Solid Slattery Tops the List
A tough task lay ahead of the Pattaya Links Golf Society on Monday, 18th February as thirty eight golfers made their way to Mountain Shadow to play a stableford round on the course which was very dry, giving lots of run but many tight lies on the dusty fairways.
Greens were quite good but the back nine were slightly slower than those on the front. The course demands accuracy, fairways have to be hit and the punitive rough avoided. Quite a daunting prospect after a Pattaya weekend!
The field was divided into two flights at eighteen and under and scores were inevitably close. In the second flight fourth place went to Darren See on his debut round with the group, with 30 points. In third place was Derek Philips with a very sound 33 points, one behind runner-up Stuart Kidd, playing his final round this trip. The flight winner was Barry Oats with 36 points.
In the top flight fourth place was held down by Kevin LaBar with 30 points with Pete Seil on 33 points taking third after losing a countback with runner-up Billy Shepley.
The flight winner and deserved wearer of the Green Jacket was Irish golfer Larry Slattery with the only sub par round of the day, 37 very solid points.
Near pins went to Phil Davies, Larry Slattery, Stuart Kidd and Tip Briney and the consolation best nines awards went to Darren Beavers (front nine, 17 points) and Chris Barker (back nine, 19 points).
Chris also took the “silly hat” after a shabby six points on the front nine in a round of two distinct halves.
“A” Flight (0-18)
1st Place – Larry Slattery (17 ) -37 pts
2nd Place – Bill Shepley (4) -33 pts c/back
3rd Place – Pete Seil (4) – 33 pts
4th Place – Kevin LaBar (12) – 30 pts
“B” Flight (19+)
1st Place – Barry Oats (29) – 36 pts
2nd Place – Stuart Kidd (19) – 34 pts
3rd Place – Derek Phillips (19) – 33 pts
4th Place – Darren See (30) – 30 pts c/back
The fabled “wig” went to Ray Banks on his final round as he struggled with the prospect of an imminent return to England, to produce the second lowest score of the day. It must be said however that his golf this trip has been generally very good with more success than some others on their annual visit. He and the other returnees will be missed for their skill and comradeship.