Cleaver carves out a double

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Travellers Rest Golf Group

A friend of mine emailed me the story this week about the 59-year old American amateur golfer who had three holes in one in the same round and carded a 57 to win a club tournament.  Yes he plays off plus 4 and is therefore not your average amateur golfer, but nevertheless that is some feat to tell your grandchildren about.  My grandchildren are lucky to hear when I have achieved three pars in a round never mind three holes in one.  There were no holes in one this week at the TRGG competitions but there was some good golf played by a few of the competitors to tell you about.

Monday, July 27, Phoenix – Stableford

We had to make a last minute change on Monday because the course we were planning to play was having trouble with the greens, so we all headed over to Phoenix to play (Mountain and Ocean courses).  Billy Allan ended up being very pleased we had changed venues by carding 42 points and ending a mountain and an ocean in front of the rest of the field.

Jim Cleaver, Roger Wilkinson and Billy Allan.

Derek Thorogood was miles and miles behind finishing on 35 points and regular podium dweller Neil Bramley came third on 34.

1st Billy Allan (16) 42pts

2nd Derek Thorogood (13) 35pts

3rd Neil Bramley (8) 34pts

Tuesday, July 28, Green Valley – Stableford

On Tuesday I headed off for a few days to Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai and left the rest of the guys to do battle at Green Valley.

Old buddy Roger Wilkinson, who always does well at Green Valley, did it again and this time found that 33 points was enough to beat the rest.  Billy Allan, who had been docked two shots off his handicap from his previous days exploits (and quite right too), took it all in his stride and finished in second place, this time carding 32 points.  Jim Cooper also found that 31 was good enough for third place.

1st Roger Wilkinson (13) 33pts

2nd Billy Allan (14) 32pts

3rd Jim Cooper (15) 31pts

Wednesday, July 29, Khao Kheow – Stableford

On Wednesday the best field of the week set off to play Khao Kheow (A and C courses) and there was a change of personnel at the top of the leaderboard, which was good to see.

Jim Cleaver obviously had an early night for once and arrived with both eyes open rather than both half closed.  He played to just better than his handicap which meant that his 37 points was good enough for first place.  He was closely followed home by Rod Ewan who took second, with marathon man Richard Talbot in third.

1st Jim Cleaver (7) 37pts

2nd Rod Ewan (14) 36pts

3rd Richard Talbot (6) 34pts

Friday, July 31, Eastern Star – Stableford

The TRGG rounded off the week on Friday at Eastern Star and the leaderboard returned to a more familiar look with two of the week’s leaders fighting it out for top spot.  In the end it was Jim Cleaver who just got the better of Billy Allan but only after a count back.

Big Lasse Petterson would have won hands down if the competition had been arm wrestling but in the end had to settle for third place as it was a golf competition.

1st Jim Cleaver (7) 32pts

2nd Billy Allan (13) 32pts

3rd Lasse Petterson (22) 31pts

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.