Bartley returns to form

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Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf Group

With myself still not feeling so good I did not play on Friday, March 9, but managed to get to the presentation back at the Relax Bar to help my new apprentice (Mukesh Thakker) sort out the winners.

With the high season coming to a close soon we now have just the elite few within the group, but the scoring was very poor indeed.

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

Billy Hewitt, with 36 points was the only player who was on or near handicap while in second place was the acting scribe for the day, Mukesh Thakker, with a mere 30 points.  Following closely in third place was David Czernie with 29 points.

Onto Sunday, March 11, and again we only had a few players but played a nice format of teams of three and the best two scores to count as a team score.  As it happened all the teams scored the same score of 81 points so the bet was off and all the spoils went to the individual scores.

Unfortunately I have lost the paperwork for that day and I cannot remember the winners or their scores.  This sometimes used to happen in the past when we had gone back to the My Bar.  I think it was Billy Hewitt again.  Don’t matter, the company and the day was great – another day in paradise!

So onto our main day, Tuesday, March 13, and ‘Big’ John Bartley was the eventual victor with 38 points.  I say eventual, because the Italian connection should have been numbers one and three with John in the middle.  Sadly Giorgio Baccioli and Sergio Volpi (who both had to leave early) were not present to receive their honours so they were passed onto the next best.

John was two ahead of visitor Wayne Ferral in second place with 36 points and Goort Gelten and Bill Hewitt shared third place with 35 points each.

Near pins went to Patrick Browne, Mike Gerrard, Hugh Byrne and David Czernie.

The lucky draw prizes donated by the Relax Bar went to Joris Goetshalkx, Stuart Gordon and another newcomer, Herbie Schwieterman.

Noticeable point about Phoenix Golf Course now is the improving condition of the layout.  Over the last 6 months the course has been in poor condition compared to previous years.  Now, at the end of the busy time the greens are getting back to some sort of good texture.  Problem is that the greens staff will soon close nine holes at a time for maintenance work and thus probably making them worse again!

At the end of this month the management of Phoenix are starting two sports days: Tuesday and Thursday.  When they have decided how much they are going to charge I will post in the news.  At present anyone who is not a member of Phoenix can join our group (midweek only) for a green fee of 1.000 baht (weekends are 1,600 baht).  You will be charged as a guest of the members.