Andy Makara wins DeVere sponsored Monthly Medal

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Oct. 1, Burapha – Stableford

An excellent field of 35 here at Burapha again to play the B & D nines from the white tees; the course was still quite wet and carts were not allowed onto the fairways so winter rules were in place.

Dennis Pelly (42pts) excelled, just ahead of the Chiang Rai/Mai trip, so expect to get cut a little Dennis and have you peaked too early?  As usual, Jim Brackett (39) was right in the shake up, this time in second (and he’s also joining us on the same tour).

Greg Hirst (left), the sponsor from DeVere Financial Group, presents Andy Makara with the winning Medal trophy. Greg Hirst (left), the sponsor from DeVere Financial Group, presents Andy Makara with the winning Medal trophy.

Div B saw another tour hopeful, Peter Stonebridge take that with 37pts ahead of Sel Wegner (36), who has gone back to Aus for a couple of months.

Div C was taken by Dave Coller (36pts), despite being cut a couple of shots last week after his big win at Plantation and Dave beat Andy Makara (35) who hasn’t been seen on the podium for quite some time, so well done Andy.

There were five ‘2’s from Jim Brackett, John Cunningham, Tony Aslett & Terry Ellis all on hole 3 and Kev Reid on hole 11.

Div A (0-12)

1st Dennis Pelly (10) 42pts

2nd Jim Brackett (5) 39pts

3rd John Cunningham (7) 35pts

Div B (13-17)

1st Pete Stonebridge (13) 37pts

2nd Sel Wegner (13) 36pts

3rd Clinton Kimber (14) 36pts

Div C (18+)

1st David Coller (24) 36pts

2nd Andy Makara (28) 35pts

3rd Ron Meldrum (25) 31pts

Tuesday, Oct. 2, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

An almost washed away Pattaya Country Club meant that the original field of nine was reduced to just six, one of the departing players being our resident writer for this course.  The scores were none too clever with the exception of one from Jinjo, who scored an excellent 37pts considering the conditions.

There were two ‘2’s from Jinjo & Seesa (Hole 7)

1st Martin O’Neill (28) 37pts

2nd Phompinmon Seesa (26) 29pts

3rd Geoff Moodie (26) 27pts

Wednesday, Oct. 3, Eastern Star – Stableford

15 Outbackers travelled to Eastern Star on this sunny morning, for a change.  We played off the whites at about 6500 yards but unfortunately all last week they had heavy rain to contend with here and the course was very wet on certain fairways and rough.  Amazingly, the carts were still allowed to drive anywhere on the course which resulted in tyre tracks all over the place.

Wednesday winner Jeff Acheson (right) with runner-up Steve Reece. Wednesday winner Jeff Acheson (right) with runner-up Steve Reece.

In my opinion when the course is that wet there should be NO CARTS allowed if they haven’t got paths.

Hopefully in a few weeks time with the onset of the dry season, the course should be back in ship shape condition and we will definitely give it another go.

On hole 17 (par 3), Tim Knight hit a screamer of a shot and landed just on the fringe about two inches off the green when along came a dog, picked Tim’s ball up and ran through the building site.  Tim chased after the dog but to no avail which upset him as he had already lost 5 or 6 brand new balls to the water gods.  After all this drama he still managed to get his par which was nearly a two with two different balls.

Greg Nathan got the only ‘2’ on the 3rd hole.

1st Bryce Stick (20) 31pts

2nd Bernie Stafford (14) 30pts

3rd Paul Greenaway (8) 29pts

Wednesday, Oct. 3, Siam Plantation – Stableford

The first visit by the Outback at the start of the new high season to this great venue had a slightly depleted field of 17 due to a couple of no shows and a late withdrawal.  The Outback has a great deal here throughout the high season; all you need to do to qualify for your special discount green fee voucher (cheaper than member’s guest), is to come and have a drink or a meal at the Outback; or for further details, give Jack a call.

Welcome to Jeff Acheson who led the way, playing the B & C nines, with a fine 36pts playing off 8, beating the departing Steve Reece with 35.  Rosco (33) was third with Kerry Beck back in fourth on 32.

Loads of other goodbyes to say today including Phil Williams, Terry & Steve Ellis, Rick Speyer and Bart Hantke – safe journey home fellas.

There were two ‘2’s from Jeff Acheson (3rd) & Kerry Beck (7th).

1st Jeff Acheson (8) 36pts

2nd Steve Reece (13) 35pts

3rd Rosco Langoulant (11) 33pts

4th Kerry Beck (8) 32pts

Friday, Oct. 5, Green Valley – Medal

Thirty-nine players turned out for the Medal round at Green Valley, proudly sponsored by Greg Hirst from the De Vere Financial Group.  The course was in good condition considering the amount of rain that Pattaya has had over the last week but we still had ‘lift, clean and place’ as there were still a number of muddy areas around the course.  The greens were in good condition and great to putt on.

No rain and a lovely Thailand sunny day for a change so scoring should have been easy but only two players managed to break the par of the course with Andy Makara showing a return to form and winning the Medal trophy with a great round of net 67 off his 28 handicap, and Mark McDonald shooting gross 73, net 70 to win his division and the low gross medallion for the month.  Aussie visitor Tony Gliddon won the B division with a net 73 and another Tony, Tony Aslett won the C division, also with a net 73.

There were four ‘2’s from Steve Mann, Mark McDonald, Tony Gliddon & Bob Lindborg.

Next week, after a year plus trying out different handicap systems, the Outback will return to using the PSC administered USGA system, with interim weekly cuts as necessary but we will continue to closely control all non-PSC players’ and visitors’ handicaps.

Medal Trophy

1st Andy Makara (28) net 67

Div A (0-11)

1st Mark McDonald (3) net 70

2nd Stephen Mann (10) net 73

3rd Paul Greenaway (8) net 73

Div B (12-17)

1st Tony Gliddon (12) net 73

2nd Tony McDonough (14) 74

3rd Andy Butterworth (12) net 74

Div C (18+)

1st Tony Aslett (22) net 73

2nd Ed Horrocks (20) net 75

3rd Bob Lindborg (19) net 75

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