Masa’s Third April Green Jacket
Another hot day dawned on Friday, 26th April. as the Pattaya Links golfers made their way to Eastern Star to play a stableford competition on the testing track, which was in good shape.
Fairways were a little hard, as always, but they allowed quite a lot of run and the greens were almost at the end of some serious maintenance. In a week they will be very good. As always, the welcome was warm and the three dozen golfers relished the challenge, starting ten minutes ahead of schedule.
The field was divided into two flights, cut at seventeen and under and scores were in keeping with the course’s history, never excessive and a level par or better finish always leaves golfers satisfied.
In the first flight, third place went to Andrew Purdie with 33 points, a couple behind Jamie Bootenbaugh’s 35 points finish, leaving the American in second place after his “silly hat” win last time out. The flight winner was Welshman Willie Brown with 36 points.
In the second flight Micky Tighe surpassed his expectations with his 35 points taking third place on countback, leaving Mike Firkin in second with a fine 37 points.
The winner was Masa Sugaya, following on from Wednesday’s show, and his 38 points gave him his third Green Jacket in April. Surely this must rank as a peak in the Japanese golfer’s curriculum vitae.
Near pins went to Mike Firkin (3), Paul Durkan (6), Tommy Marshall (13) and Wayne Peppernell (17).
Paul Chesney’s 18 points (on c/back) on the front nine gave him the consolation award, as did Tip Briney’s 18 points (on c/back) score on the back nine.
A-Flight (0 – 17)
1st Place – William Brown (16)- 36 pts
2nd Place -Jamie Booterbaugh (13) – 35 pts
3rd Place -Andrew Purdie (10)- 33 pts
B-Flight (18 +)
1st Place -Masa Sugaya (22) – 38 pts
2nd Place -Mike Firkin (24) – 37 pts
3rd Place -Mickey Tighe (34) – 36 pts c/back
Both “wig” and “silly hat” contenders had jumped ship before the presentation but the feeling amongst the golfers was that they may well be wearing them to tee off in their next round with PLGS. It would be a fitting tribute to those who always stay to receive the honour.
And so to next week. More quality golf on quality courses. beginning at Bangpakong Riverside.