Thompson top scores for the week

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PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Monday, Nov. 11, Burapha – Stableford

Fine weather greeted the 19 Outbackers at Burapha though only one mastered the challenging A and B course from the blue tees, particularly tough, as the markers were well back and it played its full distance.

Chris Thompson had a fantastic 40pts (the best score of the day by miles) to win Div B by ten shots from Les Easton (30) and Ivan Plunkett (27) – you wouldn’t have believed that, would you Ivan!  The A grade players generally were a little better on average but not a lot, as Geoff Stimpson was the best with 33pts from Mel Hogan (32) and John O’Keefe (30).

(From left): Bruce McAdam, Martin Kingswood and Murray Hart.(From left): Bruce McAdam, Martin Kingswood and Murray Hart.

Chris Thompson chipped in on B2 to have the only ‘2’ and celebrated his fine round by ringing the bell … thanks and well done Chris.

Finally, why only 19 players today?  You would have to ask Burapha management that question but it’s only to be expected that our regular customers can’t easily accept a 550 baht increase in the rate (more than 30%).  I can’t remember ever having less than 20 players here, so very disappointing considering that the Outback has supported this venue every Monday for more than six years.  However, we remain optimistic that the situation will change very shortly.

Div A (0-17)

1st Geoff Stimpson (8) 33pts

2nd Mel Hogan (11) 32pts

3rd John O’Keefe (16) 30pts

Div B (18+)

1st Chris Thompson (26) 40pts

2nd Les Easton (19) 30pts

3rd Ivan Plunkett (24) 27pts

Wednesday, Nov. 13, Khao Kheow – Stableford

A good turnout at Khao Kheow today to mark our first high season visit as 15 players tackled the C & A nines back on the yellow tees.  The weather was great and we teed off on time to enjoy a well presented course and an excellent pace of play with no delays or hold-ups.

Some of the fairways here are still recovering from the low season repairs, as are some of the greens which have a few patches, but not enough to affect the integrity of the course.

This was clearly the Lawton’s day out as Suzi, who has seen her handicap drift out from the teens to 28 (believe it or not), clearly showed her delight in returning to her favourite course with an emphatic 38pts (playing off 27) to beat her old man by two.  Suzi has blamed her golfing decline on John, since he retired earlier this year!

Les Easton took third place on c/b from Andy Makara, both on 33.

There were two ‘2’s from John O’Keefe (A5) and Suzi Lawton (C8).

1st Suzi Lawton (27) 38pts

2nd John Lawton (21) 36pts

3rd Les Easton (19) 33pts

Friday, Nov. 15, St. Andrews – Stableford

Today was an organiser’s nightmare; thanks to the interference of a third party!  According to the schedule that we were given, the Outback was due to play St Andrews today but not according to the Green Valley management.

The resulting mix-up cost the Outback players increased green fees as the management said we could have played Green Valley (in that they didn’t move us) as well as there being more than one hour of lost tee times on Green Valley as there was nobody on the course.

After all of this and running around changing green fee vouchers etc., St Andrews was disappointing according to many of the players, with the greens having been sanded and the bunkers in poor condition; so all in all – not the best of days out for the 32 players.

Welcome back to Mike Omiya and also to the Aussie group from Geraldton and to Tom Larsen having his first game with us.

The scoring was average as Paul Greenaway & Muzza topped Div A, both with 36pts; Paul winning on c/b and Martin Kingswood, back in the frame at last, taking Div B, also with 36pts as Paul Pedelty and Bernie Stafford were one point back, both on 35.

In Div C, it was Andy Makara who headed the list with 35pts from Monday’s runaway winner Chris Thompson and Bruce McAdam, both of whom also had 35pts.

There were five ‘2’s from Rosco Langoulant, John O’Keefe, Paul Pedelty & Chris Thompson (all on the 5th) and Mike Quill on the long 17th.

Div A (0-12)

1st Paul Greenaway (9) 36pts

2nd Murray Hart (12) 36pts

3rd Mike Omiya (8) 33pts

Div B (13-19)

1st Martin Kingswood (16) 36pts

2nd Paul Pedelty (15) 35pts

3rd Bernie Stafford (14) 35pts

Div C (20+)

1st Andy Makara (25) 35pts

2nd Chris Thompson (24) 35pts

3rd Bruce McAdam (27) 35pts

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