Billabong 19/04




Not our usual Wednesday venue but for reasons better known to the management of Green Valley, they have decided to close the complex for a two day  holiday, to the intense disappointment of the caddies,  which included this day so it was off to Phoenix for a 2 person better ball. Today was the first Steve Balfour Memorial Trophy Tournament, who came from Edinburgh in Scotland and   who  passed away in his mid-30s one  year ago.  A good friend to all those at the Billabong, he will be sadly missed. 40 players trying to be the first name on the trophy but a big thank you goes to the Tropical Bar, the home of the British Legion in Soi Kanoi, who donated the prizes for the near pins and George Barrie who, not surprisingly for a Scotsman, donated a bottle of 12 year old Glenfiddich as a raffle prize. The 20,000 plus baht collected will go to a Military Charity in Scotland which was close to Steve’s heart and will be monitored by his family. Miss Nu and Miss Pin took 5th place with 43 points just short of Miss Sa and Miss Noy who came good on the back nine with 8 holes registered. A countback was necessary to determine 2nd place but Lloyd Shuttleworth and Miss Tan had 23 on the back nine just one less than Peter Henshaw and  Ken Hole on 24 points. But that formidable pairing of Wayne Cotterell and his wife Miss Eng are hard to beat particularly when Cottee had 24 points on the front nine and 41 overall, they  had room to spare with 50 points to take the plaudits. The near pins went to Ken Hole, Glyn Davies, Miss Noodle and Billabong’s own detective, Poirot, Gerard Lambert,  coming from Belgium and speaking perfect French. He was also drawn out of the hat to win the raffle.


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