Smith turns up the heat

Double winner Tommy Marshall (right) with Phil Davies.
Double winner Tommy Marshall (right) with Phil Davies.

PSC Golf Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, Sept. 17, Bangpakong – Stableford

1st Paul Smith (4) 42pts

2nd Chris Barker (13) 40pts

3rd Colin Service (17) 38pts

4th Budsarawan Phinpam (18) 38pts

5th Steve Truelove (7) 37pts

On Monday, the society travelled to Bangpakong Riverside to play a stableford competition in perfect weather. There was no sign of the recent rain and the day was spent under scattered light clouds with the ever present cooling breeze on the banks of the Bangpakong River.

The course was in good condition but recent soakings had put a restriction on golf carts as fairways were a little soft, so the preferred lies rule was invoked on the fairways. Greens were fine except for the fourth and fifth which were very soft, indeed the fifth was sanded in an effort to dry it out. Otherwise – perfect.

With 22 golfers only one flight contested the day and the expected good scores were achieved. In fifth place was Steve Truelove with 37 points, then a countback separating the fourth and third places as lady golfer Budsarawan Phinpam with 38 points lost out to Colin Service by virtue of his better back nine.

An excellent round of forty points gave Chris Barker second place only as Paul Smith was on fire. Recording 21 points on both nines he easily took the day with some powerful golf which gave him a best gross of 70. Wow! This really was impressive on a course where “run” was limited over the 6683 yards from the white tees.

The best front nine consolation went to Sam Scarfo (20 points) with Wayne Peppernell taking the best back nine with 19 points.

Near pins were won by Maurice Roberts (4), Paul Smith (7), Jim Norkett (13) and Chris Barker (16)

Wednesday, Sept. 19, Burapha C & D – Stableford

1st Tommy Marshall (6) 41pts

2nd Dave Arataki (28) 38pts

3rd Maurice Roberts (13) 35pts

4th Pete Seil (5) 35pts

The society visited nearby Burapha on Wednesday to play a stableford competition on the C and D nines. The course was in reasonably good condition – fairways were soft and the rough, which is a problem on the best of days, has now thickened with the recent wet weather. Throw into the mix the usual hazards and long par fours and there is a golf course waiting to be challenged.

A field of twenty played in one flight. With one exception scores were moderate with Pete Seil making fourth place with 35 points, shunted out of third by Maurice Roberts’ better back nine. In second was Dave Arataki making a welcome return after a few weeks absence and his 38 points again indicated how his game is improving since his move to Pattaya about a year ago.

The winner was Tommy Marshall who called all the shots this day with an excellent 41 points (gross 73) to win handsomely. All on his birthday too!

Near pins went to Petur Petursen (C5), Barry Oats (C8), Darren Beavers (D2) and Paul Smith (D8).

The best front nine award went to Paul Durkan (19 points) while Garry Hookey took the award for the back nine with 19 points also.

Friday, Sept. 21, Greenwood – Stableford

A Flight

1st Tommy Marshall (6) 38pts

2nd Kevin Rogers (12) 37pts

3rd Pete Seil (5) 37pts

B Flight

1st Wayne Peppernell (16) 35pts

2nd Derek Phillips (18) 34pts

3rd Garry Hookey (19) 32pts

We ended the week with a visit to Greenwood to play a stableford competition on the C and A nines. Following the rain the evening before the course was soft and spongy in places, especially just short of the greens, which were surprisingly hard, especially on the A nine. Lift and place was invoked as a result.

A field of twenty-six golfers made it to the tee and all got away in good time. The lack of any breeze and run made the course play long and the extreme heat on a very still day caught many golfers out and their rounds wilted early.

As usual at Greenwood the low markers tend have their day with the long par threes and some of the longer par fours. Today was no exception. The two flights were cut at fifteen.

In the second flight Garry Hookey managed third place with 32 points, ahead of second placed Derek Phillips with 34 points and Wayne Peppernell took the win with 35 points.

The top flight saw Wednesday’s winner Tommy Marshall make it a double with another fine round of 38 points. A plethora of golfers on 37 points suffered count back to decide the minor placings and it resulted in Kevin Rogers taking second and Pete Seil making third.

Consolation prizes went to Chris Barker for his front nine of 19 points and Maurice Roberts for his back nine of 16.

Near pins went to the long hitters, as expected, leaving Tommy Marshall (A2), Paul Smith (A6), Pete Seil (C3) and Takeshi Hakozaki (C6) all with the “wherewithall” for a celebratory beer.