Super Cooper not quite good enough


Travellers Rest Golf Group

PARASUB: Monday, Feb. 20, Greenwood – Stableford

Div 1 (0-13)

1st Paul Stanton (11) 39pts

2nd Ryan Thomas (0) 36pts

3rd Alan Thomas (6) 35pts


Div 2 (14+)

1st Richard Kawagoye (14) 38pts

2nd Freddy Starbeck (15) 36pts

3rd Y. Takita (23) 36pts


On Monday the TRGG visited Greenwood golf course.  39 players were willing to make the long trip along the A311 which said so much about the popularity of this fine golf course.

The recent dry period of weather gave greater roll on the fairways but this was levelled out by the fact that it became quite difficult for the greens to retain the ball on less than perfectly struck approach shots.

In Division 2, Y. Takita played to his handicap to claim 3rd position.  He was beaten into 2nd place on count back by Freddy Starbeck who is continuing with his fine run of form.  However, the top position was won by Richard Kawagoye who achieved this with a cracking round of 38 points.

In the top division, 2nd and 3rd places were claimed by the Thomas family.  They have a set routine when then they arrive in Thailand and it is quite simple.  It is to arrive at the airport and immediately make their way to Soi Lengkee in order to pick up the prizes at the TRGG.  Ryan’s 2nd place included being 4-under the card on the back 9, and there was I thinking that I had the monopoly on golf performances like that!

However on this day no player was a match for Paul Stanton whose 39 points from his 11-handicap showed what could be achieved on a fast golf course and it was the best round of the day.

Martin Cooper.
Martin Cooper.


Tuesday, Feb. 21, Burapha – Stableford

1st Mr. Cho (10) 38pts

2nd Alan Gibb (10) 33pts

3rd Dave Palmer (8) 33pts


Burupha welcomed the TRGG for its weekly visit on Tuesday and as Pattaya heated up by the day, the golfers attempted to conquer the challenges set by this marvelous golf course.  Dave Palmer’s round of 33 points was good enough to claim 3rd place, him being beaten on count back by Aberdeen’s very own Alan Gibb.  However, the best round of the day was achieved by Mr Cho whose score of 38 points comfortably swept aside the opposition as he claimed the top prize.

Richard Kawagoye.
Richard Kawagoye.


Wednesday, Feb. 22, Treasure Hill – Stableford

Div 1 (1-15)

1st Dave Palmer (8) 36

2nd Freddy Starbeck (15) 36

3rd Martin Cooper (3) 36


Div 2 (16+)

1st Billy Allen (18) 35

2nd Y Yakita (23) 33

3rd Ian Hunt 16) 32


On Wednesday the group set off for Treasure Hill thinking is there any easier start to golf in Pattaya than the opening couple of golf holes laid out in this picturesque setting.

In Division 2, Ian Hunt’s score of 32 points was good enough to claim 3rd place whilst Y. Takita went one better, both in score and position to be one off the top prize.  Billy Allan’s score of 35 points took the top spot and continues with the trend that is being set by the co-owners.  Billy is playing the golf whilst Derek Thorogood is doing the office work.  What a great team – the brain and the brawn!

Dave Palmer continued his fine form in Division 1 with his 36 points being good enough to take top spot from the noisy Freddie Starbeck in 2nd and the even noisier Martin Cooper.

There is a common saying about confident people “giving it large”.  Martin Cooper doesn’t “give it large” he “gives it massive”.  For weeks his mouth has been writing cheques that his ability has been unable to cash in.  Well at last this Sheffield Wednesday fanatic has come to the party and any round of 3 over at this venue is a mighty effort.

Mike Rushant.
Mike Rushant.


Thursday, Feb. 23, Green Valley – Stableford

1st Norman Cheetham (14) 41pts

2nd Nick Thomas (11) 37pts

3rd Walter Panichi (2) 37pts


Thursday’s trip to Green Valley continued with the theme that this golf course is producing some of the best scores in the region at this current time.  The best raw score was Walter Panichi’s 1 over the card but his 37 points was only good enough for 3rd spot.  Nick Thomas also scored 37 points but he claimed 2nd prize as a result of producing a better back 9.

The day’s top score of 41 points was achieved by Norman Cheetham.  Earlier in the day he had bored people rigid claiming that he should be off a higher handicap, but this is a daily ritual for “sweet talking Norman” and it did not stop him going out and producing a very good round.


Friday, Feb. 24, The Emerald – Stableford

Div 1 (0-13)

1st Norman Cheetham (12) 39pts

2nd Alan Gibb (10) 38pts

3rd Martin Cooper (3) 35pts


Div 2 (14+)

1st Ian Hunt (16) 42pts

2nd Derek Thorogood (15) 36pts

3rd John Flannery (15) 36pts


Emerald attracted large numbers for Friday’s visit with 42 golfers taking part.  In division 2 John Flannery scored 36 points to take 3rd spot but was beaten into second on count back by the boss Derek Thorogood.  The day’s top round came from Wolverhampton’s very own Ian Hunt with 42 points.  The boy from the Black Country proved that although this area of the West Midland’s is not capable of producing decent footballers any more, it is still capable of providing odd sparks of sporting inspiration.

Martin Cooper’s recent rich vein of form continued in Division 1 with his 35 points taking 3rd place.  A sparkling 38 points were good enough for Alan Gibb to take 2nd spot, but once again Norman Cheetham  claimed top spot with 39 points off his new tearful, moaning, whining handicap of 12.


Saturday, Feb. 25, Pattavia – Stableford

1st Mike Rushant (12) 38pts

2nd Martin Cooper (3) 38pts

3rd John Ryan (15) 36pts


Saturday saw the TRGG golfers challenging the lightening greens of Pattavia.  Un-daunted a couple of special rounds were produced.  Martin Cooper’s net score of one over the card was a special effort but would have left him really annoyed that it was only good for second spot.  His 38 points were beaten by sneaky Mike Rushant who did this by the virtue of count back to take the glittering gold medal.  John Ryan also produced a fine round of 36 points to take 3rd spot.