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Travellers Rest Golf Group

So Songkran, the water festival, is over for another year and I can report that the drying out process continues.  It would perhaps be unkind to state that many a participant needs to dry out their insides as well as their outside, still great fun was had by many people, the rest of us hibernated for a week.  The TRGG always go on tour during Songkran so that was the reason for last week’s missing report.

On Monday 22nd April things returned to normal and the TRGG headed off to Emerald to do battle.  Obviously some people had been getting in some useful practice during their week off.  Roger Wilkinson (15) returned to the top of the leader board with an admirable 39pts and he was closely followed by John Baxter (17) on 38.  Jim McNeill came in third but some way behind on 33pts.

Roger Wilkinson - winner at Emerald.Roger Wilkinson – winner at Emerald.

On Tuesday, 23rd April, it was over to Plutaluang (North and West courses) and the Navy course remains one of the best value golf courses in all of Pattaya.  It was looking in excellent condition and the greens were superb.  Unfortunately, whoever designed this course thought it was good idea to place a few trees in the middle of a number of fairways so even after a good opening drive the second shot was often tricky.  I can report however that I unerringly managed to hit every fairway tree in my round and duly returned a pathetic score and finished last.

Some people made a better fist of it and Larry Simpson (10), who has been shooting some tremendous scores of late, finished in first place on 36pts.  Fergus Brennan (12), fresh from the tour, shot 35pts to finish second, just beating Mike Rushant (11) on count back into third place.

On Thursday, 25th April, Phoenix (Mountain and Lakes) provided the venue for the TRGG’s regular weekly visit.  Many have commented on all the work being done on the course since the new owners took over and it is certainly looking a picture.

Craig Hitchens (12) certainly found everything to his liking and returned with 41pts to take first place.  Billy Allan (16) quite liked it as well by finishing second on 38pts, closely followed by Mike Rushant (11) in third on 37.

It was off to Khao Kheow (A and C courses) on Friday 26th April and Mod Chaviraksa (12) showed all the men the way home, leaving them all in her wake by easily winning on 36pts.  Jim McNeill (16) was second on 30pts, just pushing Mike Rushant (11) into third on count back.  Mike has been third three times this week, and is off back home this weekend with his school report saying ‘Must Try Harder’.

Good luck to all you golfers for the coming week!