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PSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf Society

Sunday, Dec. 16, Green Valley – Stableford

A Flight

1st Pat Regan (13) 40pts

2nd Dave Shelton (8) 39pts

3rd Yui Bietry (11) 39pts

B Flight

1st Keith McLachlan (21) 41pts

2nd Claude Harder (16) 38pts

3rd Jez Lees (20) 36pts

Near Pins:  No 4 Thierry Petrement, No 9 Dave Boran, No 12 Colin Davis, No 16 John Nicholas

The scribe eluded to the fact that the ‘Aussie Ace’ was a sizzling, and he showed it again this Sunday at the Green Valley layout with a man of the match 40 points and B Flight victory.  Keith was followed by nice guy Claude Harder of the resurgent order.  Claude held off Jez ‘the Principal’ Lees with a fine 38 points supporting a two point margin.  It could have been slightly different if Jez had scored a point or two on the last hole!

Barry Copestake. Barry Copestake.

Irishman Pat Regan edged the tandem of Dave Shelton and the Pattaya belle Yui Bietry in A Flight with a fine 40 points.  The ladies before gentlemen rule was cast aside as Dave’s maths counted up better on the inward nine to capture the second spot.

Peter ‘the Diver’ Henshaw returned to the action with a torn knee ligament, but sadly had to give up on the 13th hole – an excellent effort.  Thierry Petrement, Andy Keller, Jim Bell and Jan Erikssen divvied up the ‘2’s pot.

Finally most of our regular readers must have read about the exploits of one of our top players Peter Kelly; Peter today won the very prestigious under 18’s Orange Bowl Junior Golf Invitational tournament held in Florida USA with rounds of 65-68-66-66.  This was 13 shots clear of Jamie Lopez Rivarola from Argentina at 19 under.  All at Lewiinski’s wish Peter all the success for the future – absolutely brilliant.

Monday, Dec. 31, Green Valley – Stableford

A Flight

1st Barry Copestake (16) 39pts

2nd Pat Hanafin (13) 38pts

B Flight

1st Walter Beachli (17) 34pts

2nd Jorn Finnerup (28) 34pts

Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake, whose accomplishments have been lauded in this column numerous times, made another marked move on his handicap as he kicked out the old year with a best on the day 39 points and top spot in A Flight.  His effort overshadowed the fine showings of Irishman Pat ‘the big easy’ Hannifin’s 38 points while Aussie Jimmy ‘AK47’ Bell’s 37 points was good only for the knowledge that he nearly made the podium.

Peter Kelly. Peter Kelly.

The guys that are always there through thick and thin, the B Flighters, put three players up for the two person podium places that had 34 points.  The Happiest was the always welcome, colourful and flamboyant Walter Beachli, and the saddest Adrian Cook.  Amidst it all was Jorn Finnerup who was neither happy nor sad but simply had another Carlsberg.

Pat Hanafin and Gavin Culloty split the 2’s pot.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, Pattana C&A – Stableford

A Flight

1st JP Gasser (11) 40pts

2nd Max Scott (4) 40pts

3rd Nial Higgins (7) 40pts

B Flight

1st Frank Higgins (14) 34pts

2nd Jim Bell (15) 34pts

3rd Jerry McCarthy (14) 34pts

C Flight

1st Marlene Prudden (24) 35pts

2nd Mick Coughlan (23) 34pts

3rd Ian Higgins (22) 34pts

Well, as you can see, the new year started off with some exceptional scoring and some quite remarkable statics for such a small golfing venue.  First there were 41 competitors including Higgins, Higgins and Higgins (no it’s not a firm of barristers, it is a remarkable Irish family of society members on holiday).

Let’s start with the father, Frank Higgins, who found himself in B Flight despite being a very respectable 14 handicapper.  Frank returned a rock solid flight winning 37 points to start the ball rolling.  This was two better than Aussie Jimmy ‘AK47’ Bell and Jerry ‘the Irish Rover’ McCarthy; Jerry was quickly shot down in the resulting count back.

Marlene, the better half of the Prudden partnership, overshadowed Brian who was on the podium quite a bit last week with a steady flight winning 35 points.  Right on Marlene’s well rounded heals were Mick Coughlan and wait for it, Ian Higgins.  Count back dictated that they climbed the podium in that order and Ian was just happy to chip into the family kitty.

There was some top stuff in the premier flight as three men were stuck in a logjam on 40 points.  After the dust has settled it was J-P Gasser who emerged the top man and Max Scott took the silver as the Higgins family made it a winning trio as Ian filled the flight and duly chipped into the family kitty.

Frank (it all helps) Higgins, and five other players shared the 2’s pot.

Friday, Jan. 4, Crystal Bay A&B – Stableford

A Flight

1st Tore Eliassen (15) 43pts

2nd Frank Higgins (14) 39pts

3rd Bob Watson (3) 38pts

B Flight

1st Barry Copestake (16) 38pts

2nd Jack Mouly (19) 34pts

3rd John Feehan (16) 33pts

C Flight

1st Joe Tynan (29) 38pts

2nd Mary Geogheoan (24) 31pts

3rd Barry Elphick (23) 31pts

The story of the day was Tore Eliassen and his A Flight 43 point lashing, which topped Frank ‘it all helps’ Higgins (second trip to the pay window in a week by the way) by 4 shots.  Big hitting Aussie Bob Watson tided up the flight with a near flawless 38 points.  These three fine efforts made Aussie Jimmy ‘AK47’ Bell and Max Scott’s excellent 37 point rounds look rather ordinary.

Our title guy Barry ‘the Boot Copestake took the top spot in B Flight with a fine 38 points; this was four clear of Jack Mouly.  Irishman John Feehan and Mike ‘the Welsh Wizard’ Jeffreys were a shot back with the luck of the Irish prevailing.

Joe ‘sat nav’ Tynan was the big winner in C Flight with a excellent 37 points.  This was six clear of a quartet made up of two guys and two ladies; the pairing of Mary Geogheoan and Barry Elphick danced to the podium in that order as Marlene Prudden and Jimmy ‘2 shots’ Elphick ran out of steam.

Nial ‘he had to be somewhere’ Higgins, Jon Haugen, Paul Heyworth and John Feehan shared the 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.