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. 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.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 25.03.2019
Frank Harrington pulls one out

Monday 25th March Eastern Star Stableford Yellow tees
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1st Frank Harrington (8) 39
2nd John Carlin (18) 35 cb 18
3rd Greg Ignatieff (15) 35 cb 17 b6 13
4th Gus Guidetti (11) 35 cb 17 b6 10
5th Dave LeHane (19) 32

After leaving The Haven in light rain the group arrived at the course in a slight drizzle which continued for most of the players during the front nine which made the decision to play from the yellow tees, measured at 6,100 yards, the right one as the course remained wet and long throughout the day, although very pleasant for golf as the temperature made up for the lack of run on the fairways.

Frank Harrington had arrived at the meeting point resplendent in a new outfit and continued to dazzle the field once he started from the first tee finishing with a 17/22 split to win the day by a clear four strokes recoding his first win during his current trip and his first since retiring to a life of golf.

John Carlin made a guest return to play his now home course and used his local knowledge to good effect while claiming second place after a three way count back which he won with a better 18 points to leave Greg Ignatieff in third after he had beaten Gus Guidetti over the back six with a better 13 to 10 after they had tied the nine on 17 each. Dave LeHane placed fifth once again showing good form over half of the course taking twenty points from the back half.

Shuichi Kodaka had the sole 2 in the second division on the 131 yard 13th and Frank Harrington made it an even bigger day at the payout window with one on the 156 yard 17th in the first division.

Before the presentations there were welcomes for new members Simon Fry and Mark Staude together with a welcome back for John Carlin, who lately has played with the Jomtiem group since joining Eastern Star as a member.

Wednesday 27th March Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Allan Hanlon (13) 34
2nd Kevin Blake (7) 33
3rd Markku Tynell (23) 32
4th Gus Guidetti (11) 31
5th Greg Ignatieff (15) 30 cb 16
6th Mark Cooper (11) 30 cb 15

Again the event was marred by some very unseasonal heavy rain that affected all the groups except the first one as they managed to just get off the last green before it bucketed down to spoil most of the scores over the last couple of holes, which was a great pity as otherwise the course was in very good condition apart from some scrubby lies on some fairways which was made up for by the condition of the excellent greens.

Allan Hanlon scored sixteen points on the first seven holes of the back nine and just lasted out through the rain on the last to finish with a split of 15/19 to take the top honours of the day after a very unpromising start that saw him gather just six points from the first six holes but then closed out the nine in great style.

Kevin Blake benefitted from playing in the first group and just did enough to grab second place ahead of an unlucky Markku Tynell who whilst playing in the last group suffered complete lock out on the last two holes scoring zero points after looking a likely winner when concluding the opening half with 21 points.

Gus Guidetti, another to have suffered at the end of the round with just four points from the last three took fourth place just in front of a count back for fifth and sixth which Greg Ignatieff won over Mark Cooper with a better 16 to 15.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there was a welcome back for Mark Cooper together with farewells for John Fleming, Simon Fry, Mark Staude and Gus Guidetti.

Friday 29th March Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Peter Skinner (10) 74
2nd Jon Batty (7) 75
3rd Greg Ignatieff (15) 78
2nd Division 16 +
1st Markku Tynell (23) 70
2nd Peter Buckley (21) 79
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (16) 82

Once again the Monthly Medals were held over the nearest course to the group’s base, it taking just over twenty minutes to travel, and once again the course was in very good shape with the fairways showing improvement following the recent wet weather. It was a sign of the recent times that the course was comparatively empty when the group started their rounds having been able to walk straight onto the first tee and getting away some thirty minutes early.

There were insufficient numbers to play three divisions, with just one in the 16 to 20 handicap range, the usual band of the second division, so just two divisions saw the usual cut at 15 and below for the first division. That was led in by Peter Skinner at two over handicap after he finished strongly with a 44/40 split to just edge out playing partner Jon Batty into second place, who in turn was three ahead of third placed Greg Ignatieff.

Having just missed out in the previous competition Markku Tynell made up for it with another Medal win this one in the second division, having won the last month in the third division as he continues his good run of form. Peter Buckley took second place although some way behind but still three in front of third placed Shuichi Kodaka.

There were no 2s in the second division but Peter Skinner and Jon Batty shared the first division rollover pool with one each.

Back at The haven ether was a welcome back for Peter Skinner together with a farewell for Peter Buckley and Murray Frost.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 18.03.2019
Shuichi returns to win again

Monday 18th March Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 32 cb 19 b6 14
2nd Frank Harrington (8) 32 cb 19 b6 12
3rd John Fleming (11) 32 cb 14
4th Gus Guidetti (11) 31
5th Markku Tynell (23) 29 cb 16
6th Peter Buckley (20) 29 cb 14

As usual the course was in very good condition but as always the greens were particularly difficult having just been mown down to baby’s bottom smoothness which made putting a bit of a nightmare especially on the sloped greens. This was reflected in the scoring, which was unusually low, and resulted in the event being a non-counting one for upward review of handicaps, although all the field played within five points of each other.

Greg Ignatieff won a three way count back for the top places with a better 14 to 12 over the last six holes and consigned Frank Harrington into second place after they had tied the nine on 19 each.

John Fleming took third with 14 in the countback over the back nine. He was followed in closely by Gus Guidetti one point behand in fourth as Markku Tynell also needed to win a count back with Peter Buckley for fifth place which he did with a better 16 to 14.

There were no 2s in the second division but Gus Guidetti Made up for missing out in t5he competition with the sole one in the first division to sweep the rollover pot clean.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Gus Guidetti, Murray Frost and Chris Ross all from Australia.

Wednesday 20th March Pattana A & B courses Par 74 Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Rod Crosswell (17) 37
2nd Gus Guidetti (11) 36
3rd John Fleming (11) 35
4th Greg Ignatieff (15) 30 cb 17
5th Terry Hodgkiss (29) 30 cb 15

An easier day awaited the group when they undertook their bi-fortnightly visit to Pattana where again the course was in really good condition but the price for the day is becoming a factor in the number of entrants with a full complement of green fee, caddy and cart running to 2,000 baht which will need to be seriously considered with the low season fast approaching and many other venues offering between 1,300 and 1,400 baht for the same deal. Another matter factored in by many is the cost of beverages whilst waiting for other groups to finish with the outstanding offer of 200 baht for a large Singha taking the top prize.

If things do not improve dramatically the twice monthly visits are sure to be reduced.

But as for the golf course and condition, there are none better on the schedule and those that do play are always well pleased at the end of the day whatever their scores.

Rod Crosswell returned to the group as a winner, in his sole outing during this visit, when he returned a solid one under handicap card that was just good enough to push Gus Guidetti down to second place by a single stroke.

John Fleming again showed well in third place at one over handicap and well ahead of a count back between Greg Ignatieff who scored 17 and took fourth place and Terry Hodgkiss who had 15 in fifth place. Terry in fact was making a return to the group having not played for two years so was a very happy chappy to be amongst the podium positions.

There were no 2s in the first division but Rod Crosswell hole the only one in the second division to add even more money to his retirement fund as he swept the roll over pot clean.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Rodney Crosswell, who was taking a short break from Oz prior to his retirement, due in five months, between which he will also have to make time to take the three months holidays due under his contract of employment, who says working for the Government is bad? And Terry Hodgkiss, suffering from PTSHDGD, taking a rest from the stresses of house rebuilding, dog maintenance, and general housekeeping and wondering when sufficient building materials will be used so that he can start gardening, the very reason he moved to the country.

Friday 15th March Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (16) 37
2nd Greg Ignatieff (15) 36 cb 19
3rd Gus Guidetti (11) 36 cb 18
4th Markku Tynell (23) 34 cb 17
5th Banjo Bannister (13) 34 cb 16

For the last event of the week the group were at the nearest course to base where again the players found the greens to be improving and the scoring was generally the best of the week that underlined that situation.

Shuichi Kodaka who had won a couple of competitions prior to returning to Japan for a short break returned to carry on where he had left off by winning a tightly contested day by a single stroke as most of the usual suspects queued up behind.

Greg Ignatieff took his third podium of the week after winning a count back by 19 to 118 with another serial contender, Gus Guidetti who had to settle for third place.

They were closely followed by Markku Tynell and Banjo Bannister in fourth and fifth places after they had been involved in a count back which Markku won with a better 17 to 16.
There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations of the prizes there was a welcome back for Shuichi Kodaka.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 11.03.2019
Markku Tynell almost does the treble

Monday 11th March Greenwood B & C courses Stableford White tees
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 38
2nd Banjo Bannister (13) 37 cb 18
3rd Murray Edwards (22) 37 cb 16
4th John Fleming (11) 33
5th Frank Harrington (8) 32

Although it was a tremendously hot day most of the players did not find the going too difficult with the top of the leader board all beating their handicaps after the course was found to be in good condition with even some reasonable run on the fairways.

Markku Tynell returned to the group in fine form taking the top spot on the podium by a single stroke after returning card that did not include any zeros.

Murray Edwards just missed out in a count back with Banjo Bannister for second and third places having not started out the round in his best form as the count back was, as usual taken on the back nine on the card although they started on the C courses.

They were followed in by John Fleming in fourth place and Frank Harrington in fifth.

There were no 2s in the second division but Banjo Bannister added to his day’s haul of loot when he slotted one in on the 177 yard B5 to sweep the roll over pot clean in the first division.

Before the presentations there was a welcome back for Markku Tynell following his return from his photographic expedition to Nepal where he obviously had picked up some tips.

Wednesday 13th March Khao Kheow A & c courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 34
2nd Greg Ignatieff (15( 33
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 31
4th Frank Harrington (8) 28
5th Larry Gibb (24) 26

Once again the temperature was hovering around the 38 degree mark when the hopefuls took to the first tee but thankfully it did not get any hotter but it did make for an uncomfortable round even though the course was playing well most of the field wilted as the round progressed.

At the head of the group was Markku Tynell again but on this occasion he managed to win with three zeros on the card, two of them on the closing holes as he also suffered along with the rest, but at least they were bracketed by four three pointers so he still managed to amass 18 on the nine and wrap up the second win of the week.

Greg Ignatieff can usually be found there or thereabouts and on the podium at least once a week and was again there in second place with a 17/16 split and just missed out by one stroke for the win.

Kevin Blake placed third but too many zeros (4) damaged his chances for the day but he finished three ahead of Frank Harrington in fourth who in turn was a couple in front of Larry Gibb in fifth place.

Tony Campbell had the sole 2 in the first division on the 167 yard C3 whilst Markku Tynell took the second division’s pot with one on the 165 yard C8 hole.

Friday 15th March Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 35
2nd John Tallett (26) 34 cb 18
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 34 cb 16
4th Gary Blackburne (8) 32
5th Peter Buckley (20) 30

Once again the fortnightly trip just up the road and round the corner that takes just twenty five minutes for the journey was a good day for golf as the course was for the third time in the week playing very well although the pin positions made it a bit of a test if the approach shot was in any way not near the mark.

Greg Ignatieff went one better this time with a round that did not include any zero pointers, and scoring two points more than his closest rivals to take the win by a single shot ahead of a count back for second and third between John Tallett and Markku Tynell, who was again in the frame, which John won with a better 18 to 16.

Gary Blackburne returned to the group and followed his fellow home club (Malden Golf Club) member Markku in fourth place two ahead of fifth placed Peter Buckley.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Gary Blackburne and a very special one for Dave LeHane.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 04.03.2019
Shuichi goes home in style

Monday 4th March Treasure Hill Stableford White tees
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st John Fleming (11) 35 cb 19
2nd Brian Beaupre (7) 35 cb 18
3rd Greg Ignatieff (15) 32
4th Kevin Blake (7) 31
2nd Division 16 +
1st Brian Proctor (21) 31 cb 15 b6 10
2nd Paul McDonald (16) 31 cb 15 b6 9
3rd Larry Gibb (24) 28
4th Patrick Scullion (20) 27

A very tough week of golf started out at the historical hardest of all the courses that the group play where the tees have been reassessed with the black at 7,264 yards and the blue at 6,787 yards and even playing from the white tees which provide a course that measures just over 6,400 yards, just two players managed to play within their buffer zones, a result that saw the CSS for the day move out two to 75.

The best two led in the first division with John Fleming just getting the edge on Brian Beaupre when winning a count back with a better 19 to 18.

They were followed in by Greg Ignatieff in third and Kevin Blake in fourth.

The second division was headed by Brian Proctor after he won a count back with Paul McDonald with a better 10 to 6 over the back six holes after they had tied the nine on 15 each.

Larry Gibb returned to the group in third place as Patrick Scullion placed fourth in his last game of this trip with the group.

There were no 2s in the second division but Brian Beaupre made up for losing the top spot when he had the sole one in the first division on the 172 yard 13th hole to sweep the rollover pot clean.

Before the presentations were made there were welcomes for new members Bill Moreau, David Young and Bryn Rowlands and farewells for Patrick Scullion, Mark Williams and Hal Hart, the latter taking time off to visit India, Danny Miller, Paul McDonald, and Christer Olsson.

Wednesday 6th March Pattana A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford Par 74
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 39
2nd Bill Moreau (23) 35
3rd John Fleming (11) 32 cb 19
4th Brian Beaupre (7) 32 cb 18
5th Jun Ishihara (9) 31
6th Ray Smallwood (27) 30

Once again the CSS moved upwards but on this occasion just one shot as the smaller group took on the A and B courses each featuring a par six and as usual the courses was found to be in tip top shape with the greens again proving to be the highlights.

Shuichi Kodaka was in unbeatable form as he swept around the course in three under his handicap closing with a 19/20 split and no zeros after a very tidy round.

He was followed by new member Bill Moreau whose round included four pars three of which were on the par threes.

Then John Fleming again beat Brian Beaupre in a count back with a better 19 to 18 to claim third place and leave Brian in fourth place as Jun Ishihara was found in fifth a shot back from them and with Ray Smallwood another stroke behind in sixth spot.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there was a welcome back for Ray Smallwood together with farewells for Brian Beaupre, together with some for Bill Moreau. David Young and Bryn Rowlands after a short but eventful start to their golf experiences in Pattaya.

Friday 8th March Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 37
2nd Larry Gibb (24) 33
3rd Greg Ignatieff (15) 32
4th Frank Harrington (8) 30 cb 15 b6 10
5th Jun Ishihara (8) 30 cb 15 b6 8

Yet another hard ask for the last event of the week again saw the CSS for the day move out two strokes to 74 as once again Shuichi Kodaka led the group in by four strokes in his final game prior to his return to Japan for a short two week break on this occasion ending up with a 19/18 split having taken two zeros, one on the difficult par five 14th hole around the water and one on the tricky short par four 16th but recovered well to finish the day with five 3 pointers and one 4 pointer for the win.

Larry Gibb may well be thinking of playing more often after threatening to give up following a few lack luster rounds as he took second place with a very good three over handicap round but just one over the CSS rating after returning a split of 11/22, although future prospects were not looking too bright for the local courses after the first nine holes. But a remarkable back nine indicated that there was a golfer in there struggling to get out amongst the prizes.

Greg Ignatieff finished in third place after a very promising front nine that saw him amass nineteen points but unfortunately that was followed by a weaker back nine and having to settle for a lower position.

Frank Harrington returned to contend for a place on the podium and won a count back for fourth and fifth places with Jun Ishihara who was playing his last round with the group before returning to Japan.

Back at The Haven before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Andy Wain together with welcome backs for Frank Harrington, and Marc Brunner. There were also farewells for Jun Ishihara, Brian Proctor and Shuichi Kodaka making a total of thirteen leavers for the week so it may well be a very thin entry list in the coming week at The Haven and there were signs that the management were already making preparations to dig up the nuts that had been stored for the rainy season.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 25.02.2019
Kevin Blake returns to form

Monday 25th February Eastern Star Stableford
1st Division White tees
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1st Stephen Burton (12) 31 cb 19
2nd Mark Williams (8) 31 cb 18
3rd Patrick Scullion (20) 28
4th Danny Miller (9) 26
2nd Division Yellow tees
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1st Christer Olsson (17) 33
2nd Dave Paul (20) 32
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 30
4th Andy Pedlar (18) 29 cb 16
from Paul McDonald (16) 29 cb 13

As the starting event of the week was to be played over one of the longest courses that the group usually plays at 6,675 yards from the white tees, it was decided that the second division would play from the shorter yellow tees measured at 6,100 yards but it did not make a lot of difference to the scoring as the first division CSS went out three to 75 and became non-counting for upward review of handicaps, as none of the contenders played within their buffer zones and the second division went out two to 73 with just two making the standard. Although the course was in very good condition there was a very strong wind to contend with or not as the case turned out to be.

The first division was taken by Stephen Burton after he won a count back with Mark Williams with a better 19 to 18 following a very quiet front nine for them both. Patrick Scullion, having promoted himself to play from the long tees, placed third ahead of Danny Miller in fourth.

The second division managed the course and conditions better with their higher handicaps with Christer Olsson leading them in albeit three over handicap which was enough to win by a single stroke ahead of second placed Dave Paul.

Shuichi Kodaka then took third place in front of a count back for fourth which Andy Pedlar took with a better 16 to 13 to leave Paul McDonald ruing the three zeros he took in an otherwise very tidy card.

Surprisingly with the courses as hard as it was there were two 2s with Stephen Burton getting his on the 166 yard 6th hole to take the first division and John Wood getting one on the same hole for the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Brian Beaupre, Larry Gibb, Brian Kinsella and Andy Pedlar, together with a farewells for Trevor Schirmer travelling to Oz for a short break and Phil Stevenson returning to England to act as a special advisor to Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit and its effect on the workers in general and the Trade Unions in particular, he will also be responsible for advising on the return of the coal mining industry to its former glory and teachers pay.

Wednesday 27th February Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Kevin Blake (8) 37
2nd Vincent Gras (18) 36
3rd Danny Miller (9) 35
4th Jun Ishihara (8) 34
5th Paul McDonald (16) 32 cb 17
6th Christer Olsson (17) 32 cb 16

Usually a tough course to score the players who played on Monday found the day a much easier proposition than their earlier one as the results showed dramatically. Once again the course was found to be in excellent condition and strangely quiet with the high season not supposedly at its end.

Kevin Blake signaled his return to form with his first of two wins in the week just pipping playing partner Vincent Gras by a single shot although he was well behind in the drink shots taken through the round as he went round in one under handicap with a card that unusually showed no birdies but one eagle amongst the holes.
Danny Miller had his best round of the trip following a very steady eighteen holes which did not include any zeros to take third place just in front of Jun Ishihara in fourth.

Paul McDonald then won a count back for fifth and sixth places with Christer Olsson carding a better 17 to 16.

There were no 2s in the first division but Brian Proctor made it a happy return with the sole one in the second division on the 168 yard B3 hole where players are pleased to get a par.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Jun Ishihara, John Sutcliffe, Tony Campbell and Vincent Gras who also had a farewell with Andy Pedlar, Stephen Burton, John Wood and James Hawley the latter being indisposed for the golf but had perked up sufficiently to attend and join in the prize giving ceremonies especially the drinking section.

Friday 1st March Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Kevin Blake (8) 35 cb 20
2nd Danny Miller (9) 35 cb 18 b6 12 b3 5 b2 4
3rd Mark Williams (8) 35 cb 18 b6 12 b3 5 b2 3
4th Murray Edwards (22) 35 cb 16
5th Peter Buckley (20) 34
6th John Fleming (11) 33

The new month started at what is now one of the most popular courses on the group’s calendar due to both its proximity to the base and the condition of the course in general and the greens in particular which are excellent.. Although sometimes as was the case on this occasion the greenkeeper can be somewhat devilish in the pin placements on greens that are extremely quick so getting wrong sided with the approach shot is heavily penalized as is ending up on the wrong part of the green.

Kevin Blake found that to be the situation twice as he four putted for a couple of zeros but his otherwise very strong game put him in an unassailable lead after taking control of the course from the eighth hole from where he proceeded to amass 26 points from the last eleven holes playing to a gross level par which was too much for the chasing pack to match and so pocketed his second win of the week following a count back in which he scored 20 points.

Danny Miller then took second place after a marathon countback to the last two holes which he won with a better 4 to 3 against Mark Williams who then had to settle for third place and a bunch of money from his playing partner.

Murray Edwards was the last of the count backers in fourth place with just 16 after he had looked every bit the winner after seven holes having scored sixteen points and going well but a drop off around the eighth to twelfth holes when he could manage just six points from the five holes cost him the long awaited win, but this surely cannot be too far away in the future.

Peter Buckley took fifth just one behind the logjam and one ahead of sixth placed John Fleming.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Patrick Scullion almost had a hole in one when he knocked it very close on the 178 yard A5 hole in the second division but he had to share the pot with Dave paul who also had one on the difficult 177 yard A7 hole when he knocked in a very good putt.

There were no welcomes or farewells but there was a special farewell for one of the very oldest members, Bob Heath, know as Captain Bob (2000), after he had sadly passed away on the previous day following continuing problems with a brain tumor following what was thought to have been a successful operation in August 2017. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends and especially at South Herts, his old golf club, where he worked tirelessly for many years as Committee member, Captain and Trustee.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 18.02.2019
A tough week of golf

Monday 18th February Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 13
1st Jon Batty (7) 33
2nd Steve Evans (11) 32
3rd Kevin Blake 97) 29 cb 18
4th Masanori Takano (7) 29 cb 13
5th Mark Cooper (10) 29 cb 12
6th Mark Williams (8) 29 cb 12
2nd Division 14 +
1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 37
2nd Christer Olsson (17) 34 cb 17
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 34 cb 16
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 33
5th John Tallett (26) 30

Another tough day at Pattavia where the course generally and the fairways in particular were very good but as always the greens proved to be the undoing of many of the hopefuls as they always find out those with the weaker putting game. Once again the CSS moved in an upwards direction, with just one player able to play to his handicap and few others in their buffer zones, it moved out two to 74.

Two divisions with a low cut at 13 and below were led in by best of the day Greg Ignatieff whose one under round took division two by three as he coped with the greens very well. Christer Olsson then won a count back for second and third beating Markku Tynell with a better 17 to 16. Shuichi Kodaka then took fourth place with John Tallett in fifth.

The first division was taken by Jon Batty still unbelievably thin after eating, according to the internet postings, more food than is currently awaiting clearance into Venezuela, with a solid if less than sparkling round with a card that did not include any zeros. Steve Evans made his mark in his last outing with the group in second place ahead of a four way count back which Kevin Blake won for third place with a best 18 points. He was followed by Masanori Takano in fourth with 13 and Mark Cooper in fifth with 12, he having beaten Mark Williams with a better 8 to 7 over the last six holes.

There were no 2s in the second division but Kevin Blake cleaned out the roll over pot I the first division with one on the 138 yard 4th hole.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Richard Bannister, Howard Jeglum and Jon Batty together with farewells for Steve Evans travelling back to Wales in high expectation of a wonderful day’s rugby at the end of the week, Markku Tynell off on another of his photographic expeditions from which many will have the pleasure of going through the many pictures that he will share on line and Peter Mannion going back to the wilds of Suffolk to share some knowledge with the locals.

Wednesday 20th February Pattana A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st John Wood (28) 35
2nd Christer Olsson (18) 34 cb 18
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 34 cb 14
4th Keith Emerson (12) 33 cb 20
5th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 33 cb 15

A much smaller group took on Pattana which was still in very good condition following the recent IPGC Club Championships that were held there but with the fairways still offering little run the day’s event was started from the yellow tees which suited most of the field although still none were able to play to handicap but as enough of them played within their buffer zones the CSS for the day dropped a stroke to 72.

John Wood had the pleasure of leading the group in with a one over handicap return which was a very good performance after finishing the front nine scoring just two points from the last four holes and the first hole of the back nine but then sprang into action taking twelve points from the last four holes to claim his first win in some time.

Christer Olsson took his second podium placing of the week after winning a count back with Kevin Blake with a better 18 to 14 over the C courses, which in fact was their opening half, for second place and leave Kevin in third place.

Keith Emerson had his best result of his trip opening with a splendid 20 points on the C course and which proved to be the hammer blow in the count back with Shuichi Kodaka for fourth and fifth places as Shuichi could manage just 15 points.

Once again there were no 2s I the second division and on this occasion none in the first division either.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Peter Buckley and Andrew Purdie both from Australia.

Friday 22nd February Crystal Bay White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Kevin Blake (7) 34 cb 18
2nd Mark Williams (8) 34 cb 17
3rd Patrick Scullion (20) 33
4th Greg Ignatieff (15) 32 cb 17
5th Christer Olsson (17) 32 cb 15
6th Pat Murphy (25) 32 cb 14

The easiest course of the week did not prove to play to its reputation as once again none of the players managed to play to their handicaps the best being two over handicap as once again the greens made everybody’s day just a little bit tougher.

Kevin Blake had his third placement this one at the top of the podium when he won a count back with Mark Williams with a better 18 to17 after Mark missed a very short putt on the eighteenth that would have sealed the win while Kevin looked on nervously, but at least it made a good talking point following the presentations, well for the first two hours anyway.

The third member of the group, Patrick Scullion, took third place but he was more interested in counting his winnings after the sixth hole although he still put in the best back nine taking nineteen points from them and even including a zero without which he too could have won the day.

Greg Ignatieff then won a three way count back with a best 17 points to leave Christer Olsson in fifth place with 15 and returnee Pat Murphy in sixth with 14 points.

Mark Williams took the first division 2s pool with one on the picturesque 127 yard B6 hole from around six inches short and Patrick Scullion playing in the same group just before having placed his tee shot some twelve inches past the hole having just failed to drop in at last secured the second division pool which had to be escorted from the safe by Securicor. He was so pleased with his feat he blew the horn twice to celebrate at the post match party which went deep into the evening.

Back at The haven there were welcome backs for Neville Duncan, Pat Murphy, Ray Smallwood and Brian Proctor.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 11.02.2019
Craig, Robert & Markku take the Medals

Monday 11th February Greenwood A & B courses White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Craig Thomas (15) 34 cb 18
2nd Ray Banks (12) 34 cb 15
3rd James Hawley (0) 32 cb 18
4th Stephen Burton (12) 32 cb 16 b6 11
5th Alan Pilkington (6) 32 cb 16 b6 10
2nd Division 16 +
1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 37
2nd Hal Hart (20) 36
3rd Brendan Dunne (25) 35
4th Frank Hughes (21) 32 cb 16
5th Markku Tynell (23) 32 cb 14

A very hot and humid course awaited the hopefuls when they arrived at Greenwood to play the A & B courses which were found to be in very good condition and the results turned out to be the best of the week with the CSS dropping down a stroke to 71 for the first time in some while.

With two divisions cut at fifteen and below for the first, as many players returned following the IPGC Championships the previous week, the top group were led in by Craig Thomas after he won a count back with Ray Banks with a better 18 to 15. There was then another count back this time three way which James Hawley won with a best 18 to take third place and his first podium position for many years of effort, as Stephen Burton, playing with his new and lowest ever handicap of 12, placed fourth after scoring a better 11 to 10 over the back six after he had shared the back nine on 16 with fifth placed Alan Pilkington.

The second division was headed by Shuichi Kodaka with the highest points of the day as he led second placed Hal Hart by a single stroke.

Brendan Dunne was again noticeable, as he also played with his lowest handicap ever, in third place ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth which Frank Hughes won over Markku Tynell with a better 16 to 14.

There were no 2s in the second division but the first division saw three when James Hawley and Steve Evans knocked in their second on the 182 yard B2 course and Stephen Burton had a very good hole on the 193 yard A2 course.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Paul Hubbard, Frank Hughes, John Wood and Christer Olsson.

Wednesday 13th February Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Brendan Dunne (25) 34 cb 19
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 34 cb 18
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 33
4th Rob Adamson (18) 32 cb 17
5th Hal Hart (20) 32 cb 16

A much smaller group showed up to 5take on the more difficult Khao Kheow layout where the A & B courses were the two in play for the day. Sadly the fairways were very bare, with very little grass covering, following the recent lack of rain and water on the fairways although the greens and teeing areas were very good and played very well but the end results was lower general scoring and an increase in the CSS up two to 74 for the day.

Brendan Dunne again played within his buffer zone this time winning a count back with a better 19 to 18 and therefore the day’s event, to leave Shuichi Kodaka in second place on this occasion.

Kevin Blake was by far the best of the low handicappers for the day in third place just one point behind and one ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places which Rob Adamson won over Hal Hart with a better 17 to 16.

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

Prior to the prizes being presented there was a welcome for Chuck Jamieson together with a special welcome back for Norman Isherwood who although not playing joined with some old friends for a couple of quick ones. There were also farewells for Alan Pilkington, Geoff Potter and Gary Warren.

Friday 15th February Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Craig Thomas (15) 72
2nd Peter Skinner (10) 77 cb 38
3rd Mark Williams (7) 77 cb 39.5
From Trevor Schirmer (15) 77 cb 40.5
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Robert Adamson (18) 71
2nd Dave Paul (20) 75
3rd Paul McDonald (16) 76
3rd Division 21 +
1st Markku Tynell (23) 77
2nd Brendan Dunne (25) 79
3rd John Wood (28) 81

Three divisions which has become the norm in the high season played the now very popular Pattaya Country Club where again the course generally was in great shape with the greens also once more getting very favourable comments although on this occasion some of the pin placements were quite difficult to get to with the approach shots which determined that the CSS for the day would go out an extra stroke to 73.

The first division was taken by Craig Thomas, playing in his last event of the trip, by the widest margin of the day to claim his first ever medal with the group. Second place needed a three way count back to sort out the winner which was Peter Skinner with 38 over the back nine as Mark Williams placed third with 39.5 ahead of Trevor Schirmer with 40.5.

The second division medal was also claimed by a first time winner in Robert Adamson who following his victory in the second division in the IPGC Championships continued his run of form with a one under handicap return to take the top spot ahead of Dave Paul In second and Paul McDonald in third.

Markku Tynell took the third division medal with a high score but one that proved to be good enough on the day to see Brendan Dunne in second and John Wood in third places.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but the first division pot was again shared by three players when Craig Thomas and Mark Williams both slotted putts in on the 177 yard 7th hole and Danny Miller had a another one on the 137 yard 12th hole.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Danny Miller, Paul McDonald, Alan Hanlon and Peter Skinner together with farewells for Craig Thomas. Robert Adamson and Robin Jeggo all returning to Oz for a long stretch of rest and recuperation.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 04.02.2019
Mark Cooper takes the sole win in the week

Monday 4th February Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 12
1st Mark Cooper (10) 33
2nd Masanori Takano (7) 31
3rd Mark Williams (7) 30 cb 17
4th Billy Shepley (4) 30 cb 16
5th Ray Banks (12) 30 cb 14
2nd Division 13 +
1st Trevor Schirmer (15) 30
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 29 cb 16
3rd Howard Jeglum (15) 29 cb 15
4th Brendan Dunne (25) 26

With the IPGC Championships scheduled for Wednesday and Friday the visit to the always tough Mountain Shadow course was the only fixture in the week and it proved to be a very hard practice round for those playing in the Championships and with none of the players able to play to their handicaps it is hoped that the day will not prove to set up any negative thoughts for the two day challenges ahead.

The day was unusually graced with low handicappers and the cut for division 1 was made at a very low 12.

This was led in by Mark Cooper who was unlucky not have been able to play to handicap after returning a 16/17 split having finished with three zeros on the card. Masanori Takano may well have thought that his lowly five over handicap would be enough as the course was playing so difficult but his hopes were dashed at the prize giving and he had to settle for second place. Mark Williams started badly taking just 13 points from the front nine but then settled down returning a good back nine which enabled him to win a three way count back for third place with a better 17. Billy Shepley took fourth place with 16 and Ray Banks fifth with 14.

The second division was headed by Trevor Schirmer finding himself strangely in the lower division, and whose six over handicap round had just the one zero in a 14/16 split which proved to be just enough for the win ahead of a count back for second and third places which Shuichi Kodaka won with a better 16 to 15 to leave Howard Jeglum also thinking that the second division was just as hard as the first. Brendan Dunne was a distant fourth but well ahead of many of the rest of the group.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations there was a welcome for new member Paul Carey together with a welcome back for Stan Monaghan.

The IPGC 2019 Club Championships Pattana B & C Courses
Day 1 Stroke play CSS 72 / Day 2 Stroke play & Stableford Plate Competition CSS 72

The group’s members had mixed fortunes in the IPGC Championships held at Pattana over the B and C courses finding the course in excellent condition but playing very long even with the tees on the B course moved forward to the yellow positions for both days.

After the first day Billy Shepley was in first place along with Russell Goldsworthy but they both found the course just a little too difficult and sadly faded out though the second day, with Billy losing out for third place in a count back .

But on a much more positive note Stephen Burton won the second division Claret Jug and Greg Ignatieff placed third. Robert Adamson took the third division trophy just pipping old member now playing out of Jomtiem Golf, John Carlin who finished second.

The group did not do so well in the Plate competitions with just Dave Paul and Patrick Scullion winning with Paul winning the third division followed by Patrick in second place in a completion that was dominated by the Irish contingent who won all the prizes except for the two for the Haven boys.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 28.01.2019
Stephen Burton returns in good form

Monday 28th January Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Howard Jeglum (15) 34 cb 21
2nd Masanori Takano (7) 34 cb 20
3rd Ray Banks (12) 32
4th Kevin Blake (7) 31
5th Peter Mannion (10) 28
2nd Division 16 +
1st Patrick Scullion (19) 32
2nd Dave Paul (20) 31
3rd Markku Tynell (23) 28
4th Joe Torik (27) 27
5th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 26

The Robert Trent Jones course at Baan Chang turned out to be just as tough as the players remembered it and even with one of the biggest turnouts for some time the CSS still went out three to an eye watering 75 with just two players making it into the buffer zone.

There were the two leaders of the first division who had to be separated by count back with Howard Jeglum just coming out on top with a very good 21 points to Masanori Takano’s 20 after they had both struggled through the opening nine holes. Ray Banks took third place with a more steady 16/16 split just ahead of Kevin Blake who also missed a few chances on the opening half Peter Mannion closed out the first division another three shots back but still a lot of hopefuls behind him.

The second division was led in albeit a bit unsteadily by Patrick Scullion at four over handicap but just doing enough to take his first win of his current trip by a single shot ahead of Dave Paul.

Markku Tynell took third place just edging Joe Torik in fourth and Shuichi Kodaka in fifth places.

Ray Banks slipped in his putt on the 172 yard 17th hole for the solo 2 in the first division which cleaned out the roll over pot whilst Murray Edwards did the same in the second division when he knocked one in on the 175 yard 3rd hole.

Before the presentations were made the were welcomes for new members John Gillespie and Micky Kelly together with welcome backs for Gary Warren, Masanori Takano and Peter Mannion. There was also a farewell for Tom McCarthy returning to America to feather the nest for his new bride.

Wednesday 30th January Khao Kheow A & C Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Marc Brunner (11) 32
2nd Steve Evans (11) 31
3rd Greg Ignatieff (15) 30
4th Billy Shepley (4) 29 cb 14
5th Alan Pilkington (6) 29 cb 15

Another tough day was in store for a much smaller group that required just one division at the always difficult Khao Kheow layout where the C and A courses were two nines in play for the day.

Once again the CSS for the moved out three to 75 but this time with none of the field making the required standard the event was deemed to be non-counting for handicap review.

Marc Brunner, playing for the first time with the group must have been unimpressed by the standard as he took the win by the narrow margin of one whilst being four over handicap. Steve Evans, who has been struggling throughout this trip with scoring, made it into second place with another round he wish could have been better.

Greg Ignatieff now almost fully recovered from his self-inflicted cycling injuries, took third place just ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places which Billy Shepley won over Alan Pilkington with a better 15 to 15 points.

It was interesting to note that all the top finishers were in the first divisions of the group’s handicapers which underlined how hard the course was playing.

There were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka was, as usual, to be found with one on the 126 yard C2 course.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for Marc Brunner who was playing with the group for the first time together with welcome backs for Alan Pilkington and Billy Shepley.

There was also a farewell for Joe Torik returning to the USA having failed to add to his tally of wives again but promising to return next year to undertake another search.

Friday 1st February Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Stephen Burton (14) 39
2nd Howard Jeglum (15) 37 cb 20
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 37 cb 19
4th John Tallett (26) 35
5th Dave Paul (20) 31

The players were relieved to be playing what is considered as their local course, it being a mere twenty minutes’ drive from the base, as again it was found to be in good condition and very playable.

Stephen Burton swept back into town, even having to carry his fellow tourist home the previous night, to claim his first win with the group after many attempts with a splendid three under handicap which earned him a one strike reduction in handicap just before the IPGC Championships to be held the following week.

Howard Jeglum took second place after winning a count back with third placed Kevin Blake after carding a better 20 to 19 over the back nine holes.

John Tallett showed well in fourth place with a solid one over return just in front of the inform Dave Paul.

Brendan Dunne just missed a hole in one on the 177 yard 7th hole so had to be satisfied with just the second division 2s pot while Howard Jeglum slotted one in on the 164 yard 16th hole to claim the first division pot.

Before the prizes were presented back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Stephen Burton together for a belated one for James Hawley who arose from a serious night out just in time to get to the presentations and start another one.

There was also a sad farewell for Tony O’Neill he having been called back to Old Trafford by Ole Solskjaer, following the draw by one of the local Manchester Teams, to help with the team preparations in run up to the close of the Premier League season, in which they hope to figure higher than in recent times.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 21.01.2019
Allan Busby is going, to clean up big time

Monday 21st January Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 18
1st Allan Busby (14) 35
2nd Mark Williams (7) 31 cb 15 b6 10
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 31 cb 15 b6 9
4th Vinny Lazell (16) 29
2nd Division 19 +
1st Phil Stevenson (23) 33
2nd Patrick Scullion (19) 32
3rd Larry Gibb (24) 31 cb 17
4th Brendan Dunne (25) 31 cb 13

The toughest day’s golf in the week was awaiting the group, although standing on the first tee with a light breeze in evidence, none were aware of the problems that the green keeping staff had left them.

The greens were a bit of a mixture some fast some slow and all difficult to read when faced with anything but a short putt. Combined with very little run on the fairways, it all added up to a CSS for the day moving out two strokes to 74 as none of the field managed to play to their handicaps.

Allan Busby continued to be the man of the day with another winning performance, and one that will see his handicap being reduced by four shots since last September, as he swept to the top of the first division by four clear shots ending up with a 15/20 split having had a couple of zeros on the front nine.

Mark Williams then won a countback for second and third places with Shuichi Kodaka with a better 10 to 9 over the last six after they had tied the nine on 15 apiece. Vinny Lazell took fourth another two behind them.

The second division was led in by Phil Stevenson, whose golf game is remarkably mirror imaging the resurgent form of the other love of his life, Manchester United Football Club, as he took yet another top spot and even though three short of matching his handicap it was still just enough to take the top step of the podium.

Second place went to Patrick Scullion after he just failed to catch the winner following a very slow start that saw him garner just 14 points from the front nine.

Larry Gibb Made a triumphant return to golf and the group winning a countback for third and fourth with Brendan Dunne with a better 17 to 13.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Larry Gibb, together with a farewell for Ian Robinson who having returned to playing golf with The Haven on a category one handicap, after a very long layoff, and carded a fantastic five point eagle, was returning to his roots in Brighton to continue rebuilding his golfing career, hoping soon to return to the Land of Smiles when he hopes to be involved in even greater events.

Wednesday 23rd January Khao Kheow A & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 18
1st Trevor Schirmer (16) 34
2nd Dave Edwards (10) 33
3rd Vinny Lazell (16) 31
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 26
2nd Division 18+
1st Murray Edwards (22) 33
2nd John Wood (27) 32 cb 20
3rd Phil Stevenson (23) 32 cb 15
4th Stephen Lewis (21) 30

Playing Khao Kheow out of sequence to allow for a practice round for the group at Pattana the following Wednesday prior to the IPGC Club Championships meant yet another hard day’s golf with again no player able to play to handicap and one that saw the CSS for the day rise to 73 as on this occasion the course was in very good condition but with little run on the fairways, but it was the rough that gave the players the most trouble when they strayed from the fairways.

Trevor Schirmer continued his good spell of form taking the first division by a single point from Dave Edwards, although it must be noted that following the result being declared it was discovered that their positions would have been reversed if an additional stroke had been correctly deducted from Trevor’s handicap during the previous week’s handicap adjustments.

Vinny Lazell overcame an implosion from one of his playing partners to take third place after another player took control of his scoring and Shuichi Kodaka took fourth place a long way back but far ahead of many of the rest of the division.

It was surprising to find that one of the usual suspects in the first division was not amongst the leaders for a change, having taken a dive off the course after a disastrous opening six holes when taking just four points from them, even after birdying the first for three points.

The second division was led in by Murray Edwards whose application at the driving range and around the chipping areas is at last showing some results on the course although the three over handicap may not appear to be outstanding, when compared to the rest of the division it was very good indeed.

John Wood then won a county back for second and third places with Phil Stevenson with a better 20 to 15 following a very slow start. Stephen Lewis rounded out the podium places in fourth spot anther two behind them.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but John Wood cleaned out the second division rollover pot when he sank a beauty from six inches short of the hole on the island green B8 which was playing from the 146 yard marker and rued not taking enough club to reach the hole.

Before the presentations were made there were farewells for Yukio Kikuchi, Vinny Lazell and Allan Busby, the latter having been recalled to London in his capacity as a “Master Cleaner” to see what effect his company could have, and quote, on the mounting pile of excrement being supplied by the pro and anti Brexiteers especially those sitting (sic) in the big house in Parliament Square.

Friday 25th January Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Kevin Blake (8) 71
2nd Trevor Schirmer (15) 78
3rd Greg Ignatieff (15) 80
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Hal Hart (20) 71
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 78 cb 38
3rd Vic Reimer (20) 78 cb 39
3rd Division 21 +
1st Phil Stevenson (23) 68 cb 32.5
2nd Dave Paul (22) 68 cb 33
3rd Brendan Dunne (25) 81

On a course that is now playing very well, with the greens on both nines now almost identical in playing characteristics, it was surprising to find that most of the large field failed to make the grade with only the winners and second place in the third division bettering or equaling there handicaps.

It is was good to see Kevin Blake again performing well as he easily took the first division medal by seven clear strokes having completed the back nine in one over gross and it surely will not be long before he sees his handicap dropping back down.

Trevor Schirmer ran the winner the closest but was far from being able to make a serious challenge but still became the other qualifier in the division ahead of third placed Greg Ignatieff.

The Second division was taken by Hal Hart who finished extremely strongly ending with a gross 50/41 split to also win by seven clear if a count back between second placed Shuichi Kodaka and third placed Vic Reimer which the former won with a better net 38 to 39.

The third division was the most competitive of the day with the winner having to be decided by countback as both Phil Stevenson and Dave Paul shot rounds of four under their handicaps for a net 68s.

Phil Stevenson got the nod and the medal after returning an excellent 32.5 to Dave’s very good net 33. They both finished far ahead of third placed Brendan Dunne with many others even further back.

Once again the ere were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart added to his day with a very nice one on the 178 yard 5th hole to take the second division pot.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Howard Jeglum, Victor Reimer and Vincent Gras who also had a farewell as usual, having just popped over to use the Barbie for the weekend and celebrate Australia Invasion Day in Soi 6 armed with an enormous inflatable Roo and three thousand four hundred Aussie National Flags, one for each of the bar tenders in the street.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 14.01.2019
Where Eagles Dare

Monday 14th January Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 16
1st Allan Busby (14) 35
2nd Mark Cooper (10) 34
3rd Trevor Schirmer (16) 32
4th Allan Hanlon (13) 31 cb 13
5th Mark Williams (7) 31 cb 12
2nd Division 17 +
1st Vinny Lazell (17) 39
2nd John Tallett (27) 37
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 33
4th Graeme McMenemy (17) 31
5th Patrick Scullion (19) 30

A good turnout for the now always popular Pattavia where the course was in immaculate condition with the even the greens playing well having been cut a little longer than usual.
The first division was again led in by Allan Busby with a solid performance of one over handicap and a 16/19 split. Alan has seen a remarkable turnaround in his game since suffering a severe dose of food poisoning and the subsequent stomach cleanout. Thinking it may well be related he is considering a similar course of action on his return to Essex and is looking for recommendations to start the process.

Second place went to Mark Cooper with a very tidy card that did not include any zero. Trevor Schirmer also again showed well in third place a couple behind and one ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places that Allan Hanlon won over Mark Williams with a better 13 to 12.

The second division was headed by Vinny Lazell who returned his best score of this trip to win by two from John Tallett whose best round for a while was just not quite good enough on this occasion but promised much more for the future. Shuichi Kodaka took third place a couple ahead of Graeme McMenemy who in turn was one up on fifth placed Patrick Scullion.

There were no 2s in the first division but Graeme McMenemy had the sole one in the second division to sweep the pot sinking a three footer on the 138 yard 4th hole.

Sadly there was not a prize for a very rare occurrence in the first division, when Ian Robinson knocked in his third after getting on in two on the 551 yard par five 6th hole, but at least it was worth five points and when relating the event to everyone at the presentations, he told them the last time he had five points on a hole he was still in short trousers and too young to vote. Following a maxi-celebration at the presentations he went off in good spirits to tell all the punters in LK Metro, in case they had not heard the news already.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Stephen Lewis, John Fleming, Greg Ignatieff, from a serious cycling injury, Markku Tynell and Russell Cronin.

Wednesday 16th January Khao Kheow A & B Courses Yellow tees Stableford
1st Division 0 - 18
1st Vinny Lazell (17) 32
2nd Graeme McMenemy (17) 31
3rd Johann Pargfrieder (17) 30
4th Mark Williams (7) 29 cb 13 b6 9
5th Adrian Cook (13) 29 cb 13 b6 7
2nd Division 18+
1st Tom McCarthy (22) 35 cb 19
2nd Phil Stevenson (24) 35 cb 18
3rd Yukio Kikuchi (18) 32
4th Tony O’Neill (26) 31
5th Markku Tynell (22) 27

The day’s test was certainly a stern one with the best of the day over two divisions was one over handicap wit the first division finding the going particularly tough.

Vinny Lazell took his second win on the trot some seven shorts worse than his previous one but did just enough to ensure that Graeme McMenemy was not able to go home with a win in his last outing with the group. Johann Pargfrieder took his first podium placement with the group in third place one ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth between Mark Williams and Adrian Cook which the former won with a better 9 to 7 over the last six after they had tied the nine in 13 apiece.

The second division was headed by Tom McCarthy when he won a count back with Phil Stevenson posting a strong 19 to 18 result, Yukio Kikuchi took third place three shots behind the leading pai and one in front of fourth man Tony O’Neill. Markku Tynell looked a little worn as he trailed in another four shots back in fifth but ahead of many of the rest of the division.

Adrian Cook had the sole 2 in the first division on the 132 yard A 5 hole to sweep the multi rollover pot clean whilst the second division was shared by Yukio Kikuchi and Markku Tynell with nice putts also on the A 5 hole and Tony O’Neill who had the best one of the day on the 184 yard A3 hole.

There were no welcomes but there was a farewell for Adrian Cook returning to Brexit with his pockets jingling and Graeme McMenemy not quite able to match him.

Friday 18th January Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
CSS 74

1st Mark Williams (7) 39
2nd Trevor Schirmer (16) 38 cb 21
3rd Allan Hanlon (13) 38 cb 18
4th Allan Busby (14) 35
5th Patrick Scullion (19) 33 cb 18
6th Billy Riley (20) 33 cb 16

Following two good turnouts earlier in the week it was surprising that there were only enough players for one division at what is usually a very popular venue, and the course was not up to its usual standard with the greens on the two nines completely different with the front nine, the B course, playing fast and true but the back nine, C course, uncut and playing a lot slower resulting in many players failing to score on the first two holes until they either got used to the speed or gave up the day as a lost cause for scoring. Given the conditions of the greens it was surprising that the scores were as good as they were.

Mark Williams was the best of the day at three under handicap which was a pleasant change from his recent form which had been well below his normal expectations, but on this day he was unlucky not to have scored even heavier as several putts caught the edge of the hole and failed to drop and in his own words “39 was the worst score he could have had on the day”.

Trevor Schirmer took a well-deserved second place just one behind after he won a count back with Allan Hanlon, who also played very well, with a better 21 to 18.

Allan Busby was one of the players badly affected by the differing green speeds having scored 21 points on the front nine and then crashing down to earth with just 14 on the back and so having to settle for fourth place when another win looked the more likely.

Patrick Scullion then won a count back with Billy Riley for fifth and sixth places with a better 18 to 16 after carding a very up and down front nine.

All the 2s in the day were achieved on the 127 yard 6th hole on the A course where Patrick Scullion took the second division and Allan Busby and Steve Evans shared the first division.

There were no welcomes for welcome backs but there were farewells for Billy Riley and Lawrence Hill.

 






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