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Monday, April 20, Burapha – Stableford

Six groups played A and B in very hot weather.  The course was in top condition although the rough has grown recently and therefore has got tougher.

In Div B the scores were pretty hot, with Tommy Jenson (40pts) winning from playing partner, John Langley (39) and Tim Knight 38.  Pat Regan won the top division with 39 points ahead of Geoff Braithwaite, who beat Andre Coetzee on c/b, both with 36.

Mike Missler, JP Maffray & Geoff Stimpson.Mike Missler, JP Maffray & Geoff Stimpson.

There were two ‘2’s, from John Cunningham (A6) and Dennis Pelly (B8)

Outback opinion: Weather – very hot & humid; Check-in – friendly; Tee time – early; Fairways – hard; Rough – medium; Greens – fast & true; Bunkers – good; Value for money – good; Pace of play – four hours; Drink stations open – all open; Restaurant – not visited.

Div A (0-15)

1st Pat Regan (13) 39pts

2nd Geoff Braithwaite (10) 36pts

3rd Andre Coetzee (07) 36pts

Div B (16+)

1st Tommy Jensen (18) 40pts

2nd John Langley (22) 39pts

3rd Tim Knight (28) 38pts

Tuesday, April 21, Laem Chabang – Stableford

Laem Chabang remains on our low season schedule on a Tuesday whenever possible as one of the premier and internationally renowned courses in the area.  Today, having climbed up to about 20 players earlier, we dropped back to a slightly disappointing group of 13.  The previous week we couldn’t get enough tee times and we were over-booked, this week we got extra tee times and players cancelled.  Although we know this is quiet time of the year for golf, Laem Chabang does remain popular, so please try to confirm your intention to play as soon as possible.

Once again we had one group playing from the blue tees and Andre, who was second with 34pts, just missed out on c/b to Mike Missler, who played from the whites.  Sugar Ray took third with 32pts, also beating Mathias Hermann on count back.

There was only one ‘2’ from Geoff Braithwaite (A7)

1st Mike Missler (04) 34pts

2nd Andre Coetzee (07) 34pts

3rd Sugar Ray Handford (15) 32pts

4th Mathias Hermann (11) 32pts

Wednesday, April 22, Khao Kheow – Stableford

We only had nine players today at Khao Kheow, playing on loops C & A (the B nine will be open again on the 1st of May and one of the other nines will be closed for four weeks while they do some weeding and sanding of the fairways).

We had the C course to ourselves after a two-ball who whizzed round but then we were held up on the A course after three holes, nevertheless we still went round in well under 4 hours.

UnfortunatelySuzi Lawton, the Queen of Khao Kheow, never rose to the occasion and JP Maffrey took the win today with a stunning 38 points playing off the yellows, so well done JP.  Phil Michell came in second on 35.

Just one ‘2’ today on A5 from Peter Nixon.

Outback opinion: Weather – very humid, slight cloud cover & a few spots of rain; Check-in – good; Tee time – on time; Fairways – drying out but good; Rough – medium; Greens – 9 on the stimp; Bunkers – need raking (dog prints); Value for money – good; Pace of play – 3½ hours; Drink stations open – all open; Restaurant – good as always.

1st Jean P Maffray (14) 38pts

2nd Phil Mitchell (06) 35pts

Thursday, April 23, Phoenix – Stableford

Steve Murray, who doesn’t play that much golf, turned up today and easily won the weekly “Winner takes all” comp at Phoenix with 35 points.

Sadly, the course isn’t all that clever at the moment and they really have to take a long look at their cart prices at 700 baht; they are currently the most expensive course in the area if you look past the ‘A’ grade courses.

There were three ‘2’s, all on O7, from Rob Barnes, John Langley & Terry O’Connor.

1st Steve Murray (08) 35pts

2nd Robert Barnes (10) 31pts

3rd John Langley (19) 31pts

Friday, April 24, Silky Oak – Stableford

Green Valley had another competition on today so we opted to play Silky Oak instead of the other alternate, which would have been St Andrews, although when we arrived there was much confusion as we were booked on both!

24 Outbackers participated in today’s game and found this quirky little course generally in good condition, but the greens were slow to putt on and no matter where you were on the greens it always seemed that you were putting against the grain and had to be very aggressive to get the ball anywhere near the hole.

The clouds zoomed in on us, threatening a massive downpour but instead we had a couple of close, and I mean close, lightning strikes, followed by immediate claps of thunder, but there’s nowhere to run to here, only one drinks station and no shelter huts.  Fortunately we only had a couple of holes left to play, so we carried on.

Good bye to Mr Stimpson who returns to good old Blighty for a few months and will miss his favorite band on Jack’s Birthday on 4th May but at least he will get some relief from Peter Nixon who has regularly been taking his money.  Geoff would have had had some satisfaction today, winning the top division comfortably with 42 points, from Bob Finley on 39.  Waldo won Div B easily by seven from John Leonard (32), who beat Sugar Ray on count back.

There were three ‘2’s, from Kim Danboise & Bruce McAdam (5th) and Geoff Stimpson (14th).

Outback opinion: Weather – hot & humid; Check-in – good; Tee time – on time; Fairways – good; Rough – light; Greens – slow; Bunkers – medium; Value for money – good; Pace of play – 3½ up to 4hrs 20mins at the back; Drink stations open – (disappointing that there’s only one on the course); Restaurant – not visited.

1st Geoff Stimpson (08) 42pts

2nd Bob Finley (14) 39pts

3rd Peter LeNoury (11) 38pts

4th Robert Barnes (11) 37pts

1st Stephen Blazsanyik (17) 39pts

2nd John Leonard (19) 32pts

3rd Sugar Ray Handford (17) 32pts

4th Bob Mattes (18) 31pts

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