Six balls and six hours


Golf from the Travellers Rest

I am sorry but having to play behind six-ball groups and a round taking over six hours is just too much for most players to endure – and completely takes the reason out of the picture as to why most play golf, i.e. relaxation and pleasure.  But that is what the players from TRGG had to endure on Saturday at Century Chonburi.  The last group just finishing in the fading light of the day and with other players still found out on the course.

The outcome of this total mismanagement by the course marshal was that we will not be returning for the foreseeable future.  The question also begs asking as to why they get it so wrong?  My own personal belief is pure greed.  Let us cram as many players on the course as we can.  What they fail to see is the long term picture but then just how many times have we seen that?  I suppose we really should be used to it by now.  But I am sorry it still erks when you get treated that way.

Some of the TRGG players relax after their 6-hour round at Century Chonburi. Some of the TRGG players relax after their 6-hour round at Century Chonburi.

Well that is my moan out of the way and now it is down to reporting on the weeks play at the TRGG.

Monday, Nov. 22, Khao Kheow A & B – Stableford

Div. 1

1st Steve Carleton (8) 40pts

2nd Noel Pittard (6) 36pts

3rd Fergus Brennan (11) 36pts

Div. 2

1st Mod Chaviraksa (12) 37pts

2nd Jack McNamara (21) 35pts

3rd Jimmy Wolfe (16) 34pts

Monday we visited Khao Kheow with over thirty players so two divisions.  I had it reported to me that the course was in great condition, nearly empty (not sure why), and that an excellent day’s play resulted with some good scoring.

The highest score was posted by Steve Carlton to win Div 1 with forty points.  Second and four back was Noel Pittard and in third was Fergus Brennan, also with thirty-six but losing out on the count-back.

Div 2 was won by Mod Chaviraksa with her thirty-seven points.  Jack McNamara came second on thirty-five and Jimmy Wolfe took third with thirty-four after beating Frank Hughes on count-back

Four ‘2’s came from Jimmy Chawke, Ron Kensett, Ian Bell and Steve Carlton.

Tuesday, Nov. 23, Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Div. 1

1st Ed Brubaker (10) 43pts

2nd Fergus Brennan (11) 35pts

3rd Brendan Moore (11) 33pts

4th Barry Welling (5) 33pts

Div. 2

1st Mike Rushant (13) 42pts

2nd Ross McLaughlan (21) 35pts

3rd Ross Bunce (13) 35pts

4th Nigel Bennett (13) 34pts

Tuesday was a trip to Mountain Shadow and I was advised that it was found to be generally in good order and that the greens were very playable.  We had a good turnout on the day of 26 so two full divisions.

First home in Div 1 was Ed Brubaker with a great 43 points.  Fergus Brennan found himself eight back at 35 in second and third place went to Brendan Moore on count-back over Barry Welling.

Division 2 had Mike Rushant at the top with another over forty score, this time it was 42 points, and Ross McLaughlan was the one who found himself seven back this time in second place.  In third was Ross Bunce also with 35 but he lost out on the dreaded count-back.

There were eight ‘2’ from Ian Bell, Ed Brubaker, Andrew Rich, Mike Rushant, Ed Brubaker, Nigel Bennett, Fergus Brennan and Mike Rushant.

Thursday, Nov. 25, Phoenix – Stableford

Div. 1

1st Ian Bell (6) 38pts

2nd Roger Wilkinson (13) 37pts

3rd Brendan Moore (11) 35pts

4th Ross Bunce 35pts

Div. 2

1st Louis Flanigan (18) 45pts

2nd Jack McNamara (21) 41pts

3rd Alan Evans (28) 35pts

4th Mark Evans (20) 34pts

A very big group of over thirty made the journey to Phoenix to enjoy the attributes of the great Ocean & Mountain course.

Division 1 had Ian Bell find form for the win with a good score of 38 points.  In second was Roger Wilkinson with his 37 and taking third was Brendan Moore at 35 after count-back over Ross Bunce

Louis Flanigan topped the list in Division 2 with a massive 45 points.  Jack McNamara was four back in second and taking third spot was Alan Evans with 35.

Three ‘2’s were recorded by Paul Alexander, Monique Bunce and David Hutchinson.

Saturday, Nov. 27, Century Chonburi – Stableford

Div. 1

1st Ian Dallas (10) 33pts

2nd Gary Barlin (8) 33pts

3rd Rod Nabbe (12) 32pts

Div. 2

1st John Thornber (17) 34pts

2nd Roger Wilkinson (13) 34pts

3rd Jack McNamara (19) 34pts

Saturday was a visit back to Century Chonburi and this turned out to be a bad decision as the opening of my report records.

Winner of the top flight was Ian Dallas with 33 points but he had 18 on the back nine so won the count-back over Gary Barlin with the same score but only 17 on the back nine.  In third was Rod Nabbe with 32 points.

Division two found John Thornber at the top of the three-way count-back listing with 34 (back nine 22).  In second was Roger Wilkinson (back nine 19) and third came Jack McNamara (nine 18).

Three ‘2’s were sunk by Ed Brubaker, Brendan Moore and John Thornber.

Note:  If you want any further or fuller information about the golf outings played by the TRGG from the Travellers Rest Hotel, please contact the hotel manager Tewin Lamthong on 086 056 7019 or just call in to the Travellers Rest in Soi LK Metro, Pattaya and look at the notice board or visit our website at