Deadly Smedley back on track

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Capt. Phil with J.P. Thomas, Bob Catlow and Masao Ishikawa.
Capt. Phil with J.P. Thomas, Bob Catlow and Masao Ishikawa.

The Golf Club weekly review

Monday, July 17, Silky Oak (white tees) – Stableford

1st Masao Ishikawa (18) 40pts

2nd J.P. Thomas (36) 37pts

3rd Phil Smedley (12) 34pts

More trials and tribulations at Rayong Green Valley forced us to make a shift over to Silky Oak at the last minute.  We were informed the course was closed, yet some of our group checked in and played there.  Oh well, nobody died and Peter LeNoury still had a great round at Green Valley with a 42 on the card, but we were playing Silky Oak for Pete’s sake!

Back to the revised comp at Silky Oak, Capt. Phil is finally turning in some decent scores and was third on the podium with 34 points.  J.P. Thomas continued her good golf for second place at the 37 point mark.

Forever young Masao Ishikawa had no trouble with those whippersnappers (he always walks the course) and the 74 year old won the day with an amazing 40 point round.  You may see Ishi at the range as he is a regular there and has a committed warm up and practice regimen he adheres to.  Seems to be working!  Credit also goes to Bob Catlow taking the Caddy Smile near pin.

Friday, July 21, Parichat Links
(yellow tees) – Stableford

1st Phil Smedley (12) 37pts

2nd Louis Ventimiglia (20) 36pts

3rd Bob Catlow (18) 31pts

We had a cancellation this week so just 2 rounds in and getting ready for next week’s tough schedule.  It was just a short 24 minute drive to Parichat this morning for Capt. Phil and his band of merry men.  This is one of the youngest courses in the Pattaya area and sits just 2 clicks past Pattaya C.C. on the 331.  Condition of the course was very good (as usual) and the skies above were overcast but dry.

The location makes this a Friday favourite and our regulars are getting used to the idiosyncrasies of this layout.  They are doing a 1,200 baht promo that includes buggy so that was the deal maker here.  There was a decent turnout of 16 blokes today and the quick trip out got our first group off the first tee at 09:30.  The kind weather saw some decent scoring, but nothing off the charts.

Butch Furneaux was the hero last week but today, just the near pin.  Bob Catlow had a surprise with only a 31 to get him third place.  Fresh off the boat from China, our buddy Lou Ventimiglia is back in town and shot his handicap for second place.  Butch is heading back to Oz by the time you read this, so thanks to him and brother Greg for joining up with us this past month.

I guess he is getting ready for brother Gary arriving next week, but Capt. Phil is finding his form once again.  A single point ahead of Mr. Ventimiglia, Phil was the only one to better his handicap in a small field here today.