The Golf Club 02/05
Monday 2nd – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Brian Carr (28) 40 points
T -2nd – Fred Birch (21) 35 points
T -2nd – Fred Graham (16) 35 points
T -2nd – Tom Nettleman (19) 35 points
T -2nd – Phil Smedley (13) 35 points
One quick note of congratulations to Thai pro Ariya Jutanugarn who is the first Thai to win on the LPGA tour. After shooting a 63 on Saturday, Ariya took it to the wire and won by a stroke. At 11, she was the youngest qualifier for an LPGA event, and in 2013 we were heartbroken when she teed up on the 18th at Siam Old with a 3 stroke lead in the final round and ended up losing to Inbee Park. Great job Ariya on this long overdue win!
As an update to The Golf Club summer programme, we have returned to our regular schedule for Steak Nights which are on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Low season is upon us and golf numbers are down to 4 or 5 groups with the occasional outing with just 12 blokes. That said, the good news is the courses aren’t so crowded!
It was hot as Hades these days and the weatherman tells us this is the driest summer in 50 years. We just got in our new TGC branded golf hats which have a nice big floppy brim to keep your ears and neck in the shade, so that and a dozen bottles of water should do the trick. Shameless plug is over, now back to the golf.
We are back to Green Valley today and found the course in good condition. There has been a bit of rain of late which is long overdue so the greens were pretty good but fairways a bit dry. No complaints from the peanut gallery as now many of the lads find their drives a further 40 yards down the fairway!
The crowded podium found The Gang of Five squeezed into 3 steps with 4 blokes on 35 points. No photos today as our winner Brian Carr has defected to the DarkSide and his press agent said he was not available for any media. I must teach Phil how to use that little camera they build into phones these days, so the elusive Mr. Carr will be identified next time! Brian did a great job of beating the rest with a 5 shot thumping!
I must mention that we are now starting another little comp that is purely voluntary. From now on, The Golf Club will have a near pin on the last par-3 of every course we play. The idea is we throw in 50 baht to the pot, if you wish, and the winner of the near pin splits it 50-50, with the other half going to our Caddy Smile Charity Project. This should add another interesting twist to Capt. Phil’s presentations!
Ironically, it was none other than Dave Ferris who won the NP today. Dave has been a great help with the caddies and getting them to the dentist and deservedly has the inaugural win here today. In typical Dave style, he gives all the winnings to the charity. You’re a class act Mr. Ferris.
Wednesday 4h – Pattana C & B – Stableford – Yellow Tees
1st – Kenny Aihara (6) 42 points
2nd – Jeff Hunt (26) 41 points
3rd – Kenny Grimes (21) 39 points
This course should be on the playlist of every golf organiser in town as Pattana got rave reviews from all the returning golfers this afternoon. We don’t play here in the high season as they tend to price themselves out, but it is great value this time of year. The clubhouse is nothing short of spectacular with 5-star resort facilities and a great clubhouse restaurant.
The results speak for themselves, and Kenny Aihara delivers another great round of golf for the win. Jeff Hunt and Ken Grimes fired very respectable round as well but Kenny dropped one putt more to finish with 42 on the card.
The Caddy Smile NP was won by Robbie Taylor, and Robbie was the only name on the list! Robbie got out early and placed a beauty to within 10 feet that no one else could match, so goodonya Robbo!
Friday 6th – Khao Kheow C &B – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Peter Hynard (14) 41 points
T -2nd – Phil Smedley (13) 38 points
T -2nd – Rusty Barfield (4) 38 points
We had a pretty good turnout of 22 golfers today, proving the popularity of this great local course designed by Pete Dye. There were 3 visiting Scotsmen staying with us this week at T.G.C. and I persuaded them to join us here at Khao Kheow. It was a unanimous “fantastic!” when asked how they enjoyed this golf course, but that was not really a surprise. Davie remarked on the similarity to the last 2 holes at TPC Sawgrass that Dye also designed before I had a chance to point it out to him! Glad to hear that the B course is back open again, and it was found to be in great shape.
Peter Hynard stole the show here today, and it was an impressive 41 that did it. This is not what you would call an easy track so Pete, as much as I hate to say it, ya done good mate! Our fearless Capt. Phil had one of his best rounds in ages, possibly spurred on by brother Gary’s monthly medal winning 63 back at his home course in Oz.
Lastly, and certainly not leastly (if that’s a word), we come to Rusty Barfield. The rustbucket has won regularly during his vacation here and has played some great golf. Remember the ovation when Alan Rothwell went home last week? Well, there was rapturous applause when Phil announced that Rusty was soon to head back. Jeez, you guys can be so cruel! Thanks for joining us out there Rusty, and we will see you soon no doubt.
Freddy Graham won the Caddy Smile near pin, a brilliant tee shot that left him with a mere 4-footer for the birdie. Next time you see Fred, ask him if he made that putt.
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