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Travellers Rest Golf Group

The Phoenix has once again risen from the ashes.  After over a year of discussions it looks as though we are resuming a weekly visit to the much underused Phoenix golf course, with the TRGG booked to appear on four occasions in April.  This I am sure will please many of our clientele as it is by far the shortest trip from central Pattaya.  The ladies will be particularly pleased as it is little more than a pitch and putt for them from the ladies tees.  Only joking ladies.

Monday, March 9, Khao Kheow – Stableford

Last week got underway on Monday with a trip over to Khao Kheow (B and A courses) and just for once it was the men who dominated proceedings.  In Division 1 it was those two stags of the golf course who seem to have been locking horns every week since last Christmas.  On this occasion it was Scot Ian Bell who got the upper hand over old adversary Alan Thomas, with namesake Nick Thomas finishing in third place.

Ian Bell (left) & David Booth.Ian Bell (left) & David Booth.

In Division 2 Frank Hughes ruled the roost, just finishing ahead of Ged Blairs perched in second and Dave Maw on the third rung.

Div.1 (0-13)

1st Ian Bell (7) 35pts

2nd Alan Thomas (5) 34pts

3rd Nick Thomas (12) 34pts

Div.2 (14+)

1st Frank Hughes (19) 35pts

2nd Ged Blairs (29) 34pts

3rd Dave Maw (14) 33pts

Tuesday, March 10, Pattavia – Stableford

On Tuesday it was another trip to the funny farm across the pineapple fields to Pattavia Century.  A much reduced hardy few returned to do battle with those treacherous greens once again.  I am sure the missing souls are still gibbering wrecks, locked up in the asylum having failed to respond to treatment after their last visit to Pattavia.

Finishing top for the day was a man who lost all his marbles many moons ago.  John Baxter is that man and I can vouch that John has many strange habits which shall remain in my top secret file.  In second place came Jim Cooper who no one understands and who lives in a world of his own.  In third place came Paul Stanton who I believe was acting as day carer for the guys in first and second place.

1st John Baxter (15) 34pts

2nd Jim Cooper (16) 32pts

3rd Paul Stanton (13) 30pts

Thursday, March 12, St. Andrews – Stableford

On Thursday it was the day we normally play Green Valley but after the visit to Pattavia the remaining poor lost souls ended up playing next door at St Andrews.  Just lost no doubt.

In Division 1 that man again, the redoubtable Alan Thomas, returned to his normal position as cock of the walk.  Dave Maw put together another good round of golf and finished in second place.  Graham Johnson was one point behind in third.

In Division 2 one man, David Booth, had a field day by racking up 41 points, which is some achievement round St Andrews.  Still, it made a nice change from having a field day around his farm in Petchabun.  In second place and a country mile behind the leader came Larry Simpson who still did pretty well for an old guy.  The incomprehensible Jim Cooper took third spot.

Div.1 (0-14)

1st Alan Thomas (5) 35pts

2nd Dave Maw (14) 34pts

3rd Graham Johnson (10) 33pts

Div.2 (15+)

1st David Booth (16) 41pts

2nd Larry Simpson (15) 33pts

3rd Jim Cooper (16) 32pts

Saturday, March 14, Greenwood – Stableford

Saturday saw a return to Greenwood (A and C courses) and it turned out to be some contest, with an extremely tight finish.  Joe Nagle only just got the better of Fergus Brennan after a count back with both finishing on a commendable 38 points each.  Just a point behind came Phil Battah who has been really struggling of late, so well done Phil.

1st Joe Nagle (17) 38pts

2nd Fergus Brennan (13) 38pts

3rd Phil Battah (13) 37pts

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.