Kenny Aihara tops the charts

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PSC golf from The Golf Club

Monday, Oct. 28, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford

T1st Frank Riley (18) 35pts

T1st Akifume Tate (17) 35pts

T1st Ken Aihara (4) 35pts

T2nd Thierry Danzas (25) 34pts

T2nd John Emmerson (14) 34pts

T2nd Mike Newbert (9) 34pts

It was an action packed week of golf here at The Golf Club as the high season numbers are well up now and the tourists are back once again.  We get golfers from all over the world, and it is great to welcome them to Thailand and share our amazing collection of quality courses we are so lucky to have here.  Some are new faces and some are old friends, and every November the migration begins.

Ken & Aki.Ken & Aki.

Our regular Monday golf venue of Green Valley once again saw a full sign-up sheet of 32 golfers heading up Hwy 36 to the best maintained golf course this year.  Speaking of the 36, the road back is just about finished now and the resurfacing of the west-bound lanes should be completed this month, fingers crossed.

Bryan CarrollBryan Carroll

As you will see from the results list above, it was a very close competition we had and the 3 golfers with 35 points stole the glory on the day.  No sandbaggers with those scores, eh?

Our good pal and gentleman golfer Frank Riley shared victory with our buddies from Japan, Aki Tate and Ken Aihara, as they edged out the second place lads by just a stroke.  3 more golfers were to share second place on 34 with regular Mike Newbert, who shot a 39 here the previous week, Thierry Danzas and TGC partner John Emmerson next on the list.

Green Valley is in perfect shape and in case you have not heard, Silky Oaks has now re-opened so it will be on our play list for December.  Our St. Andrews Day tournament is all set for the 29th of November and will be played at… St. Andrews!  Sign up soon as places are limited.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, St. Andrews (white tees) – Stableford

T1st Robbie Taylor (10) 34pts

T1st Andrew Purdy (11) 34pts

2nd Bryan Carroll (16) 32pts

It was the last Sports Day of the year for this beautiful golf course and as punishing as it is, you have to love the layout.  Sure, the par 6 holes are a gimmick, but this is still a great course and a must play for a golf holiday to Pattaya.

Once again, the scores above tell the tale of the tape and 2 stokes worse than handicap was the best the lads could muster.  Robbie Taylor and Andrew Purdy joined us today and were happy to walk off with 34 points on this tricky track.

Me ol’ mate Bryan Carroll, Galway’s finest, finally made an appearance on the leaderboard as his 32 Stableford points did the job of taking third place in today’s comp.  Not bad after a 2 month layoff.  Bryan will be here for 4 more months as he escapes the bitter winter back home, so we expect more frequent podium appearances from him as he continues to hone his skills.

Thursday, Oct. 31, Greenwood – T.G.C. Monthly Medal

1st Ken Aihara (4) 73 net

2nd Kris Kritsanajootha (11) 73 net

3rd Aki Tate (16) 73 net

The B & C courses at Greenwood were the venue for today’s Monthly Medal and it was a course we were all looking forward to playing.  The greens were a bit bumpy and the course was still recovering from all the rain but as they say, it was the same for everyone.

Glorious Greenwood, as pretty as it gets.Glorious Greenwood, as pretty as it gets.

This is a seductive golf course that is brimming with wildlife (of the nature kind) and the birds on the course are quite spectacular, especially the classic looking woodpeckers.  As you play your round here, take a tip from Ben Hogan and “stop and smell the roses”.

The Antigua TGC shirt was once again up for grabs as our prize to the winner.  These are the coolest (as in temperature) shirts on the planet as the fabric breathes to keep you super dry.

Akifume Tate has been on the podium a lot lately, so he was always going to be a contender.  Today, Aki fell a bit unlucky as his efforts only lost on countback for third place.

Kris K, as everyone knows him, is an old friend and longtime supporter of The Golf Club and a former resident.  These days he gets over from Singapore to keep the Navy boys in line and gets in a few rounds of golf with his old buddies.  If his last name were allowed on a Scrabble board, it would be worth 168 points, roughly.  Kris had a great 73 and was close but no ceegar on this day.

The first-time Monthly Medal goes to none other than Kenny Aihara with a well deserved countback win, and the guys couldn’t believe he hadn’t won it before.  Way to go Kenny, enjoy your new wardrobe and don’t worry, I will get you one that fits!

Thanks to all for yet another great week of golf in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  We try to schedule summer “Sports Days”, so come join us for a seriously fun day out.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www. golfclubpattaya.com and for more information mail us: [email protected] and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!