The Golf Club 14/08
Brackett can hack it!
Monday 10th – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees.
T – 1st – Ken Hole (17) 37 points
T – 1st – Dave Ferris (22) 37 points
3rd – John Emmerson (13) 36 points
What a great weekend of golf we had here in the bar as the P.G.A. finishes the season of majors for 2015. A fantastic week for the surprising Anirban Lahiri as his stature just shot through the roof and we’re so happy for our Aussie mates that Jason Day finally got the major he deserves.
We had a decent turnout for today’s outing as 5 fourballs took to the links of Green Valley. It is very slow in town these days as about 20 of our regulars are either abroad on a golf holiday, back to another work shift, or just on holiday to other places. When we get 20 golfers out, that is good for this time of year, especially as the pricing here is on the high side.
The lads tell me the course was in great shape. I am out of action with a cracked rib for another frustrating month and cannot wait to get back out there. With most of the coring and sanding finished at all Pattaya courses, it is a great time to play here.
Our own TGC partner John Emmerson found the podium today, albeit for third place. Nice job shooting your handicap buddy, you just needed to make that one more putt!
Sharing the limelight today was Ken Hole (in one?) and Dave Ferris, or the Tooth Fairy as we call him. Dave seems to be putting Kenny Aihara’s lucky hybrids to good use.
Tuesday 11th – Phoenix M & O – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Stephen Borjessan (29) 40 points
2nd – Fred Graham (16) 36 points
3rd – Phil Smedley (10) 34 points
We had a bit of luck here at Phoenix today, as rolling thunder was all around but not a drop of rain came. You just never know how it will turn out as lately the rains are very localized and it is the luck of the draw if it hits you or not.
Asking the guys about the condition of the course, it was two thumbs up all round and we eagerly anticipate the opening of the Lake nine, which should be completed by the end of the year.
Our fearless leader, Captain Smedley, was at it again and his 34 got him a spot on the leaderboard. Another Aussie, our buddy Fred Graham, shot to his handicap with a 36 on the card but visiting Stephen Borjessan blew them all away with a fine 40 pointer!
Friday 14th – Parichat Links – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Jimmy Brackett (8) 37 points
2nd – Mark Wood (9) 36 points
3rd – Brian Tulley (19) 33 points
Ah yes, the white tees! The last time we were here we gave the blue tees a try, but never again. It is a most deceiving 5,800 some odd yards (I just went to their website for yardage but all the links are down) from the white tees but the carry on a couple of the holes is way too long for my taste. Do not let the yardage numbers alone fool you! The course was in really good nick but a bit shabby around the edges as most brand new courses are. That will certainly change in due course and Parichat will grow into yet another beautiful golf course on our roster. Don’t we have it good here?
Our ol’ pal Brain Tulley is back in town and got to join us at the course today. Brian gives Parichat a good review playing here for the first time. The next step on the podium goes to the very familiar name of Mark Wood, expert picker of golf major winners. Marky swept our Major Money contest by picking the best scoring golfers for all four majors this year. Yoo da man!
Another old pal was with us this week and took the top spot so it was good to see Jimmy Brackett back in top form. We have been playing with Jimmy for 15 years now, from the good old days at Lewiinski’s when Mascari was there, and it brings back fond memories. Jim plays off an 8 (both here and in Scottsdale, what a concept!) and his 37 makes him the sole handicap breaker today to claim all those “Handsome Man” vouchers and a Pork Chop dinner!
Cheap plug: My daughter Ally turns 7 years old tomorrow, so Happy Birthday Babydoll!