Moseley beats the heat at Phoenix


PSC Golf from The Billabong Golf Bar

Wednesday, Oct. 21, Green Valley – Stableford

With 54 holes up and running and with a further 18 under development, the Green Valley complex, once completed, will be among the biggest in Thailand.  But seeing only 15 cars in the car park you can understand why the Green Valley management were pleased that the Billabong arrived today with 44 players.

The greens here have still not recovered from the recent harsh scarifying and the plastic inserts seem to be almost above the level of the hole, making putting difficult.  Weather wise we had everything today – hot and humid even at 9 a.m. but this was followed by thunder and heavy black clouds.  The last two groups were unfortunately unable to finish as the heavens opened up.

Harry Moseley & Alan Bartlett.

Big hitting Auke Engelkes was unperturbed about the prospect of rain and presented a card with his best score in recent months, 39 points, to take the top spot on the podium.  Neil Herd and Jamie Ross both had 36 points with Neil having a better back nine for second place.  Mike Quill was delighted with 35 points for fourth and Kevin Hamilton nudged Wayne Cotterell out of the winner’s enclosure with 34 points.

We had 8 ladies playing with us today, with Capt. Sa outstripping the rest of the field on 36 points, well ahead of the chasing pack where Miss Phaeng got the nod in a photo finish over Miss Nu, both on 31 points.

There were six ‘2’s, the pot being shared by Neil Herd, Bob Finley, Gerry Roche, Keith Allen, Gerry Hog and Miss Becky.

Friday, Oct. 23, Phoenix – Stableford

Phoenix was the venue today and under high cloud we were away early in extremely hot conditions, and when I say hot I mean sweltering hot as in very unpleasant.  The course was in grand shape with fast greens and great lies on the fairways everywhere.  Just a small field today of four groups,

Jason with Neil Herd and Mike Quill.

The scores weren’t that good, must have been the heat that sapped our energy, and taking third place was Paul Blackshaw with 35 points, him being beaten on a count back be Alan Bartlett on the same score but with the better back nine.  Taking line honours was one of our visitors from Dubai, Harry Moseley, with a fine 36 points.

There were no ‘2’s recorded which is surprising as the par three’s here are not that long or that difficult.