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PAGS Tournament from Phoenix Gold

BY Jeff Wylie

High Scores the Order of the Day

Another day dawned as golfers descended en masse on the Phoenix Gold course. The Lakes & Ocean nines were the allotted combination for a field of 116 keen but apprehensive players, including a good turnout of 18 Ladies. Weather conditions were a little threatening and following some heavy overnight rain, the decision was made to have preferred lies through the green, to help avoid the dreaded mud ball. In the event there was only 1 light shower over the course. PAGS had negotiated free cart for all players, although the course had a cart path only policy on the day.

Steve Truelove (9) was the undoubted star of the day, winning both the Low Gross with a fine 73, the A Flight nett, along with the maximum 2 technical prizes. Steve has been struggling with his game over the past few months, so his 44 points was a long awaited return to form.

The Ladies placings were hotly contested, with May Suriye (17) shooting her best score ever to sign for an outstanding 44 points, to go with a technical prize on #6, while Noi Emmerson (22) made a return to form with 41 points.

The lowest winning score of the day was in the C flight for handicaps 21> with Robert Baird (30) edging Kenny Chung (26) on countback, after both signed for a solid 41 points. Phadungsak Pakaree (28) picked up 3rd spot in C Flight with 40 points.

B flight for handicaps 14 – 20 was another high scoring affair with Lee Adams (20) on 44 points ahead of Anders Ekberg (20) & Myles Knowlson (15), both with 42 points. Anders edged Myles out on countback 22/20, although Myles did also collect a Near Pin on the short Ocean 7.

As mentioned previously, it was Steve Truelove leading the way in A flight with his spectacular 44 points, while Jens Olsson (7) played well to record 40 points, ahead of Frode Brandt (10) got the bronze position with 39 points. Notable performances on the day were also seen from Todd Doss, Ken Price, Nantaporn Rukkid & Dennis Paul with their 2 technical prizes, while Mark Johnson wrote his name down on 3 successful technicals, although only collecting the daily maximum of 2 prizes.

Dave’s team once again did a sterling job in the tucker department, with plenty of non golfers coming along to enjoy the social atmosphere of the evening. As always, there is only 1 person to blame if you go home hungry from Hemingways Jomtien after a PAGS presentation. I am confident we will all look forward to next event at Phoenix.

Contact Shane on 0863720084 or www.birdie.in.th for more information .