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PSC from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, July 30, Burapha – Stableford

Thirteen Outbackers played Burapha A and B off the blue markers on a day that was overcast and very cool.  At over 6700 yards the course played its full length for a change and none of the holes were easy, and made tougher by the ensuing rain for a couple of holes, which had threatened for some time.

No carts were allowed on the fairways but even though you didn’t get much run they were surprisingly dry and the greens were again in great condition but needless to say, were a little slow after the rain but still great to putt on.

Suzi Lawton. Suzi Lawton.

Pace of play was very good with very few players before or after our groups and as usual we teed off earlier than our 10am tee time.

Most players found the course very tough and the scores reflect that.  The best score for the day was returned by Greg Hill with 35 points from Suzi Lawton on 34 points and Wayne Cotterell had the only ‘2’ on B8.

1st Greg Hill (20) 35pts

2nd Suzi Lawton (17) 34pts

3rd John Player (19) 31pts

Tuesday, July 31, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

Despite a relatively good turnout of 13 for a Tuesday on course with only nine holes open, a good score remained elusive as only two players actually made it over the 30 point mark, with half the field scoring either 28 or 29 points.

The course was looking quite acceptable and did not contribute to the lower than average scoring as the fairways & greens were generally good.  As there were no ‘2’s, there were five places on the podium, headed by Nigel Cannon with 34, with Dennis the Turnip bringing up the rear with the last of three 29’s.

1st Nigel Cannon (21) 34pts

2nd Geoff Moodie (27) 31pts

3rd David Earthrowl (18) 29pts

4th Jack Moseley (18) 29pts

5th Dennis Persson (17) 29pts

Tuesday, July 31, Laem Chabang – Stableford

A disappointing turnout at Laem Chabang today with just 8 playing the A & B nines on this lovely course.  As with the scoring at Pattaya C.C., scoring here was below average with only one player and the day’s winner, Bernie Stafford, making more than 30 points.

There were no ‘2’s.

1st Bernie Stafford (12) 31pts

2nd Andre Coetzee (6) 29pts

3rd Andy Butterworth (12) 29pts

Wednesday, August 1, Siam Plantation – Stableford

Twelve Outbackers travelled to Siam Plantation for our Wednesday competition and had another brilliant day out, which although windy and overcast was just a great for golf.  The course (B & A) has had a lot of rain over the past few days and was a little soft underfoot but the greens were as superb as ever and the course was still presented in great shape.  The starters got everybody off on time and pace of play was again very good considering the number of golfers on the course.

Welcome back to Bert Lewis, a friend of Bobby Driggs and welcome also to Jason McGuiness for his first game with the Outback; Jason is on a 3 handicap and showed some form even with a borrowed set of clubs and has great potential for a 14yr old and we look forward to his next visit.

The course was the winner on the day with the best score being 34 points from Capt’ Stephen, from a host of players on 33 points.

There were three ‘2’s from Joe Mooneyham, Chris Davisson and Bobby Driggs.

1st Steve Mann (9) 34pts

2nd Joe Mooneyham (14) 33pts

3rd Mark Riggall (14) 33pts

4th Chris Davisson (11) 33pts

5th Jim Bryan (16) 33pts

Wednesday, August 1, Bangpra – Stableford

Travelling to Bangpra today there were 18 players; not all of whom were in the competition (four weren’t), not all of whom completed the course, and not all of whom handed their card in.

We teed off twenty minutes early but unfortunately went round in over four and a half hours due a four-ball in front of us who were very slow to say the least, but sometimes these things happen at any of the courses we play at and there’s very little we can do about it.

The course was in great condition and the greens were like lightning if you had a downhill putt, making a challenge to all of us.  On the sixth, we saw a couple of monkeys which was fun to see them chasing each other up and down the trees.

We would like to welcome back Paul Rogers and congrats for setting your alarm and well done to John O’Keefe for the day’s win with 37 points from Martin Kingswood (36pts) in second and Suzi back in third on 33.

There was just one ‘2’ from Pottsy on the 8th.

1st John O’Keefe (18) 37pts

2nd Martin Kingswood (13) 36pts

3rd Suzi Lawton (17) 33pts

Friday, August 3, Green Valley – Stableford

Only 19 Outbackers for Green Valley as many stayed away because of holiday rates and the prospect of a full course and slow play.  Although heavily booked, most groups started after us and pace of play was very good, with all groups finishing in just over three and a half hours.

Once again the course was in good condition even though they have had a few days of heavy rain and some bunkers had washouts that had not been repaired, but the greens were good which led to some excellent scoring.

The course layout has been changed with the old number 3 (par 5) becoming the number 1 hole and the old difficult hole no 1 has become the 3rd hole; this is a good change as it allows players to warm up before tackling the No.1 ranked hole on the course.

A number of players scored well but Suzi Lawton led the pack with a great score of 41 points, from Paul Rodgers with 40 points and Joe Mooneyham with 39 points making up the placings.

There was only one ‘2’ from Bobby Driggs on the 16th.

1st Suzi Lawton (17) 41pts

2nd Paul Rodgers (18) 40pts

3rd Joe Mooneyham (14) 39pts

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 call Jack on 087 941 2474.