Kett fires a broadside at Burapha


Travellers Rest Golf Group

I detected something very strange in the air over Thailand last week and I am not talking about the thunder and lightning and frequent downpours.  I can’t put my finger on it exactly, perhaps it was the highly charged air playing havoc with some people’s braincells, but it certainly had a devastating effect on some of our very seasoned golfers who must be having nightmares after some of the terrible golf they played during the week.


On the other hand, almost without exception all of our competitions were won by guys shooting the lights out with some unbelievable scores, so it didn’t affect everybody in a bad way.  A chosen few played golf they will remember for the rest of their lives while others played in a manner they will wish to forget very quickly, all very strange.

Monday, Oct. 19, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

The TRGG got the golfing week underway on Monday with a visit over to Mountain Shadow and it was one of our regular Aussies, Ged Higgins, who walked off with the first prize.  Ged has been showing some good form of late and took the place apart today with an amazing 42 points.

Tom Kett & Mike Rushant.

Some considerable way behind Ged came two guys who could only be separated after a count back – Jim Sykes just getting the better of Billy Ostle after both finished with 37 points each.

1st Ged Higgins (20) 42pts

2nd Jim Sykes (12) 37pts

3rd Billy Ostle (13) 37pts

Tuesday, Oct. 20, Phoenix – Stableford

On Tuesday it was off once again to Phoenix (Mountain and Ocean courses).  Their special deal offer finishes at the end of this month so the TRGG faithful were making their next to last visit to Phoenix for the time being.  This is because few of us can afford to play this course again when they raise their prices in November, which is a shame.

Mike O’Neill & Joe Nagle.

In Division 1, the mighty Mike Rushant was at it once again.  This phenomenon of a golfer who hardly ever puts a foot wrong galloped into an unassailable lead and walked off with the spoils.  If it had been a horse race it would have been declared a walkover, such was the gap between the leader and the also-rans.  Heading the chasing pack was Joe Nagle who is no mug when it comes to wielding a golf club but he finished five shots behind our glorious leader.  Also finishing on 33 points and taking third place was the long lost Mod Chaviraksa, looking as trim as ever.  Good to see you again Mod.

In Division 2 there was an even bigger walkover, with winner Mike O’Neill finishing on 40 points and six ahead of second placed Mint Siphardee.  It took a count back before we discovered Mint had got the better of Aussie train driver John O’Donoghue.  Just for once John got left at the station.

Div.1 (0-14)

1st Mike Rushant (11) 38pts

2nd Joe Nagle (14) 33pts

3rd Mod Chaviraksa (11) 33pts

Div. 2 (15+)

1st Mike O’Neill (24) 40pts

2nd Mint Siphardee (35) 34pts

3rd John O’Donoghue (17) 34pts

Thursday, Oct. 22, Burapha – Stableford

On Thursday, Burapha (C and D courses) provided the challenge for the TRGG and once again large scores abounded.  On a day beset by rainstorms it appears cosmic forces were at work in a big way.

In Division 1, Joe Nagle finished one better than on Tuesday and romped to the top of the leaderboard with an impressive 38 points.  German Odermatt took second place a point behind Joe while Mike Rushant proved once again that size isn’t everything as he finished in third place.

In Division 2 it would appear that Tom Kett got struck by lightning, how else can anybody explain him returning with 46 points.  He certainly couldn’t explain it.  When I tell you that the second placed Bill Allan finished a remarkable twelve (12) shots behind you may just understand what a spooky result it was.

In third place Paul Kruining finished seventeen (17) shots behind the leader.

Div.1 (0-14)

1st Joe Nagle (14) 38pts

2nd German Odermatt (12) 37pts

3rd Mike Rushant (11) 36pts

Div.2 (15+)

1st Tom Kett (18) 46pts

2nd Billy Allan (15) 34pts

3rd Paul Kruining (25) 29pts

Friday, Oct. 23, Eastern Star – Stableford

The golfing week drew to a close on Friday with a trip over to Eastern Star, a trip a good number of us wished we had never made as the scoring can only be described as carnage.  To say the air was highly charged would be an understatement as profanities were raining down from everywhere, what a debacle it truly was.

The winning score by the inform golfer of the week was only 34 points.  Yes, you are right, it was that man Mike Rushant once again but even he struggled on the day.  In second place was another good golfer, Mike Sanders, and even he could only muster 32 whilst Tom Kett, docked four shots from his exploits the day before, could hardly believe his 28 points was good enough to take third place.

1st Mike Rushant (11) 34pts

2nd Mike Sanders (6) 32pts

3rd Tom Kett (14) 28pts

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.