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Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf Group

Three days golf to report on this week: We have now included Sunday’s within our weekly programme.

We start with Friday 16th December playing Lake and Ocean course.  We welcomed a few of the old Brummie boys back from their summer in the UK.  First place today went to Denis Dixon with 38 points, second went to Ted Oreton with 36, and Arthur Barrett took third with 35 after just edging Chris Coffey on count back.

Near pins went to Peter Rawling, Ted Oreton and Bill Hewitt.

Our hosts the MY donated a large bottle of beer as a lucky draw prize which was won by Patrick Browne but was soon consumed by all.

Weekly winners celebrate with the staff at the Relax Bar. Weekly winners celebrate with the staff at the Relax Bar.

Then onto Sunday, 18th December, with just a select few drawing swords at a little before noon.  With the greens becoming increasingly more difficult as each week goes by, the scoring is kept to low figures.  The winner was Stuart Gordon with 34 points with a new addition to our little group, Mukesh Thakker scoring 33 points to claim second place and Bill Hewitt scoring 32 points to claim third.

And so onto our main day, Tuesday 20th December 2011.

It has to be said that the dry spell of weather we are now having is making its mark on the course.  There are many dry and sandy areas within the trees and around the greens.  However the fairways and greens are very good and fast running.  With the wind in the right direction and hard fairways any good driver of the ball can reach some of the par fives in two at present.  I hasten to add that does not include me!

Richard Baldwin was the winner today with 36 points.  Richard played his socks off to help me as a pairs team to win the match against Stuart Gordon and Eamon Murtagh.  Problem was that we had won with three holes to spare and we gave then two other options to win some money back.  It’s amazing how well Stuart Gordon can play when he needs to save 100 baht!  One under gross for the last three holes.  Great fun was had by all.

In joint second place was Bill Hewitt (again) with 34 points and Sergio Volpi with the same score.  Fourth place went to Bob Neylon with 33 points.

Near pins went to Richard Baldwin, Bob Neylon and Denis Dixon while one went unclaimed which went into the lucky draw.

Our hosts the Relax Bar donated the lucky draw prizes and the winners were John Bartley (again and again), Peter Harris, Joris Goetschalkx (you try saying that) and David Czerniejewski (and that).

If anyone would like to join in our band of gay caballeros, call me (Mike) on 087 091 7565.  Non-members of Phoenix can enjoy a reduced green fee of 1,000 Baht (mid week) and 1,600 Baht (weekends) as a guest of the members during the high season.

Sea fishing resumes after the festive break and the next scheduled trips are 14th and 28th January 2012.