Eng earns the plaudits with 45-pointer

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PSC Golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, August 1, Burapha – Stableford

A record turnout of 45 players making use of our Burapha Monday promotion set off on a 2-tee start on the tough C&D courses.  Reports are that the course was in great condition, with the greens mostly in excellent shape.

Green Valley winners (From L-R) Steve Della-marta, Andy Makara, Eng Cotterell, Eddie Beilby, Yuri Murakami, Wally Brown and Beau Mete.
Green Valley winners (From L-R) Steve Della-marta, Andy Makara, Eng Cotterell, Eddie Beilby, Yuri Murakami, Wally Brown and Beau Mete.

Arriving still tipsy after an all night bender in not unusual to see at the Outback, but Beau Mete made it to the 4th hole before he though he couldn’t play any further.  However, some prompt attention by his lovely caddy and another beer or two got him going again until he reached the Outback, where he passed out for a 2 hour nap on the lazyboy in our air-con restaurant.  Fresh as a Norwegian Salmon he was after that nap and reports of a quiet early evening was received.

Normally a group of 45 players require 3 divisions, however with eight ‘2’s needing some decent rewarding we restricted the comp to two divisions.  In Division B, Adrian C Shelley scraped into 5th place on 36 points.  John Leonard and Barry Macintosh both had 36 points and with the count back going to the last six holes, these gentlemen finished in 3rd and 4th places respectively.  Dutchie (Darren Vanderham), scored a good 37 to finish 2nd and in 1st was Kenny Chung, scoring a very impressive 41 points.

In A division, Colin Goon (35pts) pipped Per L๖vgren for 5th place on count back, with Wez Smart (4th) losing in turn to Bobby Driggs (3rd) on count back, both on 35 points.  Swiss Boy Urs Stegman scored 37 for 2nd and Robbie Barnes took the 1st spot honours with a great 38 points.

Peter Nixon, Robbie Barnes, Tom Novak, Colin Goon, Peter Stonebridge, Ainthira Phisetrit (caddy from Laem Chabang), James H. Little (Jimmy), and Greg Smith each recorded a ‘2’.

Tuesday, August 2, Laem Chabang – Stableford

With another good line up for Tuesday golf at Laem Chabang, the Aussies almost made a clean sweep and would have done so were it not for Ron Dickie spoiling the parade with his 3rd place.  The course was in great nick and Laem Chabang caddies are some of the best around.

Burapha winners (From L-R) Barry Macintosh, Dutchie, Kenny Chung, John Leonard, Wez Smart, Colin Goon, and Rob Barnes.
Burapha winners (From L-R) Barry Macintosh, Dutchie, Kenny Chung, John Leonard, Wez Smart, Colin Goon, and Rob Barnes.

Acco has since left us to go back to the cold Aussie weather, but he came in with a 5th spot on 33 points, losing on count back to Dutchie in 4th.  Third spot went to Ron Dickie with 34 points, 2nd to big hitter Wez Smart (36), and top honours were taken by Darren Scraige with a fantastic 41 points.

Wednesday, August 3, Treasure Hill – Stableford

Just a small group of brave hearts took on the 331 motorway to Treasure Hills today – thanks to Peter Nixon taking care of the arrangements.  Reports are that the course was in great condition and lush, with the greens in good shape as well.  With the best rate on offer anywhere in Pattaya, this is definitely worth the occasional trip.

Andy Makara once again clinched top spot with an awesome 38 points playing from the yellow tees, with Peter Nixon coming in 2nd place on 34.

Tony Pattison and John Cogan each scored a 2.

Friday, August 5, Green Valley – Stableford

Another good turnout at Green Valley brought the total number of rounds played with the Outback last week to 143, not bad for the low season!  Feedback was that the course was playing average, so obviously not as good as the week before when we had our medal there.

Some really good scores came in though.  In division B, Aussie tourer Beau Mete scraped into the prizes with his 36 points on count back.  Andy Makara, who has been in the prizes far too often in the last two weeks, got into 4th spot, just losing on a count back to William Peach who continues his good and consistent form, also on 37pts.  In 2nd place was Edward Beilby (Eddie), playing some splendid golf for his 40pts, but it was Sunanta Eng Cotterell who had her very best game in a long time with a splendid 45 points for the win.

In A division, we welcomed back Yuri Murakami and Yasu Arakawa, with Yuri scoring 36 points to come 5th on count back.  Aussie Steve Della-marta came good to finish 4th with 37 points while Jack Butler joined us for a game from the Village Hackers Society and immediately recorded a 3rd place with his 38 points.  We also welcomed back our Outback friend Wally Brown who recorded a remarkable 40 points to finish 2nd.  Peter Nixon allowed his handicap to deteriorate over the last few months but his gross 77 for 42 points put him back in the driving seat and no doubt, we’ll see his handicap come down again shortly.  Great going Peter!

There were quite a few ‘2’s today – Peter Nixon scoring two on holes 5 and 8, Jean-Philippe Maffray on hole 5, and William Peach on hole 12.