Billabong squad takes monthly scramble

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PSC Golf from The Billabong Golf Bar

Wednesday, Nov. 18, Green Valley – Stableford

Surprise, surprise – 16 of the pins here at Green Valley on Wednesday were in the same positions as they were the previous week, and even the last 9 or even 10 weeks.  I am sure that hundreds of golfers traipsing over the same parts of the green for weeks on end cannot be good for the putting surfaces.  But what do we golfers know?

At least they (the greens) are recovering from the harsh scarifying that took place a month or so ago and the fairways here are always in good condition, but please management, have a little more imagination as to the pin positions.

Friday scramble winners Greig Ritchie, Bill Marsden, Paul Greenaway and Bob Philp with 2 of the Billabong staff.

We had 9 groups out on a hot and humid day but the heat did not seem to adversely affect the golfers as the scores were very impressive.

Eight ladies had their own competition, with Miss Som on the lower step of the podium with 37 points, the consistent Miss Nu, who always seems to be there or thereabouts, finishing second on 38 and Miss Saipin taking the win with a brilliant 43 points.

The men’s competition was no less challenging, with Tim Knight finishing fourth on 36 points and Mal Roberts third with 37.  Lloyd Shuttleworth, playing off 7, gave a lesson in power and accuracy to those in his group and came in second with 39 points, but beware the injured golfer as Bob Finlay, who has had a wrist problem for some weeks now, showed that his natural skills today with 41 points to take the day’s spoils.

Bob also had a ‘2’ but was forced to take a minor share of the pot as Robbie Taylor had two.

Friday, Nov. 20, Plutaluang – Scramble

Plutaluang for the monthly scramble a week early today as the course is closed on the 27th for a rather large tournament.  With 16 groups playing and with a two-tee start we were all away in 45 minutes or there abouts.

Lloyd Shuttleworth and Tim Knight (rear) with Nu, Eng and Som.

The course was a bit wet in places and to start off it was no carts on the fairways but that changed after about 6 or 7 holes.  It got a little slow for some reason on the back nine with one hole having 5 groups on it there was no rhyme nor reason for it, that was just the way it was.

Though a bit damp, the course was otherwise in great condition with the greens as usual fast downhill but just a little slow up the other way.  There was the usual banter after with tales about the ones that got away what should have been and what didn’t happen but all in all it was a grand day out.

This must have been a day of remembrance for the death of Jonah Lomu, the All Black legend who passed away this week at the age of 40, as seven of the top two teams were Kiwis.  The prizes went down to fourth place and that was taken by Arab Russell, his son J.B, Craig Davies and Richard Steadman with a score of 61.

Third place went to Mike Pledger, Rick Hyatt, Ed Horricks and Don Hachy with a score of 60.9 and in second sport was the Kiwi connection of Lloyd Shuttleworth, John Low, Dion Lane and Geoff Christy with 59.8.  The winners were the boys from the Billabong, Greig Ritchie, Bill Marsden, Paul Greenaway and Bob Philp with a score of 58.9.

The next scramble will be held on 18th December as the last Friday of the month is Christmas day.  Thank you to all the golfers for making this day the success it is, the camaraderie from you guys is a pleasure to see!