“The Donald” does a déjà vu…again!

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Monday, August 8, Rayong Green Valley – Stableford

1st Don Bland (4) 41 pts

2nd Dan Avon (12) 40 pts

3rd Mark Reid (10) 39 pts

Yogi Berra was a famous American baseball player and later manager for the New York Yankees back in the 50’s & 60’s who is quoted on numerous occasions for his misquotes. Simultaneously denying and confirming his reputation for malapropism, Berra once stated, “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

Jack Spencer. Jack Spencer.

So in the words of Yogi, “it was like déjà vu all over again.”  Another Monday, another Green Valley, another Don Bland 41 pt. victory! The Donald is in top form right now, just like the course we played on, and he cruised to victory once again for the second week in a row. Mr. Bland is just back from another win at the beautiful Nick Faldo designed Angkor Golf Resort up in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Destroying 64 other competitors, he is in his purple patch, as they say. Well played Don!

We had 18 golfers on this Monday outing, so for being in the low season was quite respectable. Lots of visitors as well as the usual Green Valley members make this a good day out so why not try to join us next time? RGV is one of the best courses in the area.

Wednesday,August 10, Burapha -Stableford

1st Jack Spencer (9) 39 pts

2nd David Shelton (7) 37 pts

3rd Bob McPhail (16) 34 pts

Driving through a downpour to get to the course, the ominous black clouds that surrounded us seemed impossible to escape. As we waited on the first tee, we stood and watched a curtain of rain 300 yards ahead of us that came across the pond on the right and was headed our way. The wall of water lasted for 42 seconds while we sheltered under the canopy of the cart, and that was all the wet we saw for the rest of the day. Weather is so unpredictable here it is not worth the bother to try to figure it out so just get out there and play!

Burapha C and D was the host for today’s competition and what a beautiful track it was. This is the preferred double of the 36 hole complex that has been the recent host to several Asian Tour events. To be honest, it has been awhile since we ventured out to Burapha and we kept asking ourselves “why has it been so long?” as the course proved to be an awesome test of golf with spectacular views. The greens were rolling quick and true and the fairways were perfect.  No wonder the pros play here!

Three groups of golfers took to the challenge but Capt. Jack Spencer rose to the top with a very solid 39 Stableford points and consistent play all day. Jack had his short game right where he wanted it and his tour-quality chips were saving him 3 strokes a side. I guess practice really does pay off! Well played to Jack and his collection of nifty little wedges.

The rest of us mere mortals had a great day of quality golf and David Shelton was the only guy even close, but he was playing with Jack so it must be true that good play rubs off on you. Thanks to Mike and the staff at Burapha for a great day out at a great price.

Thursday, August 11, Greenwood – Stableford

1st Larry Maxey (19) 34 pts

2nd Steve Grant (9) 33 pts (cb)

3rd David Stafford (14) 33 pts

We were attempting to hold a 27 hole tournament on this day but as it turned out, 18 was enough for most of the lads anyway. Dougie Watkins was kind enough to take the reins for this outing and it turned out to be a pleasant day on a pleasant course. The big guy, Larry Maxey took it to the max on this tricky track that proved the better of most of us. Lefty Steve Grant has had a good run the last few weeks but is shortly getting on a plane back to Oz to get back to work and give the clubs a rest. Thanks for joining us mate!  And hey, thanks again Dougie.

Thanks to all for participating in this week’s fixtures, and don’t forget to check us out on facebook/golfclubpattaya for updates, musings, and scandals in general.

Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction. We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or pattaya4golf @gmail.com and our is www.golfclubpattaya.com. We also arrange tailor made tours for your groups through our T.A.T. registered and bonded company, Asiabound.