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Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf Group

Friday, March 2, Phoenix – Stableford

It was a fine day on the Lake/Ocean course today and with a large part of the tourists gone the speed of play became a little more tolerable.

John Bartley and Denis Dixon shared the honours on the course, both with 35 points, while Eamon Murtagh claimed third place with 34 points.  Scoring high points is becoming rare at present with fast greens and tricky flagstick placements making putting very difficult.

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

Back at the Relax Bar we enjoyed our first drink free and duly awarded the prizes, plus the lucky draw prizes donated by the Relax Bar.

The near pin prizes went to Mike Gerrard, Eamon Murtagh, Ted Oreton & Denis Dixon.

Tuesday, March 6, Phoenix – Stableford

Mountain & Lake course was our challenge today; it has been some time since we played this combination and most players consider it the hardest of the Phoenix courses.

The fairways and the greens are now very hard and dry due to a prolonged spell of fine weather, which makes the greens very tricky indeed.  However with the fairways harder there is more run on the drives (if you hit it straight that is), which in turn leaves one with a shorter shot into the greens (in some cases the second shot, and in others the third or fourth?)

Our winner today was the lovable David Czernie.  David not only won the first prize but also the coveted KPK Food Services voucher for the best score of the day.  David scored a fine 39 points to be the only player to beat handicap the whole of the week.  In second place was Sergio Poggi with 33 points, third place went to Denis Dixon with 32 points and joint fourth went to Stuart Gordon & Bob Neylon.

Hugh Byrne and Eamon Murtagh would have figured in the places but sadly did not make it back to the presentation.

Near pins went to Bong Thonsaphon (3) and the other was not claimed so the prize went into the lucky draw.  This meant four lucky draw prizes, sponsored by our hosts the Relax Bar and they went to Ad Adriaans, Mike Gerarrd, Bill Hewitt & Peter Harris.

We said a fond farewell to Peter Harris who is going off to the U.K. to try and get his knee repaired. Can’t cap that!

It will soon be getting into low season and the management of Phoenix will be publishing their intended green fee rates for the duration.  I will inform everyone as soon as I know what they are going to be; usually Tuesday’s fall into the Sports Day rates.

Also if anyone is interested in sea fishing (strictly fishing) give me a call on 087 091 7565.

And finally, someone said to me a couple of weeks ago, “People are reading your reports and laughing at you.”  I replied, “I have been trying to achieve that for the last forty years on stage.  Thank God, at last!”