After last year’s PAGS record opener with 188 players, this year’s strong field of 162, which included 15 ladies, was another successful way to kick the year off.
Pattavia was the venue on January 30, with the course in good condition and fairways running firm, which ensured plenty of roll out. The greens were holding for the well struck shot, but still offering plenty of putting challenges, particularly from above the hole. Weather conditions were close to perfect for players, clear skies with a light breeze to keep the humidity down.
The winner in the Ladies Flight was Butsaya Chummung (H/cap 25) with a creditable 43 points, well clear of second placed Panda Aree (32), who fired a solid 37 points.
The C Flight required a series of countbacks after 3 players signed for 41 points. The winner of the flight was Mats Flodin (24) with his superior back 9 of 24 points, while Mike Warner (33) took the silver, courtesy of his 21 point back 9. Bill Kana (22) got the bronze after his 20 point back 9, to go with a NTP on hole #7.
B Flight for handicaps 14–21 again required countbacks to settle the places – Staffan Lyrestram (19) edging out Brian Keating (18) 22/21 on the back 9 after both signed for 41 points. Low spot on the podium went to Nick Townrow (20), outpointing Seppo Kontio on countback after both had 39 points. Seppo did pick up the Approach on #10 to ensure his visit to the presentation spot.
The A Flight for players for 0–13 saw Jeff Wylie (10) turn back the clock, shooting 75 to pick up the Low Gross and the A Flight net with 43 points. Finn Csizmadia (10) signed for 40 points, to go with his Long Putt on #5, while Jon Dean (12) picked up third spot with his 38 points.
Technical prizes were well spread around with special mentions to Ulf Bergstrom who got the NTP on #17 and the Long Drive on #18, while second placegetter in B Flight, Brian Keating, also picked up the Approach on #11.