Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Another week dawned with another field of forty golfers as the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Royal Lakeside to play a stableford competition on a course in excellent condition, under a cloudless sky. What could be a better start to a week?
The field was divided into two flights cut at eighteen and under and play got underway a little later than planned on a full course. However no one was inconvenienced as progress was good and the golf enjoyable.
In the top flight scores were excellent with Tony Browne holding fifth place with 37 points, losing fourth on countback to Jon Batty, making a welcome return. Low marker Paul Smith recorded a level par round “off the sticks”, giving him 39 points for third, leaving Garry Bright and Dave Edwards to contest the win with forty points and a countback. Dave was successful and won the flight.
In the second division Jim Ferris managed to get the wheels back on his wagon after a few rounds of stuttering progress, emerging with 34 points in fifth place. One point better was Links regular Tip Briney, another golfer who found some form again today.
Tip was involved in a three-way countback for second on 35 points but was more than content with fourth behind Derek Phillips in third and Phil Burton in second.
The flight winner was Irish golfer Larry Slattery whose forty points took the flight by a comfortable margin and he also won the countback for the green jacket. For an Irishman there is nothing more satisfying than “the wearing of the green”.
Near pins: Andy Kelleher (3), Kenny Jepson (6) Sharon Burton (12) Petur Petersson (15).
“A” Flight (0-18)
1st Place – Dave Edwards (13 ) -40 pts c/back
2nd Place – Garry Bright (11) -40 pts
3rd Place – Paul Smith (3) – 39 pts
4th Place – Jon Batty (7) – 37 pts c/back
5th Place – Tony Browne (18) – 37 pts
“B” Flight (19+)
1st Place – Larry Slattery (19) – 40 pts
2nd Place – Phil Burton (20) – 35 pts c/back
3rd Place – Derek Phillips (19) – 35 pts c/back
4th Place – Tip Briney (27) – 35 pts
5th Place – Jim Ferris (20) – 34 pts
The honour of the best front nine ( non winners) went to Bill Copeland with 23 points whilst the best back nine sore was recorded by Rana Gurnam (19 points c/back).
The consolation prizes went to Simon Watts whose nine points on the back nine more than warranted the “silly hat” whilst the hero of recent weeks, Capt. Wayne Peppernell, underwent a fitting for a rare wig when he lost (won?) a three-way countback for the dubious honour. Yes Wayne, “all things come…” etc, etc.