Davies sails home at Riverside

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Phil Davies (centre) with Masa Sugaya (left) and Barry Horman.
Phil Davies (centre) with Masa Sugaya (left) and Barry Horman.

PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, March 18, Bangpakong – Stableford

A Flight (0-18)

1st Phil Davies (12) 42pts

2nd Derek Phillips (18) 38pts

3rd Chris Barker (11) 37pts

B Flight (19+)

1st John Chelo (19) 36pts

2nd Richard Dobson (26) 36pts

3rd Barry Oats (28) 35pts

Bangpakong Riverside welcomed the society on Monday where course conditions kept scores at a moderate level, with one exception, as did the fairways which were soft and the greens were more grainy than usual.

In the second flight third place went to the elder statesman Barry Oats who finished on 35 points, one behind the leaders who were subjected to countback to decide the winner. John Chelo’s smile was broad as it was announced he had nudged Richard Dobson into second place.

In the top flight third place went to Chris Barker on countback with 37 points, Stu Thompson being the unlucky golfer to lose out. Derek Phillips took second with 38 points and Phil Davies was still on a “high” after the weekend which saw his beloved Wales win the Grand Slam in rugby on Saturday. He powered his way to forty-two points with very few putts, nailing everything within six to eight feet.

Near pins went to Barry Horman (4), Darren Beavers (7), Pete Seil (13) and Richard Dobson (16).

The best front nine (non winners) was recorded by Stu Thompson (19 points) and Connie Walsh took the award for the best back nine (non winners) with 20 points.

Wednesday, March 20, Khao Kheow – Stableford

A Flight (0-18)

1st Kevin McEntee (11) 34pts

2nd Ken Ishikawa (17) 33pts

3rd Paul Greaves (16) 33pts

4th Connie Walsh (13) 31pts

B Flight (19+)

1st David Innes (19) 36pts

2nd Greg Gawron (19) 33pts

3rd John Anderson (29) 32pts

4th John Chelo (19) 31pts

Check-in was efficient as usual here and we were happy to pay the Sports Day price of 800 baht green fee. All went well until we were into the second nine (B course) when suddenly that black clouds become crashing thunder and lightning, striking seemingly close to our groups. The storm abated almost as quickly as it came, and our group continued on to finish the round and hit the showers.

In the end, of the 42 starters we finished with 30 completed scorecards, some soggy, and the rest N/R or lost.

A first timer at Links, David Innes, a miner from Western Australia topped the scoring with a hard earned 36 points to take out “B” flight and the Green Jacket. Second in that flight went to Greg Gawron on 33 points and then John Anderson scored his third 32 points in his last three games at KK.  John Chelo made up the podium with 31 points.

The best of the “A” flight was Kevin McEntee with 34 points, a very good score considering his low handicap and the trials of the day. Ken Ishikawa, on his final game this trip, beat Paul Greaves on countback at the 33 points mark, while Connie Walsh, also heading home, rounded out the four placings with 31 points.

Near pins went to Ryan Thomas, Derek Phillips and Steve Turner.

Consolation awards for best nines went to Huw Phillips and Masa Sugaya.

Friday, March 22, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

1st Mike Tottenham (19) 40pts

2nd Larry Slattery (18) 38pts

3rd Darren Beavers (17) 38pts

4th Colin Smith (13) 35pts

5th Neils- Peter Kristensen (21) 35pts

The society visited Pattaya Country Club on Friday to play a stableford competition on a course which is starting to show a little wear after a reasonably dry high season. Fairways were a little patchy and soft around the irrigation points with mid morning watering having little or no effect in the hot conditions. Greens however, were still quite consistent.

High scoring was not on the agenda, except for a couple of golfers. A field depleted by a half dozen regulars trekking out to Wangjuntr left 25 golfers competing in a single flight.

Countback was invoked again with Niels-Peter Kristensen placed fifth on 35 points, Colin Smith’s back-nine advantage giving him fourth place. In third was Darren Beavers with 38 points and he saw Larry Slattery elbow himself into second with a better back nine. The winner was Aussie Mike Tottenham who showed his potential again with forty very solid points to take the win and the Green Jacket.

Near pins went to Masa Sugaya (4), Chris Barker (7), Larry Slattery (12) and Colin Service (16).

The consolation best front nine score ( non winners) was Len Jones’ 19 points and the back nine (non winners) was Nigel Harrison with 18 points on countback.