Lightning greens strike fear into players’ hearts

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Travellers Rest Golf Group

Christmas week in Pattaya was all about people having a good time and enjoying themselves, the sun shone and a cooling breeze kept temperatures at a comfortable level.  Peace and goodwill to all men, women and children was exuding everywhere.

Everywhere that is except on the local golf courses where the drying weather turned the greens into skating rinks.  They were so fast it was unbelievable and some of the language going around was turning the air as blue as the sky.

Fergus Brennan - winner at Treasure Hill.Fergus Brennan – winner at Treasure Hill.

Never have I seen so many grown men almost being reduced to tears as their balls sailed merrily from one side of the green to the other and back again.  Good scores were at a premium and even very moderate scores were amongst the prizes.

Monday, Dec. 23, Treasure Hill – Stableford

On Monday it was off to Treasure Hill and Fergus Brennan showed that his shanking nightmare was a thing of the past as he ended the year in style by shooting an impressive 38 points, which was good enough to take first place.  Not bad for a guy with bad eyes!  Jay Sher and Peer Brun followed Fergus home.

1st Fergus Brennan (11) 38pts

2nd Jay Sher (18) 36pts

3rd Peer Brun (13) 33pts

Tuesday, Dec. 24, Green Valley – Stableford

On Christmas Eve a large contingent headed off to do battle at Green Valley, and so large were the numbers that had to be split into two divisions.

It has to be said that the winner was Green Valley itself with the field littered with broken men cursing their luck and tossing their putters into the nearest lake.  Boy, were the greens slippery!  Four and five-putts were being reported everywhere and scorecards were resembling cricket scores.  Congratulations go to Guy Fraser who was the only player to get near to playing to his handicap.

Div.1 (0-13)

1st Guy Fraser (11) 35pts

2nd John Nicholas (8) 32pts

3rd Joe Stranks (11) 29pts

Div.2 (14+)

1st Tony Pieroni (14) 33pts

2nd Norman Cheetham (16) 32pts

3rd Ken Brehm (19) 31pts

Thursday, Dec. 26, The Emerald – Stableford

Boxing Day and the debacle continued at Emerald and again there were two divisions.

Tony Pieroni - Div.2 winner at Green ValleyTony Pieroni – Div.2 winner at Green Valley

It took a big man to get the better of the greens here and who better than that bigger than most men, Irishman Seamus Farrell.  He romped away with the best score of the day by a country mile.

Div.1 (0-13)

1st Tony Pike (8) 34pts

2nd John Nicholas (8) 34pts

3rd Joe Stranks (11) 32pts

Div.2 (14+)

1st Seamus Farrell (29) 38pts

2nd Ken Brehm (19) 32pts

3rd Alun Webber (19) 32pts

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.