Thorogood in the mix for player of the year

Derek Thorogood & Arnold Jones.
Derek Thorogood & Arnold Jones.

Traveller’s Rest Golf Group

Monday, Dec. 17, Pattavia – Stableford

Division 1

1st Paul Lanzetta (10) 37pts

2nd Jim Best (14) 36pts

3rd Terry Smith (12) 34pts

Division 2

1st Kim Suk-Bum (18) 38pts

2nd John Welch (33) 37pts

3rd Roy Kim (17) 36pts

With this year’s numbers exceeding 6000 rounds of golf, it’s no surprise that on Monday with thirty-four players we once again required two flights. In division one Paul Lanzetta, a very steady golfer, recorded his first ever win with a great score of 37 points. In division two our friends from Korea have been dominating and today was no exception, as Kim Suk-Bum (yes it’s his real name) posted a brilliant 38 points to also take his first ever win with the TRGG.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, Green Valley – Stableford

Division 1

1st Greg Bates (14) 38pts

2nd Takahashi Akira (9) 37pts

3rd Jack Watkins (12) 35pts

Division 2

1st Derek Thorogood (16) 41pts

2nd Kim Seung-Hwan (17) 40pts

3rd Kim Suk-Bum (18) 39pts

With the player of the year title still within Derek Thorogood’s grasp, he needed a good score Tuesday to close the gap and put some pressure on the current leader. Well, he rose to the occasion and smashed an unbeatable 41 points to win the day.

In division one the leader in the clubhouse was the young and debonair Greg Bates who thought he had the best score of the day with 38 points, but it was still enough to win his division.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, Khao Kheow – Stableford

Division 1

1st Takahashi Akira (16) 38pts

2nd Arthur Todd (15) 38pts

3rd Kim Seung-Hwan (12) 37pts

Division 2

1st Kim Suk-Bum (19) 41pts

2nd Hojun Yoon (21) 40pts

3rd Lawrence Lee (18) 40pts

Wednesday we made the trip to Khao Kheow where in division two Kim Suk-Bum played some incredible golf and recorded his second victory in just three days. In division one Takahashi Akira made it to first place with 38 points, which was just enough to get him over the line by virtue of a countback.

Thursday, Dec. 20, Greenwood – Stableford

1st Arnold Jones (14) 34pts

2nd Arthur Todd (14) 31pts

3rd Jim Best (14) 31pts

Thursday we made the trip to Greenwood and for the first time in a long while we only required one division. Dominating the day was A.J. who came home on a wet sail to score twenty one points on the back-nine and beat his closest rival by three shots.

Friday, Dec. 21, Burapha – Stableford

Division 1

1st Neil Wilkinson (13) 40pts

2nd Kevin Labar(13) 40pts

3rd Seil Peter (5) 38pts

Division 2

1st John Baxter (17) 39pts

2nd Roy Kim (17) 39pts

3rd Lawrence Lee (18) 38pts

Friday and once again we witnessed the largest turnout for the week with forty-four players vying for the top spot.

In division two it was the dancing queen John Baxter who powered ahead to first place with an amazing 40 points. John loves to jive and with the winnings securely in his pocket he danced the night away at Traveller’s. In division one a much more reserved and consummate winner took out first place. Neil “under the radar” Wilkinson emulated John’s score of 40 points and with a strong twenty-one points on the back nine held off Kevin Labar on countback.

Saturday, Dec. 22, King Naga – Stableford

1st Rhys Minton (14) 38pts

2nd Danny Ford (9) 35pts

3rd Gerry Fernandez (12) 34pts

Having heard so much about the King Naga course we decided to give it a go and while there was mixed comments on the condition, with the main criticism being the greens being a bit furry, overall the majority of players enjoyed it and thought it was great value for money at 1650 baht all in on a Saturday.

Undeterred by the furry greens, Rhys Minton managed to score an impressive 38 points and take the final purse for the week.