Khao Kheow avoids the rain as Outback take the honours

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PSC golf from the Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Feb. 28, Burapha – Stableford

Forty-seven players at our regular Monday spot at Burapha as the Outbackers we were joined by the TIAC boys from Aussie, here for their annual challenge.  The day was hot and rain threatened but didn’t eventuate; the course was in great condition and playing the whites on C and D the scores were generally on the better than average side. 

Peter Sapwell (TIAC) won Div A with 37 points ahead of Owen Walkley (36pts) who always seems to play well here; with Div B going to Tony Pieroni, who had the day’s top score of 41 points (to follow his recent success at Khao Kheow, but that day he won with only 31).

Tuesday’s Div A and B winners, David Day and Dennis Persson, relax after their respective victories. Tuesday’s Div A and B winners, David Day and Dennis Persson, relax after their respective victories.

Laurie Rive (TIAC) on 38 points prevented a clean sweep from the rest of Tony’s gang; Wayne taking third place, also with 38, and Pat in fourth with 35.  Another TIAC boy, Barney Clarkson (35pts) won Div C after beating Burapha regular Ivan Plunkett on count-back and the fourth and last member of Tony’s gang, Doc Vale, took third with 33.

There were just two ‘2’s from Wayne Harman and Bob Green.

We said goodbye to Wayne, Pat, Tony and Doc, all of whom had a successful day, as they’re on their way back to work and other things back in Perth.  The lucky draws (free green fee vouchers) were won by a couple of the TIAC lads so they went to auction back at the bar.

The after-golf “barbie” continues to be popular, with burgers and sausages, and the pork or steak sandwiches are slowly catching on.

Some very good friends of the Outback are looking for sponsors for their upcoming Tuk Tuk journey through India from Cochin (in Southern India) to Shillong (in the North East corner).  It’s a trek of some 2,500 miles starting on April 16th 2011 which the teams are hoping to complete in about two weeks.  The team’s name is “What Tuk Tuk Shillong” and you can read all about it at http://rickshawrun11s.thead venturists.com/index.php? mode=teams.

Thanks to the winners today who contributed their winnings to the above and to the guys who also donated yesterday at the bar.  We are looking to get the boys past their 1000 GBP target and will be collecting for the next few weeks.  The Outback will then credit their sponsored account from time to time.  The charities are Cancer Research and Scad (http://www.scad .org.in /who_we_are.php).

Finally, whilst at Burapha today, it was announced that there will be a Pro-Am, to be played on Wednesday 30th March 2011, so anyone interested in playing, please give Capt’ Bob a call.

Div A (0-13)

1st Peter Sapwell (13) 37pts

2nd Owen Walkley (12) 36pts

3rd Ed Wycoff (9) 35pts

4th Bruce Milner (13) 34pts

Div B (14-19)

1st Tony Pieroni (16) 41pts

2nd Laurie Rive (18) 38pts

3rd Wayne Harman (17) 38pts

4th Pat Quinlivan (14) 35pts

Div C (20+)

1st Jeff Clarkson (26) 35pts

2nd Ivan Plunkett (21) 35pts

3rd Doc Vale (24) 33pts

4th Dino Bin lusimoen (27) 32pts

Tuesday, March 1, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

Pattaya Country Club continues its rise to stardom as another good field of 29 Outbackers took to the fairways.  Chad was, as usual, our organiser, although he failed to produce the result he would have liked, continuing in his current run of poor form.  One wonders if playing with John Lawton has any bearing?

Alan Whittingham is playing well but didn’t do quite enough to catch the resurgent David Day, whose fine 39 points was the day’s top score as well as giving him first place in Div A.

Div B went to Dennis Persson with his 37 points and he was disappointed to learn that there was no ladder this month.  John Lawton tied with him on points but was beaten on count-back with JinJo O’Neill back in third with 36.

There were seven ‘2’s from Ian Heddle, Nigel Cannon, David Day, Jean Morel, Al McMullan and Dennis ‘the Turnip’ had two.

Div A (0-17)

1st David Day (16) 39pts

2nd Alan Whittingham (15) 38pts

3rd Bruce Milner (13) 36pts

4th Jean Morel (17) 34pts

Div B (18+)

1st Dennis Persson (19) 37pts

2nd John Lawton (20) 37pts

3rd Martin O’ Neill (29) 36pts

4th Don Tyldsley (30) 35pts

Wednesday, March 2, The Emerald – Stableford

It’s always good to report that a course has done a good job, and the Emerald excelled themselves today as we teed-off on time with no interruptions and no shortage of carts.  Some 43 Outbackers, not all playing in the comp. started out and many of them were the TIAC boys who are with us all this week, practising for their own tournament which starts on Monday at Siam Old Course.

One of them, Ian (Fidge) Button gained the top score of the day (41pts) which not only earned him first place in Div C but it also saw his handicap reduced by one shot to 15, ahead of him joining us in Chiang Mai on the 13th March, well done Ian!

Tony McDonough is a shrewd golfer; he’s always there or thereabouts but just stays under the handicap radar, which he did again today with 38 points for the Div B win, whilst Ole Aaarrestad took full advantage of a two shot hike in his handicap to pip Paul Greenaway by one in Div A.

Brian Maddox’s 34 points were enough to win a low scoring Div D by three, and fourth place went to Dennis Toal with just 28.

There were no ‘2’s today.

Div A (0-10)

1st Ole Aarrestad (8) 37pts

2nd Paul Greenaway (10) 36pts

3rd Kevin From (6) 35pts

4th Ian Heddle (2) 33pts

Div B (11-14)

1st Tony McDonough (14) 38pts

2nd Owen Walkley (12) 35pts

3rd Peter Sapwell (13) 31pts

4th Bruce Milner (13) 30pts

Div C (15-19)

1st Ian Button (16) 41pts

2nd Patrice Bardy (17) 36pts

3rd Laurie Rive (18) 34pts

4th Doug Douglas (19) 29pts

Div D (20+)

1st Brian Maddox (21) 34pts

2nd Jeff Clarkson (26) 31pts

3rd Steve Bowyer (29) 29pts

4th Dennis Toal (32) 28pts

Friday, March 4, Khao Kheow – Stableford

There would have been a few golfers upon waking who would have turned over and not ventured out, with heavy or steady rain falling and thunderstorms rumbling around most of Pattaya and its suburbs.  How wrong they would have been, depending on the course of the day.  We heard that the army recruit course in Sattahip was flooded and unplayable, Siam Old Course and Pattaya C.C. had a small amount of rain early and Khao Kheow, believe it or not, had none.

Sixteen of the Outback’s finest took on 16 of the TIAC boys in a two-person Ambrose (scramble) on the A & C nines, and in addition of course there were also the usual team prizes.

Steve Mann and Dave Thomson (Outback) got there first by count-back with the day’s best gross of 72 for a net 66.25, which was matched by Al Bryce and Gavin Henderson (TIAC).

Two more TIAC teams filled third and fourth places but proved to be not quite enough as the local Outback team just got there with a 5 to 3 overall match result.

There were two ‘2’s from Barry McIntosh and John Burns.

1st Steve Mann (9) & David Thomson (14) net 66.25

2nd Al Bryce (11) & Gavin Henderson (16) net 66.25

3rd Kevin From (6) & Dennis Toal (32) net 66.5

4th Graham Holmes (7) & Dino Bin lusimoen (27) net 66.5

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.