Hanrahan kicks off high season

Dave Arataki (center) with Iain Craigen (left) and Steve Potter.

PSC Golf Pattaya Links Golf Society
Monday, Oct. 29, Royal Lakeside – Stableford

A Flight
1st Les Cobban (9) 42pts
2nd Maurice Roberts (14) 41 pts
3rd Julian Priesinger (4) 38pts

B Flight
1st Colin Service (17) 36pts
2nd Ray Cody (19) 36pts
3rd Paul Chesney (20) 35pts

Twenty-eight players made their way by buses and cars to the beautiful Royal Lakeside Golf Course on this Monday morning. We are rarely disappointed in the condition and presentation of this course: fairways with a good covering of grass, bunkers well kept, and greens with some speed (a few sprinkles of sand on some had no effect on the roll of the ball).

Royal Lakeside and its neighbor, Bangpakong, usually produce some good scoring, and this day it was Les Cobban with 42 points just pipping Maurice Roberts on 41 to take out “A” flight. That’s great scoring. At his first outing with Links, Germany’s Julian Preisinger, playing off handicap 4, scored 38 points to take third spot, followed by a couple of near pins.

“B” flight saw Colin Service returning to the winner’s circle after a few disappointments, beating Ray Cody on countback, both with handicap equalling rounds of 36 points. Paul Chesney is running hot and cold at the moment, but a hot one today had him come in with 35 points to get third on countback over Mike Tottenham.
Near pins were won by Julian Preisinger (x2), Tip Briney and Ed Wykoff.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, Green Valley – Stableford

A Flight
1st Mashi Kaneta (13) 38pts
2nd Colin Service (17) 35pts
3rd Eric Black (15) 35pts
4th Ed Wykoff (14) 35pts

B Flight
1st Dave Arataki (27) 39pts
2nd Patrick Poussier (29) 34pts
3rd Tip Briney (23) 31pts
4th Jim Ferris (21) 30pts

A final low season visit to Green Valley saw the society end the season in style on a course which was quite well presented with good fairways, a little soft but allowing some run and greens which disappointed, being somewhat inconsistent and with a few still bearing signs of re-turfing.

Eight groups left the tee well before time and the round was played under a cloudless sky with a cool fresh breeze evident all day, making life comfortable for the thirty golfers.

The field was divided into two flights with the cut at eighteen and under and scores were moderate with only a couple of exceptions. In the top flight fourth place went to American golfer Ed Wyckoff with 35 points, losing out on countback to Eric Black who posted 35 points on his return. Second place, again on “cb”, went to Colin Service with 35 points with Colin stumbling through the final couple of holes. The flight winner was Pattaya regular Mashi Kaneta with an excellent 38 points.

In the second flight, fourth place went to Jim Ferris, at last seeing light at the end of a seemingly long tunnel, with 30 points, one behind Tip Briney with 31. Second place went to Patrick Poussier with 34 points. But the plaudits and a second green jacket were reserved for the quiet man of the group Dave Arataki whose 39 points represented one of his better scores with the group.

The best front nine (non-winners) went to Richard “Banjo” Bannister with 20 points and similarly the best back nine winner was Jim Galendez with 17.

Near pins went to Dave Arataki (5), Vic Stanton (8), Patrick Poussier (13) and Tony Browne (16)

Friday, Nov. 2, Pleasant Valley – Stableford

A Flight
1st Ian Pope (6) 39pts
2nd Ray Cody (18) 37pts
3rd Liam Bennett (5) 36pts
4th Maurice Roberts (14) 35pts

B Flight
1st Jerry Hanrahan (21) 40pts
2nd Stan Stewart (20) 36pts
3rd Margaret Stanton (30) 34pts
4th Steve Baker (19) 34pts

The society kicked of high season with a visit to Pleasant Valley with forty golfers on Friday. It has always been PLGS policy to reward courses that offer deals/discounts in preference to those who don’t and the voucher scheme here, which applies for PSC members, certainly represents good value.

The course was in good condition with some damp areas on fairways but greens were running well.

The large field was divided into two flights, cut at eighteen and under and the top flight, with seven single figure handicappers, had their work cut out to succeed. In fourth place it took a countback to decide the minor place with Maurice Roberts coming fourth with 35 points. In third was Liam Bennett with 36 points, one point behind Ray Cody on his final round this trip.

The flight winner was Ian Pope, returning 39 points (75 gross) on a short “R&R” trip enroute to Sri Lanka for a dose of Test Match cricket.

In the second flight Margaret Stanton nudged Steve Baker into fourth on countback with 34 points, leaving her two points behind the second placed golfer Stan Stewart. The flight winner and green jacket recipient was Jerry Hanrahan with a fine 40 point return.

Near pins went to Dave Arataki (5), Alan Cauldwell (8) and Ian Pope (13, 17)