Links Golf Society 5/9

The Winner, Mike Firkin(C) with John Anderson (L) and Phil Davies (R)

 

Pattavia – Wed Sept 5 S/ford

 

At Last! Mike Firkin’s Green Jacket.

 

After the heavy rain a couple of days earlier, some drizzle on this morning had us musing if we would have some late cancellations. Not sure if a cancellation or just a sleep in, but only one golfer missed the bus.

 

This left us with 27 players, with one of those not in the competition.

Two flights today with the cut at 0-13 and 14+, plus, of course, near pins and “best nines”

 

Pattavia Century is just a nice course to play. Almost always the fairways and surrounds are in perfect condition and the rough not too harsh, and today was top notch.

 

The infamous greens are having some work done on them, getting ready to bamboozle in the High season. So, right now they are as slow as we can remember. Recently cored and sanded and not cut low, as yet, but still the memory of very quick downhill putts remained. And here was the problem. They did not do what we remembered and managed to fool most players.

 

We must mention the pleasant surprise upon checking in to be charged 1350 bht for G/fee, caddy, cart. Less than expected, so Thank You Pattavia.

 

Although a slightly later tee time of 10.50 am was allocated to us, the starter sent our first group away about 15 minutes before that.

 

Normally we start the results with the “A” flight, but here we have a winner of “B” flight who has had his ups and downs on the golf course, but today Mike Firkin shined and ran away with a popular and well deserved first place and a first wearing of the Green Jacket, with the best score of the day of 39 points.

Second to Mike was consistent John Harrison with an equal handicap 36 points, and then Darren Beavers ( broken finger) beating off two others in a countback for third.

 

The “A” flight now, and speaking of consistency, Takeshi Hakozaki seems to be up there no matter where he plays, but had to survive a countback to win the flight.

The countback was against John Pierrel who has been on a roll this trip. Both scored a great 37 points.

Another countback saw Tommy Marshall take third over his mate, Paul Smith, both with 35 points.

 

Near Pins: Maurice Roberts (4), Kevin LaBar (7), Colin Smith(13), and (17)

 

Winner …”A” flight…….Takeshi Hakozaki (12)………37 pts c/back

2nd Place……………………John Pierrel (11)………………37 pts

3rd Place…………………….Tommy Marshall (7)…………35 pts c/back

 

Winner…”B” flight……..Mike Firkin (25)………………39 pts

2nd Place…………………John Harrison (14)……………36 pts

3rd Place…………………Darren Beavers (21)…………….34 pts c/back

 

Best Front Nine ( non winners)……Paul Smith…………..18 pts

 

Best Back Nine (non winners)……..Kevin Rogers………22 pts.

 

 

The organizer knew he was a prime candidate for the “silly hat” when he received a late night phone call asking “ how many bus you want?”

There were other possibilities for the prize, but Phil, admitting that no-one else knew, put his hand up and gave himself the hat.

The “wig” went to John Anderson at last…for being last. A temporary glitch, hopefully.

Pattavia is a wonderful course, so don’t be put off by the maintenance being done. It will come up A-one very soon.

 

 

Pattaya Links Golf Society is a PSC affiliated, friendly group and welcomes golfers of all levels. We play  Monday ,Wednesday and Friday.”      Links” Bar is towards the Southern end of Soi Buakhow.

 

Check the Big board out front for upcoming  games schedule.

Sign up at Links Bar or online to join us for a fun day of competition golf.

 

 

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