Pat Lavin fights back

Pat Lavin (left) with Bob Watson.
Pat Lavin (left) with Bob Watson.

The Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, July 24, St. Andrews – Stableford

1st Pat Lavin (10) 38pts

2nd Graeme Dunn (22) 33pts

3rd Mike Jeffreys (20) 33pts

4th Geoff Wallace (14) 32pts

Pat Lavin is an old friend and played his first game with us last week.  Much to the joy of his playing group that day, he was soundly beaten.  But Pat fought back at St. Andrews today and recorded a resounding victory.  His 38-point haul easily had him on the top of the podium.

Nearest of his rivals were Graeme Dunn and Mike Jeffreys who went to a count back to separate their 33 point totals, with Graeme getting the nod.  We had places down to fourth on the podium and that honour, with a score of 32 points, went to Geoff Wallace.

The best front nine for non-winners came from Greg Proctor with 18 points while the back-nine winner was Kevin Rogers with 17.

There were no less than 4 candidates for the “Wig” and we had to go to a count back to decide the worst score of the day.  As Phil moved among the crowd trying each for size, Bob Watson quickly came to realize it was going to end up on his head.

Wednesday, July 26, Burapha – Stableford

A Flight

1st John Pierrel (14) 38pts

2nd Paul Bray (10) 35pts

3rd Maurice Roberts (13) 35pts

B Flight

1st Alistair Gall (18) 38pts

2nd Mike Firkin (22) 35pts

3rd Greg Proctor (19) 34pts

A great field of 22 golfers took on the C & D combination at Burapha under cloudy skies but our luck continued and our six groups completed the round without getting a soaking.

Today we had a few newcomers who had never been to Burapha before, and were lavishly singing the praises of the course and the condition it is in currently.  Fairways were, of course, a little damp underfoot, and the greens in very good order.

Because of the number of players we were able to have four near pins.  Three of the four were won, with no one able to get on the green on D2. The winners, Greg Proctor (C5) John Pierrel (C8) and Angus Gannon (D8) were able to choose their prize from an array generously donated by Mike Firkin.

For a change both flights recorded the same range of scoring.  A flight saw John Pierrel amass an excellent 38 points to win well.  Paul Bray and Maurice Roberts fought it out in a count back for second, with Paul getting the across the line and Maurice settling for third, both with 35 points.

B flight had Alistair Gall having the same winning score of 38 points, a great job.  No count back was needed for second as Mike Firkin on 35 points had that spot all to himself, but we did need the count back to decide third place and here Greg Proctor snuck over the line.

The best front nine (non winners) came from Terry Mangan with 21 points while Kevin Rogers was the master of the inward half with 18 points.

Friday, July 28, Greewood – Stableford

1st Tommy Marshall (8) 36pts

2nd John Anderson (29) 35pts

3rd Geoff Wallace (19) 33pts

Sixteen golfers made the trip to Greenwood and although the course was quite busy, our four groups got away on time from the B1 Tee.  The course was in good condition, the weather perfect, cloudy with a gentle breeze and carts allowed on the fairways.

Tommy Marshall again led the way to take top position with a perfect 36 points from his handicap of 8.  Tommy, of course, will tell you it wasn’t perfect, but there are no pictures, only 36 on the scorecard.

The rags to riches story comes from John Anderson.  After having to wear the “Wig” on two occasions recently, he scored 35 points and held down second place.  Funny game, golf!  Geoff Wallace has been consistent on his, so far, short visit so a steady 33 points got him third place.

Best front nine (non winners) came from Bob Watson with 17 and back nine from Greg Proctor on the same score.