The large PGS field was divided into two flights at fifteen and under and the second flight played from the white tees. Here Larry Ang found his form again with 34 points for third place, a couple behind Larry Slattery in second. The flight winner was Canadian member Henry Mah whose 37 points was his best with the group in two seasons of trying.
PGS Championship winners Pete Sumner & Dave Cadwallader (centre), flanked by runners-up Larry Slattery and Ray Banks, with Player of the Year Wichai Tananusorn and Mr Len
In the top flight Tom Atkins played a level par round of 36 points for third place whilst Mike Earley broke his personal habit of playing poorly on his return to record 40 points. He must be forgiven for thinking it would be good enough to secure the victory but playing partner Joe Niisato had other ideas and went one better recording 41 points for an excellent win.
Joe also shared the ‘2’s pot with Martin Grimoldby, Tony Thorne, Tom Atkins, Rob Lamond, Alan Griffiths, Fred Land and Henry Mah. Evan Millar, for whom nothing went right at the start of his round, received the Booby Bevy for the day’s largest split of ten points between the front and back nines.
The return to Khao Kheow had been a successful one and as the course is improving all the time the PGS look forward to returning there next month for some more testing golf on the beautiful course.
Sumner & Cadwallader show Championship class
The Pattaya Golf Society held its Annual Championships at the Emerald course in Ban Chang on Wednesday - Friday, 11th-13th January. The course was tough in the strong ever-present wind and players had to dig deep to come up with good scores. Thirty six holes of strokeplay is always a tough call but the large field enjoyed the challenge with daily prize pools to add some spice to the mix.
First day divisional winners were Dave Cadwallader (net 71) and Larry Slattery (net 73), with impressive performances from Gary Bolger, Mike Earley and Pete Sumner and the pressure was turned up on Day Two when the field played to a conclusion in rank order with the leaders going head-to-head.
The second day proved as challenging as the first but Mike Earley was continuing his outsider challenge and Mr Len, the “Friday Man” was making a charge after a dismal final hole on Day One had blown his chances early. Second Day divisional winners were Sumner and Cadwallader with Slattery and Jones sharing the second flight.
Overall Dave Cadwallader produced the best net display with net 71 on both days and finished as Net Champion with Larry Slattery as runner-up. Pete Sumner took the Gross Champion title after Ray Banks blew away five shots on holes five and six to finish runner-up.
The “All-Comers” award went to new member Seil Revels for his best gross total of 159 which saw an inspired second day performance of 76 off the sticks at Emerald.
It had been a worthy Championship and with the defending champions elsewhere the group was delighted to boast of its two new “heroes”. At the presentation Tony Thorne’s and Khun Wichai’s unstinting help and support before and during the event was recognised and Jeff “ Rabbi” and Khun Peung’s in-house efforts were of their usual high standard. Well done everyone! Full results and scores can be found on the group’s informative website at http://www.thepattayagolfsociety.org.