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PSC Golf from The Billabong Golf Bar

Wednesday, April 29, St. Andrews – Stableford

Our usual Wednesday trip to Rayong but the Singha Championship was well under way and Green Valley was closed to the public.  However, little things like a closed golf course do not stop Capt. Bob and he had made an arrangement to play St. Andrews at a very competitive green fee.

Whilst we always criticize the layout at Green Valley we are happy to compliment the management on the condition of St. Andrews for it is always presented in near perfect condition with fairways that resemble walking on the best quality carpet.  It’s a tough layout that tests your all round ability and demands your full concentration if you want to play well.

Sa (left) receives her Globaleye Trophy prize from Brian Chapman.Sa (left) receives her Globaleye Trophy prize from Brian Chapman.

Nature, as usual, was playing games with us today with some thunder for most of the round and threatening us with rain, but it had second thoughts and allowed us to play 18 holes without interruption.

This event was the well supported monthly Globaleye Trophy sponsored by Brian Chapman who is a long time supporter of the Billabong.  Gerry Roche and Wayne Cotterell discovered that golf was a game of two halves, both scoring in excess of 21 points on the front nine only to come back to earth on the back nine, but Wayne scrambled well to score 36 points in total to finish in 4th place.

Bob Van Mol, a regular visitor from Vietnam, had the same points total as Wayne but outgunned him with 20 points on the back nine to take third place. Keeping it in the family, Eng Cotterell, came in second, with the very consistent Sa recording 39 points to take overall victory.

There were five ‘2’s from Gentry Harrington, Greig Ritchie, Helmut, Miss Orn and Capt. Bob.

What a great day and we congratulate the management on their efforts fine tuning this great golf course.

Friday, May 1, Phoenix – Stableford

Playing Phoenix today was a pleasure as the course was in grand condition, but boy was it hot.  The walkers in the group today were soaking wet by the time they had played three holes, and it wasn’t any better for those in carts.  The rain clouds threatened with lightning and thunder all around us and some were keeping an eye out for the nearest drinks stop, but the storm never came.

Eng Cotterell (left) with Capt. Bob.Eng Cotterell (left) with Capt. Bob.

With five groups playing we got around in about 4 and a bit hours, which was good as the course was a bit jammed up at the first par three on the back nine.

We had one lady by the name of Eng Cotterell having a great day out and shooting 85 off the stick off her 20 handicap for 43 stableford points.  This gave her a considerable margin over Bob Philp with 39 and Mark Allen with 38.

There were three ‘2’s coming from Wayne Cotterell, Gentry Harrington and Capt Bob.