PSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf Society
Sunday, Feb. 25, Green Valley – The Open (Day 1)
1st Clinton Hazlett (12) net 60
2nd Dave Shelton (8) net 69
3rd Garry Blackburne (8) net 70
1st Eddy Beilby (18) net 63
2nd Adam Oyston (18) net 71
3rd Dave Driscoll (16) net 74
1st Colin Davis (19) net 65
2nd Gary Roche (20) net 67
3rd John Kilohan (20) net 70
Near Pins: No 4 Graham Holmes, No 9 Eddy Beilby, No 12 Thomas Myborg, No 16 Barry Oats.
You can always get a rise out of a Brit or a Yank if you initiate a conversation regarding the proper name for the Major that is hosted annually by the Royal and Ancient. However, there is unanimity that the annual slug fest sponsored by Lewiinski’s and the dream child of the former owner, which is contested over four days, over a seven day period, is simply known as “The Open”. Ok, well maybe not unanimity but be that as it may, 39 players showed to contest an event that continues to grow in popularity.
Clinton Hazlett (left) with Nam.
For those unfamiliar with the format of the event a brief word; all four rounds are played on the tacit home of the society, Green Valley. The first two days are stroke play, with the top fifty per cent and ties going on to days 3 and 4 of stroke play, after a day’s rest. Those that felt the lash of the cut line clean their slate and play a 2-day stableford.
On Day 1, Aussie Clinton Hazlett broke from the gate quickly with a fabulous net 60 and a three stroke lead over Eddy ‘the Eagle’ Beilby’s excellent return. Colin ‘the Donkey Davis’showed he was up to the challenge as he returned a great net 65. Gary Roche net 67 and the favourite of many, Dave Shelton net 69, were followed by previous winner, nice guy Gally Blackburne. But it is not a one day tournament.
Monday, Feb. 25, Khao Kheow C&B – Stableford
1st Dave Shelton (8) 35pts
2ndEd Wyckoff (10) 31pts
3rd Peter Hynard (13) 28pts
1st Ayoko Pueschi (23) 40pts
2nd Brian Cooper (26) 38pts
3rd Reg McKay (15) 31pts
A relatively modest group due to the running of the Lewiinski’s Open took on the well-conditioned Khao Kheow. Ayoko Pueschi had a sparkling 40 points for person of the match and top spot on the B Flight podium. Brian ‘mini’ Cooper, playing some exciting golf, filled the silver spot with a fine 38 points. Two players were mixed on 31 points and the count back sorted it out favorably for Reg ‘Bionic eye’ McKay while Erwin Haflinger was the hard luck odd man.
Dave Shelton came straight off the podium steps of Sunday’s first round of the Open and stepped right into the klieg lights. His35 points in the senior flight gave him a four point advantage on the day over Ed ‘our man in the white house’ Wyckoff. Peter Hynard gratefully accepted the bronze on 28 points.
Dave Shelton and Brian Cooper split the 2’s pot.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, Green Valley – The Open (Day 2)
1st Clinton Hazlett (12) net 70
2nd Thierry Petrement (11) net 70
3rd Ed Wyckoff (10) net 72
1st Eddy Beilby (18) net 67
2nd Mark Bonner (14) net 71
3rd Nick Odnoral (17) net 73
1st Gerry Roche (20) net 67
2nd Thomas Myborg (20) net 72
3rd Lew Szigligeti (19) net 73
Day 2 and the cream began to rise as Eddy ‘the Eagle’ Beilby followed his 63 with a blistering co-day’s best net 67 for a two day total 130 to move into joint leader on the score board. First day winner Clint Hazlett added a steady net 70 to his first day 60 to keep his share of the lead.
Eddy and Clinton were 4 strokes clear of the ever-improving Gerry Roche. The Donkey kept his hopes alive as he added a net 73 to his first day net 65. Thomas Myborg and Thierry Petrement trailed the Donkey by five shots with Ed ‘our man in the White House and Broad more Bob a further shot in arrears.
Back at Lewiinski’s the main news was that the cut was 145. And so it was that 10 with scores of 145 or less went on to play a day three and day four of medal competition and 30 or more girded their loins for two days of Stableford.
The day’s near pins were shared by Clinton Hazlett, Ed Wyckoff, Bob Newell, Ranay Singh and Nick Odnoral.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, Bangpra – Stableford
1st Dave Shelton (8) 38pts
2nd Kevin McEntee (7) 31pts
3rd Mark Watson (6) 31pts
1st Pen Caruthers (13) 35pts
2nd Billy Britton (15) 34pts
3rd Matt Cronin (14) 33pts
1st Colin Davis (19) 34pts
2nd Thomas Myborg (20) 33pts
3rd Mick Coghlan (20) 29pts
Dave Shelton, one of the more accomplished players to come from the U-S-A, and certainly one of the most consistent golfers in Pattaya over the many years he has played here, was his usual quiet self as he led the monkeys and the gang into the barn. Dave was also the only player to better par with a splendid 38 points. Dave was nonplussed by the 6,495 yards as he left second and third place to Kevin ‘you know who’ (didn’t take long did it ) and Mark Watson as they out pointed Conner Doyle in a three-way count back.
The high handicappers wilted in the heat and humid conditions, as the highest representative of the 13 plus handicappers was C Flight’s the Donkey with 34 points. Thomas Myborg took the silver a shot adrift, as Mick Coghlan closed the flight.
The B Flighters were closely grouped with Pen Caruthers taking pole position with 35 points. Billy Briton and Matt Cronin were stringed out in one stroke single increments.
Dave Shelton and Leslie Cobban split the 2’s pot.
Thursday, Feb. 28, Green Valley – The Open (Day 3)
1st Clinton Hazlett (12) net 69
2nd Francis Goyons (9) net 70
3rd Colin Davis (19) net 71
A Flight Plate
1st Pat Regan (12) 36pts
2nd Mikko Mutanen 35pts
3rd Terry Mangan (14) 35pts
B Flight Plate
1st Adam Oyston (18) 42pts
2nd Brian Wilkinson (17) 37pts
3rd Bob Lindborg (22) 35pts
Day 3 – Ah moving day! Like a boxer coming off the ropes, Aussie Clint Hazlett came roaring back and threw a net 69 at it. He turned a joint second day lead onto a massive 12 point advantage just like that. The suddenly human Eddy the Eagle, who was joint leader, had the wheels come off big time but amazingly still left the Eagle in second spot with 201. Irishman Gerry Roche and the Donkey were a distant joint third on 214. All over? You never know!
In the Plate, Adam Oyston led the field on the first day with a resounding 42 points. Adam was five shots clear of Brian ‘the unbalanced’ Wilkinson, and yet another from Irishman Young Pat Regan. Mikko Mutanen, Terry Mangan, Bob Lindborg, Michael Lenihan and Freddy Starbuck’s were all tied on 35 points so it’s all down to next Sunday.
Six 2’s were recorded on the day.
Friday, March 1, Treasure Hill – Stableford
1st Kevin McEntee (7) 34pts
2nd Matt Doyle (12) 32pts
3rd Conner Doyle (11) 30pts
1st Colin Davis (19) 40pts
2nd Tore Eliassen (16) 34pts
3rd Gebi Kindle (18) 33pts
1st Tom Killoran (20) 35pts
2nd Fergus O’Brien (25) 34pts
33 Christy Knight (21) 33pts
Despite some outstanding totals, the story of the day was Irishman Benny O’Conner’s hole-in-one on the par three 6th hole. Congratulations Benny!
In the daily competition the Donkey fashioned a best on the day, an incredible 40 points to top the field by five clear strokes. The Donkey seems to have a soft spot for Treasure Hill as this is where he met and married Sim. Following in B Flight was Tore Eliassen at a distance and he in turn was followed by Gebi Kindle.
A Flight, or you might call it the Co. Offaly Flight, was full of Micks, led by the infamous Offaly gang members Kevin ‘stick erm up’ McEntee and Matt Dillon Doyle (didn’t take them long) on 34 and 32 respectively. Matt’s younger brother Conner Doyle on 30 rounded out the flight.
The Irish boys carried on were their mates left off in C Flight with Tom Killoran claiming the top spot. Friend to us all, Fergus O’Brien, took the silver and Christy ‘Good’ Knight tied up the flight.
Matt Doyle, Colin Davis and Christy Knight were as sick as parrots as Benny scooped the 2’s pot.
And here’s me thinking St. Pat’s Day was on March the 17!
Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya Land Soi 1, Beach Road Soi 13/3 near to Walking Street. Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764. Transport is provided.