Sweetnam shoots best of the day at PAGS monthly

Gerry Sweetnam & Mikael Andersson.
Gerry Sweetnam & Mikael Andersson.

The day‘s conditions were perfect for the final Pattaya Amateur Golf Society (PAGS) tournament of 2018, with clear skies, a light steady breeze and a Greenwood course in overall good condition. Today’s field of 107 keen players, which included only the 7 ladies, were all set for a great finale.

As with most months, there is generally a standout performer or two on the day. This month, although not a crazy low gross, Gerry Sweetnam’s (H/cap 12) 79 was good enough to win the gross and secure top spot in the A Flight with 41 points. The winners of the B and C flights were responsible for the best stableford scores of the day, outstanding 44s.

The ladies winner, Amphai Noksa Vos (13) signed for a solid 37 points, to go with her Long Drive on B8 and her Near Pin on A2.

A Flight minor prizes went to Robert Watkins (10) with 37 points, to go with his Long Drive on B8 and approach on A3, while Tommy Wickman’s (11) 35 points was good enough for third spot.

B flight, for handicap 14-22, was won clearly by Donal McGuigan (22) with a day’s best of 44 points, while Tony Bless (18) edged Phillippe Vos (18) in the minor prize battle 20/18, after both signed for 38 points.

In the C Flight for handicaps 23+, Stephen Watkins (27) with the equal day’s best of 44 points was clearly ahead of the rest. James Sulavuori (29) with his 40 points picked up the silver spot, with Arne Wirdo (27) getting the bronze position on 38 points to go with his Near Pin on B5. Arne’s 20 points on the back 9 saw off both Pierre and Gabriel on the countback to secure his placing.

Honourable mentions for multiple technical wins on the day go to John Aylott, Brendan Cope and Jeff Wylie.

Although the Order of Merit winner, Mikael Andersson, was already decided, there was still plenty of jostling for the lower positions. Donal McGuigan’s 44 points secured him top OoM points on the day, moving him up to secure second. The third and fourth spots went to Craig Banks and Tood Fox respectively, while Ken price did enough to score fifth.