Near Pins: No 4 Pen Caruthers, No 9 Grant Jackson, No 12 Jim Reid, No 16 Pen Caruthers.
Long Drives: (0—10) Barry Power, (11-19) Steve Gibson, (20+) Mike Craighead.
Nearest the Box: No 7 John Beshoff, No 17 Peter LeNoury.
It was Captain’s Day, a much anticipated and popular event on the society’s calendar as the amount of players signed up to take part will testify to that. Jez Lees (more commonly know to the regular readers as the Principal) took over from Ireland’s retiring captain, Jimmy Day. Thanks a million for a job well done mate. Jez will no doubt have his work cut out to keep up the good work but if anybody can do it Jez is the man.
New Captain Jez Lees addresses the faithful.
On with the show and the day was hot and the humidity was about as high as it can be as the lads and lasses teed off, but this did not hinder the scores as all the flights winners were in the 40’s.
C Flight provided the overall winner as Jimmy ‘Ak-47’ Bell lived up to his moniker and shot a terrific 42 points. Jim’s score was three clear of the trio of Barry ‘no nickname please’ and Jimmy ‘good’ Day or should it be good bye? No matter, it didn’t help Jim in his cont back but it was good for the bronze. The fourth spot went to a four-way count back that included the Donkey, Ken ‘Sergeant’ Blinko’ Gerry Power and John Warren; the Donkey was left holding the calculator.
Bill Peach showed he is getting the hang of this podium thing with a fine D Flight winning 40 points but he needed all his luck in a count back to pip Barry Elphick. Sim ‘card’ Davis, Peter Don ‘O’corleone’ Henshaw and fellow Irishman John Hartigan went to count back all on 33 points - Sim lifted the bronze, Peter nicked the lead as John was left satang less at sea level.
There was drama galore in B Flight as one point separated the first three places. Vinny Connellan was the top man with a splendid 41 points that in fact turned out to be the overall runner-up on the day, as a count back went in Vinnie’s favour over A Flight’s Steve Mulberry. It could not have been much closer, 20-14-7-5 to 20-14-7-6.
Jeff Horsfield and Brent Philip went to the dreaded count back which dictated that they finish in that order. Paul Robinson tidied the flight up with a solid 38 points.
The pied piper of Blackpool Steve Mulberry stood atop the premier flight podium with his flawless 41 points and as I mentioned earlier, his second overall runners-up spot. Steve was two shots clear of Peter ‘the right honorable’ LeNoury who in turn was one shot better than (no injuries this week) Broad more Bob Newell. Bob was like wise one clear of Dave Shelton.
Special mention for our good pal Mike Craighead who won the long drive in the 20+ division, but when it was mentioned that Mike had played off the Silver tees ‘the Donkey’ had not got the heart to take his prize off him.
Back at the ranch and after the presentation and the Lewiinski’s famous buffet, Jez was officially given the Captain’s role for 2013. Winner on the day Jim Bell thanked everyone for a remarkable day. The good Captain closed the event with a heart rendering speech as he faced up to the task of carrying on where Jimmy left off.
Colin did a great job sorting out the cards and technical prizes made difficult by some idiot who was not in the comp adding stupid names to the markers. Next time you’re passing Lewiinski’s nip in for your prize and a drink - the first one is on me.
George’s near pin event raised 8,400 and the entrance 8,900 to total 17,300. A very generous anonymous donor doubled this figure to 34,600 and the PSC put another 20,000 in the kitty. The grand total raised for the Baan Jang Jai Children’s Orphanage was 54,600. Many thanks from a grateful bunch of kids.
Monday, Feb. 11, Khao Kheow C&B – Stableford
1st Paul Robinson (14) 35pts
2nd Dave Shelton (8) 34pts
3rd Pat Hanafin (13) 33pts
1st Roland Bangerter (18) 37pts
2nd Tore Eliassen (16) 34pts
3rd Colin Davis (18) 28pts
1st Morgens Pederson (24) 35pts
2nd Paula Pederson (20) 33pts
3rd Ayoko Pueschi (22) 33pts
Roland Bangerter, returning from whereever he goes, was the only player to solve the Khao Kheow puzzle and in doing so he took the honours in B Flight and was also man of the match with a solid 37 points. In the far distance was Tore Eliassen three shots back, followed by ‘the Donkey’ as he won his second count back of the week at the expense of Erwin Haflinger and Gerry Roche, all three locked on 28 points.
Jimmy ‘Ak-47’ Bell.
Morgens Pederson showed his mettle as he netted 35 points in C Flight to clear his better half Paula and Ayako Pueschi, who hails from Japan in the Far East but which is actually south of here. Paula’s back side was adjudged to be more evenly distributed in the following count back.
Paul Robinson is fast becoming the clean-up man as he won his second podium place in the week. Paul was followed up the podium steps by the steady play of Dave Shelton’s 34 points. Pat ‘the big easy’ Hanafin closed the flight a further shot back.
Dave Shelton, Phil Page and Morgens Pedersen shared the 2’s pot.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, St. Andrews - Stableford
1st Barry Power (0) 41pts
2nd Steve Gibson (11) 40pts
3rd Dave Shelton (8) 37pts
4th Ed Wyckoff (10) 37pts
1st Roland Bangerter (18) 37pts
2nd Pierre Bietry (15) 37pts
3rd Kalle Jaskata (28) 34pts
4th Chris Barrett (14) 34pts
1st Per Brandsroed (22) 39pts
2nd William Peach (23) 31pts
3rd Gerry Roche (19) 37pts
4th Brian Cooper (27) 37pts
Barry Power, teaching professional and son of long time member Gerry ‘the Irish rover’, was a pleasant addition to the society’s roster and his fine trade mark play was in evidence. As always, his faultless 41 points in A Flight left Steve Gibson in second place with his own excellent 40 point return.
Good mates Ed ‘our man in the White house’ and Dave Shelton went to a count back to sort out the minor flight places where Dave’s treachery and guile overcame the Senator.
In B Flight, Roland Bangerter carried on where he left off on Monday with a count back winning 37 points over Pierre ‘the magician’ Bietry. The calculator was out again as Kalle Jaskata and Chris Barrett both posted even par rounds, the scales tipping in Kales’ favour.
Per Brandsroed led the C Flight into the barn with a rock solid 39 points closely followed by William Peach a shot adrift. Gerry Roche and Brian ‘mini Copper were tied on 37 points apiece with Gerry emerging holding the bronze in the resulting count back.
Barry Power and Ed Wyckoff split a very healthy 2’s pot.
Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya land Soi 1, Beach Rd Soi13/13 near Walking Street. Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764. Transport is provided.