Travellers Rest Golf Group
The TRGG are moving again shortly from their current base at the Bowling Green in Soi Xzyte and will take up residence at the Ned Kelly Bar in Soi Lengkee, which is a continuation of Soi Diana running from Soi Buakhaow up to Third Road for those trying to find it.
Although only a few months have passed since our move from the Travellers Rest Hotel to the Bowling Green, it now appears the whole area around the Bowling Green is up for redevelopment, forcing us to move again. The exact date for the move is still not known but will probably take place by the second week of September. I shall be updating everybody in the next couple of weeks so please watch this space. At least all the golfing bandits coming to Pattaya should feel right at home at the Ned Kelly Bar!
On Monday 20th August the TRGG visited one of the favourite courses amongst our members but if the scores were anything to go by everybody must have been suffering from monumental hangovers from the night before. Roger Wilkinson (h/cap 13) took first place with just 29pts, winning on count back from John Dennis (28) in second and our bionic marathon runner Richard Talbot (18) came in third with 28pts.
On Tuesday 21st August it was Greenwood’s turn on the agenda and a miracle of epic proportions occurred; yours truly, yes Andrew Rich, won a golf competition! Most people’s memory is not long enough to remember back to when I won my last one but I believe Tiger Woods was still in short trousers at the time. Suffice it to say I was staggered and I sincerely hope I do not have to wait as long to win my next one.
Playing off a twenty one handicap (to think I used to be 13) I shot 38pts, which proved good enough to finish just ahead of two players both on 37pts – Curtis Andrew (18) took second place on count back from Richard Talbot (19).
Thursday 23rd August was Phoenix day as usual and this week TRGG played the Lake and Ocean courses. Regular winner Seil Revels (4) again took the honours with 39pts closely followed by Tim Dalton (18) on 38pts and Richard Talbot (18) taking third place for the third time this week with 37pts.
The matchplay competition, which has been running for the last three weeks at Phoenix alongside the stableford competition, finally reached a climax and I am given to understand that the organizer John Dean prevailed in the final by 3 and 2, so congratulations John.
On Saturday 25th August it was again the turn of Crystal Bay (A and B courses) to play host to TRGG and it was the Australian contingent who took all the prizes, obviously relatives of Ned Kelly.
Returning to the shores of Thailand, Derek Thorogood (17) and Billy Allen (15) hardly had time to unpack before walking off with the prize money. Derek and Billy both shot 37pts with Derek winning on count back. David Arrowsmith (9) came in third with 33pts.