Rushant on a roll

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Travellers Rest Golf Group

I don’t really know where to start this week.  I could tell you about the resurgence of a couple of our over seventy year-olds who walked away winning two of the TRGG competitions this past week, or I could talk about Mike Rushant, who since going to see a local guru, a Thai golf pro called Charlie who tinkered with his game, has hardly put a foot wrong ever since.   Or I could just let you all know that the computer glitch that stopped the TRGG website updates has now been eliminated and all is fine and dandy again.  Tell you what I will do all three.

Monday, Dec. 9, Plutaluang – Stableford

On Monday the TRGG headed off to do battle with the Navy course at Plutaluang (West and North), and a more picturesque golf course it would be difficult to find.

Seamus Farrell.Seamus Farrell.

Now I played with the eventual winner Mike Rushant, who continued his unbelievable form of the last few weeks and I have to say he was a revelation.  His consistency and absolute confidence left the rest of us in awe and as I later found out, he put it all down to Charlie.  No not that sort of Charlie.  Charlie is a Thai golf pro in Pattaya who has been helping a number of our golfers, all of whom have improved their game beyond belief and I am not talking about old hackers like yours truly but single handicappers who know their way around a golf course.  I am heading off to see him next week and I assure you he will have his work cut out to improve my game.

1st Mike Rushant (11) 38pts

2nd Daryl Ottaway (7) 37pts

3rd Daryl Ward (26) 37pts

Tuesday, Dec. 10, Greenwood – Stableford

Tuesday was a Thai Bank Holiday and caused a last minute change of venue.  Instead of our regular Tuesday visit to Green Valley we were obliged to change and headed off to Greenwood (A and B courses) instead.  So large were the numbers it required two divisions.

I should like to mention the winner of Div. 2, Seamus Farrell, who is over 70 and an all round good guy.  In fact everyone who knows Seamus would describe him as ‘all round’.  Joking aside I was very pleased to see he had an excellent day’s golf on Tuesday.

Div.1 (0-13)

1st John Nicholas (10) 36pts

2nd Roger Wilkinson (12) 36pts

3rd Fergus Brennan (11) 35pts

Div.2 (14+)

1st Seamus Farrell (29) 36pts

2nd Laurie Bevan (25) 36pts

3rd Norman Cheetham (15) 35pts

Jim Cooper.Jim Cooper.

The TRGG golfers headed off to Khao Kheow (A and B courses) on Thursday and Mike Rushant did it again by finishing first.  However, the noticeable event of the day was the return of another 70+ golfer Fergus Brennan, who has been away from the game for a few weeks suffering with a problem with his eyes.  So bad was it that Fergus was fearing he might never see his way around a golf course again.  Thankfully things have improved and he returned to the fairways with a bang this week.  After finishing third at Greenwood on Tuesday he went one better today, returning to his normal ‘bridesmaid’ position of second place.

Div.1 (0-13)

1st Mike Rushant (11) 37pts

2nd Fergus Brennan (11) 37pts

3rd Bill Shipley (6) 36pts

Div.2 (14+)

1st Jim Cooper (14) 38pts

2nd Ted Senior (14) 34pts

3rd Tom Kett (19) 33pts

On Saturday it was back to Crystal Bay (C and A course) and a return to the winners’ enclosure for Fergus Brennan, playing his best hand of the week and silencing the rest of the field, but only getting the better of runner-up Barry Wood after a count back.

1st Fergus Brennan (11) 38pts

2nd Barry Wood (11) 38pts

3rd Neil Wilkinson (13) 36pts

Good luck to all you golfers for the coming week and if you would like to play a round of golf with the TRGG, please phone Fergus Brennan on 086 056 7019 or pop into the Ned Kelly Bar in Soi Lengkee and add your name to the weekly lists which are posted on the notice board.