The Golf Club weekly review
Monday, Sept. 4, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford
1st Jack Grindvold (5) 45pts
2nd Steve Coghlan (35) 41pts
3rd J.P. Thomas (32) 39pts
Peter Thomas must be a fantastic swing coach. We can only assume his mentoring efforts with the little woman have paid off well as we saw him make it to the podium once again today. Another high handicapper did well and we gave second place to our mate Steve Coghlan with a fine 41 point round. Our near pin was won by Jeff Acheson, but had to settle for a par.
The man was on fire today and set our house record for low gross was our longtime mate Jack Grindvold with an astonishingly good round of 45 points. Those came off a 5 handicap and he played like a pro (in fact, better!)
Tuesday, Phoenix Gold (white tees) – Stableford
1st Lee Short (16) 31pts
2nd Walter Baechli (16) 28pts
3rd Pierre Gymer (14) 20pts
The course was just stunning here and it really would be hard to find better condition at any price. It was so good in fact, it got the better of most golfers and the scoring here was actually pretty darn poor.
Pierre had a mere 20 points on the card and still was rewarded with a third, as well as our Caddy Smile near pin. I was also surprised to see Walter Baechli turn in just 28 on the scorecard; he is usually a mid-thirties man at worse. Lee Short was the man of the match and just 31 stableford points was enough for first.
Thursday, Sept. 7, Burapha A & B (white tees) – Stableford
1st Darren Stanton (15) 37pts
2nd Jimmy Brackett (6) 35pts
3rd Lee Short (20) 34pts
Lee was back on the podium but this time a bit short, 34 points was only good for third. One step in second place we found “The Master of Burapha” Jimmy Brackett turning in a card of 35.
The win today came from one of the most improved golfers over the last couple of years. He has the potential for much better scoring and should be a single figure dude, but such is golf. He knows he has it in him but a 37 out here was all Darren Stanton delivered today.
Friday, Sept. 8, The Emerald (yellow tees) – Stableford
1st Lee Short (19) 41pts
2nd Kevin Wood (21) 40pts
3rd Fred Birch (15) 39pts
The Emerald is a humble little track that can eat you up if you get complacent. There is no fancy clubhouse here, just a fine golf course that has been in very good condition and usually sees the signup sheet full.
TGC regular and longtime supporter Fred Birch turned in a solid 39 for his efforts today. That 39 would usually get you a win here and I would take that score any day at The Emerald. It was a very tight comp and just one stroke better was Kevin Wood with 40 circled on the card.
Another stroke up the ladder, Lee Short was on top once more with a fine 41 to add to his win on Tuesday. The Lee and Louis show was on a roll as his mate Louis Schlebusch nicked our Caddy Smile near pin.