In a huge variance from the past couple of tournaments, the 109 players, which included 8 ladies, for last month’s Pattaya Amateur Golf Society (PAGS) tournament at Eastern Star on November 27, were greeted by clear skies and a light breeze, close to perfect golfing conditions.
The course did its part also, with fairways firm and providing some run, while the greens were in good condition, enabling some long putts to be holed over the course of the day. None better than our good mate Stefan Lyrestram who sunk a bomb on the 12th, snaring the prize on that hole.
B Flight winner Werner (centre) receives his golf bag prize.
There were some other individual shots that netted technical prizes which also deserve mention: Bryan Neal’s eagle on the par five, 8th and, not to be outdone, Werner’s first ever eagle on the par five, 4th hole, which gave him 5 points and assisted in him finally signing for 40 points and a clear win in B flight. Also in the technicals, it would be remiss not to give a shout out to Jonny Lindberg who picked up both 55– 64 age group long drives.
Once again there were some spectacular scores amongst the Ladies, with Choojai Sawatdee (30) posting 46 points, while Somnuk Triprom (20) also showed great form to post 44 points, to go with her near pin on the par three, 17th.
Choojai Sawatdee (centre) fired an amazing 46 points to win the Ladies flight.
Mike Allidi maintained his consistent good form to shoot a level par 72, to win the Low Gross comp, and once again prove he is the man to beat for that prize.
The C flight (18+) was a more hotly contested affair, with John Fenwick (22) leading the way on 35 points, while several count backs were required to eventually declare the minor placings. October’s C flight winner Dave Mateer (22) got second on 34 points with a clear 20 on the back 9, while Jan Johansson (23) with a back 6 of 11 got the nod over Tommy Persson after both had recorded 16 on the back 9. Postis had been eliminated earlier with his 15 on the homeward 9.
B flight (13–17) saw Werner (14) well clear on 40 points, while there were multiple contenders on 34 points vying for the minor prizes. Christer Silvandersson (14) and Butch Porter (14) with inward 9s of 19 and 18 respectively, got the places, with Arthur Hancock and Jon Yarrow eliminated on 16 and 14.
A Flight (0–12) was another hotly contested division, with Jeff Wylie (7) edging Pierre Cere (12) for top spot, 21/20, after both signed for 39 points. In the bronze medal position Max Scott (5) with 20 points on the back slipped past low gross winner Mike Allidi (2) with 17, after both recorded 38 points.
Shenanigan’s was packed with golfers and their supporters as Dave and his team from The Sportsman did a tip-top job with the tucker. Although the line was long, it flowed along steadily, as all were well fed with a good selection of fare. Go home hungry and you have only 1 person to blame!
We look forward to another culmination of the year’s tournaments with this month’s event at Greenwood on 17 December. Note the date, and contact Shane on 085 945 9689 to ensure your preferred tee time.