Tip’s team triumph at Phil’s Birthday Bash

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Derek Phillips (center) with Tony Browne (left) and John Evans.
Derek Phillips (center) with Tony Browne (left) and John Evans.

PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, March 4, Laem Chabang – Stableford

A Flight

1st Petur Petursson (6) 39pts

2nd Paul Smith (4) 38pts

3rd Tom Herrington (13) 38pts

4th Alan Thomas (6) 37pts

5th Peter Park (4) 37pts

B Flight

1st Barry Cunningham (21) 40pts

2nd Terry Mangan (21) 40pts

3rd Nigel Harrison (22) 39pts

4th Paul Chesney (21) 38pts

5th Bart Bingham (20) 38pts

Phil Davies decided to celebrate his 60th birthday by inviting 84 of his good golfing buddies to share his big day with a game at Laem Chabang. Thanks to Phil’s generosity the cost was no more that 2,000 baht all-in for each player and included a sumptuous smorgasbord dinner at Links Bar in the evening.

At the course there were prizes on every hole and a competition within the competition – a normal individual stableford round plus an Irish stableford team event.

We got to play on the newly renovated “A” course plus the B nine. Laem Chabang is considered by those who know these things to be an excellent and challenging layout, and with fairways and greens in top notch shape we expected some very good scores, and there were.

The individual results are listed above while the team honours went to the quartet of Tip Briney, Nigel Harrison, Barry Oats and Iain Jones, who edged out the second placed outfit comprising Len Jones, John Mason, Mike Firkin and Bryan Barrell.

Wednesday, March 6, Greenwood B & C – Stableford

1st Mitchell Carlon (11) 37pts

2nd Tony Browne (17) 37pts

3rd Tip Briney (27) 37pts

4th Darren Beavers (17) 36pts

5th Andy Kelleher (10) 35pts

6th Phil Mitchell (24) 35pts

The management at Greenwood, who are always good and helpful, gave us a two-tee start today, which also enabled everyone to finish and be back in town much earlier. The course was in fine condition and did not have the wet patches as per our previous visit. Greens on both nines, B and C, were in good shape and ran nicely.

Mitchell Carlon came out blazing from the off, bombing 300+ yards off the tee that had Tip Briney in awe. Tip saw them even though he wasn’t in the same group! Good putting helped also and Mitch won the day and the Green Jacket, his first, in a closely fought three-way countback at the 39 points mark.

Birthday boy Phil Davies.
Birthday boy Phil Davies.

Tony Browne has been in good form of late and continued to be right up there, taking second ahead of Tip Briney.

We went one flight with six places and Darren Beavers had enough “flashes of brilliance” to grab 36 points and fourth place. The final two places had three players in contention, but one had to miss out. Andy Kelleher and Phil Mitchell both scored 35 points, with Andy having the better back nine.

Consolation nines went to Stu Brown (front, 22pts) and Richard Dobson (back, 18pts).

Friday, March 8, Eastern Star – Stableford

A Flight (0-16)

1st Brian Beaupre (7) 36pts

2nd Tommy Marshall (7) 34pts

3rd Jon Dean (11) 33pts

4th Pete Seil (3) 31pts

5th Connie Walsh (14) 29pts

B Flight (17+)

1st Derek Phillips (19) 36pts

2nd Richard Dobson (30) 34pts

3rd Nigel Harrison (22) 32pts

4th Tony Leng (26) 30pts

5th Len Jones (31) 30pts

Forty golfers took the opportunity to play Eastern Star at an extremely generous price. The course was in fine condition and the greens are running well. Some bunkers seemed over-full but generally the course is well set up.

The field was set in two flights, cut at sixteen and under and both flights enjoyed a tough joust in hot conditions.

In the top flight Connie Walsh took fifth place with 29 points, three behind Pete Seil on 31. In third was American golfer Jon Dean with 33 points, one behind runner-up Tommy Marshall on 34 points. The flight winner was Canadian Brian Beaupre whose annual visit saw him win the flight with 36 points.

In the second flight things were even tighter with Len Jones staking fifth place on countback with 30 points. One point better was Tony Leng with 31 and Nigel Harrison took third with 32 points. Second place went to Richard Dobson, his back nine impressing as he reached a total of 34 points. The flight winner was Irish golfer Derek Phillips whose 36 points gave him the Green Jacket on countback from top flight winner Brian Beaupre.

The near pins awards went to David Pettit (3), Andy Kelleher (6), Paul Durkan (13) and Pete Seil (17).

The consolation of the best front nine went to Murray Edwards (18 points) whilst Chris Walsh took the back-nine award with 19 points.