by Steve Ellison
Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees
Green Valley on the cards again and the course has improved greatly since a couple of months ago. The weather is also getting to be reasonable with a bit of rain cooling things down finally. Today it was the darksiders who took control of the podium save for one certain TGC captain creeping into third spot.
Yep, Phil is in there again and seems to be returning to form. Smedley’s 33 pointer out there today got him to the third slot. Brian Carr defected to points beyond Sukhumvit three months back so unfortunately we don’t see him back in the bar too often. Brian had a solid 36 for second with a well-managed round of golf.
Andy Makara is a long-standing Monday guy and knows this course well. He is no stranger to the podium and today shows the lads how to play this course, racking up 37 points in the process. Nice going, Andy, shame there’s no photo of you and Brian!
Darren Stanton claimed the near pin and made the 15 footer for the birdie! Nice one, Daz!
1st – Andy Makara (26) 37 points
2nd – Brian Carr (25) 36 points
3rd–Phil Smedley (16) 33 points
Laem Chabang – Stableford – White Tees
A full sheet of 20 golfers got off right on time and the round was complete in just over four hours. Peter Thomas has been absent from the leaderboard for far too long so good to see Pete get in there with just 29 on the card. Kenny seemed absolutely astonished when he found out his 30 was getting him into the second spot up there. It must have been a tough time out there!
Top of the pile we find Mr. Ian Brimble all alone with a 36 on the card that blows away the rest by a full six shots! Great round, Ian, see you back here sometime in October.
Our Caddy Smile near pin today went to Stuart Evans, who had a great tee shot but could only walk off with a par.
1st – Ian Brimble (6) 36 points
2nd – Kenny Aihara (5) 30 points
3rd – Peter Thomas (17) 29 points
Pattavia Century – Stableford – White Tees
It takes us a good hour to get out to Pattavia but we all agree it is worth it. Not just for the value, but for the quality of the course as well. It was in great shape and all the guys reported how enjoyable the layout was. Actually, I can’t think of one “dumb” hole out here! Nick Faldo signed off on this layout although he never actually made it out here. When you win a Masters and an Open, the offers pour in!
The course was in very good nick but playing was as difficult as always with these greens. Their condition was fine but they remain some of the trickiest square metres of land in Chonburi province. That’s one of the things that keeps bringing us back here, it is a real test of your putting skills so when you find several three putt greens on the card, get over it. You will not be alone!
Stuart Evans stole the show today and a 38 would be very hard to come by, so well played to him. Mark and I did battle (unknowingly) for two and three but ended in a tie as I somehow had pars on the last three holes, with even a near pin on that long 17th. OK, it was a sloppy shot, but guess what…I’ll take it! The Scotsman was solid as usual but had a few putts come up short. We had a good laugh and another great round on this lovely track.
1st – Stuart Evans (22) 38 points
T -2nd – Mark Wood (7) 35 points
T -2nd – Steve Ellison (20) 35 points
Thanks guys, another great week of goes down in the books and we look forward to seeing you for the next one.
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