Bourke on the mark at Burapha

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Nov. 4, Burapha – Stableford

28 Outbackers played Burapha C and D in perfect weather, which included four players staying at the Amari, who hired some clubs from us and just came for a hit, without playing in the comp.

With no recent rain the course was in great condition with lots of run on the fairways, although the scoring didn’t really reflect this as apart from one outstanding score the rest was fairly ordinary.

Paul Bourke was the only player to beat his handicap and won Div A with 39pts; he was two under after the first six holes!  A long way back in second was Gary Croft (33) and John Wilson beat Steve Mann on count back for third both on 31pts.

Paul Bourke.Paul Bourke.

Mark Kembrey, back here from Aus on his regular short work routine break, won Div B with 34pts on c/b from Andy Makara with Stephen Blazanyik (31) back in third and Ivan Plunkett fourth with 30pts.

Mark Kembrey topped off a great day by being the only player with a ‘2’ … and he had three of them – Well done mate!  A rare feat which I believe has only happened once before at the Outback, believe it or not by the General – a few years back at Greenwood.

Div A (0-15)

1st Paul Bourke (9) 39pts

2nd Gary Croft (15) 33pts

3rd John Wilson (14) 31pts

4th Stephen Mann (10) 31pts

Div B (16+)

1st Mark Kembrey (17) 34pts

2nd Andy Makara (24) 34pts

3rd Stephen Blazsanyik (17) 31pts

4th Ivan Plunkett (24) 30pts

Wednesday, Nov. 6, Bangpra – Stableford

This was the first visit to the wonderful Bangpra golf course in the high season by the Outback.  Not only was it the first but somewhat unique in that we officially had an 8.45am tee time; normally any groups coming here in the high season tee off around 11.30, which makes a very late return to Pattaya and we all know what the traffic can be like late in the day.

Tim Knight.Tim Knight.

The field was prepaid for and guaranteed at 16 players and what a great day out.  The course was superb and we teed off ahead of schedule at 8.30 off the tenth.  There were no delays at the turn and we were all done and dusted by 1 o’clock.

The best score of the day came from Tim Knight with 34pts as many of us struggled on these unique greens, measuring up to 10 on the stimp but quite how they measure that here I will never know cos they (the greens) must have been about 12 downhill (tricky to stop near the hole) and 8 uphill (tricky to reach the hole), particularly when you don’t want to go past!

Second was John O’Keefe (33) with Don Lehmer, and welcome to you mate, in third.

There were two ‘2’s, both on the 2nd hole, from Don Lehmer & Jack Moseley.

Our next visit here will be at the same time on Dec 4th; if you’re interested, book in and pay your green fee as soon as possible.

1st Tim Knight (24) 34pts

2nd John O’Keefe (16) 33pts

3rd Don Lehmer (19) 32pts

Friday, Nov. 8, Green Valley – Stableford

After rain Thursday evening, which continued through the night, we woke to more heavy rain.  It was no surprise that the planned start sheet for the 34 players was going to transform itself in the next couple of hours as text messages and phone calls came in from a number of players.  Unfortunately, we were later given some wrong information about Green Valley and the state of the course, having been advised that it was closed due to the adverse weather.

We later found that to be wrong and a couple of our groups did play but it rained throughout and was very heavy again for the last few holes.  Green Valley have since apologised for the error, which was more likely a case of “lost in translation”.

Don’t forget the 20,000 Baht “Race2Bkk” final at Lotus Valley on Weds 20th Nov.  If you are a qualifier and wish to play, please call Jack to confirm.  Even if you didn’t qualify, you are still welcome to join us as we have extra tee times available.  The following Friday (22nd Nov), watch out for our “Ashes Match” – a 2 person scramble/ambrose at Green Valley.

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