Double for Akira
The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Emerald on Friday, 4th January to play a stableford competition on the course which was in better condition than on the previous visit. Fairways had a better covering of grass, the rough was cut back and greens were very “sporting” with pins placed on or near the many slopes and putts running at a good pace.
Thirty-nine golfers made up the field which was divided into two flights at fifteen and under and generally scores were low as the course is always a tough call.
In the second flight Larry Slattery made fourth place with 32 points, one behind Niall Caven on 33. In second was Irish golfer Donal McGuigan with 35 points whilst Richard Dobson was delighted to take the win on his return round with 36 points.
In the top flight Stan Stewart continued his fine form with 35 points, edging out Colin Smith on countback for fourth place, a couple behind Maurice Roberts whose consistency gave him yet another pink envelope. American golfer John Collias finally came good with 39 points for second place whilst Wednesday’s winner Akira Sekiya took his second consecutive Green Jacket with 41 points.
He also had the honour of recording the seventeenth PLGS official competition hole-in-one, on the testing fifth hole. Having played two tough courses for the first time this week the former professional caddy certainly has been impressive with two Green Jackets and a couple of near pins.
Thai lady golfer Panda Aree won the consolation best front nine award for her twenty point score and was joined by John Doyle with 19 points on the back nine.
Near Pins: Akira Sekiya (5), John Harrison (7), Akira Sekiya (13), Michael Wright (15c)
“A” Flight (0-15)
1st Place – Akira Sekiya (12 ) -41 pts
2nd Place – John Collias (12) -39 pts
3rd Place – Maurice Roberts (13) – 36 pts
4th Place – Stan Stewart (15) – 35 pts c/back
“B” Flight (16+)
1st Place – Richard Dobson (26) – 36 pts
2nd Place – Donal McGuigan (19) – 35 pts
3rd Place – Niall Caven (18) – 33 pts
4th Place – Larry Slattery ( 19) – 32 pts c/back
Best Front Nine ( non winners)……Panda Aree – 20 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)……John Doyle –19 pts
Bill Copeland returned from the US with a poor front nine score guaranteeing him the “silly hat” award whilst the dreaded “wig” went to Craig Mitcham on his less than impressive return round.
The PLGS has many popular Japanese friends and golfers and all show the noble traditional Japanese traits of respect, tradition and custom. It was therefore disappointing to see the hole-in-one winner today decline the time honoured golfing celebration of such a feat, thereby denying the golfers the opportunity to share their congratulations, as is customary throughout the golfing world. It’s a funny old game indeed.