Nipper notches another win

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Rick Culley with Nipper Truscott and Howard Marson.
Rick Culley with Nipper Truscott and Howard Marson.

The Billabong Golf Society

Monday, June 12, Phoenix – Stableford

Phoenix on a sweltering day out, it got a little better on the back 9 when a breeze got up and made a bit of a difference to the temperature.  The course is in fantastic condition and a pleasure to play.

Playing the Mountain and Lakes loops off the white tees was an enjoyable experience.  The greens were in great shape with comments from the players as to confirm their condition.  Drink stands were well used to supply a variety of bevvies as the heat took its toll on the older patrons.

Lakes played a little easier than the Mountain side or seemed to, the rough on the Mountain is absolutely brutal, but I guess the art of the game is to stay on the fairways.  The scores were quite good but not overly great with 33 points by Howard Marson taking third place.  In second with 34 points was Rick Culley who is going through a purple patch at the moment, and top spot went to the man of the moment who has lowered his handicap from 21 to 14 in the last 6 weeks, Nipper Truscott with 35.

Wednesday, June 14, Silky Oak – Stableford

Playing Silky Oak instead of Green Valley today, the course was in great condition but the greens were a little hairy and you had to hit your putts a bit harder to get the ball to the hole.

Out of 24 players there were only four who didn’t shoot 30 plus points, which is a record I think.  There was a 3-way count back for fourth place on 37 points, with Eng Cotterell getting the nod over her husband Wayne and Arch Armstrong.  Third place went to Jack Butler with 38 points and second to Ted Gardner with 40.  Top spot on the day went to Tony Oakes with a fine 41 points.

There were two ‘2’s, coming from Auke and Jeff North.

Friday, June 16, Burapha – Stableford

Burapha C and D loops for a change today and we hadn’t played these two courses for ages.  The course was in good condition and the greens were slightly different from the other two sides as in they were not nearly as fast.  It was a hot day out there but when we go to the top of the hill on the D loop there was a great breeze to cool us all down.

With only 3 groups playing we were away a little early and back at the club house in well under 4 hours.  The scores were not the best but we had a few in the 30s and taking top spot was Bob Lindborg with 34 points off his 29 handicap.  Second went to Arch Armstrong with 33 off his 10 H/C and taking third was Capt Bob with 31 off 13 H/C.

There was one ‘2’, coming from Toby Fincham.