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


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The latest view from the back tees (2)

If the low season gets any lower the group will be able to play the whole competition on the rebuilt front veranda in Soi Lengkee but at least those that are here in Pattaya are enjoying the wide open spaces and freedom of the tees whatever course that they are playing at the moment as it appears that someone has shut the gates at the borders. But seriously the problem may well lie in the makeup of the incoming tourists, in as much as there does not appear to be any younger people arriving, as was the case some twenty five years ago and those that arrived then are now getting too old to play in many cases.

The other salient point is the strong Baht and the inability of the local courses managements to devise sensible marketing strategies that take account of the spiraling local costs as compared to the range of deals that are on offer in the developed golf markets in the world.

A prime example is the Edinburgh area of Scotland, the perceived cradle of golf, where a player can be a member of a group of six local courses over which they can play unlimited golf at an annual cost of 300 pounds sterling, approximately 12,000 baht, for which the local Pattaya golfer will be offered between two rounds, including a compulsory cart, at the most expensive courses and ten at the least expensive including caddy tip but excluding a cart.

It will be interesting to be see which of the managements takes the first steps in making caddies optional and instigates a sensible annual membership fee and who will lead the way to a potentially more profitable partnership with the local golfing community.



A view from the back tees (1)

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

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

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


IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 04.11.2019
John Wood has a field day

There is a very good article on the new World Handicap System together with details of how and when it will be applied for IPGC for members. It is written by Dave Edwards, the Handicap Committee Chairman, and is well worth the time and effort to read and can be found on the IPGC web site at www.ipgc.golf under Handicap Policy.

Monday 4th November Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st John Wood (29) 42
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 37
3rd Gary Dalton (18) 34 cb 18
4th Toshiya Kimura (27) 34 cb 17
5th Vic Woolton (13) 33 cb 22
6th Dene Heath (6) 33 cb 17

About the same time the winner was dropping in his last putt on the eighteenth it started to rain in Manchester, as the “United” team were having their last doughnuts before beginning the week with a severe workout in readiness for their make or break fixture with the high flying “Brighton Boys”, and some of them were also thinking the same thing, “We could win this”.

In the event they were both right. John Wood cruised onto the top step of the podium five shots ahead of his nearest challenger with an excellent 21/21 split for the two nines, and Manchester slipped past Brighton from 15th place right up to a dizzy 7th place in the Premiership table, although it is still unlikely that they will emulate one of their second biggest fan any time soon. But at least it was cause, on both counts, for some serious celebrations in Leytonstone, by probably their biggest fan, ahead of the looming catastrophe in December.

Shuichi Kodaka is starting to look like a contender once more after he took second place ahead of a count back for third and fourth that Gary Dalton won over Toshiya Kimura with a better 18 to 17.

Vic Woolton having taken a little while to get accustomed to the conditions down here in the south of the Kingdom collecting just three points from the first five holes but then following a change in partners in his group’s sixes competition showed his true potential in winning a count back for fifth and sixth places with Dene Heath with a better 22 to 17.

There were no 2s in the second division but Dene Heath had a beauty when he knocked a 5 iron to a foot and then slid one in on the 198 yard 7th hole to take the first division and show why he was considered a proper golfer a couple of years ago when he last played.

Before the prizes were presented there were welcomes for Dene Heath and Roger Awad together with welcome backs for Vic Woolton and Paul Hubbard. There was also a farewell for Toshiya Kimura.

Wednesday 6th November Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (21) 36
2nd Greg Ignatieff (15) 32
3rd Dave LeHane (19) 24



Obviously someone had sent out a circular that the course to be played in the middle of the week was going to be more than difficult, as from a heady five groups that teed it up on Monday, just one group showed up at the sign up most carry first aid kits and boxes of sandwiches presumably intended for sustenance over an extended period amongst the palm trees. As it turned out the course, having undergone extensive renovations during the low season, was in great condition and playing very well with the greens deserving of special commendation, although for those wandering into the rough, things were not quite so easy as those areas were very difficult to handle.

Hal Hart returned a solid 18/18 split card for his first win for a while and was more than pleased to hand in a card without a zero to be seen.

Greg Ignatieff started out very steadily with a level handicap front nine but was not quite able to maintain that form, dropping four points over the last four holes and then having to settle for second place, with Dave LeHane, having one of his off days, a few away in third place but well in front of the last in the group.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart added to his day’s takings with his solo effort on the 149 yard 14th hole.

Friday 8th November Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (25) 40
2nd Banjo Bannister (16) 38
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 32
4th John Fleming (12) 30
5th John Wood (29) 29
6th Trevor Schirmer (17) 27

A second surprising score in the week and especially as the course is usually know for taking its toll on the hopefuls, but with the weather again good, and the course in excellent condition, especially the greens which were very playable, at least the leaders had a day to remember, although many of the rest had the usual tough day but all were pleased with the course on the day.

Markku Tynell had a terrific result, scoring four under handicap with an 18/22 split card after having started the day with a blob on the first hole. He then settled down taking thirteen points from the next five holes and the march to victory was on.

Banjo Bannister may well have thought that he would be declared the winner in his absence, being unable to attend the prize giving, with a two under handicap score that usually would be easily enough to take the top step of the podium, but on this occasion Markku was not to be denied and he will no doubt read of his near miss via this report.

Shuichi Kodaka walked better than he played over the front nine amassing four zeros amongst a score of just eleven points but a very strong back nine from which he took a very good twenty one points lifted him up to third place.

John Fleming at last made it onto the podium in the week in fourth place with a patchy round which included three 3 pointers and a 4 pointer amongst a few horrors, but as usual nothing could deter his thirst at the prize giving.

John Wood was total unable to recreate his form from the start of the week but did enough to take fifth place ahead of Trevor Schirmer in sixth place, Trevor having started badly but did a lot better though the back nine.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Brendan Dunne had a very good one on the short 6th hole which was playing just over 110 yards.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 28.10.2019
John Fleming springs a surprise

Monday 28th October Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Dave Paul (20) 35
2nd Frank Harrington (8) 34
3rd Dick Heaney (19) 31 cb 20
4th Greg Ignatieff915) 31 cb 16
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 31 cb 15
6th Nick Evans (14) 30

The last event of the low season at Eastern Star meant the last of the inexpensive green fee voucher which had been on offer and with a bit of conjuring with the figures, by the organiser, everyone received a good deal even though there were not enough vouchers for all those that wanted to play, and no one was disappointed as the course was playing very well.

Dave Paul took his time to evaluate each hole and made it count by taking the win by a single stroke ahead of the inform Frank Harrington who had rushed around the course without appearing to worry that his tee shots had all found the fairways but unfortunately lost some approach shots and let a few putts escape.

Dick Heaney returned from a few days of R & R away from Pattaya to head up a three way count back with a better 20 points after a very slow start to his round and claim third place and leave Greg Ignatieff in fourth having scored 16 and Shuichi Kodaka in fifth with 15.

Nick Evans was unable to get any members bounces and had to settle for sixth spot.

Frank Harrington made up for just missing out with the win when he holed a very good putt on the 157 yard 13th to sweep the first division 2s pot clean while Dick Heaney had to share the second division after he had a nice one on the 172 yard 17th and Toshiya Kimura also had one on the 13th hole.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Heinz Durrer, Dick Heaney and Steve Bickle who still insists on sending his golf clubs as third class baggage and once again found that his number one driver shaft had again been split in transit, but only on the first tee and once again too late for any compensation. He subsequently did not trouble the leaders or indeed the rest of the field.

Wednesday 30th October Khao Kheow C & A courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Banjo Bannister (16) 35
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 34
3rd Kelly Phelps (20) 33 cb 18
4th John Fleming (12) 33 cb 17
5th Greg Ignatieff (15) 31
6th Dick Heaney (19) 30

The regular reader might have thought that the Haven organiser was “Pattaya Wise” having organised golf in Pattaya for over twenty years and seen many a scam along the way, but he almost fell for a very slick con-job the day before playing at Khao Kheow, when he was offered a seemingly great deal to offer the entrants at 500 baht each instead of the usual 900 baht, for ten green fees that had remained unsold by another group that were playing there that same day. On checking the situation with the course management it transpired that they were also offering a good deal, to compete with other courses in the area, of 1,300 baht green fee, caddy and cart and with the caddy and cart fee at 1,050 it meant that the actual green fee on the day was 250 baht. So fortunately another scammer was left holding the baby and the tickets.

It was a great deal all round as the course was found to be in great shape but with a stiff breeze accompanying the group the scores were fairly average.

Banjo Bannister took the top spot with a one over handicap return that was just enough to consign Markku Tynell into second place.

Close behind in third was new member Kelly Phelps after he had won a count back with John Fleming with a better 18 to 17.

Greg Ignatieff took fifth place another two shots behind them and one ahead of sixth placed Dick Heaney playing in his last event with the group.

There were no 2s in the first division but Banjo Bannister made it a very profitable day when he took the second division pot in the 2s with the sole one on the 165 yard C 8 hole.

Prior to the presentations being made there was a welcome for new member Kelly Phelps together with farewells for Dick Heaney and Ron Wilson.

Friday 1st November Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st John Fleming (12) 39
2nd Toshiya Kimura (27) 37
3rd Dave LeHane (19) 36
4th John Wood (29) 35
5th Hal Hart (20) 34 cb 21
6th Greg Ignatieff (15) 34 cb 19

The first day of the high season and even with the benefit of vouchers which saved the entrants 250 baht for the green fee, there were several mutterings about the costs that they may expect to be faced with over the next few months. From the prices that the group have been offered to date the most expensive with be 1,400 baht walking and the least expensive 950 baht walking. It is hoped that some course will react to the expected overall lower numbers of golfers and begin to offer some deals as the season progresses.

There has also been some serious gripes on the IPGC Facebook page regarding the Pattaya Country Club as the venue for the Club Championships on February 5th and 7th and apart from that being the totally wrong forum for a discussion that concerns members only, it is also unhelpful when the organising has been completed for the events and especially when the comments are from members and in some cases non-members that have not played the Pattaya Country Club in the past years and indeed hardly ever ones of which they are not members.

John Fleming was seemingly unaware that he was playing some sort of substandard course, as indeed were most of the other players who managed to drive the CSS for the day down the maximum of a stroke, as he managed to stagger his playing partners of the day with his solid play which made a mockery of their attempts to relieve him of his pool of drinking tokens.

Toshiya Kimura continued to plod away at the back of the group this time dropping into second place a couple behind the runaway leader and one in front of third placed Dave LeHane who had been able to keep calm whilst others were losing concentration.

John Wood returned to the group with a solid round that earned him fourth place on ahead of a count back for fifth and sixth which Hal Hart won over Greg Ignatieff with a better 21 to 19Peter Skinner had the sole 2 in the first division on the 137 Yard 12th hole to sweep the rollover pot clean, whilst Dave LeHane also had one on the same hole to take the second division pool.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for John Wood who was taking a rest from watching paint dry at Old Trafford while handing out boxes of tissues to Phil Stevenson. Phil is due into town as soon as he has finished briefing Jeremy on the best policies for the upcoming elections.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 21.10.2019
Frank, Vito and Kaneo take the Medals

Monday 21st October Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Toshiya Kimura (28) 40
2nd John Fleming (12) 36
3rd
Markku Tynell (24) 34 cb 20
4th Banjo Bannister (16) 34 cb 15
5th Larry Gibb (25) 34 cb 14 b6 11
6th Glen Loydall (23) 34 cb 14 b6 10

Another good week at Pattavia where again the course was found to be in very good condition and the weather stayed fine so a great day was had by all.

Toshiya Kimura had the best of the day at four under handicap returning an 18/22 split which was enough to win by four clear ahead of second placed John Fleming who could only manage an 18/18.

Markku Tynell then won a four way count back for third place with a better 20, which left Banjo Bannister in fourth after he had 15.

Larry Gibb took a good fifth after he had a better 11 to 10 over the last six holes after he had tied the nine with Glen Loydall with 14 each.

Howard Jeglum had the sole 2 in the first division on the 138 yard fourth hole whilst Toshiya Kimura also with one on the 4th and Gary Dalton with one on the 203 yard 17th shared the second division pool.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Glen Loydall, Gary Dalton, Greg Ignatieff, Howard Jeglum, Shuichi Kodaka, Banjo Bannister and Larry Gibb, which may hopefully be the start of the stampede in for the upcoming season whatever it will be called, high, low, mediocre, it’s all up to the Baht.

There was also a memorial for Mike Korney as Howard Jeglum had brought his ashes back from Canada to spread on the last course that he played in Thailand, Pattavia, and dropped spread them around a few holes during the round. The group shared a toast to Mike after the prize giving was finished.

Wednesday 23rd October Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Toshiya Kimura (28) 30 cb 16 b6 10
2nd Vito Cirelli (16) 30 cb 16 b6 9
3rd Marc Brunner (12) 29
4th Hal Hart (21) 28
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 27 cb 15
6th Banjo Bannister (16) 27 cb 12

A very tough day out was awaiting the group when they took on the always short but difficult Mountain Shadow course that had originally been designed for handicappers of 15 and below, following six months of renovations during which time the group had not played it.

The day was not improved by the sweltering heat and humidity and although the course was generally in very good shape the rough was extremely hard to play from and the lack of practice also helped to make it even more difficult as many had forgotten how easily the scores can get away from them if the tee shots are not in the right positions.

Toshiya Kimura led in a very bedraggled lot of golfers that were pleased to be back in the clubhouse even if the showers were almost cold and delighted to once again be named as the winner following a count back that extended to the back six and that he won with a better 10 to 9 after he had tied the back nine with newcomer to The Haven, Vito Cirelli, on 16 each.

Marc Brunner took third and Hal Hart forth ahead of another count back which Shuichi Kodaka won over Banjo Bannister with a better 15 to 12.
There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for a new member to the group Vito Cirelli from Australia.

Friday 25th October Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Frank Harrington (9) 69
2nd John Fleming (12) 73
3rd Peter Skinner (12) 81
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Vito Cirelli (16) 70
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 74
3rd Dave Paul (20) 75
3rd Division 16 +
1st Kaneo Watanabe (25) 83 cb 39.5
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 83 cb 40
3rd Toshiya Kimura (28) 83 cb 44

Once again the Monthly Medals were at full strength and three divisions were being contested over a very good course on the day.

Frank Harrington took his first Medal with the group after an excellent three under round that started out with a lost ball, up the biggest palm tree on the corner, and a subsequent triple bogey which is not usually the best way to start a medal round, and resulted in a seven over gross outward half, but a scintillating back nine of one under gross that included three birdies made amends and ensured that Frank more than enjoyed the rest of the day.

John Fleming took second place and sewed up a place in the Gold and Silver Medals in December with a one over handicap return well ahead of the rest of the division and third man Peter Skinner who had a bit of an off-form day.

Vito Cirelli Took his first Medal in the second division, after his close call in the previous event, with a very good two under handicap that ended four ahead of second placed Shuichi Kodaka and another one in front of third placed Dave Paul.

Kaneo Watanabe was the third first time winner of the day after he took the third division Medal after an extended three way count back scoring a best 39.5 over the back nine. Markku Tynell then took second place with 40 and Toshiya Kimura third with 44.

Frank Harrington added to his day’s booty when he slide a nice one in on the 164 Yard 16th hole but had to share it with Peter Skinner who also had a very nice one on the 137th Yard 12th hole.

The second division was taken by Vito Cirelli who had two one on the 12th and another on the 16th to seal his first win at The Haven.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for John O’Sullivan and Frank Harrington, the latter having been away in Hua Hin practicing all week for the event together with his personal golf coach and drinking partner and who was still recovering from the experiences.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 14.10.2019
Dave Ross lights up a very dark week

Monday 14th October Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Dave Ross (18) 33
2nd Hal Hart (21) 31
3rd Christer Olsson (16) 29
4th Dave Paul (20) 28 cb 18
5th John Carlin (19) 28 cb 16

A very tough week of golf started out at Eastern Star where the recent heavy rain had made the course extremely wet and difficult to play. Adding to the difficulties were the condition of the bunkers where new sand had been provided but just left in piles where it was dropped and not spread over the whole bunker which caused those unfortunate to have to try to extricate themselves many problems some just even getting a club on the ball without touching the sand. Prior knowledge would have enabled the group to have put in play a local rule to cover the situation, but the event was well on its way before the problem was noticed.

Dave Ross Avoided the hazards and played very steadily to chalk up his first win of the week at three over handicap which was just good enough to prevent the competition becoming non-counting for the day.

Hal Hart placed second another couple of shots adrift and two ahead of third man Christer Olsson playing in his last game with the group on this trip.

Dave Paul won a count back with John Carlin, who could not make the members bounce go in the correct direction, for fourth and fifth places with a better 18 to 16 after they had both suffered through the front nine.

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

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for John Carlin and John Fleming. There was also a farewell for Christer Olsson having to return to work for a while.

Wednesday 16th October Khao Kheow A & B courses White tees Stableford
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1st Frank Harrington (8) 32
2nd Dave Ross (18) 29
3rd Ron Wilson (10) 28
4th John Fleming (12) 27
5th Markku Tynell (24) 24

Yet another hard day was encountered by the group on their regular visit to the Pete Dye designed course that they play every two weeks as again the course was very wet and playing extremely long with some of the higher handicappers having trouble reaching some of the fairways from the tee.

Frank Harrington was the best of the bunch but even he could not save the day from being non-counting with his four over handicap return, but it was still good enough to win by three clear from second placed Dave Ross.

Third spot was filled by Ron Wilson another stroke back with John Fleming taking fourth another shot back. Markku Tynell filled out the last step on the podium and was in handicap terms the only one of the higher handicaps to have figured in the results which underlined the difficulties that the players were up against.

Amazingly with the course playing so hard there were 2s in both of the divisions, Frank Harrington had one on the island green B8 as did Markku Tynell both having hit tees shots close to the pin.

Friday 18th October Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st David Ross (18) 35
2nd John Fleming (12) 32
3rd Chris Ross (27) 30
4th Frank Harrington (8) 29 cb 16 b6 12
5th Kaneo Watanabe (25) 29 cb 16 b6 11
6th Ron Wilson (10) 29 cb 15
7th Toshiya Kimura (28) 29 cb 13

Dave Ross took his second win of the week on what turned out to be yet another hard event to score on with again more rain having made a traditionally difficult course even trickier and when added to many of the tees being played from the usual blue positions as the white tees boxes were being renewed, the scores were once more a long way off of normal.

John Fleming came the closest to the leader at three behind and helped stop the CSS for the day going even higher after a steady round that had started well with six points from the first two holes.

Chris Ross returned for a cameo appearance and claimed third place ahead of a traffic jam on 29 points that required multiple count backs that showed Frank Harrington in fourth with a better 12 to 11 on the back six after he had shared the nine with fifth placed Kaneo Watanabe on 16 each. They were followed by Ron Wilson in sixth with 15 and Toshiya Kimura in seventh with 13.

John Fleming added to his day’s haul with a 2 on the difficult 168 yard 2nd Hole to take the first division 2s pot, while Toshiya Kimura and Hal Hart shared the second division pool when they each had one on the 130 yard 6th hole.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Kaneo Watanabe, Toshiya Kimura and Chris Ross.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 07.10.2019
Frank Harrington grinds out a couple

Monday 7th October Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 38 cb 18
2nd Frank Harrington (9) 38 cb 17
3rd Christer Olsson (16) 34
4th Dave LeHane (19) 33 cb 20 b6 14
5th Dick Heaney (18) 33 cb 20 b6 13

Pattavia proved to be rather benign after much recent rain had left the course unmown on the greens causing the CSS for the day to go in the opposite direction for a change after the scoring was particularly good.

Markku Tynell won a closely fought count back with Frank Harrington with a better 18 to 17 having finished exceptionally well with ten points from the last three holes and scoring 18 from the last seven after a disastrous zero, zero start to the nine.

Christer Olsson took third place some four shots adrift but one in front of a count back for fourth and fifth places.

That was won by Dave LeHane with a better 14 to 13 over the back six holes after he had tied the nine with Dick Heaney on 20 apiece.

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

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Sam McLellan.

Wednesday 9th October Greenwood B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Frank Harrington (9) 35
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 34
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 33
4th Ron Wilson (9) 29
5th Christer Olsson (16) 27 cb 16
6th Hal Hart (21) 27 cb 15

Having missed out a win when scoring two under, Frank Harrington went three worse and one better after the cards were collected and counted at Greenwood, where the group needed to use a local rule of lift and place in the fairways as the course was quite wet following more overnight rain.

Franks win was hard won with a 17/18 split and contained no blemishes and had to fend off a determined challenge from second placed Mark Cooper who had started very well with twenty points on the front nine but an uncharacteristic back half saw him slump to just fourteen points and ensured Frank would not be disappointed a second time.

Markku Tynell continued his run of form in third place again finishing strongly but another poor start to his back nine did in his chances for the day.

Ron Wilson made a rare appearance amongst the podium placements in fourth place after having started the day with a very steady level par opening half then unfortunately slipped badly through the latter holes as the previous evenings practice began to take its toll.

Christer Olsson won a count back, for fifth and sixth places, with Hal Hart scoring a better 16 to 15.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but the two leaders added to their days booty when Mark slipped one in on the 177 yard B 5 to be followed in by Frank who also had one on the 150 yard C 6 hole.

Back at The Haven there was a farewell for Sam McLellan who was returning up north to produce some more Cumberland Sausages which the group had feasted on following the prize giving and determined that they were of excellent taste and quality and great value at 200 baht for a yard.

Friday 11th October Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Frank Harrington (9) 36 cb 20
2nd Dave Paul (20) 36 cb 19
3rd Mark Brunner (12) 33
4th Jon Batty (6) 32
5th Hal Hart (21) 31 cb 17
6th Ron Wilson (9) 31 cb 16
7th Dave Ross (18) 31 cb 13
8th Peter Skinner (11) 31 cb 12

Once again Frank Harrington snapped up the win on this occasion winning a count back with Dave Paul with a better 20 to 19 after the group found the course to be in very mixed condition with the greens on the front and the fairways on the back in good shape but also found the fairways on the front and the greens on the back nine to be very poor which saw most of the players score worse on the homeward half.

Marc Brunner placed third after a very slow start which left him too much to do to get amongst the top pair’s countback.

Jon Batty took fourth place another shot behind and one ahead of a four way count back for fifth and sixth places that Hal Hart won with a best 17 with Ron Wilson taking sixth with 16 points.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Peter Skinner who had been away celebrating his 75th Birthday with another group of friends and Dave Ross, the latest escapee from the Brexit turmoil at his local, The Brown Spotted Fox in Ipswich.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 30.09.2019
Markku Tynell has the best of the week

Monday 30th September Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 32 cb 17
2nd Dave LeHane (19) 32 cb 14
3rd Trevor Schirmer (17) 29
4th Mark Cooper (11) 27

Another very wet and tough week started out at Eastern Star where apart from the dampness of the course it was in very good condition but playing very long.

Markku Tynell recorded the best points score of the week after he returned a four over handicap card with a 15/17 split and no zero pointers and then won a count back for the win with a better 17 to 14 to leave Dave LeHane in second place after he had a very mixed back nine that included three zeros, a four pointer, and two three pointers.

Trevor Schirmer took third another three points adrift and two in front of fourth placed Mark Cooper.

A diplomatic veil was placed over the rest of the field to protect the guilty.

There were no 2s in ether of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for Paul Saward who was playing with the group for the first time together with a welcome back for Mark Cooper.

Wednesday 2nd October Khao Kheow White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (19) 30
2nd Hal Hart (21) 26
3rd Terry Hodgkiss (30) 22
4th Markku Tynell (24) 20

An even harder day was enjoyed by the masochists when they travelled to Khao Kheow where again the course was in great shape apart from the wetness following overnight rain which was even tougher on the back nine when following an hour break to let the thunder, lightning and deluge pass by, and the conditions became almost impossible.

Dave LeHane lasted the best to take the win as Hal Hart staggered into second place and Terry Hodgkiss who was thinking of a glorious return to Pattaya and a new golf career had to settle for third ahead of fourth placed Markku Tynell who was conversely mulling over the possibilities of a full time photographic hobby after his exploits of the previous event.

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

Friday 4th October Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (19) 30
2nd Marc Brunner (12) 27
3rd Ron Wilson (9) 26 cb 15
4th Trevor Schirmer (17) 26 cb 14
5th Christer Olsson (16) 26 cb 11

Almost inevitably the last outing of the week involved even more overnight rain and an even bigger storm halfway through the day when all play had to stop for more than an hour with some players deciding to give the course the honours for the day and retiring which was underlined at the scorers desk when almost all cards were found to be much worse on the second half.

Hal Hart went one better taking first place some three points clear of returnee Marc Brunner in second place.

Ron Wilson suffered for most of the day but was one of the two p[layers that had a better back nine than the front half which allowed him to take the count back with Trevor Schirmer with a better 15 to 14.

Christer Olsson placed fifth after taking third place in the count back with 11 points.

On a day when there were only nine 3s in total unsurprisingly there were no 2s again in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Frank Harrington, Christer Olsson, Ron Wilson, Dick Heaney and Marc Brunner.






IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 23.09.2019
Trevor Saves the week from ignominy

Monday 23rd September Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Trevor Schirmer (17) 34
2nd Jens Gunnarsson (14) 32
3rd Gus Guidetti (11) 30
4th Dave LeHane (19) 28

Another very hard week of golf, due to the heavy going on all the courses, was saved from being another record week of non-counting events by Trevor Schirmer who’s two over handicap return just scrapped into the buffer zone and took the first win of the week by two clear from second placed Jens Gunnarsson who showed hints of a return to some of his old form.

Gus Guidetti having been playing with a group of friends that had been making him play from the back tees in his previous four games relished the chance to reach the fairways from the tees for a change but was still suffering from a lack of confidence to be able to compete at his usual level and just managed to claim third place ahead of Dave LeHane in fourth.
Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Gus Guidetti.

Wednesday 25th September Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Gus Guidetti (11) 32
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 23
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 20

The Group play Bangpra infrequently and were looking forward to a good day at the oldest course on the current schedule but again the conditions made for a very difficult day although at least the monkeys are now kept well at bay by the caddies who are now armed with catapults (slingshots Hal) with which they are now experts.

Gus Guidetti took full advantage of his ability to reach the fairways on this occasion while taking his first win with the group for some time and grateful that he had not had to accompany Vincent Gras around the course after he had failed to turn up to play.

Shuichi Kodaka took second place a long way behind but still three ahead of third placed Markku Tynell who finished thinking he should be spending more time behind the lens than tamping around wetlands.

Friday 27th September Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medal
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1st Gus Guidetti (11) 77
2nd Trevor Schirmer (17) 80
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 82 cb 35.5
4th Terry Hodgkiss (29) 82 cb 17

The last event of the week was scheduled as the Monthly Medals but with a very small turnout it was decided to have just one division with the winner going forward in their respective division to qualify for the Gold and Silver Medals in December.

Gus Guidetti continued as he had finished the previous event taking the top spot and the Medal ahead of Trevor Schirmer in second place, Shuichi Kodaka in third and Terry Hodgkiss in fourth places.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Terry Hodgkiss celebrated his return to play with the group with one on the difficult 164 yard 16th to sweep the bulging second division pot clean.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Terry Hodgkiss together with farewells for Gus Guidetti returning to Oz and Shuichi Kodaka who was returning to Japan to watch the Rugby World Cup on TV as he had been far too late to be able to purchase any tickets to watch any live games, but he was hoping to be in time for a few seats at the Olympics as they were to be held just around the corner from his home in Tokyo.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 16.09.2019
A week that didn’t count

Monday 16th September Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Dave LeHane (19) 31
2nd Trevor Schirmer (17) 26
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 19
4th Markku Tynell (18) 18

A very tough week of golf started out at Eastern Star where the course was found to be in good condition but playing exceptionally long following much rain over the previous weekend, but in fact the scores were the best of the week as things got even harder the longer the week went.

Dave LeHane had the best score of the week at five over handicap which was enough to win by another five strokes ahead of second placed Trevor Schirmer.

The rest of the field were even further behind with Shuichi Kodaka taking third and Markku Tynell fourth.

Dave LeHane had the sole 2 of the day to sweep the second division pool clean.

Wednesday 18th September Khao Kheow C & A courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29
2nd Jens Gunnarsson (14) 26
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 21
4th Dave LeHane (19) 20

Again a very wet course did nothing for the player’s confidence and Shuichi slipped into first place ahead of Jens Gunnarsson in second with Markku Tynell improving to third after scoring an extra three points than on his last outing and Dave LeHane crashing from first to fourth.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Friday 20th September Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (16) 27 cb 16
2nd Trevor Schirmer (17) 27 cb 14
3rd Ray Smallwood (29) 26
4th Jens Gunnarsson (14) 25

After thinking things could not get any worse the hopefuls were sadly misplaced in their thinking as once again the course proved to be long and extremely arduous although the podium placements were much closer together at the final count up at the scorer’s table.

Christer Olsson arriving on a flying visit in-between work and holiday, took the win after a better count back of 16 to 14 which left Trevor Schirmer in second place.

Ray Smallwood was hoping to clean up and leave for his annual break with his pockets bulging with cash but had to settle for a red wine and third place instead while Jens Gunnarsson took the last place on the podium another shot back in fourth.

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

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Christer Olsson together with a farewell as he was off to London for a couple of week’s holidays. There was also a farewell for Ray Smallwood returning to the UK to speed up Brexit and give the economy a bit of a boost for a few weeks.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 09.09.2019
Jens Gunnarsson wins twice

Monday 9th September Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (14) 36
2nd Paul Carey (16) 34
3rd Peter Mannion (10) 31 cb 16
4th Trevor Schirmer (16) 31 cb 13
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 28

The course was in very good shape with the greens a fair bit slower than usual, and at 1,350 including caddy and cart it is great value.

Jens Gunnarsson had another good day that saw him out the winner on a level handicap score which could have been a lot better as it included a zero and five one pointers in a 17/19 split.

Paul Carey playing his last event with the group took second place after he too had a bit of a curate’s egg round that saw him slip in four zero pointers amongst some very good holes.

Peter Mannion also playing in his last event until when he returns in the New Year then took third after winning a count back with Trevor Schirmer scoring a better 16 to 13.

They were followed in by Shuichi Kodaka showing a bit of lack of practice after his holiday.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Shuichi Kodaka together with farewells for Peter Mannion, Paul Carey and Hal Hart.

Wednesday 11th September Greenwood B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32
2nd Jens Gunnarsson (14) 29
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 25

A very small group following so many players leaving for home or holidays had the prospect of a tough day when they were allocated to play the B & C courses with the latter being notoriously difficult to score on whatever the conditions. The course was also very heavy going after overnight rain had left the fairways with almost no run at all.

Shuichi Kodaka almost saved the day from being non-counting, but a zero pointer, on the long par five with the shot to the green over the water, put paid to that possible scenario.

Jens Gunnarsson had one of his way tee shot days and struggled from the ninth hole onwards scoring just 12 points from the last ten holes, but on this occasion it was good enough for second place.

Markku Tynell took third four more behind but a long way ahead of the rest of the field.

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

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Dave LeHane.

Friday 13th September Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (14) 38
2nd Ray Smallwood (29) 35 cb 14
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35 cb 13
4th Markku Tynell (24) 33
5th Dave Paul (20) 31

A much better day was had to finish off the week as the group played their fortnightly event at the local course, which was again in great condition with the greens worthy of special mention as regards their speed and flatness, although the new contours still give some problems after an errant shot to the green.

Jens Gunnarsson, having mostly sorted out his problems from the tee and hitting the ball prodigious distances, took his second win of the week. But even with a two over handicap round he managed to drop in a couple of zeros on the front nine amongst a card showing a 16/22 split. As usual he also managed to dodge the staff photographer for the record.

Ray Smallwood is an infrequent visitor to the podium but this time he took second place after a very good front nine that added up to twenty one points and might well have won but for three zero pointers on the back nine.

Shuichi Kodaka also had an excellent first half scoring twenty two points but a very uncharacteristic back half meant that he had to settle for third place after losing a count back with Ray, carding a worse 14 to 13.

Markku Tynell then placed fourth a couple of points behind and two in front of fifth man Dave Paul.

Once again there were no2s in the second division but Jens Gunnarsson with one on the 164 yard 16th and Tony Campbell with one on the 137 yard 12th, shared the first division roll over pot.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Dave Paul.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 02.09.2019
Ian Robinson wins twice and returns home

Monday 2nd September Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Jon Batty (7) 41
2nd Ian Robinson (8) 39
3rd Nik Evans (14) 34
4th Paul Carey (16) 30
5th Trevor Schirmer (16) 29 cb 15
6th Peter Mannion (10) 29 cb 14

With the low season really beginning to bed in the numbers are dwindling but at least the group are still getting great value from the courses that they play. On this occasion using the vouchers already purchased early in the year the total cost including the caddy was either 900 baht walking or 1,300 baht with a cart included, and with the course in great condition it represented very good value.

Jon Batty returned to win with a fantastic round of two over gross, even including a double bogey, which netted him a five under handicap score and prevented Ian Robinson from completing the hat-trick in the week.

Ian’s round was also excellent at three under handicap, and he is at last starting to show his quality as a low handicapper after concentrating more on golf and a little less on the educational parts, although many evenings and nights of other local studies have not affected his golfing abilities.

Nik Evans used his local knowledge as a member to good effect as he took third place although not quite able to keep up with the two front runners.

Paul Carey placed fourth with Trevor Schirmer than winning a count back with Peter Mannion for fifth and sixth places with a better 15 to 14 score over the back nine.

Markku Tynell had the sole 2 in the second division on the 172 yard 17th hole to claim the multi pool over pool, while Jon Batty and Ian Robinson shared the first division with one each on the 175 yard 3rd hole.

Before the prizes were presented there were welcome backs for Jon Batty, Paul Carey and Howard Jeglum.

Wednesday 4th September Khao Kheow C & A courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Ian Robinson (8) 34
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 31
3rd Peter Mannion (10) 27

Khao Kheow was playing hard following some heavy overnight rain and the small field that turned out to play toiled round with only the winner able to play within the buffer zone.

That was Ian Robinson who followed up his very good round on the previous outing with a bit of a curates egg of a round that include five three pointers, six two pointers, six one pointers and a zero.

Peter Mannion also had a rough day and is yet to play somewhere near his handicap during this trip but that may well have something to do with his new marriage which he managed to slip in-between his golf.

It was also a bad day for Hal Hart who had to pull up injured before the end of the day but is hoping to be fully fit by the time he leaves for his break in Sumatra and Borneo next week.

Markku Tynell was second best on the day, but after playing well through the C course he dropped a few too many shots over the A course to be able to get any closer to the winner.

Once again Markku Tynell cleaned out the second division 2s pot when he slotted one in on the 175 yard A5 hole and Ian Robinson did the same in the first division with his effort on the 184 yard A3 hole.

Friday 6th September Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Ian Robinson (8) 39
2nd Jens Gunnarsson (14) 36
3rd Peter Mannion (10) 30
4th Markku Tynell (24) 28
5th Trevor Schirmer (16) 27

Treasure Hill is arguably the toughest course that the group play, but this time around the CSS for the day remained at 72 with the fairways and greens in great condition.

Ian Robinson again showed real form as he again swept to the top of the podium with another three under handicap round as his swan song for this trip, but he is now looking forward to returning in the early part of next year for what he hopes will show even better results although the winter days in Brighton may well prove to be a bit of a stumbling block.

Jens Gunnarsson is another player in good form and only a trip to his northern estates has prevented him from showing up in the recent results, but today he returned to claim second place with a level handicap round.

Peter Mannion again showed that he can play the game but two zeros and six one pointers amongst four three pointers again put him down into third place.

Markku Tynell was not quite up to form on this occasion but still took fourth spot ahead of Trevor Schirmer who finished well in front of the rest of the hopefuls.

With Markku Tynell strangely off form there were no 2s in the second division but Jens Gunnarsson added to his day’s spoils with an outstanding one on the 200 yard 13th hole which was being played from a distance normally reserved for the blue tee positions.

Prior to the presentations there was a very warm welcome back for Larry Gibb together with a farewell for Ian Robinson just as he was at last beginning to get to grips with the conditions in Thailand and seeing his handicap reduced to the level at which he had started out before his three months of study in the Kingdom.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 26.08.2019
Trevor Schirmer wins twice

Monday 26th August Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Trevor Schirmer (17) 38 cb 20
2nd Ian Robinson (8) 38 cb 18
3rd Kevin Blake (8) 29
4th Peter Skinner (13) 28 cb 16
5th Jens Gunnarsson (15) 28 cb 12

A good week for scoring started out at Pattavia where the greens continue to be a lot quieter than in past events and at least a couple of players looked like they could handle them.

Trevor Schirmer took his first win of the week at two under handicap after returning a very tidy card without the blemish of a zero and with an extra strong finish over the last four holes, from which he managed to extract eleven points, made sure of winning the count back with Ian Robinson who was leading until the fourteenth hole where he unfortunately recorded a zero pointer and so had to settle for a good second place having equaled his best score in Thailand.

Kevin Blake was the next best in third place but some nine points adrift of the leading pair having suffered through the back nine with an injury that prevented him playing to his usual standard.

Peter Skinner then won a count back with Jens Gunnarsson with a better 16 to 12 having struggled to maintain some sanity through the front nine he just squeezed into fourth place as Jens suffered the same problems through his back nine and clocking up four zeros throughout a very mixed round.

There were no 2s in the second division but Peter Skinner brightened up his day when he holed one on the 139 yard 13th hole to take the first division pool.

Wednesday 28th August Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (15) 38
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 34
3rd Ian Robinson (8) 30 cb 16
4th Ray Smallwood (29) 30 cb 13
5th Danny Greer (28) 27

Although the CSS for the day remained at a level 72 the course was definitely the winner over the day with the par threes especially playing to a very difficult standard as apart from the winner of the day the rest of the field averaged one par each for all the par threes which meant it was no surprise to find there were no winners in the 2s competitions.

Jens Gunnarsson had one of his special days when most things went to plan which resulted in another win following a 16/22 split return even having started with a non-scoring first hole where too many trees were hit, and one of them more than once, but a solid round to follow did the trick.

Markku Tynell took second place after a very steady round of 17 and 17 points for both nines and it surely will not be too long before he well be back amongst the winners again.

Ian Robinson took his second podium of the week after winning a count back with a Ray Smallwood with a better 16 to 13 as Ray slipped up badly on the back nine recording four zero pointers amongst three 3 pointers.

Danny Greer rounded out the podium in fifth place another three shots behind them.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Danny Greer and Dave LeHane.

Friday 30th August Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medal
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1st Trevor Schirmer (17) 74
2nd Hal Hart (21) 75
3rd Ian Robinson (8) 79

A very small field turned out for the Monthly Medals, so small in fact it was decided to play every one in one division with the winner and runner up qualifying in their respective divisions for the Gold and Silver Medal competitions.

Once again the course was found to be in excellent condition after the tees had been renovated and the fairways aerated all the good work will surely pay dividends for the events in the future. The greens again provided the high points, being fast and true but needing attention to the pin position whilst playing the approach shots.

Trevor Schirmer took the Medal for the day for his second win of the week with a two over handicap round just ahead of Hal Hart in second place and well ahead of third placed Ian Robinson who had looked quite good until taking a very unfortunate nine on the last hole following a very long drive that just ran off the short stuff into the trees on the left and then ran into three trees, one of them twice, on the way to the green and finished with the almost compulsory three putt.

But at least he could find some humour in the situation by the time the prizes were presented.

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

Unfortunately there were no welcomes or welcome backs but even more fortunately there were also no farewells.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 19.08.2019
Hal Hart has the best of the week

Monday 19th August Eastern Star Stableford Yellow tees
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1st Hal Hart (21) 40
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 38
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 37
4th Ian Robinson (8) 36
5th Brian Proctor (22) 35
6th Markku Tynell (24) 34

A real mixed bag of results started out at Eastern Star where the group have been playing alternately from the yellow and white tees until it was felt that they were up speed on the longer and much more difficult white tees. That indoctrination has now definitely been completed with the CSS once again reducing from 70 to 69 after a day of excellent returned scores, and future events will be from the white tees until there are two divisions or more competing.

Hal Hart had his second win at the course again, returning his second best score since he went through the handicappers slashing system just over a year ago, after taking some time to adjust to playing the Robert Trent Jones course and returning a 19/21 split which even included a couple of zeros.

Christer Olsson playing in his last event of this trip took second place following a very steady round without a single blemish of a blob to be seen a couple of points behind.

Mark Cooper also playing in his final event before returning to the UK to help with the sagging economy placed third another shot behind and one in front of Ian Robinson in fourth who is almost playing to his old Blighty standard racking up a 4 pointer and three 3 pointers amongst a mixed return.

Brian Proctor took the first of his three podium placements in fifth one more point back and one ahead of Markku Tynell just squeezing onto the steps with a one over handicap return to round out the best set of results for the group for some time.

Mark Cooper had the sole 2 in the first division on the 257 yard 13th hole to clean out the rollover pot whilst Hal Hart and Trevor Schirmer both had one each in the second division on the 172 yard 17th hole to share the rollover pot in that division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Markku Tynell, Peter Mannion and Brian Proctor together with farewells for John Fleming, Mark Cooper and Christer Olsson.

Wednesday 21st August Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (15) 37
2nd Ian Robinson (8) 30
3rd Brian Proctor (22) 26
4th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 25 cb 15
5th Peter Mannion (10) 25 cb 13

The second event of the week proved to be a much sterner test of golf for the hopefuls generally with only the winner able to get to terms with the usually tricky Khao Kheow where even the normally easier A and B courses shoed their teeth which resulted in the CSS for the day moving out two strokes to 74 as the course was found to be very wet following many nights of rain and even a local rule of lift and place did not offer much relief and meant that it played long on every hole.

Jens Gunnarsson was the player that showed the rest how it could be done with a one under handicap return that was only blighted by a zero on the difficult B 9 hole following a misdirected tee shot. As many will know Jens is a little camera shy, but did provide the editorial department with a self-portrait for which we are all the better for having the benefit of seeing.

Ian Robinson came the closest, which is a very liberal use of the word, to Jens in second place after returning a card that started slowly and got quite good towards the end and finishing with an 11/ 19 split.

Brian Proctor could hardly believe he had collected a prize for his ten over return but was well ahead of many others while taking third place. He was followed in by Shuichi Kodaka after he had won a count back with Peter Mannion with a better 15 to 13.

Shuichi Kodaka had the lone 2 in the second division on the 128 yard B8 island hole, while Ian Robinson had one on the same hole in the first division but had to share the spoils with Peter Mannion who also had one on the 132 Yard A 5 hole.

Friday 23rd August Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Brian Proctor (22) 31 cb 17
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 31 cb 13
3rd Trevor Schirmer (17) 30
4th Jens Gunnarsson (15) 29 cb 13
5th Hal Hart (21) 29 cb 12

The toughest day of the week was awaiting the group at Treasure Hill where again the wet conditions made it a long and difficult trek over what is always a very difficult course but as usual the whole group agreed that whatever the results it is always a pleasure to play what is probably the most picturesque course on the schedule without a manmade object to be seen throughout the round from the first tee till the last green with all the drink stops also hidden away from view.

Brian Proctor was even more surprised to find that he was the winner on this occasion, after once, again not quite performing to his usual standard, but following winning a count back with Markku Tynell with a better 17 to 13, after Markku had looked every bit the winner after nine holes, he was a happy camper returning north to continue with his normal life of leisure while Markku had to settle for second spot.

Trevor Schirmer having once again shared the long drive took third place anther point behind the leading pair and one ahead of fourth placed Jens Gunnarsson who had a very indifferent day but still did enough in a count back , which he won with a better 13 to 12, to leave Hal Hart in fifth place.

There were no 2s in the first division but in the second division Dave LeHane had one on the 130 yard 6th hole when he chipped in from off the green but he had to share with Markku Tynell who had two, one on the 141 yard 17th and almost unheard of two on the second hole which was playing 170 yards from the white tees.

Back at The Haven there were farewells for Brian Proctor having signed off with the win and Shuichi Kodaka who was off on holiday to Bali.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 12.08.2019
Ian Robinson’s lessons finally pay off

Monday 12th August Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Toshiya Kimura (28) 37
2nd Jens Gunnarsson (15) 35
3rd Christer Olsson (16) 33 cb 21
4th Ian Robinson (8) 33 cb 14
5th Paul Hubbard (9) 31

A good day again at Pattavia where even with a light sprinkling of rain the weather was very pleasant and the scores reasonable. The greens were not quite as quick as usual but players still needed to be below the hole to avoid the big breaks.

Toshiya Kimura returned to record his best score with the group and take the win by a couple of shots from Jens Gunnarsson in second place.

Christer Olsson continued with his good form and placed third after winning a count back with Ian Robinson with a better 21 to 14 after Ian tired through the back nine no doubt due to too much study time in the previous evening’s night classes. He was followed in by Paul Hubbard who had started very well with 20 points but faded through the last five holes gleaning just four points from a winning position.

There were no 2s in the first division but Christer Olsson had one on the difficult 203 yard 17th but had to share the pot with Hal Hart who also had one on the 138 yard 4th hole.

Before the prizes were presented there were welcome backs for Pail Hubbard and Toshiya Kimura together with a farewell for Frank Harrington.

Wednesday 14th August Greenwood B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Ian Robinson (8) 37
2nd Hal Hart (21) 36
3rd Dave LeHane (18) 33
4th Jens Gunnarsson (15) 32
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29

Another very good day on the fortnightly trip to Khao Kheow where as usual the course was found to be in good condition.

Ian Robinson had an excellent round and is at last beginning to get to grips with the conditions in Thailand and of course getting the benefit of the many lessons on offer at the local evening classes even having a zero on the tenth hole in an 18/19 split return.

Hal Hart also continues to perform well and took second place with a solid 17/19 split he also having taken a zero on the first hole on the C course.

Dave LeHane placed third three shots behind and one ahead of Jens Gunnarsson who in turn was another three in front of fifth placed Shuichi Kodaka.

There were no 2s in the second division but Ian Robinson made it a big day when slipped one in on the 182 yard B2 hole to sweep the multi rollover pot clean.

Friday 16th August Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (21) 34
2nd Toshiya Kimura (28) 33
3rd Peter Skinner (13) 32 cb 20
4th John Fleming (12) 32 cb 16
5th Danny Greer (28) 31

Pattaya Country Club played unusually long following several nights of rain but provided a good day’s golf with the course in otherwise good shape with the greens especially playing well.

Hal Hart scored not so well but went one better in the pecking order taking the top spot by a single point with a 17/17 split.

Toshiya Kimura was that second player in his last game with the group before returning to Japan.

Peter Skinner returned, after an unusually long break, to take third place after winning a count back with John Fleming with a better 20 to 16 which left Danny Greer in fifth place another point behind them.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Peter Skinner, Danny Greer and John Fleming, the latter having been stuck in bed with Virus for a few days. There was also a farewell for Toshiya Kimura.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.08.2019
Dave LeHane is best of the week again

Sad news to start the week and that we are sorry to report.

Two old members since the IPGC was formed in October 2000 have just died, Phil Groves in Australia known locally as “The Swimming Instructor” for his efforts at Crystal Bay to teach “Flipper” to swim, and Brian Wilkinson, latterly from Norway, known as “Wireless” due to the wavelength that he usually operated on.

Both were characters in their own rights and will be fondly remembered by many amongst the wider golfing fraternities both here in Pattaya and in their home countries.


Monday 5th August Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Hal Hart (21) 34 cb 17 b6 12 b3 6
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 34 cb 17 b6 12 b3 5
3rd Trevor Schirmer (16) 30
4th Ray Smallwood (29) 29
5th Ian Robinson (8) 28

The group now plays Eastern Star every two weeks and are alternating the starting tees between the whites and the yellows until most of the players get to terms with the almost 6,600 yards from the whites. Considering the scores for the day the process is well on its way as the CSS for the day remained at a level 72 compared with the recent spates of 70s from the yellows.

The course is also playing its part, as it is currently in great condition and with the newly renovated clubhouse which now features over 30 luxury shower cubicles, air conditioned and alfresco dining and drinking areas and one of the best deals around with the vouchers available at 1,250 baht including caddy and cart it is probably the best all round value on the schedule.

Hal Hart Started the week in exactly the same way as he finished and filled out the middle, with a two over handicap round that on this occasion was good enough to take the top step of the podium after winning a count back with Christer Olsson with a better 8 to 5 over the last three holes and that even included a zero on the last hole having found an unescapable bunker to the left of the green.

Third place was filled by Trevor Schirmer having just returned from a nasty bout of something similar to Dengue Fever after having taken just ten points from the front nine a much better performance coming home made the drive back a bit more bearable.

Ray Smallwood took fourth a shot behind and one in front of fifth placed Ian Robinson whose plan for the day went haywire as he took three zeros to start the round and followed them up with nine points from the next six holes but a better back half changed the grimace into a half smile, just about.

There were no 2s in the second division but Ian Robinson took the rollover pot in the first division with one on the 175 yard 3rd hole.

Before the prizes were presented there was a welcome back from an illness for Trevor Schirmer.

Wednesday 7th August Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 37
2nd Lyle Blaw (13) 35
3rd Hal Hart (21) 34
4th Christer Olsson (16) 32
5th Jens Gunnarsson (15) 30

Dave LeHane returned from a quick trip over to Hua Hin to take up where he left off the week previously with a win, even though his handicap had been reduced by three strokes following his tremendous round at Pattaya Country Club, but this time the margin was just two points as he was closely chased.

Lyle Blaw also returned to take some of the spoils in second place after returning a very good card that showed no zeros and a steady round of one over handicap with a 17/18 split.

Hal Hart had to settle for third place after returning his second two over handicap round for the week and was hoping to do better but taking one point from each of two of the last three holes, on which he was receiving two shots, did in his chances at the end.

Christer Olsson took fourth place another two strokes adrift and two ahead of fifth placed Jens Gunnarsson who had one of his lesser days off the tee and never recovered from a poor start that saw just 12 points from the front nine.

There were no 2s again in the second division but John Fleming had the sole one in the first division on the 167 yard C3 hole.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Lyle Blaw and Dave LeHane.

Friday 9th August Crystal Bay A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 35
2nd Frank Harrington (8) 34 cb 16
3rd Hal Hart (21) 34 cb 15

A small field took on Crystal Bay which was found to be in very poor shape with there seeming to be very little difference between fairways and greens and the general condition was no better. So following a quick poll the course has been dropped from the schedule until it gets into much better shape. It also appeared to be the case that the greens keepers had not used the proper hole cutting board when renewing the holes as all the areas around the holes were domed making putting a nightmare.

Dave LeHane again showed his continuing improvement as he took his second win of the week after a round that could have been so much better as it included three zeros in a 22/13 split.

Frank Harrington well refreshed from his short holiday away from golf returned to take second place after winning a count back with a better 16 to 15 over the last nine on the card, although the course was played in the order of C and A.

Hal Hart was the loser of that count back having returned his third two over card for his third placement of the week.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Frank Harrington and Chris Ross, the latter also had a farewell.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 29.07.2019
Dave LeHane is back with a buzz

Monday 29th July Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Ian Robinson (7) 37
2nd Dave LeHane (21) 35
3rd Hal Hart (20) 34 cb 23
4th Frank Harrington (8) 34 cb 19
5th Christer Olsson (16) 33

Pattavia was in ace condition with the greens having been left a little longer and nobody was complaining about the price either as at 1,250 baht including caddy and cart it is one of the best values on the schedule.

At last Ian Robinson rose to the top of the class following many evenings spent with his teacher as at last he is beginning to understand how the game is in Thailand and especially in Pattaya. The lessons have stood him in good stead as a solid 17/20 split without a zero on the card was enough to take him to his first win with the group and a chance to show off his top banana haircut which has now grown out enough to allow the odd cap less day.

Dave LeHane is coming back to form at last and took what was to be the first of three podiums placings in the week on a card which even included three zeros but was still good for second place.

Hal Hart then won a count back for third and fourth places with Frank Harrington finishing with a stunning 23 points to 19 after a very slow start to his round.

Christer Olsson rounded out the day’s mentions another shot behind them.

Hal Hart had the only 2 in the second division when he holed a very nice putt on the 139 yard 13th hole to take the rollover pot, while Tony Campbell and Ian Robinson shared the first division after Ian slotted one in on the same 13th hole and Tony had one on the 138 yard 4th.

Wednesday 31st July Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (16) 37
2nd Frank Harrington (8) 36
3rd Dave LeHane (21) 33
4th Ian Robinson (7) 29
5th John Fleming (11) 27

For the first time in a while the group were able to play Bangpra at a reasonable price it being 1,050 baht walking, and they found it to be playing rather easier than expected as the greens were not quite so difficult from around level or above the pin which helped the scoring standard and kept the CSS for the day at an even 72.

Christer Olsson continued his run of form to take the top step of the podium with a bit of a mixed bag that included three 4 pointers 4 three pointers and 5 one pointers but just managed to stay ahead of Frank Harrington who is now getting used to the local conditions and put in a no zero card that was nearly enough but not quite and so settled for second place.

Dave LeHane took his second placement of the week in third some three shots adrift of playing partner Frank after again slipping in three zeros in an otherwise very tidy card but for which might have been the winner.

Ian Robinson was not quite able to recreate his earlier game in the week but did just enough to claim fourth spot ahead of John Fleming who collapsed badly through the back nine scoring just eleven points to lose all the bets.

At least the par threes were playing to their usual standard and there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

Friday 2nd August Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (21) 44
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 37
3rd John Fleming (11) 36
4th Ray Smallwood (29) 35 cb 15
5th Hal Hart (21) 35 cb 14

Pattaya Country Club is now playing exceptionally well with the group now really getting to terms with the new greens and sometimes quite difficult pin placements.

Dave LeHane at last put his whole game together and returned a card without a single zero on it with the nett result being a round that was his best in over 100 rounds and at least two years and easily took the win by a seven shot margin which earned him a long appreciative applause at the prize giving and a well-accepted three shot drop in handicap.

Christer Olsson is also currently playing very well and he too took his third placement in the week with a second under handicap score although with the CSS dropping down a stroke it will not affect his handicap rating.

John Fleming made a very late start to the day just making it as the bus was leaving following a very interesting Pattaya Night which involved several of the local characters in scenes resembling the old Whitehall Theatre farces with many cast members hopping in and out of beds and bedrooms along with much amusing banter, but was still able to raise his game (sic) to take third place.

There was a count back for fourth and fifth places which Ray Smallwood won over Hal Hart with a better 15 to 14 after they had both played the front nine under handicap but were unable to keep it going long enough.

There were no 2s in the first division but Dave LeHane made it a bumper day out when he knocked in the sole one in the second division on the 137 yard 12th hole to sweep the rollover pot clean.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Ray Smallwood.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 22.07.2019
Hal Hart tames Eastern Star

Monday 22nd July Eastern Star Stableford Yellow tees
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1st Hal Hart (21) 41
2nd Brian Proctor (22) 37 cb 20
3rd Jon Batty (7) 37 cb 19
4th John Wood (29) 32 cb 20
5th Graham Davis (7) 32 cb 17

The group at last appear to have got to grips with the Eastern Star course following this one where the CSS again went down and so future events will alternate between the white tees at 6,575 yards and yellow tees at 6,100 yards until the players are used to the extra length from the whites and then competitions will be from the whites unless there are two divisions.

Hal Hart excelled whilst returning an 18/23 split card that easily took the win as the complete field registered better scores over the back nine holes. Hal’s card included a 4 and five 3s and no zeros and was his best in over a hundred rounds and since his famous double cut in the week rounds.

Brian Proctor just kept Jon Batty at bay to claim second place, after winning a count back with a better 20 to 19 and leave Jon in third place.

John Wood then won another count back for fourth and fifth with Graham Davis scoring a better 20 to 17 having had two four pointers to start the back half.

Jon Batty had a 2 on the 150 yard 6th hole and Graham Davis had one on the 147 yard 3rd to share the first division roll over pool while Brian Proctor had the sole one in the second division to clean out the even bigger rollover pot.

Before the prizes were presented there were welcome backs for Dave LeHane, Frank Harrington and Tony Campbell.

Wednesday 24th July Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (15) 38
2nd John Fleming (12) 36
3rd John Wood (29) 33 cb 16
4th Graham Davis (7) 33 cb 13
5th Tom McCarthy (22) 32 cb 12
6th Hal Hart (21) 32 cb 11

Another very good day at Khao Kheow where the course continues to be in excellent condition borne out by the scoring and the CSS for the day remaining at a level 72.

Jens Gunnarsson continued with his fine run of recent from while returning a 20/18 split for a two under handicap round and the win and could have been even better but for an errant out of bounds on the par three C3 hole.

John Fleming returned to the group following a quick survey of Viet Nam to take second place well ahead of a count back for third and fourth which John Wood again won over Graham Davis with a better 16 to 13.

Tom McCarthy then won another count back this with Hal Hart with a better 12 to 111 after they had both gone well over the opening nine and had looked to be better placed at the end of their rounds.

One of the salient rounds came from Ian Robinson who had been told to keep his mouth shut, by the day’s organiser, whilst playing with Dave LeHane and Frank Harrington and managed to do so until having scored 18 points on the front and then started back with a 4 pointer and then managed just another five points was seen to be in some difficulties holding on until the clubhouse was reached.

There were no 2s in the first division but Ray Smallwood made it a happy return when he holed the only one in the second division on the 168yard B3 green.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Ray Smallwood, John Fleming and a fleeting one for Phil Stevenson who was also given a farewell together with John Wood, Graham Davis and Tom McCarthy, the latter two travelling to visit St Andrews to walk over the bridge.

Friday 19th July Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Frank Harrington (8) 37
2nd Richard Bannister (16) 35
3rd Brian Proctor (22) 33
4th Ian Robinson (7) 32
5th John Fleming (12) 30

Treasure Hill is usually one of the toughest courses on the schedule but on this occasion there were enough good scores to keep the CSS at a level 72 as it was found to be in very good condition with obviously little play over it recently, which is a great pity as it is also one of the better priced days for the group at 1,250 baht including cart or 950 walking and deserves a better response from the area’s golfers.

Frank Harrington had his best round with the group in almost three years and well deserved it with 19/18 split on a card that showed no zeros, which was good enough by two strokes for the win.

Banjo Bannister placed second after he also had a blemish free round two in front of third placed Brian Proctor who was celebrating his best week’s results with the group.

Ian Robinson made up for his slips on the previous outing with a fourth place and it surely cannot be long before the big head takes charge again and he gets even higher up the leader board.
Last place on the day’s podium went to John Fleming after a in and out day’s golf with a few too many misses on the card.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Richard (Banjo) Bannister, and Christer Olsson together with a farewell for Brian Proctor and good wishes for a speedy recovery to Trevor Schirmer believed to be suffering from Dengue Fever and therefore missing out for once on the long drive.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 15.07.2019
Jens and Trevor take the Medals

Monday 15th July Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Trevor Schirmer (17) 34
2nd Peter Park (5) 32 cb 17
3rd Murray Edwards (22) 32 cb 16
4th Brendan Dunne (27) 31
5th Phil Stevenson (22) 30

A very quiet week as regards numbers of golfers started out at the now very popular, Nick Faldo designed, Pattavia where the course was found to be in excellent shape, no doubt due to the lack of players recently.

All the bunkers had been refilled with new sand and the greens had been allowed to grow a little longer, thus making them a lot more playable by the lesser mortals.

Trevor Schirmer added to has long drive with a very tidy two over handicap which was enough on this day for the win on a card that showed no zeros.

Peter Park also had a zero free day but just couldn’t seem to get the putts to drop and had to settle for second place after winning a count back with Murray Edwards with a better 17 to 16, but Murray was at least pleased to be figuring amongst the podium places after returning to the big courses.

Brendan Dunne may have wished to do a little better in his last outing with the group before returning for a few months to Blighty, but after a good start of 19 points from the front nine a more tired effort determine a lower placing just ahead of fifth placed Phil Stevenson who was definitely hoping for a better start than a meagre ten points from the first half.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was welcome back for Murray Edwards a together with a farewell for Brendan Dunne.

Wednesday 17th July Greenwood B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (16) 35
2nd Phil Stevenson (22) 34
3rd John Wood (29) 27

A sad day at Greenwood for the last day of the Buddhist Lent Holiday where the staff had advised the group that they would be charging normal prices for the day, but in the event the rate, even having been checked twice the previous day, was increased for the walkers by 400 baht while those using carts were charged the normal price. Obviously some of the prospective players decided against playing for the day as a matter of principle, so instead of taking some monies from them the course received nothing. More studies required as to good business practice and how to turn a penny at the till.

Jens Gunnarsson won the day over a much shortened field with a 19/16 return to add to his recent list of successes.

Phil Stevenson ran Jens closest and might well have been the winner but for a bad mistake on C 2 which cost him dearly and provided no points, but he finished well clear of third placed John Wood who started slowly and found it too big a hill to climb over the back nine.

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

Friday 19th July Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (16) 71
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (16) 79
2nd Division 17 +
1st Trevor Schirmer (17) 70
2nd Phil Stevenson (22) 76

Once again Pattaya Country Club was found to be in first class condition with the greens playing exceptionally well and although a lift and place in the fairways was the local rule of the day it was hardly ever used as the recent rains had improved the grass covering throughout the course.

Jens Gunnarsson took his second win in the week and the first division which had to be cut at 16 for this occasion as there were insufficient players otherwise for a meaningful competition, following a one under return that left the rest of the division spread-eagled in his wake with second placed Shuichi Kodaka some eight strokes adrift.

Trevor Schirmer also took his second win of the week with a two under handicap return but was chased a lot closer with Phil Stevenson taking the second place.

For the third time in the week there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 08.07.2019
The Leavers clean house before going

Monday 8th July Eastern Star Stableford Yellow tees
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1st John Fleming (12) 39
2nd Ray Smallwood (29) 37
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 33 cb 18
4th Ian Robinson (6) 33 cb 16
5th Graham Davis (7) 32

Another good day’s golf at a very reasonable cost where the course was again found to be in excellent condition was the first event of a week where the scores were generally better than in recent times.

On this occasion the CSS for the day went down to 70 following a good return from John Fleming, whose recent handicap increase will be almost immediately reversed, at three under handicap with a 21/18 split and no zeros to be seen on the card, not even from the marker, Graham Davis.

Ray Smallwood took a very good second place with an 18/19 split return four ahead of a count back for third and fourth places which Markku Tynell won over Ian Robinson with a better 18 to 16.

Graham Davis took fifth place another shot behind them.

There were no 2s in the first division but Trevor Schirmer added to his long drive with the only one in the second division on the 147 yard 3rd hole to clean the pot.

Before the presentations were made there were welcomes for new payers with the Haven in the form of Paul Edgar and Nick Evans.

Wednesday 10th July Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 38
2nd Brendan Dunne (26) 35
3rd John Fleming (12) 34
4th Chris Ross (27) 30

The once a fortnight visit to Khao Kheow was again a very good day of golf although with the cost of the carts having risen to 700 baht the all-up riding price is now 1,850 at 1,150 walking it is reasonable for the quality of course and overall experience through the day with the changing areas, golf course, marshalling and restaurant facilities all very good.

The Haven group is doing its best to encourage the managements to be reasonable with overall costs, in some extreme cases cancelling regular courses in an effort to get them to understand the situation that many golfers in the area are facing. Some are reducing costs for play after 12 noon but that is not going to produce much more income as some of the early tee time groups will just change their start times and the few additional green fees attracted will probably mean less net cash income for the day. Back to Business Studies 1.01 perhaps.

Markku Tynell went a lot better than on his previous outing and took the top step of the podium with a two under handicap return and a 20/18 split on a card without any zeros which is always a pleasing event.
Brendan Dunne placed second with a good looking card that was marred by a couple of zeros but also included six three pointers.

John Fleming while not able to recreate the form of his previous outing did enough to claim third place in his last round with the group before taking a break.

Chris Ross rounded out the podium placements another four shots back but well ahead of the rest of the small field.

There were no 2s in the second division but John Fleming added to his holiday fund when he slotted one in on the 167 yard C3 hole.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Phil Stevenson and John Wood who had been up to Kanchantaburi to check on their history lessons. There was also a farewell for John Fleming off for a short break from the rigours of Pattaya for the more gentler pace of Vietnam armed with thousands of one baht coins.

Friday 12th July Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (16) 37
2nd Brendan Dunne (26) 36
3rd Phil Stevenson (22) 34
4th Markku Tynell (24) 31

Crystal Bay was the most disappointing of the week’s courses as the greens were found to be in pretty average condition although the rest of the course was in good shape and at 1,080 baht walking was a fairly good value day.

Shuichi Kodaka took the win with a one under return following an 18/19 split that could have been even better without a zero on the par five B8 and a single point with a shot on B9 but in the end he did just enough with a strong finish of 3/3/2 points from the last three holes.

Brendan Dunne took his second place of the week on level handicap and could have been even better without the double zeros on the last two holes on the opening nine as he finished with a 17/19 split.

Phil Stevenson took third spot another two behind and also could have done better after a slow start of eight points from the first six holes.

Markku Tynell took the last step of the podium on another short field day.

There were no 2s in the first division which was not surprising as there were no players in that division but Shuichi Kodaka added to his day’s haul, amidst rumours that he must be getting ready for another trip away, when he stroked in a very nice and profitable one on the 127 yard B6 hole.

There was a farewell for Markku Tynell who was off to Finland for a break and exchanging the stresses of Pattaya for a quiet family reunion and a more pastoral pace.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 01.07.2019
Jens comes out of the shadows to win twice

Monday 1st July Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (16) 37
2nd John Fleming (11) 35
3rd Jens Gunnarsson 17) 34 cb 17 b6 11
4th Markku Tynell (24) 34 cb 17 b6 10
5th Graham Davis (7) 34 cb 16

An inexpensive day was the start to the week at Pattavia costing just 900 baht walking or 1,350 baht including a cart, and where the course was found to be in excellent condition with the greens playing rather slower than in the past is now seems to be the norm. The CSS for the day went down a stroke, to underline the comparative ease that the players experienced on a very good day for golf.

Shuichi Kodaka returned from his three week trip to Turkey in fine form and led in the group by two to take the win with a 19/18 split for the two nines.
John Fleming ran the leader the closest and but for a couple of zeros mixed in amongst a back nine of 19 points could easily have taken the top step for the day.

Jens Gunnarsson started what was to be a very good week with a win in a three way count back for third place with a better 11 to 10 over the last six holes to leave Markku Tynell in fourth after they had tied the back nine in 17 each, with Graham Davis in fifth place with just 16 from the back nine.

There were no 2s in the second division but Ian Robinson had a very good one on the 203 yard 17th to take the first division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome back for Ian Robinson, Phil Stevenson, John Wood and Shuichi Kodaka. There was also news from Switzerland from Mike Sanders who has now recovered from his back problems following some remedial surgery but unfortunately now suffers from the onset of Parkinson’s disease and can only manage nine holes at a time, so it is unlikely that we will see him again in Thailand although some people are making plans to visit him when they travel to the Alpine regions.

Wednesday 3rd July Greenwood B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (17) 39
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 35
3rd John Fleming (11) 33 cb 16 b6 11 b3 6
4th Jon Batty (7) 33 cb 16 b6 11 b3 5
5th Eddy O’Donnell (13) 32 cb 15
6th Shuichi Kodaka (16) 32 cb 10

The most expensive day was at Greenwood where the cost for walking was 1,150 or 1,500 baht with a cart, and possibly the reason that the group were amongst a total of just fifteen golfers playing the course, was also the toughest day’s golf in the week as following heavy overnight rain there was little of no run throughout the whole course over what is arguably the toughest of the three possible combinations of nines.

Jens Gunnarsson swept to the head of the field after returning a very tidy card that did not show any zeros amongst a 22/17 split and in deed just three one pointers on a back nine that followed an excellent front half.

Markku Tynell came closest in second place four shots adrift but two ahead of a count back for third and fourth which John Fleming won over Jon Batty with a better 6 to 5 over the last three after they had tied the nine on 16 each and the back six on 11.

Eddy O’Donnell then won another count back with Shuichi Kodaka for fifth and sixth places with a better 15 to 10 though the last nine holes after Shuichi had slipped badly following a very good front nine which at four under handicap looked to be every bit the winner but something went radically wrong after the tenth hole after which he managed just eight points.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Jon Batty made up for missing out in the count back with one on the 150 yard C6 hole to claim the first division pot.

Friday 5th July Treasure Hill White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (17) 37
2nd Hal Hart (21) 36 cb 19
3rd Ian Robinson (6) 36 cb 18
4th John Wood (26) 33 cb 21
5th Brendan Dunne (28) 33 cb 16

The group’s regular once a fortnight trip to the nearest course was also the least expensive, costing just 900 baht walking and 1,300 when sharing a cart, although a solo cart was costing the player 1,500 baht. It was again found to be in excellent condition as the scores attested with the CSS again going down a stroke to 71 for the day.

Jens Gunnarsson again took the win although with not so commanding a lead being just one ahead of his closest rivals after returning a slightly more untidy card showing a 17/20 split that included a couple of wipes on the front nine.

Hal Hart then won a count back with Ian Robinson with both of them shooting level handicap rounds but Hal squeezing out and extra point over the back nine to win by 19 to 18. It was Ian’s best round in Thailand at a gross 78 and could well be the start of a happy three month stay in the Kingdom.

John Wood placed fourth after winning a count back with Brendan Dunne with a better 21 to 16 after an amazing turnaround in fortune through the back nine.

John Fleming took the first division 2s pool with his effort on the 164 yard 16th hole whilst John Wood added to his war chest for his trip to Hell Fire Pass when he took the multi rollover pot in the second division with his splendid putt on the 137 yard 12th hole.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for regular non-player Graham Marchant, from Brighton by the sea, who always supports the golfers on their return to base. There were also farewells for John Wood and Phil Stevenson travelling north to review the history in Kanchantaburi.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 24.06.2019
Ron Wilson is pumped up to go home

Monday 24th June Eastern Star Stableford Yellow tees
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1st Peter Park (5) 38
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 37
3rd Eddy O’Donnell (13) 34 cb 18
4th Trevor Schirmer (16) 34 cb 15
5th Graham Davis (6) 33 cb 17
6th Markku Tynell (24) 33 cb 16

Another one of the very good value courses was the start to the week where, with the benefit of vouchers, the total cost of green fee, caddy and cart was 1,300 baht and with the course in tip top shape it proved to be a great day’s golf at great value.

Playing as usual from the yellow tees which measure 6,100 yards, the CSS for the day went down a stroke to 69 unusually, so maybe the next event will be played from the white tees at 6,575 yards and which plays even longer than that.

Peter Park had a real field day off the shorter tees making his prodigious length pay full dividends as he amassed six gross birdies to finish with a two over round after slipping in three zero pointers amongst a very mixed bag that also included six pars, but in the end analysis it was just enough to take the win by a single point.

Christer Olsson took second place with a steadier round that included six three pointers and just a single zero to stay ahead by three shots of a count back for third and fourth places which Eddy O’Donnell won over Trevor Schirmer with a better 18 to 15.

One shot behind was Graham Davis who won another count back for fifth and sixth with Markku Tynell with a better 17 to 16.

Peter Park added to his day’s loot with a 2 in the first division when he slipped one in on the 154 yard 6th while Christer Olsson, with one on the same hole, and Trevor Schirmer, with one on the 147 yard 3rd hole, shared the second division pot.

Prior to the presentations being, made there was a welcome back for Peter Park, formerly known as Pete Seil.

Wednesday 26th June Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (17) 36
2nd Eddy O’Donnell (13) 33
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 31 cb 17
4th Markku Tynell (24) 31 cb 16
5th Dick Heaney (17) 30 cb 15
6th Ron Wilson (9) 30 cb 13

Sadly Pattana has become a very expensive course at 2,000 baht including cart and 1,300 baht walking and the group has just been advised that the rates are set to be even higher during the high season plus there will be a compulsory cart which will take it off the standard schedule until the compulsory cart is removed from the rate. A very sorry state of affairs, as the original main man and owner Dr. Pattana decreed, albeit that the group includes golf cart manufacturer, that golf carts would not be compulsory at the course as golf was primarily a walking activity.

It is clearly now not amongst the favourites of the regulars as the numbers were down 50% on the other two days in the week.

The notoriously shy Jens Gunnarsson took the win for the day with an even handicap round that was good enough by three strokes and could have been even better but for a couple of zeros and was notable for the birdie four on B2 that added four points to his total.

Eddy O’Donnell again showed well in second place two shots clear of a count back for third and fourth places which Tomas Nilsson won over Markku Tynell with a better 17 to 16.

Dick Heaney then won another count back with Ron Wilson with a better 15 to 13 for fifth spot.

There were no 2s in the first division but Dick Heaney had a very nice one up the hill on the 105 yard C2 hole.

Friday 21st June Treasure Hill White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Ron Wilson (9) 34 cb 20
2nd Tomas Nilsson (12) 34 cb 17
3rd Eddy O’Donnell (13) 33
4th Jens Gunnarsson (17) 31
5th Graham Davis (6) 28

Fortunately the group had another very reasonable day of golf when they travelled to Treasure Hill where the total price for green fee, caddy and cart was 1,350 baht or 950 baht walking and the course was in impeccable condition no doubt due to the few rounds played over it during the month. But no matter how difficult the course is it remains one of the group’s favourites.

Once again the CSS for the day went out to 74 for the 6.404 yard length after the all tees have been repositioned the whites being the old yellows.

So the winning score of 34 points was in fact a level handicap round for Ron Wilson, in his last outing in Pattaya, who added yet another win to this list gathered during this visit after he won a count back with Tomas Nilsson, who was also playing in his last event with the group, with a better 20 to 17.

Eddy O’Donnell took his third placement of the week in third just one shot behind and should have been even better as he failed to score on the last three holes, which surely must be the worst example of how to throw and anchor that has been seen for many a year, but in fairness any player can get discouraged playing the par five sixteenth when blobbing the second into the ravine and then replicating the feat immediately afterwards.

Jen Gunnarsson took fourth place with Graham Davis in Fifth and the rest of the field spread-eagled a fair way behind.

There were no 2s in the second division but Tomas Nilsson added to his leaving pot with two, on the114 yard 6th and one on the 141 yard 17th hole.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Larry Gibb and John Fleming, together with farewells for Tomas Nilsson, Ron Wilson and Dick Heaney.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 17.06.2019
Eddy, Christer and Markku take the Medals

Monday 17th June Greenwood B & C courses Stableford White tees
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1st Tomas Nilsson (12) 34
2nd Ron Wilson (9) 31
3rd Jens Gunnarsson (16) 30 cb 17 b6 12
4th Graham Davis (6) 30 cb 17 b6 11
5th Markku Tynell (25) 29 cb 17 b6 12 b3 6
6th Brian Proctor (21) 29 cb 17 b6 12 b3 4



A pretty tough week for golf started out at Greenwood where the course was found to be in good condition, but with the addition of the C course, playing quite hard as the CS for day bore witness as it moved out to 75 and became non-counting for handicap review.

Tomas Nilsson had the best return of the day at two over handicap, and also being three ahead of his nearest competitor won the top prize.

Ron Wilson who had previously been worried that his handicap was making him uncompetitive, took second place with a 15/16 split return.

Jens Gunnarsson them won a count back with Graham Davis for third and fourth places with a better 12 to 11 over the last six holes after they had tied the nine on 17 each.

Markku Tynell then won another count back this one with Brian Proctor with a better 6 to 4 over the back three after they had tied the nine on 17 and the back six on 12 apiece tp to claim fifth spot.

There were no 2s in the second division but Tomas Nilsson added to his day’s haul with one on the 180 yard B2 hole to sweep the rollover pot clean.

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

Wednesday 19th June Khao Kheow A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Ron Wilson (9) 35
2nd Jon Batty (7) 33
3rd Marc Brunner (12) 32
4th Christer Olsson (16) 31
5th Brendan Dunne (25) 30 cb 17 b6 14
6th Phil Brown (10) 30 cb 17 b6 12

Another hard day’s golf awaited the group when they took on Khao Kheow’s A and C courses as again the CSS for the day moved out three shots but on this occasion remained a s a counting event.

Ron Wilkson went one better this time winning by two after a very steady round that did not include any zero pointers, not an easy task over one of the areas trickiest layouts.

Jon Batty returned to the group in good form generally but two zeros on the card put paid to the chance to take the top step after finishing with a 19/14 split.

Marc Brunner did well to take third place after a slow start that saw him glean just three points from the first three holes but a steadier round thereafter marred only by a zero on the seventh hole on the C course.

Christer Olsson took fourth place one ahead of a count back between Brendan Dunne and Phil Brown which the former won with a better 14 to 12 over the last six after they had tied the back nine in 17 each.

One again there were no 2s in the second division and also once again Tomas Nilsson had the sole one in the first division this one on the 184 yard A3 hole.
Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Jon Batty.

Friday 21st June Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Eddy O’Donnell (14) 70
2nd Ron Wilson (9) 71
3rd Graham Davis (6) 76
2nd Division 16 -20
1st Christer Olsson (16) 74
2nd Dick Heaney (17) 76
3rd Trevor Schirmer (16) 78
3rd Division 21 +
1st Markku Tynell (25) 71
2nd Brian Proctor (21) 80
3rd Brendan Dunne (25) 82

Once again the Monthly Medals were contested over the nearest course to base and once again the course was found to be in good shape with the exception of a very few areas that required the use of the lift and place local rule that was in force for the day.

Eddy O’Donnell returned to the group to win the first division that closely contested after closing out the round with an excellent two over gross back nine, with Ron Wilson getting onto the podium for the third time in the week and Graham Davis taking third place.

The second division went to Christer Olsson who also put in a very strong back nine wending with a 47/43 gross split for the day which was good enough by two for the win.
Dick Heaney was that second placed man with Trevor Schirmer taking third spot.

Markku Tynell came good for the first time in the week, after being in the forefront in the previous week’s events, with a one under net return to take the Medal again well ahead of second placed Brian Proctor and third man Brendan Dunne.

Graham Davis had the sole 2 in the first division on the 177 yard 7th hole whilst Dick Heaney also had the lone one in the second division to clear out the multi rollover second division pool.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Eddy O’Donnell together with a farewell for Brian Proctor.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 10.06.2019
The Organisers clean up, While Ray Smallwood goes Big

Monday 10th June Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Markku Tynell (25) 35 cb 17
2nd Graham Davis (6) 35 CB 15
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 32 cb 20
4th Trevor Schirmer (16) 32 cb 19
5th Christer Olsson (16) 32 cb 18

A quiet week of leisurely golf started out at Pattavia where the course was found to be in very good condition and with a very competitive price of 950 baht walking or 1,350 baht including a cart it was excellent value all round but something that not too many other golfers were taking advantage of, and so it was also almost a private course just for the Haven group. The group will be giving the course a few more bookings by going once a fortnight in the foreseeable future so as to give the management as much support as possible. The new schedule for the next three months can be found on the web site under golf/schedules.

Markku Tynell continues to occupy one of the podium steps and this one was the top one after carding a one over handicap return with 17 points on the back nine which was enough to consign Graham Davis into second place as he could only muster 15 points.

Tomas Nilsson then won a three way count back with a best 20 points to claim third place while Trevor Schirmer took fourth with 19 and Christer Olsson fifth with 18.

There were no 2s in the first division but Jens Gunnarsson had a very lucrative one on the 227 yard 7th hole to sweep the second division roll over pot clean.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Stephen Chow together with welcome backs for Dick Heaney and Phil Brown.

Wednesday 12th June Eastern Star Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Ray Smallwood (29) 36
2nd Tomas Nilsson (12) 34
3rd Markku Tynell (25) 31
4th Dick Heaney (16) 27 cb 16
5th Ron Wilson (9) 27 cb 14

Another very reasonable day’s golf, when with the benefit of vouchers the cost was 1,300 baht, and again another well maintained course provided a good test from the yellow tees of 6,100 yards but at least on this occasion the group’s scores were good enough to allow the CSS for the day to reduce to 70.

Ray Smallwood took his first win with the group after joining them at the beginning of 2017 and was unsurprisingly extremely happy with the results and the subsequent efforts of the resident photographer, even though the resident picture critic was unimpressed as is quite usual.

Tomas Nilsson was again in the frame, in second spot on this occasion, a couple of shots back and three ahead of third placed Markku Tynell whose refuses to leave the podium lately.

Dick Heaney then won a count back with Ron Wilson with a better 16 to 14 as both of them put in a formal bleats for a re-evaluations of their handicaps, which unfortunately for both of them, went missing in transit between here and there, wherever here and there are to be found.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart went well over the top with one on the 175 yard 3rd and one on the 172 yard 17 to take the second division pool.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Ron Wilson from Melbourne.

Friday 24th May Crystal Bay White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (25) 37 cb 20
2nd Hal Hart (21) 37 cb 19
3rd Marc Brunner (12) 34
4th Jens Gunnarsson (16) 33 cb 18
5th Stephen Chow (10) 33 cb 14

The most expensive course of the week at 1,080 baht walking and 1,580 baht with a cart underlines how much it now costs to play golf in Pattaya on a regular basis as even at the good prices the group enjoy the week’s play will have cost the walker 2,980 baht and with a cart 4,380 plus in either of the alternatives a caddy tip of say 900 baht. Small wonder that the three times a week golfer is now a rare bird.

Once again Markku Tynell claimed the winner’s prize after winning a count back with fellow organiser Hal Hart with a better 20 to 19 over the back nine on the card as both of them missed out of getting better scores with zeros included in their cards.

Marc Brunner took third place on his return to the group one ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places which Jens Gunnarsson won over Stephen Chow with a better 18 to 14 after Stephen had looked a possible winner after the front half.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Brendan Dunne, John Fleming and Marc Brunner together with a farewell for Stephen Chow following a short but enjoyable trip.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 03.06.2019
Very shy Jens gets a double

Monday 3rd June Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford White tees
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (16) 35
2nd Tom Shea (6) 34 cb 18 b6 13 b3 7
3rd Christer Olsson (16) 34 cb 18 b6 13 b3 5
4th Chris Ross (27) 32

A very quiet week started out at Crystal Bay where there has been some improvement of the greens although the rest of the course generally is beginning to show the effects of the low season, with maintenance apparently matching the attendance numbers, but still the course generally offers a fair days golf for a reasonable outlay at 1,080 baht walking.

Jens Gunnarsson took his first of two wins in the week with a mixed bag of a round that included five three pointers, four singles and two zeros but he hung on to win by one ahead of the very consistent Tom Shea in second place after he had won a count back with Christer Olsson with a better 7 to 5 over the last three holes after they had tied the back nine on 18 and the last six on 13 points each.

Chris Ross rounded out the day’s podium placements in fourth place another two behind them.

Tom Shea had the sole 2 in the 1st division on the 156 yard C6 hole whilst Christer Olsson emulated that in the second division on the 180 yard C4 hole.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Tom Shea from the USA Tomas Nilsson from Norway Chris Ross from Australia and Stan Monaghan from Scotland originally but now residing in the North of Thailand.

Wednesday 5th June Khao Kheow A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (25) 36
2nd Tom Shea (6) 34
3rd Jens Gunnarsson (16) 28 cb 18
4th Christer Olsson (16) 28 cb 15

Another quite day for one of the best courses that the group play and one that is also comparatively good value at 1,150 baht walking especially as it is almost always in tip top condition.

Markku Tynell took the win after returning a very exciting front nine of 23 points combined with a not quite so good back nine that was enough to win by two from Tom Shea who returned his usual two over handicap gross 70 with them both finishing well ahead of the chasing players.

In fact the nest placed were some six shots adrift with Jens Gunnarsson taking third place after winning a count back with Christer Olsson with a better 18 to 15 over the back nine on the C course.

There were no 2s in the second division but Tome Shea had another one in the first division but on this occasion he had to share the loot with Neville Duncan.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Neville Duncan from Australia together with a farewell for Chris Ross.

Friday 24th May Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Jens Gunnarsson (16) 36
2nd Tom Shea (6) 34
3rd Markku Tynell (25) 33
4th Andrew Purdie (8) 32
5th Trevor Schirmer (16) 31

The last course for the week was also the best value for money with a special offer available for green fee and caddy 1,000 baht and with the possibility of sharing a cart, making the all in total of 1,300 baht very reasonable as compared to many other courses in the area. Of course even though the price is important the course still needs to be in good condition. which it is.

Once again Jens Gunnarsson was to be found at the head of the field with a solid even handicap round although he appeared to fade away over the last three holes from which he could manage just one point a hole. He continued to avoid the podium photographer as evidenced by one of the few pictures taken over the last twenty years as following a very traumatic experience that he presumably suffered as a young child when a Folding Kodak Eastman Brownie suddenly popped out during a family photo session in front of the volcano at the foot of their garden he became very camera shy.

The usual suspect in the form of Tom Shea took second spot, his third of the week all with an 80 gross which is surely the epitome of steadiness and one in front of Markku Tynell who also showed good form once again.

Andrew Purdie also showed well in fourth place after just shading Trevor Schirmer into fifth spot.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Andrew Purdie from Australia.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 27.05.2019
Christer returns with the best of the week

Monday 27th May Eastern Star Stableford Yellow tees
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 37
2nd Trevor Schirmer (16) 33
3rd Ray Smallwood (29) 31
4th Howard Jeglum (15) 29

Following a brain freeze by the organiser, he managed to book Eastern Star for the third time in three weeks which meant a non-turnout by some players who had already played the course twice, his excuse being that there was an extra Bank Holiday included. No leeway was allowed and he was immediately and unanimously voted twat of the month. But at least the course was found to be in good shape as usual and those that did play, including fortunately a few returnees, had a good day.

Shuichi Kodaka took the tope step of the podium with a one under handicap return following a 16/21 split which was enough to win by three ahead of Trevor Schirmer in second spot.

Ray Smallwood took third place whilst showing promise for the future with three 3 pointers and now only has to get rid of the zeros to be regularly in the prize mix.

Howard Jeglum closed out his current Pattaya trip with a fourth place.

There were no 2s in the first division but Trevor Schirmer had a very nice one on the 154 yard 6th hole to take the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Dave LeHane, Howard Jeglum and Shuichi Kodaka. It was also Howard’s last game with the group prior to returning to Canada so he also had a farewell.

Wednesday 22nd May Pattana A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 38
2nd Graham Davis (7) 37
3rd Markku Tynell (25) 33
4th Craig Thomas (15) 30

A much better turnout even though it was for the most expensive course currently on the schedule although it is still half the price of a couple of other usually expensive local courses that are offering special deals. But on the credit side of the balance sheet it is also the best conditioned course that the group play no, matter what the weather or Greens keeping schedule. It is also one of the best controlled as evidence by the “Lightning Siren” being sounded and then the caddies not allowing play to continue until totally safe to do so, which happened during the rounds and which caused a delay, but fortunately not a too serious one.

Shuichi Kodaka took his second win in the week, which usually means that he is due to leave Pattaya for a break and was the case on this occasion as he is heading for the delights of Turkey for about three weeks.

This time he was two under handicap but only just managed to squeak in by a single shot as Graham Davis ran him very close and but for a bogey on the last would have nicked it on count back.

Markku Tynell took third place another four shots back but well ahead of fourth placed Craig Thomas.

There were no 2s in the second division but Graham Davis added to his day’s loot when he dropped one in on the 167 yard A 8 hole
Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Terry Hodgkiss, escaping from his gardening chores in Udon Thani, Tom McCarthy back from wishing President Trump Bon Voyage on his State Visit to the UK to meet the Queen and Graham Davis, having left Scotland under a bit of a mental cloud having been recently experiencing a continuous series of nightmares, including throughout his waking hours, of “a very nasty five footer”. It appears that many other Scottish people are also currently experiencing similar problems, even ones that have never played golf.

Friday 24th May Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (17) 40
2nd Craig Thomas (15) 35
3rd Greg McDonald (25) 34 cb 19
4th Mark Cooper (11) 34 cb 16
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32 cb 17
6th Paul Hubbard (11) 32 cb 16

The best attendance of the week was reserved for Pattavia which is always one of the best supported courses due to the condition and excellent value for money and will feature more regularly for the rest of the low season on the group schedules which can now be seen on the web site at http://thehaven-hotel.com/nextmonthsschedule.php.

Christer Olsson had his best round for some months as he returned an even 20/20 split card to win by five clear ahead of a very competitive field and one of the most pleasing aspects must have been the sole one pointer that marred an otherwise very solid card that included five three pointers and twelve 2 pointers.

Craig Thomas has been an ever present among the prizes and mentions on this trip and was so again on this occasion taking second place with a no zero card at one over handicap.

Greg McDonald took third following a count back with Mark Cooper which he won with a better 19 to 16 to leave Mark in fourth spot.

Shuichi Kodaka couldn’t quite make it to the top step this time but won a count back with Paul Hubbard for fifth and sixth places with a better 17 to 16.

Paul Hubbard made up for a bit of a disappointing day with the only 2 in the first division on the 139 yard 13th hole whilst Dave LeHane did exactly the same to take the second division’s rollover pot.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Paul Hubbard, who was currently doing a great job coordinating and editing the revision of the IPGC local Rules following the issuance of the new “Rules of Golf”, as noted at the prize giving by Hal Hart the Chairman.

Also welcomed back were Alan Pilkington, Christer Olsson and Mark Cooper.

There were also farewells for Dave LeHane, Mark Cooper, Craig Thomas and Greg McDonald, together with one for Terry Hodgkiss who had been unable to play prior to his return to the north due to a sudden illness from which he has since recovered.

There was also a farewell for Shuichi Kodaka as previous mentioned off on his fourth annual holiday of the year.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 20.05.2019
Craig, Trevor and Greg take the Medals

Monday 20th May Eastern Star Stableford Yellow tees
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1st Darryl Kellett (19) 37
2nd Craig Thomas (15) 33
3rd Trevor Schirmer (16) 31
4th Markku Tynell (25) 30
5th Hal Hart (21) 29

Darryl Kellett at last managed to slip away from the evening’s entertainment at a reasonable hour of the morning and so looked extremely sharp when he arrived at the first tee and went straight into top form getting through the front nine without a zero on the card, a first for this trip, and continued in the same manner to finish with a 16/21 split at one under handicap to take the win by four strokes.

Craig Thomas who has been on a steady run of scores since arriving continued with another round that saw him take second place after a weak front half that saw him garner just 14 points but a strong back nine of 19 points was enough to keep Trevor Schirmer back in third place a couple of strokes back.

Markku Tynell had a very up and down round that include two four pointers and five zeros and could have been much higher placed than just pipping Hal Hart for fourth spot.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Trevor Arnold from Australia together with a welcome back for Hal Hart originally from the USA and Markku Tynell originally from Finland.

Wednesday 22nd May Khao Kheow A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Craig Thomas (15) 32
2nd Vincent Gras (17) 29
3rd Markku Tynell (25) 28

A very small field took off from The Haven following heavy overnight and early rain but managed to play the first sixteen holes in the dry although the going was very wet and playing long, but it was only the last group who had to sit out a very heavy downpour on the seventeenth tee and then slog in through the sodden fairways, at least for one of them as the rest made their usual way up the sides which was even tougher.

Craig Thomas lasted the course the best but could still only manage a four over handicap return that proved good enough for the win ahead of Vincent Gras who was attempting to play whilst designing and sampling a new golf tipple which he has named Jacky Chang which consists of large measure Jack topped up with a dash of Chang beer. The jury is still out on the final quality test, but it was good enough to get him round in second place.

Markku Tynell took third place another shot back having been in the last group and suffering the worst of the weather.

Prior to the prizes being presented there was welcome back for Vincent Gras.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Craig Thomas added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the first division.

Friday 24th May Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Craig Thomas (15) 75
2nd Peter Skinner (12) 78
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Trevor Schirmer (16) 74
2nd Vincent Gras (17) 75
3rd Division 21 +
1st Greg McDonald (25) 82
2nd Markku Tynell (25) 86

Another tough day on the course was the considered opinion of most of the players after completing the Monthly Medals at the nearest course to base which was not occasioned by the condition of the course which was in great shape but the placement of the pins made it a particularly difficult proposition especially in the stroke play format.

Craig Thomas rounded of a very good week for results taking the first division medal by three clear ahead of Peter Skinner who always seems to be amongst the podium placements in the medals.

Trevor Schirmer having already qualified in the first division for the end of year Gold and Silver Medals, then qualified in the second as he returned the best score of the day to win the second division by a narrow margin from Vincent Gras.

Greg McDonald won his first medal with the group with a very unlikely score ahead of second placed Markku Tynell, as the third division found the course a little on the hard side.

There were no 2s in the first division but Vincent Gras cleaned out the multi rollover pot in the second division with his on the difficult 177 yard 7th hole.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Peter Skinner together with farewells for Darryl Kellett, Vern Page, Vincent Gras and Allan Busby the latter returning to repair the electrics in his home in Essex and remove some of the defensive bulwarks that have been erected around it in his absence. No names, no pack drill.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 13.05.2019
Vinny misses out but scores well

Monday13th May Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Vinny Lazell (16) 42
2nd Don Bennett (11) 36
3rd Allan Busby (14) 35
4th Murray Edwards (22) 33
5th Yasuo Suzuki (14) 31

With the greens having been newly cored and many of the holes unfilled with sand the scoring was remarkably good as the rest of the course was found to be in excellent condition.

Vinny Lazell continued with his fine run of form, which had seen him claim a second, third and fourth position in the previous week’s events, with a stunning six under handicap return to win by six clear from playing partner Don Bennett after returning a card containing a 20/22 split.

Don’s steady round earned him second place as he finished well without a zero on his card, just ahead of the third member of the group Allan Busby who could have challenged the leader having had two 4s and four 3s amongst a very varied card.

Murray Edwards could also have fared better but a couple of zeros put an end to his challenge and so had to settle for fourth spot just in front of fifth placed Yasuo Suzuki who could not recover from a very slow start that saw him garner just 13 points from the opening nine holes.

There were no 2s in the second division but Allan Busby took the first division pot with a real beauty on the 227 yard 7th hole.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Craig Thomas together with a sad farewell for Yasuo Suzuki.

Wednesday 15th May Eastern Star Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Vinny Lazell (16) 39
2nd Craig Thomas (15) 32
3rd Trevor Schirmer (16) 30
4th Vern Page (13) 27
5th Don Bennett (11) 26

Eastern Star, even from the yellow tees, is still a good test of golf as witnessed by the scores of all of the field apart from the winner and borne out by the CSS for the day moving out one shot to 72.

Once again Vinny Lazell showed real form when again winning by a large margin, seven strokes on this occasion, finishing strongly again with an 18/21 split and in the process earning a three shot drop in handicap over the last two events which will be applied after the weekend’s handicap review. Strangely he appeared to be very surprised as events unfolded at the presentations as a few pantomime calls of “behind you” were to be heard.

Craig Thomas coasted into second place even after having three zeros and six 1s amongst some very good holes to finish a couple of shots clear of third placed Trevor Schirmer who was unable to replicate a steady front half that had netted him 17 points.

Vern Page was suffering from a very late night collecting sob stories in the local bars and could only manage to put together a 13/14 split for fourth place one ahead of fifth placed Don Bennett but well in front of many others.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Craig Thomas made up for missing out in the main even with one on the 156 yard 17th after having had three close misses on the three previous par threes from within four feet he finally managed a much easier one from around twenty feet.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Trevor Arnold and a welcome back for Greg McDonald

Friday 17th May Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Greg McDonald (26) 38
2nd Trevor Schirmer (16) 37
3rd Vinny Lazell (16) 35
4th Craig Thomas (15) 34
5th Don Bennett (11) 33

Following the results in the first two events of the week all eyes were on Vinny Lazell to see if he could join the exclusive “Three Wins in the Week Club” but in the event he seemed to be strangely detached from his usual golf game as he constantly looked over his shoulder, and was extremely watchful for possible Punji Stick traps and ambushes as he made his careful way around the course, which may have affected what was to be his last game with the group on this trip.

Greg McDonald took full advantage of the good condition of the course generally, even though the greens were extremely difficult to predict being totally different over the two nines, whilst scoring two under his handicap for his first win with the group.

Trevor Schirmer went one better than his previous outing in second place with a 18/19 split and no zeros to be followed by the very wary Vinny Lazell who had become even more edgy the closer he came to the end of his round and finishing with a 20/15 split for a disappointing third spot.

Craig Thomas claimed fourth place just one ahead of Don Bennett who took the third podium placement of the week in his last event with the group on this trip.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were farewells for Don Bennett to sunny Sussex and Vinny Lazell travelling back to an undisclosed location in Europe under a pseudonym and hoping that there are no surprises awaiting him at the airport prior to his departure.

 






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