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PSC Golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, May 18, Burapha – Stableford

With many regulars away and very few visitors, just a small group of 12 golfers played C and D in reasonable weather.  With A and B still closed it was disappointing to find the greens on the C loop very slow and the D loop not much better, and on top of that, the rough is getting tougher!

The winner by a mile was Andre Coetzee with four birdies having a great 37 points; second was John O’Keefe (33) from Ivan Plunkett (31) and Kim Danboise fourth with 30.

There were no ‘2’s.

John Stafford & Andy Makara.John Stafford & Andy Makara.

Outback opinion: Weather – fine; Check in – with a smile; Tee time – early; Fairways – hard; Rough – tough; Greens – slow & inconsistent; Bunkers – raked; Value for money – good; Pace of play – 4hrs; Drink stations open – all open; Restaurant – not visited.

1st Andre Coetzee (07) 37pts

2nd John O’Keefe (16) 33pts

3rd Ivan Plunkett (24) 31pts

4th Kim Danboise (12) 30pts

Wednesday, May 20, Thai Country Club – Stableford

Five groups travelled up the 7 towards Bangkok to play the magnificent Thai Country Club, a course that was voted “Best in Thailand” nine years in a row.  It was pleasing to find the road near the entrance had at last been sealed, making the journey much more pleasant and taking about an hour from the bar.

The course was in great condition as usual although the greens were slower than last year and they were still refurbishing the drink stations.  There was a cool breeze for the first nine but by the turn it became very hot.

There were no ‘2’s so we had three places in two divisions.  Playing from the longer blue tees, big hitting Andre Coetzee won the first division with a great 38 points from Andy Butterworth (35) and Rob Barnes 32.

Last year’s joint winner of the Race2Bkk Final and course specialist, Sugar Ray Handford, showed he meant business again this year to get his hands on the 20,000 baht first prize, by winning the second division with 35 points, from Garry Smith (34) in second and Mick Jones 33 in third.

There will be two more chances to play this course again on June17th and July15th before the Race2Bkk final on August 19th.

Outback opinion: Weather – fine; Check in – efficient; Tee time – early; Fairways – good; Rough – deep; Greens – average speed; Bunkers – good; Value for money – good rate here for walking, cart expensive; Pace of play – under 4 hrs; Drink stations open – all open; Restaurant – always worth a visit

Div A (0-15)

1st Andre Coetzee (07) 38pts

2nd Andy Butterworth (11) 35pts

3rd Robert Barnes (12) 32pts

Div B (16+)

1st Sugar Ray Handford (19) 35pts

2nd Garry Smith (21) 34pts

3rd Mick Jones (18) 33pts

It has been a bit hit and miss for the Outback on a Friday at Green Valley recently due to members tournaments plus the Singha Open and other qualifiers, so it was good to return here to find a well presented course.  It had been prepared for their recent tournament and was in as good a condition as I have seen for a long time.

We had five groups, including Freddy Starbeck who was having his first game with the Outback and generously had a few bell rings back at the Outback with the General, and other customers.  You certainly knew that Freddy was in the bar!  Thanks mate.

For the third time this week there were no ‘2’s so we had two divisions.  Andy Makara (34pts) won the second division from Sugar Ray Handford (33), who played with three of his mates at the back and were not in the comp.  Bob Lindborg took third after getting the better of a three-way count back on 32pts.

John Stafford celebrated his recent birthday by winning the top division on count back from Freddy Starbeck after they both had a great 39pts each.  Bob Finley was third, also on c/b with 36pts

Outback opinion: Weather – fine, cool & windy; Check in – ok; Tee time – early; Fairways – hard; Rough – moderate; Greens – average; Bunkers – raked; Value for money – good; Pace of play – less than 4hrs; Drink stations open – all open; Restaurant – not visited.

Div A (0-14)

1st John Stafford (14) 39pts

2nd Freddy Starbeck (14) 39pts

3rd Bob Finley (12) 36pts

Div B (15+)

1st Andy Makara (27) 34pts

2nd Sugar Ray Handford(17) 33pts

3rd Bob Lindborg (26) 32pts

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