Cunningham continues hot streak

Friday, 18 January 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 3

PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Jan. 7, Burapha - Stableford

Suzi kindly started off the 29 Outbackers here at Burapha today, as Capt’ Steve was down in Hua Hin.  We played the C & D loops from the white tees and John Cunningham carried on where he left off on Friday at Green Valley, following up his 40pts there with another 41pts here and giving him the Div A win as well as racing him to the top of the Race 2 Bkk leaderboard on 1400pts. 

Coming in second was Ron Dickie with a fine 37 points, followed by Marcus Simmons and Sel Wegner on 34 and 33 respectively.

Div B went to the course specialist, Bob Lindborg on 36 points, with David Davies (35) in second from John Player (34) and Tim Knight (32).  Tim very kindly put up two near pin prizes as it was his birthday last week and the Outback put up two more on behalf of Capt’ Steve’s birthday which was yesterday.

From left: Friday winners Phil Waite, Sugar Ray, Ian Heddle and John Player.From left: Friday winners Phil Waite, Sugar Ray, Ian Heddle and John Player.

Near Pins were recorded by Bob Giles (C5), Dave Buchanan (C8), John Player (D2) and Mel Hogan (D8).

There were five ‘2’s from Bob Giles & Paul Rodgers (C5), Dave Buchanan (C8) and Steve Kerr & John Player (D2)

Div A (0-16)

1st John Cunningham (8) 41pts

2nd Ron Dickie (8) 37pts

3rd Marcus Simmons (10) 34pts

4th Sel Wegner (12) 33pts

Div B (17+)

1st Bob Lindborg (22) 36pts

2nd David Davies (26) 35pts

3rd John Player (20) 34pts

4th Tim Knight (20) 32pts

Tuesday, Jan. 8, Pattana – Stableford

A small field of only 6 here at Pattana due not only to a couple of late withdrawals but also and most probably because of the big field competing in the PSC Championship at Khao Kheow which started today and continued on Friday.  That happened to also be the reason why the Outback was not at Khao Kheow today but we shall be returning there next week.

We played the A & B loops which were reported to be in fine condition.  Our thanks go to Tim Knight for organising the day, but for Tim it was not such a good day as the caddie he had booked only the day before was killed in a motorbike accident on the way to work this morning.

Although Peter Eriksen took the win with a great score of 39pts playing off six, he was disappointed that he had thrown away such an excellent start, making the turn in one under gross.  Playing partner Noddy tried to keep pace with him and nearly caught him on the back nine but there was some consolation for Noddy, who had to settle for second place with 37, as he had the only ‘2’.

1st Peter Erikson (6) 39pts

2nd Noddy Moyle (18) 37pts

Wednesday, Jan. 9, Greenwood – Stableford

In addition to the 16 Outbackers at Siam Planatation today, there were another 16 here to play the C & A nines at Greenwood from the white tees.  The course was generally in good condition but was a little dry in some places yet over-watered in others.

All in all it was worth the drive up there and represents good value for money; the staff were friendly and we got away on time.  The scores were pretty average though, with only Ian Heddle beating his handicap with a great 38 points, as Paul Greenaway took second with 34 ahead of Steve Plant in third on 33.

There were four all tied up on 31pts vying for the remaining two podium places with the usual count back calculation giving Andy & Sugar the nod over Sausage & Steve Kerr.

There was only one ‘2’ from Mel Hogan.

1st Ian Heddle (4) 38pts

2nd Paul Greenaway (8) 34pts

3rd Steve Plant (12) 33pts

4th Andy Makara (27) 31pts

5th Sugar Ray Handford (18) 31pts

Wednesday, Jan. 9, Siam Plantation – Stableford

General Jack headed up to his favourite course, Siam Plantation, to set off the 16 runners and riders at 8.44.  It was an absolutely fabulous morning for golf with superb weather and the course looking in pristine condition.  The hospitality shown by the management, starters and caddies alike is second to none and they always make the Outbackers feel very welcome.

Playing the Sugarcane (A) and Pineapple (C) loops, only the affable Lumpy Russell managed to match his handicap to secure the win with 36pts from Peter Eriksen in second on 35.

There were three ‘2’s from Doug Campbell (A3), Craig Poeling (A6) & Noddy Moyle (C17).

1st Lumpy Russell (12) 36pts

2nd Peter Erikson (5) 35pts

3rd John Locke (17) 35pts

4th David Coller (22) 35pts

5th Doug Campbell (12) 35pts

Friday, Jan. 11, Green Valley – Stableford

The popularity of this venue is quite extraordinary; even on a day when the PSC were staging their club championship there were still 50 Outbackers here at Green Valley.  The trouble is that they (Green Valley) are a victim of their own success and with three courses and so many players they are running short of caddies.

This morning was no exception as permission was granted for players in carts to play without caddies and even some walkers started pulling their own carts until the caddies caught them up after a few holes.  It was chaotic but somewhat organised and surprisingly enough, everybody was away on schedule to play what was a seemingly slow round, as it was a little stop and start but in reality, most were round in around four hours.

Whether the disruption at the beginning put everybody off their putting stroke or the greens played difficult to read is up for discussion but with the exception of Phil Waite, who had the top score of the day (40pts), nobody broke par and there were no ‘2’s!  The second best score of the day came from Svein Sorenson (36pts) playing in the same division as Phil.

Sugar Ray took command of Div C with his 35 beating John O’Keefe and Greg Hill, both with 33, and Div D went to John Player, following up his success a few days ago.  John headed a count back of three players, himself, David Davies and Ed Horrocks, all with 34.

In Div A, Ian edged out the in-form John Cunningham, both on 35pts, with Peter LeNoury taking third with 33.  As a result, John consolidated his lead in the “Race to Bangkok”, with 1800pts and Ian moved into second place on 1600pts and Sugar in third with 1400pts, but there’s a long way to go.

Div A (0-12)

1st Ian Heddle (4) 35pts

2nd John Cunningham (8) 35pts

3rd Peter LeNoury (10) 33pts

4th Dennis Pelly (11) 31pts

5th Paul Bourke (11) 31pts

Div B (13-15)

1st Phil Waite (13) 40pts

2nd Svein Sorenson (15) 36pts

3rd Bob St. Aubin (13) 31pts

4th Steve Milne (15) 30pts

5th Murray Hart (15) 29pts

Div C (16-18)

1st Sugar Ray Handford (18) 35pts

2nd John O’Keefe (16) 33pts

3rd Greg Hill (17) 33pts

4th Noddy Moyle (17) 32pts

5th Bob Finley (17) 31pts

Div D (19+)

1st John Player (20) 34pts

2nd David Davies (26) 34pts

3rd Ed Horrocks (21) 34pts

4th Graham Mitchell (21) 33pts

5th David Coller (22) 32pts

Note:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956.

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