Another day dawned and golfers descended en masse on the Phoenix Gold course for the July PAGS tournament. The day’s field of 93 players, which included 7 ladies, had an eye on the weather conditions, and with good reason too as a few storms had been experienced over the previous few days.
We played the Mountain & Ocean combination, with the course being in great condition after the recent Ladies European Tour event. Greens were running smoothly, although the recent rain softened the fairways, reducing much run. Organisors implemented ‘lift, clean & place’ through the green to avoid the dreaded mud ball on the soft fairways.
There were a couple of standout performers, with Todd Doss shooting 69 off his scratch handicap to claim the low gross award, second place in the A Flight & his maximum 2 technical prizes. Myles Knowlson (H/cap 15) recorded the best stableford score of the day to convincingly lead the B Flight home with a spectacular 44 points, again along with the maximum 2 technicals.
The ladies winner was regular PAGS participant, Prasong O’Connor (18) with a solid 37 points.
A flight winner was Ken Price (13) with an impressive 42 points, to go with his long drive award on hole 9, ahead of the aforementioned Todd Doss, with Fynn Csizmadia (11) picking up third spot on 38 points.
B flight silver went to last year’s PAGS overall winner Tom Thompson (17) with 40 points, while 3rd place was a tightly contested affair with a series of count backs required before Manny Defteros (14) got the nod with his 22 points on the back 9, after 4 players signed for 36 points.
In the C flight, there was a clear win for 13-year old Marco Charvolin (31) with 40 points, one ahead of Bernt Boden (26) in second while the bronze again required a count back; George Okrasa (23) just getting the better of Leif Halin after both had signed for 37 points.
Honourable mentions go to Todd, Myles, Ken & Wayne Soper who actually won 4 technicals, although 2 went back in to the lucky draws.
We look forward to another successful PAGS tournament on August 29. Contact Shane on 0863720084 to ensure your preferred tee time.