GREEN VALLEY STABLEFORD
What a strange country this is. The weather was fine for 18 holes, although very humid, but our last 2 groups were caught in monsoon like rain and came in looking like drowned rats. As was to be expected, sympathy was in short supply from those in the earlier groups and faint smiles appeared on their faces. By the time we were ready to leave the roads around Green Valley were flooded but 2 kilometres towards the 36, the roads were dry – no rain at all. Weed killer has been applied to the big leafed grass on the fairways and large bare patches are now in evidence everywhere so the wisdom of Capt. Bob prevailed and he elected to have clean and place but only on the closely mown areas. The presentation was held in the comfortable surroundings of the Baan Tong Tong Resort run by a friend of the Billabong’s Michael Williams. Some amazing scores, perhaps aided by having favorable lies on the fairway, in both the mens and ladies competitions. Miss Nu, returning after an enforced break from golf, returned with 39 points but second place was taken by Miss Pin with 40 points. Miss Yen had zero points on the 10th but this did not stop her achieving a remarkable 44 points for 1st place. The men were equally impressive with John Beresford occupying 4th place with 36 points but the French connection came good yet again with Thiery Temine just missing out on 2nd place with 39 points to another Thiery – Petrement – who devoured the front nine with 24 points but came down to earth on the back nine with 16 points and 40 overall. We might find that many of the Billabong regulars will be taking a break from golf for 3 months for that is what Bill Marsden did and his first two games were rewarded with 38 points and today 44 points which equates to 64 net. Strangely, there were no 2s, = that has to be a first at Green Valley.