𝑽𝑬𝑵𝑰, 𝑽𝑰𝑫𝑰, 𝑽𝑰𝑪𝑰
𝗣𝗔𝗨𝗟 𝗦𝗠𝗜𝗧𝗛 – 𝗛𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗠𝗘, 𝗛𝗘 𝗦𝗔𝗪, 𝗛𝗘 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗤𝗨𝗥𝗘𝗗
His marker described Paul Smith’s game as ‘awesome’. Playing from an exorbitant handicap of #6 on a very challenging golf course, Paul completed the round with a gross 73 on a par 74, for 43 stableford points.
This was his first game with Links since his return from the U.K. a couple of months ago and he brought out his very best game.
Mike Kaps has been edging closer to his oft’ stated desire of a Green Jacket. As his was the first card in, and with 38 points, he looked like achieving that aim until firstly, Paul Smith’s 43 points and then, on the final card of the day, a great score of 41 points from Tony Browne relegated Mike to third place.
Of course, seventy eight year old Jean-Pierre Gasser was with the leading bunch again with another sub handicap round of 37 points for the fourth spot.
Young Min Ko has been improving with each outing and his 36 points caused some reviewing of his handicap, but a job well done.
Jean-Pierre’s fellow Swiss French, Francis Goyons, also had 36 points to lose the countback to Young Min.
Marco Beer, another player from Switzerland, had barely stepped from the plane to run to Links to fulfil a promise of a game with Phil. He has played his usual steady round to score 35 points and grab the final place on the podium.
𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝘀: David Dunne (x2), Roger Emery, Paul Smith
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐭.𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐰𝐬
𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 – 𝗣𝗮𝘂𝗹 𝗦𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗵 (𝟲) – 𝟰𝟯 𝗽𝘁𝘀
2nd Place – Tony Browne (17) – 41 pts
3rd Place – Mike Kaps (20)– 38 pts
4th Place – Jean-Pierre Gasser (10) – 37 pts
5th Place – Young Min Ko (30) – 36 pts c/back
6th Place – Francis Goyons (14) – 36 pts
7th Place – Marco Beer (13) – 35 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Phil Davies– 21 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Kevin LaBar – 21 pts
The starter got our first group, a three-ball, away a little early in low humidity conditions, with a breeze at times to keep things comfortable.
Many players had lots of compliments on the condition of the course. Even the slower greens were welcome.
With Xmas done and dusted, it came as a surprise when Joy cooked up the ‘spare’ turkey, along with baked potato and Yorkshire pudding for the after game nosh-up.
𝑷𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐: Winner, 𝐏𝐀𝐔𝐋 𝐒𝐌𝐈𝐓𝐇