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Travellers Rest Golf Group

Jim Cleaver has been walking round with an inscrutable smile on his face lately, like the cat that got the cream.  Now it may be something to do with becoming a new father or it could be, as I believe, he knows he is on top of his golf game.  

He let me into a little secret this week into how and why he is not only driving his golf ball a country mile but straight as well.  It’s all down to his new Teaching Pro and a lot of hard work and as he says, when he is only left with a nine iron or a pitching wedge into the green after yet another enormous drive it tends to make golf relatively easy compared to when he used to try and hit the green with a fairway wood or even a five iron.  More about Jim in a minute.

Monday, August 19, Eastern Star – Stableford

On Monday the TRGG headed off to do battle at Eastern Star and judging by the scores returned the golf course won.  Only the winner Derek Thorogood got anywhere near to playing to his handicap.  There was however quite a battle for second and third spot where Kazu Narahara won out on count back from Dave Edwards.

Derek Thorogood (third from left) - winner at Eastern Star.Derek Thorogood (third from left) – winner at Eastern Star.

1st Derek Thorogood (16) 36pts

2nd Kazu Narahara (13) 31pts

3rd Dave Edwards (10) 31pts

Tuesday, August 20, Crystal Bay – Stableford

A small but very select group visited Crystal Bay (A and B courses) on Tuesday and it soon became a gunfight between all the long hitters to take the top three places.

Jim Cleaver - winner at Phoenix.Jim Cleaver – winner at Phoenix.

Aberdonian Jim Cooper had a good day, shooting 39 pts and taking first place.  Simon Tapster, who also hits a mean ball, took the runners up spot with 36 pts and that man again Jim Cleaver finished in third on 34.

1st Jim Cooper (14) 39pts

2nd Simon Tapster (13) 36pts

3rd Jim Cleaver (11) 34pts

Thursday, August 22, Phoenix – Stableford

Thursday and it was off to Phoenix as usual (Mountain and Lakes) and this week very surprisingly there were no lady golfers in the group at all.  As I have said before, the ladies always do very well at Phoenix so I can only guess that they have all got fed up beating all the men every week.

Mind you it was a good week for them to go missing as none of them would have been able to keep up with Jim Cleaver.  Despite having his handicap docked to eleven last week he still managed to shoot 42 pts to win by a street.  That means he will be playing off nine next time he plays.

Nino Dinardo and Jim Cooper had a head to head to take second and third spot and it was only on count back that they could be separated where Nino took the honours.

1st Jim Cleaver (11) 42 pts

2nd Nino Dinardo (16) 36pts

3rd Jim Cooper (13) 36pts

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.