Indian Takes Big Scalp
How quickly times change. The Pattaya Links Golf Society returned to Green Valley just one week after a superb birthday tournament for Mr. Phil to find good fairways but slowish, “woolly” greens and an almost complete lack of wind. Oppressive and sultry conditions throughout made the day a struggle for many golfers, with only five golfers matching par or better.
With two flights, divided at fifteen and under, the group started on time and made good progress throughout on a relatively empty course.
In the second flight Ireland’s Joe Earls made third place with 35 points, one behind runner-up Merle Humphreys. The flight winner was Derek Phillips with a fine 39 points return.
In the top flight Connie Walsh again found a place on the podium with 38 points, edged out of second by six handicapper Tommy Marshall and 39 excellent points.
The winner, with 40 points, was the Links’ favourite Indian golfer, Rana Gurnam, who took a few scalps, including that of non-playing boss Mr. Phil, currently suffering a wounded knee. It gave Rana the bragging rights and a little “wampum” to spare after suffering much banter and friendly rivalry during his trip.
Near pin awards went to Merle Humphreys (5), John Rabbitt (8), Joe Earls (13) and Masao Ishikawa (16), whilst the consolation best nine awards (non winners) went to Dave Pettit for his front nine 22 points and Pat Lavin’s 20 points on the back nine.
‘A’ Flight ( 0-15)
1st Place – Rana Gurnam (12) – 40 pts
2nd Place – Tommy Marshall (6) – 39 pts
3rd Place – Connie Walsh (11) – 38 pts
“B” Flight (16+)
1st Place – Derek Phillips (16) – 39 pts
2nd Place – Merle Humphreys (23) – 36 pts
3rd Place – Joe Earls (18) – 35 pts
Best Front Nine “C” ( non winners)….David Pettit….22 pts
Best Back Nine “A” (non winners)…..Pat Lavin ….20 pts
The booby prizes went as forecast with Jeff Hunt taking the ‘silly’ hat for his nine points return on the front nine and the’ wig’ was presented to Iain Craigen for the lowest score of the day.
The day ended with the celebration of Dave Pettit’s birthday and the presentation of a sumptuous cake, enjoyed by all.
Despite the sultry conditions and woolly greens the course is always a delight to play and the group are all anticipating our next visit next month.