McDonough stands tall at Phoenix


The Billabong Bar Golf Society

Monday, Feb. 27, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

After watching the silky smooth swings of the lady golfers at the Thailand Honda Classic you would think that those playing today would have been inspired to greater efforts, but the reverse seemed to be the case and the course also had some very damp fairways which did not help those having a bad day at the office.  Among the excuses were the greens on the Mountain were quicker than the Lake and others thought the reverse, but any excuse is better than none.

Only 6 golfers had 30 plus points and only 1 person from the 6 groups that teed off played to his handicap; that being Tony McDonough who had 11 points on the last 5 holes but 2 of them blobs to finish on 38 points.

Recovering from a near disaster on the 1st hole, Chris Dodd edged his way to respectability with 19 points on the back-nine and 31 overall.  It wasn’t quite good enough to unseat Colin Flaherty from 2nd place with 33 points, just 1 better than Capt. Bob who, using a new set of irons with the wrappers still attached, got the better of Gregory Russell on a count back.

Unusually, there was a 2 today and that went to Tony McDonough.



Wednesday, March 1, Green Valley – Stableford

Green Valley was in good condition apart from a little scarifying on the greens in preparation for the Singha Open coming up soon.

We were a little depleted in the ladies department today with some of the regular girls down in Singapore to watch the LPGA tournament.  We still had 10 girls though and the scores were fantastic with 37 points by Miss Yen getting 3rd place while 2nd went to Miss Da with 41 points.  Miss Nuch got the top spot with a whopping 43 (I think they were all playing a different course than the guys).

In the men’s division the scores were good with Allan Cassin edging a count back over Wayne Cotterell to take 3rd place, both with 36 points, and 2nd spot going to Bob Newell with 37.  The line honours today went to Keith Allen with an impressive 40-point return.

There were two 2s, coming from Allan Cassin and John Player.


Friday, March 3, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

Mountain Shadow was the venue for Friday and the course was in great condition, although not very busy.  The greens today were not as slippery as they normally are but still tricky and out of 5 groups there were only 6 golfers that beat 30 points.  Just goes to show how tough this course really is.

The prizes went down to 4th place, that spot going to J.P. Maffray with 33 points while his good friend Mr Bathurt came 3rd with 34.  Our recent new arrival from the good old U.S.A., Steve Compton, took 2nd with 35 points but the man of the moment was Alistair Gall who took 1st place with a fantastic 39 points.

There was only one ‘2’, coming from J.P. Maffray – not surprising as the par-3’s here are not at all easy.

Note: The charity golf day sponsored by the Baan Tong Tong Resort is coming up on the 24th of this month.  All monies raised will go to the Special Needs Children.  Entry fee for caddy, cart and green fee is 1650 baht.  Call Bob on 082 204 3411 or call into the bar and put your name on the sheet.