Monday 22nd – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Peter Thomas (22) - 37 points
2nd – Gary Emmett (16) - 37 points
3rd – J.P. Thomas (21) - 28 points
Skies were grey and overcast as we arrived at the clubhouse of Green Valley. Some of our regulars who are members arrived early and started in dry conditions, but by the 7th the rains came down, and heavy.
The 2 vans pulled up and got checked in, deciding to wait it out as per norm. Usually after 30-45 minutes things clear up and off we go. But they waited, and waited and finally Capt. Phil asked for a show of hands whether to abandon play and the votes were unanimous. Wow, it is not often we have to cancel, but there was flooding and the course was despicable. Thank you Green Valley, for giving everyone’s money back without dispute.
Now for the two soaked groups that stayed out, results above and the Thomas family did quite well as did Gary Emmett, also getting a slippery gripped near pin. Apparently they all wished they had returned back to the clubhouse for a hot toddy.
Wednesday 24th – Pattaya C.C. – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Phil Smedley (18) - 37 points
2nd – Peter Lofstrand (27) - 33 points
T-3rd – Butch Furneaux (11) - 32 points
T-3rd – Greig Robinson (11) - 32 points
A solid turnout of 4 groups decided to take a chance with the weather and it paid off. The region has had isolated showers, the norm for this time of year. Today we got away with it.
This is a very much improved golf course. In fact, if there were golf awards for the most improved track in the last year, this would be it. The front nine is better than the back nine, but it is getting better and there are some very pretty and challenging holes from 10-18. Everyone commented on how good this course was today, lush and green, so well done to Pattaya Country Club!
Capt. Phil was a terrible host and thrashed the field by 4 strokes, what the heck got into him? Peter Lofstrand did well for second before heading back to his native Sweden and we see Butch and Greig at a tie for third. Greig, from Edinburgh, also nicked the near pin.
Friday 26th – Burapha A & B – Stableford –White Tees
T-1st – Dusty Miller (15) - 37 points
T-1st – Steve Sweeney (19) - 37 points
T-3rd – Peter Lofstrand (27) - 34 points
T-3rd – Butch Furneaux (11) - 34 points
T-3rd – Phil Smedley (18) - 34 points
It’s close, it’s easy and it’s beautiful and that is what makes Burapha such an attractive course. They hold many Asian Tour events here and it is always kept in super condition.
There was nothing rusty about Dusty today, in spite of a rough night before. The blood-alcohol level must have been just right as the putts kept rolling in for our visiting mate. Same goes for Steve Sweeney with an equal 37 points to share the demonstrable win.
A trio of 34’s filled the rest of the podium and we left it to Alan Young to claim the Caddy Smile near pin. Alan swept a 7-wood on the 17th to just 8 feet to beat the field… at least on one hole!
Many thanks to all who joined us for a week of great (but somewhat wet) golf in paradise!