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PSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf Society

Sunday, January 8, Green Valley -Gold Medal

A Flight

1st Claude Harder (14) net 65

2nd Takasaka Yasutern (13) net 67

3rd Brien Wilkinson (15) net 69

B Flight

1st Jez Lees (18) net 68

2nd Lou Szigligeti (16) net 68

3rd Pierre Bietry (16) net 71

Red Flight:  1st Sim Davis (25) net 73

Near Pins:  No 4 Benn Nelson No 9 J-P Gasser No 12 Mike Craighead No 16 Pierre Bietry.

The championship of twelve months of medal competition was on the table this Sunday as the members of the golf society who had won or tied for first in each of 12 monthly competition of 2011 vied for what is clearly one of the two top awards of the society’s golf calendar, and the winner was… Jez ‘the Principal’ Lees, who fashioned a net 68 off his 18 handicap.  And all this after climbing Mount Everest!

Medal winners Jez Lees and Claude Harder.Medal winners Jez Lees and Claude Harder.

Jez played in B Flight and as the other finalists were scatted about I will carry on with the B Flight scores.  Tying with Jez was yet another mountaineer Lou ‘the thunder from down under’, but not participating in the Gold medal and failing on count back anyway took the flight silver.  Pierre Bietry with the help of a count back filled the flight at the expense of Aussie Jim Bell.

The common folk contested a slightly less intensive 1st  monthly medal of the new year; Claude Harder topped the day’s score with a net 65, just two strokes ahead of Takasaka Yasutern San and a further two ahead of Brian the ‘Wireless’ Wilkinson, who promised all that attended the presentation a full commentary of his game.

In the Red Flight we saw red hot favorite Mike Craighead falter a bit under the sun as Sim ‘card’ Davis with a net 73 walked off with the cut glass chardonnay flute and bottle of the same, and she also qualifies for the gold next year along with Claude.  All three winners will see their names engraved on the Lewiinski’s wall of shame.

Seven 2’s were recorded. Wednesday,January 11,St Andrews – Stabelford

A Flight

1st Peter Hynard (14) 37pts

2nd Duncan Kerr (4) 37pts

3rd Young Paul (12) 35pts

B Flight

1st Balechi Walter (17) 37pts

2nd Peter Henshaw (17) 35pts

3rd Colin Davis (18) 35pts

It is always a great day albeit a tough one, when the gang takes on the formidable St Andrews.  However, don’t tell that to A Flight’s Peter Hynard or B Flight’s flamboyant Walter Balechi and their 37 points, or for that matter Duncan Kerr who was on the wrong side of a count back in the senior flight.  The distribution of Paul Young’s 35 points edged Ireland’s Frank Higgins for the bronze.

Jim Bell and Pat Reagan triumphed at Green Valley on Sunday.Jim Bell and Pat Reagan triumphed at Green Valley on Sunday.

The management of Peter ‘Don Corleone’ Henshaw and Colin ‘the Donkey’ Davis were left to fill the minor places in B Flight, the silver going to Peter via the resulting count back.

Colum my mate Mullen and fellow Irishman Peter Henshaw split the ‘2’s pot.

Sunday 15 January Green Valley

A Flight

1st Pat Reagan (14) 41pts

2nd Gareth Gill (6) 39pts

3rd Terry Mangan (13) 39pts

B Flight

1st Jim Bell (21) 40pts

2nd Gerry Power (17) 40pts

3rd Jez Lees (17) 39pts

Near Pins:  No 4 Thierry Petrement No 9 Yui Bietry No 12 Gary Blackburne No 16 Gerry Power

On a day of big scores on the Sunday-shortened Green Valley set up, it wasn’t going to take long to justify the ‘title guy’ this week as ‘Young’ Pat Regan was man of the match with 41 points off his 14 handicap.  That A Flight winning score was two clear of the duo of Newcastle’s big Gareth Gill and close Irish friend Terry red card Mangan.  Gareth contributed a shade more on the inward nine to take the silver leaving Terry to close the flight with the bronze.

Aussie Jim Bell and Gerry ‘the Irish rover’ Power were the top dogs in B Flight, both tied on 40 solid points.  The count back did not reflect the luck of the Irish.  ‘Sir Edmund’ Lees, minus the yips, continues to amaze as his steady 39 points filled the flight.

With the Donkey down with a touch of colic, the Scribe was put in charge after he himself has just got over a bad dose of writer’s cramp and wished he had stayed at home, as he was paired with the A Flight winning Irish pair who both doubled his points tally.  Pat and Terry’s card has been well and truly marked!  But it was a pleasure to see that ‘Gally’ Blackburne back in town.

Colum Mullen, Yui Bietry, Garry Blackburne Thierry Petrement and Jerry McCarthy shared the ‘2’s pot.

Monday, January 16, Pattana – Stableford

A Flight

1st Ed Wyckoff (11) 36pts

2nd Peter Hynard (14) 33pts

3rd Petrie Raita (10) 32pts

B Flight

1stGeof Kubas (20) 36pts

2nd Frank McNamara (17) 35pts

3rd Jim Bell (21) 31pts

Monday’s venue was the intriguing construct of Svenska Golf Design Pattana.  Our man at the white house Ed Wyckoff showed his fine mettle as he was co-man of the match and topped A Flight with a solid even par round.  Peter ‘the right honorable’ Hynard was three shots back as Petrie Raita closed the flight a further stroke back.

Geoff Kubas was top shot in B Flight as he matched Ed’s even par round for co-man of the match.  Big Frank McNamara, no stranger to the pay window, was a shot adrift in second place.  Jim Bell was happy to see any part of the podium with 31 points, although he needed the aid of a count back over the unlucky Ed Delaney.

The happiest player by far was Irishman Paraic McManus as he slotted home the only ‘2’ of the day.

Wednesday,January 18,Greenwood B&C – Stableford

A Flight

1st Pierre Bietry (16) 41pts

2nd Peter Henshaw (17) 37pts

3rd Colin Davis (17) 36pts

B Flight

1st Jim Bell (21) 43pts

2nd Eddie Kelly (18) 37pts

3rd Sean Soden (23) 35pts

There was our title guy again topping B Flight and the field with a man of the match 43 points.  To my recollection that is a couple of 39 points in the recent PSC Championship, 40 points last Sunday, a hiccup yesterday and 43 points today (the handicap secretary has been informed).  And not a sound of that there bell either!

Jim’s mammoth 43 points was six clear of Irelands’ Eddie Kelly and a further two of Sean Soden who edged David Dunne on count back for the last flight place.

A Flight read like the minutes of the Pattaya Bar association meeting, with the newest addition’s winner Pierre Bietry with a fine 41 points who was absent from the presentation, apparently he was at the bar, Yui’s “little hole” situated on Soi Post office.  Peter Henshaw (Lewiinski’s) took the silver, as the Donkey (Lewiinski’s) rounding out the flight.

Tore Eliassen and who else Paraic McManus split the ‘2’s pot

Friday, January 20, Mountain Shadow – Stableford

A Flight

1st Paraic McManus (5) 38pts

2nd Connie Walsh (11) 34pts

3rd Tom MacManus (11) 34pts

B Flight

1st Tore Eliassen (15) 38pts

2nd Ken Hole (14) 34pts

3rd Eddie Kelly (18) 34pts

C Flight

1st Ger Lodge (19) 33pts

2nd Gerry Hughes (21) 31pts

3rd Pat Culloty (20) 30pts

Paraic McManus and Tore Eliassen brought the week to a fine close as they plotted their way round the challenging Treasure Hill layout to pick up 38 points each to win A and B Flight’s respectively.  They were also the only players to better par.  Connie Walsh triumphed in style, winning a 34 point count back from Tom McManus.

It was the same story in B Flight as Ken Hole did the same with a similar score to push Eddie Kelly down to the bronze position in their count back.

Skipping down to C Flight saw the lads find the tough layout a bit harder to handle as Ger Lodge took the top spot on 33 points.  Ger was two shots clear of Gerry Hughes.  Pat Culloty got the better of Sean Soden in a 30 point count back to fill the flight and Sean was left speechless.

Tore Eliassen (a brace), Barry Power, Collin Davis and Colum Mullen shared a large ‘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.