Farewell to a friend

Friday, 15 February 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 7 By  Steve Ellison

PSC golf from The Golf Club

Monday, Feb. 4, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford

1st Dave Mather (8) 39pts

2nd Martin Kingswood (13) 38pts

3rd Phil Smedley (13) 36pts

4th Peter Le Noury (10) 36pts 

It was going to turn out to be a sad day here at The Golf Club as today proved to be the last round for ‘Gentleman’ George Bishop.  George passed away just 12 hours after finishing his game at Green Valley and went out as he would have wanted it.  George was well loved here and his presence will be sorely missed.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to Linda and Gogo who have handled this situation with great elegance.  Rest in peace my friend.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, The Emerald (white tees) – Stableford

1st Michael Hastie (19) 37pts

2nd Tom Breslin (24) 36pts

3rd Paul Mades (24) 35pts

The Emerald sure has had its ups and downs of late, and now we find the course in acceptable condition for today’s play.  This course is great value, so I do understand the financial balance between a budget green fee and the salaries of a fully staffed maintenance crew.  It’s a tough balancing act and our PSC rate of 800 baht in the high season is hard to fault.

Michael Hastie and Tom Breslin.Michael Hastie and Tom Breslin.

Michael Hastie is still on a roll!  Fresh from his January Monthly Medal win and his usual consistent play, Michael is proving to be hard to beat and more power to him!  Well played mate.  Tom Breslin was right behind with 36 points and Paul Mades, who no longer keeps a penthouse condo in Kabul, brought up the rear with a third place on the podium.

Friday, Feb. 8, Silky Oak (white tees) – Stableford

1st Phil Smedley (13) 41pts

2nd Per Aschan (8) 39pts

3rd Arlen Wardene (25) 38pts

According to their website description, the Silky Oak is an Australian pine tree with leaves of a silvery-grey colour that catch the eye when blowing in the wind.  To be honest, I am still surprised when the card has a full signup sheet for this course, but many requests to keep it on the schedule have proven the popularity of this unique golf course.

It is funny how we evaluate a golf course, and when we have a better than average round there, it oddly enough tends to get high marks!  It would seem that Silky Oak would fall into the category of a very playable and forgiving golf course.  We played a 5,990 yard length track and with the wind factor in play, it was the correct decision.  The greens were neither fast nor slow and rolled true and fair.

Arlen Wardene, Per Aschan & Phil Smedley après-golf.Arlen Wardene, Per Aschan & Phil Smedley après-golf.

Our fearless Captain, Phil Smedley, shot the best round of the day and had one of his best rounds this year.  41 points was his total and he walked away with the top spot for today’s comp.  Visiting us from Sweden, Per Aschan shot a fine 39 and our Monthly Medal winner for December, Arlen Wardene, finished third with a very respectable 38 Stableford points.

Thanks for joining us for another great week of golf in Pattaya, a golfers paradise!

Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  We usually play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so come join us for a seriously fun day out.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya.com  and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@ gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya.

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