Steve Mann has a scorcher at St. Andrews

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, June 24, Burapha – Stableford

Tough going on the A & B nines for the 32 players at Burapha from the blue tees, even though the weather conditions were ideal, particularly for the higher handicappers (Div C) which this week was 19 or over.  The best score they could manage was 28pts, obtained by Darren Cook, who was having his first game in a long while and Andy Makara.

Interestingly enough the 28pt winning score beat the previous lowest winning score of 29pts, a record which Tim Knight, our organiser for the day, was extremely proud of and was naturally disappointed to have lost it.

(From the left) Kim Danboise, Steve Mann, Bruce McAdam, Tim Knight.(From the left) Kim Danboise, Steve Mann, Bruce McAdam, Tim Knight.

Elsewhere it was Steve Mann who has returned to his winning ways in Div A, parring the first six holes, with the day’s top score of 36pts, beating Paul Bourke (33) and visitor, Mark Haffenden, who shot a great level par round off the stick (33pts off a plus 3 handicap).

Whilst we’re on the subject of visitors, welcome to Mark and his travel companions; Josh Usher, Simon Spaulding and Nelly Stoer; who together formed our class four-ball as their combined handicaps amounted to just 9.

Joe Mooneyham’s 34pts was enough to take Div B from regular Burpha goers, Bob Finley (32) and Pete Stonebridge (31).

There were three ‘2’s from Nelly Stoer (A3), Josh Usher (A6) & Paul Bourke (B8).

Div A (+3-12)

1st Stephen Mann (12) 36pts

2nd Paul Bourke (8) 33pts

3rd Mark Haffenden (+3) 33pts

Div B (13-18)

1st Joe Mooneyham (16) 34pts

2nd Bob Finley (14) 32pts

3rd Pete Stonebridge (17) 31pts

Div C (19+)

1st Darren Cook (28) 28pts

2nd Andy Makara (25) 28pts

3rd Tim Knight (23) 26pts

Tuesday, June 25, Khao Kheow – Stableford

There were 12 Outbackers today playing A & C at Khao Kheow today but I’m sorry to report it might be quite a few more weeks before we will return, unless there is a rapid improvement in the condition of the course.  Last year we remained patient and loyal to the course but with things as they are, it will be difficult to attract locals and visitors to play here.  We appreciate there is a massive amount of work going on, on the B nine, which has been closed for some time but what we were left to play on was verging on the inexcusable!

Simon Spaulding with Nelly Stoer, Mark & Josh.Simon Spaulding with Nelly Stoer, Mark & Josh.

We had ‘lift, clean and place’ on the fairways due to the heavy amount of rain they have had over the last few days and the bare muddy lies and water generally.  It’s a shame as Khao Kheow is one of my favourites but today the course was definitely not ship shape and a long way from its best.

The plus points were that the staff were very pleased to see us and met us with a big hello and lots of smiles.

The guys made me (Suzi) play off 2 less than my official PSC handicap, which is the PSC recommended reduction on this course when ladies play in the same comp as the men from the yellow tees (less if the men play from the white) but still they couldn’t catch me!  Svenn Lund took second place with 32 and welcome back to John Greenhalgh, who took third on 31.  Also hello again to Dag Bastiansen and to Bruce Milner (B1) & B2.

There were no ‘2’s.

1st Suzi Lawton (20) 34pts

2nd Svenn Lund Ole (14) 32pts

3rd John Greenhalgh (14) 31pts

4th Sugar Ray Handford (16) 29pts

5th Kim Danboise (20) 27pts

Wednesday, June 26, Siam Plantation – Stableford

With 19 players down at the Emerald playing in the State of Origin match, there was another good turnout here at Plantation on the A & C loops, of 16.  The weather behaved itself and the course in its usual good nick but maybe the wind contributed to the lower than usual scoring.

One of our visitors and the only lady in the field, Nelly Stoer, took the win with 36pts playing off 10 from course specialist Ron Dickie with 35, heading a four-way count back which included Simon Spaulding, Clinton Kimber and Stephen Mann.

There were four ‘2’s from Martin Crichton, Steve Poznanski & Ron Dickie got two.

1st Nelly Stoer (10) 36pts

2nd Ron Dickie (5) 35pts

3rd Simon Spaulding (2) 35pts

4th Clinton Kimber (14) 35pts

5th Stephen Mann (12) 35pts

Friday, June 28, St. Andrews – Stableford

Twenty-seven golfers at St Andrews hit off in perfect weather and the course was in great condition except the greens were slow and the bunkers needed raking.

As usual on this course the Div A scores were much better than Div B, which just underlines once again the fact that this course is not recommended for high handicappers.

Steve Mann is going from strength to strength with his best round yet since his accident three months ago, winning Div A with the day’s best score of 41pts.  He was only 1 over after ten holes and will surely see his handicap start to come down.  Paul Bourke also had a good round with 39pts to finish second with Dennis Pelly in third on 36.

Div B was won by Tim Knight with 34pts from a rare visitor to Thailand and the podium, Bruce McAdam with 33 and Suzi back in third on 32.

Kim Danboise got the only ‘2’ on the tenth.

Div A (0-16)

1st Stephen Mann (12) 41pts

2nd Paul Bourke (8) 39pts

3rd Dennis Pelly (12) 36pts

4th Svenn Ole Lund (14) 34pts

Div B (17+)

1st Tim Knight (23) 34pts

2nd Bruce McAdam (28) 33pts

3rd Suzi Lawton (22) 32pts

4th Jimmy Little (19) 30pts

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