The Golf Club 07/11

Monday 7th – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees

1st – Bob Mulholland (7) 38 points

2nd – Terry Dyer (16) 37 points

3rd – Peter LeNoury (14) 34 points

It was a mixed podium of tourists, locals and a guy who looks like he is certainly going to move here. Peter LeNoury is legendary for playing more rounds of golf than damn near anybody of any age. In his sexy sixties, Pete is a gentleman golfer that gets along with everyone and certainly has a passion for the game. He was off his game today but still managed a 34 that beat out 22 other guys! Also, thanks to Pete for his generosity towards our Caddy Smile project that he is a regular contributor to.

The flight crew on Qantas must be getting to know Terry Dyer pretty well, as every few months he and his moustache turn up on the doorstep of our Home for Wayward Golfers here on L.K. Metro. Terry has been in the chips a few times this trip and a fine 37 out there takes him up to second place.

He won on Friday, and here he is again with a 38 point card. Scotsman Bob Mulholland was raised on golf balls. Strange diet, I know but it actually worked in his case. Not content with today’s Caddy Smile near pin, a 38 point round puts Bob on the top of the heap, as Frankie might say. Will he bite the bullet and take up full time residence here? We sure hope so, but maybe some of the regulars might be worried. All we need is another Kenny!

We got lucky with the weather (it does help when you leave at 8:15) and early tee times are the order of the day this time of year. The only rain we had was when we left the clubhouse to board our van for the trip back home. What a perfect day of golf!

Thursday 10th – Kabinburi Sport Club – Stableford – Yellow Tees          

1st – Muffy Kerr (12) 40 points

2nd – Frank Tordeur (19) 38 points

3rd – Dale Shier (13) 36 points

4th – Ernie McInerney (11) 35 points

Road Trip! We just love to hear those words and there is no finer destination than the Serenity Resort and Spa to play at the Kabinburi Sport Club. 26 golfers and a support crew of 6 ladies (with Elly & Ryder) braved the 200 kilometre hike for our getaway to K-town. The comp was an individual Stableford as well as the 2-day eclectic and the trip was full of surprises. The big story is one that I have never heard of. Has anyone heard of a guy winning all four near pins in a round? Kenny Aihara did just that and to call it a hat trick is an understatement. Ironically, the near pin prizes were golf caps so Kenny now has 4 new hats to add to his wardrobe! I hope it doesn’t go to his head. What are the odds of that happening? We still have not figured out how to calculate it but it must be in the region of 100,000 to 1, any suggestions?

Ernie is back in town! After surviving Hurricane Matthew in his home state of Florida, the long hitting sailor stormed into Pattaya and kicked of his journey with a 35 here to grab 4th place. Our buddy Dale Shier made a statement with a 36 on the card to keep him in the running for the eclectic, so long as Ryder doesn’t keep him up all night. Visiting Frank Tordeur has had a good run this trip and here he delivered 38 outstanding points for sole second.

On to the winner, and as it turns out it was one of those Siam members who shone through. The Canadian representative of the country club and 40 point golfer today was long standing local Muffy Kerr. Muffy has never played better golf, and we start to make the correlation that the longer his hair gets, the better his scores are. It shouldn’t be too far into the future when we see a shoulder-length Mr. Kerr winning everything. Well played buddy!

After Capt. Phil’s presentation, there were a few of us who imbibed in the complimentary wine and cheese poolside before retiring to the restaurant, which was a first class experience at very reasonable prices. Next time I think we initiate a 100 baht fine for those who do not get into the pool, I mean isn’t that what a pool party is all about? C’mon man!

 Friday 11th – Kabinburi Sport Club – Stableford – Yellow Tees

1st – Dale Shier (13) 40 points

T – 2nd – Barry Tregurtha (20) 38 points

T – 2nd – Muffy Kerr (12) 38 points

4th – Ernie McInerney (11) 37 points

This is getting interesting now. We had to drag the lads kicking and screaming out of the hotel as nothing but rave reviews for the rooms were the fodder at the breakfast table. This really is the best venue we have on our road trip schedule and I will be happy to introduce you to Oliver, the owner of the Serenity.

His project is just 10 months old and he has a superb property that combines very high quality furnishings (mattresses and pillows are incredible), beautiful modern Thai décor, and a stunning menu attended to by professionally trained staff. You just could not ask for anything more…except one more night please. I mean when Martin Zimmerman wants to buy one of those mattresses, that’s a great sign!

Ernie does it again, but will another 4th place (which is great with this big of a field) be enough on the right holes? Yesterday’s winner, Mr. Kerr with the long hair, pulled off another beauty with 38 on the card. Again, was it on the right holes for the eclectic? Coming out of nowhere, our ol’ mate Barry the Book (he’s an avid reader) ends up in a tie with Muffy for second, so well played to Mr. Tregurtha.

I guess Ryder had a good night’s sleep as Daddy Dale Shier was the big winner winner Pheasant-under-glass dinner in a surprise upset for a 40 point equalizer for the Englishman. Dale is one of our original TGC founding members and sponsors several S.H.I.T.E. tours that we all look forward to, as we can’t get enough abuse just sitting around here in the bar. Nice round mate.

On to the Eclectic! It’s a funny old game and if you are not familiar with this format, you simply take your best score over the 2 days for each hole to come up with your score. There is strategy and pressure as the hole you had a bogey on the first day requires an improvement to be in the running. There can be wild swings of fortune on the scorecard and that is the beauty of this comp.

As it turns out, it was Muffy Kerr who could not be caught and a 49 combined eclectic score was the winner at Kabinburi. To add 9 points to an already great score is a terrific result, but then again his hair got a bit longer, didn’t it? There was a miraculous comeback for Frank Tordeur as the Belgian only appeared on the first day podium, yet placed second for the eclectic, so some handy scoring indeed. Never out of the picture, we see a tie for third place with baldies Ernie McInerney and Dale Shier at 45 Eclectic points, so never mind, that long-hair theory may not work for everyone.

Thanks to all for joining us this week at the Golf Club, the Home of Golf in Pattaya.

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