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The Billabong Golf Society

Monday, March 25, Royal Lakeside – Stableford

As there were only small group of us that wanted to make the journey up to Royal Lakeside to play millionaire’s golf, we only needed a few cars to get there.  We got there in plenty of time and were ushered to the tee and told we could go out half an hour early.  Everyone commented on the condition of the course and the club rooms after their upgrades.

JJ Harney started in the last group with Capt. Bob and Liz and Dave Collier, and his round started out really great, coming out of one bunker into the one on the other side of the green straight into a foot print.  On finally getting onto the green the caddy gave him a ball which turned out not to be the right one.  It was a great start to his day but being the old soldier we know he is he persevered and finished up with 29 points.

From left: JJ Harney, birthday boy Ian Jones and Bob Philp.From left: JJ Harney, birthday boy Ian Jones and Bob Philp.

There were two ‘2’s today coming from a grand shot from JJ and his playing partner Dave Collier, chipping in on the same green.  As it was a small group, the prize went onto the bar for drinks all around.

Wednesday, March 27, Green Valley – Stableford

There were only 2 players today that broke par or better; the rest were very ordinary scores indeed.  The tee block on the first hole was right up the front which made the longer hitters wait for their second to the green, but the greens staff got their own back a bit later on as they put the tees right back on some holes, making it difficult to even get to the green in regulation.  But all in all it was a good day out.  There was a little breeze but it was extremely hot all day.

Yves Philibert had the best score today with 39 points; he hit the ball like Tiger Woods.  Coming second was the Capt. Bob Finley with 36 points and third was JJ Harney on 35 after a count back decision over Owen Walkley, also on 35.

Oddly enough there were four ‘2’s today, coming from Martin Hayes, Frank Swarkey, Willie Dunlop and JJ Harney.

Friday, March 29, Plutaluang – Scramble

Down to Plutauang today for a scramble and some fun, with 40 players and starting early we were all away by 10 o’clock, which was our allotted tee time.  There was nobody else on the course and it was in great condition.

Every month we have a scramble here and it getting so much support I have increased the tee times to ten teams.  The drinking starts and it carries on for the 18 holes – quite a laugh really to see the antics the caddies get up to.

Worst score today went to the Cotterells with George Barrie and Willie Dunlop with a net score of 64.7 – now that is still not a bad score any time in a scramble.  The team of Freddy Gardner, Neil Ballard, Ray Ward and John Fowler were next in line with a net score 64.2.

Up at the top of the leaderboard the winners were into the 50’s as the team of John Coetzee, Frank Riley, Rob Taylor and Mark Ward took the honours with a net score of 58.5, narrowly beating Phil Elliott, Steve Compton, JJ Harney and Max Bracegirdle on 58.9.  Coming in third was the team of Owen Walkley, Neil Carter, Dave Lusha and Bob Philp with 60.5, once again beating the Court Yard Cavalier’s by 0.2 of a shot.  I’m sorry it was 0.1 of a shot last time.  Sad lads but that’s the way it is!

The next scramble will be at the same venue on the 26th April – sign up early.