Battah bests Dalton on Bangpakong count back


Travellers Rest Golf Group

Hello everybody, I have returned from my extended stay in the frozen wastelands, a.k.a. England.  Two months and there was only one decent day when the brass monkeys didn’t put in an appearance, it was truly grim.

To say I am glad to be back is the understatement of the year.  My only compensation was to still be there to witness first-hand the St. Patrick’s Day Massacre; no I am not talking about Wales trouncing England at Rugby but my football team Brighton & Hove Albion smacking the backsides of arch rivals Crystal Palace 3-0 and sending them on their way, a day to remember indeed.

Top lady of the week - Mod Chaviraksa.Top lady of the week – Mod Chaviraksa.

So it is back to the balmy days of Thailand and my first duty is to thank Alan Evans for stepping in with the report writing whilst I was away.  I hope it wasn’t too onerous Alan.

Looking at the scores for this last week it looks as though the standard is remaining high although the numbers are dwindling with the High Season approaching its last couple of weeks.

On Monday, 18th March, the TRGG headed off to play the always tricky Treasure Hill and although it was a very tight finish none of the field bettered their handicap.  Andrew Curtis (18) finished on a commendable 35pts, just beating Fergus Brennan (12) on count back, also on 35 pts.  John Goudge (6) was only just behind in third place finishing on 34pts.

Tuesday, 19th March, was time for the slightly longer journey to Bangpakong to play one of my favourite courses.  Everybody seems to do well at Bangpakong and when you leave you are generally feeling good about your golf game.  Today was no exception with the worst score in a field of 18 players being 29pts.  Phil Battah (12) certainly had a good day taking the honours with 40pts but only on count back from Tim Dalton (20) on the same score.  Jack McNamara (20) came in third on 39.

Thursday, 21st March, was our weekly visit to Phoenix (Ocean & Mountain).  Larry Simpson (13) showed the rest a clean set of heels by finishing first on 39pts.  Mike Rushant (11) followed in close behind on 38 with my news correspondent mate Alan Evans (25) taking third spot on 37.

A special mention must go to Mike Rushant who not only proved his credentials on the golf course but showed what a versatile guy he is by managing to change the wheel on Fergus Brennan’s vehicle after he got a flat tyre.  Well done Mike!

On Friday, 22nd March, the TRGG stalwarts headed off to Khao Kheow (A and B courses) – another stiff challenge.  Dave Maw (26) showed he was up for the test and topped the scoreboard with 37pts.  The only lady in the field, Mod Chaviraksa (12), showed the rest of the men she was not there just to make up the numbers by taking second place on 35.  John Goudge (6) finished the week just as he started it in third place on 34.

Good luck to all you golfers for the coming week!