The Golf Club 02/03

The Golf Club write-up for 2rd – 6th March

Steve Ellison

Monday 2nd – Rayong Green Valley – Stableford – White tees.

T – 1st –Peter LeNoury (10) 38 points

T – 1st –John Emmerson (15) 38 points

T -3rd – Kenny Aihara (4) 37 points

T -3rd – Gary Blackburn (8) 37 points

5th – Mark Wood (7) 36 points

After months of perfect weather, we finally had some rain. It was a huge front that covered half of Asia and had been menacing for a few days, but it came down hard for one hour and left us with a cool afternoon of golf. We waited for about another 20 minutes for the water to drain off and all was back to normal as we played another great round at Green Valley.

A couple of ties on the leaderboard today saw Peter LeNoury and John Emmerson head to head for first with 38 points. They shared the victory here today as we only do a countback for the Monthly Medal comp. Same deal with Kenny Aihara and Gary Blackburn, both just a shot behind on 37 and Mark Wood on his own for sole 5th on the day. Nice shootin’ guys!

Tuesday 3rd – Phoenix O & M – Stableford – White tees.

T -1st – Bob Newell (8) 37 points

T -1st – Al Marumoto (9) 37 points

T -1st – Kenny Aihara (4) 37 points

We played today without Captain Phil! Mr. Smedley is off to Oz to see the birth of his first grandchild so good luck with that and congratulations mate! While Phil is away, Dave Ferris has volunteered (well, sort of) to help us out and we appreciate that very much. You boys be nice to Dave now!

We chose to play on Tuesday this week as tomorrow is the big Buddhist holiday of Macha Bucha, hence weekend rates. Today was the first time we have played Phoenix in over 2 years and it was good to be back. I had forgotten just how beautiful the Mountain side was, there are some spectacular views from a beautiful array of holes all designed by Dennis Griffiths. Funny how much those trees have grown! Griffiths also designed the course at Soi Dao which is another of our faves we will be getting back to this summer.

I have yet to meet the new G.M. here, Khun Nat, but everyone says what a knowledgeable and nice guy he is. Apparently he is coaching several Asian Tour players so he must surely know his stuff. Phoenix are planning on closing the Lakes 9 over the low season and doing a complete makeover, and to be honest it looks like it is needed from what we saw. It will be great to have all 27 holes of this local track to be back to its former glory.

Today was a beautiful day for golf as we had low humidity and a cool breeze for most of the back nine. The numbers speak for themselves, and it was good to welcome back from The Players Lounge the one and only Bob Newell (yes, our former Golf Manager) and didn’t he do well? I can’t repeat the Bruce Forsythe jokes he told, but needless to say we had a great time out there. Higher Bob, higher! He managed to tie for first with Kenny and Al so obviously must have had the round of his life.

Friday 6th – Wangjuntra – 2–Man Scramble- White tees

1st – Billy Eyles & Peter Rogers 77 (net 62.6)

2nd –Tip Briney & Steve Greenstein 84 (net 63.8)

3rd – Cathol Donahue & Barney Cunningham 80 (net 65.4)

What can you say about Wanjan? This place leaves me speechless (for once) as the views and layout here are just breathtaking. We had a few newbies here that were doubtful of the 90 minute ride up, but it was all smiles afterwards as the beauty of this course wins everyone over. It wasn’t in the best of condition as there were some dry patches on the fairways but the greens and bunkers were as good as anywhere.

We always play a 2-Man scramble here as that format is the most user-friendly on a unique golf course like this. We try to get out here every 3 or 4 months and it is especially gratifying to see first timers embrace this one of a kind track. We use the standard USGA handicap recommendation for a 2-man scramble which is roughly 37.5% but google it for more details as it can get complicated.

The story of the day was a near hole-in-one by Kenny Aihara who ended up just 8 inches away and that is about the only thing he has missed lately.

Thanks to all who joined up with The Golf Club this week and hope to see you again soon.

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