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Mike Firkin (center) with Masa Sugaya (left) and Wichai.
Mike Firkin (center) with Masa Sugaya (left) and Wichai.

PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, April 8, Plutaluang – Stableford

A Flight (0-16)

1st Huw Phillips (13) 37pts

2nd Richard Fearby (2) 35pts

3rd Peter Park (4) 34pts

4th Gerner Lykke (14) 34pts

B Flight (17+)

1st Brian Tully (24) 39pts

2nd Colin Service (17) 35pts

3rd Niels-Peter Kristensen (21) 32pts

4th Phil Mitchell (25) 30pts

Plutaluang’s North and West courses proved to be in very good condition for today’s group of thirty golfers. Some dampness and quite wet patches early in the day had encouraged Phil to call ‘lift, clean and place’ on the fairways, a good decision as players were not seeing much run.

The greens here are much improved and on both nines were true and had good speed. There was some variation to keep golfers on their toes, some of the greens a little slower than most. The weather was again hot, the same for the whole area right now.

Huw Phillips is back in-form, again, and took the A flight with a respectable 37 points. Richard Fearby is a two handicap so you would expect him to be thereabouts and he grabbed second spot with 35, making the best gross of 75. Peter Park and Gerner Lykke both scored 34 points, but Peter had a better back-nine to finish in third and Gerner fourth.

Brian Tully has returned after a long absence and produced some very good first up form by taking the B flight and the Green Jacket with a great 39 points, the day’s top score. Colin Service has his ups and downs in this game but today’s 35 points was a good effort which took him to second place. Niels-Peter Kristensen is now used to being in the placings and was there again in third with 32 points, while Phil Mitchell, who we sung farewell to on Friday, re-appeared to score 30 points.

Near pins went to Huw Phillips (x2), Gerner Lykke and Niels-Peter Kristensen, while the best nines by non-winners came from Jesper Hansen with 20 points on the front side and Pat Lavin with another 20 on the inward half.

Wednesday, April 10, Pattana A & B – Stableford

1st Mike Firkin (25) 43pts

2nd Peter Park (4) 36pts

3rd Niels-Peter Kristensen (21) 36pts

4th Pat Lavin (12) 35pts

Twenty golfers headed to beautiful Pattana Golf Club and after the game everyone was heaping praise on the course and especially the greens.

We had  just the one flight and Mike Firkin once again snared the coveted Green Jacket, this time with a magnificent score of 43 points, leaving a seven point gap to the next two players. He does have his ordinary games, but when he is on song can rip it apart, and 43 points is no mean feat at Pattana.

Opposite ends of the handicap scale went to a countback for second and third with Peter Park doing better at the end to keep out that man again, Niels-Peter Kristensen, both with excellent 36 point scores. For Peter Park, that was the day’s best gross of 76.

Pat Lavin, in his final game before heading home for a couple of months did well yet again to take the last spot on the podium with a good solid 35 points.

Anne Stokes managed to get a prize on her last outing, for now, as she and Bob also head off, making the best front nine score for non winners. Kevin LaBar had the best back nine.

Near Pins were hogged by Gerner Lykke (x2) and Darren Beavers (x2).

Friday, April 12, Treasure Hill – Stableford

1st Adam Barton (17) 37pts

2nd Gerner Lykke (14) 36pts

3rd Petur Petursson (6) 36pts

4th George Mueller (14) 35pts

The countdown to Songkran was on and so only eighteen players headed for Treasure Hill on Friday. This day was a public holiday, but the 1700 baht all-in pricing was still cheaper and better value than many others around.

Recent rains have given new life to the course as today it was in immaculate condition, with good grass coverage on the fairways and super greens.

Brian Tully.
Brian Tully.

We played ‘lift, clean and place’ even though carts did go on fairways, but the course was firm enough that we tended to forget LCP mostly.

It is never expected to see big scores here but three players did manage to equal or better their handicap. Adam Barton led the way with an excellent 39 points on his last game before going back to work. Then came a countback situation between Gerner Lykke and Petur Petursson, both scoring 36 points but Gerner had the better back-nine. In fourth place was George Mueller, having a good round with 35 points.

Near pins went to Petur Petursson (x2), Masa Sugaya and Kevin McEntee while consolation ‘nines’ prizes were claimed by David McKey and Will Brown.