Linborg and Lavery link up to capture 16th PSC Charity Classic title

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There were 128 members playing in the annual PSC major fund raising Charity Classic Golf tournament at Green Valley on Friday, March 16.  The format was a ‘2-person better ball’ Stableford with a prize to be won on each hole.  The course was in its usual great shape and the weather was perfect for golf.

Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham was joined by Tony Oakes, Bobby Clark, Bob Linborg, Nigel Cannon and Dene Mundy to welcome the players, handle registration, answer queries and hand out the Charity Classic shirts.

Charity Classic winners, Bob Linborg (2nd left) and Neil Lavery (3rd left) with PSC Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham (left) and PSC President Tony Oakes (right).Charity Classic winners, Bob Linborg (2nd left) and Neil Lavery (3rd left) with PSC Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham (left) and PSC President Tony Oakes (right).

So at Noon off went the shotgun signaling the start of what was to be a memorable day.  It was some 4¾ hours later that the teams came back to hand their cards to Nigel, who calculated the results whilst the players had a welcoming shower followed by some well-earned refreshment and the buffet provided by Green Valley.

This year, as in the past, there was also a raffle and included in the many prizes were a R11 driver, air tickets to Chaing Mai, and a 1-year membership to Pleasant Valley.  The final ticket was to receive 50% of the money collected for the raffle.  Whilst the names for the technical prizes were being collated 3 lovely ladies from Green Valley sold raffle ticket to generous members.  The presentation was a lengthy affair but thanks to Tony, Joe and Nigel it all went smoothly.

Runners-up, Geoff King and John Gall.Runners-up, Geoff King and John Gall.

PSC MC Nigel Cannon opened the proceeding by introducing President Tony Oakes who congratulated Joe on a fine and well organised successful day.  Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham then took the opportunity to thank the many sponsors who had supported the day and also to all those who participated.  Final appreciation went to the members of PSC’s Executive Committee for their support and help.

It was then back to Nigel for the formal announcement of the winners.  The technical winner’s names can be found on the web-site and on the Club notice board.

Teeing-off at beautiful Green Valley.Teeing-off at beautiful Green Valley.

In first place with a score of 49 Stableford points was the team of Bob Linborg and Neil Lavery.  How these 2 came to play together is a story in itself!  Bob withdrew 2 days earlier with a back problem; Neil was invited by Joe to play in his first PSC competition just a few days before.  Owing to 2 no shows – Bob decided his back was ok so joined Neil.

Runners-up on 47 points were Geoff King and John Gall, followed in third place on count back, with 46 points by Walter Baechli and Barry Elphick, from Tony Chetland and Jens Jenison.  Full results are on the web site and the Club notice board.

Hot work out on the fairways.Hot work out on the fairways.

The lucky draw was next followed by the raffle – and the Neil story continued with him winning the R11 driver, golf balls and a 2-ball putter.  Neil returned the putter to Joe and asked for it to be auctioned which thanks once again to the generosity of the members the final bid of 3,750 baht was accepted to big appreciation for Neil and the purchaser.

The last ticket of the night for 50% was drawn with many hopeful faces.  The winner was one of our lady members who went home very happy indeed!

It was another successful event for PSC, and particularly for Golf Chairman Joe who leaves shortly for a month in the USA.

Brett Chan, Brad Gearie, Gary Emmett and Steve Ellison, representing The Golf Club, line up at the PSC Charity Classic.Brett Chan, Brad Gearie, Gary Emmett and Steve Ellison, representing The Golf Club, line up at the PSC Charity Classic.

PSC smiles from Joe, Mod and Ampan.PSC smiles from Joe, Mod and Ampan.