Songkran – Outback style

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, April 11, Burapha – Stableford

Capt’ Bob made it tough again on the 21 Outbackers, giving then the A & C nines from the blue tees.  The scoring however was surprisingly good with Jim Brackett, Div A winner and Greg Hill, Div B winner, both making 37 points.

Steve Mann, who was having his last round for couple of weeks as he pops back to Oz, took second in Div A with his 34, from Owen Walkley in third with 33.  In Div B the runner up was Murray Hart (35) and Stefan Hoge was in third place with 34.

There were three ‘2’s today from Greg Hill, Jim Brackett & Steve Plant.

Div A (0–12)

1st James Brackett (6) 37pts

2nd Steve Mann (9) 34pts

3rd Owen Walkley (11) 33pts

Div B (13+)

1st Greg Hill (26) 37pts

2nd Murray Hart (13) 35pts

3rd Stefan Hoge (15) 34pts

Tuesday, April 12, Pattaya C.C. – Scramble

It was the day before the madness of Pattaya started that 48 Outbackers went to their regular Tuesday course – Pattaya Country Club for a ‘fun’ two-person scramble.

Barry Chadbourn & Capt’ Bob relax after their win in the Songkran scramble on Tuesday.  In the background are some of the caddies with Sel Wegner and Geoff Moodie.Barry Chadbourn & Capt’ Bob relax after their win in the Songkran scramble on Tuesday.  In the background are some of the caddies with Sel Wegner and Geoff Moodie.

With many at the Outback for breakfast, the staff were kept fully occupied in what was bound to be a busy day and Capt’ Bob was once again in his element, remembering everybody’s name at the course, where we were met by the PCC staff in their usual friendly efficient manner and dressed ready for Songkran celebrations.

The course was in good condition however the greens a little slow, even though they looked in fine fettle.  It was a perfect day for golf, a little overcast but no rain and not too hot.  There were not too many others on the course thus producing a round played at a comfortable pace of around four hours.

It has become an Outback ‘unique’ tradition after these ‘fun’ games to invite a number of the regular caddies to join the players back at the bar for a few drinks and food and today was no exception, with ten caddies coming back as well as the caddymaster, Hewie.

On arriving at the Outback the barbecue was up and running with various delights, including chicken and salad, steak sandwiches, as well as the usual hot dogs and the Outback’s homemade burgers; there was also some Thai food for the caddies.

With all fed and watered it was time for the presentation – this was in the hands of the Outback’s regular MC, Nigel Cannon who opened with a welcome to all (eight nationalities represented) on behalf of Capt’ Bob and General Jack.  He made a mention of a number of visitors joining us today from the ‘light-side’ including PSC President Tony Oakes, Lewiinski’s President Eddie Beilby and Brad Sproxton from the Golf Club and of course, a regular with the Outback, the incumbent Golf Chairman, Joe Mooneyham.

Nigel, a Pattaya C.C. regular, also welcome all 10 caddies – naming each one and then moved on to the results.  There were supposed to be prizes down to eighth place but a small oversight led to nine prizes actually being awarded.

The winning team was the Capt’ himself playing with Tuesday organiser ‘Chad’, with a bogey free gross score of 69 (net 61.75) ahead of Bobby Driggs and the Sugarman with a net 63; just in case you didn’t hear it from the Sugarman himself, he chipped in twice.  The surprise partnership of General Jack and his caddie, Lek, were not to be left out of it by taking third place (63.25) giving up their tie for the lead only at the 17th, when the best they could manage was a disappointing double.

1st Barry Chadbourn & Bob Philp (69) net 61.75

2nd Sugar Ray Handford & Robert Driggs (70) net 63

3rd Jack Moseley & Lek (74) net 63.25

4th Steve Plant & Dave Buchanan (66) net 65

5th Murray Hart & Ricky Poe (76) net 65.25

6th Dennis Persson & David Earthrowl (75) net 65.75

7th Sel Wegner & Geoff Moodie (75) net 66

8th Geoff Doody & Kathy Doody (76) net 66.25

9th Bob Pearce & Tony Oakes (72) net 66.5

Friday, April 15, Khao Kheow – Stableford

A different looking Khao Kheow today as the mass exodus of golfers from Pattaya gathered pace, leaving 26 Outbackers to rock up for their weekly self flagellation on the fairways and greens of the A & B nines.

Most of the 23 Outbackers who were off to Nakhon Nayok on Saturday probably welcomed being spared the torture of trying to play this course, except one; Tony McDonough honed his driver and putter to the extent that he demolished the course with an exceptional 40 points, eight clear of his nearest rival.  It is Tony’s best score for quite some time and would put him firmly amongst the favourites to win at Royal Hills over the following three days.

Tuesday runners up Sugar Ray Handford & Bobby Driggs with two more of the caddies.Tuesday runners up Sugar Ray Handford & Bobby Driggs with two more of the caddies.

Welcome back to Tony Garnett (2nd with 32pts) and his son Rhys and also to Sakorn, who picked up the reins from where she left off, recording another win with just 29 points.

There were three ‘2’ today from Jon Kittilsen, Tony Garnett & John O’Keefe.

Rosco and Pottsy, who both had rounds they would sooner forget, put golf behind them for a few days as they headed off to the airport on their way to Vietnam to take part in Anzac Day, which this year falls on Easter Monday, 25th April.

Finally, we say goodbye to Dave Buchanan who has played some outstanding golf over the past couple of weeks or so, off of his 1 handicap.

Div A (0-18)

1st Tony McDonough (14) 40pts

2nd Tony Garnett (10) 32pts

3rd James Brackett (6) 31pts

Div B (19+)

1st Sakorn Pramoolchart (20) 29pts

2nd Benchamas Kembrey (36) 26pts

3rd John White (25) 26pts