Khao Kheow C & B – Fri 9th Aug
The Pattaya Links Golf Society ended the week with a Friday visit to Khao Kheow with 31 golfers anticipating an enjoyable round on another of the region’s quality courses.
The sky remained heavily overcast throughout but the rain which hovered over the nearby hills never arrived. However, it remained very humid and the soft fairways gave very little run. Greens were assessed at 9 on the stimp.
A warning to less ambulant golfers – KK had no red flags on a day when carts were restricted to paths, and with no “dual” paths there are some long walks!
Playing the C and B combination the group began on time and made good progress throughout. With the cut set at fifteen and under the second flight saw Nils-Peter Kristensen return from Denmark to post 30 points for fourth place, a couple behind Walter Baechli in third. Another solid round from Greg Proctor placed him second with 34 points leaving Adam Barton with the honour of winning the flight with 36 points.
In the top flight Toby Glass lost out on third place on countback with 34 points leaving Eric” The Judge” Black a couple behind runner-up Paul Smith on 36 points. Paul again recorded the best gross score of the day, 75 shots.
The winner, as on Monday, was Dave Hewson and his splendid golf gave him 38 points and the Green Jacket for a second time this week.
Near-pins were won by Colin Service (C3), Adam Barton (B8) and Paul Durkan (C8 and B3). The consolation best nines went to Steve Jones (18 points on the front) and Chris Barker (18 points on the back, beating John Anderson on countback).
“A” Flight (0-15)
1st Place – Dave Hewson (10 ) -38 pts
2nd Place – Paul Smith (3) -36 pts
3rd Place – Eric Black (14) – 34 pts c/back
4th Place – Toby Glass (12) – 34 pts c/back
“B” Flight (16+)
1st Place – Adam Barton (17) – 36pts
2nd Place – Greg Proctor (20) – 34 pts
3rd Place – Walter Baechli (19) – 32 pts
4th Place – Nils-Peter Kristensen (19) – 30 pts
Best Front Nine ( non winners)…Steve Jones….18 pts
Best Back Nine (non winners)…..Chris Barker …18 pts c/back
As usual Mr Phil had fun teasing golfers with the “silly hat” and “wig’, firstly confusing Geoff Wallace by having him wear the “wig” when he had a respectable score, but it was only a joke on him as is going home, but it was Paul Chesney who thoroughly deserved the “wig’ after failing to reach double figures on either nine.
Sometimes people whisper in Phil’s ear advising him of who should wear the “silly hat”, so as to get at a mate. Phil turned the tables on the whisperer and gave “The Judge” the hat.
Some after game fun and hi-jinx at Links.
Khao Kheow is always a fine golfing challenge and again it did not disappoint.
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.
Treasure Hill – Weds 7th Aug
Treasure Hill Golf Course was presented in beautiful condition, although the greens were running a little slower than we expected. The weather was overcast, the breeze dropped away and conditions became humid, but quite comfortable.
So, with all that, why the very low scores returned today? After all, our last visit here saw five of the top six place-getters playing to handicap or better, but not one of our twenty-five starters today managed to do that.
Darren Beavers made the top score of 34 points to win the “B” flight. He was not impressed but took it anyway. Good to see him back in the winner’s circle.
Paul Chesney has been in the placings after a short break and made 31 points for second spot while Colin Service won a countback to grab third with 30 points.
Dave Hewson scored 42 points to win on Monday and continued the good form, although his 33 points was a long way from that heady figure, but good enough to score the win in “A” flight.
Rob Morrison wore the “wig” a couple of weeks ago and has been inspired, today taking second place with 31 points.
Bill Copeland has received some mentions recently and, although scoring a mere 29 points, managed to hold third spot.
Winner,”B” flight, Darren Beavers with Andrea Denti (L) and Greg Proctor (R)
Near pins: Greg Proctor (2), Rob Morrison (6), Geoff Wallace (13), Bill Stewart (17)
“A” Flight (0-15)
1st Place – Dave Hewson (10 ) -33 pts
2nd Place – Rob Morrison (11) -31 pts
3rd Place – Bill Copeland (14) – 29 pts
“B” Flight (16+)
1st Place – Darren Beavers (16) – 34 pts
2nd Place – Paul Chesney (21) – 31 pts
3rd Place – Colin Service (17) – 30 pts c/back
Best Front Nine ( non winers) – George Mueller – 16 pts
Best Back Nine ( non winners) – John Pierrel – 16 pts c/back
Greg Proctor disagreed with his marker on a ruling. Afterwards, he went to Phil to get his ruling, it was the same. Greg disagreed again. Phil told him to never argue with the Organiser and called him up to wear the “silly hat”.
Andrea Denti is new to playing golf in Thailand and still finding his feet, but his low score today got him successive “wigs”.
To the question about the low scores. It is doubtful if anyone can really explain why. Just one of those days where no-one stood out.
Doesn’t matter, it was still a top day out at a course with the best pricing and presentation in our area.
Laem Chabang B & C – Mon 5th Aug
Once again the skies were grey and looking ominous as our twenty seven golfers, who are still happy to take advantage of a great price on a great course, arrived raring to go.
Laem Chabang turned it on again with the course in immaculate condition. The main talking point later was the number of three putts due to the quick greens. We know they are quick here, but today, just a little more so.
Dave Hewson has been in good form since an injury kept him out for a couple of weeks, so it was a surprise to find his handicap had gone from 9 to 10. That’s how it works sometimes.
He took that extra shot and used it to perfection by scoring an impressive 42 points. That gave him the “A” flight win by a long way, the Green Jacket and the best gross of 76.
Mark Sharp found some good form to take second spot on countback over Paul Smith, both with 34 points. A good effort from Mark.
It seems that at least once per visit Greg Proctor manages to find a day with plenty of points. Today he ground out 35 points to take the “B” flight win over Tip Briney in a close countback. Tip has taken off for a couple of weeks well earned holiday, playing around in the sands of Egypt.
Geoff Wallace was once again in the mix, taking third place with 34 points to win a countback over Jim Reilly who has now returned home for a short stint.
Near Pins: Rob Morrison (B5), Kevin Rogers (B8), Paul Durkan (C5), Bill Copeland (C8)
”A” flight ( 0-13)
1st Place – Dave Hewson (10) – 42 pts
2nd Place – Mark Sharp (12 ) – 34 pts c/back
3rd Place – Paul Smith (3) – 34 pts
”B”’ flight ( 14+ )
1st Place – Greg Proctor (20 ) – 35 pts c/back
2nd Place – Tip Briney (23) – 35 pts
3rd Place – Geoff Wallace (15) – 34 pts c/back
.Best Front Nine ( non winners) – Jim Reilly – 23 pts c/back
Best Back Nine ( non winners) – Adam Barton – 16 pts
Newcomer to the current Links Golf, Andrea (pronounced Andre) had all guns blazing on the front nine (B course) and just lost a “Best Nine” award on countback. But! He then scored only 8 points on the C nine and consequently got the “silly hat”.
Richie McIntosh had a couple of games where he did not wear the “wig”, but it was back with him today for the least impressive score.
Weather Report: Cloudy, some nice breezes and, although threatening to rain all day, did not even produce one droplet. Got away with it again.