Murray storms to victory


Travellers Rest Golf Group

With the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles occupying most of last weekend, the TRGG arranged all of their golf trips to finish well before the big one got started.  Unfortunately Donner und Blitzen decided to intervene.  I am not talking about two of Santa’s reindeers I am talking about thunder and lightning of a different kind.  

We were halfway round Pattavia Century on Friday when we were interrupted by some pretty severe weather.  The ground shook and the heavens opened and swinging a metal seven iron in the middle of an open field suddenly didn’t seem such a very good idea.  So we all headed for shelter and coffee and biscuits or a beer depending on one’s preferences.  An hour or so later we were back underway but as a result missed the opening six or seven holes of the Ryder Cup.

Monday, Sept. 22, Plutaluang – Stableford

The week had started in a more benign fashion on Monday with a trip over to the Navy Course at Plutaluang (East and West courses).  A good turnout enjoyed their day’s golf, none more so than Howard Marson who rattled up 39 points to take the honours.

Alan Murray - winner at Pattavia. Alan Murray – winner at Pattavia.

Jim Cleaver, freshly returned from his lengthy trip back to Blighty to check that his chain of restaurants were still raking in enough money to keep him out of the kitchen and on the golf course, took second place.

The only lady in the field Tewin Poopay Lamthong also managed to escape the kitchen for at least one day and took third place, only just losing out in the battle of the chefs on count back.

1st Howard Marson (20) 39pts

2nd Jim Cleaver (8) 36pts

3rd Tewin Poopay Lamthong (13) 36pts

Wednesday, Sept. 24, Treasure Hill – Stableford

It was off to Treasure Hill on Wednesday and it was that old prospector Fergus Brennan who struck gold.  On a course most golfers find extremely difficult Fergus picked his way around, collecting gold nuggets along the way and finishing a very rich man.  His 37 points was far too good for all the rest and it was only Ito Akitoshi on 34 who finished anywhere near him.  Jim Cooper in third place was a long way back.

1st Fergus Brennan (13) 37pts

2nd Ito Akitoshi (8) 34pts

3rd Jim Cooper (15) 30pts

Friday, Sept. 26, Pattavia – Stableford

Back to where I started on Friday and the Ryder Cup.  Perhaps we should have arranged a Europe versus the USA competition as well as the usual Stableford but only two Americans turned up so it would have been a little one sided.  Not unlike the outcome in the real event.

It was a Scotsman Alan Murray who won our competition, which was not too surprising as he is probably used to playing in bad weather.  Mike Smith made it into second place and another Scotsman Jim Cooper finished third.

1st Alan Murray (14) 38pts

2nd Mike Smith (6) 35pts

3rd Jim Cooper (16) 30pts

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 0860567019 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.