Travellers Rest Golf Group
The rain continued to fall at the beginning of this week leaving all of Pattaya’s golf courses very soggy underfoot and playing conditions extremely difficult for most. However on Monday 15th October on our visit to a very slippery Bangpra, slippery not because of the rain but because of their lightening fast greens, one man, Mike Rushant (H/cap12), played out of his skin to skate in with 34pts and take first place. Jim Sykes (9) was second on 31pts and David Booth (13) was third on 25. So as you can see the rest of the field had a very bad day.
One of the main sporting stories of this week surrounded the retirement from racing of wonder horse Frankel who completed his last race unbeaten. Most of his races were won by a street and on Tuesday 16th October at a drenched Eastern Star one of our group did a Frankel by winning by an absolute street the length of the Sukhumvit Road.
Fergus Brennan (12) marched in with 41pts to win by a mile. However there is one difference between Frankel and Fergus and that is Frankel is retiring to stud whereas Fergus is being put out to grass. Ted Senior (13) eventually rode into second place with 30 pts and that fine looking nag David Booth (13) finished third for the second day running with 29pts.
Thursday 18th October at Phoenix (Lakes and Ocean) was a much closer run affair with Mike Rushant (12) making it two out of two for this week by finishing with 37pts and winning by a nose (on count back actually) from Ross Schiffke, also on 37pts. That elderly gentleman from sunny Sussex Jeff Wilcox (23) showed there is still life in the old dog yet by taking third place with 36pts.
Saturday 20th October saw a large group head off to our usual Saturday venue at Crystal Bay (B and C courses) and after three days with no rain the going was good to firm.
One of our regular visitors fresh from his school teaching duties in Bangkok was Richard Moore (18), who showed he was glad school was out by shooting a remarkable 43pts. I don’t know how good his maths are but you score 43pts in a golf competition and you get your handicap docked by three shots.
That Frankel lookalike Fergus Brennan (11) showed his pedigree by shooting 41pts for the second time this week to finish second and Brett Arnold (12) rounded off some fine scoring by taking third on 38pts.