‘Eddie the Eagle’ soars high at Phoenix


Travellers Rest Golf Group

Monday, July 31, Khao Kheow – Stableford

1st Colin Smith (20) 31pts

2nd Chris Power (13) 31pts

3rd Richard Talbot (18) 30pts

Eddie Townshend.
Eddie Townshend.

The last Monday of the month saw the TRGG visiting Khaow Kheow.  Playing courses B and C the fine conditions were once again not reflected in the scores.  The scribe crawled to 30 points to take third place and this was only as a result of parring the last 3 holes.

The battle for top spot was closely fought between Colin Smith and Chris Power, and with both players scoring 31 points it was left to Colin’s better back 9 to take the honours and ensure victory.

Tuesday, August 1, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

1st Eddie Townshend (22) 35pts

2nd John O’Donoghue (20) 35pts

3rd Colin Smith (20) 34pts

The battle of the high handicappers took place with the Tuesday visit to Phoenix Gold.  The top 5 places were occupied by players with handicaps of 20 or over.

Colin Smith’s successful week continued with 34 points and third place while John O”Donoghue shot 35 and took second, but he was cruelly pipped for top spot on count back by Eddie Townshend.  ‘Eddie the Eagle’ is now making lucky victories a speciality of his.

Wednesday, August 2, The Emerald – Stableford

1st Per Svenson (21) 41pts

2nd Richard Talbot (18) 39pts

3rd Don Hawkins (18) 39pts

Something must have been in the water for Wednesday’s visit to Emerald as unusually high scores were recorded.  The unlucky Colin Smith scored 38 points didn’t make the podium yet still managed to lose a shot off his handicap.

Per Svenson.
Per Svenson.

Don Hawkins shot a fine round of 39 points but this was only good enough for third place.  He was just beaten into second by the scribe by virtue of a better back-9.  However, the top score of the day came from the Swede Per Svenson.  Using the faster than normal conditions to his advantage he managed to shoot a fine score of 41 points to take the top prize.

Thursday, August 3, Silky Oak – Stableford

1st Chris Power (13) 40pts

2nd Jim Cooper (17) 38pts

3rd Billy Allan (17) 36pts

Thursday’s visit to Silky Oak was made more challenging as the greens had been recently sanded.  This however did not stop certain players scoring well and Billy Allan’s recent good form continued as his 36 points gave him third place.

Putting was very much a lottery and this played into Jim Cooper’s hands as he is a terrible putter and many of his off target putts were then redirected back on course by large grains of sand.  Jim’s 38 points were good enough for second but on the day a fine round of 40 points from Chris Power enabled him to walk away with the day’s top prize.

Friday, August 4, Burapha – Stableford

1st Mogens Melander (14) 37pts

2nd Dinga Doyle (14) 36pts

3rd Eddie Townshend (22) 36pts

Friday saw the TRGG playing the more challenging C and D courses at Burapha.  Eddie Townshend’s good week continued as he claimed third place with 36 points.  Also with 36 points but with a stronger back 9 was Dinga Doyle who took second place.  The day however belonged to newcomer Mogens Melander as his 37 points were good enough to take 1st prize.

Saturday, August 5, Pattavia – Stableford

1st Christer Dolk (15) 37pts

2nd Jeff Bunn (7) 31pts

3rd Billy Allan (17) 31pts

Pattavia was the destination on Saturday with the players facing the joys of the lightning fast greens.  Billy Allan’s 31 points was good enough to take third place but he was just beaten into second by New Zealander Jeff Bunn.  Jeff is renowned for his ghostly look but even his out of world antics were not good enough to win the day.  Christer Dolk revelled in the conditions and his 37 points gave him the top prize by a comfortable margin.