O’Leary holds the key


Travellers Rest Golf Group

Monday, Sept. 25,
St. Andrews – Stableford

1st Trevor Oliver (12) 31pts

2nd David Booth (15) 31pts

3rd Derek Thorogood (19) 30pts

On Monday the Travellers Rest golfers visited St Andrews Golf Course and the previous evening’s rain meant the fairways were so slow that the majority of drives were plugging.

The testing conditions were reflected in the scores and Derek Thorogood’s 30 points were good enough for third place.  David Booth managed to score one more to take second, just losing out to the day’s winner Trevor Oliver on count-back.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, Laem Chabang – Stableford

1st Colin Smith (20) 33pts

2nd Trevor Oliver (12) 32pts

3rd Jonathan Evans (6) 31pts

The group visited Laem Chabang for the first time in a while on Tuesday.  Jonathan Evans, possessing a rhythmical swing, shot 31 points to take third and Trevor Oliver, on his last day before returning to Perth, once again proved to be a model of consistency and his 32 points gave him second place.

The day belonged to Colin Smith, brutally smashing the ball down the fairway as hard as he possibly could and his 33 points was enough to take the top prize.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

1st Derek Thorogood (19) 40pts

2nd Andy Rich (21) 38pts

3rd Richard Talbot (17) 29pts

Stuart James.
Stuart James.

Wednesday’s trip to Mountain Shadow provided another chapter for this year’s Ferdinand Cup.  It is never easy to score big points around this course as the final 5 holes are quite tough.

A player who has already qualified for the finals day in January is Richard Talbot and he scraped together 29 points today to take the bronze.  The real battle was between Andy Rich and Derek Thorogood and a splendid 38 points from Andy looked like it could have been good enough to take the top prize.  Boss Derek however, was not reading the same script and his fine round of 40 points was good enough to win the day.

The consolation for Andy was that Derek had already qualified so Andy Rich will be competing in the January play off.

Thursday, Sept. 28, Silky Oak – Stableford

1st Roger Wilkinson (14) 40pts

2nd Jim Cooper (15) 39pts

3rd Jack Mooney (20) 38pts

Jack Mooney always fancies his chances at this venue and his 38 points was good enough to take the place today.  His efforts were bettered by Jim Cooper, the man with a long game of a single handicapper but a short game of a 30-handicapper, who scored a fine 39 points second spot.  The day however belonged to Roger Wilkinson and his 40 points conquered all.

We ended in farcical style as newcomer John O’Leary picked up Derek Thorogood’s car keys and set off home.  The resulting 2-hour wait ensured that in the history of the TRGG no player has made more of an impression on their debut than John.

Friday, Sept. 29

1st Stuart James (22) 48pts

2nd Colin Smith (20) 42pts

3rd Derek Thorogood (18) 36pts

Friday visits to Burapah usually produce a good score or two.  Few, however would have predicted the chain of events that would occur on this particular day.

Derek Thorogood’s game seems to be on the up again and his 36 points were good enough for third place.  Colin Smith’s good week was continuing and his 42 saw him take second.  He must have thought that this was good enough for the top prize but it wasn’t by a long chalk.

Playing off a handicap of 22, Stuart James shot 48 points, and even I can work out that this means Stuart played to a 10-handicap.  Every dog and all that!