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IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at The Links Bar

The Pattaya Golf Society took on the fretful journey up route 331 on Monday 30th November to play a stableford competition at the ever testing Treasure Hill course.  The course was in excellent form and the skies were clear.  All was set for a tight competition and the large field was divided into two flights at 14 and under. 

In the top flight scores were very close with Mark Lang and “Banjo” Bannister sharing runner-up place with 32 points.  Mark’s gross of 82 was the best of the day again.  The flight winner was Peter Sumner with 33 points.

Clubhouse and green at Pattavia.Clubhouse and green at Pattavia.

In the second flight Ken Page threw some of his previous woes behind him posting 31 points to share third place with Murray Edwards whose back nine was a spectacular affair with a five-under return.  This balanced an extremely shaky front nine of course!  Second place saw George Robinson record a fine 34 points but the best points score of the day was recorded by Larry Gibb, his 35 points reflecting the number of times he has played the course over the last few months.

The ‘2’s pot was shared by Mark Lang, Kim Hewton, Murray Edwards, Larry Slattery and George Robinson whilst the non winners beer went to Mr Len with the Booby Bevy finding its way into the hands of old friend Bob St Aubin.

Bangpra beats our best

Wednesday 2nd December saw the Pattaya Golf Society take five groups to the ever-popular Bangpra to play a stableford competition.  The weather was perfect and course conditions excellent, so why the poor scoring?

Tied on 30 points and sharing fourth spot were David Thomas (9), Wichai Tananusorn (9), and Jon Batty (6).  One point better was Peter Wilson (8) in third but today’s joint winners, Tony Campbell (10) and Mark Lang (6) were, along with the rest of us, amazed their score of 32 points proved good enough to win.

Why such modest scores?  This writer has no idea.  Yes, Bangpra can penalise wayward shots, as can any course, but many in today’s field know this course well.  Perhaps we had forgotten to keep our approach shots below the hole?  Whatever the reason not one of us, including today’s winners, would attest to playing well.

There were two ‘2’s from Wichai Tananusorn at the 2nd and Tony Campbell at the 8th.

Back at the Links, the lucky beer went to Tony O’Neill.

Flood reaches top of leaderboard

The Pattaya Golf Society left Pattaya on Friday, 4th December to play a stableford competition at Pattavia with its largest group for a while forming two flights cut at fourteen and under.  Thus there were some quality golfers on show for the event on a well presented course with greens at their wicked and tricky best.  Three putts were common and the first putt downhill gave a host of problems on most greens.

However an excellent competition followed, in both flights, with John Tallett, Larry Slattery and Mr Len sharing third place in the second flight on 32 points.  One point ahead was Murray Edwards on 33 points and the flight winner was the returning Pat Murphy with 35 points.

In the top flight, Huw Phillips and Barry Wellings shared third place with 34 points, leaving two golfers to steal the glory of the day with their sub par rounds.  In second place was Peter Wilson who recorded a creditable 38 points and the winner was Irishman Karl Flood whose 39 points was his best for a while with the group.

Peter Wilson, Vic Woolton and Ken Page shared the ‘2’s pot.

Elsewhere Johannes Murken managed to “Beat the Boss” with his 33 points, one point better, adding to his spending money for the holiday weekend.  David Thomas took a rare non-winners prize beer and the Booby Bevy went to Richard Dobson for his low score on his return from surgery.