Travellers Rest Golf Group
Monday, Jan. 1,
The Emerald – Stableford
1st Mike Smith (6) 32pts
2nd Tarioke Holy (10) 31pts
3rd Mr Cho (9) 31pts
1st Richard Kawagoye (13) 35pts
2nd Mr Seiki (18) 34pts
3rd Derek Thorogood (18) 31pts
New Year’s Day saw 24 hardy souls tough enough to make the trip to Emerald golf course.
Richard Kawagoye’s 35 points in division 2 was good enough to start the new year in a winning fashion. He was followed up the podium steps by Mr Seiki and Derek Thorogood in that order.
The winner in division 1 came in the form of Mike Smith. With his putter and short game on fire his 32 points were made even more remarkable as he spent the whole round not being able to “hit the skin off a rice pudding”. However, the tactic clearly worked as the New Year’s Day’s top honors went heading towards the valleys.
Tuesday, Jan. 2, Phoenix Gold – Stableford
1st Guy Fraser (12) 37pts
2nd Mr Cho (10) 37pts
3rd Freddy Starbeck (13) 36pts
1st Alun Webber (24) 39pts
2nd Norihito Takeoka (21) 30pts
3rd Bjorn Werner (18) 28pts
In division 2, Alun Webber chose his first round of 2018 to shoot an impressive 39 points and take the top prize. Norihito Takeoka and Bjorn Werner were also good enough to make the top three.
The winner in division 1 once again hailed from Canada, but this time in the shape of Guy Fraser. His stronger back 9 meant that his 37 points were good enough to win the day ahead of Mr Cho.
Wednesday, Jan. 3, Plutaluang – Stableford
1st Seil Peter (6) 36pts
2nd Paul Colfer (5) 36pts
3rd Alan Thomas (6) 35pts
1st Derek Thorogood (18) 37pts
2nd Arnold Jones (17) 33pts
3rd Leo Doyle (18) 32pts
On Wednesday the group made their way over to Plutaluang Golf Course. This fine golf course has often been the cause of much controversy over the years as high handicappers have tried to blame their performances on the course’s grass.
The return to form of Derek Thorogood continued to gather momentum and his 37 points was enough to see him take the top prize in division 2.
In division 1, the winner of day came in the form of Seil Peter whose stronger back-9 gave him the top spot over Paul Colfer.
Thursday, Jan. 4, Treasure Hill – Stableford
1st Alan Thomas (6) 32pts
2nd Seil Peter (6) 32pts
3rd Warren Shelley (24) 31pts
For most players a visit to Treasure Hill involves saying a fond farewell to a number of golf balls, and handing in a score card that does not show an awful lot of points.
Thursdays visit did not disappoint and the battle for the top prize came down to a showdown between Seil Peter and Alan Thomas. With both players scoring 32 points it was left to Alan’s stamina overcoming Seil’s sartorial elegance to claim the honours on count-back.
Friday, Jan. 5, Burapha – Stableford
1st Jacob Cummings (7) 42pts
2nd Seil Peter (6) 39pts
3rd Freddy Starbeck (13) 38pts
Friday’s weekly visit to Burapah was made even more special as it hosted the play off for the Ferdinand Cup trophy. The day was always going to be keenly contested however in the end no-one could stop Seil Peter and his 39 points enabled him to receive the trophy from his close pal, and tournament sponsor, Freddy Starbeck.
In the normal day’s competition no-one could get near Jacob Cummings. His raw score of 1-under par was enough to blow away the opposition with 42 points.
Saturday, Jan. 6, Greenwood – Stableford
1st Billy Allan (20) 35pts
2nd Colin Smith (16) 34pts
3rd Arnold Jones (17) 34pts
Saturday saw a little jaunt down the 331 to play Greenwood. The winner of the day was the “Saturday Specialist” Billy Allan and his 35 points were enough for the top prize and a great end to the week for the man from the darker side of Bootle.