𝗝𝗔𝗠𝗜𝗘 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗕𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗚𝗢 𝗡𝗘𝗖𝗞 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗖𝗞 𝗔𝗧 𝗣𝗛𝗢𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗫
𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝑶𝑯 𝑵𝑶! 𝑻𝒉𝒆 ‘𝑾𝒊𝒈’ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 ‘𝑺𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝑯𝒂𝒕’ 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅
Three buses and some cars ferried 31 golfers for the short journey to Phoenix Gold golf course on a pleasantly warm Wednesday morning.
Needless to say, the courses we played, Mountain and Ocean, were in terrific condition and, as always, near perfect greens.
With a course this good, the scoring was mostly at the high end of the scale, where the top seven players had 37 points or better.
At the very top, it was a two- way tussle as both players had a score of 41 points.
Jamie Booterbaugh won another Green Jacket with that high score, beating Billy Buchanan on countback. He is a good golfer in form
This was Billy’s best score for quite a while, although he showed some good form early in the month with a second place behind the runaway winner that day.
‘Hot and cold’ Stuart Kidd had a good day by taking third spot with a big 39 points.
Dave Arataki would be happy by, at last, posting a high score of 38 points to be in fourth place.
Dave won that place on countback from Richie McGhie playing from a #2 handicap.
Once again, consistent John Heffernan was on the podium in sixth place with 37 points, winning that spot in a countback from Nigel Henson.
𝙉𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙋𝙞𝙣𝙨: Simon Niven (M4), Colm Lawlor (M8), Brendan Kane (O5), Chris Barker (O7)
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐱 𝗚𝗼𝗹𝗱
𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 – 𝗝𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗲 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗯𝗮𝘂𝗴𝗵 (𝟭𝟭) – 𝟰𝟭 𝗽𝘁𝘀 𝗰/𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸
2nd Place – Billy Buchanan (18) – 41 pts
3rd Place – Stuart Kidd (16) – 39 pts
4th Place – Dave Arataki (24) – 38 pts c/back
5th Place – Richie McGhie (2) – 38 pts
6th Place – John Heffernan (9) – 37 pts c/back
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Nigel Henson – 19 pts
𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗕𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗲 ( non winners) – Ian Craigen – 21 pts c/back on the last 6
Oh Dear! We haven’t been able to find them for months and thought that it was the end of the ’wig’ and ‘silly hat’. BUT they are Back!
And just in time for Irishman, Colm Lawlor, to claim the green ‘silly hat’.
He took part in a tipping competition where he was given a ticket. He tried to pass it off at the green fees counter, arguing that it was discount voucher. NO, it wasn’t.
Then, in his disappointment, walked away, leaving his wallet on the counter. Billy picked it up and chased after him. Welcome to the ‘silly hat’ club Colm.
The first ‘wig’ since Covid was placed on the ‘fireman’, Greg Smith. After a Green Jacket earlier in the month, he wore the ‘wig’ for the lowest score of the day.
He wasn’t really the lowest, but was the lowest scorer present at the presentations.
Players were pleasantly surprised when Phoenix offered a discount price at the check-in, just for having a Thai phone number.
𝑷𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐 𝑴𝒂𝒊𝒏: Winner, 𝐉𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡
𝑷𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐 𝑩𝒐𝒕𝒕𝒐𝒎: Crazy hat wearers, Greg Smith (L), and Colm Lawlor (R).