Milne on the mark at November Medal

Friday, 07 December 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 49

PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Nov. 26, Burapha – Stableford

Eighteen players at Burapha today to play the A and B courses from the blue markers - a great test of golf for players of all handicaps.  The course was well attended by a number of tour groups but most started well before us or on the other course.  We actually teed off 20 minutes earlier than our 10am tee-off time and all five groups were finished, showered and on the way back to Pattaya by 2pm, great pace of play and no hold-ups.

The course was in great condition even though they have had plenty of rain; most fairways and most of the rough had been cut and were reasonably dry - the greens had been lightly sanded but were great to putt on and still fast.  Overall A and B are in a lot better condition than C and D so if will be interesting to see how the other course comes up when the rain disappears.

Steve Milne (right) receives his “Take it Easy” sponsored trophy from Capt’ Steve.Steve Milne (right) receives his “Take it Easy” sponsored trophy from Capt’ Steve.

One division plus the ‘2’s and the overall winner for the day was Paul Bourke with a great score of 38 points off his 9 handicap and Bourkie also had the only ‘2’ for the day.  Running second was Peter Stonebridge with 34 points, who beat Steve Milne on a count back.

1st Paul Bourke (9) 38pts

2nd Pete Stonebridge (16) 34pts

3rd Steve Milne (15) 34pts

Tuesday, Nov. 27, Khao Kheow – Stableford

Just six players turned out at an improving Khao Kheow on the A & C nines.  The golf wasn’t that spectacular and the course played long from the yellow tees because of all the rain, which gave Suzi, the day’s organiser, a distinct advantage.  Nevertheless they enjoyed themselves but there were no ‘2’s.

1st Suzi Lawton (19) 30pts

2nd Angus Neilson (7) 29pts

3rd John Locke (16) 26pts

Wednesday, Nov. 28, Siam Plantation – Stableford

An early start for Siam Plantation on an overcast day with the threat of rain, again!  15 players and the starter split the groups and sent some off Pineapple and some off Sugar Cane which turned out to be great as all our players were finished before the heavens opened and the course was closed because of the downpour.

Mark McDonald (right) collects his third low gross medal (Aug, Sept & Nov) from Capt’ Steve. Mark McDonald (right) collects his third low gross medal (Aug, Sept & Nov) from Capt’ Steve.

The course was in great condition considering the weather over the last week but we had to play ‘lift, clean and place’ on the fairways as they have been verticut and sometimes the ball would lodge in the cuts.  The pace of play was good, as were the scores considering the weather as we had a little rain on two holes but the course held up well.

Welcome to Sekio Ojima, Dominic Moss, Sam Foster and Alex Hall, all having their first game with the Outback; and welcome back to Jon Goddard who was playing his annual match against Angus, which would continue for the next few days.

One Division plus the ‘2’s and the overall winner was Alex Hall with 38 points off his 22 handicap, from Stephen Mann with 37 points, with Steve Poznanski taking third place with 36 points.  In fourth was Tom Fitzpatrick with 35 points who beat Rosco on a count back.

Two ‘2’s today, one by Jon Goddard on Sugar Cane 3 and the other by Seiko Ojima on Sugar Cane 6.

1st Alex Hall (22) 38pts

2nd Stephen Mann (9) 37pts

3rd Steve Poznanski (14) 36pts

4th Tom Fitzpatrick (13) 35pts

5th Rosco Langoulant (14) 35pts

Wednesday, Nov. 28, Eastern Star – Stableford

The eight players here today, which included the PSC President and Golf Chairman, were not as lucky as the guys at Siam Plantation as the heavens opened with thunder and lightning after 14 holes.  We tried to wait it out but the rain persevered with the course rapidly becoming unplayable, so we all decided to end the game.

The course had certainly improved in condition since we last played here on the 3rd October and the greens read true although a couple of the greens were a bit patchy in places and we opted for the yellow tees today as the night before they had heavy rain.

So our 14-hole competition was won by Sugar Ray on count back with 26 points, beating Eddy Beilby and there were two ‘2’s today from Tony Oakes and Joe Mooneyham, both on hole 6.

We will certainly see Eastern Star again in the very near future as it was good value for the money and is certainly worth another chance.

Friday, Nov. 30, Green Valley – Stableford

Thirty-eight players were at Green Valley for the monthly medal sponsored by Paul Greenaway of Take It Easy Car and Bike Hire; and thank you Paul for your continued sponsorship.  A great day for golf as the forecasters got it wrong again and the day actually turned out to be nearly perfect weather.

Green Valley has held up well over the last couple of months even with the amount of rain that we have had but it seriously needs a few dry days as the course is now starting to show signs of the wear and tear that the wet conditions cause, but full marks to the greens staff for trying to keep the course in good condition.

The course was very playable but we still played ‘lift clean and place’ on the fairways and apart from two greens the course was fine, however, it was slow pace of play but that just goes to show how popular the course is at the moment.

We had three divisions plus the winner and the ‘2’s and it was great to see a return to form by Steve Milne, who shot gross 84 for a net 69 and the winner of this month’s Medal round.  Other good scores were recorded by Mark McDonald, winner of Div A with a gross 76 and net 74 and winner of the low gross for the third time; Pete Stonebridge, winner of Div B with an 87 gross (net 71) and Joachim Oestreicher, winner of Div C with a gross 93 (also net 71).

There were seven ‘2’s for the day from; Jim Black, who was having his last game with us for a while, Martin Crichton and Alan Campbell all on hole 9; Peter LeNoury, Mark McDonald and Eddy Beilby all on hole 12 and Joachim Oestreicher on hole 16.

Overall

1st Steve Milne (15) net 69

Div A (0-13)

1st Mark McDonald (2) net 74

2nd Ron Dickie (8) net 76

3rd Geoff Stimpson (6) net 76

Div B (14-18)

1st Pete Stonebridge (16) net 71

2nd Eddy Beilby (18) net 73

3rd Brian Wilkinson (14) net 74

Div C (19+)

1st Joachim Oestreicher (22) net 71

2nd Michael Wittmaak (24) net 74

3rd Ed Horrocks (20) net 76

Note:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 087 941 2474.

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