Links Golf Society 27/4
Chesney’s Revenge at Last
With Songkran over the return of those golfers lucky enough to be elsewhere during Pattaya’s annual deluge saw a more seasonal size Links field visit Mountain Shadow on Monday, 23rd April to play a stableford competition on the course which appeared a bit jaded after a hot and dry spell. Fairways were hard and allowed some run but the greens were a little inconsistent making good scores difficult to come by.
The moderate sized field allowed only one flight and saw a meagre five golfers return scores of thirty or more, with Barry Oats’s 32 points taking third place, with the Aussie senior losing the runner-up slot to Derek Phillips on countback. The winner was Paul Chesney for whom the course has mixed memories, being his first LoS golf experience some six months ago and some genuine efforts since attempting to put that first round behind him. This day he took revenge with an excellent 35 points for the win and the honour of wearing the green jacket.
Consolation prizes went to Phil “PJ” Mitchell for the best front nine (17 points) on his final round this trip and Tip Briney for his best back nine of 17 points. Martin Patch who had won the Links Songkran Shootout in Khon Kaen returned to a more lowly honour and took his first wig for a “hangover type” performance in his final round this trip also.
It was good to be back home for the Songkran adventurers even though Mountain Shadow’s welcome was somewhat more frosty than expected.
Davies Dominates Green Valley
Pattaya Links golfers warmly looked forward to a visit to Green Valley on Wednesday, 25th April and found on arrival that the greens had been cored and sanded a week before their arrival. Putting was to be a bit of a lottery therefore on the course which otherwise was in excellent condition. With the removal of quite a number of trees around the course the track now has a more open and airy feel and the latest routing is almost the same as the original design
The single flight started on time and made good progress and all around the skies were heavy but the rain gods stayed away, making a delivery to courses north of Green Valley instead, notably Burapha.
Scores showed Brian Talbot in fourth place with 37 points, one point behind Tip Briney and Derek Philiips on 38 but separated by Derek’s better back nine. The winner was Phil Davies whose game is either right on or stuttering. This day was his though as another forty point return saw him don his own green jacket back in the links. Consolation prizes went to Nigel Harrison for his best front nine of 19 points and Bill Copeland for his best back nine of 17 points. The wig went to Dave Arataki on his final round this trip and the English golfer who had performed so creditably during the Links’ Songkran tour found another type of reward waiting on his return. A number of old friends are leaving for home this week and the Links wishes them all a good summer and God speed till we meet again later in the year.
Phoenix. Phillips. Forty-Seven.
The Pattaya Links Golf Society visited nearby Phoenix on Friday, 27th April to play a stableford competition on the Lakes and Ocean nines in one flight. Group numbers are holding up well despite to departure of many friends and supporters for their own national summers whilst we in Pattaya suffer highs and lows of both temperature and deluge levels!
Phoenix was in quite good condition and presented a good opportunity for golfers to produce some more than respectable scores. An all Irish leaderboard saw third place occupied by Dom Downey, his 36 points coming from the best (shared) gross of the day, 83 shots. In second was Peter Henshaw, recording one point better on 37. The winner with a staggering 47 points was Derek Phillips whose sumptuous round was by far his best ever and came on a day when everything fell into place. He claims the course was made for his game and few can argue with that. Certainly his golfing renaissance, which began in Khon Kaen at Songkran, has set him new targets for the rest of his stay.
Consolation prizes went to Brian Talbot for his best front nine of 18 points and Lee Rodman for his best back nine of 21 points, and Colin Service was the popular winner of the wig, nudging veteran Alan Walker out of the frame on countback.
The storm which broke over the heads of the final group on the last hole was due to set in for a day or more by which time the day’s golf may well be forgotten by some but certainly not by Derek Phillips. Well done mate!