The Golf Club 21/12

Wood is the winner!

Monday 21st – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Barry Murnin (18) 40 points
2nd – Fred Birch (24) 39 points
3rd – Jack Grindvold (3) 37 points
4th – Dave Ferris (20) 36 points

Rayong Green Valley is the course we play every Monday. Today the crew was a full sheet of golfers and high season is truly here. As we wind up 2015 we take fond memories of a year of playing Green Valley, and this will be the 51st time this year. It really is a golf course for everyone, every hole is different, and the layout is fair and interesting.

Dave Ferris had a good run of golf last month and it is good to see his name back on the leaderboard. Dave’s 36 point card got him to 4th place. One shot better was the 3-handicapper Jack Grindvold of News Steaks & Grill fame. 39 points on your card will take you up to second place, which is where Fred Birch ended up nicely. Top of the heap was smilin’ Barry Murnin who shot a fantastic 40 points out there today. Barry has been working on getting his handicap lower and has been dropping strokes and improving greatly. Nice work there Barry, you’re doing something right!

Wednesday 23rd – Pattavia Century – Monthly Medal – White Tees
1st – Mark Wood (9) net 70 (cb)
2nd – Robbie Taylor (13) net 70
3rd – Fred Birch (24) net 73
4th – Mark Litherland (28) net 73

No doubt about it, Pattavia is one of the toughest golf courses in the area. Greens were wickedly fast (much faster than Amata Spring) and if you were unlucky enough to land above the hole, you had no chance. The December Medal contest was ahead of us today and it was to be one of the hardest. Even Kenny Aihara admitted to having a (gulp) 5-putt!

The course was the best I have seen it, and the disease on the 18th green is gone now. Fairways were cross-cut and took the appearance of a far more expensive track. This is a gem of a golf course and thanks must go to Chang Breweries for turning this course around. We are absolutely in love with this place!

Mark Litherland and his lovely wife Siobhan joined us from Blighty on this outing. Mark hung tough and ended up surprised to be on the podium with a net 73. Siobhan had to be content with riding along as she is nursing a cycling injury. Fred Birch also had a great round on this difficult course to beat Mark on countback.

To shoot a net 70 out there today was quite an achievement, but that is exactly what Robbie
Taylor and Mark Wood accomplished. Mark just edged out Robbie on countback to win our December Medal here today. Wood also joined that exclusive “3 – star” Club with todays win so his new Antigua TGC golf shirt will show his stars.
Raju, Kenny Aihara and Medal winner Mark Wood with the ladies of T.G.C.!
Friday 25th – Khao Kheow – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Mark Wood (9) 36 points
2nd – Ken Aihara (5) 34 points
T -3rd – Courtney Bailey (8) 33 points
T -3rd – Alan Rothwell (5) 33 points

It was a Merry Christmas morning as we loaded up 3 vans to head out to Khao Kheow. The course was in amazing condition and it was perfect weather, so what better way to spend a Christmas Day?

Our buddy Courtney Bailey is back in town and the educator taught the lads a lesson with his
33 points to tie with Alan Rothwell. Kenny Aihara was back in form and took second place on the podium with a 34 on the card.

It was Woody’s week and today his 36 was a winner for the second time this week. Mark is in his Purple Patch so when that happens, get out and play as much as you can!

Thanks to all who joined us this week at The Golf Club, The Home of Golf in Pattaya.

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