The Billabong Bar Golf Society
Monday, Feb. 20, Phoenix – Stableford
Phoenix was the challenge on Monday on a hot day out for everyone. Playing Ocean and Mountain nines the contrast of these two loops is something else; the rough on the Mountain side is like cotton wool and is very hard to find balls in it but on the Ocean it is a bit more friendly.
With 5 groups playing we got away on time for a 4 hour round. The course was in great condition and with no carts on the fairways it made them very user friendly, but only 6 players beat 30 points or better. The scribe was the only plonker, with a 55-yard shot to a par 5 for his 3rd he had to pick the ball up after having five more and still not being in the hole.
Taking third spot today was Thiery Temine with 31 points in a two-way count back over Steve Dodd, also with 31. Second place went to John Anderson with 34 points and top spot was claimed by Ivor Smith with 35 points. There were no ‘2’s recorded.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, Green Valley – Monthly Medal
This medal round was the last before the grand final in March when all 12 monthly winners are invited to play to find this year’s champion. This is the third year that Brian Chapman from Haven Consultants (Financial Advisers) has sponsored this event, both male and female, and we cannot thank him enough for his continued support.
It was fantastic weather to play golf but the fairways at Green Valley are resembling a patchwork quilt with areas of brown and bright green depending on which sprinklers are working. The greens have been scarified which made them considerably slower than usual and many putts were left just a shade short of the hole. Green Valley has announced that the course will be closed from April 17 until November and arrangements will be made for members to play at Silky Oak instead.
We had 48 golfers today and looking through the cards there were many triple and quadruple bogies, which do nothing for your medal round. Having said that, Miss Tan had no such problems and continued her excellent form to win the ladies medal with a 63 net, followed by Miss Da who, despite being seen climbing a tree on the 10th, had a round of 67 net for second and well ahead of Miss Pin on 72 net and Miss Nu with a net 73.
Sel Wegner tried once again to demolish the bunker on the 8th but recovered well to finish fourth with a net 72. William Macey lost out to Gerard Lambert, both on 71 net, but Gerard edged ahead with 1 shot better on the 13th hole – the only difference on the back nine. Jim Brackett qualified for the grand final, being the day’s winner with a net 70.
Four ‘2’s today came from Jim Brackett, Brian Chapman, Miss Nu and Tao.
Friday, Feb. 24, Plutaluang – Scramble
Plutaluang today and an early start for our monthly scramble where 14 teams turned out ot compete. Of these groupings, only three managed to score in the 50s and they took out the top prizes.
The team of Brian Orr, Vincent Smyth, Ted Gardner and Michael Anderson placed third with a score of 58.2, Keith Allen, Jim Payne, Steve Taylor and Mark Small occupied second spot with 57.1, but the winners produced a score that matched the best ever, and with a net 54.2 John Player, Wayne Cotterell, Brian Rudd and Sel Wegner took the plaudits and the win.
Note: There is a tournament coming up on the 24th of March with all money raised going to the special needs children. It will be played at Treasure Hill and entry fee (caddy, cart and green fee) is 1650 baht, including finger food back at the bar after the game. All are welcome.