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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.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 07.05.2018
Markku Tynell in top form

Monday 7th May Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Paul Durkan (8) 35
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 31
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29
4th Andrew Purdie (7) 28 cb 13
5th Chris Ross (27) 28 cb 10

The rainy season officially starts next week but by many accounts it has started a few weeks ago and this week was again affected by rain every day that the group played, which means the last six competitions have seen the results affected to some extent.

Monday saw a small group show up following overnight rain that continued into the early morning and delayed the start slightly leaving the course playing long and very wet.

Paul Durkan survived the early downpour and a slow start that saw him with just three points after three holes but he then steadied the ship and finished with a very commendable twenty points on the back nine to run out the clear winner by four shots.

Second placed Markku Tynell managed to complete his round the other way around with a 19/12 split as the heavy ground took its toll towards the end of the day but just hung on to beat playing partner Shuichi Kodaka as the latter scored eight points over the last four holes.

Andrew Purdie returned from work a little the worse for wear but still grabbed fourth spot from Chris Ross after winning a count back with a better 13 to 10 after Chris had started very well but then slipped badly taking just four points from the last five holes.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart had a huge one on the 154 yard A 6 hole when he chipped in from somewhere near the green according to eyewitness accounts and swept the multi rollover pool clean.

There were welcomes for the remnants of the rugby touring side that had been in town for the Chris Kays Memorial Tens Competition led by the head herdsman Tony Thomas, and the herd consisting of Gus Armstrong and Allan Hart all that were left of the almost victorious Stray Cats from Darwin, Australia.

There were also welcome backs for Paul Durkan, and Andrew Purdie together with farewells for Yasuo Suzuki and Shuichi Kodaka.

Wednesday 9th May Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 40
2nd Benny Hansen (22) 39 cb 20
3rd Hal Hart (21) 39 cb 19
4th Andrew Purdie (7) 31

At least the rain held off until most of the field had played at least seventeen holes for the visit to Khao Kheow, where the course was found to be in very good condition although still heavy underfoot and playing long although that first view the scores would belie that assessment.

It is not often that the group play this courses and find that one of two players with 39 points is not the winner but on this occasion that was the case after Markku Tynell had another very good opening nine holes and this time followed it up with a steady and solid level handicap eighteen points to finish with a four under handicap round and leave Benny Hansen and Hal Hart amazed that neither of them were the winner.

Benny took second place after winning a count back with Hal with a better 20 to 19as benny squeezed eight points from the last three holes to playing partner Hal’s seven.

Andrew Purdie again took fourth place with a slightly improved round although tiring badly through the closing holes.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but also once again Hal Hart had one in the second division but this time it was a more normal 30 foot putt from just on the green on the signature 8th hole on the B course.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Brian Talbot.

Friday 11th May Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (21) 36
2nd Hal Hart (21) 35 cb 16 b6 10
3rd John O’Sullivan (22) 35 cb 16 b6 9
4th Benny Hansen (22) 31
5th Chris Ross (27) 28

Again the rain held off until later in the round but the last group had to sit out a heavy thunder and lightning period and finished almost an hour after the first group had completed their rounds.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions. Once again the course was found to be improved and the scores of the day and the CSS moving down to 71 underlined that fact.

Murray Edwards took the top step of the podium following a very steady round rounding off a 19/17 split with an unusual par 5 on the last hole when following a good drive a couple of mishits and a shot into the greenside bunker was followed by an immaculate chip in for three points which sealed the win in front of playing partner John O’Sullivan.

John having thought he had won before the fatal chip-in then lost second place to Hal Hart after a count back which went to the back six with Hal winning second spot with a better 10 to 9 after they had halved the nine on 16 each.

Benny Hansen couldn’t continue his fine form of the previous outing but still managed to claim fourth place ahead of Chris Ross in fifth once again.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 30.04.2018
Kevin Blake the best of the week

Monday 30th April Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (11) 34
2nd Markku Tynell (23) 30
3rd Hal Hart (21) 25

With promises of poor weather conditions throughout the week and a heavy downfall in Pattaya from early morning a fewer number of hardies turned out to take on the rare visit to Bangpra where the tee times have now returned to normal, but booking tee times earlier than a month prior to the required date is still impossible probably due to a lack of writing paper.

But the course was found to be in very good shape and the rain stopped as soon as the transport moved away from the Haven and stayed away for the rest of the day, although it remained very wet with little run from the tees and heavy lies all around the course.

Dave Edwards did the usual even managing to slip in in four zero pointers with three coming on the back and an anchor-like two in the last three holes, but was still good enough to stroll in at the head of the depleted field.

Markku Tynell placed second with a solid 15/15 return and Hal Hart took third another five behind but well ahead of the rest of the hopefuls.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Wednesday 2nd May Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Jamie King (17) 32
2nd Trevor Schirmer (17) 30
3rd Hal Hart (21) 29
4th Frank Hughes (19) 28
5th Jon Batty (6) 27

If the players had thought the Monday test was hard they were met with an even tougher one when they took on the always long and arduous Treasure Hill where the white tees were selected to make the day even longer and a day that started out well degenerated after the 11th hole for most of the field when the course was saturated following a torrential downpour that caused a stoppage for thirty minutes after which scoring was at a premium. Across all the cards the resulting points were 30% worse than the first 12 holes an effect that saw the CSS for the day move out three and become non-counting.

Jamie King had the best card of the day winning by two with a split of 18/14 and he was followed in by Trevor Schirmer whose card was even more affected showing a 19/11 return.

Hal Hart took third with what could have been his best round in recent outings with a 17/12 split.

Frank Hughes was the only player to return a better back nine after a 13/15 split and then Jon Batty closed out the podium in fifth with a 19/8 complete with a few more harrumphs the nearer the clubhouse he got to at the end.

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

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Jon Batty, Ray Smallwood, Jamie King and Frank Hughes.

Friday 4th May Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Kevin Blake (8) 38
2nd Murray Edwards (21) 33
3rd Hal Hart (21) 32
4th John Carlin (18) 31
5th John Tallett (28) 30 cb 15
6th Peter Skinner (11) 30 cb 14

A much better day weather-wise and a course that now plays a lot fairer on the greens after they have been left a little longer and negating the very dangerous downhill putts that were apt to require a chip back following a heavy hand from anywhere above the pin on almost every hole. The course was also in very good condition in all other areas and has become one of the favourites of the group.

Kevin Blake returned to make the best score of the week and some five shots clear of the nearest challenger when he returned a two under handicap card containing two 4 pointers and four 3 pointers and no zeros.

Murray Edwards had a solid round in second place just one ahead of third placed Hal Hart, who took his third podium finish of the week without breaking into a sweat.

John Carlin took fourth another point back and one in front of a count back for fifth and sixth which John Tallett won over Peter Skinner with a better 15 to 14.

John Carlin found later that he had mislaid his hat, but it was reported by others that his caddy had purloined it and was seen to be sticking long pins into it and chanting behind one of the drink stops for some unknown reason.

Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions making it a huge treble rollover in both for the start of the coming week.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for John Tallett, John O’Sullivan, Murray Edwards, Christer Olsson, Kevin Blake, Yasuo Suzuki and a very sorrowful but a lot wiser Peter Skinner, who had returned from watching his best horse under training trail in covered in more mud than glory, during his visit to the UK. His journey was not totally wasted as he managed to fit in a trip to South Herts where he found an old chum to buy a beer or two for drowning purposes.

There then followed a long list of farewells and good wishes for a large number of the members who were off to Hua Hin to challenge for some less than enormous prizes.

These were made up of, Peter Skinner, still and always hopeful, Kevin Blake, one to watch, the hatless John Carlin, always worth a punt, Darry Burkett, hopefully not ball tampering, Dave LeHane, getting away for a rest from the pressures of Condo ownership, and the always likely lad Dave Edwards. Others included the no hopers, the going for the night lifers, and too late to tee it uppers, and the when do we head backers.

 



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 23.04.2018
Darryl, Shuichi & Benny take the Medals

Monday 23rd April Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 38
2nd Dave Edwards (11) 34
3rd Bruce Hilde (17) 32

A very quiet week following the Songkran break while many of the escapees were still absent, many without leave, meant low numbers and when added to the very unseasonal weather promising wind, rain and the occasional sunshine they were even lower than ever.

But at least many of the managements are taking the drop in total golfers seriously enough to sharpen their pricing pencils and Eastern Star are among the leaders currently with the all up price of green fee, caddy and cart coming out at 1,300 baht or 900 walking. A great deal with the course in tip top condition with a special mention required for the greens.

Markku Tynell had his best round for a little while scoring 22 points on the front nine even slipping in a zero pointer, and another very steady 16 points over the shorter but tougher inward half to win easily.

It was no surprise to find the in-form Dave Edwards contending again but a couple of lapses, one on each nine, were enough to relegate him into second place. He was followed in by Bruce Hilde who was making a brief appearance before tripping off for a few months to Minnesota for some serious vegetables and dairy diet regimes.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations of the prizes there were welcome backs for Dave Edwards, Bruce Hilde and Markku Tynell together with a special one for John Carlin now fairly well recovered from his brush with the “Big C” and back with the group, and there was also a farewell for Bruce Hilde.

Wednesday 25th April Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (11) 38
2nd Trevor Schirmer (17) 32 cb 17
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 32 cb 14

Crystal Bay was in very good condition but unusually there were only a few good scores with the best being Dave Edwards, who is beginning to make a habit of contending if not winning and on this occasion again took the top step of the podium with a very solid round without a single zero and even birdying the 180 yard 4th on the C course.

Trevor Schirmer is also beginning to get back into the swing and took second spot after winning a count back with Markku Tynell with a better 17 to 14 over the back nine. Markku then had to be satisfied with third place after he had looked a possible winner after completing the front nine holes.

Shuichi Kodaka made it a happy return when he slipped in the sole 2 in the second division to sweep the rollover pot clean while it was no surprise to find that Dave Edwards had one in the first division to also sweep the rollover pot clean.


Friday 27th April Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Darryl Burkett (13) 85
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 80
2nd Phil Cass (17) 82
3rd John Carlin (17) 85
3rd Division 21 +
1st Benny Hansen (26) 68
2nd Chris Ross (26) 80
3rd Hal Hart (21) 82

With the impending rain keeping many away and others not considering the course to be up to their standard, unfairly as the newly designed greens are now starting to come good, the numbers were again low especially in the first division where just one contender took up the challenge for the very attractive new design trophies of the Monthly Medals.

That man was Darry Burkett who soldiered on manfully after suffering an injury on the 14th and taking a massive ten followed by a quadruple and he did well to just finish but it was well worth the effort as he took the medal in the first division.

Shuichi Kodaka struggled as did most of the field and just managed to squeeze out the win in the second division ahead of Phil Cass in second place and John Carlin in third.

The third division provided the best result of the day both gross and nett, which is some sort of record unlikely to be repeated, when Benny Hansen used all his members knowledge and bounces to return a gross 94 net 68 to take the medal by a street ahead of Chris Ross in second place and Hal Hart in third.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The haven there were welcome backs for Darryl Burkett together with a farewell for Phil Cass.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 09.04.2018
Bill Park returns for glory

Monday 9th April Greenwood A & C Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (20) 36
2nd Trevor Schirmer (17) 32 cb 18 b6 13
3rd Brian Talbot (14) 32 cb 18 b6 12
4th Dave Edwards (11) 32 cb 17 b6 14
5th Gary Brown (9) 32 cb 17 b6 11
6th Chris Ross (26) 32 cb 15 b6 10
7th Yukio Kikuchi (19) 32 cb 15 b6 8
8th Darryl Burkett (13) 32 cb 14
9th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32 cb 13

A short week started off at Greenwood where the course was found to be in good condition and strangely quiet although it is beginning to look like the low season will be particularly low this year for many of the managements that are not prepared to meet the changing market requirements with special approaches. The group is now playing a few courses where the walking rate with caddy is under 1,000 baht and some are offering deals that include carts for as little as 1,300, so there will be few surprises or additions to the current fixture lists when the full schedule for the rest of the year is released sometime in May.

Dave LeHane warmed up for his trip away with a win that was unusual in that he beat the next best player by four and there were eight of them on the same score after he returned a solid 19/17 split which included a couple of zeros one on each half.

Trevor Schirmer won the first of the count backs against Brian Talbot for second and third with a better 13 to 12 over the last six after they had tied the nine on 18 each.

Dave Edwards then won against Gary Brown for fourth and fifth ending with a better 14 to 11 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 17 each to be followed by Chris Ross beating Yukio Kikuchi 10 to 8 after they had tied the nine on 15 each which left Darry Burkett to win the last one with Shuichi with a better 14 to 13 over the back nine. A very strange Brew with The Cream definitely at the top.

As usual Dave Edwards had a 2 in the first division whilst Dave LeHane added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the second division.
Prior to the presentations there were a welcome backs for Pete Seil and Brian Talbot together with a farewell for Gary Brown.

Wednesday 11th April Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Bill Park (15) 35
2nd Dave Edwards (11) 33
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 32
4th Trevor Schirmer (17) 31
5th Brian Talbot (14) 30 cb 14 b6 9
6th Murray Edwards (21) 30 cb 14 b6 8

The last event prior to the mass exodus to far flung countries and areas where a more sensible form of the traditional That New Year is practiced was fairly well supported and they were well received at the very well turned out Khao Kheow course although as usual the scoring was hard to come by and in the final analysis with just one player making the standard the CSS for the day went out three strokes to 75.

Bill Park returned to the group and unfortunately would be able to play in just one event due to the Songkran shutdown of The Haven golf group, but he made sure of a memorable trip on this occasion as he took the top step of the podium by two from the “ever present nowadays” Dave Edwards after returning a very tidy card that had started inauspiciously with just one point from the first two holes but he then steadied the ship and finished with a very tidy two points on every hole on the back nine to win by two shots.

Mark Cooper placed third another shot back and one ahead of Trevor Schirmer who is beginning to get back in the groove after the two missing years.

Brain Talbot then won a count back for fifth and sixth places with Murray Edwards with a better 9 to 8 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 14 apiece.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart made up for some of his disappointments earlier in the main competition when he holed out from further than he could point on the island green on the B course to claim the bulging pot in the second division.

Before making the presentations the Emcee welcomed back Vincent Gras and Bill Park and gave sad farewells to everyone as they were all heading for the hills to escape the joys of the Thai New Year, aka Songkran, or returning to their homelands and leaving The Haven to sink or swim for the next week or so.

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 16.04.2018
Songkran Golfing trips with the groups

We had some early news on the international front when both Reuters and UPS sent in the latest pictures from the Cambodian contingent that showed Hal Hart working on his short game in Phnom Penh. The added transcript also reported that Kevin Blake was sponsoring the full course of lessons, although that was unsubstantiated at the time of going to press.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 02.04.2018
Shuichi breaks the bank

Monday 2nd April Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (12) 39
2nd Dave Edwards (11) 35 cb 19
3rd Dave LeHane (20) 35 cb 18
4th Dave Paul (21) 34
5th Trevor Schirmer (17) 33 cb 18
6th Mark Cooper (11) 33 cb 14

The start of a very good week’s venues was at the Chang Brewery owned Pattavia where the course was found to be, as is usual nowadays since the takeover by the new owners, in excellent condition and with the greens now playing to a reasonable speed, allowing players to keep a downhill putt on the green, the scores were good enough to allow the CSS to remain at the par of 72.

Peter Skinner, playing in what turned out to be his last event before returning to England to watch one of his string of horses attempt to pay some of its stabling fees, put in a sterling performance returning his best round for six months and one which was better by four than the second place.

That was filled by the now serial achiever Dave Edwards who needed to win a count back with a better 19 to 18 to deny Dave LeHane and consign him into third.

Dave Paul, also playing in his last event before spending a month or so touring other parts of South East Asia before returning to Canada, took fourth spot ahead of a count back for fifth and sixth between Trevor Schirmer and Mark Cooper which Trevor won with a better 18 to 14.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper made up for a disappointing back nine with the solo one in the first division.

Before the presentation of the prizes there was a welcome back for Yukio Kikuchi together with farewells for Dave Paul and Peter Skinner.

Wednesday 4th April Pattana A & B courses Par 74 Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 40
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 38
3rd Dave LeHane (20) 37
4th Dave Edwards (11) 36
5th Markku Tynell (24) 34 cb 20 b6 14
6th Trevor Schirmer (17) 34 cb 20 b6 13
From Chris Ross (26) 34 cb 19

After a very long hiatus after the management, now old and gone, had increased the green fees to a totally unacceptable level, the group returned to the very popular course where the new management, in fact the older version re-employed again, had once again set the green fees to an affordable level. Playing the A & B courses where the ninth on B was played from the alternative tee making it a par six making the par for the day 74, they were found to be in tip top shape as they had obviously not seen much use since the end of last October, which the scores reflected and which saw the CSS reduce to 73.

Shuichi Kodaka found it very much to his liking as he strode, albeit quite slowly, to a very good final total of four under handicap with a card the included two halves of twenty points each.

Mark Cooper ran him very close also under handicap with a 19/19 split for second place and one ahead of in in-form Dave LeHane in third.

Dave Edwards was again in the frame in fourth place having started out strongly with a 21 point return but then slipped slightly through the last six and settling for a level handicap round.

Markku Tynell then won a three way count back with a better 14 to 13 over the back six for fifth place with Trevor Schirmer taking sixth after they had shared the back nine on 20 apiece, with Chris Ross losing out with a good 19 points form the back nine.

There were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka made it a personal grand celebration with the sole one in the second division to take the rollover pool.

Chris Ross had arrived from OZ with some news that the group would not be seeing Rodney Nabbe as soon as expected, as following a very unfortunate occurrence on a train running between Wollongong and Sydney, all active staff on that line are now required to be fully conversant with Spittoon placement, handling and cleaning together with additional passenger assistance methodology, which will require some very specialized training lasting over several weeks.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Chris Ross, Ben Wilkinson, Phil Cass and Kevin Blake.

Friday 6th April Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 34
2nd Chris Ross (26) 32 cb 16
3rd Dave Edwards (11) 32 cb 14
4th Darryl Burkett (13) 31
5th Paula Kopatz (22) 27

A Bank Holiday in recognition of Chakri Dynasty Day resulted in a smaller group than usual even though the group had the benefit of a special green fee rate which made the total for the day with caddy and cart just 1,300 baht which was a great rate for a holiday rate and probably the best available in the whole area. The course was in great condition with the greens rating a special mention, being flat true and quite fast, but surprisingly the scoring did not reflect the quality of the whole course which saw the CSS go out two to 74.

Markku Tynell had a pretty solid round although three zeros did not do it justice it was just enough to squeak home by two ahead of a count back for second and third places which Chris Ross won over Dave Edwards, again, with a better 16 to 14.

Darryl Burkett returned to claim fourth spot another one behind them but four in front on fifth placed Paula Kopatz.

Dave Edwards scored the lone 2 in the first division whilst Markku Tynell added to his day with his solo effort in the second division.

Back at The Haven there was a warm welcome for Paula Kopatz a new player with the group and the first lady to play with them for quite a while, together with welcome backs for Pertii Parvainen and Darryl Burkett. The was also a later welcome back when Darryl Kellett, who had obviously been listening at the keyhole while the group were discussing his current whereabouts and various previous escapades with the group, only to suddenly then appear to join the then silent group. He then proceeded to fill in a few missing links to add to the evening’s entertainment.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 26.03.2018
Peter, Christer and John take the Medals



Monday 26th March Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (11) 37
2nd Vinny Lazell (17) 35
3rd Andrew Purdie (7) 34
4th Allan Busby (18) 33
5th Dave Paul (21) 31

The trip to the three farthest courses is now much quicker due to the new road construction and after leaving the Haven just before nine am the group were teeing off just before ten on an almost empty course which was in immaculate condition reflecting the lack of other groups taking advantage of the great deal for green fee, caddy and cart at 1,350 baht. The scoring was also of the top order with the CSS for the day remaining at 72.

Dave Edwards continued his fine run of form with another under handicap round that did not show a single zero which is quite an achievement on this course.

Vinny Lazell started very well finishing the front half with 21 points but a couple of zeros and single pointers did in his chances of another win and so left him in second place one ahead of Andrew Purdie who had similarly started very steadily but crashed a bit through the back half.

Allan Busby took the first of his three podium finishes another shot back in fourth with Dave Paul two more behind in fifth.

Incredibly there were 2s in both divisions with Dave Edwards and Shuichi Kodaka getting one each on the second hole both for four points, where normally most players are pleased to squeeze out two from the 198 yard monster surrounded by water. So Shuichi took the second division pool whilst Dave had to share the first division with Andrew Purdie who unsportingly had one on the shortest hole on the course at the 107 yard 6th.

Wednesday 21st March Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35
2nd Allan Busby (18) 34
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 33
4th Mark Cooper (11) 32
5th Vinny Lazell (17) 31 cb 13
6th Hal Hart (20) 31 cb 12

Khao Kheow is always in first class condition but is never the easiest test of the week and so it proved to be once again as the best of the day was over handicap and the high scoring meant a rise in the CSS to 73.

Shuichi Kodaka played the steadiest to win by the closest margin of the week ahead of the in-form Allan Busby in second spot.

Markku Tynell had a very even round returning a 16/17 split for third place finishing in style with a par on the last for four points to claim third place. Mark Cooper would have wished to end his in the same fashion but managed just four points from the last three holes when in a winning position and then taking fourth place.

Vinny Lazell then won the only count back of the week, most likely some sort of record for the group, with Hal Hart and winning with a better 13 to 12.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper and Dave Edwards shared the first division pot.

Before the presentation of the prizes there was a farewell for Brian Proctor who had spent a very pleasant break away from Nakhon Northsomewhere and is hoping to return soon to collect some prizes now that he has the lie of the land sorted out.

Friday 23rd March Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Peter Skinner (12) 76
2nd Gary Brown (9) 81
3rd Neville Duncan (12) 85
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Christer Olsson (16) 73
2nd Allan Busby (18) 74
3rd Murray Edwards (20) 77
3rd Division 21 +
1st John O’Sullivan (22) 76
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 81
3rd Benny Hansen (24) 83

With many of the usual suspects celebrating Good Friday at other venues there was a smaller turnout than normal for the now three Monthly Medals held at the nearest course to base and one which takes just 25 minutes travelling time to get to and fro from.

The course was found to be in very good condition although the scoring was far below the usual standard but the weather conditions, being very hot and humid no doubt added to the players difficulties.

The first division saw Peter Skinner stroll into first place by a clear five strokes, even after recording a quadruple eight on the 399 yard 14th, as the rest of the division crumpled into a heap with the next best being Gary Brown in second and Neville Duncan a further four shots away in third place.

The second division saw the best results of the day with Christer Olsson leading the way with the best of the day one over handicap which was just enough to edge out Allan Busby who was attempting to improve his position on the podium for the third time in the week, but three sixes in the last four holes closed off his otherwise great round and so had to settle for second place three ahead of Murray Edwards in third place.

The newly third division was taken by John O’Sullivan who having started very badly when dropping six shots to handicap through the first four holes than steadied the round to finish the rest at two under handicap for his first Medal with Markku Tynell following a little way back in second and Benny Hansen two more back in third.

From the first four Medals of the year there have now been twenty qualifiers for the Gold and Silver Medals in December.

Vinny Lazell Made up for and otherwise disappointing last outing with the group by taking the second division rollover 2s pot whilst Peter Skinner added to his total take for the day with the sole one in the first division.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome for Gary Brown on a short visit from the Wakefield Club near Manley, Australia, together with farewells for Vinny Lazell and Allan Busby. Allan had spent a very pleasant fortnight in Pattaya during his first visit to the Land of Smiles and carries back to East London many fond memories of extremely enjoyable meetings with the local residents, which will surely result in a speedy return for more of the same after a couple of weeks watching West Ham and huddling round the paraffin heater in his bedsit contemplating the meaning of life.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 19.03.2018
Successful Darwin Invasion returns home

Monday 19th March Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 18
1st Gus Guidetti (10) 38
2nd Rhys Minton (17) 35
3rd Kevin Fitzpatrick (18) 33 cb 15 b6 11
4th Mark Cooper (11) 33 cb 15 b6 8
5th Allan Hanlon (12) 32 cb 19
From Greg Ignatieff (14) 32 cb 16
2nd Division 19 +
1st Vinny Lazell (19) 43
2nd Dave Paul (21) 37
3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 35
4th Geoff Totham (19) 34
5th Robin Jeggo (19) 32

A good week for golf as the weather held off after many reports of rain throughout the week started off at Pattavia where the course was in great condition and the greens were almost benign compared to their usual speed and so the scoring was generally very good throughout the two divisions.

The first division was led in by Gus Guidetti in his last outing with the group after returning an excellent two under card that was good enough to win by three clear from Rhys Minton in second place.

Kevin Fitzpatrick took another podium placement when he won a count back for third and fourth with Mark Cooper with a better 11 to 8 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 15 apiece.

Allan Hanlon then won another count back with Greg Ignatieff for fifth place with a better 19 to 16.

The second division was taken by Vinny Lazell with a superb seven under handicap return that was his best score in Thailand and which left the chasing pack well behind.

Dave Paul was the nearest challenger on six adrift in second place after he had his best round of the current trip. He was followed by Brendan Dunne in third place, and who may well have thought that one over handicap might be good enough to win the division at this always difficult course, Geoff Totham in fourth and Robin Jeggo in fifth.

Gus Guidetti added to his days haul with the solo 2 in the first division to sweep the roll over pool clean while Rhys Minton, having played in the main competition in the first division, took the second division pot with his solo effort on the 227 yard 7th hole.

Before the presentation of the prizes were made there were welcomes for new members Allan Busby and Christer Andersson together with welcome backs for Vinny Lazell, Keith Emerson and Claes Mueller and farewells for Brendan Dunne and Gus Guidetti.

Wednesday 21st March Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 17
1st Rhys Minton (17) 39
2nd Greg Ignatieff (14) 34
3rd Neville Duncan (12) 33
4th Dave Edwards (11) 31 cb 15 b6 11
5th Ian Lederhose (16) 31 cb 15 b6 9
2nd Division 18 +
1st Hal Hart (21) 38
2nd Geoff Totham (19) 36
3rd Chris Ross (26) 34 cb 23
4th Tim Dodding (21) 34 cb 17
5th Larry Gibb (22) 34 cb 16
From John Dodding (19) 34 cb 13

Another good turnout required two divisions once again with the cut this time being set at 17 and below for division one and again the course was in great shape and the weather slightly overcast with a light breeze. Just right for good golf.

The first division was won by Rhys Minton going one better than his previous result after he finished at three under handicap to win by five clear ahead of Greg Ignatieff in second place.

Neville Duncan, playing with hire clubs after his own set failed to appear on the same flight from Oz, returned a very well earned third place ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places which Dave Edwards won over Ian Lederhose returning a better 11 to 8 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 15 each.

Hal Hart overcame a nagging back injury to win the second division after returning a two under card and his best for a little while which denied Geoff Totham a win for second time.

The resurgent Chris Ross then won a four way count back for third place with a stunning 23 points to leave Tim Dodding in fourth with 17, Larry Gibb in fifth with 16 and John Dodding just missing out on a podium placement with 13.

Strangely with such good scoring generally there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcome backs for Banjo Bannister, Larry Gibb and Neville Duncan.

There then followed a very raucous farewell for the conquering heroes from Darwin made up of their intrepid Leader Bob Pratt, 2 I/C Geoff Totham, Rhys Minton, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Robin Jeggo, Craig Warry, Tim Dodding and John Dodding all of whom were mentioned in dispatches for their efforts during their very successful forays on the local courses, but there had been little news on their Dark Ops into the darker sides of Pattaya’s entertainment centres.

Friday 23rd March Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Allan Busby (18) 36
2nd Dave Edwards (11) 35 cb 21
3rd Dave Paul (21) 35 cb 16 b6 11 B3 8
4th Chris Ross (25) 35 cb 16 b6 11 b3 3
5th Allan Hanlon (12) 34
6th Trevor Schirmer (17) 33

Following the withdrawal of the boys from Darwin the group was back to just one division for the visit to Crystal Bay where the course was found to be in very good condition although the greens on the two nines were running at completely different speeds.

Allan Busby was the best of the day at level par after recording three zeros and a couple of single pointers on a day when for once nobody scored well throughout their round.

Dave Edwards then won a three way count back with a stellar 21 points for second place to leave Dave Paul in third after he had won an additional count back with Chris Ross with a better 8 to 3 over the last three following a tie for the nine on 16 and the back six on 11 each.

Allan Hanlon, playing in his last event before returning to huddle in front of his electric coal fire in England, took fifth place one more behind and one ahead of sixth placed Trevor Schirmer.

Dave Edwards made up for just missing out on the win when he slid in a two on C7 to claim the first division 2s roll over pool whilst Dave Paul and Ian Lederhose shared the second division roll over pot.

Back at The Haven there were farewells for Allan Hanlon, Ian Lederhose and Neville Duncan.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.03.2018
The Darwin Invasion begins

Monday 12th March Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (12) 38
2nd Peter Skinner (12) 34
3rd Dave LeHane (19) 33
4th Gus Guidetti (10) 32
5th Trevor Schirmer (17) 31 cb 16
6th Greg Ignatieff (15) 31 cb 13

The week started quietly enough at Mountain Shadow where the course was found to be in good condition, but with just the one division required the usual blue tees were the test of the day which resulted in the higher handicappers drifting to the towards the bottom of the results sheet.

Dave Edwards continues to benefit from hours at the practice areas, plus plenty of sometimes questionable advice, freely given, at the post event get-togethers, and once again topped the list with a two under handicap return and some four shots clear of second place. That place was taken by Peter Skinner who is just running into form ahead of his attempt to clean out the rest of the upcoming tour to Hua Hin.

Dave LeHane drilled into third place just one behind and another ahead of Gus Guidetti who was at last making a start with the group after a false start on the previous Friday.

Trevor Schirmer then won a count back for fifth and sixth with Greg Ignatieff with a better 16 to 13.

There were no 2s in the second division but Gus Guidetti had the solo one in the first division to take the roll over pot which will no doubt be added to the fund for the incoming troops to be better able to recce Soi Six and The Kinneree for special future operations.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Jens Gunnarsson and Brian Proctor together with a special mention for Gus Guidetti acting as the point scout for the main force from Darwin due to land at any time soon.

Wednesday 14th March Khao Kheow B & C courses Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 17
1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 37
2nd Rhys Minton (17) 32 cb 18
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32 cb 17
4th Jim Underwood (14) 31
2nd Division 18 +
1st Kevin Fitzpatrick (19) 38
2nd Tim Dodding (21) 34
3rd Brendon Dunne (28) 24
4th Robin Jesso (19) 23

Following many months, and some say years, of careful planning and intel collation involving long hour days spent undercover by their not so secret agent “Vincent Jack”, the first wave of the invasion of the “Darwin Boys” got underway and in the hopes that they would stay friendly with the locals they were welcomed as new members. They were led by Bob Pratt as C/O and Geoff Totham, Adjutant i/c personnel movements, who were the first to be greeted as returnees together with the first timers, many with long experience in campaigns throughout South East Asia, in the form of Kevin Fitzpatrick, in full camouflage sportswear, Robin Jesso, John Dodding, Tim Dodding, Craig Warry and Rhys Minton the latter who had to make his way from an earlier sortie to the west coast of the gulf by sea transport and so arrived after the main party had consolidated their positions surrounding The Haven.

With so many additional players the group was once again back to two divisions with the cut coming at 17 and below for the first division. That was lead in by Greg Ignatieff whose short layoff to recover from a slight injury has improved his results and culminated in a runaway win by five clear over the very tough B & C courses which played hard enough to require the CSS to move out a couple of strokes to 74.

Rhys Minto then took second place after winning a count back with Shuichi Kodaka with a better 18 to 17, as Jim Underwood, playing in his last game with the group, took fourth place.

The second division was totally ambushed by Kevin Fitzpatrick who after taking 13 strokes on the first two holes then reeled off a run of twelve holes at just 7 over par gross to set up an easy win in his first event.

Tim Dodding slipped into second place with a solid two over return having slipped out of contention through the back nine after taking a couple of zeros. He was followed some ten shots back by Brendan Dunne in third and Robin Jesso another shot back in fourth which underlined the severity of the course for most of the field.

In the final analysis, the raiders from Darwin took 50% of the spoils for the day so the evening started well and got better as they prepared to go plundering around Soi LK Metro as soon as they had enough fuel in their tanks.

There were no 2s once again in the second division, but Peter Mannion knocked one in on the 165 yard C8 with a smooth 4 wood against the wind and a chip in to take the pot.

Friday 16th March Pattaya Country Club Stableford
CSS 72 NC

1st Division 0 – 17
1st Christer Olsson (16) 37
2nd Rhys Minton (17) 36
3rd Kevin Blake (8) 34 cb 18 b6 13
4th Peter Skinner (12) 34 cb 18 b6 12
5th Gus Guidetti (10) 33
2nd Division 18 +
1st Bob Pratt (25) 38 cb 20
2nd Geoff Totham (20) 38 cb 17
3rd Kevin Fitzpatrick (19) 37
4th Brendan Dunne (28) 34
5th John O’Sullivan (22) 31 cb 15
From Craig Warry (20) 31 cb 12

Again the day required two divisions and almost three at the now well received Pattaya Country Club course where the greens continue to improve but where the fairways still need to benefit from a lift and place local rule to mitigate the situation that some bare patches that are taking longer than usual to get back into good shape.

With most of the Darwin group insufficiently trained to get into the first division it was left to the locals to take control as Christer Olsson had his best round for a little while at one under handicap which was just enough to stop Rhys Minton from grabbing the limelight as he finished at level par for second place. Kevin Blake then won a count back for third and fourth places with Peter Skinner with a better 13 to 12 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 18 apiece. Gus Guidetti rounded off the podium another shot back in fifth place.

The second division was dominated by the invaders as their C/O Bob Pratt led from the front with a two under return, taking the top step from the Adjutant, Geoff Totham, after winning a countback with a better 20 to 17 having made the extra shots from his handicap really count.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, not quite able to recreate his previous form was still good enough for third place just one behind the top pair and three in front of Brendan Dunne, who in turn was three ahead of a count back for fifth between John O’Sullivan and Craig Warry which John won with a better 15 to 12 after Craig slipped badly over the closing holes.

There were no 2s in the first division but Markku Tynell received a great ovation when it was announced that he had swept the very large roll over pot clean with his remarkable effort on the 177 yard 7th hole where the pin was placed back left and playing almost 190 yards.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.03.2018
The Ambassador returns home a winner

The start of the low season has come earlier this year no doubt initiating some courses to reduce the green fee rates as early as the first of March as the numbers of golfers continue to drop from the highs of previous years. While the Haven group continue to support those course managements that have been realistic with their prices over the high season period they have agreed some special prices with others that are now being more competitive in their marketing efforts and the results of these negotiations can now be viewed on the schedules for the next three months that are now available on this web site HERE.

Monday 5th March Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
CSS 72

1st Division 0 - 17
1st Dave Edwards (12) 34
2nd Bruce Kusyk (12) 31
3rd Danny Miller (8) 30
4th Trevor Schirmer (17) 28
2nd Division 18 +
1st Patrick Scullion (20) 39
2nd Dave Paul (21) 35
3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 33 cb 19
4th Hal Hart (21) 33 cb 17

There were still enough players to require two divisions for the first event of the week where Crystal Bay was found to be in quite good condition although the greens on the two nines played were almost chalk and cheese in comparison with each other, one being fast and true and the other much slower and variable in line due to the two or three different types of grass in their makeup.

Dave Edwards continued to be one of the usual suspects to be found on the podium now that the frequent lessons and practice sessions are finally making their mark on his form as he won the first division at a canter by three from Bruce Kusyk in second place.

Danny Miller whilst not getting near to the winner still did enough for a step on the podium one ahead of Trevor Schirmer in fourth place.

The second division was led in by Patrick Scullion who was making his penultimate appearance and returned his best round after two months of strained effort and promised better to come in a final flourish in his acceptance speech, which attracted as much credence as David Davis’s assertion of a “Good Deal for Britain”, but a lot of loud applause.

Second place went to Dave Paul with Brendan Dunne winning a count back for third and fourth with Hal Hart with a better 19 to 17.

Both winners added to their day’s hauls with Dave Edwards winning the first division 2s pool and Patrick Scullion taking the second division after they had one each on the C course.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Steve Bickle and Jim Underwood together with a farewell for Maurizio Guidi back to bolster the country’s population in San Marino.

Wednesday 7th March Greenwood A & C courses Stableford
CSS 74

1st Hal Hart (21) 35
2nd Kevin Blake (8) 34
3rd Peter Mannion (10) 33 cb 15 b6 12
4th Dave Edwards (12) 33 cb 15 b6 9
5th Mark Cooper (11) 30 cb 16
from Danny Miller (8) 30 cb 15

Even the always popular Greenwood attracted a smaller entry requiring just the one division but for those that attended it was a very good day although the going was extremely tough with the course playing its full length and a bit more, so much so that the CSS for the day went out to 74.

Hal Hart had the best of the day at one over handicap but with the adjustment to the standard scratch it meant a small reduction for the following week.

Kevin Blake was just behind in second place, and having been partnered together with Hal in a four ball in which they annihilated their opponents, it was a very rewarding day for them both.

Peter Mannion made a good start in his first event with the group when he won a count back for third and fourth with Dave Edwards with a better 12 to 9 on the back six after David had taken a zero on the 17th and they had tied the nine on 15 each.

Mark Cooper then won another count back with Danny Miller for fifth place with a better 16 to 15.

There were no 2s in the second division but Peter Mannion and Danny Miller shared the first division pot.

Prior to the prizes being presented there was a welcome for Peter Mannion from Kings Lynn in England together with farewells for Danny Greer, off on another brown sauce run, Brian Kinsella, for a bit of a rest after a tough diet regime in which he lost over 20 kilos whilst in the Land of Smiles, and Ambassador Patrick Scullion, who had promised a win in his last event but was reminded in the farewell oration, ‘that along with DHL, he should not be counting his chickens before they are delivered’.

Friday 9th March Eastern Star Yellow tees Stableford
CSS 70 NC

1st Allan Hanlon (12) 32 cb 18 b6 12
2nd Jun Ishihara (9) 32 cb 18 b6 10
3rd Markku Tynell (23) 31 cb 19
4th Jim Underwood (12) 31 cb 16

After a stormy night when the lashing rain started at 3 am, according to the night hawk who doubles as the scribe, there was a very limited turnout a s the rain continued to pelt down in a very unseasonable manner but three groups set off for the course in the hopes that the weather would be kinder further south. But on arrival at the course they found the Jomtiem group, consisting of ten groups had not even started to tee off and after over an hour wait the weather had not improved so one of the three groups returned to The Haven for warm cocoa and commiserations.

The two groups that stayed eventually teed off in light rain after all the previous groups retired hurt and managed to get some satisfaction out of the specially reduced green fees that had been obtained for the coming season.

Allan Hanlon stuck to the jib the best to win out over Jun Ishihara after winning a count back over the last six with a 12 to 10 return after they had tied the nine at 18 apiece.

Markku Tynell then won another count back with Jim Underwood with a better 19 to 16 for third place. It was noticeable that everyone’s scores improved through the back half as the conditions improved and all look forward to playing the course when conditions are more amenable.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at the Have eventually there were welcome backs for Gust Guidetti and Christer Olsson together with a farewell for Jun Ishihara returning back to Japan in time for the cherry blossom’s arrival. Danny Miller dropped by to say farewell on his way back to Manchester United after he had decided the weather at 8 am was far too much like home to be bothering with it all.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 26.02.2018
Garry Rookas is outstanding

Monday 26th February Treasure Hill Stableford
1st Division White tees
CSS 77

1st Danny Miller (9) 33
2nd Patrick Scullion (20) 32 cb 17
3rd Jun Ishihara (9) 32 cb 16
4th Mike Dabanovich (11) 29
2nd Division Yellow tees
CSS 73

1st Garry Rookas (29) 43
2nd John O’Sullivan (22) 34
3rd Brendon Dunne (28) 29 cb 16 b6 14
4th Murray Edwards (19) 29 cb 16 b6 9

Two divisions were formed to play the always difficult but possibly the most scenic of the courses in the area to allow the lower handicappers to play the 6,726 yards card from the white and the higher handicappers from the 6,377 yards yellow tees, which in the event proved to be a good decision as the White CSS went from 74 to 77 and the Yellow CSS from 72 to 73.

Garry Rookas had a lifetime best when he returned a seven under card from the yellows to take the second division by nine which included a stunning 24 points over the back nine with two 4 pointers four 3 pointers two 2 pointers and a zero.

Second placed John O’Sullivan had a very good round which would have usually have been good enough for first place but not with Garry in such hot form.

Brendon Dunne then won a count back with Murray Edwards for third and fourth places with a better 14 to 9 over the back six holes after they had tied the nine in 16 apiece.

The first division found the white tees a much tougher proposition with a three over handicap round being sufficient to see Danny Miller home in first place one ahead of a count back for second and third which Patrick Scullion won with a better 17 to 16 to leave Jun Ishihara in third.

Mike Dabanovich took fourth another three strokes behind them.

Danny Miller added to his day’s takings when he scooped the only 2 in the first division whilst Patrick Scullion duplicated that feat to take the second division pool.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Jun Ishihara, Andy Pedlar and John Pearce together with farewells for Dave Cadwallader and Andy Pedlar, the latter after a very quick visit but still managing to create a fair bit of damage.

Wednesday 28th February Khao Kheow B & C courses Stableford
CSS 74

1st Masanori Takano (7) 34
2nd Dave Edwards (11) 32 cb 17
3rd Patrick Scullion (21) 32 cb 16
4th Brendon Dunne (28) 31
5th Danny Miller (9) 30
6th John Sutcliff (15) 29 cb 15
From Jun Ishihara (9) 29 cb 14

Another hard day in paradise was the order of the day at Khao Kheow which again saw the CSS move upwards, on this occasion just two to 74, but with many players having returned home or incapacitated, there were only enough contenders for one division.

That was led in by Masanori Takano with a hard earned two over handicap round that was just enough to see him finish at the head of the pack. He was followed in by Dave Edwards when he won a count back with the emergent Patrick Scullion after scoring a better 17 to 16 on the back nine.

Brendan Dunne then took fourth one shot behind with Danny Miller in fifth and Jun Ishihara playing his last game with the group in sixth.

In keeping with the difficulty that the course was playing there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there were welcomes for new members Mark Royale and Shaun Royale on a quick visit from the Leigh Golf Club in Lancashire and playing a one off game. There was also a fond farewell for the “Flag Carrier” Phil Stevenson returning to lead the agitators in the South when not leading the singing at Old Trafford, together with another one for Jun Ishihara.


Friday 2nd March Pattaya Country Club Stableford
CSS 72

1st Paul McDonald (17) 39
2nd Danny Miller (9) 36 cb 18
3rd Derek Salmon (25) 36 cb 16
4th Craig Thomas (14) 35
5th Maurizio Guidi (12) 33 cb 18
6th Garry Rookas (29) 33 cb 16

Just a week after last playing the course the group were back at the local course where it was again found to be in good shape as the newly designed greens begin the pay faster and flatter and the scores continue to improve.

Paul McDonald at last managed to get most of his tee shots to stay in play and a long way down the fairways when he took his first success on this trip but will not be able to repeat the feat as unfortunately it was his last event in Pattaya this time around.

Danny Miller again showed his almost metronome consistency taking second place after winning a count back with Derek Salmon with a better 18 to 16. This gave the podium a very Mancunian flavour with the top three all hailing from that city although just two wear the red and the other the light blue (names have been redacted to protect the innocent).

Craig Thomas also playing his last game in Pattaya took a well-deserved fourth place at one over handicap and he was followed in by Maurizio Guidi in fifth after he won a count back with Garry Rookas with a better 18 to 16.

Even with much better scoring on the day once again there were no 2s in either division.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Chris Ross and farewells for Craig Thomas, Garry Rookas, Paul McDonald and Derek Salmon.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 19.02.2018
Phil Cass breaks the mould

Monday 19th February Bangpra Stableford
CSS 72

1st Division 0 - 18
1st Dave Edwards (12) 34 cb 18
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 34 cb 16
3rd Allan Hanlon (12) 32 cb 18
4th Craig Thomas (14) 32 cb 14
2nd Division 19 +
1st Frank Hughes (19) 35 cb 19
2nd Phil Cass (21) 35 cb 17
3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 34 cb 18
4th Markku Tynell (23) 34 cb 16

A very benign Bangpra, where the greens were strangely slow with even some puts from above the hole not reaching their target, meant some solid scoring from a much reduced field, compared to the most recent attendances, and due no doubt to the extraordinary start of 12 noon. But the weather stayed fine and dry to make for a late but enjoyable day.

With just two divisions the cut came at a very unusual high 18 and below for the first division, which Dave Edwards won to take huis first win of the week after taking the count back with a better 18 to 16 which left Shuichi Kodaka in second place after he found himself once again in the top level.

Allan Hanlon then won another count back for third and fourth with Craig Thomas carding a better 18 to 14.

The second division was led in by Frank Hughes climbing onto the top step in his first game back with the group and after following a review of his handicap he won a count back with Phil Cass with a better 19 to 17 to deny Phil what could have been a triple win in the week.

Brendan Dunne then won another count back for third and forth with Markku Tynell with a better 18 to 16.

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

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Vic Reimer, Frank Hughes, Phil Cass, Ian Lederhose and Hal Hart form medical leave. There was also a farewell for John Carlin returning to OZ for a checkup for a short while.

Wednesday 21st February Greenwood B & C courses Stableford
CSS 73

1st Division 0 – 14
1st Dave Edwards (12) 38
2nd Masanori Takano (7) 33
3rd Dave Cadwallader (14) 32 cb 18 b6 14
4th Andrew Purdie (7) 32 cb 18 b6 12
from Mike Dabanovich (11) 32 cb 17
2nd Division 15 - 20
1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 40
2nd Frank Hughes (19) 35
3rd Yukio Kikuchi (18) 32 cb 17
4th Glenn Eldershaw (17) 32 cb 16
3rd Division 20+
1st Philip Cass (21) 40
2nd Greg McDonald (27) 34 cb 20
3rd John O’Sullivan (22) 34 cb 18
4th Derek Salmon (24) 32 cb 14
from Jeffrey Eldershaw (21) 32 cb 12

Three divisions were required for a large field for the always popular Greenwood where the toughest B & C courses were the test of the day and once again good weather slightly overcast made for some excellent scores in all divisions.

The first division was again led in by Dave Edwards, who is going through a very good run of form and in the process getting his handicap reduced to its lowest over the last hundred rounds and more, as he went two under handicap to win by five ahead of Masanori Takano in second place. Dave Cadwallader then headed a three way count back for third and fourth with a better14 on the back six after he had tied the nine on 18 a piece with Andrew Purdie which left Mike Dabanovich in fifth with just 17 on the back nine.

The second division was won by Shuichi Kodaka, improving on his second place on Monday with a very good four under handicap round, to consign Frank Hughes into second place some five strokes behind but three in front of a count back for third, which Yukio Kikuchi won with a better 17 to 16 to leave Greg Eldershaw in fourth spot.

The third division was dominated by Phil Cass who was in the middle of a remarkable week’s golf after several months and seemingly longer in the doldrums as he struggled to get back to the old ways and after seeing his handicap spiral upwards he was very happy to know it would definitely be on its way back down.

Greg McDonald took his first podium placement with the group as he won a count back for second with John O’Sullivan with a better 20 to 18 after a very good back nine.

Derek Salmon leapt into prominence having the best result of his tour group when he also won a count back for fourth place with Jeffery Eldershaw by a better 14 to 12 after Jeffrey had looked a possible winner of the division after the front nine.

Dave Edwards and Mike Dabanovich shared the first division pool whilst the second division was split between Phil Cass, Paul Davies. Jeffrey Eldershaw and Victor Reimer.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Maurizio Guidi, Brian Kinsella and the Manchester Tour Group consisting of Danny Miller (Head Chef), Paul McDonald (Tour Negotiator) and Derek Salmon (Head Tourist). There was also a farewell for Paul Davies returning to China to sort out their production problems generally.

Friday 16th February Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
CSS 72

1st Division 0 – 15
1st Danny Miller (9) 74
2nd Peter Skinner (12) 75 cb 35
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 75 cb 39.5
2nd Division 16 - 20
1st Vincent Gras (18) 68
2nd Yukio Kikuchi (18) 73
3rd Trevor Schirmer (17) 74
3rd Division 21+
1st Phil Cass (21) 67
2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 73 cb 35
3rd Markku Tynell (23) 73 cb 36.5

A new programme for the Monthly Medals was instigated with this month’s medals, when the third division was added together with a third division in the Gold and Silver Medals. This will be continued through the low season when numbers permit.

Some truly amazing scores were returned that underlined how well the course was playing even though a few of the pin positions had obviously been dreamt up by one of the kitchen staff after spending too much time at the washing-up sink and wanting some payback.

Danny Miler took the first division with a two over handicap score as the first division were outshone by the lower divisions for once in a medal round. He was followed by Peter Skinner after he had won a count back with Kevin Blake with a better 35 to 39.5 after the latter had gone out in a very tidy level handicap three over.

The second division was won by Vincent Gras, who was taking the day off from preparing a huge housewarming party that most of the hardened drinkers were expected to attend the following day and he had obviously prepared exceptionally well as he returned a four under card that was five ahead of second placed Yukio Kikuchi who was in turn one in front of third man Trevor Schirmer.

The third division saw Phil Cass go one better than in his previous event, at five under handicap, to take the medal by six clear from Brendan Dunne after he had won his second count back of the week with Markku Tynell, who finished third, with a better 35 to 36.5 over the last nine holes.

Following an ad hoc drink/driving/putting test on the winners, it was discovered that Phil Cass hadn’t had one for longer than anyone could remember, Danny Miller was still trying to mix his first one and Vincent Gras was eleven times over the limit and that was just counting the Jack.

Kevin Blake, in addition to his elegant third place, also managed to sweep the first division 2s pool with his solo effort, while Phil Cass piled more loot into his kitty with the lone one in the second division.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Vincent Gras, Digby Hillier and Kevin Blake, the latter after recovering from a horrific motor cycle accident on Kho Samet, but now obviously well healed by the nurses he had been helping to look after.

There was also a farewell for Yukio Kikuchi who was returning to Japan for a short holiday.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 12.02.2018
Mark Lang returns to form at last

Monday 12th February Pattavia Stableford
CSS 73

1st Division 0 - 14
1st Allan Hanlon (12) 32 cb 17
2nd Mike Dabanovich (10) 32 cb 16
3rd Peter Skinner (31) 31 cb 16
4th David Wright (12) 31 cb 15
2nd Division 15 - 19
1st Greg Ignatieff (16) 40
2nd Trevor Schirmer (17) 35
3rd John Carlin (17) 32 cb 15 b6 9
4th Murray Edwards (19) 32 cb 15 b6 7
3rd Division 20+
1st Markku Tynell (25) 40
2nd Paul Davies (21) 34
3rd Phil Stevenson (23) 32
4th Garry Rookas (28) 31

Playing what has become one of the group’s favourite courses, even though the greens are possibly the most challenging of the regular courses played, there were sufficient hopefuls to require three divisions.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions. In the event the course played a little tougher than the standard which saw the CSS for the day increase by one to 73.

Allan Hanlon had the best result in the first division albeit well over his handicap but allied to winning the count back with Mike Dabanovich with a better 17 to 16 it was still good enough to take the win.

Peter Skinner then took third following another count back with David Wright which he also won with a better 16 to 15.

The second division was dominated by the equal best score of the day by Greg Ignatieff as he took the win by five clear ahead of Trevor Schirmer in second place.

John Carlin then won another count back for third and fourth with Murray Edwards with a better 9 to 7 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 15 each.

The third division saw the other best of the day when Markku Tynell returned a forty pointer to lead them in by six points after a sparkling round that will see his handicap reduced to a more usual level.

Paul Davies took second place two in front of third placed Phil Stevenson and another one in front of Garry Rookas, taking his first podium with the group, in fourth spot.

Before the prizes were presented there was a welcome for new member David Wright from Australia and welcome backs for Bruce Hilde, Paul Davies, and Sam McLellan, together with a farewell for Mark Armstrong returning to Oz for a bit of R & R.

Wednesday 14th February Khao Kheow A & C courses Stableford
CSS 72

1st Division 0 – 15
1st Mark Cooper (11) 38
2nd Andrew Purdie (7) 37
3rd Bruce Kusyk (12) 35
4th Craig Thomas (14) 34 cb 18
5th Sam McLellan (13) 34 cb 17 b6 12
6th Dave Cadwallader (14) 34 cb 17 b6 11
2nd Division 16 +
1st Dave LeHane (19) 35
2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 34
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 32 cb 17
4th John Carlin (17) 32 cb 14
5th Markku Tynell (25) 31 cb 16
6th Paul Davies (21) 31 cb 15

After the dust had settled on the IPGC Championships played over the same course some two weeks earlier the group returned to try and emulate some of the performances to no avail.

Mark Cooper outdid his last outing with a round that would have seen him in contention for one of the major prizes at two under handicap as he won the first division by the slimmest of margins from Dave Purdie who had also had a Championship to forget but on this occasion just got the better of the course at one under handicap.

Bruce Kusyk took third with a very solid round ahead of a three way count back for fourth fifth and sixth which Craig Thomas won with a strong 18 to leave Sam McLellan in fifth after he had taken the place with a better 12 to 11 over the back six after he had shared the nine with Dave Cadwallader on 17 apiece.

Andrew Purdie, Don Dabanovich and Mark Cooper shared the rollover pot in the first division 2s competition whilst new member Gerry Rivard made it a happy start taking the big rollover pot in the second division.

Before the prize giving there was a welcome for new member Gerry Rivard from Canada together with welcome backs for Bruce Kusyk, Howard Leigh, Moe Deverdenne and the IPGC Handicap Chairman Dave Edwards.

There were also farewells for Don and Jamie Dabanovich, although it may not be too long before they return after an interesting first trip to the Pattaya golf courses. Patrick Scullion was leading the clapping, no doubt very relieved to be able to look forward to some early nights and a lot less of his exhausting dance routines.

Friday 16th February Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
CSS 73

1st Division 0 – 16
1st Mark Lang (8) 39
2nd Allan Hanlon (12) 37
3rd Craig Thomas (14) 34
4th Peter Skinner (12) 32
5th Bruce Kusyk (12) 31 cb 15 b6 10
6th Dave Cadwallader (14) 31 cb 15 b6 9
2nd Division 17 +
1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 34
2nd Dave LeHane (19) 33
3rd Trevor Schirmer (17) 32
4th Dave Paul (20) 30 cb 18
5th Brendan Dunne (28) 30 cb 16
6th Murray Edwards (19) 28

Another good turnout but again just short of three divisions and making a total of over forty five different golfers playing with the group during the week meant two divisions with six places each.

The course showed its teeth for once with just two scores better than handicap in the two divisions which was underlined by the CSS for day going out one to 73.

Mark Lang had his best round with the group for some considerable time, much to his delight but which seemed to invoke the opposite reaction from his playing partners as they had become accustomed to some easy pickings in their recent encounters. But the win was very well deserved as he had played exceptionally well returning a 19/20 split for the two nines.

Allan Hanlon ran a very close and good second with the only other under handicap round three ahead of third placed Craig Thomas.

Peter Skinner took fourth place one in front of a count back for fifth which Bruce Kusyk won with a better 10 to 9 over the last six after he had tied the nine on 15 with Dave Cadwallader who missed out on fifth for the second time in a row.

The second division was led in by Shuichi Kodaka, after a bit of a struggle, at two over handicap just one ahead of Dave LeHane in second and Trevor Schirmer in third.

Dave Paul Then won a count back with Brendan Dunne with a better 18 to 16 to take fourth place and they were followed by Murray Edwards in sixth spot.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mar Cooper swept the first division pool with his solo effort which was definitely the highlight of his round.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Drew Niblock together with farewells for John Wood, Gerry Rivard and Sam McLellan




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.02.2018
Phil Stevenson flies the flag high

Monday 5th February Mountain Shadow Stableford
1st Division Blue tees
CSS 75 NC

1st Mark Cooper (11) 33
2nd Graham Davis (6) 30
3rd Dave Paul (20) 28 cb 16
4th Patrick Scullion (19) 28 cb 11
2nd Division White tees
CSS 73

1st Markku Tynell (25) 34
2nd Phil Stevenson (25) 28 cb 13 b6 11
3rd John Carlin (17) 28 cb 13 b6 8
4th John Wood (26) 27

With well over 40 different golfers playing with the group during the week it was surprising that there was not a need for three divisions on any of the days, which underlines the situation of not many golfers are playing three times a week and some only once as the increased costs and poor exchange rates for the currencies of the majority of players feed through to the general economy of the golf industry in the area.

As decided previously with sufficient numbers there would be two tee starts when the group plays Mountain Shadow, but from the results returned it did not appear to have helped the higher handicappers to play a course some 400 yards shorter than from the blue tees, although the best score was indeed better than the best from the first division.

That first division was headed by Mark Cooper at three over handicap after he returned a two part card in which he totaled 20 points from the front and just 13 from the back half, but which was enough by three clear to take the win ahead of Graham Davis in second place. Dave Paul then won a count back with Patrick Scullion for third and fourth places with a better 16 to 11.

Markku Tynell easily took the second division with the best score of the day at two over handicap but some six in front of a count back for second and third which Phil Stevenson won over John Carlin finishing with an 11 to 8 from the back six after they had tied the nine on 13 each. John Wood placed fourth another shot back.
There were no 2s in the second division but Graham Davis slipped in the sole one in the first division to claim the pot.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Paul and Nathan Hutley, John Carlin, now happily recovered from his recent medical procedures, and Larry Gibb.

There was also a farewell for Christer Olsson and The Hutleys as they had just dropped in for the single game.

Wednesday 7th February Greenwood A & B courses Stableford
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 17
1st Trevor Schirmer (17) 34 cb 18
2nd Brian Beaupre (6) 34 cb 17
3rd Masanori Takano (7) 34 cb 15
4th Mark Cooper (11) 33
5th John Carlin (17) 31
2nd Division 18 +
1st Larry Gibb (22) 30
2nd Dave Paul (20) 29 cb 19
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 29 cb 16
4th Dave LeHane (19) 29 cb 15
5th Murray Edwards (19) 29 cb 13

Another good turnout resulted in two divisions having just fallen short of the requirement for three groups, over an always popular course that was as usual in very good condition.

Trevor Schirmer at last returned to the top of the podium in the first division following a prolonged period when golf just did not seem to be as easy as it once was when he was playing regularly a couple of years ago. But now the wheels are definitely back on the wagon and rolling well even though it took a win in a three way count back seal the deal, which he did with a best 18 as Brian Beaupre took second with 17 and Masanori Takano third with 15.

They were followed in by Mark Cooper in fourth and John Carlin in fifth.

Larry Gibb returned from his extended holiday in the south of Singapore to take a well-deserved win, although it nearly slipped through his fingers over the last three holes as he managed just the four points from them.

There then followed a four way count back for second to fifth places which Dave Paul won with 19 as Shuichi Kodaka took third with 16, Dave LeHane fourth with 15 and Murray Edwards fifth with 13.

John Carlin made up for missing out in the main competition when he took the second division roll over 2s pot whilst Graham Davis, Allan Hanlon and Steve Evans shared the first division following a review of the score checkers results.

Before the presentations were made there were welcomes for Dan and Jamie Dabanovich who had earlier been seen to hit their tee shots even further than big brother Mike, some by as many as 60 yards. There were also welcome backs for Brian Beaupre, Masanori Takano and Yukio Kikuchi followed by a farewell for Steve Evans travelling back to the UK in high hopes to watch Wales against England in the Six Nations.

Friday 9th February 10, 2018 Pattaya Country Club Stableford
CSS 72

1st Division 0 – 17
1st Russell Gilroy (17) 37 cb 18 b6 11 b3 7
2nd Peter Skinner (12) 37 cb 18 B6 11 b3 6
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 31 cb 18
4th Glen Eldershaw (17) 31 cb 16 b6 12
5th John Carlin (17) 31 cb 16 b6 11
2nd Division 18 +
1st Phil Stevenson (25) 42
2nd Markku Tynell (25) 37
3rd Yukio Kikuchi (18) 34
4th Dave Paul (20) 33
5th Rob Adamson (19) 32

Once again the numbers were just short for three divisions and once again the cut came at 17 and below for the first which was won by Russell Gilroy after he had won a count back with Peter Skinner with a better 7 to 6 over the back six after they had halved the nine in 18s and the six in 11s.

Greg Ignatieff then took third place after he also won a count back with 18 and Glen Eldershaw placed fourth with a better 12 to six over the back six after he had tied the nine with John Carlin at 16 apiece.

The second division was dominated by Phil Stevenson who emerged from a very poor run of results with an outstanding six under handicap return and a very tidy 21 points on each nine. It was the sort of performance that would have had the red shirts waving their flags in total admiration and appreciation back in Leytonstone, as he wandered down the wing to nutmeg another sad defender.

Markku Tynell had to suffer twice, firstly losing out in the four ball to Phil, and then having scored the second best score of the week, have to take second place and be denied his second win of the week with a one under handicap return.

Yukio Kikuchi returned to the group to claim third place one ahead of Dave Paul in fourth who in turn was one ahead of Rob Adamson in fifth place.

Jamie Dabanovich had the only 2 in the first division whilst Rob Adamson and Glen Eldershaw shared the second division pool after another recount by the score checker, amidst background mumbles as to his fitness for purpose.

Back at The Haven there were welcomes for new members Jeffery Eldershaw, Pentti Parvainen, Greg McDonald, Garry Rookas and Dean Burn together with welcome backs for Glen Eldershaw, Rob Adamson and Craig Thomas.

There was also a special welcome for Ben Hubble and Alex Rosscott, who while not playing in the competition, were playing with the group as part of their examination before their prospective father-in-law, Kevin Blake, as they were preparing to offer to marry two of his daughters, and it forming part of the overall fitness test that included a bank account audit, wealth statement assessment, and a serious drinking and eating marathon over the week with the interviewer. They seemed to enjoy it immensely and Kevin was seen beaming broadly during the evening, so all seems to be progressing smoothly.
Watch this space…




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 29.01.2018
Brian Lewis plays well

IPGC Golf from the Haven

Monday 29th January Crystal Bay B & C Courses Stableford
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 15
1st Allan Hanlon (13) 37
2nd Howard Jeglum (15) 33 cb 16
3rd Steve Evans (10) 33 cb 15
4th Mike Dabanovich (10) 31 cb 16
5th Adrian Cook (12) 31 cb 15
2nd Division 16 +
1st Brian Lewis (30) 36
2nd Greg Ignatieff (16) 31
3rd Trevor Schirmer (16) 28 cb 19
4th Joe Torrick (24) 28 cb 16
5th Christer Olsson (16) 28 cb 13



A much foreshortened week due to the IPGC Club Championships being held at Khao Kheow meant just the one fixture at the wide open Crystal Bay courses which were found to be in good condition but playing a lot harder than usual with just two players able to play to their handicaps or better and just one other in the buffer zone. That demanded that the CSS for the day went out two strokes to 74 for the day, which in turn caused the two winners handicaps to be reduced additionally to their lowest for two years.

The most difficulty was with the greens on the two nines being totally different, being very slow on the front nine, the C course and exceptionally good on the inward nine, the B course.

Allan Hanlon took the first division in some style with a one under handicap round closing out the back half with a twenty point haul.

He was followed in by Howard Jeglum after he won a count back with Steve Evans with a better 16 to 15.

Then Mike Dabanovich won another count back for fourth and fifth, by the same margin, over Adrian Cook.

Brian Lewis had his best game of this current trip in his last outing with the group, returning an exceptional card that did not have a single zero on it, to leave him the winner of the second division by five clear strokes ahead of second place, and still without hearing a putt drop.

That was claimed by Greg Ignatieff who in turn was three in front of a three way count back for third place which Trevor Schirmer won with a best 19 points that left Joe Torrick in fourth having scored 16 and Christer Olsson, suffering the worst of the players on the C course scoring just 13 points, in fifth place.

The first division 2s pot was finally taken when Allan Hanlon stroked in a beauty from around six feet on the 156 yard 7th on the C course, whilst John Carlin celebrated his return to the group, following his successful medical treatment in Australia, with one but had to share the prize with Greg Ignatieff, now he has drifted down to the second division, after they had one each in the second division.

Prior to the presentations of the prizes there were welcome backs for John Carlin, Jens Gunnarsson and Howard Jeglum together with farewells for Brian Lewis, Tom McCarthy, Joe Torrick and Adrian Cook who had lashed out for a new haircut to take home to Blighty.



The IPGC Club Championships update.


Allan Hanlon continued his good form to become the Nett Club Champion for 2018 after he won a count back with a final day’s score of 73 to add to his nett 75 on day 1.

Markku Tynell placed second in the 3rd division Championships and Mark Cooper took second in the first division Plate competition.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 22.01.2018
IPGC Golf from The Haven

Monday 22nd January Pattavia White tees Stableford
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 16
1st Mark Cooper (11) 35
2nd Steve Evans (10) 33
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 32
4th David Dines (9) 30
5th Bruce Hilde (15) 28
2nd Division 17 +
1st Peter Brown (23) 37 cb 19
2nd Billy Riley (28) 37 cb 15
3rd Murray Edwards (20) 31 cb 16
4th Markku Tynell (25) 31 cb 14
5th Phil Cass (20) 31 cb 11

A tough week had been set by the group’s scheduler to lead up to The IPGC Club Championships to be held the following week at Khao Kheow with the start being two Stableford events set for Pattavia, one of the longest courses on the regular schedule, and the second at Khao Kheow, and rounding the week off with a Medal at Pattaya Country Club. In the event they were all fairly difficult, with the CSS for the day going up two to 74 in them all.

All were very well supported as many of the hopefuls prepared for the coming week.

At Pattavia the first division was led in by Mark Cooper with a very solid round of one over handicap that was badly affected as most of the results were with a rain stoppage following the front nine when the weather turned very bad and which left the course waterlogged.

Steve Evans took second place with the best results from the back nine and just one ahead of Greg Ignatieff who returned seven 3 pointers in a very mixed bag of results. David Dines and Bruce Hilde rounded out the division in fourth and fifth places.

The second division was taken by Peter Brown after he returned the best round of the day with a card without a zero on it.

He was followed by Billy Riley after he had lost a count back for the win with a worse 15 to 19 after a n excellent opening half.

There then followed a three way count back for third which was won by Murray Edwards with a better 16 to leave Markku Tynell in fourth, with 14 and Phil Cass in fifth with 11 after he had had the worst of the rain through the back nine.

There were no 2s in the first division but the leaders of the second division had one each so Peter Brown and Billy Riley shared the pool.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Peter Brown and Phil Cass.

Wednesday 24th January Khao Kheow A & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 12
1st Mike Dabanovich (11) 39
2nd Peter Ditz (12) 35
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 32 cb 18 b6 14
4th Adrian Cook (12) 32 cb 18 b6 12
5th Andrew Purdie (7) 32 cb 15
2nd Division 13 - 20
1st Murray Edwards (20) 37
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 31
3rd Hal Hart (20) 30 cb 16
4th Dave Paul (18) 30 cb 14
3rd Division 21 +
1st Tom McCarthy (22) 37
2nd Billy Riley (28) 34
3rd Brendan Dunne (27) 29
4th Joe Torrick (24) 27 cb 15
5th Markku Tynell (25) 27 cb 14

So many players wanting to prepare for the Championships required the formation of three divisions with them all being won with under handicap scores.

The first was won by Mike Dabanovich. Playing his first game for a little while, with the best of the day three under handicap which was good enough by a clear four strokes ahead of Peter Ditz, also playing after a long break. Mark Cooper then won a three way count back with a better 14 to 12 over the back six to leave Adrian Cook in forth after they had tied the nine in 18 apiece, with Andrew Purdie in fifth with fifteen for the nine.

The second division was taken by Murray Edwards with a good one under round some six clear of second placed Christer Olsson, who in turn was one in front of another count back for Third and fourth which Hal Hart won over Dave Paul with a better 16 to 14.

That left the third division to be swept away by Tom McCarthy who led second placed Billy Riley by three after a very tidy roiund at one under handicap.

Bredan Dunne took third with Joe Torrick in fourth and Markku Tynell in fifth.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Brendan Dunne made up for just missing out in the prizes with the sole one in the second division.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcome backs for Peter Ditz, Ian Lederhose and John Wood.


Friday 26th January Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 15
1st Graham Davis (6) 73
2nd David Dines (9) 75
3rd Jon Batty (6) 76
4th Steve Evans (10) 77
2nd Division 16 +
1st Billy Riley (28) 67
2nd Brian Lewis (30) 74
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 75
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 76 cb 35
From Hal Hart (20) 76 cb 39

The second of the monthly Medals in the twelve qualifiers for the end of year Gold and Silver Medals were again played at Pattaya Country Club where the course was found to be continuing to improve. The first division was Battled for with a hard fought one over handicap round by Graham Davis as he won by two from David Dines in second place, Jon Batty in third, and Steve Evans in fourth all with scores they felt could have been much better as again a rain stoppage affected the scores over the second halves of the rounds.

The second division was won by Billy Riley, who was battling a severe bout of illness, but still managed to return a five under handicap return to cap off a fine week that had included two other second place podium appearances, as he finished a clear seven strokes in front of Brian Lewis who had spent a futile day on the greens waiting to hear the putts drop but still took a very handy second place.

Greg Ignatieff placed third another shot back and one ahead of a count back that saw Shuichi Kodaka win with 35 as Hal Hart took fifth with 39.

Almost unbelievably, with so many low handicappers in the field, there were once again no 2s in the first division but the second division produced three, one each from Hal Hart, Shuichi Kodaka and Brian Lewis.

Back at the Haven there were welcome backs for Frank Dunstan, and Lyle Blaw together with farewells for Billy Riley following a stellar first trip to Pattaya and golf with the group, and Phil Cass and Ian Lederhose.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 15.01.2018
A tough week on the courses

Monday 15th January Pattavia White tees Stableford
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 16
1st Allan Hanlon (13) 35
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 34
3rd Steve Evans (10) 29 cb 16
4th Alan Pilkington (8) 29 cb 15
5th Christer Olsson (16) 29 cb 14
2nd Division 17 +
1st Shuichi Kodaka (19) 35
2nd Hal Hart (20) 31 cb 18
3rd Phil Stevenson (24) 31 cb 15
4th Dave LeHane (18) 30 cb 16
5th Patrick Scullion (18) 30 cb 15

A very tough week of golf started out at the always difficult Pattavia where once again the greens were found to be at their fiercest having been shaved down to billiard table speeds leaving any putt from above the hole in danger of becoming the next chip if it missed the hole, and with no player playing to their handicap it was unsurprising that the CSS for the day moved out on this occasion to 74.

But apart from the very difficult conditions on the greens the rest of the Nick Faldo designed course played well.

The field was split on the day at 16 and below for the first division which was led in by Allan Hanlon whose one under handicap return was just enough to see off the late challenge of Mark Cooper who took the first of his three podium placements in the week almost snatching the win over the last three holes scoring seven points as Allan stumbled on the 16th taking a triple bogey.

Steve Evans then won a three way count back for third with a best 16 points to leave Alan Pilkington in fourth with 15 and Christer Olsson in fifth with 14.

The second division was dominated by Shuichi Kodaka with a solid one over handicap return that was enough to win by four ahead of a count back for send place which Hal Hart won over Phil Stevenson with a better 18 to 15. They were followed in by another count back for Fourth and fifth which Dave LeHane won with a better 16 to 15 which left Patrick Scullion with his first podium placement of his trip.

There were no 2s in the second division but Bruce Hilde made up for having a bad day everywhere is when he birdies the 203 yard 17th to sweep the pot in the first division.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Billy Riley together with welcome backs for Bruce Hilde, Alan Pilkington and Brian Proctor.

Wednesday 17th January Greenwood A & C Courses White tees Stableford
CSS 73

1st Division 0 – 15
1st Dave Edwards (12) 36
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 34 cb 18 b6 13
3rd Mark Lang (7) 34 cb 18 b6 12
4th Adrian Cook (12) 34 cb 14
5th Graham Davis (6) 33
2nd Division 16 +
1st Phil Stevenson (24) 35
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 32
3rd Billy Riley (28) 31
4th Dave LeHane (18) 30
5th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 29

Another hard day was experienced by the group when they too on the two Greenwood nines that include the toughest C course and once again the CSS for the day was one above the standard par for the eighteen holes even though the course was in top condition although there did appear to be a little too much sand in some of the fairway bunkers, but finding bunkers around this course usually means about an additional half a shot dropped on the hole on average.

Two divisions with the cut coming at the normal 15 and below otherwise enjoyed a very pleasant day when the weather was almost perfect for golf in the Kingdom.

The first division was won by Dave Edwards, playing his last game before returning to a not so sunny England but from where he will still be following closely the results from around the IPGC in his capacity as Handicap Chairman, after he had the best score of the week at level handicap even taking a zero score on the last hole.

Mark Cooper then won a three way count back for second place with a better 13 to 12 over the last six to leave Mark Lang in third place after they had halved the nine in 18 apiece. Adrian Cook took fourth after scoring just 14 on the back nine. That left Graham Davis to claim the last step in fifth another shot back in fifth.

The second division was taken by Phil Stevenson after a solid one over return to finish three in front of second placed Christer Olsson who in turn was one ahead of third man Billy Riley.
Dave LeHane and Shuichi Kodaka rounded out the placements in fourth and fifth respectively.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Dave Edwards slipped one in as did Bruce Hilde again to share the first division pool.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Graham Davis and Tom Charron.

Friday 19th January Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
CSS 75

1st Division 0 – 13
1st Mark Cooper (11) 36
2nd Adrian Cook (12) 33
3rd Allan Hanlon (13) 31
4th Dave Cadwallader (13) 30
2nd Division 14 +
1st Christer Olsson (16) 34
2nd Billy Riley (28) 31
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 30
4th Dave Paul (18) 27

Having been swayed by some higher handicappers to play the second division off the white tees on the next occasion that the group played at Mount Shadow, but so few of them turned out on the day it was decided to continue to play both divisions from the blue tees and the lack of higher handicappers meant an unusually low cut for division 1 at 13 and below. Once again scoring was at a premium with the CSS for the moving out to 75 but remaining a counting competition.

The first division was won by Mark Cooper who rounded of a very successful week of golf with the equal best score of the week to win by three from Adrian Cook in second, Allan Hanlon in third and Dave Cadwallader in fourth.

The second division was claimed by Christer Olsson, another in-form player, taking his third podium of the week by three ahead of Billy Riley who again found that five over handicap was enough to take second place in the lower division.

Shuichi Kodaka finished third another shot behind and Dave Paul was fourth three more back.

Considering how difficult the course was playing generally it was surprising that there were as many 2s as there were with Mark Cooper, David Dines and serial two man Bruce Hilde all sharing the first division whilst Dave LeHane will be able to finish furnishing his new flat, that he has just moved into, after cleaning out the multi rollover pot in the second division.






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