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IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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



IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unsurprisingly there were no 2 in ether of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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
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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.






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