Links Golf Society 14/3

The Pattaya Links Golf Society Press Report, w/e 14.03.18

Banjo and Vic Tops at Treasure Hill

Thirty-Eight golfers were fed and watered at Links Bar before boarding buses and cars headed for the challenging but beautiful Treasure Hill Golf Course.

Even with the Toll stations, the recently upgraded roads now make this trip far less arduous and a good 10 minutes or so quicker.

In hot and humid conditions, the first of our 10 groups set off earlier than our scheduled time, and had a clear course ahead, enabling a round of under four hours, without rushing.

We are still amazed at why this course is not overflowing with players. Today we saw the course in magnificent condition, fairways with plenty of grass, greens in tip top order and had some good pace to them, the views spectacular, and thank you again for the fantastic price on offer. 1250 baht and for that you get G/fee, Caddy and Cart and a great golf course.

37 points on this course is a very good score, and today we had two of them.

The “B” flight (17 +) saw the veteran campaigner Victor Barton lead the way with his 37 points ahead of Bart Bingham on 36, having another placing. Billy Brown and John Mason had a tussle for third, with Billy winning out. Both recorded 35 points.

Banjo Bannister doesn’t visit us often, but usually makes an impression and his 37 points did impress in taking out “A” flight (0-17)

Four points behind came Pierre Cere who seems to be on the podium here, there, and everywhere currently, but he needed to win a countback to slip into second spot from Simon Niven, in his first game since returning to Pattaya.

Colin Smith filled fourth with 32 points.

Best Front Nine (non-winners) ……Larry Gibb…….20 pts

Best Back Nine (non-winners) ……. Paul Chesney….19 pts

Four Near Pins and all were claimed:

Pierre Cere (No.2), John Anderson (6), Phil Mitchell (13), Mark Effendie (17)

Winner …” A” flight…….” Banjo” Bannister (14) …….37 pts

2nd Place……………………Pierre Cere (14) …………….33 pts c/back

3rd Place……………………Simon Niven (11) ………….33 pts

4th Place…………………. Colin Smith (14) ………….32 pts

Winner…” B” flight……. Vic Barton (29) …………….37 pts

2nd Place…………………Bart Bingham (26) ………….36 pts

3rd Place…………………. Billy Brown (18) ……………35 pts c/back

4th Place…………………. John Mason (25) ……………35 pts

After a smooth trip back, results were done and presentations made nice and early.

Phil walked around holding the Green Jacket, but neither Banjo nor Vic were present, a very unusual occurrence.

As a bonus for the winner, David Heyes kindly donated a bottle of fine Scotch tipple, and, with two 37 points, we had to do a countback, with Banjo the lucky recipient.

But, wait, Dave did not forget the wearer of the “wig” and threw in a golf training aid for Don Pavlovic.

And finally, a couple of months late, Phil presented Colin Smith a new Khao Kheow golf bag as winner of the Golfer of the Month for January.

An excellent day out at an excellent course.

 

Bart’s Blow for the Common Man

Khao Kheow ranks as one of the best golfing challenges in the kingdom with its thoughtful Pete Dye design, intrusion of water hazards, placement of bunkers and rolling greens. The Links Golf Society accepted the challenge on Wednesday, 21st March as three dozen keen souls joined in the fray. The air was heavily humid as the group teed off on the “A” nine and sure enough the round was punctuated by a heavy thunderstorm about halfway through which sent golfers diving for cover. However on resumption the “B” nine fairways drained quickly and the only effect on the greens was a marginal slowing of the pace.

 

The field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under and scores were better than many could have predicted. In the top flight fourth place went to Canadian Pierre Cere with a solid 37 points. He was only one behind the third placed golfer, Huw Phillips, who in turn followed runner-up Aussie John Edwards who recorded 39 points on his returning opener. The flight winner was Simon Niven with a splendid 40 points. Storm? What storm?

 

In the second flight scores were a little less competitive with fourth place going to Willie Brown whose 35 points was usurped by the better back nine of third placed Billy Hill. Billy of “wig” fame has never been near the honour this trip. Such has been the improvement in his game. In second place was the consistent Irishman Larry Slattery, again in the frame with 36 points. The winner showed what a high handicapper can achieve on a course such as Khao Kheow. Concentrating on contacting the ball sweetly Bart Bingham struck a blow for many high handicappers by taking the green jacket for the first time after an eye-opening 41 points. There’s a chance for many of us at Khao Kheow after all.

 

Near pin prizes went to Willie Browne (A3), Simon Niven (A5), Kevin LaBar (B3) and Ian Pickles on the Island green and the consolation prizes went to best front nine winner Dave Moriarty (20 points) and Mike McGuigan, best back nine (19 points).

 

Khao Kheow had been the perfect host again.

 

Five Star B & B at Greenwood

The Pattaya Links Golf Society travelled to Greenwood on Friday, 23rd March to play a stableford competition on the A and C nines. The course was in excellent condition with grassed fairways giving run and the truest greens anywhere in the province. The weather was excellent with a cool breeze throughout and all forty three golfers enjoyed the trip immensely. The field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under.

 

In the top flight fourth place was occupied by Tommy Marshall, his 33 points finishing three behind third placed golfer Kevin LaBar. Welshman Colin Smith took second place with 37 points which included a near pin on C6. The flight winner was American golfer Chris Barker whose 23 points on the front nine set the standard for the rest of his round, finishing as he did with 42 points.

In the second flight Len Jones finished in fourth place with 35 points, having been edged out of third by Rod Steven’s better back nine. In second place was John Mason with another creditable round of 36 points. Bart Bingham produced the round of his life just 48 hours before and one can imagine the elation he felt sinking his final putt for 42 points, recording eighty three points on his latest 36 holes. It really was an amazing round, deserving of a consecutive green jacket and one which will see his handicap suffer a large cut to test his resolve in rounds to come.

Near pins went to Dave Heyes (A2), on his final round this trip, Chris Barker (A6) and Colin Smith (C6), Unsurprisingly C3 into the wind at 200 yards saw the green unscathed. Consolation prizes went to Derek Phillips for his best front nine (19) and Mike McGuigan with the nest back nine of 19 points on his final round this trip. Other old friends leaving after today were Dave Moriarty and Kevin Timbrell and the PLGS wish them the best of health and golf until their return next time.

Golf had been good at Greenwood but for Messrs Bingham and Barker life could not be better as they turned up with five-star rounds in their bags. Well done lads!

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