Conditions Provide Stern Test for Golfers
Clear skies with a light breeze that continued to increase throughout the day greeted this month’s New Nordic PAGS tournament participants. The day’s field of 84 players which included 9 Ladies was testament to the popularity and value this course represents. Disappointingly the course was not in its normal pristine state, with recently sanded greens, and with some recent rain the course was still damp, offering up the dreaded mud ball on occasions.
Testament to the conditions and difficulty of the course, nobody scored 40 points or above, with the Ladies struggling to come to grips on the day. The day’s best of 32 points being recorded by winner, Wiyada Stafford (25) and runner up Prasong O’Connor, beaten on a countback.
C flight (22+) provided the day’s best scores, with winner Todd Fox (32) edging Paul Dobbs (36) on a countback 19/18 after both recorded fine 39 point totals. Those 2 players were 5 points clear of 3 rd place-getter John Duffy (25) who managed 34 points.
Paul Durkan (8) got the chocolates in the A Flight for handicaps 0 – 14, to go with his Long Drive on #18. The minor placings required a countback, with Tommy Marshall (8) edging Jari Laakonen, after both signed for 35 points. Both Tommy and Jari also getting amongst the technical prizes, Tommy on #s 1 and 8, with Jari on #13.
The B Flight (15 – 21) was another hotly contested division for the minor placings. Stefan Hoge (19) was the clear winner with 35 points, while Kerod Rothman (18) got the best of Per Lovgren (21) 16/14, after both finished with 33 points.
Richard Fearby (0) won the Low Gross with a solid, if unspectacular 77, to go with his Long Drive on #18.
Again this month I will throw out a few honorable mentions, to JP Saarenpaa and Brad Jordison who each picked up the maximum 2 technical prizes, well done to both.
The catering crew at Hemingways again provided the golfers and friends with an extensive buffet. This month’s standout, for me anyway, was the deep fried Dolly Fish in chili sauce, light and flavoursome.
We can all look forward to next month’s New Nordic PAGS event at Khao Kheow on 30th October, as I am sure all who have experienced the PAGS organisation and hospitality do. Contact Shane on 0859459689, through Facebook, or birdie.in.th for your preferred time slot.
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