The Golf Club 06/02

The Golf Club write-up for 2nd – 6th Feb.
Steve Ellison

R.O.W. Rules the Mulberry Ryder for 2015
2nd – 5th Feb – Chiang Mai- Mulberry Ryder Cup

Another year has flown by and The Golf Club and Asiabound are on the road to host England v. R.O.W. at 4 of the best golf courses in the north of Thailand. This is the most eagerly anticipated event on our golf calendar and this year 36 golfers winged their way up to do battle once more. We played Royal Chiang Mai on Day 1, Summit Green Valley for Day 2, Alpine Chiang Mai on Day 3 and finished at the stunning Chiang Mai Highlands for the singles.

Highlight of the tour this year was a double first… a hole in one for Steve Weller and a first ace on the Mulberry Ryder Cup! It was the 12th at Alpine that handed Steve the ace, but he ended up halving the hole as Jeff Calrow, with a stroke, sunk a 28 footer for the birdie!

American Mike Meir was voted M.V.P. as Captains Dale Shier (England) and Gavin Wright (R.O.W.) handed over the reins for next year to Alex Tregurtha and Jeff Hanack. The final tote saw the Rest of the World victorious over England on 25.5 to 19.5. It was a great week of golf and we had the opportunity to welcome 4 new golfers to this year’s event, all brought together by our buddy Steve Mulberry.

Monday 2nd – Rayong Green Valley – Stableford – White tees.
T – 1st – Mark Wood (7) 35 points
T – 1st – Bob Mulholland (10) 35 points
T – 1st – Phil Smedley (9) 35 points

A slightly smaller field today as many of us are up in Chiang Mai on the Mulberry Ryder Cup. Never mind, it is still tough going and today was no exception as the best score was a mere 35 that ended up as a 3-way tie for first!

One reason people flock to Pattaya in February is the weather, and this time of the year you can count on it being just perfect. With low humidity on the course, you hardly break into a sweat. That doesn’t make things any easier, it just makes the misery more comfortable.

Monday’s Lads!

Wednesday 4th– Pattavia Century – Stableford – White tees.
1st – Kenny Aihara (5) 37 points
2nd – Fred Graham (20) 33 points
3rd – Bob Mulholland (10) 31 points

He won at Greenwood last Wednesday and does it again today. Kenny got a few tips a few weeks back from David Rose on the range, and has added 15 yards to his drives. After a bit of struggling it looks like it has all come together for Ken. A surfer in Japan in the warm summer months, Kenny joins us for the winter escape and hits the links of Pattaya. He’s a great guy and a welcome addition to the club.
Pattavia Century is getting better all the time, but the greens are still where many of us lose strokes. If you are above the hole, it gets scary and that goes for many of the greens out here. Even though Freddy was 4 points back, a 33 is a very respectable score on this course. That was enough to give him sole second place while Mr. Mulholland’s 31 put him last on the podium but many ahead of the rest of the field. Bob tied for first at RGV on Monday so it has been a good week for him so far!

Friday 6th – The Emerald – White tees
1st – Dean Polvi (24) 34 points
T-2nd – Jim Zwiefel (14) 32 points
T-2nd – Terry Pettitt (13) 32 points

Finally, a drive to the south to visit a local fave in Ban Chang. The first few holes at Emerald seem so gentle and fair. By the 4th, all that changes and the difficulty of this course is revealed, which allows for few mistakes. The course was in good, but not great, shape but they take care of things here as best they can within their given budget.

It is a great round of golf when a 24 handicapper can shoot 34 points here and Dean Polvi did just that for the win. That could translate to a 40 on some other tracks so well played to Dean. Second place was a tie at the 32 point mark as the visitors swept the leaderboard today to leave the locals out in the cold.

We thought that booking here on a Friday would get us home on the quick, but despite an early start, those giant tour busses clogged our return down Sukhumvit, starting at the Floating Market and continuing to Thepprasit Road. Who says there are no tourists in town?

The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and is located on Soi LK Metro. We broadcast all English Premier League, UFC, NFL, MLB and AFL games live. Our kitchen is open from 07:00-22:30 with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya.com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!

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