Hewitt’s honours

Friday, 14 December 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 50 By  Mike Gerrard

Phoenix Members Golf Society

At last the severe rainstorms seemed to have disappeared; well at least for the last four days.  Although the fairways of Phoenix were still a little wet for our Tuesday, Dec. 4 outing, with mud collecting on the ball a little, carts were allowed on the fairways and this is a testament to the superb drainage at this course.

Mountain & Lake course was our challenge today - probably the toughest combination of the three courses.  A little work has been done on the greens of Lake course and it will take a week or two for them to be back to their best, however the rest of the course is in superb condition and well worth anybodies money to play at present.

Tuesday’s winners pose with the staff at The Relax Bar. Tuesday’s winners pose with the staff at The Relax Bar.

The usual rule of thumb is that if carts are allowed on fairways there should not be any winter rules implemented.  However, we did allow ‘lift clean and place’ due to some of the approaches to the greens still being a little too wet.  (Carts are not allowed that close at Phoenix).  You know what it’s like here in Thailand.  There is a person paid to water the fairways and greens during late afternoon and even if we have had torrential rain he has to do it.  In his words, “It’s my job.”

On to the days scores and due to the ‘lift clean and place’ rule some of the scores were quite good.  Our winner today, receiving the first prize, plus the Ann’s Salon voucher, was Billy Hewitt with a superb back nine of 23 points to give him a total of 39.  Second was yours truly, Mike Gerrard, with the same score, but with only 18 points on the back nine (including 1 blob).  In third place was Patrick Browne who scored 36 points and in fourth was Paul Taylor with 35 points, who just edged Stuart Gordon out of the prizes.

Only two of the near pins were claimed today and they went to Goort Gelten and Stephen Lewis, which meant that we had 5 lucky draw prizes to award.  These went to Alan Blakie, Richard Baldwin, John Bartley, Stuart Gordon & John Kelly.  Amazingly enough, Joris did not win a lucky draw prize today for a change.

Our usual thanks go to the management of The Relax Bar for their support and concessions with prices and lucky draw donations.  Next week we play for the KPK Food Services Ltd. voucher under Stableford rules.

Anyone interested in joining our little group (6 groups maximum), or if you like sea fishing, should call me on 087 091 7565.

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