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Annual Review

Annual Review 2018


Khon Kaen Golf is ringing the changes at the end of 2018! Mick '6-iron' Collins, one of the original founders of Khon Kaen Golf has decided to hang up his boots in the capacity of society organiser in advance of what he perceives will be his second hip operation sometime in 2019. I think it goes without saying that golfers in Khon Kaen are extremely appreciative of all the hard work put in by Mick over the last 10 years, so thank you Mick. Graham Burke has the unenviable task of following in Mick's able footsteps, and John Thrower will continue to update the website.
The group as a whole had another successful year in 2018 and whilst competition numbers were a little down on the ever increasing numbers enjoyed in previous years. 
The society continues to run two competitions a month and this year no fewer than 66 (2017: 88) different golfers have competed at various times in the end of month event, let alone the mid month fun days. What has been noticeable however is the continuing growing number of regulars who play in all events. We continue to support several local courses with Dancoon GC, Singha Park GC and Ubolratana GC each hosting events during the year, Dancoon typically the mid month events. That said, our new organiser, Graham Burke, a long standing Khon Kaen golfer has wasted no time in making changes to the schedule as all month end events will be at Singha Park in 2019 with Dancoon and Ubolratana alternating the mid month event, Dancoon in the odd numbered months.

The Khon Kaen Golf match play competition ran for the fourth time and was once again a resounding success with 13 players all putting their names forward for the event which ran from May through to the final in August with Graham Burke defeating Steve Hoss 6&5. The event will run again in 2019 running May to August or September again more than likely.
In memory of one of our founders, the Alan Griffiths Medal, a stroke play event, was again played in March with Peter Hellery winning this fifth event. 24 players turned out for that particular competition by the way.

The Player of the Year competition ran for the fifth time too, whereby the best four rounds by any player at the month end event determined the winner, this year Hugh Campbell earned victory !! There was the fifth KK Golf Championship, only the second stroke play event in the calendar after the Alan Griffiths Medal. Eugene Wynne won this event in December 2018. 
There were no hole in ones in any KK Golf events in 2018 although I understand (from the hole in one board at the Agri) that two of our players aced in 2018, Allan Evans and Ken Sverdloff, well done gentlemen.
Outside of the normal KK golf events was a Ryder Cup style matchplay event between representatives of Khon Kaen against their Udon Thani counterparts, though most players, if not all, participate in KK Golf outings. A great competition it was too with Udon ThaniKhon Kaen recapturing the trophy running out 11-7 winners. Thanks to Cliff Saveall and Mick Collins for arranging what proved to be a fantastic 2 day event.


So, what for 2019 / 2562?

Well, the existing format will remain unchanged with the end of month stableford event and the mid month being a more relaxed event and a choice of team or individual event depending upon the numbers who show up. However, as already alluded to, the venues will be slightly tweaked with ALL month end events at Singha Park GC, and mid month events switching between Dancoon and Ubolratana. Venues will be posted on the web site as always and announced as always in the event preceding.

We shall continue to operate the web site which appears to get several hundred hits a month, and if anyone has any ideas on how the website can be improved upon then please let us know. There is also a Facebook page for those of you who use that facility (search Khon Kaen golf to find it).

Finally, our thanks as always to those who have sponsored KK Golf in any shape, way or form. Tom Smith formerly of the No 1 bar was always very supportive before departing to his native Australia and we thank Tom once again for his support. But the biggest thanks as always is to YOU the golfers, for making the society what it is today. Without you there wouldn’t be a Khon Kaen Golf society.

So, to members and visitors to the society, here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas and the happiest and especially healthiest of New Years.


Mick and John.