Benavidez wins to sit firmly at the top

New Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club member Bernie Benavidez improved on his runners-up position in the November edition of the Orient Travel — Thai Airways Monthly Medal by clinching victory in the December edition played on Friday.

Benavidez who tee’d it up in the morning had superb course conditions for the first 9 holes and then kept a steady scorecard over the much tougher back 9 as high winds threatened to spoil the golfers rounds to shoot a one under net 71. This turned out to be good enough to claim the winner’s spot in the mornings round plus win overall on the day. In addition to his winner’s trophy Benavidez now leads the Tourism Authority of Thailand Order of Merit by 10 points at the half way stage from Korean member Tony Hyuck Bang.

Runner-up in the mornings round was American Patrick Green who after a series of golf lessons with SGSC Golf Professional Joe Marshall is really beginning to produce some fine golf. Green also picked up some crucial order of merit points to currently sit in third spot and setting up a very tight run in over the second half of the season.

Third place went to Englishman Gary Langthorne playing in his first Orient Travel-Thai Airways Medal of the year; he managed to just edge out Helena Cornish by virtue of a scorecard playoff.

With testing conditions all day long the best gross during the mornings play went to new member Tim Sephton who shot a 7 over gross 79.

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