Cannon calls the shots at Phoenix

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Travellers Rest Golf Group

Monday, July 1, Bangpakong – Stableford

1st Jim Cooper (16) 40pts

2nd Fergus Brennan (13) 34pts

3rd Andy Rich (19) 33pts 

Let me start by telling you that in my opinion Bangpakong is one of the best kept courses in Thailand, although of course I haven’t played them all.  Most of the fairways are better than some other courses greens.

Jim Cooper.Jim Cooper.

So it was quite a shock this week when we turned up on Monday and found that the wet weather had played havoc with a number of the holes, halfway through the front nine some of the fairways resembled the Battle of the Somme.  An appropriate reference I think as the Battle of the Somme began on the morning of the 1st July 1916.  It was really sad to see and I hope the staff there can get it back to its former glory.

Of course some players can play in any conditions and the Scots and the Irish even excel in adverse conditions.  So it was no surprise to see Jim Cooper, who hails from Aberdeen, and Fergus Brennan, who was found under a four leaf clover in County Kildare, at the top of the leader board.  Even the English, who also have some pretty diabolical weather to contend with, got in on the act.  Yes believe it or not I came third.

Tuesday, July 3, Plutaluang – Stableford

1st Fergus Brennan (13) 38pts

2nd Ted Senior (15) 35pts

Bob Cannon (21) 34pts

Bob Cannon.Bob Cannon.

On Tuesday the TRGG headed off to play the navy course at Plutaluang (North and West courses) and reportedly found it in superb condition or so the winner on the day tells me.

Thursday, July 4, Phoenix – Stab leford

1st Bob Cannon (21) 40pts

2nd John O’Donaghue (16) 38pts

3rd Mod Chaviraksa (12) 36pts

So to Thursday, and Phoenix (Mountain and Lakes) provided the examination for the TRGG faithful.  It should probably have been an American who finished top of the class on Independence Day but instead it was an Australian who finished in a happy frame of mind.  That would have only lasted for 48 hours of course until the Australians got severely mauled by the British Lions in the rugby on Saturday.

Still, on Thursday Aussie Bob Cannon proved that Australians do occasionally win and leave all the other nationalities in their wake.  I did enjoy having the opportunity to mention the rugby result, only joking all you Aussies.

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.