Laong fires blistering back nine at Pattaya Country Club

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, November 7, Khao Kheow – Stableford

There wasn’t a report filed by anyone about the course today but what seemed over the weekend as though it was going to be a very low turnout changed into a full house, although only 21 played on the tournament as the Irish guys, who were due to joins us, arrived late and played in their own competition.

So it was A & B from the yellows and it does look as though the Outbackers are gradually learning how to play this course as Suzi topped the day, after a lean spell of some weeks, with an excellent 41 points, to take Div A by six from the consistent Graham Johnson on 35.

A happy Suzi Lawton after her fantastic 41 points at Khao Kheow.A happy Suzi Lawton after her fantastic 41 points at Khao Kheow.

Andy Makara also turned on a bit of form to win Div B with 38 points, losing one shot to handicap in the process and he was two clear of two guys on 36, Chris Thompson and Steve Plant.

In the race to the end of the month in the Big Mango Properties sponsored best 6 cards tournament, Dennis Pelly (99pts) opened up a clear lead of 13 points over Owen Walkley (86pts), they being the only two players to have entered all three counting tournaments so far; with Greg Hill back in third on 69.

Finally, there was an incident involving the marking of a scorecard.  All players are reminded that it is the players responsibility see ensure that his or her card has been marked correctly at the end of the round before it is handed in to the tournament organisers.  Don’t give your marker a hard time if the score is wrong in your opinion but you failed to sign or check your card just because you’re in a hurry to leave the course!

There was only one ‘2’ from Dennis Pelly on hole 17.

Div A (0-15)

1st Suzi Lawton (15/Hi16.8) 41pts

2nd Graham Johnson (8/Hi7.3) 35pts

3rd Paul Pedelty (16/Hi14.5) 34pts

4th Dennis Pelly (12/Hi10.8) 34pts

Div B (16+)

1st Andy Makara (30/Hi27.5) 38pts

2nd Chris Thompson (26/Hi23.6) 36pts

3rd Steve Plant (18/Hi13.3) 36pts

4th Paul Rogers (22/Hi20.5) 32pts

Tuesday, November 8, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

It was another good turnout here at Pattaya Country Club with 26 Outbackers playing in two divisions.

Some of the visiting 17 Irish lads relax at the Outback Golf Bar.Some of the visiting 17 Irish lads relax at the Outback Golf Bar.

The course was in good condition and as usual our organiser for the day, Chad, got us all away in fine fashion, even though he didn’t quite believe it himself when it was down to the last two groups and he had 8 players left!  If you’d seen him the day before trying to get the groups sorted, with Capt’ Bob having about three Kens playing and Irish Sean, and then a couple more no shows in the morning, it really was quite remarkable that it all worked out OK.  Well done mate!

It was nice to see Frank O’Neill in the bar on Tuesday morning, there to support his good lady, Laong who looks after him so well.  He must have inspired her that morning as she returned one of her best scores ever (42pts), which contained one the most remarkable back nines seen on any scorecard.  Going out in a modest 16 points, Laong opened up the back nine with three 4 pointers in a row, birdieing the 10th and the 12th and not content with that she collected another 4 points on hole 15, to romp home with a total on the back nine of 26!

Poor John White must have wondered what hit him, as he scored a great 41 points, in stark contrast to last week’s effort, but it was only enough to earn him second place, however it did move him up the DeVere Monthly Eclectic leader-board.  Chad also scored well today to take third with 37.

General Jack (35pts), followed last week’s win with another one this week, staying under the handicap radar both times as he beat Billy Fitzgerald who was going great guns on the front nine (22pts) only to struggle on the back with only 13.  Perhaps the departure of John Cogan, who had to go home to take care of one of his kids after 8 holes having already scored 18 points at that point, disrupted Billy’s obvious comfort zone.

There were only two ‘2’s from Geoff Williams on hole 7 and Laong on hole 12.

Div A (0-17)

1st Jack Moseley (14/Hi14.9) 35pts

2nd Billy Fitzgerald (12/Hi13) 35pts

3rd Dennis Persson (14/Hi15.7) 32pts

4th Geoff Doody (17/Hi17.9) 31pts

Div B (18+)

1st Laong Gatepratum (27/Hi25.6) 42pts

2nd John White (27/Hi27.2) 41pts

3rd Barry Chadbourn (18/Hi19) 37pts

4th Nigel Cannon (21/Hi21.6) 33pts

Wednesday, November 9, Burapha – Stableford

With 48 players it takes a little bit of time to get everyone away, but we got there in the end.  It was a great day for golf just a nice breeze and not too hot and there was a new “Boo Hoo” cup challenge today between John and Suzi Lawton against Bob Philp and Neil Lavery, which was won on the 18th by a shot from Suzi:- 100 yards to go and she hits it to 6 inches.

The Capt was playing under a handicap today with his first two shots off the 1st tee going out of bounds – a great start to the day.

John Lawton managed to get Neil a bit under the weather and by the time we turned it was anybody’s “Boo Hoo” cup, but the beer took over from about hole number 13 and that was the end of us.

As for the rest of the scores, they were not too bad but nobody got the better of the course as the best score in was 38 points from one of the Irish lads visiting us for the second year; hope you enjoyed your day fellas.

John Cunningham topped Div A with 35 points, just pipping one of the Irish boys, James O’Mahony, on count back with Jim Brackett and Owen Walkley following them in just one shot back, both with 34.

Gerry Mernagh (Irish) won Div B with 38 ahead of Les Easton (37) with Pete Stonebridge a distant third on 31.

Our regular players dominated Div C with the win going to Greg Hill (36) and Bob Lindborg (33) and Barry McIntosh also with 33, taking the minor places.  We also had a D division today and that was won by another of the Irish, Mr J Braithwaite, with 37.

The course continues to be in magnificent condition with the greens fast and true and with run now on the fairways.

Note: The “Boo Hoo” is a little fun matchplay challenge started last year and this year it will run until just after Christmas and will serve as a charity fundraiser.  So if you fancy throwing down the gauntlet for a match against your mates you’re welcome to have a go, with the losers contributing to the fund of course.

There were only three ‘2’s from Owen Walkely on hole C5, Dennis Pelly (hole C8) and Tom Fitzpatrick (hole D8).

Div A (0-11)

1st John Cunningham (7/Hi6.8) 35pts

2nd James O’Mahony (6) 35pts

3rd Jim Brackett (5/Hi5.1) 34pts

4th Owen Walkley (9/Hi9.3) 34pts

Div B (12-17)

1st Gerry Mernagh (17/Hi16.5) 38pts

2nd Les Easton (15/Hi14.3) 37pts

3rd Pete Stonebridge (15/Hi15) 31pts

4th Gary Lunn (12) 29pts

Div C (18-22)

1st Greg Hill (21/Hi19.9) 36pts

2nd Bob Lindborg (19/Hi18.8) 33pts

3rd Barry McIntosh (18/Hi17.5) 33pts

4th Bill Bennett (19/Hi18) 31pts

Div D (23+)

1st J Braithwaite (23/Hi22) 37pts

2nd Steve Giles (25/Hi24.1) 34pts

3rd Chris Thompson (25/Hi23.7) 33pts

4th Pat Connolly (23/Hi22) 33pts

Friday, November 11, Green Valley – Stableford

Our Irish friends from Wednesday, never made it, which was probably just as well as we would have been overbooked by a few on an already busy course, leaving us with a good sized field of 30, plus a couple or so.

Suzi ran the comp as Capt’ Bob had jobs to do and the General was up country enjoying the delights of Loy Kratong (Thurs 10th Nov) in Surin for a change instead of at the packed beaches in Pattaya & Jomtien.

Jan Eriksen led the way in Div A, with the day’s top score of 38, from Steve Plant and Murray Hart both on 37.  Div B went to a surprise winner, John Lawton (35pts) who’s back to work in Nigeria this weekend, with Andy Makara and Paul Rogers filling the second and third spots with 34 apiece.

There were two ‘2’s on hole 12, one from Dennis Pelly and the other from Chris Thompson.

Div A (0-16)

1st Jan Eriksen (14/Hi14.1) 38pts

2nd Steve Plant (13/Hi13.3) 37pts

3rd Murray Hart (13/Hi13.2) 37pts

4th Dennis Pelly (10/Hi10.9) 36pts

Div B (17+)

1st John Lawton (20/Hi19.4) 35pts

2nd Andy Makara (27/Hi26.5) 34pts

3rd Paul Rogers (21/Hi20.5) 34pts

4th Roger Pickering (26/Hi25.1) 32pts

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.