Paul Bourke (back left) with John Fitzgerald, Eng (front left) and Maggie Fitzgerald.Welcome back to you, Wayne and of course, Bob Moloney who are here at the start of a month’s golfing holiday including playing up in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai with the Outback, in about a week’s time.There were no ‘2’s.Div A (0-15)1st John O’Keefe (14) 36pts2nd Stephen Mann (11) 34pts3rd Pete Stonebridge (15) 32pts4th Paul Bourke (9) 30ptsDiv B (16+)1st John Fitzgerald (19) 37pts2nd Wayne Waywood (16) 31pts3rd Greg Hill (20) 30pts4th Andy Makara (24) 30ptsWednesday, Pct. 2, Bangpra – StablefordRegrettably the recent heavy rains made it necessary to postpone the Race2Bkk final showdown due to be played at Lotus Valley today, after a conversation with their General Manager about the state of the course. The Race2Bkk will now be played nearer the start of the dry season, so some of you qualifiers who weren’t here today like Murray Hart, John Cunningham and Peter LeNoury may now have the chance to play.Bangpra was the choice of venue instead and 19 Outbackers decided to chance their hand and the weather but although the course was in excellent condition with carts allowed only in the rough, it wasn’t long before the weather got the upper hand causing a delay of about one hour. During that time, two groups decided to pack up and go home; whilst the remainder sat it out and managed to complete the round.The scoring however was none too clever, with Steve Mann scoring 31pts to win Div A and John Fitzgerald picking up another win (his last game) with just 27pts to win Div B. There were only four finishers in Div B and we did not receive Glyn’s card until late, so Ray Cody was awarded third place and the NAGA award for his 14pts!Finally to clarify a point; if everybody in a tournament has teed off and the weather closes in, the tournament is valid if more than half the field complete the round. If less than half finish the competition fee is refunded.Div A (0-16)1st Stephen Mann (11) 31pts2nd Geoff Stimpson (7) 28pts3rd Sugar Ray Handford (16) 26pts4th Bob Maloney (12) 26ptsDiv B (17+)1st John Fitzgerald (19) 27pts2nd John Lawton (19) 22pts3rd Glyn Davies (20) 21pts4th Ray Cody (17) 14ptsFriday, Oct. 4, Green Valley – StablefordThe rainy season is upon us at its full force at this moment with heavy downpours and storms in the last few days. Of the 35 players who signed up originally to play Green Valley on Friday, 31 turned up unsure of whether we were playing or not or indeed if the course was even playable, but it was and the rain had reduced to only a drizzle.Needless to say, it was very wet so we played ‘lift clean and place’ through the green and it was no surprise that the greens were very slow because of the water on them. So just whack it and hope was sometimes the best policy and looking at the scores, that must have worked extremely well for some of the players.Before the scores, just a couple of welcome backs, to On & Eng, also to Tony Gliddon, Gordon Clegg & Stewart McKenzie and to Tony Louch, playing with the Outback for the first time.The best scores were in Div B, where if you didn’t score more than 40pts you didn’t make the top four. Greg Hill recorded the best score of the day to win Div B with 42pts from three all with 41, namely Gordon Clegg, Sunanta Duangwaw (Eng) and John Fitzgerald, who was supposed to have gone back to Ireland the day before. So well done you lot and in a distant fifth, with the modest score of only 35pts, was quite a surprise, John Lawton, who has been working on a new swing together with his new intensive training programme.Dennis Pelly followed up his previous week’s monthly medal win with another fine round of 41pts to win Div A by two from the consistent Paul Bourke (39) and Geoff Stimpson (also with 39). Ian Parry took fourth, aided by his sand-wedge which he didn’t have in his bag before; just goes to show Ian, you must be spending a lot of time in bunkers, and in fifth was Steve Mann, who is always there or thereabouts.There were two ‘2’s from Dennis Pelly (4th) & Gordon Clegg (12th).Div A (0-16)1st Dennis Pelly (10) 41pts2nd Paul Bourke (9) 39pts3rd Geoff Stimpson (7) 39pts4th Ian Parry (12) 36pts5th Stephen Mann (11) 35ptsDiv B (17+)1st Greg Hill (20) 42pts2nd Gordon Clegg (28) 41pts3rd Sunanta Duangwaw (27) 41pts4th John Fitzgerald (19) 41pts5th John Lawton (19) 35ptsNote: The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country. Call Jack on 081 578 1956. PSC golf from the Outback Golf BarMonday, Sept. 30, Burapha – StablefordAfter heavy overnight rain and many storms all around, the 23 Outbackers were lucky to tee off early on C and D in overcast and cool weather. Carts were restricted to paths only, so we played ‘lift, clean and place’ on closely mown areas and fairways. Surprisingly, the fairways were reasonably dry and the greens excellent but the rough was wet and even harder to get out of than usual. Div A was won by 14-handicapper John O’Keefe with 36pts, from Steve Mann (34), Pete Stonebridge (32) and Paul Bourke in fourth with 30.The day’s best score was John Fitzgerald’s 37pts, waiting until his second to last game before he and Maggie return to Ireland, to achieve the Div B win; well done John, at last! A distant second was the recently arrived Wayne Waywood with 31 and Greg Hill beat Andy Makara on c/b, both on 30.
PSC golf from The CaddyshackRoger Rush (H/cap 19) took time off from the dentist to take a win at Green Valley on Mon 28th October with 39 points. Clive Bruce (9) made a rare outing and took second place on 38 points with Mike Pledger (15) in third place with 35. On Wednesday, Oct. 30th, we took advantage of the last sports day in 2013 at Burapha. Phonsie McGahan (5) took the win with 35 points from Clive Bruce (9) in second with 34. We say goodbye to Burapha until April next year when the prices are more affordable.Roger Rush with Caddyshack helpers. Friday’s game on November 1st saw Ramsay Smith (21) and Roger Rush (19) tie with 39 points each. Since they are both undergoing dental work, Ramsay won through on count back with the bigger smile. Third place went to another Scot in the form of Derek Wilkin (18) with 37 points, and fourth place to Peter Henderson (20) with 36.Note: Caddyshack is located on Soi 17 off 3rd Road or Soi 8 off Thepprasit. All golfers are welcome and reservations taken at 081 865 3104.Ramsay Smith. read more
PSC golf from The CaddyshackMonday 24th Feb at Green Valley enabled us to have 2 flights due to a good turnout of players. Leading the way in ‘A’ flight was Graham Houston (13) with 37 points while Mike Pledger (17) edged out David Lowe (7) on countback with 36 points for second. The winner of ‘B’ flight was Peter Harris (20) with 36 points from Peter Henderson (18) who beat Goort Gelten (18) on countback, both with 34 points. Wednesday 26th saw us make another visit to the constantly improving Pattavia Century course. The new clubhouse was almost complete but not yet ready for use. Our compliments to the management here for making improvements every time we play here and they really have put together one of the best courses around.Dave Hester Leading the way on scoring was Dave Hester (11) whose delicate putting stroke on these challenging greens allowed him to finish with 41 points. Second place went to Brian Orr (17), beating Ian Dallis (8) on count back with 37 points. We have now arranged for Brian to get a buggy with headlamps since he normally finishes in the dark. Fourth place went to the evergreen Phonsie McGahan (7) with 36 points just ahead of Mark Williams (9) with 35.A very welcome change in format was introduced on Friday 28th when we had 14 groups taking part in a 2-man scramble. Our starting time was brought forward 30 minutes and for the first time in weeks we had no delays during the round.After the round it was back to the Caddyshack for the delicious cottage pie provided by Koy and Keith. Koy made 2 large pies, one for Keith and another for the 28 players. The presentation followed the meal and victory went to the domestic staff of the Butler and the Gardener.Jack and Ted took first place with a net 64.4 off of a 4.6 handicap while second place went to the Irish pairing of Brendan McGovern and Vincent Smythe with a score of 67 off a +2 handicap.In third place we had Dave Gibson and Billy Shepley with a net 67.6 and fourth place went to Phonsie McGahan and Roger Rush with 68.2.Nearest the pins were claimed by Vincent Smythe, Brendan McGovern, Glen Elsworth and Derek Wilkin.The plan is now to have a 2 man scramble on the last Friday of every month.Note: The Caddyshack is located on Soi 17 off 3rd road or soi 8 off Thepprasit Rd. All golfers are welcome and reservations taken at 081 865 3104.Graham Houston read more