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


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The latest view from the back tees (2)

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

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

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

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



A view from the back tees (1)

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

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

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


IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 23.03.2020
Golf courses close for the present time

Following a directive from the Government due to the Coronavirus Pandemic all golfing activities have ceased although The Haven remains open as a restaurant until otherwise directed.

Keep an eye on the web page and schedule to see when the group restart their activities.

For those that are hunkering down for the duration, we are currently offering an extensive delivery menu from The Haven kitchen.

Monday 23rd March Treasure Hill Stableford White tees
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1st Frank Harrington (10) 33
2nd Dave LeHane (16) 29
3rd Greg Ignatieff (15) 27

There were no 2s in the second division but Greg Ignatieff added to his day’s booty with a very nice one on the 172 yard 13th hole to clean out the roll over pot in the first division.

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

Wednesday 25th March Greenwood B & C courses Stableford White tees
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1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 34
2nd Chris Ross (28) 33
3rd Frank Harrington (10) 26

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven a small collective said farewell to Greg Ignatieff hopefully leaving on the last flight out of the country.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 16.03.2020
Chris Ross has a lifetime best

Monday 16th March Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Ian Robinson (6) 32
2nd Eddy O’Donnell (13) 29
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 27

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a farewell for Eddy O’Donnell.

Wednesday 18th March Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Chris Ross (30) 43
2nd Ian Robinson (6) 34
3rd Larry Gibb (25) 33 cb 17, b6 11
4th Frank Harrington (10) 33 cb 17, b6 9
5th Greg Ignatieff (15) 32

The ere no 2s in the first division but Christer Olsson swept the multi roll over pot clean in the second division with his on the 135 yard13th hole.

Friday 20th March Parichat White tees Stableford
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1st Frank Harrington (10) 34
2nd Greg Ignatieff (15) 33
3rd Chris Ross (28) 32

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Chris Ross added to his reputation with the sole one in the second division on the 160 yard 2nd hole.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 09.03.2020
Gary Warren has the best of the week

Monday 9th March Treasure Hill Stableford
1st Division 0 – 13
White tees
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1st John Fleming (9) 31
2nd Frank Harrington (10) 27
3rd Eddy O’Donnell (13) 26 cb 14
4th Chris Smith (0) 26 cb 13
2nd Division 14 +
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1st Gary Warren (29) 38
2nd Chris Ross (30) 34
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 33

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a farewell for Gary Warren.

Wednesday 11th March Greenwood B & C courses White tees
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1st Mark Cooper (11) 35 cb 17
2nd Chris Ross (30) 35 cb 16
3rd Kevin Blake (8) 34 cb 18
4th Frank Harrington (10) 34 cb 16
5th Allan Busby (15) 33 cb 17
6th Eddy O’Donnell (13) 33 cb 13

There were no 2s in the second division but there were to in the first division both by Frank Harrington who had the first one on the 177 yard B5 and another on the 150 yard C6 to sweep the rollover pot clean.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Ian Robertson.

Friday 13th March Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Dave Paul (19) 35
2nd Christer Olsson (17) 29
3rd Ray Smallwood (27) 20

There were no 2s in either division.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 02.03.2020
Larry Gibb is the best of the week

Monday 2nd March Eastern Star Stableford
1st Division 0 – 17
White tees
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1st Nik Evans (15) 33 cb 17, b6 12
2nd John Fleming (9) 33 cb 17, b6 11
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 32 cb 18
from Allan Busby (15) 32 cb 17
2nd Division 18 +
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1st Brendan Dunne (27) 41
2nd Peter Nicholson (21) 39
3rd Patrick Scullion (19) 35

John Fleming had the sole 2 in the first division with one on the 175 yard 3rd Hole, whilst Andy Pedlar was the lone one in the second division with his on the 172 yard 17th hole.

Before the presentations there were welcomes for new members Justin Brennan and Ron Gosse together with welcome backs for Bill Moreau, David Young, and Andy Pedlar.

There was also a farewell for Brendan Dunne.

Wednesday 4th March Pattavia White tees
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1st Division 0 - 16
1st Danny Miller (8) 35
2nd Chris Smith (0) 33
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 32 cb 17
4th Rodney Nabbe (15) 32 cb 13, b6 11
5th Allan Busby (15) 32 cb 13, b6 10
2nd Division 17 +
1st Larry Gibb (25) 36 cb 20
2nd Dave Young (20) 36 cb 19
3rd Peter Nicholson (21) 34
4th Markku Tynell (24) 33 cb 17
5th Christer Olsson (17) 33 cb 12

Shuichi Kodaka had the sole 2 in the second division on the 139 yard 13th hole whilst Chris Smith with one on the 203 yard 17th and Banjo Bannister with his on the 138 yard 4th shared the first division pool.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Chris Smith and Eddy O’Donnell together with farewells for Patrick Scullion.

Friday 6th March Parichat Stableford
1st Division 0 - 16
Blue tees 6,329 yds.
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1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 34
2nd Paul McDonald (16) 30
3rd John Fleming (9) 29
2nd Division 17 +
White tees 5,996 yds.
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1st Christer Olsson (17) 35
2nd Trevor Schirmer (18) 33
3rd Dave Young (20) 29 cb 14, b6 10, b3 5
from Markku Tynell (24) 29 cb 14, b6 10, b3 4

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were farewells for Trevor Schirmer, Danny Miller, Paul McDonald, Andy Pedlar, Jim Slater, Dave Young, Bill Moreau, Justin Brennan and Ron Gosse.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 24.02.2020
Vito, Christer and Peter grab the Medals

Monday 24th February Mountain Shadow Stableford Blue tees
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Banjo Bannister (14) 40
2nd Rodney Nabbe (15) 34
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 32
4th Mark Williams (10) 28
2nd Division 16 +
1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 33
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 31
4th Larry Gibb (25) 29

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper had one in the first division on the 127 yard 15th hole to sweep the pot.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for Peter Nicholson together with welcome backs for Rodney Nabbe, Darryl Kellett, Keith Emerson and Steve Bickle, who was taking some time off from his honeymoon to regain his strength.

Wednesday 26th February Khao Kheow Yellow tees
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Mark Williams (10) 36
2nd Frank Harrington (9) 34 cb 18
3rd Vern Page (13) 34 cb 16
4th Greg Ignatieff (15) 33
2nd Division 16 +
1st Brian Proctor (23) 37
2nd Christer Olsson (17) 32 cb 16
3rd Peter Nicholson (23) 32 cb 15
4th Brendan Dunne (27) 31

Paul McDonald had the only 2 in the second division to take the roll over pot when he sunk a very nice one on the 168 yard B3 hole, while Frank Harrington with one on the 132 yard A5 and Danny Miller with his effort on the 128 yard B8 shared the first division pool.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Kevin Blake from his golf tour in the North.

Friday 28th February Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Vito Cirelli (14) 71
2nd Frank Harrington (9) 75
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Christer Olsson (17) 72
2nd Paul McDonald (16) 76
3rd Division 21 +
1st Peter Nicholson (23) 68
2nd Brendan Dunne (27) 75

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The haven there were farewells for Vern Page, Darryl Kellett and Vito Cirelli.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 17.02.2020
Mark Cooper and John Fleming return to claim the top spots

Monday 17th February Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Division 0 - 16
1st Mark Williams (9) 32 cb 18
2nd Nik Evans (15) 32 cb 17
3rd Alan Busby (15) 28
Yellow tees
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2nd Division 17 +
1st Christer Olsson (17) 38 cb 21, b6 16
2nd Toshiya Kimura (27) 38 cb 21, b6 15
3rd Patrick Scullion (18) 27

There were no 2s in the first division but Christer Olsson made sure of the second division in scoring two one on the 157 yard 13th and one on the 172 yard 17th hole.

Before the presentations there was a welcome back from illness for Alan Hanlon happily well on the road to recovery.

Wednesday 19th February Pattavia White tees
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1st Mark Cooper (12) 41
2nd Mark Williams (9) 35
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 33 cb 19, b6 12, b3 7, b2 5, b1 2, f9 17 f6 12
4th Larry Gibb (26) 33 cb 19, b6 12, b3 7, b2 5, b1 2, f9 17 f6 10
5th Vern Page (13) 30 CB 14, B6 6
6th Brendan Dunne (26) 30 cb 14, b6 5

Once again there were no2s in the first division but there were three in the second division as Larry Gibb scored one on the 139 yard 13th as did Gary Warren and Brendan Dunne had one on the 138 yard 4th hole.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Greg Ignatieff, Banjo Bannister and Mark Cooper.

Friday 21st February Parichat Blue tees
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1st Division 0 - 17
1st John Fleming (9) 38
2nd Christer Olsson (17) 28
3rd Greg Ignatieff (15) 27 cb 17
4th Danny Miller (7) 27 cb 12
White tees
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2nd Division 18 +
1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 37
2nd Patrick Scullion (18) 34
3rd Chris Ross (30) 29 cb 15
4th Toshiya Kimura (27) 29 cb 13

At last the first division 2s pool was claimed when Danny Miller dropped one in on the 143 yard 6th, while the second division pot was claimed by Patrick Scullion with his effort on the 151 yard 11th hole.

Back at The Haven there were welcome back for Danny Miller, Paul McDonald, Graham Howard, Vinny Ellis, Brian Proctor, John Fleming and Chris Ross.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 10.02.2020
Vito Cirelli dominates the week’s scores

Monday 10th February Greenwood Stableford White tees
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1st Vito Cirelli (16) 42
2nd Dave LeHane (17) 39
3rd Vern Page (13) 34
4th Brendan Dunne (26) 33
5th Markku Tynell (23) 31

There were no 2s in the first division but Brendan Dunne had one on the 180 yard B@ hole to take the second division pool.
Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Jim Slattery, Vito Cirelli, Toshiya Kimura, Dave Hester and Markku Tynell happily recovered from an illness that had prevented him from taking a prize in the IPGC Championships.

Wednesday 12th February Khao Kheow A 7 B courses Yellow tees
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1st Markku Tynell (23) 35
2nd Christer Olsson (17) 33
3rd Brendan Dunne (26) 32
4th Mark Williams (9) 30
5th Hal Hart (21) 29 cb 19
from Toshiya Kimura (27) 29 cb 14, b6 9
Shuichi Kodaka (17) 29 cb 14, b6 7
Phil Stevenson (23) 29 cb 13

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Gary Warren had a very nice one on the signature 128 yard B8 hole.

Friday 14th February Pattaya Country Club White tees
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1st Patrick Scullion (18) 32 cb 15, b6 10
2nd Jim Slattery (12) 32 cb 15, b6 9
3rd Christer Olsson (17) 31 cb 14
4th Hal Hart (21) 31 cb 11
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 30

Surprisingly there were 2s in both divisions with Alan Busby taking the first division roll over pot with his effort on the 178 yard fifth and Christer Olsson the second with one on the 137 yard 12th.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 03.02.2020
A short week with John Fleming tops

Monday 3rd January Eastern Star Stableford
1st Division 0 – 15
White tees
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1st John Fleming (10) 35
2nd Tony Campbell (12) 31
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 30
4th Vern Page (13) 29 cb 17
From Peter Mannion (12) 29 cb 16
Mark Williams (9) 29 cb 14
2nd Division 16 +
Yellow tees
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (16) 33 cb 17
2nd Brendan Dunne (26) 33 cb 16
3rd John Wood (28) 29 cb 17
4th Garry Warren (26) 29 cb 16
5th Christer Olsson (16) 29 cb 15

Mark Williams cleared out the first division rollover pot with his effort on the 175 yard 3rd hole and at long last Patrick Scullion had a 2 in the second division to sweep the pot clean of over 5,800 baht with a beauty on the 166 yard 6th hole and celebrated by blowing the horn and climbing the stairs very, very late.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Vern Page and Darryl Kellett, the latter unable to play due to injury together with farewells for Maurizio Guidi and Peter Mannion.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 27.01.2020
Mark, Christer and Theo take the Medals

Monday 27th January Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Division 0 – 18
1st John Fleming (10) 36
2nd Greg Ignatieff (15) 34
3rd Christer Olsson (16) 29 cb 18
4th Trevor Schirmer (18) 29 cb 14
2nd Division 19 +
1st B.J. Smith (29) 37
2nd Brian Proctor (23) 30
3rd Terry Hodgkiss (30) 29 cb 13, b6 9
4th Larry Gibb (26) 29 cb 13, b6 6

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

Before the presentations were made there were farewells for Claes-Goran Mueller and Christer Andersson.

Wednesday 29th January Treasure Hill White Tees
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1st Graham Davis (7) 30
2nd B. J. Smith (29) 29 cb 16
3rd Steve Evans (10) 29 cb 15
4th Maurizio Guidi (10) 28
5th Mark Williams (9) 27 cb 14
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Trevor Schirmer (18) 27 cb 12
Brian Proctor (23) 27 cb 12
Joe Torik (27) 27 cb 12

Maurizio Guidi provided the only success of the day when he sunk his putt for a 2 on the 141 yard 17th hole to sweep the rollover pot clean in the first division.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for H.E. Patrick Scullion. Geoff Potter and Mark Williams together with farewells for B.J. Smith, returning to Oz, and Brian Proctor back to the north of Thailand to enjoy his new toy, a new S class, burning off the buffalo carts from the cross roads.

Friday 31st January Pattaya Country Club White Tees
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Monthly Medals
1st Division 0 – 15
1st Mark Williams (9) 70
2nd Frank Harrington (9) 80 cb 36.5
3rd Maurizio Guidi (10) 80 cb 37
from Greg Ignatieff (15) 80 cb 38.5
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Christer Olsson (16) 74
2nd Paul Young (17) 75 cb 36.5
3rd Bob Comartin (17) 75 cb 37.5
3rd Division 21 +
1st Theo Bahrt (27) 68
2nd Larry Gibb (26) 71
3rd Phil Stevenson (23) 75

There were no 2s in the first division and also none in the second division leaving the total in the pot at over 5,000 baht, so there will sure to be some very nervous putts in the coming event.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for a group from Jomtiem practicing proficiently for the IPGC Championships to be held at the course the following week, namely Paul Young, Bob Comartin, Theo Bahrt and Shane Tutton with the latter the only one not to be able to gather some loot.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 20.01.2020
A very tough week but a very tough Frank wins twice

Monday 20th January Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Division 0 – 20
1st Frank Harrington (9) 35
2nd Mark Cooper (12) 33
3rd Dave Paul (18) 28
Yellow tees
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2nd Division 21 +
1st Brendan Dunne (27) 37
2nd Billy Riley (23) 29
3rd Brian Proctor (22) 28 cb 17, b6 12
4th John Wood (28) 28 cb 17, b6 11

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Claes-Goran Mueller, Christer Andersson and Brian Proctor.

Wednesday 22nd January Khao Kheow A & B Courses Yellow Tees
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1st Division 0 – 16
1st Mark Cooper (12) 32 cb 16
2nd John Fleming (10) 32 cb 14
3rd Frank Harrington (9) 28
4th Graham Davis (7) 25
2nd Division 17 +
1st John Wood (28) 34
2nd Brendan Dunne (27) 32
3rd Danny Greer (28) 30
4th Hal Hart (21) 28

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Reese Minton, with one on the 122 yard A5, and Graham Davis, with one on the 128 yard B8 hole shared the first division pool.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Reese Minton and John Fleming together with farewells for Graham Howard, Vinny Ellis, Reese Minton, Mark Cooper and Adrian Cook.

Friday 24th January Parichat White Tees
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1st Division 0 – 18
1st Frank Harrington (9) 36
2nd John Fleming (10) 34
3rd Graham Davis (7) 33
4th Greg Ignatieff (14) 31
Yellow tees
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2nd Division 19 +
1st B. J. Smith (29) 32
2nd Brendan Dunne (27) 31
3rd Markku Tynell (23) 30
4th Larry Gibb (26) 28

There were no 2s in either of the divisions which saw the second division pot over 3,000.

Back at The Haven the organiser was still unwell but managed to welcome back Maurizio Guidi, Ray Smallwood, Markku Tynell and Tom McCarthy back to the group and had farewells for Billy Riley and Lawrence Hill.



IPGC Golf from the Haven
(Apologies this week for the lack of content due to the scribe's illness)

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 13 .01.2020
Greg Ignatieff is top of the week

Monday 13th January Pattavia Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 18
1st Mark Cooper (12) 37
2nd Roger Awad (18) 32 cb 17, b6 13
3rd Trevor Schirmer (18) 32 cb 17, b6 10
4th Bruce Hilde (17) 29
2nd Division 19 +
1st John Carlin (20) 34
2nd Glenn Loydall (24) 33 cb 20, b6 14
3rd Steven Cliff (19) 33 cb 20, b6 11
4th Brendan Dunne (27) 33 cb 18
5th Larry Gibb (25) 33 cb 17

There were no 2s in the first division but Glenn Loydall cleaned out the rollover pot in the second division with one on, arguably the toughest local par three, the 203 yard 17th hole.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for Steve Cliff together with welcome backs for Bruce Hilde, Graham Davis, Graham Howard, Vinny Ellis, Billy Riley and Lawrence Hill.

Wednesday 15th January Greenwood A & B Courses White Tees
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1st Division 0 – 19
1st Greg Ignatieff (16) 40
2nd Paul Edgar (19) 34 cb 20
3rd Graham Davis (7) 34 cb 17
4th Mark Cooper (12) 32
2nd Division 120 +
1st Larry Gibb (25) 33
2nd Phil Stevenson (23) 31
3rd Danny Greer (28) 30
4th Joe Torik (126) 28

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Bruce Hilde took the second division pot with his effort on the 177 yard B 5 hole.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Danny Greer and Paul Edgar.

Friday 17th January Pattaya Country Club White Tees
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1st Division 0 – 20
1st Steve Mascari (6) 35
2nd Steve Evans (10) 33
3rd Bruce Hilde (17) 32 cb 17, b6 11
4th Dave Paul (18) 32 cb 17, b6 10
2nd Division 21 +
1st Hal Hart (21) 36
2nd John Wood (28) 34
3rd Graham Howard (25) 33
4th Vinny Ellis (25) 31

There were no 2s in the second division but Steve Mascari cleaned out the multi rollover pot in the first division with his six inch tap in from behind the hole that was almost a hole in one on the 178 yard 5th hole.

Back at the Haven there were welcome backs for Bob Patterson, Brian Tulley and Gary Warren.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 06 .01.2020
Tony O’Neill has a great day

Monday 6th January Eastern Star Stableford
1st Division 0 – 16
White tees
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1st Mark Cooper (12) 36
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 35
3rd Dave Arrowsmith (10) 33
4th Stephen Burton (11) 31
2nd Division 17 +
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1st Tony O’Neill (30) 44
2nd Toshiya Kimura (27) 36
3rd Ray Smallwood (28) 34
4th Chris Ross (29) 31

Back to a full schedule with plenty of starters for the first full week since the Christmas holiday.

Once again many players attended the once a fortnightly trip to Eastern Star where the value continues to attract the biggest numbers.

Two divisions cut at 16 and below were led in by the second division winner Tony O’Neill after he returned a stunning eight under handicap card that was also eight ahead of second placed Toshiya Kimura.

Ray Smallwood took third place another two behind and three in front of fourth placed Chris Ross.

The first division was headed by Mark Cooper at level handicap one ahead of Christer Olsson in second spot as Dave Arrowsmith returned to take third and Stephen Burton fourth.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Allan Hanlon, Phillip Cheeta, Dave Arrowsmith, John Wood and B.J. Smith.

Wednesday 8th January Khao Kheow A & C Courses Yellow Tees
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1st Division 0 – 16
1st David Arrowsmith (10) 35
2nd Adrian Cook (12) 31
3rd Stephen Burton (11) 30 cb 13
4th Greg Ignatieff (16) 30 cb 12
2nd Division 17 +
1st B. J. Smith (28) 36
2nd Phil Stevenson (23) 35 cb 19
3rd Joe Torik (26) 35 cb 17
4th Brendan Dunne (27) 34

As usual Khao Kheow was in great condition and also offering a special deal for those taking a cart at 1,650 baht.

Two divisions again cut at 16 and below with the second scoring the better after B.J. Smith returned a level handicap score to win by one in front of a count back for second and third that Phil Stevenson won over Joe Torik with a better 19 to 17 with Brendan Dunne in fourth place another stroke behind them.

The first division generally found the going much tougher as Dave Arrowsmith then one better than in his last event, taking first place at one over handicap and four ahead on second placed Adrian Cook. Stephen Burton then won a count back with Greg Ignatieff with a better 13 to 12 for third spot.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Greg Ignatieff and John Carlin shared the second division rollover pot when the y both had one on the 132 yard 5th on the A course.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Joe Torik and Tom McCarthy together with farewells for Stephen Burton and Chris Ross.

Friday 3rd January Treasure Hill White Tees
1st Division 0 – 16
1st Kevin Blake (7) 34
2nd Dave LeHane (16) 30 cb 16
3rd Adrian Cook (12) 30 cb 15
4th Peter Mannion (11) 30 cb 14
2nd Division 17 +
1st Trevor Schirmer (18) 32 cb 17
2nd John Wood (27) 32 cb 16, b6 15
3rd Joe Torik (26) 32 cb 16, b6 12
4th Phil Stevenson (23) 30

A really hard day’s golf was the reward for the trip up the 331 where Treasure Hill was found to be in excellent condition and good value at 1,550 including cart.

Two divisions once again with the best score unsurprisingly in the first division as Kevin Blake took the top step of the podium by four clear ahead of a three way count back for the next three places. Dave LeHane won that with a best 16 with Adrian Cook in third with 15 and Peter Mannion fourth with 14.

The second division was led by Trevor Schirmer after he had won a three way count back with 17 and John Wood placed second with 15 on the back six which bettered third placed Joe Torik’s 12 after they had tied the back nine on 16 each.

Phil Stevenson took the last spot another two shots behind.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Frank Harrington and Peter Mannion.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 30 .12.2019
Another short week

Monday 30th December Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Division 0 - 12
1st Stephen Burton (11) 37
2nd Kevin Blake (7) 36
3rd Peter Skinner (12) 32 cb 16
4th Allan Pilkington (7) 32 cb 13
2nd Division 13 +
1st Toshiya Kimura (27) 38 cb 20
2nd Greg Ignatieff (16) 38 cb 18
3rd Dave LeHane (18) 34
4th Tony O’Neill (30) 31 cb 15
5th Shuichi Kodaka (16) 31 cb 11

A good turnout at Pattavia required two divisions cut at a low 12 for the first division.

That was taken by Stephen Burton with a solid one under handicap after he chipped in from around 50 meters for a five point finish which meant Kevin Blake had to settle for second place at level handicap just a shot behind.

Peter Skinner then won a count back with Allan Pilkington with a better 16 to 13 after Allan had looked good after nine but clocked up three zero pointers on the back nine until suddenly adding eight points from the last three holes, one of which the par five 18th that he eagled for four points.

The second division was t led in by Toshiya Kimura with a two under handicap return after he too won a count back, this one with Greg Ignatieff, with a better 20 to 18
Dave LeHane then placed third four behind them and three in front a of another count back for fourth and fifth places which Tony O’Neill won over Shuichi Kodaka with a better 15 to 11 after a good start by Shuichi.

Dave LeHane had the sole 2 in the second division on the 139 yard 13th hole, whilst playing partner, Tony Guest did exactly the same on the same hole to sweep the first division multi rollover pot clean.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcome backs for Allan Griffiths. Tony Guest, Toshiya Kimura, and our very own “Evel Kneivil of the Wardrobes” Shuichi Kodaka, now happily fully fit and cleaned down again.

There was also a farewell for Jon Batty travelling to set up his new estate in the north. We are all very grateful for the time and effort that Jon has put in whilst he acted as the IPGC Treasurer and he received a hearty round of applause and good wishes for the future.

Friday 3rd January Pattaya Country Club White tees
1st John Fleming (9) 31 cb 18
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 31 cb 14
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (16) 31 cb 13
4th Steve Mascari (5) 30

A smaller group for the Friday, presumably as the course was being played just a week after the previous occasion, meant just the one division with predominantly lower handicappers making up the field.

John Fleming continues to rack up the wins even after having been cut three strokes in handicap although this time he had to win a three way count back at five over handicap to grab the loot.

He managed 18 after a very slow start that surprisingly saw him score on every hole but could only get one putt to drop for a three pointer but a much tidier inward half closed out the win.

Christer Olsson took second place with 14 in the count back just ahead of Shuichi, with 13, in third.

Steve Mascari placed fourth another stroke behind them.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The haven there were welcome backs for Steve Evans and Steve Mascari, the latter also reporting on the condition and other details of the course for those members wishing to play in the IPGC Championships at the beginning of February and perhaps not sure about the course.
His write up can be found on the Club web site @ www.ipgc.golf





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 23 .12.2019
Craig, Dave & Brendan take Golds
Peter, Vincent & Markku takes the Silvers
Adrian Craig & Brendan takes the Monthly Medals

Monday 23rd December Eastern Star Stableford
1st Division 0 - 16
White tees
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1st Kevin Blake (7) 34
2nd Mark Cooper (12) 32
3rd Dave Edwards (13) 31
4th Christer Olsson (15) 30
2nd Division 17 +
Yellow tees
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1st John Carlin (20) 41
2nd B.J. Smith (28) 33 cb 17, b6 10
3rd Brendan Dunne (26) 33 cb 17, b6 9
4th Dave Paul (18) 33 cb 16

A short week due to the Christmas Day Holiday started out at Eastern Star where there were enough players to form to divisions played from the white and yellow tees.

The first division found the going hard which saw the CSS for the day for them move out two to 74 whilst the second division found things a lot easier with the CSS going down to 69.

Kevin Blake led the first division in with a solid two over handicap after returning a card showing a 19/15 split having slipped in a couple of zero pointers but it still proved to be good for the win.

Mark Cooper placed second with a 16/16 split card one ahead of third place Dave Edwards who in turn was another one ahead of Christer Olsson in fourth.

John Carlin sept away the second division as he usually plays the course once a week off the white tee as a member and said it was a bit of a doddle from the yellows and so it proved as he won by eight clear from second placed B.J. Smith after he had won a three way count back with a best 10 to 9 over the back six holes after tying the nine with Brendan Dunne on 17 each.

Dave Paul took fourth as he could only manage 16 over the last nine holes.

There were no 2s in the first division but Markku Tynell scored the lone one in the second division to sweep the pool.

Before the prizes were presented there were welcome backs for Vincent Gras and Terry Hodgkiss together with farewells for B.J. Smith and Brian Proctor both returning northwards to collect their tithes from their properties to replenish the coffers following a very expensive R & R in the city.


Friday 27th December Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Adrian Cook (13) 71
2nd Peter Skinner (11) 74
3rd Christer Olsson (15) 76
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Craig Thomas (16) 73
2nd Dave Paul (18) 74
3rd Vincent Gras (17) 79
3rd Division 21 +
1st Brendan Dunne (26) 73
2nd Ray Smallwood (28) 79
3rd Hal Hart (21) 80

After the rest day there was a very good turnout for the Monthly Medals that were being run in conjunction with the end of year Gold and Silver Medals.

Adrian Cook took his first medal with the group with a very good one under handicap return with a couple of gross 42s on each half, as Peter Skinner recovered from taking three sixes on the front nine to close the day at two over handicap and second place. Christer Olsson suffered a nasty quadruple bogey on the par five eleventh hole which put paid to his chances for the day and had to settle for a third place.

The second division was headed by Craig Thomas as he just snatched the Medal away by a stroke from recent serial winner Dave Paul with Vincent Gras leading the rest of the division in third spot some six strokes back.

The third division Medal went to Brendan Dunne also with a solid one over handicap but a long way in front of second placed Ray Smallwood and third placed Hal Hart.

There were no 2s once again in the first division but Hal Hart had a very good one on the 164 yard 16th hole to sweep the pot.

Back at the Haven there was a welcome back for Peter Skinner together with a farewell for Craig Thomas.

Gold and Silver Medals
First Division
Gold Craig Thomas
Silver Peter Skinner



Second Division
Gold Dave Paul
Silver Vincent Gras



Third Division
Gold Brendan Dunne
Silver Markku Tynell

The Gold and Silver Medals are competed for by players who either won a medal or placed second during the year starting last December and competing in the division that they qualified in to compete. So Craig Thomas who won in the first division in May won the first division Gold Medal ahead of Peter Skinner who took the Silver.

The second division Gold Medal was won by Dave Paul with Vincent Gras winning the Silver while the third division Gold Medal went to Brendan Dunne with Markku Tynell claiming the Silver.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 16.12.2019
John Fleming Continues to Amaze

Monday 16th December Pattaya Country Club Stableford White tees
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1st Dave Paul (20) 39
2nd Kevin Blake (7) 33 cb 19
3rd Stephen Burton (11) 33 cb 16
4th Markku Tynell (23) 32 cb 18
5th B.J. Smith (28) 31 cb 14

Having been moved from the usual Friday due to a large competition being organised for the same day the group were to be found at Pattaya Country Club, the venue for the upcoming IPGC Championships in February, and where the course was found to be in tip top shape.

Dave Paul had another very good round to lead the group in by six clear shots finishing with a 17/22 split that even included a zero on the front nine along with a couple of four pointers and five three pointers.

Kevin Blake took second place after winning a count back with Stephen Burton with a better 19 to 16.

Markku Tynell then won another count back, this one with B.J. Smith, for fourth and fifth places carding a better 18 to 14.

There were no 2s in the second division but Kevin Blake took the first division with his on the 137 Yard 12th hole.

Before the presentations of the prizes there were welcome backs for Greg Ignatieff, Fred Land, B.J. Smith, Brian Proctor, Danny Greer and Hal Hart.

Wednesday 18th December Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st John Fleming (12) 42
2nd Kevin Blake (7) 36
3rd Tomas Nilsson (13) 34
4th Dave Edwards (13) 32
2nd Division 16 +
1st Markku Tynell (23) 39
2nd Brian Proctor (22) 35 cb 19
3rd Brendan Dunne (26) 35 cb 18
4th Chris Ross (28) 34 cb 18, b6 15, b3 10
from Tony O’Neill (30) 34 cb 18, b6 15, b3 7
Greg Ignatieff (16) 34 cb 16

A big turnout for the always popular Pattavia where the cost is amongst the most competitive in the area at 700 baht green fee plus 350 baht for the caddy. But even this rate when a tip for the caddy is included, pales when compared to some of the prices that Rodney “Mind the Gap” Nabbe sent for information on local Sydney courses that are offering green fees, without compulsory caddy, at between 15 and 25 Aussie Dollars. Especially noticed was the Western Suburb of Sydney Georges River course at 15 Dollars about 310 baht at current exchange rates.

Markku Tynell carried on from the previous event taking the second division top spot by a clear four shots ahead of a count back for second and third between Brian Proctor and Brendan Dunne which Brian won with a better 19 to 16. There then followed another count back for fourth place which Chris Ross won with a best 10 to 9 points over the back three after he had tied the nine on 18 and the back six on 15. Greg Ignatieff was also included in the count back but could manage just 16 on the last nine.

The first division was again dominated by John Fleming whose rest and recuperation in the Land of Oz for his wrist problem has obviously worked a miracle as he returned yet another score in the forties to win again.

Kevin Blake placed second with a level handicap round having suffered a couple of zero pointers on a front nine of 16 points, but a much stronger back nine made for a better end to the day.

Tomas Nilsson took third another two strokes behind and two ahead of fourth placed Dave Edwards.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but John Fleming added even more to his swag bag when he slipped one in on the 203 yard 17th hole for four points into the bargain.

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for Tm McCarthy, Paul Hubbard and Mark Cooper, together with a welcome to a completely new looking Larry Gibb’s uncle, almost incognito under a dark cap. There was also a farewell for Frank Harrington returning to the UK for a couple of week’s rest.

Friday 20th December Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st John Fleming (12) 39
2nd Tony O’Neill (30) 36
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 32 cb 16, b6 12
4th Chris Ross (28) 32 cb 16, b6 11
5th Stephen Burton (11) 31 cb 17
6th Les Smith (15) 31 cb 15

A smaller group just short off the requirement for two divisions, turned out at the most reasonable priced course in the area where they are offering the fully package of green fee, caddy and cart for 1,450 baht and they found it in great shape with the greens playing a little slower than usual.

Joh Fleming continued where he had left off in the previous event but could only manage a three under handicap return on this occasion but it will mean that he will be a single figure handicapper for the next few events at least having qualified for an exceptional score reduction in addition to the usual deductions. But it could have been even better as he slipped in a zero pointer on the front nine of a 16/23 split.

Tony O’Neill overcame a fair bit of ribbing from his chauffeur, following the two visits of his local hair dressing specialist, but still managed to claim second place with a solid level handicap round closing with two three pointers on the last two holes.

Greg Ignatieff then won a count back for third and fourth places with Chris Ross finishing with a better 12 to 11 over the last six holes.

Thy were followed by yet another count back which Stephen Burton won with a better 17 to 15 to leave Les Smith in sixth place on the podium but not amongst the prize winners.

Tomas Nilsson had a very good 2 in the first division on the 172 yard 13th Hole but had to share the pot with John Fleming who also had one on the same hole a little later.

The second division multi rollover pot was at last won with a 2 on the same hole as the other two, this one by Phil Stevenson who thought himself lucky that Shuichi Kodaka was still off with damaged ribs having slipped badly while oiled up and ready to spring from the wardrobe as related by Danny Greer.





IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 09.12.2019
John Fleming strikes at Khao Kheow

Monday 9th December Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Brian Beaupre (6) 35
2nd Frank Harrington (9) 34
3rd Jon Batty (7) 30
4th Dave Edwards (13) 29
2nd division 16 +
1st Dave Paul (20) 36
2nd John Carlin (20) 30 cb 19
3rd Markku Tynell (23) 30 cb 14
4th Colin Aspinal (17) 29

Another quite tough week began at Eastern Star where the course although in excellent condition played its full length as the fairways were still very wet following the early morning greenkeepers watering. But at least the weather was cool, in fact even chilly by Thailand standards, which at least made the day a little more acceptable even though most of the players found the going hard.

Brian Beaupre did not quite play to handicap but still managed to take the first division by a couple of strokes ahead of Frank Harrington and a fair way in front of third placed Jon Batty and fourth placed Dave Edwards.

The second division saw the best score of the day when Dave Paul ambled in with a level handicap score six up on second placed John Carlin, even with the latter’s course knowledge and members bounce.

They were followed by Markku Tynell who had lost a count back with John by 19 to 14 and fourth placed Colin Aspinal who was also unable to take advantage of his member’s knowledge.

There were no 2s in the first division but Dave Paul had a very good one on the 175 yard 3rd hole to take the second division pot.

Before the presentations were made there were welcomes for new members Justin Dyer and Denny Honen together with welcomes for IPGC members playing with the group for the first time Les Smith and Colin Aspinal. There were also welcome backs for Paul Edgar, Brian Kinsella, Tomas Nilsson and John Fleming, now happily able to play golf following rehab in OZ recovering from his very nasty wrist problem.

There was also a farewell for Frank Harrington as he will be spending time nesting in Bangkok for a few days whilst trying to clear his mind of Armitage products.

Wednesday 11th December Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st John Fleming (13) 40
2nd Christer Olsson (15) 35
3rd Adrian Cook (13) 33
4th Phil Stevenson (23) 31 cb 15, b6 13
5th Brendan Dunne (26) 31 cb 15, b6 10
6th Craig Thomas (16) 30

A slightly easier day over probably the toughest on the group’s schedule but at least the CSS only went out one shot to 73 as a few regulars gave it a rest for the day requiring just the one division following the big turnout at the previous event.

John Fleming having reacclimatised himself, and avoiding any reoccurrence of his wrist problems, had his best score with the group since joining and swept to the top of the leaderboard by five clear shots and was a very happy man at the prize presentations offering all manner of largess to the assembled throng (Not strictly true, but those attending are still hopeful Ed).

Christer Olsson was the closest in second place with a one over handicap score and two ahead of third placed Adrian Cook.

Phil Stevenson then won a count back with Brendan Dunne for fourth and fifth places with a better 13 to 10 over the back six holes after they had tied the nine on 15 each. Craig Thomas closed out the podium list in sixth place another shot behind them.

There were no 2s in the second division but Brian Beaupre and Christer Olsson had one each on the 155 yard B 3 hole to share the rollover pool in the first division.

Prior to the presentations of the prizes there were welcome backs for Adrian Cook and Liam Kelly.

Friday 13th December Greenwood White tees Stableford
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1st Les Smith (16) 39
2nd Tony O’Neill (30) 35
3rd Brian Beaupre (6) 33 cb 16, b6 10
4th Larry Gibb (25) 33 cb 16, b6 9
5th Tomas Nilsson (13) 33 cb 15
6th Allan Hanlon (14) 32 cb 19
from John Fleming (13) 32 cb 12

What turned out to be the easiest course for scoring in the week by the majority of the players still saw the CSS for the day go out a stroke to 73 as once again the group found the fairways to be very damp and offering virtually no run from the tees.

Les Smith had an excellent round whilst winning by four clear after returning a solid front nine of 17 points with just one zero and an even better back nine of 22 points which included only one single pointer to take his first win with the group.

Tony O’Neill may well have thought he would be the winner when he saw that he had shaded the rest of his four ball, all with lower handicaps, by two shots while they all finished in a count back, but in the event he had to settle for a good second place.

The rest of Tony’s four ball were then involved in a three way count back for third, fourth and fifth places with Brian Beaupre taking third with a back six holes of 10 points, Larry Gibb taking fourth with 9 on the back six after he had tied Brian on 16 apiece over the last nine and Tomas Nilsson placing fifth with 16 points on the back nine.

Allan Hanlon took he last place on the podium in sixth place after he won a count back with Jon Batty with a stunning 19 to 12 following Jon’s great 20 points on the opening half.

There were no 2s in the second division but Stephen Burton scored the lone one in the first division to sweep the pot clean.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Dave LeHane together with farewells for Stephen Lewis and Rodney Nabbe.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 02.12.2019
Shuichi Kodaka has the best round in a tough week

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

The new IPGC Local Rules are now available following the implementation of the new Rules of Golf 2019.

Monday 2nd December Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 39
2nd Brian Beaupre (6) 37
3rd B.J. Smith (29) 35
4th Frank Harrington (9) 33
5th Tony O’Neill (30) 30 cb 20
6th Mark Cooper (12) 30 cb 17
from Jon Batty (7) 30 cb 16

With the winds blowing cold down from the north golf was pleasant but extremely difficult the whole week with the best results coming from arguably the hardest of the three tests.

At least the greens were not quite as fearsome as usual when the group took on the Nick Faldo design at Pattavia where the green fee, caddy and cart cost was just 1,450 baht.

Shuichi Kodaka had one of his very nice rounds with a 15/24 split which will ensure that he will be back down to a solid 16 handicap once again and Brian Beaupre showed that he had lost none of his skills during his absence as he chased the winner hard but could not quite match his back nine closing with a 16/21 split and having to settle for second place.

B.J. Smith having started poorly with just four points from the first four holes then settled in nicely to take fourteen from the next five and claim third place after returning a one over handicap score split at 18/17.

Tong O’Neill then won a three way count back for fifth and sixth places with a best 20 as Mark Cooper took the last step with 17 and Jon Batty just missed out with 16.

There were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka made it a big celebration with the sole one in the second division to sweep the rollover pot clean with his one on the 139 yard 13th hole.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Brian Beaupre, B.J. Smith and Stephen Lewis together with a farewell for Murray Frost returning to Oz minus a fair bit of facial hair and some new recipes to try out on his ravenous friends.

Wednesday 4th December Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Rodney Nabbe (15) 31
2nd Stephen Burton (10) 29
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 28
4th Brian Beaupre (6) 27 cb 13, b6 9, b3 5
5th Christer Olsson (15) 27 cb 13, b6 9, b3 3

Quite a few of the regulars decided to give the second event of the week a miss contending that it might be a bit tougher than their abilities could manage and they were more than likely correct if the scores that were returned were anything to go by as the wind again played a big part in ensuring that nobody did well, with the best being five over handicap and which saw the CSS go out to 75 and the event non counting for handicap adjustment.

Rodney Nabbe was the best of the day after closing the last four holes out with just a single point on each, so could have made a difference to the CSS with a bit more good fortune.

Stephen Burton is still finding playing to his newly acquired 10 handicap as the conditions in Thailand are a lot different form his home course in the Midlands of England but on this occasion he did enough to take second place one ahead of Shuichi Kodaka who found the trees too much of a hindrance throughout the day.

Brian Beaupre then won a marathon count back winning fourth place from Christer Olsson with a better 5 to 3 over the last three holes.

The only hole that was playing easy must have been the 129 yard 5th as both Brian Beaupre, who won the first division, and Shuichi Kodaka, who won the second division, both had 2s on it to take their respective division’s pots.

Prior to the presentation of the prizes there was a welcome for new member Alfie Farmer together with welcome backs for Stephen Burton, Rodney Nabbe and Peter Skinner, the latter having an extra warm up for his upcoming trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Friday 6th December Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Mark Cooper (12) 32 cb 18
2nd Yasuo Suzuki (14) 32 cb 12
3rd Frank Harrington (9) 29
4th Rodney Nabbe (15) 28
2nd Division 16 +
1st Craig Thomas (16) 34
2nd Greg Ignatieff (16) 33
3rd Phil Stevenson (23) 32 cb 16
4th Trevor Schirmer (18) 32 cb 14

The best turn out of the week marked the regular fortnightly visit to the nearest course to base and required two divisions with the cut at the usual 15 and below for the first division.

Once again the wind was a big factor and just two players made the standard of “within two of handicap” which meant that the CSS for the again went up, to 74 on this occasion.

Mark Cooper took the first division after easily winning a count back with Yasuo Suzuki, playing in his last event on this visit, with a better 18 to 12 after Yasuo had looked a likely winner after the first nine.

Frank Harrington slipped into third place or maybe even tripped, just one ahead of fourth placed Rodney Nabbe, whose regular shouts of “Mind the Doors” may well have put some of his playing partners off during the day.

Craig Thomas had the best of the day whilst heading the second division and winning by one from Greg Ignatieff who had also looked good after the front nine but just failed to continue as well to the end.

Phil Stevenson then won a count back for third and fourth with Trevor Schirmer with a better 16 to 14 after Trevor had also played very steadily through the opening half but faded through the closing nine holes.

Craig Thomas added to his day’s haul when he holed out a twenty five footer on the 14 yard 6th hole to sweep the second division pool whilst in the first division Rodney Nabbe also had one on the same hole and another one on the 213 yard 17th but had to share with Mark Cooper who also had one on the 6th hole.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Frank Stockton and Craig Thomas together with a farewell for Yasuo Suzuki.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 25.11.2019
Christer, Greg and Markku take the Medals

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

The new IPGC Local Rules are now available following the implementation of the new Rules of Golf 2019.

Monday 25th November Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Garry Barling (10) 34
2nd Christer Olsson (15) 32
3rd Dave Edwards (12) 31
4th Tony Campbell (12) 30 cb 17
5th Frank Harrington (9) 30 cb 11

Following a false start to the high season the group were back to single division numbers when they began a tough week on the hardest of them, but as usual the course was in great shape with the greens especially good.

Garry Barling set off on his last week of golf in Thailand for this year with a solid round that was just good enough to beat off the challenge of the now serial contender Christer Olsson who may well have been pushing for the three wins in a week if he had not opened his round with just four points from the first four holes. Garry was no better in fact but a stronger opening half of eighteen points set the seal on the win.

Dave Edwards is still trying to adjust to the time difference, the temperature, the playing conditions and his handicap following his nine months swanning around in Blighty but did enough to take third place ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places that Tony Campbell won with a better 17 to 11 to leave the fast starting Frank Harrington gasping in fifth place.

Greg Ignatieff had the sole 2 in the second division to sweep the roll over pot clean when he holed a nice one on the 157 yard 13th hole, whilst Yasuo Suzuki, who also had one on the 13th, shared the first division roll over pool with Mark Cooper as he had one on the 172 yard 17th.

Wednesday 27th November Khao Kheow Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Garry Barling (10) 37
2nd Christer Olsson (15) 33
3rd Brendan Dunne (25) 30
4th Marc Brunner (12) 28 cb 17
5th Jon Batty (7) 29 cb 14
6th Peter Newham (17) 28

Garry returned to his top form again to win and once again keep Christer Olsson down in second place with a solid one under handicap round that was good enough by four on this occasion but again a slow start needed the impetus of a very nice back nine of two under handicap to close the day out with his second win of the week.

Christer Olsson was steady through seventeen holes but an unusual zero pointer on the tricky seventh hole on the A course left him too far away to contest the top spot but his second place was well ahead of third placed Brendan Dunne who in turn was a couple of strokes in front of a count back for fourth and fifth places that Marc Brunner won with a better 17 to 14 to leave Jon Batty in fifth one ahead of sixth placed Peter Newham who took his first podium placement of the trip.

There were no 2s in the second division but Jon Batty had the sole one in the first division on the 132 Yard 5th Hole.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Phil Stevenson together with a farewell for John Wood as they exchanged responsibilities for calling instructions, to the team that they both support, from the members stand in Manchester.

Friday 29th November Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Christer Olsson (15) 74
2nd Garry Barling (10) 78
2nd Division 16 - 20
1st Greg Ignatieff (16) 72
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 73
3rd Division 21 +
1st Markku Tynell (23) 83
2nd Phil Stevenson (22) 91

Once again the Monthly Medals were held at the regular venue which was as usual in good condition with the greens especially deserving a mention for their evenness and good speed.

It was also the last chance for those that had not made a first or second place needed to qualify for the Gold and Silver Medals to be played for on Friday the 27th December over the same course.

Christer Olsson having already qualified in the second division with a couple of wins added a place amongst the first division contenders after taking his first top division medal this time turning the tables n Garry Barling who had to settle for second place on this occasion.

Greg Ignatieff won his first medal with the group with the best score of the day and taking the second division top spot in the process ahead of serial contender Shuichi Kodaka in second place.

Markku Tynell took the third division medal, his second of the year, a long way in front of Phil Stevenson, who was in turn some way ahead of the rest of a division that struggled to get on terms with the course.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Christer Olsson added to his winnings with the sole one in the first division.

Back at The haven there were farewells for Garry Barling and John Villany together with a absentee farewell for John Fleming who had still not recovered from his wrist problem and was off to Oz to see if anyone over there could help him and was expected back in a couple of weeks.






IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 18.11.2019
Tony Campbell and Christer Olsson have doubles

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

The new IPGC Local Rules are now available following the implementation of the new Rules of Golf 2019.

Monday 18th November Pattavia Stableford White tees
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1st Division 0 – 16
1st Tony Campbell (12) 34 cb 21
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 34 cb 19
3rd Jon Batty (8) 34 cb 18
4th Eddy O’Donnell (13) 34 cb 17
2nd Division 17 +
1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 33 cb 17
2nd Larry Gibb (25) 33 cb 15
3rd John Wood (27) 32
4th Brendan Dunne (25) 31 cb 18
5th Trevor Schirmer (17) 31 cb 14
6th Murray Frost (23) 31 cb 11

The real start of the high season began at Pattavia where two divisions took on the challenging Nick Faldo designed course. The course was in excellent condition and it did not disappoint those that were expecting a tough day, as the greens were back to their old tricks with big breaks and extremely quick downhill.

Tony Campbell took the first of his two wins in the week when he won the first division on a count back with Christer Olsson with a better 21 to 19 over the back nine after they had both had very quiet front halves.

Jon Batty took third with 18 in the same count back and Eddy O’Donnell fourth with 17.

Shuichi Kodaka then won the second division with a better 17 to 15 in a count back with Larry Gibb who just missed out on what would have been a very nice win.

John Wood took third place a shot behind the front two and one ahead of Brendan Dunne who won another count back with Trevor Schirmer and Murray Frost as they score 18, 14 and 11 respectively.

There were no 2s in the second division but Jon Batty picked up the rollover pot in the first division when he holed out on the 203 yard 17th hole.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Garry Barling, John Villany, Tony Campbell, Murray Frost and Brian Proctor. There was also a special welcome back for John Fleming from his self-inflicted wrist injury, which was the first recorded for this type of injury in Pattaya since records had begun back in 1964, coincidentally the date of America’s entry into Viet Nam.

There was then another special farewell for the Yahitasushi Tour Group in the form of Hisahiko Makino, Tatsumi Noguchi and Atsushi Kawabe who had been ably led once again by Yasuo Suzuki. Yasuo is now available for other tour leadership opportunities whist continuing his golf with the group and others.


Wednesday 20th November Greenwood White tees Stableford
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1st Christer Olsson (16) 35 cb 21
2nd Greg Ignatieff (16) 35 cb 16 b6 11
3rd Markku Tynell (23) 35 cb 16 b6 10
4th Hal Hart (21) 35 cb 15
5th Eddy O’Donnell (13) 34
6th Garry Barling (10) 32

A surprisingly low turnout for Greenwood where the course was in pristine condition but with two other very inexpensive events in the week perhaps to be expected when many players are now looking more closely at their finances as the Baht continues to make golf a lot more expensive than in the past and affecting most of the regular attendees.

Christer Olsson continued his great run of form taking the win after winning the count back for the top spot on this occasion, returning a better 21 to 16 in a four way tie.

Greg Ignatieff placed second with a better 1 to 10 over the back six holes after he had tied the nine with Markku Tynell on 16 apiece whilst Hal Hart had to settle for fourth as he could glean just 15 form the back nine after a strong opening half.

Eddy O’Donnell playing in his last event with the group on this trip placed fifth two in front of Garry Barling in sixth place.

There were no 2s in the first division but Christer Olsson added a big lump to his day’s haul when he slotted one in on the 200 yard C 3 hole.

Back at The Haven there was a farewell for Eddy O’Donnell.

Friday 22nd November Treasure Hill White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Tony Campbell (12) 35
2nd Banjo Bannister (13) 30
3rd Allan Hanlon (13) 28 cb 15
4th Frank Harrington (8) 28 cb 13
5th Jon Batty (8) 28 cb 12
2nd Division 16 +
1st Christer Olsson (16) 38
2nd Greg Ignatieff (16) 30 cb 16
3rd Larry Gibb (25) 30 cb 15
4th Brendan Dunne (25) 30 cb 13
5th Tony O’Neill (30) 29

The group were back to two divisions, split at the usual 15 and below for the first division, for the always popular visit to Treasure Hill where the management are doing their best to encourage more golfers with a terrific value offer of 1,250 baht for green fee, caddy and cart which many other managements could learn from as it is a very big draw in the current economic climate in Thailand and deserve the good support that it receives from the general playing public.

Again the course was in very good condition although the greens made a mess of many of the group’s cards being extremely quick in all directions with some massive breaks across the sloes making putting a bit of a nightmare and causing the CSS for the day to go out to 74.

Tony Campbell took his second win of the week going one better in scoring than the first time and winning by a clear five strokes on a day when all the other best players struggled.

Banjo Bannister took second place two shots clear of a three way count back for third to fifth places that Allan Hanlon won with a better 15 as Frank Harrington took forth with 123 and Jon Batty fifth with 12.

Christer Olsson rounded off a great week, with his second win in the week plus the second place that was almost a first returning a great two under card that was eight shots clear of the rest of the division.

Greg Ignatieff took another second place after winning a three way count back with a better 16 which left Larry Gibb in third with 15 and Brendan Dunne in fourth with 13. Tony O’Neill took the last place on the podium another stroke behind them in fifth.

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

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Allan Hanlon, Peter Newham and Dave Edwards. It was also noted that three was a notable absentee, John Fleming, who had an unexpected relapse with his wrist injury even though he had retired early night and had been accompanied the previous evening.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 11.11.2019
Brendan and Ray have Bonanzas

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

Monday 11th November Eastern Star Stableford White tees
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1st Eddy O’Donnell (13) 33
2nd Ray Smallwood (29) 32
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 31
4th Frank Harrington (8) 30 cb 17
5th Greg Ignatieff (16) 30 cb 16
6th Tony O’Neill (30) 30 cb 14

It was a fine day when the group left the Haven and it stayed that way although a strong wind affected the scores despite the course being in great condition with the greens again the pick of the groundkeeper’s efforts, and surprisingly with the overall results the worst of the week which saw the CSS for the day move out two strokes to 74.

Eddy O’Donnell took the first and best of his three placements in the week with the win albeit three over his handicap after returning a 17/16 split card.
Ray Smallwood took a very creditable second place with a solid round that included just the one zero pointer.

Shuichi Kodaka was his usual epitome of steadiness another shots behind and one ahead of a three way count back for fourth, fifth and sixth places.

That count back was won by Frank Harrington, as he prepared to take flight to the nesting areas to the north of the city, with 17 points as Greg Ignatieff took fifth and the first of his three placements in the week with 16 points which left Tony O’Neill sixth with 14 points which was one place better than his favourite football team but two points less and hoping that his begging letters to the Spurs in support of an ex- manager help stave off any possibilities of a return to the North.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions, and in fact from almost eighty attempts only 12 threes which underlined how hard the pat threes were playing on the day.

Before the prizes were presented there were welcome backs for Tony O’Neill, Larry Gibb, Terry Hodgkiss, Ray Smallwood, Chris Ross, Christer Olsson and Eddy O’Donnell, after which the Emcee, who is getting a bit doddery, needed a swift drink and a sit down before continuing.

Wednesday 13th November Khao Kheow Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Brendan Dunne (27) 40
2nd Dave LeHane (19) 38
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 35
4th Eddy O’Donnell (13) 34
5th John Fleming (12) 33 cb 18
6th Carlos Garcia (18) 33 cb 17

One of the toughest courses to consistently score on was a much easier proposition for a lot of the field as the CSS stayed at an even 72 and the winner, Brendan Dunne, had his best score since the beginning of the year and will look forward to a couple of shots reduction for the next week’s events. It was a round that could have been even better as it included two zero pointers, one on each side from a split of 20/20, a truly remarkable effort from the big man.

Dave LeHane must have thought he would be declared the winner in his last event before returning to the UK for a couple of weeks or so, but a very good two under handicap proved to be a little short with Brendan in such good form, and so second place it was.

Greg Ignatieff took third place three shots back and one ahead of fourth placed Eddy O’Donnell who could not recover from a disastrous start of just two points from the first four holes.
John Fleming then won a count back with Carlos Garcia with a better 18 to 17 over the back nine holes for fifth and sixth places.

Brendan Dunne made it a special day for celebrating when in addition to the win he had the only 2 in the second division on the 132 yard A 5 hole to sweep the rollover pool clean whilst Hisahiko Makino had a solo on the B8 island green which was playing 138 yards to also sweep the rollover pot in the first division.

Prior to the presentations being made there was a welcome for new member Atsushi Kawabe together with welcome backs for Tatsumi Noguchi and Hisahiko Makino ably led as usual by their tour guide, translator and general handyman Yasuo Suzuki who was also welcomed back.

Friday 15th November Pattaya Country Club White tees Stableford
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1st Ray Smallwood (29) 40
2nd Hal Hart (21) 38
3rd Hisahiko Makino (9) 35 cb 20
4th Greg Ignatieff (16) 35 cb 15
5th Dave Paul (20) 34
6th Eddy O’Donnell (13) 33

Yet another outstanding round was returned again by one of the higher handicappers was the result when the group took on what is scheduled to be the course for the 2020 IPGC Club Championships where again the greens were the talk of the clubhouse being fast, flat and true and ensuring that most of the field were in or very close to their handicap buffer zones, which dropped the CSS for the day down a stroke to 71.

The winner was Ray Smallwood who chalked up just his second win with the group and his best round ever with them. Rays remarkable card showed an amazing 25 points from the front nine as everything seemed to be great but a more steady back nine when the import of what he was achieving started to sink in around the fourteenth hole, where he took a one pointer followed by a zero pointer, meant a more subdued celebration back at The haven as once again a two under handicap score had to be content with just second place.

That was Hal Hart of this occasion who had a very good round with a split of 19/19 but he was still well pleased to have had an almost perfect day with his the tee shots.

Hisahiko Makino made sure that a mini tour member took home so satisfaction from the golf courses as he took third place after he won a count back for third and fourth places with Greg Ignatieff with a better 20 to 15.

Dave Paul then took fifth spot just one up on sixth place Eddy O’Donnell who finished with the same score that he had won with to start off the week.

There were no 2s in the first division but Carlos Garcia made all the training of the previous afternoon and evening pay off when he holed on the 177 yard 7th hole.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




IPGC Golf from the Haven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 






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