Links Golf Society 21/3

Pattaya Links Golf Society at Khao Kheow on Wed  Mar 21   S/ford

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 that 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.

Best Front Nine ( non winners)…..Dave Moriarity………20 pts

Best Back Nine (non winners)……Michael McGuigan…19 pts c/back

Winner..”A” flight………Simon Niven (11)………….40pts

2nd Place…………………… ..John Edwards (16))………39 pts

3rd Place…………………Huw Phillips (14)…………38 pts.

4th Place…………………..Pierre Cere (14)…………..37 pts

 

Winner “B” flight……….Bart Bingham (26)………….41pts

2nd Place…………………Larry Slattery (18)…………36 pts

3rd Place…………………Billy Hill (31)………………35 pts c/back

4th Place………………….Willie Brown (18)…………35 pts

 

A riotous presentation session by Phil completed another great golfing day.

Khao Kheow had been the perfect host again.

The fun continues at the Links on golf days. Fancy being a part of it all? As signups are numerous these days please sign up before 6pm the evening before golf and your place is booked.

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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