Tee Time:All Day
Steve Baker Stars at Lakeside
There has been a lot of golf on some great golf courses lately for the Pattaya Links players, so it was no surprise that numbers were down on our last few outings.
Twenty two golfers made the trip to Royal Lakeside and eighteen of them played in the comp.
This course and it’s neighbor, Bangpakong, are a little further away than the norm, but are well worth the extra few minutes’ drive.
The quality of presentation is always top notch and, needless to say, today was no exception.
The greens have enough pace to test the putting stroke, get it right and you’ve done well, while the fairways are well grassed.
It’s amazing weather at the moment. Most days are threatening rain, but it seems to keep away from the golf course we happen to be on, and today was once again quite pleasant conditions.
The clubhouse here is grand, to say the least and, after making preparations in the locker room that feels quiet and peaceful, you are ready for some good golf.
Steve Baker and Petr Petursson prepared themselves well as they finished the day in first and second places, both with great scores of 41 and 40 points respectively.
We went to four places and why not? The next two players also did better than handicap.
Third place was Maurice Roberts with another solid round, bearing 38 points, while the “Rev”, Alan Walker, defied age to score 37 points for fourth spot.
The near pins were won by:
Steve Baker (3), Colm O’Donovan (6), Phil Davies (12), Maurice Roberts (15)
Winner ………..Steve Baker (19)………………..41 pts
2nd Place……… .Petr Petursson (6)…………..40 pts
3rd Place……….Maurice Roberts (14)………..38 pts
4th Place……….Alan Walker (28)………………37 pts
Best Front Nine ( non winners)…..Stuart Brown……25 points
Best Back Nine (non winners)……Ray Byron………….19 pts
Presentation time at Links is always lively as Phil not only calls the names of winners, but teases those who did not score well on the day or had some stories to tell.
Colm O’Donovan was presented the “funny hat”, not for winning a near pin when his ball was as far away as possible from the pin, but because he then four putted to scored one point. Phil knows how to rub it in.
Graeme Dunn, after a couple of false starts eventually wore the “wig” much to the delight of his Aussie traveling mates.
Colm O’Donovan with the “silly hat”………..4 putts..