Graham gets the gong

Ian, Phil, Stuart and Dave après-golf back home at TGC.
Ian, Phil, Stuart and Dave après-golf back home at TGC.

The Golf Club weekly review

Monday, May 22, Green Valley (white tees) – Monthly Medal

1st Freddy Graham (17) net 68

2nd Gary Emmett (16) net 73

3rd Gabe Enright (21) net 74

Freddy Graham.
Freddy Graham.

The saga of Green Valley continues but the bottom line is, the course is still open and in decent condition.  There were lots of clouds about and rain was threatening all day but we got lucky and stayed high and dry.

Today was medal day and Gabriel Enright had a respectable round but his net 74 wasn’t quite there.  Next up the ladder, Gary Emmett had another good placing and one up on Gabe for second place.  Our winner, by a huge 5 shot margin, was our mate Freddy Graham who took his first medal win and the first star on his Antigua polo.

Kenny Aihara was the Caddy Smile near pin winner and it cost us a drinks chip as Ken sunk that 14 footer for the bird!

Tuesday, May 23, Laem Chabang (white tees) – Stableford

1st Gary Smedley (12) 34pts

2nd Ian Brimble (7) 33pts

3rd Terry Dyer (17) 31pts

A good turnout today saw 18 head out to Laem Chabang, one of Pattaya’s best courses for the last four decades.

As you can see from the scores, the golf course was the winner here today as no one shot to their handicap.  Terry Dyer has had a very good run of late, and just 31 points was good enough for third place.  That Englishman from Texas, Ian Brimble, had a couple of better putts than Terry with 33 being his total for the day.  It was good here today for Gary Emmett as Laem Chabang proved to be just his style and a mere 34 points took the win.

Otsuka Masaya clinched our near pin contest.

Thursday, May 25, Treasure Hill (white tees) – Stableford

1st Stuart Hendon (14) 32pts

T2nd Ian Brimble (7) 30pts

T2nd Phil Smedley (12) 30pts

Treasure Hill is definitely one of the more difficult courses in Pattaya.  You rarely get scores in the 40’s here, but the 1,150 baht price for green fee, caddy and cart is a great deal and is certainly worth the trek.

It has been awhile since our fearless Captain was up on the board, but Phil tied with Ian Brimble for second place on this outing.  Visiting from Western Australia, school teacher Stuart Hendon stole the comp today with just 32 stableford points.  Dave Ferris claimed the Caddy Smile near pin and gave all the money back to the charity.  Thank you Dave!

Friday, May 26, Phoenix Gold (white tees) – Stableford

1st Marco Watkins (21) 38pts

T2nd Kenny Grimes (24) 37pts

T2nd Gary Emmett (16) 37pts

We were back at Phoenix Gold today with a good gang of bandits out to take some gold on a course that was in lovely condition by any standards.

Gary Emmett was the bridesmaid for Monday’s medal and today he repeated his second place finish.  With 37 points in the can, Gary and Kenny Grimes brought us to some decent scoring.

Marko Watkins is back full time now so expect to see his name up there more often and his 38 made him winner out there today.  Marko (aka Jason) has returned lock, stock and two smokin’ irons so we expect to see that 21 handicap dropping like a cheap prom dress at 2 a.m.

For the second time this week, Kenny Aihara got our near pin but this time, no poker chip for Ken!