Cottee shines at rain-free Mountain Shadow

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The Billabong Golf Bar

Monday, Nov. 4, Greenwood – Stableford

We left the bar a little bit earlier today for our trip to Greenwood and got there about 30 minutes before our allotted tee time and were away early as we were the only group there at that time.  The course was in great condition with the greens being lightening fast and the fairways cut to perfection – you couldn’t get a bad lie.  The temperature was just perfect as well with a little wind a great day for golf.

We had to say goodbye today to Chris Dodd who had to cut his holiday short, and also welcomed Richard Steadman over for his annual pilgrimage.

The decision was made to play from the yellow markers as the length was just on 6,000 yards and from the whites it was 600 more, so it was a bit short today for the big hitters but enjoyable all the same.

Taking fourth place was Craig Wheeler with 36 points on a count back over Ralph Hymer while third place went to Owen Walkley with 38 points, just losing out to our old mate John Locke on count back for second.  Top of the stack today was Brian Maddox with a fine 40 points.

There were three ‘2’ recorded by Craig Wheeler, Owen Walkley and an eagle two on B1 from Capt Bob.

Wednesday, Nov, 6, Green Valley – Stableford

It was a great day for golf at Green Valley on Wednesday and the course was in magnificent condition with the greens as fast as hell.

It was welcome back to JJ Harney today and his lovely wife Margaret, and although she didn’t play it was nice to catch up for a drink later.

We had eight groups playing but apart from a few golfers the scores were a bit ordinary to say the least.  Coming in fifth place was Martin Kingswood 34 points, losing fourth spot on count back to Bob Finley, while third place went to Paul Greenaway with 35 points.  Taking second on the podium was Eng Cotterell with a fine 38 points and the winner with 40 points, which could have been even better if the putts had dropped, was Paul Bourke – a great round of golf mate!

There were seven ‘2’s which should have been nine if Paul Bourke had had an ounce of luck and it would have been the first time we would have seen four ‘2’s from one golfer.  The ones that did drop went to Paul Bourke (2), Paul Greenaway (2), Craig Wheeler, Peter Le Noury and John Locke,

A piece of sad news I was to hear today was that my good friend Ian (Juggy) Jones passed away in Geralton in the north of Western Australia.  Our condolences go out to all his family for their sad and sudden loss.

Friday, Nov. 8, Mountain Shadow – Stableford

While it never stopped raining at the bar all day it was great weather for the golfers who did go out to play at Mountain Shadow on Friday.  The greens, as always, were fast even with the rain they had had overnight and it was carts allowed everywhere so no winter rules in force.

There were a few cancelations because of the rain but as usual here in Thailand it always seems to be localized, raining here but not there.  There were good scores and bad but it was down to Cottee to show the way with a fine 41 points to take out first place ahead of his good mate Gary Hogg, who won a three way count back on 34 points over Tom Hand and Steve Compton.  There were no ‘2’s so all the dosh went to the guys in the winners’ circle.

Note:  If you are looking for a game with some friendly golfers, call into the bar or give Bob a call on 082 204 3411.  The bar is just off Soi Siam Country Club, looking straight down Lake Mabprachan.