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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, July 18, Burapha – Stableford

Fifteen Outbackers travelled to Burapha for our normal Monday outing and played the A and B nines of the blue markers, rated at 72.6 with a slope of 136.  The course was again lightly attended and we teed off at 9.30am (30mins early) and even though our groups caught up with another group which appeared slow, everybody was off the course inside 4 hours.

The A course was in suburb condition with dry fairways, lush cut rough and dry approaches to the greens, which were running true and held, but B was entirely different with wet fairways and rough, greens that had been sanded and scarified and generally looked tired.

Suzi Lawton. Suzi Lawton.

The caddy’s informed us that B and D had been scarified and sanded so why didn’t Burapha let us play A and C as they did last week – otherwise a good day out spoilt by poor management.

Welcome to Ken Priddy, Fred Land and Colin Goon having their first game with the Outback for a while and goodbye to Bruce McAdam who leaves for pastures greener.

The numbers were unusually down for Burapha, possibly because of confusing reports that today was a holiday, which it wasn’t, so there was only one division.  However, there was some excellent scoring with the course calculated as playing one shot easier than par; the win went to Doone Flanagan with 40 points on her 20 handicap on a count-back from Fred Land on a 19 handicap.  Third was Pete Stonebridge with 37 points on count-back from his playing partner Bob Lindborg and fifth was John Cunningham on 36 points on another count-back from Jerry Quin and Bruce McAdam.

There were no ‘2’s.

1st Doone Flanagan (20/Hi19.6) 40pts

2nd Fred Land (19/Hi15.7) 40pts

3rd Pete Stonebridge (17/Hi13.4) 37pts

4th Bob Lindborg (22/Hi17.9) 37pts

5th John Cunningham (10/Hi7.7) 36pts

Tuesday, July 19, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

Sixteen Outbackers plus another three who came along just for a hit, turned up at a well presented Pattaya Country Club.  The fairways and approaches had dried out a fair bit, allowing the ball some roll and the greens were good and holding; the weather was dry with a good wind which kept the temperatures down.  All in all they were great playing conditions which is reflected generally by the good scoring and the computer calculated that the course played one shot easier than par.

General Jack has eventually found a bit of form, and even though he wiped the 17th he scored 40 points to win the day ahead of one of his playing partners, Geoff Moodie on 39, who beat Nigel Cannon on count-back.

Barry Chadbourn, who has seen his handicap reduced by nearly four shots in recent weeks, was also there at the turn but he could only manage 16 points on the back nine to finish on 36 points, just enough to pip the Turnip into fifth place.  Orn, aka Mrs Marney, continued her good run here at Pattaya C.C., finishing in the frame yet again on 37 points to take fourth.

There were four ‘2’s from Raji & Bobby Driggs on Hole 5, Bert Lewis on Hole 7 and Raji bagged another one on Hole 12.

1st Jack Moseley (15/Hi15.6) 40pts

2nd Geoff Moodie (24/Hi24) 39pts

3rd Nigel Cannon (23/Hi22.5) 39pts

4th Orn Kanasaengsri (18/Hi16.7) 37pts

5th Barry Chadbourn (16/Hi16.4) 36pts

Wednesday, July 20, Treasure Hill – Stableford

By all reports, there is still a considerable amount of work being carried out on this course as it continues to improve, most of it to the approval of the 15 Outbackers who played here.

After a little rain at the start it turned out to be a pleasant enough day weather-wise as many players were using today’s round as a rehearsal for PSC’s monthly, here on Friday (22nd).  The smart money for the PSC event would have to be on Brian Maddox who won today with 38 points to follow his win here last month on 29th June with 40 points, so Brian obviously likes this course.

Second today was Colin Goon with an excellent 35, Messrs Briggs (32) and Driggs (31) took third and fourth respectively and Doone Flanagan (30) found herself in the frame again, in fifth.

There were no ‘2’s.

1st Brian Maddox (19/Hi18) 38pts

2nd Colin Goon (3/Hi3.6) 35pts

3rd Tony Briggs (13/Hi12.1) 32pts

4th Bobby Driggs (13/Hi12) 31pts

5th Doone Flanagan (22/Hi18.4) 30pts

Friday, July 22, Khao Kheow – Stableford

There was the PSC monthly medal at Treasure Hill today, leaving a reduced field of just 12 Outbackers here at Khao Kheow to play the C & A nines.  We nearly didn’t have that many as a mix up by our driver took many of our field to Treasure Hill by mistake, our thanks to Joe Mooneyham (PSC Golf Chairman) for spotting the error and pointing them back in our direction.

Eventually teeing off nearly an hour late, the course was found to be in very ordinary condition apart from the greens, which were good.  To be fair, it was very wet and maybe the recent rains have had much effect on the management’s maintenance programme but it is disappointing to see a marked increase in the indigenous broad leaf grass.

Suzi Lawton had an excellent round, rarely missing a fairway and chipping extremely well, to score 39 points off 17, followed in by a newcomer to the Outback, Pete Kirby who scored 35 points off 26.  His mate, Matt Blevins scored the only ‘2’, which was the highlight of his round and the General preferred to NR after the delayed start.

1st Suzi Lawton (17/Hi16.4) 39

2nd Peter Kirby (26/Hi26) 35pts

3rd Andy Makara (31/Hi25.4) 34pts

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.

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