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Colin Service (right) with Maurice Roberts.
Colin Service (right) with Maurice Roberts.

PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, May 21, Pattana – Stableford

1st Russell Goldsworthy (4) 36pts

2nd Stan Stewart (18) 35pts

3rd Mashi Kaneta (15) 35pts

4th John Mason (24) 34pts

Clear skies heralded the dawn of a new golfing week on Monday as the society visited Pattana to play a stableford round on the B and C nines.

The course was in fine condition, though a little soft, but the greens on C are obviously next in line for repair and they were patchy and slower than the excellent front nine ones.

Scores were more than respectable as John Mason beat Colin Service on countback for fourth place with 34 points. One point and one place better was Mashi Kaneta with 35 points and he was muscled out of second by Stan Stewart’s better back nine as the Scot enjoyed a rare podium place.

The winner was Russell Goldsworthy, a fine golfer playing off four, who shot the day’s best gross of 76 in his winning round of 36 points.

Consolation awards went to Jon Batty for his best front nine of 17 points and Steve Truelove took the award for the best back nine with 18 points.

The absence of “Boss” Phil saw Len Jones present the prizes and his favourite Booby Bevy went to old friend Ron Matthews after a mediocre score on his first round this trip.

Wednesday, May 23, Pattavia – Stableford

1st Colin Service (20) 37pts

2nd Livio Marrone (5) 35pts

3rd Ron Matthews (12) 33pts

4th Maurice Roberts (13) 32pts

Our second group out today had some stories to tell. One wayward shot crashed through a palm tree, hit another tree, bounced back to the fairway and landed in a cart and became stuck under the pedal. (unplayable?) Later, another shot went astray which had caddies and golfers diving for cover as the incoming ball hit another golf cart. Happy to report no injuries occurred.

Pattavia Century is quickly becoming a go to course. At 1350 baht for green fee, caddy, cart for a golf course presented in such wonderful condition this is great value, and in line with the nearby neighbours.

Here, as at the other courses in this area off the 331, the fairways are well grassed and should you get into the rough, you are not severely punished.

Russell Goldsworthy.
Russell Goldsworthy.

The greens are always the talking point here. Today we found they had recently been cored and sanded, but pretty much settled now. The lightning speed we became scared of is now more sedate and absolutely playable.

A field of 16 players played on a, once again, hot and steamy morning. Some relief came late in the round as the dark clouds began to assemble overhead and create a wisp of breeze.

Colin Service has the best of both worlds. Recently he got to wear the “wig” for recording the lowest score of the day. This time he came out on top of the heap to proudly don the Green Jacket with a score of 37 points.

Livio Marrone, having his first game with us, popped into second place with 35 points off his low handicap of #5.

Ron Matthews, like Colin, has his ups and downs but today he collected third place with 33 points.

Maurice Roberts rounded off the podium finishers in fourth with 32 points.

All four near pins were claimed by Gary Bolger (4), Livio Marrone (7), Maurice Roberts (13), and Nigel Harrison (17).

Consolation prizes went to Tip Briney for a front nine of 19 points and Claude Grossi with 16 on the inward half.