Waycott captures “Take it Easy” Monthly Medal

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, August 20, Burapha – Stableford

With Capt’ Steve having a break away in Kanchanaburi ahead of the upcoming big Hua Hin tournament, it was the turn of General Jack’s to start the regular Monday event at Burupha.  A good field of 26 Outbackers, which reportedly was more than half the bookings for the entire day, were away 30 minutes early on the otherwise deserted A & B loops.

After the rpevious week’s ‘white tee’ trial, it was back to the blue tees for the entire field but the scoring remained below average with the best of the day being a lowly 34pts.  The two divisions were both won with that score, Dennis Pelly (10) and Bruce Milner (16) taking Div A and Div B respectively.

Friday’s Monthly Medal winner Kev Waycott, left, with Noy (4th Div 2) and Joe (1st Div 1).Friday’s Monthly Medal winner Kev Waycott, left, with Noy (4th Div 2) and Joe (1st Div 1).

There were four ‘2’s; the par 3’s here are the 3rd, 6th, 12th and 17th with ‘2’s come from Bernie Stafford and two from Pete Stonebridge in regular fashion but Joe got his ‘2’ on the short par 4 11th, well played Joe!

Div A (0-13)

1st Dennis Pelly (10) 34pts

2nd Colin Goon (4) 33pts

3rd Paul Greenaway (8) 31pts

Div B (14+)

1st Bruce Milner (16) 34pts

2nd Joe Mooneyham (14) 33pts

3rd John O’Keefe (16) 32pts

Monday, August 20, Khao Kheow – Stableford

The golfers are still not keen to return to Khao Kheow as today we were just a ‘five’ ball of good mates out for a game and a right old laugh as we hacked around the course; none of us playing very well, except for John (36pts).

The new Monthly Medal trophy.The new Monthly Medal trophy.

The course was in reasonable condition although the weeds have taken over some of the fairways but the greens were fine and fast.

Khao Kheow had reduced the carts to only 400 Baht each and with the low season green fee, the course represents very good value for money.

Apart from the day’s winner, the remaining four, Brian Maddox, David Davies, Suzi Lawton, and Sugar Ray Handford, are all in the line-up for Hua Hin but there were no pointers to any form for the bookies.

There were no ‘2’s

1st John Stafford (18) 36pts

2nd Brian Maddox (22) 30pts

3rd David Davies (25) 28pts

Tuesday, August 21, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

Welcome back to Ke Persson and Mam, who were having their first game after their summer away; they joined a 12 Outbacker field, which included four ladies, on the local nine-hole course.  The men play the first nine from the whites and the second nine from blues but the ladies, who are put back on the whites for their back nine, found it tough going out there today.

With five of the top six here today, also in the Hua Hin line-up, it was Geoff Moodie and Pottsy, both with 37pts, who led the way, ahead of Jingjo (36) and Dave the Pipe on 34.

No ‘2’s were recorded.

1st Geoff Moodie (28) 37pts

2nd Campbell Potts (17) 37pts

3rd Martin O’Neill (29) 36pts

Tuesday, August 21, Laem Chabang – Stableford

13 Outbackers travelled to Laem Chabang today playing off the whites on courses B & A.  As seems to be the norm here, we were held up by a couple of four-balls which made the round very slow (just of short of five hours) but this didn’t put a damper to John Foote’s score, as he followed up his excellent round on Sunday with Lewiinski’s at Green Valley, with another great show of form here, which resulted in a handicap reduction of more than two shots.

John Foote was a winner at Laem Chabang and Siam Plantation.John Foote was a winner at Laem Chabang and Siam Plantation.

Way back in second was Mark McDonald with 34 with Martin Crichton taking third with 33.

The course was in good condition from tee to green with the greens being slick and running true.

Welcome to John & Lynn Foote, who are here on a short visit as John returns to Aus on his way back from work in China.

There was only one ‘2’ from Andy Robertson on the eleventh hole [A2].

1st John Foote (21) 42pts

2nd Mark McDonald (3) 34pts

3rd Martin Crichton (16) 33pts

Wednesday, August 22, Siam Plantation – Stableford

There’s always something special about coming to this course, which we are surely going to miss at the end of the low season, when unfortunately normal rates will be resumed, thus putting the course off limits to many of us regular weekly golfers.  In the meantime however, we shall continue to come here every Wednesday until the end of September with an 8.36 start time.

18 out there today on the fabulous Sugarcane (A) loop and Tapioca (B) with the first group teeing off on A, precisely on time and a last two groups teeing off at the same time as the starter let one group start on B.

The biggest pointer to form so far this week ahead of Hua Hin, came from Paul Greenaway who kept his head down to play his front nine in two under gross (24pts) only to lose his way slightly on the back as he perhaps struggled with rope burns, to finish the round with a brilliant 40pts.  This was five ahead of his nearest opponent in either division with Paul Sharples getting second in Div A on 35 and John Foote, notching up his third win in four days, also with 35. to win Div B.

Welcome back to Rod Crosswell (second with 33) and also welcome to Tom Gingerich (third with 33) having his first game with the Outback.

Surprisingly, there were no ‘2’s.

Div A (0–13)

1st Paul Greenaway (8) 40pts

2nd Paul Sharples (10) 35pts

3rd Mark McDonald (3) 35pts

Div B (14+)

1st John Foote (19) 35pts

2nd Rod Crosswell (14) 33pts

3rd Tom Gingerich (16) 33pts

Friday, August 24, Green Valley – Stableford

Thirty-two Outbackers turned out for Green Valley for the monthly medal; a week earlier than usual due to the upcoming Hua Hin tournament.  Since the first three holes of the course have been changed around; starting off on a Par 5 makes it far less daunting than having to hit over the water as we did before.

The course was once again in very good condition and the greens have now just about recovered from the recent work, so it was a pleasure to putt on them.

This week is the fourth of our recent instated monthly medal tournaments, usually held on the last Friday of every month and the General has been promising a trophy that is something special, a trophy which many would be proud to have in one’s house.  Well at last we’ve seen one.

Jack got the idea sometime ago when a his good friend Mick showed him the unusual piece by a Canadian Company called Hoselton Sculptures; the trophy stands about 8 inches high and is finished in gold lacquer and black.  With today’s and the next 11 month’s sponsors already on board, Jack is hoping that these will become a trophy to be proud of.

As the trophies were not ready for the first three monthly medals, the Outback has decided to sponsor them themselves but today’s (trophy) is the first of many, courtesy of one of Pattaya’s leading bike and car rental companies, Take it Easy.

So to the golf, which was split into two divisions and was generally of a good standard, although the competition scratch score worked out to be one higher than usual at 72.

Kev Waycott was today’s trophy winner with a net 69 and is well on his way to becoming a single digit golfer, while Bruce Milner, having flown over from the Philippines, won Div 2 with a net 70.

Div 1 went to the incumbent PSC Golf Chairman, Joe Mooneyham, who just scraped in playing off 14 (13.5 exact), beating Sel Wegner on a count back but did enough to find himself back on 13 next time he lines up with the Outback.

The low gross winner (77) was Mark McDonald for which he will shortly receive a medal.

A couple of stats regarding the round, for a change the stroke index 1 (now the 3rd hole) was not the most difficult hole today, surprisingly it was the par 4, 6th hole (scoring ave 5.52) followed by the par 5, 11th hole (scoring ave 6.50).

There were four ‘2’s from John Player (9th), Sunanta Duangwaw & Bernie Stafford (12th), and Dennis Pelly (16th)

Monthly Medal

1st Kev Waycott (10) net 69

Div A (0-15)

1st Joe Mooneyham (14) net71

2nd Sel Wegner (12) net 71

3rd Dennis Pelly (10) net 72

Div B (16+)

1st Bruce Milner (16) net 70

2nd Martin O’Neill (29) net 72

3rd Sunanta Duangwaw (29) net 72

Best Aggregate Scores:

Front Nine: 38 (+2) – Mark McDonald; Back Nine: 39 (+3) – Mark McDonald; Par 5’s: 19 (-1) – Kev Waycott; Par 4’s: 43 (+3) – Mark McDonald; Par 3’s: 12 (Level) – Paul Bourke, Sunanta Duangwaw & Mark McDonald; Most Holes Under Par: 2 Dennis Pelly & Kev Waycott.

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 call Jack on 087 941 2474.