Links Golf Society 30/3
Jones Joins Green Jacket Club
The final week of high season began with a trip to Pleasant Valley with the Pattaya Links Golf Society taking thirty golfers for a field divided into two flights at sixteen and u8nder. The course was in reasonable condition with generally well grassed fairways which were soft and damp in places and greens which were moderately paced but showed signs of recent sanding, leaving them patchy. Conditions were humid with overcast skies that threatened a storm but thankfully it never arrived.
Playing from the blue tees the top flight saw Colin Smith take third place with 34 points whilst Irish golfer John Kelly had to settle for second with 36 points. The flight winner was Chris Barker, continuing the form he displayed last week, finishing with 38 points.
The second flight saw last week’s hero Bart Bingham take third place with 35 points, only one behind runner-up Richard Dobson on 36 points. The flight winner was Len Jones and his 39 points rewarded him with his first Green Jacket at the Links. Twice previously he has been denied by countback but this time his power off the tee and from the fairways more than merited his fine result. Near pins went to Jamie Booterburgh (5), Gerner Lykke (8), Bill Copeland (13) and Richard Dobson (17) whilst consolation awards went to Rod Stevens (best front nine, 19 points) and Tony Browne (best back nine, 20 points). The coveted wig went to Big Phil Mitchell after blanking eight successive holes and left Mr Phil with no option but to reward the record breaker with the hirsute appendage. Tony Browne very generously added to the winner’s and loser’s pot with suitable prizes to mark his final round this trip. Also making their final appearances for now were Dave Moriarty, Mike Davies and Larry Slattery and the Links wishes them all the best for the summer before we welcome them back later in the year.
It had been an enjoyable day for most of the Links golfers at Pleasant Valley and for Mr Len a long held ambition had been achieved. Well done mate!
Another Bingham Blitz
On Wednesday, 28th March two dozen golfers from the Pattaya Links Golf Society visited quirky Silky Oak to play a stableford competition in a single flight. Fairways at the course are always well grassed but greens have always been a problem with their slower speeds and, at the moment, they are very patchy. Perhaps it’s as well we are at the end of high season and we can give the course superintendent all the time he needs to resolve the problems.
The contrived new layout of hole fifteen clearly confused golfers and indeed a few chose not to play because of the lack of choice from the tee. However, always resolute in their efforts the Links Lads made a good fist of things. In fifth place, losing on countback, was Pat Lavin with 36 points, pipped as he was by John Chelo on the same score. In third place was the redoubtable Welshman, Colin Smith with an excellent 37 points, one behind runner-up Nils-Peter Kristensen with 38 points. The winner with an astounding 45 points was Bart Bingham. All the hours of practice are finally paying off for the American golfer.
Near pins went to Phil Mitchell (3), Gerner Lykke (6), Nils-Peter Kristensen (8), Bart Bingham (14) and Tip Briney (16) and the consolation awards went to Paul Chesney (best front nine, 21 points) and Phil Davies (best back nine, 20 points). The loser’s wig was proudly worn by Bill Copeland, his maiden win and the group finished the day with a couple of cooling beers and plenty of the usual “craic”. We say goodbye temporarily to John Kelly, Chris Barker, Pierre Cere and Richard Dobson as their golf breaks come to an end and the group wishes them God Speed” for a hasty return after a successful summer of golf in more temperate climes.
Celebration Beer on Good Friday
The Pattaya Links Golf Society ended its most successful high season ever with a visit to Eastern Star on Friday, 30th March, with twenty-nine golfers set on enjoying a day’s golf on one of the most challenging courses in the area. Eastern Star did not disappoint as a hot and humid day was spent grappling with hard fairways and quick greens in a strong breeze which brought the ubiquitous OB and water into play.
The field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under and scores were moderate only, in line with the averages over the last decade or so. In the second flight Troon’s Billy Hill again enjoyed a good round finishing in third place with 31 points. Second place went to Martin Patch with 34 points whilst competition debutant Mike Tottenham won his spurs with a fine round of 35 points.
The top flight contained some quality golfers and Jon Batty, playing off six set the best gross standard for the day with his score of 34 points giving him third place. The runner-up was Maurice Roberts with a splendid 35 points. The best points score of the day was recorded by Marco Beer, on his return and he fired 36 points to take the green jacket. Near pins went to Russell Exley, Colin Smith, John Chelo and Mike Tottenham whilst the consolation winners were Jon Dean (best front nine, 17 points) and again Derek Phillips (best back nine, 19 points). The final award of the day was the wig which went to Tip Briney who later admitted to have been “beaten up” by the course today. Eastern Star does that…quite often.