Capt. Bob on fire at Phoenix


Golf from The Billabong Bar

Monday, Nov. 28, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

Phoenix Gold was in great condition for our game today, playing the Lakes and Ocean loops with 5 groups in perfect condition for golf, just a slight breeze and some high cloud cover.

Brian Chapman of Haven Consultants (left) presents a monthly medal to Karn.
Brian Chapman of Haven Consultants (left) presents a monthly medal to Karn.

The course was in grand condition but the greens were somewhat different between the two nines, with the lakes being a little slower than the Ocean side.

Anyone playing to their handicap didn’t get a mention today.  Coming in third place was Freddy Starbeck with 37 points while his good mate JP Maffray took second with 38.  Topping the podium and claiming the line honours was Capt. Bob with 43 points off a dodgy 17-handicap.

There were two ‘2’s, coming from Francis Goyons and our visiting air traffic controller Colin Goon.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, Green Valley – Medal

I can’t work out whether this course gets more rain than anywhere else or the course superintendant waters the hell out of the front of the greens as they are just muddy slop for about 5 to 10 yards short of the green and nearly impossible to chip from.  Apart from that the course is in great condition, the greens are fast and true to putt on.

The scores were average today though with only one player beating handicap.

In the ladies competition Poopay came third with a net 76 while taking second on a count back with a net 74 was Sa, and Karn got the Haven Consultants trophy with the same score but a better back-nine.

Allan Beck (right) with Brian Chapman.
Allan Beck (right) with Brian Chapman.

In the men’s competition it was a three-way count back on 73 for third place and with the better back nine Paul Hack got that prize.  Second prize went to Jeff North with 72, but the only golfer to better his handicap was Allan Beck who scored a net 71.

There were six ‘2’s, coming from Paul Hack, Bob Newell, Norm Cheetham, Hans Lemstra and Jeff North (two).

Friday, Dec. 2, Treasure Hill – Stableford

It had been a long time since the Billabong played Treasure Hill, so today we were surprised not only by the price but by the condition of the course.  It is a credit to the management and staff for the way it is presented; the greens were absolutely fantastic and if you stayed on the fairway you couldn’t get a bad lie.

With 5 groups playing we started on a perfect day for golf just high cloud and the temperature was just right, it tried to rain on us for about a minute and that was it.

The scores were something else again, very low as nobody takes the whip to this course and that was the case today.  A count back on 32 points between Roger Emery and John Anderson saw John getting the nod for third place.  Second spot went to Francis Goyons with 33 points and the winner was Alistair Gall with 34.

There was one ‘2’ which was very nearly a hole in one from Graham Ball.