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Darren Ottaway – low gross winner.

A good field of 115 players, including 11 ladies gathered at Pleasant Valley Golf Club on the 27th of February for the 2nd Pattaya Amateur Golf Society (PAGS) tournament of 2019.

Once again there were some fine scores turned in, along with some sparkling individual efforts for the technical prizes available on each hole.

PAGS has been blessed of late with the weather, and this day was again perfect conditions for golf. The course was in moderate condition, with the greens at a decent pace, however green frontages and fairways were inconsistent with some heavily watered areas, while others were dry.  If players could keep out of the bunkers, and while holes were playing short, low scores were sure to be the order of the day for the successful.

The MVP on this day was hard to distinguish, with several outstanding stableford scores recorded in the tournament. Philippe Vos (H/cap 18) with his 46 points was the best of the day, while Darren Ottaway (Scr) managed to keep his round together on the back 9 to sign for 75 and win the Low Gross, also picking up the maximum 2 technical prizes on holes #7 and #9.

The Ladies winner was Laura Kamarainen (20) with a spectacular 42 points, with a special mention to Wannapha Peerathan who picked up technicals on holes 2, 11 & 18, although only collecting the maximum of 2 prizes.

Laura Kamarainen – ladies winner.

C Flight for 22+ handicappers was won by Andy Richards (25) with an exceptional score of 43 points, closely followed by Barry Elphick (32) with 42, while Kjell Ahlund (29) picked up third spot with 41.

In the B flight (14–21) it was the aforementioned Philippe Vos (18) winning with his 46 points clearly ahead of the rest of the flight members. Rolf Patomella (18) signed for 39 points, while Roger Andersson (19) edged out Jan Blom and Kauko Kamarainen on countback 18/16 after all recorded 37 points.

Jon Dean (12) came out on top in the A flight (0–13) with a solid 41 points, while a countback was required to decide the minor placings. Olli-Pekka Suominen (13) with his back 9 of 23 points edged out Reijo Velsberg (9) after both signed for 40 points.  Olli-Pekka also picked up the approaches on #10 and #14.

A couple of honorable mentions also go out to multiple technical prize winners, Mel Davis, Jon Davis & Gerry Sweetnam.