June 2015 PAGS Tournament from Pattana
Jeff Leads the Way
The day started off with a heavy course as we had some heavy rain the night before as a prelude to the September PAGS tournament, this month at Pattana. The A & B nines was the allotted combination for todays field of 80 odd keen, but apprehensive players which included a small contingent of Ladies. The weather conditions were threatening, with the rain bucketing down for a hole or 2, towards 2:00 pm. Following the overnight rain, the decision was made to have preferred lies through the green, to help avoid the dreaded mud ball. The decision was a welcome one, and together with the shorter yellow tees, produced some solid scores.
As with most months, there is generally a standout performer or 2 on the day. This month it was hard to split Jeff Wylie, Gerry Sweetham, & Bob Watson for the clear star of the day title. All 3 got the placings in A flight, with Gerry & Bob picking up 5 & 4 technical prizes respectively, although they collected only the maximum 2 technical prizes and contributed the balance to the lucky draw pool. The best score of the day went to the A flight winner, Jeff Wylie with an outstanding 42 points, scoring the coveted Low Gross of the day with a fine 73 under the conditions.
The Ladies placings were hotly contested, with Nut (19) just getting the nod with 33 points and required a countback to separate her from Sukanya (23) 15 to 14. C flight for handicaps 19 and above went to Bill Fershtman with a good 38 points well clear of 2nd placegetter Larry Deverdenne (24) with a handy 34 points, 2 more points back to Martin Lirlie (36) in the Bronze medal position. In the B flight for handicaps 13 – 18 it was Dennis Steele (13) leading the way in with his solid 38 points, while Heikki Viljakainen (17) did well to record 37 points for 2nd spot. 3rd place went to Jari Lakkonen (17) on 36 points, a countback was required to separate Jari from Alan White (13), 18 to 17 on the back 9. To confirm the A flight, it was Jeff ahead of Gerry (11) with 38 points, while Bob Watson (2) signed off with 37 points. Special mentions to Don Head and Donal McGuigan on picking up the maximum of 2 technical prizes, and Martin Lirlie also getting 2 technicals, to go with his placing in C flight.
Dave and his team were setting up for the presentation buffet, and fortunately the showers ceased and everything flowed along smoothly. As always, the Sportsman & Shenanigans crews did a fantastic job of keeping all the golfers and their guests satisfied. We will all look forward to another successful tournament with next month’s event at Greenwood on 21 October. Note the earlier scheduled tournament and contact Shane on 0859459689 to ensure your preferred tee time.