Greenaway gets gold at Phoenix

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Bill Marsden, Paul Greenaway and Mark Walter.
Bill Marsden, Paul Greenaway and Mark Walter.

PSC Golf from The Billabong Bar

Monday, July 2, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

Phoenix on a beautiful day for golf and the only thing that spoiled it was the rough for most of us. However, in saying that, there was a men’s professional tournament played there the previous week and finished Sunday, so it was set up tough. The management here said the rough won’t be cut but in fact it will be grown a few more inches for the next tournament, coming up in three weeks time.

Only one of our golfers played one shot better than his handicap and another couple played two shots over and the rest of us had scores to forget. Taking third was Bill Marsden with 34 points, being beaten by Andy Butterworth with 23 points on the back nine. The top spot went to Paul Greenaway with a fine effort to score 37 points.

The only ‘2’ of the day came from Mark Walter.

Wednesday, July 4, Green Valley – Stableford

For once the weather forecast was spot on, cloudy, humid and no rain, well hardly any. Green Valley is looking immaculate at the moment but the only problem is the inconsistency of the bunkers. The machines that are used are not friendly to golfers for many bunkers are so compressed it is similar to playing off concrete, whilst others have soft sand that allows an impressive splash of sand and an impressive exit onto the green. I make it sound like I know what I am talking about.

There were some impressive scores from the ladies today, Miss May being but one for she had 8 pars and 2 birdies in her 37 points and had the only ‘2’ of the day. But that was not good enough to catch Miss Ooh who claimed second place with 38 points. Miss Pin was the star player with 42 points, mainly due to a shifting of gears at the turn and 23 points on the inward stretch.

A game of two halves certainly applied to Neil Fidele with 7 pars on the front nine but a major breakdown on the back with only 13 points which left him in third place, 3 points behind Peter Thomas in second. The winner, Sel Wegner, deserved all the accolades with a splendid 41 points.

Friday, July 6, Burapha – Stableford

What pleasant change today at Burapha, playing A and C loops in perfect conditions for golf with high cloud cover to keep the heat away. The course was in fantastic condition, with fast but true greens and the fairways were like hitting off carpet.

We had 5 groups playing and were away a little early for the perfect start to the day, no holdups at all and we just flowed along. The scoring was also extremely good with countbacks needed to decide the minor podium places. The first countback between Peter Seil and Glenn Smith, both on 38 points, saw Glenn getting the nod for fifth with 14 points on the back 6 holes to Pete’s 13. The countback between Bob Lindborg and Miss Porn, both on 40 points, had Bob in third spot and Miss Porn getting second. The top man today was Rick Culley just taking the win by one point with 41 in total.

There were two ‘2’s, coming from Gary Ritchie and Helmut Hebstriet.