Watson lays claim to Links Cup

Bob Watson (centre) poses with Torben Lindgaard (right) and ‘wig’ wearer Fred Tam.
Bob Watson (centre) poses with Torben Lindgaard (right) and ‘wig’ wearer Fred Tam.

Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, June 5, Bangpakong – Stableford

John Davis (14) 40pts

Phil Davies (12) 38pts

Walter Baechli (16) 38pts

17 golfers set out from Links Bar to play Bang­pakong, which was in its usual immaculate condition.  We found the fairways with plenty of grass and mown to allow the ball to sit up nicely to make for easy hitting.  The greens also looked good and ran truly.

John Davis and Mick Coghlan signed in together and joined us for a rare appearance.  John played a great game to finish atop the podium with a big 40 points, looking even better since we played from the longer white tees at a total of 6685 yards.

His compatriot and fellow signee, Mick, finished at the complete opposite end and happily donned the “wig” for the lowest score of the day to make perfect bookends.

Phil Davies shook his head when he was handed the envelopes to find he had won the count back for second place.  His 38 points was a terrific performance, along with the beautifully dressed Walter Baechli, also on 38.

The best front nine prize for non-winners went to Christian Boysen with 16 points while top man on the back nine was Mike Allidi with 20.

Wednesday, June 7, Burapha – Stableford/Links Cup

A Flight

1st Bob Watson (7) 41pts

2nd Phil Davies (12) 39pts

3rd Jacob Cummings (7) 37pts

B Flight

1st Torben Lindgaard (25) 36pts

2nd Kenny Chung (24) 35pts

3rd Henry Wong (24) 33pts

The Links Cup comp at Burapha attracted 27 avid golfers, all seeking the top prize or any of the other 23 on offer.

We played A and B courses today and what a pleasure: fairways were in excellent condition and while the greens looked a little patchy in places, they ran truly.  The rough here has caused your scribe trouble before, and I wasn’t the only one.  It somehow manages to twist the club head as you swing.  I’m guessing this does not happen for top of the range golfers.

Speaking of “top of the range golfers”, Bob Watson, after a slight injury, seems to be on the comeback trail and took the Cup with 41 points off his 7-handicap (gross 74).  One doubts if he visited the rough at all.

After a couple of very ordinary games, Phil Davies has also been finding the and today he made his presence felt with a 3 under handicap 39 points.  Third place in A Flight went to Jacob Cummings, a good effort for someone who arrived at Bangkok Airport, jumped in a car and headed straight to Burapha.

Torben Lingaard, the jovial Dane, led the charge to take in B Flight and a handicap equaling 36 points got him the pink envelope.  He also won two of the technical prizes so a very good day for him.

Kenny Chung came in second place with 35 points and Henry Fong took third with 33.  For the second time in a week Greg Perfrement lost a count back and a podium finish.  Next time, Greg!

There were prizes up for grabs on every hole and without going to detail there was a good mix of winners.

Touch Agogo is a much appreciated supporter of the Links Cup whereby they put forward a keg of beer for one of the prizes.  Christian was absolutely thrilled when his non-beer drinking partner New Satita won the keg this time.  I feel a visit to Touch coming on.

Friday, June 9,
Crystal Bay – Stableford

1st Greg Perfrement (23) 37pts

2nd Peter Hynard (15) 36pts

3rd Phil Davies (12) 34pts

On a clear Friday, the Pattaya Links Golf Society took to the road again and visited Crystal Bay to play a stableford round on the B and C combination, which was in good condition, with slightly soft fairways and greens which were as good as they have been for the last few months.  Another empty course welcomed the group, which teed off on time and made good progress all round.

Phil Davies carded another consistent round of 34 points to give him third place while Peter Hynard’s 36 rewarded him with the silver.  Top spot was reserved for Greg Perfrement whose 37 points gave him victory despite the pressure coming from second placed man, Peter Hynard.

Bob Watson managed the best gross of the day, 82, and the minor prizes went to Maurice Roberts for the best front nine (18) and Masa Sugaya for the best back nine (16).