Proctor shines bright at Eastern Star

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Phil Davies (right) with wig wearer Alan Walker.
Phil Davies (right) with wig wearer Alan Walker.

Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, July 31, Eastern Star – Stableford

1st Greg Proctor (26) 43pts

2nd Terry Mangan (24) 38pts

3rd Maurice Roberts (12) 36pts

4th Bob Watson (8) 35pts

Eastern Star is currently in the best shape I can remember.  Fairways cut nicely, greens were dusted with sand but played well and the rough was playable.  The best part of the day however was the price – a very much appreciated 1200 baht for g/f, caddy and cart.

Greg Proctor.
Greg Proctor.

What about Greg Proctor?  Today, right from the start, he was amazing even himself by how well he was playing.  The result, his best in years, he says, was a massive 43 points and put him way ahead of an excellent effort from Terry Mangan with a normally winning 38.

Maurice Roberts was there again in third place on 36 points, and we paid down to fourth place, and here the sometimes “Wig” wearer, Bob Watson, recorded a fine 35 points.

The best front nine for non-winners came from Wayne Peppernell (17pts) and best back-nine by Victor Wright (18pts).

Wednesday, August 2, Treasure Hill – Stableford

1st Phil Davies (12) 39pts

2nd Greg Proctor (26) 30pts

While every other player of the final count of 11 starters struggled with the course, or form, or their mind games, Phil Davies stood out as the shining light.  He put together a fine round of 39 points, to be 9 clear of the second placed Greg Proctor, not quite reaching the heady heights of his last game.  The remainder of the scores are best forgotten.

The price of 1150 baht all in is a good price here, but in discussions later, it was asked “how good is the value when you are parked for more than 5 hours behind a 6-ball who won’t even entertain the thought of calling smaller, quicker groups through?”

There were some chuckles when the best nines for non-winners were announced: 14 points won the front nine for Wayne Morrison while John Anderson was best on the inward half with 16.

Friday, August 4,
The Emerald – Stableford

1st Maurice Roberts (12) 37pts

2nd Bob Watson (8) 37pts

3rd Greg Proctor (26) 36pts

Most golfers’ day out might be fun and laughter, maybe serious, perhaps frustrating.  Bobby Watson, it seems, had a rather adventurous day, according to his playing partners.

There was the ball that became stuck part the way up a tree and locked in behind some stakes, or the third shot on a par 5 that went to the back of the green.  According to Phil, it looked like Bob was jumping up and down on a springy mattress trying to show that there was casual water and he should take a free drop.  That debate went well into the night but Bob reckoned he was diddled after missing first place on a count back to Maurice Roberts, with both scoring 37 points.

Third position also needed a count back, and this was won by Greg Proctor with 36 points, just nudging out Tommy Marshall.