Roberts back with a bang

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Greg Perfrement (right) with wig winner Selwyn Yates.
Greg Perfrement (right) with wig winner Selwyn Yates.

PSC Golf Pattaya Links Golf Society

Wednesday, June 13, Greenwood – Stableford

1st Maurice Roberts (13) 40pts

2nd Kevin Rogers (11) 36pts

3rd Derek Phillips (20) 36pts

4th Colin Service (18) 35pts

Seventeen golfers saddled up for the trip to attack yet another first class golf course. Once there the caddies informed us that it had rained heavily at Greenwood the night before and consequently it was carts on the path and ‘lift, clean and place’ in effect. There was virtually no run on the fairways, so when the ball came down, that’s where it stopped.

The nice surprise was that the greens seemed unaffected by the rains and played as good as ever, even though the “A” course had been lightly sanded a couple of days before.

Word must have been relayed as, on our second nine (A) the caddies took to driving on the rough after never leaving the path on (C).

Nine days previously, Maurice Roberts was only able to complete 6 holes due to an old back problem arising, causing much discomfort with every swing of the club. Seven days later at Royal Lakeside his comeback game produced 35 points and today he streaked away with a big 40 points to easily take first place. A great recovery!

Kevin Rogers and Derek Phillips are good mates and playing partners. They both scored 36 points, which called for the count back and Kevin came out on top to take the second spot from Derek. Colin Service was right there again, this time with 35 points.

Near pins on par 3s seem to have become very difficult lately. The past few games we have had only three of the four claimed but today only two of four were claimed, by Derek Phillips (C6) and Tom Herrington (A6). What’s happening here?

The beat nines by non-winners came from Nigel Harrison (front, 18pts) and Bryan Barrell (back, 18pts).

Friday, June 15, Eastern Star – Stableford

1st Greg Perfrement (21) 38pts

2nd Tip Briney (23) 35pts

3rd Pete Seil (6) 34pts

4th Petr Petursen (6) 33pts

Eastern Star has been in good condition for a long while this year and the Pattaya Links Golf Society took a four-group playing field there on Friday to play a stableford competition off the white tees. The day stayed fine allowing the group to complete the round with very few holdups.

The course is a tough test of golf with the copious amounts of water to the right and the dreaded OB on the left of many holes, and only the most accurate of golfers will reach a good score. As it happened a full field average of 30 was a fair reflection of the day’s golf with a couple of excellent rounds rewarding the two six-handicappers in the field as Petur Petursen recorded 33 points for fourth place, just one behind Pete Seil’s fine best gross effort (80) of 34 points which gave him third spot.

In second was a resurgent Tip Briney, so often blowing either hot or cold, with a more than tepid 35 points rewarding his steady and focussed round.

The day’s winner was Aussie Greg Perfrement who followed his big win at Burapha just a week previously with another fine performance giving him 38 points for the day’s best.

The near pins were held back allowing consolation awards for the best front nine to Tommy Marshall (18 points) and a rare prize for Mike Firkin for his best back nine of 17 points.