Knight earns his spurs at Burapha

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Rob Knight (right) with Len Jones.
Rob Knight (right) with Len Jones.

PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, Feb. 19, Khao Kheow – Stableford

A Flight

1st Masa Takano (8) 38pts

2nd Mike Allidi (4) 38pts

3rd Brendon McGovern (0) 34pts

B Flight

1st Tony Browne (18) 38pts

2nd Stuart Thompson (18) 35pts

3rd John Kelly (13) 34pts

C Flight

1st Niall Caven (19) 39pts

2nd Larry Slattery (19) 32pts

3rd Harry Lankoff (22) 31pts

The week began for the Pattaya Links Golf Society with a trip to Khao Kheow to play a stableford competition on the C and A nines, which were in their usual good condition.  Another large field of 45 golfers saw three flights set with the cuts coming at 11 and 18, a measure of the quality of the golfers in the field.

The top flight saw scratch golfer Brendan McGovern record an equal day’s best gross with his 74, giving him 34 points for third place.  The top two places were subject to a count-back with Masa Takano on 38 points just nosing out the second best gross of the day, Mike Allidi’s 38 points.

In the second flight scores were more diverse with Irishman John Kelly taking third place with 34 points, and Stu Thompson making the frame in second for the first time in a long while with 35 points.  The flight winner was the ever consistent Tony Browne with 38 points.

The third flight was even more diverse with 31 points making third place and putting a smile on Harry Lankoff’s face.  In second was Larry Slattery with 32 points on his final round before some R & R in Vietnam.  The flight winner was Niall Caven and he also was awarded his first green jacket for his best score on the day, 39 points.

Tommy Marshall donned the ‘wig’ for the first time after his card was adjudged the worthy winner.

Consolation prizes went to Rod Stevens (best front nine, 21 points) and Kevin From (best back nine, 18 points).

Near pins went to Andrew Purdie (C3), Phil Davies (C8), Kevin From (A3) and Bart Bingham (A5).

Wednesday, Feb. 21, Burapha – Stableford

A Flight

1st Tommy Marshall (8) 38pts

2nd Andy Kelleher (10) 36pts

3rd Kevin Rogers (9) 34pts

B Flight

1st Rob Knight (18) 39pts

2nd Soren Hansen (21) 36pts

3rd Harry Lankoff (22) 36pts

C Flight

1st Vic Barton (30) 35pts

2nd Richard Dobson (23) 33pts

3rd John Mason (25) 32pts

The society visited Burapha on Wednesday to play a stableford competition on the C and D combination.  The large field of 38 players was divided into three flights, cut at 13 and 22 and all three saw some excellent golf and tight scoring.

In the third flight John Mason’s 32 points took third place on his return round and Richard Dobson took second with 33.  The flight winner was the old campaigner Vic Barton for whom age and arthritis have been generous with his handicap.  His 35 point return showed he had lost none of his skill in the five years he has been absent from the group.  Welcome back Vic!

In the top flight Kevin Rogers took third with 34 points a couple behind runner-up Andy Kelleher with 36.  The flight winner was Tommy Marshall and he set the record straight after his “wigging” on the previous outing with an impressive 38 points this time.

In the second flight Harry Lankoff managed another solid round with 36 points giving him third place, losing on count-back to Soren Hansen.  The winner was visitor Rob Knight who set the best score of the day with 39 points and was thus awarded with his first green jacket.

Near pins went to Wayne Peppernell (C8), Alan Walker (D2) and Len Jones (D8) with Mike Firkin and Andrew Roberts inseparable on C4.

The best front nine from non-winners came from Mike Jeffreys with 22 points and best back-nine from Masaaki Sugaya with 20 points.

Friday, Feb. 23,
Mt. Shadow – Stableford

A Flight

1st John Kelly (13) 32pts

2nd Tony Browne (18) 30pts

3rd Masa Takano (8) 30pts

B Flight

1st Martin Hoblyn (26) 32pts

2nd Rod Stevens (23) 32pts

3rd Bart Bingham (22) 30pts

Heavy skies and very high humidity saw the group tee off on time on a course where the fairways were soft and with very little run.  Greens were slower than normal but got better as they dried out. Everyone in the two flights struggled to come to terms with the conditions and an overall average of 25 points tells the story of the day.

In the second flight the twenty plus handicappers tried manfully to make an impact but it was left only to three to break the magic thirty points mark.  Bart Bingham was third with 30 points whilst Martin Hoblyn won the flight on count-back from Rod Stevens, both recording 32.

The first flight was almost a mirror image with Tony Browne’s 30 points edging Masa Takano on count-back and a very chirpy John Kelly enjoying a win with 32 points.

Near pins went to John Kelly (5), Masa Sugaya (8), Phil Mitchell (15) and Wayne Peppernell (17).

Consolation ‘best nines’ came from Andrew Purdie (front, 19pts) and Andrew Roberts (back, 15pts)