PSC golf from The Billabong Golf Bar
Monday, April 28, Mt. Shadow – Stableford
With just a small team today, led by Cottee, we took off for Mountain Shadow and as usual it was in great condition with lightening fast greens. This is a course that eats golf balls for lunch and dinner if you are not on your game; you either like it you don’t and while it is not one of the scribe’s favourite courses it still goes on the list as the boys enjoy the challenge.
The scores were up and down today but Stan had an excuse as he had just arrived from Toronto and the temp there was about minus 40 when he left. Taking third place was Tony McDonough with 37 points which a good game around here but he was beaten on a count back by Sel Wegner also on 37. The consistent Cottee was the big winner with 40 points – now that is a score on Mountain Shadow. Well done and thanks for running the show.
Friday scramblers: George, Barney, Geoff and Jeff.
There was only one ‘2’ today, coming from Sel Wegner.
Wednesday, April 30, Green Valley – Stableford
Playing Green Valley today we started out under threatening skies, which soon turned to thunder and lightning so the drinks stops were overloaded with players trying to stay dry. It didn’t last long, about 40 minutes, and we were out again on course in great weather.
Paul Greenaway (left) accepts the Devere monthly trophy from Brian Chapman.
Our tournament today was for the Devere monthly trophy, kindly sponsored by Brian Chapman, and the prizes that Brian comes up with are exceptionally good, with shirts, hats and golf balls all up for grabs. With eight groups playing it was a well supported day for our sponsors.
The scores were pretty good considering the weather interruption and the fairways were a little sloppy in places, but they did dry out amazingly quickly. We had a four-way count back on 38 points to decide third, fourth and fifth places with John Baikie filling the bottom rung, Owie getting fourth Bob Finley having the better of it in third. Steve Kilner on the same score missed out completely as he didn’t have a good back nine.
Owen Walkley came second overall with 39 points, being beaten on another count back by Paul Greenaway who took the Devere trophy with 22 points on the back nine.
There were two ‘2’s today, coming from Bob Philp and Peter LeNoury.
Friday, May 2, Plutaluang – Scramble
We played our monthly scramble today – yes a couple of days later than usual because of the East and South courses being closed for maintenance. With eight groups playing West and North we were off to an early start in rain for the first hole but then it abated for the remainder of the round. There was plenty of thunder around and dark clouds but no more wet stuff.
The scores were all in the 60s apart from one group who managed to get under that. In our team we had to do a ‘Darl White’ on Phil Elliott, i.e. leaving his last drive till the final hole, a number we did on Darl a few times. There is a lot of pressure when everyone else is sitting in their carts and you are the only one on the tee, but Phil took a practice swing and launched himself like a miniature Craig Stadler and nailed the ball straight down the middle. Well done mate and we got a par, but if only we could putt!
Coming in third today was the team of George Barrie, Ron Gale, Robert Frost and Stan Stoker with a score of 61.9. Second went to The Dodgy Boys (aka) Brian Maddox, Willim Lasonder, Owen Walkley and Barney Clarkson with 61.1, but it was the Courtyard Cavaliers turn to win for a change, they haven’t been in the winner’s circle for some time, so with a score of 58.9 Geoff Couch, Jeff North, Arch Armstrong and Graham Beaumont were quite a way in front. Well done fellas!
Note: If you are looking for a game of golf, give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 or call into the bar at Mabprachan Lake and put your name on the sheet