Stafford stars at St. Andrews


PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, June 27, Burapha – Stableford

Twenty-five Outbackers played the A & B nines from the blues today and perfect weather for golf, no rain but lots of cloud cover, kept the temperature relatively cool.  The course was in good condition, however, if you got into the rough you were in big trouble and the greens were generally good although a little varied in speed,

It was welcome back to Rod Woodriffe, who we haven’t seen for a while and welcome also to Dave Whitfield playing with us for the first time.

The Roo Cup was an all Kiwi affair today as the previous holders, Capt’ Bob & Lloyd Shuttleworth wanted it back from the current holders, John Low and Dion Lane.  Well, poor old John and Dion walked into a hot Lloyd as he alone was level par gross after sixteen, enough to secure the Roo, with the Capt’ chipping in his bit here and there.  Lloyd went on to bogey the last two holes to finish up with the day’s top score (42pts) and win Div A by three.  Owen Walkley, who seems to be often in the shake up, was second with 39 followed in by Steve Mann with 38.

Friday’s winners from St. Andrews, Lloyd Shuttleworth and John Stafford, pose for a photo with Suzi Lawton and Gary Hogg. Friday’s winners from St. Andrews, Lloyd Shuttleworth and John Stafford, pose for a photo with Suzi Lawton and Gary Hogg.

Div B was headed by Bruce Milner on 36 points, just one point ahead of Andrew Makara (35) and two ahead of Ivan Plunkett (34) in third.

There were some great scores in today, particularly in Div A, and using our pilot handicap system the computer calculated that the course played one shot easier than par.  It’s going to take a little getting used to having a H’cap Index resulting one’s playing handicap changing from course to course but that is one of the fundamental advantages of this system (EGA) and the USGA systems, if applied correctly.

There were nine ‘2’s – five on hole 3 from Ian Heddle, Greg Hill, Gary Hogg, Bob Philp & Owen Walkley; one on hole 6 from Bruce Milner and three more on hole 12 from Neil Hurd, Gary Hogg and John Low.

Div A (0-15)

1st Lloyd Shuttleworth (8/Hi6.2) 42pts

2nd Owen Walkley (12/Hi9.8) 39pts

3rd Steve Mann (13/Hi10) 38pts

4th John Cunningham (10/Hi7.8) 36pts

Div B (16+)

1st Bruce Milner (17/Hi13.7) 36pts

2nd Andrew Makara (32/Hi25.8) 35pts

3rd Ivan Plunkett (25/Hi19.9) 34pts

4th Bob Lindborg (23/Hi18.6) 32pts

Tuesday, June 28, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

A bit of a slow old day for the 18 Outbackers here at Pattaya, caused mainly by a five-ball stuck in front of our leading groups.  On top of that, the white tee markers had mostly been moved to the back tees making the course play three shots tougher than par but handing the girls a massive advantage.  Sure enough, they filled the top two places with Orn on 38 and Laong with 36 and the best of the boys was Doug Chalkley’s 34, which was pretty good really.

The course was in reasonable nick with still a lot of repair work going on with the bunkers and white tee boxes and two or three greens have not yet fully recovered from their seasonal maintenance programme.

There was a ‘jackpot 2’ from Owen Walkley on hole 5, which must have been just about all he got right, looking at his score, no offence mate!

1st Orn Kansaengsri (20/Hi18.2) 38pts

2nd Laong O’Neill (30/Hi27.1) 36pts

3rd Doug Chalkley (23/Hi22.4) 34pts

4th Amarjit Banwaitt (5/Hi6.4) 31pts

5th Dion Lane (10/Hi10.6) 30pts

Wednesday, June 29, Treasure Hill – Stableford

Fourteen Outbackers travelled to Treasure Hills, our last visit here being in March.  The course continues to improve and the staff are to be congratulated on the work they are doing on the tees, the fairways and surrounds but they have neglected the greens.  The greens have been cored and sanded within the past month and some have not quite recovered as they were very slow and bumpy and most have not been cut.

The course itself is a great test of golf and we played off the yellow tees, although some of them were well forward.

Unfortunately for the Outbackers, management at Treasure Hills is sadly lacking and they sent off a five-ball, all walking, in front of our first group and the five-ball refused to call any of our groups through until the 15th hole where they stopped for a drink.  Maybe it’s about time courses in Pattaya adopted the policy of some of the courses in Hua Hin, by banning 5 balls!!

The best score returned for the day was 40 points by Brian Maddox off his 21 handicap; second was Hoggy with 38 off 7, and third was Paul Bourke with 35 off 12.

There were three ‘2’s for the day going to Hoggy, Steve Mann and Bernie Stafford.

1st Brian Maddox (21/Hi19.2) 40pts

2nd Gary Hogg (/7Hi7.3) 38pts

3rd Paul Bourke (12/Hi11.5) 35pts

4th Sugar Ray Handford (19/Hi17.9) 33pts

5th George Bishop (15/Hi14.6) 33pts

Friday, July 1, St. Andrews – Stableford

With Khao Kheow hosting a major tournament, the Outback took a trip to St Andrews for a change.  However, the weather had other ideas as there had been heavy rain overnight and it was still bucketing down at breakfast in the bar, even though in Pattaya it was only a light drizzle.  One group plus one rained themselves off before the start, the remaining 19 deciding to give it their best shot.  In reality, on the course it wasn’t that bad at all, as eventually the rain cleared away.

Apart from ourselves, there were few players about, leading to good quick rounds of under four hours for the leading groups but the condition of the front nine greens was atrocious!  It appeared as though they were pretty dead in places and had been scarified into 25mm squares, making the putting a complete farce; on the back nine there were four or five which were good before the finishing holes returned to similar condition to those on the front.

From John Stafford’s point of view, it was probably just as well he missed so many putts, otherwise he would have won by an even greater margin as he took the course apart with his comfortable 44 points, ten clear of second placed Suzi in Div B and seven clear of Lloyd Shuttleworth, the winner of Div A.

Lloyd was followed in by Raji who had come out of the traps like a greyhound, scoring 23 points on the front nine (that is 2 under gross) but could only manage 13 points on the back.

Geoff Christie has every right to feel robbed by the greens as he came very close to scoring ‘2’s on all four par threes, no mean feat but two of them went in and Gary Hogg also had a ‘2’.

Div A (0-13)

1st Lloyd Shuttleworth (6/Hi5.4) 37pts

2nd Amarjit Banwaitt (7/Hi6.5) 36pts

Div B [14+]

1st John Stafford (22/Hi20.7) 44pts

2nd Suzi Lawton (17.Hi16.1) 34pts

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.