Beavers Enjoys the Riverside
The Pattaya Links Golf Society turned out in style at Bangpakong Riverside on Monday, 4th February, when ten groups took on the challenge of the glorious course in a stableford competition. The conditions were excellent and a humid day did nothing to detract from the pleasure of playing the flat riverside course.
The field was divided into two flights at eighteen and under and scores were predictably good. In the top flight Takeshi Hakozaki playing his first round with the group this year took fifth place with 35 points, losing on countback to Maurice Roberts, and a point behind third placed golfer Tommy Marshall.
In second place was Huw Phillips with 37 points but the flight was won by Paul Smith whose gross 73 gave him 39 points.
The second flight golfers found the test a little tougher, with one exception. Fifth place went to Phil Burton with 33 points, again losing on countback to Bart Bingham. Third place belonged to Walter Baechli with 34 points and senior golfer Barry Oats made amends for his previous round with a fine 36 point return.
The winner by a country mile was Darren Beavers with a splendid 43 points.
After weeks of anguish and self doubt with his game everything came good again today and last week’s wig became this week’s Green Jacket. Beavers’ beaming smile could not have been broader.
Near pins went to Petur Petursen (4), Pete Seil (7), Lachlan Gotz (13) and Barry Oats (16).
The best front nine (non winners) was posted by Colm Lawlor (18 points) and the best back nine (non winners) award going to Soren Hansen with 19 points on countback.
“A” Flight (0-18)
1st Place – Paul Smith (4 ) -39 pts
2nd Place – Huw Phillips (13) -37 pts
3rd Place – Tommy Marshall (7) – 36 pts
4th Place – Maurice Roberts (12) – 35 pts c/back
5th Place – Takeshi Hakozaki (12) – 35 pts
“B” Flight (19+)
1st Place – Darren Beavers (20) – 43 pts
2nd Place – Barry Oats (27) – 36 pts
3rd Place – Walter Baechli (21) – 34pts
4th Place – Bart Bingham (20) – 33 pts c/back
5th Place – Phil Burton (20) – 33 pts
Jim Ferris’ abysmal start ensured him of the “silly hat” award and Richard Dobson’s irretrievable struggles on the front nine also rewarded him with the “wig”.
What else can be said? Another quality golf day with the Links.