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
1st Paul Durkan (8) 33pts
2nd Seil Peter (5) 33pts
3rd Ted Senior (15) 33pts
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.
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
1st Ryan Thomas (0) 39pts
2nd Brian Beupre (6) 37pts
3rd Steve Carleton (9) 37pts
1st Peter McGinty (24) 44pts
2nd Roger Wilkinson (16) 40pts
3rd Don Hawkins (16) 35pts
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 –
1st Mike Cheswick (7) 36pts
2nd Martin Cooper (4) 35pts
3rd Darren Stanton (15) 33pts
1st Terry Martin (24) 36pts
2nd Jim Cooper (17) 36pts
3rd Don Hawkins (16) 34pts
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.