Pearson rises at Phoenix


Travellers Rest Golf Group

So it was out with the old this week and in with the new as 2012 sailed off into the sunset and 2013 dawned full of promise.  I am pleased to report that the year started off very well for one of the TRGG regulars.  

Donald Pearson, a thirty five handicapper and a real trier finally rose to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday at Phoenix.  I hope he will forgive me if I compare his golf swing to the proverbial man trying to kill a wasp whilst standing in a phone box, it is certainly not a thing of rare beauty and to see his forlorn face when another golf ball disappears into trouble is a sad sight indeed.  When Donald is on the tee everybody shouts DUCK (apologies for that attempt at humour).

Donald Pearson. Donald Pearson.

In fact I have to tell you that Donald is one of the unluckiest people I know, he is that man who every time he loses a hundred baht he finds five baht.  So we were all really pleased for him when his year started well with a fine win although again he only won with 36 points, playing to his handicap only then to find that the cruel handicapper had cut him three shots, that is typical of Donald’s luck.

On Monday 31st December, New Years Eve, the TRGG visited Treasure Hill and Roger Wilkinson (14) finished the year in style by taking first place with 37pts, not easy on a tricky course.  Mike Rushant (12) continued his good form of late by taking the runners up spot with 35pts and Tasutu Nakajima (14) showed last week’s win was no fluke by taking third place on 34pts.

New Years Day, Tuesday 1st January saw a moderate turnout sporting a few hangovers head off to tackle Khao Kheow (C and B courses) and that well known teetotaler Fergus Brennan (10) (believe that and you believe in fairies) strode off with first prize shooting 34pts, just winning on count back from that very consistent striker of a golf ball Billy Ostle (12).  Mr Consistent himself Jeff Bunn (6) took third with 33pts.

Mike Rushant. Mike Rushant.

As previously mentioned, Thursday 3rd January was the day Donald Pearson came up smelling of roses at Phoenix (Lake and Ocean course).  He finished on 36pts, taking first place on count back from Mike Rushant (12) with Seamus Farrell (30) taking third spot with 34pts.

On Friday 4th January it was the turn of the Navy course at Plutaluang (North and West courses) to play host to the TRGG.  The course was in excellent condition and is probably the best value price wise of any course in Pattaya.  Mike Rushant (12) finished off an excellent week, sinking putts from everywhere, and taking first place with 38pts.  Guy Fraser (11), heading back home the following day, finished his visit in style by taking runners up spot on 34pts after beating Billy Ostle (12) into third place on count back.

Good luck to all you golfers for the coming week!