Countbacks abound at Khao Kheow

Deryl Neufeld & Karen Brown.
Deryl Neufeld & Karen Brown.

PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Tuesday, Dec. 4, Khao Kheow – Stableford

The heat took its toll on everyone today and the winning scores were closely bunched, with countbacks in both flights, including a triple count back for the B flight.

With a field of 15 players, there were eight winners, spread over two flights. The A flight (0–15) had the scores of the day, with Deryl Neufeld’s 37 stableford points, winning on countback, from his course handicap of 15. Second went to John Davis (12) while Andre Van Dyk (15) was third with 33 points.

In the B flight (16 and up) there was a three-way countback on 31 points; Karen Brown (31) claimed first, Dave Cooper (24) was second, and Colm Mullen (29) had to settle for third.

The best front nine (non-placing) went to Mashi Kaneta’s 18, while Graham Buckingham had the best back nine score with 17 points.

Friday, Dec. 7, Pleasant Valley – Stableford

A late change in the schedule had us venturing down the 7 service road to Pleasant Valley instead of heading up the 36 to Kings Naga. The organizing crew at Pleasant Valley managed to get us 5 tee times at 10am start with 2 days notice.

The track was a bit soggy in places, especially around the greens, but with plenty of water on hand they like to keep it well watered. The greens were a bit slow up hill and fast downhill.

The first group all alleged A graders basically put in a very ordinary display of golf. As the scores came in seems most found the going tough.

With a field of 20 players, there were 10 winners, spread over two flights. The A flight (0–16) saw visitor John Bland coming out on top with 36 points playing off his 14 course handicap. Second went to Allan Sullivan (16) with 35 points, Rob Brown (8) took third on 32 and Mashi Kaneta (15) was fourth with 30, edging out Deryl Neufeld on countback.

John Bland & Kurt Ebentheur with staff member Mickey.

In the B flight (17 and up), everyone’s favorite Kurt Ebentheur pulled out a stunning victory and posted  the score of the day, 37 points playing off his 36 course handicap. There was a countback on 34 points between Colm Mullen (30) and Karen Brown (32) for second and third with Ireland winning the battle over Scotland. Sneaking into fourth place was Barry Elphick (29) with a solid 31 points.

The best front nine, not placing, went to Gordon Clegg with 19 points and Deryl Neufeld had the best back nine with 16.