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Sunday, March 24, Khao Kheow – Stroke

The final round of the first Aussie Amateur tour to Pattaya was at Khao Kheow on Sunday March 24 and it produced some really good scores, even if the golfers did play from the white tees. 

The top score of the day was posted by Trevor Turner with a net 65, whilst the overall winner Dayle Hoek recorded an excellent 69 to secure the win with a four round total of 287.  Second was the first and second day leader, Sayer Gill.

Overall 4-round scores

1st Dayle Hoek – net 287

2nd Sayer Gill – net 292

3rd Matt Timbrell – net 298

4th Jarrod Clark – net 299

5th Trevor Turner – net 301

6th Ed Butcher – net 305

7th Robin Peach – net 306

8th Graham Simpson – net 311

9th Lee Grace – net 313

10th David Palmer – net 317

11th Craig Scott – net 317

12th Mark Ritchie – net 326

Monday, March 25, Burapha – Stableford

Thirty-seven players set out to play Burapha on a hot and sunny Monday and the day only got hotter, with little or no breeze to cool us down.

Dayle Hoek (right) receives his winning trophy from Matt, one of the Aussie Amateur tournament’s joint organisers.Dayle Hoek (right) receives his winning trophy from Matt, one of the Aussie Amateur tournament’s joint organisers.

The C and D course are in great condition and all the greens have undergone recent renovations, which didn’t look too special but looks are deceiving as they were very true and fast and great to putt on.  The course was set up nice and easy and was a little shorter than normal, which made for some good scoring in all divisions.  We had a number of groups in front but still managed to complete the course in just on four hours.

All three division winners scored 41pts; Capt’ Steve to win Div A from Ron Dickie and Paul Bourke, both with 36; Jimmy Little to win Div B, closely followed by Muzza & Mark Potten both with 40, and Bob Lindborg, who is still having a purple patch, to win Div C from Brian Maddox with 35.

There were five ‘2s’ from Andy Makara & Mark Potten (C5), Gary Hogg (C8), Svenn Ole Lund (an eagle on D7) and Kerry Beck (D8).

Div A (0-12)

1st Stephen Mann (12) 41pts

2nd Ron Dickie (6) 36pts

3rd Paul Bourke (11) 36pts

4th Gary Hogg (8) 33pts

Div B (13-18)

1st Jimmy Little (18) 41pts

2nd Murray Hart (15) 40pts

3rd Mark Potten (18) 40pts

4th Greg Hill (18) 35pts

Div C (19+)

1st Bob Lindborg (19) 41pts

2nd Brian Maddox (22) 35pts

3rd Jon Kittilsen (22) 34pts

4th Greg LeBlanc (27) 33pts

Wednesday, March 27, Siam Plantation – Stableford

22 players this week at Siam Plantation playing the A & C nines, two players down on a full house, again due to late withdrawals which is disappointing as we have to turn other prospective players away.

From left, Greg from DeVere Financial and Suzi Lawton present the winner’s trophy to Svenn Lund and the low gross medal to Keryy Beck.From left, Greg from DeVere Financial and Suzi Lawton present the winner’s trophy to Svenn Lund and the low gross medal to Keryy Beck.

Since Tapioca (B loop) is still undergoing some extensive maintenance work, this was the third week running that we have played the same nines but nobody would complain as Sugarcane (A) is probably one of the best combinations of 9 holes anywhere to be found in Thailand.

After reports that Chris Davisson had run-around here with a score well in excess of 40pts on Monday, it was hardly surprising that he was the top scorer today with 39pts, even with a wipe start on the first two holes.  Chris won Div B from Andy Butterworth (36pts) and Plantation member Jim Bryan on 33.

Div A went to Chris Kerr with 38pts off a handicap of 8, and Trevor Turner, having his last game before returning to Aus after the recent Aussie Amateur tour, took second on 36.  Geoff Stimpson was third with 35.

We also said goodbye to Bart Hantke and friends, who were having their last game with us.

There were two ‘2’s from Tom Fitzpatrick (A6) and Chris Davisson (C8).

Div A (0-12)

1st Chris Kerr (8) 38pts

2nd Trevor Turner (12) 36pts

3rd Geoff Stimpson (7) 35pts

Div B (13+)

1st Chris Davisson (14) 39pts

2nd Andy Butterworth (13) 36pts

3rd Jim Bryan (15) 33pts

Wednesday, March 27, Eastern Star – Stableford

A good turn-out here at Eastern Star with 20 players scheduled to tee-off at 10.30, however, once again in reality, what was written down bore no resemblance to the actual tee-off time, making it difficult for the organisers and players alike.  Some players, through no fault of their own, were late for the start, leaving our starter for the day Tim Knight with some hasty reshuffling to do.

By all reports the course was in satisfactory condition although the greens were in need of a cut, however the green fee represents great value for the time of year.

The scoring wasn’t great but the layout of this course is no “walk in the park” with some long tough par fours and plenty of water to catch the errant ball; but none of this stopped our “Race2Bkk” leader, Murray Hart from taking the top spot again with a fine 36pts to win Div A from a distant Mark Riggall (31) and Peter Nixon (30).

Div B was won by Pottsy, who is usually found playing at Pattaya Country Club but ventured out here for a change as PCC can be a little monotonous as there are only nine holes open for the time-being.  So a good result for Pottsy to win (whilst playing away) with 33pts from his mate Craig Donnan on 31 and the Sugarman third with 30.

There were two ‘2’s from Svenn Ole Lund (3rd) and Jon Kittilsen (13th).

Div A (0-17)

1st Murray Hart (15) 36pts

2nd Mark Riggall (14) 31pts

3rd Peter Nixon (12) 30pts

Div B (18+)

1st Campbell Potts (19) 33pts

2nd Craig Donnon (33) 31pts

3rd Sugar Ray Handford (18) 30pts

Friday, March 29, Green Valley – DeVere Monthly Medal

Thirty-eight players made the trip to Green Valley for our Monthly Medal, sponsored by Greg Hirst from De Vere.  The day was hot and humid but thankfully we had a lovely breeze for most of the round.

The course was in great condition and has been like this for some time.  The greens are especially good at present with a good coverage of grass and very flat and true, a great putting surface.  The pace of play was good for a stroke round with most groups finishing in under four hours even though some groups were a little spread out.

April sees the start of the low season for many of the local courses but regretfully the green fee here at Green Valley will not be coming down for the time-being, even for the larger groups, but we are still working on it.  Also this will be the first course to up their caddie fee to 350 baht, effective from Monday, April 1.  Most of the other courses (except the two Siams, already at a 400 baht caddie fee) will go up on August 1.

April 6 sees the start of our scheduled Saturday at Green Valley with a tee time of 10 a.m., requested by many expats who work locally and are unable to play in the week.  We will see how this goes.

Back to today’s golf; Svenn Lund won the DeVere trophy with a fine net 69, just edging out previous winner Paul Bourke, also with 69 but losing on count back.  Third place went to Dennis Pelly (net 70) and fourth was Tim Knight, who looked back in regret at his 8 on the last hole, also with a net 70.

There were three ‘2’s from Stephen Mann (9th), Dennis Pelly (12th) and Kerry Beck (16th).

1st Svenn Ole Lund (13) net 69

2nd Paul Bourke (11) net 69

3rd Dennis Pelly (11) net 70

4th Tim Knight (22) net 70

5th Kerry Beck (8) net 71

6th Sugar Ray Handford (18) net 71

7th Peter Nixon (12) net 71

8th Stephen Mann (11) net 74

9th Joe Mooneyham (15) net 75

10th David Davies (23) net 76

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