Billy blitzes Khao Kheow

Billy Allen (left) & Terry Martin.
Billy Allen (left) & Terry Martin.

Travellers Rest Golf Group

Monday, March 19, The Emerald – Stableford

A Flight

1st Bill Reid (12) 35pts

2nd Trevor Oliver (11) 35pts

3rd Alan Rothwell (5) 35pts

B Flight

1st Stefan Krull (24) 33pts

2nd Wayne Jupe (21) 32pts

3rd Ged Blairs (27) 29pts

We started the week with a trip to Emerald.  A popular course among the TRGG members and once again it was the wizard of the lob wedges Bill Reid who mastered the elevated greens and took the honours with a respectable 35 points.  It was a close battle for top spot as all three places were decided on count-backs, but Bill’s twenty points on the back nine secured first place on the podium.

Top spot in division two went to Stefan Krull who just happens to be a very close friend of Bill and obviously picked up some pointers throughout the day and claimed victory with 33 points.

Tuesday, March 20, Kabinburi S.C. – Stableford

Sixteen of our members took part in our inaugural trip to Kabinburi, staying at the impeccable Serenity Hotel and playing two rounds at the Kabinburi Sports Club.  KBSC is registered as the longest course in Thailand at 8037 yards of the back tees; however we sensibly decided to play of the forward tees which still proved challenging.

Straight out of the blocks came Freddy Starbeck, smashing the course on the first day with 39 points, but this was a two day event and there were contenders, two 38’s a 37 and a 36 who were determined to silence Freddy, which is not an easy task!  The groups were seeded on the second day and as the non-contenders drove off into the sunrise the final group readied to do battle. The victor, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes was Terry Martin whose stealth and stamina saw him amass a cumulative score of 71 points to win his first honours board event at the TRGG. Meanwhile back at Phoenix another competition was under way and football fanatic Ged Blairs was the winner, his 37 points leaving his competitors in the changing rooms as Jimmy Cooper fell over the goal line in second with 33.

Wednesday, March 21, Khao Kheow – Stableford

1st Billy Allan (20) 47pts

2nd Mike Rushant (12) 37pts

3rd Gerrard Shannon (11) 34pts

On Wednesday morning you could hear the air raid sirens wailing above Khao Kheow as Billy ‘Von’ Allan demolished the course. The first attack was on A course where twenty four points were surrendered, by midday C course was targeted and the onslaught continued.  Von Allan was unstoppable and at 1400 hours a further twenty three points had capitulated. When the dust settled it revealed that Khao Kheow had become a casualty of war, with two birdies, eight pars, seven two pointers and only one single pointer a total of 47 points had seceded to his prowess. Amongst the smoldering ruins Mike Rushant emerged hoping his 37 points was enough to secure victory, battle scarred and suffering from shell shock Mike succumbed to second place.

Thursday, March 22, Green Valley – Stableford

1st Mike Rushant (12) 39pts

2nd Mogens Melander (14) 35pts

3rd Trevor Oliver (11) 31pts

On Thursday we returned to our regular outing at Green Valley. The day started off well but by 2pm the heavens opened up sending players running for cover.               Sufficient numbers had completed their rounds to be able to declare it a competition and Mike Rushant continued his great form to take top spot.

Friday, March 23, Burapha –

1st Alan Rothwell (5) 40pts

2nd Colin Smith (17) 39pts

3rd Paul Stewart (17) 38pts

It took an amazing score of 40 points for Alan Rothwell to achieve first place honours today.  Hot on Alan’s heels and in very good form lately was Colin Smith with a very respectable 39 points while third place went to Paul Stewart with another very respectable score of 38.

Saturday, March 24, Treasure Hill – Stableford

Division 1

1st Peter Symons (6) 35pts

2nd Keith Evans (15) 33pts

3rd Alex Chao (10) 31pts

Division 2

1st Mike Lam (20) 34pts

2nd Luck Symons (17) 34pts

3rd Keith Seddon (32) 32pts

Treasure Hill was in immaculate condition but the testing nature of this course was borne out in the day’s scores as not one of the thirty players shot there handicap or better.  Division one winner Peter Symons posted the best score of the day of 35 points and claimed the top spot.

Meanwhile Mike Lam, who flew in who flew in the previous night from Hong Kong, was victorious on his first outing to take the division two honours.