Yamamoto’s to the Top
On Monday, 11th September, the Pattaya Links Golf Society travelled to nearby Burapha to play a stableford competition in one flight, on the A and B nines. The course was in good condition generally but the club is deep in preparations for a big national event there mid October.
The majority of the white tee boxes were closed, leaving the white tees next to the blue ones, making the course much longer than normal, and in one case the white tees were behind the blues! Most greenside bunkers were marked “GUR” as there is substantial bunker drainage works underway as well. Fairways however were their consistent best and greens were very true.
In this way twenty-two golfers teed off on time and a tight contest ensued. In fourth place was Colin Service with 35 points, just one behind Darren Beavers on 36. Second place went to three-handicapper Paul Smith and he recorded gross 74 for 37 points.
The winner, on his debut with the group, and looking resplendent in the Green Jacket, was Japanese golfer Aki Yamamoto with 39 points.
The A flight near pins went to Derek Phillips (A6 and B8) whilst the B flight near pins went to Colin Service (A3) and Bryan Barrell (B3).
Consolation awards went to Maurice Roberts for his best front nine of 16 points and Phil Davies took the back nine award with 19 points.
Unabashed by his new-found notoriety Kevin Rogers took his first “silly hat” after a lacklustre 10 points on the back nine.
Chris Barker took the “wig’ again with only 20 points. And this was a golfer who proudly wore the Green Jacket only two weeks ago.
Funny ol’ game, golf.
Winners at Burapha
1st Place – Aki Yamamoto (19) – 39 pts
2nd Place – Paul Smith (3) – 37 pts
3rd Place – Darren Beavers (17) – 36 pts
4th Place – Colin Service (17) – 35 pts