Dave McKey ends Pattaya golf year on a high

David McKey surprised the experts with 37 points under difficult conditions.

PSC Links Golf Society
Thursday, Dec. 31

In comparison to many countries and communities around the world, Thailand, and Pattaya, have had a very good run re Covid-19. We have had an almost ‘normal’ life for many months, after having a six week lockdown early in the year. But, some would argue, it couldn’t last.

Then it hit! Banglamung, including Pattaya, went into semi-lockdown on Wednesday Dec. 30 as covid-19 cases increased in the area.

Links Golf had scheduled a round at Pattavia on the 31st. A quick phone call to the course confirmed that everything was normal and we could play as scheduled.

However, as we have experienced before, these orders are an hour to hour proposition, so another phone call 30 minutes before departure told us that all is well.

Our fourteen golfers arrived in two buses and a couple cars to a very windy and drying out golf course. The fairways are showing brownish areas, even though there is plenty of water being kept up to them, and the greens.

It was scary when the noticeboard at the entrance showed green speed at 10.2. With the dryness and the strong wind, it may have been quicker. Downhill putts at this course with a tail wind, as anyone who has played here will know, is um, ‘tricky’.

On the first tee, the wind was coming from behind, and a couple of long hitters thought they had overshot the fairway and into the bush behind. Problem with a strong tail wind is that somewhere there will be strong headwind.

Dave McKey struck some much needed form for a win two weeks ago and kept that going today. His 37 points under these difficult conditions surprised the experts, who figured that around 30 would be a winner. An extra bonus for Dave was that he and wife, Ruth, managed to get their renewed visa just before the lockdown.

A big gap to the other in-form player, Steve Moxey, who took second place with 32 points.

Mike Tottenham grabbed third spot with a respectable 31 points, followed by Tony Browne, beating two others on countback for the fourth place with a score of 30 points.

Winners at Pattavia

1st Place – David McKey (21) – 37 pts
2nd Place – Steve Moxey (12) – 32 pts
3rd Place – Mike Tottenham (22) – 31 pts
4th Place – Tony Browne (21) – 30 pts c/back
Best Front Nine (non winners) – Karl Flood – 18 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners) – Dave Arataki – 16 pts c/back

Two of our regulars who have been ‘trapped’ for a few months in the U.K have completed the quarantine and paperwork, and both are looking fit and well. A big ‘Welcome Back’ to Paul Smith and Nigel Harrison.

They have been out of practice for a while, but both enjoyed their day back on the golf course, as did the other 12 players.

Pattavia management topped off the year by presenting everyone with a voucher for a free drink in the clubhouse, very much appreciated.

To all our readers in Thailand and around the world ‘Happy New Year’ from Links Golf, and please stay safe.