Bob plays the party pooper at Phoenix

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Travellers Rest Golf Group

Last week saw an end of an era. For more years than most people care to remember on Thursday of every week, the TRGG has trodden a well worn path to Phoenix Golf Club.  Many of our golfers have regular caddies there who over the years have become good friends, the lady golfers have also loved the advantage they get playing off ladies tees, a baht bus ride in front of the men’s.

We know nothing stays the same forever but all the changes recently introduced by the new Phoenix management group have been considered a step too far and our members, together with many of the other golf societies, have decided to vote with their feet and give Phoenix a miss in future.  A really sad situation for one and all!

Mike Rushant - winner at Emerald.Mike Rushant – winner at Emerald.

It is hoped that the powers that be at Phoenix have a change of heart in the future but nobody is holding their breath.

Monday, Oct. 28, The Emerald – Stableford

The week got off to a bright start on Monday 28th October at Emerald where the sun shone and most of the competitors enjoyed a good round of golf.  I played in a four-ball that included the eventual winner and have to say I was most impressed with his standard of golf, especially his consistently good driving off the tee.

Mike Rushant is the guy I am talking about and his amassed 39 points was far too good for the rest.  ‘Bridesmaid’ Fergus Brennan (so called because of the number of second places he has had recently) trailed in five shots behind with Derek Thorogood a further four shots back in third.

1st Mike Rushant (10) 39pts

Fergus Brennan (13) 34pts

Derek Thorogood (16) 30pts

Tuesday, Oct. 29, Greenwood – Stableford

Tuesday was the turn of Greenwood to receive the TRGG and a favourite course for many saw the first close finish of the week.

Derek Thorogood leapt into first place from his previous day’s third spot and yes, Fergus Brennan once again came second after catching the bouquet on Monday, however it was only after count back after both finished on 37 points each.  Gary Bennett meanwhile trooped home in third.

Derek Thorogood (17) 37pts

Fergus Brennan (13) 37pts

Gary Bennett (18) 34pts

Thursday, Oct. 31, Phoenix – Stableford

On Thursday, as previously mentioned, it was our last trip for the foreseeable future to Phoenix (Mountain and Lakes courses).

The ladies decided to go out in style with Poopay and Mod rattling up 81 pts between them but surprisingly only managing to fill second and third places.  The party pooper turned out to be Bob Chiofalo who took top spot but only after a stewards enquiry and a count back.

1st Bob Chiofalo (22) 41pts

2nd Tewin Poopay Lamthong (11) 41pts

3rd Mod Chaviraksa (12) 40pts

Saturday, Nov. 2, Eastern Star – Stableford

November 2nd at Eastern Star marked a return to the High Season and regular Saturday golf with the TRGG.  Bob Chiofalo continued the good form of his last outing to again finish in first place.  Monday’s winner Mike Rushant took second and Ray White made it into third.

1st Bob Chiofalo (20) 37pts

Mike Rushant (10) 34pts

Ray White (28) 32pts

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.