Tee Time:All Day
Chesney & Davies Win Memorial Event
The eleventh annual John Preddy Memorial tournament was held at Khao Kheow on 22nd November. The format this year changed from a best three from four to the more common Pairs BB and the same number of golfers as a year ago were attracted to Khao Kheow on a fine day and a well presented course. It was decided to keep the team event in tandem with an individual event as in previous years.
Starting on time and making good progress it soon became clear that a tight affair was in store as threes and the occasional four were recorded in points columns on the cards.
In the team event Ken Page and Olivier Tahon celebrated their recent return and nailed their colours to the mast with a fine 41 points for third place whilst the pairing of Christian Boysen and John Hughes powered their way to 45 points for second place.
The winners were the combination of two steady Links golfers, playing together for the first time, Paul Chesney and Mike Davies, Their score of 46 points took the team event.
Individually Ken Page’s best performance for a while gave him second place with 36 points leaving John Hughes the winner with 38 points. It was perhaps fitting that John took the title as he was one of only two players in the field to have trod the fairways with John Preddy before his sad passing ten years ago.
There were technical prizes on each hole, the pick being Andrew Purdie’s certain ace on B3 but the ball remained static, hanging over the hole!
A splendid presentation buffet was later held at the Links and sincere thanks were proposed to those who had contributed to the success of the day. These included John’s brothers Jim and Donald for the donation of the trophies again, Maurice, Phil and the staff at the Links for the hospitality and the diligence of Khun Phen and Khun Taen at the course, registering the golfers and recording the scores with the efficiency of machines.
Finally the golfers gave their thoughts to other “absent friends” of the group, Jack Robertson, Jean Morel, Don Nellis, George Robinson, Leigh Abbey and Mary Jones, all of whom have joined John Preddy in the ultimate “nineteenth hole”. God bless old friends, here’s to next year.