Browne on fire at Bangpra

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Eric Black (left) with Phil Davies.
Eric Black (left) with Phil Davies.

Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, Nov. 13, Bangpra – Stableford

A Flight

1st Maurice Roberts (11) 38pts

2nd Mike Allidi (3) 36pts

3rd Huw Phillips (13) 36pts

B Flight

1st Tony Browne (21) 40pts

2nd Bob Fagan (22) 34pts

3rd John Mason (25) 29pts

On what seemed a rare visit here we found the course to be in very good condition, and just as challenging as ever.  As reported by another society recently, the greens are still much slower than those who have played here over the years have experienced.  Today, mostly medium pace, but some greens were quicker than that and caught out more than a few.

Of the 21 starters today, only four of them managed to play to handicap or better.  The two outstanding scores came from Tony Browne and Maurice Roberts.  Tony won the “B” flight with a well compiled 40 points while Bob Fagan came back to form with 34 points to get second and John Mason was surprised to make third with only 29.

Maurice Roberts will tell you his form is all over the place, but today was “steady as she goes” amassing 38 points to take out first spot in the “A” flight.  Second place went to Mike Allidi, handicap 3, who scored 36 points, gross 75, and Huw Phillips did well to also have 36 points, only to beaten on count-back by Mike.

The best nines for non winners came from Phil Davies (front 18pts) and Peter Wilson (back 18pts).

Wednesday, Nov. 15, Eastern Star – Stableford

1st Eric Black (14) 36pts

2nd Paul Chesney (19) 32pts

3rd Phil Davies (10) 32pts

4th Mike Firkin (21) 31pts

Scoring was difficult this day and fourth place was filled by Mike Firkin with 31 points, one behind Phil Davies and Paul Chesney, with Paul taking second on count back.  The winner was Eric Black, featuring for the first time with the group with an excellent level par 36 points.

Consolation prizes went to John Mason (best front nine, 17 points) and Ken Page (best back nine, 17 points) whilst Mike Wilsher, unusually struggling all day with his short game looked at home in the loser’s wig.

Mike Firkin kindly sponsored near pins but only one was recorded, Peter Ditz on the seventeenth.  It was another indication of how tough it was to find the distances in the conditions.

Friday, Nov 17,
Silky Oak – Stableford

1st Eric Black (14) 38pts

2nd Phil Davies (10) 37pts

3rd Tony Browne (21) 37pts

Two wins on the trot for Eric “The Judge” Black who is now showing his very good form this trip.  Silky Oak tends to worry people about playing here but the course was in good condition with fairways freshly mown.

Finishing right behind Eric Black was Phil Davies and Tony Browne (again) as each scored 37 points.  Phil managed to win the count-back to take second spot but it was excellent going from all three on a tiring day.

With so few players, we had just the one flight, but still had best nines for non-winners which went to Alan Walker (front 18pts) and Rod Stevens (back 18pts).