PSC Golf from The Billabong Bar
Monday, May 6, Phoenix Gold – Stableford
Phoenix Mountain & Lakes with 4 groups playing today and we got away on time. The course was in great condition, with tricky greens making things difficult for some. It was a nice day with a breeze keeping the heat away.
The scoring was good, with Serge Straeten taking third spot with 33 points, second went to Paulie O’Mahony on 34 and Malcolm Adamson took the winners prize with 35, his best ever score at the Billabong.
There were four 2s, from Paul Greenaway, Alan Beck, Chris Dodd and Paul O’Mahony, the latter coming as close as you can get to a hole in one today. His ball circled the hole and stopped at the back of the cup for a tap in birdie.
Wednesday, May 8, Green Valley – Stableford
We are not sure but we think we saw the general manager and his staff doing a rain dance when we arrived at the course today. If so, it certainly worked for we had some heavy rain halfway around the course, well for at least 2 minutes. There are more signs of wear not helped by the tees and the pins being in the same position for weeks on end.
Some good scores from the ladies as usual today, with Miss Thip (H/cap 17) missing out on second place with 37 points, running out of steam on the way home with 7 points less than the front nine. Miss Phin (10) took the silver medal position on the same score, but the star of the day was Miss Nu (16) who took the plaudits with a great 43 points.
In the men’s competition, Wayne Cotterell (14) came fourth with 34 points, well behind Peter Davies (16) in third on 38. Peter’s progress took a bit of a jolt at the turn as he recorded 6 points less than his first nine of 22 and he was pipped at the post by Jim Bell (18), also with 38 points but with 17 points on the return trip. Mikael Anderson (16) came home for the win with 43 points, having 2 or more points on 16 holes and 1 point on the other two. Surprisingly, there were no takers for the 2s prize.
Friday, May 10, Burapha – Stableford
Burapha was the challenge on a great day for golf, with high cloud to keep the temperature down to manageable levels. With 4 groups playing on a deserted golf course it was a quick round of golf for everyone. We played the A and B loops which are in grand condition at the moment, the greens are just superb to putt on and the fairways are not lush but the lies are good enough for all.
There was a challenge today between the O’Mahony family and two young Perth chaps, Chris Dodd and Glen Smith, which thankfully ended in a draw on the last hole so no bragging rights were won or lost.
The scoring was well and truly up there, with a countback between Larry Deverdene and Patrice Leroy for fourth spot, both on 36 points and Patrice taking it. Third place went to Thiery Temime with 38 points, Chris Dodd filled second position on 39 and Paulie O’Mahony grabbed the limelight with 40 points and a bell ring back at the bar. There were no 2s today.