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


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A view from the back tees

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

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

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


IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 07.01.2019
Allan Busby doubles up after food poisoning

Monday 7th January Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Allan Hanlon (13) 35
2nd Trevor Schirmer (16) 33
3rd John Tallett (27) 31
4th Joe Torik (27) 30
5th Vinny Lazell (17) 29 cb 17
6th Hal Hart (20) 29 cb 14

What is currently the best value golf in the area, at 1,400 baht inclusive of green fee, caddy and cart, was the first call of the week for the group but it proved to be the smallest number as many of the usual players find it just a little too difficult especially following a heavy weekend. There is also an added bonus in that the management, at the moment, have the hot tub working to really relax the tired golfer.

The course was as usual in excellent condition but also as usual it played tough even from the new white tees which are now set at 6,404 yards which is now rated as a Standard Scratch (SS) by the IPGC of 73 following analysis of over twenty years of returned cards from thousands of rounds. Unsurprisingly the CSS for the moved up to 74 as just two players managed to play within the buffer zone.

Allan Hanlon was one of those when he returned a one over handicap card which was good enough by two to take the day’s top step of the podium and he could have been even better having dropped four shots on the last four holes. To finish with a 16/19 split for the day.

Trevor Schirmer is slowly getting back to his old form and took second place two shots behind the leader after he closed out the round with a16/17 card which also could have been much improved without the zero pointer on the last as the green proved to be one of the hardest to play.

John Tallett took third place after a steady round one ahead of fourth placed Joe Torik who is hoping that revised, and correct spelling of his name will enable his family and friends back in the States to follow his golfing exploits a little more closely in the coming weeks.

Vinny Lazell won a count back for fifth place with Hal Hart with a better 17 to 14 after a very slow start.

Allan Busby, who had been out sampling some of the local street food, had to pull out of the day’s golf after just a few holes with a severe case of stomach troubles.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Williams had the only one in the first division on the 114 yard 6th hole to sweep the pot.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Lawrence Hill together with welcome backs for Billy Riley and Joe Torik.

Wednesday 9th January Pattana Stableford B & C courses
1st Division 0 - 17
White tees CSS 75
1st Allan Busby (15) 34
2nd Vinny Lazell (17) 32
3rd Graeme McMenemy (17) 31
2nd Division 18+
Yellow tees CSS 74
1st Brendan Dunne (28) 29
2nd Billy Riley (20) 28 cb 15
3rd Hal Hart (20) 28 cb 11

A bigger group were assembled for the bi-weekly trip to Pattana where the B & C courses were in play but for a change the group played the ninth on the B course as a par 5 which resulted in a much lower average points return for the whole field. A check on the results showed that the top six cards managed to average just 0.5 points from the hole with the total field having an average of just over 0.3 points indicating that 577/562 yards for the white and yellow tees is a green just a little too far for a not too easy hole for the amateur golfer. Another added difficulty was the course which unusually was not in its normal tip top condition, having been well watered and the addition of some heavy rain left the fairways very wet with almost zero run from the tees.

The first division was lead in by the fully recovered Allan Busby with a two over handicap return as he appeared to have benefitted greatly from two nights of rest and recuperation rather than giving it the Essex Chunder. He was closely watched and followed by playing partner, and stand-in EMT man, Vinny Lazell just two shots adrift and one in front of third placed Graeme McMenemy who had a very good day considering that he was playing with hired clubs.

Brendan Dunne took the second division. with a less than sparkling round but one that was to presage his special day later in the week, as all of the division found the going extremely difficult even from the yellow tees which saw the CSS move out two strokes as indeed the first division did.

Billy Riley was surprised and pleased to figure in the presentations after he took second place following a count back with Hal Hart which he won with a better 15 to 11 as Hal could manage just three points from the first five holes on the back nine and having failed to score on the ninth.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Ian Robinson hoping to be rehabilitated to golf after a two year sabbatical short skirts were more interesting than short putts together with welcome backs for Yukio Kikuchi and Phil Cheeta. There was also a farewell for Fred Land returning to Portsea Island.

Friday 11th January Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 16
1st Allan Busby (15) 37
2nd Trevor Schirmer (16) 33
3rd Mark Williams (7) 31
4th Mike Dabanovich (11) 30
2nd Division 17 +
1st Brendan Dunne (28) 44
2nd Tom McCarthy (22) 34
3rd Joe Torik (27) 33
4th Yukio Kikuchi (19) 32

The best turn out of the week was reserved for the visit to the nearest course to base on the schedule where there were just short of the required number for three divisions underlining the regard for which many of the group hold for the course as the greens are now in great shape. With lift and place in play on the fairways the scoring was strangely generally low, which saw the CSS for the day move out two to 74.

Brendan Dunne had his best round on record by five strokes while recording an eight under round that will see him playing from his lowest ever handicap some four strokes lower in the ensuing weeks after scoring a very good 21 points on the front nine he followed up with a five under back nine of 23 points to win by ten shots. The nine include a run of 16 points from the first five holes on the back nine.

Tom McCarthy, still glowing from his recent nuptials, took second place one ahead of Joe Torik in third and two up on Yukio Kikuchi in fourth.

The first division was again led in by Allan Busby, whose internal clean out appears to have added to his prowess on the golf course but is not generally recommended as an alternative to a few lessons in course management. This time the margin of the win was even greater at four shots after an excellent round that saw off a very competitive division that included many single figure handicappers.

Trevor Schirmer ran the leader closest in second place but could not manage to hold the nines together dropping three shots on both closing holes on the front and back in an otherwise very good round. Mark Williams took third place just one in front of Mike Dabanovich, who was making his return to the group.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Tony O’Neill had a lot to celebrate with after he cleaned out the multi rollover pool in the second division with a very nice one on the 137 yard 12th hole.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome for new member Johann Pargfrieder from Austria together with welcome backs for Ray Banks, David Hester, Dave Paul, Patrick Scullion and Mike Dabanovich.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 31.12.2018
Fred and Trevor dominate in a short week

Wednesday 2nd January Khao Kheow Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 17
1st Fred Land (13) 37
2nd Adrian Cook (12) 33
3rd Dave Edwards (10) 31
2nd Division 18 +
1st Brendan Dunne (28) 33
2nd Tony O’Neill (26) 30 cb 14 b6 12
3rd Tim Dodding (19) 30 cb 14 b6 9

A short but tough week started after some of the celebrants had sufficiently recovered from seeing in the New Year to take on Khao Kheow where the course was as usual in very good condition although the greens were very unusually fast, almost as quick as Bangpra especially downhill, which made scoring difficult for most of the players.

Fred Land didn’t seem to notice the difficulties until he reached the 11th and 12th holes where amazingly he failed to score having taken the front nine to task while amassing twenty two points, but still managed to take the first division by four clear shots. He well deserved his drop of a shot on his handicap after his best round with the group for almost six years.

Adrian Cook was the next best after he got to grips with the speed of the greens on the back nine finishing in second place with a 15/18 split for the day. He was followed in by Dave Edwards who had also struggled on the opening nine gleaning just 14 points but a much better 17 points on the inward half ensured his third place.

The second division was headed by Brendan Dunne at three over handicap after he had also made hard work of his front nine finishing with a 15/18 split which was good enough by three for the win.

Tony O’Neill then won a count back for second and third places with Tim Dodding getting the edge on the back six with a better 12 to 9 after they had tied the nine on 14 apiece.

In keeping with the difficulty of the day there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Toshiya Kimura together with a farewell for Heinz Durrer.

Friday 4th January Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 38
2nd Allan Hanlon (13) 30
3rd Christer Olsson (16) 29 cb 17
4th Graeme McMenemy (17) 29 cb 15
5th Hal Hart (20) 27

A slightly smaller group, with many of the usual faces missing, meant just the one division to take on the always difficult test of Mountain Shadow where the tightness of the driving holes and tricky greens were made even more difficult with some extremely cavalier pin placements, although in all other respects the course was very playable generally.

The only player who appeared to find the day a walk in the park was the winner whose two under handicap score was the best by eight clear strokes.

That was Trevor Schirmer who followed up his best score for some considerable time in December with another one just slightly worse but the margin between his score and the rest of the field on this occasion was outstanding and earned him a two shot reduction in handicap after the CSS was calculated at an additional three strokes and moved out to 75.

Allan Hanlon was the next best in second place, who after dropping shots on the opening hole of both the front and back nine, just did enough to keep Christer Olsson and Graeme McMenemy at bay as they needed to be separated by a count back which Christer won with a better 17 to 17.

Hal Hart took the last podium placement of the day another couple of shots behind them but well ahead of the rest of the field.

Surprisingly there were 2s in both divisions as Allan Hanlon swept the first division pot clean with his solo effort on the 127 yard fifth hole and Tony O’Neill did the same on the 159 yard fifteenth hole to wipe out the multi roll over pot in the second division.

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for Steve Evans, Graeme McMenemy, Allan Busby and Vinny Lazell.






IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 24.12.2018
Jon, Christer & Brendan take the Gold Medals

Monday 24th December Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st John Tallett (29) 39
2nd Adrian Cook (12) 34 cb 18
3rd Heinz Durrer (13) 34 cb 16
4th Mark Cooper (10) 33
5th Trevor Schirmer (18) 32 cb 19
6th Tomas Nilsson (12) 32 cb 17

Although the weather during the week proved to be excellent the difficulty level of the courses was high with all the CSS moving in an upward direction some due to wet courses and some due to the difficult pin placements, but all of the three courses were in very good condition despite the very unseasonal rain that has been occurring, thankfully mostly during the night time.

John Tallett took the win by five clear shots, on a day that generally saw the low handicappers dominating thereafter, after he carded a every tidy 20/19 split card with just a slight aberration in the middle of the back nine which saw him take just three points from the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes but it still earned him a couple of shot reduction in handicap which he has been looking for since his return.

Adrian Cook won a count back with Heinz Durrer for second and third places with a better 18 to 16 before Mark Cooper took fourth place another shot behind them.

Trevor Schirmer then won another count back with Tomas Nilsson for fifth and sixth places with a better 19 to 17 after he had a very slow start to the day.

Brendan Dunne had the only 2 in the second division on the 138 yard 4th hole, whilst Adrian Cook and Mark Williams had one each on the 203 yard 17th but had to share the first division pool with Fred land who also had one on the 4th hole.

Wednesday 26th December Pattana A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford Par 73
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1st Tomas Nilsson (12) 37
2nd Rhys Minton (13) 32
3rd Heinz Durrer (13) 31
4th Tim Dodding (19) 30 cb 15
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 30 cb 13
6th Bob Pratt (24) 28



Once again the course proved to be a lot tougher than the standard par with just one player making the grade of within two of handicap on the day which saw the CSS move out three strokes to 76 and making Tomas Nilsson’s score even more impressive after he had won by five clear shots. The course played quite long even though the event had been set from the yellow tees as some of the recent rain had remained in the ground leaving it mostly very soft with little run on the fairways.

Rhys Minto is in good form on this trip having also won at another venue and showed well in second place on this occasion one ahead of Heinz Durrer who again found himself in third place but this time a little more over his handicap level.

Tim Dodding then won a count back with Shuichi Kodaka for fourth and fifth places with a better 15 to 13 score with Bob Pratt overcoming several nights on the town with his Pattaya Landlord, Vincent Gras, staggering into sixth place, but still well ahead of many others.

There were no 2s in the second division but Tomas Nilsson underlined his quality with the sole one in the first division on the 153 yard A 3 hole to sweep the pot.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for the boys from Darwin in the form of Nob Pratt, Tim Dodding and Rhys Minton.

Friday 26th December Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Mark Cooper (10) 73
2nd Rhys Minton (13) 75 cb 38. 5 b6 26.7
3rd Jon Batty (7) 75 cb 38.5 b6 27.7
2nd Division 16 -20
1st Christer Olsson (16) 77
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 79 cb 35.5
3rd Tim Dodding (19) 79 cb 36.5
4th Vincent Gras (17) 79 cb 39.5
3rd Division 21 +
1st John Tallett (29) 74
2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 77
3rd Phil Stevenson (24) 78

Once again the monthly Medals were held over the nearest and what is fast becoming a favourite course of many of the regular players with the group although on this occasion there were many rumblings in the locker room regarding the pin placement which in many cases had been positioned in the most inaccessible places with many also on almost impossible slopes making putting a lottery for most. The scores reflected the difficulty and the subsequent two shot rise in the CSS underlined the fact.

Mark Cooper took the first division with a solid round of one over which could have been even better but for an uncharacteristic double bogey on the last hole.
Rhys Minto then won a count back for second and third with Jon Batt and stayed the course better taking the back six by one after they had tied the nine at 38.5 each.

The second division was led in by Christer Olsson again by two shots as he also found the last hole a bit on the tough side also taking a double bogey ahead of a three way count back for second and third places which Shuichi Kodaka won with a best 35.5 with Tim Dodding in third with 36.5 and Vincent Gras almost managing to pip them both but a triple and double bogey to end his round meant a 39.5 eventually so just missing out of the podium placements.

The third division was dominated by John Tallett, as he swept home again for the second time in the week but this time by just three strokes, winning his first medal of the year.

Brendan Dunne took a very good second place with Phil Stevenson in third spot after he had slipped though the closing nine.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper had one on the 177 yard 5th hole and Mark Williams and Heinz Durrer had one each on the 178 yard 7th to share the first division pool.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Mark Lang, Peter Skinner, Vincent Gras and Benny Hansen.

The Gold & Silver Medals

The day was also the culmination of the year’s medals, the first being December 2017, with both the winners and second placed players being eligible to enter. Once again there were many absentees as many of the qualifiers were not in country but there were enough contenders in each division to contest for the very attractive real gold and white gold plated trophies.

The winners were;

1st Division
Gold Medal Jon Batty
Silver Medal Peter Skinner

2nd Division
Gold Medal Christer Olsson
Silver Medal Shuichi Kodaka

3rd Division
Gold Medal Brendan Dunne
Silver Medal Benny Hansen





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 17.12.2018
Mark Williams scores heavily

Monday 17th December Greenwood A & B courses White tees Stableford
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1st Jon Batty (7) 36
2nd Phil Stevenson (24) 34 cb 17
3rd Tony Guest (6) 34 cb 15
4th Mark Williams (8) 32
5th Christer Olsson (16) 29 cb 15
6th Allan Hanlon (13) 29 cb 12

A Quiet week of golf started out at one of the favourites of the regulars and with the C course not included it was surprising that scores were not better than they were as the general condition was very good and weather, apart from being very hot, was favourable with just a light breeze affecting the play.

Jon Batty made a return to the group and did enough on the outward half to ensure the win, and but for a zero on the tricky sixth hole on the B course it would have been even sweeter, finishing the job with a 19/17 split to win by two ahead of a countback for second and third places.

That count back was won by Phil Stevenson with a better 17 to 15 after Tony guest had let his advantage slip over the closing three holes from which he could garner just three points.

Mark Williams returned after a long absence from the group to take his first of three podium finishes in the week in fourth place a couple of shots behind but three ahead of a count back for fifth place which Christer Olsson won over Alan Hanlon with a better 15 to 12 as Allan visibly wilted in the heat through the closing holes.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Tony Guest, Fred Land and Mark Williams.

Wednesday 19th December Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st
Brendan Dunne (28) 36
2nd Adrian Cook (12) 35 cb 20
3rd Mark Williams (8) 35 cb 16
4th Dave Edwards (9) 28

A very poor turnout for one of the best courses on the group’s schedule did not do justice to it as the condition was in tip top shape as the scores from the top three on the podium evidenced.

Brendan Dunne continues to perform well and took the win with a solid round of even handicap to win by just one finishing with an 18/18 split and having just one zero on the card.

Adrian Cook had his best round of his trip to date when he took second place following a count back with Mark Williams which he won with a better 20 to 16 after a slow start to his day. Mark for his part slipped up playing the opening par five on the back nine, the C course, hitting the water from the tee and closing out a zero pointer with a three putt.

Dave Edwards took fourth place some way back after he started badly and then played really well on the back nine but had left himself far too much to do but at least he slipped in a two to cheer up his day.

There were no 2s in the second division but Dave Edwards had the only one in the first division with a very nice putt on the 167 yard C 3.

Friday 21st December Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Mark Williams (8) 41
2nd Trevor Schirmer (19) 40
3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 35
4th Phil Stevenson (24) 32
5th Tomas Nilsson (11) 30

A much better turnout graced the Crystal Bay course where the A course still remains unused but the B and C nines were found to be in very good condition with the greens performing much better than on previous visits, as the good scores from the leaders attested.

Mark Williams rounded of an excellent week’s golf with a stunning five under handicap round that had started out quietly but then he roared into contention and finally the lead though the back nine which he played in thee under gross 33 closing out with birdie, birdie, birdie, par, and yet another birdie.

Trevor Schirmer took second place after he watched the fireworks from the top man as one of the other players in the group and having led following a very good three under front nine, he then had to watch as his lead was chipped away at, and being finally overtaken on the seventeenth hole after which even a gallant three pointer on the last could not stop the winner.

Brendan Dunne took third place some five shots back but three in front of fourth placed Phil Stevenson who in turn was two ahead of fifth placed Tomas Nilsson.

Mark Williams had the only 2 in the first division on the 156 yard C 7, and Trevor Schirmer cleaned out the roll over pot in the second division with his effort on the 127 yard B6.

Prior to the prizes being presented there was a welcome for new member Heinz Durrer together with welcome backs for Hal Hart and Shuichi Kodaka, the latter having been attending Tom McCarthy’s wedding far up country, so Tom was congratulated in his absence.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 10.12.2018
Chris Ross has a lifetime best

Monday 10th December Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Chris Ross (29) 44
2nd Wilf Wellman (33) 39
3rd Brendan Dunne (29) 38
4th Brian Beaupre (6) 35 cb 19
5th Kevin Blake (8) 35 cb 18 b6 14
6th Allan Hanlon (13) 35 cb 18 b6 11

It was a pity that the event was one short of the required number for two divisions as the final results showed that on this occasion it would have been an ideal solution with the top six finishers being evenly split between high and low handicappers with the high end coming out on top for once.

Chris Ross had by far the best of the day when he returned his best ever score of eight under handicap to win the day, and in case some may be thinking there might be a possible dodgy handicap in play, it is worth noting that the subsequent reduction in Chris’s handicap will be only the second reduction he has received in 95 rounds with the group in four years, and that is a lot of striving for little return.

Second placed Wilf Wellman has a similar record and his reduction for a very good round will be his also third in nearly five years with well over a hundred rounds on record and so he also had much to celebrate.

Brendan Dunne might well have thought that he was in with a good chance of winning the day but had to settle for a good third place.

Brian Beaupre won a three way count back in the low handicap group with a better 19 to take fourth place and Kevin Blake had an excellent 14 points on the last six holes for fifth to leave Allan Hanlon in sixth as he took 11 and they had halved the nine in 18 each.

Brian Beaupre had the sole 2 in the first division on the 138th yard fourth hole to sweep the pool whilst Brendan Dunne and Dave Paul shared the second division when Dave slipped one in on the 139 yard 13th hole and Brendan had a real beauty on the 203 yard 17th where he also collected five points.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Adrian Cook, Liam Kelly, Paul Hubbard and Wilf Wellman together with a farewell for Brian Beaupre.

Wednesday 5th December Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (10) 40
2nd Allan Busby (15) 34 cb 15
3rd Dave Edwards (9) 34 CB 14
4th Brendan Dunne (29) 33
5th Wilf Wellman (33) 31
6th Chris Ross (29) 29

A smaller than usual number turned out to play course that is the best conditioned that the group have on the schedule which may well be because it is also the most expensive and with the baht being as strong as it is against other currencies that is not a surprising outcome. But those that did join the competition thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Peter Skinner can be said to have enjoyed it the most as he swept around the par 73, the ninth on the B course having been played as a par six from the different tee position, in four under handicap to continue his recent run of good form which he hopes to be taking to Khao Yai to clean up with amongst the other exclusive tourists on the trip.

Allan Busby did well in his final outing, having recovered from an extreme dose of food poisoning that had kept him near to the bathroom facilities the previous day, as he won a count back for second place with Dave Edwards with a better 15 to 14 after they had both looked very good through the front nine.

Fourth place was claimed by Brendan Dunne another shot behind them and one ahead of Wilf Wellman who again showed well but not quite as well as in his previous event. That observation was also good for sixth place Chris Ross who returned a card that was fifteen shots worse than Monday’s but still better than more than half the rest of the field.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for John Squitiero from Las Vegas, together with a farewell for Allan Busby.

Friday 7th December Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (19) 32
2nd Dave Edwards (9) 31
3rd Mark Cooper (10) 30 cb 18
4th Allan Hanlon (13) 30 cb 13
5th Chris Ross (20) 29

The last competition of the week turned out to be by far the toughest and with no-one able to play within their buffer zone the day became a non-counting event. The low scores were not due to the course being in poor condition but as usual with this course, which had been originally designed for play by 15 handicappers and below, the greens were a difficult proposition and the rough was extremely rough following the recent spate of wet weather and the subsequent reduction in mowing leaving any misdirected drives settling deep down and hard to do mush with other than get the ball back to the short stuff. Apart from those problems the course was in very good shape.

Trevor Schirmer had the best of the day and but for a disastrous last two holes, from which he could garner just one point, would have had a very nice day result and it still proved to be a winning total.

Dave Edwards again showed well in second place just one behind and one ahead of a count back for third place between Mark Cooper and Allan Hanlon which Mark won with a better 18 to 13.

Chris Ross whilst again not able to match his sterling first round of the week still managed to take his third podium of the week in his last turnout with the group for few weeks.

Surprisingly, with the course playing so hard, there were 2s in both divisions as Allan Hanlon had on the 127 yard fifth hole to take the first division rollover pot and Trevor Schirmer had another on the same hole to claim the second division rollover pool.

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for Brian Kinsella, hot from his recent trip to Cuba, Christer Olsson back from work and John Tallett returning from an audit of his northern Thailand estates. There was also a farewell for Chris Ross returning to Australia for a short break.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 03.12.2018
Stephen Lewis is best of the week

Monday 3rd December Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Stephen Lewis (21) 37
2nd Peter Skinner (10) 34
3rd Trevor Schirmer (19) 32 cb 18
4th Phil Stevenson (23) 32 cb 14
5th John Tallett (28) 30 cb 18 b6 11
6th Greg Ignatieff (14) 30 cb 18 b6 10
from Mark Cooper (10) 30 cb 14

A complete change to all the tee designations met the group when they travelled to what is arguably the most scenic of all the courses on the schedule. Players do not see a building, or any other sign of human activity, from the moment they leave the clubhouse until they return from the eighteenth green, with all the drink stops hidden away amongst shaded copses. When returning to the clubhouse the management now have the hot tub in operation to put a final flourish on a fantastic day that is also one of the least expensive in the area. With the course also in tip top condition it is no wonder that it is one of the groups favourite events even though it is possibly the most difficult to score from whatever the conditions. The new tee designations mean that the yellow tees are now played as the whites, the white tees now the blues and the blue tees now the blacks. The whites at just over 6,400 yards are a good enough test for any amateur golfer while the blues at just under 6,800 are very testing. The management have also designed new score cards which are very informative but still with the very unusual stroke indexes mixing odds and evens on the same nines.

With just under the required number for two divisions it was a very mixed bag at the top of the leaderboard with Stephen Lewis takin g the win by three clear with the only under par round.

Peter Skinner is having a bit of a good form streak and again showed well in second place. He was followed by Trevor Schirmer after he won a count back with Phil Stevenson for third and fourth places with a better score of 18 to 14. They were finished two ahead of another count back for fifth and sixth places which John Tallett won over Greg Ignatieff with a better 11 to 10 over the last six after they had tied the nine on 18 apiece.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper made up for missing out in the completion prizes with the sole one in the first division on the very difficult 2nd hole which was playing 198 yards.

Before the prizes were presented there were welcome backs for Claus Mueller, Christer Andersson, and Banjo Bannister, who also had lots of good wishes for his birthday, there was also a welcome back and farewell for Vincent Gras on another of his flying visits.

Wednesday 5th December Eastern Star
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1st Mark Cooper (10) 34
2nd Brendan Dunne (29) 32
3rd Greg Ignatieff (14) 28
4th Dave Paul (21) 26 cb 16
5th Mark Armstrong (27) 26 cb 15
6th Phil Stevenson (23) 26 cb 14

After the stern test of the previous event there was yet another one awaiting the hopefuls at Eastern Star where the almost 6,600 yard course was found to be once again in excellent condition with special mention being deserved for the greens.

Being a designated bank holiday in honour of the late King Bhumibol’s Birthday, with the attendant increase in green fees, meant a far fewer number of players than would usually be expected turned out for the day.

The going as usual was tough and the best that could be achieved was the two over handicap returned by Mark Cooper as he led in the rather bedraggled and dispirited field to record another fine win.

Brendan Dunne continues to do just enough to be in contention and once again proved that steady beats flashy whilst taking second place a couple of shots behind the leader.

Greg Ignatieff was surprised the be on the podium in third place after an eight over handicap return and was still two ahead of the three way count back for fourth and fifth and sixth places which Dave Pail won with 16 with Mark Armstrong, playing in his last competition before returning to Oz for a few months of summer, in fifth with 15 and Phil Stevenson in sixth with 14.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Dave Paul together with a farewell for Mark Armstrong.

Friday 7th December Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (10) 35
2nd Hal Hart (19) 34 cb 20
3rd Dave Paul (21) 34 cb 18
4th Brendan Dunne (29) 34 cb 12
5th Allan Busby (15) 33

With Pattaya Country Club now in very good shape and being by far the nearest venue on the schedule it is beginning to get well attended but once again the number was one short of that required for two divisions.

Peter Skinner made the best of the day with a score that was unusually low for this course after having failed to score on the par five third hole completed the round in one under handicap to win by one ahead of a three way count back for second.

Hal Hart, playing in his last event before travelling to Indonesia for a short break, took second after scoring 20 on the back nine as Dave Paul again showed well in third with 18 while Brendan Dunne collapsed to take just 12 on the inward half after a stunning front nine of four under handicap, with perhaps the anchor having been thrown too early and too far for retrieval and taking just two points from the last four holes.

Allan Busby is slowly getting to terms with the conditions in Thailand and showed some good form in his fifth placed 33 points which include six three pointers.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Tomas Nilsson swept the rollover pot clean in the first division with his solo effort on the 178 yard 5th hole.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Dave Edwards and Tomas Nilsson together with farewell for Claus Mueller and Christer Andersson.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 26.11.2018
The Aussies rule the roost

Monday 26th November Pattavia Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 14
1st Gus Guidetti (12) 39
2nd Greg Ignatieff (14) 33 cb 20
3rd Alan Griffiths (12) 33 cb 16
4th Frank Harrington (7) 31 cb 16
5th Mark Cooper (10) 31 cb 14
2nd Division 15 +
1st Brendan Dunne (29) 36
2nd Stephen Lewis (21) 35
3rd John Tallett (28) 32 cb 19
4th Larry Gibb (24) 32 cb 18
5th John O’Sullivan (21) 29

A week that was dominated by our Australian players started out what was expected to be the most difficult test but in fact turned out to be the course where members scored the best generally and the day’s winner also having the best score of the week. That winner was Gus Guidetti who took his first of two wins by six clear in the first division having returned a 19/20 split for the day. Greg Ignatieff ran the winner the closest but a weak 15 points on the front nine did in his chances for the day but at least he did enough on the back nine o win a count back with Alan Griffith with a better 20 to 16. Frank Harrington just got the better of Mark Cooper with a better 16 to 14 in a count back for fourth and fifth places.

The second division was taken by Brendan Dunne with second placed Stephen Lewis running him very close but he also slipped up over the front nine taking just 15 points from it and leaving himself just a bit too much to do. John Tallett then won another count back with a better 19 to 18 to leave Larry Gibb in fifth followed in fifth by John O’Sullivan.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper holed a very nice one on the 4th hole to sweep the first division pool.

Before the presentations were made there was a warm welcome back for Graham Johnson making a comeback after multiple heart problems.

Wednesday 28th November Pattana A & B courses Yellow tees Par 74
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1st Tony Campbell (11) 37 cb 20
2nd Garry Barling (9) 37 cb 19
3rd John Villany (20) 35
4th Mark Cooper (10) 34
5th Rodney Nabbe (13) 33 cb 19
6th Kevin Blake (8) 33 cb 18
From Brian Beaupre (6) 33 cb 13

The two weekly visit to Pattana was as usual a real pleasure with the course in pristine condition again and playing the A and B courses each with a par six on the card the par for the day was 74 and the CSS stayed the same as the scoring benefitted from the course condition.

One short of the requirement for two divisions the handicap spread was from 6 to 29 with most of the leading contenders coming from the top third of the list.

They were led in by Aussie Rules veteran Tony Campbell who had his best round for three years and so winning the day after a better countback of 20 to 19 consigning fellow Aussie Garry Barling into second spot.

John Villany made it three from Oz at the top two shots behind in third just one ahead of fourth placed Mark Cooper.

Rodney Nabbe then won a three way count back with a best 19 points with Kevin Blake sixth with 18 and Brian Beaupre seventh with a low 13 after he had the best opening nine on the day and looked like a possible winner until he slipped in a couple of zero pointers in the middle of the back nine.

Tony Kennedy had the sole 2 in the second division on B3 to sweep the rollover pot clean but there were plenty in the first division as in contrast to the 1st hole it played the easiest as the first division managed four 2s so a much smaller pot was shared by Rodney Nabbe, Kevin Blake, Mark Cooper and Tony Campbell.

Prior to the presentations the was a welcome for Tony Campbell not for his first game but his first visit to The Haven together with welcome backs for Brian Beaupre and Jamie King.

Friday 30thNovember Crystal Bay Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Gus Guidetti (12) 35 cb 20
2nd Brian Beaupre (6) 35 cb 16
3rd Allan Busby (15) 34 cb 20
4th Greg Ignatieff (14) 34 cb 18
5th Kevin Blake (8) 34 cb 16
2nd Division 16 +
1st Tony Kennedy (25) 39
2nd John Villany (20) 35
3rd Brendan Dunne (29) 33
4th Trevor Schirmer (19) 31
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29

With the numbers increased two divisions were needed, the cut coming at a very normal 15 and below for the first division for this reasonably priced day where the A course is still out of action and the only complaint s were regarding the difference in the two nine’s greens one being perfect and the other not so good but again the scores were reasonable generally and the CSS stayed at par for the day.

Gus Guidetti took his second win of the week when topping the first division after winning a count back with Brian Beaupre with a better 20 to 16 after Brian had slipped again through the back nine and so having to settle for second. Allan Busby then won a three way count back with the best 20 points for third place leaving Greg Ignatieff in fourth with 18 and Kevin Blake in fifth with 16’
The second division was led in by Tony Kennedy, another Aussie winner and the fourth, with the best of the day at three under handicap winning by four from John Villany in second and steady Brendan in third another two behind.

Trevor Schirmer slipped onto the podium with a less than sparkling five over score but well ahead of the rest of the division hopefuls the best of whom was Shuichi Kodaka in fifth place.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Phil Mitchell and Allan Busby together with farewells to Jamie King, Garry Barling, John Villany, Tony Kennedy, Rodney Nabbe and Gus Guidetti.

There were no 2s in the second division but Greg Ignatieff and Kevin Blake shared the first division pot with one each on the 127 yard B6 hole.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 19.11.2018
Eddy & Shuichi Take the Medals

Monday 19th November Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st John Villany (21) 38
2nd Brendan Dunne (29) 33
3rd John Fleming (10) 31 cb 16
4th John O’Sullivan (21) 31 cb 15 b6 12
5th Rodney Nabbe (13) 31 cb 15 b6 10
6th Tony Kennedy (25) 31 cb 15 b6 8

With still more rain falling during the nights the general condition of the courses played were all made more difficult with very little run available from the tees and tricky rough in most areas that could not be mowed sufficiently. The first test of the week was the most difficult especially as the C course was in the mix and the CSS for the day reflected that as it rose two strokes to 74.

John Villany thought it was a bit of a doddle as he took the top spot by five clear in his first outing with the group and indeed his first trip to Pattaya after starting the day with 21 points from the front nine and blobbing the first and last holes on the back and so will have some interesting stories to relate on his return to Oz.

Brendan Dunne ran closest in second place and could have been even closer if not for a zero pointer on the last hole but he had done enough earlier on to ensure that he keep a couple of shots between himself and third place.

Third place was in fact contested by four players who had to be separated by a count back which John Fleming won with a better 16 to take third with John O’Sullivan fourth, Rodney Nabbe fifth and Tony Kennedy sixth.

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

Before the presentations were made there were welcomes for new members John Villany and Tony Kennedy from Wollongong together with a welcome back for Garry Barling also from the same town.

Wednesday 21st November Khao Kheow A & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Mark Cooper (10) 35
2nd Garry Barling (9) 33 cb 15
3rd Chris Ross (29) 33 cb 11
4th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 31
5th Eddy O’Donnell (13) 30

It is always a pleasure for the group to play Khao Kheow as the condition never attracts bad criticism even though it is never an easy prospect even when there is some run on the fairways but on this occasion at least the CSS remained at its level base with enough of the field making the standard required.

Mark Cooper led in the hopefuls by two clear having started inauspiciously on the first hole with a zero pointer but finished strongly taking twenty points from the closing nine holes.

Garry Barling then won a count back over the C course, which was in fact the first nine played but as is the norm with the group the count backs are always over the back nine on the card no matter in which order they are played, taking it with a better 15 to 11 return to leave Chris Ross who had and outstanding 22 points on the A course to round out his day's golf to settle for third place.

Shuichi Kodaka started the day well with 17 points from the front nine but faded a bit round the back half and so had to settle for fourth place one shot ahead of fifth placed Eddy O’Donnell who started slowly but started to look good the longer the round went.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there was a welcome back for Mark Cooper after an enjoyable golf tour to Jakarta.

Friday 23rd November Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Eddy O’ Donnell (13) 69
2nd Gus Guidetti (12) 70
3rd Kevin Blake (9) 73
2nd Division 16 +
1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 70
2nd Tony Kennedy (25) 77 cb 38.5
3rd Frank Hughes (21) 77 cb 39.5

As usual the Monthly Medals were held at Pattaya Country Club although a little earlier in the month than usual and the scoring at last for the winners was good as the course played well considering the soaking that it had received the previous night which had left parts of Pattaya completely flooded to dampen the spirits of those trying to celebrate Loy Kratong.

Eddy O’Donnell became the sixteenth qualifier in the first division for the Gold and Silver Medals to be contested at the end of December although it is unlikely that either he or the second placed Gus Guidetti, the seventeenth qualifier, will be here to contend. But they had a good and close competition for the day’s medal with Eddy just edging it after an outstanding three over gross on the back nine to take it by a single stroke after Gus had also a very good four over gross for the last nine.

Kevin Blake took third place to round out the division podium also having a three over gross back nine.

With insufficient numbers in the 16 to 20 handicap category there was just the one second division section and that was well taken by Shuichi Kodaka by seven clear from Tony Kennedy after the latter had won a count back with third placed Frank Hughes with a better 38.5 to 39.5.

There were no 2s in the second division but Garry Barling had one on the 12th and Peter Skinner had one on the 5th and so shared the rollover pool.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Peter Skinner, Kevin Blake, Alan Pilkington and Alan Griffiths all returning from the Jakarta golf trip together with Stanley Monaghan from up country, Gus Guidetti from Darwin NT and Stephen Lewis from London having dragged himself away from watching the currently successful Chelsea football team.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 12.11.2018
A very tough week on the courses

Monday 12th November Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 17
1st Steven Downes (5) 33
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 30
3rd Rodney Nabbe (12) 27 cb 16
4th Tatsumi Noguchi (16) 27 cb 15 b6 12
5th Yasuo Suzuki (13) 27 cb 15 b6 11
2nd Division 18 +
1st John O’Sullivan (23) 38
2nd Brendan Dunne (29) 32
3rd Murray Edwards (21) 28

The first of two times when the CSS for the day went out three but still stayed counting for upward review was the result when the group took on the always difficult Robert Trent Jones layout in Ban Chang where although the course was in good condition, especially the greens, everyone except one found the going tough. But all the players were unanimous in their comments following their return to base, that that are looking forward to the next time that it is on the schedule.

For the first time at the start of the usual high season there was a requirement for two divisions with the number of hopefuls reaching twenty and the cut being set at 17 and below for the first division. That was led in by Steven Downes taking his first win of his current trip and finishing with a three stroke gap ahead of second placed Shuichi Kodaka. Rodney Nabbe took third place after winning a three way count back with a better 16 and Tatsumi Noguchi ahead of Yasuo Suzuki with a better 12 to 11 over the last six holes.

John O’Sullivan easily won the second division with the best score of the day at two under handicap and was solely responsible for preventing the event becoming non-counting as he finished six shots clear of second placed Brendan Dunne and ten in front of third man Murray Edwards.

Both the division winners had 2s Steven Downes on the 166 yard 6th and John O’Sullivan on the 157 yard 13th hole, John taking the bigger prize which included a rollover.

Hal Hart suffered from serious heat stroke during the round and had to retire and so the group will not be seeing him again until he returns from his quick visit to a couple of the surrounding countries in a couple of weeks’ time.

Before the prize giving there were welcomes for new members John Fleming, Eddy O’Donnell and Carlos Garcia together with welcome backs for Rodney Nabbe and Frank Hughes. There were also farewells for Hisahiko Makino, Tatsumi Noguchi and Taka Kojima.

Wednesday 14th November Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Frank Harrington (7) 36 cb 18
2nd Markku Tynell (22) 36 cb 15
3rd Brendan Dunne (29) 35
4th Steven Downes (7) 34
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 33 cb 18
6th John Fleming (10) 33 cb 15

As usual Pattana was in excellent condition but the recent rains had left the fairways with very little run from the tees and once again scoring was at a premium although at least the CSS for the day remained at 73 as the day included a par six in the form of the ninth hole on the B course. But a disappointing number following the turnout for the previous event meant that there was just the one division set for the day.

Frank Harrington had the best of a count back with Markku Tynell and took the top step after carding a better 18 to 15 over the back nine after Markku had had an outstanding start on the B course.

Brendan Dunne almost managed to get into the count back just missing out by a single stroke and had to settle for third place with Steven Downes again showing well in fourth place another shot in arrears.

Shuichi Kodaka and new man John Fleming rounded out the podium in fifth and sixth places after Shuichi won a count back with a better 18 to 15.

The were no 2s in the second division but Rodney Nabbe had his only interesting bit of the day when he knocked one in against all odds on hole C2 having narrowly missed the water on the way up to the green and in the process scoring the only two pointer in an otherwise disappointing day.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Larry Gibb, Tony Campbell, Tony O’Neill and Ray Smallwood.

Friday 16th November Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (22) 32
2nd Yasuo Suzuki (13) 30
3rd Steven Downes (5) 29 cb 12
4th Frank Harrington (7) 29 cb 11
5th Eddy O’Donnell (13) 28

Another tough day rounded off the week as Mountain Shadow wrecked the usual havoc with all the cards and ended with Markku Tynell taking the win in his last outing with the group until he returns in a couple of weeks’ time, his round of four over handicap also kept the day’s event a counting one as he led them in by two from Yasuo Suzuki also playing for the last occasion on this visit.

Steven Downes, another leaver took third after winning a count back with Frank Harrington with a better 12 to 11 after they had both had good opening halves.

Eddy O’Donnell rounded out the podium winners another shot behind and underlined the difficulties being the fourth lower handicap player in the group with all the higher handicappers except Markku find it all a bit too much to handle.

Although there were no 2s in the second division Yasuo Suzuki had one on the 8th hole in the first division but had to share with Rodney Nabbe who was again on form as he got two, on the 5th and 8th holes, but still could not get the rest of his game in good enough shape to get on the podium.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Alan Hanlon together with farewells for Steven Downes on his way back to Wales, Yasuo Suzuki returning to Japan, Dick Heaney to Australia and Markku Tynell to South East Asia for more photography opportunities.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.11.2018
Hisahiko breaks the bank

Monday 5th November Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (16) 35
2nd Trevor Schirmer (19) 34
3rd John Tallett (29) 33
4th Mark Cooper (10) 32
5th Murray Edwards (21) 31
6th Markku Tynell (21) 30

Most of the courses are now getting back to normal after what is hopefully the end of the rainy season and Pattavia is no exception with the greens playing a little slower than usual and the rest of the course in excellent condition with the fairways deserving of special mention, with the scoring reflecting that situation.

Christer Olsson put in another solid round and although not being able to match the par for the course it was good enough to take the win by one shot ahead of a closely packed field after a slow start of just fifteen points over the front nine.

Trevor Schirmer looked a sure winner after nine with twenty two points but managed just four points from the last four to slip out of the top spot and having to settle for second place.

John Tallett is determined to improve his handicap during this visit after practising hard in the UK and made a good start to that endeavour with a third place another shot behind second after a round that included four three pointers and a four pointer.

Mark Cooper placed fourth one ahead of fifth placed Murray Edwards and two ahead of sixth placed Markku Tynell.

There were no 2s in the first division but Dick Heaney had a very nice one on A 4 to sweep the rollover pot clean in the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Peter Skinner, Mark Cooper and Benny Hansen.

Wednesday 7th November Khao Kheow B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Hisahiko Makino (12) 41
2nd Yasuo Suzuki (14) 36
3rd Dick Heaney (16) 32
4th Hal Hart (19) 29 cb 17
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29 cb 15
6th Mark Cooper (10) 28

Quite a tough challenge awaited the hopefuls at Khao Kheow where the wet weather had prevented some of the rough from being cut down enough to make it playable for most of the field and except for the two leading players most suffered greatly after missing the fairway from the tee.

Hisahiko Makino was one of the exceptions hardly missing a fairway on his way to a very good five under handicap and earning himself an ESR handicap adjustment having had a four under return on the previous day with the Tara Court group at Green Valley. This day’s card did not have a six on it and with eight 5s, Nine 4s and a 3 was the epitome of steadiness which resulted in a 21/20split over the C/B combine.

Yasuo Suzuki was the other solid player finishing with a level handicap round some four strokes clear of third placed Dick Heaney with the rest of the podium placements straggling behind but ahead of others who were suffering even more.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Christer Olsson made up for an otherwise disappointing day with a very good birdie on the signature hole B8.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Tatsumi Noguchi, Hisahiko Makino and Steven Downes. There was also a special rendition of “Happy Birthday” for Yasuo Suzuki celebrating his sixty sixth birthday and remembering that he has been playing with the group for over twenty years and still always smiling.

To wrap up the speech interval, following the day’s earlier results from the American elections, the Emcee attempted to compare Nero fiddling with Trump tweeting, while the Republicans took the Senate, the Democrats took the House and an un-named Mia Noi took the Land, Car and Motor Bike, but it all went down like the proverbial lead balloon in total silence, until he quickly blew the horn to summon refreshments.

But it is now doubtful that he will be asked to speak at any bigger functions in the near future.

Friday 9th November Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Hisahiko Makino (12) 39
2nd John Tallett (29) 38 cb 20
3rd Peter Skinner (12) 38 cb 16
4th Steven Downes (5) 37
5th Frank Harrington (7) 35 cb 18
6th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35 cb 16

A much better prepared group set out for the much improved nearest course on the schedule, with at least enough of the biggest group for a while playing to the standard, which saw the CSS for the day remain at a level 72 even with four of them being under handicap.

Once again Hisahiko Makino led them in, this time at three under handicap after another excellent round which included a 18/21 split and a couple of zero pointers.

John Tallett made sure of a start to his planned handicap reduction taking second place by winning a count back with the inform Peter Skinner with a better 20 to 16 over the last nine after Peter had added a couple of zero pointers into the reckon to follow a sparkling 22 points going out.

Steven Downes playing alongside Peter took fourth place another shot behind and the third member, Frank Harrington, placed fifth but the fourth after winning a count back with Shuichi Kodaka with a better 18 to 16.

The fourth member of the lowest handicap group, Alan Pilkington failed to make an impression after his golf glove that had been nestling in the bottom of his bag for some time slowly rotting away fell apart early in the round and he was unable to find a suitable replacement until all bets were settled.

There were no 2s in the second division but Peter Skinner and Steven Downes underlined their pedigrees with one each to share the first division rollover pool.

Prior to the presentations being made there was a welcome for new member Taka Kojima together with welcome backs for Alan Pilkington and Frank Harrington.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 29.10.2018
A white whale spotted at Pattana

Monday 29th October Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (19) 31
2nd Yukio Kikuchi (19) 29
3rd John Tallett (29) 28
4th John O’Sullivan (23) 27

The last of the vouchers were the big draw for the first outing of the week, in fact more players turned out than expected but the course management made a special offer for the rest of the group without vouchers and so it was a very inexpensive day for all. The course was in pretty good shape considering all the water it had absorbed recently but played very long, with the rough overly long due to the not unexpected lack of mowing all of which made the usually longest par 72 that the group play an even more daunting prospect and no-one was surprised to find that there were none who played within their buffer zones and therefore the day became a non-counting event for handicap adjustments.

Hal Hart managed the conditions the best and so won the top accolade of the day by two strokes ahead of Yukio Kikuchi playing in his last event of this trip.

John Tallett returned, vowing to get his handicap reduced or else, to claim third spot one behind Yukio and one in front of fourth placed John O’Sullivan
Unsurprisingly there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Dick Heaney, Shuichi Kodaka, John Tallett and Bryan Brown, together with a farewell for Yukio Kikuchi.

Wednesday 31st October Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees Par 73
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 39
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 35
3rd Erik Donnestad (6) 34
4th Hal Hart (19) 33
5th Vincent Gras (17) 31

The last chance to play the prospective IPGC Championship course at inexpensive rates, as the high season rate will be a 1,100 baht green fee, was not so well attended as the previous outing which underlines the contention that price is a main factor in player’s choice of course on a limited budget. But condition is still also very important and in that respect Pattana always scores at the top of the list of all the courses that the group play. This occasion was no exception even and though the wind blew unusually hard the scoring was very good generally and a credit to the green staff for the presentation of all the course especially the greens which were fast and true. Once again the group played the ninth hole of the B course as a par six with a yardage of well over 600 yards.

Shuichi Kodaka had his best round for some while and it could have been even better but for a serious drop off in form over the last four holes from which he could manage just four points to finish with a 22/17 card following an extremely good start to the day having taken five three pointers from the opening nine.

Christer Olsson managed to stay fairly close in second place but also faded through the back nine returning a 20/15 split.

Erik Donnestad had one of his best rounds in his last event with the group but he along with Christer may well have been affected by the antics of the third member of their group, Greg Ignatieff soon no doubt to be affectionately known as “Moby Dick”, who after losing his special stay cool Aussie bush rangers hat in the high wind, it having blowing into the adjacent lake from the teeing area, stripped down to his undies and dived into the water in what was to be a time consuming but luckless quest to retrieve the valued item. He had not been helped by the caddy only agreeing to take off her shoes and socks and paddle in the shallow bit, but it had caused some amusement and amazement to the groups playing the nearest holes and was the talk of the day as was the obvious lack of Vancouver Salmon in Pattana’s waters. The Emcee reminded the group at the prize giving of the previous occasion of a swimmer with the group later known as “Flipper” who had a similar full ducking at Crystal Bay but on that occasion had been encouraged into the water by the “Swimming Instructor” during a discussion regarding slow play. Fortunately one of the caddies with the paparazzi training was quick to record the activities for the benefit of those not on the scene.

Hal Hart and Vincent Gras rounded out the podium after the group returned to the more serious aspects of the day.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka made it a big day when he shared the second division pot, having holed a good putt on the short C2, with Dick Heaney who had a very good birdie on the 169 yard B7.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Mark Armstrong and Vincent Gras, who is now having to travel to Pattaya more often in an effort to eat the meat that he keeps bring on every trip. An effort similar to painting the Forth Bridge.

Friday 2nd November Crystal Bay White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Greg Ignatieff (13) 35
2nd Hal Hart (19) 33
3rd Christer Olsson (16) 32
4th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 31
5th Chris Ross (29) 28

The last event of the week was the least eventful at the usually fairly benign Crystal Bay course where the A nine continues to be out of action but on this occasion the players found it to be a little tougher than normal mainly due to the two completely different greens on B and C courses although the fairways had the admiration of all the contenders being as good as any in the schedule.

Greg Ignatieff having obviously recovered from the loss of his favourite hat, and sporting a newer but inferior product, still managed to outscore the rest of field leading them in by two from his nearest challenger after a up and down round that included six three pointers, six one pointers and a zero.

Hal hart was that nearest player in second place he also having had a very spotty round with a 4 pointer, five 3s, four 1s and three zero but just kept ahead of third placed Christer Olsson by one point.

Shuichi Kodaka took fourth place three ahead of Chris Ross in fifth.

There were no 2s in the second division but Greg Ignatieff added to his day’s haul of loot for the new hat fund with one on the 156 yard C7.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Brendan Dunne, having torn himself away from watching Crystal Palace, and unsurprisingly a farewell for Vincent Gras on his way back to Darwin to rustle up some more victuals.


IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 22.10.2018
Jon & Christer take the Monthly Medals

Monday 22nd October Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (19) 35
2nd David Ross (18) 34
3rd Christer Olsson (16) 33
4th Yukio Kikuchi (19) 31

A much better week of weather and numbers as the usual snow birds start to return together with a few regular tourists soon to be joined by many more it is hoped.

Also the IPGC Committee has agreed the date and venue of the Club Championships to be held at Pattana on the 6th and 8th of February 2019 at a cost of 3,500 baht which will include 2 days of green fees, caddies fees, Championship prizes in three divisions plus ladies and three divisions in the Plate Competition for those members not making the cut for the second day, together with a sumptuous presentation buffet to include draft beers, soft drinks, teas and coffees at the golf club venue on the Friday.

The first event of the week took the group to Pattavia where once again the course was found to be in excellent condition with even the greens being a little more playable than usual due no doubt to the amount of rain that has been affecting the ground staff, and all at a very reasonable price with green fee, caddy and cart costing just 1,350 baht.

Trevor Schirmer just squeaked in ahead of David Ross after starting with a good nineteen points he almost lost it by throwing in a couple of zero pointers but a solid eleven points over the closing five holes sealed the deal as David just failed to make up the three points he was behind after the opening nine holes and so having to settle for second place.

Christer Olsson had his first of three podium placings in the week in third place just in front of fourth placed Yukio Kikuchi who returned a terrific 21 points on the back nine but had left himself far too much to do to really compete for the top prizes on the day.

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

Before the presentations were made there were welcome back for Yasuo Suzuki, Ben Jackson, Shane Elder, Trevor Schirmer and Hal Hart.

Wednesday 24th October Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Par 72
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1st Hal Hart (19) 37
2nd Erik Donnestad (6) 34
3rd Andrew Purdie (8) 32
4th Christer Olsson (16) 31

Although there was no rain to speak of during the event, apart from a short and very light shower mid-way through the rounds, the heavy overnight soaking had left the course very wet and playing long and so even with many of the tees in forward positions the scoring was still not so good with the exception of the winner who returned the best of the week at one under handicap. That winner was newly returned Club Chairman Hal Hart who had used the time off both before and during his break in Taiwan to recuperate from a nagging injury and also returned in good form.

Erik Donnestad took second place with one of his steadier rounds three behind the leader and two ahead of third placed Andrew Purdie who at last seemed to be getting the ball in the fairways on several occasions throughout the day.

Christer Olsson took fourth place for his second success of the week.

There were no 2s in division 1 but Christer Olsson Holed out with his second shot from a round 100 yards on the par 4 first hole to sweep both pools clean as is now the practice for an eagle on a par four.

Prior to the presentations being made there was a welcome back for Ole Stamnes.

Friday 26th October Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 1- 15
1st Jon Batty (7) 73
2nd Yasuo Suzuki (13) 76
3rd Erik Donnestad (^0 78
2nd Division 16 +
1st Christer Olsson (16) 72
2nd Yukio Kikuchi (19) 77
3rd Shane Elder (22) 82

Once again the Monthly Medals were held at Pattaya Country Club, which continues to improve with special mention being deserved for the condition of the greens. But as with all the other courses played in the week, the general condition was very wet causing the scores to be not as good as to be expected usually, although the CSS for day remained at a level 72.

Jon Batty returned to the group to win his first Medal of the year becoming the fourteenth qualifier in the first division with Yasuo Suzuki placing second being the fifteenth for the end of year Gold and Silver Medals.

Jon’s return included an excellent one over par gross back nine which made up well for a disappointing opening to his round and was well pleased after being presented with the beautiful Knotted Putter incased in a glass block which is now the reward for all medal winners.

Erik Donnestad placed third another two strokes behind.

Christer Olsson capped off a very successful week by taking the second division Medal, his third of the year, by five clear points after returning a very solid card of two nines both played at level handicap.

Yukio Kikuchi had also previously qualified for the end of year event took second place well ahead of the rest of the division which was led in by Shane Elder in third place.

There were no 2s in the second division but Jon Batty added to his day’s booty when he stroked in a short one on the 137 yard 12th hole.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 15.10.2018
A hard week of golf

Monday 15th October Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st John O’Sullivan (23) 25 cb 15
2nd Howard Jeglum (15) 25 cb 13
3rd Vincent Gras (17) 24
4th David Ross (18) 22

A very tough week of golf, due to the constant overnight rains which caused all the courses played to be sodden and giving zero roll on the fairways, started out at the longest par 72 on the schedule and even with the Jomtiem group playing the same day none of the competitors in either of the events could get within their buffer zones and so the day became non counting for upward review of handicaps as the CSS for the moved out three to 75.

John O’Sullivan was the best of subdued group after winning a countback with Howard Jeglum with a better 15 to 13 they were closely followed by Vincent Gras in third place and David Ross in fourth.

There were no 2s in the second division, but at last the first division pot was emptied after many rollovers when Howard Jeglum rolled one in on the lucky thirteenth hole after putting his tee shot to just under a foot, which was the highlight of a very mediocre back nine as it garnered four points amongst a lone two pointer and seven one pointers, but the size of the pot was a matter for a bit of horn blowing back at The Haven.

The very subdued presentations were much enlivened when Vincent Gras was welcomed back for what may prove to be a long visit.

Wednesday 17th October Pattana A & B courses Yellow tees Par 74
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1st David Ross (18) 30
2nd Kaneo Watanabe (25) 29 cb 18
3rd Yukio Kikuchi (19) 29 cb 15
4th Peter Skinner (12) 28

Once again the course was found to be very wet and even though the general condition was good it made for a very hard day’s work to take on the par 74 A & B courses which included both of the par sixes, and again the event was non-counting for upward review after the CSS moved out three.

Davis Ross amazingly won the day having spent most of it, after leaving The Haven, vainly searching for some explanation of a hedgehog that Vincent had been telling him about over breakfast that he had had to leave at the house earlier in the day. During the postgame celebrations he discovered that in fact there had been a little mis-translation due to the lack of “Jack” earlier in the day. But still he was happy to have taken the top step of the podium after an altogether exhausting day both mentally and physically.

Kaneo Watanabe took second place after winning a count back with Yukio Kikuchi with a better 18 to 15 after a very slow start to his day.

Peter Skinner slipped and slid into fourth place another shot behind them.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division and also none in the first division.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcome backs for Yukio Kikuchi and Kaneo Watanabe from Japan and awaiting the arrival of Yasuo Suzuki who is still in transit.

Friday 19th October Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (16) 34
2nd Chris Ross (29) 31
3rd David Ross (18) 28
4th Vincent Gras (17) 26

The last event of the week was just a little easier than the previous two but still the conditions were the winners with the CSS moving out two to 74 as only the winner was within the buffer zone.

That winner was Christer Olsson who had started very solidly with eighteen points from the opening nine but then put in a very mixed bag of scores on the back nine which included two zeros and four three pointers but which proved to be easily enough to take the top step for the day.

Chris Ross was his nearest challenger, three back and three ahead of third placed David Ross who in turn was two in front of Vincent Gras in fourth place.

Again there were no 2s in either of the divisions although Christer Olsson had four chances in the second division, but failed to hole any of them.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Christer Olsson, Erik Donnestad and Andrew Purdie together with a farewell for Kaneo Watanabe and later on a farewell for Mike Dabanovich.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 0.08.2018
Markku has a rare Treble

Monday 8th October Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (22) 31
2nd Ray Smallwood (27) 30
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29

Another week of short numbers as we await the start of the high season but in the meantime it is good value for those that are in the starting lineup and the first event of the week was no exception with the walking fee just 950 baht including caddy, but as is also quite usual at the moment the course was very wet with almost invariably negative run from the tee making for a very long course which affected the scores negatively with the CSS for the day moving out to 75.

Markku Tynell had his worst score of the week but it was still good enough to take the win with the rest of the field also struggling to score.

Ray Smallwood placed second, his highest position to date with the group, just one shot behind and one ahead of third placed Shuichi Kodaka who had been hoping to add to his Japanese Holiday Fund but finished disappointed on this occasion.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations there was a welcome back for David Ross who is just starting to play again after having a brand new hip and is looking forward to trying to get back to a solid game here in the warm weather. There was also a farewell for Shuichi Kodaka returning to Japan for a holiday.

Wednesday 10th October Khao Kheow A & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Markku Tynell (22) 39
2nd Dave Ross (18) 37
3rd Chris Ross (29) 33
4th Masanori Takano (7) 29

Once again the course was found to be in first class shape but playing long with golf carts only allowed on the cart paths and although the yellow tees were in forward positions on many of the tee boxes it was still a long grind for most of the hopefuls.

But for Markku Tynell it was another walk in the park but this time a bit shorter as he bettered his last winning score by eight strokes and extended the win margin to two as he returned a card showing a 19/20 split on C/A even including a zero pointer on the last hole to follow a four pointer on the 17th.

Dave Ross almost caught the winner on the back nine having started very slowly garnering just 15 points from the front half and then finishing strongly but had left himself just a bit too much to do over the closing holes to be better than second.

Chris Ross had his best round with the group to date finishing third another four strokes behind David but another four in front of fourth placed Masanori Takano who was unusually subdued in his first game back with The Haven.

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

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Masanori Takano snow birding for the winter.

Friday 12th October Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (22) 37
2nd John O’Sullivan (23) 36 cb 17
3rd Chris Ross (29) 36 cb 15
4th Dave Ross (18) 35
5th Peter Skinner (11) 33

Although the course was very wet in places the scoring generally was the best of the week as the course, which apart from the run, was in very good condition with again special mention required for the greens which are now becoming very good indeed.

Markku Tynell made it a fantastic treble after taking his third win of the week following a very close competition with his playing partners as together they made up the top four places on the day. Once again he flirted with disaster taking zero points from the last hole whilst his two nearest challengers could not quite make up the difference, but another solid performance of a 20/17 split proved to be just enough to see him home and dry in his last outing prior to taking a rest from golf and heading off to China for a photographic safari.

Second place went to John O’Sullivan who just scrapped in on a winning count back oy 17 to 15 helped by a two pointer on the last that was just one short of the win as Chris Ross dropped one more for just the one point on the last hole when a three pointer would have won and so had to settle for third place.

David Ross was the fourth member of the four ball to be in contention, but again he had left himself far too much to do over the closing holes, as even ten points from the last four holes were still a couple short of the required number but at least they saw him into fourth place a couple of shots ahead of Peter Skinner in fifth place who had seemingly found the difference between European courses and Thailand courses a little too much to handle on this occasion.

Once again there were no 2s in either division, a particularly rare occurrence in the first division.

Back at The Haven there was a farewell for Markku Tynell together with welcome backs for Peter Skinner from most of Europe and Howard Jeglum from Vancouver Island.

Howard was the bearer of sad news, in that Mike Korney who having returned to Canada last November with a sore throat unfortunately and was then diagnosed with cancer, did not respond to treatment and passed way in July. He will be missed by many in the group where he was very popular for his Canadian humour.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 01.10.2018
Shuichi hits the jackpot

Monday 1st October Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Brian Proctor (20) 28
2nd Markku Tynell (22) 27 cb 12
3rd Peter Mannion (10) 27 cb 10

A very quiet week for the group with few local golfers still around and even fewer holidaymakers meant it was the quietest period in memory but set against that the East Coast Golf Association in their wisdom chose the 1st October to be the start of the general increase of caddy rates to 400 baht and carts to 700 baht, the former reputedly required to meet the new minimum wage level and the second presumably as it seemed to be a good idea. The increase in caddy rates has been forewarned for some time as with the dearth of players in the area many caddies are only getting a maximum day on the bag of two times and at some courses much less. Obviously not enough to make up a living wage in a week and so no doubt there will still be a shortage of caddies when and if they appear for the high season. But at least the courses generally are in excellent condition, with so little play, and it is millionaire’s golf every day.

Treasure Hill is never an easy prospect but with a special package on offer of 1,350 baht including green fee, caddy and golf cart (some creative thinking at least from this management) it gets the interest of players and it was interesting to note it was the busiest of the course that the group played in the week.

Brian Proctor doubled his win total with another one that would usually not figure in the final reckoning but the small field resulted in a special win ahead of a two way count back for second and third places which Markku Tynell won with a better 12 to 10 to leave Peter Mannion playing in his last event before returning to Norfolk in England.

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

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Chris Ross, together with farewells for Brian Proctor and Peter Mannion.

Wednesday 3rd October Pattana A & B courses Yellow tees Par 74
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35
2nd Chris Ross (29) 30
3rd Markku Tynell (22) 29

Yet another small field took on the excellent conditioned Pattana A & B courses where the ninth on B was played, as is now usual with the group, as a par six to make a par 74 for the course and the CSS for the day remained the same even having played from the yellow tees.

Shuichi Kodaka took the win with a solid round that most of the rest of the players could only admire finishing with a 16/19 split having had a small problem with stroke index 1 being number four on a where he failed to score amongst an otherwise very tidy card.

Chris Ross at last worked his way onto the podium some five shots behind the leader but very happy to finally be showing some form at least compared to others in the group.

Markku Tynell is going through a slight loss of form period but did enough on this occasion to take third place.

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

Prior to the prizes being presented there was a farewell for Chris Ross heading back north to see the final touches being made to his new house.

Friday 5th October Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
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1st Paul Davies (21) 37
2nd Howard Leigh (12) 35
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 30

Once again the group found themselves without too many problems with other golfers, even though there was a Local Thai competition being played at the same time, as they appeared to be the only others on the day so everything moved along quite smoothly and although the course was fairly damp from overnight rain the scores were the best of the week.

Paul Davies broke a fifteen year run of playing with The Haven without a win after turning in a card at one under handicap that was good enough to win by two from playing partner Howard Leigh finishing with a 20/17 split and containing two 4 pointers and six 3 pointers but sadly two zeros, but still it was his best round with the group for a very long time and well deserved the win.

Howard Leigh had a very solid round without any zero pointers but even a surge of twenty points on the back nine was not quite enough, after a slow start, to trouble the winner.

Shuichi Kodaka was concentrating extremely hard on the par threes but the pressure was mostly too much, and after slotting in the prayed for birdie on the sixth the rest of the day was a bit of a cruise and with just eleven points coming from the back nine as he contemplated the many combinations of how he could spend his treasure trove, he was fortunate to still manage to secure third place.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division, but the second division’s huge rollover pot was claimed by Shuichi Kodaka when he stroked in a two footer on the 127 yard sixth hole.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Howard Leigh and Paul Davies both taking a break from the stressful life in Bangkok.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 24.09.2018
Kevin, Shuichi and Markku take the Medals

Monday 24th September Eastern Star A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Peter Mannion (10) 30
2nd Don Bennett (11) 26
3rd Mike Dabanovich (11) 23

A week with very few golfers turning out for each event but with a total of sixteen that playing with the group in the three events it indicates that the average times a member now plays is slightly less than one and a half times a week. But with the high season just around the corner hopefully the numbers will steadily increase.

The highest turnout of the week saw the worst scores as the players found the course to be playing at its hardest with the pin placements causing the most problems and the greens lightning fast. Allied to the length of almost 6,600 yards with little run on the fairways, even the excellent condition of the course generally could not prevent the CSS for the moving out to 75 and making a mockery of a slope rating of 121 and a standard scratch of 71.2. With such differences in the standards of the courses and the day to day conditions that prevail in Thailand generally, it will be interesting to observe the movements in the members CONGU handicaps when the new universal system comes into force.

Peter Mannion reckoned it was a very tough day but he did well enough to win by four strokes ahead of Don Bennett in second place and another three in front of third placed Mike Dabanovich, all of the top three were 10 or 11 handicaps with none of the higher markers able to get close.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations there were welcome backs for Ray Smallwood and Mike Dabanovich together with farewells for Don Bennet and Trevor Schirmer.

Wednesday 26th September Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees
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1st Brian Proctor (20) 34
2nd Mark Cooper (10) 32
3rd Dave Paul (21) 29

A slightly easier day at the always tough Khao Kheow course where the A & B nines were in play for the day and as usual they were both in excellent condition considering the amount of rain that had been falling in the area.

Brian Proctor finally made it onto the top step of the podium with a very steady round that would have been even better without the couple of zeros on the back nine after a solid opening half of one over handicap. But there may well have been a good reason for those two lapses, on the third and seventh holes as second placed Mark Cooper, who placed second, also recorded two zeros on the same holes which were obviously playing at their very hardest as none of the rest of the field bettered a single point on them.

Dave Paul took third place three strokes behind Mark but quite a few ahead of the rest of the field.

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

Prior to the prize presentations there was a welcome back for Dave Paul on a flying visit on his way back to Canada to spend the winter clearing his drive of mountains of snow.

Friday 28thSeptember Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Kevin Blake (9) 71
2nd Simon Chapman (14) 75
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 73
2nd Brian Proctor (20) 75
3rd Division 21+
1st Markku Tynell (21) 82

A reasonable turnout of golfers for the monthly medals saw contenders in all three divisions and with the course once again proving to be in good shape and a local lift and place rule for the fairways in play, after the heavy overnight rain had left the course a little damp. Even though the group was badly affected by a huge thunderstorm nearing the ends of their rounds, the scoring was the best of the week.

Kevin Blake took the first division Medal with a one under handicap score winning y four from Simon Chapman and becoming the twelfth and thirteenth qualifiers in the first division for the end of year Gold and Silver Medals.

The second division was claimed by Shuichi Kodaka who was already qualified for the end of year play-offs second place Brian Proctor was a new entrant being number thirteen as he put in another good card for the week.

Markku Tynell was the only finisher in the third division with the rest of the group handing in no-returns, so added yet another Medal to his collection.

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

Back at The Haven there was a welcome for new member John Upex together with welcome backs for Vincent Gras and Simon Chapman.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 17.09.2018
Good prices every day

Monday 17th September Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 34
2nd Peter Mannion (9) 31 cb 15
3rd Markku Tynell (21) 31 cb 13
4th Christer Olsson (15) 31 cb 12

A pleasant surprise was awaiting the group when they arrived on a very steamy day when the clubhouse weather recorder was showing 29 degrees and 75% humidity but the green fee was a very cool 600 baht starting a week off when every course management was offering the group an extra special deal.

The course was also in very good condition as usual although the continuing wet weather, mostly during the evenings and nights, makes for long courses with little run and every CSS in the week went up from the standard course rating.

Trevor Schirmer had another very steady round that equated to level par whilst winning by three ahead of a three way count back for the minor placings.

That was won by Peter Mannion with 15 after Markku Tynell suffered badly from the heat through the final nine holes after starting the day at level par and having to settle for third place.

Christer Olsson suffered even more after a good 19 points going out he could only manage six points from the last six holes to take fourth place. It was the same throughout the field with only Trevor able to match his opening half.

There were no 2s in the first division but Trevor Schirmer added to his day’s haul with a cracker on C 6 that very nearly went in for the ace.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Brian Proctor, together with a farewell for Christer Olsson.

Wednesday 19th September Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Mark Cooper (10) 35
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 34
3rd Don Bennett (10) 30
4th Peter Mannion (9) 27 cb 13
5th Brian Proctor (20) 27 cb 9

Another special offer was presented for the group in the form of a free beer or soft drink voucher which waiting for them on their return to the clubhouse following another tough day for scoring even allowing that the paly was designated to start from the yellow tees and again no one was able to match their handicaps.

Mark Cooper had the best of them at one over his new and lower handicap and running out the winner by a single stroke ahead of Shuichi Kodaka in second place.

New member Don Bennett took third after struggling once again with the strange conditions and the length over wet fairways.

Peter Mannion then won a count back for fourth and fifth with Brian Proctor after returning a better 13 to 9 after Brian appeared to have a total collapse following a very tidy front nine.

Unsurprisingly with the course generally being so difficult there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Friday 21st September Pattavia Stableford
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1st Brian Proctor (20) 33
2nd Markku Tynell (21) 31
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 29
4th Mark Cooper (10) 28

For the last event of the week the golf was no easier but the price was the best of the week at just 500 baht green fee and 1,350 total including caddy and golf cart. Great value for a very well presented course in very good condition all round with even the greens being a little friendlier than usual having been left to grow a bit longer.

Brian Proctor at last climbed to the top of the pile as he won by two, even after failing to score on the last, with a very steady round that showed just the one blemish at the end.

Markku Tynell took second spot two in front of third placed Trevor Schirmer who in turn was just one up on fourth placed Mark Cooper.

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




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 10.09.2018
Allan Busby has the best of the week

Monday 10th September Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (15) 32
2nd Allan Busby (18) 31
3rd Steve Bickle (18) 30
4th Trevor Schirmer (18) 29
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 28

Although the Robert Trent Jones designed course is currently the least expensive to play for the group, due to the specially priced green fee vouchers which when added to a caddy and cart, cost a total of 1,300 baht, plus the fact that it is in great condition, doesn’t mean that it is one of the best supported events on the schedule. This may well be due to the difficulty that most players appear to have in scoring, which may possibly be due to its length of almost 6,600 yards, it being one of the longest on the calendar.

This occasion was another that proved to be very difficult for the players to match their handicaps as the recent wet weather had made it even longer. The scoring and the CSS, which moved out to 75 becoming non-counting, reflecting how hard it had been.

Christer Olsson had the best of the day at four over handicap whilst the rest of the field were close behind with Allan Busby taking second and Steve Bickle third places. Trevor Schirmer was in fourth another shot behind and one ahead of fifth placed Shuichi Kodaka.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there was a warm welcome back for Allan Busby fully recovered from his experiments with the local street cuisine and now convinced about air-conditioned dining as a better alternative. There was also a farewell for Steve Bickle heading back to the midlands of England.

Wednesday 12th September Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees
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1st Allan Busby (18) 38
2nd Markku Tynell (21) 29
3rd Larry Gibb (22) 28
4th Christer Olsson (15) 27

The group left The Haven in heavy rain, which had been coming down since before dawn, then arrived at the course to find almost clear skies but a rather sodden track to contend with for the rest of the day.

Even though generally the day’s test is considered harder than the previous one, the scoring was much better, at least at the front of the field where Allan Busby returned the best card of the week at two under handicap, even after opening up the day with a zero pointer on the first hole, which is arguably the easiest on the course, but an excellent four under on the back nine underpinned a very comfortable win by nine clear shots.

Markku Tynell was the nearest in second place and possibly should have been closer but a much weaker second nine, from which he garnered just 12 points, ended that possibility but he still managed to stay one in front of third placed Larry Gibb, who was making an inglorious attempt to take sole possession of the second division’s rollover 2s pool, but could only manage a three and a couple of fours on a disappointing day, but he became much more philosophical about it all during the post presentations round table meeting.

Christer Olsson took the last podium step for the day another shot behind in fourth place.

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

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

Friday 14th September Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 37
2nd Allan Busby (18) 32
3rd Peter Mannion ((0 31
4th Christer Olsson (15) 30 cb 17
5th Trevor Schirmer (18) 30 cb 16

Another day when the wet conditions, which followed massive overnight rain and which had left the course playing extremely long with virtually zero run on the fairways although the rest of the condition was very good, meant once again the general scoring was not anywhere near the usual expected standard.

There was one outstanding round from Mark Cooper that, although just one below handicap but which then translated to three under after the CSS was calculated at 74 for the day, led in the rest of the field by five clear and ensured that he would be playing the next week at least from the lowest handicap that he has had for a very long time and just a smidgen away from a single figure one.

Allan Busby was the closest but could not replicate his form of the previous event but was happy to take second place for his last round of this current trip.

Peter Mannion returned to the group in third place having taken a while to get used to the local conditions again but improved through the back nine and so will surely be a regular contender for the next month while he is here in the City.

Christer Olsson took his third podium placement of the week in fourth place after winning a count back with Trevor Schirmer scoring a better 17 to 16 over the back nine holes.

There were no 2s in the first division, but Allan Busby made it very Happy Returns to Blighty with the sole one in the second division, to sweep the bulging rollover pot clean and following the completion of the presentation ceremonies he asked his PA to blow the horn and welcomed the throng to “Have another one on him”?, to celebrate his departure.

Before the prizes were presented there was a welcome for new member Don Bennett together with welcome backs for Peter Mannion the Black Cab warrior from Norfolk, and visitor Terry Hodgkiss from Udon Thani where he has at last finished with the building project and just in time for the boundary walls to collect several centimeters depth of rainwater following the recent downpours up there, so is currently looking for a good few navies to dig a trench and ditch drainage system to incorporate into his landscape designs. There was also a farewell for Allan Busby returning to Chelmsford for, hopefully, a quick work period.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 03.09.2018
Markku Tynell excels

Monday 3rd September Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 41
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 35
3rd Dave LeHane (19) 33
4th Peter Skinner (12) 32
5th Hal Hart (17) 31

Pattavia is now a very easy course to reach, taking just over forty minutes from the group’s base and the with course also playing particularly well although the greens, but still demand some special attention to avoid embarrassing putting statistics, it currently gets a higher than average rating by the players.

Markku Tynell made the whole day look ridiculously easy as he went round in five under handicap to win by a clear six strokes from his closest challenger. A remarkable feat ahead of a very competitive field highlighted with two four pointers on the 16th and 17th holes in a sparkling back nine of five under handicap to add to a level par front nine.

Trevor Schirmer ran Markku the closest in second place with a solid round that was split 17/18 with the back half showing a perfect run of nine two pointers.

Dave LeHane continued with his run of steady form in third place just one point ahead of Peter Skinner in fourth who in turn was one up on fifth placed Hal Hart.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the prizes were presented there were welcome backs for Allan Busby who was returning to sample the many delights of street food, now that he has become almost a resident, having recently obtained a condo, a car, a motor cycle and a street directory together with guide, also with Hal Hart returning after spending a whole week drafting numerous teams, with questionable potential, in various American Football leagues and who is now hoping to make up the shortfall in funds with golf.

Wednesday 5th September Pattana B & C courses PAR 73
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 39
2nd Dave LeHane (19) 35 cb 21
3rd Alan Pilkington (6) 35 cb 14
4th Peter Skinner (12) 33
5th Allan Busby (18) 32

Playing the B and C nines with the ninth hole on the first nine played from the alternative tees as a plus 600 yard par six, the players as usual found the course to be in excellent condition with even the fairways playing well following a lot of recent heavy rain.

Once again Markku Tynell was found to be in top form but not quite able to replicate his great last round after recording a zero pointer on the seventeenth and a one point on the eighteenth hole following two four pointers on holes 13 and 15, but still had enough in hand to win by four.

Dave LeHane again showed well whilst winning a count back for second and third places with Alan Pilkington scoring a better 21 to 14 as Alan had had the same 21 points on the opening half.

Peter Skinner went one better than the previous event but still finished in fourth place one ahead of Allan Busby in fifth.

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

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for All Thailand Tour player Chris Smith taking some time away from his hectic and pressurized golfing schedule together with Peter Brown also spending some time away from Bangkok and last but certainly not least Larry Gibb, who had been regularly threatening to return to sweep the second division’s 2s pool clean, after he at last found his parking ticket and could leave the secured parking area of his new condo.

Friday 7th September Mountain Shadow Blue tees Monthly Medals
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 32
2nd Steve Bickle (18) 31
3rd Christer Olsson (15) 28

The always tricky sister course of Crystal Bay once again found the weak spot of everyone’s game with the best return being a sad four over handicap which determined that the event would be non-counting for upward review of handicaps. It is certainly not the length of the course that even from the blue tees measures a maximum of under 6,300 yards, but the small and undulating greens, and the narrow driving areas from the tees make if a tough test on a layout that was reputedly designed for fifteen handicappers and below.

Trevor Schirmer showed up the best of a dispirited group at four over handicap to win by a single point ahead of playing partner Steve Bickle. Sadly the third member of their group, Allan Busby, had to retire suffering from a severe dose of street food poisoning and is trusting that his other new activities recently undertaken in the country will not fall so far short of his expectations. The best news so far is, that the car is guaranteed for at least three years.

Christer Olsson took the third spot on the reduced podium with a valiant effort that left his playing group in the shade for the day.

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

 



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 27.08.2018
Alan, Dave & Murray claim the Medals

Monday 27th August Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (19) 37
2nd Markku Tynell (23) 34 cb 17
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34 cb 16
4th Andrew Purdie (7) 28

The trip down to Eastern Star promises to be one of the shortest for the group when the new extension to the motorway is completed as one of the exits is just 300 meters from the entrance to the course, which could mean players can be there in less than thirty minutes. In the meantime the trip is not too arduous while the benefits of it being part of the regular schedule are the prices, which are the best of all the courses played and the condition of the course generally especially the greens. But as always the Robert Trent Jones design is never an easy day’s golf as it requires attention to the tee shot on every hole or punishment awaits the careless golfer.

Dave LeHane celebrated his return to the group following his moving home to a development where he can spend some quiet time, with a solid one under handicap round which could have been even better but for a couple of lapses in concentration leading to a pair of zeros.

Markku Tynell then won a count back for second and third places with Trevor Schirmer with a better 17 to 16 with Andrew Purdie a long way back in fourth place but also well ahead of the rest of the field.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Dave Paul, Allan Pilkington and Dave LeHane.

Wednesday 29th August Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees
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1st Dave Paul (21) 33
2nd Alan Pilkington (6) 32
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 31 cb 17
4th Phil Cass (15) 31 cb 15
5th Craig Thomas (15) 31 cb 12

Khao Kheow is starting to play quite hard with many of the fairways getting quite sparse in places, plus the course was very wet appearing to have been overwatered, which meant that the event would have benefitted greatly with a lift and place local rule on the day and but for the winning score just creeping into the buffer zone it would have become non-counting but the CSS moved out three strokes, but still not enough to prevent most of the layers going up point one.

Dave Paul was the saviour of the day with his three over handicap, adjusted to level par, as he just edged out Alan Pilkington who had returned with a new and lower handicap from England, by a single point having almost blown his chances through the 14th to 17th holes scoring just three points but then parred the eighteenth for four points and the win. Alan had also found the back nine rather more difficult as he could muster just 13 points after a very good opening nine holes.

Shuichi Kodaka then won a three way count back with the best 17 points to leave Phil Cass in fourth with 15 points and Craig Thomas playing his last event with the group, in fifth with just 12 points after he had looked dangerous at the turn.

There were no 2s in the second division but the roll over pot in the first division was sheared between Andrew Purdie and Alan Pilkington.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Dave Arrowsmith together with a welcome back for Steve Bickle. There was also a farewell for Craig Thomas returning to Australia after a very successful trip on this occasion.

Friday 31st August Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Alan Pilkington (6) 73
2nd Paul Hubbard (14) 75
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Dave LeHane (19) 74
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 75
3rd Division 21 +
1st Murray Edwards (21) 76
2nd Markku Tynell (23) 77

As usual the Monthly Medals were held at the nearest course to base and once again it was found to be in very good condition although many of the pin positions were sited in very awkward places making scoring quite difficult although the CSS for the day remained at a level 72.

Alan Pilkington showed his class whilst claiming the first division medal by just two strokes from playing partner Paul Hubbard after they had both birdied the eighteenth par five with Alan returning a very tidy 39/40 split for the round against Paul’s 42/47.

Dave LeHane continued his run of good form winning the second division by one from Trevor Schirmer, who but for a quadruple eight on the seventeenth hole might well have been the winner.

Murray Edwards took the third division by one from Markku Tynell to leave him with a broad grin at the prize giving after qualifying for the Golf and Silvers at the end of the year, although Markku had his own reasons to be not too disappointed having already qualified.

In the 2s competitions Paul Hubbard had an excellent 2 in the first division on the very difficult seventh hole that was playing 180 yards uphill into wind but unfortunately for him Markku Tynell swept both pools clean with his effort on the par four seventeenth stroke index 2, where he knocked in a very improbable second shot for a net zero which would have been a six pointer on a Stableford day (The two on a par four was agreed to be counted as a hole in one earlier in the year by the group’s members).

Back at The Haven there was a welcome for new member Stan Monaghan together with a welcome back for Paul; Hubbard and a farewell for Phil Cass who was returning to Australia for good but expects to be a regular holiday visitor in the future.

 



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 20.08.2018
Brenton Smith comes good

Monday 20th August Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Murray Edwards (21) 35
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34
3rd B.J. Smith (29) 27 cb 15
4th Markku Tynell (24) 27 cb 14

For the first time in a little while, even though the weather has been threatening on many occasions, the day was interrupted with a rain delay after nine holes for the starting group. That made the course, that was otherwise in very good condition, a harder prospect as the run from the tee shot was virtually nothing. But with the greens slowed down it did not affect the scoring too much extent as evidenced by the CSS which remained at 72 and in fact helped the two leaders to record a better back nine.

Murray Edwards, having spent some useful time analyzing his game whist practicing, has recently benefitted in the results although he is still playing just under his handicap level, but on this occasion it was good enough to take the win by a slim margin after he amazed both himself and playing partners when closing out the back nine with 24 points after a very indifferent start to the day.

Trevor Schirmer also continues to perform steadily as he took second place following a good two under back nine fishing some seven strokes clear of the nearest challengers.

B. J. Smith the won a count back with Markku Tynell with a better 15 to 14 to take third place having had a round that showed a lot of promise with four 3 pointers but also a fair bit of disappointment with four zeros within it.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for B.J. Smith.

Wednesday 22nd August Pattana A & B courses Par 74 Yellow tees
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1st B.J. Smith (29) 38
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 37
3rd Murray Edwards (21) 34 cb 16
4th Phil Cass (15) 34 cb 14
5th Craig Thomas (15) 31

The players who took on the once a fortnightly test at Pattana were delighted again to find the course in really excellent condition with again the fairways and greens both deserving of special plaudits along with congratulation to the always as excellent greens keeping staff.

B. J. Smith at long last played enough good golf to outweigh the marginal bits as he took three points from eight of the holes on the two nines that included two par sixes wilst keeping the zeros down to just three. The end result was a long awaited win by a one shot margin over a strong and competitive field.

Trevor Schirmer was once again to be found in second place this time with a one under handicap return as he again finished strongly with 21 points from the last nine holes.

Murray Edwards took his second placement of the week in third place after winning a count back with Phil Cass with a better 16 to 14 which left Phil in fourth. They were fooled in three behind by fifth placed Craig Thomas.

There were no 2s in the first division but Trevor Schirmer and Murray Edwards shared the second division rollover pot.

Friday 24th August Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 37
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35
3rd Murray Edwards (21) 34
4th Craig Thomas (15) 32
5th B.J. Smith (29) 30 cb 18
6th Jon Batty (6) 30 cb 13

A good number turned out at the always popular Greenwood course were the CSS for the day went down on the 73 rated A and C courses as the scores were better than usual on a layout that was playing exceedingly well.

Markku Tynell took the top step of the podium with a very steady one under handicap round that was split 18/19 and contained just the one blemish of a zero pointer after knocking one out of bounds on the long par five seventh hole on the A course.

Shuichi Kodaka returned to the group refreshed, renewed and obviously totally revitalized and took second place with a solid one over handicap round that could have been even better after an opening half of two under handicap.

Murray Edwards took his third placement of the week another shot back in third place after he finished his day off well with eighteen points from the back nine holes.

Craig Thomas was again almost there but again had to settle for fifth place after he won a count back with Jon Batty after scoring a better 18 to 13 as Jon seemed to be suffering from a lack of energy through the last nine holes when he found his normally home packed and well stuffed tuck bag empty at the turn.

As is quite usual at Greenwood there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Peter Skinner, Christer Olsson, and Andrew Purdie together with a special one for Shuichi Kodaka who had finally managed to leave his bed and seemingly from the day’s results it had been time well spent in more ways than one.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 13.08.2018
John O’Sullivan’s remarkable nine

Monday 13th August Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st John O’Sullivan (23) 34 cb 24
2nd Trevor Schirmer (23) 34 cb 15
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 33
4th Craig Thomas (15) 32

Mother’s Day meant another Bank Holiday and so the group arranged to play at Eastern Star where the all in rate for green fee, caddy and cart was just 1,500 baht and 1,100 walking and with an early tee time was the best deal in the area for value, added to which the course is now in first class condition with the greens deserving of a special mention being flat, fast and true.

The weather also stayed fine with a just a slight breeze but the length proved to be the undoing of most of the group although the CSS for the day remained at a level 72.

John O’Sullivan looked as if his day was finished as he closed out the front nine with just one point from the last three holes, but then had some kind of reincarnation as he closed out the back nine in a staggering six under handicap for 24 points to win the day by count back.

The unlucky loser of that count back was Trevor Schirmer who had looked the likely winner after closing out the front nine with nineteen points but a not so good back half with just fifteen points meant a second place finish.

Mark Cooper ran the front runners close being just one behind them both and but for finishing the round with just two points from the last two holes might well have been the winner.

Craig Thomas took fourth place and could also have been better placed as he managed to collect three zero pointers in an otherwise very tidy round.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Craig Thomas and Dave LeHane.

Wednesday15th August Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 36
2nd Craig Thomas (15) 34
3rd Jon Batty (6) 31
4th Hal Hart (17) 30

Khao Kheow was again found to be in very good shape but some of the pin placements were a little tricky leaving a missed green a difficult proposition on many an occasion for most of the field., and with one again the weather staying good throughout the round the scores were generally good enough to keep the CSS for the day at 72.

Mark Cooper made up for his disappointment in the previous event by taking the win on this occasion, which was also his final game before returning to England, with a level handicap round on both nines after starting the day inauspiciously with a zero pointer on probably the easiest hole of the day, but thereafter a very steady application earned the win by two clear shots.

Craig Thomas is usually in the mix at the end of the day and was so again taking a good second place with a split of 17/17 for the two halves.

Jon Batty making one of his infrequent visits laid claim to third place after playing the front nine well and then dropping away through the last three holes for a back nine of just fourteen points.

Hal Hart was again found to be struggling but did just enough to take fourth place as the rest of the hopefuls were found to be even more wanting when their cards were inspected at the scorer’s table.

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

Prior to the presentations there was a farewell for Mark Cooper returning to Blighty for a rest.


Friday 17th August Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (19) 36 cb 22
2nd Ray Smallwood (26) 36 cb 20
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34
4th Markku Tynell (23) 32 cb 20
5th Craig Thomas (15) 32 cb 16

Once more the nearest course to the group’s base was in good condition as the greens appear to be still improving and getting much nearer to equal speeds on both of the nines.

Dave LeHane became the second player in the week to return an excellent score though the back nine, being four under handicap on 22 points, as he took his first win with the group for some little while. Having had a slow start to the day with an opening half of 14 points he then played very well to take three points from five of the closing holes to win the count back with a better 22 to 20.

The unfortunate second placed player was Ray Smallwood who therefore missed out on his maiden win with the group after he too had had a better second nine.

Trevor Schirmer placed third after returning his second solid round in the week two ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places.

That count back was won by Markku Tynell with a better 20 to 16 after he had suffered a fairly disastrous start to his day, which left Craig Thomas in fifth place for his third mention of the week.

Once again incredibly there were no 2s in the first division but Ray Smallwood made up for his earlier disappointment in just missing out on the win with the sole one in the second division to sweep the multi rollover pot clean.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Markku Tynell and Ray Smallwood together with a missing in inaction report on Shuichi Kodaka, who is reported to have found an alternative to some of his golfing activities and is also reportedly working extremely hard at it, and as it entails very early starts which continue until well after the golfers have left the meeting point, golf is taking a back seat for the time being at least, or presumably until total exhaustion takes over.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 06.08.2018
Shuichi Kodaka comes back to form

Monday 6th August Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 36
2nd Larry Gibb (22) 34
3rd Banjo Bannister (13) 29 cb 16
4th Hal Hart (17) 29 cb 14

The first event of the week was the now short trip to Treasure Hill where it is not only the pristine condition of the course that ensures that most of the group play there as the prices are amongst the best that the group enjoy with an all up price of Green fee, Caddy and Cart coming in at 1,250 baht. But no matter the condition of the course, it is always a tough test even from the shorter yellow tees measured around 6,370 yards.

Trevor Schirmer had an excellent round and although struggling on a few of the holes still returned a card without a zero in sight as he amassed 36 points to win by two, having had five three pointers in the mix.

Larry Gibb returned to the group following his extended leave of absence, during which he had to spend long hours polishing, vacuuming, generally tidying and running in his new vehicle, moving accommodation which included long discussions on colours and especially prices with many prospective interior designers which seem to be almost endless, and all the while keeping a very, very low profile, to take second position with a high quality round of just two over handicap which suggests that he may also have spent some time, at least, working on his golf game within his busy schedule.

The next nearest were Banjo Bannister and Hal Hart some five strokes back in third and fourth places, who had to be separated by a count back which Banjo won with a better 16 to 14.

Banjo Bannister cleaned out the first division 2s pot whilst Hal Hart, fast taking over from Shuichi in the 2s collection stakes, took the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Tony O’Neil, Banjo Bannister and Larry Gibb.

Wednesday 8th August Pattana B & C courses Yellow tees
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1st Hal Hart (17) 36
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 26
3rd Phil Cass (14) 24

Once again, with many of the regulars either sunning themselves in Europe or enjoying a more leisurely break in Hua Hin away from the constant noise pollution in Pattaya of motorcycles, doorstep discos, entreaties to spend 100 baht on 3 kilos of fruit, and the constant pressure to keep over 30 million Chinese workers employed making various trinkets and various items that seem to lose all their appeal as soon as the salesperson disappears, the numbers of hopefuls were at their lowest but it would appear that so were many other groups as there were only another fourteen total players on the course. Although that is not unusual in this low season period it is particularly strange on a high quality course like Pattana where the prices are quite reasonable compared with many others of the same quality.

Hal Hart played to his handicap in taking yet another win by ten clear points as the rest of the field struggled with the damp conditions underfoot.

Shuichi Kodaka ran Hal the closest but was a long way short of his best from as was Phil Cass in third place.

The poor scoring could have been due to the course being affected by the heavy overnight rain as apart from that the rest of the course was in excellent condition.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart as usual had one in the second division to sweep up all the available winnings on the day.

Friday 10th August Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 38
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 34
3rd Phil Cass (14) 26

Once again overnight weather severely affected the playing conditions as well as a couple of stoppages during the rounds for heavy rain but Shuichi Kodaka managed to return the best score of the week on his way to winning the day with a two under handicap return which could have been even better without a couple of blank spots on the card.

Trevor Schirmer put in yet another solid performance in second place and well ahead of the next nearest player, in fact eight shots, but was not quite able to match his efforts of earlier in the week.

Phil Cass made it two podium on the trot in third place even though they were both well over handicap. Which showed the difficulties that most of the players faced in the week.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka had the sole one in the second division to sweep the pot and add to his day’s booty.

 






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