LaBar On Full Throttle At Laem Chabang
It may be low season but we had to close off the sign-up sheets early after reaching forty names as Laem Chabang had put a limit on numbers.
On the first tee, A1, spasmodic light showers seemed to not worry the golfers as they teed off without complaint, hoping for the rain to go away. In fact, after a few holes, it did stop and then stayed overcast but dry for the rest of the round, albeit a little humid.
Scores were generally as we would expect here, in the 30 to 36 points area, particularly as the C course was played.
However, the stand-out was Big Kevin LaBar who scorched around the course with his best ever score of 44 points to be 8 points clear of his closest rivals. To say he was chuffed is an understatement.
Colin Smith returned to form with a handy 36 points for second in “A” flight ahead of three players on 35 points. Rod Marshall, on a visit from Da Nang in Vietnam, won the countback over Les Cobban who in turn took the fourth spot by winning yet another countback.
Kym Richardson, in his second outing this trip, won the countback to take out “B” flight with 36 points to relegate Masa Okada to second place at his first up round this time.
Colin Service has had a rest and came back firing to score 34 points in a countback over Bill Stewart.
Near-pins went to Tommy Marshall (A2), Klaus Fast (A7), Darren Beavers (C5) James Hudson (C8).
”A” flight ( 0-16)
1st Place – Kevin LaBar (13) – 44 pts
2nd Place – Colin Smith (14) – 36 pts
3rd Place – Rod Marshall (4) – 35 pts c/back
4th Place – Les Cobban (6) – 35 pts c/back
”B”’ flight (17+)
1st Place – Kym Richardson (17 ) – 36 pts c/back
2nd Place – Masa Okada (23) – 36 pts
3rd Place – Colin Service (17) – 34 pts c/back
4th Place – Bill Stewart (18) – 34 pts
Best Front Nine ( non winners) – Maurice Roberts – 22 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners) – Adam Barton – 21 pts
The “silly hat” was all over before it started, as Tip Briney was spotted quietly asking around the bar in the morning if anybody had a spare pair of golf shoes, as his were still in his room. Phil heard him!
Although most scores were in the range there were a couple of serious contenders for the “wig”, but it was Kenny Jepson who had one of those days and finished with the lowest score.
Once again Laem Chabang was presented in pristine condition and the light rain at the start did it no harm at all.
We will return here on July 8 and the sign-up sheet will be on the board this Friday Jun.29. or Online now.
Get signed up early to avoid disappointment.