Copeland doubles up

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Bill Copeland (centre) with Tony Browne (left) and Tommy Marshall.
Bill Copeland (centre) with Tony Browne (left) and Tommy Marshall.

PSC Golf Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, Oct. 8, Laem Chabang – Stableford

A Flight

1st Paul Durkan (7) 38pts

2nd Gerry Raftery (15) 36pts

3rd Joerge Mueller (12) 35pts

4th Chris Barker (13) 35pts

B Flight

1st Bill Copeland (16) 40pts

2nd Darren Beavers (20) 33pts

3rd Stuart Thompson (17) 32pts

4th Dave Arataki (28) 31pts

All good things must come to an end, as so today Pattaya Links Golf played our last game at Laem Chabang, at least for now. The great special price offered PSC golfers has lasted many weeks longer than the original advertising flyer quoted.

The one thing no golf course can control is the weather and so, having had rain as recently as 6 am this morning, the fairways were quite soft and boggy in places, and of course, with no run seemed much longer than the 6,287 yds off the white tees.

With carts staying on paths only, once again a lot of walking to be done, and we played lift, clean and place through the green.

Bill Copeland starred in the finale with a very big 40 points on a tough day to take out “B” flight (16+) and the Green Jacket. One of the important things in his armament is his consistently good putting.

Darren Beavers won the Jacket here last week and continued that form scoring 33 points to take second place from Stu Thompson on 32 points, while Dave Arataki with 31 points rounded out the flight.

The “A” flight (0-15) saw Paul Durkan improve on his 36 points from last week to make it 38 today for the win, leading in Gerry Raftery on 36. Joerge Mueller and Chris Barker went to countback on 35 points with Joerge having the better back nine.

Near pins went to Stu Thompson (B5), Paul Durkan (B8) and (C5), Alex Sala (C8)

Wednesday, Oct. 10, Burapha A & B – Stableford

A Flight

1st Gerry Raftery (15) 36pts

2nd Chris Barker (13) 36pts

3rd Mitchell Carlon (9) 35pts

4th George Muller (12) 35pts

B Flight

1st Bill Copeland (16) 40pts

2nd Derek Phillips (18) 37pts

3rd Chris Herve (17) 35pts

4th Guy Stewart (16) 35pts

On Wednesday three dozen golfers visited the sumptuous Burapha to play a stableford competition on the A and B nines.

A clear but humid day found a course heavily saturated by recent rains and the B nine in particular was quite spongy underfoot, and the restriction on golf cart use meant a lot of tough walking for those normally driven around the course.

The field was divided into two flights at fifteen and under and in the top flight fourth place went to German golfer George Muller with a steady 35 points, losing on countback to Mitchell Carlon in third. Second place went to Chris Barker, and the winner was Irish golfer Gerry Raftery with 36 points on his final round this trip.

In the second flight the minor places were decided on countback with Chris Herve taking third (35) ahead of Guy Stewart in fourth. Darren Beavers also had 35 points but lost all the countbacks. Second place went to Derek Phillips who put together a fine round of 37 points. However the flight was won by Bill Copeland after his second successive round of forty points this week and he wore the green jacket with a broad smile.

Near pins were won by Pete Seil (A3), Darren Beavers (A6), Adam Barton and Derek Phillips whilst the consolation of the best nines went to Mike Firkin (front nine, 23 points) and Dave Arataki (back nine, 21 points).

Friday, Oct. 12, Pattana B & C – Stableford

A Flight

1st Maurice Roberts (14) 39pts

2nd Phil Davies (11) 37pts

3rd Adrian Pethick (4) 36pts

4th Michael Lohse (3) 34pts

B Flight

1st Wayne Peppernell (16) 36pts

2nd Bill Copeland (16) 36pts

3rd Jim Ferris (21) 33pts

4th Claudio Grossi (16) 31pts

After not playing or not completing rounds a few times recently, Maurice came roaring back to his best with a Green Jacket winning score of 39 points on a difficult course. Phil Davies has rediscovered some form to march into second spot with a very good 37 points, then came newcomer to Links, Adrian Pethick, on 36 points, while Michael Lohse won all the countbacks for fourth with 34 points.

B flight at last saw Wayne Peppernell smiling again after scoring 36 points to edge out  the in-form Bill Copeland in another countback. Jim Ferris is going OK of late and held third place with 33 points while Claudio Grossi filled fourth spot on 31 points.

Near Pins went to Tony Browne (B3), Paul Durkan (B7) Maurice Roberts (C2), Chris Barker (C7)