Schiffke supreme at St. Andrews


Travellers Rest Golf Group

This week started off on Monday 22nd October with a hastily arranged visit to St. Andrews after another course, not for the first time, messed up our booking.  So thank you to St. Andrews for fitting us in at such short notice.  Now this place is not really a holiday golfers’ course as it is too difficult and a number of holes require a good opening drive to get you over water or a ravine and even when you have achieved that there are those devilish greens to contend with.

I played with the eventual winner on the day Ross Schiffke and although I managed to keep with him over the front nine he ran away from me and the rest of the field over the back nine.  His secret seemed to be that he putted without fear and made the putts whereas I still can’t forget three putting from four feet after two brilliant approach shots – St Andrews can do that to you.

Ross Schiffke - winner at St. Andrews. Ross Schiffke – winner at St. Andrews.

So Ross (15) finished with a magnificent 39pts and Jim Cleaver (12) came second on 35pts.  Tim Dalton (18), the man who hits every ball with a slice, managed to keep it on the straight and narrow to finish third on 34pts.

Tuesday 23rd October saw TRGG head off to Greenwood (C and A) which is one of my favourite courses mainly because the greens are flat and true.  Mike Rushant (12) continued his good form of the previous week again finishing in first place on 36pts.  Chris Sloan (8) shot 35pts which was good enough for second place and a lady Tewin Poopay Lamthong (11) also on a good run of form came third with 32.

Thursday 25th October was our weekly visit to Phoenix to take on (Mountain and Lakes) courses.  Remarkably three players all finished on 37pts which was good enough to take the first three places.  So on count back Chris Sloan (8) slipped into first place, Jim Cleaver (12) took second and Robert Ledlie (21) finished third.

A beautiful day greeted the golfers on Saturday 27th October for their visit to Mountain Shadow.  Dave Palmer (6) made the most of it by taking first place on 37pts.  Andrew Purdie (18) played to his handicap and shot 36pts to finish second and Fergus Brennan (10) made it on to the winners rostrum with 34.

Good luck to all you golfers for the coming week!