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PSC Golf from The Billabong Golf Bar

Wednesday, August 5, Green Valley – Medal

The last Wednesday of each month is normally when we hold our monthly medal and trophy, sponsored by long time friend Brian Chapman of Globaleye International Wealth Solutions.  Well it is normally but the previous week the rain washed out our comp so it was changed to the first week in August.

Translated to English, the monthly medal means that a wayward golf ball has an unnerving tendency to find water, is plugged in a bunker or finds the 10% of the tree, not forgetting that trees are 90% air.  Whoever made that statement has never played golf.

Rosco Langoulant, Squeak and David Brien.Rosco Langoulant, Squeak and David Brien.

The previous week, before getting rained off, one of the group, playing off his 18 handicap, had scored 36 points in 12 holes, yes that’s right, he was square with the card off the stick – a sad shame Keith, hopefully next time the rain will stay away!

The term millionaires’ golf certainly applied today: Blissfully cool, no sign of rain and an empty golf course except a one-ball in front of us who teed off and was never seen again.

George Barrie was in the first group and went round in less than 3½ hours.  That didn’t particularly help his score but he did manage a 2, which according to George should have been a hole in one and was less than one of his Cuban cigars away from being one.

In 4th place today was the very consistent Bob Newell with a net 72, missing out on third by one shot to Alistair Gall.  Brian Chapman was contemplating the possibility of winning his own trophy, returning with a net 70 and being leader in the clubhouse for some time, but occasional Billabong golfer Gareth Gill stole the show and the trophy with a net 67, playing off 15.

The ‘2’s today were shared between the aforementioned George Barrie, Bob Newell, Bob Finley and William Macey.

Friday, August 7, Burapha – Stableford

With 5 groups playing at Burapha today we got off to an early start on C and D loops.  The course was in great condition as usual with fast greens and rough that kills you if you get into the really thick stuff.

We had a visit from some Aussie boys today, Brett, Squeak and George over from the West for some golf and recreation.  Brett donated a couple of bottles of wine for near the pin prizes, which were won by Alistair Gall, Willie Dunlop, and two by Peter Bird.  Many thanks Brett to you and your Dad.

There was one stand out winner today with 40 points, that being Squeak and we were told it could have been another 3 or 4 points better.  Obviously he didn’t get onto some parts of the course the scribe visited.

It was a four way count back for 2nd, 3rd and 4th all on 37 points; David Brien taking the runner-up spot, Greig Ritchie placing third and Rosco Langoulant getting fourth.

There were two ‘2’s, coming from Squeak and Peter Bird.

It was the perfect day for golf with a good cloud cover no rain and not too hot, all in all a great day out.

Note: The Billabong is hosting a tournament for the Baan Tong Tong Resort on Monday, August 17 with prizes for everyone.  This day out it being played at the new Silky Oak course with a 9.30 start and all welcome, both ladies and men.

The Billabong Bar is situated just off Siam Country Club Road looking straight across the billabong which used to be Lake Mabprachan.  Call in for a cold beer or give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 if you are looking for a game.