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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Sept. 24, Burapha – Stableford

Thirty-two players on the B & D nines here today on an otherwise quiet course, which led once again to an early start; the General was the organiser for the day and set the field off on the white tees.  There had been a couple of cancellations due to the recent heavy rains but apart from inconvenience of the expected ‘cart path only’ ruling, the course was eminently playable.

Two course specialists topped the A & B divisions, Jim Brackett winning the top Div with 38pts and John O’Keefe going one better to take Div B with 39; interestingly enough they also got the only ‘2’s; on the 3rd hole for John and the 17th for Jim.

(Left-right) Paul Greenaway, Sel Wegner, Tim Knight & JinJo O’Neill. (Left-right) Paul Greenaway, Sel Wegner, Tim Knight & JinJo O’Neill.

Aussie visitor, Rick Speyer won Div C with 34pts ahead of one his playing partners, Terry Ellis also on 34 and newcomer Brett, playing with hired clubs, took third with 32.  Welcome not only to the rest of the Aussie boys; Kerry Beck, whose card was never found, Steve (brother of Terry) and Bart Hantke but also to Englishman, Ron Dickie (snr).

Div A (0–13)

1st Jim Brackett (5) 38pts

2nd Ron Dickie (7) 35pts

3rd Tom Fitzpatrick (12) 34pts

Div B (14–19)

1st John O’Keefe (17) 39pts

2nd Clinton Kimber (14) 36pts

3rd Tony Schuett (17) 33pts

Div C (20+)

1st Rick Speyer (20) 34pts

2nd Terry Ellis (23) 34pts

3rd Brett Padroth (20) 32pts

Monday, Sept. 24, Khao Kheow – Stableford

The weather contributed to a couple of cancellations and is part of the reason that Khao Kheow remains out of favour for many.  Sadly therefore, there was only 6 people playing but we still had fun.

We played A & C off the whites due to all the rain we have had and there being no roll but the course was generally reasonably dry, even though carts were not allowed on the course.

Course A has improved dramatically but Course C let us down as it was pretty shabby in parts and the greens had been cored and were a lot slower that A; but that didn’t stop Muzza (Murry Hart) from shooting a fantastic 40 points (this boy is on fire at the moment).

Suzi got the only ‘2’ on hole 5.

1st Murray Hart (13) 40pts

2nd Dennis Pelly (10) 38pts

3rd Sugar Ray Handford (17) 35pts

Tuesday, Sept. 25, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

On a damp Tuesday morning there were 15 Outbackers who made their way to the local Pattaya Country Club for the usual 2x 9 competition.

Whilst the course was wet following recent rain it was in fairly good condition other than some fairways had not been cut as the ground was too soft to allow heavy equipment.  In particular the bunkers and greens were in great shape; but with carts on paths only, meant pick and place was in operation.

There was a warm welcome to Ian Covill returning to Pattaya following medical treatment in the UK – he was of course with Noy who we have not seen for a while.  Muzza aka Murray Hart was getting another game in after his success at Khao Kheow on Monday, before leaving for work later this week.

With 15 players it was one flight – plus ‘2’s.  White tees followed by the blues on the back for the men and correspondingly the red and white for the ladies.  Two PCC members took first and second with Nigel Cannon (22) taking top spot with 36 points and Geoff Moody (26) with 33; with in third place was the inform Martin O’Neil (28) on 32 points.

Tuesday organiser Chad – aka Barry Chadbourn had the only ‘2’ on the fifth, chipping in from off the green!

The Outback plays at PCC every Tuesday at 09.00.  However on Thursday 1st November we shall be there for an extra day to enjoy the opening of the refurbished back 9 making a fine 18 holes.

1st Nigel Cannon (22) 36pts

2nd Geoff Moodie (26) 33pts

3rd Martin O’Neill (28) 32pts

Tuesday, Sept. 25, Laem Chabang – Stableford

A resurgent Laem Chabang followed last week’s five groups, with another three (12 PAX) today, where Kerry Beck, who NR’d yesterday at Burapha, shot to the top of the leaderboard with a fine 38pts, playing off the white tee.  Bill Hornick, having his first game back in Thailand for some time, matched his score, only to be beaten on count back and that man again, John O’Keefe, who is really going through a purple patch at the moment, following his win on Monday, took third with 36.

There were three ‘2’s; two from Bill Hornick (B5 & B8) and John O’Keefe (B5).

1st Kerry Beck (8) 38pts

2nd Bill Hornick (12) 38pts

3rd John O’Keefe (16) 36pts

Wednesday, Sept. 26, Siam Plantation – Stableford

A full house of 20 Outbackers turned out for Plantation today to play B & A and a big thank-you to General Jack for starting us off and organising today’s competition even though he didn’t play.  We had our regular slot at 8:36 and we teed off just ahead of time.

What can you say about Plantation, fantastic course and the greens were fast compared to last Friday where a lot of Outbackers played in the Pattaya Sports Club Monthly Tournament.

Steve Reece shot his best round of his holiday, scoring 39pts to win from the ever-so consistent, Phil Williams, who has been catching the handicapper’s eye of late, with 36; and Ron Dickie taking third on countback with 34.

Div B went to Dave Coller, who was enjoying only his third round with the Outback; Dave, whose previous rounds have shown no form at all, came out and played the best round of his life with a very fine 42pts and got the only ‘2’ on B7.  Tony McDonough was second with 38 and late entry Suzi, who switched to here from Treasure Hill, to balance the numbers, squeezed into third place on 31.

Note:  It is now confirmed the Outback have secured a very special deal to play Siam Plantation every week throughout the high season, usually we hope on a Wednesday at around 8.40am.  The booking will be for a maximum of five groups on a first come first served basis, please contact Jack for further information.

Div A (0-14)

1st Steve Reece (13) 39pts

2nd Phil Williams (11) 36pts

3rd Ron Dickie (7) 34pts

Div B (15+)

1st David Coller (26) 42pts

2nd Tony McDonough (15) 38pts

3rd Suzi Lawton (17) 31pts

Wednesday, Sept. 26, Treasure Hill – Stableford

With 20 players at Siam Plantation another 12 Outbackers travelled up the 331 to Treasure Hill, starting 30 minutes early and having the course to themselves. From the last time we played in May, the course has greatly improved in condition and should soon be top notch again and a good alternative course to play in the High Season.

Don Lehmer showed some early form ahead of the upcoming Chiang Rai/Mai trip to win the day with 35pts on count back from the Sugarman, also with 35. Muzza, who was having his third start in as many days, had a shocker, managing a score of only19pts, one of his worst ever!

There were no ‘2’s

1st Don Lehmer (21) 35pts

2nd Sugar Ray Handford (17) 35pts

3rd Chaten Patel (11) 33pts

Friday, Sept. 28, Green Valley – Stableford

Waking up in Pattaya on Friday morning, anybody would have thought that the golf would be cancelled, after raining the entire night and still raining hard in the morning.  Whilst compiling the start sheet of over 50 players for the monthly medal, I kind of felt this was going to be a complete waste of time; sure enough the phone-calls and text messages started arriving but surprisingly only about 10 players withdrew and upon arrival at the course, the heavy rain had stopped and the course was looking pretty good.  So I hastily re-jigged the start sheet as players turned up and postponed the medal until next Friday; ending up with 42 players in four divisions playing stableford.

The winners of each division were Paul Greenaway (Div A) with 38pts, Barry Copestake (Div B) ptswith 39pts, Tim Knight (Div C) with 40pts and JinJo O’Neill (Div D) with 36pts.

There were four ‘2’s from Paul Bourke (4th), Dennis Pelly & Barry Copestake (12th) and Tim Knight (16th).

Div A (0-12)

1st Paul Greenaway (8) 38pts

2nd Paul Bourke (9) 36pts

3rd Phil Williams (11) 36pts

Div B (13-16)

1st Barry Copestake (16) 39pts

2nd John O’Keefe (16) 36pts

3rd Sel Wegner (13) 34pts

Div C (17-20)

1st Tim Knight (17) 40pts

2nd David Day (17) 35pts

3rd Kevin Hamilton (17) 35pts

Div D (21+)

1st Martin O’Neill (28) 36pts

2nd Chris Gee (22) 32pts

3rd Graham Fletcher (23) 29pts

Note:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 087 941 2474.