Jodehl & Lankoff drive the juggernaut

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Thorsten Jodehl (right) with Phil Davies.
Thorsten Jodehl (right) with Phil Davies.

PSC Golf Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, Feb. 12, Bangpakong – Stableford

A Flight

1st Andrew Purdie (9) 38pts

2nd Kevin LaBar (12) 37pts

3rd Andrew Kelleher (10) 37pts

B Flight

1st Thorsten Jodhel (18) 43pts

2nd Harry Lankoff (22) 42pts

3rd Tony Browne (19) 38pts

C Flight

1st Derek Phillips (24) 38pts

2nd Rod Stevens (24) 38pts

3rd Martin Hoblyn (26) 36pts

The Pattaya Links Golf juggernaut rolled into Bangpakong Riverside on Monday as forty-seven golfers made to trip to this always excellent course.  It was the fourth time a field of almost fifty had turned out since the start of the year and the large group was again divided into three flights with the cuts coming at 14 and 22.

The third flight saw Martin Hoblyn make an early impact on his recent return with a fine total of 36 points to take third place, a couple behind Rod Stevens and Derek Phillips on 38 points, the latter taking the win on count-back.

The first flight was mainly quality again with Andy Kelleher’s 37 points good enough for third place, losing on count-back to Kevin LaBar’s stronger back-nine.  The flight winner was Andrew Purdie and his 38 points represented the best gross of the day, 79.

The second flight caused gasps when it was announced that Harry Lankoff’s 42 points was good enough only for second place as he was usurped by Thorsten Jodehl’s amazing 43 for the win, with Tony Browne taking third on 38.

Near pins were won by Dave Nicholson (7), Dave Neilson (4, 16) and Bart Bingham (13) and the consolation prizes went to Henry Mah for the best front nine (20) and Irish golfer Connie Walsh for his best back nine of 22 points.

Finally old friend Mark Stubbings from New Zealand called in and presented a lucky draw prize of a golf shirt and it was won by Paul Gill.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, Crystal Bay – Stabelford

A Flight

1st Maurice Roberts (13) 37pts

2nd Thorsten Jodehl (18) 36pts

3rd Masa Takano (9) 35pts

4th Tommy Marshall (8) 34pts

B Flight

1st Derek Phillips (24) 35pts

2nd Larry S;lattery (20) 35pts

3rd Tony Browne (19) 33pts

4th Harry Lankoff (22) 33pts

A very jaded Crystal Bay welcomed the society on Wednesday.  Fairways were dry, yet soft and wet around sprinkler heads, and the greens are now very poor on the C nine, being slow and uneven in places.

By contrast the B nine was in fine order and thus consistent golf was not an option.  When asked when the renovated A nine would be available the starter responded with a shrug and the prophetic words “Mai Loo”.

The large group was divided into two flights with the cut at eighteen and in the second flight Tony Browne beat Harry Langkoff on count-back for third with 33 points.  A count-back was also used to separate the top two with Derek Phillips holding off the challenge of fellow Irishman Larry Slattery with 35 strong points.

In the top flight Tommy Marshall held off the challenges of four golfers to take fourth place on count-back with 34 points, with Masa Takano holding down third place with a fine 35 point card.  Monday’s winner Thorsten Jodehl was second with 36 points but such was the graft and quality of Maurice Roberts’ golf that he was the only golfer to break par on the day and take the flight with 37 points.

Near pin winners were Harry Denman (C4), Tommy Marshall (C7) and Derek Phillips (B6).  No golfer had the honour of making the green on the B4th green as 175 yards to a raised green and into a strong headwind was tough to make.

The best consolation nines came from Martin Patch (front, 18pts) and Martin Hoblyn (back, 18pts).