Travellers Rest Golf Group
Last week I was laid low with a pulled hamstring and this week it was a tooth infection. It makes me think I am getting old and everything is falling apart. I keep telling my wife it is time to retire me to the stud farm where I can pass my last few years enjoying myself. She looks at me with one of those looks women sometimes give men and almost dares me to try it.
This is my way of telling you that I haven’t been around the golf circuit for a couple of weeks and am therefore a little out of the loop at the moment so this week’s report will be factual and not very exciting.
Looking through the results it appears that the playing numbers are still high as this week there were two divisions/flights needed every day.
Monday, Jan. 25, Phoenix – Stableford
On Monday over at Phoenix (Lake and Ocean courses) it was the second chance for the guys and gals to play the new Lakes course. One look at the scores returned leads me to believe there are no demons lurking for the unwary as the top three in each flight all managed to better their handicaps.
In Division 1 Ted Senior returned to some good form and came home with 42 points and was promptly docked two shots off his handicap. Oh Dear, how sad, never mind, I can hear the rest of the guys say. In second place came Derek Thorogood, the man wielding the aforementioned scythe. Unfortunately he was then forced to cut himself a shot as well. Talk about self abuse. In third place came Bjorn Werner with a conservative 37 points, which means he got away with it and was not cut, not by a shot anyway.
Seamus Farrell (right) with Alan Evans.
Now two weeks ago I was recounting the tale of one of our Irish regulars breaking a mirror and that he was no doubt in for seven years bad luck, bearing in mind that the Irish are a very superstitious people. Well that theory lasted just two weeks because Mr Seamus Farrell went and won Division 2 last Monday and walked off with all the prize money, again. Lawrence Lee continued his good form, finishing second but only just beating Brendon McEvoy after a count back.
1st Ted Senior (15) 42pts
2nd Derek Thorogood (14) 39pts
3rd Bjorn Werner (16) 37pts
1st Seamus Farrell (26) 39pts
2nd Lawrence Lee (19) 37pts
3rd Brendon McEvoy (17) 37pts
Tuesday, Jan. 26, Burapha – Stableford
It was back to play Burapha (C and D courses) on Tuesday and the high scoring continued for the second day running, for the two winners at least.
In Division 1 Kevin Smith showed that playing golf in Thailand agrees with him and he finished at the top of the podium once again. Derek Thorogood took his one shot deduction to his handicap in his stride and finished second while Roger Wilkinson came in third with just 30 points, which obviously meant that not everybody found the going good.
In Division 2 Peter Cahill romped home in the lead with the best score of the day, an impressive 39 points. He was followed in by Brendon McEvoy who is showing a consistency to be admired and I am guessing that with a name like Paddy Murphy that this gentleman just has to be another Irishman in third place.
Div. 1 (0-15)
1st Kevin Smith (14) 38pts
2nd Derek Thorogood (13) 35pts
3rd Roger Wilkinson (13) 30pts
Div. 2 (16+)
Peter Cahill (18) 39pts
Brendon McEvoy (17) 35pts
Paddy Murphy (16) 32pts
Wednesday, Jan. 27, Pattavia – Stableford
On Wednesday it was off to the pineapple fields once again to play Pattavia Century. Now a fortnight ago when we last played it, there was some remarkably high scoring on what most golfers find a tricky course. This week the high scoring continued with both the winners registering 40 points.
In Division 1 the mercurial Mike Rushant did it again with another magnificent round. In second place Jack Watkins played to his handicap and Seil Peter, or should that be Peter Seil, came home in third place.
In Division 2 Brendon McEvoy made it to the Number One slot for the third week on the trot and probably will get docked once again. Six shots behind came Ken Brehm in second and Larry Simpson got his latest trip to Pattaya up and running by coming in third.
1st Mike Rushant (9) 40pts
2nd Jack Watkins (9) 36pts
3rd Seil Peter (5) 35pts
Div. 2 (14+)
Brendon McEvoy (16) 40pts
Ken Brehm (19) 34pts
Larry Simpson (18) 34pts
Thursday, Jan. 28, Green Valley – Stableford
It was back to Green Valley on Thursday and in Division 1 it was a close run finish, with Garry Blackbourne just getting the better of Charlie Cox after a count back. Derek Thorogood was a point back in third place.
In Division 2 what more can I say other than Alun Webber did it again, this time with 32 points. When I register 32 points I am normally in about tenth place but I guess some people just have the magic knack. In second place but only after count back came Toshikatsu Salto while Billy Allan took third spot.
1st Garry Blackbourne (8) 35pts
2nd Charlie Cox (13) 35pts
3rd Derek Thorogood (13) 34pts
Div. 2 (14+)
1st Alun Webber (21) 32pts
2nd Toshikatsu Salto (24) 32pts
3rd Billy Allan (16) 30pts
Friday, Jan. 29, Silky Oak – Stableford
The TRGG rounded off the golfing week with a visit to Silky Oaks on Friday and in Division 1 Neil Bramley returned to the top of the charts with an excellent 40 points. One shot behind came Jack Watkins and a further point back came Alan Gibb in third.
In Division 2 old mate Ken Brehm made it to No. 1, Reg Glass again was in the frame (glass frame get it?) and Suresh Mehta came in third.
1st Neil Bramley (8) 40pts
2nd Jack Watkins (9) 39pts
3rd Alan Gibb (8) 38 pts
1st Ken Brehm (20) 38pts
2nd Reg Glass (17) 35pts
3rd Suresh Mehta (19) 34pts
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 Derek Thorogood on 080 673 3118 or pop into the Valentines Guest House (Restaurant and Bar) in Soi Lengkee and add your name to the weekly lists which are posted on the notice board.