The Billabong Bar Golf Society
Monday, April 3, Phoenix – Stableford
It is getting easier to get to Phoenix now with some of the road works being completed and the course is worth every minute it takes to get there. With all three 9s open and in fantastic condition it really is a pleasure to play here.
We only had a small group today but it was still special as the scores were mostly in the high 30s. We played the Lakes and Ocean loops, which are our favourites and the most ‘user-friendly’ for hackers like the scribe.
It isn’t very often you can better your handicap and not get something for your trouble but that was the case today with George Barrie who scored 37 points and came in fourth. One point better in third place was Thiery Petrement while the runner-up spot went to Capt. Bob with 39 points. Top of the heap today was Thiery Temine with an excellent 41-point effort.
There was only one 2 today, coming from Thiery Petrement, and yes, he did get a prize for his troubles.
Wednesday, April 5, Green Valley – Stableford
A very wet day at Green Valley today and what started out just overcast turned into a downpour that lasted about an hour or more (the drinks stops did a roaring trade). With 7 groups starting there were only 4 that finished the day, intrepid souls indeed. It was a little damp underfoot when the players went out to finish but the course did dry up quite quickly.
In the girls’ division it was a count back for third and fourth with Miss Noy taking fourth spot on 32 points and Miss Eng third with the same score. Coming second, also on a count back was Miss Tan with 33 points, her being beaten by Miss Som. There were no ‘2’s in the ladies comp.
In the men’s division fifth spot went to George Barrie with 31 points, with Thiery Petrement getting fourth place also on 31 and third to Lloyd Shuttleworth with 33. Losing out on top spot on count back with 34 points was John Anderson as he was edged out by the little French general, Gerard Lambert.
There was one ‘2’ coming from Lloyd Shuttleworth on the 8th just before they had to take shelter from the rain again.
On Wednesday the 19th of this month, as Green Valley is going to be closed, the venue will be Phoenix Gold and the tournament will be for the Steve Balfour memorial trophy. It is going a 2-ball better-ball comp.
Friday, April 7, Burapha – Stabledford
Talk about dodging bullet, today was one of those days. Playing A and B nines at Burapha in cloudy conditions at the start of play, the skies suddenly turned absolutely black on the back-nine but whilst it was raining all around, we managed to get around completely dry in 3½ hours. The course was in great condition and the greens were as good as you could play on anywhere.
The scores were fantastic, maybe down to the condition of the course, but only one player didn’t make better than 30 points. It was a count back for third spot between Thiery Petrement and Barry McIntosh, both on 35 points, with Barry getting the better of Thiery on the back 6 holes. Second place went to Alistair Gall with 39 points but the winner today with a magnificent 43 was Gerard Lambert, a great round of golf mate and well done.
Alistair got the only ‘2’ but there was no payout today.