Seriously the golf course was in great condition and the greens fast and true. The Capt’ and Neil Lavery had a challenge from a couple of northern Brits who were going to give them (Capt & Neil) a good thumping but it never happened; I think the Capt and his partner wore them down with raw talent.
From left: Alan Ansell, Greg Hill, Steve Milne & Paul Greenaway, all podium placers on Friday at Green Valley
The level of the lake went up by 1/2 an inch due to an errant putter getting a wash from someone whom shall remain nameless due mainly to fear of the consequences.
There were some fantastic scores out there today from Alan Ansell for one scoring 41 points (winner Div B), now that is what you call taking this course apart, which doesn’t very often happen. Other notables were Neil Lavery 38 points (winner of Div A) and must be hurting a bit after carrying the Capt’ in their match! and also Norm Cheetham, with 38 points (2nd Div A) beaten on count back. Sugar also had 38 points which earned him second place in Div B.
Playing A and B off the yellows, there were 29 Outbackers out there with little wind and conditions were just great for a day of golf. Finally, welcome to some newbies: Didier, who appeared from Bangkok and also Nigel Wright and Clint Pingree.
There were four ‘2’s from Alan Ansell (hole A3), Suzi Lawton (hole A5), and two on hole B8, from Tony Gliddon & Dennis Pelly.
Div A (0–15)
1st Neil Lavery (12/Hi11) 38pts
2nd Norm Cheetham (15/Hi14.2) 38pts
3rd Tony Gliddon (9/Hi8.8) 32pts
4th Keith Buchanan (12/Hi11.5) 32pts
Div B (16+)
1st Alan Ansell (25/Hi22.7) 41pts
2nd Sugar Ray Handford (18/Hi16.5) 38pts
3rd Steve Plant (18/Hi16.3) 36pts
4th Bob Lindborg (20/Hi18.7) 35pts
Tuesday, November 1, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford
The first day of the new monthly eclectic, sponsored by DeVere and a little disappointing that only seven signed up for the comp today, but it’s sure to grow in interest as time moves on. Otherwise it was a great turnout on the first day of the new High Season, with 17 Outbackers enjoying the sunshine on a course that was looking really good. The greens on the front were particularly quick and one would have to give the course generally about 8 out of 10 for presentation. Why 8 and not 10? Well you can’t have a perfect 10 or there’s no room left for improvement!
The General was out having only his second game since being struck ill in Chiang Mai and showed some signs of his desire to return to the game with 37 points to win the day, which arguably included a bit of anchor throwing on the 16th & 17th, scoring only 1 point. You have to remember he’s off the booze as well!
The girls took the next two places, Laong & Mam with 35 and 34 points respectively, followed in by Geoff Doody (33pts) and Joe Duffer playing off +2, took the last place on 32.
There were only two ‘2’s from Jack Moseley (hole 7) and Joe Duffer (hole 16).
1st Jack Moseley (14/Hi15.2) 37pts
2nd Laong Gatepratum (27/Hi25.6) 35pts
3rd Phompinmon Seesa (29/Hi27.9) 34pts
4th Geoff Doody (17/Hi17.9) 33pts
Wednesday, November 2, Burapha – Stableford
How about the blue tees today on A and B, what a challenge, lightning fast greens and even some run on the fairways. 24 players played off our new handicap system and because the course was rated so tough some guys got an extra 2 or even 3 shots added to their handicap - and I can tell you they were not only needed but were very welcome!
The weather was just fantastic for a day out and there were a few laughs out there. One story comes to mind about a golfer who actually hit the pin with his shot to the par-3 17th but alas had to pick up after his 5th putt - because he couldn’t score. I’m glad it happened on the 17th as I don’t think we could have played anymore than one hole after that as we couldn’t stop laughing.
Today was the start of the new monthly tournament sponsored by Big Mango Properties; best six cards to count from Khao Kheow, Burapha and Green Valley. The scores were a mixture of good and bad and the Capt managed to come stone cold last in the A division, really great golf. However, when he gets his new handicap from the General he will be OK!
He is dreaming about that a lot at the moment, anyhow back to reality; John Cunningham and Norm Cheetham stole the limelight, both scoring excellent 38’s to win their respective divisions with Jim Brackett taking second in Div A on 37 points and Frank Mills doing the same in Div B.
There were three ‘2’s from Norm Cheetham (Hole A3), Greg Hill (B3) and Tony Garnett (B8).
Div A (0-15)
1st John Cunningham (10/Hi7.2) 38pts
2nd Jim Brackett (8/Hi5.5) 37pts
3rd Dennis Pelly (14/Hi10.7) 36pts
4th Tony Gliddon (12/Hi8.9) 35pts
Div B (16+)
1st Norm Cheetham (17/Hi13.6) 38pts
2nd Frank Mills (24/Hi19.6) 37pts
3rd Greg Hill (24/Hi19.9) 35pts
4th Nigel Wright (36/Hi30.2) 35pts
Friday, November 4, Green Valley – Stableford
After a number of disruptions to our regular weekly schedule, after Thai Gdn Resort Cup last week and Chiang Rai & Chiang Mai Tour for two weeks before that, is was great to get back to normal with a respectable number of players here at Green Valley. Although away pretty much on time, the 29 Outbackers had to endure a slow round, thanks to the groups in front; as a result maybe, the scoring was only moderate as the scores returned indicated the course playing one shot tougher than par.
The day’s top score came from John Cogan, who started spectacularly with wipes on the first two holes, needing only 16 holes to amass his 38pts, and seal the Div B win; good going John but the handicapper is watching! Second in Div B was Steve Milne, a long way back with 34 ahead of two tied on 33, John Lawton, sporting a new knee and Steve Plant, just back from the UK.
Jim Brackett picked up the win in Div A with a fine 36pts [76 gross] ahead of Paul Greenaway, who clearly likes playing here, on 35, whilst Greg Hill led the lower scoring of Div C with 34.
After two counting rounds of the Big Mango Properties sponsored, best six cards for November, Greg Hill leads the way with 69pts ahead of Dennis Pelly  and Barry McIntosh on 63.
Note: The top score is Jim Brackett with 73, but he hasn’t entered the comp. yet.
There were only two ‘2’s from Steve Plant on hole 4 and Jim Brackett on hole 12.
Div A (+2–11)
1st Jim Brackett (4/Hi5.3) 36pts
2nd Paul Greenaway (8/Hi9.4) 35pts
3rd Bob St. Aubin (11/Hi11.3) 34pts
4th Owen Walkley (8/Hi9.1) 31pts
Div B (14–19)
1st John Cogan (14/Hi14.6) 38pts
2nd Steve Milne (14/Hi14.6) 34pts
3rd John Lawton (19/Hi19.2) 33pts
4th Steve Plant (16/Hi16.3) 33pts
Div C (20+)
1st Greg Hill (20/Hi19.9) 34pts
2nd Alan Ansell (21/Hi20.7) 32pts
3rd Ivan Plunkett (23/Hi22.1) 32pts
4th Kurt Eric Persson (31/Hi29.4) 32pts
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.