Records tumble at Phoenix

Eng, Julie and Phin.
Eng, Julie and Phin.

PSC Golf from The Billabong Bar

Monday, Jan. 21, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

Phoenix on a very hot day and the course was once again jammed to the rafters, but thanks to the staff and management everything just flowed along.

Playing Lakes and Ocean, which are in great condition with greens that are fast and true, the scoring was exceptional. There was a 3-way count back for third with George Barrie taking it ahead of Paul Greenaway in fourth and Julie Battersby just missing out, all on 38 points. Gerard Lambert played 3-under handicap to shoot 39 points for second but it wasn’t enough as Sandy Chapo had the round of his life, shooting 2 bogies and 7 pars on the back nine to score 43 points in total.

There were only two 2s, coming from George Barrie and Gilbert.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, Green Valley – Stableford

Green Valley was in good condition on a beautiful, sunny day. The greens have recently been tined which made putting a little more difficult but these things must be done. It seems that the 1st hole is becoming a little easier for there were many birdies there today but the cream of the crop was Barry Copeskate who had an eagle for five points but, unfortunately for Barry, he was obviously overwhelmed with his success and it was downhill from there.

Ivor Smith (H/cap 24) might have expected better than 5th place with 34 points but a couple of disasters at the last two holes saw him lose out to Dougie Crowe (8) on the same score. Sel Wegner (14) had 3 birdies in his round for 35 points including a birdie on the 1st but he could not catch Peter Terry (19) with 36 points and 2nd place. Tony Oakes (14) was another to birdie the opening hole but he should have had more than his 37 points but for 3 double bogies on the back nine.

In the ladies flight, Miss Phin (11) had 21 points on the front nine but four 1-pointers and a blob after the turn relegated her to 3rd place with 35 points, 2 points short of Miss Eng (17) who was steady on the back nine with 8 bogies and 1 par. But Julie Battersby, on her return from New Zealand, had 6 pars on the way home to end up with 41 points for the best of the day.

We had five 2s today, going to Miss Phin, Gareth Gill and 2 to Selwyn Wegner.

Friday, Jan. 25, Phoenix Gold – Scramble

Scramble time of the month and again it was held at the Phoenix Gold. With 15 groups playing the day just flowed along in beautiful conditions for golf. The course was in magnificent shape and the scoring told the tale just how good it was.

Previously the best scores we had here were about 58 point something but today records were set by three groups with Team Steadman taking 3rd spot with 55.7. Whilst accepting the cards Capt Bob stated that that would take some beating but to his amazement the next cards score was 54.8 coming from Team Greenaway, Mahoney, Dodd and Skaiffe. Now to be truly gob smacked the last card of the day to come in was a superb display of team golf from Bob Newell, Gareth Gill, Simon Philbrook and their mate from Australia Mr Red, with a score of 53.8! The top boys had 4 birdies on the front but then knocked in back to back eagles. Just to show how good the boys were, their longest putt was only about 5 feet.