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Annual Review 2017


Khon Kaen Golf has had another successful year in 2017 and competition numbers have by and large been similar to the corresponding events in 2015 with a a remarkable average of just under 27 players (2016: just under 25). Given the horrendous rains this year that was a good turn out.
The society continues to run two competitions a month and this year no fewer than 88 (2016: 84) 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.

The Khon Kaen Golf match play competition ran for the fourth time and was once again a resounding success with 16 players all putting their names forward for the event which ran from May through to the final in August with Doctor Ken defeating Dave Gourno by 2 holes. The event will run again in 2018 running May to 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 Dave Gourno winning this fourth event. 29 players turned out for that particular competition by the way.

The Player of the Year competition ran for the fourth time too, whereby the best four rounds by any player at the month end event determined the winner, this year Steve Hoss snatched victory on the last event of the year nudging out 3 other plyers by one point!! There was the fourth KK Golf Championship, only the second stroke play event in the calendar after the Alan Griffiths Medal. Jeff Hull won this event in December 2017. 
I don't believe there was a single hole in one in 2017 the last one being in August 2016. One expects, like buses, several will come at once in 2018.
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 Khon Kaen winning the event for the first time running out 10-5 winners. Thanks to Cliff Saveall and Mick Collins for arranging what proved to be a fantastic 2 day event.

Finally, we lost two golfers in 2017 who had played in events with us previously. Gerry Mann lost his struggle with cancer this year and Peter Clark was unfortunately taken from us by a motor bike accident in Australia. Rest in peace, gentlemen.


So, what for 2018 / 2561?

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. Venues will be posted on the web site as always and announced as always in the event preceding.
There are plans to make the KK Golf v Udon Thani Ryder Cup style match a twice yearly event, with an 'away' fixture planned in early 2017 at the Dam (Ubolratana GC) and then singles at Victory Park GC, though may yet be two days at Victory Park, watch this website for updates!!

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.