Don Bland came in with that 40 points required for third place and Mashi Kaneta continued his good run with 39 for fourth, with Geoff Doody in fifth on 38.
Peter LeNoury congratulates Tommy ‘Bahama’ Balch.
I must mention once again how beautiful Green Valley was, and our thanks go out to the greenskeeping staff for getting her in such great shape. Good luck to all the juniors who have their big comp there.
Wednesday, March 28, Khao Kheow B & A (white tees) – Stableford
1st Masao Ishikawa (17) 38pts
2nd Greg Gawton (16) 36pts
3rd Andre Fortis (17) 36pts
4th Mashi Kaneta (11) 35pts
5th Pierre Bietry (15) 34pts
Everyone seems to love Khao Kheow and today was no exception. We were off the B and A tees of this Pete Dye track and had a great day out. The course was in good shape but plays tougher than most other courses in the area.
Tommy, Paul, Birthday Bob and Mark & Eddie with Friday’s medal winner Simon Philbrook.
Only one golfer managed to better his handicap today and that was the winner, Masao Ishikawa with 38 points. Greg Gawton jumped ahead of Andre Fortis on count back and Mashi Kaneta came in with 35 for 4th with Pierre Bietry bringing up the rear with a very respectable 34 points, a good score at Khao Kheow. You can find Pierre at his new bar “The Little Hole” on Soi Post Office, with his lovely wife Yui.
Friday, March 30, Bangpra (White tees) - Medal
1st Simon Philbrook (6) net 71
2nd Paul Smith (2) net 74
3rd Dale Shier (13) net 74
1st Mark Bonner (14) net 72
2nd Eddie Bielby (19) net 72
3rd Tom Balch (24) net 73
Simon Philbrook finally won his second star and another Monthly Medal to claim his Antigua shirt once more. It was a tough old slog out there today as temperatures soared and so did the scores. You had to keep a cool head, quite literally, to do well here at Bangpra. Paul Smith also had a great day out to claim second on countback over Dale “I never thought I had a chance” Shier who came in a surprise third.
The B Flight saw fit as a fiddle Mark Bonner knock out Eddie Bielby on count back for the ol’ 1-2 and Monday’s winner Tommy “Bahama” Balch in for third place and the podium once again.
Near pins and Pork Chop dinners went to John Emmerson, Eddie Bielby, Larry Maxey and Peter LeNoury.
We all enjoyed the song stylings of a certain Mr. Bob Newell who led the night off with his own unique rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly me to the moon” to kick off Bob’s birthday party and that led to a songfest that lasted until the wee hours. Happy birthday mate!
Note: Our Songkran road trip this year is 13-20 April and up in the Khao Yai region at Pak Chong. This is a hot new area for some terrific new courses including Mountain Creek by Seve Ballesteros, Panorama, Rancho Charnvee and Bonanza (4 rounds inc. caddy fees) with 7 nights hotel with breakfast at the Landmark all for 12,000 baht. We will have optional golf at Toscana Valley and Mission Hills so drop by Soi LK Metro to see us for details and sign-ups.