IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at The Links Bar
On Monday, 18th January the Pattaya Golf Society visited Bangpra to play a stableford competition in two flights, divided at fifteen and under. The course was in excellent condition and the scene was set for a testing tournament in both flights.
As with recent events here the scores were moderate, proving what a tough test of golf the course is, and no-one managed a sub-par round.
In the top flight Peter Wilson and new member Walter Orr shared third place with 32 points whilst Huw Phillips and Ray Banks, on his final round this trip, shared the win with 33 points each.
Pleasant Valley Golf Course.
In the second flight Bob Poole’s 32 points was good enough for third place whilst one point ahead in second was Larry Slattery, so consistent is he at present. The best score of the day was recorded by Canadian Henry Mah and his 36 points was a fine return for his efforts.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and the non-winners’ beer draw benefitted Dave Moriarty and the Booby Bevy went to Phil Mitchell for his 20-10 split figures.
Soggy Pleasant Valley pairs
After the drama and challenge of the Pattaya Golf Society Annual Championship a week earlier the group chose Pleasant Valley as the venue for a fun pairs event on Wednesday 20th January. The format was stableford better ball and the course was soft and unyielding after the rains, which had also doused nearby Khao Kheow a few days before. Indeed Khao Kheow also got another soaking whilst the group endured the light drizzle on the fringe.
Fourteen teams took part and the longer and more especially straight hitters had a stage for their skills, especially on the very tight back nine. Two pairs shared third place with John Malet de Carteret and Chris Walsh matching Dave Moriarty and Mike Wilsher on 39 points. The runners up were Wichai Tananusorn and Jim Ferris who finished on 41 points whilst Peter Wilson and Huw Phillips held sway with 43 points.
Mike Dabanovich (2) and Peter Wilson took the ‘2’s pot as a bonus and the Booby Bevy went to the day’s low markers Russell Exley and Paul Magowan.
The day had been the perfect therapy after the trauma of Khao Kheow and more “fun” days are planned for the months to come.
Slattery sparkles at Crystal Bay
The Pattaya Golf Society closed its golf week with a visit to the very “customer friendly” Crystal Bay course to play a stableford round in two flights with the division coming at seventeen. The C and A nines were in good condition with enough run to suit most golfers and the greens were consistent. Ranking as the best scoring course by the PGS stats man, this day it held no secrets and scores were again good.
In the top flight Tony Browne and Dave Moriarty shared third place with 36 points each and the winners were Brian Beaupre and Huw Phillips with 38 points.
In the second flight Phil “PJ” Mitchell shared second place with Keith Melbourne on 35 points and it was especially noteworthy for Keith as it ranked as his best PGS round. The winner was Larry Slattery, the solid Irish golfer sparkling during his round of 41 points. His seven net birdies included a ‘2’ on the long A5 and he shared the pot with Mr Len on the same hole and PJ Mitchell and Mike Sim on C7. Surprisingly there were no birdie ‘2’s in the top flight.
The non-winner’s beer went to new member Paul Greaves and the Booby Bevy went to Mike Sim for his split figures of 20-8 points.
Back in the busy Links the large field were of one accord – the day had been an enjoyable way of ending the golfing week.