The Golf Club 15/01

The heat is on!

Monday 11th – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Peter Wilson (7) 41 points
T-2nd – Ken Aihara (6) 35 points
T-2nd – Huw Philips (12) 35 points
4th – Chris Bailey (14) 34 points

Oh boy, has it ever been hot lately. Most of us who have been here for 15 years or so have never seen it this warm in January. Even Emmerson has not needed to wear his sweatpants and hoody watching those 4 AM NFL Playoff games! I guess this heat beats the alternative.

Chris Bailey has been here almost a month and for his last round in Pattaya, Chris finally earns his first podium place! Good timing mate, shame you can’t stay a bit longer now that you’re warmed up. Up the leader board we see the familiar name of Kenny Aihara again, but this time it is Peter Wilson who snags a first place today. Nice 41 there Pete!
Wednesday 13th – Treasure Hill – Stableford – Yellow Tees
T-1st – Alan Rothwell (5) 34 points
T-1st – Andy Makara (23) 34 points
3rd – Mark Wood (9) 33 points
4th – Kenny Aihara (6) 32 points

Treasure Hill is one of those courses you either love or hate. It is a tough and tight layout and you never see good scores here, but it is a little gem of a track that is a great test of golf. We got lucky here today as our final group that teed off at 9:45 were followed by the greenskeepers sanding all the greens! For us, the course was in great shape and really lovely condition. For later groups, maybe not so much!

Anyway, there’s Kenny on that podium again! I am sure he did not expect a 32 to get him anything, but here at Treasure Hill that’s a decent score. Our old pal Mark Wood did one better with a 33 and one better again were Alan Rothwell and Andy Makara who tied for the win on 34 points. You just never know.

Friday 15th – Mountain Shadow – Stableford – Blue Tees
1st – Kenny Aihara (6) 40 points
2nd – Kevin Hamilton (15) 35 points
3rd – Brent Philp (18) 34 points

Time to take the journey down Sukhumvit to the wonders of a golf day at Mountain Shadow. The course was a wee bit wet in patches but otherwise in good nick. The greens were in great shape and rolling very true and it was a real challenge from the blue tees today. It was another day of hot summer weather and that seemed to be the only universal complaint here.

Our buddy Brent Philp is just in from Vancouver for the Mulberry Ryder Cup next month so what better way to get ready than a podium finish here today. Kev Hamilton usually saves his good shots for Green Valley, but today his 35 gets you second place. Last Friday Kenny shoots a 40 for the win at Silky Oaks and this Friday he nets the same score here at Mountain Shadow. It is good to see him back in form, now that he has sorted out his 3 wood debacle it should mean more appearances up on the podium! Hey Dave, loan Kenny those fairway woods man!

Thanks to all who joined us this week at The Home of Golf in Pattaya.

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