Chris finds the ‘Smart’ way to do it

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, July 1, Burapha – Stableford

A full field of 40 played Burapha A and B in perfect weather, although a couple of the players did not have handicaps and therefore could not play in the comp and just came along for a hit.

The course was in great condition and unusually, the Div B and Div C scores were better than Div A, as Pete Stonebridge & Clinton Kimber shared the day’s top score of 37pts, both from Div B.  Pete got the win on count back, with Svenn Lund back in third on 36.

(From left): “Take it Easy” Boss, Paul Greenaway presents the trophy to a very happy Chris Smart.  Next to him is John Low, who received his trophy for winning the exact same monthly medal a year ago but The Outback had been unable to present it to him as the trophies were still being made.  Geoff Christie makes the fourth member of the quartet, displaying his low gross medal.(From left): “Take it Easy” Boss, Paul Greenaway presents the trophy to a very happy Chris Smart.  Next to him is John Low, who received his trophy for winning the exact same monthly medal a year ago but The Outback had been unable to present it to him as the trophies were still being made.  Geoff Christie makes the fourth member of the quartet, displaying his low gross medal.

Div A had three all tied up all on 33pts which was won by Steve Mann on count back from the other two, Jim Brackett and Geoff Christie.

The Div C winner was Chris Smart with 36pts and special congratulations are called for, as this is Chris’s first win.  Well done mate!  The runner up was Kim Danboise five shots adrift on 31.

Finally, welcome back to the Kiwi boys … John, Dion, John and Geoff.  Great to have you back guys, let’s hope Dion can keep up with the rest of you and John, be careful of the water up at Plantation.

There was only one ‘2’ from Clinton Kimber on the 12th (B3).

Div A (0-13)

1st Stephen Mann (12) 33pts

2nd Jim Brackett (7) 33pts

3rd Geoff Christie (6) 33pts

4th John Low (12) 32pts

Div B (14-18)

1st Pete Stonebridge (18) 37pts

2nd Clinton Kimber (15) 37pts

3rd Svenn Ole Lund (15) 36pts

4th Bob Finley (14) 33pts

Div C (19+)

1st Chris Smart (36) 36pts

2nd Kim Danboise (21) 31pts

3rd Jimmy Little (20) 29pts

4th Mark Kembrey (19) 28pts

Tuesday, July 2, Phoenix – Stableford

17 names down originally to play but the numbers came down to 12 due to injuries and busy schedules or was it just late nights?  We had a tee time of 10:48 but managed to tee off at 10:10 and completed the round in four hours with no hold-up at the interchange of nines.

There was a gentle breeze blowing with bright blue skies so it seemed that the day would be good until I saw the stimp meter reading 9.5 & 9.6.  Oh, I thought – here comes trouble for some of the golfers; well this was very true for me as I struggled with my putting but Andy Makara was awesome on the front nine, racking up 24 of his 36 total points, on the front nine alone.

John (the Bunker Boy) my other half, found all of the bunkers followed by Dag who seemed have the same problem whereas Bruce Milner (B1) must have missed the lot taking the day’s win with a fantastic 40pts.  Dion was second on 38 and B1’s mate & playing partner, John Greenhalgh was third with 36.

There were no ‘2’s.

1st Bruce Milner (17) 40pts

2nd Dion Lane (11) 38pts

3rd John Greenhalgh (14) 36pts

4th Andy Makara (26) 36pts

5th Svenn Ole Lund (14) 34pts

Wednesday, July 3, Siam Plantation – Stableford

The turn of the A & B loops today at the stunning Siam Plantation course, arguably the best two nines.  Somebody who might agree with that would be one of our Kiwi visitors, John Low who won the day with a fine 38pts.  Kim Danboise stepped up to take second with his best score in recent weeks, 37pts, beating Martin Crichton on count back.

Generally the scoring was of a good standard with all but five of the 18 players recording 30pts or more.

There were four ‘2’s from Tim Knight & Stephen Mann on the 3rd, Doug Campbell on the 6th and Geoff Christie on the 12th.

1st John Low (12) 38pts

2nd Kim Danboise (21) 37pts

3rd Martin Crichton (17) 37pts

4th Barry Copestake (15) 36pts

5th Steve Reece (13) 35pts

Wednesday, July 3, Bangpra – Stableford

A last minute alternate Wednesday booking at the “monkey course’, Bangpra attracting a field of just seven players, produced an easy win for Waldo (aka Steve Blazsanyik) with 35pts.  He was five clear of three players all on 30, namely Svenn, Dag & Bob; the first named grabbing the only other podium place on count back.

Waldo also got the only ‘2’ on the 8th, so a good day out for him and thanks for organising it for us mate.

1st Stephen Blazsanyik (17) 35pts

2nd Svenn Ole Lund (14) 30pts

Friday, July 5, Green Valley – Monthly Medal

35 golfers turned up to play in the June monthly medal (delayed from last week), sponsored by “Take it Easy Car & Bike Hire”.  That’s an excellent turn-out for the low season, a good indication of the immense popularity of Green Valley and marking a welcome return to the home course after three weeks on St Andrews and one on Silky Oak.

The gentle breeze blowing and the slightly overcast sky was to set the day perhaps for some good scores as we started 30 minutes early.  The condition of the course was superb and the greens were about average speed.

Good scoring proved to be an understatement, there was some absolutely brilliant scoring with no less than twelve players beating their handicap.

What can be said about the winner?  A truly fantastic score, a man who has been hacking around a few golf courses in recent months producing scores generally in the low 20’s playing off a 36 handicap.  Chris starting playing at the end of last year and up until 20th May last, had never even broken 30pts; but this week there was a change.

Chris recorded his first win on Monday (1st July) with 36pts at Burapha from the blue tees and was cut one shot.  Thursday night he was talking late at the bar with General Jack about some tips he had received from Ron Dickie which had made sense; well he certainly proved that – a gross 92 a net 57.  Can I have some tips please Ron?

I played with Chris Smart and wow what a long way he has come since I last played golf with him.  Great easy swing and fantastic course management and he whopped our asses.  Well done Chris for the great day out.

Peter Nixon and Bob Finley both recorded 68’s and they must have both thought they had done enough to win and even the Sugarman must have felt he had a chance with 69.

Then there were five more players all on 70, headed by Jimmy Little and followed by Bruce Milner (B1), Paul Bourke, Bruce McAdam (B2) and Geoff Christie.  B2 and Geoff just missed out on the double “Race2Bkk” points but there was some consolation for Geoff as he collected the low gross medal with 76.

There were five ‘2’s from John O’Keefe, Dennis Pelly & John Warwick all on the 4th, Tim Knight on the 9th and Geoff Christie on the 12th.

Just some stats; the hardest hole was the par 4 13th at 5.77, the 2nd hardest, the par 4 3rd at 5.66 and equal 3rd hardest was the par 5 8th at 6.51 & the par 4 6th at 5.51.  The easiest was the par 5 14th at 5.43.

Finally, if Chris had been playing stableford he would have scored 51pts.

1st Chris Smart (35) net 57

2nd Peter Nixon (12) net 68

3rd Bob Finley (14) net 68

4th Sugar Ray Handford (16) net 69

5th Jimmy Little (20) net 70

6th Bruce Milner (16) net 70

7th Paul Bourke (7) net 70

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