Smith steals the limelight at PSC monthly tourney

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For the 73 players it was ‘millionaire’s’ golf at Treasure Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 22 for the Pattaya Sports Club’s 137th monthly golf tournament.  On this occasion there was a 1-tee start and with no one else on the course, the first groups got away well ahead of their scheduled time.

The course was well presented and the weather was sunny and hot, with just a short, sharp shower that soon went away.

It was the first time that PSC had held their monthly tournament on a Wednesday as opposed to the usual Friday.  Golf Chairman Mark West, together with Peter Blackburn, Dick Warberg and Nigel Cannon, arrived early to prepare for the players arrival, together with the course staff who  were on hand and helpful.

PSC Golf Chairman Mark West (left) with 50-50 winner Thierry Petrement.PSC Golf Chairman Mark West (left) with 50-50 winner Thierry Petrement.

The first groups came back to the clubhouse in well under 4 hours and the remaining players were around the 4 hour mark, but it was clear as the cards were returned that it was not going to be a high scoring day!  However Paul Smith (H/cap 3) came in with a 75 to win the low gross for the second month in a row.

‘A’ Flight – playing medal from the white tees – needed a count back as both Max Scott (4) and Dave Stockman (7) returned net 72’s, with Max getting the nod on the back nine.

Low Gross winner Paul Smith.Low Gross winner Paul Smith.

‘B’ Flight’s golfers were playing Stableford from the yellow tees and saw Butch Porter (16) in top spot with 36 points.

‘C’ Flight produced the best Stableford score of the day from Douglas Jasper (27) with 39 points.  Jim Elphick (26) meanwhile won the Seniors’ flight with 38.

The presentation and prize giving was at the ever-popular Lewiinski’s, where once again Colin and his team produced an excellent buffet and drink service that was appreciated by all.

At the presentation, Nigel Cannon welcomed everyone and introduced Golf Chairman Mark West who expressed his appreciation to the day’s players and those who assisted him at the course, and also to Colin for the buffet, the PSC office staff for the pre-tournament work, and Kit, who sold the 50/50 lucky draw tickets.

Mark outlined his recent meetings with local courses endeavoring to obtain favorable rates for PSC members.  He announced that vouchers for Pattaya Country Club would be available shortly and that the new clubhouse there should be open by the end of the year.

Before Nigel announced the prize winners he introduced the only lady playing on the day, Patsada Ryves (aka Sand), who is a caddy at Green Valley.  Sand has a 14 handicap and has played with some success in the International Caddy Championship that PSC supports, having come 2nd and 13th in recent competitions.

Nigel then went on to introduce Freddy Starbeck, who kindly donated 2 x 1000 baht vouchers for his D’ablo restaurant, and the popular Aussie Bob Watson, who was celebrating his birthday.

He then announced the winners and Mark presented the prizes, followed by the lucky draw and the 50/50 draw, which was won by Thierry Petrement.

The next PSC tournament will be held on Thursday 20th November at the Pattavia Golf Course.

A Flight winner Max Scott.A Flight winner Max Scott.

B Flight winner Butch Porter.B Flight winner Butch Porter.

C Flight winner Douglas Jasper.C Flight winner Douglas Jasper.

Seniors winner Jim Elphick.Seniors winner Jim Elphick.

Lady golfer Patsada Ryves.Lady golfer Patsada Ryves.