Wolfram warms as the ‘Iceman’ thaws


Phoenix Members Golf Society

As predicted, the Iceman Kristinn Helgason started the slow thaw this week and only managed to finish in 5th place today, Tuesday, June 4, with a score of 33 points.  However it is fair to say that his handicap was cut by 2 strokes after the last couple of weeks good scores.

Taking over the winner’s rostrum was Wolfram Kruger with a fine score of 37 points, which was equalled by John Bartley, but with a poorer back nine he was pushed into second place.  Bill Hewitt claimed third place alone with 35 points and in fourth was Sergio Volpi who scored 33 points, as did Kristinn, but Sergio’s back nine was superior.

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

The weather pattern seems to be changing as is it worldwide.  This time of the year we expect blue sunny skies and cool nights.  However the cloud cover at the moment is sending threatening storms all around Phoenix, but mostly, and thankfully, avoiding our little domain.

All three courses are now open and it has to be said that every week the course gets better.  With the expectation of new owners we are all optimistic that in about one year’s time this course will be up amongst (if not) the best in the area.

Our near pin winners today were Bill Hewitt, Patrick Browne & Mike Gerrard (2).

Lucky draw winners (sponsored by our hosts The Relax Bar) were Harvey Trewran (free massage), Werner Scharz (free drink) and Adriano Reale (50 baht).

Today also saw the start of our new long running competition set up and sponsored by Mukesh Thakkar.  It is called the M.T. Cup (Mukesh Thakkar or empty cup).  Mukesh has provided a superb trophy for the eventual winner, which will be at the end of the year party (first week in Feb 2014).

Each month everyone’s score will be recorded and their best two of the month (from Friday and Tuesday) will be added together.  At the end of the year the player with highest total points will be the winner and will also receive a special high class restaurant voucher worth 2.000 baht.  This same restaurant is also giving a 1.000 baht voucher for each month’s winner as well.

Back to last week’s golf and on Friday, June 7, a meagre 32 points was the best score of the day, recorded by both Mukesh Thakkar and Paul Sharples.  Mukesh had the better back nine so got the nod for first place.

We also had the three-ball team match to add the best two scores from the three players together.  Amazingly the team of Paul Sharples, Mike Gerrard & Joris Goetschalckx just managed to win by one stroke from the trio of Steve Gibson, Gerry Hughes & David Lusha, who in turn were one stroke better than the team of Mukesh Thakkar, Granville Swanton & Harvey Trewarn.

Steve Gibson won 2 near pins, with Mukesh and Joris claiming one each.

The lucky draw prize of a free massage donated by our hosts was won again this week by Harvey Trewarn.  He will be worn away with all the massages he keeps winning.  The free drink went to David Lusha and the 50 baht to Granville Swanton.

Sadly poor Gerry Hughes was the only player not to receive any award today.  All together now, Ah, shame!