AJ strikes gold at Green Valley

Arnold Jones (left) John Baxter.
Arnold Jones (left) John Baxter.

Traveller’s Rest Golf Group

Monday, July 16, Greenwood – Stableford

1st Bill Reid (12) 38pts

2nd Bob Cannon (21) 36pts

3rd John Walker (5) 34pts

We started the week with twenty players making the journey to Greenwood where Bill Reid led the way from start to finish. Bill posted a solid 38 points (19 & 19) and looked good to continue his form for the rest of the week, however by Friday he came crashing back to earth with a measly 24 points.

Tuesday, July 17, Green Valley – Stableford

1st Arnold Jones (17) 39pts

2nd Christian Boysen (9) 37pts

3rd Darren Hayden (31) 37pts

Our regular Tuesday trip to Green Valley saw twenty two players compete for the coveted first prize award. Today’s winner was a gentleman small in stature but with a huge personality and an infectious laugh. Arnold Jones “AJ” shot the best score of the week with 39 points and managed to hold off the opposition who both finished strongly with 37 points apiece.

Wednesday, July 18, Khao Kheow – Stableford

1st John Baxter (20) 37pts

2nd Gab-Ryowng Cho (10) 36pts

3rd John Walker (5) 35pts

Khao Kheow is definitely a course for the straight hitters, anything left or right is either out of bounds or in the water. Whenever our members play this course their strategy is to hit the ball long and keep it straight. Not so for John Baxter, his strategy (coupled with his ability) was NOT to hit the ball long enough to get into any trouble. John kept the ball in play all day with his 150/160 yard drives and came home with the same ball he started with plus the day’s honours and a few extra baht in his pocket.

Thursday, July 19, Phoenix – Stableford

1st Jim Cooper (15) 38pts

2nd Gab-Ryowng Cho (10) 36pts

3rd Keith Evans (16) 35pts

Thank God the World Cup is over for there is nothing worse than a Scotsman barracking for any team that is playing against England and taking great delight in their semi final defeat. I can’t remember the last time Scotland qualified for the play-offs but there was no need for a play-off today as said Scotsman, Jim Cooper, showed grit and determination to score a very respectable 38 points and finish in first place.

Friday, July 20, Burapha – Stableford

1st Neil Wilkinson (13) 35pts

2nd John Baxter (20) 35pts

3rd David Gray (18) 34pts

Friday at Burapha and twenty two hopefuls took on the C & D course. With strong head winds and some pretty long par fours we weren’t expecting any big scores and quite honestly we weren’t disappointed, not one player shot their handicap.

Neil Wilkinson, or “Steady Eddy” as he is known, won the day by virtue of a count-back with 35 points. Neil now sits fourth on the Order of Merit and if you like a punt I’d suggest you get in soon before the odds take a dive.

Saturday, July 21, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

1st Keith Evans (16) 34pts

2nd Billy Allan (20) 32pts

3rd John Walker (5) 29pts

On Saturday we ventured to Mountain Shadow, a course in great condition and also great value for a weekend at less than 2000 baht all in. With very few people on the course we cruised around in just three and a half hours.

The pace obviously suited Keith Evans who ambled his way to victory scoring 34 points, which was more than enough to take the line honours.