Som stars at Silky Oak

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The Billabong Bar Golf Society

Monday, May 1, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

Phoenix on a very hot day and we were expecting a storm but it never got to us.  The course was in great condition and if you managed to hit the fairway your next shot was like hitting off a carpet.

Graham Beaumont, Gerard Lambert and Nipper Truscott.
Graham Beaumont, Gerard Lambert and Nipper Truscott.

It was only a small group today with 16 players, and despite the course being in great condition the scores didn’t reflect this as not one player managed to play to their handicap.  There was a count back for the last 2 places between Phaeng Van Mol and Lloyd Shuttleworth, both with 33 points, and Lloyd managed to bump Phaeng into fourth place with him taking third.  We also had a count back for top spot with Graham Beaumont getting the nod ahead of Mick Beresford after both scored 35 points each.

There were three ‘2’s, coming from Gerard Lambert, Thiery Petrement and Graham Beaumont.

Wednesday, May 3, Silky Oak – Stableford

It started off being a great day’s golf and we had a change of venue from our usual Green Valley.  It was 1,000 baht all in at Silky Oak, the gentle rolling hills provided splendid panoramic views and there was no sign of rain, the only fly in the ointment concerned the greens which had recently been sanded and heavily in some cases.

It was decided that we play off the yellow tees – only 450 yards longer than the whites but have you noticed that you have those days when the wind is always in your face, or so it seems?  Well that was the situation today and some of the carries, particularly on the front nine were really difficult and had you trying to hit the ball harder than usual to reach the fairway and, of course, many balls did not.  It is fair to say that there were some negative comments when we returned to the Billabong.

Today’s star performer was Miss Som with an astonishing 43 points in the ladies flight, followed by Miss Sally on 37.

Bob Van Mol, our friend from Vietnam, occupied fourth place with 34 points, missing out on the last 6 holes to Tony Oaks.  Thiery Petrement took second after losing out to Jeff North on count back, both on 35 points.

Three 2s came from Miss Sally, Tony Oakes and Wayne Cotterell.

Friday, May 5, Burapha – Stableford

What a perfect day for golf, with overcast skies and just a little sprinkle of precipitation as we started and then nothing. P laying Burapha A and B loops the course was, as usual, in fantastic condition with greens that were deadly and there were quite a few 3 putts.

The scoring wasn’t bad with only 3 players out of 4 groups not making 30 plus points.  It was up to the little general from Paris to show the way today, Gerard Lambert coming in with 40 points to lead the field.  Taking second on count back was Graham Beaumont with 38 points, narrowly beating Nipper Truscott on the same score.

There was only one ‘2’ today, coming from the ‘2’s specialist Gerard Lambert.