Category: Pattaya Amateur Golf Series
Jens Olsson’s Gross 74, Best of the Day
The day started off under clear skies, with a light breeze for the June PAGS tournament, this month on the Lakes & Ocean combination. For today’s field of 108 keen players which included only the 11 Ladies , after last months high of nearly 20. With the fairways & condition of the course having improved considerably over the past few months, the ball was played as it lay. However, with the upcoming Ladies Pro tournament, there were a lot of tees well forward, to protect the tee boxes for the Pros. This resulted in an abundance of high scores, with anything under 40 points not figuring in the prizes.
As with most months, there is generally a standout performer or 2 on the day. This month it was Jens Olsson the clear star of the day with his gross 74 to win the Low Gross, a technical & his 40 points enough for 3rd in the A Flight.
The Ladies winner was Wan (30), with her day’s best Stablefored score of 44 points, with Nantaporn Rukkid a further 2 points behind in 2nd spot.
C flight, for handicap 22+, required a countback for all 3 placings, after Gary Jones (27), Dan Margetts (27) & Kenny Chung (27) all signed for a solid 41 points. Gary just getting the best of the trio, with 24 points on the back 9, Dan getting 2nd with his 23 points, while Kenny had to settle for 3rd after signing for 21 on the back 9.
B flight, 15 – 21 handicappers, went to Hong Hi Wai (18) with an equal men’s best of 43 points, just a solitary point ahead of Kent Svensson (18). 3rd spot required a countback, eventually won by Keith Buchanan (18) over Tom Thompson 22/21 on the back 9, after both signed for 40 points.
It was Martin Kempton (14) leading the way in A flight, 0 – 14, with his equal men’s best of 43 points. Dennis Paul (14) picked up the silver placing with a strong 42 points, while Low Gross winner Jens Olsson (6) got 3rd on countback over Larry Immelthun, Pelle Pettersson & Frode Brandt, after all finished with 40 points. All 3 did pick up at least 1 technical in their round, so didn’t go home empty handed.
Honourable mentions for multiple technical wins on the day should go out to Grant Jackson, , Jack Grindvold, Pelle Pettersson & Gentry Harrington.
Dave and his team from the Sportsman & the Hemingways crew did a fantastic job of keeping all the golfers and their guests satisfied in the food & drinks area. We will all look forward to another successful tournament with next month’s event on 26 July. Contact Shane on 0863720084 or through Birdie at www.birdie.in.th to ensure your preferred tee time.
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