Seventy-four players, including 8 ladies, made the journey south last month to play in the August New Nordic PAGS tournament at Eastern Star. The course was in good condition, with fairways providing plenty of run and the greens rolling fast and tricky.
Although the scores did not reach the level of past months, Keith Etherington (H/cap 6) secured the Low Gross award with his 76 on countback over Tony Pike, to go with the A Flight win and technical wins on #10 and Long Drive on #18. Kim Danboise (10) did well with his 36 points to get 2nd place in A Flight, while Satun Singhing Lek (12) got the bronze after signing for 35 points.
The B flight, for handicaps 14-20, saw Mikael Andersson (16) win with 38 and an approach on #11, while the minor placings were tightly contested – Jacky D Tobler (19) having 35 points while Tim Kyte (18) had 34 to go with his approach on #15.
The C flight for handicaps 21+ had the best scores of the day, with Barry Elphick (31) leading the way with 42 points, while last month’s standout performer Todd Fox (29) had 41 for 2nd spot. Sugar Ray Handford (21), although well off the leaders’ pace did enough to get 3rd place with his 34 points.
The Ladies needed a countback to separate winner and runner-up. Wilaiwan May (28) just edged Butsaya Heiskanen (20) 20/19 on the Back-9 after both finished with 39 points.
Honorable mentions go out to Daniel Hegi, Tony Pike, Marty Loring and Jirasuda Robinson, who each collected the maximum 2 technical prizes. Chonnaphat Seekhum shot a gross 78 to go with her 2 technical prizes.