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December 2015 PAGS Tournament from Emerald

Bob Makes the Finale Count

The December PAGS tournament rolled around a little earlier than normal, to facilitate the Xmas/New Year holiday season. There were 103 keen golfers, which included a small group of Ladies, ready to take on the Emerald course, in what could only be described as good conditions. The course was in reasonable order, but with preferred lies on the closely mown surfaces, it meant accurate tee shots were rewarded. Firm fairways providing plenty of run, with the greens offering plenty of challenges in their own right. Clear skies, but combined with a 1 to 2 club breeze, which seemed to diminish through the day, meant there were still plenty of challenges for the gathered throng.

This being the finale, with the Order of Merit very open and still to be decided, there was plenty of incentive for all the golfers, to go along with the usual array of Monthly prizes.

While the breeze kept most scores down, the Ladies showed the way with some spectacular scoring. None better than the winner, Orn (14) with a day’s best of 43 points, also picking up the approach on hole #3.

Low Gross winner for the month was Bob Watson (3) who shot a great 71 under the conditions and was able to consolidate his standing in the Order of Merit. Bob also took out the A flight with 40 points to go with his technical prize for the 55 – 64 Long Drive on #18. A series of countbacks was required to decide the minor placings in this flight after 2 players recorded 37 points on the day. 2nd position went to Pekka Tikkanen (12) with a Back 9 of 18 while 3rd was secured by Mike Allidi (2) after his 17 on the homeward 9. Both Pekka & Mike secured a technical prize to go with their minor placings.

Equal top points scorer for the Men was winner of C flight for handicaps 20 +, Dave Mateer (28) with a fine 40 points, ahead of Graham Shand (21) and Matti Huomo (20) with 38 and 37 points respectively. In the B flight for handicaps 13 - 19, this month’s winner was Brian Green (15) who signed for 36 points, equal with Gary Saunders (15) with the countback going to the final 6 holes after both had 19 on the back 9. Brian just getting the nod 14 /13 over Gary, while Wolfram Krueger (15) got the bronze medal position with 34 points.

Notable technical prize winners were Jack Grinvold and Mike Sanders, who both were able to win the maximum 2 technical prizes each.

Drum roll please, and the final Order of Merit placings were Bob Watson well clear at the top with 582 points, with Gerd Riedler a deserved 2nd after leading during the year on 559. Wolfram Krueger secured 3rd spot with 555, ahead of Jeff Wylie, a solitary point behind, as was Tom Thompson in 5th a further point adrift of Jeff. John Fenwick was also recognised for competing in all 12 events.

All who attended the final presentation passed on their congratulations to the winners, and gratitude to Shane, Dave and their team for providing another successful Pattaya Amateur Golf Series and look forward to participating again in 2016.

Next year’s series kicks off on the 27th January at Phoenix, so make a note of the date, and contact Shane on 0859459689 to ensure your preferred tee time. On a final note for the year, the PAGS team wish all golfers, their families & friends a Merry Christmas followed by a safe and prosperous New Year, Hip Hip Hooray.