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Mika’s Star Shines at Burapha


Mika’s Star Shines at Burapha

A big welcome from Burapha Golf Club awaited the New Nordic Pattaya Amateur Golf Series for April, with a solid Low Season crowd of 93, which included a contingent of 8 Lady players.

Burapha A & B 9s were the combination of the day, with the course playing at its full scorecard length, and in overall fine condition.  The conditions were oppressively hot, only a light breeze to offer any relief.  The course was in generally good condition, so good scores were the order of the day, but not for all L.

The A Flight for players for 0 – 12 saw Mika Viljakainen (9) show some great form to shoot a fine score of 74, winning Low Gross, to go with top spot in the Flight with a spectacular 43 points.  As further proof of his fine play on the day, Mika also collected 2 approaches on A2 & B6.  Peter Nixon (9) was a tad unlucky to get beaten by the hot hand of the day, his 42 points only good enough for 2nd on this day, while Frode Brandt (9) signed for 40 to collect 3rd.  Peter also won the Long Drive on A9 in the 65+ age division, to complete a successful day.

Ladies Flight winner on the day was Jirasuda Robinson (16) with a comparatively moderate 35 points.

B Flight for handicaps 13 – 19 was won by Reijo Heiskanen (19) with a solid 42 points, ahead of 3 players on 40 points.  Daniel Grob (13) had the best back 9 of 21 points to claim 2nd spot, while George Muller (15) had to be satisfied with the bronze medal position after signing for 20 points on the back 9, with Mikael Andersson’s back 9 of 19 saw him miss out.

The C Flight winner for handicaps 20+ was Henry Wong (31) with the equal day’s best score of 43 points, to supplement his Near Pin on B3.  Andrew Makara (26) played well to record 42 points, while Todd Fox (34) picked up 3rd spot with his 40points, beating Charlie Heneghan on countback.

Honourable mentions to Bill Kana with his 3 technicals, and to Jerry Sweetnam for his 2.

With the early start to the Buffet and subsequent presentation, it was good to get home, put the feet up and relax after a hot day.

A big thank you to all the sponsors of the New Nordic Pattaya Amateur Golf Series,  with May’s tournament scheduled for Wednesday 29th, at Burapha C & D, contact Shane on 0859459689, through Facebook, or  for your preferred time slot.

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