A few tricks, a few treats

Jason, Dusty, Gordon & Steve back at the ranch.
Jason, Dusty, Gordon & Steve back at the ranch.

The Golf Club review

Monday, Oct. 30, Green Valley (white tees) – Monthly Medal

1st Steve Hogan (21) net 66

2nd Fred Graham (16) net 67

3rd Steve Mulberry (14) net 69

T4th Jareeporn Thomas (28) net 70

T4th Bob Newell (9) net 70

A good field of 24 of Pattaya’s finest were up for the test at Green Valley and some good scores made for a close contest.  The course was in perfect shape save for a few spots of the wet.  It is pretty much back to its best condition and ready for the high season now.

Let’s start off with our Caddy smile near pin which was won by visiting Englishman Jason Luczyniec.  Jayski plays off a 5-handicap with a deadly short game, so no surprises there.

Nice to see our mates from the Siam members out with us and me ol’ mate Mr. Mulberry back in form for third spot.  Bob Newell had to share a podium with JP Thomas, but she doesn’t need too much room.  Poor Freddy Graham thought he was in the money but just missed out by a shot to Steve Hogan, taking his first for the Australians.  Steve chose the claret Antigua shirt for his first star and good luck for many more.

Tuesday, Oct. 31, Pattavia (white tees) – Stableford

1st Jason Luczyniec (5) 35pts

T2nd Steve Ellison (20) 34pts

T2nd Dusty Miller (16) 34pts

Pattavia Century is in excellent condition.  That said, you may still hate it here as the greens are now probably the most challenging in Pattaya.  They are lightning fast, and with some pin placements, just unfair when faced with a downhill putt.  Most of our guys raved about the course however and can’t wait to get back.

Visitors Jason Luczyniec and Dusty Miller handled the course well and I made a few putts to get sandwiched in the middle to tie for second. Out from Manila with the Gonads tour, Gordon McGinn joined us and took the near pin on the day.

Thursday, Nov. 2, Greenwood B & C (white tees – Stableford

1st John Furneaux (12) 37pts

2nd Kenny Aihara (6) 34pts

T3rd Richie McGhee (2) 32pts

T3rd Ed McIlvenna (18) 32pts

Glorious Greenwood certainly lived up to her name as Capt. Phil commented he had never seen the course in better shape.  All those rains have done a world of good in the area and the 6,599 yard track was just fantastic with fast greens and lush fairways.

Sharpshooter Jayski was there again for the near pin, and Malaga pal Ed McIlvenna hit the leaderboard with 32 points.  Kenny edged out returning Richie McGhee in a low handicap slugfest.  The winner was Butch Furneaux 3 points clear at 37.

Friday, Nov. 3,
Crystal Bay B & C (white tees) – Stableford

1st Gary Bright (11) 35pts

2nd Dusty Miller (16) 33pts

3rd Ed McIlvenna (18) 32pts

The Malaga Maulers were with us all week and boy do those lads know how to party! Many thanks also for the gift of the shield, our newest TGC addition to the walls.

Dusty and Ed were on the podium again, but big Gary Bright took top spot with 35 points while Rob McFarlane finally made good with the near pin win.