Cheetham makes winning return


Travellers Rest Golf Group

The Rainy Season showed no signs of abating for this past week and Monday 8th October got off to a particularly damp start.  Still, it takes more than a bit of rain to put off the hardy souls of the TRGG and armed with our brollies and wet weather gear we set off to once again take on the very formidable Bangpra.

Now this course, known as the monkey course (it can make a monkey out of you on the best of days), is difficult enough in the dry but with zero run on the ball and the greens as slippery as ever it was definitely not going to be a day for high scores.

Fergus Brennan (11) led the way home with a valiant 30pts; naturally he did have an advantage being Irish as they are used to playing their golf in the rain.  Frank Seaton (10) made it into second place with 29pts and yours truly, Andy Rich (20), slipped into third place with 28.

On Tuesday 9th October Khao Kheow (B and A courses) played host to the TRGG.  Again the skies were very threatening but the scoring showed a vast improvement on the previous day and Norman Cheetham (15) swooped back into Thailand from Australia to take first place with 37pts.  Ted Senior, who had swooped back in the week before from the land down under, came second on 36pts.  I am afraid I don’t know where Bob Chiofalo (22) had swooped in from but he took third spot with 35.

Thursday 11th October saw a smaller field than the previous week head off to Phoenix to play the Mountain and Lakes courses.  As a result we were back to just one division so perhaps my forecast last week that we were back into High Season was a little premature.

The ladies in the field showed once again that Phoenix is a very accommodating course with their placement of the Ladies tees (I shall probably get hung, drawn and quartered for that remark but I call it as I see it).  The very charming Tewin Poopay Lamthong (11) finished top of the leader board for the second week running with 37pts.  Tony Gliddon (10) decided not to let the ladies have it all their own way by finishing second on 35.  Another lady, the equally charming Lucky Symons (16) came in third with 34pts (am I forgiven ladies?)

Saturday 13th October rounded off the week with some drier weather and a trip to Crystal Bay to play A and B courses.  The scores returned certainly mirrored an improvement in the weather.  Jim Sykes (10) showed a marked improvement on his recent scores to take first place with 40pts, with Rick Morgan slipping into second place on 39 and Mike Rushant taking third on 36.