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PSC golf from The Golf Club

Monday, Sept. 30, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford

1st Nigel Flanagan (12) 38pts

T2nd Dale Shier (13) 36pts

T2nd Phil Williams 36pts

T3rd Rick Allison (2) 35pts

T3rd Peter Rogers (21) 35pts

T3rd Mike Newbert (10) 35pts

Lots of golfers out today, in spite of the gloomy skies, and off to our Monday game at Green Valley.  It also seemed like a lot of golfers wanted to shoot a 35 today as we had a 3-way tie for third!  The names of the usual suspects are listed above.

The rain cannot stop Nigel, Brad and Ian.The rain cannot stop Nigel, Brad and Ian.

It has been awhile since Nigel Flanagan topped the leaderboard playing with us, but it was good to see him playing so well and returning back to form.  Is this the shape of things to come?  Ya see Nigel, that couple of extra kilos can actually help your game.  C’mon man!

Tuesday, Oct. 1, Khao Kheow (yellow tees) – Stableford

1st Tate Akifumi (17) 22pts

2nd Rick Allison (2) 19pts

It was a rough old day on the golf course today and there were few survivors.  We were lucky enough to be playing the just reopened “B” track and in spite of the downpour, it is looking great.  The course, like most in Pattaya, has had a tough week of hard rain so we weren’t expecting fabulous conditions.  Let’s just see how hard the greenkeeping crews work next week to get things back up to scratch.

The hard rain does not seem to bother some people, and our pal Aki had a superb 9 holes of golf to score a whopping 22 Stableford points to claim victory today.  It is a shame we could not finish the round, but all credit to Aki for a brilliant front (and only) 9.  Steady Rick Allison’s name was on the podium once again and he is a hard guy to beat these days.

Friday, Oct. 4, Mountain. Shadow (white tees) – Stableford

1st Peter Rogers (21) 38pts

2nd Jimmy Dundon (14) 35pts

3rd Phil Smedley (9) 32pts

We originally had Crystal Bay on our schedule for today, but a most unusual thing happened.  I got a phone call the day before from Crystal Bay alerting me to the fact that there were no golf carts allowed on the course as it was quite wet, and they had reserved optional tee times for me at Mt. Shadow!  How great is that?  All credit and thanks to the management of Crystal Bay to take such an honest and pro-active approach to their situation.

We gratefully accepted the option and Phil gathered the slightly damp masses to set out for the course.  It was a bit of a slog, but it sure is nicer getting drenched at 32 degrees here than 18 degrees back in Blighty!  After a short rain delay, the lads soldiered on only to find our fearless Golf Captain, now playing off 9, bring in 32 points for third place.  Ahead of Phil was the recently departed (as in just left, not dead) Jimmy Dundon (see ya back in Feb. Jim!) who claimed sole second with 35 points.

The rainy day belonged to Peter Rogers, and after a spell of several months not on top of the heap, it was good to see our pal get back into the swing of things again with a 38.  In March, Peter had a great run of several wins and good luck to him that this is just the beginning of many more in October.  Peter also had a good showing on Monday with a tie for third.

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: pattaya4golf @gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!