Chris Dopp paved the way with the day’s top score of 42 points, a marvellous score round here, considering it was from the longer blue tees, and will surely result in Chris’s handicap coming down a point or two, which is long overdue. Alan Pilkington (39pts) also had a good round, which in any normal week would have usually got him first place but Alan had to settle for second, three clear of Steve Mann on 36.
Barry McIntosh and Neil Lavery seem very happy with their 40-point rounds at Khao Kheow.
Div B played from the shorter white tees, as David Davies continued his purple patch with yet another first place to follow his win on Friday at Khao Kheow, with the identical 38 points. Second was the man who doesn’t know how to finish anywhere else but on the podium, Noddy Moyle, with 37 and Barry McIntosh was third on 34.
There were just two ‘2’s, both coming from guys who played from the whites, John Locke and that man again, Noddy Moyle; one wonders if he used a driver again?
Div A (Blue Tees)1st Chris Dopp (12) 42pts
2nd Alan Pilkington (9) 39pts
3rd Steve Mann (8) 36pts
4th Benn Nelson (14) 35pts
Div B (White Tees)
1st David Davies (26) 38pts
2nd Greg Moyle (18) 37pts
3rd Barry McIntosh (19) 34pts
4th Robert Noble (19) 33pts
Tuesday, Jan. 25, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
We knew there was a big Finnish tournament here, hence the early start time of 7.45 a.m. with the field limited to six groups. What we didn’t know until there was no going back was that the tournament had a two-tee start, unbelievable!! We asked the starter to move some of the groups from the tenth to the first, he said he couldn’t. What happened next was predictable; after about a two hour front nine all our groups slammed into the back-end of the tournament that hadn’t even teed off, and although the starter on the tenth tried to lessen the pain by allowing alternate groups to start, the end result was a dreadful 3¾ hour back nine!
January ladder winner Chris Dopp, left, with the runner up, Sugar Ray.
Later at the clubhouse the management, who were extremely embarrassed, did make a peace offering that was duly accepted but it doesn’t do your reputation (Pattaya Country Club’s) any good. Surely to organise tee times can’t be rocket science.
When Chad worked out the results there were three in Div A all with 39 points, Chris Dopp, who won yesterday, was first, Noddy Moyle who was second yesterday, was second, and the Sugarman, who was chasing ladder points, was third.
In Div B, although John Lawton was first declared the winner, also on count-back from Nigel Cannon, both with 37 points, an unintentional rule infringement meant the positions were reversed, with David Davies, a another winner yesterday, taking third on 36.
There was a ‘jackpot 2’ scooped by the Sugarman.
Div A (0-18)
1st Chris Dopp (12) 39pts
2nd Greg Moyle (18) 39pts
3rd Sugar Ray Handford (18) 39pts
Div B (19+)
1st Nigel Cannon (23) 37pts
2nd John Lawton (20) 37pts
3rd David Davies (26) 36pts
Wednesday, Jan. 26, The Emerald - Stableford
With 42 golfers we set off to the Emerald for what was going to be a great day, unfortunately it’s that time of the year and there were not enough carts for us so some people had to walk with others having to share. If it wasn’t bad enough when we were last here, the starter in his wisdom took some groups of golfers over to the tenth tee, but thanks to Bernie and Paul they only got a few groups in the middle of our tournament.
However, Emerald, if you continue to mess up our tee times don’t be surprised if we cancel some of our intended visits, once is bad enough but twice in succession – the punters won’t put up with it.
The course will not stand up to much more golf without some amount of water being pumped onto the fairways that are already starting to turn to hard pan. That’s enough of the whingeing from me; the scores will tell you how the course played with only one person beating handicap and only another two equalling it.
This month’s ladder - well suffice to say the Capt’ and Paul will have to join the also-rans, but with only one more round to go it looks as though Chris Dopp has got it sewn up. There were no ‘2’s at all which is surprising as the par 3s are not that long and normally there would be plenty. As a result we had four divisions with 1 to 4 in each.
Owen Walkley, took Div A ahead of Noodle and Chris Dopp both with 36 whilst Div B went to the Sugarman (he did just about predict it) even though he was feeling crook and Paul Whitelock, having his last game but one before returning to the UK, found a bit of form at last for his third place. Paul Quinn’s 33 points was enough for Div C and a pair of 35’s had to be split in Div D, with Jesse Serna getting the nod.
Div A (0-13)
1st Owen Walkley (13) 38pts
2nd Nual Russell (12) 36pts
3rd Chris Dopp (12) 36pts
4th Mitch Black (3) 29pts
Div B (14-18)
1st Sugar Ray Handford (18) 34pts
2nd Jan-piet Andersen (16) 32pts
3rd Paul Whitelock (14) 31pts
4th John Locke (15) 31pts
Div C (20-26)
1st Paul Quinn (21) 33pts
2nd Jack Piercefield (21) 32pts
3rd David Davies (26) 31pts
4th Brian Maddox (21) 28pts
Div D (27+)
1st Jesse Serna (36) 35pts
2nd Mam Persson (32) 35pts
3rd Joe Mooney (29) 29pts
4th Andrew Makara (31) 27pts
Friday, Jan. 28, Khao Kheow - Stableford
Some 52 Outbackers gathered at the regular Friday place, Khao Kheow, to play some golf. It was a pleasant day with some wind, and everybody was up for the challenge.
The course, as usual, was in great condition and was a little easier than normal due to the forward tee positions. Khao Kheow still put up a good fight but this time some of the boys got the better of it.
Most notable of these were Barry McIntosh (Div C winner) and Neil Lavery (Div B winner) who had two great rounds of 40 points apiece.
There were only two other scores better than handicap, one came from the Sugarman (39pts) to take second place behind Neil and the other from John Cogan who took the runner up spot in Div B with his 38.
The top flight guys (Div A) up to handicap 11, were led in by Pat Regan on 36 points ahead of Paul Greenaway and Graham Johnson, both on 33, and our organiser for the day, Steve Mann, scrambled into fourth, just nudging out Allan Pilkington on count-back, both with 32.
Paul Quinn, who has been through a lean period of golf and has seen his handicap drift out to an unbelievable 21, perhaps has found his upper limit at last as he tucked his second win this week under his belt, following his success at Emerald on Wednesday, this time with two points more (35). The runner up was Roy Studds (34pts), who actually had more points than he first thought, as he played off a handicap of two lower than he should of done, the stewards deciding to give him one more point on hole B5, the other extra shot hole he had a wipe.
The January ladder was also to be decided today as on Monday at Burapha there was due to be a Big Birthday Bash (Capt’ Bob’s and others) featuring a four ball better ball tournament which could not count towards the ladder. So did Chris Dopp hold onto his three point lead over the Sugarman? Well no he didn’t, in fact he dropped a point for his paltry 27, whilst course specialist Sugar bagged another 2 points for his 39. As a result, they both finished on 10 points but Chris was awarded the win as he had played more rounds.
There were seven ‘2’s from Chris Regittrig, Ian Bakewell, Bob Lindborg, Chris Davisson, Ivan Plunkett and Graham Johnson had two.
For the record we played the A & B nines and thanks for running the day Steve.
Div A (0-11)
1st Patrick Regan (10) 36pts
2nd Paul Greenaway (10) 33pts
3rd Graham Johnson (7) 33pts
4th Steve Mann (8) 32pts
Div B (12-14)
1st Neil Lavery (12) 40pts
2nd John Cogan (14) 38pts
3rd Chris Davisson (12) 33pts
4th Jum Karagit (14) 33pts
Div C (15-19)
1st Barry McIntosh (19) 40pts
2nd Sugar Ray Handford (18) 39pts
3rd Bob Lindborg (18) 34pts
4th Greg Moyle (18) 34pts
Div D (20+)
1st Paul Quinn (21) 35pts
2nd Roy Studds (36) 34pts
3rd Ivan Plunkett (20) 30pts
4th David Davies (26) 30pts
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