Top Class Service at Pattana
The Phil McClure Memorial Trophy
This week, a year ago, saw the sad passing of Phil McClure, a long time member of PLGS and it was decided to dedicate this event to his memory. Phil was a larger-than-life Aussie “Vet” who loved his golf, more for the friendship than the rewards it brought him and the day at Pattana was a fitting tribute to the man.
Thirty-one golfers were divided into two flights, cut at 14 and under and the prize fund was boosted by a number of special technicals, kindly sponsored by Phil’s long time friend Gary Bolger.
The C and B nines were in good condition and a heavily overcast sky made the day very comfortable for the field on a relatively empty course. Scores were close in both flights and the top flight saw Andrew Purdie take third place with 36 solid points. In second place was Simon Niven, his 37 points drawing his current visit to a close.
The winner was Matthias Hermann with 39 points.
In the second flight Darren Beavers finished third on 35 points, a couple behind Ron Matthews on 37.
The flight winner, taking the Green Jacket and the Phil McClure Memorial Trophy, was Colin Service, with an excellent forty points.
Flights were used for the technicals as well with the division one near pins going to Steve Potter (C2), Kevin Rogers (C7) Bill Copeland (B3) Chris Barker (B7)
Second flight near pins went to Alan Walker (C2), Darren Beavers (C7 and B3).No winner (B7)
Long drives on B9 went to Darren Beavers (B flight) and a monster from Andrew Purdie took the A Flight.
Paul Tedesco adorned the “silly hat” after a mere eleven points on the back nine whilst Phil’s old mate and fellow vet, Alan Walker, wore the wig for the day’s low score. You can bet Phil would have been “tickled” with that one.
It had been a splendid day in the memory of a good friend and all golfers had played their part fully in remembering Phil. God Bless you mate and continue to give them hell!
“A” Flight (0-14)
1st Place – Mathias Hermann (11) – 39pts
2nd Place – Simon Niven (12) – 37 pts
3rd Place – Andrew Purdie (9) – 36 pts
“B” Flight (16+)
1st Place – Colin Service (18) – 40 pts
2nd Place – Ron Matthews (16) – 37 pts
3rd Place – Darren Beavers (16) – 35 pts
Best Front Nine (C) ( non winners) – Dave Hewson – 18 pts
Best Back Nine (B) ( non winners) – Greg Smith – 19 pts