Golf from The Outback Bar
Monday, Dec. 19, Burapha – Stableford
Playing the easier A & B course today, the scores were higher than normal and no less than 6 people played above handicap.
Kim Danboise’s 36 points and a good back-nine of 20 was good enough for fifth place while KB Lee went one better, shooting a great 79 gross and 37 points for fourth. Sel Wegner finished with a solid 39 points for third and Brad Jordison, with lowest gross of the day and a superb 40 points, finish second, just missing out on top place to Jon Kittilsen who recorded a 41-point round.
Jon Kittilsen and KB Lee each scored a ‘2’ to complete a good day out for them.
Wednesday, Dec. 21, Wangjuntr – Stableford
With a brand new double road open making quicker access possible and a great rate on offer, Wanjuntr is certainly within the range of courses to be played whilst out here. Some describe the course as “Mickey Mouse”, whilst others are lyrical about its beauty and the unique challenges it presents. Everyone I spoke to seem to have enjoyed this outing and it is a course that we will add to the agenda again later in the high season.
This course is certainly a test of skill and the 34 points by KB Lee was good enough for third place on the day. David Lloyd’s last game before returning home yielded him a second place on the podium with 35 points, but Jon Kittilsen became a winner twice in successive outings with a great 36 points.
Bob Mattes and KB Lee recorded the only birdie ‘2’s of the day.
Friday, Dec. 23, Green Valley – Medal
With Christmas just around the corner, beautiful weather, and a good bit of banter, a medal tournament was held with backing from our generous sponsors (Greg from Broadgate, Gordon from EuroPVC and Steve from Gecko properties), with a beautiful picture trophy up for grabs and an entry ticket to the medal championship.
Green Valley’s green-keeper was not making life easy today – with a couple of really difficult pin positions, and greens generally over watered with muddy wet patches around the fringes and some dry areas appearing in other places. With a large field and only 5 players breaking net par, the scores testified that regulation play can be richly rewarded on this course.
Peter Nixon is on a comeback and took fifth place on the podium with a good 71 net overall. Brendan Cope helped himself to fourth position with a 70 net, Mick Beresford was third on 69 net after recording a shocking 10 on one hole, and David Atkinson had his revenge (in a private matter between him and Andre Coetzee) by finishing with a great 69 as well for second.
Sel Wegner was the star of the day as he recorded two 2’s and another birdie on the back nine to finish with a superb 65, with a back-nine of level gross 36 to take the medal. Sel also clinched the overall low gross with 80.
Saturday, Dec. 24, Green Valley – 2B Pairs
Six pairs of players took on Green Valley for the second day in a row, this time playing in a 2-ball event with 6 drives per player and 20% of the combined course handicap.
In third place came young Aaron Douglas Handford and Andre Coetzee with a net 70. Also on net 70 but with a better count back to give them second spot were Ian Doust and Per Lövgren. The winners, with a great 65 net, were Neil Farrell and Shaun Pullen who played really well to take the overall honors.