Sharpshooters blow away the field


Travellers Rest Golf Group

All the winners of the TRGG competitions this past week had one thing in common – they all won by a street as long as the Sukhumvit Road.  The Magnificent Five, as they will no doubt become known in the tales of folklore when those that were there to witness the deeds of derring-do recount the splendour of those five rounds of golf which left the other competitors in jaw dropping awe.  You have probably guessed by now that yes even I, your lowly scribe, was one of the Five.

Neil Bramley.
Neil Bramley.

Monday, August 22, Khao Kheow – Stableford

The week’s massacres began at Khao Kheow (B and C courses) on Monday.  Our hero of the day was Neil Bramley who has not been his regular consistent self of late.  The cackhanded maestro (he hits the golf ball using a reverse handed grip, I nearly broke both wrists when I tried it) rose like a phoenix from the ashes to record 38pts and first place.

Scrabbling three shots behind, Richard Talbot and Ted Senior had a dog eat dog scrap for second place; Richard ended up with the bone and Ted ended up with the scraps.

1st Neil Bramley (9) 38pts

2nd Richard Talbot (17) 35pts

3rd Ted Senior (16) 35pts

Tuesday, August 23, Burapha – Stableford

The bloodbath continued at Burapha (A and B courses). on Tuesday.  Last week I was telling you about the ‘Third Man’ John O’Donoghue, who managed to finish in third place four times that week.  This week he was not messing about with third place.  He jumped aboard his shiny locomotive (he used to be a train driver back in Aus) built up a head of steam and set the controls to runaway train mode and then belted out a 43pts round.  He completely blew his stack and finished six shots ahead of second place.

John O’Donoghue.
John O’Donoghue.

Derek Thorogood in second place needed a telescope to see John up ahead of him while Tim Dalton in third place must have felt he was still in bed he was so far behind, even though he finished with a very respectable 36pts.

1st John O’Donoghue (19) 43pts

2nd Derek Thorogood (15) 37pts

3rd Tim Dalton (19) 36pts

August 24, Treasure Hill – Stableford

On Wednesday the TRGG faithful were expecting to play Pattavia but discovered they had been hollow-tining the greens so a last minute change of venue took place and we ended up at Treasure Hill instead.

Now Treasure Hill is one of those courses I really disliked as I never managed to play a good round there and so five years had passed since my last visit.  Boy did things change last Wednesday.  Aided by a very good caddie I, Andy Rich, played some really pleasing golf. Well I was pleased but the rest weren’t.  My 37pts was four shots better than anyone else could muster on the day and I treated myself to a few beers to celebrate.

Richard Talbot, one of my playing partners, took second place for the second time in three days and Michael Patterson took the third spot.

1st Andy Rich (19) 37pts

2nd Richard Talbot (17) 33pts

3rd Michael Patterson (16) 32pts

Thursday, August 25, Green Valley – Stableford

The week’s walkovers continued at Green Valley on Thursday.  Mike Sanders, who knows this course like the back of his hand, made that knowledge count by rattling up 39pts.  Masa Takano finished in second with 36pts and he just managed to pip Joe Nagle on count back after they both finished on the same score.

1st Mike Sanders (6) 39pts

2nd Masa Takano (9) 36pts

3rd Joe Nagle (13) 36pts

Friday, August 26, The Emerald – Stableford

On Friday it turned into the biggest bloodbath of the week at Emerald.  Keith R Evans won by seven clear shots to take first place.  Neil Bramley, our hero on Monday, could only summon up 33pts on the day but that was good enough to pip Thursday’s hero Mike Sanders on count back.

Andy Rich.
Andy Rich.

1st Keith R Evans (17) 40pts

2nd Neil Bramley (9) 33pts

3rd Mike Sanders (6) 33pts

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.