A Double Helping of Stu
The PLGS’s week began with a field of forty golfers attempting to get the better of Burapha C and D nines. Though not the most popular combination of nines at the course the fairways were well grassed, bunkers were well tended and the greens were also fair and with some pace.
The large field was divided into two flights cut at seventeen and under. In the top flight Andy Kelleher marked his return to the group with a fifth place finish on 34 points, losing out to Alan Thomas in fourth on countback.
Marco Beer celebrated his final round this trip with 35 points and third place whilst Colm Lawlor finished runner-up with level par 36 points. After a few lacklustre rounds Mr Phil came back with a bounce and took the win with 37 points.
The second flight was no less exciting with countback separating Darren Beavers and Derek Phillips for fourth and fifth place with 33 points each. Phil Scotton, new to the group, presented his credentials with 34 points to take third.
Keith Melbourne acquitted himself well with a second placed finish on 35 points but the winner, with the best score of the day was Stu Thompson with an outstanding 38 points for his second successive Green Jacket. It was the group’s second “helping” of Stu in four days and his game certainly has the all the ingredients for success.
The technical prizes were well shared out with near pins going to Dave Cooper (C5), Richard Dobson (C8), Pete Seil (D2) and Alan Thomas (D8).
The longest successful putt on the final hole went to Michael Kaps, showing an immediate improvement on his previous round “wig”.
The best front nine score was that of Kevin LaBar with 20 points. The award for the best back nine went to Steve Eddowes with 18 points.
“A” Flight (0-17)
1st Place – Phil Davies (12 ) -37 pts
2nd Place – Colm Lawlor (14) -36 pts
3rd Place – Marco Beer (17) – 35 pts
4th Place – Alan Thomas (7) – 34 pts c/back
5th Place – Andy Kelleher (10) – 34 pts
“B” Flight (18+)
1st Place – Stuart Thompson (18) – 38 pts
2nd Place – Keith Melbourne (35) – 35 pts
3rd Place – Phil Scotton (21) – 34 pts
4th Place – Derek Phillips (19) – 33 pts c/back
5th Place – Darren Beavers (19) – 33 pts
PLGS newbie, Malcolm Cox, took the “silly” hat award for his meagre back nine of seven points and the “wig” was presented to John Pearce, who happily stood in for Barry Oats, who quietly slipped out before the presentations.