Green for Griffith but Ace for Smith
With the days warming up so are the golfers with the Pattaya Links Golf Society, as eight groups visited Pleasant Valley on Monday for a stableford competition in two flights with the cut set at sixteen and under.
The busy course was well presented with grassed fairways allowing “run” and greens a little quicker than normal here. The Greenkeeper had obviously had a bad night and he took revenge with some tough pin placings, many on slopes, or at the top of slopes and tucked behind bunkers. Haway man, it’s a Monday!
Welcoming back some old friends, the group got away on time and both flights remained competitive in the fresh breeze.
In the top flight three golfers shared the honours and countback placed scratch golfer Ritchie Fearby in third on 35 points. Phil Davies took second and compatriot Rana Gurnam took the top place on the podium with 35 points also.
In the second flight third place went to Darren Beavers with 34 points, with lady golfer Helene Lindberg making her mark again with a second place finish on 35. The flight winner and Green Jacket wearer was Keith Griffith with 41 very sound points.
The highlight of the day, however, was Colin Smith’s “ace” on the island hole, number eight. His majestic six iron unerringly ducked into the hole to give him his fourth personal hole-in-one and the fifth for PLGS this year.
Consolation best nine awards went to Tommy Marshall (20 points front nine) and Len Jones (20 points back nine) whilst near-pins were won by Keith Griffith (5), Colin Smith (8), Bill Copeland (15) and Mike Firkin (17).
“A” Flight (0-16)
1st Place – Rana Gurnam (12 ) – 35 pts c/back
2nd Place – Phil Davies (13) – 35 pts c/back
3rd Place – Richard Fearby (0) – 35pts
“B” Flight (17+)
1st Place – Keith Griffith (17) – 41 pts
2nd Place – Helene Lindberg (21) – 35 pts
3rd Place – Darren Beavers (17) – 34 pts
Best Front Nine (C) ( non winners) – Tommy Marshall – 20 pts
Best Back Nine (B) ( non winners) – Len Jones – 20 pts
At the nether end of the final table was the ret
urning Iain Jones and his low score took the “wig’ whilst Michael Lindberg’s dismal back nine gave him his first “silly hat” since his return last week.
The presentation ended with the time honoured tradition of the hole-in-one winner buying drinks all round on another memorable day for the Pattaya Links Golf Society.