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 31 st January 2018, End of month stableford, Ubolratana GC

A lovely cool day for golf and 25 golfers turned up at the Dam for the first month end event of the year.
As it turned out, a really competitive event and a close competition overall with Mick Davies winning the event on a countback with 37 points.

Winner: Mick Davies 37 points
Runner up: Cam McDonald 37 pts
3rd: Mick Collins 36 pts
4th: Jeff Barnes 36 pts

Nearest pins:
Hole 5: Mikey Thomas
Hole 12: Michel Lefebvre

Not for the first time, Mick Davies holds the trophy (apologies for dark pictures)

Mick Davies receiving his first prizes from Mick Collins

Cam McDonald in 2nd place

17th January 2018, Mid month event, Dancoon GC

An unworkable number of golfers for a team event (11) turned up a Dancoon GC for the first mid month event of the new year and despite a cool start to the day with a strong breeze it became rather hot towards the competition end as the wind dropped and the sun blazed.
Newcomer Steve Burton won what was an individual stableford off the yellow tees, claiming 36 points. A great effort first time out Steve, well done!!
Dave Gourno came home 2nd (33 points) and a welcome return to the podium for Michael Collins in 3rd with 31 points winning 'bronze' on a countback!

Steve Burton receiving prizes from Mick Collins
Dave Gourno adds yet another t-shirt to his collection!

All smiles and welcome back to (almost) winning ways Mick Collins!!!

27th December 2017, End of month stableford, Singha Park GC

31 golfers made it after the Christmas festivities for the end of month stableford at Singha Park GC.
The weather has been chilly of late and this occasion was no exception to that rule with the weather grey and cold most of the day! There was a lot to play for, not only the month end comp but the final shake up for the Player of the Year (the best four rounds in the end of month stableford comps) which was very much still up for grabs!!

As it turned out a consistent participant (having competed in every month end event since February) won not only the month end event but the player of the year award too (by one point!!!).

Congratulations then to Steve Hoss who came in with 38 points to win both comps, the results for the month end being as follows:-

Winner: Steve Hoss 38 points
Runner up: Hugh Campbell 37 points
3rd: Cam McDonald 36 points
4th: Dave Gourno 36 points
5th: Roy Yonaoshi 35 points
Nearest pins: Hole 8 John Ward
Hole 17 Roy Yonaoshi

Steve Hoss collects his prizes for winning from Mick Collins

...and of course, with the trophy!

Hugh Campbell runner up with a creditable 37 pts

13th December 2017, Mid month event Khon Kaen Golf Club Championship, stroke play at Dancoon GC

16 golfers (2016:12) turned up for the second strokeplay event in the calendar, the Khon Kaen golf Club Championship. You'd have thought that a golf course that had little or no custom at the height (or lows!!) of the rain period would have learned that watering the course to oblivion only a few weeks later is perhaps not the best idea. Still, this is Thailand, or T.I.T. as many people say, as the sprinklers were put into full use around the course, raising the water table that had only just recovered.
Preceding the recent cold snap the event was played in bright sunshine with a decent breeze. Scores were ok for strokeplay off the yellow tees with the course offering less run than it might have. Some greens have been sanded, I don't know what weather they are expecting in these parts!!!
Anyway, a frequent visitor to the winners enclosure managed to win the event and Jeff Hull carded a gross 85, net 73 to win the event. The results being as follows:-

Winner: Jeff Hull Gross 85, net 73
Runner up: Gareth Davies Gross 96 net 75
3rd: Hugh Campbell Gross 93 net 76
4th: Charlie Faulkner Gross 92 net 77 on countback

They're not the Ashes (that humbling was to come!) but Jeff holds the winning trophy after a net 73

Gareth Davies runner up

29th November 2017, End of month stableford, Ubolratana GC

34 golfers (please note that 2 cards were 'nil returns' in the tables above) turned up for the traditionally busy end of month thrash at Ubolratana GC. After the issues with the dam run off and the flooding of the lower parts of the course it was pleasing to note that the course is recovering but there were places with unstaked G.U.R. in parts. Funniest moment of the day was perhaps the unfortunate Deni Price who lost his balance playing a shot on hole 2 only to fall ar$e over t1t into the water!!! Not that it affected his game as he went on to par the next 3 holes and came home with 36 points so the Man from Atlantis finished wet and 3rd overall. Impressive stuff Deni!!!


Winner: Lee Jin Soo 37 points
Runner - up: Dave Ambridge 37 points
3rd: Deni Price 36 points
4th: Cliff Saveall 35 points
5th: Steve Hoss 34 points
6th: Thor Hansen 34 points
7th: Paul Samme 34 points
Nearest pins: Hole 3: Paul Samme
Hole 14: Michel Lefebre

All in all, some revenge of sorts for the predominantly Udon golfers after their humbling defeat to Khon Kaen in the annual match play event. Well done Udon golfers!!

Nearest pin hole 14: Michel Lefebre

Lee Jin Soo with the coveted KK Golf Trophy and below receiving his winning prizes from Mick Collins

15th November 2017, Mid month event, Dancoon GC

A notable increase in the mid month numbers for this event as the weather has certainly dried out recently. So it was that 17 competitors teed it up for an individual stableford event which included Mick '6-Iron' Collins amongst the entrants, his first competitive outing in about a year - welcome back Mick!!!

A recent newcomer managed to win the event, 35 points with 3 'wipes', a decent return quite frankly, not least 20 points on the tougher back 9 holes!!

Winner: Steve Parrott 35 points
Runner-up: Jeff Hull 34 points
3rd: Hugh Campbell 34 points
4th: Steve Jones 33 points

I am advised the course is properly dried out now but the greens were a little below expectations.

Steve Parrott received his prizes for winning from Mick Collins

Jeff Hull 2nd after a countback

25th October 2017, End of month stableford, Singha Park GC

In terms of participants it was a jump from the ridiculous to the sublime as 32 players turned up to take advantage of the start of the dry season (as opposed to the 3 mid month previous!!!).
So it was that 8 groups of 4 set off between the hours of 08.30 and 09.30 in glorious sunshine with fairways that had bounce, run and were in impeccable condition versus some of the other local venues. The greens however had been recently sanded in parts and were still bedding in, but were still fast with the pro-shop boasting a stimp reading of 9'2" which seemed on the skinny side to me!!
Anyway, it was a cluster of countbacks once back in the club house as all the leading prizes were subject to countbacks, with Paul Samme again coming out on top (as in July) with a creditable 38 points and 23 on the back nine.

Winner: Paul Samme 38 pts
2nd: Thor Hansen 38 pts
3rd: Phil Kington 38 pts
4th: Graham Burke 37 pts
5th: Dave Gourno 37 pts
6th Pertti Ketunen 37 pts
7th: Mick Davies 37 pts
Nearest Pins:
Hole 5: Brian Proctor
Hole 13: Doctor Ken

Congratulations to all the prize winners and all who took part, including a number of newcomers to Khon Kaen golf, we hope you enjoyed the day and the experience!!

Paul Samme wins again after a recent July success and below receiving his prizes

Thor Hansen in 2nd here and a cut in handicap to 18.

11th October 2017, Mid month event Dancoon GC

A grossly disappointing turn out of only 3 players arrived at a very wet Dancoon after some very heavy rains of late.
So it was that Graham Burke, Eugene Wynne and John Thrower headed out as a lone three-ball off the white tees, trudging through swampy fairways with golf carts restricted to pathways. That in itself took its toll on Graham who retired with exhaustion after nine holes. Eugene and John flew the flag on the back nine.
In the end, John Thrower came home with a soggy 30 points stableford which was enough to win the event, Eugene came in with 25. Overall, a disappointing turn out and lack of support.

27th September 2017, End of month stableford, Ubolratana GC

There's very much a new player in town as Dave Ambridge added his name to the Hall of Fame winners list after the event at Ubolratana GC shooting a handicap equalling gross 76! Overall, 23 players took part (only 22 cards were returned) and the weather stayed dry and the course itself was in decent condition though not so much run. Scores on the whole were largely disappointing and no changes of note in the player of the year listings as a result (see Home page). Still, a good day was had by all.

Results :

Winner: Dave Ambridge 36 points
Runner up: Jeff Hull 36 points
3rd: Perti Kettunen 33 points
4th: John Newell 33 points
5th: John Hufflett 33 points
Nearest pins:
Holes 5 and 12: Dave Ambridge

Dave Ambridge holds the trophy aloft after his 36 points was enough to win on countback. Dave also snaffled both nearest pin prizes!! Below being presented with winners prizes.

Jeff Hull also 36 points lost on countback

13th September 2017, Mid month event, Dancoon GC

A paltry turn out of 8 players meant it was blind pairs stableford off the white tees as Dancoon, whilst drying out, is not offering much run on landing, though is much improved I have to say and decidedly playable now.
After showing some decent form of late, Gareth Davies found the winners podium once again, having been paired in retrospect with Thor Hansen. A low score of 62 points (par 72!) was enough to secure victory in a poor scoring event all round.
Brian Proctor and John Hufflett came in second with 57 points.

Thor and Gareth flank Mick Collins who presented the prizes to the winners

John and Brian receive their prizes from Mick.

30th August 2017, End of month stableford, Singha Park GC

There has been the usual amounts of heavy precipitation again recently and the course that handles it the best in the area is undoubtedly Singha Park GC. 19 players (2016: 26) turned up for the end of month event, including the two matchplay finalists Doctor Ken and Dave Gourno who also entered the stableford comp. The weather held fair despite threatening storm clouds over the city to the north and the usual clouds rolling in from the west, drenching Dancoon again probably!! But all competitors remained dry until the bar afterwards at least!!

Dave and Ken headed out first for their matchplay event, and despite a hiccup on the nearest the pin flags (good job it wasn't a pi$$ up at the local brewery!!!), the day proceeded smoothly enough with an impromptu change to hole 13 for the pin target practice!

After a recent spate of decent scoring it came as no surprise that Gareth Davies came in with 38 points to win the event.

Results as follows:

Winner: Gareth Davies 38 points
Runner up: Doctor Ken 37 points
3rd: Cheston Chua 36 points
4th: Trevor Edge 36 points
Hole 13: Cheston Chua
Hole 17: Gareth Davies

Gareth holds the trophy er, not aloft!

Receiving 1st place prizes from Mick Collins, also winner of nearest pin hole 17

Doctor Ken, runner up with 37 points

16th August 2017, Mid month event, Dancoon GC

With all the recent downpours it was always going to be a low turnout at Dancoon GC which suffers more than most when the rains come. So it was then in mid August as only 8 players turned out, and two teams of 4 competed in a Texas Scramble.

Dave Ambridge, John Thrower, Thor Hansen and Tom Smith (left to right in pics below) headed out first followed by Pertti Ketunen, Jeff Hull, Brian Proctor and Harald Kobbeltvedt.

It ultimately transpired that the scramble became more of a putting competition with the first group having 18 birdie putts and the latter 15 birdie putts. The conversion rate wasn't great but the opening group converted 4 birdies for a gross 68 and the latter converted 2 birdies but filed a bogey too for a 71. Due to the lack of fairway run, the comp was played from the white forward tees.

Team photo on the 18th green for the ultimate winners with a 68 and below, receiving prizes from Mick Collins


26th July 2017, End of month stableford, Ubolratana GC

The heavens have opened lately in north east Thailand and consequently only 16 players rocked up to the Dam for the end of month stableford (2016: 21). Indeed, calls and texts were being received en route that it was too wet and people wouldn't be coming. As it was, on balance, we got away with it with the start of a horrendous tropical storm coming down as the last group played the 13th.

Water levels up to the bridge level at the 2nd tee - the sky not showing what was to come later!!

The course played ok despite recent deluges, though the fairways were wet and the air heavy. All water features were full to overflowing.

Despite all the conditions, a good day was had by all and Paul Samme came home with 39 points to win the event.


Winner: Paul Samme 39 pts
Runner up: Trevor Edge 37 pts
3rd: Gareth Davies 35 pts
4th: Steve Hoss 34 pts
Nearest pins:
Hole 3: Paul Samme
Hole 14: Gareth Davies

A rarity...someone from Leeds holding a trophy!!

1st place winner Paul Samme receiving prizes from Mick Collins

Trevor Edge, a creditable 37 pts and 2nd here

12th July 2017, Mid month, Dancoon GC

A paltry 13 players turned up at Dancoon GC for the mid month event and the numbers, being what they were, afforded themselves to an individual stableford off the yellow tees, despite recent heavy rains in the area which would have deterred many.
The main interest on the day was the strange solar halo..

A bit off putting when reflected off the head of your driver!!

Scoring wasn't too bad on a course that suffers from heavy rains and the podium places were as follows:-

Winner: John Hufflett 35 pts
Runner-up: Bill Perkins 34 pts
3rd: John Thrower 34 pts

John Hufflett receives his awards from Mick Collins

Bill Perkins 2nd here, good knock Bill

John Thrower 3rd here, on countback

28th June 2017, End of month stableford, Singha Park GC

24 players arrived at Singha Park GC for the end of month stableford (2016: 27) and with a couple of the Matchplay matches still to play, the first fourball were two of the matchplay games as a fourball, playing in the competition also. The course was in much better condition than a week previous when the greens were heavily sanded, recent rains have pounded that sand into the greens which were their usual magnificent selves.
The weather stayed fair throughout, despite a couple of localised storms in the city to the north, and so it was that Cheston Chua came home in 1st place to win the event with 39 points.
A special welcome back to Mick Collins who made the presentation after his recent operation, great to see you back Mick, next stop the 1st tee!!!

The results:-

Winner: Cheston Chua 39 pts
Runner up: Dave Gourno 37 pts
3rd: Steve Hoss 37 pts
4th: Hugh Campbell 36 pts
5th: Harry Farquhar 36 pts
6th: Thor Hansen 36 pts
Nearest pins: Hole 5: Cam McDonald
Hole 13: Tom Carey (though it transpired there was an issue with the pin marker and Graham Burke had knocked one to within 3 feet and made birdie).

Cheston with the KK Golf Trophy

Cheston receiving prizes from Mick Collins

He's never far away and so it proved once again, Dave Gourno, 2nd here

Steve Hoss with a fine round to finish 3rd

In good form of late, Hugh Campbell 4th here

14th June 2017, Mid month event, Dancoon GC

There has been a lot of heavy rain around Khon Kaen of late and with several people away or injured, only 13 people turned up at Dancoon for the mid-month event. Hosted by Graham Burke who I would like to publically thank for taking on the organisational duties in both Mick and my absence.
I cannot comment on the condition of course last Wednesday 14th June, but from recent experience it's getting heavy and lacking in any run on the fairways, balls plugging and even disappearing after impact!!
OK, of the 13 players, Dave Gourno came in with a winning 39 points, the results as follows:

Winner: Dave Gourno 39 pts
Runner up: Hugh Campbell 36 pts
3rd: Ken Sverdloff 33 pts

Dave Gourno receiving yet another t-shirt from Graham Burke

Hugh Campbell appears to be in good form of late, 2nd here

31st May 2017, End of month stableford, Ubolratana GC

A number of people away at present or incapacitated, and so 15 players (2016: 21) teed it up at Ubolratana Dam GC for the end of month stableford. Appreciation at first to everyone arriving early or in good time which enabled the event to start slightly ahead of schedule - thank you!! The weather was warm and there was no threat of rain to spoil proceedings and the course, as always, was in good condition considering the recent heavy downpours.

The scoring was pretty good and it needed a double countback (back 9 then back 6) to determine the winner and a countback to separate 3rd and 4th.

Winner: John Thrower 38 points (back 9 18, back 6 12)
Runner-up: Grant Beck 38 points (back 9 18, back 6 10)
3rd: Steve Hoss 37 points
Nearest pins: Hole 5: Sam McLellan
Hole 12: Steve Hoss

Been a while since he had his hands on the trophy - John Thrower squeezed home narrowly here

Holding up his 1st place prizes

Grant Beck a very close 2nd

17th May 2017, Mid month event, Dancoon GC

As is usual at this time of year, a 3 club and putter event which is always great fun and a test of imagination and patience!!! For those  who visit the web site to catch up on weather conditions in the region, then let me add that at the time of writing, Khon Kaen has had over 313mm of rain so far in May out of an annual total of 346mm!! Just recently it has been p*ssing down!!! So it was on Tuesday, the day before the event and there was even light rain as the 16 golfers (2016: 12) teed it up for the 3 club and putter event.

With the course offering little or no run, there were some decent scores submitted all things considered, and despite 'book-ending' his round with wipes/ scratches / blobs, Hugh Campbell came home with a creditable 33 points to win the event. Spare a thought for Graham Burke who was not only sat in the bar nursing a leading 31 points until Hugh's card arrived from the final group, but Graham has been runner-up in this event three years in succession!!

Winner: Hugh Campbell 33 points
Runner-up: Graham Burke 31 points
3rd: Jeff Hull 31 points

Hugh receiving his prizes for finishing 1st

Graham Burke, runner up again in the 3 club putter event

26th April 2017, End of month stableford, Singha Park GC

A pretty ferocious yet localised storm ripped through the area on Tuesday evening leaving approximately 50 trees blown over at Singha Park GC. This one on the 4th fairway (it won't be missed by faders off the tee).
Anyway, 23 golfers turned up (2016: 29) at Singha Park GC for the month end stableford and on the whole the scoring was very good.
Despite the winds and the storms the course held up pretty well, though it was easy to lose balls in the bunker lakes!!!

Mick Davies stumped everybody with what appeared to be a winning score of 40 points, but his par on 17 was worth 3 points not 4, so 39 points was the final tally and still good enough!!


Winner: Mick Davies 39 points
Runner-up: Graham Burke 38 points
3rd: Cheston Chua 37 points
4th: Roger Strickland 37 points
5th: Paul Samme 36 points
6th: Trevor Edge 36 points

Mick Davies holds the trophy and receives his prizes from Mick Collins below

Another good knock for Graham Burke around Singha Park, he seems to like it here (23 front 9!)

Another solid performance from Roger Strickland before he departs States-side

5th April 2017, Mid month event, Dancoon GC

It was a hot day as 21 golfers (2016: 10) descended upon Dancoon GC for the mid month event. It didn't take long to decide a 3-2-1 stableford team event be the order of the day whereby each player scores stableford points, with all 3 players' scores counting on hole 1, best two on hole 2, best one on hole 3, and rinse and repeat around holes 4-18.
Back in the clubhouse and it appeared that 72 points was the score to beat (Dave Gourno, Gareth Davies and Chuck McCormick) but it soon became overtaken once Thor Hansen, Graham Burke and John Hufflett returned nursing their 75 points.
This in itself wasn't enough to win the event as one of the later groups, Hugh Campbell, Pertti Ketunen and Roger Strickland arrived back with an impressive 79 points. Well done to all who took part it was very very warm out there. A quick note on the course at Dancoon which has had plenty of criticism over the years yet appears to be in excellent condition at present.

Hugh, Pertti, Roger receiving their winners prizes from Mick Collins (second left)

Graham, Thor and John receiving runners up prizes
Dave Gorno and Gareth Davies flank Mick Collins with Chuck McCormick far right, third place finish here.

29th March 2017, End of month stableford, Ubolratana GC

A turn for the warmer at Ubolratana where an anticipated large field of 34 (2016: 21) participated in the end of month stableford.
The course was in good condition and whilst the weather was warm (er, blistering!!), there was little in the way of breeze, it was stifling!! All in all a great days' golf and the scores reflected the conditions. Cliff Saveall carded a gross two under back nine to come home with 41 points and an Udon Thani golfer wins the KK Golf event for the 3rd time in a row...


Winner: Cliff Saveall 41 points
Runner up: Cam McDonald 38 points
3rd: Chuck McCormick 37 points
4th: Ed Mainman 36 points
5th: Brian Proctor 36 points
6th: Lee Panter 35 points
7th: Trevor Edge 35 points
8th: Gareth Davies 35 points
9th: John Thrower 33 points
10th: Paul Samme 33 points
11th: Grant Beck 33 points
Nearest pins:
Hole 3: Cliff Saveall
Hole 14: Phil Kington

Cliff Saveall with the trophy after an impressive 41 points and below receiving his prizes from Mick Collins

No stranger to Mick's right hand (!!), Cam McDonald runner up here

The 'Chuckmeister', Chuck McCormick 3rd with 37 points

Ed Mainman, the highest placed Khon Kaen golf resident, 4th with 36 points

Brian Proctor 5th, 36 points also

Lee Panter finished 6th but was unavailable for the presentation

Trevor Edge back to some form with 35 points



Bionic Man, Mick Collins with new hip, 3rd here
Jeff Barnes in 4th place after a great round
Mikey Thomas nearest pin on hole 5, Michel Lefebvre was closest on 12 but not around for the presentations

Cam McDonald 3rd with 36 points
More t-shirts than Central Plaza....Dave Gourno in 4th
Roy 5th and also a nearest the pin winner (hole 17)
John Ward nearest pin hole 8

No stranger to the prize parade in 2017, Hugh Campbell 3rd here
Charlie Faulkner finished 4th after a countback

Deni Price a creditable 3rd considering (Dave Ambridge unable to attend the presentation and receive his 2nd place prizes)
Cliff Saveall 4th
Steve Hoss a steady 5th place finish
Thor Hansen in at 6th for the KK golfers!
Paul Samme, no stranger to the prize presentations of late, 7th here

Hugh Campbell 3rd, 34 points

Steve Jones 33 points off a much stiffer 11 handicap these days 

Phil Kington 38 points also for 3rd
Graham Burke, leads a batch on 37 points to finish 4th
Dave Gourno always thereabouts and no change here in 5th
Pertti Ketunen in 6th, adjusting well to his new handicap allowance!
A welcome back to Mick Davies finishing 7th here after an explosive start to his round
Nearest pin prizes to Brian Proctor (pictured) and Doctor Ken whose work commitments prevented him from staying for the prize giving

Pertti Ketunen 3rd on countback after a 21 point back 9!
A welcome back to John Newell, 4th here
John Hufflett also 33 points 5th place finish

Cheston Chua, winner last time at Singha Park, 3rd here , plus a nearest pin at hole 13
Trevor Edge 4th in this event

Gareth Davies third
Steve Hoss 4th 

Paul Samme nearest pin hole 3
Gareth nearest pin hole 14
The usual gathering at Aoy's after an event at the Dam

Harry Farquhar finished 5th

Thor Hansen in 6th

Cam McDonald nearest pin on 5

Tom Carey doing an impression of Graham Burke, nearest pin on 13

Ken Sverdloff has a t-shirt to take back to the UK after a 3rd place finish here.

Steve Hoss edged out (no pun intended) Trevor Edge to sneak 3rd on countback

Helped in part no doubt by being nearest pin on hole 12
Sam McLellan nearest pin on the long par 3 5th hole


Jeff Hull  3rd on countback

Paul Samme 5th 36 points
Trevor Edge 6th here also 36 pts
Cam McDonald nearest pin on hole 8 - made birdie
Brian Proctor nearest pin on 17th - made bogey!!!

Gareth Davies 35 points also
John Thrower on countabck in a group finishing with 33 points
Balls to Paul Samme I hear you cry......well, that's what he got for finishing 10th here
Newcomer Grant Beck the final prize winner 33 points and 11th
Phil Kington nearest pin on 14th, Cliff Saveall our prize winner was nearest pin on hole 3

Well done to all the prizewinners and a big welcome to the newcomers, we hope you all enjoyed the KK Golf experience