Carmen comes up trumps at Burapha


Travellers Rest Golf Group

With excitement growing about the upcoming tour to Hua Hin there was a lot of jockeying for position at this past week’s competitions.  I don’t think it was my imagination when I tell you that I was detecting a certain amount of protecting one’s handicap going on.  Indeed, a more suspicious person might just have found evidence of some of next week’s participants actually trying to get an extra shot back onto their handicap before the big event.  Anyway, when I left on Friday evening a book on the following week’s runners was being prepared with a few wagers coming in on the usual suspects.

Monday, August 31, Phoenix – Stableford

The week got underway on Monday with a short trip over to Phoenix to once again play (Ocean and Mountain courses).  The Lakes course, which has been undergoing extensive renovation, looks as though it will soon be ready and will be up and running for the beginning of the high season in or around November/December.

Carmen Hurdon (left) & Seamus Farrell.Carmen Hurdon (left) & Seamus Farrell.

At the completion of the competition an orderly queue had formed at the top of the leader board.  Roger Wilkinson, who didn’t need to protect his handicap, played some excellent golf to register 37 points while one shot behind was Jim Cooper in second and a further shot back came Tewin Poopay Lamthong, who held up the ladies end.

1st Roger Wilkinson (12) 37pts

2nd Jim Cooper (13) 36pts

3rd Tewin Poopay Lamthong (10) 35pts

Wednesday, Sept. 2, Burapha – Stableford

Burapha (C and D courses) once again provided the Wednesday challenge.  Now if I was to tell you that over the last few weeks on this course it has been commonplace for scores in the high 30s or even low 40s to be returned, you may start to understand what I have been talking about when this week it was a new competitor who shot the best score of the day, 36 points.  Carmen Hurdon was that person so congratulations to her on beating all those men on the day.

Gary Bennett was a point behind Carmen and finished second but only after a count back.  He just managed to get his nose in front of third placed Daryl Ottaway.

1st Carmen Hurdon (16) 36pts

2nd Gary Bennett (18) 35pts

3rd Daryl Ottaway (6) 35pts

Friday, Sept. 4, Eastern Star – Stableford

The TRGG week drew to a close with a trip over to Eastern Star on Friday and it turned out to be a good day for the high handicappers.  Seamus Farrell proved that you don’t have to be young, fit and handsome (or be a good golfer) to win a golf competition the week before Hua Hin.  As Seamus told me, “just being handsome is enough”.  With all the other competitors trying to decide who had lost the most balls on the day, the mighty Irishmen strode to the fore and won his fifth competition of the year.  At this rate he could end up winning the TRGG Golfer of the Year 2015.

Toshihiro Aoki took second prize, with Graham Hurdon showing it was not just his wife who can play golf in the family by finishing in third place.

1st Seamus Farrell (25) 36pts

2nd Toshihiro Aoki (24) 33pts

3rd Graham Hurdon (9) 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 Derek Thorogood on 080 673 3118 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.