𝑯𝑬’𝑺 𝑩𝑨𝑪𝑲! – 𝑷𝑯𝑰𝑳 𝑫𝑨𝑽𝑰𝑬𝑺 𝑩𝑨𝑪𝑲 𝑶𝑵 𝑻𝑶𝑷
He doesn’t play every game yet, because the ankle problem persists, but Phil Davies has been slowly working his way back to the #12 handicapper that he used to be.
Playing off #17 at Royal Lakeside, 41 points was just like the old days for Phil and it gave him a good win, and the hoped for reduction in handicap.
Derek Hutcheson has played a couple of games with us recently and today was his best score so far. His 39 points got him to second place on countback.
Bob Rice jetted in from the U.S.A a few days ago and, in his first round this trip, went straight to the top of the placings with 39 points, beaten into third place on that countback with Derek.
Also newly arrived from Seattle, Andy Kelleher was back for the first time since 2020 and, like Bob, lost no time in getting onto the podium. A good, solid 38 points for the fourth spot.
Young Min Ko keeps improving and is becoming a regular on the leaderboard. Another very good effort to score 37 points for fifth place.
Mike Ehlert also had 37 points but lost the countback to Young and held sixth place.
Royal Lakeside has had the reputation for players getting high stableford scores, and has lived up to that with the first seven places all scoring handicap or better.
𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝘀: Paul Gill (3), Pierre Batardon (6), Young Min Ko (12), Derek Hutcheson (15)
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐑𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐥 𝐋𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞
𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 – 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘀 (𝟭𝟳) – 𝟰𝟭 𝗽𝘁𝘀
2nd Place – Derek Hutcheson (10) – 39 pts c/back
3rd Place – Bob Rice (9) – 39 pts
4th Place – Andy Kelleher (12) – 38 pts
5th Place – Young Min Ko (26)– 37 pts c/back
6th Place – Mike Ehlert (11) – 37 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Jeff Calrow – 22 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Petur Petursson – 18 pts
Needless to say, Royal Lakeside was in the usual near pristine condition and, of course, nobody could find a fault. The greens were very quick, which suited most.
We had seven groups of four out today and, even though we were behind a number of groups from another Pattaya society, the pace was so good that all groups finished in about four hours.
𝑷𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐: An old one of 𝑷𝑯𝑰𝑳 in an earlier win. He was too ‘shy’ for a new photo: