The Golf Club 8/9

Jack climbs that beanstalk!

Monday 4th – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees

1st – Jack Grindvold (5) 45 points

2nd – Steve Coghlan (35) 41 points

3rd – J.P. Thomas (32) 39 points

Lots of weather out there today but with an early start, we managed to escape the rain. It was a great day for golf and a day for a great score. A record breaking score in fact!

Peter Thomas must be a fantastic swing coach. We can only assume his mentoring efforts with the little woman have paid off well as we see J.P. make it to the podium once again. Another high handicapper did well and we give second place to our mate Steve Coghlan with a fine 41 point round. Our near pin was won by Jeff Acheson, but had to settle for a par.

What can you say? The man was on fire today and set our house record for low gross with an astonishingly good round for 45 points. Those came off a 5 handicap and our longtime mate Jack Grindvold played like a pro (in fact, better!) for an easy win today at Green Valley. Nice shootin’ buddy, when you’re hot you’re hot! Ever considered the Asian Tour?

Tuesday 5th – Phoenix Gold – Stableford – White Tees

1st – Lee Short (16) 31 points

2nd – Walter Baechli (16) 28 points

3rd – Pierre Gymer (14) 20 points

I will bet that a lot of guys wish they had played here today. The course was just stunning, it really would be hard to find better condition at any price. All the signage from the last months L.E.T. tournament were still up to add to the ambience of this championship golf course. It was so good in fact, it got the better of most golfers and the scoring here was actually pretty darn poor.

Pierre had a mere 20 points on the card and still was rewarded with a third (are you kidding me?), as well as our Caddy Smile near pin. I was surprised to see Walter Baechli turn in just 28 on the scorecard, he is usually a mid-thirties man at worse. Must have been tough out there Walter!

Lee Short was the man of the match and just 31 Stableford points was enough for first. Lee and his buddy Louie are joining us regularly during their brief two week holiday from Oz. Good to have you lads around to reduce the average age here!

Darren Stanton, the D.O.G. and Jimmy Brackett après-golf at TGC.

Thursday 7th – Burapha A & B – Stableford – White Tees

1st – Darren Stanton (15) 37 points

2nd – Jimmy Brackett (6) 35 points

3rd – Lee Short (20) 34 points

Burapha is actually one of the closest golf courses to get to from TGC as just 22 minutes will put you in the 2 kilometre driveway to the clubhouse. It is an outstanding course but unfortunately overshadowed by neighbour Jack Nicklaus’ Laem Chabang. They host several Asian Tour tournaments here and G.M. Mike is a great host and manager. Condition of the course was excellent, and usually is.

There were overcast skies for our journey up highway 7 this morning but it was a blessing as it kept things a bit cooler. The last group got round in the nick of time and just beat the afternoon showers! It pays to get out of bed 20 minutes early!

Dave Ferris is the D.O.G. for the next 10 days or so as Capt. Phil takes a break (well-earned I must say) back to Australia to stay on top of things back home. Thanks very big to Mr. Ferris for filling in for us! What would I do without you guys

Lee is back on the podium but this time a bit short, 34 points is only good for third. On to second place and we find “The Master of Burapha” Jimmy Brackett turning in a card of 35. A bit light for Mr. Jim as he knows this course like the back of his hand. Have you seen the back of Jimmy’s hand?

The win today is given to one of the most improved golfers over the last couple of years. He has the potential for much better scoring and should be a single figure dude, but such is golf. He knows he has it in him but a 37 out here was all Darren Stanton delivered today. Darren is a lanky, Dustin Johnson type and hits the ball a mile. Sometimes it even goes where he is aiming. Potential aplenty, just do it mate!

Friday 8th – The Emerald – Stableford – Yellow Tees

1st – Lee Short (19) 41 points

2nd – Kevin Wood (21) 40 points

3rd – Fred Birch (15) 39 points

The Emerald is a humble little track that can eat you up if you get complacent. This Faldo-Muirhead layout sits on a beautiful piece of land near Ban Chang in heavy forest with rolling hills. These elevation changes are what makes this course such a lovely golfing experience. Those four par-3 holes are all a fair and beautiful test of the short game.

There is no fancy clubhouse here, just a fine golf course that has been in very good condition and usually sees the signup sheet full.

We had a light rain on the first couple of holes but the fine mist did no real harm. Two very short par fours start the round here and I like the fact that it does give you a chance to warm up at least! By the par-5 fourth hole the sun broke through and welcomed us to the drinks stand and par-3 fifth hole

On to the scoring, and TGC regular and longtime supporter Fred Birch turned in a solid 39 for his efforts today. That 39 would usually get you a win here and I would take that score any day at The Emerald. It was a very tight comp and just one stroke better was Kevin Wood with 40 circled on the card.

Another stroke up the ladder, Lee Short was on top once more with a fine 41 to add to his win on Tuesday. The Lee and Louis show was on a roll as his mate Louis Schlebusch nicked our Caddy Smile near pin! The D.O.G. got all the boys safely there and back, and there was no extra charge for the tour of the temple! Thank you Khun Dave!

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