PSC golf from The Billabong Golf Bar
Monday, July 7, Pattana – Stableford
Millionaires’ golf today at Pattana and with three groups playing we were off to an early start in beautiful weather, overcast but no rain and the temperature was perfect.
Playing B and C loops with B first it must be one of the hardest starting holes anywhere. The contrast in the greens from one nine to the other was also quite significant. The greens on the first nine were like putting on a billiard table but the second nine were a lot slower, which made for scores a little less than they should have been.
Sel couldn’t maintain the solid form he showed whilst up in Khao Yai recently and could only manage 24 points today, that earning him the NAGA award for the day and he lost everything to his good mate Hilly and J.P.
Coming in third place was Mal Farquharson with 35 points, second went to Lloyd Shuttleworth with 37 and the winner was Greg Hill with a fine round of 40 points.
There were no ‘2’s today.
Wednesday, July 9, Green Valley – Stableford
We got away to an early start here at Green Valley and flowed around the course in just over four hours. The layout was in great condition as usual but the greens had been slightly renovated which made putting a little difficult on some of them.
We welcomed Tony Oakes, Jarrod Ritchie, Pin Woollett and Dave Buchanan to the Billabong today and Pin, playing for the first time and trying to get a handicap, posted 112 off the bat, which is not a bad effort.
With seven groups we had a good turnout and there were some good scores also, but not up to the normal at this course where we can usually expect to see a couple of rounds in the forties. Coming in fifth place was Graham Woollett with 36 points, beating Orn on a count back, while fourth went to Bob Finley, edged out by Roger Ison after both sreturned scores of 37 points. In second spot was Bob Philp on 38, once again a victim to the count back as Wayne Cotterell, also 38 points, scored 23 of those on the back nine to claim the win.
Friday, July 11, Plutaluang – Stableford
Plutaluang was the place to be today, national holiday or not, and it was just a great day out with no rain to spoil the fun despite some threatening clouds hovering around. The course was in grand condition but they need some water as I have never seen the lake there so low; there are islands now sticking out of the middle of it.
With four groups we played the East and South combination, which is the easier of the four loops here off the whites, and the scores were a real mixture with the best being 38 points coming from Brian Maddox. The other two podium places were taken by Bill Marsden and Mal Farquharson, Bill getting the better over Mal on count back after both shot 35 points (Bill’s 24 points on the back nine was hard to beat).
Once again there were no ‘2’s today and the presentation was done at the course as all bars were closed for a couple of days due to the Buddhist holiday.
Note: The Billabong is situated just off Siam Country Club Road looking straight down Lake Mabprachan. Give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 if you are looking for a game.