Coetzee captures monthly medal


PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, August 19, Burapha – Stableford

25 Outbackers played Burapha C & D in perfect weather and as usual we were away early with all groups finished in under four hours.  This course is in great condition on the fairways but if you stray into the rough you will pay the penalty.

Div A was won by John Cunningham with 40pts from Hua Hin favourite Steve Mann on 38; with Geoff Stimpson and Bob Finley a long way back on 32 & 31 respectively.

(From left) Greg from Devere, Friday’s monthly medal sponsor, with Andre Coetzee (winner) and PSC Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham.(From left) Greg from Devere, Friday’s monthly medal sponsor, with Andre Coetzee (winner) and PSC Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham.

Pete Stonebridge, off a handicap of 17, had a brilliant one over on the back nine to win Div B with the day’s top score, a fantastic 43pts – 5 clear of Bob Lindborg (38) with John Stafford (37) and Ivan Plunkett (36) filling the minor podium places.

There were two ‘2s on the 5th from John Cunningham & Geoff Stimpson and three on the 8th from Steve Poznanski, Ivan Plunkett and another from Geoff Stimpson again.

Div A (0-16)

1st John Cunningham (6) 40pts

2nd Stephen Mann (14) 38pts

3rd Geoff Stimpson (7) 32pts

4th Bob Finley (14) 31pts

Div B (17+)

1st Pete Stonebridge (17) 43pts

2nd Bob Lindborg (23) 38pts

3rd John Stafford (17) 37pts

4th Ivan Plunkett (25) 36pts

Tuesday, August 20, Phoenix – Stableford

We had 7 Outbackers today and for a change the course was very quiet so we managed to get the first group away 50 minutes early, again playing the Mountain & Lake nines.  Ocean is still closed due to maintenance of the fairways, i.e. removing the cow grass from the fairways and replanting new grass around the fringes of the greens.

A couple of confessions have to be made public – I, Suzi Lawton had an amazing air shot on the 18th fairway and burst out laughing, so much for trying to make the green, whilst John boy (my other half Lawton) was chipping in for a birdie and double hit his ball.  So if you are reading this and are going to Hua Hin then we are going down guys regarding the form and will no doubt be going very cheaply in the auction.

A good win for Andy Makara with 35pts, another Hua Hin hopeful and welcome back Joe Spinley and also to Steve Kerr who joined us today and we hope we see you more often since the house move.

1st Andy Makara (25) 35pts

2nd John Lawton (19) 32pts

Wednesday, August 21, Siam Plantation – Stableford

Siam Plantation today off the white tees playing the Tapioca and Pineapple nines.  The course is in great condition and all the fairways have been scarified but no preferred lies were necessary.  The course has dried out and for the first time in a number of months there were no plugged balls on fairways or in front of the greens and the ball actually got some run, not only on the fairways but also on the approaches to the greens.  The greens were still fantastic to putt on and very true.

Only 5 players as a number were at Burapha and others were starting early in Hua Hin but nevertheless the first nine holes were extremely competitive with all players shooting there handicap on the Tapioca Course – Tony Pattison leading with 22 points from Stephen Mann on 20 points. However on the back, only Stephen Mann and Tony Pattisson managed to continue their good golf with Stephen getting the better of Tony over the closing holes to grab the win with 41pts; reconfirming his likelihood of being the firm Hua Hin favourite, particularly off a 14 handicap!

There were no ‘2’s.

1st Stephen Mann (14) 41pts

2nd Tony Pattison (17) 40pts

Friday, August 23, Green Valley – Stableford

An earlier than usual monthly medal, sponsored by Greg Hirst of DeVere Financial Group, for the 34 players today, as Sunday many were departing for Hua Hin for the third Syd LeBron Memorial Putter.

The course here is in fine condition although the greens are about 8.6 on the stimp meter so a little slow for most of us.  They have now cleared away all the trees on the right hand side of hole 6 running parallel to the fairway and we have been led to believe that the driving range will be up and running again by October.

The scoring was generally to a very high standard with seven players playing to handicap or better as Andre Coetzee found himself not only the winner of the trophy with a net 70 off a handicap of 6 but also with the low gross medal with 70.  Andre went out in 37 with four bogeys and three birdies only to come back in 39.  He was level for the first five holes but unfortunately had a triple bogey 7, on the 15th.

Paul Bourke, Bob Lindborg and John Stafford all shared a net 71 and finished in that order after a count back, with a further three players all finishing on a net 72; namely Jim Brackett, Joe Mooneyham and John Cunningham.

Jim Brackett was having his last game with us as he heads back to the US so have a good trip Jim (many thanks for the drink) and welcome back to David Trantham-Fryer and his two mates, Dennis & Colin, who are both new to the Outback with all three them joining us in Hua Hin.

Just as a matter of interest, the result would have had a completely different look about it had it been a stableford competition.  Andy Makara, who actually finished in 17th place with a net 75 playing off 25, would have won with 39pts!  So just where did Andy screw up – he had a horrid 12 on the 16th.

There were five ‘2’s from Andre Coetzee & Ed Turner (4th), Jim Brackett & Geoff Stimpson (12th) and Stephen Mann (16th).

1st Andre Coetzee (6) net 70

2nd Paul Bourke (8) net 71

3rd Bob Lindborg (23) net 71

4th John Stafford (17) net 71

5th Jim Brackett (6) net 72

6th Joe Mooneyham (14) net 72

7th John Cunningham (6) net 72

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