Absent friends remembered at Silky Oak scramble

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Absent Friends Scramble winners, Bob Newell, David Mather, Steve Mulberry and Lawrence Shaw.
Absent Friends Scramble winners, Bob Newell, David Mather, Steve Mulberry and Lawrence Shaw.

The Billabong Golf Society

Monday, Dec. 11, Phoenix – Stableford

With 8 groups playing at the Phoenix Gold golf club there were no hold ups and we were away a little early.  The course was in grand condition all around.

There was a count-back for fourth place between Gerard Lambert and Julie Battersby, both on 38 points, with Julie getting the nod.  Third spot went to George Barrie with 39 points and second to Jean Pierre Gasson with a fine 41.  Taking the honours today was Alan Beck with a whopping 45 points.

There were three ‘2’s, coming from George Barrie and Jean Pierre Gasson (2).

Wednesday, Dec. 13, Green Valley – Stableford

The scores for the men today, for some unaccountable reason, were not great with only Lloyd Shuttleworth playing to his handicap and that gave him top spot on 36 points.  The minor places were occupied with three on 35 points and with 19 on the back nine, Bob Van Mol took second ahead of Jeff North and Sandy Chapo respectively.

The ladies, as usual, had better results than the men, with Miss Pin on 41 points winning the day, helped by having three 4-pointers in her round.  Miss Karen did better on a count-back with 39 points than Miss Sa, who birdied hole 9 index-1 for 5 points and the shrieks of delight could be heard all over the course.  Miss Julie came fourth with 37 points which included 8 pars.

Miss Da, Miss Tan and Bob St. Aubin recorded the only ‘2’ of the day.

Friday, Dec. 15,
Silky Oak – Scramble

We all know friends that have passed away over the years, which is why Capt. Bob and Richard Steadman arranged the annual Absent Friends Golf Day to remember those that are no longer here.  Two friends have been added to that list this year, Murray (Muffie) Kerr who played golf regularly on the darkside and Bob Finley, a longtime supporter of the Billabong and both members of PSC.

This competition is always well supported and 20 groups signed up for this 4-person scramble at Silky Oak.  Everything progressed smoothly and with Nigel Cannon welcoming all the participants we were up and running.

Round over and back at home base, the majority of the combatants enjoyed a few cold beers and a buffet before the auction and presentations.  The auction had a number of golf shirts on offer signed by top flight professional golfers and raised 20,000 baht which will be used for the benefit of local children.

The winners of the tournament were the team of Bob Newell, David Mather, Steve Mulberry and Lawrence Shaw with a score of 56.4.  In second place came the quartet of Brian Orr, Vince Smith, Doug Crowe and Ted Gardner with 57.8, third went to the grouping of Bob Scott, Lloyd Shuttleworth, Paul Greenaway and Roachy with 58.0 and the final place on the podium was occupied by Geoff Crouch, Jeff North, Chris Brundell and P.Scayley with a score of 58.5.

Near pins went to Ted Gardner, Jeff North, Som Wild and David Mather who missed a hole in one by 5cm.  Steve Mulberry won the keg of beer donated by Bob St. Aubyn.