PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday, Sept. 26, Khao Kheow – Stableford
It is a shame that one of the best laid out courses around is in such poor condition. We know they have many problems with the weather and there is much on-going work but it is difficult to entice the punters here, even with the cheap green fee. The high season is only a month away and the Outback rate will only be going up by 100 baht, although it is reported that the caddie fee will be going up from 250 to 300 baht. Shared carts go to 700 baht but the single cart user will still pay only 400.
We’re going to stick with them for the time-being, if for no other reason than the excellent high season rate, as we are confident the course will return to its more familiar condition shortly and if not then we will only then consider going elsewhere.
Dennis Pelly made the most of the small field of just 14 Outbackers playing the A & B nines, winning the day with 35 points from Murray Hart on count back. A special welcome today also to Nuan Keddie who joins us again with her non-playing husband from Tasmania.
There was just one ‘2’ from Jim Payne on hole A5.
Dennis Pelly (13/Hi12.5) 35pts
Murray Hart (14/Hi13) 35pts
Nuan Keddie (17/Hi18.6) 34pts
Tuesday, Sept. 27, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford
So, are darker days ahead for Pattaya Country Club now that they’ve lost their green-keeper? Certainly the inexplicable set up of the course on Monday for Turnip’s regulars, playing from eight back tees makes one wonder, as the course obviously played tougher than the standard par, which will play havoc with the slope and rating.
Never mind, it can be easily explained, they were resting some of the white tees and come Tuesday everything was back to normal except for one hole, the 17th, still with the very back tee; they must have forgotten to move it forward – no rhyme nor reason otherwise. Come on Pattaya C.C., don’t undo all the good work you’ve done.
Johnny Cogan tucked a little win under his belt on Monday, which cost him 0.6 of a shot and the win today, as he was beaten on the line by Laong (34pts), the good lady who takes care of Frank O’Neill. The day’s organiser, Chad crept into third with 32, after an excellent back nine, and Dave beat Nigel on count back into fourth, both on 31.
There was only one ‘2’ from Dave Earthrowl on hole 12.
1st Laong Gatepratum (27/Hi26.4) 34pts
2nd John Cogan (14/Hi15.7) 34pts
3rd Barry Chadbourn (17/Hi18.3) 32pts
Wednesday, Sept. 28, Burapha – Stableford
It wasn’t that wet really today but carts were not allowed on the fairways; as the 22 Outbackers played the B and D loops off the whites all the way round with the front nine tees well forward but the back couldn’t have got any further back.
There were a couple of funny incidents out there today with two balls being stolen by crows, the Capt’ was playing his third shot from the tee on B2, yes I know you are meant to be playing your first; but that one went so far into the rubbish right, it was where even the elephants fear to go. Anyway back to the story, playing his third, a beautiful shot – 40 yards from the green; as we get to it, a crow came out of the trees and stole it. The same thing happened to John O’Keefe on the eighteenth, obviously the crows like new golf balls.
There was a Roo Cup played for today and was won by Lloyd Shuttleworth and Capt’ Bob, sorry Cottie and Hoggy but you can’t just leave it for too long boys but we’ll be waiting for you when you return.
Anyway the scores today were quite remarkable; some very good and some very ordinary as the course played one shot easier than par, but John Cunningham came out of the woodwork with a fantastic 39 points to win Div A with the day’s top score plus he had two ‘2’s. Second went to Lloyd on 38.
The scores in Div B weren’t quite so high but very solid around the 34 points mark with Bob Lindborg edging them all out with 35.
Welcome to John Urquart having his first game with the Outback and I’m sure not his last and also welcome back to Don Pavlovic whom we haven’t seen for a while.
There were five ‘2’s from John Cunningham on B3, Paul Bourke & Carl Luke on B8, Bob Lindborg on D2 and another one from John also on D8.
Div A (0–12)
1st John Cunningham (9/Hi7.6) 39pts
2nd Lloyd Shuttleworth (7/Hi5.9) 38pts
3rd Paul Bourke (11/Hi9.4) 36pts
Div B (13+)
1st Bob Lindborg (21/Hi18.4) 35pts
2nd Pete Stonebridge (16/Hi14) 34pts
3rd Carl Luke (18/Hi15.8) 34pts
Friday, Sept. 30, Green Valley – Stableford
The 32 Outbackers got away about 30 minutes early with no rain and a good cloud cover which made for a great day of golf. The only thing that wasn’t good were the greens. To say they were woeful would be an understatement – they were bloody awful. Hopefully they will be better next week although they couldn’t possibly get worse.
We welcomed Joe Duffer playing with us for the first time off a +2 handicap scoring 36 points, the best of the day, together with Dennis Pelly (Div B winner) and Murray Hart (Div B runner-up). Well done you three and good luck Joe on the seniors tour.
Welcome also to Ian Hart and to a couple of friends of Nuan Keddie all of whom played some good golf: May Mitchell won Division C with 34 points and Arisa came third on 31, with Nuan in fourth, whilst Ian took second in the same Div with 32.
There was another Roo Cup challenge by Neil Lavery and Steve Mann which was won by them on the last 2 holes. Well done fellas but never fear, it will get back to its rightful owners.
There were six ‘2’s from Kissy on hole 4, Neil Lavery & Paul Squibb on hole 9, Paul Bourke & Neil Lavery again on hole 12, and Joe Duffer on hole 16.
Div A (0–10)
1st Joe Duffer (+2/Hi0) 36pts
2nd Paul Bourke (9/Hi9.4) 33pts
3rd Kerry Beck (9/Hi9.5) 33pts
Div B (11–16)
1st Dennis Pelly (12/Hi12.5) 36pts
2nd Murray Hart (12/Hi13) 36pts
3rd Keith Buchanan (14/Hi14.8) 33pts
Div C (17+)
1st May Mitchell (17/Hi19.4) 34pts
2nd Ian Hart (18) 32pts
3rd Arisa (18/Hi20.4) 31pts
Note: The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country. All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on 087 941 2474.