German-Swiss team victorious in Thai Garden Resort Cup

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Oct. 28, Burapha – Stableford

A & B again at Burapha on Monday and since it was still fairly wet out there we stayed on the shorter white tees on a bright and sunny day.  26 Outbackers played and hopefully the rain has stopped for good and carts will soon regularly be allowed back on the fairways as the courses generally start to dry out.

The top division had some outstanding scores where 39pts was only good enough for fourth!  John O’Keefe topped the division with the day’s best score of 42, followed home by NY Steve (40) who beat regular Aussie visitor Tony Gliddon on count back.  In fourth spot was Steve Mann with 39.

The German-Swiss Team celebrate their second Thai Garden Resort Cup win.The German-Swiss Team celebrate their second Thai Garden Resort Cup win.

Div B was won by ever improving Chris Smart with 39pts who celebrated by ringing the bell- thanks Chris.  Second was Bruce McAdam (37), nice to see you playing well again and Anton Rowbottom (35) was third on c/b from Stephen Blazsanyik (Waldo) and Greg Hill.

Finally a safe trip back to Aus to Anton and Barney and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

There were six ‘2’s from John Wilson, John O’Keefe, Ivan Plunkett, Jimmy Little and Tony Gliddon got two.

Div A (0-16)

1st John O’Keefe (16) 42pts

2nd Steve Poznanski (12) 40pts

3rd Tony Gliddon (12) 40pts

4th Stephen Mann (10) 39pts

Div B (17+)

1st Chris Smart (28) 39pts

2nd Bruce McAdam (27) 37pts

3rd Anton Rowbottam (17) 35pts

4th Stephen Blazsanyik (17) 35pts

Tuesday, Oct. 29, Greenwood – Thai Garden Resort Cup

This was the sixth year of the annual match between the German-Swiss Golf Club and the Outback, with the after celebrations once again at the Moon River Pub in North Pattaya.

Greg Hill and Murray Hart.Greg Hill and Murray Hart.

Originally booked to play at Phoenix and like a couple of years back, switched at the last minute to Greenwood due to Phoenix management’s ability to do just that!  Thanks Greenwood, great deal and the course in great nick and I thought you dealt with the three separate golfing groups extremely well.  As far as we were concerned, our 13 groups had the benefit of a two-tee start (B & C) and the transitions between the two nines ran sweetly.

The only problem as far as I can see, is getting there – a helicopter would be fantastic because the roads are rubbish and very dangerous, particularly in the rain!

The tournament is firstly a matchplay event for the cup, where the best stableford score for the pair on a hole by hole basis wins or halves the hole and secondly an overall better-ball event.

In the five previous years, the German-Swiss team had only managed one team win in 2009 at Phoenix, when they won 8½ to 7½ so what were their chances this year?  Down to ten teams a side, the pairings were kept a secret right to the last minute with Jack scribbling away to get the start sheet finished given very little time, so it was a little haphazard at the start getting the right pairs on the right tees but we got there in the end.

A message came in on Jack’s phone of a dog licence win (7 & 6) for the Outback pairing of Joe Mooneyham and Eddy Beilby, and the two Steves (Mann & Poz) were going well, albeit in a tough match against Jennerich & Mergemeier, with at the time Sugar & Jack 2 up.

In the clubhouse afterwards though, it didn’t look so good and after sorting all the cards back at the Outback before heading off to the Moon River Pub, it was quite clear that the Outback had been comprehensively beaten (6½ to 3½).

The food at the Moon River was as good as it always is and the new band played a good mix of music which encouraged many to get up and dance.

Jack & Helmut Wolf hosted the event starting with some 20 lucky draw prizes before going on to the results at the band interval.  The German Swiss pair of Messrs Becker & Brunner won the better-ball event on c/b from Nigel Cannon & Peter LeNoury, both with 43pts, with Messrs Eikmeier & Wolf edging out Jack & Sugar, also on c/b on 42.

Only three near pins were available as a certain Mr Lawton failed to place a pin on one of the par 3’s – nice one John! – blame it on the Soberano?  Of the three remaining, one was won by Peter LeNoury and the other two by Gerd Rietler but as he was not present in the evening, the prizes were put back into the lucky draw.

1st J Becker (10) & F Brunner (33) – 43pts

2nd Nigel Cannon (22) & Peter LeNoury (10) – 43pts

3rd W Eikmeier (12) & H Wolf (20) – 42pts

4th Sugar Ray  Handford (16) & Jack Moseley (19) – 42pts

5th Stephen Mann (10) & Steve Poznanski (12) – 42pts

Wednesday, Oct. 30, The Emerald – Stableford

A couple of groups tried out Emerald today, only to report that the course wasn’t quite up to speed yet; let’s hope when we return here in a couple of weeks time it will have improved.

The scoring wasn’t spectacular but Mark Allen put a good round together to cruise to an easy six shot win with 37pts, from a surprised but embarrassed John O’Keefe who took second with just 31.

Chris Smart (thanks for doing the start for us) was third with 29.

There were no ‘2’s.

1st Mark Allen (17) 37pts

2nd John O’Keefe (15) 31pts

3rd Chris Smart (27) 29pts

Friday, Nov. 1, Green Valley – Medal

Had the rain gone at last?  We woke up to a blue sky again and 35 Outbackers turned out to play in the Outback Monthly Medal, now moved to the first Friday of the month, and the trophy today was sponsored by the Outback Bar.

It’s all very well trying to kick everybody off the first tee at six minute intervals and standing there with a stop watch to make sure it happens, but it’s a bit pointless if by the 2nd hole there are four groups waiting to tee off.  However, the majority got round in four hours or just under, even though the course was extremely busy, so we shall just have to wait and see if the new timing works.

The course has dried up well and the carts were allowed on the fairways so there was no ‘lift clean and place’ today but it seemed that the greens hadn’t been cut for a day or so, meaning that they were relatively slow compared to normal.

Welcome to Allan, Mike and Neville who joined us today for the first time and also to Troy Joyce.

The scoring was very acceptable as the top eight, all of whom finished on the podium, all played to handicap or better.  Mark Allen followed up his win at Emerald on Wednesday with a net 67 today to win from Tom Byrne, Bernie Stafford and Greg Hill, all on 69.  Murray Hart shot a 70, with newcomer Alan Daniel on 71, while the last two places were filled by Waldo and Chris with net 72’s.

There were three ‘2’s from Mark Kembrey & Joe Mooneyham (4th) and Mark Allen (16th).

Note:

1st Mark Allen (17) 67pts

2nd Tom Byrne (14) 69pts

3rd Bernie Stafford (15) net 69

4th Greg Hill (18) net 69

5th Murray Hart (13) net 70

6th Alan Daniel (20) net 71

7th Stephen Blazsanyik (17) net 72

8th Chris Thompson (26) net 72

Note:  For all you guys who work from Monday to Friday we still have slots on Saturdays at Green Valley at around 10am.  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  .Call Jack on 081 578 1956.