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Monday, August 27, Green Valley (White tees) – Stableford

1st Alain Pelsherbe (16) 38pts

2nd John Pierrel (15) 38pts

3rd Fred Brent (7) 38pts

4th Don Bland (3) 38pts

The last week of August sets up for a busy week of golf with 4 first-class venues to close out the month.  Today was an overcast day, which was a blessing as it dropped the temperature a couple of degrees.  It has been hot this month, but today was not too bad and the steady breeze was an added bonus, especially for the walkers.

There was a bit of water in the well groomed bunkers, but other than that the course was stunning, and in peak condition.  The ball sat up in the fairways beautifully, the greens were fast and true, and the day went flawlessly.

Max Scott, winner of the August monthly medal - and a new shirt. Max Scott, winner of the August monthly medal – and a new shirt.

Our visiting Parisian Alain Pelsherbe has been on a streak of late, and today he took top honours to claim first in a most unusual situation.  We had four golfers that shot 38, and so the count back begins: three of them also had 20 on the back, so then we go to the 6 hole score and Alain just nipped the other lads for the win.  Now Alain plays off 15 for the rest of his trip to Pattaya!

John Pierrel, tipped in this column last week, took 2nd and newlywed Fred Brent claimed 3rd as pal Don Bland rounded out the top of the results list, but could only muster a 17 on the back nine with his 38 total.

Tuesday, August 28, Siam Old Course (White tees) – Stableford.

1st Paul McNally (3) 39pts

2nd John McHugh (11) 39pts

3rd Mike Newbert (14) 39pts

Why does Siam make things so difficult?  They have such a rigid, structured starting system you hardly have access to your own golf clubs to take to the practice green for a few putts.  Yes, the course is spectacular and of course plays host to the Honda LPGA in January, but the boys just wanna have fun!

Why the driving range there does not open until 10:00 is yet another mystery, but we still keep coming back for the great golf course that it is.  Clubhouse facilities are first rate and the sports day rate of 2,550 is fair for such a quality golf experience.  But why is it we end up with less hair than when we started?

There was a member’s bounce happening here today and as the bankers say, local knowledge is priceless.  A trio of 39’s by Paul McNally, John McHugh and Montauk Mike Newbert blew away the rest of the field.  This course is one of the tougher tracks we have here in Pattaya and shooting a 39 will usually win on the day.  Well played boys, especially to Mike as it was his first time here!

Speaking of great golf courses, we have a Bangkok Road Trip on the 19th and 20th of September playing the magnificent Alpine Golf Club (the best course in Thailand?) and Lam Luk Ka with an overnight at the ibis Nana.  Pop in for details, it should be a great one!

Wednesday, August 29, Bangpra (White Tees) – Monthly Medal

1st Max Scott (4) net 70

2nd Martin Rock (10) net 73

3rd Brian Prudden (19) net73

4th Mick Bereford (17) net 75

This is a testing course for stroke play, but once in a while there must be a challenge to the game.  The penultimate round in August is at one of our favourite courses in the area and played fast and furious.

Friday’s top two, Brian Prudden and Steven Holland share a beer.Friday’s top two, Brian Prudden and Steven Holland share a beer.

Australian Max Scott is one of the best golfers to have played with The Golf Club; he plays off 4 and a very consistent clubman.  He won by three shots, which is quite a score at Bangpra.

Solid as the proverbial, Martin Rock was second and steady Brian Prudden was once again on the podium in third while the natty Micky Beresford looked great shooting a 75 net to claim fourth spot.  Brian has been playing with a bad wrist, but watch out next week as it seems to be all right now.  He shoots his age on a regular basis, like I said, watch out!

Friday, August 31, Phoenix (White Tees) – Stableford

1st Brian Prudden (19) 44pts

2nd Steven Holland (17) 37pts

A smaller turnout than usual for the Friday event as we wind up a week of great golf and another month gets flipped over on our bar top P.S.C. calendar.

The Phoenix is one of the prettiest golf courses in Pattaya and the vistas over the putting green in the early morning light are spectacular.  With the sunlight glinting off the mountainside Golden Buddha, the mist in the valley through the pines and palms make for a stunning Thai landscape.  If you have never visited the temple complex that is also part of that lovely view, you are missing something special.  We sometimes take for granted what a slice of heaven we have here in our Pattaya Wonderland.

Brian Prudden was once again not just in the frame, but all over the canvas as he did the rounds with a terrific score of 44 on the day.  Brian (now off 17 after this round) has been playing some great golf and the Silver Tees are the preserve of the over 70’s at The Golf Club.  Thanks for joining us, see you all next week, and keep it in the fairway!

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