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Sunday, 17 January 2016 15:55

Lotus Valley and Royal Hills Tour 11-14 Jan

With a cozy group of 12 players heading off to the beautiful courses at Lotus Valley and Royal Hills, we set off early Monday morning first for Lotus Valley where our first group tee'd off just after 11.30. The course was in fabulous condition, and the staff were all great and the caddy's (in general) a fair bit friendlier and attentive than at the average Pattaya outing. Personally, I had a beautiful, young, friendly and attentive caddy, and she was excellent on reads as well - a rare combination to find at any golf course! I'd definately keep her number for a next trip to Lotus Valley! As it turned out, 3 players were tied on day 1 at 34 points, with George Scott being 3rd, Andre Coetzee 2nd and Fidge Button winning on countback.

 Andre and Frenchie with caddy

Frenchie and Andre with a great young caddy - Lotus Valley

After golf, we drove a Google Maps inspired route to Royal Hills, which took just under an hour. Seems that Google Maps was smart enough to avoid the pot hole filled route which one would normally take, and even with 9 people in the bus listening to Sugar Ray's music compilation, the ride felt pretty smooth and quick but by the time we got there, the esky was empty and everyone piled into 7/11 to fill up with a good supply of stock for the the next 3 nights at Royal Hills. Being a small'ish group on tour isn't always a bad thing, and we had a nice cozy group of 12 having dinner together. Steve Plant brought 3 bottles of wine which he picked up at a bargain from the Player's Lounge, but as it turned out, the 3 bottles of wine didn't even make it half way through the evening, and consensus is that we blame Sugar Ray for that as his Aussie way is to fill the wine glass completely to the brim!

Steve Mann ice cream

Better to show Steve Mann eating ice cream than his swing picture... LOL - At Royal Hills

Next morning, we tee'd off at 9.30am from the white tee's, where the lads were following a couple of bright young Korean scratch golfers playing from the Black tee's. Kim Danboisy did his absolute best to pick up tips from these guys wherever his group caught up with them, to the extend that he spend hours even after the game trying to gain some skill from the young pro's on the putting green. It worked for that day at least, and Kim managed to gain a lead with a great 37 points on the day. My game also held together somewhat, and playing off 8 I managed to get a respectible 36 points. The rest of the guys didn't do so well, and 3rd place was captured by Steven Mann who only had 31 points.

Group photo

Ready for golf on day two - at Royal Hills

Third day, and someone (i.e. me) had the stupid idea to play from the blues, "just to mix things up a bit". It seemed rational at the time, since a good 1/3 of tee's were white and blue  together anyway, and I thought it would help the higher handicappers a bit since the got 3 extra shots on the slope and index, compared to the 1 shot that a low handicapper like myself got. It turned out to be a hard day, with both myself and Kim falling completely out the bus, with only 22 points each. Mickey Leighton captured 3rd with 30 points, Steve Mann loosing on countback to Steve Plant who ended up as the victor with 31 points. Another evening with good food, a couple of wine bottles with the Broom boys, and more ice cream for the two Steve's followed that evening.

Mickey explaining to TC

Mickey Explaining something important to TC.... - Royal Hills Day 3

On to the fourth day and an early breakfast and check out before we set off just before 8am back to Lotus Valley. Again playing off the blues, Lotus Valley seems like a great course to play a bit longer, since there aren't any carries that a short hitter cant reach. The only challenge off the blues is off course the 215yrd par 3, 17th hole, which was long and raised a few eyebrows. Order of play was based on standings after the 1st Lotus Valley and the best of Royal Hills rounds, and at this stage Andre was leading Kim Danboise by two shots. Both of us had good front nines, but Kim was in the lead on the back nine and really turned on the pressure on the overall standings with a great birdie on the 14th hole to get within a shot and then drew level with a net par on hole 15. A bogey compared to my net birdie on hole 16 give me a 2 shot cushion again, but on the long 17th par 3, Kim had an excellent chip and putt to score a 3 (net birdie). My tee shot was badly blocked and almost in the water 40yrds right of the green and I was lucky to even get my 2nd shot onto the green, and then to finish with a net bogey. So once again the game was drawn and all came to the last hole, with the advantage to Kim on countback. Playing safely (for a change in character), I just used a 6 iron for my 2nd shot and then had a 100yrds shot in. From there a par was achieved. Kim came a bit short with his 3rd, but was on the green for 4 with a 10 foot breaking putt needed to win overall. Kim missed which still resulted in him winning the day, beating Mickey Leighton on countback with 34, with Andre 3rd at 33pts. 

Final Day group 3

The leading 4 on day 4 - At Lotus Valley 

In the overall standings, Andre won by a shot with 103 pts, beating Kim on 102 and George Scott with 94. Fourth was Frenchie with 92 pts.

Winners Picture

And the winners... Fidge Button (Day 1), Andre Coetzee (Overall), Kim Danboise (Day 2 and 4), Steve Plant (Day 3)

It was a great little tour with an exciting finish (at least for me), and it sets a good platform for future tours. If you are interested, we are conducting another short tour from 16-18Feb to Soi Dao and Kabinburi. Read about it here

And some swing pictures:

Fidge swing

Frenchie Swing

Mickey Swing

TC Swing

Sunday, 17 January 2016 12:06

Burapha A&B Mon 11 Jan

With the tour group heading off to Lotus Valley, it was up to Tawan got everyone off to a start on the A&B courses at Burapha. Unfortunately, and as luck usually go, this had to be the day when Burapha decided to start 7 groups of Koreans right in front of our guys at 9am. As things go in Thailand, Tawan tried her best but the starter said he could do nothing as the group started late and the other 9's where also busy. And then the rains came down to make life even harder for our groups. Fortunately most people were sympathetic to Tawan as it was really out of her control and she did the best under the circumstances. Nonetheless, apologies guys, I have since taken it up with Burapha and they assured me that it wont happen again! I guess time will tell.

Considering the delay and rain stoppages, it was understandable that scoring wasn't all that good, even from the white tee's. In fourth place, winning on countback from Dennis Pelly, a warm welcome back to Tony Aslett, who scored 34 points. In 3rd spot and on his last day on tour was Matt Pallier. Matt has dramitically improved in scoring in the last two weeks, just more proof that Pattaya is indeed very good for improving a man's scoring ability! Very good to see John Fitzgerald in the prizes in 2nd place with 37 points, but as the saying goes, the good cork's always floats to the top and Geoff Stimpson captured a great start to the year with his excellent 38 points to finish first and also record a two. There was only one other two which was recorded by Peter Moon.

 

Overall Position 14 Players Score (Course H'cap)
1 Stimpson, Geoff 38 pts (7)
2 Fitzgerald, John 37 pts (21)
3 Pallier, Matt 37 pts (20)
4 Aslett, Tony 34 pts (27)
5 Pelly, Dennis 34 pts (14)
6 Nixon, Peter C 32 pts (12)
7 Keegan, Kevin 32 pts (25)
8 Cunningham, John 31 pts (8)
9 Bennett, Steve 31 pts (2)
10 Stonebridge, Peter 30 pts (22)
11 Moon, Peter 30 pts (23)
12 Meehan, John 30 pts (16)
13 Finley, Robert 29 pts (15)
14 Plunkett, Ivan 24 pts (26)

 

 

Andy 39 pts (10)
3 Turner, Ed 33 pts (21)
4 Stafford, Bernie 33 pts (15)
5 Nixon, Peter 32 pts (09)
6 Plunkett, Ivan 31 pts (25)
7 Pelly, Dennis 31 pts (15)
8 Finley, Bob 31 pts (16)
9 Jolley, Nev 31 pts (19)
10 Marsh, Peter 30 pts (22)
11 Stimpson, Geoff 30 pts (07)
12 Moon, Peter 30 pts (21)
13 Stonebridge, Pete 30 pts (20)
14 Hoge, Stefan 27 pts (18)
15 Curtis, Kevin 26 pts (25)
16 Little, Jimmy 26 pts (19)
17 Sheppard, Murray 24 pts (26)
18 Penfold, Chris 9 pts (36)
Monday, 11 January 2016 00:26

Green Valley 8 January

Green Valley is in pretty good shape at the moment, but playing conditions weren't very easy with a light drizzle and rain making things harder for our golfers. Thanks to Steve Mann who organized our groups whilst I was out at Khao Keow with a couple of Outbackers playing in the PSC Club Championships.

Despite the rain and damp grass, some good scores were recorded. In the B division, John Fitzgerald lost out with 34 points to clinch 3rd place to Andy Makara who beat him on countback. 1st in this division went John Lawton who scored a good 36 points.

In A division, Raivo Velsberg came in 3rd slot with 34 points, Peter Lenoury with 35 points and Kim Danboise's lessons is finally starting to pay of ith a great 38 points. I hope Kim is not peaking early and that he can continue on this great form for our Lotus Valley trip the following week!

Jay Roche [8], Martin Kingswood [16] and Raivo Velsberg each recorded a two.

In our featured picture this week, Kim Danboise, John Lawton and Martin Kingswood. Congratulations to all!!

 Green Valley Jan 8 winners

Div A: [0-15]

Overall Position 11 Players Score (Course H'cap)
1 Danboise, Kim 38 pts (13)
3 Lenoury, Peter 35 pts (10)
5 Velsberg, Raivo 34 pts (7)
7 Kingswood, Martin 33 pts (13)
9 Maffray, Jean 28 pts (10)
11 Mann, Stephen 27 pts (8)
15 Finley, Robert 25 pts (14)
17 Plant, Steve 24 pts (11)
19 Allen, Keith 22 pts (15)
20 Stafford, John 22 pts (15)
21 Palmu, Pekka 21 pts (4)

Div B: [16up]

Overall Position 11 Players Score (Course H'cap)
2 Lawton, John 36 pts (21)
4 Makara, Andrew 34 pts (23)
6 Fitzgerald, John 34 pts (19)
8 Pallier, Matt 29 pts (18)
10 Roche, Gerry 28 pts (17)
12 Mattes, Bob 27 pts (16)
13 McAdam, Bruce 26 pts (23)
14 Davies, David 25 pts (25)
16 Domingue, Lindsay 25 pts (22)
18 Lindborg, Bob 24 pts (23)
22 Thompson, Chris 20 pts (23)

 

 

Andy 39 pts (10)
3 Turner, Ed 33 pts (21)
4 Stafford, Bernie 33 pts (15)
5 Nixon, Peter 32 pts (09)
6 Plunkett, Ivan 31 pts (25)
7 Pelly, Dennis 31 pts (15)
8 Finley, Bob 31 pts (16)
9 Jolley, Nev 31 pts (19)
10 Marsh, Peter 30 pts (22)
11 Stimpson, Geoff 30 pts (07)
12 Moon, Peter 30 pts (21)
13 Stonebridge, Pete 30 pts (20)
14 Hoge, Stefan 27 pts (18)
15 Curtis, Kevin 26 pts (25)
16 Little, Jimmy 26 pts (19)
17 Sheppard, Murray 24 pts (26)
18 Penfold, Chris 9 pts (36)
Monday, 11 January 2016 00:12

St. Andrews Wednesday 6 Jan

Welcome back to Martin Kingswood. Playing in a small field today, Martin scored a brilliant 39 points from his 16 handicap to finish 2nd. However the day belonged to Matt Pellier, scoring a superb 40 points from his 22 handicap. Scott Wilson recorded the only two of the day on hole 10.

Overall Position 7 Players Score (Course H'cap)
1 Pallier, Matt 40 pts (22)
2 Kingswood, Martin 39 pts (16)
3 Wilson, Scott 33 pts (20)
4 O'Sullivan, Steven 32 pts (20)
5 Makara, Andrew 30 pts (26)
6 Nolan, Stephen 29 pts (22)
7 Braithwaite, Jarod 28 pts (17)

 

Andy 39 pts (10)
3 Turner, Ed 33 pts (21)
4 Stafford, Bernie 33 pts (15)
5 Nixon, Peter 32 pts (09)
6 Plunkett, Ivan 31 pts (25)
7 Pelly, Dennis 31 pts (15)
8 Finley, Bob 31 pts (16)
9 Jolley, Nev 31 pts (19)
10 Marsh, Peter 30 pts (22)
11 Stimpson, Geoff 30 pts (07)
12 Moon, Peter 30 pts (21)
13 Stonebridge, Pete 30 pts (20)
14 Hoge, Stefan 27 pts (18)
15 Curtis, Kevin 26 pts (25)
16 Little, Jimmy 26 pts (19)
17 Sheppard, Murray 24 pts (26)
18 Penfold, Chris 9 pts (36)
Sunday, 10 January 2016 23:16

Burapha A&B Mon 4 Jan

Playing on A&B course always presents an opportunity to tee of from the Blues. Although that makes the course long, Burapha is reasonably forgiving and with the high slope and course index ranking, all players get a couple of extra shots (high handicapers as much as 5 extra shots from the blues).

In the A Division, Steve Plant got 3rd place on countback with Bob St. Aubin beating him to 2nd place. John Cunningham played a great 37 points from his revised handicap of 10 to clinch first place. In the B division, Steven O'Sullivan scored 35 points, with Sugar Ray Handford getting 2nd place with 36 points and John O'Keefe having a blowout round with 42 points from his 22 playing handicap to win overall.

There were surprisingly many two's considering the field played off the Blues, with 2 x2's for Vince Butler [A3 and A6] and 1 each for Bob St. Auburn [A3] and Stephen O'Sullivan [A3].

Congratulations to all!

Div A: [0-18]

Overall Position 12 Players Score (Course H'cap)
2 Cunningham, John 37 pts (10)
5 St Aubin, Bob 34 pts (16)
6 Plant, Steve 34 pts (15)
7 Butler, Vince 34 pts (14)
8 Nixon, Peter C 33 pts (13)
9 Braithwaite, Jarod 33 pts (18)
12 Velsberg, Raivo 32 pts (10)
13 Mann, Stephen 32 pts (11)
14 Stimpson, Geoff 32 pts (8)
15 Finley, Robert 32 pts (17)
20 Danboise, Kim 30 pts (17)
24 Hogan, Mel 24 pts (12)

Div B: [19 up]

Overall Position 13 Players Score (Course H'cap)
1 O' Keefe, John 42 pts (22)
3 Handford, Sugar Ray 36 pts (20)
4 O'Sullivan, Steven 35 pts (21)
10 Pallier, Matt 32 pts (23)
11 Nolan, Stephen 32 pts (23)
16 Plunkett, Ivan 31 pts (28)
17 Moon, Peter 31 pts (25)
18 Freed, Samuel 31 pts (20)
19 Meehan, John 31 pts (19)
21 Lindborg, Bob 28 pts (27)
22 Stonebridge, Peter 27 pts (23)
23 Fitzgerald, John 26 pts (23)
25 Thompson, Chris 24 pts (28)

 

 

Andy 39 pts (10)
3 Turner, Ed 33 pts (21)
4 Stafford, Bernie 33 pts (15)
5 Nixon, Peter 32 pts (09)
6 Plunkett, Ivan 31 pts (25)
7 Pelly, Dennis 31 pts (15)
8 Finley, Bob 31 pts (16)
9 Jolley, Nev 31 pts (19)
10 Marsh, Peter 30 pts (22)
11 Stimpson, Geoff 30 pts (07)
12 Moon, Peter 30 pts (21)
13 Stonebridge, Pete 30 pts (20)
14 Hoge, Stefan 27 pts (18)
15 Curtis, Kevin 26 pts (25)
16 Little, Jimmy 26 pts (19)
17 Sheppard, Murray 24 pts (26)
18 Penfold, Chris 9 pts (36)
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