diggings. I never saw a caddy rake a bunker. Other groups reported the same. Maybe, with all the works happening, a little training or instruction to caddies to rake bunkers would be a good move.
Two flights today,with two places in each, and also prizes for Best Nines.
“A” flight developed into a 3 way tussle with Mike Allidi winning a close countback to take top spot scoring 38 points (that’s 73 gross).
John Edwards, equalled Mike’s 19 points on the back nine, so we went down to the last 6 to get a result.
Bob Watson also scored 38 points, but lost the first countback. Very close indeed!
“B” flight was more clean cut, with John Anderson  amassing 37 points to edge out Len Jones with 35 points. Len, graceful in defeat, suggested John deserved the win after having 35 points on Monday and placed nowhere behind Selwyn Yates 48 points. Nice thought Len.
Those players who have won nothing else now get a chance to win a Best Nine.

Best Front Nine…….Mike Firkin…….21 pts..  c/back to last 3
Best Back Nine……..Dave Hewson….20 pts

Winner….”A” Flight…….Mike Allidi (3)……......38pts  c/bac
                  2nd Place….John Edwards (14)……38 pts  c/back

Winner….”B” flight…….John Anderson (29)……..37pts
                  2nd Place….Len Jones (28)…………....35 pts

It was an Italian theme back at Links Bar with a big serving of Lasagne for the golfers. Phil presented Mike with the coveted Green Jacket and then looked for a suitable candidate for the “Wig”. There were two “wannabees” but only one made it back to the Bar, Bryan Barrel happily became a brunette for a while.

Not So Spectacular Selwyn
On a slightly overcast morning, after some rain during the night, nineteen golfers set out for the short trip to Burapha Golf Club ready to tackle the A+B courses. Some were a little disappointed not getting to C+D, but maybe next time.
What can we say about this course not already said? Fairways are firm and cut to allow some run. After plenty of rain around that is a good effort. Greens, as always, are quite quick and run true. One of our group thought they were getting quicker as the day wore on. With sunshine for all of the round, that is most likely. That is his excuse for having a best forgotten back nine, after a tearwaway 23 points on the front nine. No names here..but later..
Having nineteen players, this allowed for two flights with 3 prizes in each, plus “Best Nines’
Selwyn Yates and Toby Glass have both recently become members of PSC and are playing off  handicaps given by our Links Committee. Note that both have been playing well and by this day they had each already been docked four strokes .
The scores overall for this round were very modest so, in fact, Selwyn and Toby each had the best points score at 35 pts. Only a close countback could separate them, with Selwyn getting the nod.  Phil Davies is never far from the action and placed third in “A” flight with 34 points.
Mick Coghlan gets around and in an irregular appearance at Links, managed to take top spot in “B” flight with just 34 points. But, hey, on this day, it was better than the rest of the flight.
Second place went to a countback with Alan Walker edging out Mike Firkin by way of a better back nine. Both scoring 33 points.

Winner……”A” Flight…..Selwyn Yates ( 11)………35 pts c/back
2nd Place………………….Toby Glass ( 12)………….35 pts
3rd Place…………………..Phil Davies (12)………….34 pts

Winner…… “B” Flight…..Mick Coghlan (20)………34pts
2 nd Place…………………Alan Walker (23)………….33pts c/back
3rd Place……………………Mike Firkin (23)………….33 pts

Best Front Nine (non winners)….Colin Smith…………..23pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners)….Stuart Thompson…..19 pts c/back

During the presentation of the Green Jacket, Phil told Selwyn if he wins some more he will need to get a Jacket made up to keep. But right now he hands it back after the photo op.  We love to embarrass visitors, so today it was Charlie’s turn for the “Wig”, presented for the worst score of the day. Charlie was smiling.

July

Wayne Stitches Them Up on Patchwork Quilt

In the golfing world around Pattaya, it is well known that Rayong Green Valley course is undergoing major renovations.
We were booked to play Silky Oak, but informed late that the greens on that course had been worked on and were in no fit state to be played.
Green Valley was available, so we made the last minute change, with little time to pass the word to the signed up players.
What is the condition of the course? Not as bad as I was led to believe. Certainly fairways are being worked on. Plenty of bare patches as some of the unwanted grass varieties are being poisoned and resembling a patchwork quilt, many GUR areas around the greens roped off while cultivating new turf. Take a drop, no problem. Greens are in very good condition and putting was not really a problem, well, for most..
Since I was last here, hundreds of trees have been removed giving the feel of much more space and light to feel free to ‘Have a go’.
“Have a go” he did. Wayne Peppernell off his new, soon to be old, handicap took top spot for the day with a solid 39 points on a day that was never going to produce 40+ scores.
A good field of 16 players made it just the one flight.
Second place behind Wayne needed a countback, and as a  result, Stuart Thompson got to the line in front of David Hewson, both with a credible 36 points.
With only the one flight, we went to a 4th place where John Anderson alone had 35 points.
 
Winner …….....Wayne Peppernell (16)……......39 pts
 2nd Place……Stuart Thompson (20)………...36 pts c/back
 3rd Place………David Hewson ( 8)…………..36 pts
 4thh Place……John Anderson ( 28)…………35 pts

Best Front Nine ( non winner)…...Alan Walker……….20 pts
Best Back Nine (non winner)……..Mark Efendie………20 pts

Back to Links Bar for the spagehetti bolognese and the presentations.
Wayne got to wear the Green Jacket for not the first time, and looking pretty dapper.
Charlie Gauci would have worn the “Wig” for the second time in 3 days, but he had an urgent appointment..somewhere..
But Phil likes to have fun during presentations and teased two or three who thought they might be in contention, but they couldn’t quite match the lowest score of the day. Phew!

 

Marshall Has the Star Round

On Wednesday, 5th July the Pattaya Links Golf Society enjoyed another visit to Burapha to play a stableford competition on the C and D nines. Some serious maintenance work on C has left no scars and the course was in splendid condition with grassed fairways allowing run and greens which showed some pace. The well-tended bunkers were also no real threat, in contrast to other courses not too far away.

The large field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under and in the second flight Allistair Gall's 33 points gave him fourth place with Wayne Peppernell edging out Mike Firkin on count back for second place, both returning 34 points. The flight winner was Welshman Mike Jeffreys and his 37 points was one of four sub-par rounds for the day.

The other three were in the top flight and saw John Pierrel edge out Phil Davies on count back for second place, both scoring 37 points. The best points total for the day was achieved by Tommy Marshall who had his game well in control with a fine 39 points return. Fourth in the flight was Paul Bray with 36 points.The consolation "highs" went to Colin Service for the best front nine score (20) and Geordie Peter Shaw who scored 19 points to set the standard for the back nine. On his final round Charlie Gouci won his second "wig" for the day's low round. Another happy memory for you Charlie, enjoy!

It had been an excellent day, in keeping with all our regular Burapha visits. Congratulations one and all.

Kansas City Bob Wins On Debut

Bob Rice happened to be walking along Soi Buakhow one day and saw The  Links Bar golf schedule out front. Having only two days left of his Pattaya break, he decided to ask about playing with us. Given a run down on how it works, he signed up, borrowed some clubs and sat in the minibus with the other seven of us, and off we went to Mt.Shadow Golf Club.
We arrived on time and the first thing I saw was the brand new tiling in the foyer and that staircase. At last the dirty old carpet had gone, well, almost. The job is not quite complete, but looking good.
The golf course I also found in the best condition I have seen for some time. That horrible rough has been cut to a satisfactory level and the fairways are very good, although, on this day a little damp underfoot so not much run.
The greens also are in good condition, but again, rain had left them a lot slower than we have come to expect here. We just need to be aware to give the putt a bit more of a push.
Scores today were far from brilliant, because this a tough course and made tougher by the aforementioned dampness.
Bob Rice playing off his USA handicap of  9 did best of all, scoring 34 points. A perfect debut. Unfortunately for us, he has now headed off  home to Kansas City.
Also on his last appearance here for this trip, Selwyn Yates kept up his winning ways to notch up just 30 points, but enough to take the only other place on the podium.
Two more prizes to pay and they are for the Best Nines for non winners.

Best Front Nine…..Mike Firkin….20 points
Best Back Nine……Len Jones…...13 points

                  Winner……Bob Rice (9)…………..34 pts
                  2nd Place..Selwyn Yates (11)…..30pts

Perfection at Bangpakong

Pattaya awoke to a dismal, grey day on Wednesday, 12th July. Braving the rain the Pattaya Links Golf Society took to Highway 7 to travel to Bangpakong Riverside to play a stableford competition and was greeted by fair weather skies, a cooling breeze and a course in exemplary condition. Fairways were a little soft but with the customary "spring" in them and the greens were splendidly consistent and at a speed which would suit most golfers. For golfers in control of their swing the day would be rewarding indeed.

The full field average was 36 points and a trio of golfers set near to personal best scores. In third place was Chris Walsh and his third hole birdie "for five" set him up for forty very fine points. Ahead of the Irishman was Maurice Roberts with a superb forty two points, but heading the field was John Pierrel with a PB of forty five points. Wow! At the other end of the field it was a popular choice for the dreaded wig as it was donned for the first time by Phil Davies. All good things come to those who wait. The day was full of good things however, as a magnificent course on a fine day left all the golfers wanting more.

Maurice Runs Hot At The Valley

For the second time in a week Maurice Roberts scored 41 points in a red hot run of form. Not so long ago he “lost it” and consequently blew out his handicap to 15. Today 14, but tomorrow maybe back to where he should be.
Tom Marshall (h/cap 7) also has been down on form, but came back to finish second with a fine 38 points, while that man Phil Davies once again in the calculations finishing with 35 points for third spot, even though he had a horror day with the putter.
As described in an earlier report, this Pleasant Valley course is undergoing renovations and really starting to look good. Through no fault of the greenkeeper, parts of the fairways were quite soggy requiring lift, clean and place for today, and on a number of occasions dropping away from casual water.
The greens, although in good condition were so slow as to catch the unwary earlier in the round. Weather today looked threatening for the entire round, but once again luck was on our side and we stayed dry.
With the 500 bht vouchers on offer currently, it makes this course good value and well worth the trip, and should only get better with the amount of work being done.
A small number of players out today, so one division with three prizes.

Winner ……...Maurice Roberts (14)……......41pts           
2nd Place……..Tom Marshall (7)……………38 pts 
3rd Place……...Phil Davies (11)……………..35 pts

It was an Italian theme back at Links Bar with a big serving of Pasta for the golfers,
followed by the big rain storm we had avoided at the course.
Phil presented Maurice with the coveted Green Jacket and then looked for a suitable candidate for the “Wig”. There were two contenders, but  a countback for the worst score of the day saw Bob Watson become a first time wearer of the “Wig”.

Many Countbacks At Royal Lakeside

Heavy grey skies greeted 22 avid golfers ready to make the trip to the picturesque, score friendly Royal Lakeside. Certainly during the hour long drive the clouds seem to be gathering. However, once again we outsmarted the “weather gods” and got away with a fine sprinkle for about 5 minutes.
Upon questioning the Starter at the first tee, we were advised that carts may go on the fairways. We decided to “play the ball as it lies". After walking the first two fairways, I started to think I’d made a big mistake. The ground was quite soft underfoot in many places, where many courses would not have allowed carts. But to our pleasant surprise we were able to play shots normally, albeit picking up some mud at times.
The Greens were rated at 10, but most believed 9 would have been closer to the mark. However, they played quickly enough and ran truly. No complaints here.
Surprisingly, not the big scores we were expecting. It was the “B” flight that led the way today. Mike Firkin has been in good form recently and took the honours with a steady 38 points. Barry Oats is usually consistent and got to second place by way of a countback over Mick Coghlan, both with 37 points.
In the “A” flight a three way tie had to be separated yet again by countback. All had 35 points for the day, but it was Toby Glass taking the first spot narrowly over Maurice Roberts with Kevin Rogers in third.
A smooth trip back, and in good time. Until we reached traffic lights at Sukhomvit Road, where traffic was backed up to almost the toll booths. I reckon it took longer to get the last 5 km than for the rest of the trip.
Anyway, all in the bus took it in their stride and arrived back to Links Bar ready for a GOOD curry and the favourite tipple.
Presentations followed the meal. Mike Firkin and his good mate Bryan Barrel were at opposite ends of the results, so they got to appear together  in the photo.
Mike fitting snugly into the Green Jacket, while Bryan, playing the part of a lemming, was already walking towards Phil to get the “Wig”, he was so sure..

Winner…”A” Flight…….Toby Glass (14)……….35 pts c/back
                   2nd Place…Maurice Roberts (13)…35 pts c/back
                   3rd Place….Kevin Rogers (12)……35 pts

Winner…...B” Flight……Mike Firkin (22)……….38 pts
                   2nd Place…Barry Oats (26)………...37 pts c/back
                   3rd Place…Mick Coghlan (22)…….37 pts

Best Front Nine (non winners)….Mike Wilsher….22 points
Best Back Nine (non winners)…..Chris Walsh……18 points

Tommy Works Hard At Khao Kheow

Khao Kheow is one of the best golf courses in this area of Thailand. Always presented in great condition with fresh mown fairways and good paced greens. Today was a hard slog for all of the golfers, as the fairways have taken a lot of water of late, and not helped by a big shower the night before our arrival. Naturally carts were restricted to the paths, so most decided it was just as well to walk. As with most courses there’s not much the Greenkeeper can do about the rain.
With so much rain, the rough has grown and at times made looking for a ball an exercise in frustration. Some balls never to be seen again. Although skies were once again grey and foreboding, we had but a mere sprinkle of rain which stopped before the caddies finished putting the covers on the bags.
Scores here are not usually at the higher end and today was no exception…But one.. Tommy Marshall showed that a good golfer is going to handle these conditions better than the higher handicappers. His 38 points (that’s 77 gross) left the others in his wake.
Even John Pierrel, who has been in great form, could manage just 33 points to take second place on countback over another in- form player, Maurice Roberts.
We had only 12 players today, but went to a fourth place, and here Len Jones took the countback ahead of two others on the same score of 32 points.
At the Presentation back at the Links the Green Jacket was a little big on Tommy, but this is not his first time wearing it. "Yours Truly" came close to wearing the “Wig”, but this honour went to a second time visitor, Dane O’Brien, for the lowest stableford score of the day.
Golfers don't need reminding that a terrific day out is always on the cards at Khao Kheow Country Club.

           Winner…….Tom Marshall ( 7)………..38 pts 
           2nd Place….John Pierrel (13)………...33 pts c/back
           3rd Place….Maurice Roberts ( 13)…..33 pts
           4th Place…...Len Jones ( 29)………….32 pts.

A Slow Day At Pattavia

Pattavia is always a nice course to visit. Check-in is efficient, there is a very good starter/marshal at the first tee to make sure everyone is in order, the fairways look a treat and on this day the greens were running faster than on our recent visit, almost back to the treacherous “ keep the ball below the pin” that we know.
Today was very busy as another bar had a last hour re- scheduling and slotted in to the 9.30 tee time for their four groups. They were followed by another two groups ahead of our first 3 ball, and we still got away at our scheduled time. Through no fault of anyone, it was just one of those slow days. You get that sometimes on a popular course. And the 950 bht green fee and caddy along with the 150 bht food/drink voucher keeps ‘em coming.
Considering the very good conditions, course and weather wise, it was somewhat of a surprise at the low scores turned in, even from the “good” golfers.
Fourteen players today, including four visitors from Victoria, Australia so we did something different by going to a 5th prize!
John O’Sullivan won that with 31 points. Fourth place went to Tommy Marshall on 33 points, and then a three way tie needed some countbacks.
All three had the massive score of 34 points!
Toby Glass got to third place losing to Maurice Roberts, and then he in turn losing to the eventual winner, Mike Allidi.
A confused look on the face of Mike Allidi as Phil was trying to get the Green jacket on him. Why? He asked. Not believing he could win with only 34 points. That’s how golf goes sometimes.
One who was certainly not confused was the clear winner of the “Wig”, John Anderson, who reckoned that the only way to get in on the photo op was to score 5 points on the back nine..
 
Winner…………Mike Allidi (3)……………..34pts  c/back
 2nd Place…….Maurice Roberts (13)……34pts c/back
 3rd Place…….Toby Glass (14)…………….34 pts
4th Place……….Tommy Marshall (7)………33 pts
5th Place………John O’Sullivan (23)………31 pts

Pat Lavin Fights Back

During this low season, the price on offer at St. Andrews 2000 is too hard for the Links golfers to resist, and so it is added to the monthly schedule. Get it while we can. With the help of good rains and a lot of work from the greenkeeper and staff, the course is in very good condition. Some weeks ago the greens were being worked on and were not very good, but reports today said all were very happy with the roll and, apart from the first hole, which seemed a bit slow, all had a nice puttable speed.
The fairways on the opening nine were somewhat damp and the caddies kept carts on the path, but the back nine was dryer and firmer and carts did venture onto the fairways.
This day we had, after one withdrawl (staying up late to watch the British Open) and one no show, sixteen competition players and one non combatant.
Pat Lavin is an old friend of Phil’s and played his first game with us last week. Much to the joy of his playing group that day, he was soundly beaten.
But Pat fought back at St. Andrews, recording a resounding victory. His 38 point haul easily had him on the top of the podium. Nearest rivals, Graeme Dunn and Mike Jeffreys went to a countback to separate their 33 point totals, with Graeme getting the nod.
We went to a fourth place and that honour, with a score of 32 points went to Geoff Wallace.
But wait! Still more winners..

Best front nine ( non winners)….Greg Proctor  ( 18 pts)
Best back nine ( non winners)….Kevin Rogers (17 pts)

Winner …….Pat Lavin (10)…………..38 pts
2nd Place….Graeme Dunn ( 22)……..33 pts  c/back
3rd Place……Mike Jeffreys (20)……....33 pts
4th Place……Geoff Wallace (14)………32 pts

We welcomed two first time visitors, Victor Wright and Paul (fresh off the plane from Hanoi, where he works)

A tasty curry for the golfers complimentary meal was followed by Phil’s Light hearted presentations. Donning the Green Jacket for the first time, Pat felt very comfortable. Then the fun started, as there were no less than 4 candidates for  the “Wig”. We had to go to a countback to decide the “ very” worst score of the day. As Phil moved among the crowd trying each for size, Bob Watson quickly came to realize it was going to end up on his head. A handicap 8 golfer, with fifteen points on the front nine, and can still win the “Wig”…(and he had a birdie on the back nine!!!).

Pierrel and Gall Star at Burapha

Yes, it is ‘low season’, but a great field of 22 golfers took to the C+D combination under cloudy skies. But our luck continued and our six groups completed the round without getting a soaking.
Today we had a few newcomers who had never been to Burapha before, and were lavishly singing the praises for the course and the condition it is in currently. Fairways were, of course, a little damp underfoot, and the greens in very good order.
Because of the number of players we were able to have four near pins. Three of the four were won, with no one able to get on three green on D2.The winners were able to choose their prize from an array generously donated by Mike Firkin.
The winners were Greg Proctor (C5) John Pierrel (C8) and Angus Gannon (D8).
For a change both flights recorded the same range of scoring.
“A” flight saw John Pierrel amass an excellent 38 points to win well. Paul Bray and Maurice Roberts fought it out in a countback, with Paul getting the across the line for second place and Maurice third, both with 35 points.
“B” flight had Alistair Gall having the same winning score of 38 points, a great job. No countback needed for second as Mike Firkin on 35 points had that spot all to himself, but we did need the countback to decide third place and here Greg Proctor snuck over the line.
More winners now with the Best Nines competition.
Best Front Nine ( non winners)….Terry Mangan ( 21 pts)
Best Back Nine ( non winners)…..Kevin Rogers ( 18 pts )

Winner……”A” Flight…..John Pierrel (14)………….38 pts
2nd Place………………….Paul Bray (10))…………...35 pts  c/back
3rd Place…………………..Maurice Roberts (13)…….35 pts

Winner…… “B” Flight…..Alistair Gall ( 18)………..38 pts
2 nd Place………………….Mike Firkin (22)………….35 pts
3rd Place……………………Greg Proctor ( 19)………..34 pts  c/back

A Perfect Day Out At Greenwood

Sixteen golfers made the trip to Greenwood Golf Course today. Each one greeted by the heel clicking, sharp saluting Security Guard as we entered the Pro shop. Although the course was quite busy, our four groups got away on time from the B1 Tee. There were others in front of us, but no hold ups for the day. The course was in good condition, the weather perfect, cloudy with a gentle breeze and carts allowed on the fairways.
Our group was made up of four players who got along very well. Plenty of fun and smiles as the caddies, I think, felt relaxed and joined in, just the way it should be. All making for a (near) perfect day of golf.
Tommy Marshall again led the way to take top position with a perfect 36 points from his handicap of 8. Tommy, of course, will tell you it wasn’t perfect, but there are no pictures, only 36 on the scorecard.
The rags to riches story comes from John Anderson. After having to wear the “Wig” on two occasions recently, he has scored 35 points and held down second place. Funny game, Golf!
Geoff Wallace has been consistent on his, so far, short visit so a steady 33 points got him third place.

Best Front Nine (non winners)…..Bob Watson……17 pts c/back
Best Back Nine (non winners)…..Greg Proctor…...17 pts

.Winner…………Tommy Marshall (8)…………..36 pts  
 2nd Place………John Anderson (29)……………35pts
3rd Place ………Geoff Wallace (19)……………33 pts

An easy drive back to Pattaya, even though it was Friday afternoon.  On to the sorting of results over a tasty curry and rice  for the players. There was some waiting time before the presentations, as MC Phil went for his usual after game massage. We thought the massage was so good he fell asleep.
Bryan Barrell and the “Wig” are becoming so used to each other now it fits perfectly.

August

Greg Proctor Wins By A Mile

It’s been a long time since we last visited Eastern Star, mainly due to some not so encouraging reports on the condition of the course over some time.
However, more recently we have heard good stories, so decided it was worth a look. A great decision, as it turns out, we were not disappointed at all. This course is currently the best I can remember. Fairways cut nicely, some patches have had poisoning of noxious weeds, that’s good. Greens were dusted with sand, but played well and the rough was playable.
Apart from the camaraderie, the best part of the day was the price. A very much appreciated 1200 bht for G/F, Caddy and Cart.
At Links we like to play at a length of around 6,300 yds or so. What to do here? The choices were yellow at 6,100 and the white at 6,575 yds.
Not one word of dissent from the assembled 16 players when we chose the White tees! Sometimes you get it right..
What about Greg Proctor? On holiday from Aust and getting in some golf with Links and other bars, he has done OK. Today, right from the start, he was amazing even himself how well he was playing. The result, his best in years, he says,was a massive 43 points, putting him way ahead of an excellent effort from Terry Mangan with a normally winning 38 points.
Maurice Roberts was there again in third place on 36 points, and we paid down to fourth place, and here the sometimes “Wig” wearer, Bob Watson, recorded a fine 35 points.
If you don’t get in the placings there is still a chance to win a “Best Nine”.

Best Front Nine…..Wayne Peppernell……17 pts
Best Back Nine……Victor Wright……….18 pts

Winner ……...Greg Proctor (26)…….......43pts           
2nd Place……..Terry Mangan (24)………..38 pts 
3rd Place……...Maurice Roberts (12)…….36 pts
4th Place………Bob Watson (8)…………..35 pts

Early back to the Bar and it was an Italian theme with a big serving of Spaghetti Bolognese for the golfers,

Phil presented Greg with the coveted Green Jacket and then looked for a suitable candidate for the “Wig”. There were  a number of contenders, however the actual winner was not present at this time, so the “Wig” stayed in it’s packet. Aha, but only for a short time, as the winner, Angus Gannon, did duly arrive and happily posed for the photo.

Phil Leaves Them In His Wake

While every other player of the final count of 11 starters struggled with the course, or form, or their mind games, Phil Davies stood out as the shining light.
He has put together a fine round of 39 points, to be 9 points clear of the second placed Greg Proctor, not quite reaching the heady heights of his 43 last game.
The remainder of the scores are best forgotten.
A frustrating day for most of our players today as a 6 ball teed off in front of our first group, and with one of its players taking 4 shots to reach the corner of the first fairway, it was shaping up as a long day.
But you live in hope that they might just move quicker than we anticipate.
 How wrong we were.!  After 3 hours for the first nine, one of our senior authorized members went to the management office. He asked why a 6 ball was allowed and with a flick of the wrist was waved out the door with the response “local rule”.
The price of 1150 baht all in is a good price here, but in discussions later, it was asked “how good is the value when you are parked for more than 5 hours behind a 6 ball who won’t even entertain the thought of calling smaller, quicker groups through?”
“How good is the price when management will dismiss out of hand a fee paying regular customer from the office for asking a perfectly pertinent question?”
As our first group, a 3 ball, came to a kiosk, we found this 6 ball sitting down having drinks, but as they spotted us arriving, jumped up and almost ran to the tee, so that we would not play through. My caddy asked to be let through, but was ignored.
One wonders how we would fare if we told them we were going with a 6 ball? Not well I should think.
**Here it must be pointed out that this is not about nationalities or personalities, rather it is about golf etiquette. And that applies anywhere, anytime.
On a brighter note, my caddy, using some initiative, suggested we skip a hole to get in front of the 6 ball and come back later to complete the 8th. We did, and consequently finished one hour ahead of that 6 ball and our other groups. Smart girl, my caddy.
There were some chuckles when the Best Nines were announced. 14 points wins the front nine??

Best Front 9 (non winner)….Wayne Morrison….14 pts c/back
Best back 9  (non winner)….John Anderson…….16 pts.

Winner………Phil Davies (12)…….39 pts
2nd Place……..Greg Proctor (26)…..30 pts

Phil conducted presentations and noted that the Green Jacket was a perfect fit for him, as it was designed using himself as the model.
Alan Walker had one of those days! Not only did he leave his beloved Vietnam Veterans cap in the bus, but also managed to wear the “Wig” for the lowest points score of the day. But he smiled all the way, Good onya Alan.

Bobby’s Adventures At Emerald

Most golfers’ day out might be fun and laughter, maybe serious, perhaps frustrating. Bobby Watson, it seems, had a rather adventurous day, according to his playing partners.
There was the ball that became stuck part the way up a tree and locked in behind some stakes. Take a penalty drop..”No! I can hit it, it will go over to the other tree.” Phil got it right when he said there was no way he could hit that ball.
Then there was the 3rd shot on a par 5 that went to the back of the green. According to Phil, it looked like Bob was jumping up and down on a springy mattress trying to show that there was casual water and he should take a free drop. That debate went well into the night, along with the, almost, as interesting adventures of his playing partners, Maurice and Phil. Must play with this lot one day to get more stories…
Bob reckoned he was diddled, but the bottom line was that he missed first place on a countback with Maurice Roberts, with both scoring 37 points.
Third position also needed a countback, and this was won by Greg Proctor with 36 points, just nudging out Tommy Marshall. Playing to handicap is a good game.
Only a small number, nine players, went to an Emerald Course that was in quite good condition. All were happy with fairways and the greens, although most greens were considered slow, and the low season pricing of 1250 bht for G/Fee+Caddy+Cart should have attracted bigger numbers. Where do they all go?
Winner……Maurice Roberts ( 12)….37 pts  c/back
2nd Place……Bob Watson ( 8)………37 pts.
3rd Place…….Greg Proctor ( 26)……36 pts c/back
Because of the small numbers we had only the three places. But that doesn’t mean someone misses out on the “Wig”, oh no!
After Maurice slipped on the Green Jacket, without any further ado, Phil went straight to Victor Wright and, after some re adjusting and combing, this fine couple had the photo op.
Another fun day ended at dusk, and time to head home.

They Can’t Keep Him Down

It seems that two time wearer of the “Wig” Bob Watson has had enough! Extra practice and great concentration has allowed him to make certain that the wig is not going on his head again. Prompted him into action…
So it was today seventeen confident golfers headed off on the short trip to the beautiful Khao Kheow. As usual, check in was quick and easy, and caddies were all ready to take us to the B1 tee.
Boy! We have not had the sun beating down on us like this for a while, and some were very early wondering if walking was the right decision. By around half way the clouds had gathered again, making the temperature seem a little “cooler?”
Carts on path only, but the fairways were quite firm so, although we played lift, clean and place, it was hardly necessary save a little mud on the ball here and there. Of course the greens here are always good. Perhaps a little slower today, and one, the A7 is undergoing some repair work, sandy but quite playable.
Just enough starters today for two flights with 2 places in each, and best nines.
Bob Watson’s 40 points was by far the best in the “A” flight and, in fact for the day. Adam Barton, playing his first game since getting back to Pattaya for some time off from work, went well fresh to get second with 34 points.
That man Greg Proctor is sweeping all before him and once again showed a clean pair of heels to take the “B” flight, posting another impressive score, this time 37 points.
Len Jones said he felt a bit embarrassed to be awarded second place with a score of just 26 points. But he happily took it , thanks to the countback.

Best Front Nine winner….Tommy Marshall…17 pts
Best Back Nine winner…..Maurice Roberts….18 pts

 Winner..”A” flight…….Bob Watson ( 8)………..40 pts 
 2nd Place….................Adam Barton (13)………34 pts 

Winner “B” flight………Greg Proctor (23)………37 pts
2nd Place………………..Len Jones ( 29)…………26 pts c/back 

The most qualified contender for the “Wig” did not make it back to the Bar, so Phil decided somebody should have it, so with the second worst score the wearer was first time visitor, Rob Cousin. He looked happy enough. Why not?

Roberts Continues Rich Form

On Wednesday, 9th August the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited St Andrew's to play a stableford competition in one flight. The field was honoured to welcome back an old friend, Icelandic golfer Kerry Jonsson, whose history with the group goes back eighteen years. Such is the loyalty of the Links golfers.

The course was in fine condition with good fairways and greens, though not much more than medium paced were consistent throughout. The humidity of the day made for some tired golfers at the end but all had endured an enjoyable day on the 6900 yard course.

The final leaderboard showed Adam Barton, 34 points edging out Len Jones for fourth place on countback, with Bob Watson producing another solid round of 36 points in third place. Alistair Gall's game held together well for a second place finish on 37 points whilst Maurice Roberts again emphasized his skill with another fine forty point round to take the win. The consolation best nines were won by Len Jones, 21 points on the front nine and Nick Odnoral, 19 on the back.

St Andrew's had been a splendid venue for the Links golfers on this occasion.

Bob Watson Unstoppable

He has had a few very ordinary games of golf recently, to the point of wearing the wig on two occasions for the worst score of the day.
But now Bob Watson is playing the golf everyone knows he is capable of. We will see by the scores today he is way out in front of the rest.
After two no shows, we had a small field turn out, just eleven players made it to the first tee at Mt.Shadow. Well, it is still Low Season.
This course has had it it’s ups and downs on quality over the past year or so. Today we found the fairways nicely mown, the greens in good condition, although a little slower than we would normally expect, but that seems to be most courses at the moment. Perhaps not cutting as short because of the wet season. The rough is not as rough as it has been, but still enough to grab the club head and twist it, so as to send the ball somewhere it should not. Maybe that only happened to me ??
Weather today was very hot and sticky. Waiting for the breeze that never came.
So, with only 11 players we went to three places on the podium.
Bob Watson, of course, took outright first place.
John Anderson, Mr Inconsistent, came in second six points behind, with the ever present Maurice Roberts a further three points back for third.

                  Winner………..Bob Watson ( 7)…………..38 pts
                  2nd Place…….John Anderson (29)……….32pts
                  3rd Place……..Maurice Roberts (12)……..29pts

Back to the Bar early where the Sweet and Sour Chicken arrived promptly, to delay the tallying of results. Priorities..

Dynamic Duo Strikes Again !

The Watson and Roberts Show keeps rolling on. Once again these two finish one/two and leave the rest of the field to please themselves.
Bob Watson followed up his 36 point haul at St.Andrews and 38 points at Mt.Shadow with another handicap equalling 36 points today. Maurice Roberts had a big 40 points at St.Andrews,  a course he doesn’t like much, and today only made 34 points, but enough to finish second, six points clear of newcomer Chris Barker, who took third on countback.
It’s only two weeks since we played Eastern Star, and what a contrast. Then we commented on how green and easy to play the fairways.  It must be a tough job being greenkeeper here, as you need to have the weather gods on your side. In this short time, due to lack of rain, the course has already started to dry out with grassless patches appearing already. This is not such a bad thing, because there was plenty of run. Small mercies for a not so big hitter..
The greens, although lightly sanded, played well. One player commented that, obviously you could not read the grain, so needing to just judge the fall of the green.
The weather looked threatening, with a big black cloud hovering all day. But not a drop! This made for a very humid and wearing day.
Pricing today was  increased from 1200 bht last time to 1750 bht (all in). Still don’t understand why clubs charge penalty rates on holidays. Do staff get paid more for working on Public Holidays?? If so, OK.
After one no show 15 golfers came out to play, so resulting in one flight with three places, and the popular Best Nines for non winners.

Best Front Nine…..Phil Davies……16 pts. (he was the one beaten on c/back for third)
Best Back Nine……Tip Briney……16 pts

Winner …….....Bob Watson ( 7)…….........36pts           
2nd Place……..Maurice Roberts ( 12)……34 pts 
3rd Place……...Chris Barker ( 7)…………28 pts

A quick comfortable trip back to Pattaya, a tasty curry for the golfers, and on to the presentations.
Newcomer, American Chris Barker was very impressed that we presented a Green Jacket to the Winner. Equally impressed over the “Wig” and the fact that Vic Wright got to wear it again, the last time before returning to Australia. Good Sport Vic.

Morrison Awakens From Slumber


An even number of 16 golfers set out for the short journey to Burapha Golf Course under grey skies. Funny how the bus chatter lasts for about half the trip and then quiet.. Maybe everyone thinking of the plan of attack. Or some sleep?
We were assigned the C and D combination and, although some prefer the other combination (A and B), this course proved  to be in very good condition.
Fairways looking green, nicely shaped and clean. The greens were quicker than some courses we have played lately, which caught a few out initially, but ran truly. The rough is playable now. Carts were allowed on the course because the fairways were quite firm.
Check in was efficient here, as usual, and there was no hold up getting to the first tee and away. A comment on the Marshals here. Whenever I ask for information, they have been friendly, helpful and keen to answer exactly what I ask.
Wayne Morrison has had more downs than ups in his golf game this trip, but now on the final few days, has wakened with a bang. 42 points is a great effort around this course and he appeared to do it with ease.
It wasn’t a runaway win, however, as Phil Davies, himself  kicking some bad form, came a close second with his best score in a while. Phil, along with  Maurice (his marker), thought that with 40 points it was in the bag. Not reckoning on someone coming up with 42..
Third place went to a countback, with John Anderson’s 36 points edging out Kevin Rogers by way of a better back nine.
Best Front Nine (non winners)…..Nick Odnoral…….19 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)…..Maurice Roberts …20 pts

Winner ………..Wayne Morrison (28)…….42 pts
2nd Place……..Phil Davies( 12)…………….40pts  
3rd Place………John Anderson (29)………36 pts c/back
4th Place………Kevin Rogers (12)………….36 pts
 
Stomachs full and on to the presentation of the Green Jacket to Wayne.
Someone has to get the “Wig”. The two players with the least best scores for the day both had other places to be, so good “ol” Toby Glass took one for the team. Looked ok too.

How Do You Beat Bob Watson?

Simple!! Get more stableford points than he does. Once again Bob Watson, well and truly back in top form after the “golfer’s slump”, scored better than anyone else of the field of 17.
His impressive sub handicap 37 points put him atop the podium and into that very comfortable Green Jacket. I think the 7 handicap may well become a distant memory.
He can be beaten. Just a couple of days ago high handicapper Wayne Morrison scored 42 points. That would have won today. It’s up to the rest of us to do better.
They were close though. Kevin Rogers, a very consistent golfer put together a nice 36 points to take second spot by way of a countback over Tip Briney. Two very good rounds. Maurice Roberts was there again in fourth with 35 points.
Where did all this happen? You better believe it! We played Pattaya Country Club for the first time in maybe a year or more. Why? We had some good reports from various people that the course had improved a lot and PCC was offering a terrific promotional price of 1350 bht for G/F, Caddy, Cart. General comment after the game was that we were not disappointed. It certainly has improved a lot, particularly the greens, and more particularly, on the back nine. A little slower than Burapha during the week, but running true. OK, it’s no Khao Kheow or Pattana, but very playable and enjoyable. Some fairways are suffering the lack of rain, as most courses are, but mostly very good. I remarked to my Caddy about how beautiful the 18th fairway looked. One day they may all be like that.
It was worth the experiment and we have already booked in for next month.
One flight today, with four places and Best Nines.

Best Front Nine …Mike Wilsher….. …...20 pts
Best Back Nine…..Peter McDonald…….20 pts

Winner ……….Bob Watson ( 7)………..37pts
                           Kevin Rogers(12)……..36 pts  c/back
                           Tip Briney (21)………..36 pts 
                           Maurice Roberts (12)….35 pts.
                       
Our round today was quick. With no hold ups most groups finished in well under 4 hours.
It was early in the day, but presentations were completed without delay.
No secret who donned the Green Jacket again! The worthy winner of the “Wig” was a visitor, but he did not get back to the bar, so his good mate, who was second last got to have the honour, and the photograph for posterity.

Derek and Gary Score 40+

A fine day in Pattaya had golfers gathering at Links Bar ready to board our two buses. Others had gone direct to the course in cars, for a final total of 23 starters.  In the bus enroute some skeptics scanned the skies and predicted rain later. Happily, they were wrong, and we had a fine, warm day at Bangpakong Riverside.
This course receives many accolades from golfers after a round here, and rightly so. Once again it was displaying wide, nicely groomed fairways, rough not too rough, although one of our players thought it was, and the greens are almost the best around at the moment.
The Locker room is big and roomy with modern décor. Perhaps a few more showers would be a good idea. We had enough players to run two flights, down 3 places, plus the “Best Nines”.

  Winner ”A” Flight…(0-17)…..Gary Bolger (16)………….42 pts            

2nd Place……… ……  Bob Watson (7)…………..39 pts
        3rd Place……………..Wayne Peppernell (17) …..38 pts 

Winner…”B” Flight…( 18+)……..Derek Phillips (30)……….43 pts.
                   2nd Place………………Alan Walker (23)…………35 pts
                   3rd Place……………….Daryl Evans (24)………….34 pts

Best Front Nine…(non winners)…..Graham Buckingham …18 pts
Best Back Nine…(non winners)……Chris Barker………….20 pts ( c/back to last hole)

The second bus arrived, food was served and presentations done.
Derek wore the Green Jacket for the first time, while John Anderson wore the “Wig” again.

 

Big Wayne Peppernell Easy Winner

While “low season” prices prevail, we took the opportunity to  a play at the beautiful Pattana Golf Course once again. This course is always presented in immaculate condition and today it lived up to that high standard. The Caddies here seem to be much better trained than some other courses. Of course there may be an exception, but rarely, and they are not scared to rake the bunkers either.
We played B+C courses today, but any of the three would have done as well. Fairways cut to near perfection, rough still gets hold of the club at times, and the greens in very good order.
The skies were grey most of the round. When asked if it would rain, my caddy shook her head and uttered “nid noy”. And apart from a couple of times of really trying to rain, it did not.  By the time we saw the first rain of the day, we were happily esconced in Links Bar.
Twenty four starters today, so suggesting people like  playing here,and most groups got around the 18 holes in good time.
Wayne Peppernell had a special request for me. That is to put him with some lower handicap, or good (?) golfers, because he says it lifts his own game.
Well, that proved correct, by design or accident, we don't know. However Wayne returned his card with a big 41 points to leave second placegetter, Steve Truelove in his wake, five points behind. Rocky Lawson put in a 35 to complete the “A” flight podium.
First timer, John Ianson landed the win in “B” flight with 34 points, beating Derek Phillips, a last start winner, by one point. Len Jones had another birthday on Tuesday, but showed age doesn't slow him by taking third spot with 32 points.
We decided to have four near pin prizes for this round and all were won.
Peter Henshaw (B3),Steve Truelove (B7), Kevin Rogers (C2) and Peter McDonald (C7).
So, with two flights and four near pins, we looked towards the best scores on the front and back nines, for anyone who had not yet won anything

Best Front Nine....Phil Davies......20 pts
Best Back Nine....Kevin La Bar....17 pts on c/back

 

Winner..”A” Flight …….Wayne Peppernell (17)………...41 pts
      2nd Place…………....Steve Trulove (9)…………...36pts
      3rd Place………….....Rocky lawson (21)…………35pts

Winner “B” Flight………John ianson (23)……………,.34 pts
       2nd Place………......Derek Phillips (30)…………...33pts
       3rd Place……….......Len Jones (29)………………32 pts

Finally, one player wasn't fooled by Phil's teasing other players about the “Wig”. Tony Kerry was told about this “prize” by one of his playing group as they were signing the cards. He was prepared!

Here's hoping the green fees stay down a little longer so we can get back to beautiful Pattana.

Who Needs a Good Golfer?

Crystal Bay is not the favourite course for many, but today we had a good turn out of 21 golfers, after a couple of no shows. We played C+B combination. (It must be soon that the A course re opens.) The courses, it seemed had been very recently mowed as the tee boxes were clean and well defined, the fairways looking very good, even with the lack of rain, and the greens looked and played well.
A problem with some, not all, greens appears that the hole placements had not been changed for quite some time, as grass had grown over the rim, thereby deflecting a putt if it was not given enough speed to get through. This is not just a problem here, as we have struck the same thing at other venues.
We were given the go ahead off the first tee a little early and all groups had a clear run for the round. This time we were lucky enough to be in front, as players from another group were lining up behind.
Regular readers may remember this:
“Wayne Peppernell had a special request for me. That is to put him with some lower handicap, or good ? golfers, because he says it lifts his own game..”
Well, it mattered not who he played with today, as he kept his hot streak going with another 40 points to take top spot in ‘B’ flight and best score of the day. There were some good scores as Bob Watson (7) 39 pts came first in ‘A’ flight( 0-16), beating Maurice Roberts (12) on 37 pts, who kept out Lee Rodman (11) on countback and he in turn beat Mike Allidi (3), also 37 pts on another countback.
Second to Wayne in ‘B’ flight (h/cap 17+) was Len Jones with a sub handicap 37 points, followed by Stuart Thompson on 35 points.
Four near pins were up for grabs, but only two were claimed.
Bob Watson…B4, and Stuart Thompson…B6

Best Front Nine (non winners)…Mick Coghlan….16 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)…,Mike Allidi……..21 pts

Winner ‘A’ Flight…..Bob Watson (7)…………...39 pts
 2nd Place……………Maurice Roberts ( 12)…..37 pts c/back
 3rd Place…………….Lee Rodman (11)……….,,,37 pts c/back

Winner ‘B’ Flight…..Wayne Peppernell (17).....40 pts
 2nd Place……………Len Jones (29)………….....37 pts
 3rd Place…………….Stuart Thompson………....35 pts.

Back at Links Bar, the Chicken Wings and fries were served quickly, and on to the presentations. Wayne Peppernell, as best score for the day, once again fitted comfortably in to the Green Jacket. The worthy winner of the “wig” (Wayne’s buddy) did not make it back to wear his “prize’, but Phil promised that he will wear it next time he appears.

Traffic Snarls – Rain - Still Watson Wins

A mixed day out to Greenwood for nineteen golfers today. Our two bus loads were becalmed as we made the exit ramp from the motorway heading for the Rayong 36. Road works had caused 6 lanes of traffic to try to get into one lane. This resulted in barely moving for more than 30 minutes. As if the trip to Greenwood is not long enough!
Phil, Maurice and Bob, in the car, had spotted the problem and went a different route, arriving at the course in less than an hour. Finally breaking clear we made good time and actually arrived right on the 10.00 am start time.
Playing the B+C nines, we had no hold ups, apart from the rain, and made good time.   Looking at the skies, my playing partner asked how many holes can we do before it rains. He didn’t have to wait long for the answer as, after 3 holes, a heavy, but brief, shower caused us to head for shelter.
Meanwhile in the lead group Bobby Watson and Maurice Roberts were doing what they have been doing for many games recently, and that is notching up big scores.
Greenwood course is usually quite soft underfoot at this time of the year, so after some rain the night before, it was carts on path only and lift, clean and place. The brief shower didn’t make the going any easier.
The greens are in very good condition, albeit a little slow because of the dampness.
We decided on two flights today, and as mentioned, it was that man Bobby Watson, who once again scorched around the track for 39 points off his reduced handicap of 6 ( that’s net 75). How does he do it? Maurice Roberts put in another consistent effort to bag 35 points to take second spot in “A” flight on a countback from newcomer to Links, Terry Drier.
“B” flight saw the seemingly evergreen Len Jones take the prized first place with a handicap equalling 36 points,  a full 5 points clear  of Frank Riley on 31 points and Phil McClure a further 2 points back on 29 pts.
Then there was the Best Nines.

Best Front Nine (non winners)…..John Anderson……18 pts c/back
Best Back Nine ( non winners)…..Kevin Rogers…......19 pts

Winner…”A” flight………Bob Watson (6)………...39 pts  
2nd Place…………………..Maurice Roberts (11)…..35pts c/back
3rd Place ………………….Terry Drier (15)…………35 pts

Winner…”B” flight………Len Jones (28)…………..36 pts
2nd Place…………………..Frank Riley (22)………...31 pts
3rd Place…………………..Phil McClure (21)……….29 pts

An easy drive back to Pattaya, with no more rain.  But time was marching on, so into the sorting of results over a tasty curry for the players.
Due to the late start, and finish, some had drifted away before presentations, including the two  most worthy of wearing the “Wig”. So it stays in the box.
Bob, however was all too keen to get that Green Jacket wrapped around him.
Even with the frustration in the morning, the day, of course, was another day in golfing paradise.

Masa Wins First Up At Pattavia

Pattavia is always a nice course to visit. Check-in was quick and efficient. The starter/marshal at the first tee got us away a little earlier than our booked tee time, and with no other players in sight we virtually had the course to ourselves, our lead group only catching up to a three ball at the 17th hole. The fairways looked a treat and on this day the greens were running faster than on our recent visit, almost back to the treacherous “ keep the ball below the pin” that we know.
Masa Takano is back in town, and in more ways than one. Playing his first game with us on this trip, he took out top place with an impressive 38 points from his lowly 7 handicap. John Pierrel has been travelling recently, but he is back and also in good form,  so from his 13 handicap was a clear second behind Masa, with a 37 point bag. Terry Dreier needed to win a countback to grab third place ahead of Barry Elphick, both on 34 points.
Then came the Best Nines..
Best Front Nine ( non winners)….Frank Riley…17 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners)….Phil McClure...18 pts.
A first time visitor/player, Keith Boxshall wanted to do something different and donated a number of items to be used as prizes. A big Thank You to Keith.
The first one was put to use by having a draw for anyone else who had, as yet, won nothing. Joy pulled out the winning card, which just happened to be her partner, Phil Davies. No collusion, just the luck of the draw, Phil collected his prize of a nice white towel.
Then onto the photo shoot. Masa saw, and wore the Green Jacket for the first time and thought it to be a terrific idea. Once he knew he would wear it, he was even more excited.
Some one has to be last, and to wear the “Wig” , so on this occasion it went to our generous sponsor, Keith Boxshall. A mixed day for Keith.

Winner…………...Masa Takano ( 7)………….38pts  
 2nd Place……….John Pierrel (13)…………..37pts
 3rd Place………..Terry Dreier ( 15)………….34 pts c/back
4th Place………...Barry Elphick (25)………...34 pts

September

A Tough Day At The Golf Course

We certainly know that ”a bad day's golf is better than a day at work”, or something like that. But, from 15 golfers today, only one could play to handicap. Nick Odnoral did it scoring 36 points on a course that seemed in very good condition, considering it had not rained there for two days.
The greens where quicker than our last trip here two months ago, but there were variations of pace around the course, so no one could settle in to the speed.
The rough was tough to get free of, once again grass that would grab the club and dictate which way the ball was to go.
Colin Smith, the happy Welshman, had a good game to finish with, 34 points and second place behind Nick.
Bob Watson was never going to be far from the action and scored 33 points to take third. So Bobby, you don't get a Green Jacket for third. In fourth place was Phil Davies off his newest handicap of 13.
Then there were the Best Nines

Best Front Nine ( non winners)......Derek Phillips...17 pts c/back
Best Back Nine ( non winners).......Masa Takano.....15 pts

Winner.........Nick Odnoral (20 )......36 pts
2nd Place......Colin Smith (13).........34 pts
3rd Place......Bob Watson (5)...........33 pts
4th Place.......Phil Davies (13)..........32 pts.

The Presentations went well until the announcement of the winner, who wasn't there. Unperturbed, Phil carried on to present the “Wig” to Gary Bolger, but no photo. Then, a short time later, Nick arrived, the Green Jacket was presented, the photo taken, and all was right with the world again.

King Kevin Rules at Burapha

Pattaya golf is essentially about friendship, above all else and when the opportunity arises to share a golf day with a neighbouring venue it cannot be resisted, Such it was on Wednesday, 6th September when the golfers of Coiln's Bar in Soi Buakhao accepted an invitation to join the PLGS at the Links to enjoy a day at Burapha on the sumptuous A and B nines. The format was stableford and the large field was divided into two flights with the cut coming at 20 and under. Other old friends also joined, including Dave Stockman, a former PGS and IPGC Champion, who is continuing his recovery from a serious health issue and he showed the field he had not lost much of his skill.

Despite the rains of late, and rain towards the end of the round the course was in immaculate condition with lush fairways and very consistent greens. Bunkers were good and well raked and only the thick rough posed problems to the golfers, making rescue shots a stern test of contact and accuracy.

In the second flight scores were moderate with Barry Oats losing on countback to take fourth place on 30 points, just edged out by fellow Aussie Ed Mason also on thirty. In second was Bruce Walters with 33 points. The flight was won by Frank Riley with 34 points. In the top flight Paul Smith recorded the day's best gross with 75, giving him 37 points for fourth place, losing on countback for third to Tip Briney who had accidentally signed for a lower handicap, thus placing him in the top flight! Second place was held by Dave Stockman with 39 points but the victor with all the plaudits was Kevin Rogers whose splendid 41 points came from his handicap of twelve.

Consolation prizes saw John Pierrel win the best front nine with 18 points and Derek Phillips take the back nine prize with the same score.

A full presentation back at the Links saw Keith Boxhall again presented with the dreaded Wig for his mediocre performance but he still has a couple of rounds to go to challenge the legendary "Billy the Wig", Scotsman Billy Hill for the record!

Days like this are always memorable and the company of friends more than compensates for some inevitable indifferent golf. Well done lads and thanks for the day.

Birdie Man Paul Smith Wins A Countback

Phil Davies commented “I’ve never played with an amateur golfer and seen four birdies in a row”. But that’s what Paul Smith (h/c 4) did today on the “C” nine at Khao Kheow. In all, 5 birdies for the round.
It was 21 golfers, after a no show, making their way to one of the best courses around. Khao Kheow was presented in the usual wonderful condition.
Weather plays a big part at this time of the year. On Tuesday I played here with carts on fairways, which were quite firm. The greens ran true and quick. By Thursday, another group played the same nines, but a big rain the in the morning meant carts were restricted to path only and the greens slower.
What awaited us today? Same as Tuesday, carts on firm fairways and greens quick..
Currently in form Kevin Rogers, after his 41 points on Wednesday came within a whisker of taking first spot again, however, Paul Smith had one point more in the countback. Both players scored 40 points, a very good score for this course.  Phil Davies is returning to form, and his new handicap of 13 looked dangerous after he came third in “A” Flight with 37 points.
Because of the cut off to decide flights, Wayne Peppernell just sneaked into “B” Flight, and with another big round of 40 points easily took out the flight first prize.
Vero Morgan’s flight from Australia was late getting in to BKK and she and John Carlton raced straight to Links Bar and onto the bus. Vero grabbed second place with a good first up 32 points.
John Anderson took third in the flight with 30 points.
Enough players to have near pins available. Maybe lack of experience with near pins, because only two of the four available were won. Wayne Peppernell and Kevin Rogers were successful.
Some more prizes…. Best Nines (non winners)
Best Front Nine (B) winner….Adam Barton…19 pts  c/back
Best Back Nine (C)winner…..John Carlton…...18 pts

 Winner..”A” flight…….Paul Smith ( 4)…………... 40 pts  c/back 
 2nd Place…..................Kevin Rogers (12)………..40 pts 
 3rd Place………………...Phil Davies (13)…………..37 pts.

Winner “B” flight……….Wayne Peppernell (16)……40 pts
2nd Place………………….Vero Morgan (22)………..32 pts
3rd Place………………….John Anderson (29)……….30 pts.

There was a big crowd back at Links Bar, as just about all players attended the presentations. With so many prizes on offer, and the famous free meal, it seemed like the thing to do.
First time wearer of the Green Jacket, Paul, nearly disappeared in the jacket made for Phil’s size, but he was a grinner,
Tip Briney, after the first nine, was having his worst round in his memory, and convinced himself the “Wig” was going on his head. The second nine confirmed that. We all have our days, Tip.

Colin Smith Rises To The Top

Colin Smith, the happy Welshman, is having a wonderful holiday here in Pattaya. He has also been playing very good, consistent golf. So much so that his win today takes him to the top of the leaderboard in our “Golfer of the Month.” Although this Eastern Star course is in great condition, the best most can remember it, many found it tough going. Why? It wasn’t the course, nor an issue with weather. The fairways are well grassed and mown, greens are quite quick. One in our group thought they varied from one green to another, but generally they ran well.
Apart from the first three placings, scores were pretty ordinary, in that five of the players had 26 pts.
But it was Colin Smith and his new found buddy, the also very consistent Bob Watson, racing away from the others, both scoring 35 points, with Colin doing better on the back nine. It seems the Watson name figures somewhere in the results a lot lately. Greg Gawron is not a name that arises very often in the results, but today he managed a respectable 33 points to take third spot on the podium.

Best Front Nine (non winners)….Adam Barton…16 pts.
Best Back Nine (non winners)….Steve Hughes…18 pts.

..Winner …….Colin Smith (13)…………35 pts  c/back 
 2nd Place….....Bob Watson (5)…………..35 pts 
 3rd Place……..Greg Gawron (17)……….33 pts.

Colin was stoked to finally get in to that Green Jacket after being close a number of times. Not often we have a lady playing at “Links”, unfortunately, but today Vero Morgan was with us. She was so happy to have her photo taken wearing the “Wig”, really?? But it does look good. Like Bob Watson, she is determined not to do it again.

Big Adam Scores Big

While “low season” prices prevail, we took the opportunity to  play at the beautiful Pattana Golf Course once again. This course is always presented in immaculate condition and today it lived up to that high standard. We played B+C courses today, but any of the 3 would have done as well. Fairways were cut to near perfection, the rough still gets hold of the club at times, and the greens in very good order.
I never tire of the beautiful backdrop to the B9 fairway and green. The spectacle of the Club House overlooking that area makes you realise how lucky we are to be able to play this course, in this country.
There were wenty four starters, so suggesting people like playing here, and all six groups got around the 18 holes in good time, even considering the brief shower about halfway. 3 minutes, I think.
In my time here in Thailand playing golf, I cannot remember the cut to decide “A” and “B” flights being what we had today.  0-11 and 12+ was the way it happened. Rare to cut so low, I think. We have some pretty good golfers around at the moment.
The “B” flight topped the scoring today with a great effort from 13 handicapper, and regular visitor, Adam Barton. I watched on as he put together a big 41 points.
He's not used to being called a “B” grader, but Phil Davies ran a good second to Adam, amassing  a very respectable 38 points, showing a welcome return to form. That name Gawron appeared again for the second game in a row, Greg was in third spot with 33 points.
In the “A” flight, it was visitor John Carlton scoring a winning 38 points. In the same group as Adam, I watched him also. Didn't seem to rub off
There was another memorable round from the talented Paul Smith . Here he is with a playing handicap of 2, he makes 37 points (73 gross) and can only manage second place. That's how tight it was today. Stephen Hughes, playing his second game with us, did well with 36 points for third.

We decided to have four near pin prizes for this round and all were won.
Greg Gawron ( B3), John Carlton (B7),Masa Tanako (C2), Bob Watson (C7).

So, with two flights and four near pins, we looked towards the best scores on the front and back nines, for anyone who had not yet won anything.

Best Front Nine....Steve Truelove......20 pts
Best Back Nine......Bill Winslow..........18 pts on c/back

Winner..”A” Flight …….John Carlton (11)………....38 pts
      2nd Place………….....Paul Smith (2)…………....37pts
      3rd Place…………......Stephen Hughes (11)……..36pts

Winner “B” Flight………...Adam Barton (13)………..41 pts
       2nd Place……….........Phil Davies (12)………....38pts
       3rd Place……….........Greg Gawron (17)……….33 pts

It's not often that the Green Jacket actually fits the recipient, but Adam is just the right size.
port, and particularly golf, can be exhilarating or cruel. John Pierrel had both this week. After scoring 43 points at Bangpakong earlier in the week, came down to earth with a thud, being presented with the “Wig” for the least flattering score of the day. It will only inspire him!!

Here's hoping the green fees stay down a little longer so we can get back to beautiful Pattana.

Big Adam Scores Bigger

An eleventh hour change of plans saw us at Pattaya Country Club two weeks earlier than scheduled. As we had avoided this course for many months,  it was decided to give it a try on August 18, particularly with the offer of 1350bht for G/F, Caddy and Cart. All were happily surprised there had been a vast improvement of the course from earlier experiences.
Eighteen players took to the buses and cars today for the short trip, knowing that conditions would be more than acceptable, and the 1350 bht price had carried over into September.
My Caddy advised me at the start that the back nine greens were not very good today. I asked her why? Last time very good.  Well she was correct. The front nine greens are in good condition, as before, but what a disappointment to find the back nine were not greens at all. In fact “browns’ with a green tinge. What happened? She shook her head and said they had cut too low, so consequently almost lost them. I believe they will grow back soon, but you have to wonder...just when PCC had got it right.
Having said all that, there were plenty of players who cared not and returned very handsome score cards. The biggest of them all was, once again, Adam Barton with a scintillating 43 points to outdo his 41 from Wednesday. 
Stephen Hughes stayed in Pattaya briefly as a stopover and played just three games with us, and ran a very close second to Adam, handing in a 42 points card, before racing from the course to the airport for the trip home.
Vero Morgan, like Bob Watson before her, vowed never to wear the “Wig” again, and made sure of it with a terrific return of 40 points.
Fourth place went to Derek Phillips, whose game, like some others, is a bit up and down. Today 38 points was a definite up.
We decided to have four near pin prizes for this round and all were won.
John Carlton (5), Colin Smith (7), Bill Winslow (12), Stephen Hughes (16)

Then there were the Best Nine winners..
Best Front Nine....Maurice Roberts......19 pts c/back
Best Back Nine.....Mike Allidi................17pts on c/back

Winner ..………....Adam Barton (13)………….43 pts
 2nd Place………..Stephen Hughes (11)…….42pts
 3rd Place………...Vero Morgan (27)………….40 pts
 4th Place………....Derek Phillips (28)………..38 pts

Adam has taken a liking to the Green Jacket, probably because it fits so well..
Sometimes 25 points gets into a place. But today’s field was so hot that 25 points got you the “Wig” for the least impressive score. Just back from Australia for a short visit, John Edwards wasted no time in claiming his first “Wig’.

Watson Pars Greenwood
After a couple of quiet games, Bob Watson came out all guns blazing to tear up the course at Greenwood and finish well clear of the rest. Forty one points from a handicap 5 is worth writing about. At the other end of the spectrum, Derek Phillips from handicap 27 put together another good round to finish second with 35 points on a countback over the very good and consistent Adam Barton.
Greenwood was presented in it’s usual very good condition with, of course, the usual dampness around the greens. However the greens did run well, and apart from a couple which had been recently cored, performed to expectations.
It’s a bit longer trip to get there, but a lot quicker than it was when all the roadworks were happening. Well worth that extra time, and currently offering vouchers for 550 bht on weekdays. We were a small group of thirteen players today, so we went to three places and Best Nines.

Best Front Nine ( non winners)….Vero Morgan……21 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)…...John Anderson…17 pts c/back

Winner……...Bob Watson (5)………..41 pts
2nd Place…..Derek Phillips (27)…...35 pts c/back
3rd Place…...Adam Barton (11)…….35 pts c/back.

Thre was a three way countback to decide the wearer of the “Wig”. Maurice Roberts "won" it.

Quality Service at Pattavia

Pattavia hosted the Pattaya Links Golf Society on Wednesday, 20th September as the large group again travelled up the 331 and through the pineapple fields to find the course in excellent order, although softened by recent rains. Bunkers were well tended but the greens, so often the "defence" of the course, were a real let-down. They were slower than expected and unevenly cut meaning "steeplechase" putts were inevitable for the golfers. A thirty minute timeout for a heavy shower did not affect the golfers too much. However the course represents excellent value for money and an undoubted challenge for golfers at all levels.

The field was divided into two flights cut at twelve and under - wow! - and the top flight showed low marker Mike Allidi in third with 35 points. Countback relegated Andrew Blackman's 39 points to second place with the flight winner again being Bob Watson (39) with an impressive gross of 74. In the second flight similar scores saw John Edwards take third place with 34 points, three behind Barry Elphick's 37 in second. The winner with the best points haul of the day was Colin Service and his 40 points was his best score since relocating to Pattaya six months or so ago.

Back at The Links in Soi Buakhao the presentation saw the consolation prizes go to John Pierrel for his best front nine of 19 points and Lee Leppor for the best back nine of 18 points. The wig went to Len Jones after the inconsistency of his iron play left him one point short of the other candidates for the "honour".

Nobody could complain about the quality of the day and again a close competition was thoroughly enjoyed by one of Pattaya's friendliest golf groups.

Vero Skittles Them at Bangpakong

Veronique Morgan is a name golfers currently playing at Links Bar will remember. Following on from her 39 points haul at Crystal Bay on Friday, she has taken all before her with a massive 47 points today. Happy holiday makers Vero and partner, John Carlton, are playing good golf on this trip, and made it a family affair with Vero winning “B” flight and John taking “A” flight with an equally impressive 41 points.
Placing behind John in “A” flight was a three way battle, with Kevin Rogers winning a countback over Bob Watson to take second, and Bob in turn winning over “unlucky” Phil Davies. All scored 39 points.
The “B” flight was cut and dried. Vero put daylight between herself and second placed Walter Baechli, who was pretty happy with his 36 points. Andre Van Dyk has been in good form lately and took out third with 35 points.
In our gushing over some great scoring, what about the course.? Bangpakong is generally regarded as a scoring course, so if you want a 40 pts on you resume, you play here. Beautifully presented, with wide open fairways and greens in top condition makes it a pleasure to play here, and although recent rain made for carts on paths only, as we can see, many of our group took full advantage.
With placings sorted, it was left to see who else could win something, and here in the Best Nines, the big scores continued.

Best Front Nine ( non winners)…..Phil Davies………..22 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)…....Maurice Roberts…...22 pts

Winner...”A” Flight…….....John Carlton (11)………41 pts
………......2nd Place………..Kevin Rogers (11)….....39 pts c/back
...............3rd Place….........Bob Watson (4)………...39 pts c/back.

Winner…”B” Flight…….Vero Morgan (23)……...47 pts
…………..2nd Place……..Walter Baechli (15)……36 pts
…………..3rd Place………Andre Van Dyk (15)…..35 pts.

The wearer of the “Wig’ is normally the player with the least impressive score for the day. However, some controversy this time. Bob Watson promised Mick Coghlan that he would bring Mick’s clubs. Upon arrival at the course, there were no clubs. A sheepish looking Watson admitted the crime, and paid for Mick to hire some clubs.
So, even though Mick Coghlan, in fact, had the lowest score, it was decided by Kangaroo Court that Bobby should pay some more for his lapse.

Karma for Carlton

How do you follow a day on a course like Bangpakong Riverside on Monday? The answer is simple...a trip to Burapha! The legendary course was on the agenda for the Pattaya Links Golf Society on Wednesday, 27th September and another large field turned out to enjoy a day on the C and D combination. Two dozen or so golfers were divided into two flights at fourteen and under to challenge on a track which was being prepared for a prime Thai tournament in ten days time. In their wisdom the club had responded to a request from the organisers to toughen up the course and so the Links were met with hugely challenging rough - deep and thick. The greens however had not yet been "turboed", thank Buddha.

The second flight struggled a little in the conditions with third placed Alistair Gill making the podium with 30 points on countback from Len Jones. In second place was Dubliner Derek Phillips and a welcome solid round of 34 points had only one peer, Greg Gawron's 36 point round which took the honours.

In the top flight scores were better with Tommy Marshall recording 37 points for third place, only one point behind the top two with John Carlton (38) winning on countback from second placed Kevin Rogers. For John it was a bittersweet moment as it was his final outing this trip but he had at last usurped the performance of partner Vero Morgan, whose monstrous 47 points on Monday had blown away the field, big time. Karma for John at last as he donned the green jacket as winner.

Near pins went to Len Jones, John Pierrel, Alistair Gall and Russell Spratt and the consolation "nines" winners were Vero with 16 on the front nine and Peter Bailey on the back nine with 18 points.

It had been another enjoyable golf day out for the society, now what would Treasure Hill add on Friday I wonder?

Finally, A Green Jacket For Johnno

There are so many fine golf courses in our area and we are lucky enough to get to most of them at some point. One of the best is Treasure Hill. Many believe it is just too hard for them, and tend to stay away. But they are missing out, and particularly today, as the course was presented in, probably, the best condition we can remember. Stand on any tee, take a second to look around (not too long), and soak up the view. Manicured Tee boxes, beautifully cut fairways and greens that are back to their absolute best. And still priced at 1150 bht all in.
What more could you want? Oh! Nice weather,  and we got it.
Disappointingly, only 9 players signed up for today’s game. We were the only group at the course. Why? The place should be overrun. However, good for us, as our first two groups completed the round in 3 hrs 15 mins. Good going. Even with the small field, we played three places.
After wearing the “Wig” on too many occasions, John Anderson finally did well enough to take first place and wear the Green Jacket for the first time. Only 33 points was enough on a low scoring day.
During presentations, Phil Davies was surprised as he read out his own name as second spot, with just 30 points.
A dash in and dash out visitor, Michael Lohse, put together 28 points for third.

Winner …………………......John Anderson (30)………33 pts
      2nd Place………………Phil Davies (13)…………..30pts
      3rd Place………………Michael Lhose (4)…………28pts

Simon Niven, back here on a short break is a good golfer. His handicap of 11 is well earned. But, everyone has their day, and today Simon had the worst score he can remember, and became the latest to don the “wig”. He was comparing notes with newcomer, John Conway, as to who might get it..

Small numbers, but another fine day of golf at a nice golf course.

October

Derek Does Best At Lakeside

The trip to Royal Lakeside is longer than most, but after a good run, we arrived outside the magnificent clubhouse, got caddies sorted and into the Green Fees desk. Being one of the more expensive courses on our roster, walking is a good option, if you are able or want to, in order to save some baht. This is a walking course, quite flat, well grassed, and with ample kiosk stops along the way.
Weather today had us wondering. Would that threatening storm descend on us? Or would it do the same as the previous day and go around? We had to wait until we started the second nine to answer those questions. Yes ! thunder, lightning and heavy rain had four of our groups becoming very close at one of the kiosks. This coziness lasted for about 15 minutes, before my group decided to take the chance and continue. A good decision, as the rain eased and we finished reasonably dry.
We were told that the greens had been sanded. The front nine had no sand and were in excellent condition. By the back nine we did get sand, some had been aerated and one was described as putting on a waffle. But, this work needs to be done to give us great greens tomorrow or the next day.
Twenty two golfers came on the trip, so we had two fights, four near pins and “best nines.”
Derek Phillips topped the scoring, and won “B” flight with a fine 38 points. He has been in the placings lately, and broke through today, and got to wear the Green Jacket.
Mike Wilsher plays golf occasionally, and was a surprise packet, taking second spot with 37 points, while visitor, Dennis Eagar grabbed third with his 35 points.
In the “A” Flight, it was Maurice Roberts firing up for a big 37 points to nudge out Steve Truelove on a close countback. Steve’s good buddy, Gerd Reidler was right there on 36 points to slip into third.
Near Pins : Colin Service (Hole 3), Steve Truelove (6), Gerd Riedler (12), Greg Gawron (15)

Finally, the prizes for :

Best Front nine (non winners)…John Pierrel…….20 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)…Dave Le Hane….18 pts

Winner…”A” Flight …………Maurice Roberts (12)……..37 pts c/back
                   2nd Place………….Steve Truelove (10)………37pts
                   3rd Place…………..Gerd Reidler ( 8)………...36pts

Winner…”B” Flight…………..Derek Phillips (25)……….38 pts
                  2nd Place……………Mike Wilsher (22)……….37 pts
                  3rd Place……………Dennis Eagar ( 17)………..35 pts.

American visitor Bill Copeland has had some good games with us during his stay. Today, his finale before returning to the USA, wasn’t one of them, and even though he thought he had escaped, Phil made a quick bee line to get the “wig” on Bill’s head.

Larry Snatches Win At Big Navy

Continuing the trend around Golf Societies in Pattaya at this time, we set out for the Thai Navy Course with just eight players. Larry Slattery, Tony Browne and Erik Anttonen were having their first games since returning from their home Countries.
The group found the course is very good condition, although somewhat damp. This meant there were to be no carts on the fairways, so lift, clean and place was invoked.
However, the fairways had some run and the greens were just right. That is until a big rain hit to hold up play for some time. Upon recommencing, not much had changed, although the greens, even though drying quickly, did slow a little.
On occasions the caddies would do a quick 90 degree on to and off the fairway, which made it a little easier for the non walkers.
Scores today were nothing to write home about, except at the top two placings.
I received the first four cards and it was looking like a clear win, yet again, to Bob Watson. 37 points from handicap 3 is very likely.
But, upon seeing the remainder of the cards, oh oh,! Bobby has been beaten on a close countback by the returnee Irishman, Larry Slattery.
Good start for Larry this trip.
Of course Maurice Roberts is never far away from the podium, so even with the small number of starters, we paid three places with Maurice just making it past Phil Davies.

Winner ………………….....Larry Slattery (18)………....37 pts c/back
      2nd Place………….....Bob Watson (3)…………......37pts
      3rd Place………….....Maurice Roberts (11)……….32pts

This is not the first time Larry has worn the Green Jacket. He did so during his stay here earlier this year. Still fits, Larry.

Nigel Perry's Fabulous 45

A fine Monday morning saw 20 golfers gather at Links Bar preparing for the slightly longer trip to beautiful Bangpakong Riverside Course. Upon arrival we found the instruction that carts were to travel on paths only, so once again we played lift, clean and place.
The fairways were in good condition and quite firm, although not a lot of run. The greens had been recently cored and sanded, so tended to be a lot slower than we normally expect here. This managed to fool many of our players. Slow learners, I think. There were some they did not fool, however, and Nigel Perry was one of them.
On a course known for high Stableford scores, Nigel took full advantage with a fabulous 45 points, to be by far the top scorer of the day, and therefore winner of “B” flight.  Len Jones has been worried recently about his poor form, but today bounced back in a big way with a well-earned 36 points to take second spot ahead of Dennis Eagar on 35 points.
In the “A” flight, another returning to form recently is Phil Davies, now a couple of good scores in a row, and today won the flight with 40 points.
Takeshi Hakozaki gets around and here he took second spot with an excellent 39 points. In third place was the ever-present Maurice Roberts on 38 points, winning a countback over Andre Van Dyk. All the type of scores would we expect.
Two Flights today plus the extra prizes for Best Nines.

Best Front Nine ( non winners)…..Steve Truelove………..20 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)…...Colin Service……..…...22 pts

Winner...”A” Flight……...Phil Davies ( 12)…………….40 pts
………...2nd Place………..Takeshi Hakozaki ( 13)…......39 pts
………...3rd Place….........Maurice Roberts (12)………..38 pts c/back
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Winner…”B” Flight………Nigel Perry (22)……...............45 pts
…………..2nd Place……….Len Jones (28)……………….36 pts
…………..3rd Place……….Dennis Eager (17)……………35 pts.

We were lucky enough to miss the rain at the course, but drove into a heavy downpour just before reaching Pattaya Klang. Arriving at Links Bar we got a drenching while unloading the golf clubs.
At the presentations Nigel fitted perfectly into the Green Jacket for the first time. The “wig” made its appearance and had a previous recipient holding head in hands believing it was coming back. But, he missed out and Barry Oats wore it for his first time.

Slattery Survives the Storm

A stormy week ended for the Pattaya Links Golf Society at Eastern Star on Friday, 13th (yes!) October when the group squelched into a deluge after four holes to compete a stableford competition. Skies were heavy at the start and a wet day was assured, following on from an abandoned exercise at Pattana only two days before.

A hold-up of more than an hour saw more sensible souls abandon all thoughts of continuing, leaving two groups to finish on a course which was in excellent condition, and remained so, even after the storm. Greens were quick, fairways well-grassed and bunkers were well tended. Only one grouse however...why does the course allow carts to traverse the fairways and flooded rough in such conditions?

Of those who finished Len Jones levelled the back nine to finish in fourth with thirty points, a couple behind Bob Watson's 32 points. There was nothing between the top two and a countback was required to separate the the duo with Maurice Roberts losing out to Irishman Larry Slattery, both on 33 points.

The golfers continued to dry out at the Links later with MC Maurice discreetly deferring the presentation of the Wig as Larry Slattery donned the green jacket for the second Friday in succession. Well done mate, now you can afford a new umbrella!

 

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