Watson on the warpath

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Bob Watson (left) with Phil Davies.
Bob Watson (left) with Phil Davies.

The Pattaya Links Golf Society

Monday, Dec. 11,
Mt. Shadow – Stableford

A Flight

1st Bob Watson (4) 37pts

2nd Wayne Peppernell (15) 33pts

3rd Bob Stokes (14) 32pts

4th Anne Stokes (15) 31pts

B Flight

1st Chris Walsh (23) 33pts

2nd Niall Caven (18) 30pts

3rd Harry Lankoff (19) 29pts

4th Tip Briney (19) 29pts

December 11 marked the first anniversary of the sad passing of our old friend Leigh Abbey, at Burapha, and it was decided to dedicate the Links Golf day at Mountain Shadow to his memory.

Many friends turned out and the large field was divided into two flights.  The course was looking a little jaded with some patchy fairways but still had the capacity to test and frustrate golfers who dared to stray from the short stuff.

Scores followed previous visits, with golfers posting average or less cards, with one exception.  In the second flight a better back nine was enough for Harry Langkoff to shake off the challenge of Tip Briney for third place with 29 points.  Niall Caven posted another steady score of 30 points for second and Irishman Chris Walsh went three better to take the flight.

In the top flight Scotland’s Bob Stokes took third with 32, nudging his partner Anne into fourth on 31.  Second place went to Wayne Peppernell with 33 solid points whilst the group’s best golfer, Bob Watson shot a gross 75 to give him 37 points, the day’s sole sub-par round.

Near pins were won by Maurice Roberts, Tip Briney, Bob Watson and Harry Langkoff while the consolation prizes were won by Ralph McConnell (best front nine, 18 points) and Colin Smith (best back nine, 16 points).

John Mason kindly sponsored four more technical prizes, the winners being Bob Stokes in flight 1 (near pin, second shot, hole 10) and Harry Langkoff (second flight). The best par-three total of 8 points was registered by Peter Wilson, on count-back, and the best par-five total was an excellent 10 points by Phil Davies.

Wednesday, Dec. 13, Bangpra – Stafledford

A Flight

1st Bob Watson (4) 39pts

2nd Colin Smith (13) 35pts

3rd Wayne Peppernell (15) 35pts

B Flight

1st Harry Lankoff (19) 38pts

2nd Tony Browne (19) 36pts

3rd Jim Doran (20) 34pts

Bob Watson is maintaining great form and with another sub-handicap round, 39 points at 73 gross, he ran away with yet another green jacket.  There were others in the A flight and the next three players all returned scores of 35 points with the count-back giving Colin Smith second spot, Wayne Peppernell third and Brian Talbot just missing out.

B flight players have higher handicaps, but still posted some good scores on a fairly difficult track.  Harry Lankoff amassed a very creditable 38 points to go to the top ahead of the consistent Tony Browne on 36.  Then came a traffic jam at the 34 points mark with 4 players needing to be split, and it was Jim Doran tipping out Kim Thomsen for third place.

Four near pins went to Bob Watson, Tony Browne, Ralph McConnell and Colin Smith.

Best consolation nines went to Brian Talbot (front, 19pts), and Dave LeHane (back, 22pts).

Friday, Dec. 15, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

A Flight

1st Steve Truelove (10) 36pts

2nd Maurice Roberts (12) 35pts

3rd Phil Davies (11) 35pts

B Flight

1st Tony Browne (19) 41pts

2nd Mick Coghlan (21) 37pts

3rd John Coetzee (22) 36pts

Tony Browne overcame a recent bout of the shanks to post a terrific 41 points today and easily win B flight and the green jacket for the best score of the round.

In his wake came Mick Coghlan with a well put together sub-handicap round of 37 points, and John Coetzee, in his first game with Links, took out third place on 36.

The A flight saw big hitting Steve Truelove hardly believing his 36 points could get him a first place, but it did.  Sparring partners, Maurice Roberts and Phil Davies, playing in the same group, fought it out for second spot, both on 35 points, with Maurice narrowly winning the count-back.

We had near pins on each of the Par 3s and these were won by Pierre Cere (5), Colm O’Donovan (7), Wayne Peppernell (12) and Helene Lindberg (16)

Best nines for non-winners went to Frank Riley (front, 21pts) and Niels Peter (back, 20pts).