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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Nov. 29, Burapha – Stableford

Thirty Outbackers were here at Burapha, this time on the C & D nines for a change.

Mark Riggall would have won today with 42 points if he had checked his handicap but he didn’t.  Playing off 13 instead of 14 he got beaten on count back by Kev Reid, both on 41.  Steve Mann was in third with 39 points, which also earned him 2 ladder points and put him in a tie with Raji with one round to go at Pattaya C.C. on Tuesday.

Sakorn showed the guys the way in Div B with an excellent 38 points, beating John Cogan and John O’Keefe, both with 37.

John Lawton presents Dennis (Div B winner)] with the “Boo Hoo Cup” at Pattaya Country Club. John Lawton presents Dennis (Div B winner)] with the “Boo Hoo Cup” at Pattaya Country Club.

There were loads of ‘2’s from Capt’ Bob, Jim Moreton, Paul Bourke, Mark Riggall, Bruce Milner, John Cunningham, Keith Meehan and Steve Milne.

Div A (0-14)

1st Kevin Reid (13) 41pts

2nd Mark Riggall (13) 41pts

3rd Steve Mann (10) 39pts

4th Owen Lloyd (11) 38pts

Div B (15+)

1st Sakorn Pramoolchart (25) 38pts

2nd John Cogan (16) 37pts

3rd John O’Keefe (17) 37pts

4th Bob Lindborg (17) 36pts

Tuesday, Nov. 30, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

This course is continuing to improve; hence the big increase in Outbackers prepared to give it a try.  So 29 players here today, three divisions (must be a first for a regular day) and the “Boo Hoo Cup”.  Absolutely gorgeous weather, so no real excuses, although as we all know – all golfers have excuses as to if…if!

Ian Heddle fired a gross 73 to take Div A with 38 points ahead of Raji, whose 37 points not only earned him second place (worth 2 ladder points) but also ensured him the November ladder win.  His only remaining challenger was Steve Mann, who needed to secure one more ladder point than Raji, but couldn’t quite manage it.

Div B was won by the man in form, Dennis Persson, yesterday (Monday) he shot 43 points on this course and today he has come out and shot another 40, and will surely see his handicap come down at the end of the week.  John Kittilsen woke up this week with another good round, this time 39 points, to take second place, which was also surprisingly, enough to lift him off the bottom of the ladder.

Going back to Dennis, often known as “the Turnip” cos he’s from Sweden, he also had another win today, although probably one he’d sooner forget, as he won the “Boo Hoo” cup with playing partner, General Jack, who had a shocker!  They were comprehensively beaten by John Lawton and Barry Chadbourn, 3 & 1, which cost both he (Turnip) and Jack a contribution into to the trophy.

The trophy will be played for everyday that one or both of the current holders play as they must challenge another pair, failure to do so is an additional fine and if another pair do not accept the challenge, they also receive a fine.

The “Boo Hoo Cup” or the alternate “Roo Cup” is a two better ball matchplay format played for fun with the trophy being awarded to the losers.  All the money raised during December will go to a local children’s charity.

Arthur Bailey proved he is still a force to be reckoned with, as he took Div C with 37 points ahead of Nigel Cannon (36) and Roger Yabsley (35)

There was a jackpot ‘2’ today from Paul Smets.

Div A (0-14)

1st Ian Heddle (3) 38pts

2nd Amarjit Banwaitt (7) 37pts

3rd Brad Driffell (14) 35pts

Div B (15-23)

1st Dennis Persson (23) 40pts

2nd John Kittilsen (20) 39pts

3rd Paul Smets (19) 37pts

Div C (24+)

1st Arthur Bailey (24) 37pts

2nd Nigel Cannon (26) 36pts

3rd Roger Yabsley (25) 35pts

Wednesday, Dec. 1, Greenwood – Stableford

This course remains a great favourite with many and it was another well supported visit with 29 Outbackers, having a hit.  Superb weather again, as one would expect at this time of year but somehow we got stuck behind three ‘ladies day’ groups teeing off in front (all walking), on an otherwise deserted course.  Just always seems to go wrong here, the tenth (course A) was empty with nobody coming round but the starter was having none of it.  So it was a bit slow to say the least but it was nice to play on C, which is by far the best nine here.

The course was in great shape, probably the best around at the moment but with the exception of the three leaders in Div A; Owen Lloyd (42), Steve Milner (40) and Dave Buchanan (38) nobody played better than handicap.  Sakorn won Div B (to follow her win on Monday at Burapha) with her 34 points ahead of John Lawton (one of today’s “Boo Hoo Cup” winners) second with 33 and Paul Sibley third with the same score.

The “Boo Hoo” holder, General Jack, played with Capt’ Bob in an attempt to lose the cup back to Chad & John Lawton.  They (Jack & Capt’ Bob) were four up with four to play and were given a bit of a scare as John and Chad rallied, playing the last only 1 down, however Bob’s par secured the win, 2 up.  So John will be looking for a partner at Khao Kheow on Friday and will be preying on any weak looking pairing, watch out Sugar!

There were only two ‘2’s from Dave Buchanan and Mark Riggall.

Div A (0-14)

1st Owen Lloyd (11) 42pts

2nd Steve Milne (12) 40pts

3rd Dave Buchanan (1) 38pts

4th Ian Heddle (3) 34pts

Div B (15+)

1st Sakorn Pramoolchart (25) 34pts

2nd John Lawton (18) 33pts

3rd Paul Sibley (19) 33pts

4th John Kittilsen (20) 32pts

Friday, Dec. 3, Khao Kheow – Stableford

Despite the difficult windy conditions, with a few notable exceptions, the scoring was generally higher than usual on the B & C nines here at Khao Kheow as The Capt’, Ian Heddle and Dave Buchanan all suffered early setbacks with balls lost in water hazards and poor putting.

Sakorn notched up her third win (3 out of 3) this week with a fine 38 points to win Div C ahead of Bob Noble (35) and David Davies (welcome back) on 32; whilst visiting Aussie, Brad Driffell took the B division with the day’s top score of 39.  Four back was Steve Milne, who’s had a good week, and three further back was John O’Keefe.

Steve Mann headed Div A with an excellent 37 points, one ahead of last month’s ladder winner, Raji, who continues to show excellent form here in Thailand.  Welcome also to Jack Spencer, who’s not been seen at the Outback for a long time and well done for your third place also with 36 points.

There were four ‘2’s from John O’Keefe, Terry Southworth, Dave Buchanan and Tom Nicholl.

Div A (0 – 11)

1st Steve Mann (10) 37pts

2nd Amarjit Banwaitt (7) 36pts

3rd Jack Spencer (10) 36pts

4th Tony Garnett (10) 33pts

Div B (13-17)

1st Brad Driffell (14) 39pts

2nd Steve Milne (12) 35pts

3rd John O’Keefe (17) 32pts

4th John Cogan (16) 31pts

Div C (18+)

1st Sakorn Pramoolchart (23) 38pts

2nd Robert Noble (19) 35pts

3rd David Davies (26) 32pts

4th David Wilkinson (18) 31pts