Roche wins back to back at the Valley


PSC Golf from the Billabong Bar

Monday, July 6, Lam Luk Ka C.C. – Stableford

It was an early start today with a 6.45 a.m. departure from the bar as 9 golfers headed up to Lam Luk Ka Country Club in a minivan for a day out.  The course itself is spectacular with bird life that abounds and greens that give you the shivers without even putting, not sure what the stimp was but quick doesn’t describe the pace of them. 

I have played this course twice now and scored 28 points each time but there is no way anyone, including myself, could criticize this golf course no matter what your score on the day was.

Steve Mann with Pottsy.Steve Mann with Pottsy.

Out of the 9 players there were only 3 that had been here before and three of the newcomers were the ones that took the first three spots.  Steve Mann filled first place with 34 points while in second was Pottsy on 31 and third went to Aaron Smith, also with 31 points.

There were three ‘2’s, one from Wayne Cotterell, and two from Chris Dodd but alas it was decided not to pay out today because of the small number of players.

Wednesday, July 8, Green Valley – Stableford

The greens had been dressed, as they should be at this time of year, with the expectation of rain, but do not put your shirt on the forecast by the meteorologist experts who have predicted rain almost every day for the past week or so.  Green Valley does not appear to have had much rain recently, not the fault of the management of course, the dressing remains on the surface to slow the greens to a snail’s pace compared to the usual standard but most of the 28 golfers here today had the experience to overcome such minor problems as evidenced by the scores, but the weather was perfect for golf which helped a little.

There were six 2s – three for the men and three for the ladies, each of the ladies achieving birdies on the same hole, the 6th, and in the same group.  Miss Nu would have thought she could win the day with 39 points but Miss Orn had one better on 40.

‘Big’ Bob Newell slipped under the radar with a quiet 39 points; perhaps he would have had a better result if he had the strength to reach the hole with most of his putts, more Weetabix needed.  American Gentry said he had a very pleasant day, having had three delightful ladies for company, and he came in with the same score as Bob but with a better back nine.  Bobby Driggs, not a big hitter but very steady player, came in second with 39 points only to be stopped achieving top spot by the 41 points from Gerry Roche, winning two weeks running at Green Valley.

Friday, July 10, Phoenix – Stableford

Phoenix is getting better every time we play here and with 4 groups playing today we were away a little early in perfect conditions for golf.  The course was in great condition and the greens were tough and fast, as always.

Coming in fourth place was Jim Grieve on 34 points while third spot went to our American friend Steve Compton, who has just arrived for his monthly stay and play and also netted 34 points but had a better back nine.  Second overall went to John Lowe with 35 points and taking the top spot was Derek Mower with a fine 36.  Well done mate!

There was only one ‘2’, coming from John Lowe.

Note: The Billabong is situated just off Siam Country Club Road looking straight down Lake Mabprachan.  Give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 if you are looking for a game.