Another Tight Finish at Laem Chabang
After a Friday washout at Khao Kheow twenty-seven PLGS golfers were even more intent on enjoying a stableford competition at Laem Chabang on Monday, 10th June. The day was bright with some scattered cloud cover but nothing threatening as they teed off on the A nine, with the more testing C nine to follow.
The course was in its usual fine condition but the greens were hard and much slower than expected with grain predominating.
It was decided to play in one flight and a fighting performance by Derek Phillips dispelled the disappointment of his previous few rounds as he finished in fifth place with 34 points.
Another very steady round by Tommy Marshall helped him to finish in fourth place with 35 points, one point behind third placed Peter Park on 36 points.
The top two golfers both broke par with Iain Jones’ 37 points taking runner-up spot, a couple behind the winner, Erik Lundman on 39 points on his debut with the group.
Near-pins went to Richie McGhie (A2), Andrew Purdie (A7), Phil Davies (C5) and Paul Smith (C8).
The best front nine was that of Toby Glass (20 points on A) whilst Kevin LaBar’s eighteen points on the C nine saw him receive another award.
At the nether end of the leaderboard there were a few contenders for the dreaded “wig” with Stu Brown eventually wearing it for his 19 point haul, whilst the “silly hat” went to last week’s hero Tip Briney for his seven point total on the easier front nine.
Taking it in his stride, Tip was living proof that the elevator runs quickly from the “penthouse” to the “outhouse” and nobody is exempt.
An enjoyable day at one of the region’s premier courses more than made up for the disappointment of the abandoned round at Khao Kheow a few days before.
Winners at Laem Chabang
1st Place – Erik Lundeman (5) – 39 pts
2nd Place – Iain Jones (20) – 37 pts
3rd Place – Peter Park (3) – 36 pts
4th Place – Tommy Marshall (6) – 35 pts
5th Place – Derek Phillips (16) – 34 pts
Best Front Nine ( non winners) – Toby Glass – 20 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners) – Kevin LaBar – 18 pts