Ambush at Greenwood


Travellers Rest Golf Group

Question: What do you call a man who shoots 45 points in a golf competition?

Answer:  Sir – but only because he is probably wearing a mask and holding a gun on you.

One of our new visitors did precisely at Greenwood, playing off a 22 handicap, which was a little strange in itself as he had played off an 18 handicap two days earlier at Green Valley.

“Clear as mud,” I hear you say.

I know I am confused as well.

Monday, March 2, The Emerald – Stableford

Monday was our first outing of the week and we walked into the mother and father of all thunderstorms.  For two hours it bucketed down, making play impossible but eventually the storm relented and within fifteen minutes we were out on the course.

Terry Worth  (left) & Bill Reid.Terry Worth  (left) & Bill Reid.

In Division 1 it was no surprise to see Alan Thomas at the top of the leaderboard because when it comes to golf he can walk on water, so being a little damp underfoot caused him no problems whatsoever.  Scot Ian Bell, who is used to playing in inclement weather, took the conditions in his stride and still shot his handicap.  Dave Maw just lost out to Ian on count back.

In Division 2, Irishman Michael Maguire, who is also used to a good drenching, was like a duck to water and walked off with first prize.  ‘Stokie’ (he hails from Stoke) Ged Blairs came second, with Larry Simpson putting in a late burst to take third place.

Div.1 (0-14)

1st Alan Thomas (5) 38pts

2nd Ian Bell (7) 36pts

3rd Dave Maw (13) 36pts

Div.2 (15+)

1st Michael Maguire (23) 37pts

2nd Ged Blairs (29) 33pts

3rd Larry Simpson (15) 32pts

Tuesday, March 3, Eastern Star – Stableford

On Tuesday the TRGG headed off to Eastern Star, with Monday’s soaking but a distant memory.

In Division 1, Terry Worth had obviously got in an early night for once and finished top of the pile in a very close finish.  He managed to ease out Derek Thorogood into second place after a count back.  Hope the bridesmaids dress still fits Derek.  The redoubtable Mike Rushant made it into the bronze medal position.

In Division 2, Lawrence Lee, who hails from Asian climes and is no relation to Laurie Lee of “Cider with Rosie” fame and certainly doesn’t speak with a Gloucestershire accent, took first place on the day.  After a count back we discovered that Lawrence had just got the better of Michael Maguire, with Larry Simpson once again finishing strongly to again take third.

Div.1 (0-13)

1st Terry Worth (13) 35pts

2nd Derek Thorogood (13) 35pts

3rd Mike Rushant (10) 33pts

Div.2 (14+)

1st Lawrence Lee (20) 32pts

2nd Michael Maguire (22) 32pts

3rd Larry Simpson (15) 29pts

Thursday, March 5, Green Valley – Stableford

It was back to Green Valley on Thursday where the largest turnout of the week fought out a very close finish in both divisions.

In Division 1, young and virile Tristan Gilbert just lasted the pace better than both the very long in the tooth Roger Wilkinson and the diminutive female Tewin Poopay Lamthong.

It was even closer in Division 2, with Aussie Bill Reid just pipping Gary Ralph on count back, with Joe Nagle a point behind in third

Div.1 (0-13)

1st Tristan Gilbert (11) 37pts

2nd Roger Wilkinson (13) 36pts

3rd Tewin Poopay Lamthong (12) 35pts

Div.2 (14+)

1st Bill Reid (16) 35pts

2nd Gary Ralph (17) 35pts

3rd Joe Nagle (17) 34pts

Saturday, March 7, Greenwood – Stableford

And so on to the wildwest show at Greenwood (B and C courses) on Saturday.  We all arrived by stage coach, most of us completely unaware that we had been infiltrated by the “gang of one” known as Darren Stanton.  A young, good looking fellow on the outside, a steely eyed assassin lurking on the inside.  Little did any of us suspect what was about to take place before our very eyes.

By the end of the day Mr Stanton, if that is his real name, was able to ride off into the sunset with his first place takings together with a very sizeable ‘2’s pot.  Wanted dead or alive posters are being erected all over Pattaya as I speak.

It is almost a byline to tell you that Bill Reid finished second and Nick Thomas was third.

1st Darren Stanton (22) 45pts

2nd Bill Reid (16) 36pts

3rd Nick Thomas (12) 35pts

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.