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The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 08.01.2018
Tony O’Neill excels

Monday 8th January Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 16
1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 35 cb 19 b6 16
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 35 cb 19 b6 12
3rd Dave Edwards (12) 34
4th Allan Hanlon (13) 32
2nd Division 17 +
1st Dave LeHane (18) 32 cb 16
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (19) 32 cb 15
3rd Graeme McMenemy (18) 32 cb 14
4th Pat Murphy (25) 31

Once again the group played just two events during the week as Wednesday’s schedule was rained off. This was the first time in over twenty years that the group have played that an event was not completed in January or in this instance not even started as continuous heavy rain flooded the courses at Crystal Bay.

But at Khao Kheow, the venue for the upcoming IPGC Championships, the course was found to be in A1 condition but playing quite hard from the yellow tees when the ball strayed from the fairways as the CSS for the day underlined when it rose two strokes to 74.

The biggest problem had been travelling to the course following the opening of the tollways and closure of all other entries and exits from the motorway. This resulted in huge traffic jams on the frontage road alongside the motorway with some hopefuls for the day not even able to get off and then spending a fruitless day driving to Chonburi and back. The only positive outcome being the tolls were free, at least for those that took a ticket and bypassed the free pass entries of the tolls.

For those that did make the trip successfully there were two divisions cut at 16 and below with the first division been led in by Greg Ignatieff after he won a count back with Mark Cooper with an excellent 16 points to 12 over the back six after they had halved the nine in 19s.

Dave Edwards slipped into third place with a solid two over handicap return and Allan Hanlon took the first of his two podium finishes in fourth another two points behind.

The second division was headed by Dave LeHane who led a three way count back with 16 points as Shuichi Kodaka took second place with 15 and Graeme McMenemy, playing in his last competition with the group, in third. Pat Murphy followed closely behind them in fourth place.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Joe Torrick, and a farewell for Graeme McMenemy.

Friday12th January Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 18
1st Christer Olsson (17) 39
2nd David Dines (8) 37
3rd Peter Skinner (11) 36
4th Allan Hanlon (13) 33
5th Kevin Blake (7) 31
2nd Division 19 +
1st Tony O’Neill (26) 42
2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 39
3rd Hal Hart (20) 38 cb 19
4th Shuichi Kodaka (19) 38 cb 18
5th Chris Ross (26) 36

Another two divisions were required following the lost day at Crystal Bay with the cut being made at an unusually high 18 and below with several of the lower handicappers missing from the starting sheet.

Christer Olsson returned to the group from working abroad to win the first division at the first attempt and obviously haven benefitted from the rest away from the pressures of golf in the Kingdom, as he returned his best score ever with the group to make it his second win with the group, the previous one also being at the Pattaya Country Club course.

David Dines continued his good run of form in second spot just two behind the leader and one ahead of third placed Peter Skinner. Allan Hanlon placed third followed by Kevin Blake another two points to the rear.

The second division was completely dominated by Tony O’Neill, whose 42 points was another lifetime best in Thailand in a career that spans eight years. On the way to achieving this result Tony managed to birdie the par five 11th hole with two shots for a very rare five points in a very commendable 23 points for the inward nine.

Brendan Dunne also had a very good day and might have felt he could be the winner after an excellent three under handicap return but on this occasion he had to settle for second place.

Hal Hart then won a count back for third and fourth with Shuichi Kodaka with a better 19 to 18 after they had both gone two under handicap for the round. That left Chris Ross surprisingly in fifth after a level handicap round which would normally have been higher up the pecking order.

David Dines had the solo 2 in the first division to sweep out the rollover pool whilst Brendan Dunne also achieved the same in the second division to clean out the multi, multi rollover pot of gold after several events.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for H.E. Patrick Scullion, Dave Cadwallader and Christer Olsson.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 01.01.2018
David Dines has a hat trick

Wednesday 3rd January Greenwood A & B courses Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 16
1st David Dines (9) 38
2nd Brett Allen (16) 36
3rd Steve Evans (10) 31
4th Trevor Schirmer (16) 30 cb 20
5th Andrew Purdie (7) 30 cb 12
2nd Division 17 +
1st Tony O’Neill (26) 35
2nd John Wood (26) 34
3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 32
4th Graeme McMenemy (18) 30
5th Dave LeHane (18) 28

Having had Monday off to recover from the wild celebrations for the American, European and Antipodean New Year, the group was back to a different kind of fun as they visited the always popular Greenwood club where the A & B courses were in play for the day. As usual they were found to be in good condition in most areas except the that the fairways had been seriously overwatered, leaving them in a sodden condition with very little run from the tees, but fortunately the group were playing a lift and place local rule and in any event many balls were embedded in the fairways and light rough, also the greens were surprising slow having not been cut recently, all which added to the difficulty of the day and caused the CSS to rise to 73 for the day.

The first division was led in by David Dines making it the third event in a row that he had won and earning him the almost coveted Fez, which in the absence of “Hal the minder” could unfortunately not be found for the presentation.

Brett Allen celebrated his first event with the group with second place after a level handicap return to round off a very successful golfing holiday spent with many of the local groups.

Steve Evans took third place followed by Trevor Schirmer after he had won a count back with Andrew Purdie with a better 20 to 12 after a remarkable turnaround in fortune on the back nine.

The second division was won by Tony O’Neill with a solid one over handicap return that was just good enough to beat John Wood into second place by a single shot as they both used their handicaps to good effect around the course.

Brendan Dunne placed third two in front of Graeme McMenemy who in turn was two ahead of fifth placed Dave LeHane.

There were no 2s in the second division but Andrew Purdie and David Dines shared the first division roll over pool.

Before the presentations were made there were welcomes for new members Brett Allen, Graeme McMenemy, and Phil Cheeta together with welcome backs for John Wood, and Helen and Michael Lindberg.

Friday 5th January Mountain Shadow Blue tees Monthly Medals
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1st Allan Hanlon (13) 35
2nd Dave Edwards (12) 33
3rd David Dines (9) 31
4th Steve Evans (10) 30
5th Tony O’Neill (26) 28 cb 17
6th Andrew Purdie (7) 28 cb 16

Not quite enough players for two divisions on this occasion and those that did attempt to take on the always difficult course, which had originally been designed for players with a 15 handicap or better, found it to be even tougher than usual with most of the blue tees being set back to their farthest limits, making most of the par threes almost impossible to reach for the higher handicappers.

In view of the comments generally following the completion of the ordeal, it has been decided that on the next visit to the course the second division ( by selection of the player) will play from the white tees at a length of 5,838 yards par 73 (SS 68).

Allan Hanlon lasted the course the best, with five of the top six all coming from the lowest handicappers of the day, it underlined the difficulties faced by the higher handicappers. His one over handicap score was better than it might have appeared at first glance although it was indeed a real curates egg of a round, including two 4 pointers, three 3 pointers, six two pointer, six one pointers and a zero, but was two better than second placed Dave Edwards who just failed to get into his buffer zone and therefor consigning the day to be a non-counting for handicap upward adjustments. David Dines again featured in third place just ahead of Steve Evans in fourth who in turn was two in front of a count back for fifth and sixth which Tony O’Neil won over Andrew Purdie with a better 17 to 16.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Steve Evans took the first division pot with his solo effort on the 127 yard fifth hole, the only short one on the day but playing nearly 150 yards.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Dave Paul and Pat Murphy together with a farewell to Andrew Purdie.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 25.12.2017
Hal & Allan take the Gold Medals

Wednesday 27th December Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st David Dines (10) 30
2nd Phillip Cass (19) 29
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 28

Following a rest day on Christmas Day, when almost the whole group, instead of spending the day golfing, feasted long and well at The Haven. It seemed that they really needed another two rest days to recover as the few that did manage to make it following a rather wet and miserable start to the day, returned scores that reflected the difficulty of the course, which although played mostly in the dry after the weather cleared away, remained very wet and long.

David Dines played a very steady but unspectacular round to win for the first time on this trip following his return after serious knee replacement surgery in Canada which has taken longer than expected in recovery. But the day’s return will be encouraging as he only recorded one zero throughout the round.

Phillip Cass looked to have won the day after he closed out the front nine, but three zeros on the inward half meant a second place ahead of Mark Cooper in third place.

Unsurprisingly there were no 2s in either of the divisions s most of the field appeared to have a problem finding the greens from the tees let alone hitting them and the chips were none too clever either.

Back at The Haven there was a resounding welcome back, to the whole field for making it through the day.

Friday 29th December Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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Gold Medals
1st Division
Allan Hanlon
2nd Division
Hal Hart
Silver Medals
1st Division
Peter Skinner
2nd Division
Shuichi Kodaka

1st Division 0 - 15
1st David Dines (10) 69
2nd Tony Guest (7) 75 cb 37.5, b6 24.7
3rd Allan Hanlon (13) 75 cb 37.5, b6 25.7
4th Graham Marchant (15) 77
2nd Division 16 +
1st Hal Hart (23) 66
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (19) 71
3rd Bryan Brown (27) 74
4th Dave LeHane (18) 76

The last event of the year was held at Pattaya Country Club where the course was found to be in very good condition and reasonably dry flowing the rainy weather that had swept in from the east, with the rain staying away but leaving overcast skies which made for comfortable golfing. The best turnout of the month, following one of the worst in the previous tournament, was well rewarded with an excellent day all round.

The day was a double event being the December Medal event and the finals for the qualifiers in the Gold and Silver Medals played for every month.

In the Monthly Medal the first division was won by David Dines, who much encouraged by his win in the previous outing played the best round since starting his convalescence at three under handicap closing it out with a gross 38 on the back nine and winning by six clear ahead of a count back for second and third places.

That was won by Tony Guest with a best 24.7 to 25.7 over the back six after he had tied the back nine in 37.5 with third placed Allan Hanlon. Graham Marchant made another impressive start with the group, after missing several months of golf during his current trip due to many other pressing engagements, taking fourth place anther two strokes behind.

The second division was dominated by Hal Hart who appears to be returning to form following numerous lessons, some paid for from professional help and some gratuitously given by well-wishers, and a new found confidence that would have had, in times past, Alwyn Burley scrabbling to pay for yet another Hawaiian Lobster Special. But on this day a five stroke win and qualification for next year’s Finals was the only reward.

Shuichi Kodaka took second place with a solid return of one under handicap, three in front of third placed Bryan Brown, who continues to compete and amaze as the eldest member of the group, and Dave LeHane in fourth another two back in fourth place.

In the Gold and Silver play-offs, Hal Hart took the Gold in the second division with Shuichi Kodaka taking the Silver.

Allan Hanlon took the Gold in the first division with Peter Skinner surprising himself claiming the Silver.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions, as again most had great difficulty in getting near the pins to have any reasonable chance of a birdie.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for John Tallett, Bryan Brown and Steve Evans.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 18.12.2017
Brian Lewis plays a virtuoso again

Monday 18th December Greenwood A & B Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Simon Kendall (13) 35
2nd Adrian Cook (11) 34
3rd Brian Kinsella (15) 33
4th Jon Batty (6) 30
2nd Division 16 +
1st Chris Ross (27) 38
2nd Dave LeHane (18) 35
3rd Tom McCarthy (22) 31
4th Markku Tynell (24) 30

A good turnout for the always popular Greenwood course, where the A and B courses were in play for the day, required two divisions cut as usual at 15 and below for the first division. As usual the course was in good condition although the fairly strong and cool wind affected most of the player’s scores.

Simon Kendall won his first event with the group with a solid one over handicap return winning by a single point ahead of Adrian Cook, with Brian Kinsella another point behind in third and Jon Batty, having a bit of an off day, in fourth.

The second division was led in also for the first time by Chris Ross who also had the best point’s score of the day, having gone out in two under handicap and added a level handicap inward half, which was good enough by three to take the top step for the day.

Dave LeHane placed second another four shots in front of third placed Tom McCarthy who in turn was one ahead of fourth man Markku Tynell.

There were no 2s in the second division but Jon Batty and Fred Land shared the first division pool.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Phil Cass.

Wednesday 20th December Khao Kheow B & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 35
2nd Simon Kendall (13) 34
3rd Allan Hanlon (13) 32
4th Phil Stevenson (24) 30 cb 16
5th Brian Lewis (31) 30 cb 14, b6 9
6th David Dines (9) 30 cb 14, b6 8

Surprisingly the lowest numbers in the week were for the trip to Khao Kheow which will be hosting the IPGC Championship at the end of January and just the one division was required.

The course was in very good condition and is getting steadily better as the wet weather recedes into a distant past with the greens meriting a special mention being very true and flat. But again the wind played a significant part on the day being even stronger than earlier in the week.

Mark Cooper withstood the wind battering the best to return a score that was one over his handicap but one below the CSS for the day having just failed to match his outward half of 18 points coming home.

Simon Kendall was in good form once again but had to be satisfied with a second place on this occasion just one point behind the winner.

Allan Hanlon returned a good card with an even 16 points a side without a zero for third place.

He was followed in by Phil Stevenson who won a three way count back for fourth place with 16 ahead of fifth placed Brian Lewis who scored 9 on the back six, which left David Dines in sixth with 8 on the back six after they had tied the back nine on 14 each.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations being made there was a warm welcome back for Larry Gibb and Hal brought a special picture for the photo gallery of him as a younger person to celebrate the occasion.

Friday 22nd December Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Graham Marchant (15) 33
2nd Kevin Blake (8) 32 cb 16, b6 9
3rd Adrian Cook (11) 32 cb 16, b6 8
4th Dave Edwards (12) 31 cb 14
5th Peter Skinner (11) 31 cb 13
2nd Division 16 +
1st Brian Lewis (31) 35
2nd Phil Stevenson (23) 34
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 31 cb 19
4th Murray Edwards (19) 31 cb 18
5th John O’Sullivan (21) 30

Another good roll up for the now popular nearest course that the group plays with the cut coming as usual at 15 and below for the first division.

The courses was generally in quite good shape although the greens were exceedingly quick and the green keeper had obviously had a bit of a snit on when he set out the pin positions, which made for a few too many three putts and some fours and so the scores were the worst of the weeks three events.

Graham Marchant putted like a pro to secure his first win with the group and became the third first time winner in the week as he won the first division by the slimmest of margins beating one of his playing partners into second place on the last green.

That was Kevin Blake who just failed to maintain the recent improvement in his game but did enough to win a count back for second place with Adrian Cook with a better 9 to n8 over the last six after they had tied the back nine with 16 each, Dave Edwards then won another count back with Peter Skinner for fourth and fifth with a better 14 to 13 after the latter had looked good for the win after nine holes.

The second division was won by Brian Lewis, as he became another first time winner with the group after he had a wonderful day on the course. It was probably the best that he has played since he accompanied Sir Cliff Richard on his tour of the Southern Hemisphere quite a few years ago, but with a lot less people to appreciate the performance.

Phil Stevenson had to settle for second place, also being one of Brian’s playing partners, and unable to take advantage of an opening near the end when the winner dropped a few shots through the closing holes.

Markku Tynell placed third ahead of Murray Edwards in fourth and John O’Sullivan in fifth.

Adrian Cook and Andrew Purdie shared the first division 2s pool whilst Hal Hart celebrated after cleaning out the triple rollover pot in the second division.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Andrew Purdie and Graham Marchant.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 11.12.2017
Dave Edwards goes five under again

Monday 11th December Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Wilf Wellman (31) 36
2nd Benny Hansen (22) 35
3rd Trevor Schirmer (16) 34
4th Brian Talbot (14) 31 cb 17
5th Markku Tynell (24) 31 cb 16
6th Allan Hanlon (13) 31 cb 14

Once again the course, which is probably the most scenic in the area as players do not see a manmade object on the course until they return to the clubhouse with all the watering stops well-hidden until you arrive at them, was found to be in tip top shape although it proved very difficult to score on as usual. This was borne out by the CSS for the day moving out to 73.

Although there were over thirty different players attending over the week, the numbers never were enough, on any given day, to require two divisions which is a sure indication that golfers that used to play three times a week in better times are now playing either twice or just once a week.

Wilf Wellman headlined the day with a very well controlled level handicap score after using his handicap very efficiently and commanding a good course management.

He was closely followed by Benny Hansen who also played strategically over most of the course but three loose holes spoiled a chance of a better result.

Trevor Schirmer Had an almost good round but a couple of zeros in the first three holes on the inward half also closed out his hope of the top spot.
Brian Talbot won a three way count back with Markku Tynell for fourth and fifth places finishing with a better 17 to 16 and with Allan Hanlon in sixth with 14.

Allan Hanlon had the sole 2 in the first division to sweep the rollover pool clean whilst Benny Hansen did the same in the second division with his lone effort.

Wednesday 13th December Crystal Bay B & C Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (14) 41
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 34
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (19) 33
4th Brendan Dunne (27) 30 cb 16
5th Simon Kendall (12) 30 cb 15

The course was found to be continuing to improve with the greens playing much more evenly than in recent times although the rough was very difficult to escape from especially along the fairways.

But that did not appear to trouble Dave Edwards, who put together yet another outstanding five under handicap round in the course of the last three events with the group. The round was the more remarkable considering the scores from the rest of the field. Even though there was almost two weeks between the two rounds there will be a special ESR reduction of and additional one shot to his handicap reducing it down to its lowest point for over 100 rounds. Very impressive.

Some seven shots back in second place Markku Tynell was well pleased to finish just ahead of Shuichi Kodaka having thought he had just missed out after taking a double on the par five last hole as Shuichi parred for three points.

Brendan Dunne then won a count back for fourth and fifth with Simon Kendall with a better 16 to 15.

There were no 2s in the first division but Tony O’Neill had the only one in the second division on the 180 yard 13th which would have been worth a lot more if it had come a day earlier but was still worthwhile on the day.

Prior to the presentations there was a warm welcome back for Simon Kendall who had not been seen with the group for a very long time.

Friday 1st December Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 32
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (19) 31
3rd Greg Ignatieff (15) 29
4th Dave LeHane (18) 28
5th Phil Stevenson (24) 27 cb 12
6th Dave Edwards (14) 27 cb 10

An unusual venue for a Friday turned out to be a good move as the journey back from the course took around fifty minutes, so it would appear that there are new possibilities following the new traffic flows into and out of the city.

Although the travelling was easy, that could not be said about the course which showed all its teeth on a day that was extremely hot and humid, and which affected all of the players adversely especially through the closing holes which took some determination to finish.

Mark Cooper hung on desperately to win after scoring just five points from the last four holes with three of those coming on the 18th as Shuichi Kodaka slumped into second place after he could garner just eleven points through the back nine after having ending the front nine with twenty.

Greg Ignatieff placed third just ahead of Dave LeHane with Dave having scored the best of the field on the back nine.

Phil Stevenson then won a count back with Dave Edwards with a better 12 to 10 as Dave could not manage to concentrate well enough through the first six holes on the homeward stretch only troubling his marker twice for three points. A shadow of his earlier self.

Trevor Schirmer had the only 2 in the second division while Brian Kinsella, Tony Guest and Allan Hanlon shared the first division pool.

Before the prize presentations were made there was a welcome for new member with the group Tony Guest together with a welcome back for Fred Land.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 04.12.2017
Allan Hanlon best of the week

Monday 4th December Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0- 17
1st Darryl Burkett (12) 34 cb 17
2nd Allan Hanlon (14) 34 cb 14
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 33
4th Dave Edwards (14) 31
5th Garry Barling (10) 30
2nd Division 18 +
1st Brendan Dunne (28) 36
2nd Stuart Thompson (18) 32 cb 16
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 32 cb 13
4th Phil Stevenson (24) 29 cb 15
5th Shuichi Kodaka (19) 29 cb 12

The largest group of the week travelled the furthest and scored the worst at a course which is always difficult when the greens are at their fiercest, which they were on this occasion having been cut very tight and almost impossible to deal with from above or level with the hole.

Darryl Burkett took the first division after winning a count back with Allan Hanlon with a better 17 to 14 and Kevin Blake did well to amass 33 points in third place ahead of Dave Edwards in fourth and Garry Barling, recovering from surgery still, in fifth.

The second division was led in by Brendan Dunne whose top score of the day will surely mean a well-deserved reduction in handicap.

Stuart Thompson making a return to the group after a very long gap claimed second after he won a count back with Markku Tynell with a better 16 to 13. Phil Stevenson then won another count back with Shuichi Kodaka scoring 15 against 12 to take fourth place.

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

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for Phil Stevenson, Garry Barling and Stuart Thompson together with a farewell for Matsuura Fumiaki.


Wednesday 6th December Khao Kheow B & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Allan Hanlon (14) 37
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 34
3rd Paul Stewart (16) 31
4th Christer Olsson (17) 30
5th Markku Tynell (24) 28 cb 13
6th Trevor Schirmer (16) 28 cb 8

Another very hard day was experienced by the hopefuls when they took on the B & C courses at Khao Kheow where the IPGC Championship is due to be held on the 31st of January and the 2nd of February, as once again the rough was quite long and punishing for any wayward tee shots. But in every respect it was in excellent condition with the greens playing very flat, fast and true.

Allan Hanlon made up for his disappointment in the previous event taking the top spot with a very good two under the CSS for the day that was good enough to see him three clear of his nearest challenger.

That was Mark Cooper who is still struggling to get back to his best form while still carrying some nagging injuries, but he did enough to take second place also three ahead of third placed newcomer Paul Stewart.

Christer Olsson ran him close in fourth place followed by Markku Tynell after he won a count back with Trevor Schirmer with a better 13 to 8. Trevor looked as if he would finally be on the top step again after the opening nine holes over which he had an excellent 20 points but the strain must have been just a little too much.

In keeping with how hard the course was playing there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Paul Stewart together with a quiet but extremely warm welcome back for Brian Lewis the famous lead guitarist from the 60’s and onwards.

Friday 1st December Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Phil Stevenson (24) 36 cb 22
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 36 cb 20
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 35 cb 19 b6 15
4th Darryl Burkett (12) 35 cb 19 b6 12
5th Howard Jeglum (15) 35 cb 16
6th Brendan Dunne (28) 35 cb 14

The last event of the week proved to be the one that showed the best results with all of the top six well within the buffer zone for the day as the course was found to be in very good shape with the greens deserving of special mention.

Phil Stevenson was humming the “Red Flag” as he strode through the last three holes in one under handicap, and seven points, which helped him win a count back for the day’s top honours with Markku Tynell with a better 22 to 20 as Markku could only manage to garner just five points from the same three difficult holes to round off an otherwise very tidy round. Phil’s celebrations carried through to well after the prize giving and even later at various watering (sic) holes in the city.

Christer Olsson signed off in his last event of his current visit with another placement in third place when he won another count back with Darryl Burkett scoring a better 15 to 12 on the bac six after they had tied the nine on 19 each.

Also in the same count back were Howard Jeglum who placed fifth scoring 16 on the back nine and Brendan Dunne in sixth with 14, after he had crashed badly through the last three holes, not scoring a single point.

Once again there were no 2s on the day, but several stories of near misses and if only, emerged after the presentations when the sizes of the un-won pools were discovered.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for the first of the snow geese, David Dines and Rick Morgan from Canada, Vincent Gras from Oz taking time off from watching England getting tonked and farewells for Christer Olsson and Garry Barling the latter returning to Oz and hoping to watch the tonking continuing for three more times.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 27.11.2017
Dave Edwards excels

Monday 20th November Greenwood A & B Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 39
2nd Rodney Nabbe (14) 37 cb 18
3rd Trevor Schirmer (16) 37 cb 17
4th Mike Korney (18) 35 cb 18
5th Arthur Todd (18) 35 cb 17
6th Jon Batty (6) 34

A very good week for golf, when all the courses were in excellent shape, and the rain stayed away but left the clouds in mostly overcast skies with a light wind blowing most of the time, which all produced some of the best conditions for golf.

Surprisingly the least supported venue was Greenwood which is usually one of the better attended courses with only one division, being short by one to make two.

Dave LeHane put in an excellent return at three under handicap which will see his handicap reduce slightly but with certainly more to be lost in the near future.

Rodney Nabbe took second place after winning a count back with Trevor Schirmer with a better 18 to 17, but is was a very happy return for Trevor to the top three of the podium after more than two years absence.

Mike Korney also won a countback with a better 18 to 17 score to take fourth place and leave Arthur Todd on fifth place. They were followed in by Jon Batty who for once found himself at the bottom of the podium with the group.

Jon Batty had the lone 2 in the first division whilst Mike Korney did the same in the second division as they both sept the respective pools.

Before the presentations were made there was a farewell for Yasuo Suzuki.

Wednesday 29th November Khao Kheow B & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Division 0- 16
1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 31
2nd Rodney Nabbe (14) 30 cb 19
3rd Peter Skinner (10) 30 cb 17
4th Dave Edwards (15) 30 cb 15
2nd Division 17 +
1st Shuichi Kodaka (19) 36
2nd Arthur Todd (19) 33
3rd Masae Saito (25) 32 cb 18
4th Chris Ross (27) 32 cb 13

Once again two division were needed with the cut being set at 16 and below for the first division. This was led in by Grep Ignatieff, as the division strangely all struggled to get to terms with the course which was playing particularly difficult when they strayed from the fairways. The low Stableford scores pushed the CSS for the day out to 73 with only the third tier of handicaps keeping the day from being a non-counting event.

Rodney Nabbe took another second place in the week after winning a multiple countback with a best 19 points after a horrendous front nine.

Peter Skinner then took third with a better 17 to 15 to leave Dave Edwards in fourth place.

The second division produced the best points score of the day as Shuichi Kodaka strolled around amassing 36 points which must have seemed highly improbable to the lower handicappers of the day, but even the rest of the second tier podium also scored higher as Arthur Todd took second place and Masae Saito third after winner a count5 back with fourth placed Chris ross with a better 18 to 13.

There were no 2s in the first division but Markku Tynell slotted in a very nice won the sweep the pool in the second division.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Vincent Gras and Graham Johnson.

Friday 1st December Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 17
1st Dave Edwards (15) 41
2nd Rodney Nabbe (14) 34
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 33 cb 18
4th Allan Hanlon (14) 33 cb 17
2nd Division 18 +
1st Brendan Dunne (28) 37 cb 18
2nd Tony O’Neill (26) 37 cb 17
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 35
4th Fumiaki Matsuura (18) 33

Pattaya Country Club continues to improve generally and particularly in the area of the greens as the good scores attested on the day in both divisions.

The first division was headed by Dave Edwards who returned his best card for many months, and seemingly benefiting from a new teacher who reintroduced confidence to good effect, as he swept away the rest by seven clear strokes. Rodney Nabbe who had been training exceptionally hard late into every night in the build up to his last event with the group before returning to more arduous work back in Oz.

Kevin Blake took third place after winning a count back with fourth placed Allan Hanlon with a better 18 to 17.

The second division was taken by Brendan Dunne after he too won a count back with a better 18 to 17 to leaveTony O’Neill in second with Markku Tynell back in third and Fumiaki Matsuura in fourth.

Kevin Blake had the sole 2 in the first division whilst Markku Tynell had his second in two days as they both swept the pools clean.

Back at The Haven there were a few farewells for Rodney Nabbe, Vincent Gras, Hal Hart and Chuck Goranson.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 20.11.2017
Greg & Christer claim the Medals

Monday 13th November Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 17
1st Yasuo Suzuki (14) 40
2nd Allan Pilkington (8) 33
3rd Andrew Purdie (7) 29 cb 17
4th Dave Edwards (15) 29 cb 13 b6 7 b3 5
5th Trevor Schirmer (16) 29 cb 13 b6 7 b3 3
2nd Division 18 +
1st Vinny Lazell (19) 34
2nd Mike Korney (18) 33
3rd Tony O’Neill (26) 29
4th Shuichi Kodaka (19) 28
5th Arthur Todd (19) 24

Signs that the high season may actually happen after all started at the first event of the week when two divisions were needed to accommodate the large number of players with the cut being set at 17 and below. As usual the course was in good condition but as always a tricky proposition for most of the field which saw the CSS for the day move out to 74.

Yasuo Suzuki had an outstanding round that was six better than the next best and which easily took the first division top spot by a margin of seven.

Second place was taken by Allan Pilkington having just returned from a golfing trip to Viet Nam and in good form and amazed at how far he lagged behind the winner but four ahead of third placed Andrew Purdie who had won a three way count back with a best 17.

Dave Edwards placed fifth with 13 on the back nine, 7 on the back six and won 5 to 3 on the last three to Leave Trevor Schirmer in fifth place.

The second division was headed by Vinny Lazell with a two over handicap return that was just good enough to pip Mike Korney by one.

Tony O’Neill then took third place with Shuichi Kodaka in fourth and Arthur Todd making onto the podium with the group for the first time.

Murray Edwards scored the lone 2 in the second division whilst Yasuo Suzuki and Allan Pilkington added to their day’s takes with one each in the first division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Greg Ignatieff, Arthur Todd, Phillip Voas, Chris Kershaw, Colin Kershaw, Allan Pilkington, Allan Griffiths, Frank Stockton, Dave LeHane and Brian Talbot.

Wednesday 22nd November Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0- 17
1st Allan Hanlon (14) 36
2nd Rodney Nabbe (14) 35 cb 19
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 35 cb 18
4th Darryl Burkett (12) 31 cb 13
5th Trevor Schirmer (16) 31 cb 12
2nd Division 18 +
1st Mike Korney (18) 37
2nd Vinny Lazell (19) 36
3rd Chris Ross (27) 31
4th Tony O’Neill (26) 30

Once again another good turnout meant two divisions and almost three with a late start that became even than necessary when the course inexplicably refused to take payment for green fees and left the tees empty until the designated time, which underlined the foolishness of an early two tee start on an 18 hole course, but when at last started the rounds went quickly and smoothly over a well maintained course where the greens were a lot easier to play than usual.

Allan Hanlon, with a very solid level handicap round against a higher CSS of 73, led in a very tightly contested first division by one ahead of a count back for second place which Rodney Nabbe won with a better 19 to 18 to leave Mark Cooper in third place. Darryl Burkett then won another count back for fourth with Trevor Schirmer carding a better 13 to 12.

The second division was taken by one of the recent usual suspects, Mike Korney with the best of the day one under handicap return to just beat the other suspect Vinny Lazell who had to settle for second on this occasion.

Chris Ross took a commendable third place one in front of Tony O’Neill in fourth.

Darryl Burkett had the sole 2 in the first division and Bruce Peel and Vinny Lazell shared the second division pool.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome for new players Tony Parker and Tony Stewart, Bruce Peel and Neil Buckley together with welcome backs for Michael Alleyne and Mark Cooper.

Friday 17th November Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 71
2nd Peter Skinner (10) 72
3rd Andrew Purdie (7) 74
4th Darryl Burkett (12) 76
2nd Division 16 +
1st Christer Olsson (16) 72 cb 34
2nd Vinny Lazell (19) 72 cb 34.5
3rd Fumiaki Matsuura (18) 74
4th Brendan Dunne (28) 76

The last qualifying events for the Gold and Silver Medals, where the top two in each division qualify, were held again at Pattaya Country Club where the course was found to be in very good shape with the greens deserving of special mention.

Greg Ignatieff won the first division with the best of the day one under return with Pete Skinner in second place with Andrew Purdie third and Darryl Burkett in fourth.

The second division also saw a first time winner in Christer Olsson after he won a count back with Vinny Lazell with a better 34 to 34.5. That left Fumiaki Matsuura in third and Brendan Dunne in fourth.

Greg Ignatieff added to his day’s haul when he slipped in the sole 2 in the first division to sweep the pool whilst the second division was shared between Chis Olsson, Paul Radley, Hal Hart and Arthur Todd.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Peter Skinner, Fumiaki Matsuura, Masae Saito and Danny Greer together with farewells for Vinny Lazell. Paul Radley and Allan Pilkington.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 13.11.2017
Mike Korney carves out a big win

Monday 13th November Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 16
1st Kevin Blake (8) 40
2nd Allan Hanlon (14) 33 cb 18
3rd Darryl Burkett (12) 33 cb 16
4th Darryl Kellett (14) 31
2nd Division 17 +
1st Mike Korney (20) 44
2nd Dick Heaney (17) 35
3rd Vinny Lazell (19) 33
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 31

A good week for golf with the weather staying overcast and reasonably cool started out at Crystal Bay where the B and C courses were found to be in good condition with the greens, although not as good as their heyday, were very puttable and with the rest of the course playing well the scores were the best achieved for some time by the group.

The first division was led in by Kevin Blake whose form had been suffering of late but on this day he made few mistakes to run out the winner by seven clear.

Allan Hanlon returned to win a count back with a better 18 to 16 which left Darryl Burkett in third with Darryl Kellett another two behind in fourth place.

The second division was swept away by an outstanding round by Mike Korney who shot his best ever round in Thailand at eight under handicap to win by a clear nine points after returning a card that showed 28 points on the B course following a terrific gross 38, a slightly more sedate 18 points on the back nine kept most of the crowd quiet at the presentations although some had to resort to smelling salts.

Dick Heaney signed off with the group with a second place two ahead of Vinny Lazell in third and Shuichi Kodaka another two back in fourth.

There were no 2s in the first division but Dick Heaney cleaned out the roll over pool ion the second division in his last competition of this trip and was so delighted he made a short speech, blew the horn, and rushed out the door before everyone could thank him and the staff could collect the bill.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new player Paul Radley, together with welcome backs for Allan Hanlon, Rodney Nabbe, Vinny Lazell, Phil Cass and Darryl Kellett and a farewell for Dick Heaney.

Wednesday 15th November Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Mike Korney (20) 36
2nd Jon Batty (6) 34
3rd Vinny Lazell (19) 33
4th Mark Lang (6) 32
5th Markku Tynell (23) 31
6th Trevor Schirmer (16) 30

A much tougher day was experienced by the hopefuls when they travelled to what is definitely one of the harder challenges in the area to pay Treasure Hill where even with a lift and place local rule on the day the point scores were a lot lower than the previous events.

Mike Korney was again the best of them, but on this occasion eight shots worse, at level par but that proved to be good enough by two for the second win of the week.

Jon Batty may well have thought that his two over handicap would stand up for the win as the course was playing particularly long with very little run to be had from the tee shots, but he had to be satisfied with a second place on this occasion.

Vinny Lazell again showed well in third place another shot behind and one ahead of fourth placed Mark Lang who is still awaiting a return to his old form.

Markku Tynell slipped into fifth place another shot back and another one in front of Trevor Schirmer.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Friday 17th November Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Vinny Lazell (19) 36
2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 31 cb 16
3rd Christer Olsson (16) 31 cb 15 b6 12
4th Markku Tynell (23) 31 cb 15 b6 8
5th Rodney Nabbe (13) 30
6th Mike Korney (20) 28

Once again although the course and greens were in very good condition, the scoring was affected by the wet conditions all around the course that had not been helped by the extra watering that had obviously been applied following recent heavy rains especially around the greens where casual water relief was taken on many occasions.

Vinny Lazell capped a strong showing throughout the week with a maiden win with the group winning by a clear five points with a level handicap return that was exceptional in the conditions.

Brendan Dunne then won a three way count back for second place with a best 16 points with returnee Christer Olsson taking third after he closed out the back six with 12 points to Markku Tynell’s 8 after they had tied the nine with 15 each.

Rodney Nabbe took fifth with Mike Korney dropping down to sixth this time.

Phil Cass cleaned out the second division 2s roll over pot with his solo effort on the 157 yard 15th hole whilst Dave Edwards had to share the massive first division roll over pool with Andrew Purdie, his playing partner, as he watched him chip in from the edge on the 172 yard 17th after he had slipped in a long one on the same hole.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 06.11.2017
Banjo plays the best

Monday 6th November Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Dick Heaney (17) 34 cb 19 b6 11 b3 6
2nd Yasuo Suzuki (14) 34 cb 19 b6 11 b3 5
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 33
4th Banjo Bannister (13) 32 cb 19
5th Darryl Burkett (12) 32 cb 18 b6 13
6th Steven Downes (6) 32 cb 18 b6 12

Pattavia was in excellent condition all around the course although the greens, whilst being very flat and true, were back nearly to their old speeds which made for some interesting stories back in the clubhouse.

Dick Heaney just managed to squeeze out the win after winning a count back with Yasuo Suzuki with a better 6 to 5 over the last three holes after they had tied the nine at 19 and the back six at 11 each. Either of them could have won outright on the last hole but both took double bogey sevens having found themselves above the hole after three.

Shuichi Kodaka was well in the hunt after finishing the front nine but slipped badly on the inward half and had to settle for third place.

Banjo Bannister then won a three way count back for fourth with a best 19 as Darryl Burkett took fifth after winning with a better 13 to 12 over the back six to leave Steven Downes in sixth after they had halved the back nine with 18 each.

Steven Downes cleaned out the first division rollover pot with a two footer on the 138yard 4th hole whilst Brendan Dunne knocked one in from a little further out on the 139 yard 13th hole to clean out the second division rollover pool.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Darryl Burkett and Tony O’Neill.

Wednesday 8th November Khao Kheow Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Banjo Bannister (13) 38
2nd Kevin Blake (7) 35
3rd Larry Gibb (22) 32
4th Frank Hughes (20) 31
5th Howard Jeglum (15) 29 cb 15 b6 10
6th Steven Downes (6) 29 cb 15 b6 9



A very good day for golf with overcast skies and little wind made the going a little easier for some although the course played quite long due to the wet fairways and lack of run form the tee.

Banjo Bannister improved on his previous outing to sweep to the front after an outstanding opening nine that saw him lead by four clear from Kevin Blake and although his back nine was not quite so good he did just enough to hold on to first place after Kevin failed to score on the last two holes.

Larry Gibb having just returned from an extended break was hoping that he would immediately get back into contention but having missed out on the 2s then had to settle for third place as he found the leaders in such good form.

Frank Hughes returned to the group to claim fourth place ahead of a count back between Howard Jeglum and Steven Downes for fifth place which the former wo with a better 10 to 9 over the last six after they had halved the nine with 15 each.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Peter Ditz, Frank Hughes and Larry Gibb.

Friday 10th November Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Darryl Burkett (12) 36 cb 19
2nd Steven Downes (6) 36 cb 17
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 33 cb 19
4th Peter Skinner (10) 33 cb 18
5th Hal Hart (21) 32 cb 19
6th John O’Sullivan (21) 32 cb 17

Once again the local Pattaya Country Club course was found to be in very good shape although there were several areas that had suffered from the recent wet weather but a local lift and place rule helped with most of the problems, but the difficulties caused the CSS for the day to move out to 73.

Darryl Burkett denied Steven Downes a much craved for win, in his last event with the group before returning to Wales to prepare the sackcloth for the upcoming Six Nations Competition, due to commence in February, when he won a count back with a better 19 to 17 after they had both returned level handicap cards.

Kevin Blake was a very close third after he won another count back, this one with Peter Skinner, with a better 19 to 18 to leave Peter in fourth place. It was certainly a very competitive four ball that they the top four had played in, being the lowest handicaps on the day.

Hal Hart then won yet another count back, this with John O’Sullivan with a better 19 to 17 to take fifth place and leave John in sixth.

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

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for benny Hansen, John Tallett and Bryan Brown together with farewell for Steven Downes.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 30.10.2017
Dave LeHane pulls another one out

Monday 30th October Greenwood a & B Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 39
2nd Jon Batty (6) 36 cb 17
3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 36 cb 15
4th Alan Griffiths (11) 35
5th Erik Donnestad (5) 34 cb 21
6th Hal Hart (21) 34 cb 18

A much better week for golf and results started out at Greenwood where the course was found to be in excellent conditional and with a slightly overcast sky and a light breeze it all made for a very good day.

Dave LeHane emerged from a prolonged downturn in his game to easily take the win in what was to be the start of a return to form that would see him gracing the podium every day. It all belied a special adjustment to his handicap that was in the system following his drop in form, but rain or shine he always takes it in good part.

Jon Batty placed second after he won a count back with Brendan Dunne with a better 17 to 15 after Brendan had looked a likely winner after the opening nine holes but a couple of zeros on the 15th and 16th possibly cost him the win and certainly the count back.

Alan Griffiths returned from high class cabinetry work on luxury yachts in the UK to some very nice golf in much warmer weather to take fourth place ahead of a count back for fifth and sixth between Erik Donnestad and Hal Hart which the former won with a better 21 to 18 after they had both started quite slowly.

There were no 2s in the second division but Erik Donnestad had a very unusual one in the first division when he holes out with his second shot with a nine iron from around 100 yards on the fits hole on the B course which deservedly swept the pot clean.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Alan Griffiths and Paul Hubbard.

Wednesday 1st November Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Mike Korney (21) 39
2nd Markku Tynell (23) 34 cb 18
3rd Howard Jeglum (15) 34 cb 16
4th Dick Heaney (17) 34 cb 14
5th Steven Downes (6) 33
6th Dave LeHane (18) 32

A switch from Pattana after the management had sought to become the most expensive green fee on the schedule by more than 50% meant a welcome return to Bangpra who obviously view the serious downturn in golfers in a totally different light.

The players were very surprised to find that the greens were particularly slow with even putts from above the hole offering little concern and with the rest of the course I good shape the CSS for the day unusually stayed at a level 72.

Mike Korney had the best card of the day by a clear five strokes returning a 19/20 split with just one blemish on the difficult third hole where a worse than usual drive resulted in a zero pointer, but from there on it was all systems go and a well-deserved win.

Markku Tynell won a three way count back with a best 18 points to take second place as Howard Jeglum returned in good form to claim third a with 16 and Dick Heaney in fourth with just 14 following an excellent 20 points on the front nine.

Steven Downes was another returnee to immediately make an impression as he took fifth place another shot behind them and one in front of sixth placed Dave LeHane.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart with one on the second hole and Markku Tynell with one on the seventeenth hole shared the second division roll over pot.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Yasuo Suzuki, Dick Heaney, Steven Downes, Howard Jeglum and Dave Edwards.

Friday 27th October Eastern Star White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Brendan Dunne (28) 35
2nd Gary Brown (9) 34
3rd Yasuo Suzuki (14) 31 cb 18 b6 11
4th Dave LeHane (18) 31 cb 18 b6 10
5th Banjo Bannister (13) 31 cb 16
6th Markku Tynell (23) 28

The last event of the week turned out to be the toughest with the winning score well down from the earlier to but the rest of the field did enough to ensure that the CSS for the day remained at 72.

Brendan Dunne took full advantage of his recent golf lessons and managed to remember the important bits that helped him to a tight win after also applying a fair bit of course management to make up for missing out earlier in the week.

Gary Brown was another player to return to the group in good form taking second place with a steady round that was just in the buffer zone.

Yasuo Suzuki won a three way count back for third place with a better 11 on the back six as Dave LeHane claimed fourth with 10 after they had tied the back nine with 18 each, which left Banjo Bannister in fifth as he could muster just 16 from the back nine.

Markku Tynell grabbed the last place on the podium three more behind the count back but with still many stragglers behind him.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Gary Brown and Darryl Kellett together with farewells for Paul and Nathan Hutley.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 23.10.2017
Peter Skinner & John O’Sullivan take the Medals

Monday 23rd October Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Steve Burton (14) 36
2nd Banjo Bannister (13) 33
3rd Erik Donnestad (5) 30 cb 18
4th Brendan Dunne (28) 30 cb 15
5th Trevor Schirmer (15) 29 cb 15 b6 10
6th Yukio Kikuchi (17) 29 cb 15 b6 9

As the weather improves also so do the numbers of the players increase as some return from golf trips and others seek warmer climes from their native abodes. The scores also improved although the first two events saw the CSS go up at least they remained counting, which was a big improvement on recent results.

Steve Burton, playing in his last competition before returning north to take up a teaching appointment, took the win with a solid return at level handicap which is always likely to be among the top results at the difficult Treasure Hill course especially when the white tees are the ones selected for the day.

Banjo Bannister ran him closest, three shots behind in second place and a further three in front of a count back for third.

That was won by Erik Donnestad with a better 18 to 15 to leave Brendan Dunne in fourth spot.

Trevor Schirmer then won another count back with Yukio Kikuchi for fifth and sixth places with a better 10 to 9 over the last six after they had tied the nine 15 apiece.

Erik Donnestad birdied the 172 yard 13th hole to share the first division 2s pool with Trevor Schirmer who had his 2 on the 141 yard 17th whilst Brendan Dunne cleaned out the multi roll over pool in the second division with a delicate birdie on the 107 yard 6th hole.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Banjo Bannister, Erik Donnestad, Paul and Nathan Hutley Dave LeHane, Hal Hartley, Shuichi Kodaka and Ole Stamnes, along with a farewell for Steve Burton.

Wednesday 25th October Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Jon Batty (6) 36
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 32 cb 16 b6 11
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 32 cb 16 b6 9
4th Banjo Bannister (13) 32 cb 15
5th Mark Lang (6) 28
6th Dave LeHane (18) 26

Another very tough day at least for most of the field with the winner, Jon Batty, again being the sole player to play to handicap and one which saw the CSS for out 3 shots from the standard 72.

Jon plated the front half particularly well at two over gross and then dropped just one shot to handicap over the closing nine to win by four clear.

Mark Cooper won a count back with Shuichi Kodaka over the last six holes with an 11 to 9 score after they had tied the back nine at 16 each after he took seven from the last three.

Banjo Bannister was initially involved with the count back but took just 15 from the back nine so had to settle for fourth ahead of Mark Lang in fifth and Dave LeHane in sixth places.

There were no 2s in the second division but Jon Batty added to his day’s collection with one on the 168 yard B3 hole to sweep the pool.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Jon Batty, Mark Lang and Mike Korney.

Friday 27th October Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0- 15
1st Peter Skinner (10) 70
2nd Banjo Bannister (13) 73 cb 33.5
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 73 cb 35.5
2nd Division 16 +
1st John O’Sullivan (25) 66
2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 73 cb 36 b6 22.7
3rd Hal Hart (20) 73 cb 36 b6 24.7
From Murray Edwards (19) 73 cb 36.5

As with the two previous courses the Friday course was in very good condition apart from the grass being on the long side as the recent weather had still managed to keep the greenkeepers off many areas which were presumably to wet to allow proper maintenance but at least there was a reasonable amount of run on the fairways which allowed for better scoring generally even though it was under stroke play conditions.

Peter Skinner won his second medal of the year by three clear strokes ahead of a count back for second and third that Banjo Bannister won with a better 33. 5 to 35.5 over Kevin Blake to become the thirteenth qualifier in the first division for the end of year Gold & Silver event and leaving Kevin with just one more event in November to try and qualify himself.

John O’Sullivan became the sixteenth second division qualifier as he won the second division Medal in a canter at six under handicap and easily the best qualifier in the division, so he will be looking forward to adding to his trophy cabinet in December as the favourite starter.

Brendan Dunne won a three way count back for second place, he having previously qualified, with a better 22. 7 to 24,7 over the last six holes to leave Hal Hart in third after they had shared the back nine on 36 each and also leaving Murray Edwards in fourth after he could muster just 36.5 from the back nine.

There were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka ensured a full on weekend when he swept the second division pot clean with his solo effort on the 178 yard 5th hole and then spent the next thirteen worrying.

Back at The Haven the ere were welcome backs for Peter Skinner, Russell Gilroy and Markku Tynell together with farewell for Kaneo Watanabe.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 16.10.2017
Brendan returns to his palace in style

Monday 16th October Mountain Shadow Stableford
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1st Larry Gibb (22) 29
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 28
3rd Bruce Hilde (15) 23 cb 9
4th Trevor Schirmer (15) 23 cb 8
5th Yukio Kikuchi (17) 22

Another very wet week on the local courses although it did not rain on any of the days the overnight rain had left the courses very sodden.

Monday’s event was the hardest of them with the more suited to the jungle resulting in many lost balls but a few found wild things.

Larry Gibb outdid everyone else after a very lackluster round that was still good enough for the top place one ahead of Mark Cooper in second spot.

Bruce Hilde then won a count back with Trevor Schirmer for third and fourth, with a better 9 to 8 as they both crashed out through the closing holes. Yukio Kikuchi was close behind in fifth having lost nearly as many balls as he scored in points.

There were no 2s in the second division but Bruce Hilde cleaned out the first division pool with a nice one on the 127 Yard 5th hole.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Yukio Kikuchi and Kaneo Watanabe

Wednesday 18th October Bangpra Stableford
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1st Steve Harris (23) 31
2nd Stephen Burton (14) 29 cb 17
3rd Yukio Kikuchi (17) 29 cb 16
4th Steve Godfrey (17) 25

Following a very disappointing telephone conversation with the new management at Pattana, Jirapol the previous manager who we had worked well with, having recently left, in which we learnt that after supporting the course for over two years with a twice a month booking, that they had increased the green fee by 50% over the previous high season rates and were not even bothering to advise us. But having heard of the increase from another venue, a discussion took place when we were told to take it or leave it. We have taken option B unless they have some second thoughts. The new proposed rates are more than 50% higher than we will be paying at all other courses during the high season.

We consequently changed the day’s event to Bangpra.

Steve Harris dropped in to sweep the board with the regulars although it was with a lower than usual score it was just enough to squeeze out the win.

Stephen Burton was the best of the rest after winning a count back with Yukio Kikuchi with a better 17 to 16. They were closely followed in fourth place by Steve Godfrey.

There were no 2s in either division.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcomes for new players with The Haven for Steve Harris and Steve Burton.

Friday 20th October Phoenix Stableford
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1st Brendan Dunne (28) 36 cb 18
2nd Murray Edwards (19) 36 cb 16
3rd Steve Burton (14) 34
4th Yukio Kikuchi (17) 33
5th Ole Stamnes (31) 28

Although the scores were much better for the last event of the week the conditions were still extremely difficult with the rough very rough and again causing most of the players to lose a few balls with even Andrew Purdie having to dig into his bag for another three as he built a less than impressive score for his last outing with the group.

Brendan Dunne was in a much happier mood when he returned to the clubhouse, having left all his concerns as to whether the Palace would ever win a game or even score a goal well behind him in London, to return victorious in his first game back. He later urgently emailed the news back home in the hopes that it would encourage those he had left behind.

Murray Edwards took second place after losing the count back to Brendan with a worse 16 to 18 but two ahead of third placed Steve Burton.

Yukio Kikuchi continued to score enough to make the podium taking fourth on this occasion and well ahead of Ole Stamnes in fifth place.

There were no 2s in the second division but Andrew Purdie and Steve Burton shared the first division loot.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Brendan Dunne, John O’Sullivan, Ole Stamnes and Murray Edwards, together with a farewell for Andrew Purdie.



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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 6th October Eastern Star Stableford
CSS 75 NC

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

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

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

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

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




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 02.10.2017
Rain Report

Monday 2nd October Crystal Bay Stableford
CSS 75 NC

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

Once again there were no2s in either of the divisions.

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

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




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

Monday 25th September Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
CSS 75 NC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 15th September Eastern Star Stableford
CSS 73

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Monday 14th August Treasure Hill Stableford
CSS 73

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 16th August Pattana A & B courses par 74 Stableford
CSS 76

1st Darryl Burkett (12) 40
2nd Rob Adamson (19) 34
3rd Craig Thomas (14) 32 cb 18
4th Phil Cass (18) 32 cb 16
5th Murray Edwards (19) 30

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

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

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

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

Friday18th August Eastern Star Stableford
CSS 74

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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