Pace of play was good even though there was a five-ball in front of our groups and we all finished in under 3 hours 40 minutes. Welcome to new members Mark Wyllie, Aaron Smith, Robert Rix, Alan Grove, Ken Hole and Michael Welander, and also to Andre Coetzee, who we haven’t seen for sometime
Sugar Ray, centre, the winner at Pattana on Wednesday joins the two 43pt men from Siam Plantation; Jim Smith on the left and Robert Rix on the right.
Winner of Division 2 was Robert Barnes with 35 points off his 14 handicap, from Andy Makara with 34 points off 27, who beat Ivan Plunkett on a count back.
Winner of Division 1 was Mark Wyllie with 35 points ahead of Neil Lavery on a count back with third place going to Rosco Langoulant with 33 points who also beat Mike Gosden on a count back.
Two ‘2’s to Paul Sharples on B3 and Alan Grove on D2.
Div A (0-13)
1st Mark Wyllie (11) 35pts
2nd Neil Lavery (10) 35pts
3rd Rosco Langoulant (13) 33pts
Div B (14+)
1st Robert Barnes (14) 35pts
2nd Andy Makara (27) 34pts
3rd Ivan Plunkett (19) 34pts
Monday, May 28, Khao Kheow – Stableford
Just a small field of four on the A & B course here at Khao Kheow, which is still suffering from lack of support due to generally poor condition. Let’s hope they can sort out their problems and bring this course back to the standard it should be. Otherwise great value for money as Suzi cleaned up with a fantastic forty points ensuring her handicap will be reduced by yet another shot.
Friday winners at Green Valley, from left, Andre Coetzee, Steve Plant, Mark Riggall and Clyde Smith.
1st Suzi Lawton (18) 40pts
2nd Steve Plant (15) 32pts
3rd Martin Kingswood (15) 26pts
Tuesday, May 29, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
There were 17 Outbackers on this fine, cool Tuesday morning who crossed the highway36 to play Pattaya Country Club’s front 9 twice.
We welcomed some we had not seen for a while; Thai lady Chop, Patrice, Guy, Serge, John-Claude - four Frenchman and Canadian, Stefan Hodge making up a true international field.
Whilst there are few players at PCC all are made welcome by the staff.
The course was in a fairly good condition with fairways watered and bunkers all raked.
The four ladies playing today from the red tees had their own competition with PCC ex-caddy and regular Outbacker Laong (22) with 38 points in top spot and another regular Orn (14) runner up with 37.
The men, playing from the white tees first nine and blue for the second, saw Terry Marney (27) lead the way (again!) with 37 points and a handicap cut. Guy Canipel (6) came in with a fine 35 for second place and Alan Whittingham (14) took third with 34 with the final place going to Serge Yu (18) with 31.
Another enjoyable Tuesday at PCC which the Outback will continue to support.
There was only one ‘2’, from Chop.
1st Laong Gatepratum (22) 38pts
2nd Orn Kanasaengsri (14) 37pts
3rd Chop Daprakhon (10) 36pts
1st Terry Marney (28) 37pts
2nd Guy Canipel (6) 35pts
3rd Alan Whittingham (14) 34pts
4th Serge Yu (18) 31pts
Tuesday, May 29, Laem Chabang - Stableford
Only 11 went to Laem Chabang for our normal Tuesday outing as some pulled out at the last moment and left us short on numbers which is disappointing as we need to retain our 4 groups for sports day. Unfortunately the day got off to a bad start as we due to tee off at 11.52 but the first group didn’t tee off until 12.22 and then we had to endure a five hour round as we played behind the Pattaya Amateur Golf Society group from Fairways. It is amazing that when there is slow play everybody blames Thai 5-balls but these were mostly farang 4-balls, so there you go.
The course (A & C) was good with fast greens and lush fairways and the day was overcast with a stiff breeze which made for a challenging but cool round of golf.
Only 1 division with four places and the winner of the day was Jim Smith with 35 points off his 13 handicap, from Robert Barnes with 34 points who beat Aaron Smith (13) on a count back with fourth spot going to Robert Rix (7) on 33 points who beat Rosco also on count back.
There were no ‘2’s
1st Jim Smith (13) 35pts
2nd Robert Barnes (13) 34pts
3rd Aaron Smith (13) 34pts
4th Robert Rix (7) 33pts
Wednesday, May 30, Pattana - Stableford
13 Outbackers travelled up the 331 to play Pattana today, slightly disappointing numbers, as on Tuesday at Laem Chabang, a couple of ‘no shows’. Once we arrived and checked in, we had the course to ourselves yet again and started 20 minutes early. The B course was in good condition although it was a bit wet in places due to either over-watering or rain during the night but C course was in fine order.
We played from the yellow tees as the whites were looking a bit long and it seemed fairer to the lads otherwise Moi from the reds, may have had a bit of a head start; although in the end it didn’t make any difference.
Sugar continued his form to win the day with a steady 36pts from Greg Hill (35) and third & fourth going to John O’Keefe and Mick Moore, both on 33.
If you haven’t played there yet, then the next time the Outback are playing, put your name down as its challenging, good condition and great value for money.
There were two ‘2’s from Mick Moore (B3) and Stu Sutton (C3)
1st Sugar Ray Handford (17) 36pts
2nd Greg Hill (19) 35pts
3rd John O’Keefe (17) 33pts
4th Mick Moore (21) 33pts
Wednesday, May 30, Siam Plantation - Stableford
16 Outbackers went to Siam Plantation to play the Tapioca (B) and Sugar Cane (A) courses and were met by overcast skies and a lovely gentle cooling breeze. The starter sent the group off 20 minutes early and all groups completed their round in under 3 hours and 50 minutes, fantastic compared to Tuesday.
The course was in great condition with great tees, fantastic fairways and bunkers and fast and flat greens and as a result players scored accordingly with some great rounds returned.
Best score of the day was by Robert Rix playing off a 7 handicap who parred the course with 43 points and beat on a count back, Jim Smith on a 13 handicap; third was Stephen Mann (10) with 38 points and fourth going to Robert Barnes (13) with 36 points. Rosco Langoulant (13) and Mark Riggall (15) both scored 35, the final podium place going to Rosco on count back.
There were two ‘2’s to Andy Butterworth and Chris Davisson both hole 6 on Sugar Cane.
1st Robert Rix (7) 43pts
2nd Jim Smith (13) 43pts
3rd Steve Mann (10) 38pts
4th Robert Barnes (13) 36pts
Friday, June 1, Green Valley - Stableford
37 Outbackers turned out for Green Valley to be greeted unusually by a 25 minute early first tee time, which was much appreciated by many and paved the way to a very good pace of play, all getting round in under four hours.
Even though greens had been sanded and cored earlier in the week the scores were absolutely amazing, and must have played to many, more like the putting surfaces of a top class course like Wentworth and otherwise the course was in its usual good condition.
Welcome back to Tony McDonough and Andy Todd with his group of friends, some of whom have been here before and also to Clyde Smith, here at the Outback in Thailand for the first time but came on our trip to Bintan last year and is also joining us in this year’s international tournament in Siem Reap next week.
Poor Tony McDonough had an extra welcome back by hitting his golf ball into a tree which bounced back and hit him on the arm, for which he received a penalty and in pain he rushed off to the kiosk to get some ice.
Well, we said the scores were amazing, with no less than 9 players scoring 40 points or more and another 10 playing to handicap or better, all top notch stuff. Top score of the day came from Clyde with 43pts to win Div C from Suzi on 40; Div B went to Steve Plant with a fine 42 in front of Mark Riggall with 41 and Andre Coetzee fired a gross 75 (41pts) to win Div A, edging out Gary Martin on count back.
There were four ‘2s; three of them on the 16th, from Paul Greenaway, Craig Jolly and Andy Todd; the other one on the 4th from Sel Wegner.
Finally, and just for the record, there were seventeen handicap changes today; 11 of them cuts and the other 6 going up.
Div A (0-12)
1st Andre Coetzee (8) 41pts
2nd Gary Martin (11) 41pts
3rd Jan Eriksen (8) 40pts
Div B (13-16)
1st Steve Plant (15) 42pts
2nd Mark Riggall (15) 41pts
3rd Steve Milne (16) 40pts
Div C (17+)
1st Clyde Smith (24) 43pts
2nd Suzi Lawton (17) 40pts
3rd Mick Moore (21) 39pts
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.