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The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 09.10.2017
Another very tough week

Monday 9th October Pattavia Stableford
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 35
2nd Sam McLellan (13) 31
3rd Bruce Hilde (15) 29
4th Trevor Schirmer (15) 27

With several of the group travelling away for various golf trips and other countries the numbers are at their lowest as we head towards the high season and hopefully better conditions and reasonable costs from the local course managements who are trying to work out the best pricing policy while the numbers of golfers continue to decline.

The weather conditions have again proved to be the winner over golf in the past week with the courses still heavy with water and playing long as the CSS for the three vents proved.

Monday was the easiest of them with the standard scratch for the day moving out just two to 74 as the greens played a lot slower than usual with the grass a little longer but still one over handicap was the best that could be achieved.

That was by Mark Cooper who managed to return an eighteen seventeen split to win by four from Sam McLellan in second place.
Bruce Hilde took fourth and Trevor Schirmer fourth after proving he can still drive quite well.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentation of the prizes there were welcome backs for Sam McLellan and Bruce Hilde.

Wednesday11th October Khao Kheow A & C courses Stableford
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1st Larry Gibb (22) 30
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 27
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 24
4th Sam McLellan (13) 23 cb 15
5th Ray Smallwood (25) 23 cb 13

Probably the toughest ask of the week was made even harder when the group were set off on the C course to be followed by the A in steady but not too heavy rain, which resulted in yet another non-counting event as the going proved too difficult on the day to allow for handicap adjustments.

Larry Gibb retuned and showed that he had the ‘ang of it all taking the winners spot by three clear ahead of Christer Olsson but unfortunately without a 2 to be seen and in truth just the one 3 but it was a happy return after being on the “missing presumed resting list” for a little while.

Mark Cooper could garner only eleven points less on this occasion after finding the opening nine desperately difficult but improving over the closing holes as the rain eased.

Sam McLellan won a count back with Ray Smallwood for fourth place with a better 15 to 13following a very slow start that produced just the two points from the first five holes, and doing well to keep going.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Larry Gibb.

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

Friday 6th October Eastern Star Stableford
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1st Stephen Burton (14) 32
2nd Sam McLellan (13) 26 cb 16
3rd Andrew Purdie (6) 26 cb 15
4th Bruce Hilde (15) 24
5th Christer Olsson (16) 23

One of the longest test that the f group play was made a lot longer as once again having left in reasonably fine weather it turned extremely wet after a couple of holes and turning the almost 6,600 yard course into something more like a very wet slog through the fairways that even the lift and place local rule, that had been in operation all week, could not make much easier.

Stephen Burton having recently been practicing in similar conditions in England fared the best of the bedraggled hopefuls taking the top spot six shots ahead of second placed Sam McLellan who was playing his last game with the group before returning to the North.

Andrew Purdie returned from a tough time at work in the Northern Territories to find things no easier here in not so sunny Thailand as he lost a count back for second place with Sam returning the worst of a 16 to 15 result.

Bruce Hilde took fourth spot two more behind them with Christer Olsson, who marked his last outing with The Haven group with a fifth place, another shot behind.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 02.10.2017
Rain Report

Monday 2nd October Crystal Bay Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (19) 32 cb 18
2nd Digby Hillier (15) 32 cb 16
3rd Ben Jackson (16) 31 cb 14
4th Christer Olsson (16) 31 cb 13
5th Trevor Schirmer (15) 30

A very wet and unfulfilling week started out at Crystal Bay where the scores are usually very goof but due to the wetness of the course the best that could be achieved on the day was four over handicap.

Having started out in a light but steady rain which lasted for some six holes, by which time everyone was looking for the final hole and wondering why they had not just turned over earlier in the day, all of the field finished but none of them were singing in the showers.

Murray Edwards had a slight smile when he heard the results read out later as he discovered he was the winner following a count back with Digby Hillier which he had won with a better 18 to 16 as with most of the other returns, the scores markedly improved over the back nine.

Ben Jackson still had enough energy to win a count back with Christer Olsson as they went against the norm scoring worse on their inward halves, Ben taking third with 14 and Christer fourth with 13.

Trevor Schirmer drove well and also scored reasonably to take fifth place just another shot back.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Digby Hillier together with a farewell for Ben Jackson.

Wednesday 4th October
A complete washout day followed almost all night rain that was also extremely heavy leaving Second Road completely flooded in parts until well after 8 am. The result was none of those who had not just turned back over earlier managed to make it to the venue except Hal Hart who waded through only to find, apart from a great breakfast, it was a wasted effort.

Friday 6th October Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (10) 35
2nd Howard Leigh (12) 30 cb 18
3rd Paul Davies (21) 30 cb 15

Another very wet day which started out promisingly but turned very nasty around about the twelfth hole for most of the field, with thunder and huge flashes of lightning that kept everyone off the course for over an hour and left the course completely drenched. Just three players managed to finish with the rest of the field deciding enough was more than enough.

Peter Skinner returned what was an excellent card in the circumstances, and which would surely have been much better in kinder weather, to win by five from the other two stalwarts with Howard Leigh taking second ahead of Paul Davies after winning a count back with a better 18 to 15.

Once again there were no2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Howard Leigh together with a welcome back for Paul “Bubbles“ Davies and a farewell for Digby Hillier.

For those wishing to make a note of it, the IPGC Club Championship has now been scheduled for Wednesday the 31st January and Friday the 2nd February, again at the very popular Khao Kheow Club.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 25.09.2017
Shane goes off in style

Monday 25th September Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st John Carlin (16) 32
2nd Frank Harrington (7) 27
3rd Dave LeHane (17) 24 cb 13
4th Murray Edwards (19) 24 cb 10
5th Trevor Schirmer (14) 24 cb 9

Yet another tough week while the local courses were playing at their most difficult as the weather continued to play a major part in the general conditions throughout the area.

The first event was no doubt the most difficult of the week being held at arguably the hardest of all the local courses to score well at, whatever the conditions, and as usual the CSS for the day went out, on this occasion to 75.

John Carlin played the steadiest, which would certainly seem an oxymoron to any of his past playing partners, as he swept aside the rest of the field to win by five clear but still unable to save the day from becoming none counting for upward review of handicaps.

Frank Harrington was surprised to find that he had slipped into second spot having had, for him, a disastrous day without a single three pointer on the card to brag about.

He was followed in some three strokes behind by a three way count back for fifth place which was won by Dave LeHane with 13 and Murray Edwards in fourth with 10 and Trevor Schirmer at last getting a mention in fifth with 9 points.

There were no 2s in the second division but even though Mark Cooper returned a little out of form he managed to knock in the sole one in the first division on the 17th to win the pot.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for Frank Stockton together with welcome backs for Mark Cooper, Dave LeHane and Frank Harrington.

Wednesday 27th September Pattana B & C Courses Stableford
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1st Ben Jackson (16) 36
2nd Murray Edwards (19) 35
3rd Frank Harrington (7) 33
4th Larry Gibb (22) 32
5th Ray Smallwood (25) 31

A far better day was had by all even though the going was not a lot easier than the previous outing as the condition of the course was first class but again the wetness of the fairways meant a long hard slog through the par 73 while plying the ninth on the B course as a par 6 from the longer tees.

Ben Jackson having travelled south from the far north of Thailand, where he had entertained seemingly some several hundred new in-laws to a sumptuous celebration of his nuptials, was in excellent form as he cruised in with a level handicap card to win by one from the always competitive Murray Edwards.

Murray had looked all the way a winner when he reached the 16th tee having already amassed 32 points compared to Ben’s 28 but in garnering just three from the last three holes as Ben notched up eight the positions were reversed.

Frank Harrington was a little happier with his day’s round although it netted him just third place just one point ahead of Larry Gibb in fourth and another one in front of Ray Smallwood in fifth.

There were no 2s in the first division but Ben Jackson could hardly be contained when he discovered that he had also won the second division rollover pool on his own.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome for new member Christer Olsson together a welcome back for Ben Jackson, taking time off from his honeymoon for a bit of gentle exercise, and farewells for Geoff Potter and John Carlin.

Friday 29th September Phoenix Gold Mountain & Lakes Stableford
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1st Shane Elder (25) 39
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 35
3rd Ben Jackson (16) 30 cb 16
4th Markku Tynell (22) 30 cb 14
5th Peter Koha (20) 29

Another tough day’s golf, at least for most of the hopefuls, where the course was in very good condition especially the greens, being fairly fast and flat, and the rough long and extremely difficult as usual to play from and expect any distance for the average golfer.

The scoring was not quite as good as on the previous event in the week as the rough played havoc with many of the cards. Shane Elder saved his best round by far during his current visit with a three under handicap return that was good enough by four to take the top step of the podium for the first time. It was indeed a sterling effort as he had started out the round with just six points from the first five holes but got better and more confident as the round progressed.

Christer Olsson also had a very nice round at one over handicap to take his first prize with the group being well clear of the count back for third and fourth.

That countback was won by Ben Jackson as he was still suffering from the after effects of the heady celebrations following his win on Wednesday but did just enough to take third place with a better 16 to 14 ahead of Markku “Hu” Tynell in fourth.

Peter Koha was also signing out from the group as he too fifth place another shot behind.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were farewells for Peter Koha, Shane Elder and Benny Hansen.

For those wishing to make a note of it, the IPGC Club Championship has now been scheduled for Wednesday the 31st January and Friday the 2nd February, again at the very popular Khao Kheow Club.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 18.09.2017
Hal takes two at a stroll

Monday 18th September Greenwood A & B Courses Stableford
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1st John Carlin (16) 34
2nd Gus Guidetti (10) 31 cb 22
3rd Shane Elder (25) 31 cb 17
4th Peter Koha (20) 30
5th Jon Batty (6) 29

Once again the weather affected the week’s golf with all the courses again being very wet and playing extremely long which saw all the CSS ratings go up.

Monday’s golf was possibly the toughest over the A and B courses from the white tees and should have been run under a lift and place ruling, but as the course strangely was allowing carts on the fairways this was not played.

John Carlin returned the best card of the day at two over handicap which was still good enough by three to take the win after a good back nine of one under handicap.

Gus Guidetti took second place after winning a count back with Shane Elder and returning a better 22 to 17 which was in fact an excellent one over par gross after a very mediocre start to his day.

Shane would also have been disappointed top have returned a good back nine only to lose the count back.

Peter Koha too fourth place after he also bettered his front half by five points to edge out Jon Batty who found conversely the going getting harder the longer the day went on and finished with an uncharacteristic four points from the last four holes.

There were no 2s in the first division but Shane Elder made up for missing out in the count back when he slid in the sole one in the second division.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Geoff Potter.

Wednesday 20th September Khao Kheow A & B Courses Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (20) 33 cb 17
2nd Gus Guidetti (10) 33 cb 16
3rd Mark Armstrong (25) 33 cb 15
4th Kevin Blake (7) 30
5th Shane Elder (25) 29
6th Peter Koha (20) 28

Having left the Haven under overcast skies the group kept their fingers crossed that the weather would hold off from turning wet and it did but that was the best part of the day as once again they found the course to be heavy going from the tees and the rough very tough to play from to get any distance and accuracy and more suited to major tournament conditions.

Hal Hart held on the best as he won a three way count back for the top honour carding 17 through the B course after finishing very strongly with three points from both of the last two holes.

Gus Guidetti signed off with a second place after he had scored 16 in the count back to edge Mark Armstrong, who scored 15, into third place.

Kevin Blake had partied a little too hard the previous evening and long into the night and paid the price with a round that was always difficult but still good enough for fourth place ahead of Shane Elder in fifth and Peter Koha in sixth place.

Gus Guidetti added to his day when he cleaned out the rollover pool in the first divisions 2s while Peter Koha did the same on his own in the second division.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Jens Gunnarsson and a farewell for Gus Guidetti.

Friday 22nd September Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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2nd Division 16 +
1st Hal Hart (20) 74
2nd John Carlin (16) 80 cb 40
3rd Benny Hansen (21) 80 cb 40.5

There were insufficient entries for the first division and so therefore the event was cancelled for the month.

The last outing of the week had the additional difficulty of heavy rain the close out the round as the skies opened up for most of the field which saw the leading threesome in the second division score a combined 15 over par for the last two holes which severely affected the finishing totals.

Hal Hart had fortunately done enough to secure the win in the early part of the round as he dropped six shots through the last two holes after looking a worthy winner following his steady play through the first sixteen holes. In the end the margin of the win at six strokes was a testament to his application over the day. Hal’s win ensured that he will be contending in the second division for the Gold and Silver Medals at the end of the year after qualifying earlier for the first division.

John Carlin won a count back for second place with a better 40 to 40.5 to deny third placed Benny Hansen a place in the finals but Benny still had a few more chances and will be hoping to make the finals before it is too late.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 11.09.2017
Murray Edwards almost unstoppable

Monday11th September Crystal Bay B & C Courses Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (19) 37
2nd Peter Skinner (10) 33 cb 16
3rd Allan Pilkington (7) 33 cb 15
4th Markku Tynell (22) 32
5th Mike Dabanovich (11) 31 cb 20
6th Trevor Schirmer (14) 31 cb 16
7th Gus Guidetti (1) 31 cb 15

All the courses played by the group in the week were suffering from too much rain and all played above their Standard Scratch levels, even the first event at arguably the easiest of the three where the B and C courses were in play.

Murray Edwards played a solid round to return the best card against handicap in the week and took the win by four clear as the best of the rest all struggled to get anywhere near their handicaps.

Peter Skinner won a count back with Allan Pilkington with a better 16 to 15 to take second place after Allan had started well but tired through the last three holes following a strenuous workout the previous evening.

Markku Tynell, or “Hue Jaw Gon”, shortened to Hu, as she is now known by his friends following unsuccessful negotiations with local Asian specialists, took fourth place with a fine round and was the only player apart from the winner to play within his buffer zone.

Mike Dabanovich then won a three way count back with Trevor Schirmer and Gus Guidetti as they finished with 20, 16 and 15 respectively over the last nine holes.

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

Before the presentations there were welcome backs for Phil Cass and Gus Guidetti.

Wednesday 13th September Pattana Resort B & C Courses White tees Stableford Par 73
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1st Gus Guidetti (11) 35
2nd Andrew Purdie (6) 29
3rd Chris Ross (24) 28
4th Peter Koha (20) 27 cb 15
5th Peter Skinner (10) 27 cb 12
6th Phil Cass (19) 26

The course was in absolutely pristine condition even though the weather had, as with all other courses, made the length even longer than the 6,900 yards plus on a card that included the ninth hole on B played as a par six. But when the field eventually arrived at them, the greens were in superb condition being receptive flat and fairly fast.

Gus Guidetti took the event with a very good return that whilst being over handicap was well ahead of the rest of the hopefuls and but for a zero pointer on the last hole would have been a really great effort considering the length of the course.

Andrew Purdie was the nearest rival some six strokes adrift in second place.

Chris Ross took third place after returning a very mixed bag of scores which include six zeros and two 4 pointers together with three 3 pointers, which indicates that one of these days he will be really dangerous.

Peter Koha then won a count back with Peter Skinner with a better 15 to 12 for fourth place as Phil Cass grabbed the last mention of the day another shot back in sixth.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart made up somewhat for his disappointment in the main event by tapping a beauty from thirty feet on the 159 yard B3 hole to sweep the rollover pool in the second division.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Peter Koha and Shane Elder.

Friday 15th September Eastern Star Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (19) 35
2nd Mike Dabanovich (11) 31 cb 16
3rd Andrew Purdie (6) 31 cb 14
4th Markku Tynell (22) 28
5th Allan Pilkington (7) 26
6th Graham Marchant (15) 24

Eastern Star was in quite good shape but again the almost 6,600 yards seemed a lot longer as very little run was to be had from the tees and certainly bore little resemblance to the USGA yardage rating of 70.8.

Having taken a day off on Wednesday, Murray Edwards returned to take his second win of the week and even though it was with a slightly worse score, he still managed to win by a margin of four strokes ahead of a count back for second place between two of the day’s biggest hitters, Mike Dabanovich and Andrew Purdie which Mike won with a better 16 to 14.

Markku “Hu” Tynell placed fourth another three shots back and Allan Pilkington, another of the big bangers, back in fifth two more behind and two ahead of sixth placed Graham Marchant who found that a good breakfast was just not good enough preparation when added to just three hours sleep.

With the course playing as hard as it was it was surprising that both division’s 2s pool were taken, the first by Mike Dabanovich and the second division by Phil Cass and both were achieved on the fairly difficult 166 yard 6th hole.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Kevin Blake, Graham Marchant and Ian Tanner together with farewells for Phil Cass, Mike Dabanovich and Andrew Purdie.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 04.09.2017
Andrew Purdie doubles up

Monday 4th September Pattavia Stableford
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1st Andrew Purdie (6) 34
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 33
3rd Mark Armstrong (25) 32 cb 15 b6 10 b3 5
4th Murray Edwards (19) 32 cb 15 b6 10 b5 4
5th Markku Tynell (22) 31
6th Peter Skinner (10) 30

A fairly tough week of golf when scoring was at a premium started out at Pattavia where the recent weather had prevented the groundskeepers from cutting the greens down to their usual length and thus making the day slightly easier in that part of the game. Unfortunately the weather had also prevented them from cutting the rough down to its normal length, hence the difficulties for the players that did not manage to keep the ball on the short parts from the tees.

Andrew Purdie made the most of his prodigious length off the tee so that when he was encumbered by the rough he was able to reach the greens with a lofted club and have some sort of chance of scoring. This ability enabled him to take his first win of a pair in the week by the slimmest of margins.

Shuichi Kodaka played very steadily to hold on to second place ahead of a count back for third and fourth which Mark Armstrong won over Murray Edwards with a better 5 point to 4 from the last three holes after they had tied the nine and six on 15 and 10.

Markku Tynell took fifth another shot behind them and one ahead of Peter Skinner in sixth.

There were no 2s in the first division but Mark Armstrong cleaned out the roll over pool in the second division when he stroked in a nice one on the 139 yard 13th.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Mark Armstrong and John Carlin and a farewell for Murray Frost as we lost a chef and gained another.

Wednesday 6th September Bangpra Stableford
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1st Masanori Takano (7) 35
2nd Peter Skinner (10) 30
3rd Andrew Purdie (7) 27 cb 13
4th Mike Dabanovich (11) 27 cb 11
5th Allan Pilkington (7) 25 cb 14
6th John Carlin (16) 25 cb 13

An even harder day was the next test of the week at the always difficult Bangpra where the greens were also a lot slower than their normal speed but still a challenge from anywhere abreast or above the hole, but otherwise the general condition was excellent as usual.

Masanori Takano returned to the group in great form and easily won the day, leading home a very good field by five clear strokes on a day that saw the CSS move out two to 74. This was a surprising turn of events as the average handicaps of the leading six players was just under 10 but they could only manage an average of 7.5 over handicap on the day, which underlined the rise in the competition standard for the day.

Peter Skinner was the best of the rest in second place with a three stroke margin between him and the count back for third and fourth which Andrew Purdie won over Mike Dabanovich after carding a better 13 to 11 over the inward half.

There then followed another countback for fifth and sixth which Allan Pilkington won by 14 to 13 to leave John Carlin the last step of the placements.

There were no 2s in the second division but Masanori Takano added to his day’s haul and reputation as he slipped in a very good three footer on the difficult 151 yard 8th with a very delicate touch from above the hole.

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for Masanori Takano and Benny Hansen the latter having finally recovered from an operation on his neck and hoping to be soon amongst the prizes once again.

Friday 8th September Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Andrew Purdie (6) 37
2nd Hal Hart (19) 36
3rd Markku Tynell (22) 32 cb 20
4th Murray Edwards (19) 32 cb 14
5th Chris Ross (21) 30
6th Mike Hill (21) 29

Pattaya Country Club continues to improve as the redesigned greens and changes to the course grow in and the scoring also continues to improve even with the conditions for the greenkeepers being the same as with all the other local courses.

With thunder and lightning flashing in the distance the group were lucky to finish their rounds just before the rains came.

Andrew Purdie took his second win in the week after returning the best result for the week against handicap at one under as again the course proved to be longer than the length shown on the card with very little run on the fairways and a day that was heavy and hot.

Hal Hart had his best round for a few weeks at level handicap to take second place ahead of a count back between Markku Tynell and Murray Edwards which the former won with a better 20 to 14 after Murray started to lose the will to live through the heat of the closing holes.

They were followed in by Chris Ross in fifth and Mike Hill in sixth as they were both making their returns to the group.

There were no 2s in the first division but Markku Tynell cleaned out the second division roll over pool with a cracker on the 177 yard 7th hole as he stroked one in from about twelve feet with the utmost ease.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Chis Ross and Mike Hill together with a farewell for Shuichi Kodaka who was returning to Japan for a short break from his cycling holiday here in Pattaya.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 28.08.2017
Murray Frost dishes up a feast

Monday 28th August Greenwood B & C courses Stableford
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1st Mike Dabanovich (12) 37
2nd Andrew Purdie (6) 33
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (19) 32
4th Darryl Burkett (11) 31 cb 15
5th Mark Cooper (11) 31 cb 14
6th Jon Batty (6) 30

Although the course was in good condition generally there was little run on the fairways as once again the overnight rain had left it extremely damp which saw the CSS for the day move out an additional stroke with just the winner managing to play within the required range of his handicap to meet the standard.

That was Mike Dabanovich whose long hitting was complimented with an improvement to his short game which resulted in a 19/18 split card which was good enough by four strokes to take the day’s top honour.

Andrew Purdie, another of the long hitters, followed the winner in after he started out well but then faded through the closing holes and had to settle for a good second on the day.

Shuichi Kodaka was a close third just one behind and one ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth. That was won by Darryl Burkett over Mark Cooper as he carded a better 15 to 14 through the C nine. That left Jon Batty in the last mentioned position another shot back in sixth place.

There were no 2s in the second division but Jon Batty slipped in the sole one in the first division to sweep the pot.

Back at the Haven there was a farewell for Darryl Burkett.

Wednesday 30th August Pattana B & C courses Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (19) 33
2nd Brian Proctor (16) 32 cb 14
3rd Ray Smallwood (25) 32 cb 12
4th Peter Skinner (10) 29
5th Markku Tynell (22) 28

Another very wet course but also in pristine condition, as always, was the second test of the week at Pattana where the B and C courses were in play and the ninth hole on the B course was being played again as a reachable par six, instead of a very long and difficult par five, to make a par of 73 for the day, and with the rough playing extremely rough it was no surprise to find that again the CSS had gone up, this time a stroke, to 74 as only two players had made the standard.

The best of these was Murray Edwards who led in the field with a very solid three over round in the conditions with just a single zero on the card and four 3 pointers.

Brian Proctor had his best round of his first trip to Pattaya, a sterling effort considering the time spent preparing for the day in the local bars the previous evening, after he won a count back with Ray Smallwood finishing with a better 14 to 12 over the last nine holes.

Peter Skinner took fourth place another three shots adrift and one ahead of fifth placed Markku Tynell.

There were no 2s in the first division but Ray Smallwood made up for his disappointment in the count back with a very nice one on the 140 yard B3.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Ray Smallwood and Peter Skinner the latter who had been overseeing the cultivation process on his northern estates.

Friday 1st September Phoenix Lake & Ocean Stableford
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1st Murray Frost (28) 42
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (19) 39 cb 21
3rd Andrew Purdie (6) 39 cb 20
4th Mark Cooper (11) 37
5th Jon Batty (6) 35 cb 19
6th Allan Pilkington (7) 35 cb 17

At last the group played a course that in comparison with the previous two was very benign with even the rough seemly not up to its usual standard of severity and for once playing within the standard for the day was not a problem for the majority of the field which saw the CSS for the day reduced to 71.

The best of the day was a truly outstanding round from visiting “Celebrity Chef” Murray Frost who at last put in a card that did not resemble a dog’s dinner but was indeed remarkable showing a split of 15/27 with the back nine at five over par being by far his best nine ever achieved as the four puts became two and in some cases one. In the end analysis it was his best result of the current trip by 12 strokes and locked up his first win with the group.

Shuichi Kodaka then won a count back with Andrew Purdie with a better 21 to 20 for second place leaving Andrew a little bemused, having shot a gross 75 which included a zero pointer on the newly designed par five sixth hole, to finish third.

Mark Cooper took fourth place which on any other day of the week would have won as he finished just ahead of a count back for fifth and sixth between Jon Batty and Allan Pilkington which the former won with a better 19 to 17.

There were no 2s in the second division but Peter Skinner cleaned out the first division pool with two, one on the 2nd on lake and even better effort on the 7th on Ocean.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcome backs for Allan Pilkington and Martin Grimoldby together with farewells for B.J. Smith, who also had his best round by thirteen shots for the tour but still lost the beer to the day’s winner, and Brian Proctor.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 21.08.2017
Darryl and Shuichi claim the Medals

Monday 21 August Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Jon Batty (6) 32
2nd Markku Tynell (21) 30
3rd John O’Sullivan (23) 29
4th Craig Thomas (14) 28 cb 16
5th Hal Hart (19) 28 cb 15
6th Darryl Burkett (11) 26

Mountain Shadow is always a tough test of any golfer’s ability and on this occasion it was made even harder as the greens were particularly slow but still maintained their ability to offer huge breaks for the unsuspecting putter. The difficulties of the day were born out by the CSS moving out to 75 and becoming non-counting for upward movement of handicaps.

Jon Batty was easily the best of the day even at four over handicap after eventually getting to grips with the greens and taking eighteen points from the inward half and the win.

Markku Tynell was second best another couple of shots behind and one in front of third placed John O’Sullivan.

They were followed by a count back between Craig Thomas and Hal Hart which the former won with a better 16 to 15 to leave Darryl Burkett the last step on the day’s podium in sixth.

There were no 2s in the second division but Jon Batty had the sole one in the first division to sweep the roll over pot clean.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Brian Proctor together with welcome backs for B.J. Smith and Bubbles Davies.

Wednesday 23rd August Khao Kheow A & C courses Stableford
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1st Jon Batty (6) 33
2nd Craig Thomas (14) 31 cb 15
3rd Larry Gibb (22) 31 cb 14
4th Murray Frost (26) 26 cb 14
5th Mark Cooper (11) 26 cb 12

Another hard day was in prospect when the group took on the always difficult Pete Dye designed Khao Kheow layout where the tricky C course was the starting nine followed by the shorter a course. The day was made even more testing as the recent heavy rains had left the course playing very long and without the benefit of lift and place in the fairways it was a big ask on the day for the hopefuls.

Jon Batty again proved to be the master of the field again by two strokes but with a slightly better score than on the previous outing after once again improving on his opening nine holes through the back nine.

He was followed in by Craig Thomas after he had won a count back with Larry Gibb with a better 15 to 14 as Larry tired badly through the back nine possibly due to shortness of fitness through lack of playing over the recent weeks.

Murray Frost at last got his name somewhere near the top of the results sheet although albeit with an unspectacular score after he won a count back with Mark Cooper with a better 14 to 12 for fourth and fifth places.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart slotted in one on the 165 yard C 8 to claim the pool in the second division.

Prior to the presentations of the prizes there were welcome backs for Larry Gibb and Mark Cooper.

Friday25th August Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Darryl Burkett (11) 71
2nd Craig Thomas (14) 75
3rd Andrew Purdie (6) 80
2nd Division 16 +
1st Shuichi Kodak (20) 68
2nd Murray Edwards (20) 71
3rd John O’Sullivan (23) 73

Once gain the monthly Medals were held at The Pattaya Country Club where the course was found to be playing reasonably well considering the amount of water it must have absorbed over the last days, and at last after two non-counting events in the week the CSS for the day remained at the par of 72.

Darryl Burkett capped a good run of form throughout the month with his first Medal of the year to become the 11th player to qualify for the end of year Gold and Silver Medals after returning a very good one under card which was good enough to take the first division by four ahead of the coming-into-form Craig Thomas in second, as Andrew Purdie, who struggled to get back to golf after returning from work, placed third.

The second division was claimed by Shuichi Kodaka to end a very barren spell that had seen his handicap rise to its present level from 17 since its last reduction in February as he returned an excellent four under medal card. Murray Edwards took second place with a good one under return that would normally have been good enough for the win but on this occasion second place was the result.

Shuichi together with second placed Murray the 13th and 14th qualifiers in the second division for the Gold Medal event.

John O’Sullivan took the last place after a very good and solid round another two strokes behind.

Shuichi Kodaka added to his day’s pleasure when he claimed two 2s in the second division, one on the 5th and one on the 12th hole whilst Andrew Purdie almost made it a day to remember and one that would have spoilt Shuichi’s a little, when he hit the pin on the difficult 16th hole and was left with a four incher for his two.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 14.08.2017
Darryl Burkett grabs a pair

Monday 14th August Treasure Hill Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (20) 35
2nd Peter Skinner (10) 33 cb 18
3rd Mike Dabanovich (12) 33 cb 14
4th Murray Edwards (10) 28 cb 16
5th Craig Thomas (14) 28 cb 13

A tough week to play golf, but still very enjoyable, over three excellently conditioned courses started out at the best value for money course in the area where the CSS went up two strokes, as it did for every event in the week.

Shuichi Kodaka at last come back into a bit of form to win by two ahead of a count back for second and third, after returning a solid round made up of 17 & 18 with just the one zero which he had balanced out with an excellent birdie for four points on the tenth.

Peter Skinner won the following countback with Mike Dabanovich with a better 18 to 14 after struggling through the front nine.

Murray Edwards then won a count back with Craig Thomas for fourth and fifth with a better 16 to 13 as Craig’s efforts at tour guiding Rob Adamson around the bright lights started to take its toll on his stamina.

Murray Edwards cleaned out the second division 2s pot with a spectacular drive and putt on the second hole, stroke index 2, where most players are very pleased to record a par while Trevor Schirmer indicated all is not over with the sole one in the first division unfortunately one event too late for the big fish.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Rob Adamson together with a welcome back for Australian chef Murray Frost replete with bushy beard and looking as if he had just stepped off of a John Players packet.

Wednesday 16th August Pattana A & B courses par 74 Stableford
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1st Darryl Burkett (12) 40
2nd Rob Adamson (19) 34
3rd Craig Thomas (14) 32 cb 18
4th Phil Cass (18) 32 cb 16
5th Murray Edwards (19) 30

Once again the course was the master of all of the players except the winner as the CSS moved out two from the par 74 when the ninth on the B course was played from the par six tee.

With the rest of the field spread-eagled in his wake it was no surprise to find a few of them asking for a test and enquiring into the winner’s possible Russian ties as they found themselves at least six strokes behind on a very long course that nevertheless played very well throughout. The answer to questions was in the back nine which Darryl Burkett finished in level par gross to amass 24 points to add to the 16 that he had garnered from the front nine.

Rob Adamson had his best round of the trip carding a very good 17/18 split after starting out the day with a couple of zeros. He was followed in by Craig Thomas after he won a count back for third with a better 18 to 16 which left Phil Cass in fourth place with Murray Edwards another two back in fifth.

There were no 2s in the second division but Darryl Burkett added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the first division achieved on the back nine of course on the 159 yard 12th.

Friday18th August Eastern Star Stableford
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1st Darryl Burkett (12) 35
2nd Mike Dabanovich (12) 33
3rd Murray Edwards (19) 32 cb 16
4th Craig Thomas (14) 32 cb 11
5th Shuichi Kodaka (2) 26 cb 17
6th Phil Cass (18) 26 cb 16

Another long course which appeared to be playing even longer than its reputed 6,575 yards from the white tees with very little run in the fairways and it was no surprise the find that the podium, was almost filled exclusively with the long hitters in the group. But again the condition of the course was not to blame as that was in very good shape with the greens meriting special mention.

Once again Darryl Burkett was found to be at the l top of the pile although with a slightly inferior return to his previous win after he slipped in a couple of zero pointers halfway through the back nine but quickly recovered to get back to the top step.

Mike Dabanovich ran him closest but a very weal starting nine in which he totaled just 13 points did his chances in for the day and he had to settle for a clear second place.

Murray Edwards then won a count back for third with a better 16 to 11 to leave Craig Thomas in fourth after the latter had looked every inch a winner following an opening half of 21 points.

Shuichi Kodaka then won a count back with Phil Cass for fifth and sixth carding a better 17 to 16 result.

With the course playing as hard as it was and the placements of the pins on the par 3s it was no surprise to find there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there were two farewells for Phil Cass and Rob Adamson.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 07.08.2017
Murray Edwards collects a pair

Monday 7th August Pattavia Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (20) 32
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 29
3rd Trevor Schirmer (14) 24

One of the better value courses was on offer for the first outing of the week with an all up price including cart plus a 150 baht f & b voucher was 1550 baht showed that some of the course managements are coming to terms with the current market conditions which would appear to be attracting the lowest numbers of golfers for several years. The course was also in absolutely top condition with the fairways displaying the mowing striped patterns as an initial presentation from the tee, which allied to the greens and general condition made it an excellent day all round for the group although the scoring as usual was hard to achieve.

The best of the day belonged to Murray Edwards but even his card was marred by a couple of zeros and several singletons although it was still good enough by three to take the top step of a reduced podium.

Second placed was Shuichi Kodaka who managed to slip in four zero pointers in a round that promised far more after the opening seven holes when he was just one over handicap.

Trevor Schirmer added to his pleasure in returning by closing out third place although at the post event press call he was disappointed that he could not keep up with his start as he had parred the no. 1 hole but then perhaps the emotions of the occasion overcame him which together with the lack of practice eventually caught up with him and hence the subsequent total on the card. But at least it was third place.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there was a very warm welcome for Trevor Schirmer, who stepped right back into the group as if he had never been away.

Wednesday 9th August Bangpra Stableford
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1st Darryl Burkett (12) 29
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 27
3rd Hal Hart (19) 23

As usual the course for the week’s second event was found to be in pristine condition although also as usual the greens were a particularly difficult test especially if the ball was above the hole but at least they played flat and fast.

For the second time in the week the event was a non-counting one for upward review of handicaps as the scores were well below the required standard throughout the field due to the difficulties of the greens and the length to which it played.

Darryl Burkett did just enough to take the win after starting well with seventeen points from the opening half but a disastrous start to the back nine left him scratching for the top step as Shuichi Kodaka closed in taking nine points from the last four holes but he had left himself too much to do following a very slow start to the round.

Hal Hart more stumbled than marched into third place after he had returned a very patchwork quilt of a card that included six zeros, but although far from his best it was still good enough to leave the rest of the field trailing in his wake.

Once again there were no2s in either of the divisions.

Friday11th August Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (20) 39
2nd Peter Skinner (10) 36
3rd Hal Hart (19) 31
4th Darryl Burkett (12) 30 cb 15 b6 10
5th Craig Thomas (14) 30 cb 15 b6 9

The biggest entry of the week turned out at the now popular regular Friday outing to Pattaya Country Club were the newly designed greens and bunkers are starting to be appreciated by the players.

The course is also in very good condition even following the recent heavy weather in the area and the general scoring was much better.

Murray Edwards took his second win of the week with an excellent three under handicap return that was the epitome of steadiness as it included just two one pointers and no hint of a zero, and well deserved the top step for the day.

Peter Skinner returned with some good form in the bag and he took second place with a solid level handicap round of two 18 pointers. While he was away on his usual whirlwind annual holiday encompassing three and sometimes four continents, he had the very enviable achievement of shooting his age on one of his favourite Vancouver courses.

Hal Hart’s form improved dramatically as he took his second placement in the week just ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places which Darryl Burkett won with a better 10 to 9 over4 the last six holes after he had halved the nine with fifth placed Craig Thomas.

There were no 2s in the second division, but Craig Thomas made sure of the first division pool by slotting in the putts on the 5th and 12th holes to clean out the multi rollover pot.

Prior to the presentations being made there was a welcome for Craig Thomas together with a welcome back for Petter Skinner.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 31.07.2017
Tom’s Double Up Farewell

Monday 31st July Greenwood B & C courses Stableford
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1st Tom McCarthy (23) 34
2nd Jon Batty (6) 33
3rd John O’Sullivan (23) 32
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 31
5th Andrew Purdie (6) 30
6th Mark Lang (6) 29

Greenwood was as usual in very good shape although as with all the courses during the week it was affected by the recent rains and the subsequent lack of mowing of the greens and rough although the fairways played well apart from long due to their wetness.

Tom McCarthy took his first win of his final week with the group prior to his return to The USA with a solid round that was marred but just one zero but include five 3 pointers and one 4 pointer which proved to be just enough to squeeze ahead of Jon Batty in second place. Jon was looking good for the win himself but four dropped shots in the middle of the back nine did his chances in for the day.

John O’Sullivan was close behind in third spot having also looked good after the opening nine having scored twenty points but a serious collapse through the inward half saw him having to settle for third.

Shuichi Kodaka continued the trend of a good front but a worse back nine in fourth place just in front of Andrew Purdie who was the only player on the day top reverse that trend, which left Marl Lang in sixth just another point behind.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions. Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Andrew Purdie.

Wednesday 2nd August Pattana A & C Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Andrew Purdie (6) 36
2nd Mark Armstrong (25) 32
3rd Tom McCarthy (23) 31
4th Jon Batty (6) 30
5th Neville Duncan (10) 26

Andrew Purdie continued where he had left off in the previous event with a better than handicap front nine and even with a slightly worse inward nine he stayed well ahead of the chasing players with a very tidy final card.

Mark Armstrong ran him closest four back finishing strongly after a fairly slow start to take second place one in front of the weeks inform player, Tom McCarthy in third.

Jon Batty, although not able to produce his previous form, did just enough to claim his second podium placement for the week taking fourth which left Neville Duncan the next best finisher in fifth some four shots back.

With the par 6 on the A nine included in the par 73 it was not surprising that the CSS for the day moved out a shot to 74, as the course was playing very long from the white tees.

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

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for “Master Chef” Mark Armstrong.

Friday 4th August Phoenix Gold Stableford
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1st Tom McCarthy (23) 39
2nd Darryl Burkett (12) 34
3rd Danny Greer (27) 32
4th John O’Sullivan (23) 31 cb 17
5th Frank Dunstan (27) 32 cb 14
6th Mark Armstrong (25) 30

Following the recent European Ladies (ELPGA) Event the course was playing to its most difficult level with the rough very difficult to play from although the fairways and greens were in good condition.

Tom McCarthy took his second win of the week with an even better round that his previous win returning a card that included two 4 pointers and six 3 pointers and but for three zeros would have seen an even more dramatic reduction in his handicap to take back home with him.

Darry Burkett did well enough on his return to secure second place although five shots adrift of the winner he finished two in front of third placed Danny Greer who managed to find the correct course this week for a round with his chums instead of a lonely one.

John O’Sullivan hung on for an extra round in the week before returning to his northern estate and won a count back for fourth and fifth places with Frank Dunstan with a better 17 to 14, which then left Mark Armstrong on the final step of the podium in sixth.

For the third time in the week there were no 2s in either of the divisions ensuring a huge couple of pots for next week’s events.

Prior to the presentations being made there was a welcome for new member Teruo Iryu together with welcome backs for Ray Daws and Darryl Burkett and a farewells for Tom McCarthy, Frank Dunstan and Neville Duncan.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 24.07.2017
Neville and Frank take the Medals

Monday 24th July Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (18) 37
2nd Graham Davis (6) 35 cb 18
3rd Mike Dabanovich (11) 35 cb 15
4th Phil Cass (18) 33
5th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 25

Crystal Bay’s B and C courses were in pretty good condition considering the amount of water that they must have absorbed the previous night and morning as it was raining fairly heavily when the group left at 8. 45, but it had almost ceased by the time everyone was ready to play and even though there was little run in the fairways the scoring was good generally.

Hal Hart having won twice during the previous week was still in good form once again running out the winner, this time by two clear ahead of a count back for second and third places.

That was won by Graham Davis after he outscored Mike Dabanovich with a better 18 to 15 after Mike had completed the front nine with 20 points even having zeroed the first hole, but then failed to close it out through the last two holes taking just two points from them.

Phil Cass took fourth place another coup[le behind the count back pair but many in front of fifth placed Shuichi Kodaka who led in a very dispirited rest of the field.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the prizes were presented there was a welcome back for Phil Cass together with a farewell for Graham Davis.

Wednesday 26th July Khao Kheow B & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Mike Dabanovich (11) 35 cb 18 b6 12
2nd Jon Batty (6) 35 cb 18 b6 11
3rd Peter Buckley (19) 28
4th John O’Sullivan (23) 26
5th Toby Glass (11) 23

Once again the group left the venue accompanied by rain which continued as a light drizzle for the opening few holes but then stopped to leave the day perfect for golf, except as was to be expected, there was again very little to be had as regards extra yardage once the ball returned to earth from the tees.

Mike Dabanovich made up for losing out in the count back in the previous event by winning on this occasion with a better 12 to 11 over the last six after having tied the back nine at 18 with playing partner Jon Batty who had to settle for second best on the day.

Peter Buckley playing in his last competition before returning to Wollongong, south of Sydney, took third someway back but well ahead of most of the field and two in front of fourth placed John O’Sullivan.

Toby Glass looked every inch the winner after nine holes having scores twenty points but followed that opening nine with a most extraordinary exhibition of “Anchor Throwing” which would surely had won a standing ovation at the annual Naval Royal Tournament in London, even playing every hole to its bitter end. But at least he finished with enough points to make the podium where many others failed.

Toby Glass cleaned out the first division multi rollover pot whilst Phil Cass did the same in the second division.

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for Mike Hill and John O’Sullivan together with a farewell for Peter Buckley.

Friday 28th July Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Neville Duncan (10) 78
2nd Hal Hart (15) 93
2nd Division 16+
1st Frank Dunstan (27) 73
2nd Peter Brown (23) 74
3rd John O’Sullivan (23) 75

The continuing poor weather during the early mornings affected the turnout for the Monthly Medals badly with just two contenders in the first division and one of those was a transfer from the second division after taking a voluntary reduction in handicap. But once again the rain held off and resulted in good conditions for golf although as usual with the course playing quite long.

The first division medal was won with the highest score of the year as they both struggled to get to terms with the length from the tees, as Neville Duncan won his first medal with the group and with “Chancer Hal” just fifteen behind in second place, with both qualifying for the first division Gold and Silvers.

Frank Dunstan won a much more closely contested second division running out in top spot after a 49/51 split to net down to a 73.

Peter Brown just squeezed into second place ahead of John O’Sullivan by one stroke having carded a strong back nine in a 50/47 against John’s 51/47.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The haven there were welcome backs for Peter Brown, Frank Dunstan and Neville Duncan.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 17.07.2017
Hal “The Hat”, almost

Monday 17th July Mountain Shadow Blue Tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (19) 30
2nd Graham Davis (6) 27
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 24

As many of the regulars return to Europe for some well-earned R & R the slow season starts to bite in earnest and the numbers drop dramatically but still enough hopefuls turned out for the difficult test at Mountain Shadow which had been originally designed for players with handicaps of 15 or less. Well even with some single figure players in the group there were still none that could get anywhere near their standard of required play and so the day became non-counting for handicap adjustments.

It was not that the course was in any way at fault, it being in good condition although slightly damp and played in a slight drizzle throughout the rounds, but according to most of the interviewees “it was full of ball eating trees”.

Hal Hart had the best of the day at six over trailed in by Graham Davis by three and with Shuichi Kodaka another three back in third.
A thick veil is drawn over the rest of the field to protect the innocents.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Tore Sundsby.

Wednesday 19th July Pattana B & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (19) 35
2nd Toby Glass (12) 34
3rd Graham Davis (6) 31
4th Ray Smallwood (25) 30

Another tough day with the course again in tip top shape but very wet from heavy overnight rain and even with the advantage of lift and place in the fairways still a big ask of the players to better their handicaps. Once again the CSS moved out but stayed counting for upward adjustments.

Hal Hart took his second win in succession as he had the best of the day at one over handicap to just edge out Toby Glass from his maiden win at The Haven and having t settle for a good second place.

Graham Davis was again in the frame another three behind in fourth with Ray Smallwood closing out the last mention of the day.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart made it a big day at the collection window with two in the second division the first on B3 and the second on C2.

Back at The Haven there was a farewell for Markku Tynell who was off to Finland for a four week holiday.

Friday 21st July Eastern Star Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 28
2nd Hal Hart (19) 27
3rd Peter Buckley (19) 26
4th Mike Dabanovich (11) 25
5th Ray Smallwood (25) 24

A return to Eastern Star where the course was in very good condition with the greens especially deserving of mention in comparison with their past appearances. But it played as long as any that the group play at almost 6,600yards and with almost zero run following another heavy rainfall the previous day and night. Hal Hart was vying for the “Hat Trick” with his third successive win but as with Dave LeHane, Peter Buckley and Graham Davis in the three previous weeks he was doomed to fail as Shuichi Kodaka edged him out by the slimmest of margins after holding on to his three point advantage over the front nine and Hal unable to take advantage of Shuichi’s failure to score on the last hole.

Peter Buckley slipped into third place just ahead of Mike Dabanovich in fourth with Ray Smallwood again showing up on the podium in fifth.

The group went out slightly smaller on the day, as one of them had inadvertently turned up at another course in Ban Chang, paid for the green fee, caddy and cart, and then on realizing his mistake in the course he was at, asked for a refund as he was due to play elsewhere, but was refused and told he should play on his own. Even in the current hard times, as being experienced by many of the local courses, this is indeed desperate marketing with a view only for the short term.

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



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 10.07.2017
Graham Davis is outstanding

Monday 10th July Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Graham Davis (8) 37
2nd Mike Dabanovich (11) 32 cb 17
3rd Keith Emerson (12) 32 cb 14
4th Toby Glass (11) 30 cb 16
5th Hal Hart (19) 30 cb 14

Another Bank Holiday meant another trip up the 331 to Treasure Hill, where the prices are just too good to pass up at 1,350 baht including green fee, caddy and cart, which for holiday prices reminds us of the nineties. But as always the course was the winner with even the first man ever to play to his handicap two years after the course opened there, Phil Mitchell, unable to get anywhere near the podium places.

The sole player to better his handicap was Graham Davis who made up for his lack of distance from the tee with some clever thinking and outstanding shots into the greens. No mean feat considering the size of them. His fine play enabled him to run out the winner by five clear shots ahead of the nearest challengers.

They were Mike Dabanovich in second place and Keith Emerson in third after they had been separated by a count back which Mike won with a better 17 to 14.

They were then followed in by Toby Glass a couple of strokes behind in fourth and then Hal Hart, the best of the higher handicaps in fifth after he had lost a count back to Toby with scores of 16 and 14.

Toby Glass cleaned out the 1st division roll over pot in the 2s competition whilst Tom McCarthy and Dave LeHane shared the second division roll over fund.
Before the presentations were made there were welcome back for Vic Woolton and Mike Dabanovich together with a farewell for Keith Emerson.

Wednesday 12th July Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Mike Dabanovich (11) 34
2nd Toby Glass (11) 32
3rd Graham Davis (8) 31 cb 15
4th Chris Smith (+1) 31 cb 12
5th Dave LeHane 30

Following another dose of heavy weather expectations were high that the trip to Bangpra would be a little easier than the previous event as the greens were expected to be slower than usual but in the event with rain accompanying the players from the start the course again proved to be the winner with none of the hopefuls able to match their handicaps.

Mike Dabanovich was the best of them, at two over as he won by two clear, although he could have been so much better having finished the front nine with 23 points, a very patchy second nine which include two 3s, two 2s and four zeros determined that he would have to be satisfied with just the win and not the champagne round it had promised to be.

Toby Glass continued his good run of form as he took second place with a good round that also suffered through the last two holes as he could garner just the one point from them but he had done enough to keep the third and fourth placed players at bay by the slimmest of margins.

They were Graham Davis and Chris Smith and they had to be separated by a count back which Graham won with a better 15 to 12, which left Dave LeHane in fifth another shot behind them.

Peter Buckley had the sole 2 in the second division whilst Chris Smith and Toby Glass shared the first division pot.

Prior to the presentations there was a farewell for Vic Woolton.

Friday 14th July Phoenix Gold Stableford
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1st Graham Davis (8) 33
2nd Peter Buckley (19) 28 cb 17
3rd Jon Batty (6) 28 cb 14
4th Tom McCarthy (22) 25
5th Toby Glass (11) 24

Having planned the day to follow on from the European Ladies Tour (ELPGA) again expectations were that the course would be in tip top condition. It was but the rough had been allowed to grow up and in a bit, making any wayward shots from the tees very difficult to get back into good positions to score from with the next shots. So once again nobody played to handicap and once again the CSS went out three strokes to make it a very unusual three times in a week and underline the difficulties for the players to get a result.

Once again it was Graham Davis to be found at the top of the podium as, having missed out on his “Hat Trick” on Wednesday, he won his third in four outings with another outstanding round that was belied by the score of three over handicap. With the course playing so tough, no zeros on the card was a very good return, and good enough by five clear for the win.

Peter Buckley won a count back with Jon Batty for second spot with a better 17 to 14 after a very slow start and Tom McCarthy took fourth, on his home course, having suffered by not having one members bounce all day. That left Toby Glass in fifth place with his third placement for the week.

Unsurprisingly, with the course as difficult as it was, there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Jon Batty and Mark Lang together with a farewell for Dave LeHane.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 03.07.2017
Peter Buckley almost does the trick

Monday 3rd July Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Peter Buckley (21) 43
2nd Larry Gibb (22) 38 cb 19 b6 14
3rd Dave LeHane (17) 38 cb 19 b6 12
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 33
5th Hal Hart (18) 29 cb 17
6th Andrew Purdie (7) 29 cb 14

The weather stayed clear after early clouds made the prospects look poor for the day and it turned out to be good with a little light breeze and some cloud cover. The course was in good condition with the greens having quickly recovered from recent coring, and although not as fast as usual flat and true all of which helped to produce some excellent scores.

The best of these by far was returned by Peter Buckley who had his best day with the group since joining some eight years earlier and it called for a special celebration following the awards with the horn being blown for the second time.

Dave LeHane did not realise that his handicap had reduced by a shot and thought that he had continued his recent good run with at least a second place but in the vent he was pipped by the resurgent Larry Gibb in a count back for second by 14 to 12 over the last six after they had tied the nine in 19 each.

Shuichi Kodaka took fourth ahead of another count back for fifth and six between Hal Hart and Andrew Purdie which the former won with a better 17 to 14.

There were no 2s in the first division but Dave LeHane made up for missing out on the third win on the trot with the sole one in the second division to sweep the pool.

Wednesday 5th July Pattana A & B A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Peter Buckley (21) 37
2nd Frank Harrington (7) 35
3rd Dave LeHane (17) 32 cb 17
4th Ray Smallwood (25) 32 cb 15
5th Markku Tynell (21) 30
6th Larry Gibb (22) 29

Once again the weather held off mostly with just a spattering of rain over a couple of holes and with the course in its usual tip top shape the scores were once again good. Once again the group played the ninth on the B course as a par six making for a par and SS of 74 which was borne out with the CSS remaining at 74 for the day.

Once again Peter Buckley was to be found leading them in with another below handicap score on the day and although not quite at the level of his last return it was still good enough by two the secure his second win of the week and a chance for the “Hat Trick” on Friday.

Frank Harrington at last showed a bit of the old form in second place with a one over handicap return that could have been much better except for a couple of zeros on the front nine but a solid inward half ensured his best round of the current visit with the group.

Dave LeHane won a count back with Ray Smallwood for third and fourth places with a better 17 to 15 as Markku Tynell just edged out Larry Gibb for fifth place with Larry Complaining that his mind was on the following day’s visit to the beauty parlour and not quite in tune with golf.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Friday 7th July Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Graham Davis (9) 42
2nd Peter Buckley (21) 36
3rd Ray Smallwood (25) 34
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 32 cb 17
5th Hal Hart (18) 32 cb 16
6th Markku Tynell (21) 31

Another good day for golf with a light breeze and overcast skies over and a course that continues to improve following the recent redesign and renovation of the greens, although the recent rainy conditions meant that the greens were left quite long and played a lot slower than they normally do, but it brought out the best of the hopefuls with Graham Davis running out the winner following a sparkling six under handicap return that could have been even better as he was just short of the par 5 18th in two but took a further four shots to get down but that did not detract from an excellent gross 75 and his best round ever with The Haven group as records exist since August 2007.

Peter Buckley, who was vying for the “Hat Trick” took second having lost out in the same way as he denied Dave LeHane on Monday, took second place with a solid level handicap round two ahead of third placed Ray Smallwood. Surely it cannot be too long before Ray is going to be found at the top of the leaderboard for the first time.

Shuichi Kodaka won a count back for fourth and fifth with Hal Hart with a better 17 to 16 which left Markku Tynell one back in sixth place.

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



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 26.06.20
Dave LeHane drills another two

Monday 26th June Greenwood B & C course White tees Stableford
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1st Tom McCarthy (22) 33 cb 18
2nd Larry Gibb (22) 33 cb 17
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 33 cb 16
4th Frank Harington (6) 31
5th Dick Heaney (16) 30

Once again the course was found to be in excellent condition although, with the courses set as B & C nines, it was very long for the ground conditions that are still quite damp with little run on the fairways, which the CSS underlined as it moved out to 74 for the day.

Tom McCarthy made good use of his M1, driver that is, to get into close range on some of the holes, especially through the longer C nine, to run out the winner after taking the three way count back with a best 18 leaving the improving Larry Gibb in second after he scored 17 and Tomas Nilsson in third with 16.

Frank Harrington made an immediate impact with the group on his return securing fifth place a couple of strokes behind the leading threesome and Dick Heaney another one back in fifth place.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Frank Harrington and Shuichi Kodaka.

Wednesday 28th June Khao Kheow A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 36
2nd Graham Davis (9) 33 cb 14 b6 10
3rd Chris Smith (+1) 33 cb 14 b6 9
4th Tomas Nilsson (12) 32
5th Markku Tynell (21) 30
6th Toby Glass (11) 29

Visiting Khao Kheow for the regular visit is never less than a pleasure as the course is always in good condition and offers one of the toughest tests of golf in the area for all levels of players. This occasion was no exception as the course was, as with most of the others in the area, sparsely attended by other golfers and with the tee placements for the day all in tricky positions scoring was again at a premium with the CSS going out three to 75.

Dave LeHane seems to have got his teeth well into his game recently, having pulled out some good results and is starting to make a good impression on the handicap committee and once again he injected some real skill into his round that resulted in another win, this time by three clear strokes.

Graham Davis fought well over the back nine to win a count back with Chris Smith with a better 10 to 9 after they had both started the day well with good opening nines, and with Chris firing round in just gross 35 strokes, and then tying the back nine on 14 each.

Tomas Nilsson again showed well in his last outing with the group during this visit to take fourth spot ahead of Markku Tynell in fifth and Toby Glass in sixth.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Chris Smith slipped in the sole one in the first division to clean out the roll over pot.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Chris Smith and Graham Davis together with farewells for Mike Hill, Tomas Nilsson and Dick Heaney.

Friday 30th June Eastern Star Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 35
2nd Markku Tynell (21) 34
3rd Graham Davis (9) 31
4th Frank Harrington (6) 30
5th Andrew Purdie (6) 29 cb 18
6th Hal Hart (18) 20 cb 14

After a long hiatus away from Eastern Star, whilst the management refused to accept that the group should not pay more to golf there than other groups, but now happily resolved at least for the time being during the extra low season attendances, the players looked forward to taking on the Robert Trent Jones design that always offers a good challenge with many holes featuring water and out of bounds markers.

Even though the course was playing long the scores were pretty good with the CSS for the day remaining at level 72.

Dave LeHane was again the be found at the head of the scorers, although just one over his handicap it was still good enough to take the second win of the week ahead of Markku Tynell.

Graham Davis took third after a steady round if slightly slower round in the last group preferring to concentrate of attention to detail rather than “make a race of it”, Frank Harrington slipped into fourth place with Andrew Purdie winning a count back for fifth and sixth with Hal Hart with a better 18 to 14.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions although Andrew Purdie had a chance to “take it all” under the new rule of “a 2 on a par 4” when he drove the green on the 290 yard 12th and was left with a reasonable uphill putt for glory. Unfortunately three putts later he was a sadder but wiser man, but as usual still smiling.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Andrew Purdie and Gordon Millar.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 19.06.20

Monday 19th June Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
CSS 75 NC

1st Tom Shea (5) 30
2nd John Tallett (26) 29 cb 17
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 29 cb 16
4th Dave LeHane (18) 29 cb 14 b6 10
5th Murray Edwards (20) 29 cb 14 b6 9
6th Markku Tynell (21) 29 cb 13

The course was as usual in fairly good condition considering the continuing maintenance which included the spiked greens which were unusually slow but one thing that cannot be decried are the prices which at 1,050 including a cart and caddy are by far the best in the area. If only the course was not quite so difficult to score from it would surely be inundated with players, which sadly for the management but happily for the ones that do make the effort to play it, a very worthwhile day of entertainment.

The difficulty of the course was underlined when the CSS for the day went out to 75 with the best score of the day being six over handicap.

Tom Shea was that player taking his first win with the group and very surprised having played the previous day, scoring 40 points and not winning.

John Tallett then led in a multi count back between five with the best over the last nine of 17 for second place and Tomas Nilsson third with 16. Then Dave LeHane won a count back over the last six with a better 10 to 9 to leave Murray Edwards in fifth with Markku Tynell last of the five in sixth having just 13.

Dave Edwards cleaned out the first division 2s pool at last and John Tallett did the same in the second division with their solo efforts.

Before the presentations the were welcome backs for Phil Mitchell and Tom Shea together with a farewell for the Handicap Chairman Dave Edwards who is off sunning himself in Blighty but will stay closely in touch with the system and the sub-committee.

Wednesday 21st June Pattana B & C courses Stableford
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1st Mike Hill (21) 36
2nd Tomas Nilsson (12) 31 cb 18
3rd Larry Gibb (22) 31 cb 16
4th Toby Glass (11) 31 cb 13
5th Tom Shea (5) 30 cb 15 b6 11
6th Ray Smallwood (24) 30 cb 15 b6 9

A slightly easier day for the hopefuls when B and C from the yellow tees was the day’s scheduled event, but the CSS again went up to 74 with the 9th on B being played as a par five for a change.

Again the course was in superb shape following the recent heavy weather and again was a testament to the commitment of the management to always keep it in pristine condition.

Mike Hill was the leader by a clear five strokes after returning his best card for a couple of months and one without the blemish of a zero.

Tomas Nilsson won a count back for second and third with Larry Gibb after returning a better 18 to 16, but it must be recorded that Larry is contending much better now he is concentrating on the other 14 holes as well as the par 3s. Toby Glass was also involved in that count back and took fourth after scoring 13. He was followed by yet another count back between Tom Shea and Ray Smallwood which Tom won with a better 11 to 9 over the back six after they had tied the nine with 15 each.

There were no 2s in the second division but Tomas Nilsson took the first division pot with the sole one in the first division.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for Toby Glass playing for the first time with the group together with welcome backs for Phil Cass, Dick Heaney and Mike Hill.

Friday 23rd June Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Gus Guidetti 68
2nd Division 16+
1st Phil Cass (18) 72
2nd Mike Hill (21) 75 cb 33.5
3rd John Tallett (26) 75 cb 38

The course was in good condition following heavy overnight rain which had mostly disappeared by the start. Once again there was a distinct lack of other golfers as had been the case on the two previous occasions in the week, underlining the desperate situation of tourists to the area at the present time.

Unfortunately there was only one entrant in the first division but that did not mean that he took it easy as Gus Guidetti returned a nett four under following a gross 80 off his 12 handicap. Gus had just returned from a bog open competition in Hua Hin where he had placed second overall in his division after four days of tough golf.

The second division was led in by Phil Cass with a level handicap return which was enough to win by three ahead of a count back for the second qualifying entry into the end of year Gold and Silver Medals which was won by the in-form Mike Hill with a better 33.5 to 38 which left John Tallett back in third but not too disappointed as he was already a qualifier.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 12.06.2017
Dave LeHane pulls one out

Monday 12th June Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
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1st John Carlin (17) 39
2nd Hal Hart (18) 38
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 34
4th Mark Cooper (11) 33
5th Markku Tynell (20) 32

Following all the wet weather in the recent past the courses are now getting back into shape although there are still many that have not yet got the whole of the course mown down to the previous heights both through the green and on the greens.

Crystal Bay has improved their greens although they are still nowhere near their old speed and flatness and still with mixtures of different grasses to be found within them. But the scores now being achieved show that it is well worth a visit and good value compared with similar quality courses.

John Carlin was playing in his last game before taking a well-earned rest from the rigours of five day a week golf and when his win was announced at the Haven there was a good round of applause some no doubt occasioned by relief. His three under handicap return will mean another reduction in handicap when he returns to the group in the near future.

Hal Hart is another regular who has seen his handicap reduce and another good return will ensure that it remains at no more than a shot a hole for at least a couple of weeks more after he secured second place just one behind the leader.

Tomas Nilsson also put in another steady round in third place one ahead of fourth placed Mark Cooper who in turn was also one in front of Markku Tynell in fifth place.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart had two, just a couple of days too late for the big one, to win the second division.

Before the presentations of the prizes there was a welcome back for Paul Hubbard and a farewell for John Carlin returning to OZ for a short holiday.

Wednesday 14th June Bangpra Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 35
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 33
3rd Chris Smith (+1) 31
4th Tomas Nilsson (12) 27 cb 16
5th Larry Gibb (22) 27 cb 12

Returning to Bangpra during the low season is always a pleasure usually balanced with some trepidation as to the speed that the greens will be during the day, but the course is also experiencing some differences following the wet weather with the greens having been left quite long and running at about half their usual speed. This caused a negative effect on the players as they all struggled to get the ball to the hole even from above the pin. There was also the addition of a tricky bunker behind the tenth green which now makes the stroke index of 18 even more ridiculous after having had the length increased by some 100 yards. An indication of its severity was that the top five cards managed to score just two points between them on what could now be described as one of the most difficult holes on the course.

Dave LeHane won his first event with the group with a solid round with a split of 16/19 and without a point on the tenth, leading in the group by a clear two shots.

Mark Cooper placed second just ahead of the usually very competitive Chris Smith who was a little subdued during this round.

Tomas Nilsson was again among the mentions in fourth place after he won a count back with Larry Gibb with a better 16 to 12.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for Chris Smith and Tom McCarthy.





The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.06.2017
The pot of gold has gone

Monday 5th June Pattavia Stableford
CSS 75 NC

1st Markku Tynell (20) 29 cb 17 b6 12
2nd Murray Edwards (20) 29 cb 17 b6 11
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 29 cb 14 b6 6
4th Hal Hart (18) 29 cb 14 b6 4
5th John Carlin (18) 28 cb 18
6th Andrew Purdie (7) 28 cb 12

The rainy season appears to have left for a while but has still left most of the courses in the area quite wet and still requiring a local lift and place in the fairways rule to facilitate a reasonable round. The state of the greens is also another matter with again most of them playing fairly slow due to the understandable lack of mowing.

Monday’s course was particularly affected which saw the CSS for the day go out to 75 and become non- counting with the best score of the day being seven over handicap and requiring a four way count back to determine the winner.

That was Markku Tynell whose 12 points from the back six was enough to see off Murray Edwards into second place after he could garner just 11 following their 17 points from the back nine.

Tomas Nilsson then claimed third place as he took six from the last three to Hal Hart’s 4 after they had spilt the nine at 14 and the six at 9 apiece.

Joh Carlin was involved with Andrew Purdie in the last count back of the day for fifth and sixth places winning with a better 18 to 12 after Andrew had a bit of a slippage following a good start.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Tomas Nilsson.

Wednesday 7th June Pattana A & B Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Andrew Purdie (7) 39
2nd Ray Smallwood (25) 38
3rd John Carlin (18) 37
4th Mark Cooper (11) 36
5th Larry Gibb (21) 32
6th Kevin Blake (7) 31

Another wet course but playing very well, with the fairways immaculate on the greens very good, meant the CSS for the day went down a shot as the group played both of the par sixes with a total par 74 approximately 6600 yards from the yellow tees.

Andrew Purdie took full advantage of his prodigious power to complete the course in three under handicap to win by one from Ray Smallwood who had his best round since commencing his golf with the group and but for a blank on the last hole could well have been the winner.

John Carlin has been very consistent over his last fifteen round, only playing outside his buffer zone twice and on this occasion went one under handicap to take third place without any zeros on the card.

Mark Cooper played steadily to handicap in fourth place and well ahead of Larry Gibb and Kevin Blake in in fifth and sixth places.

Once again there were no 2s in the first or second divisions although many of the second division’s hopefuls had been attending group putting lessons. Unfortunately these had been arranged in the LK Metro area where there were too few opportunities for correct and unhindered alignment practice.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Kevin Blake.

Friday 2nd June Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st John Carlin (18) 38
2nd John Tallett (26) 35
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 34 cb 21
4th Kevin Blake (7) 34 cb 18
5th Hal Hart (18) 32
6th Andrew Purdie (7) 30

The closest course that the group play was also suffering a bit from the recent weather but was still in reasonable shape although the greens were a bit too patchy for the lower handicappers to score over.

After a very good showing in the previous event, John Carlin went even better on this occasion, with a two under handicap return that earned him a cut down to 17 for the following week’s competitions and another day without a zero on the card.

John Tallett also had a good day and but for a couple of mishaps could well have run out the winner but had to settle for second place in the end.

Tomas Nilsson won a count back for third and fourth with Kevin Blake with a better 21 to 18 after they both did a lot better through the back nine having got a better understanding of the green speeds.

Hal Hart then took fifth a couple ahead of a more subdued Andrew Purdie in sixth place.

Very surprisingly for the fifth time in a row, even though there were a few single figure handicappers in the group, there were no 2s in the first division but equally surprisingly there were two in the second division to clean out the multi rollover pot that had been running for three weeks. After so much effort and expenditure had been spent by some of the contenders on putting lessons and videos it was almost a travesty that they were both chip-ins achieved by players in the same group the first by John Carlin on the 5th hole from very near the green, that but for hitting the middle of the flagstick at tremendous speed would have needed another chip, but then luckily immediately disappeared from sight and the second by Markku Tynell whose chip from the left rough on the 12th took a huge borrow before dropping in with almost the last rotation.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Graham Marchant.





The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 29.05.2017
Markku Tynell excels

Monday 29th May Greenwood Stableford
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1st Mike Dabanovich (12) 39
2nd Rod Crosswell (17) 37
3rd John Carlin (18) 30 cb 18
4th Mark Cooper (11) 30 cb 14
5th Markku Tynell (23) 30 cb 13

A very tough week of golf when the weather tried its hardest to spoil everyone’s enjoyment started out at Greenwood where fortunately the two easiest nine were in play for the day. Even so the CSS for the day, as with the rest of the week’s competitions went up, on this occasion to 73 to underline the difficulty of the conditions which were wet and very wet.

Interestingly the course was offered a special insurance scheme where the payer paid and extra 50 baht on top of the green fee and was then promised a full refund in the event that rain stopped play before the twelfth hole.

Mike Dabanovich saved his best round of his current trip to Pattaya to almost the last shooting three under hi8s handicap to win the first test of the week by a clear two shots after a round that had included seven three pointer sand no zeros.

Rod Crosswell was that close man in second place after he had started well but then garnered just four points from the last four holes and so having to settle for second best on the day.

John Carlin won a count back for third and fourth with Mark Cooper with a better 8 to 14 with Markku Tynell also involved and taking fifth after he took 13 points from the last nine holes.

There were no 2s once again in the second division but Mike Dabanovich added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the first division.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Rod Crosswell together with farewells for Terry Hodgkiss and Brian Beaupre.

Wednesday 31st May Khao Kheow A & B Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Phil Cass (19) 36
2nd Jon Batty (5) 32 cb 16
3rd Larry Gibb (21) 32 cb 13
4th Mike Dabanovich (12) 30 cb 20
5th Mark Cooper (11) 30 cb 14
6th Andrew Purdie (7) 29

Once again the course was extremely wet but fortunately otherwise in good condition even though the greens were understandably slow due to lack of mowing. Once again the CSS for the day went up on this occasion to 74.

Phil Cass’s even par round was easily the best of the day leaving Jon Batty and Larry Gibb fighting it out for second and third through a count back which Jon won with a better 16 to 13.

There was also a count back for fourth and fifth which Mike Dabanovich won over Mark Cooper with an excellent 20 points to 14. That left Andrew Purdie to take sixth one shot behind them.

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

Prior to the prize presentations there was a farewell for Darryl Kellett together with a welcome back for John Sutcliffe.

Friday 2nd June Phoenix Mountain & Lakes Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (23) 41
2nd John O’Sullivan (23) 33
3rd Phil Cass (19) 31 cb 16 b6 10
4th John Carlin (18) 31 cb 16 b6 9
5th John Tallett (26) 31 cb 12

Phoenix is preparing to host another European Tour event, this time it is the Ladies European PGA and they are already getting the course in shape for this prestigious event and hoping to be much better than the European men’s event of last year. Already the fairways are seen to be as good as they have ever been and as good as the best that the group play in the area, and no doubt the rest of the course will continue to improve. But again on the day the group found the going long, with the rough especially tough but the greens also very good being flat and true to the break. Once more the CSS moved out to 74 with only the winner playing to handicap or better.

That winner was Markku Tynell who swept aside the rest of the field with an imperious display of golf, whilst returning the second best gross return of the day whilst being the second highest handicap in the field and eventually winning by a huge eight shot margin over the second placed player.

That was John O’Sullivan who started very well but faded slightly through the back nine but still did enough to hold on the second place.

Phil Cass then won a count back with John Carlin with a better 10 to 9 over the last six after they had tied the nine on 18 each.

That left John Tallett to take the day’s last position in fifth after he had just 12 from the nine in the same count back.

There were no 2s in the first division and even though Shuichi Kodaka had flown in especially to clean out the monster roll over pot to provide his drinking fund for his three week trip to Europe, and Larry Gibb’s midnight oiling burning sessions on his sitting room carpet, bolstered with books on grip and putting together with videos on “How to stand to and address you fourth putt”, there were none either in the second division.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Shuichi Kodaka together with farewells for Mike Dabanovich, Mike Hill and Phil Cass.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 22.05.2017
Jon Batty hits cat. 1 status

Monday 22nd May Mountain Shadow Stableford
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1st Jon Batty (7) 41
2nd John Carlin (18) 32
3rd Brian Beaupre (6) 30
4th Hal Hart (18) 28
5th Larry Gibb (21) 27 cb 14
6th Markku Tynell (23) 27 cb 12

With all the recent heavy rain, mostly not affecting the ability to complete the competitions, it is not surprising to find many of the courses currently being played have not had a chance to do much mowing, leaving the greens and especially the rough very tough to handle.

It was there for even more impressive when Jon Batty retuned a gross 74 over the short, but always difficult to handle, Mountain Shadow course playing from the blue tees as usual. On his way to his lifetime best score he racked up three birdies, eleven pars and five bogies and after taking the day’s CSS of 75 into account it meant a reduction of 1.6 to his 7 handicap and its lowest ever level reaching the category 1 status achieved by very few golfers.

Trailing well back in second place was John Carlin who is at last managing to play consistently in the buffer zone as his putting becomes a little better.

Third place went to Brian Beaupre a couple of shots away and two ahead of Hal Hart in fourth.

Larry Gibb failed in his declared mission to sweep the 2s pot clean but won a count back with Markku Tynell for fifth place with a better 14 to 12 score over the back nine on the card.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations, especially for the group member’s general information, there was a short report on the Bliss Restaurant’s recent items that have been added to their menu offering.

Following which there was a welcome back for Dave LeHane.

Wednesday 24th May Pattana A & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Paul Durkan (8) 37
2nd John Carlin (18) 35
3rd Brian Beaupre (6) 33 cb 19
4th Hal Hart (18) 33 cb 16
5th Ray Smallwood (25) 32

Another wet morning greeted the day’s hopefuls but on arrival at the course the weather stayed dry and overcast making for good conditions climatically but still the course played to its most difficult with the rough particularly punishing.

Newcomer Paul Durkan underlined the quality of his 8 handicap while winning on his first outing with the group with a one over return against a CSS of 73 for the day.

John Carlin again proved to be second best this time just two points behind and once again in his handicap buffer zone.

Brain Beaupre made sure of a mention in his last game with the group when he won a count back with Hal Hart with a better 19 to 16 with Ray Smallwood just one behind in fifth place.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Darryl Kellett and Paul Durkan shared the first division pool.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Paul Durkan together with a welcome back for Dave LeHane.

Friday 26th May Pattavia Stableford
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1st John Carlin (18) 36 cb 22
2nd Mike Dabanovich (12) 36 cb 20
3rd John Tallett (26) 31
4th Mark Cooper (11) 29 cb 16, b6 12
5th Larry Gibb (21) 29 cb 16, b6 10

Having heard that the original course scheduled was undergoing some important renovations to the greens the day’s event had been switched to Pattavia where the contenders had to wait for half an hour before the torrential rain eased of and a start could be made albeit in light rain.

But the course was left a little bedraggled and very wet with again the rough extremely tough and the greens noticeably slower than usual. The latter actually helped the scoring at least of the leading two players.

John Carlin at last broke his run of brides maids placements with a well-deserved win after prevailing in a count back with Mike Dabanovich scoring a better 22 to 20 as all players benefited from the cessation of the rain on the inward half, leaving Dabber in second after a fine back nine which would normally have been good enough.

John Tallett took third place some five points further back but two ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth which Mark Cooper won over Larry Gibb with a better 12 to 10 over the last six after they had tied the nine on 16 apiece. Once again Larry had vowed to sort the second division 2s out and once again the putting proved to be a little lacking.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Mike Dabanovich made up a little for losing the count back when he had the sole 2 in the first division.

Before the presentations there were welcome backs for Andrew Purdie & Mark Cooper, the latter having been down in Phuket caddying for Chris Smith in a big open tournament. There was also a farewell for Brian Beaupre.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 15.05.2017
Mark & John take the Medals

Monday 15th May Crystal Bay Stableford
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1st Brian Beaupre (6) 34
2nd Terry Hodgkiss (29) 33
3rd Philip Cass (19) 32
4th Markku Tynell (23) 31
5th John Carlin (18) 29

With two teams playing in the Mean Pro-Am being played at Pattana in conjunction with the inaugural Tour even being held there on the following four days, there was a reduced field that set off from The Haven and one which had been reduced further by the constant rain that had deluged Pattaya since before dawn encouraging some regulars to pull the covers back on and rollover for some extra shuteye.

In the event the day turned out to be perfect for golf as after the rain ceased some five miles out of town the day remained overcast but dry with a light wind.

But the going was still a bit tough with little run in the fairways and slow greens due to the recent weather conditions., and so Brian Beaupre did well to return a two over handicap card to win by one from Terry Hodgkiss who is making some return to form with yet another podium finish with the group.

Philip Cass returned to take third place and but for three zeros include in the round would have probably won the day.

Markku Tynell managed to take fourth place with a card that showed no zeros but a few too many single pointers to challenge the leaders. He was followed in by John Carlin who had a quiet day which also included too many zeros.

There were no 2s in the first division but John Carlin slipped in the sole one in the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Brian Beaupre and Philip Cass.

Wednesday 17th May Bangpra Stableford

Although it was again raining when the group left for the course, they did so in high hopes that the day would turn out as the Monday event had, but these dreams were sadly misplaced, as after starting out in a fine rain they found the course to be totally waterlogged and in no condition for golf and more suitable for model boats sailing whilst wrapped in copious oilskins. The management did give out some vouchers for another discounted round, to be used by the month’s end, but in all conscience they should have declared the course closed as unplayable. But TIT.

So an early retreat was made to a dryer venue where cold drinks and hot goodies were available to refresh and cheer the disappointed players.

Friday 19th May Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Mark Cooper (11) 68
2nd Brian Beaupre (6) 73
3rd Geoff Potter (9) 81
2nd Division 16 +
1st John Tallett (26) 71
2nd John Carlin (18) 72
3rd John O’Sullivan (23) 75 cb 33.5
From Larry Gibb (21) 75 cb 39.5

At last the weather relented and the group set off for the local Pattaya Country Club under clear skies with a light breeze, unfortunately the course was still suffering the after effects of the recent heavy rains, with the fairways offering little run and the greens much slower due to the understandable lack of mowing. But apart from those two matters the course was in fairly good condition considering the amount of water the area has absorbed over the last weeks.

Mark Cooper led in the first division by a massive five strokes and could have been even better but for an unfortunate quadruple on the 17th after having gone out in three under handicap and being seven under, standing on the 17th tee only to see his tee shot disappear into the water twice and needing a good two putt to escape with just the quadruple bogey. But he then finished with a par to lock up his first medal with the group since May 2008.

Brian Beaupre took second place after finishing strongly with a gross 38 on the back nine but a few too many slips on the front nine undid his chances for the day. Geoff Potter struggled most of the way round but still managed to secure third place some way behind the leading two.

The second division was taken by John Tallett to record his second Medal win in succession with a very creditable one under handicap return to just pip John Carlin by a single stroke.

John O’Sullivan laid claim to third place after winning a count back with Larry Gibb with an outstanding back nine of 33.5 to win by six from Larry’s 39.5.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper made it a double celebration with the only one in the first division to clean out the rollover pot.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Mike Hill.






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