The Haven Hotel - Golf in Pattaya,Thailand - Recent Golf Reports


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A view from the back tees

The low season appears to be doing the impossible, which is, going even lower as presumably the strong Baht continues to affect the inflow of potential golfers to what is now a fairly expensive pastime in the kingdom and with many of the Black Sea golf destinations offering very attractive deals, the sooner the course managements and owners wake up to the new reality and make some serious adjustments to their marketing plans the better we will all be.

The latest news is that the Eastern Seaboard Golf Association has agreed to a minimum caddy fee of 400 baht and allied to an almost across the board increase in golf carts, the average cost of a single round of golf in the area will be more than the weekly cost of unlimited golf for golf club members from most countries in the world.

The rest of the world is attempting to speed up the rate of play while reducing the cost to attract more golfers, while Thailand seems set absolutely on a totally different approach. Sadly many of the expats that wanted to spend their retirement in a wonderful country playing golf the whole year round are now disappointed with many having given up golf completely. A complete review of all possibilities regarding green fees, caddies, golf buggies, electric bag carriers and hand pull carts for hire would be a good start to bring back the lost players both inward bound and local.


IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 0.08.2018
Markku has a rare Treble

Monday 8th October Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (22) 31
2nd Ray Smallwood (27) 30
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29

Another week of short numbers as we await the start of the high season but in the meantime it is good value for those that are in the starting lineup and the first event of the week was no exception with the walking fee just 950 baht including caddy, but as is also quite usual at the moment the course was very wet with almost invariably negative run from the tee making for a very long course which affected the scores negatively with the CSS for the day moving out to 75.

Markku Tynell had his worst score of the week but it was still good enough to take the win with the rest of the field also struggling to score.

Ray Smallwood placed second, his highest position to date with the group, just one shot behind and one ahead of third placed Shuichi Kodaka who had been hoping to add to his Japanese Holiday Fund but finished disappointed on this occasion.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations there was a welcome back for David Ross who is just starting to play again after having a brand new hip and is looking forward to trying to get back to a solid game here in the warm weather. There was also a farewell for Shuichi Kodaka returning to Japan for a holiday.

Wednesday 10th October Khao Kheow A & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Markku Tynell (22) 39
2nd Dave Ross (18) 37
3rd Chris Ross (29) 33
4th Masanori Takano (7) 29

Once again the course was found to be in first class shape but playing long with golf carts only allowed on the cart paths and although the yellow tees were in forward positions on many of the tee boxes it was still a long grind for most of the hopefuls.

But for Markku Tynell it was another walk in the park but this time a bit shorter as he bettered his last winning score by eight strokes and extended the win margin to two as he returned a card showing a 19/20 split on C/A even including a zero pointer on the last hole to follow a four pointer on the 17th.

Dave Ross almost caught the winner on the back nine having started very slowly garnering just 15 points from the front half and then finishing strongly but had left himself just a bit too much to do over the closing holes to be better than second.

Chris Ross had his best round with the group to date finishing third another four strokes behind David but another four in front of fourth placed Masanori Takano who was unusually subdued in his first game back with The Haven.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Masanori Takano snow birding for the winter.

Friday 12th October Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (22) 37
2nd John O’Sullivan (23) 36 cb 17
3rd Chris Ross (29) 36 cb 15
4th Dave Ross (18) 35
5th Peter Skinner (11) 33

Although the course was very wet in places the scoring generally was the best of the week as the course, which apart from the run, was in very good condition with again special mention required for the greens which are now becoming very good indeed.

Markku Tynell made it a fantastic treble after taking his third win of the week following a very close competition with his playing partners as together they made up the top four places on the day. Once again he flirted with disaster taking zero points from the last hole whilst his two nearest challengers could not quite make up the difference, but another solid performance of a 20/17 split proved to be just enough to see him home and dry in his last outing prior to taking a rest from golf and heading off to China for a photographic safari.

Second place went to John O’Sullivan who just scrapped in on a winning count back oy 17 to 15 helped by a two pointer on the last that was just one short of the win as Chris Ross dropped one more for just the one point on the last hole when a three pointer would have won and so had to settle for third place.

David Ross was the fourth member of the four ball to be in contention, but again he had left himself far too much to do over the closing holes, as even ten points from the last four holes were still a couple short of the required number but at least they saw him into fourth place a couple of shots ahead of Peter Skinner in fifth place who had seemingly found the difference between European courses and Thailand courses a little too much to handle on this occasion.

Once again there were no 2s in either division, a particularly rare occurrence in the first division.

Back at The Haven there was a farewell for Markku Tynell together with welcome backs for Peter Skinner from most of Europe and Howard Jeglum from Vancouver Island.

Howard was the bearer of sad news, in that Mike Korney who having returned to Canada last November with a sore throat unfortunately and was then diagnosed with cancer, did not respond to treatment and passed way in July. He will be missed by many in the group where he was very popular for his Canadian humour.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 01.10.2018
Shuichi hits the jackpot

Monday 1st October Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Brian Proctor (20) 28
2nd Markku Tynell (22) 27 cb 12
3rd Peter Mannion (10) 27 cb 10

A very quiet week for the group with few local golfers still around and even fewer holidaymakers meant it was the quietest period in memory but set against that the East Coast Golf Association in their wisdom chose the 1st October to be the start of the general increase of caddy rates to 400 baht and carts to 700 baht, the former reputedly required to meet the new minimum wage level and the second presumably as it seemed to be a good idea. The increase in caddy rates has been forewarned for some time as with the dearth of players in the area many caddies are only getting a maximum day on the bag of two times and at some courses much less. Obviously not enough to make up a living wage in a week and so no doubt there will still be a shortage of caddies when and if they appear for the high season. But at least the courses generally are in excellent condition, with so little play, and it is millionaire’s golf every day.

Treasure Hill is never an easy prospect but with a special package on offer of 1,350 baht including green fee, caddy and golf cart (some creative thinking at least from this management) it gets the interest of players and it was interesting to note it was the busiest of the course that the group played in the week.

Brian Proctor doubled his win total with another one that would usually not figure in the final reckoning but the small field resulted in a special win ahead of a two way count back for second and third places which Markku Tynell won with a better 12 to 10 to leave Peter Mannion playing in his last event before returning to Norfolk in England.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Chris Ross, together with farewells for Brian Proctor and Peter Mannion.

Wednesday 3rd October Pattana A & B courses Yellow tees Par 74
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35
2nd Chris Ross (29) 30
3rd Markku Tynell (22) 29

Yet another small field took on the excellent conditioned Pattana A & B courses where the ninth on B was played, as is now usual with the group, as a par six to make a par 74 for the course and the CSS for the day remained the same even having played from the yellow tees.

Shuichi Kodaka took the win with a solid round that most of the rest of the players could only admire finishing with a 16/19 split having had a small problem with stroke index 1 being number four on a where he failed to score amongst an otherwise very tidy card.

Chris Ross at last worked his way onto the podium some five shots behind the leader but very happy to finally be showing some form at least compared to others in the group.

Markku Tynell is going through a slight loss of form period but did enough on this occasion to take third place.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions

Prior to the prizes being presented there was a farewell for Chris Ross heading back north to see the final touches being made to his new house.

Friday 5th October Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
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1st Paul Davies (21) 37
2nd Howard Leigh (12) 35
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 30

Once again the group found themselves without too many problems with other golfers, even though there was a Local Thai competition being played at the same time, as they appeared to be the only others on the day so everything moved along quite smoothly and although the course was fairly damp from overnight rain the scores were the best of the week.

Paul Davies broke a fifteen year run of playing with The Haven without a win after turning in a card at one under handicap that was good enough to win by two from playing partner Howard Leigh finishing with a 20/17 split and containing two 4 pointers and six 3 pointers but sadly two zeros, but still it was his best round with the group for a very long time and well deserved the win.

Howard Leigh had a very solid round without any zero pointers but even a surge of twenty points on the back nine was not quite enough, after a slow start, to trouble the winner.

Shuichi Kodaka was concentrating extremely hard on the par threes but the pressure was mostly too much, and after slotting in the prayed for birdie on the sixth the rest of the day was a bit of a cruise and with just eleven points coming from the back nine as he contemplated the many combinations of how he could spend his treasure trove, he was fortunate to still manage to secure third place.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division, but the second division’s huge rollover pot was claimed by Shuichi Kodaka when he stroked in a two footer on the 127 yard sixth hole.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Howard Leigh and Paul Davies both taking a break from the stressful life in Bangkok.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 24.09.2018
Kevin, Shuichi and Markku take the Medals

Monday 24th September Eastern Star A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Peter Mannion (10) 30
2nd Don Bennett (11) 26
3rd Mike Dabanovich (11) 23

A week with very few golfers turning out for each event but with a total of sixteen that playing with the group in the three events it indicates that the average times a member now plays is slightly less than one and a half times a week. But with the high season just around the corner hopefully the numbers will steadily increase.

The highest turnout of the week saw the worst scores as the players found the course to be playing at its hardest with the pin placements causing the most problems and the greens lightning fast. Allied to the length of almost 6,600 yards with little run on the fairways, even the excellent condition of the course generally could not prevent the CSS for the moving out to 75 and making a mockery of a slope rating of 121 and a standard scratch of 71.2. With such differences in the standards of the courses and the day to day conditions that prevail in Thailand generally, it will be interesting to observe the movements in the members CONGU handicaps when the new universal system comes into force.

Peter Mannion reckoned it was a very tough day but he did well enough to win by four strokes ahead of Don Bennett in second place and another three in front of third placed Mike Dabanovich, all of the top three were 10 or 11 handicaps with none of the higher markers able to get close.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations there were welcome backs for Ray Smallwood and Mike Dabanovich together with farewells for Don Bennet and Trevor Schirmer.

Wednesday 26th September Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees
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1st Brian Proctor (20) 34
2nd Mark Cooper (10) 32
3rd Dave Paul (21) 29

A slightly easier day at the always tough Khao Kheow course where the A & B nines were in play for the day and as usual they were both in excellent condition considering the amount of rain that had been falling in the area.

Brian Proctor finally made it onto the top step of the podium with a very steady round that would have been even better without the couple of zeros on the back nine after a solid opening half of one over handicap. But there may well have been a good reason for those two lapses, on the third and seventh holes as second placed Mark Cooper, who placed second, also recorded two zeros on the same holes which were obviously playing at their very hardest as none of the rest of the field bettered a single point on them.

Dave Paul took third place three strokes behind Mark but quite a few ahead of the rest of the field.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there was a welcome back for Dave Paul on a flying visit on his way back to Canada to spend the winter clearing his drive of mountains of snow.

Friday 28thSeptember Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Kevin Blake (9) 71
2nd Simon Chapman (14) 75
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 73
2nd Brian Proctor (20) 75
3rd Division 21+
1st Markku Tynell (21) 82

A reasonable turnout of golfers for the monthly medals saw contenders in all three divisions and with the course once again proving to be in good shape and a local lift and place rule for the fairways in play, after the heavy overnight rain had left the course a little damp. Even though the group was badly affected by a huge thunderstorm nearing the ends of their rounds, the scoring was the best of the week.

Kevin Blake took the first division Medal with a one under handicap score winning y four from Simon Chapman and becoming the twelfth and thirteenth qualifiers in the first division for the end of year Gold and Silver Medals.

The second division was claimed by Shuichi Kodaka who was already qualified for the end of year play-offs second place Brian Proctor was a new entrant being number thirteen as he put in another good card for the week.

Markku Tynell was the only finisher in the third division with the rest of the group handing in no-returns, so added yet another Medal to his collection.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome for new member John Upex together with welcome backs for Vincent Gras and Simon Chapman.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 17.09.2018
Good prices every day

Monday 17th September Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 34
2nd Peter Mannion (9) 31 cb 15
3rd Markku Tynell (21) 31 cb 13
4th Christer Olsson (15) 31 cb 12

A pleasant surprise was awaiting the group when they arrived on a very steamy day when the clubhouse weather recorder was showing 29 degrees and 75% humidity but the green fee was a very cool 600 baht starting a week off when every course management was offering the group an extra special deal.

The course was also in very good condition as usual although the continuing wet weather, mostly during the evenings and nights, makes for long courses with little run and every CSS in the week went up from the standard course rating.

Trevor Schirmer had another very steady round that equated to level par whilst winning by three ahead of a three way count back for the minor placings.

That was won by Peter Mannion with 15 after Markku Tynell suffered badly from the heat through the final nine holes after starting the day at level par and having to settle for third place.

Christer Olsson suffered even more after a good 19 points going out he could only manage six points from the last six holes to take fourth place. It was the same throughout the field with only Trevor able to match his opening half.

There were no 2s in the first division but Trevor Schirmer added to his day’s haul with a cracker on C 6 that very nearly went in for the ace.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Brian Proctor, together with a farewell for Christer Olsson.

Wednesday 19th September Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Mark Cooper (10) 35
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 34
3rd Don Bennett (10) 30
4th Peter Mannion (9) 27 cb 13
5th Brian Proctor (20) 27 cb 9

Another special offer was presented for the group in the form of a free beer or soft drink voucher which waiting for them on their return to the clubhouse following another tough day for scoring even allowing that the paly was designated to start from the yellow tees and again no one was able to match their handicaps.

Mark Cooper had the best of them at one over his new and lower handicap and running out the winner by a single stroke ahead of Shuichi Kodaka in second place.

New member Don Bennett took third after struggling once again with the strange conditions and the length over wet fairways.

Peter Mannion then won a count back for fourth and fifth with Brian Proctor after returning a better 13 to 9 after Brian appeared to have a total collapse following a very tidy front nine.

Unsurprisingly with the course generally being so difficult there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Friday 21st September Pattavia Stableford
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1st Brian Proctor (20) 33
2nd Markku Tynell (21) 31
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 29
4th Mark Cooper (10) 28

For the last event of the week the golf was no easier but the price was the best of the week at just 500 baht green fee and 1,350 total including caddy and golf cart. Great value for a very well presented course in very good condition all round with even the greens being a little friendlier than usual having been left to grow a bit longer.

Brian Proctor at last climbed to the top of the pile as he won by two, even after failing to score on the last, with a very steady round that showed just the one blemish at the end.

Markku Tynell took second spot two in front of third placed Trevor Schirmer who in turn was just one up on fourth placed Mark Cooper.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 10.09.2018
Allan Busby has the best of the week

Monday 10th September Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (15) 32
2nd Allan Busby (18) 31
3rd Steve Bickle (18) 30
4th Trevor Schirmer (18) 29
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 28

Although the Robert Trent Jones designed course is currently the least expensive to play for the group, due to the specially priced green fee vouchers which when added to a caddy and cart, cost a total of 1,300 baht, plus the fact that it is in great condition, doesn’t mean that it is one of the best supported events on the schedule. This may well be due to the difficulty that most players appear to have in scoring, which may possibly be due to its length of almost 6,600 yards, it being one of the longest on the calendar.

This occasion was another that proved to be very difficult for the players to match their handicaps as the recent wet weather had made it even longer. The scoring and the CSS, which moved out to 75 becoming non-counting, reflecting how hard it had been.

Christer Olsson had the best of the day at four over handicap whilst the rest of the field were close behind with Allan Busby taking second and Steve Bickle third places. Trevor Schirmer was in fourth another shot behind and one ahead of fifth placed Shuichi Kodaka.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there was a warm welcome back for Allan Busby fully recovered from his experiments with the local street cuisine and now convinced about air-conditioned dining as a better alternative. There was also a farewell for Steve Bickle heading back to the midlands of England.

Wednesday 12th September Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees
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1st Allan Busby (18) 38
2nd Markku Tynell (21) 29
3rd Larry Gibb (22) 28
4th Christer Olsson (15) 27

The group left The Haven in heavy rain, which had been coming down since before dawn, then arrived at the course to find almost clear skies but a rather sodden track to contend with for the rest of the day.

Even though generally the day’s test is considered harder than the previous one, the scoring was much better, at least at the front of the field where Allan Busby returned the best card of the week at two under handicap, even after opening up the day with a zero pointer on the first hole, which is arguably the easiest on the course, but an excellent four under on the back nine underpinned a very comfortable win by nine clear shots.

Markku Tynell was the nearest in second place and possibly should have been closer but a much weaker second nine, from which he garnered just 12 points, ended that possibility but he still managed to stay one in front of third placed Larry Gibb, who was making an inglorious attempt to take sole possession of the second division’s rollover 2s pool, but could only manage a three and a couple of fours on a disappointing day, but he became much more philosophical about it all during the post presentations round table meeting.

Christer Olsson took the last podium step for the day another shot behind in fourth place.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Mark Cooper.

Friday 14th September Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 37
2nd Allan Busby (18) 32
3rd Peter Mannion ((0 31
4th Christer Olsson (15) 30 cb 17
5th Trevor Schirmer (18) 30 cb 16

Another day when the wet conditions, which followed massive overnight rain and which had left the course playing extremely long with virtually zero run on the fairways although the rest of the condition was very good, meant once again the general scoring was not anywhere near the usual expected standard.

There was one outstanding round from Mark Cooper that, although just one below handicap but which then translated to three under after the CSS was calculated at 74 for the day, led in the rest of the field by five clear and ensured that he would be playing the next week at least from the lowest handicap that he has had for a very long time and just a smidgen away from a single figure one.

Allan Busby was the closest but could not replicate his form of the previous event but was happy to take second place for his last round of this current trip.

Peter Mannion returned to the group in third place having taken a while to get used to the local conditions again but improved through the back nine and so will surely be a regular contender for the next month while he is here in the City.

Christer Olsson took his third podium placement of the week in fourth place after winning a count back with Trevor Schirmer scoring a better 17 to 16 over the back nine holes.

There were no 2s in the first division, but Allan Busby made it very Happy Returns to Blighty with the sole one in the second division, to sweep the bulging rollover pot clean and following the completion of the presentation ceremonies he asked his PA to blow the horn and welcomed the throng to “Have another one on him”?, to celebrate his departure.

Before the prizes were presented there was a welcome for new member Don Bennett together with welcome backs for Peter Mannion the Black Cab warrior from Norfolk, and visitor Terry Hodgkiss from Udon Thani where he has at last finished with the building project and just in time for the boundary walls to collect several centimeters depth of rainwater following the recent downpours up there, so is currently looking for a good few navies to dig a trench and ditch drainage system to incorporate into his landscape designs. There was also a farewell for Allan Busby returning to Chelmsford for, hopefully, a quick work period.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 03.09.2018
Markku Tynell excels

Monday 3rd September Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 41
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 35
3rd Dave LeHane (19) 33
4th Peter Skinner (12) 32
5th Hal Hart (17) 31

Pattavia is now a very easy course to reach, taking just over forty minutes from the group’s base and the with course also playing particularly well although the greens, but still demand some special attention to avoid embarrassing putting statistics, it currently gets a higher than average rating by the players.

Markku Tynell made the whole day look ridiculously easy as he went round in five under handicap to win by a clear six strokes from his closest challenger. A remarkable feat ahead of a very competitive field highlighted with two four pointers on the 16th and 17th holes in a sparkling back nine of five under handicap to add to a level par front nine.

Trevor Schirmer ran Markku the closest in second place with a solid round that was split 17/18 with the back half showing a perfect run of nine two pointers.

Dave LeHane continued with his run of steady form in third place just one point ahead of Peter Skinner in fourth who in turn was one up on fifth placed Hal Hart.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the prizes were presented there were welcome backs for Allan Busby who was returning to sample the many delights of street food, now that he has become almost a resident, having recently obtained a condo, a car, a motor cycle and a street directory together with guide, also with Hal Hart returning after spending a whole week drafting numerous teams, with questionable potential, in various American Football leagues and who is now hoping to make up the shortfall in funds with golf.

Wednesday 5th September Pattana B & C courses PAR 73
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 39
2nd Dave LeHane (19) 35 cb 21
3rd Alan Pilkington (6) 35 cb 14
4th Peter Skinner (12) 33
5th Allan Busby (18) 32

Playing the B and C nines with the ninth hole on the first nine played from the alternative tees as a plus 600 yard par six, the players as usual found the course to be in excellent condition with even the fairways playing well following a lot of recent heavy rain.

Once again Markku Tynell was found to be in top form but not quite able to replicate his great last round after recording a zero pointer on the seventeenth and a one point on the eighteenth hole following two four pointers on holes 13 and 15, but still had enough in hand to win by four.

Dave LeHane again showed well whilst winning a count back for second and third places with Alan Pilkington scoring a better 21 to 14 as Alan had had the same 21 points on the opening half.

Peter Skinner went one better than the previous event but still finished in fourth place one ahead of Allan Busby in fifth.

Once again there were no 2ws in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for All Thailand Tour player Chris Smith taking some time away from his hectic and pressurized golfing schedule together with Peter Brown also spending some time away from Bangkok and last but certainly not least Larry Gibb, who had been regularly threatening to return to sweep the second division’s 2s pool clean, after he at last found his parking ticket and could leave the secured parking area of his new condo.

Friday 7th September Mountain Shadow Blue tees Monthly Medals
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 32
2nd Steve Bickle (18) 31
3rd Christer Olsson (15) 28

The always tricky sister course of Crystal Bay once again found the weak spot of everyone’s game with the best return being a sad four over handicap which determined that the event would be non-counting for upward review of handicaps. It is certainly not the length of the course that even from the blue tees measures a maximum of under 6,300 yards, but the small and undulating greens, and the narrow driving areas from the tees make if a tough test on a layout that was reputedly designed for fifteen handicappers and below.

Trevor Schirmer showed up the best of a dispirited group at four over handicap to win by a single point ahead of playing partner Steve Bickle. Sadly the third member of their group, Allan Busby, had to retire suffering from a severe dose of street food poisoning and is trusting that his other new activities recently undertaken in the country will not fall so far short of his expectations. The best news so far is, that the car is guaranteed for at least three years.

Christer Olsson took the third spot on the reduced podium with a valiant effort that left his playing group in the shade for the day.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

 



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 27.08.2018
Alan, Dave & Murray claim the Medals

Monday 27th August Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (19) 37
2nd Markku Tynell (23) 34 cb 17
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34 cb 16
4th Andrew Purdie (7) 28

The trip down to Eastern Star promises to be one of the shortest for the group when the new extension to the motorway is completed as one of the exits is just 300 meters from the entrance to the course, which could mean players can be there in less than thirty minutes. In the meantime the trip is not too arduous while the benefits of it being part of the regular schedule are the prices, which are the best of all the courses played and the condition of the course generally especially the greens. But as always the Robert Trent Jones design is never an easy day’s golf as it requires attention to the tee shot on every hole or punishment awaits the careless golfer.

Dave LeHane celebrated his return to the group following his moving home to a development where he can spend some quiet time, with a solid one under handicap round which could have been even better but for a couple of lapses in concentration leading to a pair of zeros.

Markku Tynell then won a count back for second and third places with Trevor Schirmer with a better 17 to 16 with Andrew Purdie a long way back in fourth place but also well ahead of the rest of the field.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Dave Paul, Allan Pilkington and Dave LeHane.

Wednesday 29th August Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees
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1st Dave Paul (21) 33
2nd Alan Pilkington (6) 32
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 31 cb 17
4th Phil Cass (15) 31 cb 15
5th Craig Thomas (15) 31 cb 12

Khao Kheow is starting to play quite hard with many of the fairways getting quite sparse in places, plus the course was very wet appearing to have been overwatered, which meant that the event would have benefitted greatly with a lift and place local rule on the day and but for the winning score just creeping into the buffer zone it would have become non-counting but the CSS moved out three strokes, but still not enough to prevent most of the layers going up point one.

Dave Paul was the saviour of the day with his three over handicap, adjusted to level par, as he just edged out Alan Pilkington who had returned with a new and lower handicap from England, by a single point having almost blown his chances through the 14th to 17th holes scoring just three points but then parred the eighteenth for four points and the win. Alan had also found the back nine rather more difficult as he could muster just 13 points after a very good opening nine holes.

Shuichi Kodaka then won a three way count back with the best 17 points to leave Phil Cass in fourth with 15 points and Craig Thomas playing his last event with the group, in fifth with just 12 points after he had looked dangerous at the turn.

There were no 2s in the second division but the roll over pot in the first division was sheared between Andrew Purdie and Alan Pilkington.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Dave Arrowsmith together with a welcome back for Steve Bickle. There was also a farewell for Craig Thomas returning to Australia after a very successful trip on this occasion.

Friday 31st August Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Alan Pilkington (6) 73
2nd Paul Hubbard (14) 75
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Dave LeHane (19) 74
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 75
3rd Division 21 +
1st Murray Edwards (21) 76
2nd Markku Tynell (23) 77

As usual the Monthly Medals were held at the nearest course to base and once again it was found to be in very good condition although many of the pin positions were sited in very awkward places making scoring quite difficult although the CSS for the day remained at a level 72.

Alan Pilkington showed his class whilst claiming the first division medal by just two strokes from playing partner Paul Hubbard after they had both birdied the eighteenth par five with Alan returning a very tidy 39/40 split for the round against Paul’s 42/47.

Dave LeHane continued his run of good form winning the second division by one from Trevor Schirmer, who but for a quadruple eight on the seventeenth hole might well have been the winner.

Murray Edwards took the third division by one from Markku Tynell to leave him with a broad grin at the prize giving after qualifying for the Golf and Silvers at the end of the year, although Markku had his own reasons to be not too disappointed having already qualified.

In the 2s competitions Paul Hubbard had an excellent 2 in the first division on the very difficult seventh hole that was playing 180 yards uphill into wind but unfortunately for him Markku Tynell swept both pools clean with his effort on the par four seventeenth stroke index 2, where he knocked in a very improbable second shot for a net zero which would have been a six pointer on a Stableford day (The two on a par four was agreed to be counted as a hole in one earlier in the year by the group’s members).

Back at The Haven there was a welcome for new member Stan Monaghan together with a welcome back for Paul; Hubbard and a farewell for Phil Cass who was returning to Australia for good but expects to be a regular holiday visitor in the future.

 



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 20.08.2018
Brenton Smith comes good

Monday 20th August Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (21) 35
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34
3rd B.J. Smith (29) 27 cb 15
4th Markku Tynell (24) 27 cb 14

For the first time in a little while, even though the weather has been threatening on many occasions, the day was interrupted with a rain delay after nine holes for the starting group. That made the course, that was otherwise in very good condition, a harder prospect as the run from the tee shot was virtually nothing. But with the greens slowed down it did not affect the scoring too much extent as evidenced by the CSS which remained at 72 and in fact helped the two leaders to record a better back nine.

Murray Edwards, having spent some useful time analyzing his game whist practicing, has recently benefitted in the results although he is still playing just under his handicap level, but on this occasion it was good enough to take the win by a slim margin after he amazed both himself and playing partners when closing out the back nine with 24 points after a very indifferent start to the day.

Trevor Schirmer also continues to perform steadily as he took second place following a good two under back nine fishing some seven strokes clear of the nearest challengers.

B. J. Smith the won a count back with Markku Tynell with a better 15 to 14 to take third place having had a round that showed a lot of promise with four 3 pointers but also a fair bit of disappointment with four zeros within it.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for B.J. Smith.

Wednesday 22nd August Pattana A & B courses Par 74 Yellow tees
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1st B.J. Smith (29) 38
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 37
3rd Murray Edwards (21) 34 cb 16
4th Phil Cass (15) 34 cb 14
5th Craig Thomas (15) 31

The players who took on the once a fortnightly test at Pattana were delighted again to find the course in really excellent condition with again the fairways and greens both deserving of special plaudits along with congratulation to the always as excellent greens keeping staff.

B. J. Smith at long last played enough good golf to outweigh the marginal bits as he took three points from eight of the holes on the two nines that included two par sixes wilst keeping the zeros down to just three. The end result was a long awaited win by a one shot margin over a strong and competitive field.

Trevor Schirmer was once again to be found in second place this time with a one under handicap return as he again finished strongly with 21 points from the last nine holes.

Murray Edwards took his second placement of the week in third place after winning a count back with Phil Cass with a better 16 to 14 which left Phil in fourth. They were fooled in three behind by fifth placed Craig Thomas.

There were no 2s in the first division but Trevor Schirmer and Murray Edwards shared the second division rollover pot.

Friday 24th August Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 37
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35
3rd Murray Edwards (21) 34
4th Craig Thomas (15) 32
5th B.J. Smith (29) 30 cb 18
6th Jon Batty (6) 30 cb 13

A good number turned out at the always popular Greenwood course were the CSS for the day went down on the 73 rated A and C courses as the scores were better than usual on a layout that was playing exceedingly well.

Markku Tynell took the top step of the podium with a very steady one under handicap round that was split 18/19 and contained just the one blemish of a zero pointer after knocking one out of bounds on the long par five seventh hole on the A course.

Shuichi Kodaka returned to the group refreshed, renewed and obviously totally revitalized and took second place with a solid one over handicap round that could have been even better after an opening half of two under handicap.

Murray Edwards took his third placement of the week another shot back in third place after he finished his day off well with eighteen points from the back nine holes.

Craig Thomas was again almost there but again had to settle for fifth place after he won a count back with Jon Batty after scoring a better 18 to 13 as Jon seemed to be suffering from a lack of energy through the last nine holes when he found his normally home packed and well stuffed tuck bag empty at the turn.

As is quite usual at Greenwood there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Peter Skinner, Christer Olsson, and Andrew Purdie together with a special one for Shuichi Kodaka who had finally managed to leave his bed and seemingly from the day’s results it had been time well spent in more ways than one.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 13.08.2018
John O’Sullivan’s remarkable nine

Monday 13th August Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st John O’Sullivan (23) 34 cb 24
2nd Trevor Schirmer (23) 34 cb 15
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 33
4th Craig Thomas (15) 32

Mother’s Day meant another Bank Holiday and so the group arranged to play at Eastern Star where the all in rate for green fee, caddy and cart was just 1,500 baht and 1,100 walking and with an early tee time was the best deal in the area for value, added to which the course is now in first class condition with the greens deserving of a special mention being flat, fast and true.

The weather also stayed fine with a just a slight breeze but the length proved to be the undoing of most of the group although the CSS for the day remained at a level 72.

John O’Sullivan looked as if his day was finished as he closed out the front nine with just one point from the last three holes, but then had some kind of reincarnation as he closed out the back nine in a staggering six under handicap for 24 points to win the day by count back.

The unlucky loser of that count back was Trevor Schirmer who had looked the likely winner after closing out the front nine with nineteen points but a not so good back half with just fifteen points meant a second place finish.

Mark Cooper ran the front runners close being just one behind them both and but for finishing the round with just two points from the last two holes might well have been the winner.

Craig Thomas took fourth place and could also have been better placed as he managed to collect three zero pointers in an otherwise very tidy round.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Craig Thomas and Dave LeHane.

Wednesday15th August Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 36
2nd Craig Thomas (15) 34
3rd Jon Batty (6) 31
4th Hal Hart (17) 30

Khao Kheow was again found to be in very good shape but some of the pin placements were a little tricky leaving a missed green a difficult proposition on many an occasion for most of the field., and with one again the weather staying good throughout the round the scores were generally good enough to keep the CSS for the day at 72.

Mark Cooper made up for his disappointment in the previous event by taking the win on this occasion, which was also his final game before returning to England, with a level handicap round on both nines after starting the day inauspiciously with a zero pointer on probably the easiest hole of the day, but thereafter a very steady application earned the win by two clear shots.

Craig Thomas is usually in the mix at the end of the day and was so again taking a good second place with a split of 17/17 for the two halves.

Jon Batty making one of his infrequent visits laid claim to third place after playing the front nine well and then dropping away through the last three holes for a back nine of just fourteen points.

Hal Hart was again found to be struggling but did just enough to take fourth place as the rest of the hopefuls were found to be even more wanting when their cards were inspected at the scorer’s table.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there was a farewell for Mark Cooper returning to Blighty for a rest.


Friday 17th August Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (19) 36 cb 22
2nd Ray Smallwood (26) 36 cb 20
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34
4th Markku Tynell (23) 32 cb 20
5th Craig Thomas (15) 32 cb 16

Once more the nearest course to the group’s base was in good condition as the greens appear to be still improving and getting much nearer to equal speeds on both of the nines.

Dave LeHane became the second player in the week to return an excellent score though the back nine, being four under handicap on 22 points, as he took his first win with the group for some little while. Having had a slow start to the day with an opening half of 14 points he then played very well to take three points from five of the closing holes to win the count back with a better 22 to 20.

The unfortunate second placed player was Ray Smallwood who therefore missed out on his maiden win with the group after he too had had a better second nine.

Trevor Schirmer placed third after returning his second solid round in the week two ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places.

That count back was won by Markku Tynell with a better 20 to 16 after he had suffered a fairly disastrous start to his day, which left Craig Thomas in fifth place for his third mention of the week.

Once again incredibly there were no 2s in the first division but Ray Smallwood made up for his earlier disappointment in just missing out on the win with the sole one in the second division to sweep the multi rollover pot clean.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Markku Tynell and Ray Smallwood together with a missing in inaction report on Shuichi Kodaka, who is reported to have found an alternative to some of his golfing activities and is also reportedly working extremely hard at it, and as it entails very early starts which continue until well after the golfers have left the meeting point, golf is taking a back seat for the time being at least, or presumably until total exhaustion takes over.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 06.08.2018
Shuichi Kodaka comes back to form

Monday 6th August Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 36
2nd Larry Gibb (22) 34
3rd Banjo Bannister (13) 29 cb 16
4th Hal Hart (17) 29 cb 14

The first event of the week was the now short trip to Treasure Hill where it is not only the pristine condition of the course that ensures that most of the group play there as the prices are amongst the best that the group enjoy with an all up price of Green fee, Caddy and Cart coming in at 1,250 baht. But no matter the condition of the course, it is always a tough test even from the shorter yellow tees measured around 6,370 yards.

Trevor Schirmer had an excellent round and although struggling on a few of the holes still returned a card without a zero in sight as he amassed 36 points to win by two, having had five three pointers in the mix.

Larry Gibb returned to the group following his extended leave of absence, during which he had to spend long hours polishing, vacuuming, generally tidying and running in his new vehicle, moving accommodation which included long discussions on colours and especially prices with many prospective interior designers which seem to be almost endless, and all the while keeping a very, very low profile, to take second position with a high quality round of just two over handicap which suggests that he may also have spent some time, at least, working on his golf game within his busy schedule.

The next nearest were Banjo Bannister and Hal Hart some five strokes back in third and fourth places, who had to be separated by a count back which Banjo won with a better 16 to 14.

Banjo Bannister cleaned out the first division 2s pot whilst Hal Hart, fast taking over from Shuichi in the 2s collection stakes, took the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Tony O’Neil, Banjo Bannister and Larry Gibb.

Wednesday 8th August Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Hal Hart (17) 36
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 26
3rd Phil Cass (14) 24

Once again, with many of the regulars either sunning themselves in Europe or enjoying a more leisurely break in Hua Hin away from the constant noise pollution in Pattaya of motorcycles, doorstep discos, entreaties to spend 100 baht on 3 kilos of fruit, and the constant pressure to keep over 30 million Chinese workers employed making various trinkets and various items that seem to lose all their appeal as soon as the salesperson disappears, the numbers of hopefuls were at their lowest but it would appear that so were many other groups as there were only another fourteen total players on the course. Although that is not unusual in this low season period it is particularly strange on a high quality course like Pattana where the prices are quite reasonable compared with many others of the same quality.

Hal Hart played to his handicap in taking yet another win by ten clear points as the rest of the field struggled with the damp conditions underfoot.

Shuichi Kodaka ran Hal the closest but was a long way short of his best from as was Phil Cass in third place.

The poor scoring could have been due to the course being affected by the heavy overnight rain as apart from that the rest of the course was in excellent condition.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart as usual had one in the second division to sweep up all the available winnings on the day.

Friday 10th August Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 38
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34
3rd Phil Cass (14) 26

Once again overnight weather severely affected the playing conditions as well as a couple of stoppages during the rounds for heavy rain but Shuichi Kodaka managed to return the best score of the week on his way to winning the day with a two under handicap return which could have been even better without a couple of blank spots on the card.

Trevor Schirmer put in yet another solid performance in second place and well ahead of the next nearest player, in fact eight shots, but was not quite able to match his efforts of earlier in the week.

Phil Cass made it two podium on the trot in third place even though they were both well over handicap. Which showed the difficulties that most of the players faced in the week.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka had the sole one in the second division to sweep the pot and add to his day’s booty.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 30.07.2018
Murray Edwards returns to glory

Monday 30th July Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (21) 39
2nd Brian Proctor (20) 33 cb 18
3rd Rodney Nabbe (13) 33 cb 15
4th Shane Heavey (20) 32
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29

With the new road across to the 331 from the Motorway toll at the Laem Chabang turn off now working well, it takes just 40 minutes in total to get to the course at Greenwood from the base at The Haven even though it is the furthest that the group travel on their golf trips. The course, as usual, was found to be in very good condition although with a fairly stiff breeze blowing, some of the hole distances appeared a little on the long side.

Murray Edwards who had taken time off to gather his thoughts, work at the driving range, and consult with various mediums, counsellors and spoon benders in an effort to get his golf game up to as much speed as his coffee drinking, returned renewed, refreshed and seemingly totally rejuvenated as he swept around the A course, being the front nine, gathering 19 points in the process and having only one hole when the old thoughts returned on the difficult second hole, but then went through his Learned Mantra on the way to the third and all was well from that point on. A second nine of even better quality followed and one which saw Murray rack up another 20 points and even capping it all with 3, 3, 3 points on the last three holes to finish at three under handicap and win by a clear six points.

In his penultimate game with the group before returning to his Northern Estate in Thailand, Brian Proctor overcame a series of extremely late practice sessions, to at last take a podium placement in second place after winning a count back with Rodney Nabbe with a better 18 to 15 which left Rodney in third spot.

Shane Heavey continued his steady run in fourth place just one behind and three ahead of Shuichi Kodaka in fifth place.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart stroked in a very nice one from around twenty feet to take the second division.

Before the presentations were announced there was a warm welcome back for Murray Edwards, straight from counselling to the winners step of the podium, which was greeted with great applause all round.

Wednesday 1st August Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Mark Cooper (12) 35
2nd Kevin Blake (8) 32
3rd Chris Ross (29) 31
4th Brian Proctor (20) 29 cb 15 b6 12
5th Rodney Nabbe (13) 29 cb 15 b6 9

The once a fortnightly trip to Khao Kheow was again a total joy to play in although the results as usual were very hard to achieve as again the rough was very difficult to play from and cost the players dearly every time they strayed from the fairways. The severity of the day was underlined as the CSS for the day went out two stokes to 74.

Mark Cooper showed his class over the opening half but could not maintain his form through the back nine taking just nine points from the last seven holes, but he had done enough earlier to ensure another win, this one by three strokes ahead of playing partner Kevin Blake whose first game back in the cooler climes of Chonburi as compared with the scorching days in Brighton and Hove that he had recently left behind in England, proved to be a bit of a struggle but he still managed to tag second place.

Chris Ross placed third, being the highest placement achieved with The Haven group with what was in fact a very solid round even though it was five over handicap and considering the results for the competition generally.

Brian Proctor won another count back with Rodney Nabbe for fourth and fifth places, this time with a better 9 to 12 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 15 each.
There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there was welcome back for Kevin Blake together with farewells for Brian Proctor and Rodney Nabbe.

Friday 3rd August Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (12) 40
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 35
3rd Phil Cass (14) 33 cb 16 b6 10
4th B. J. Smith (29) 33 cb 16 b6 7
5th Murray Edwards (21) 32

It seems that every time we visit our nearest course the greens get better than the previous visit, and yet again the reports back from the players were of a very positive nature and the scores attested to that situation also with the CSS going down a stroke to 71.

Peter Skinner appeared to have benefitted from his trip away inspecting a few other courses in the Bangkok area as he came back to win at what looks like one of his favourite layouts with a four under handicap return from an extremely steady round of golf that did not show any zeros and good enough to win by a margin of five strokes.

Trevor Schirmer had another solid round taking second place and will surely continue to be among the podium places and also surely will soon see his handicap down to nearer its old level.

Phil Cass having had his handicap reduced by seven shots since the end of January is still being competitive as he was on this occasion as he won a count back for third and fourth places with B. J. Smith with a better 10 to 7 over the back six after they had tied the back nine on 16 apiece.

B.J. is worth an additional mention as it was his best result of his trip so far and although he had to break into another stock of balls only lost one on the day. A fantastic result that was well celebrated in the post-match guzzle fest.

Murray Edwards, although unable to discover his form of earlier in the week, did enough to claim fifth spot on the day.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Peter Skinner and a farewell for B. J. Smith.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 23.07.2018
Phil Cass pulls a cracker

Monday 23rd July Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Vincent Gras (17) 32 cb 19
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32 cb 15
3rd Phillip Cass (16) 31
4th B. J. Smith (28) 29 cb 16
5th Trevor Schirmer (18) 29 cb 15

Although Pattavia was found to be in great condition, unfortunately the ground staff have returned to cutting the greens very close and then finishing them off with a Bic razor, making them just slightly slower than a well ironed billiard table. Any putt from above or level with the hole either had to go in or needed to be putted or even chipped back on. It was therefore no surprise to find that the scores went off the scale and the event became non-counting for handicap purposes on the IPGC system, although those also using the test trial module on the Birdie system will see their handicaps adjusted upwards.

Vincent Gras had the best result and won after having the best count back against Shuichi Kodaka after the front nine when the “Jack Haze” came to his rescue and being unable to reach the greens with his approach shots, he then scored almost 50% better than the front half, in amassing 19 to win it by four strokes and leave Shuichi in second spot.

Phil Cass took third with a steady round that included just the one zero pointer.

B. J. Smith won another count back with Trevor Schirmer with a better 16 to 15 as he desperately attempted to keep enough balls in the bag to finish the round and with five zeros on the card but taking 29 points from just 13 holes showed that when he finds the little devil he usually scores well.

There were no 2s in the first division but B. J. Smith, Brian Proctor and Trevor Schirmer shared the second division multi roll over pot.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Rodney Nabbe and Vincent Gras.

Wednesday 25th July Pattana A & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Phillip Cass (16) 43
2nd Vincent Gras (17) 37 cb 20
3rd Shane Heavey (20) 37 cb 19
4th Hal Hart (16) 36
5th Trevor Schirmer (18) 35
6th Rodney Nabbe (13) 32

After the tribulations of the previous outing some of the players were still undergoing counselling but the rest of them found the comparison between the two courses similar to the Chalk and Cheese test, with Pattana once again showing off the skill and artistry of the greenkeepers. With A and C being the two nines selected for play the par stood at 73 and the CSS for the day stayed the same after the scores showed a marked improvement.

Phil Cass had an absolute cracking game and, after returning a card that was his best for many a year, saw his handicap reduced to its lowest ever at 14 winning by six clear shots after a round that started out on the C course with 24 points from a gross one over 37.

Vincent Gras again did much better on the second nine winning another count back, this time with

Shane Heavey, with a better 20 to 19 to take second place and leave Shane in third.

They were followed in by Hal Hart who significantly managed to play to his new extra low handicap for the first time while securing fourth place.

Trevor Schirmer just failed to match his handicap in taking fifth place but finished without a zero on the card and beating sixth placed Rodney Nabbe by three clear strokes.

Rodney Nabbe cleaned out the first division roll over pot in the 2s competition whilst Phil Cass added to his very pleasant day with the sole one in the second division.

Prior to the presentation of the prizes there was a welcome for new member Kim Ooi from Malaysia together with a welcome back for long time missing Shane Heavey from Darwin, Australia.

Friday 27th June Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Shane Heavey (20) 32 cb 16 b6 13
2nd Rodney Nabbe (13) 32 cb 16 b6 12 b3 8
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32 cb 16 b6 12 b3 5
4th John O’Sullivan (23) 31 cb 14 b6 10
5th Trevor Schirmer (18) 31 cb 14 b6 9

The first day of Buddhist Lent apart from being a dry day was designated as a Bank Holiday but with special green fee vouchers already purchased long ago the day was priced at a very reasonable 1,500 baht including Caddy and cart or 1,000 baht walking being less than half the price of many of the local courses on the day.

It was another tough day for the group but one that was saved from becoming non-counting as the Jomtiem group managed to get enough players in the buffer zone to save it moving upwards, which was due mostly to the length of the course as it was found to be in tip top shape with the greens deserving of special mention being true fast and flat.

Shane Heavey won a three way count back for his first win with the group or a considerable period after returning a best 13 points on the back six having tied the nine on 16 with second placed Rodney Nabbe, who in turn won a further count back with Shuichi Kodaka with a better 8 to 5 over the last three holes, they having tied the nine on 12 apiece which put Shuichi into third place.

John O’Sullivan then won another count back this one with Trevor Schirmer, for fourth and fifth places scoring a better 10 to 9 over the last six holes after they had tied the nine on 14 each.

There were no 2s in the first division but Trevor Schirmer added to his long drive with the only one in the second division.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 16.07.2018
Peter, Trevor & B.J. take the Medals

Monday 16th July Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Phillip Cass (16) 33
2nd John O’Sullivan (21) 30
3rd Brian Proctor (18) 26 cb 12
4th Markku Tynell (23) 26 cb 9

Having left The Haven in the rain the players found that it had stopped by the time that they arrived at the course but although in good condition otherwise it had left it very wet with hardly any run to be had on the fairways making scoring difficult over the 6,600 yards of the A and C courses.

Phillip Cass was again to be found at the top of the leaderboard even though he was three over handicap as the rest of the field found the conditions just too tough with the nearest challenger, John O’Sullivan three shots adrift.

He was followed in by Brian Proctor after he had won a count back with Markku Tynell with a better 12 to 9 with the latter hoping that things improve when he returns home to defend his title at his club in Finland.

B. J. Smith reported at the prize giving that he was looking for a new ball supplier following his fairly disastrous record in maintaining contact with those in the six boxes that he had brought with him from Australia when he arrived on the 25th of June whilst averaging around six ball a game.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Brian Proctor from an inspection tour of his hotel in the Lake District, via his estate in the far north of Thailand, together with a farewell for Markku Tynell returning to Finland for a holiday and more golfing challenges.

Wednesday 18th July Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 36
2nd Phillip Cass (16) 33
3rd Brian Proctor (18) 31 cb 15 b6 13
4th Mark Cooper (11) 31 cb 15 b6 10

As appears to be the case with all the courses that the group currently play there were very few other golfers to be found which meant a very pleasant day’s golfing as the skies stayed clear but again the course had been affected by the previous night’s rain.

As usual the course was in very good condition and also as usual was taking no prisoners of those that strayed far from the straight and narrow fairways with only the winner, Trevor Schirmer, seeming to play steadily enough after returning a level handicap score to win by three.

Phil Cass was once again to the forefront and again scored three over handicap but this time having to settle for second place with a very tidy card that showed no zeros for the day.

Brian Proctor again won a count back for third and fourth places this time against Mark Cooper and being taken to the back six on this occasion winning with a better 13 to 10 after they had tied the nine on 15 each.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions

Friday 20th June Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Peter Skinner (11) 74
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 71
2nd Phillip Cass (16) 73
3rd Division 21 +
1st B. J. Smith (28) 78

Once again the monthly Medals were held at the nearest course to the groups base, it taking just 20 minutes to get there and the same time to get back making it a very hand venue for a Friday. Unfortunately there were not so many contenders for the first and third divisions with just the one competitor in each but the second division was well supported and keenly contested over a course that gets better and better every time that it is played. For those that have not played the courses in some time they would find it much more interesting with the addition of many bunkers and the reshaping and contouring of the greens which are now playing quite well on both nines.

Peter Skinner took his third Medal in a row, uncontested as mentioned earlier, but with his best result of just two over handicap having started the opening nine at level.

Trevor Schirmer then claimed the second division having just missed out in a count back in the June Medal he made sure on this occasion with a one under handicap score that was just enough to see off the challenge of Phil Cass who had to settle for second place for the second time this year.

B. J. Smith was another lonely contender for the division Medal but managed to excel compared with nearly all other rounds that he had completed during this trip to Thailand and even keeping all of his balls except one on a day that had started very auspiciously with a bogey and a par sadly followed immediately with a quadruple just as he thought he had the game beaten but a very steady round followed that included another par and four more bogeys bodes well for the future.

Again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Peter Skinner from his inspection tour of a few courses just north of Bangkok and Shuichi Kodaka returning from a visit to Ukraine and Azerbaijan, presumably they being as near as he could get to watch Japan in the World Cup due to some error in translation.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 09.07.2018
Graham Davis signs off in style

Monday 9th July Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Graham Davis (7) 38
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 35
3rd Murray Edwards (21) 33
4th Mark Armstrong (27) 32 cb 16
5th John Tallett (29) 32 cb 14

One of the best conditioned and best priced golf courses was the opening event for the week and even though it is one of the longest that the group plays it returned the best overall results from the players with the CSS for the day reducing by one to 71.

Graham Davis had his best round of the year while winning by three with a round that could have been even better as he took 22 points from the front nine but then apart from three good holes the back nine could not compare but Graham had done enough on the opening half to ensure the win to celebrate his return to Edinburgh just in time to join the parade organised to welcome the President to his mother’s homeland, although at the time of writing he was still awaiting the invitation to play around with him at Turnberry.

Trevor Schirmer had the first of three good results in the week, after returning a card without a zero on it, taking second place two ahead of Murray Edwards who is slowly getting back into the general swing of things having taken a couple of weeks off to finely hone out the physical aspects of his swing and is looking forward to working towards a totally new beginning.

Mark Armstrong won a count back for fourth and fifth with John Tallett with a better 16 to 14 to round out the day’s podium.

There were no 2s in the second division but Graham Davis had two one on the 175 yard 3rd hole and another on the 290 yard par four 12th for an outstanding eagle. He was presented with a special bottle of whiskey (description on the label) that had been generously donated by Pentti Parvainen for the next golfer that performed an outstanding feat during an event with the group. Being a true connoisseur of the pride of the highlands and glens, Graham noted that unusually there was no name of the manufacturer or address to be found anywhere of the bottle which was obviously an oversight of the marketing department.

Prior to the presentations being made there were farewells for Graham Davis and Tom McCarthy, the first returning to Scotland with his prize and the second to the USA in preparation for his forthcoming nuptials.

Wednesday 11th June Pattana A & B courses Yellow tees Par 74
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1st Phil Cass (17) 37
2nd Hal Hart (16) 32
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 30 cb 20
4th Markku Tynell (23) 30 cb 15

The groups usual fortnightly visit to Pattana was once again a real pleasure, as the course was in superb condition through the green, although B.J. Smith who had spent almost his entire round in it, reported that the rough was extremely difficult to play from especially when using any of the wooden clubs, but as he always seemed at least three clubs from the greens after every tee shot, except on the par threes, he thought they were his best option. Once again he was proven wrong as he again missed out in the final totaling of the scores.

Phil Cass took the win fairly easily even failing to score on the opening hole of both nines, he then did extremely well on many of the others amassing three points on seven holes and four on another.

Hal Hart, who is begging to manage his dramatic reduction in handicap well enough to get on to the podium occasionally, took second place with a pretty solid round with just two zeros, strangely on holes where he still receives a stroke.

Trevor Schirmer then won a count back with Markku Tynell for third and fourth places after returning a better 29 to 15 after a very slow start.

There were no 2s in the first division but Phil Cass added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the second division to sweep the large rollover pot clean.

Before the presentations there was a welcome for new member Richard Stoiser from Austria.

Friday 13th June Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 31
2nd Richard Stoiser (22) 30
3rd Larry Gibb (22) 28
4th Phillip Cass (17) 25
5th Murray Edwards (21) 23 cb 14
6th Jon Batty (6) 23 cb 7

Mountain Shadow is usually one of the toughest courses to score on that the group play and once again that proved to be the case as none of the hopefuls managed to play within their buffer zones and the CSS for the day moved out three strokes and became non-counting for handicap review. There was nothing wrong with the course generally but to add to already difficulty of the layout the greens, which are always a trial, had an extra level of difficulty added by the green keeping staff who had positioned the pin placements in nightmare areas mostly on a slope or a ridge making a three putt the norm and a two putt feeling like a birdie.

Trevor Schirmer rounded off his good week with a well-deserved win even though his very mixed card included three zeros and four one pointers he stuck with it to the bitter end taking eighteen points from the back nine.

Richard Stoiser the newest member playing also had a up and down day with four zeros and five two pointers as he took second place just one behind Trevor also scoring eighteen points on the second half.

Larry Gibb returned to the group, having been extremely busy with his new vehicle but strangely reluctant to share with the group exactly what he had been up to with it, to take well-earned third place and one which may well encourage him to play more often even when the twos pot is not brimming over.

Phil Cass was surprised to find that he had made it onto the day’s podium, with a score that Hal Hart had recently bettered over nine holes, as he took fourth place.

But even more surprised were Murray Edwards and Jon Batty as Murray won a count back with a better 14 to 7 after Jon had started the day looking like a possible winner earlier in the round.

Trevor Schirmer had the only 2 on the 127 yard 5th hole in the second division whilst the highlight of Jon Batty’s round was his birdie on the same hole after which excitement his game seemed to rake a slight dive as he took less points from the next thirteen holes than he scored on the first five.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 02.07.2018
Peter & Mark have the best of the week

Monday 2nd July Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 34 cb 20
2nd Jon Batty (6) 34 cb 15
3rd John O’Sullivan (22) 30
4th John Tallett (28) 27 cb 15
5th Hal Hart (14) 27 cb 14
6th Graham Davis (7) 26

As usual Treasure Hill proved to be a very tough ask for the players, even though the day’s event was set to be played from the yellow tees at just under 6,400 yards, with very little run on the fairways and the smaller than normal greens scoring was at a premium.

There are signs that new tees even shorter than the yellows appear to being built which may be the managements answer to the regular complaints regarding the difficulties many players have with the course. But it is always in very good condition and the prices are always reasonable so it has always been and will surely remain one of the favourites of the group.

Trevor Schirmer has slowly been getting back towards his old form and took the top placement on the day following a winning count back with Jon Batty after returning a better 20 to 15 as Jon took a bit of a dive after a very good front nine of three over gross only spoilt by the last three holes on the back nine over which he could amass just three points whilst Trevor scored five for the win.

John O’Sullivan was surprisingly the leader in the clubhouse for a while and eventually took third place ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth which Joh Tallett won over Hal Hart with a better 15 to 14 with Graham Davis taking sixth place another shot back.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Wednesday 4th June Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 36
2nd Frank Harrington (7) 29
3rd Peter Skinner (11) 28

Khao Kheow was in excellent condition but the severity of the high rough caught many of the hopefuls unaware as they vainly tried using too much club to escape from its iron like grasp and suffered the consequences. But with a small field the CSS was only affected slightly, moving out a stroke to 73.

An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman took the top three places on a day when there wasn’t an American to be seen, as they were all elsewhere celebrating their Independence Day, and so the ever popular story could not be finished as it usually would have been during the presentations speeches, but the emcee did his best and had most of the audience rolling in the aisles with his witty banter and razor sharp repartee pieces. Those found not enjoying themselves or just polishing their vehicles were severely reprimanded behind the Singha cartons later into the evening.

The Englishman, Mark Cooper had the best return by far as he managed to keep the ball on the short stiff for most of the day and kept the dreaded zeros off his card completely and finally ran out an easy winner by seven clear strokes.

The Irishman, Frank Harrington managed to run the closest in second place, but a slow start that saw him at five over handicap for the front nine did in his chances for the day although he did get a few good tips from his caddy through the closing holes which enabled him to match Mark’s score for the back nine.

The Scotsman, Peter Skinner rounded out a very depleted podium but well ahead of the maddened crowd following in the distance and mostly undisturbed by their raucous attempts to get their caddies to find their errant balls in the jungle-like rough.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a farewell for Frank Harrington returning to Blighty to knock a few more out prior to retiring and spending even more time in the Land of Smiles a little later in the year.

Friday 6th June Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (11) 36
2nd Tom McCarthy (22) 35
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 33 cb 18 b6 12
4th John Tallett (28) 33 cb 18 b6 11
5th Graham Davis (7) 31

Pattaya Country Club is now playing even better with the greens deserving of special mention, playing fast and flat, although there is still some difference in the pace from the front to the back nine, but all in all very good value for a course so near to the center of the city.

Peter Skinner found the going a lot easier than his last outing with the group moving up two places on the leaderboard after returning a card that was some eight shots better and showing an 18/18 split and taking 8 points from the last three holes.

But it was close run affair as Tom McCarthy followed Peter in just one stroke behind having taken a stunning nine points from the last three holes to total 20 points on the back nine and but for a slow start would surely have been taking the top spot on the day.

Trevor Schirmer again showed well in third place after he had also started poorly on the front nine but he had done enough to win a count back with John Tallett with a better 12 to 11 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 18 apiece. That left Graham Davis taking the last step on the podium once again in fifth place another two behind them following a disastrous closing five holes that saw him score just four points.

Prior to the presentations there was a farewell for Peter Skinner who having cleaned up on the day was heading to the Kanchantaburi area for some more energetic golf and activities with his pockets jingling.

Once again there were no 2s in either division, which may mean an earlier return to competitions for Larry Gibb if and when he hears about the continuing roll over pool in the second division.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 25.06.2018
Tim gives the Aussies reason to cheer

Monday 25th June Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Tim Dodding (20) 39
2nd Graham Davis (6) 35
3rd Frank Harrington (7) 34
4th Mark Armstrong (25) 32
5th Trevor Schirmer (18) 31

With not a lot to cheer in most other sports recently the Australian contingent at The Haven were given some chance to bathe in some reflected glory when Tim Dodding returned the best score of the week to win by four clear shots at Bangpra where the greens were found to be a little more friendly than usual.

Graham Davis, having pointed out to those that missed the event that Scotland had been victorious over the all-conquering, at least up thill that occasion, England cricket team then applied himself to his first love and secured second place just one ahead of Frank Harrington.

Mark Armstrong having taken three points from six holes but unable to get any consistency into his game slipped into fifth place one ahead of Trevor Schirmer who is at last coming back to his old form after a long lay-off.

There were no 2s in the first division but Tim Dodding added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Frank Harrington from the UK, B.J. Smith from Oz, and Larry Gibb from an “Ang Sabbatical” in Singapore. Larry also reported that he also is now the owner of a totally new fleet of “Transport for Pattaya” and is offering trips around the block for anyone interested or people are able to elect to just sit in the rear passenger compartment without the time consuming travelling.


Wednesday 27th June Pattana A & B courses Yellow tees
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 36
2nd Tim Dodding (20) 35
3rd Peter Skinner (11) 34
4th Trevor Schirmer (18) 33 cb 17 b6 10 b3 5
5th Frank Harrington (7) 33 cb 17 b6 10 b3 4
6th Tom McCarthy (22) 33 cb 14

Having had the benefit of some serious instruction on spin speeds, shaft torque and the correct way to stand to a third putt, Mark Cooper put it all together to amaze his playing partners to take the top step of the podium after returning a solid level handicap card, but which unfortunately contained three zeros when not adhering closely enough to the free advice.

Tim Dodding made a good attempt to take another win but had to settle for a second place on this occasion just one shot adrift of the winner.

Peter Skinner took third place after looking the likely winner at two under handicap after the front nine but an uncharacteristic back half of the round scotched that prospect for the day.

Trevor Schirmer then won a count back with Frank Harrington with a better 5 to 4 over the last three holes after they had tied the nine on 17 the six on 10 to leave Frank in fifth place.

Tom McCarthy was also in the count back but scored just 14 on the back nine and so finished in sixth place.

Graham Davis cleaned out the 2s pool in the first division when he birdied the 169 yard B7 whilst Markku Tynell ensured that the second division did not grow any larger with his solo effort on the same hole.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcomes for “The Head Hunters”, from Papua New Guinea taking a break from their jungle running activities with the Pattaya Dirt Roaders and being represented by “Big Chief” Len Pianta, “Little Chief” Michael Harrison and “general bone carrier ” Adam Dwyer. The fourth member of the group, Ashley Huston who having joined, was unable to play as he had to remain at base I/C household and cooking duties.

Friday 29th June Crystal Bay B & C Courses White tees Stableford
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1st John O’Sullivan (22) 35
2nd Hal Hart (14) 31 cb 14
3rd Murray Edwards (21) 31 cb 13
4th Christer Olsson (15) 29
5th Markku Tynell (23) 27 cb 15
6th Frank Harrington (7) 27 cb 13

Crystal Bay which would normally have been considered the easiest course of the week in fact played the most difficult which saw the CSS move upwards by two strokes to 74 as the wind played its part in adding to the payers difficulties.

John O’Sullivan won by four clear and could have been a lot better with some better results on the greens where a few wayward putts cost valuable points.

Hal Hart is just beginning to get to terms with his new handicap and took second place following a winning count back against Murray Edwards with a better 14 to 13 after they had looked in good shape after the front nine.

Christer Olsson’s cameo appearance netted him fourth place two ahead of another count back between Markku Tynell and Frank Harrington which Markku won with a better 15 to 13.

There were no 2s in the first division but B.J. Smith had a moment of brilliance, amongst his strongest card of the day, when he birdied the 127 yard B6 six for four points which when added to the two points he chalked up on the B8 made up his total of six points for the front nine. The Emcee having highlighted this achievement, then turned the searchlight on the current US Senior Open, where in the first round Stan Souza had a hole in one on the fourth hole following a bogey and two pars. He then followed up with a remarkable run of 7 bogeys, and six doubles and then having parred the last, ended at plus 18 for the day. His second round produced 7 bogeys , 7 doubles, three pars and a birdie, which just goes to show that the game is not a lot easier some days even when you are a top professional. In the same event, our Honorary Touring Pro, Philip Golding finished in 28th place after being in fourth spot after two days.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 18.06.2018
Peter, Shuichi & Markku claim the Medals

Monday 18th June Eastern StarWhite tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 32 cb 16 b6 12 b3 6 b2 5
2nd Gus Guidetti (12) 32 cb 16 b6 12 b3 6 b2 4
3rd Bryan Brown (27) 31
4th John O’Sullivan (22) 29 cb 17 b6 12
5th Bob Pratt (24) 29 cb 17 b6 11

The 6,575 yard Robert Trent Jones course at Ban Chang is now in very good condition generally, so it was very surprising that the scores were not so good when the group played there on this occasion, so off were they that the CSS for the day went out three and became non-counting for upward review.

But the players enjoyed the experience, especially as the cost is now one of the best in area following the organiser purchasing some very good value green fee vouchers, which make the total package for the day including green fee, caddy and cart just 1,350 baht.

After several near misses Trevor Schirmer won for the first time since returning to Thailand full time but it took a mammoth count back to determine the final result which he won with the better score on the last two holes of 5 to 4 having tied the back nine, six and three with Gus Guidetti which left Trevor in first and Gus in second places. Bryan Brown took third place after finishing strongly taking 19 points from the back nine. He was followed by John O’Sullivan in fourth and Bob Pratt in fifth after John had won another count back with a better 12 to 11 over the last six holes after they had tied the nine on 17 each.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Daren Moren together with welcome backs for Gus Guidetti and Bob Pratt both back from their excursion across the gulf.

Wednesday 20th June Khao Kheow A & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Phil Cass (17) 37
2nd Tim Dodding (20) 36
3rd Gus Guidetti (12) 35
4th Mark Cooper (11) 33 cb 17
5th Graham Davis (6) 33 cb 13
6th Mark Armstrong (25) 32



Khao Kheow is reputedly tougher than Monday’s event but the scores were much better with all of the podium places scoring at least as well as the previous winning score but maybe the reason lay in the fact that the top two places were taken by players who did not player in the earlier event.

As usual the course was in good condition although the rough as is normal on all courses is very punishing due to its length as the wet weather continues to hamper the grounds staff throughout the area.

Phil Cass returned a very solid card without any zeros showing and won the day by a single stroke ahead of second placed Tim Dodding who returned to the group reporting a lower handicap and still managed to get into the reckoning.

Gus Guidetti continued in his usual form taking third place another shot back.

Mark Cooper then won a countback for fourth place with Graham Davis with a better 17 to 13 after Graham suffered a bit of a slow start through the C course which was played first but as usual the countback was taken from the back nine on the card so he had to settle for fifth.

Mark Armstrong then took the last mention of the day just one behind them.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Tim Dodding Made up for just missing out in the main competition with his solo one in the second division to sweep the rollover pot clean.
Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Graham Davis, Phil Cass and Tim Dodding.

It was also noted that Hal Hart had been unable to play the last couple of occasions and it was suggested that he had been taken suddenly very sick, possibly suffering from serious reduction symptoms following his recent brush with the ESR of the CONGU handicap system.

Friday 22nd June Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Peter Skinner (10) 78
2nd Graham Davis (6) 83
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 73 cb 35.5
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 73 cb 36
3rd Division 21 +
1st Markku Tynell (23) 75
2nd Tom McCarthy (21) 81

Once again the nearest course to the group’s base, it takes just 20 minutes to get there on the bus, proved to be a hard test of Medal golf with the winning scores in the first two divisions higher than the previous month’s results although the course and especially the greens are in excellent shape but as with all the other courses on the schedule at the moment straying too far from the fairways means a dropped shot at the very least.

Peter Skinner wrapped up the first division for his second medal on the trot with a hard earned six over handicap return after taking a TEN on the par five third hole he managed to stay comparatively calm only taking five over handicap for the next six holes, but it was a much more in character back nine which saw him one under handicap and taking a medal once more. Graham Davis had watched the winners efforts on the third hole as one of the featured group and managed to slip in his own three over onto the card and closing the front nine out at double handicap but again a much improved back nine (it must be something about the Scottish temperament) at just the one over settled him in second place.

The second division was a much more closely contended affair as the first there were separated by just one stroke with Phil Cass just missing out in third one behand the two front runners. These were Shuichi Kodaka in first and Trevor Schirmer in second place after Shuichi had won a count back with a better 35.5 to 36.

The third division was led in by Markku Tynell just three over handicap to be followed in by Tom McCarthy.

The results added another three players to the potential field for the end of year Gold and Silver Medals.

A list of all the Medal winners since 2003 can be seen on the website here - Golf/Monthly Medals.

There were no 2s in the second division but Peter Skinner added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the first division to clean out the rollover pool.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 11.06.2018
Shuichi tops the week again

Monday 11th June Greenwood A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st John Carlin (19) 32
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 26
3rd Peter Skinner (10) 22

A very short field travelled to Mountain Shadow, but were still the biggest group playing the course as once again the lack of golfers generally is looking like it will soon be a major problem for the area, with many of the caddies reporting just two and sometimes one day a week working on the bag. At the present rate of play it will be surprising if, come the high season, there are enough of them to service the players even though the lowest cost to the golfer will be 400 baht plus the usual compulsory tip even for a first timer.

At least the weather stayed fine and the course was as usual not the easiest when the C course is included, but John Carlin excelled at the front winning by six clear of the in-form, but on this occasion well subdued, Shuichi Kodaka in second place.

Peter Skinner took the last spot on the day’s podium another four shots behind in third, with his nearest challenger totally out of sight.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Wednesday 13th June Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 36
2nd Dave Edwards (9) 33
3rd Ron Wilson (9) 30 cb 15
4th Trevor Schirmer (18) 30 cb 13
5th Ray Smallwood (26) 29

We owe the Pattana golf management a vote of thanks as they were exceptionally well prepared to accommodate our group plus the monthly PSC event, with both competitions starting from the same tees, there were no problems with cross overs as the Haven’s event started on B and then played C.

But a strong wind affected the scores, even though the whole course was in tip top condition, which saw the CSS for the day move out two to 75 as the ninth on B was used as usual as a par six from the alternative tees.

Shuichi Kodaka again had the best return of the week even though it was just a level handicap score underling the difficulties that the players faced all week with little run on the fairways and punishing rough as the night time rain continues to affect the grounds staffs ability to get machinery onto the courses.

Dave Edwards continues to play very steady golf, usually being there or thereabouts in the final, and took second place albeit three strokes adrift reckoning but well ahead of the rest of the field underling the level to which the course was playing.

Ron Wilson then won a count back for third and fourth places with Trevor Schirmer carding a better 15 to 13 over the last nine on C course.

Ray Smallwood slipped into fifth spot just one more behind them.

There were no 2s in the first division but Trevor Schirmer made up for missing out in the main completion when he holed one on the 169 yard B7 to sweep the multi rollover pool clean in the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Hal Hart and Markku Tynell safely returned from their tour of Hong Kong together with Tom McCarthy, returned from the darkest North and looking very tired, presumably following long and arduous negotiations, and Dick Heaney and Ron Wilson returned from Hua Hin with Ron having won a major prize.

Friday 15th June Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (9) 34 cb 19
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34 cb 17
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 24 cb 13
4th Dick Heaney (16) 24 cb 12

The week ended with yet another tough course but with the top two managing to get into their buffer zones the CSS for the day stayed at the normal level of 72 even though the course was extremely punishing for any errant tee shots that strayed into the rough and again very little run in the fairways. But once again the weather stayed fine although very hot and humid adding to the players discomfort.

Dave Edwards just ran out the winner in his last event for some time after winning a count back with Trevor Schirmer ending with a better 19 to 17 return.

Mark Cooper returned to the group to take third also after a count back, this one against Dick Heaney, having a better 13 to 12 result to leave Dick in fourth spot.

There were no 2s in the second division but Hal Hart made an immediate impact in his new handicap group when he cleared out the rollover pot in the first division.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Mark Cooper recently returned from the UK together with farewells for Dave Edwards who is returning to the UK for a few months but will be still keeping in touch with the handicap committee whilst huddling around the electric log effect fire. There were also farewells for Dave Heaney and Ron Wilson returning the Melbourne for some well-earned R & R. Ron was in a generous mood as he dispensed multipurpose pocket tools everyone that could be used to measure, write check the level and finally screw, either standard or Phillips, plus a supply of used golf balls. The latter presumably to save weight but more importantly, as they were all marked with red spots, to avoid any problems with Australian Border Control who may have suspected “Thai Measles” and impounded all the golf equipment in the bag.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 04.06.2018
Shuichi has the best of a short week

Monday 4th June Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (10) 33 cb 17
2nd Jon Batty (6) 33 cb 16 b6 11
3rd Tom Shea (5) 33 cb 16 b6 9
4th Dave Edwards (9) 31
5th Markku Tynell (23) 26
6th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 24

With many of the regulars away or just unavailable the numbers for the week were particularly low and on Wednesday not enough players turned up after thinking the day’s event scheduled for Khao Kheow had not been booked when a booked caddy advised that there was no tee times reserved for the group.

In the event the times had been booked but only one player arrived at the course and found he was one of the very few golfers in total with hardly any other tee times reserved for other players. But that appears to be the situation over all the courses with far too few golfers either locals or visitors turning up to play. It would appear that the courses with members are the busiest but with very little money in the till to show for it. This surely means that once again the prices will be raised to make up for the shortfalls in income.

Treasure Hill is one of the courses that has gone in the other direction and is offering a very good value all in deal to all comers and certainly seems to be amongst the busiest of the courses that the group plays.

As usual, even from the shorter yellow tees at just under 6,400 yards, the course played to quite a difficult level and with none of the field being able to play within their buffer zone the day became a non- counter for handicap, with the top four players being the four lowest handicappers in the field underlining the difficulty.

Winning a three way count back and claiming the top step of the podium Peter Skinner saw off his three playing partners with a best 17. That left Jon Batty in second place with a better 11 to 9 over the back six after he had shared the nine with third placed Tom Shea on 16 each.

That left the fourth member of the top four ball, Dave Edwards in fourth place another two shots behind but well ahead of fifth placed Markku Tynell and sixth placed Shuichi Kodaka.

There were no 2s in the second division but Tom Shea and Peter Skinner shared the first division rollover pot.

Before the presentations there was a welcome back for Mark Armstrong and farewells for Hal Hart, Markku Tynell, Jon Batty, Tom Shea and Tom McCarthy the latter heading in to one of the darker parts of the far north to complete arrangements for his forthcoming nuptials.

Friday 8th June Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 36
2nd John Tallett (28) 34 cb 20
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34 cb 16
4th Bob Pratt (24) 30 cb 17 b6 13
5th John O’Sullivan (22) 30 cb 17 b6 12

The players found the day’s test a lot easier, with the course playing very well with the greens now playing very similar on both front and back nine, although as with all the courses there was still very little run in the fairways as they continue to suffer from the wet weather although thankfully most of it arrives during the nighttime.

Shuichi Kodaka won with a solid level handicap round returning a 20/16 split card with no zeros on it.

John Tallett then won a count back with Trevor Schirmer with a better 20 to 16 after Trevor had let a winning chance slip over the last three holes scoring just two points from them.

Bob Pratt won another count back with John O’Sullivan with a better 13 to 12 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 17 apiece.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the prizes were presented there was a welcome back and farewell for Bob Pratt, who was passing through on his way to compete in the big competition in Hua Hin along with many other regulars from the group, together with a farewell for Phil Cass.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 28.05.2018
Hal Hart goes very low

Monday 28th May Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (23) 33
2nd Dick Heaney (16) 29 cb 15
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 29 cb 14
4th John Carlin (18) 28
5th Christer Olsson (15) 26

A difficult week for golf that saw the CSS move upwards in the three events played twice by two strokes and once by three strokes, due mostly to the wet conditions and the particularly punishing rough caused by the inability of the grounds staff to get machinery on to the courses, began at the always tricky Bangpra where the greens were found to be playing much slower than usual which gave some respite to the group on a tough day.

Markku Tynell saved the day from being a non-counting event as he stayed in the buffer zone whilst winning by four clear shots after returning a 14/19 split and finishing strongly with eight points from the last three holes.

Dick Heaney took second place after winning a count back with Trevor Schirmer with a better 15 to 14 even though Trevor’s card was the only one of the day that did not have a zero recorded. A notable achievement on this course.

John Carlin took fourth place another shot behind with Christer Olsson now back down to 15 handicap in fifth.

There were no 2s in the first division but Dick Heaney and Hal Hart shared the second division pool.

Before the prizes were presented there was a welcome back for Shuichi Kodaka and a farewell for Christer Olsson.

Wednesday 30th May Pattana B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (20) 46
2nd Phil Cass (18) 39
3rd Tony Guest (7) 33
4th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32 cb 16
5th Dave Edwards (9) 32 CB 14
6th John O’Sullivan (22) 30

Pattana was again found to be in excellent condition although playing very long as all the other courses in the week due to the recent very wet weather in the area, although it did not manage to curb the two leaders of the day’s event, the rest of the field returned quite dejected after a long grinding day of golf.

Hal Hart was in exceptional form and having determined that he would be thinking his way around the course and leaving the driver in the bag more than once in the round he returned his best round ever at a gross 83, ten over par as the event was played utilising the ninth hole on the B course as a par six, to win by a stunning seven strokes. In the post-match press interview he apportioned most of the credit to the hours that he had spent working on his short game during the Songkran trip to Cambodia (see a reminder of Hal’s short game practice partner below) together with his thinking man’s approach to the game.

Hal’s magnificent score, which had included two birdies and eight pars, won the day of course much to the surprise of second placed Phil Cass who was convinced that his three under handicap return over such a testing course was a certain winner and his margin of six shots to third place indicated that on any other day that would have been the situation.

Tong Guest was that third placed player at three over handicap and the best of the single handicappers in the field.

Shuichi Kodaka won a count back for fourth and fifth places with Dave Edwards returning a better 16 to 14 with John O’Sullivan taking the last mention anther two strokes behind them in sixth place.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka and Ray Smallwood shared the second division, notably it was Ray’s first one with the group.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Phil Cass and Phil Chetta.

Friday 1st June Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (20) 41
2nd Dave Edwards (9) 33
3rd John Tallett (28) 31
4th Trevor Schirmer (18) 30
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29 cb 18
6th Vincent Gras (17) 29 cb 14

Although Pattavia played almost as difficult as the previous two courses in the week, it was considered by the majority of the players to be in the best condition of all of them with the fairways deserving of a special mention as the ball sat up nicely even though there was still little run from them.

Hal Hart astoundingly put in yet another sterling round of golf, but this time only five under par which included seven pars and no zero pointers, to win again by an even greater margin of eight strokes ahead of his playing partner, the Club Handicap Secretary Dave Edwards, who had insisted that he needed to observe the new development at close quarters, although he had nothing to do with the SEVEN SHOT reduction of Hal’s handicap, it reducing from 20 to 13.4 following an additional two shot deduction for an Exceptional Score Reduction (ESR). This is a record reduction in a one week period since the IPGC started in 2000 and one that will surely stand for many years to come.

Dave Edwards as previously mentioned took second place two ahead of third placed John Tallett who returned to the group in fairly good form after a long layoff.

Trevor Schirmer placed fourth just a shot in front of a count back for fifth and sixth between Shuichi Kodaka and Vincent Gras which Shuichi won with a better 18 to 14.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions. Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for John Tallett and Bryan Brown together with a welcome back and farewell for Vincent Grass passing through on a flying in/out visit.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 21.05.2018
Christer Olsson dominates the week

Monday 21st May Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (11) 33
2nd Christer Olsson (17) 31
3rd Ron Wilson (9) 26
4th Brian Kinsella (15) 25
5th Markku Tynell (22) 24

A very tough week of golf, when only two scores throughout the whole of it were below handicap and one which saw the CSS increase every day, started out at Mountain Shadow.

Already made difficult enough by the designers the recent heavy weather had left the course very wet and with the lack of mowing extremely long in the rough, and more akin to the local jungle conditions, making hitting the narrow fairways more important than usual.

Peter Skinner, who has been in fine form playing with other groups as well as The Haven, slipped out of his handicap buffer zone but still did enough to win on a day by two as the CSS moved out three strokes to 75.

Christer Olsson was easily the second best of the day even being five over his handicap, which underlined the severity of the conditions, two behind Peter and five ahead of third placed Ron Wilson who was reviewing his decision to come to Pattaya for a little rest and relaxation and a few nice rounds of golf having battled through the round after taking just three points from the first four holes of the day.

Brian Kinsella was doing the best that he could with borrowed clubs and unable to see how Banjo Bannister, the club’s owner, could possibly mange to play with them as he struggled into fourth place just ahead of fifth placed Markku Tynell who somehow had slipped in four three pointers into a very up and down round.

Unsurprisingly there were no 2 in ether of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Ron Wilson, Dick Heaney, Murray Frost and Brian Kinsella.

Wednesday 23rd May Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (17) 41
2nd Dave Edwards (10) 35
3rd Ron Wilson (9) 34
4th Jon Batty (6) 33
5th Tony Guest (7) 32
6th Russell Goldsworthy (4) 30

After the hard days gold in the previous event there were some very doubtful souls travelling to Khao Kheow that is known for its unforgiving nature and where once again the local rule of lift and place was in effect for balls that found the fairway. And once again the course was rain affected but not as punishing as previously during this extended wet period in Pattaya.

Christer Olsson returned an outstanding card to win the day by five clear strokes after having taken 23 points from the opening nine holes he then rounded off his day with a level handicap back nine.

to complete his best round ever in Thailand and his first win of the week and win against a very competitive field that contained more than the usual single figure handicappers.

Dave Edwards may well have thought that his one over handicap round might be the winning total but he had to be satisfied with a second place after a very solid performance.

Ron Wilson was starting the believe things were not as bad as he at first feared following his first outing of his trip when he took third place with a much better card that was no doubt assisted by his early retirement the previous evening and a solid nights rest.

Jon Batty returned to the group to claim fourth spot having had an unspectacular day but still managed to take the money in his playing group just ahead of fifth placed Tony Guest and sixth placed Russell Goldsworthy.

Ron Wilson and Jon Batty shared the 2s pot in the first division, whilst Christer Olsson added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the second division.

Prior to the prize giving there were welcome backs for Russell Goldsworthy Tony Guest and Tom McCarthy.

Friday 25th May Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Peter Skinner (11) 76
2nd Ron Wilson (9) 80
2nd Division 16-20
1st Christer Olsson (17) 71
2nd John Carlin (18) 77
3rd Division 21 +
1st Benny Hansen (21) 79
2nd Murray Frost (26) 84

Once again the Monthly Medals were held at the nearest course to the groups base and once again they players found it to be in good condition allowing for the recent weather but it was playing quite long from the tee and the course was difficult even with the lift and place assistance on the fairways, making scoring difficult.

Peter Skinner struggled to get some consistency into his game taking a treble and a quadruple bogey amongst eight pars and a birdie and was happy to see his name finish at the top of the list in the first division to take his second Medal of the year with a four over handicap return. Ron Wilson found himself back in the doldrums but still good enough to take second place which earned his a place in the end of year God and Silvers is he can return to compete in them.

The second division was led in by a street by Christer Olsson who followed up his second place and win earlier in the week with another win following a very good round in the conditions of one under handicap which when added to his previous rounds in the week will mean a two shot reduction in handicap for the next week’s events. It was also his second Medal win of the year being two shots lower.

John Carlin took second place after going nine strokes better on his back nine having struggled mightily over the opening half of his day.

The third division belonged to Benny Hansen who took his second Medal in a row with a hard fought seven over but well ahead of second placed Murray Frost.

There were no 2s in the first division but Dick Heaney had the sole one in the second division to sweep the pool.

Back at the Haven there was a farewell for Brian Kinsella who was off back to Singapore to recover from his golf mauling in the Land of Smiles.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 14.05.2018
Peter Skinner hits top form

Monday14th May Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st John Sutcliffe (15) 33
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 32
3rd Dave Edwards (10) 31
4th Dave LeHane (19) 26
5th Benny Hansen (21) 24

For the first time in three weeks the rounds were not affected by rain although the overnight deluge had left the course wet but it had generally drained well but played long which saw the CSS for the day move out to 73.

John Sutcliffe returned to the group in good form but failed to make a good start taking just ten points from the first eight holes but he then settled down to record a solid one under handicap to finish at the top of the list.

Trevor Schirmer is slowly returning to his old form but a couple of wayward holes on the inward half did his chance no good and he ended settling for second place.

Dave Edwards returned from a very successful tour which saw his handicap reduced to its lowest level since records were written on paper but on this occasion could not manage to match his recent standard but still took third place ahead of Dave LeHane by several strokes.

Benny Hansen, now playing very steadily took the last step on the day’s podium.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Dave Edwards, Dave LeHane and John Carlin all returning from their trip to Hua Hin together with John Sutcliffe who had jetted in from the Philippines.

Wednesday 16th May Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (12) 40
2nd John Sutcliffe (15) 36
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 35
4th Benny Hansen (21) 33
5th John O’Sullivan (22) 31

With four holes to play there was a one hour stoppage for lightning and heavy rain.

One very observant amateur meteorologist in the group cracked the reason for the spate of wet weather than has been bedeviling the events for the last few outings when he spotted the “Hal Factor”. As once again the weather interfered with the rounds and it was noted that Hal was again playing having been missing on the only recent dry day following an all-nighter watching for the American Powerball results which from which he hopes to golf every day whilst travelling the world’s exotic locations amongst the lotus eaters. Sadly again this week was not to be the start of the tour itinerary. But at least we all now know who is the “Democrat in the woodpile”, and definitely not one of the President’s men.

Once again the group played the B course as a par 37 with the last hole played from the par six tees.

Peter Skinner took it all in his stride as he swept through the front nine on level par gross to amass 24 points and a solid 16 from the inward half returned him to the winners spot for the first time in a while, no doubt wishing his stablemates could perform to the same level.

John Sutcliffe went even better than his previous return but was consigned to second place following Peter’s excellent score.

Christer Olsson had his best round for a while at one over handicap in third place and looks a possible winner in the near future on current form.

Benny Hansen again showed in the mentions in fourth place just ahead of John O’Sullivan who might have done better over the closing holes and been in contention for a higher position.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart cleaned out the multi rollover pool in the second division with a putt on the 153 yard C7 for four points and the highlight of his back nine which also included two three pointers, unfortunately there was little else to celebrate so the bulging pot made up for quite a lot on the day.

Friday 18th May Crystal Bay White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (19) 35
2nd Hal Hart (20) 34 cb 17
3rd Murray Edwards (21) 34 cb 15
4th Benny Hansen (21) 31
5th Christer Olsson (17) 30 cb 17
6th Dave Edwards (10) 30 cb 10

Having slipped up to a 20 handicap for his Hua Hin tour and then played well enough to go back down again to 19 Dave LeHane returned to the group in good form and took the last event of the week with a solid one over handicap as the course was found to be in quite good condition apart from the wet fairways and heavy rough due to the recent weather conditions.

Hal Hart, Who has been playing quite well throughout the recent poor weather again did well enough to take second place after winning the first count back of the week with a better 17 to 15 and consigning Murray Edwards down to third.

Benny Hansen took his third podium of the week in fourth place ahead of a count back for fifth and sixth which Christer Olsson won over Dave Edwards.

Surprisingly with the course playing easier than all the others during the week there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

 






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