Playforth takes pole at Plutaluang


PSC Golf from the Billabong Golf Group

Monday, April 13, Plutaluang – Stableford

Playing the Navy course on a holiday is sometimes a time consuming affair but today we were in and showered in under 4½ hours.  The game just flowed, the course was a little wet in places but we never got rained on at all and it never threatened. 

The greens were surprisingly a little slower than normal, which does help the scribe’s putting and his scoring but having only 2 points after 5 holes doesn’t make for a good day out.  However he wasn’t the only one struggling, with Asif Noomya, one of our guests from Perth, Australia scoring a magnificent 19 points total and getting the NAGA award and the free beer.  Well done mate!

Asif Noomya, Chris Playforth and Craig Wheeler.Asif Noomya, Chris Playforth and Craig Wheeler.

We had a standout runaway winner today in the name of Chris Playforth with a fantastic 42 points and he got the only ‘2’ of the day also.  Coming in second a distant 6 points back was Craig Wheeler with and taking third spot was John Baikie with 34.

We said goodbye to Asif as he was due to return home – wear that Billabong shirt with pride, the boys at Lakelands will love the colour.

Wednesday, April 15, Green Valley –Stableford

Just the usual trip to Green Valley for 36 golfers except this morning something was different.  Being the third day of Songkran, most of the lorry drivers were on holiday and the roads were almost deserted.  Our numbers however were boosted by the arrival of 6 friends from Perth – Australia not Scotland – who, inexplicably, wanted to witness the biggest water fight in the world.

The Aussie contingent with Lot Philp and William Macey.The Aussie contingent with Lot Philp and William Macey.

A welcome cooling breeze was blowing most of the day and the recent rains encouraged the grass to show its face on the greens and fairways, making everything look so much better.  Most visitors to Thailand find scoring a little difficult to start their trip but that did not apply to Chris Playforth who won the day with a fine 38 points closely followed by the talkative JJ Harney, missing out by one point with a 37.  Results would have been different for JJ but for the putt on the 16th with half the ball wanting to drop into the hole for a birdie and a 2, but it defied the laws of gravity and just sat on the edge.

The good looking half of the Philp partnership, Miss Lot, came third with a 35 and William Macey fourth with 34 points, winning a three-way count back.

Only two ‘2’s today, with one going to Murray Thomsett from Perth and another to Miss Eng whose 2 was heralded around the golf course with a big shout from her partners for she had chipped in from off the green at the 16th.

Friday, April 17, Burapha – Stableford

Playing Burapha today on the A and B loops, the course was in magnificent condition with greens that were fast but true and if you got the speed right you were in for a good day out as you will see by the scores, well some of them anyway.

Brett Islip, Ian Waddell, Liz Collier and Dave Collier.Brett Islip, Ian Waddell, Liz Collier and Dave Collier.

With six groups playing we were back in the club house showered and changed in under four hours.  The scores as stated previously were very good with Jim Grieve taking top spot with an amazing 43 points.  Coming in at second was Bob Finley with 39 points, taking third was Dave Collier with 38 and fourth went to Ian Waddell with 37 points on a count back over the garden gnome JJ Harney also with 37.

There were three ‘2’s coming from Liz Collier, and Brett Islip got both the back nine par three’s.