Talbot scales the podium

Andy Halsy (left) & Arnold Jones.
Andy Halsy (left) & Arnold Jones.

Travellers Rest Golf Group

Monday, Feb. 19,
St. Andrews – Stableford

1st Richard Talbot (20) 38pts

2nd Kim Scadden (17) 37pts

3rd Andy Halsey (9) 34pts

On Monday the TRGG travelled to play St Andrews on a day that started in near ideal conditions but ended in a heavy down pour that tested the steadiest of nerves.

A man who always displays a nonchalant demeanor is Andy Halsey and his 34 points reflected his good round and gave him the third prize.  It must have been a day for men with laid back approaches as the second man in was Kim Scadden who shot an impressive 37 points, but he was beaten by the scribe who just showed that even the most stressed and psychotic of individuals can eventually have their day on the golf course

Tuesday, Feb. 20, Phoenix – Stableford

Division 1

1st Alistair Anderson (15) 38pts

2nd Arnold Jones (16) 36pts

3rd Ito Akitoshi (11) 32pts

Division 2

1st Mr Gorilla (21) 38pts

2nd Ken Brehm (23) 35pts

3rd Jim Cooper (17) 34pts

The TRGG sent 27 golfers across to Phoenix and in division 2 Jim Cooper shot 34 points and took the third prize.  Ken Brehm went one better and his 35 were good enough for the silver award.  However, the division’s top round was scored by Mr Gorilla and his 38 points left the rest of the field trailing in his wake.

In division 1 Ito Akitoshi scored 32 points for third, Arnold Jones continued with his recent form to take second with 36 and Alistair Anderson 38 points were good enough to take the day’s top spot.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, Khao Kheow – Stableford

Division 1

1st John Dean (10) 38pts

2nd Martin Cooper (4) 36pts

3rd Manham Sejpal (12) 35pts

Division 2

1st Richard Talbot (19) 36pts

2nd Chaten Patel (15) 34pts

3rd Suresh Mehta (20) 34pts

Despite always being challenging there is no doubts regarding the popularity of this course and the venue attracted 34 golfers.

In division 2 Chaten Patel scored 34 points which was good enough for 3rd. Just beating Chaten was the man from Hounslow, or is it Bedfont, Suresh Mehta. His score was also 34 but his stronger finish resulted in him winning the 2nd prize.  Top score in the division was 36 points magnificently acquired by the scribe.

In division there was no stopping the man who has recently done a bit “of a Lord Lucan”, John Dean.  Swinging his club as easy as his surf board cuts through the waves on Bali, his 38 points were enough for him to win the day.

Thursday, Feb. 22, Green Valley – Stableford

Division 1

1st Billy Shepley (5) 41pts

2nd Mike Rushant (11) 34pts

3rd Nick Thomas (12) 34pts

Division 2

1st Arnold Jones (16) 31pts

2nd Toni Buerki (23) 31pts

3rd Roger Wilkinson (15) 31pts

On Thursday the group visited Green Valley and in all honesty did not do this splendid course justice.  In division 2 of the 13 golfers playing not one player got within 4 shots of their handicap, as mediocrity was certainly the order of the day.  The contest was decided on count back as three players mustered up 31 points.  Arnold Jones was on duty and his strong finish gave him an unexpected win.

The low handicappers did slightly better with Billy Shepley’s 41 points being comfortably the best round of the day.

Friday, Feb. 23, Burapha – Stableford

1st Freddy Starbeck (13) 38pts

2nd Seil Peter (6) 38pts

3rd Richard Talbot (19) 36pts

Rain, mud and more rain forecast, greeted the TRGG as they arrived at Burapha on Friday and with the course set up longer than usual, it was going to be a difficult task for the players to shoot the high scores that are usually associated with this venue.

The top prize came down to a shoot-out between Seil Peter and Freddy Starbeck.  Eerily similar in dress sense and character, they both scored 38 points but it was left to the “Great Dane” himself to take the honors.

Saturday, Feb. 24, Greenwood – Stableford

1st Andy Halsy (9) 34pts

2nd Nick Thomas (12) 31pts

3rd Hiro Tauchi (18) 30pts

Saturday saw the society’s weekend golfers make their way down to Greenwood to take on the long challenger that is on offer at this very good golf course.  The winner was Andy Halsey with 34 points and the society’s version of “Cool hand Luke” simply brushed aside all his rivals.