Cooney blitz secures John Preddy Memorial trophy


PSC golf from The Bunker Bar

Monday, Nov. 22, Bangpakong – Stableford

Well worth the slightly longer trip than usual, to find the course in excellent condition, and to take advantage of a competitive green fee.  The only problem we find playing here is for those golfers with a handicap less than 18, with the par 3 holes being rated 15, 16, 17 and 18.  Three of these holes are some of the hardest and longest par 3’s we play, and can easily spoil an otherwise good round.

Gerry Cooney holds the John Preddy Memorial Trophy after a fine round of 44 points at Khao Kheow.Gerry Cooney holds the John Preddy Memorial Trophy after a fine round of 44 points at Khao Kheow.

JJ Harney romped away with the honours on the day with an impressive 40 points, and Roy Dayton also produced a fine round to win the B Flight.

A Flight

1st JJ Harney (12) 40pts

2nd Neil Jones (10) 38pts

3rd Tony Robbins (12) 35pts

B Flight

1st Roy Dayton (22) 38pts

2nd PJ Redmond (20) 36pts

3rd John Hughes (17) 35pts

Near Pins: Colin Greig, Geoff Parker, Laurence Harding, and Marion Melia.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, Khao Kheow – 5th John Preddy Memorial Tournament

A field of 68 golfers set out to contest the 5th annual John Preddy charity tournament over the A and B nines at Khao Kheow.  Always regarded as a tough course, today it was playing somewhat easier, with several tees in forward positions, and some excellent scores were recorded.

Leading the way and taking the John Preddy cup in the process was Gerry Cooney on 44 points.  Laurence Harding took the runner up trophy, and Reg Smart produced his best round for quite some time to take third place.

The presentation was held at the U-Too Bar, and what an excellent buffet they provided for the hungry competitors.  The celebrations carried on until late in the evening and a great day was had by all.

Many thanks to the management and staff of the U-Too Bar and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Pattaya children’s charities.

1st Gerry Cooney (13) 44pts

2nd Laurence Harding (17) 43pts

3rd Reg Smart (25) 39pts

4th Duncan Lee (18) 38pts

5th Vincent Smith (10) 38pts

6th Tim Lazereki (27) 38pts

7th Tony Scambler (10) 38pts

8th Nile Sheehan (23) 37pts

9th John Harris (16) 36pts

10th Geoff Cox (15) 36pts

The team competition (best 3 Stableford scores on each hole) went to Gerry’s Bandits who returned a total of 125 points

Near pin winners were Colin Stokes and Duncan Lee, the longest drive went to John McDonald, and the longest putt award to John Connelly.

Friday, Nov. 26, Plutaluang – Stableford

Excellent weather for our return to the Navy course, and although there were some complaints from the usual suspects, the course was generally in good condition.

Gerry Cooney was cut 3 shots to a 10 handicap following his fine display on Wednesday, but still managed to produce an excellent score of 40 points, being narrowly beaten by Tony Scambler in the A Flight.

Bernie Stevens made a welcome return to form winning the B Flight with 39 points.  Marion Melia also had a good day finishing third in the B Flight, and taking a near pin on her final game before returning to what promises to be an extremely cold U.K.

A Flight

1st Tony Scambler (10) 41pts

2nd Gerry Cooney (10) 40pts

3rd Ed Graham (9) 39pts

B Flight

1st Bernie Stevens (19) 39pts

2nd Geoff Parker (16) 37pts

3rd Marion Melia (19) 36pts

Near Pins: Rab McDonald, Marion Melia, and Tony Scambler (2).