Mickey & Andre win Chad’s Memorial Scramble

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PSC Golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, August 3, Burapha – Stableford

The six groups were back on C and D in perfect golf weather, cloud and cool breeze.  The course was in great condition and as usual was nearly empty.

John Fitzgerald beat fellow Irishman Ivan Plunkett on c/b with 36pts to win the second division from John O Keefe on 35.  Geoff Braithwaite, having his last individual game with us this trip, won the top division with 38pts, from Bob Finley (35) in second and Dave Boran (34) third.

There were five ‘2’s, coming from Harry Vincenzi, Dennis Pelly, Jim Brackett, Jimmy Little and John Fitzgerald.

Division A (0-16)

1st Geoff Braithwaite (07) 38pts

2nd Bob Finley (15) 35pts

3rd David Boran (15) 34pts

Division B: (17+)

1st John Fitzgerald (20) 36pts

2nd Ivan Plunkett (26) 36pts

3rd John O’Keefe (18) 35pts

Tuesday, August 4, Pattaya C.C. – Chad’s Memorial Scramble

It was on the 4th August 2013 that regular Outbacker and member of Pattaya Country Club, Barry Chadbourn (AKA Chad) lost his final battle at his home just round the corner from the Outback bar.

Scramble winners, Mickey & Andre are presented with their “Wish I was Here” Chad Memorial Trophy by Suzi Lawton.

Last year there was a memorial ‘fun’ golf day for Chad at PCC where he played most of his golf in his last few years and during which time he became very popular with the staff and caddies.  It was a great day enjoyed by the 40+ friends playing to remember Chad

Long time friend John Lawton, together with support from the Outback and Billabong bars and other friends decided that there should be another memorial golf day this year for this very popular man.

Missing this year was Chad’s widow, Trudy, who some months ago returned to live in England where she had family.  Just a week ago sadly Trudy passed away following some ill health but it was decided to continue as planned as it is what Trudy would have wanted and she knew that her Chad was being remembered again and was very proud.

The day began for many with breakfast at the Outback then off to Chad’s home course Pattaya Country Club where new owner of the Outback Golf Bar, Andre Coetzee and longtime Outbacker, Nigel Cannon, registered and welcomed the 68 friends playing today – including a PCC caddy.  Many today had not seen the new clubhouse and were very impressed.

On the first tee Tim Knight and John Lawton were on hand to send players on their way as well as Suzi, Jayne and Chad’s caddy Wan, dispensing filled rolls and beer to ensure the start of what was to be a ‘fun’ day.  They continued around the course so all the players could be re-stocked.

On the tee were two delightful photos of Chad and Trudy for all to pay their respects to this fine couple.

The competition was a two-person scramble (Ambrose for the Aussies) with some ‘variations from the norm’.  On par 5’s the opposing team were to select which ball had to be played, and on Par 3’s – once on the green – the caddies putted out.

Golf over – in fine weather it was back to the Outback for delightful food and refreshment before the presentation.

Greg Hirst from DeVere (left) poses with Friday winners Bruce McAdam (low net), and Mike Missler (low gross).

Andre welcomed all and introduced Nigel – who on behalf of the players thanked the organisers and helpers of today for arranging a great day in memory of our departed friends.  He welcomed a couple of PCC caddies and noted a number of friends who for varying reasons were unable to be here today.

Trudy was aware of this day being arranged for ‘her Chad’ and had written a note of appreciation just before her passing which Nigel read on her behalf.  He then said a final message to Chad and Trudy to RIP.

Now it was time for the announcements of the winners by John Lawton, assisted by Suzi; there were prizes to the top 9 teams all of whom were ‘insulted’ – in a nice way – by John.

The winning team was the aforementioned Andre Coetzee and another good friend of the Chad’s, Mickey Leighton, with an amazing net score of 61.2 (67 gross).  Second went to Paul Greenaway & Greg Ritchie on 64.7 (72 gross) and third place to Freddy Starbeck & Narula Narongsak 65.0 (71 gross).  A full list of the results can be found on the Outback Bar website.

Last but not least, there were 4 near pin prizes kindly donated by Bob St. Aubin which were won by Martin Kingswood (5th), Geoff Braithwaite (7th), J P Maffray (12th) and Dah, the Outback driver, Mickey’s better half, on the 16th.

Wednesday, August 5, Bangpra – Stableford

Four groups played the excellent Bangpra in fine cool weather.  Jim Brackett was the winner with 34 points, from Neil Hughes in second place and Garry Oliffe third.  Tim Knight secured fourth spot on count back.

Neill Hughes had the only ‘2’ of the day.

1st Jim Brackett (09) 34pts

2nd Neil Hughes (15) 33pts

3rd Garry Oliffe (13) 32pts

4th Tim Knight (27) 31pts

Friday, August 7, Green Valley – DeVere Medal

Those that persist and are patient get rewarded in golf, and that was certainly the case with Bruce McAdam who finished well ahead of the field with a fabulous 66 net on Friday.  This put a smile back on his face and helped relieved his pain from a disastrous Ashes innings by Australia on Thursday.  Andy Makara, Sugar Ray and Bob Finley all finished with a respectable 72 net, six shots behind Bruce.

The low gross side of the medal competition was a completely different affair with Andre Coetzee and Mike Missler being the two lowest handicappers in the field playing together and trying to out-do each other in a round of “who can make the most mistakes and lose”.  In the end, Andre outdid Mike due to a poor performance on par 3’s and stupid chipping and Mike clinched the coveted monthly medal with 81 gross, nowhere near recent medal winning scores.  Nonetheless, well done Mike for being the more consistent player.

Plenty of ‘2’s today as the par 3’s played all relatively short.  Peter Nixon had two (8 & 16), with Bob Finley (8), Kim Danboisy(12), Andy Makara(12) and Pat Regan (16) completing the winning roster.

1st Bruce McAdam (29) net 66

2nd Andy Makara (26) net 72

3rd Sugar Ray Handford (18) net 72

4th Bob Finley (15) net 72

5th Kim Danboise (14) net 73

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