Trewarns’s triumphant return

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Phoenix Members Golf Society

With an odd number of players booked in today, Friday April 12, we decided to have a little team match scenario.  Three teams of three players each and the best two stableford scores added together to count as the team score.  We also made provision for the best singles score as well.

All too often with this type of competition one player scores individually well and possibly comes away with nothing.  This proved partly correct with Jan Svensen scoring 33 points himself, which gave him second place in the individual competition.  His two partners, Kevin Bird and your scribe Mike Gerrard, both had howlers so subsequently the team score was the worst of the day with only 53 points.  Kevin did have a good excuse; he had only arrived that morning after flying from the UK overnight.  I had no excuse!

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

Not so with the winners today though.  Peter (scrambler) Harris had the best individual score with 35 points and coupled with his partners’ scores (Richard Baldwin & Joris Goetschalckx) their team also accumulated 76 points to win the team event.  This left Mukesh Thakker, Jim Neilson & Colin Gregg claiming second place.

There is always some hope for the not so good players of the day in the way of near pin prizes.  However, they also went to the best scorers of the day.  Jan Svensen claimed two of these with superb tee shots at Lake 2 & Lake 7, with Jim Neilson hitting the closest at Mountain 8, which usually is the toughest par three at Phoenix.

Mountain 4 was not hit from the tee and the prize went into the lucky draw.  This is the point where the other no hopers have a chance to get something back from the day.  This meant that with four lucky draw prizes available and only four players who had not already won something, everyone ended up with a prize at the death.  Couldn’t be better!

Onto Tuesday, April 16, and after being away for about 6 weeks in Australia, Harvey Trewarn must have forgotten the way in which he hit the ball badly to return a superb 39 points to claim the KPK Food Services voucher as well as the other first prize.  Surprisingly, the scribe managed to get second place with 34 points, Patrick Browne scored 33 to claim third and Richard Baldwin returned 32 points to grab fourth place.

Near pins went to Stuart Gordon, Fred May, Richard Baldwin & Adriano Reale.

With Fred May not returning to the presentation, his near pin prize was put into the lucky draw and guess who won it?  Yes, it was Joris Goetschalckx.  We might just as well scrap the lucky draw and just give it to Joris every week!  Other lucky draw prizes went to Bob Neylon, Gary Blackburne and Mukesh Thakker.

Our thanks go to our sponsors, KPK Food Services, for the monthly voucher and The Relax Bar for their donations for the lucky draw prizes every game we play.

Many changes are taking place at Phoenix at present and there has been a lot of work taking place on the course, which is already showing signs of improvement to the landscape.

Note:  We play every Tuesday and Friday at approximately 11.30 am..  If anyone is interested in joining us they can enjoy a green fee of 800 baht on Tuesday’s and 1,000 baht green fee on Friday’s.  Call me (Mike) on 087 091 7565 for further information.