Makara secures second monthly medal award

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Friday, April 20, Green Valley – Stableford

After the Songkran activities of the previous day in Pattaya, it would have been a surprise if all those who had signed up to play at Green Valley today, actually turned up.  Well they didn’t and of the eleven who did, we only received cards back from nine of them.  All in all a satisfactory turnout as the Outback got their Saturday golf underway, aided a little by the fact that the course was closed on Friday.

The greens had been heavily sanded, making the putting more difficult than usual and there were a few grumblings in the camp about the rate charged, but remember these jobs have to be done and the rate we pay is already heavily discounted.

(From left): Joe Mooneyham, Peter LeNoury, Greg Hirst (DeVere Financial), Andy Makara and Paul Greenaway.(From left): Joe Mooneyham, Peter LeNoury, Greg Hirst (DeVere Financial), Andy Makara and Paul Greenaway.

Rob Barnes, who had only returned to golf this week, at last straightened his hook to good effect, to comfortably take the win with 40pts over John O’Keefe and organiser, Tim Knight, both on 35.  As there were no ‘2’s, Bob St. Aubin also earned himself a podium place with 34.

1st Robert Barnes (13) 40pts

2nd John O’Keefe (15) 35pts

3rd Tim Knight (21) 35pts

4th Bob St. Aubin (13) 34pts

Monday, April 22, Burapha – Stableford

After the Pro tournament on B & D, which finished here on Sunday, the Outback had the pleasure of playing the same course albeit from ‘slightly’ shorter tees.  Needless to say, the course was a great experience for the 28 Outbackers and it was quite noticeable that the top three places in Div A were all taken by guys who played in the Pro-Am on the same course the previous Wednesday.  Andy Butterworth headed them with a brilliant 41pts, from Ron Dickie on 39 and Paul Bourke with 36.

Geoff Stimpson (left) with Richard Pegler.Geoff Stimpson (left) with Richard Pegler.

In Div B, it was a day for the regulars at Burapha, as Pete Stonebridge took first place with 35pts, beating Bob Lindborg (34pts) by one, with Andy Makara one point further back on 33.

There were five ‘2’s from John Cunningham, Ken Davidson & Bob Lindborg on D2 and Andy Butterworth & Kev Waycott on B3.

Div A (0-14)

1st Andy Butterworth (13) 41pts

2nd Ron Dickie (6) 39pts

3rd Paul Bourke (10) 36pts

4th John Cunningham (7) 36pts

Div B (15+)

1st Pete Stonebridge (18) 35pts

2nd Bob Lindborg (18) 34pts

3rd Andy Makara (29) 33pts

4th Keith Allen (18) 33pts

Tuesday, April 23, Khao Kheow – Stableford

There were 11 Outbackers today playing A & C at Khao Kheow off the yellow tees.  The B course is closed and will be for three to four months as they are redoing some of the holes i.e. B9 which has been completely bulldozed except for the tee boxes and the green.

There had been a heavy thunderstorm not long before we arrived so it was carts on the rough only so we played ‘lift, clean and place’ on the fairways, but it wasn’t really needed.  The course was in good shape and as we were playing they were busy cutting the grass after the long Songkran week off.

Bob Barnes found himself at the top with a steady 36pts, beating Andy Makara on count back with the sane score, as Andy continued with his run of podium finishes, whilst somehow managing to stay under the handicap radar.  Suzi took third with 32 and she was a long way clear of fourth placed Gordon Clegg on 26.

Finally, welcome back to our Aussie group, Gordon Etheridge and friends, who filled the other seven places in the field and would be with us for the next a couple of days.

There were no ‘2’s.

1st Robert Barnes (12) 36pts

2nd Andy Makara (29) 36pts

3rd Suzi Lawton (19) 32pts

4th Gordon Clegg (27) 26pts

Wednesday, April 24, Siam Plantation – Stableford

Twenty-one Outbackers turned out for Plantation today to play A & B and thanks to Captain Steve for starting us off and organising today’s competition even though he still cannot play, as a result of his recent accident.  We had our regular slot at 8:36 and we teed off 10 minutes early.

What can you say about Plantation, other than fantastic and just a great all-round experience!  The greens were fast compared to some of the more normal courses we play, with some extremely difficult pin positions leading to some people three-putting.

Rosco was on fire on the front nine, playing to two under par with a fine 27 points, awesome!  But the hangover left him and reality hit him on the back nine where he could only muster 14 points; but still a very good score to win Div A by seven, with 41pts.  Geoff Stimpson, who loves this course, was second with 34 ahead of Sel with 33.

Div B, went to a member here, Jim Bryan on 34, with Richard Pegler beating Waldo into to second on count back, both on 32.

There were three ‘2’s recorded by Art O’Connor & Geoff Stimpson on A3 and Jim Bryan on B7.

Div A (0-15)

1st Rosco Langoulant (15) 41pts

2nd Geoff Stimpson (8) 34pts

3rd Sel Wegner (13) 33pts

Div B (16+)

1st Jim Bryan (16) 34pts

2nd Richard Pegler (24) 32pts

3rd Stephen Blazsanyik (17) 32pts

Friday, April 26, Green Valley – DeVere Monthly Medal

A relatively small field of 24 Outbackers turned out to play in the DeVere sponsored Monthly Medal.  This could have been due to the sanding and coring of the greens but more likely and noticeably, the complete absence of any golfing tourists in town; unusually, the entire field bar one was made of PSC members.

Despite the condition of the greens the scoring was quite solid with five players matching their handicap or better, as that man again, Andy Makara, won his second monthly medal trophy, with a net 67.  Second place went to the seven times a week player, Peter LeNoury, who beat PSC golf chairman Joe Mooneyham on count back, both on net 70.  Paul Greenaway took fourth on a net 72.

After a review of the scores it’s quite noticeable that the two Staffords in the field, John and Bernie, who finished 6th and 7th respectively, both on 73, would have finished 4th and 5th with 36pts each if using the stableford format and Paul would have been 6th, also with 36.

Being a medal round you would think that we would have been more than four hours but almost everyone went round in just under that.  Well done guys!  Thanks to Steve for starting us off in his usual good form and it will be nice to see him back playing on the golf course, hopefully soon.

There were two ‘2’s from Stefan Hoge & Peter LeNoury, both on the 12th.

1st Andy Makara (29) net 67

2nd Peter LeNoury (9) net 70

3rd Joe Mooneyham (16) net 70

4th Paul Greenaway (9) net 72

5th Stephen Blazsanyik (17) net 72

6th John Stafford (16) 73

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