Sakai drives to victory


Travellers Rest Golf Group

Monday, Feb. 5, St. Andrews – Stableford

1st Sakai Yasuo (10) 40pts

2nd Larry Pumpa (10) 38pts

3rd Ole Neils Baadsgaard (8) 35pts

On Monday the TRGG travelled to play at St Andrews and faced by a course in great condition, decent scores would be required to get on the podium.

Playing off an 8 handicap, Ole Neils Baadsgaard shot a fine 35 points on his debut with the society to take the third position.  Larry Pumpa returned 38 points for the second place but the day’s top round came from the man who drives buses around Tokyo airport, Sakai Yasuo, and his 40 points represented s fine round of golf.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

Division 1

1st Paul Durkan (8) 33pts

2nd Seil Peter (5) 33pts

3rd Ted Senior (15) 33pts

Division 2

1st Arnold Jones (17) 35pts

2nd Roger Wilkinson (16) 34pts

3rd Jack Macnamara (21) 34pts

It is very rare that over 30 players will visit a course and not one player will shoot their handicap.  Well this is just what happened at Phoenix with only one player managing to shoot within one of their par score.

Sakai Yasuo.
Sakai Yasuo.

In division 2 the winning score came from Arnold Jones who has so far excelled in 2018 and his 35 points gave him his third win of the year.

The top three places in division 1 were separated on count-back as Ted Senior, Seil Peter and Paul Durkan all finished on 33 points.  Their back nine’s revealed that Paul finished the stronger and took the top place.

Thursday, Feb. 8, Green Valley – Stableford

Division 1

1st Ryan Thomas (0) 39pts

2nd Brian Beupre (6) 37pts

3rd Steve Carleton (9) 37pts

Division 2

1st Peter McGinty (24) 44pts

2nd Roger Wilkinson (16) 40pts

3rd Don Hawkins (16) 35pts

Peter McGinty.
Peter McGinty.

On Thursday the players made their way across to Green Valley which they found in excellent condition.  Roger Wilkinson must have believed that he was the unluckiest golfer of the day.  His 40 points represented a fine round but was only good enough for the second spot in division 2 and he was still 4 points behind the winner Peter McGinty.

In division 1, the startling form of Ryan Thomas continued and his 3-under par raw score gave him 39 points and another win.

Friday, Feb. 9, Burapha –

Division 1

1st Mike Cheswick (7) 36pts

2nd Martin Cooper (4) 35pts

3rd Darren Stanton (15) 33pts

Division 2

1st Terry Martin (24) 36pts

2nd Jim Cooper (17) 36pts

3rd Don Hawkins (16) 34pts

The TRGG golfers were taken outside of their comfort zone on Friday as course C and D awaited them at Burapha.

In division 2, the fight for the top spot was a two-man contest between Jimmy Cooper and Terry Martin and with both players scoring 36 points it was left to Terry’s stronger back 9 to be the deciding factor.

In division 1 Martin Cooper, the elder brother of Jim, shot 35 points to take second place and record the day’s highest raw score.  But victory went to Mike Cheswick whose 36 points proved to be good enough on the day.

Saturday, Feb. 10, Bangpra – Stableford

1st Bill Shepley (5) 36pts

2nd Isao Ichikawa (18) 33pts

3rd Suresh Mehta (20)       33pts

On Saturday the weekend golfers visited Bangpra and on this rather difficult course any player shooting their handicap would stand a chance of victory, and this proved to be the case.

The winning score of 36 points came from Bill Shepley whose easy swing belies his power and his raw sore of 5 over par was by far the best of the day.