Booth sinks an ace, bags the loot

David Booth (center) receives his reward after recording a hole-in-one at Pattavia.
David Booth (center) receives his reward after recording a hole-in-one at Pattavia.

The Traveller’s Rest Golf Group

Monday, March 4, The Emerald – Stableford

Division 1

1st Paul Colfar (3) 37pts

2ndMartin Cooper (04) 35pts

3rd Al Marumoto (12) 35pts

Division 2

1st Gary Borrows (18) 34pts

2nd Seamus Farrell (29) 33pts

3rd Peter McGinty (23) 32pts

At Emerald we had our usual two divisions and in division one Paul Colfar, who has been playing some amazing golf lately, continued his winning form by scoring two-under par off the stick and taking top spot with a brilliant 37 points.

In division two it was the TRGG’s newest member who stole the show. Gary Borrows wanted to impress his playing partners with his golfing ability but could only manage fifteen points on the front nine. Undeterred he found the golfer within and romped home with a further nineteen points to finish the day with 34 and his inaugural number one position.

Tuesday, March 5, Green Valley – Stableford

1st Ian Hunt (14) 36pts

2nd Paul Durkan (12) 36pts

3rd Paul West (11) 36pts

Green Valley saw all three podium places determined on count backs. Emerging the victor was Ian Hunt, our loveable “Yam Yam” from Wolverhampton. Ian doesn’t make it to the podium that often so it was great to see him finish in first place.

Wednesday, March 6, Greenwood – Stableford

Division 1

1st Ian Bell (7) 32pts

2nd Joe Stranks (15) 31pts

3rd Steve Carleton (10) 31pts

Division 2

1st Jim Swander (18) 39pts

2nd Kevin Peggs (18) 36pts

3rd Ted Senior (16) 35pts

Today we were back to our regular two divisions and the lower handicaps obviously struggled with the course. The winning score came from Ian Bell who was gob-smacked but very pleased when he realized his 32 points put him at the top of the leader board.

In division two the scores were much more creditable with our friend from Phnom Penh, Jim Swander, finishing three shots better than his closest rival.

Thursday, March 7, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

Division 1

1st Kwon Young-Jun (13) 39pts

2nd Ian Hunt (14) 39pts

3rd Wayne Lloyd (11) 38pts

Division 2

1st Lawrence Lee (15) 38pts

2nd Jim Cooper (20) 38pts

3rd Stephen Devlin (15) 36pts

Kwon Young-Jun is probably the most excitable and demonstrative person in the club and today his delight was there for all to see after he heard his name called out as the division 1 winner.

In division two his fellow countryman and a lot more reserved Lawrence Lee saw his name atop the leader board with very fine score of 38 points.

Friday, March 8, Burapha – Stableford

Division 1

1st Klaus Fast (3) 39pts

2nd Mike Rushant (10) 38pts

3rd Neil Wilkinson (12) 38pts

Division 2

1st Peter From (14) 40pts

2nd Derek Thorogood (16) 39pts

3rd Gary Warburton (16) 38pts

Division 3

1st Bart Bingham (19) 37pts

2nd David Booth (17) 36pts

3rd Heo Gil-Sik (19) 35pts

With 52 players in the field the management at Burapha gave us a two-tee start on D & C and C & D courses.

Klaus Fast is one of the most consistent golfers around and today’s performance saw him par the course off the stick, which was an incredible achievement. In division two Peter From rocketed to the top of the leader board with 40 points whilst in the third flight Bart Bingham took the coveted first place with 37.

Saturday, March 9, Pattavia –

Division 1

1st Mike Rushant (36) 38pts

2nd Peter Peturson (21) 34pts

3rd Ian Bell (03) 33pts

Division 2

1st Jim Cooper (20) 40pts

2nd Scott Baumgarten (22) 35pts

3rd Colin Smith (12) 33pts

We finished the week at Pattavia, a course renowned for its slick greens that strike fear into the heart of most golfers.

David Booth, who had been struggling with the greens all day, decided to take the putter out of the equation and slam dunked the ball in the hole for an ace on hole number 17 to earn him a 10,000 baht reward from the Travellers Rest.

In division one Mike the “Machine” Rushant was oiling the cogs and set up a brilliant victory with a great score of 38 points. In division two, Jim Cooper the man who strives on stress and had more than his fair share of it today, proved he was up to the task and smashed an incredible 40 points to finish with the equal best score of the week.