Dean’s demolition job

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Travellers Rest Golf Group

It was back to a three day week this past week, which was perhaps a blessing in disguise as the weather was playing up again and although the Armageddon scenario being forecast never materialized it did rain a lot.  

There were originally four days golf arranged but it appears only two people were interested in playing Pleasant Valley on Thursday, so it was cancelled which was a shame because it was to have been the TRGG’s first visit there for some years and it is an interesting course, usually in good condition.  The only downside is that the water hazards, and there are many of them, usually lay claim to at least four golf balls per golfer per round, which can start to get a bit expensive.  Last time I played there I lost about eight!

Monday, Sept. 28, The Emerald – Stableford

The golfing week got underway on Monday with a trip over to Emerald and what do you know, Seamus Farrell Esquire added another scalp to his belt.  The big, and I do mean big, Irish maestro, red flag fluttering over his golf buggy, trundled down each fairway like some visiting potentate and sent his next shot somewhere in the direction of the next green.  When you are a twenty-five handicapper like Seamus you do not have to worry about the odd errant shot, you still have loads more before they run out!

(L-R) John Dean, Seamus Farrell and John O’Donoghue.(L-R) John Dean, Seamus Farrell and John O’Donoghue.

It obviously turned out to be a good day for the old fellow and I can just see the smile on his face as he collected his winnings and mocked the pretentious lot that think only single figure handicappers should be able to win a golf competition.  Well done my good friend.

Mike Sanders, who is a good golfer and not at all pretentious, finished a point behind Seamus to take second place while another good guy, John Baxter, took third place.

1st Seamus Farrell (25) 36pts

2nd Mike Sanders (6) 35pts

3rd John Baxter (14) 34pts

Wednesday, Sept. 30, Burapha – Stableford

On Wednesday it was back over to Burapha (A and B courses) for the umpteenth time this low season.  No one ever gets fed up with playing Burapha because it is a forgiving course and if you play it correctly everybody can score well.

Again this week the winning scores were impressively high and it took a count back to separate two guys finishing neck and neck on 39 points; ‘Big’ John O’Donoghue just getting the better of John Haigh at the end of the day.  Ted Senior, always there or thereabouts, finished third on 37 points.

1st John O’Donoghue (19) 39pts

2nd John Haigh (22) 39pts

3rd Ted Senior (13) 37pts

Friday, October 2, Pattavia – Stableford

The TRGG decided to give Pattavia another go for the second Friday in a row.  I am still recovering from my last visit there, but with the right medication I should be up and about soon.  It takes no prisoners does Pattavia, so I am extremely happy to report that one guy this week totally dominated it and made it look easy.  Step forward John Dean.  I salute you, a magnificent effort I must say, 43 points.  I just don’t believe it!

Newcomer, John Haigh, showed no ill effects from previous batterings playing this course and finished second with an excellent 37 points while Billy Allan took third with a more realistic 33.

1st John Dean (11) 43pts

2nd John Haigh (11) 37pts

3rd Billy Allan (14) 33pts

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.