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PSC golf from the Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Sept. 30, Burapha – Stableford

After heavy overnight rain and many storms all around, the 23 Outbackers were lucky to tee off early on C and D in overcast and cool weather.  Carts were restricted to paths only, so we played ‘lift, clean and place’ on closely mown areas and fairways.  Surprisingly, the fairways were reasonably dry and the greens excellent but the rough was wet and even harder to get out of than usual.

Div A was won by 14-handicapper John O’Keefe with 36pts, from Steve Mann (34), Pete Stonebridge (32) and Paul Bourke in fourth with 30.

The day’s best score was John Fitzgerald’s 37pts, waiting until his second to last game before he and Maggie return to Ireland, to achieve the Div B win; well done John, at last!  A distant second was the recently arrived Wayne Waywood with 31 and Greg Hill beat Andy Makara on c/b, both on 30.

Paul Bourke (back left) with John Fitzgerald, Eng (front left) and Maggie Fitzgerald.

Welcome back to you, Wayne and of course, Bob Moloney who are here at the start of a month’s golfing holiday including playing up in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai with the Outback, in about a week’s time.

There were no ‘2’s.

Div A (0-15)

1st John O’Keefe (14) 36pts

2nd Stephen Mann (11) 34pts

3rd Pete Stonebridge (15) 32pts

4th Paul Bourke (9) 30pts

Div B (16+)

1st John Fitzgerald (19) 37pts

2nd Wayne Waywood (16) 31pts

3rd Greg Hill (20) 30pts

4th Andy Makara (24) 30pts

Wednesday, Pct. 2, Bangpra – Stableford

Regrettably the recent heavy rains made it necessary to postpone the Race2Bkk final showdown due to be played at Lotus Valley today, after a conversation with their General Manager about the state of the course.  The Race2Bkk will now be played nearer the start of the dry season, so some of you qualifiers who weren’t here today like Murray Hart, John Cunningham and Peter LeNoury may now have the chance to play.

Bangpra was the choice of venue instead and 19 Outbackers decided to chance their hand and the weather but although the course was in excellent condition with carts allowed only in the rough, it wasn’t long before the weather got the upper hand causing a delay of about one hour.  During that time, two groups decided to pack up and go home; whilst the remainder sat it out and managed to complete the round.

The scoring however was none too clever, with Steve Mann scoring 31pts to win Div A and John Fitzgerald picking up another win (his last game) with just 27pts to win Div B.  There were only four finishers in Div B and we did not receive Glyn’s card until late, so Ray Cody was awarded third place and the NAGA award for his 14pts!

Finally to clarify a point; if everybody in a tournament has teed off and the weather closes in, the tournament is valid if more than half the field complete the round.  If less than half finish the competition fee is refunded.

Div A (0-16)

1st Stephen Mann (11) 31pts

2nd Geoff Stimpson (7) 28pts

3rd Sugar Ray Handford (16) 26pts

4th Bob Maloney (12) 26pts

Div B (17+)

1st John Fitzgerald (19) 27pts

2nd John Lawton (19) 22pts

3rd Glyn Davies (20) 21pts

4th Ray Cody (17) 14pts

Friday, Oct. 4, Green Valley – Stableford

The rainy season is upon us at its full force at this moment with heavy downpours and storms in the last few days.  Of the 35 players who signed up originally to play Green Valley on Friday, 31 turned up unsure of whether we were playing or not or indeed if the course was even playable, but it was and the rain had reduced to only a drizzle.

Needless to say, it was very wet so we played ‘lift clean and place’ through the green and it was no surprise that the greens were very slow because of the water on them.  So just whack it and hope was sometimes the best policy and looking at the scores, that must have worked extremely well for some of the players.

Before the scores, just a couple of welcome backs, to On & Eng, also to Tony Gliddon, Gordon Clegg & Stewart McKenzie and to Tony Louch, playing with the Outback for the first time.

The best scores were in Div B, where if you didn’t score more than 40pts you didn’t make the top four.  Greg Hill recorded the best score of the day to win Div B with 42pts from three all with 41, namely Gordon Clegg, Sunanta Duangwaw (Eng) and John Fitzgerald, who was supposed to have gone back to Ireland the day before.  So well done you lot and in a distant fifth, with the modest score of only 35pts, was quite a surprise, John Lawton, who has been working on a new swing together with his new intensive training programme.

Dennis Pelly followed up his previous week’s monthly medal win with another fine round of 41pts to win Div A by two from the consistent Paul Bourke (39) and Geoff Stimpson (also with 39).  Ian Parry took fourth, aided by his sand-wedge which he didn’t have in his bag before; just goes to show Ian, you must be spending a lot of time in bunkers, and in fifth was Steve Mann, who is always there or thereabouts.

There were two ‘2’s from Dennis Pelly (4th) & Gordon Clegg (12th).

Div A (0-16)

1st Dennis Pelly (10) 41pts

2nd Paul Bourke (9) 39pts

3rd Geoff Stimpson (7) 39pts

4th Ian Parry (12) 36pts

5th Stephen Mann (11) 35pts

Div B (17+)

1st Greg Hill (20) 42pts

2nd Gordon Clegg (28) 41pts

3rd Sunanta Duangwaw (27) 41pts

4th John Fitzgerald (19) 41pts

5th John Lawton (19) 35pts

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