PSC Golf from the Billabong Bar
Monday, May 27, Phoenix Gold – Stableford
Phoenix today, playing the Mountain and Ocean loops in perfect conditions for golf. The course was in spectacular condition with both greens and fairways receptive to any good shot or putt you made. We only had a small field but the scoring was still reasonable although not over the top, with only on golfer playing better than handicap.
There was a countback between Glenn Smith and Thiery Petrement for third place, with Thiery taking the bronze spot on the podium. Second place went to Bill Marsden with 34 points and Lloyd Shuttleworth shot 77 gross off his 5 handicap for 38 points and top spot. There were no 2s recorded. As a foot note the Billabong will now be playing at two venues each Wednesday from now until the end of October – Green Valley will still be one and the other will be Laem Chabang.
Wednesday, May 29, Green Valley – Monthly Medal
The trip along the 36 to Green Valley was a nightmare today for there were 2 obstructive accidents and the normal 30 minute journey took close to 1 hour so everyone was late on the tee. So perhaps that was a contributory factor for the scores to be, by and large, average. We were pleased to see Brian Chapman, CEO of Haven Consultants, the longtime sponsor of the Billabong monthly medal which we played today.
Only three golfers did better than par and Miss Kran (H/cap 22) was one of them with a net 69 despite an eight on the first hole and a seven to follow, but she recovered well on the way home to win the medal. The consistent Miss Noodle (13) cannot be ignored when she plays and today was no exception for she occupied 2nd place with a net 70. Miss Thip (18) came 3rd with a net 73 despite an eight on the par 14th. Miss Porn (22) was level par for the first six holes but an 11 on the 7th hole put a dent in her aspirations to end with a net 73, losing on a countback.
Selwyn Wegner (15) was surprised to finish 4th in the men’s flight with a net 74, just 1 behind Thiery Temine (23) who was having a bad time on the return trip, dropping 15 shots to lose a countback to Keith Allen (12) who had five consecutive 4s from the 14th hole. For the second month in a row, Greg Ritchie (30) came out on top with a net 69 despite recording 3 sevens on his card.
Three 2s were recorded today, by Noodle, Sasicha and two from Les Smith.
Friday, May 31, Phoenix Gold – Scramble
On a day with dark clouds overhead we went to Phoenix for our monthly scramble. The day started out great but then down came the rain for about 30 minutes. After it stopped out came the sun to make it kind of hot for a while. The course was in great condition, but the management are letting the rough grow and getting it ready for the ladies Thailand Open coming up later this month.
Coming in 3rd today with a score of 60.9 was the team of Bill Marsden, Miss May. Tim Lovell and Bob StAubin while 2nd place went to the Billabong A team of Sasicha, Nok, Todd and Sandy with a score of 60, having 16 birdie putts but only converting 5 was the telling story there. Coming out on top today was the quartet of Gary Ritchie, Peter Bass, Arch Armstrong and Paul Hack with a score of 59.7.
Next month’s scramble will be held at Parachat Gold Club next door to the Pattaya Country Club.