Billabong 18/1

We saw something this morning which we had not seen on our recent visits to Green Valley and that was blue sky and some sunshine, albeit watery, and no threat of rain. The wet areas around the greens seem to be improving but why do the management insist on keeping the Wednesday flag positions in the same area of the green week after week. Do they have no imagination? We are in the middle of a nonexistent high season with only those that get up with the sparrows in front of us so a gentle 4 hour round was very enjoyable except for Tony Oakes who could not believe that he had scored 38 points and only avoided losing all three sixes with a great approach shot to the last green by his partner Selwyn to secure a half. We have a tremendous video of Eddie Bielby standing on the edge of the lily pond along the 7th hole trying to extricate his ball. As usual he had his mouth open and complained that the water in the pond did not taste as good as his favourite tipple. 52 players today and in the ladies competition Miss Nu lost a countback to Miss Poopay on 36 points. Miss Som lost her ball in the water at the second attempt on the 13th  but still came good with a score of 39 points. The scores for the men were, generally very steady many handing in their cards with scores between 30 and 36 but it was Peter Le Noury occupying 4th place with 36 points 1 behind Jeff North who, despite having 3 blobs, had 37 points. Tony Oakes started with 3 points in the first 3 holes but recovered to 38 points for 2nd place. But the star of the day was undoubtedly Lloyd Shuttleworth, having just returned from that huge beach called Iraq and playing off his 5 handicap, having a  magnificent 32 gross on the back nine for 23 points and achieving 41 points to win by a distance. He also has a two as did Glyn Davies, Gerard Lambert, Miss Nu and 2 twos for Jeff North.

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William

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