The Golf Club 26/10

The Golf Club write-up for 26th- 30th Oct.
Steve Ellison
Herrington takes the Medal!

Monday 26th – Siam Waterside – Stableford – White Tees
T -1st – Dale Shier (11) 37 points
T -1st – Pierre Bietry (19) 37 points
3rd – Terry Pettitt (12) 36 points
T – 4th – Steve Hagan (20) 35 points
T – 4th – Mick Beresford (6) 35 points

For a course we haven’t played that much, I think we should be proud to have done so well here. We got greedy today and decided there were way too many vouchers left in the safe so a rare double header saw a last minute change to the agenda. And why not? This is such a great golf course (and such an amazing price) that we had to sneak in one more round here at Siam Waterside.

Capt. Phil ran the golf here today and turned over the clipboard for Green Valley to Dave Ferris. We had a good turnout of 20 golfers for the last Siam event of the low season. Once again we have to thank our regulars who are Siam members for sharing their discount vouchers. Weather was a bit cloudy which gave us the perfect setting for this fine day out.

The course was nothing short of spectacular. Waterside is now celebrating her first anniversary and has come a long way over the last 12 months. The trees are maturing nicely and every month the larger trees are having their stakes removed (bad news for me!).

Another crowded leaderboard saw 4th place shared by Micky Beresford and Steve Hagen with respectable 35 point cards. Steady Terry Pettitt (T5 is his new moniker) saw a 36 point card turned in and one shot better was Pierre Bietry and Pappa Dale Shier share first place with top notch scores of 37 points. Another great round of perfect golf in Pattaya!

Monday 26th – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Jack Grindvold (3) 37 points
2nd – Dave Ferris (21) 35 points
T – 3rd – Peter LeNoury (9) 34 points
T – 3rd – Andy Makara (27) 34 points

Same day, different course, as our regular Monday reservation at Green Valley saw Mr. Dave Ferris take the reins (and the clipboard) for Capt. Phil. Dave did a great job of getting 3 groups of golfers out and making sure the cats were all herded (as Brad says) into the right places at the right times. Thank you Mr. Ferris!

TGC regulars Peter LeNoury (the hardest working golfer in Pattaya) and Andy Makara both put 34 points on the card sharing third spot. Deservedly, Dave Ferris clenched the number two position to give himself an early Christmas Card. The long hittin’ Jack Grindvold who plays off just a 3 handicap had a great day and 37 on the card for the win, and a very hard-earned one at that!
Sonny Goldsbury with Tom Herrington

Tuesday 27th – Phoenix – Monthly Medal – White Tees
1st – Tom Herrington (16) Net 66
2nd – Phil Smedley (11) Net 69
3rd – Sonny Goldsbury (16) Net 72

Just a hop, skip and jump up Sukhumvit for the 25 minute ride to Phoenix today. Course condition was good but the greens were slow. They are spending a lot of time and money out here these days so it is certainly not out of neglect, but probably difficulties with the wet grass from the rains of late. Now that the weather has turned to drier times expect to see this course in top condition very soon.

It is always great to get out here to play, and with today being the last day of the offer of free carts we had to take advantage of the special rate.

Sonny was having a good round of golf out here today, and little did he know that his team would be hoisting the Rugby World Cup in a few days. I guess his haka on the first tee did not distract Phil or Tom as a nifty 69 got the Captain up to second place on the podium. Story of the day however was Mr. Herrington as a beautiful round of 66 was one of those golden days on the golf course where nothing could go wrong. Nice going Tom, and your sky blue Antigua shirt is getting embroidered for you now!

Thursday 29th – Burapha – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Yasuo Higuchi (19) 41 points
2nd – Dave Ferris (21) 37 points
3rd – Yasuo Sakai (10) 35 points

People are always talking about how close Siam is or Phoenix or Pattaya CC, but if you clock it as I did, Burapha is right up there with the closest (time of travel that is) golf courses in Pattaya. It took us just 26 minutes door-to-door and the trip down the No. 7 was 12 minutes on the motorway from Sukhumvit.

This course is always in good nick and no one seems to mind which track they play as all of the four 9’s are great layouts. I think somebody in Japan is giving us good reviews on a golf blog as we welcome more good Japanese golfers every week, so watch out Kenny!

Dave Ferris was sandwiched between a Yasuo from Yokohama and another Yasuo from Tokyo as he claimed second place on the podium. Sakai-San took third with 35 and Higuchi-San had the best round of the day with 41 Stableford points.

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