The Golf Club 09/05
Birch the Best at Bangpra.
Monday 9th – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Peter LeNoury (12) 34 points
T -2nd – Michael McCluskey (16) 32 points
T -2nd – Phil Smedley (16) 32 points
The heat continues unabated and no one seems to be doing anything about it. May is generally the hottest month, as well as having the highest humidity. I always find 3 showers a day is about right for this month. The rest usually require just two.
We try to get out to the courses a bit on the early side so as to wrap things up by 1:30 – 2:00 and get out of the heat. It was baking out at Green Valley today and we found the fairways and even the rough were very dry. There is only so much water to go around so naturally it is reserved for the greens and fringe areas around it. You usually had tight lies on the fairways, but all was playable. None of our golfers found the green on the last par3 for the NP! Time for our first carry over!
Only 16 hearty lads made it out today and Peter LeNoury found himself the winner with 34 points. Second spot on the podium was shared by Mike McCluskey and Capt. Phil on 32.
Peter will be back in Guernsey by the time you read this, which brings an end to a very good run of golf over the last 2 months. Peter is the guy who probably gets in more rounds per year than anybody. See you in a few months mate!
Corey, Stu, 5-star Kenny with winner Fred Birch.
Tuesday 10h – Bangpra – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Fred Birch (21) 35 points
2nd – Stu Olver (9) 32 points
3rd – Corey Cusatis (20) 30 points
It is always an interesting day of golf when we have Bangpra on the schedule. You just never know what to expect out here in the jungle with a mix of monkeys, monitor lizards and amazing birds at your doorstep. The lakes and ponds were quite dry as water levels are struggling everywhere this summer. Fairways and rough were surprisingly green and very playable although it was unusual to see the greens on the slow side for once!
We had a full sheet of 20 golfers out today and Khun Sangket provided the extra transportation once again. Our new Near Pin comp is held on the last par-3 of the course played and is a voluntary 50 baht donation with half the funds going to our Caddy Smile programme. Yesterday we had our first carry over so double the pot went to Corey Cusatis for todays effort. Corey knocked it closest on the very long 17th that was playing about 180 yards from the whites today, missing the birdie but bagging his par. I think anybody would be happy to walk off this green with a par!
Fred Birch came out on top of the podium as a 35 on the cards was plenty enough to beat Stu Olver’s 32 points. Nice to see gentleman Fred getting back into form. There’s Corey again as the par-3 winner ends up with 30 points to get his spot for third place. Nice shootin’ Mr. Cusatis!
Ellison, McCluskey and Aihara, wai not?
Thursday 12th – Burapha C &D – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Steve Ellison (20) 40 points
2nd – Cedric Allan (28) 39 points
3rd – Michael McCluskey (16) 38 points
4th – Kenny Aihara (5) 36 points
It has been ages since we were last out here but this summer we plan to visit Burapha on a more regular basis. Today we found the C and D nines on the menu, and these tracks were in great shape. Just driving in from the gates you could tell how lush the course is being kept. Full credit to those greenskeepers for a job well done!
We had another great turnout of 22 golfers today, and this is supposed to be the low season. I think the popularity of Burapha is apparent, and I guess that is why they have so many Asian Tour events here.
It is rare to have a whole week go by without seeing Kenny Aihara’s name on the leaderboard. Today Kenny just squeaked through and his 36 got his name in lights. Of course, there must be more to his story, and it was also Kenny that claimed the Caddy Smile near pin prize as well!
I almost forgot to mention, on the 12th hole we actually got some rain! What a blessing as the heavens opened up (for 8 minutes anyway) and things cooled down considerably. Rain covers duly went on our bags quickly and we even had a bit of rolling thunder in the distance for added drama. Unfortunately it went away just as fast as it came in.
The beauty of Burapha!
A notch higher we find Mike McCluskey with a terrific 38 on the card. Mike takes sole 3rd spot and he is off for a few months and makes his return to the workforce. Nice having you with us Michael! One shot better was Cedric Allan with a fine 39.
What can I say about today’s winner? I think this victory shows that on any given day, anybody can win at this crazy game. Yes, t’was me who clobbered together my first 40 pointer in years and bumbled along to fire just one shot better than the other guys. I should give thanks to Jimmy Brackett who, like Peter Frampton, showed me the way. Jim had a string of amazing approach shots (as seen on T.V.!) and great playing with him, Frank and Mutzie. Sure felt sweet to find a little bit of that mojo again, baby!
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