The Geordie Destroyer Strikes

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Sunday, June 19 Green Valley Stableford 

We still have our Aussie friends with us but they say they need their beauty sleep (but I think they are just getting to know what Pattaya is like). So we had to book 3 tee times at our normal time of 8.30 am and a further 4 times at 11.00 am.

Once we got to Green Valley everything went smoothly with no-one in front of us for a few holes, so our 1st 2 x 3 balls went flying.

Ted Morris.
Ted Morris.

Dave Ferris showed he has finally mastered Green Valley with another 41 pts. to win the B flight. Shane Fenton finished second in B flight with 36 pts., followed by Karl Diekman who also played well with 36 pts.

Simon Farrell finished tops in A flight with 36 pts., followed by Simon Spalding in second with 35, and Adam Farrell in third, also with 35 points.

Twos: Simon Farrell, Adam Farrell, Peter Collins, Colin Davis & Tony Barnes.

A flight

1st Simon Farrell (17) 38 pts

2nd Simon Spalding (0) 35 pts

3rd Adam Farrell (12) 35 pts

B flight

1st Dave Ferris (21) 41 pts

2nd Shane Fenton (19) 36 pts

3rd Karl Diekman (18) 36 pts

Tuesday, June 21 Laem Chabang A & B Stableford

There was a big turnout on Tuesday for our 1st visit this year to Laem Chabang. 44 player’s for mid June is not a bad turnout. We welcomed back from the U.K. Mark Haffenden, Hubert Gayaud, Kevin Rogers and Pierre Bietry from his sick bed.

The event was divided into 3 flights, with 3 places, 4 near pins and 2 longest putts, and a rollover lucky draw at the Phantom Bar. With 3 scratch players in the field, A flight was 0-12, B flight 13-20 & C flight 21- 47, using the new slope handicap system. We had one no-show but that kept it to 11 x 4 balls.

We were able to tee off a little earlier than booked and it was just as well with the sky darkening in the distance and sure enough about 11.15 am the heavens opened up. Everyone headed for the nearest shelter, and after about 45 mins we were able to continue with our game.

You would have thought that after the rain the scores would suffer, but quite the reverse. Most of the cards showed a marked improvement on the back nine.

The star of the day (on his last day here) was Greg Perfrement who had a steady 18 pts on the front and then blitzed the back 9 with 29 pts with just one over gross. His playing partner was trying his best to keep up with him with 43 pts and the scribe just looked on in amazement.

Mark Haffenden showed his mate Simon Spalding a clean pair of heels with his 39 pts, both of them off 0 hcp to claim A flight on his 1st game back. And Shane Fenton & Stan Stewart had 41 pts & 40 pts respectively.

The presentation was held at the Phantom Bar with the free food supplied by Colin’s Bar, where Neil Smith won the rollover lucky draw for the 3rd time in 3 weeks.

A Flight

1st Mark Haffenden (0) 39 pts

2nd Jacob Olsen (9) 38 pts

3rd Simon Spalding (0) 35 pts

B Flight

1st Gerry Raftery (17) 43 pts

2nd Shane Fenton (19) 41 pts

3rd Karl Diekman (18) 36 pts

C Flight

1st Greg Perfrement (23) 47 pts

2nd Stan Stewart (25) 40 pts

3rd Colm O’Donavan (21) 37 pts

Near Pins: Steve Rawlings, Barry Oats, Peter Collins Mark Haffenden.

Long Putts: Simon Spalding & Phil Davies

Wednesday, June 22 Greenwood A&C Stableford

After yesterday’s big turnout it was always going to be a quiet day today. 16 on the sheet but only 14 at the course. A & C had a slope rating of 133 so everyone was in a joyous mood before they teed off with all the extra shots, but they soon found out why they had extras. Only 2 players were able to break par. They were the 2 Irish Rovers Gerry Raftery & Seamus Lanagan who had to have a countback to decide the winner, both having 41 pts. Gerry came out on top.

3rd place for the 3rd day running it was California’s favorite son Karl Diekman with 35 pts. The rest of the field were all in the mid range 30+ to 25 pts.

Gerry Raftery generously donated his winning to the Baan Jing Jai orphanage fund. Well done Jerry.

1st Gerry Raftery (19) 41 pts

2nd Seamus Lanagan (22) 41 pts

3rd Karl Diekman (18) 35 pts

Near Pin: Torben Lindgaard

Long Putt: Karl Diekman

Friday, June 24 Pleasant valley Stableford

Another good turnout today with 24 player’s despite the rain in Pattaya. We set off at 8.30am under grey & wet skies but as we travelled down the motorway the skies lightened and the rain stopped. The god’s were looking down on golfers today.

A flight was dominated by a Pleasant Valley regular Gordon (trigger) Ramsay with 38 pts and he nearly blew it on the 18th. Then this week’s man in form from county Galway Gerry Raftery with 36 pts, and in 3rd place Mike Allidi who had a great front nine level gross but found a bit of trouble on the back to finish with 35 pts.

But what can we say about B flight Ted Morris (the Geordie Destroyer) 77 years young with a net 79 just 2 short of playing to his age. He walked the course, scoring ‘just’ 48 pts (3 birdies back to back), a near pin, and longest putt. He left the rest of the field gasping. 2nd place went to Colm O’Donavan just pipping Tip Briney, both with 41 pts, on countback. The near pins were claimed by Nim, Alistar G, Peter Hynard and Ted Morris.

Back at the Phantom Bar for presentation we were treated to Chilli Con Carne and Rice complements of Colin’s Bar. The lucky snow ball draw was won by Torben Lindgaard.