Maurice’s Memory Returns
On Wednesday, 15th May, the Pattaya Links Golf Society was spoilt with a competition at Burapha on the A and B nines which were in fine condition. Fairways were well grassed, the Bermuda rough was tantalizingly short but difficult to escape with any real success and the greens were consistent but a little “grainy”. Regular cloud cover helped the day to be more comfortable for the ardent golfers.
The field was restricted to a single flight and most golfers performed well enough to set a field average of 36 points. Of course, there were some outstanding performances with Frank Riley’s 39 points being only good enough for fifth place, after countback, with Tip Briney heading him in fourth.
Third place went to Lee Rodman with 41 points on his final round this trip, losing out on countback to runner-up Peter Seil who produced a level par 72 off the sticks.
The winner was Maurice Roberts with a blast from the past, his 43 points being a mix of consummate golf skills and outrageous luck. Maurice has suffered golfing amnesia for more than a few rounds but this day his memory was back as he negotiated the course with panache. The long awaited Green Jacket sat well on his shoulders.
Near pins went to Kevin Rogers (A3 and A6), Livio Marrone (B3) and Maurice Roberts (B8) whilst the consolation best nine awards went to John Coetzee (17 front nine c/back) and Len Jones (22 back nine c/back).
Extra technicals were in place after the farce in the previous round when the NP cards were not returned so nearest the pin (third shot) on the par fives saw Craig Brodey, Andrew Purdie, Jamie Bootenbaugh and Russell Spratt successful. Unsurprisingly, as low handicappers, they were amongst the favourites for the awards.
At the other end of the scale Barry Oats took the “wig” for his low score of 25 points whilst Phil Davies struggled on his third round in three days, following a break of three weeks, to take the day’s “silly hat” for a lowly nine point haul on the A nine.
As always Burapha was a joy to play and the PLGS golfers rate this as one of the best golf days in the month, on the A and B nines of course.
Winners at Burapha
1st Place -Maurice Roberts (14) – 43 pts
2nd Place -Pete Seil (5) – 41 pts c/back
3rd Place -Lee Rodman (11) – 41 pts
4th Place -Tip Briney (26) – 39 pts c/back
5th Place – Frank Riley (23) – 39 pts
Best Front Nine ( non winners) – John Coetzee – 17 pts c/back
Best Back Nine ( non winners) – Len Jones – 22 pts c/back