Field gets the ‘Chop’ at Pattaya C.C.


PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Nov. 5, Burapha A & B – Stableford

Twenty-nine players turned out at Burapha to play the A and B courses off the blue tees on a hot and humid day with a light breeze and a good day for golf.

The A course was in great condition but the B course looked a little rough as some of the course hadn’t been cut although the greens were pretty consistent throughout.  The first six groups kept up a great pace of play but the last two groups were nearly three holes behind but thankfully there weren’t too many other groups behind, to be held up.

Two divisions plus the ‘2’s and the best score was recorded by Ivan Plunkett with 36 points off his 23 handicap to win division 2 from Chris Thompson on 34 points and third place going to Clint Pingree with 33 points; fourth was Bob Lindborg with 32 points, beating Greg Hill on a count back.

Neil Jones (left) & Bob Duxbury - winner & runner-up at Treasure Hill.Neil Jones (left) & Bob Duxbury – winner & runner-up at Treasure Hill.

Division 1 was won by Bernie Stafford with 35 points, edging out John O’ Keefe on count back; third was Stephen Mann on 33 points who beat Paul Greenaway (7) also on count back.

Welcome to a couple of new guys; namely Kevin Curtis and Paul Hardon and welcome back to Jim Peachey.

Four ‘2’s for the day to Paul Greenaway on A3, Jim Brackett on A6 and Stephen Mann & Paul Pedelty on B8.

Div A (0-14)

1st Bernie Stafford (14) 35pts

2nd John O’Keefe (14) 35pts

3rd Stephen Mann (8) 33pts

Div B (15+)

1st Ivan Plunkett (23) 36pts

2nd Chris Thompson (24) 34pts

3rd Clint Pingree (31) 33pts

Monday, Nov. 5, Khao Kheow A & B – Stableford

Five of us travelled to Khao Kheow to play A & B off the white tees.  This was discussed between the men and they opted for the shorter course; unfortunately for the big hitters, their plan of action didn’t pay off as they found the course too short for their second shot.  (I might have been laughing just a smidgen).  A course was in good condition and B was only slightly better than average but the greens were true.

The Wanneroo boys.The Wanneroo boys.

Poor Barry McIntosh got the only ‘2’ today but we didn’t play for 2’s due to lack of players and to sum it up Barry was promised a kiss from his caddie if he holed his putt but she ran a mile so it (the kiss) did not materialize.

The Outback has moved Khao Kheow to Tuesdays for the next three months on a trial period to support Pattaya Country Club which isn’t quite up to speed and also to hopefully for it (KK) to be more popular than in recent months due to the resurgence of Burapha.

1st Suzi Lawton (19) 36pts

2nd Tony Schuett (17) 36pts

3rd Shane Crane (22) 33pts

Tuesday, Nov. 6, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

This was the Outback’s first Tuesday here since the opening of the back nine after being closed for seven months.  There has been some improvement since the opening day last week, however the ‘patchwork’ around the back nine will not be up to scratch for some time.

Whilst there was a small field of some 13 players it was truly international, with Australians, Brits, French and Thais.

We welcomed Jean-Paul and Willie from France, as well as three lovely Thai ladies, Chop, Orn and Onsee and it was one of the girls, Chop, who stole the day with 37pts playing off a handicap of 10.

Friday winners, Mark Riggall (left) with Bob St. Aubin.Friday winners, Mark Riggall (left) with Bob St. Aubin.

Playing partners, Fidge & Fordy fought it out to the bitter end, both ending up with 36pts (Fordy getting the nod) whilst Shane, one of their other playing partners, only claim to fame was to be last to claim the NAGA!

There were two ‘2’s from Onsee and Chad.

1st Chop Daprakhon (10) 37pts

2nd Robert Ford (20) 36pts

3rd Fidge Button (15) 36pts

Wednesday, Nov. 7, Treasure Hill – Stableford

Ten Outbackers travelled up the 331 to Treasure Hill, our second visit here in six weeks, and we managed to start 30 minutes early and had the course to ourselves until the back nine when a group of locals jumped in front of us but never mind, TiT.

They were still carrying out extensive work, including laying new grass on six holes near the greens (four on the front and two on the back) and in my mind we should leave it about another six weeks before returning; as it made it very difficult as to where to drop your ball if you landed in the GUR.

We did play off the yellow tees to give the boys a bit of chance but this is still a tight and longish course and you also have to think about placing the ball and not always launching one with the driver down the fairway.

Neil Jones stepped up to the mark and took the win with a score of 34pts from Bob Duxbury, who was pleased to get second on his first outing back in Pattaya for some months, welcome back Bob.

There were two ‘2’s from Ivan Plunkett & Ken Davidson

1st Neil Jones (12) 34pts

2nd Bob Duxbury (14) 32pts

3rd John O’Keefe (14) 31pts

Wednesday, Nov. 7, Siam Plantation A & C – Stableford

We were at Siam Plantation on A & C for our normal Weds outing and great to be joined by Dave and his mates from the Sportsman Bar which boosted the numbers playing to 29.  I also had the good chance to catch up with Robert Hole and friends from Wanneroo, who came with the Sportsman boys – thanks for the day boys, very enjoyable and you are welcome at the Outback anytime.

The course was in its usual great condition and from the comments around, everybody enjoyed the day and we were very lucky as the storms hit Pattaya and the surrounding areas but we only got a little rain on one hole.  Great conditions for golf and the Sportsman boys took all the money as the Outbackers had an off day.

Paul Bourke was having an especially off day and Paul Greenaway told him to follow through properly and unfortunately for Bourkie he did, which made for a really sh***y round.

Two divisions plus the ‘2’s and the outstanding rounds for the day went to the winners of both divisions with Jim Graham having 38 points off his 17 handicap in Division 2 and James McCallan with 38 points off his 9 handicap to win Division 1, great rounds by both.

Other good scores were recorded by Trevor Oliver and David Coller, the only Outbacker to finish on the podium, both with 36 points, and Dave Dunn and Dennis Steele both with 37 points.

Four ‘2’s for the day to James McCallan on Sugar Cane 3, Jim Graham and Dennis Steele on Sugar Cane 6 and David Coller on Pineapple 3.

Div A (0-15)

1st James McCallan (9) 38pts

2nd Trevor Oliver (12) 36pts

3rd Terry Power (11) 35pts

Div B (16+)

1st Jim Graham (17) 38pts

2nd Dave Dunn (16) 37pts

3rd Denis Steele (16) 37pts

Friday, Nov. 9, St. Andrews – Stableford

Thirty Outbackers were switched to St Andrews today as Green Valley was hosting a two-day competition.

Captain Steve was having a day off from running things so I set the boys off.  We played from the ‘whites’ today and it’s a good job we did, as the scores certainly reflected the difficulty of the course.  Generally the course was in good condition although some of the greens had been diseased but were coming back to form and again some of the bunkers had varying amounts of sand.

Bob St. Aubin hit the best round of the day, scoring an excellent 38pts to win Div B by three from John O’Keefe, who continues to play very steadily and Muzza took third also on 35pts but losing out to John on count back.

Mark Riggall took the premier division with 37pts from Paul Bourke and Ian Heddle both on 34 and the surprise result was in Div C, which was won by Suzi (yes me!) with just 31pts from Fordy with the same score and I am delighted to say, I also beat Sugar who was in third with 30.

The other surprise of the day, there were no ‘2’s.

Div A (0-13)

1st Mark Riggall (13) 37pts

2nd Paul Bourke (9) 34pts

3rd Ian Heddle (5) 34pts

Div B (14-16)

1st Bob St. Aubin (14) 38pts

2nd John O’Keefe (14) 35pts

3rd Murray Hart (14) 35pts

Div C (17+)

1st Suzi Lawton (19) 31pts

2nd Robert Ford (20) 31pts

3rd Sugar Ray Handford (17) 30pts

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