PSC Golf from The Billabong Bar
Monday, Oct. 1, Phoenix Gold – Stableford
Phoenix Gold was a very hot and muggy place today and we were all soaked after about 3 holes. The course is in great condition although the rough on the Mountain loop is very unfriendly and thick, making any long shot almost impossible.
We were extremely lucky the rain stayed away although the thunder and lightning was all around us and close at times but it didn’t worry some of the players with Dave Bramley scoring 35 points to take third spot. Miss Sasicha claimed second with 36 points and Steve Dodd took line honours with a fine 38 points.
There was only one ‘2’, coming from Dave Bramley.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, Green Valley – Stableford
The rain decided to have a day off today but the recent storms made the course very wet in parts, which did not allow any roll on the fairways and, on reflection, preferred lies might have been a good idea.
Inspiration from watching the Ryder Cup did not permeate down to the Billabong regulars for the scores, overall, were less than impressive. Unusually the ladies did not set the world alight today, with Miss Kran, a name that appears regularly in the credits, losing out in a head to head with Miss Da for second place, both with 32 points but 3 blobs and 3 one-pointers did the damage for Kran. Miss Porn had 19 points on the front nine which was good enough to win the plaudits with 34 points overall.
Greg Ritchie won a countback over Mikael Anderson on 35 points for fourth place but might have climbed further up the ladder of success had he not failed to score a point on the last hole. John O came third with 36 points, losing on a countback to William Macey who played with Wayne Cotterell but lost the battle for the top spot to him over the first 4 holes after the turn with Wayne recording two pars and a birdie to burst William’s balloon, finishing with 38 points and he also recorded the only 2 of the day.
Friday, Oct. 5, Burapha – Stableford
Burapha was the venue for today’s golf and with carts ‘on the cart path only’ winter rules applied, and were they needed as every shot played hit the ground and was covered with mud. Playing A and C loops in hot conditions but no rain it was a good day out for all. The course even after all the rain it has received was in great condition, even the greens were still fast but holding.
There was something different on offer today from Bob Lindborg who put 1000 baht in the hat for near the pins – the money going to the player’s caddy and 6 golf balls to the player. The caddies thought it was great and so did the winners.
With 7 groups playing we got away a little early and were around in just on 4 hours. The scoring was very good also with a countback for third between Dave Bramley and Paul Durken, both on 36 points. Dave could have done a little better if he hadn’t had to go back to the tee on the last hole to hit again and only score 1 point on that hole, gifting the bronze to Paul. Second place went to Pete Seil with 37 points, and Gareth Gill took the top spot with a fine 40 points.
There were four ‘2’s, coming from Thiery Temime, Doug Campbell, Bill Power and Paul Durken.