Stafford shoots net 67 to win monthly medal

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Feb. 3, Burapha – Stableford

Back off the whites on the C & D nines with 31 Outbackers playing, we had a relatively slow round of golf with many more customers generally on the course, including unfortunately a few 5-balls.  The weather continues to be fine but the indiscriminate hand watering of parts of the fairways in the heat of the day meant that some areas were burnt off and others wet under foot.

Steve Mann at last put it all together to show his true potential as a single handicapper, to shoot an excellent 76 gross and amass 42pts.  Not only was it the day’s top score but he also won his division by four from course specialist Paul Bourke with 38.  Pete Stonebridge brought his ‘A’ game to take third with 37 over Muzza in fourth on 36.

John Stafford (centre) collects the DeVere trophy from Greg Hirst (right) and his Black Label hamper from Pete Stonebridge (left).John Stafford (centre) collects the DeVere trophy from Greg Hirst (right) and his Black Label hamper from Pete Stonebridge (left).

Jimmy Little would have surprised himself by winning Div B with 37pts, from Barry McIntosh and Andy Poulter both on 34, and the consistent Bob Mattes fourth with 32.

There were four ‘2’s from Murray Hart (C5), Chris Thompson (C8) and Peter Nixon & Ivan Plunkett (D2).

Div A (0-16)

1st Stephen Mann (10) 42pts

2nd Paul Bourke (12) 38pts

3rd Pete Stonebridge (16) 37pts

4th Murray Hart (12) 36pts

Div B (17+)

1st Jimmy Little (20) 37pts

2nd Barry McIntosh (20) 34pts

3rd Andy Poulter (20) 34pts

4th Bob Mattes (21) 32pts

Wednesday, Feb. 5, Bangra – Stableford

We were vastly over-subscribed for Bangpra this week and regrettably unable to get all the extra tee times we required.  With many walkers and our continued reluctance to play 5-balls, the field was reduced to just 25, however that did include one 5-ball.  General Jack didn’t play and the surplus players gave Silky Oak a whirl.

Another beautiful day and the course looked great as we teed off from the tenth but judging by the scoring is must have been a tough old day out there, as nobody played to their handicap.  Best of the day was David Davies whose 35pts won him Div B from his old sparring partner John Stafford, four back with 31 and beating Greg LeBlanc on c/b.

Tom Larsen, and thanks for agreeing to take a cart, took Div A with 34pts and an amazing six clear of a very surprised Peter Eriksen in second on 28.  Andre Coetzee took third, beating Mick Leighton on c/b, both with 27.

Terry O’Connor bagged the only ‘2’ on the 12th.

Div A (0-17)

1st Tom Larsen (15) 34pts

2nd Peter Erikson (6) 28pts

3rd Andre Coetzee (5) 27pts

4th Mick Leighton (16) 27pts

Div B (18+)

1st David Davies (24) 35pts

2nd John Stafford (19) 31pts

3rd Greg LeBlanc (23) 31pts

4th Eddy Beilby (18) 29pts

Friday, Feb. 7, Green Valley – Monthly Medal

A full field of 12 groups turned out for the second DeVere Monthly Medal of the year but this time with an additional sponsor by way of Pete Stonebridge from the Classroom Go-Go Bar down in Pattayaland 2.

Teeing off on time with the continuing fine weather was to set the day right for some good scoring but perhaps the pace of play here once again was to throw a few potential scores off course as only three players managed to play to their handicap or better.

John Stafford, who has been playing very well of late with some fine driving and iron play, only to be let down by some inconsistent putting, clearly got it all right today.  John won the day with a net 67 (h’cap 19) to collect the DeVere monthly trophy from Greg Hirst, together with a very fine ‘Black Label’ hamper from Peter Stonebridge on behalf of the Classroom.  Second placed Steve Mann (68) not only collected the ‘Red Label’ hamper from Pete but also the ‘Low Gross’ medal with 78 and three ‘2’s, so a very rewarding day for Steve.

Jon Adler, who joined the Outback for golf a few weeks ago, has shown very little form to date but he did today, missing out on the low gross by just one shot to score a net 72 off his handicap of 7, as well as picking up the ‘100 Pipers’ hamper from Pete.

A special mention is deserved for Roy Studds, who has been persevering off his handicap of 36 for quite some time.  Well today it paid off at last as a delighted Roy scored a net 73 in a two-way tie for fourth, which included a birdie on the par 5 (14th) and would have been worth 5pts in stableford.  Well done Roy!

The Classroom also sponsored four near pins but you had to be there at the presentation to win them.  One person was, John Hicks, but the rest weren’t so they (the vouchers) went back into a lucky draw to be won by Eddy Beilby, Peter LeNoury and Paul Greenaway.

There were nine ‘2’s from Stephen Mann (4th), Stephen Mann, Joe Mooneyham & Geoff Stimpson (9th) and Stephen Mann, Jon Adler, Bruce McAdam, Dennis Pelly & John Stafford (12th).

1st John Stafford (19) net 67

2nd Stephen Mann (10) net 68

3rd Jon Adler (7) net 72

T4th Tom Byrne (15) net 73

T4th Roy Studds (36) net 73

T6th Peter Nixon (13) net 74

T6th Murray Hart (12) net 74

T6th Jimmy Little (20) net 74

T6th Peter LeNoury (11) net 74

T6th Rick Evans (6) net 74

T6th Bob Lindborg (21) net 74

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