The course was in beautiful shape and even the weather was quite favourable as the recent rains had cooled things down from the humid week before. Ken Aihara and Geoff Doody rounded out the trio of 37’s whilst reigning golf manager Pete Hynard brought up the rear, so to speak, with a solid 36.
Jay Burns, Diego Wells and Peter Hynard.
Wednesday, May 9, Rayong C.C. (Yellow tees) – Stableford
1st Thierry Petrement (4) 38pts
2nd Ken Aihara (5) 34pts
3rd Jay Burns (3) 33pts
1st Peter Hynard (12) 34pts
2nd Jim Bell (19) 34pts
3rd Christy Knight (21) 33pts
Now this was an interesting day of golf, but not as we know it. Rayong C.C. is currently offering 2 golfers + buggy a fee of 500 baht each on the weekdays. That’s it. No caddy required! So off we went on this (mis)adventure with our pals from Lewiinski’s for our monthly challenge. We used our vouchers from the Pattaya Sports Club to save money (thanks to Joe Mooneyham!) and had a fun day of golf, albeit wet. I doubt that there is another Sir Nick Faldo designed course in the world anywhere near that price!
The layout here is really nice, but one should play ‘lift, clean and place’ through the green (the bunkers were puddles) as smooth turf is hard to find even on the fairways. You get what you pay for and nobody complained as our expectations were not that high. It is a great price for what is on offer. Our buddy Seòor Diego Wells took the helm for today so we were guaranteed a good time (he brought the vodka!)
There were many chuckles through the day as we all kept leaving clubs around the green- no caddies, remember- so it was just like the old days before we all moved to Pattaya from places afar. The other problem some of the lads had was that there was no one to blame for those misread putts! It was an eye-opener in many respects. Caddies -come back…all is forgiven!
In these comps, the host puts on a dinner so here at The Golf Club we treated all involved to our signature hickory smoked BBQ on the Weber grill. We ended the nights’ presentation with the score of TGC 26.3 to Lewiinski’s 25.9 as our Stableford Scoring Average so The Golf Club won this day’s event. It was the closest match we have had over the last 7 months but the winning club is decided over two rounds so we were all off to Pattana on Friday for the final. Advantage The Golf Club…but not by much.
Thierry Petrement blew away the field and won by 4 strokes with 38 points over Ken Aihara, Jim Bell, and our own loveable Peter Hynard. On 33 were Jay Burns and Christy Knight to fill the leaderboard for this outing. Who shall claim the individual prize of the Crystal Giblet for May? We have lots of work to do.
Friday, May 11, Pattana (White tees) – Stableford
1st Ken Aihara (5) 36pts
2nd Phil Smedley (12) 33pts
3rd Jay Burns (3) 35pts
Back to the lovely Pattana for a serious round of golf and the second day of competition with The Golf Club – Lewiinski’s Challenge. The scores listed above are just for The Golf Club so see the full results in the Lewiinski’s write-up. For us, it was the usual suspects that topped the leaderboard this week.
Ken (shall we nickname him Mr. Steady?) Aihara is not a long hitter. He is an accurate striker of the ball and very, very handy around the greens. We have seen him save so many pars from rough, bunkers, or whatever. Phil Smedley also seems to have it all together and has been rewarded well in the last 2 weeks. And what can you say about Jay? Our Monthly Medal winner for April only gets better off his 3 handicap.
Unfortunately, all of their fine efforts were not enough this time ‘round. On Wednesday we led by a very slim margin, however it just was not good enough. The final score was TGC 55.96 Stableford Scoring Average to Lewiinski’s 56.26, which is the closest match we have ever had. Well played to the lads of Soi 13/3 and the tally thus far for the 5 months into 2012 is TGC 3 – Lewiinski’s 2.
Thierry Petrement was the Man of the Match and won the beautiful crystal goblet, and our congratulations go out to the affable Frenchman. Don’t just sit there, come and join us next time, all golfers are welcome.
Sorry, but the Bangkok Road trip on the 22nd and 23rd, May and playing Lam Lu Ka and Lotus Valley is now full. Goodbye to Gabe Enright, Dale Shier, Steve Mulberry, Alain Pelsherbe and hello to Kalani, John McHugh, Keith Worboys, and Dave Mather.