Heddle takes the medal as Stonebridge sinks an ‘Ace’

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Friday, March 7, Green Valley – Monthly Medal

It was a bit of a bumper day here at Green Valley for the Outback, with some 46 players in the DeVere sponsored monthly medal and another 37 playing at St Andrews, the final round of the APT tour boys and also the still practising, TEAC tour.

I can never give enough praise about the condition of this course and true to its form it played as well as ever and the greens seemed to be running faster than usual.  Maybe that was slightly reflected in the scores as nobody tore the course apart, although saying that, medal is never an easy format of the game.

Pete Stonebridge (left) celebrates his hole in one with monthly medal winner Ian Heddle (center) and Geoff Hirst of DeVere.Pete Stonebridge (left) celebrates his hole in one with monthly medal winner Ian Heddle (center) and Geoff Hirst of DeVere.

The winner was not only the low marker in the field but also the only player to play under handicap, as Ian Heddle (h’cap 3) picked up the trophy and the low gross medal.  Just one shot back was another would-be Hua Hin contender, Greg Hill, with a net 72 and then there were six players, all sharing third place, on a one over 73.  They included Jim Brackett, Andy Makara, Bob Mattes, Gary Blackburne, Steve Mann & Bruce Milner.

Our thanks to Greg Hirst of DeVere, the day’s sponsor and who also played today which was great to see and hopefully we will see him back next month, but Greg plays regularly here on Saturdays with the Outback for all you working people if you fancy a hit at the weekend.

As for the ‘2’s, well there were lots of them but Pete Stonebridge got a hole in one on the ninth and scooped the entire pot.

1st Ian Heddle (3) net 71

2nd Greg Hill (18) net 72

T3rd Jim Brackett (9) net 73

T3rd Andy Makara (27) net 73

T3rd Bob Mattes (21) net 73

T3rd Gary Blackburne (10) net 73

T3rd Stephen Mann (10) net 73

T3rd Bruce Milner (15) net 73

Monday, March 10, Burapha C & D – Stableford

Thirty three Outbackers played Burapha C and D on a hot humid day.  The course was in great condition which was reflected in comparatively good scores, played at a very comfortable pace.  At the same time the 38 TEAC players started their four day tournament on A & B.

APT Aussie Amateur Players Tour golfers relax after another round in Pattaya.APT Aussie Amateur Players Tour golfers relax after another round in Pattaya.

Div C was a tight finish with three players all having 37pts, Trevor Agnew beating Paul Kruining and Bob Lindborg on count back.  Geoff Harrison recorded the day’s best score of 40pts to win Div B by five from Jimmy Little and Bruce Milner, both with 35.  Jim Brackett continued his rich vein of form with 39 pts to win the top division from John Cunningham (34) and visitor, Rob Guthrie, three back on 31.

There were four ‘2’s; all on C8, from Stephen Mann, Rod Crosswell, David Trantham-Fryer & Paul Kruining.

Div A (0-12)

1st Jim Brackett (9) 39pts

2nd John Cunningham (7) 34pts

3rd Rob Guthrie (10) 31pts

Div B (13-20)

1st Geoff Harrison (15) 40pts

2nd Jimmy Little (18) 35pts

3rd Bruce Milner (15) 35pts

Div C (21+)

1st Trevor Agnew (36) 37pts

2nd Paul Kruining (30) 37pts

3rd Bob Lindborg (21) 37pts

Wednesday, March 12, Bangpra – Stableford

We didn’t get a report in from Bangpra but we did get some no-shows, which is never good for golf.

So we ended up with 22 players, having begged for an extra group that we didn’t need – and it takes about half an hour of phone calls to do that and all that can be said the next day is sorry!

Tony McDonough forwarded his claim to have a shout in Hua Hin with a very fine 37pts, which is a good score round here, with Kim Stokes back in second on 33.

Div B went to Chu Srinual with 34pts, who has played with us before but welcome back.  Chu was one clear of friend Reijo on 33 with that man Lawton back in third on 32.

There was only one ‘2’ from John Lawton on the 12th.

Div A (0-17)

1st Tony McDonough (16) 37pts

2nd Kim Stokes (16) 33pts

3rd Geoff Harrison (13) 32pts

Div B (18+)

1st Chu Srinual (29) 34pts

2nd Reijo Heiskanen (21) 33pts

3rd John Lawton (18) 32pts

Friday, March 14, Green Valley – Stableford

Summer is here yet again with the temperature warming to about 34 degrees and the humidity rising, making it hot and sticky with very little wind.  Today we had 32 regular Outbackers playing plus 37 of the TEAC boys, playing their final round, so it was a busy field.

The course is drying out now and it seemed that if you went into the rough you got more run on the ball than on the fairway (sounds Irish I know).  The greens also played quicker and there were many players out there missing some easy putts, including Suzi – even though she scored 43pts!  She still easily wrapped up Div C by three from the joint 2013 Outback golfer of the year, Andy Makara, who had 40 and both were a long way clear of the mere mortal, David Davies on 33.

John Lawton squeaked into first place in Div B with 36pts and second place went to Kim Stokes on 35 with Jim Bell taking third.

Bob Finley keeps on churning out the scores, this time another 41, to take the premier Div by five from Chris Playforth (36) and Paul Greenaway (34).

There were only two ‘2’s from John Lawton (4th) and Geoff Stimpson (12th).

Div A (0-12)

1st Bob Finley (12) 41pts

2nd Chris Playforth (8) 36pts

3rd Paul Greenaway (12) 34pts

Div B (13-20)

1st John Lawton (18) 36pts

2nd Kim Stokes (16) 35pts

3rd Jim Bell (20) 34pts

Div C (21+)

1st Suzi Lawton (29) 43pts

2nd Andy Makara (26) 40pts

3rd David Davies (25) 33pts

Note:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956.