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. 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.





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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.





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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.




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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 06.05.2019
Three 38’s are winners

Monday 6th May Treasure Hill Stableford White tees
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1st Toshiya Kimura (30) 38
2nd Vinny Lazell (16) 37
3rd Allan Busby (14) 32
4th Vern Page (14) 31 cb 17
5th Yukio Kikuchi (19) 31 cb 14

Two very good scores at the usually difficult Treasure Hill course where all the tees have been re-assigned new yardages with the longest now the Blacks at 7,264 yards (the old Blues), the Blues at 6,787 yards (the old Whites), the Whites at 6,404 yards (the old Yellows), and the Yellow at 5,918 yards (new tees). Red tees remain at 5,384 yards. So yellows are now the preferred tees for the group from The Haven which are quite long enough considering the layout of the course. This was underlined by the CSS for the day moving out to 73.

Toshiya Kimura won his first event with the group after returning a two under handicap card with an 18/20 split that include just two zeros but balanced those out with to four pointers and earning himself a two stroke reduction in handicap to take home to Japan which nicely rounded out a very good golfing holiday in Pattaya.

Vinny Lazell may well have though he would be the winner as 37 points is usually good enough but not on this occasion and he had to settle for a clear second place five ahead on third placed Allan Busby.

Vern Page having started inauspiciously with three points from the first three holes, then settled down to win a count back for fourth and fifth places with Yukio Kikuchi with a better 17 to 14 over the back nine holes.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the prizes were presented there was a welcome back for Brian Proctor together with farewells for Yukio Kikuchi and Toshiya Kimura.

Wednesday 8th May Khao Kheow A & B Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Vern Page (14) 38
2nd Darryl Kellett (19) 32 cb 15
3rd Don Bennett (11) 32 cb 13
4th Vinny Lazell (16) 30
5th Allan Busby (14) 29

Khao Kheow is beginning to show signs of needing more attention by the green keeping staff as many areas on the fairways are becoming bare and require a replacement under local rules. It is to be hoped that the situation will not be allowed to get into a worse situation. Also some greens require a lift and place due to unrepaired weather damage and now were found to be heavily sanded in a belated attempt to make them play to their old standard.

Having taken his time to review his golf game on his first trip to Thailand Vern Page, at last played to his home handicap in winning by six clear strokes with a solid 21/17 split and now looks forward to a much happier time getting to know both the local conditions and locals.

Darryl Kellett who had also been suffering so far during this visit then took second place after winning a count back with Don Bennett with a better 15 to 13 as Don suffered a minor collapse over the last two holes when failing to score and so having to settle for third place.

Vinny Lazell took fourth spot another two back and three ahead of fifth placed Allan Busby who was still trying to get his game straight whilst managing his new domestic arrangements.
Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to presentations of the prizes there was a welcome back for Don Bennett.

Friday 10th May Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Steve Godfrey (16) 38
2nd Dave Paul (20) 37
3rd Vinny Lazell (16) 36
4th Trevor Schirmer (16) 34
5th Mark Cooper (11) 32

Once again the course, which is fast becoming a favourite of the group due to the general condition and proximity to the base, was found to be in tip top shape with the fairways benefitting from the recent rains during the evenings and needing far fewer reliefs from bare patches.

And also once again the competition was won with a two under handicap score this time by returnee Steve Godfrey who having started slowly really turned it on through the back nine taking twenty two pints from it and just edging out Dave Paul who had also improved over the inward half returning a 17/20 split.

Vinny Lazell took his third podium placement of the week with another solid round of level handicap that earned him third place.

Trevor Schirmer returned from his successful medical treatment in Australia with a very steady two over handicap score in fourth place two in front of fifth placed Mark Cooper.

Mark Cooper took the rollover pot in the first divisions 2s pool when he chipped in on the 172 yard 16th hole and Vinny Lazell shared the second division rollover pot with John Carlin after he had putted in from close in on the 151 yard 12th and John putted in on the 16th green.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome for Steve Harris a new player with the group and welcome backs for Steve Godfrey, Mark Cooper and Trevor Schirmer. There were also farewells for those members travelling to Hua Hin namely Markku Tynell, Peter Skinner, and Hal Hart together with a special welcome back for Dave LeHane just arrived from the UK with an all clear checkup and also travelling across the gulf for the next week’s events.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 29.04.2019
Another old friend leaves
Once again we note the passing of another old friend who was one of the original members of the IPGC back in 2000. Maurice (Mo) Bertrand passed away following a stroke on Friday the 3rd May and will be missed by his family and friends here in Pattaya and Jersey from where he originally came from to spend his retirement. He was sadly unable to play golf in the recent years but will be remembered for his happy outlook on whatever life served up.

The funeral will be at Wat Ning Ket Yai, not far from the Crocodile Farm, on Sunday 12th May at 1600 hrs. Prayers begin around 1500 hrs.

Monday 29th April Eastern Star Stableford Yellow tees
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1st John Carlin (19) 39
2nd Hal Hart (21) 37
3rd Toshiya Kimura (30) 35
4th Christer Olsson (17) 32
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 31

Another day when John the Hat returned to the group to play on what is now his home course and with the added advantage of a regular caddy who seems unable to do anything wrong it was almost a foregone conclusion that he would once again prove to be the winner, and so it turned out to be just that when playing from the yellow tees he returned a three under handicap score but just one under the lowered CSS for the day.

Hal Hart ran him the closest in second place after slipping in a couple of zero pointers without which he could well have been the top dog.

Third place went to Toshiya Kimura two behind and three ahead of forth placed Christer Olsson who never recovered from a bad start when gleaning just 14 points from the front nine.

Shuichi Kodaka rounded out the podium in fifth spot.

Christer Olsson took the second division 2s pot with his putt on the 147 Yard 3rd hole whilst Kevin Blake swept the multi rollover pool clean in the first division with his effort on the 1565 Yard 17th hole.

Before the presentations there was a welcome for new member Vern Page together with welcome backs for Darryl Kellett and Toshiya Kimura. There were also farewells for Kevin Blake and Christer Olsson.

Wednesday 1st May Pattana A & B Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (21) 35
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 34
3rd Toshiya Kimura (30) 33
4th Yukio Kikuchi (19) 28

Playing the yellow tees at Pattana is no guarantee that the scores will be outstanding as it still provides a stern test of golf even with the course in pristine condition as usual.

A much smaller field at what is arguably the best course on the group’s schedule but also the most expensive has now become the norm and the schedule for the coming months has therefore been adjusted to playing once a month to meet the member’s requests for more economical golf over courses that are both in good condition and players friendly. The prices do not appear to have affected other golfers as there were another 180 playing on a courses that was restricted to just two nines.

Hal Hart went one better for his second competition of the week when taking first place following a one over handicap return that might have been even better without another couple of zeros, with one inevitably on the first hole on the A course which nearly always plays as the hardest hole on the course whichever nines are in play.

Shuichi Kodaka took second spot just one behind and one in front of third placed Toshiya Kimura who managed to return a card without a zero, he in turn was five ahead of fourth placed Yukio Kikuchi who could have done much better with four zeros and six one pointers on his card. But the three Japanese players were very happy to have all finished on the day’s podium in an added celebration of the new Reiwa Era which began earlier in the day back in Japan.
There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Friday 3rd May Crystal Bay White tees Stableford
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1st Stephen Bickle (18) 36
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35 cb 17 b6 12
3rd Vinny Lazell (16) 35 cb 17 b6 11
4th Toshiya Kimura (30) 33
5th Allan Busby (14) 31

Crystal Bay is beginning to show signs that the green-keeping staff are not quite keeping up with the maintenance programme with the greens especially playing very differently making it a more difficult day than that usually expected from this course.

Stephen Bickle took his second win of the current trip and will no doubt be regaling the rest of the locals in the “Dog’s Spittle”, when he returns to his home nestling along the banks of the canal in Coventry, with tales of his sporting Deering Do in the kingdom whilst leaving out a few of the social details.

Shuichi Kodaka took his third podium placing of the week in second place after winning a count back with Vinny Lazell with a better 12 to 11 over the back six holes after they had tied the nine on 17 each.

Toshiya Kimura also finished the week with three podium placements with his fourth place finish two ahead of Allan Busby who was still trying to get to terms with the heat following his trek from Brexit Land.

There were no 2s in the first division but Stephen Bickle had an additional benefit to add to his day’s winnings when he slipped in one on the 127 yard B6 hole. Unfortunately almost all of his accrued earnings were badly misspent in wagers with fellow drinkers over the following weekend as he attempted, in vain, to forecast the outcome of several of the Premier League football results.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Allan Busby and Vinny Lazell. There was also a farewell for Stephen Bickle returning to Blighty to take up more gainful employment.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 22.04.2019
Shuichi blossoms on his return

Monday 22nd April Greenwood B & C courses Stableford White tees
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (16) 37
2nd Andrew Purdie (8) 36
3rd Yasuo Suzuki (13) 35 cb 19
4th Jon Batty (7) 35 cb 13
5th Hal Hart (20) 33

After the Songkran suspension golf returned to normal although the numbers during the week were significantly smaller than in previous years, which no doubt can be attributed to cost.

Greenwood was the first venue of a week when scores were fairly normal with the CSS either reducing or staying static in no small part due to the generally good condition of the courses played.

Shuichi Kodaka returned from spending quality time in Japan with the cherry blossoms to win by a single stroke from Andrew Purdie who had been busy continuing to build his new nest in the Baan Seray area.

They were followed by a countback for third and fourth which Yasuo Suzuki, also recently arrived from Japan, and Jon Batty who had been holidaying in the North surrounded by huge heaps of food and quite a few beers (according to his social media postings) which might have accounted for his losing out badly in the count back by 19 to 13. Hal Hart made up the podium in fifth place he also having returned from the North where he had been heavily canvassing for re-election as IPGC Chairperson.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Following the return of the Songkran Non-revelers there were welcome backs for Jon Batty, Andrew Purdie, Yasuo Suzuki, Shuichi Kodaka, Dave LeHane, Stephen Bickle, Hal Hart, and Markku Tynell together with a farewell for Dave LeHane. With so many of the attendees being welcomed back it was noted that the only person attending the prize giving but remaining unmentioned was the MC, and after that had been commented upon, there ensued some chatter and general mutterings following which it was agreed, by a majority, to welcome him also.

Wednesday 24th April Khao Kheow A & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Stephen Bickle (18) 31
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (16) 30
3rd Yukio Kikuchi (19) 29
4th Christer Olsson (17) 28
5th Hal Hart (20) 25

Khao Kheow was the second venue of the week where as usual the course was in fairly good condition although the fairways are beginning to require some lift and place local rule in the future.

Stephen Bickle, known back in Coventry and the surrounding area as the sage and know-all of all things soccer but very unlikely to wager his trousers on the outcome of any of his visions, won his first competition for some time with the group and celebrated amongst his friends deep into the evening having forgone his nocturnal wanderings the previous evening to be in the best possible fettle for the day after having started the day very quietly with an opening 13 points a strong recovery through the back nine that netted 18 more ensured the win by a single point.

Second place went to the inform Shuichi Kodaka whose holiday appears to have totally rejuvenated him as he spent the week either at the top or on the second step of the podium.

He was closely followed by playing partner Yukio Kikuchi in third place after he had returned a very strange looking card that included eight three pointers and seven zeros amongst the debris of a seven over handicap return.

Christer Olsson took fourth ahead of a very subdued Hal Hart who also OD on zeros with six.

There were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi started his holiday fund with a contribution form the second division roll over pot when he slid one in on the 132 yard B 5 hole.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Dave Paul and Yukio Kikuchi.

Friday 26th April Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medal
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1st Division 0 – 22
1st Shuichi Kodaka (16) 73 cb 35
2nd Peter Skinner (11) 73 cb 36.5
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 73 cb 39.5

For the first time in living memory there were insufficient numbers to play two of the Medal divisions and so one division was the order of the day with the winner and second place being attributed for the Gold and Silver playoffs to their respective divisions.

It is a great pity that many of the group shun the venue as it has become one of the best on the schedule with the newly designed greens being a great improvement to the overall playability of the course.

There was a three way count back for the Medal which Shuichi Kodaka won and a fitting end to a great week’s golf after he finished with a 38/35 split curtesy of a couple of outstand birdie twos.

The winner was tracked by Peter Skinner who returned two gross 42s with a count back of a half a stroke over handicap for a good second place with Christer Olsson, who was unfortunately unable to capitalize on a splendid three under handicap opening nine, having to settle for third place.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but also once again Shuichi Kodaka added to his piggy bank with two on the 12th and 16th holes which left him with a permanent smile before, during and following the presentations. Before they were made there was a welcome back for Peter Skinner.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 08.04.2019
A Sad Farewell to an Old Friend

We have just heard the very sad news of the passing away of Wilf Wellman on April 13th in Canada, a member with the group since January 2006, who every year during the winters in Canada spent a very happy time in Thailand playing golf and recounting his many stories gathered throughout his life. He will be remembered for his extremely happy demeanour and joyful approach to life which could not be daunted by his golf game. He will be sorely missed by all those that had the good fortune to both know and spend time with him, both here in Thailand and amongst his family and friends in Canada.

Monday 8th April Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 34
2nd Hal Hart (21) 33 cb 17 b6 13
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 33 cb 17 b6 10
4th Shuichi Kodaka (16) 32
5th Murray Edwards (21) 30 cb 15
6th Markku Tynell (22) 30 cb 10

With the weather now having settled down to resemble times more like the past for this time of year the courses became a little easier to play with a bit more run available on the fairways, but also as always at this time of year the numbers are rapidly reducing as the usual snow birds return home for balmy evenings huddled out of the rain under their umbrellas as they trudge off to watch their local heroes perform at whatever sports take their fancy while those left here in Pattaya have to try and keep the economy going on a daily basis. For some the signs are, it is taking its toll.

Mark Cooper took the win in the first event of the week after having started the day with an unwanted zero on the card but then settled down to return a 17/17 split that was just enough to squeeze it out.

He was followed by Hal Hart who had returned from his “gap month” spent in North West India and showed little signs of any detrimental dietary effects whilst winning a count back with Christer Olsson with a better 13 to 10 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 17 apiece.

They were followed closely by fourth placed Shuichi Kodaka playing in his last game for a short period, who in turn was two ahead of a another count back for fifth and sixth places which Murray Edwards won over Markku Tynell with a better 15 to 10 after Markku had looked a likely winner after nine with twenty points but then inexplicably slipped in three zeros in the middle of the back nine and then followed them up a couple of holes later with another one to end up with a real mixed bag of a day.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Brian Talbot, Hal Hart and Dave LeHane and a farewell for Shuichi Kodaka who was looking forward to a couple of quiet weeks in Japan contemplating the Blossom Season.

Wednesday 10th April Eastern Star Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (17) 40
2nd Markku Tynell (22) 38
3rd Murray Edwards (21) 33 cb 17 B6 14
4th Hal Hart (21) 33 cb 17 B6 10
5th John Carlin (18) 30

With a great deal at Eastern Star during the low season of 1,300 baht including golf cart or 900 baht walking using vouchers the group will be playing there more regularly at least until November and that has been well received by the group especially as they will now play from the yellow tees over a course measuring 6.100 yards but pone that plays more than it measures usually. On this occasion the course was again found to be in great shape with the greens rating a special mention being fast and flat and a bit scary for most of the field.

Christer Olsson followed up his good start to the week, taking the win, with an even better return at four under handicap which even manage to include a zero pointer but unfortunately the CSS for the day will mean that he will not see his handicap reduced as much as he would have liked.

Markku Tynell also had a very good day in second place, but again an even better result was negated with another couple of zero pointers but still a 19/19 split indicates that there will surely be another win and handicap reduction in the near future.
Murray Edwards took his second podium placement of the week and third place after he won a count back with a better 14 to 10 over the last six holes after he and Hal Hart had tied the nine on 17 each after Hal return his second 33 pointer of his comeback week.

John Carlin was not able to make his members knowledge count so well on this accession and had to settle for fifth place when was making another guest appearance at the course where he is now a member.

Greg Ignatieff cleaned out the roll over pool in the first division 2s whilst Christer Olsson and Hal Hart shared the multi-roll over pot in the second division.

Friday 12th April Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (19) 34
2nd Frank Harrington (8) 33 cb 16 b6 12
3rd Peter Skinner (11) 33 cb 16 b6 10
4th Hal Hart (21) 33 cb 16 b6 9
5th Shaun Merriman (10) 31

Another short trip up the road and round the corner to the groups local course with the added benefit of the much reduced vouchers for the green fees, but on this occasion the management outdid themselves with an even better deal of 1,400 baht as a special Songkran deal that was available for the whole week of the holiday in Pattaya. It did not seem to have attracted to many extra players as the group got off some thirty minutes early and went around the course with any holdups which added to everyone’s enjoyment of the day.

Dave LeHane had his first win since returning from the UK with a round that was not looking to be a likely winner after seven holes as he had garnered just nine points and was beginning to matter dark threats into his golf bag but a remarkable improvement in fortune saw him grab twenty five more from the last eleven holes and the win to finish in a much happier frame of mind much to the relief of his playing partners all three of which followed him onto the podium.

Frank Harrington was the first of those having won a three way count back with third placed Peter Skinner and fourth placed Hal Hart with a best 12 points over the back six holes after they had all tied the nine on 16 each. Peter then took third with 10 and Hal having scored his third 33 points in succession forth with just 9. Shaun Merriman took the last spot on the podium anther couple of shots back behind them.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcomes to new players with the group Kevyn Wright, Shaun Merriman, Jerry Sweetnam and Richard Thistlewood together with a welcome back for Frank Harrington and a farewell for Greg Ignatieff.

There were no 2s in the second division but Richard Thistlewood had the sole one in the first division.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Dave Arrowsmith and Christer Olsson.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 01.04.2019
Greg Ignatieff claims the triple

Monday 1st April Treasure Hill Stableford Yellow tees
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1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 30
2nd Markku Tynell (22) 27
3rd John O’Sullivan (22) 26
4th Murray Edwards (22) 24
5th Brian Proctor (21) 22

A very tough week of golf due to the heavy rains that caused much of Pattaya, excluding the base around The Haven, to be flooded and which also caused the local courses to be very wet, started out at the always tough Treasure Hill where even playing from the shorter white tees, they being the old yellows, none of the players managed to get anywhere near their handicap levels. That meant that the competition became non-counting for handicap adjustments.

The best of a not so good day was returned by Greg Ignatieff that was good enough by three and eight ahead of the last podium placement.

He was followed in by Markku Tynell in second and John O’Sullivan in third with Murray Edwards another two back in fourth as Brian Proctor beat the rest of the field whilst taking fifth.

The presentations were a much subdued affair with much discussion centering on one or two putts that one of them had achieved.

But at least the day was not so expensive it being just 1,400 baht including cart. So a cheap disaster all round.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for John O’Sullivan and Brian Proctor.

Wednesday 3rd April Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 35
2nd Markku Tynell (22) 31
3rd Brian Proctor (21) 30 cb 16
4th John Fleming (11) 30 cb 14
5th Clive Tolley (15) 27

Another equally difficult test awaited those that took on the second challenge of the week at the always immaculate Pattana where although playing very long from the yellow tees and playing particularly long, the scores were slightly better than on the previous outing.

Once again Greg Ignatieff was to be found at the top of the leader board with a much better score but still one under handicap it again proved to be enough to take the second win of the week by an even bigger margin than the first. On this occasion an added problem was the rain during the round which affected all the groups after the fifteenth hole, the severity of which required a halt to play as the ominous thunder was accompanied by some very bright flashes and which caused some of the field to walk in.

Markku Tynell was again in second place four strokes behind the leader and one ahead of a count back for third and fourth which Brian Proctor won over John Fleming with a better 16 to 14 which left Clive Tolley three back in fifth place ahead of the bedraggled rest.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but John Fleming made it a happy goodbye with the sole one in the first division to clean out the rollover pot in the first division when he slipped one in on the 126 yard C2.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Clive Tolley together with a welcome back and farewell for John Fleming.

Friday 5th April Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 35
2nd Christer Olsson (17) 34 cb 19
3rd Chris Ross (26) 34 cb 18
4th Shuichi Kodaka (16) 33
5th Ray Smallwood (26) 31 cb 18
6th Murray Edwards (22) 31 cb 14

Just to round off the week the group found that even the most benign of the scheduled courses was showing that it had some teeth when the weather is not at its best as again the top score did not manage to match handicap level and for the first time in a very long while the CSS for the course went out two strokes to 74 which at least meant that the day’s winner received a slight cut in handicap. The fact that the course was showing a distinct signs of wear and very little signs of maintenance with many bare patches beginning to appear on the greens from which relief needed to be obtained, did not add to the day’s enjoyment.

The winner was again Greg Ignatieff who in taking the win became only the third player to have won three times in a week with the group in over twenty two years of organised competitions. A very rare achievement indeed.

Returning Christer Olsson placed second, just one shot adrift of the winner, after he won a count back with Chris Ross with a better 19 to 18.

Shuichi Kodaka having failed in his main quest to clean out the 2s pool managed to take fourth spot another shot behind the count back and two ahead of another one for fifth and sixth places which Ray Smallwood won over Murray Edwards with a better 18 to 14 having recovered from a slow start.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Dave Arrowsmith and Christer Olsson.

 






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