Slick greens no fear for Wilson

Peter Wilson.
Peter Wilson.

The Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, Nov. 27, Treasure Hill – Stableford

A Flight

1st Brian Talbot (14) 32pts

2nd Bob Watson (4) 32pts

3rd Bill Stewart (16) 31pts

B Flight

1st Tony Browne (20) 32pts

2nd John Anderson (29) 30pts

3rd Jim Ferris (22) 29pts

Today we had a great roll up of 24 players to tackle the narrow fairways at Treasure Hill and to try to keep away from the water.  Some did find water, more than once.  Last time here the course was in magnificent condition, and this time around the green-keeper had kept up that standard.

A Flight results went to a count-back, with Brian Talbot nudging out Bob Watson for the top honours, both with 32 points.  Bill Stewart was right behind this pair scoring 31 for third spot.

Tony Browne has been on a roll for the past few weeks and today he kept up the pace and took out B flight with his own 32-point haul.  With only 30 points, it was an improved effort from John Anderson but an unlikely placegetter in second.  Jim Ferris came up with 29 points to get third place.

Four near pins went to James Hudson (2), Tim Shaw and Peter Bailey.

For non-winners the best nines came from “Banjo” Bannister (front, 19pts) and Maurice Roberts (15pts).

Wednesday, Nov. 29, Pattavia – Stableford

A Flight

1st Peter Wilson (8) 41pts

2nd Bob Watson (4) 38pts

3rd James Hudson (5) 30pts

B Flight

1st Tony O’Neill (26) 39pts

2nd Paul Chesney (21) 39pts

3rd Mike Wilsher (23) 36pts

With the course playing well and the greens quick, even though lightly sanded, we expected the scoring to on the low side today, especially after Treasure Hill where nobody got even close to handicap.

Many players proved that assumption to be well wide of the mark, none more so than Peter Wilson, who, apparently, had no fear of the greens and scored a terrific 41 points to be the number one player in A flight.  Even better is the fact that Peter was a playing off a handicap of 8.  Do the maths, that’s 75 gross!

Taking second in A Flight was Bob Watson with 38 points, 74 gross from handicap 4 while James Hudson, handicap 5, scored just 30 points for third.  He’ll take it, but, of course could have been more, as he was playing the course for the first time.

In the B flight, Tony O’Neill made an impressive 39 points to nudge out Paul Chesney on count-back.  Third spot went to Mike Wilsher, a player who can run hot or cold but today was on the warm side with 36 points.  Our newest “Golfer of the Month”, Tony Browne, also scored 36 points, but missed a place by way of the count-back.

Just two near pins were claimed today, by Selwyn Yates on the 4th and Paul Chesney on the 13th.

The consolation ‘best nines’ went to Tony Browne (front, 19pts) and Alan Walker (back, 22pts).

Friday, Dec 1, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

A Flight

1st Bill Stewart (16) 33pts

2nd Dave Heyes (11) 33pts

3rd Ken Page (15) 31pts

B Flight

1st Stuart Thompson (20) 36pts

2nd Tim Shaw (23) 36pts

3rd Merle Humphreys (21) 35pts

The field was divided into two flights at 18 and under and play got underway early.  Scores were moderate in the humid conditions and in the top flight Ken Page’s 31 points took third place on count-back from Mick Alleyne and the returning Welshman Colin Smith. In second place was Dave Heyes, playing his final round this trip and only a missed short putt on the eighteenth denied him the victory. Instead it went to Bill Stewart, also on 33 points.

The second flight fared better with Merle Humphreys firing 35 points for third, behind Tim Shaw (36 points) and Stu Thompson who won on count-back.

Near pins were won by Bill Stewart, Ken Page, Mick Alleyne, Tim Shaw and John Edwards whilst the booby bevy was enjoyed by John O’Neill for a score which matched his handicap.