Lightning Leith strikes twice


The Billabong Bar Golf Society

Monday, March 11, The Emerald – Stableford

We went down to Emerald today and were joined by some of the lads from Perth who came over for a week or so.  It was a great day out, the course was in great condition but unfortunately it was the last one for Stan Stoker as he goes back to shovelling snow in Ottawa.

We welcomed Kiwi Bill’s nephew Luke Marsden and his mate Nathan Hogg for a day out.  The scores weren’t great but the top three in reverse order were Willie Dunlop third with 35 points, The Nipper in second with 36 and coming first was Leith Turnbull with 37 points.

Wednesday, March 13, Green Valley – Stableford

Our normal trip down 36 today to Green Valley where we started ahead of time with four groups and were joined once again by some of the Perth lads.  The course is in great shape at the moment and a real pleasure to play.

Coming in third today was Willie Dunlop at the head of a four-way count back on 32 points.  His 19 points on the back nine beat the efforts of Geoff Ryves, Arab Russell and Leith Turnbull.  Second place went to Bob Finley on 33 points and coming first was Nipper with 37.

There was only one 2 today and that went to Arab Russell.  He told everyone it was a fantastic skulled 7-iron that got him to the green and a 50 foot putt to the hole.  Don’t know whether to believe it or not but it went in and that’s all that matters.

Friday, March 15, Crystal Bay – Stableford

We started out early on our trip to Crystal Bay and had all teed-off by 10 o’clock with the course in grand condition with the greens running fast and true.  Alas only one team got in the full round and one of them was the eventual winner.  Most got as far as the 17th, but didn’t get to play eighteen as there was so much lightening around it was coming from everywhere and was a bit scary to say the least.  When one bolt hit the tee we were about to play from it was time for a spell at the drink stop.

Our friend George Barrie flew over for a game from Singapore, bit of a bugger George you picked the wrong day mate, never mind hopefully you will be back for Easter.

When we finally got into the locker you didn’t need the shower as you could stand under the lights in the locker room there was so much water running through them.  Very dodgy indeed and maybe some money needs to spent on maintenance.  With the course being in such good condition it’s a shame the rest of the place isn’t up to scratch.  However we will be back.

Coming in 4th today was Wayne Cotterell with 34 points, being beaten on a count back By Capt Bob.  Second place went to Bob St Aubin with 35 points and first went to Leith Turnbull with 36, but as stated these lads from Perth did manage to play 18 holes.

Once again there were no 2’s although Cottee did miss one from about three feet.

Note:  If you are looking for a game with a friendly group call Bob on 082 204 3411 or call into the bar which is just left before you go under the arch heading to Siam Old Course and about 200 yards down looking straight down the Lake.

Also don’t forget our Songkran trip to Kanchanaburi playing Royal Ratchaburi on the way up on the 17th April, Blue Saphire on the 18th and coming back we play Uniland.  It’s limited to 20 players so sign up early.