Marshall master-class at Greenwood

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Tommy Marshall (left) with Len Jones.
Tommy Marshall (left) with Len Jones.

PSC Golf Pattaya Links Society

Monday, May 14, Burapha – Stableford

1st Takeshi Hakozaki (14) 36pts

2nd Mike Firkin (23) 34pts

3rd Pete Seil (7) 34pts

The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited Bangpra on Monday to play a stableford competition off the white tees on an overcast day which remained dry for the most part.

The course has been out of condition for a long while but at last there are signs that the greens may be getting back to their fine condition. Currently they are recovering from maintenance and the signs are very good.

Only three groups played today on an almost empty course and scores were close. Four golfers all posted 34 points for the second best return of the day with Mike Firkin edging out Pete Seil on countback for second place. The two other unlucky golfers were Dave Stockman and Alan Walker.

The winner was Japanese golfer Takeshi Hakozaki who received the Green Jacket with a broad smile after his level par 36 point score was announced.

Consolation awards went to Alan Walker for his best front nine of 22 points and Colin Service for his best back nine of 17 points.

The dreaded “wig” went to Derek Phillips after a round he would sooner forget.

Wednesday, May 16, Greenwood – Stableford

1st Tommy Marshall (9) 43pts

2nd Paul Smith (3) 37pts

3rd Derek Phillips (22) 34pts

4th Petr Petursen (6) 33pts

Greenwood on Wednesday and the society turned five groups out on the A and C nines to play a stableford competition.

The course was in fine condition in view of the recent daily storms and fairways were no more than soft but the greens were very good. Conditions were very uncomfortable with a 2-club/ three shirt humidity with the much anticipated storm duly arriving with a few holes to go.

Scores generally reflected the difficulty of the conditions, with one outstanding exception. Fourth place saw Icelandic golfer Petur Petursen securely in place with 33 points, one behind a resurgent Derek Phillips on 34.

Second place was occupied by Paul Smith’s 37 points and he shared the best gross figures of 74 with the day’s winner Tommy Marshall, victor with 43 astounding points, helped by a trio of good “up-and-downs” and a couple of long putts.

Near pin winners were Tommy Marshall (A5), Derek Phillips (C6) – almost an ace, Paul Smith and Barry Wellings.

Consolation awards went to Len Jones for the best front nine (17 points) and Maurice Roberts for his best back nine of 17 points also.