Skippers take stylish win in Bob Lindborg’s Pairs Cup

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, May 9, Burapha – Stableford

What a pleasure it was to play Burapha today on the identical course (B & D) as the professionals in the Thailand Singha Open Tournament, which took place over the last four days; with even the pins in the same positions, making a very good challenge for most of us.

Obviously, the 26 Outbackers did not play from the pro tees as that would have been ridiculously tough but considering some of the pin placements and the speed of the greens, the scoring was relatively good, even for the whites.

Bob Lindborg presents his birthday trophy to Capt’s Bob and Brad. Bob Lindborg presents his birthday trophy to Capt’s Bob and Brad.

One man stood head and shoulders above the rest with 42 points and Peter Stonebridge was that man today, five clear of Steve Mann and Lumpy Russell who both had 37, and in Div B, the win went to Barry McIntosh (37pts) who just beat Brian Maddox on count-back, and Bob Lindborg, who was having his first game after a lengthy lay-off, took third with 35.

There was a “jackpot 2” today from Steve Mann.

Div A (0-16)

1st Peter Stonebridge (15) 42pts

2nd Steve Mann (9) 37pts

3rd Lumpy Russell (14) 37pts

4th Owen Walkley (10) 36pts

Div B (17+)

1st Barry McIntosh (18) 37pts

2nd Brian Maddox (20) 37pts

3rd Bob Lindborg (19) 35pts

4th Ivan Plunkett (20) 34pts

Tuesday, May 10, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

As a couple of the regulars were away from Pattaya Country Club today, including Chad the usual Tuesday organizer, it was left to General Jack to get the show on the road.  The course was completely devoid of players, leaving the Outback’s 17 players to start at their leisure on what was weather-wise, a strange day, as at times it was extremely hot and humid interspersed with periods of high winds together with pleasant temperatures.

Most of the course is holding up well although the eighth and fourteenth greens are still on the tatty side and the work on the bunkers seems to have come to a grinding halt; however bearing in mind the location and the green fee, this still represents an excellent day out.

Stuart Tinkler certainly had his, scoring a fine 40 points to fill the top spot in Div A, whilst one back from him with 39 points was his friend, Ken Davidson, who headed up Div B.

As there were no ‘2’s, there were two divisions, even though the split was a little uneven.

Div A (0-16)

1st Stuart Tinkler (16) 40pts

2nd Alan Whittingham (13) 37pts

3rd Owen Walkley (10) 32pts

Div B (17+)

1st Kenneth Davidson (23) 39pts

2nd Doug Chalkley (21) 34pts

3rd Jim Payne (27) 31pts

Wednesday, May 11, Green Valley – Stableford

A rare visit to Green Valley for the Outback yielded just 13 players but nevertheless it was all very close with some excellent scores being returned.

First place was a count-back between the in-form Brian Maddox and Steve Milne, both with 37 but with Brian missing out this time, and third, fourth and fifth places had three guys, Owen Walkley, Andy Butterworth and Paul Bourke, all on 35.

There were no ‘2’s today and for the record the course was in reasonable condition albeit that the greens were slow and still showed remnants of the recent heavy sanding.

1st Steve Milne (14) 37pts

2nd Brian Maddox (20) 37pts

3rd Owen Walkley (10) 35pts

4th Andy Butterworth (10) 35pts

5th Paul Bourke (11) 35pts

Friday, May 13, Khao Kheow C&A – Stableford

This was another of the Outback’s Birthday Cups, this time Bob Lindborg’s 3rd annual pairs event, with some 48 players and a few extras participating.  The Golf Club, led by Brad Sproxton, was also booked to play here at Khao Kheow and with many of their players being friends of Bob’s they all joined in the occasion.

Unlike a scramble, when everybody picks the best ball, this (pairs or 4BBB) is a popular format where each player still plays his own game but can gain confidence from his partner, in the knowledge that he (his partner) is playing well.  Similarly of course, if one’s partner knocks two of his tee shots OB, then it places enormous pressure on the player to score; a special thanks go to Owen on the opening hole on C!

There were some strong pairings out there, none more so perhaps than the two captains themselves, Capt’ Brad and Capt’ Bob who spread-eagled the field to romp home with a fantastic 49 points, to win by five.  The card included a devastating stretch from Brad, where he shot one under par gross on holes 5 to 9, receiving a shot on each hole, to rack up 16 points in just five holes.  They finished almost as strongly over the closing five holes on A, picking up 14 points between them.

The Golf Club pairing of Oddvar Rykke & Vic Hester were second with 44 points and Ray Dell and Graham Dietrich were third on 42.

Food back at the Outback was with the compliments of Bob Lindborg as were the 500 baht near pin vouchers that were won by Capt’ Bob (C3), Birthday Bob (C8), Vic Hester (A3) and Yves Moutier (A5), with Capt’ Bob’s being put back into a draw only to be won by Eddie Beilby.

We said good bye to Greg Leblanc, who enjoyed a win with us a couple of weeks back on his first outing with the Outback, as he returns to Canada and also to Bryce Stick, who didn’t enjoy a win – or did you?  He returns to Aus – say hello to Dalby & Moorie from the Outback and thanks for all the ‘presies’ you brought over.

There were six ‘2’s from Bob Newell, Bob Philp, Vic Hester, Paul Bourke, Graham Dietrich & Bob Lindborg.

1st Brad Sproxton & Bob Philp 49pts

2nd Vic Hester & Oddvar Rykke 44pts

3rd Ray Dell & Graham Dietrich 42pts

4th Eddy Beilby & Ian Halfpenny 41pts

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.