The viper bites back

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Mark Stapleton & Gau (Mark’s partner’s daughter).
Mark Stapleton & Gau (Mark’s partner’s daughter).

PSC Golf from The Growling Swan

Monday, Dec. 10, Eastern Star – Stableford

1st Ian Ward (11) 38pts

2nd Colm Lawlor (14) 36pts

3rd Colin Stielow (24) 36pts

Near Pins: Denis Steele (2), Bill Steinmann (2).

Long Putts: Bill Steinmann, Denis Steele.

We took off from the Swan with twelve eager golfers all ready to have a crack at the new revamped Eastern Star. The club house here has been completed and all cart paths installed. The course was in great shape, fairways were good and the greens were a little fast but ran true. Bunkers were clean and all was good for the day.

Numbers dictated that we were playing one flight with three podium places and all six novelties in play.

Ian Ward showed the way home, his 38 points being enough to get him past the post clear of the rest of the guys, Second and third saw a countback come into play and here Colm Lawlor just got the better of Colin Stielow with a more favourable back nine.

Thursday, Dec. 13, Crystal Bay – Stableford

1st Mark Stapleton (18) 39pts

2nd Takeshi Hakosaki (13) 39pts

3rd Mashi Kaneta (13) 38pts

Near Pins: Dave Maw, Shane Young, Tony Cook, Shane Young.

Long Putts: Mark Stapleton

Thirteen golfers decided to make the journey to Crystal Bay today. We were not too sure as to what to expect as there had been a bit of rain about over the last few days but we were informed that carts were allowed on course when we arrived there.

We played from the yellow tees, which can be a little short for some, but golfers do have the option to go back and play from a different tee if they so desire.

With today’s numbers we were to play one flight only with all the novelties in play.

Mark ‘the Viper’ Stapleton, on his return to Pattaya, showed that he meant business as he matched Takeshi Hakozaki at the top of the leader board. Stapo took the countback decision courtesy of a better back nine. Third past the post was Mashi Kaneta only a solitary shot behind.