Stevens starts the year in style

Mashi Kaneta (left) and Andrew Purdie.
Mashi Kaneta (left) and Andrew Purdie.

The Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, Jan. 1, Pattavia – Stableford

A Flight

1st Simon Kendall (14) 36pts

2nd Phil Davies (11) 35pts

3rd Terry Worth (15) 34pts

B Flight

1st Mashi Kaneta (16) 37pts

2nd Pat Murphy (25) 35pts

3rd David Dunne (18) 33pts

The Pattavia course looked to be all ours and our first group, a three-ball, got away a few minutes earlier than our scheduled time. That first group set a good pace and all others followed.  Weather was just about perfect and the course was in the excellent condition.

With 21 players, we paid two flights with the cut at 15.  The best score of the day came from the golf journeyman, Mashi Kaneta in his first outing with Links Golf as he won “B” flight with an impressive 37 points.  Pat Murphy was second to Mashi, scoring a fine 35 points, and David Dunne on 33 points grabbed third spot by the narrowest of margins on count-back.

Simon Kendall was on top of “A” flight with a handicap equalling 36 points.  Phil Davies made a last minute decision to play and reaped the reward for second place with 35 points, while third place went to a three-way count-back, each having 34 points, with Terry Worth having the best back nine.

For non-winners the best front and back nine prizes went to Steve Evans (20pts) and John Doyle (19pts).

Wednesday, Jan. 3, Burapha – Stableford

A Flight

1st Ralph McConnell (15) 37pts

2nd John Doyle (10) 37pts

3rd Simon Kendall (14) 34pts

B Flight

1st Rod Stevens (25) 40pts

2nd Jake O’Neill (18) 36pts

3rd David Dunne (18) 35pts

The third day of 2018 saw the Pattaya Links Golf Society visit beautiful Burapha to play a stableford competition in two flights, cut at sixteen and under.  As always the sumptuous A and B nines were in perfect order and the day was fair with a light breeze making it the most comfortable of golfing experiences.

Scores were as competitive as always, with one exception, and in the top flight Simon Kendall again found the secret with 34 points giving him third place – a few behind runner-up, Irishman John Doyle, on 37.  John’s 81 was also the best gross of the day.  The flight winner was Ralph McConnell, also with 37 points but the count-back was in his favour.

In the second flight third place went to David Dunne after a sound performance of 35 points, Jake O’Neill managed 36 points for second but the flight was usurped by Canadian golfer Rod Stevens whose power-packed swing returned to give him 40 points and the group’s first sub-70 net round of the year.

Consolation awards went to Colin Smith for his best front nine of nineteen points and fellow Welshman Len Jones who took the best back nine slot with twenty points.

Friday, Jan. 5, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

A Flight

1st Wayne Peppernell (14) 39pts

2nd Tony Browne (18) 38pts

3rd David Dunne (18) 37pts

B Flight

1st Mikael Lindberg (23) 38pts

2nd Larry Slattery (19) 32pts

3rd Mike Wilsher (24) 32pts

Rod Stevens.
Rod Stevens.

After a great win in the December golfer of the month, Wayne Peppernell had a couple of games off followed by a not so good score, however he bounced right back to record 39 points and the best score of the day to win the A Flight.  Tony Browne shadowed Wayne by scoring a fine 38 points for second place and we then had to go to a count-back for third with David Dunne putting in another solid round to hold out Mike Allidi, both on 37 points.

In the “B” flight (h/cap 19+) Mikael Lindberg notched up 38 points, to finish well in front of Larry Slattery and Mike Wilsher, both on 32 points, with Larry getting the nod for second.

Near pins were picked up by Mike Allidi ( hole 12),  Mikael Lindberg (5 and 16) and Craig Mitcham (7) while the best nines for non-winners came from Rod Stevens (front, 19pts) and Mike Allidi (back, 19pts).