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Sunday, March 13, Green Valley – Monthly Medal

A Flight

1st Jez Lees (15) net 70

2nd Claude Harder (11) net 70

3rd Terry Dutson (13) net 70

B Flight

1st Frank Sharkey (19) net 63

2nd John Hemen (17) net 70

3rd Andre Fortis (17) net 70

Red Flight

1st Yui Bietry (10) net 73

Near Pins:  No 4 John Henny, No 9 Saka Jatawa, No 12 Mick Beresford, No 16 Claude Harder.

Frank Sharkey, making his Lewiinski’s debut, had one of those dream rounds as he found a way to navigate Green Valley with a tremendous net 63.  This proved more than enough to run away with B Flight honours.  Unfortunately for Frank his rookie status made him the latest victim of the infamous “Bonner Ruling” which states that a competitor has to have played four or more games with Lewiinski’s to be eligible for the medal silverware.  More on Mr. Bonner later.

Monthly medal winner Jez Lees, left, celebrates his win with Colin the Golf Manager, right and the scribe, center. Monthly medal winner Jez Lees, left, celebrates his win with Colin the Golf Manager, right and the scribe, center.

Amazingly all five other men’s podium places were net 70s.  So, ‘the Donkey’s’ calculator went into overtime and once the sums were done it was Jez ‘The Principal’ Lees who emerged from the count-back melee to claim the medal and his second trophy of the month.  Claude Harder took the silver followed on the podium by Terry Dutson.

Amongst the B flighters, John Hemen got the nod over Andre Fortis for the silver.

Pattaya legend has it that Jez’s trophy cabinet, purchased in earnest 6 years back as he won a Coral Reef Soi Dao trip, has since only housed that one piece of memorabilia.  Now that’s all changing, and he can at last start replacing his toy car collection with the recently won Captain’s Day cut glass bowl and now the March monthly medal mug.  Things are certainly looking up.

This medal was all about holding your nerve, as with 3 holes to play, Jez’s mate and playing partner Mark ‘Mussels’ Bonner looked the far more likely winner.  However, a late capitulation including a treble and double saw his title hopes disintegrate.  Meanwhile, Jez was finishing in style with his final 3 holes impressively reading birdie, par, and birdie.

By way of compensation for Mark, his early round form and Jez’s late surge gave them a memorable 2 up victory over supposed Lewiinski’s big guns Big Bob “Low Gross” Newell and even bigger Gareth “Ralphy” Gill.  Nice one boys!

The Red Flight saw Yui Bietry swing back in to form with an impressive net 73.  This win gives Yui automatic entry to the Gold Medal to be held later in the year along with the men’s winner Jez.

Eight 2’s were recorded with Claude Harder having a brace.

Monday, March 14, Bangpakong – Stableford

A Flight

1st Francis Goyons (7) 37pts

2nd Naddine Goyons (10) 36pts

3rd Gary Lunn (13) 34pts

B Flight

1st Joe Tynan (27) 37pts

2nd Merle Humphreys (19) 33pts

3rd Marlene Prudden (24) 32pts

Bangpakong Riverside country club’s main feature is the many holes with wide open fairways, and long distance par four holes.  This suited the Swiss family Goyons as they cleaned up in the premier flight.  Francis was co-man of the match and the flight winner with 37 points while Naddine followed closely a shot back for the second spot.  Gary Lunn took third with a more favorably 34 points than Jean Philippe Maffrey’s.

If the course favors’ the long hitters what was Irishman ‘Papa’ Joe Tynan doing standing on top of B Flight with a smile that you could drive a bus through?  (Well played kid).

Joe was looking down on Merle Humphreys in second, and Marlene Prudden who managed third place with a count-back verdict over Donal McGuiGan as both were locked on 32 points.

No 2’s so a rollover to Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 16, Bangpra – Stableford

A Flight

1st Gavin Knox (11) 36pts

2nd Peter Lenoury (10) 34pts

3rd Jim Ledwidge (10) 33pts

B Flight

1st Daragh McCormack (28) 37pts

2nd Ed Delaney (29) 33pts

3rd Andre Fortis (17) 33pts

B Flight’s Daragh McCormack was the only player to solve the Bangpra riddle on the day as he stood alone as the only competitor under par.  In fact Daragh’s 37 points was four clear of a knot of B Flight players on 33points.  The count-back left Ed Delaney in second and the ever present Andre Fortis in third.  Barry ‘The Boot’ Copestake and Merle Humphreys were the count-back victims.

In the premier division Gavin ‘you know who’ continued his weekly assault on the podium with a solid even par round, closely followed by Peter ‘The right honorable’ Lenoury.  Jim Ledwidge rounded out the flight.

Garry Lunn put his third place finish on Monday behind him as he picked up a very handy rollover 2’s pot.

Note:  Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya Land Soi 1, Beach Road Soi 13/3 near to Walking Street. Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764.  Transport is provided.