Rosco & Lumpy take out inaugural Diggers Cup


PSC golf from the Billabong Golf Bar

Monday, April 21, Eastern Star – Stableford

Eastern Star was the order of the day and we were off to an early start on a deserted golf course.  Everyone made it apart from Willie was still having a cup of coffee while the rest of the boys were teeing off as it was advertised as a 10.05 tee off.  Sorry Willie.

The course was in great condition apart from the greens which were very slow.  We have to thank George Barrie for looking after the golfers today, thanks for a job well done mate.

George and Linda Barrie with Kiwi Bill.George and Linda Barrie with Kiwi Bill.

The scores were quite good with a count back on 37 points for first, second and third.  Bill Rogers with 20 points on the back nine got third, second went to Owen Walkley with 21 and Chopper took first place with 22.

Tom Hand recorded the only “2’ of the day.

Wednesday, April 23, Green Valley – Stableford

Green Valley provided another challenge once again with its new (and very wrong) layout.  There were also a few grumbles about the greens being cored and sanded but this has to be done and there will be no course that won’t be undertaking similar remedial work during the low season.  Apart from that the course was in great condition and a pleasure to play.

We got away to an early start and all got in before any rain came.  There was some thunder in the distance and some rain on the way back to the bar but that was it.

The greens can’t have been that bad today as the scores were all in the upper 30s bracket.  There was a count back on 35 points for fifth place between Auke and Brian Maddox, with Auke getting the nod due to a better back nine.  Fourth place went to John Anderson with 36 points, third to Steve Kilner with 37 and in second was Eng Cotterell with a fine 38 points.  Coming out on top today was Owen Walkley with a great 40-point haul.

JJ Harney managed to get the only ‘2’ of the day and in his inimitable way claimed he paid twice so should get double the prize money.  Good try mate but no luck.

Friday, April 25, Silky Oak – 2-person scramble

The Billabong played the inaugural Diggers Cup today at Silky Oak to commemorate ANZAC Day.  The morning started with a dawn service at 5.30 a.m., compliments of Lumpy and Noodle at their house, with the traditional playing of the last post and George Barrie reciting the ode to the remembrance of the men and women who sacrificed so much.  After the service it was into the traditional rum and milk and a sausage sizzle.

Rosco and Lumpy with the Diggers Cup.Rosco and Lumpy with the Diggers Cup.

This will be an annual tournament and will always take place on ANZAC Day regardless of what day of the week that falls.

We had ten groups out today and we teed off promptly with no major hold-ups.  It was decided by mutual consent that because we had a few drinks prior to the game, we should play off the whites today, which made things a bit easier.

Third place went to Kiwi Bill Marsden and George Barrie with a score of net 66.8.  In second was the duo of Paul Greenaway and Paul Bourke with a net 66, but taking the top prize and bragging rights for the year was the team of Lumpy Russell and Rosco Langloulant on a great score of 62.6 and winning by a quite a margin.  It must be noted that Scotty Qua and his playing partner Bob Philp could not get a putt to fall but Lumpy and Rosco were knocking them in from anywhere and everywhere.  A great round of golf fellas and the bragging rights are all yours!

Note:  The Billabong golf club 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.