Hill lights up Green Valley with 44-pointer


PSC golf from The Billabong Golf Bar

Monday, July 14, The Emerald – Stableford

We got away early for a three hour round at the Emerald and employed ‘pick and place’ on the fairways as it was a bit wet in places.  The course, apart from the worm dirt on some of the greens, was in great condition.  It threatened rain but stayed away until the eighth green where we got a little shower but stopped as we got to the ninth tee, and from there it was just overcast and cool.

Bob Van Mol with his wife Phaeng, Bob Philp, Mick Williams and Ron line up at the Baan Tong Tong Tournament.Bob Van Mol with his wife Phaeng, Bob Philp, Mick Williams and Ron line up at the Baan Tong Tong Tournament.

The winner with a fine 37 points was Rosco Langoulant ahead of the steady old fella Brian Maddox in second with 36.  There was one birdie ‘2’ on the 13th from Phil Waite.

Wednesday, July 16, Green Valley – Stableford

The scores today were unbelievable on greens that were actually being sanded as we played, not cored just sanded.  It was hilarious when your ball hit a rock on the green and stopped dead or bounced sideways.  One shot Cottee hit stopped his ball from being a full sand wedge back to the green and the rock it hit was like Buddha Mountain.

Bill, Joe, Woolly and Rosco pose with their caddies at Silky Oak.Bill, Joe, Woolly and Rosco pose with their caddies at Silky Oak.

With eight groups playing and the weather and course in grand shape it made for a great day out and we managed a four hour round in perfect conditions.

We went down to sixth place on the scorecard and taking that spot was John Player with 38 points, losing out on count back to Gus George and J.P. Maffray who took fifth and fourth spots respectively.  Coming in third was Nichawan Khiaophuang (Sa) with a fine 39 points and second place went to Eng Cotterell with 42 points, which would have been enough to win on any other day but Greg Hill had other ideas and took line honours with a fantastic 44 points.

There were only two ‘2’s today, coming from J.P. Maffray and the lovely Eng Cotterell.

Friday, July 18, Silky Oak – Stableford

Playing the inaugural Baan Tong Tong Tournament today at Silky Oak was a great day out for all concerned, with 12 groups and prizes for everybody.

The course was in good condition apart from the greens, which were in need of a cut but it didn’t matter in the end as three putts in our group were the norm.  We were all out there for a laugh and a few beers so what the heck.  A special thanks to John Player, Bill Marsden and Rosco for all the help with making the tournament a huge success.

Pin, Orn, Eng and Sa.Pin, Orn, Eng and Sa.

The main prize of 2 night’s all inclusive accommodation at the Baan Tong Tong Resort went to Jittina Tinpranee (Orn) with her score of 39 points, second prize (Billabong golf bag) and on the same score went to Sel Wegner, and in third, also with 39 points, was George Barrie who won a dinner for two at the resort.  Fourth, fifth and sixth places were taken by John Lowe, Phil Waite, and John Baikie respectively after all three had to be separated by another count back, this time on 37 points.

The prizes went down to eighteenth and then the lucky draw made up for the rest so nobody missed out.

There were ten ‘2’s coming from Alan Beck, Bob Van Mol, Dave Lusha, Jeff North, Mal Farquharson, Paul Greenaway, William Macey Wayne Cotterell and Brian Maddox managed to bag two.  Near the pin prizes went to Brian Maddox, Wayne Cotterell, Jeff North and Bob Van Mol.

The NAGA prize went to Chris Gray with a fantastic 17 points total; at least the 1000 baht voucher came as some consolation.

This tournament will be an annual event and if the support is anything to go by it will be a huge success again.  Back at the bar finger food was provided for all and the drinks flowed freely and everyone had a grand time.

Note:  If you are looking for a game of golf in Pattaya, give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 or call into the bar near Lake Mabprachan and put your name on the list.