Phil & Magnus top score at Riverside


Travellers Rest Golf Group

For those of you who have been asking after the health of our main man, Fergus Brennan, I am happy to inform you that he is on the mend.  When your intrepid reporter caught up with Fergus last week he declared that his eyes were much improved and that he hoped to be back on the golf course by the middle of the month or shortly thereafter.  After posing for the enclosed photograph it is plain for all to see that he is nearly back to normal.

Monday, Feb. 3, Pattavia Century – Stableford

On Monday we headed off through the pineapple fields to play Pattavia Century, formerly Century Chonburi, our first visit here for about two years.

It has certainly changed for the better and it was always a picturesque course.  When the new clubhouse is completed the facilities will be first class and I am sure the TRGG will be more regular visitors in the future.

Fergus Brennan on the road to recovery.Fergus Brennan on the road to recovery.

All the players found it tricky and that resulted in a very tight finish with the first four all finishing on 34pts.  Irishman Niall Cronin came out on top after a count back, with his mate Liam Horgan taking the runners up spot and Dave Palmer in third.

1st Niall Cronin (12) 34pts

2nd Liam Horgan (14) 34pts

3rd Dave Palmer (6) 34pts

Tuesday, Feb. 4, Green Valley – Stableford

On Tuesday it was off to Green Valley and my old mate Ken Brehm took the competition by storm and posted 39pts, which was far too good for the rest.  Seasoned campaigner Roger Wilkinson sailed into second place and Mr. Reliable Alan Thomas took third.

1st Ken Brehm (17) 39pts

2nd Roger Wilkinson (13) 36pts

3rd Alan Thomas (5) 36pts

Thursday, Feb. 6, Bangpakong Riverside – Stableford

The largest group of the week set off on Thursday to play Bangpakong, or so we thought.  When we all arrived at Royal Lakeside there was a lot of waving of arms and scratching of heads amongst all the Thai minibus drivers when we tried to explain we were at the wrong course.  All was eventually sorted out and we were only a few minutes late for our first tee off time at Bangpakong.

Niall Cronin - winner at Pattavia Century.Niall Cronin – winner at Pattavia Century.

The facilities here are now second to none and nearly everybody came away feeling better about their game.  Because of the high numbers two divisions were necessary.

In Division 1, Phil Mitchell (not the Eastender) smashed his way to the head of the field and then beat a hasty retreat before I could take his photograph for the hall of fame.  Sounds like the sort of thing the Eastender would do.  Tristan Gilbert, who gives the golf ball a good spanking most of the time, finished second and also won a bottle of whisky for being the first player to do a birdie on the stroke index 1 hole.  Alan Thomas once again finished on the rostrum taking third place.

In Division 2, Magnus Alvarsson, another guy who gives a golf ball what for, finished top of the pile, followed home by Jack Swan and Reg Glass.

Div.1 (0-12)

1st Phil Mitchell (6) 39pts

2nd Tristan Gilbert (10) 39pts

3rd Alan Thomas (5) 38pts

Div.2 (13+)

Magnus Alvarsson (13) 41pts

Jack Swan (19) 38pts

Reg Glass (15) 37pts

Saturday, Feb. 8, Crystal Bay – Stableford

On Saturday the minibus drivers managed to get everybody to Crystal Bay (B and C courses), which was where we were supposed to be.  Rice farmer David Booth showed he was the pick of the crop by amassing 38pts, which was just good enough to defeat restaurateur Jim Cleaver but only on count back.  Retired Larry Simpson made it into third place.

David Booth - winner at Crystal Bay. David Booth – winner at Crystal Bay.

1st David Booth (14) 38pts

2nd Jim Cleaver (10) 38pts

3rd Larry Simpson (9) 36pts

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.