Octogenarian Frank turns it on

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Frank Riley (center) with Derek Phillips (right) and Lee Rodman.
Frank Riley (center) with Derek Phillips (right) and Lee Rodman.

PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, April 29, Bangpakong – Stableford

A Flight (0-16)

1st Andrew Purdie (10) 44pts

2nd Richard Fearby (3) 37pts

3rd Jamie Bootenbaugh (13) 36pts

B Flight (17+)

1st Craig Brodey (18) 46pts

2nd Tip Briney (27) 37pts

3rd Colin Service (17) 36pts

Bangpakong Riverside was the venue for the society’s final competition in April and eight groups travelled there in good humour anticipating the best.

The field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under and play got underway on time. It was soon evident that a two-ball had appeared in front of the field and playing from the back tees, ambled their way around eighteen holes, occasionally dropping and playing another ball, without a thought of calling any else through. From the third hole our golfers were waiting on most shots in melting heat and the result was a round of five and a half hours.

In the top flight third place went to Jamie Bootenbaugh after winning a countback with a score of 36 points. In second place was Richie Fearby, the three handicapper, coming in with 37 points but the winner was the Aussie giant Andrew Purdie whose score of 44 points was as good as he has managed in ten years of golf with the group.

In the second flight third place went to Colin Service, on his birthday, with 36 points, one behind Tip Briney in second, on 37. The flight winner and Green Jacket recipient was Craig Brodey with a score of 46 points on his debut with the group.

Near pins went to Richie Fearby (4), Pete Seil (7), Stu Thompson (13) and Terry Dreier (16).

The best outward nine score by non-podium placers was set by Tommy Marshall (19) whilst a week’s R & R had served Mr Len well with a winning back-nine of 21 points.

Wednesday, May 1, Greenwood C & B – Stableford

1st Kevin Rogers (10) 41pts

2nd Dave Stockman (7) 40pts

3rd Mike Tottenham (19) 40pts

4th Keith Peplow (16) 39pts

5th Banjo Bannister (16) 37pts

6th Jesper Hansen (16) 37pts

Craig Brodey.
Craig Brodey.

The twenty-nine golfers were all excited to be going to Greenwood on this day as they loaded themselves into the buses 15 minutes before departure time.

We had a very good price for a public holiday and were presented a golf course in excellent condition, and given a two-tee start. Greenwood has not yet commenced low season maintenance so fairways and greens are top notch. The greens, although looking quick were just a little slower than that but everyone felt good playing them.

With a course in such great condition, players were scoring freely to the extent that Maurice decided to have one flight and award a prize to everyone who bettered their handicap.

Consequently, there were six prizes down the list. Scores overall ranged from 41 points to 29 points. Hard to believe that 29 points got you the “wig” today!

Near pins went to Jamie Booterbaugh ( C3) and (C6), Simon Niven (B2), and Kevin Rogers (B5), while the consolation ‘best nine’ awards were claimed by John Coetzee (19pts, front) and Brian Talbot (20pts, back).

Friday, May 3, Khao Kheow – Stableford

A Flight (0-15)

1st Andrew Purdie (10) 36pts

2nd Maurice Roberts (13) 35pts

3rd Russell Exley (10) 32pts

B Flight (16+)

1st Frank Riley (25) 40pts

2nd Keith Peplow (16) 37pts

3rd William Brown (16) 34pts

Frank Riley reckons he’s close enough to age eighty but, for him, that matters not when he can score a massive forty points off the yellow tees at a difficult golf course such as Khao Kheow.

Thirty golfers made the trip to Khao Kheow to play the B and A courses. We found most greens a bit bumpy with some bare patches and some sanding. Tee boxes were getting some treatment as well. The contrast was obvious when we moved to the A course which has yet to start the maintenance, so we had the usual excellent Khao Kheow greens and, although drying a little, nice fairways with some run.

Andrew Purdie has found some real form on this break from work and kept up the pace, winning “A” flight today with 36 points. Maurice Roberts was happy his 35 points had him in the winner’s circle, and Russell Exley also managed some improvement to take third spot with 32 points.

The “B” flight produced the best two scores of the day with Frank Riley leading the way with his 40 points, three ahead of Keith Peplow who did well to make 37. Will Brown has been having a good run lately and he filled third spot on 34 points.

Near pins went to Russell Exley (A3), Andrew Purdie (A5), Darren Beavers (B3), and Andrew Purdie (B8) and for non-winners the best nines came from Donal McGuigan (front) and Wayne Peppernell (back), both with 20 points