Cotterell’s clean up at Crystal Bay

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PSC golf from the Billabong Golf Bar

Monday, Jan. 20, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

It was a windy old day at Mountain Shadow today and playing from the blue tees was probably a bit harsh on the lads, but that’s the way it goes.  The greens were their normal lightening fast selves and tricky too.  The course was in great condition and everything was going well until we caught up with a ‘seven-ball’ that slowed things down quite considerably, although it was only the last few holes thank God. 

We welcomed a friend of Sel Wegner’s today from Aussie, and he not only won the day but skinned the boys as well, much to their disgust.  Coming in fourth today was Dave Lusha on a three-way count back, all on 29 points.  He got the nod over Noddy Moyle and Bob Philp.  Third place went to Wayne Cotterell with 30 points, second to Eng Duangwaw and first as previously stated went to our friend from Melbourne, Greg Vawdry with 38 points.

Owen, Eng, The birthday boy Owen, Dave and Cottee.Owen, Eng, The birthday boy Owen, Dave and Cottee.

It was Owen Walkley’s birthday today so he kindly put up four near pins for the players.  Owen Lloyd took two of them, Eng Duangwaw got one and the other went to the birthday boy himself, a magnificent shot off the rocks on the 17th to land about six feet away.  There were three ‘2’s coming from Glyn Davies, Bill Marsden, which he chipped past the hole by about ten feet and it rolled down the hill into the hole, and the other two came from Owen Lloyd.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, Green Valley – Stableford

Standing on the first tee in the shade at Green Valley today was particularly cold, probably the coldest the scribe has experienced in ten years here in Thailand.  However, once we got underway it started to warm up a bit.

The course is currently in great shape with only a few dry patches and we had a grand day out.  The scores were very good considering the wind factor and it was good to see Jack Butler back in the fold after eye surgery – and he didn’t play that bad either.

It was a count back for fifth and fourth places today with Roger Ison coming in fifth with 36 points while in fourth, beating him on the count back, was Bob Finley.  Third place went to Bob Philp with 37 points, his best score in ages, and taking second was Brian Wilkinson with 38.  The man of the day was Pat Regan with a very fine 40 points.

There was only one ‘2’ today, coming from the ‘2’s specialist Wayne Cotterell.  That’s twice in a week Cottee, well done!

Friday, Jan. 24, Crystal Bay – Stableford

What started out a very cool morning turned out to be a lovely warm day at Crystal Bay, playing the C and A loops.  The course was in good condition with greens that were very tricky to putt on, however it didn’t make much difference to some as the top scores were really good.

Capt Bob should have stayed home today as the bad back got worse as the day went on and he and his partner Kiwi Bill were given a thrashing by Gentleman George, (I use the Gentleman word loosely) and Captain Colourful, a.k.a. “Kick Ass” Kev.  And what a hiding it was, they never lost a hole and won handsomely, the match was over on the 12th hole.

We welcomed Capt Bob’s two mates from Oz today, Gary Ralph and Dave Palmer, and Gary got the better of Dave by ten shots.

At the top of the leader board, the Cotterell family had a great day out with Wayne taking first place with 39 points and his lovely wife Eng getting the nod for second on a count back over Greg Vawdrey, both with 38 points.  It would have taken an exceptional round of golf to beat the 24 points Eng scored on the back nine and to celebrate the family rang the bell back at the bar.

There were two ‘2’s today coming from Gary Ralph and Wayne (the ‘2’s specialist) Cotterell.

Note:  The Billabong Golf club is situated just off Siam Country Club Road looking straight down Lake Mabprachan.  Call Bob on 082 204 3411.