Amateur golf events bring together community members who love the sport as a way to occasionally take time off from the responsibilities and stresses of their daily lives. Add to the event a substantial charity raising effort, and the benefits flow-on to both to the wider community as well as to the participants.
After experiencing the restrictions imposed because of the Covid-19 crisis, a full field of golfers relished the opportunity to take that time off and to play on two of Hua Hin’s premier golf courses in the Triskele Trophy, a prestigious charity golf event in Hua Hin staged on the 29th and 30th August.
The Saint Patrick’s Society President Robert Dagger (pictured left) was very eager to comment on the certainty of the event returning next year, a sentiment that was welcomed by the field of eighty golfers, most of whom had journeyed from Bangkok for the weekend.
Presented by members of the Irish community in Thailand, the Triskele Trophy was a two day tournament at Black Mountain and Banyan golf courses supported by the Embassy of Ireland in Thailand, the Irish-Thai Chamber of Commerce, St. Patrick’s Society of Bangkok, the Thailand GAA Sports Club and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
They’ll be back with more of their friends next year with Father Ted’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse in downtown Hua Hin providing the base for their after golf glass or two of Guinness and an atmosphere to promote the renowned Irish ‘craic’, or spirit of goodwill.
Robert was also eager to sing the praises of the charity beneficiaries, The Fatima Centre of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Bangkok for their outstanding work with many disadvantaged families. Although the final tally is yet to be finalised, the combination of entry fees, sponsorship, memorabilia auctions, raffles as well as paying for a ‘Mulligan’ or two, will realise around 200,000 THB to further this charity cause.
Adding to the Irish influence, the event welcomed H.E. Tony Cotter, the Irish Ambassador of Thailand (pictured right above). He’s an eager golfer who relished the opportunity to have a few days away from his Bangkok base. Tony’s single digit golf handicap has suffered with not enough golf in recent times, but he remains as a very respectable seventeen handicapper.
Tony’s team partner and good friend, H.E. Taha Macpherson, the New Zealand Ambassador (pictured left above) also joined the event. This affable, larger than life Kiwi, just happened to mention an old rugby injury in describing his 24 handicap and absence from the top half of the leader board.
The perpetual Triskele Trophy is a genuine piece of Ireland’s finest workmanship, genuine crystal both hand-blown and cut by craftspeople in Ireland at the House of Waterford Crystal. The triskele motif is widespread in Celtic art with versions found on ancient monuments across the ‘Emerald Isles’. Replica trophies were presented by Tony Cotter to members of the winning team who represented the Lawton Insurance Group.
Apart from the quality of the golf courses, the Triskele Trophy event is at the forefront of the future direction for golf in the region. That’s about enhanced levels of quality, service, value and safety; to enhance the experiences of travellers and golfers from the local community.