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Golf from the Travellers Rest

On many a weekend when I am making preparations to lay down my weekly report on the activities of the TRGG I struggle for an opening.  This was one such occasion.  Nothing particularly great stood out re golf during the week, no secret stories or snippets of info were offered to me at the nineteenth.

Then I recollected that I had one player approach me and say “Baz, thanks for including the piece about me in last week’s report.  I can go home safely now and be sure that people will believe that I was actually in Pattaya playing golf!”

I mean what else would you come here for?

Saturday’s winners:  Paul Stanton, Alan Evans, Brendan Moore, Garry Hookey, Mark Krysl (2’s) and Fergus Brennan. Saturday’s winners:  Paul Stanton, Alan Evans, Brendan Moore, Garry Hookey, Mark Krysl (2’s) and Fergus Brennan.

Mark Krysl is one such player that I know who keeps cuttings of my reports to take back to the US to show his wife.  Well he is safe this visit for sure because he has had a mention for three weeks on the trot along with pictures.  I also know that many players log on (internet speak) and look at my writing efforts and then use them as bragging rights back at their respective clubs when they return home.

So I am sure that the following prose on this week’s activities should be of great comfort to many a player and ensure that they will be able to make return visits – to play golf!

Monday, Nov. 8, Greenwood – Stableford

Div 1

1st Len Commons (11) 36pts

2nd Fergus Brennon (11) 35pts

3rd Brendan Moore (10) 34pts

4th Rusty Barfield (5) 33pts

Div 2

1st Mike Rushant (13) 37pts

2nd Frank Hughes (15) 33pts

3rd Eric Curley (16) 32pts

4th Richard Dobson (13) 27pts

Monday we visited Greenwood to play the A & C layouts with eighteen players in two divisions and the course played tough if the scores are anything to judge by.

The highest score posted was 37 points from Mike Rushant to take the win in Div 2, followed in by Frank Hughes at 33 for second and Eric Curley in third on 32.

Div. 1 fared no better with 36 at the top from Len Commons (lots of new names this week), with the organiser Fergus Brennan second at 35 (one of his new drivers he recently purchased must be starting to work) and Brendan Moore, who made the headlines last week, was down on form and could only manage third on this occasion with 34.

No ‘2’s on the sheet so bell ringing time back at the presentation.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, Green Valley – Stableford

Div 1

1st Ian Bell (6) 39pts

2nd Len Commons (11) 37pts

3rd Paul Stanton (13) 32pts

4th Brendan Moore (10) 31pts

Div 2

1st Eric Curley (16) 40pts

2nd Terence Winter (19) 35pts

3rd Chris Parr (15) 31pts

4th Phil Corbett (27) 30pts

Tuesday saw the group take a trip to Green Valley.  I was advised that the course was found generally in good order and that the greens were fast, just how they like them it seems.  A big turnout on the day, the weather was good and we had two divisions.

The premier flight had Ian Bell heading the list with 39 points and Len Commons down in second at 37, unable to hold his winning form from the previous day.  In third and five further back was Paul Stanton (more about him later) at 32.

Div 2 had Eric Curley improve on his previous day’s efforts with a move to top spot with a great 40-pointer.  Terence Winter also found himself five back at 35 but enough for second place.  At 31 was Chris Parr – I do not expect he thought it was enough for a placing but he was wrong and third place was his.

Three ‘2’s came from Eric Curley, Brendan Moore and Ian Bell.

Thursday, Nov. 4, Phoenix – Stableford

Div 1

1st DarylOttoway (9) 42pts

2nd Barry Welling (5) 39pts

3rd Neil Herd (9) 37pts

4th Ian Bell (18) 37pts

Div 2

1st Hugh Byrne (12) 38pts

2nd Roger Wilkinson (13) 37pts

3rd Ted Senior (20) 35pts

4th Mod Chaviraksa (18) 35pts

Div 3

1st G. Williams (17) 36pts

2nd Jack McNamara (16) 36pts

3rd Mark Krysl (30) 33pts

4th Laurie Bevan (20) 32pts

It was another of our regular visits to Phoenix on Thursday to play the Lakes and Ocean layout.  A very big group of thirty-seven made the journey to enjoy the attributes of this great course, so three divisions were allocated on the day

Division 1 had Daryl Ottoway find form for the win with a great score of 42 points and the highest of the week.  In second was Barry Welling at thirty-nine, one place up on last week at the same course.  Third was Neil Herd winning on count-back over Ian Bell

The second division had Hugh Byrne topping the list at 38 points with Roger Wilkinson just the one back in second.  Third was Ted Senior (Mr.3 this time) with 35 and that was by way of a count-back win over Mod Chaviraksa

Division 3 had G. Williams (very formal) win with 36 after a count-back decision from Jack McNamara.  Third was Mark Krysl at 33 ahead of Laurie Bevan in fourth who took another count-back verdict over Paula Byrne.  (You are safe now, yet another mention for the Mrs. Mark)

Five ‘2’s all came from different players: Ian Bell and Len Commons at the second, and Laurie Bevan, Neil Herd and Barry Welling at the sixteenth

Saturday, Nov. 13, Century Chonburi – Stableford

Div 1

1st Fergus Brennan (11) 38pts

2nd Brendan Moore (10) 33pts

3rd Mike Rushant (12) 31pts

Div 2

1st Paul Stanton (13) 37pts

2nd Alan Evans (19) 35pts

3rd Gary Hookey (16) 35pts

A return visit to Century Chonburi today to this very well priced course, although as previously stated the infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired.  The work on the greens however is staring the show rewards and they were playing fast and tricky with many obscure slopes to take into account which made for good golf.

We had a full complement of some twenty six players on the day so two divisions.

The first division found Fergus Brennan top of the pile with 38 points.  He told me that he is experimenting with several new drivers recently purchased.  He must have made the right choice this time.  In second was Brendan Moore and Mike Rushant took third at 31 after a count-back decision over Daryl Ottoway.

The second flight did not need any count-back as Paul Stanton had 37 for the win.  (I spoke with Paul after his day out and found out that he was playing with us at the TRGG for the first time on this visit and that he heralds from White Rock in British Columbia, Canada.  It is always nice to see new faces amongst the regulars.)  Welcome Paul!  Alan Evans was second at 35 points after winning a count-back over Garry Hookey (19–16).

A solitary ‘2’ came from Mark Krysl (yet another mention for you Mark) which gave him the full pot to himself.

Note: If you want any further or fuller information about the golf outings played by the TRGG from the Travellers Rest Hotel, please contact the hotel manager Tewin Lamthong on 086 056 7019 or just call in to the Travellers Rest in Soi LK Metro, Pattaya and look at the notice board or visit our website at