The inaugural PAGS event of 2017 took place at Phoenix Golf on Wednesday 25th January and saw with a great field of 172 golfers take part, including 18 ladies. The Mountain & Lakes courses were the combination for the day with the tees well forward on numerous holes, which when combined with the implementation of the use of Handicap Index and daily Slope adjustments resulted in some outstanding scores, particularly in the higher flights.
The ladies winner was Prasong O’Connor (H/cap 18) who recorded an equal day’s best of 43 points. She finished two ahead of Yorying (32) who scored 41 points and edged Jeeranan Duncan on count back 22/20.
The C flight for handicaps 21+ was another hotly contested affair with only 1 point covering the top 3. Leading the way home was Gary Jones (26) with a fine score of 43 points, while Barry Tregurtha (21) and Goort Gelten (26) needed to go to the count back after both signed for 42 points, Barry getting the nod with his 22 points on the back 9 to Goort’s 21.
Kale Kalberg (20) made it a trio of winners with 43 points with his win in the B flight for handicaps 15–20. He was 1 clear of Kjell Franberg (20) on 42, to go with his 2 approaches on 9 and 12. Ulf Bergstrom (20) took third place with 39 points, to go with his longest putt on #5. Coincidentally, all B flight place-getters played off handicap 20.
In the A flight there was again some tight competition, although the scores did not match the other flights. Bob Newell (10) got the top spot on count back over Jeff Wylie (9) after both signed for a comparatively modest 38 points. Bob also got an approach on 17, while Craig Duncan (13) claimed third place with his 37 points.
The Low Gross went to Warren Wood (2) with his 78, assisted by his approach winning eagle on 15. Other notables on the day were Steve Truelove with his 2 long drives in the 65+ age group, and Soorat with her long drive on 18 and long putt on 13.
Next month is sure to be another well supported and organised tournament at Phoenix Gold, mark down the date of Wednesday 22 February and get your preferred tee time with Shane on 085 945 9689.