Devastating Davies sets season high

Fonzie McGahan (left) and Phil Davies.
Fonzie McGahan (left) and Phil Davies.

PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, April 2, Pattavia – Stableford

A Flight

1st Kevin LaBar (15) 39pts

2nd Brendon McGovern (0) 38pts

3rd Ken Aihara (8) 36pts

B Flight

1st Stu Thompson (18) 38pts

2nd Paul Wallace (17) 36pts

3rd Paul Chesney (22) 35pts

Low season at the Links Golf Society began with a trip to Pattavia to play a stableford competition from the white tees on a course which was in excellent condition, with greens more customer friendly than they have been on previous visits.

Everything was perfect and the field, a third of which was playing off single figures, was divided into two flights at fifteen and under.

In the second flight Paul Chesney found some good form again to take third place with 35 points, one behind Paul Wallace’s 36 point runner-up finish.  The winner was Aussie golfer Stu Thompson and his round of 38 points marked his best score for a long while with the group.

The top flight was all about quality and scratch golfer Brendan McGovern’s gross 69 was the pick of the day.  It gave him 38 points which took second place, ahead of Links “newbie” Ken Aihara’s 36.  First place went to Kevin LaBar.  The Southern Californian golfer fired a fine 39 points to win the flight and his maiden green jacket.

Near pins went to Colin Smith (4), Phil Davies (7), Ken Aihara (13) and Pete Seil (17). The consolation prizes went to Huw Phillips for his best front nine of 20 points and Rod Stevens’ 19 on the back.

Wednesday, April 4, Burapha – Stableford

A Flight

1st Phil Davies (15) 46pts

2nd Tommy Marshall (9) 40pts

B Flight

1st Nigel Harrison (21) 38pts

2nd Will Brown (18) 36pts

The A and B nines at Burapha were in excellent condition and two dozen golfers took to the tee in two divisions with the cut coming at fifteen and under.

Fine conditions and good golfers led to high scores in both flights.  In the second flight Colin Service took third place after count-back with Brendan Gilsenan, both on 34 points.  In second place was Welshman Will Brown whose 36 points rewarded a round of very solid golf.  The flight winner was Nigel Harrison and thirty eight points notched another sub-par round for the record.

In the top flight two huge scores stood out as first Tommy Marshall returned with forty points, seemingly set for the win but he knew the truth.  He had been playing with Phil Davies who had played the round of his life after some indifferent performances.  His forty-six points matched the best PLGS round of the year so far for an emphatic win.

Near pins went to Tip Briney (A3), Jon Batty (A6), Michael Wright (B3) and Paul Smith (B8)

The consolations went to Russell Exley (best front nine, 22 points) and Colin Service (best back nine, 19 points).

Friday, April 6, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

1st Fonzie McGahan (7) 40pts

2nd Brendan McGovern (+2) 38pts

3rd Steve Truelove (10) 37pts

4th Huw Phillips (15) 37pts

The society visited Pattaya CC on Chakri Day to play a stableford round on the course which was in fair condition but for some hard fairways and a few inconsistent greens on the back nine.

Scores for the single flight were extremely good and an average total of 33 points indicated the quality of the field.

Four places were up for grabs and Steve Truelove edged Huw Phillips out of third place after countback relegated Huw to fourth with 37 points.  Irish golfer Brendan McGovern plays off plus two and his skillful play gave him the best gross of the day (72) and second place with 38 points.  His compatriot playing partner Fonzie McGahan took advantage of his 7-handicap to take the win with 40 points.

Consolation best nines came from Martin Patch (front, 19pts), and Dave Arataki (back, 19pts).