Playforth takes the win at Bangpra

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Travellers Rest Golf Group

A week of cloudy skies and the odd downpour seemed to dampen the spirits of the TRGG faithful, plus the fact that, coincidentally, a high number of patrons seem to have chosen the middle of September to head back home to catch up with the relatives.   Anyway, the reduced numbers took their toll and the golf outings were reduced to just two days last week.

Monday, Sept. 9, Bangpra – Stableford

On the steamy Monday morning the remaining golfing addicts of the TRGG headed off to the monkey course at Bangpra to do battle.  Now I find Bangpra to be a bit of an enigma.  It is in a fine setting and well maintained and although nobody would describe it as an easy course, with many wide open fairways it does not on first appearances look over difficult.  Mind you, all the par threes are long and far from easy.

Chris Playforth.Chris Playforth.

Time and again however many a good golfer, and I do not include myself in this, find it impossible to play to their handicap here.  Whatever club you take to reach a green it is never enough and you always come up short.  I have a theory that the monkeys have been out changing all the distance markers around and are sitting around laughing at us.

This past week was no exception with a number of our better golfers leaving the course scratching their heads and wondering how they could play so badly.  Only one player, Chris Playforth, managed to play to anything like his handicap and it was good enough to walk off with the top prize money.

1st Chris Playforth (10) 35pts

2nd Tewin Poopay Lamthong (10) 33pts

3rd Rod Ewan (12) 31pts

Thursday, Sept. 12, Phoenix – Stableford

There was a reasonable turnout on Thursday for our weekly visit to Phoenix to once again play Mountain and Lakes.  Now I am beginning to hear rumblings of discontent coming from our regulars about Phoenix and it appear that some are so unhappy with some of the management’s recently introduced changes they are threatening never to return.  I hope the powers that be at Phoenix know what they are doing otherwise they may find they are in charge of a white elephant instead of a thriving golf course.  Time to start listening to your customers methinks.

Mod Chaviraksa.Mod Chaviraksa.

Back to the golf, and it was a return to the ladies ruling the roost as Mod Chaviraksa had all the men in her pocket once again, although it was a close run thing with Mod only getting the better of second placed Derek Thorogood on count back.

1st Mod Chaviraksa (12) 34pts

2nd Derek Thorogood (16) 34pts

3rd Craig Hitchens (11) 33pts

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.