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Italian Stallions gallop to Upset Victory in Laguna Phuket Golf Club's Beat The Pros Opener

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Laguna Phuket Golf Club’s “Beat the Pros” charity challenge series began with a victory that upset the form book, with the Club’s pro pairing of Paul Wilson and Andy Combe defeated by “Italian Stallions” amateurs Giovanni Palazzoli and Marco Fragola.

The charity challenge, sponsored by Titleist, sees Assistant Director of Golf Paul and PGA teaching professional Andy challenging amateur players each Friday afternoon in 18-hole matchplay contests.

Challenging golfers receive complimentary Titleist caps and the amateur pairing which has defeated the pros by the biggest margin at the end of the year will each win a Titleist golf bag.

Entry fees go towards the Club’s 2013 charity initiative to support the special needs children of Phuket Panyanukul School, with each match raising at least THB 5,000.

In the first match, accomplished amateurs Giovanni and Marco received three quarter handicap allowances of just 2 and 5 shots respectively.

Despite losing the first hole, Paul and Andy raced to a two hole lead as both teams traded several birdies through the first eight holes.

The turning point came when Giovanni made a solid par at the ninth hole, followed by Marco with a par on the 10th and impressive birdies at both the 11th and 13th par three holes.

The pros were unable to counter this impressive play and the match finished with Giovanni and Marco three holes up after the full round.

Victorious Giovanni said: “It was a pleasure to play with such gentlemen as pros Paul and Andy. There is a lovely atmosphere to Laguna Phuket Golf Club and we had a great afternoon of golf.”

Andy, ever gracious in defeat, commented: “We’d like to thank Giovanni and Marco for supporting our charity initiative today - they played some great golf and thoroughly deserved the win.”    

Paul and Andy are available every Friday afternoon to accept challenges to “Beat the Pros.” Entry fees are THB 2,500 per Club members and THB 4,500 per guest, excluding caddy fee/tip.

For details contact Paul Wilson at or call 076 324 350.

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