Bruce ‘Almighty’ conquers Black Mountain

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The Outback Bar Golf Society

The Outback Golf Bar’s first trip to Hua Hin of the year took place from March 13-17.  After opening with two rounds at Springfield and Banyan, Black Mountain G.C. was in perfect condition for our last day – definitely the best course out of the three we played and with only 1/5th of all players scoring less than 30 points, perhaps playing a bit too easy from the 61 and 65 tees.  Nonetheless, it was a great day and good to see so many people enjoying the beautiful playing conditions.

In B division, Gavin Lang scored a big 43 points for third while Stefan Hoge finally came good on this final of the trip with a fantastic 45 points.  However, Bruce McAdam went completely overboard with a score that was off the probability chart with 53 points.  I have never seen a high score like that, and the last time Bruce had a decent game was in Hua Hin last year as well!  If he wasn’t such a regular with his usual playing partners at Siam and with the Outback, we could have doubted him, but I have to defend ‘Sweepie’ as a genuine bloke with the right 29-handicap, playing out of his skin on the day.

Bruce McAdam (right) receives his prize golf bag from the Outback Bar’s Andre Coetzee.
Bruce McAdam (right) receives his prize golf bag from the Outback Bar’s Andre Coetzee.

Scores in the A division were equally high with the 10-11 handicap players all scoring well into the 40’s.  Enjoying Black Mountain today was James Greer with 42 points on his card in third, while Mark Cooper lost on count back for top spot with 44 points to Steve Mann on the last six holes.  Well played all!

There were a few big changes in the leaderboard after today’s game.  Stefan Hoge made it into the top 5 with a great 111 points over the three days (an average of 37 per round), with Mark Cooper and Raivo Velsberg each having 112 for 3rd/4th places respectively.  James Greer, who played consistent golf all week, made a hard run for it by scoring 117, an average of 39 points a day from his 10 handicap and a remarkable performance over the 3 days.  However, Bruce McAdam, or ‘Sweepie’ as his friends call him, made a clean sweep with that last round to propel him into the lead with an average 40 points over the three days to win the Outback trophy and designer golf bag.

The Outback golfers at Black Mountain.
The Outback golfers at Black Mountain.

The next Hua Hin trip is at the end of August/early Sept. and the three courses we play will be the same again.