Andy wins the medal; Dave shoots round of a lifetime

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, July 23, Khao Kheow – Stableford

Well we finally made it back to Khao Kheow after a couple of week’s absence; today with a small group of seven players.  By all reports, the course has improved although the golf apparently hasn’t, as the 30pts from Martin Kingswood was enough to win today.

For the record we played A & B from the yellow tees and there were no ‘2’s.

1st Martin Kingswood (13) 30pts

2nd John Stafford (18) 29pts

3rd Brian Holden (6) 28pts

Friday winners (from the left): Andy Butterworth, Bob St Aubin (at the back), Dennis Pelly, Ian Hart and David Dunstan. Friday winners (from the left): Andy Butterworth, Bob St Aubin (at the back), Dennis Pelly, Ian Hart and David Dunstan.

Monday, July 23, Burapha – Stableford

Twenty golfers turned out for our Monday outing at Burapha to play the B and D courses.  Burapha was hosting an amateur tournament on the Tuesday on the A and B courses and the B course was in great condition but the D course is still recovering from its recent renovations and the greens were a little slow.

The day was overcast and cool and with nobody else on the course a fast pace was set and some good scores recorded as we played both courses from the white markers.

The top score came in Div A from regular Burapha player, Pete Stonebridge (13) with 38pts five clear of his nearest rival, Gary Hogg (7) with 33.  In Div B, Andy Makara (26) scored 37pts to win from Greg Hill and Ivan Plunkett, both playing off 20 and both scoring 35pts.

There were only two ‘2’s, both on hole B8, from Pete Stonebridge & Robert Barnes.

Div A (0-13)

1st Pete Stonebridge (13) 38pts

2nd Gary Hogg (7) 33pts

3rd Robert Barnes (12) 32pts

Div B (14+)

1st Andy Makara (26) 37pts

2nd Greg Hill (20) 35pts

3rd Ivan Plunkett (20) 35pts

Tuesday, July 24, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

Pattaya Country Club was looking pretty good today, with freshly cut fairways and dry conditions which equated to an easier than usual course.

Dave Earthrowl stepped up to the challenge to produce one of his best ever rounds, if not the best, to fire an excellent 82 gross to amass 48pts off his handicap of 22.  He rarely missed a fairway with his long driving and his approach shots were excellent as was his putting; we wondered if he would throw out the anchor towards the end but he kept it all together to the final hole, although he did admit that he was tiring.

Nigel Cannon, who was not far behind him at the turn, with 22pts to David’s 25, was blown away on the back nine as David parred the 10th (1st hole from the back tee), for another four points.

There were no ‘2’s and David will be playing off 18 next time out with the Outback; great round of golf!

1st David Earthrowl (22) 48pts

2nd Nigel Cannon (22) 38pts

3rd Geoff Moodie (27) 36pts

Wednesday, July 25, The Emerald – Stableford

With 13 Outbackers at Emerald and another 13 at Siam Plantation today, it was overall a good turnout for the day, for the time of year.  Although overcast, we stayed dry teeing off twenty minutes early.

The course was in good condition apart from where they had put some kind of chemical down on the fringe of the greens to kill some off the rogue grass but this didn’t stop some very good scores coming in.

Welcome back to Arthur Stokes, last here in April and congratulations to Cottee, who has found a bit of form at last, to win the day with 38pts, but only on count back from Bob Lindborg.  In third was Paul Greenaway, just back the UK with 37pts and fourth was Bob St. Aubin, also on 37.

Amazingly, there were four ‘2’s; three on hole 7, from David Day, Bob Lindborg & Bernie Stafford and one on the 15th from Bob St. Aubin.

1st Wayne Cotterell (13) 38pts

2nd Bob Lindborg (20) 38pts

3rd Paul Greenaway (9) 37pts

4th Bob St. Aubin (14) 37pts

Wednesday, July 25, Siam Plantation – Stableford

Thirteen players showed up for a day out at Siam Plantation to play the Pineapple and Sugar Cane (C & A) courses.  The day started out overcast and windy and some gentle rain fell but not a bad day for golf.

The course was in fantastic condition and although it was heavily booked in the afternoon, there were very few groups in the morning and we completed the round in under three and a half hours.

Dennis Pelly invited a couple of friends to play for the day but had a senior moment by forgetting to put them on the timesheet and then forgetting Dave (one of them) was still at the Outback and only just arriving in time for his tee-off.  This didn’t affect Jarod or Dave as both went on to shoot good scores of 40 points and 38 points respectively and run first and third for the day – well done and check the website for your new handicaps!

Even though the conditions were tough and in addition we were well back on the white tees, four players managed to shoot 36 or better.  We had three nearest the pins for the day generously donated by Billy Gray (2) and Jack Butler (1) and they were won by Jarod Braithwaite, Joe Mooneyham and Robert Barnes.  Joe also won the only ‘2’ of the day with a great shot on Sugar Cane 3.

1st Jarod Braithwaite (22) 40pts

2nd Steve Poznanski (15) 38pts

3rd Dave Bobson (9) 38pts

4th Billy Gray (28) 36pts

Friday, July 27, Green Valley – Medal

After the golfing committee’s monthly meeting yesterday and listening to many of our golfers, we decided, as an experiment, to use the alternative white tee on the first hole.  Particularly in a stroke-play round, there were those who found the first shot of the day across the water, a little bit too daunting and could potentially ruin one’s mental approach to the rest of a medal round.

The interesting thing is, when the statistics were compared between the 26 players today and the 33 who played in the previous monthly medal on the 29th June, there wasn’t a great deal of change.  The first hole was still the equal toughest hole on the course (playing average 5.58) and two pars against June’s record (playing average 5.69) and four pars.

Andy Butterworth, having his first game with us since back on leave, stepped up to the task today to win the medal with a net 67, but only beating Bob Lindborg, who had to settle for the Div B win, by a whisker on count back.  Dennis Pelly got the Div A win with a net 70 from David Dunstan (net 71) who claimed the low gross medal with 76.

Bob St. Aubin, who not only took third place in Div A with his net 72, also kindly sponsored all four near pin prizes with 250 Baht vouchers for the Outback which were won by David Dunstan (holes 4 & 16), Dennis Pelly (hole 9) and Alex Graham, who we say goodbye to tonight, on hole 12.

There were five ‘2’s; three on the 12th from Suzi, David Dunstan & Alex Graham and two on the 16th from Pete Stonebridge & John O’Keefe,

Monthly Medal

1st Andy Butterworth (13) net 67

Div A (0-14)

1st Dennis Pelly (11) net 70

2nd David Dunstan (5) net 71

3rd Bob St. Aubin (14) net 72

Div B (15+)

1st Bob Lindborg (20) net 67

2nd Ian Hart (18) net 71

3rd Terry Phur (18) net 71