Smith shoots 69 off the stick


PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, July 11, Burapha A & C – Stableford

Well it was something different today for the 36 Outbackers playing the A and C loops for a change, from the somewhat short white tees, thus making the course a little easier for some.

The Roos have gone mad recently with yet another “Roo Cup” challenge today as Capt’ Bob & Lloyd tried for the last time to wrestle the poor old Roo back from the central coast pairing of Wayne Cotterell and his good mate Gary Hogg.  They fared a little better than Friday’s 5 & 4 drubbing but in the end went down again by two.

Khao Kheow podium placers (from left) Doone Flanagan, Gary Hogg, Greg Flanagan, Lyn Foote and John Foote.Khao Kheow podium placers (from left) Doone Flanagan, Gary Hogg, Greg Flanagan, Lyn Foote and John Foote.

I have played golf for something like 40 years and have never ever seen a caddy drive a player to the nearest drinks stop/ toilet; under normal conditions the nearest tree is usually enough to suffice.  Maybe ‘Cottee’ has something we would all like to have or his modesty is just overpowering.

It did remind me of a happening at the Indooroopilly Golf club in Brisbane many years ago when one of the lady members wrote to the committee complaining of seeing members going to the toilet behind the trees; after a lot of deliberation the committee wrote back saying they would avail the ladies the same privilege.

Anyway back to golf with all away to an early start, everyone teeing off before 10 15am.  The course was in great condition and the greens were running true.  Paul Smith tore the course up with a stunning 39 points playing off scratch – well done mate – two ahead of John Cunningham (37), who in turn was four ahead of Steve Rawlings, all in Div A.

Div B went to ‘Cottee’ with 39 just one more than the ‘Roscoman’, returning to a bit of form and Pete Stonebridge both with 38.  There was a bit of a surprise in Div C as Kev Fitzgerald, who is on a flying visit from Oman. pipped Andy Makara on count-back to the top spot, both also on 38, with John Player in third on 36.

There were only three 2’s which was very surprising:- Hole A3, Vic Hester; Hole C5, Paul Smith and Hole C8, Steve Rawlings.

Div A (0-10)

1st Paul Smith (0/Hi1.4) 39pts

2nd John Cunningham (7/Hi7.9) 37pts

3rd Steve Rawlings (4/Hi5.6) 33pts

4th Bob St. Aubin (10/Hi11.2) 33pts

Div B (11-17)

1st Wayne Cotterell (12/13.1) 39pts

2nd Rosco Langoulant (14/14.7) 38pts

3rd Pete Stonebridge (13/14) 38pts

4th Les Easton (14/14.5) 37pts

Div C (18+)

1st Kevin Fitzgerald (28/Hi28.5) 38pts

2nd Andy Makara (25/26) 38pts

3rd John Player (18/Hi18.6) 36pts

4th Paul Squibb (27) 35pts

Tuesday, July 12, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

Many of the Outback regulars and local members turned out at Pattaya Country Club this morning, as a field of 14 took on the local course.  We’ve said many good things about this course in recent weeks and it is getting noticeably busier, maybe we had better think up some other things to write about that are less appreciative of all the good work going on.  They have recently found themselves a new greenkeeper, having been without for a couple of months or so, who already seems to making his presence felt and they also have a new Pro.

Barry McIntosh revelled in the excellent playing conditions to bag 39 points ahead of Raji’s 37 and the canny course specialist, Nigel Cannon back in third on 36; fourth was Terry Marney.

We say goodbye to Lloyd Shuttleworth, who couldn’t hit the ball straight today as well as continuing his putting woes from yesterday at Burapha; maybe he wasn’t looking forward to returning to work.  Not to worry he’s back here again in a couple of months.

There were three ‘2’s:- one from Lloyd on hole 5 and two more on hole 12, from Nigel and Chad.

1st Barry McIntosh (17/Hi16.8) 39pts

2nd Amarjit Banwaitt (6/Hi6.5) 37pts

3rd Nigel Cannon (23/Hi22.5) 36pts

4th Terry Marney (27/Hi26.1) 35pts

5th Bobby Driggs (11/Hi11.8) 34pts

Wednesday, July 13, Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Twenty-eight Outbackers travelled to Mountain Shadow only for the second time this year (last visit in January) and were blessed with a slightly overcast day, which made for an enjoyable day for all.

The course was very lightly booked and we were able to tee off 30 minutes early and the first two groups completed the course in well under their allotted four hours.  The course itself has great greens and they were in fantastic condition but the rest of the layout was good but could do with some TLC, especially the bunkers and the tees.

We had two divisions with 4 places in each.  The Div A winner was Gary Hogg (6) with only 32 points, from Ian Heddle (2) with just 30 points, on a count-back from Stephen Mann (10).  That was the best of our star golfers on a course which is rated relatively easy (70.4/123) with nobody even reaching the handicap buffer zone.

It was a different story in Div B as two players in the same group produced some great golf, both having 40 points; Sugar Ray (18) beating Gus George (25) on count-back.  They are truly great scores round this track and they both received immediate handicap cuts, Sugar down 1.5 and Gus down 2.  Greg Flanagan, having his first game back with us since August 2010, played well for his 35 points to take third as did Steve Milne who took fourth with 34.

For the record the course played one shot tougher than rated and there were six ‘2’s from Greg Flanagan (hole 5), Suzi Lawton (hole 8), Gus George (hole 15), with the rest, Wayne Cotterell, Sugar Ray Handford and Bernie Stafford all getting theirs on the 17th .

Div A (0-13)

1st Gary Hogg (6/Hi6.9) 32pts

2nd Ian Heddle (2/Hi3.3) 30pts

3rd Steve Mann (10/Hi10.3) 30pts

4th Mark Riggall (13/Hi13.3) 29pts

Div B (14+)

1st Sugar Ray Handford (18/Hi18) 40pts

2nd Gus George (25/Hi24.3) 40pts

3rd Greg Flanagan (14/Hi14.5) 35pts

4th Steve Milne (14/Hi13.9) 34pts

Friday, July 15, Khao Kheow – Stableford

Holiday rates at Khao Kheow today did not stop 27 Outbackers from tackling the A & B nines.  Take away first and second places in both divisions and the rest of the field was struggling, even using their playing handicaps, which generally gives a few extra shots back over the old use of the handicap index.

So when the full result was computed, the course had played 2 shots tougher than normal making the top scores look exceedingly good.

John and Lyn Foote have been coming to Thailand for years but there are few times when Lyn would have featured on the leader-board, let alone with the runaway win she had today.  John was saying that every-time she approaches the island green (B8), she says, “I can never get the ball on there, it’s too far”, well she did today, collecting three for four at the same time.

Apparently Lyn didn’t do much wrong and kept the ball very straight to have the round of her life to score a massive 45pts to win Div B from the day’s next highest score, 38 points, from the Sugarman.  For that wonderful achievement though, she received a massive cut of 5.5 shots down to 26.2, but she’s delighted.

Hoggy has played well the entire time he’s been here, he’s been instrumental in two “Roo Cup” wins and indeed goes home with ‘Cottee’ undefeated, so it will be Christmas before the “Roo Cup” comes under challenge; should give the Capt’ enough time to sort his game out.  Hoggy won his final round of his trip with a steady 36 points off 7 to win Div A, ahead of Greg Flanagan on 34.

We say goodbye to Steve Rawlings and also to Adam Farrell and hello again to Bert Lewis, Mike Mier and Tom Jenson, all of whom we haven’t seen in a while.

There were only three ‘2’s today: Two on hole A5 from Tony Garnett & Gary Hogg and one on hole B8 from Steve Rawlings.

Div A (0-16)

1st Gary Hogg (7) 36pts

2nd Greg Flanagan (16/Hi14.5) 34pts

3rd Steve Rawlings (5/Hi5.7) 32pts

4th Nigel Flanagan (12/Hi11.2) 32pts

Div B (17+)

1st Lyn Foote (35/Hi31.7) 45pts

2nd Sugar Ray (19/Hi16.5) 38pts

3rd Doone Flanagan (20/Hi19.6) 33pts

4th John Foote (24/Hi20.7) 33pts

Note:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit.  Just call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on 087 941 2474.