Welsh wizard shows magic touch


Travellers Rest Golf Group

The week got off to a slow start, which may have been down to the dire weather forecast or it may have been just a hangover from the previous week’s tour to Hua Hin,  Anyway, the result was that there was no golf competition played last Monday, which was probably a wise decision as the rain hammered down in Pattaya for most of the day.

Alun Webber.
Alun Webber.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, Phoenix Gold – Stableford

Things got up and running again on Tuesday with a trip across to Phoenix (Lakes and Ocean courses) to take advantage of their Sports Day prices.

I did have the privilege as it happened of playing with the eventual winner and it was quite a show.  In the past I have told you about the Welsh wizard Alun Webber who has the most unusual stance when addressing a golf ball that I or anybody else for that matter has ever seen.  It is best described as someone looking through the key hole of a door, he is almost bent double and his hands are about three feet ahead of his eyeline.  There is never a dull moment when playing golf with this guy and somehow he manages to power the golf ball off down the fairway and onto the green where his putting touch is sublime.

At Phoenix, Alun put it all together and rattled up 38 points to win the day.  There was quite a tussle for second and third place where Richard Keenan just managed to get the better of Kerry Langlands, but only after a count back.

1st Alun Webber (22) 38 pts

2nd Richard Keenan (19) 36 pts

3rd Kerry Langlands (13) 36 pts

Wednesday, Sept. 14, Treasure Hill – Stableford

On Wednesday it was a quick return to Treasure Hill to play the cheapest golf in Pattaya.  At just 1000 baht all in how can you moan about high prices ever again?  A fantastic deal indeed!

Mike Sanders is certainly not moaning as he won the day, coming home with 34pts and taking home the prize money, so in effect he managed a free day’s golf.  Phil Semmens and Jim Cooper finished one point behind and another count back was necessary to separate them with Phil just winning out.

1st Mike Sanders (5) 34pts

2nd Phil Semmens (22) 33pts

3rd Jim Cooper (16) 33pts

Thursday, Sept. 15, Green Valley – Stableford

Today it was back to our usual Thursday venue at Green Valley.  Another close run finish ensued with regular winner Neil Bramley coming out on top.  The “reverse grip” Neil came in with 38pts which was just good enough to keep him top of the leader board.  Kerry Langlands finished a point behind in second place and Jim Cooper was a further point back in third.

Norman Cheetham.
Norman Cheetham.

1st Neil Bramley (8) 38pts

2nd Kerry Langlands (13) 37pts

3rd Jim Cooper (16) 36pts

Friday, Sept. 156, Burapha – Stableford

On Friday it was Lottery Day in Thailand and the TRGG decided to try their luck over at Burapha (A and B courses).  Sir Norman Cheetham may not have won the Lottery but he won the golf competition at Burapha by the narrowest of margins.  It took yet another count back before we discovered Norman had just got the better of Paul Reid when they both finished with 37pts.  Billy Allan finished third.

1st Norman Cheetham (16) 37pts

2nd Paul Reid (3) 37pts

3rd Billy Allan (19) 36pts

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.