October 2014 PAGS Golf Tournament
The day started off with some heavy rain as a prelude to the monthly PAGS tournament on Oct. 29 at Emerald. The course was unplayable only minutes before the day’s field of 89 keen, but apprehensive players commenced. This was down from 100+ due to the weather, but still included 8 intrepid ladies,
The weather conditions were not the best, with the rain bucketing down just as the first few groups were to get away. Following the prolonged downpour, the decision was made to have preferred lies through the green, to help avoid the dreaded mud ball.
A Flight winner Barry Wellings receives a prize putter.
As with most months, there is generally a standout performer or two on the day. This month it was hard to split ladies winner Wancharee (H/cap 36) with her spectacular 45 points, or Barry Wellings (5) the winner in A Flight with a solid 38 points, also being edged on count back for low gross, as the clear star of the day title.
The best score of the day has been noted, but an honourable mention should also go to ladies runner-up Ning Neal (11) who posted 43 points, the clear second best score of the day, shooting a fine gross 76 under the conditions. Ning’s 76 was just 1 shot off the low gross of the day, which was won by Mike Allidi with 75, on count back over Barry.
Ladies winner Wancharee (right).
C Flight went to Dave Mateer (26) who was a clear winner with an excellent 42 points, getting the better of Sami Sarajarvi (28) with 37, while Doug Jasper (26) was a further point behind.
Jim Delves (17) got the top spot in B Flight with another excellent 42 points, while Willem Lasonder (19) and Wolfie (16) needed a count back to separate them after both signed for 38 points; Willem getting the nod for silver with his 22 points to Wolfie’s 18.
Teeing off in the PAGS October monthly at Emerald.
As mentioned previously, it was Barry Wellings (5) leading the way in A Flight with his solid 38 points, having needed a count back 19/18 to get over the top of 2-time technical prize winner Mike Sanders (6). Third place went to Jeff Wylie (8) on 36 points after a count back was required to separate Jeff from Mike Rushant and Thierry Petrement who had 19, 17 & 15 respectively.
Other 2 time technical winners were Mike Allidi, Ian Bell and Heiki Viljakainen.
It was still threatening rain as Dave and his team were setting up for the presentation buffet, but fortunately the showers held off, and everything flowed along smoothly. As always, the Sportsman & Shenanigans crews did a fantastic job of keeping all the golfers and their guests gastronomically satisfied. Everyone looks forward to another successful tournament with the next event at Eastern Star on 26 November. Contact Shane on 085 945 9689 to ensure your preferred tee time.