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Khon Kaen v Udon Thani Golf Challenge

posted 6 Nov 2015, 17:16 by Udon Thani   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 22:37 ]

Khon Kaen v Udon Thani Golf Challenge ( 3rd & 4th November 2015)

The inaugural match between the two city's kicked off at Ubolrantana Dam Golf Golf Club, 28 golfers competed in the matchplay pairs on day one and what a day it became with Udon inching ahead by one point at 4 to 3. Captain Mick & Cliff expressed the good spirit between our city neighbors and friends, the singles matches were announced for Singha Park the following day. With 14 points available Udon Captain Cliff led the team in the first match and posted the first point for Udon, commiseration's to my good friend Remy. Then the fight back began with Khon Kaen leveling the match after 7 games completed, as it filtered back to the clubhouse all were getting excited, with nails bitten and banter being the order came news that half matches were the order for the next 4 out of 6 games, match tied again with one game to come......boy what a match it turned out to be with Khon Kaen 7 to 6 up in the single matches, Udon's unsung hero David Gardner pipped John Thrower in the very last game to not only level the singles but scramble across the line to secure the win for Udon Thani 11 points to 10 points.

Most of all the sportsmanship and the friendship was the winner over the two days, it was so refreshing to see 28 guys all interacting with each other at the presenting of the Cup to Udon for safe keeping until next time.

A special thanks goes to Mick & John and their team who were gallant looses, we have no doubt this match will grow more in time.....we both look forward to the next one possibly in march next year.

A special thanks to the Udon guys, really great two days on and off the course.....lots of fun.

Thanks Harry for you help also, signing off.
Cliff Saveall

My Golf Week in Houston, Texas.

posted 13 Jun 2013, 02:01 by Udon Thani   [ updated 22 Apr 2014, 22:17 ]

The Insperity Championship...
By Harry Farquhar...

It all started on the Tuesday night when we attended the draw party, in the Woodlands Marriott Hotel, We had a buffet supper and cocktails with the complements of Fuzzy Zeller and entertainment by the Doobie brothers. At the draw we were drawn with a Texan Pro called Bart Bryant who has just joined the Champions Tour, he has an older brother Brad who has been on the tour for nine years.

Wednesday my daughter had put my name down for walking scorer and I was drawn to score for Dan Forsman, this I found really interesting as you walked inside the ropes and managed to talk with Dan and his caddie Gregg almost all the way round about Scotland, Majors, Colin Montgomery and Jack Nicolas five pound notes, I was going to offer one of mine to Dan until his caddie whispered he already had five. Also managed to have talk with Sandy Lyle and get his caddie to take a couple of photos.

Thursday was our day to play in the Pro-am, at the Woodlands Country Club, there are three courses The Player, The Palmer and the Tournament Players Course (TPC), we were playing the TPC. We arrived at 7 am for breakfast with the players and collect our free gifts. Bit of a disappointment, although we were presented with some designer clothes , crocodile skin belt, a print of Palmer, Player and Nicolas, an Insperity money clip and a dozen Pro-v 1’s as the day before everyone had been fitted for a Cobra driver.

Teed off at 8.50 on the back nine and got a big cheer for holing out of a very deep bunker at the first hole, if they only knew I had been out of bounds and was not counting. Very windy day and even with our team of four and the Pro we were finding it hard going. The highlight of the first nine was managing two net birdies at 17 & 18 both over water which helped us to be out 5 under par. Our second nine I managed 1 birdie again over water but a bit more pressure as everyone else was out of the hole i.e. all in the water. We finished 10 under par and thankfully everyone managed to contribute to our round. Still a fantastic experience and a bit nerve racking knowing you are being filmed and shown on the big screens around the course.

Thursday evening we were invited to an Evening with the King back at the Marriott Hotel, the King being Arnold Palmer and quests. After a few drinks we took our seats for dinner to find we had Craig Stadler and Roger Chapman and their wives at our table.
After dinner Jim Nantz head of sport at CBS was compere for the evening and first item was presenting the Dave Marr award to Bryan Naugle the Executive Director of the Insperity Championship, Bryan had started working under Marr many years ago.

The main event was a panel of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller and Ray Floyd who kept everyone amused with some great stories and some controversial ideas about the future of golf. Unfortunately my daughter went to arrange transport home when I got the chance to be with Arnold Palmer camera in hand and no one to take the photo but did manage photos with Lee Trevino and Craig Stadler.

Friday was first day of the Champions Tour event and we spent time watching some golf and enjoying plenty food and drink, as Gail and her husband Derek were sponsors we had access to all areas of the clubhouse and had lunch with the players.

Saturday was much the same but no access to clubhouse as after all the main event players had teed off there was a Legends Texas Scramble with four teams of three taking part. Team 1  Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicolas and Gary Player
        Team 2 Lee Trevino, Ray Floyd and David Graham
        Team 3 Gene Littler, Don January and Charles Coody
        Team 4 Tony Jacklin, Johnny Miller and Dave Stockton
Team 4 won on the day with a score of 11 under par.


Sunday could not go to see golf as we were leaving for the airport mid-afternoon so spent the morning on the golf range at the Player course with one of my grandsons hitting some balls and reflecting how hard it would be  to ever better this golf week.

The report and photo's have been supplied by Harry Farquhar

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Golf State of Mind

posted 13 Mar 2013, 20:11 by Udon Thani   [ updated 22 Apr 2014, 22:21 ]

“I never learned anything from a match that I won.”- Bobby Jones

“It’s not what happens to you on the golf course that matters, it’s how you respond to what happens that will determine how good a player you become.”

Walking of the course after playing a bad shot or having a bad round doesn't solve anything.......its unacceptable to your playing partners. So next time you have that moment again, think again and feed off the positive thoughts that perhaps you can get yourself back on track again............never give in and enjoy the rest of the round with your colleges who will thank you for hanging in there to the finish.

Note by the editor:

Isaan Amateur Golf Report 2013

posted 7 Feb 2013, 18:51 by Udon Thani   [ updated 9 Nov 2015, 18:50 ]

Isaan Amateur Golf Event 2013

Isaan Amateur Golf Event Report
Singha Park Golf Club, Khon Kaen - 6th February 2013

The initiation of the Inaugural Isaan Amature Golf event saw two cities coming together for the very first time in uniting golfers from the Isaan Region.  Singha Park Golf Club in Khon Kaen hosting the event; jointly organised by Terry Aston (Udon Thani Golf Society)  Mick ‘6iron’ Collins (Khon Kaen Golf) with special thanks to Alan Griffiths (KK Secretary, unable to play) for his contribution in officiating the scorer's duties. Soon after the event we lost Alan, so we wish you nothing but comfort and strength Alan, rest in peace......sadly missed.

We wish to thank Singha Park Golf Club in making this event possible, and thank their staff in providing a smooth transition from their normal duties in accommodating us all and providing an admin area, with starters and measuring tapes on all par 3’s. We also wish to thank the two photographers in recording the event……’s available on both web sites.

Golfer of the Year 2012

posted 9 Jan 2013, 07:00 by Udon Thani   [ updated 22 Apr 2014, 22:28 ]

 Congratulations to Graham Firth - 2012 UDON THANI GOLF Player of the Year.
Past UTG Organizer/Secretary Gary Parks announced Graham Firth as the 2012 Recipient of this award yesterday at this weeks after match presentation.

Graham just pipped Bob Strutt by one point in a tight conclusion to the year.      
1st Graham Firth 23 points. 
2nd Bob Strutt 22 points
3rd Gary Parks 19 points
5th = Cliff Saveall 13 points
5th = Gene Coffman 13 points

Isaan Amateur Golf Event 2013

posted 25 Nov 2012, 18:17 by Udon Thani   [ updated 28 Dec 2015, 23:34 ]

Inaugural Isaan Amateur Golf Event

Many thanks to those who took part...........  Report and Photo's here

Date - February 6th 2013

First Tee off at 8 30am

Location -  Singha Park - Khon Kaen

Format  - Stableford

Requirements for Entry – Valid Current Handicap.

200 baht Nomination (all monies to be used for Trophies and Prizes)

The Event will be conducted on a regular Sports Day a reduced Green fee will apply. 

Players are of course responsible for their own Green fee of 1000baht.

Nominations fee and relevant details of each Player to be forwarded by January 30th:

Contact :

Mick Collins - Khon Kaen 


Tel: 0814948149

Details required:

Name………………………..  Contact details…………………………..……………

 Hccp ………………..……….  Club/Area…………………………….............………..

Click here to download in word:

USA Cup Winner 2012

posted 23 Nov 2012, 22:26 by Udon Thani   [ updated 22 Apr 2014, 22:29 ]

 Winner of the converted USA Cup 2012 was our retiring Udon Thani Golf  organiser/secretary Gary Parks.

 Quote: It was a tough 3 day competition with a mixture of combined Medal and Stableford scoring, nearly being on my knees on the back nine of the last round I managed to get myself across the line........Per gave me a fright along the way playing solid golf but I continued to battle away, unfortunately for Per he slipped back on the 17th hole.

We wish Gary all the best on his next adventure, his long awaited house doubt we will see Gary soon
From the new team of Terry, Cliff, Graham and John........many thanks Gary.

New Team Shirt Logo

posted 16 Oct 2012, 00:55 by Udon Thani   [ updated 28 Dec 2015, 23:30 ]

 The "New" Team shirts and logo are now in production................our new business partner the embroidery factory Udon Thani are busy working provide us with a quality service from now on. Terry and Cliff have contributed in setting up this new partnership and hope we can continue to support the local work force in the future.

The graphics was by CBS design


Isaan Golf Academy

posted 3 Oct 2012, 01:31 by Udon Thani   [ updated 22 Apr 2014, 22:29 ]

New Banner for the Isaan Golf Academy
  Will be displayed at Udon Thani's Driving Ranges

 PGA Teaching Professional " Danny Harris"
 Banner's by CBS design

Ryder Cup 2012

posted 3 Oct 2012, 01:07 by Udon Thani   [ updated 22 Apr 2014, 22:23 ]

The greatest Ryder Cup comeback in the history of the event
 "Congratulation Team Europe" and "Captain Jose Maria Olazabal"

 Who was it said " I trust that the effect of this match will be to influence a cordial, friendly and peaceful feeling throughout the whole civilized world... I look upon the Royal and Ancient game as being a powerful force that influences the best things in humanity.
- Samuel Ryder

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