Travellers Rest Golf Group
Firstly, may I take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy new year. 2015 was the year that the TRGG changed hands and came under new management and the transition seems to have passed off very smoothly, so congratulations to all concerned.
On the one hand it was out with the old and in with the new but on the other hand it was out with the new and in with the old. The old retiring TRGG boss, Fergus Brennan, was not going to let the year pass by without giving us all something to remember him by. Not only did he score a hole in one back in June but as the old year passed into history so Fergus Brennan was crowned TRGG Golfer of the Year. So big congratulations on that achievement old fella.
Fergus of course will look you straight in the eye and tell you that his golf game is utter rubbish at the moment and that he cannot remember the last time he won a golf competition. It obviously slipped his mind that he won ten (10) golf competitions last year so I can only assume that his senility is worse than we all thought, either that or he is still full of the old Irish blarney. Your guess is as good as mine.
Now if the new TRGG boss, Derek Thorogood, who finished with six wins had managed to convert his twenty runners up places into wins he would easily have walked off with the Golfer of the Year title. So perhaps it will be his year in 2016.
Monday, Dec. 28, Phoenix – Stableford
The last week of the old year started off on Monday with our usual visit to Phoenix (Mountain and Ocean courses). Gerry Fernandez, the old/young lothario, who has only recently returned to his old hunting grounds was smiling once again with his best winning smile after recording an impressively huge 41 points round a tricky course and walking off with first place.
There was quite a dust up following him home and it took a count back before we found out that Lawrence Lee had just got the better of Barry Wood.
1st Gerry Fernandez (13) 41pts
2nd Lawrence Lee (20) 39pts
3rd Barry Wood (10) 39pts
Tuesday, Dec. 29, Burapha – Stableford
On Tuesday it was back to Burapha (A and B courses) and the largest turnout of the week once again shot some very good scores.
In Division 1, John Baxter has been showing some good form of late and he had another good day recording an excellent 39 points and taking top spot. It was a very close finish, with Jim Groves just beating Tristan Gilbert after another count back for second place.
In Division 2, Lawrence Lee went one better than the day before at Phoenix and slipped into first place. Again it was another tight finish for second and third between Jack Macnamara and Ted Senior and after the usual count back it was found that Jack just got his nose in front.
1st John Baxter (14) 39pts
2nd Jim Groves (13) 38pts
3rd Tristan Gilbert (13) 38pts
Div. 2 (15+)
1st Lawrence Lee (19) 38pts
2nd Jack Macnamara (17) 37pts
3rd Ted Senior (16) 37pts
Thursday, Dec. 31, Green Valley – Stableford
Thursday was our last outing of the year and with everybody preparing for New Year’s Eve the numbers were well down from normal. Only one division was necessary and it was a new name at the top of the leader board. I can tell you nothing about the winner Erwin Epp other than he played to his handicap and just beat Mike Rushant into second place which is no small feat in itself.
Old buddy Roger Wilkinson rounded off the year with a third place finish.
1st Erwin Epp (19) 36pts
2nd Mike Rushant (8) 35pts
3rd Roger Wilkinson (13) 34pts
Friday, Jan. 1, Khao Kheow – Stableford
The brave few souls who were somehow managing their hangovers took off to play Khao Kheow (C and B Courses) on Friday and judging by the scoring most were probably wishing they had stayed in bed.
Jon Dean just about kept it all together and took first place with 33 points while Tim Dalton, who looks as though he plays with a hangover every day, finished second on 29 points for second. I cannot believe I am writing this when I tell you that ‘Mr. Reliable’ Mike Rushant finished in third place with 26 points.
For all I know the rest are still out there stumbling round the course somewhere.
1st Jon Dean (9) 33pts
2nd Tim Dalton (19) 29pts
3rd Mike Rushant (8) 26pts
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.