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IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 02.04.2018
Shuichi breaks the bank

Monday 2nd April Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Peter Skinner (12) 39
2nd Dave Edwards (11) 35 cb 19
3rd Dave LeHane (20) 35 cb 18
4th Dave Paul (21) 34
5th Trevor Schirmer (17) 33 cb 18
6th Mark Cooper (11) 33 cb 14

The start of a very good week’s venues was at the Chang Brewery owned Pattavia where the course was found to be, as is usual nowadays since the takeover by the new owners, in excellent condition and with the greens now playing to a reasonable speed, allowing players to keep a downhill putt on the green, the scores were good enough to allow the CSS to remain at the par of 72.

Peter Skinner, playing in what turned out to be his last event before returning to England to watch one of his string of horses attempt to pay some of its stabling fees, put in a sterling performance returning his best round for six months and one which was better by four than the second place.

That was filled by the now serial achiever Dave Edwards who needed to win a count back with a better 19 to 18 to deny Dave LeHane and consign him into third.

Dave Paul, also playing in his last event before spending a month or so touring other parts of South East Asia before returning to Canada, took fourth spot ahead of a count back for fifth and sixth between Trevor Schirmer and Mark Cooper which Trevor won with a better 18 to 14.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper made up for a disappointing back nine with the solo one in the first division.

Before the presentation of the prizes there was a welcome back for Yukio Kikuchi together with farewells for Dave Paul and Peter Skinner.

Wednesday 4th April Pattana A & B courses Par 74 Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 40
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 38
3rd Dave LeHane (20) 37
4th Dave Edwards (11) 36
5th Markku Tynell (24) 34 cb 20 b6 14
6th Trevor Schirmer (17) 34 cb 20 b6 13
From Chris Ross (26) 34 cb 19

After a very long hiatus after the management, now old and gone, had increased the green fees to a totally unacceptable level, the group returned to the very popular course where the new management, in fact the older version re-employed again, had once again set the green fees to an affordable level. Playing the A & B courses where the ninth on B was played from the alternative tee making it a par six making the par for the day 74, they were found to be in tip top shape as they had obviously not seen much use since the end of last October, which the scores reflected and which saw the CSS reduce to 73.

Shuichi Kodaka found it very much to his liking as he strode, albeit quite slowly, to a very good final total of four under handicap with a card the included two halves of twenty points each.

Mark Cooper ran him very close also under handicap with a 19/19 split for second place and one ahead of in in-form Dave LeHane in third.

Dave Edwards was again in the frame in fourth place having started out strongly with a 21 point return but then slipped slightly through the last six and settling for a level handicap round.

Markku Tynell then won a three way count back with a better 14 to 13 over the back six for fifth place with Trevor Schirmer taking sixth after they had shared the back nine on 20 apiece, with Chris Ross losing out with a good 19 points form the back nine.

There were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka made it a personal grand celebration with the sole one in the second division to take the rollover pool.

Chris Ross had arrived from OZ with some news that the group would not be seeing Rodney Nabbe as soon as expected, as following a very unfortunate occurrence on a train running between Wollongong and Sydney, all active staff on that line are now required to be fully conversant with Spittoon placement, handling and cleaning together with additional passenger assistance methodology, which will require some very specialized training lasting over several weeks.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Chris Ross, Ben Wilkinson, Phil Cass and Kevin Blake.

Friday 6th April Eastern Star White tees Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (24) 34
2nd Chris Ross (26) 32 cb 16
3rd Dave Edwards (11) 32 cb 14
4th Darryl Burkett (13) 31
5th Paula Kopatz (22) 27

A Bank Holiday in recognition of Chakri Dynasty Day resulted in a smaller group than usual even though the group had the benefit of a special green fee rate which made the total for the day with caddy and cart just 1,300 baht which was a great rate for a holiday rate and probably the best available in the whole area. The course was in great condition with the greens rating a special mention, being flat true and quite fast, but surprisingly the scoring did not reflect the quality of the whole course which saw the CSS go out two to 74.

Markku Tynell had a pretty solid round although three zeros did not do it justice it was just enough to squeak home by two ahead of a count back for second and third places which Chris Ross won over Dave Edwards, again, with a better 16 to 14.

Darryl Burkett returned to claim fourth spot another one behind them but four in front on fifth placed Paula Kopatz.

Dave Edwards scored the lone 2 in the first division whilst Markku Tynell added to his day with his solo effort in the second division.

Back at The Haven there was a warm welcome for Paula Kopatz a new player with the group and the first lady to play with them for quite a while, together with welcome backs for Pertii Parvainen and Darryl Burkett. The was also a later welcome back when Darryl Kellett, who had obviously been listening at the keyhole while the group were discussing his current whereabouts and various previous escapades with the group, only to suddenly then appear to join the then silent group. He then proceeded to fill in a few missing links to add to the evening’s entertainment.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 26.03.2018
Peter, Christer and John take the Medals



Monday 26th March Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (11) 37
2nd Vinny Lazell (17) 35
3rd Andrew Purdie (7) 34
4th Allan Busby (18) 33
5th Dave Paul (21) 31

The trip to the three farthest courses is now much quicker due to the new road construction and after leaving the Haven just before nine am the group were teeing off just before ten on an almost empty course which was in immaculate condition reflecting the lack of other groups taking advantage of the great deal for green fee, caddy and cart at 1,350 baht. The scoring was also of the top order with the CSS for the day remaining at 72.

Dave Edwards continued his fine run of form with another under handicap round that did not show a single zero which is quite an achievement on this course.

Vinny Lazell started very well finishing the front half with 21 points but a couple of zeros and single pointers did in his chances of another win and so left him in second place one ahead of Andrew Purdie who had similarly started very steadily but crashed a bit through the back half.

Allan Busby took the first of his three podium finishes another shot back in fourth with Dave Paul two more behind in fifth.

Incredibly there were 2s in both divisions with Dave Edwards and Shuichi Kodaka getting one each on the second hole both for four points, where normally most players are pleased to squeeze out two from the 198 yard monster surrounded by water. So Shuichi took the second division pool whilst Dave had to share the first division with Andrew Purdie who unsportingly had one on the shortest hole on the course at the 107 yard 6th.

Wednesday 21st March Khao Kheow A & B courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35
2nd Allan Busby (18) 34
3rd Markku Tynell (24) 33
4th Mark Cooper (11) 32
5th Vinny Lazell (17) 31 cb 13
6th Hal Hart (20) 31 cb 12

Khao Kheow is always in first class condition but is never the easiest test of the week and so it proved to be once again as the best of the day was over handicap and the high scoring meant a rise in the CSS to 73.

Shuichi Kodaka played the steadiest to win by the closest margin of the week ahead of the in-form Allan Busby in second spot.

Markku Tynell had a very even round returning a 16/17 split for third place finishing in style with a par on the last for four points to claim third place. Mark Cooper would have wished to end his in the same fashion but managed just four points from the last three holes when in a winning position and then taking fourth place.

Vinny Lazell then won the only count back of the week, most likely some sort of record for the group, with Hal Hart and winning with a better 13 to 12.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper and Dave Edwards shared the first division pot.

Before the presentation of the prizes there was a farewell for Brian Proctor who had spent a very pleasant break away from Nakhon Northsomewhere and is hoping to return soon to collect some prizes now that he has the lie of the land sorted out.

Friday 23rd March Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Peter Skinner (12) 76
2nd Gary Brown (9) 81
3rd Neville Duncan (12) 85
2nd Division 16 – 20
1st Christer Olsson (16) 73
2nd Allan Busby (18) 74
3rd Murray Edwards (20) 77
3rd Division 21 +
1st John O’Sullivan (22) 76
2nd Markku Tynell (24) 81
3rd Benny Hansen (24) 83

With many of the usual suspects celebrating Good Friday at other venues there was a smaller turnout than normal for the now three Monthly Medals held at the nearest course to base and one which takes just 25 minutes travelling time to get to and fro from.

The course was found to be in very good condition although the scoring was far below the usual standard but the weather conditions, being very hot and humid no doubt added to the players difficulties.

The first division saw Peter Skinner stroll into first place by a clear five strokes, even after recording a quadruple eight on the 399 yard 14th, as the rest of the division crumpled into a heap with the next best being Gary Brown in second and Neville Duncan a further four shots away in third place.

The second division saw the best results of the day with Christer Olsson leading the way with the best of the day one over handicap which was just enough to edge out Allan Busby who was attempting to improve his position on the podium for the third time in the week, but three sixes in the last four holes closed off his otherwise great round and so had to settle for second place three ahead of Murray Edwards in third place.

The newly third division was taken by John O’Sullivan who having started very badly when dropping six shots to handicap through the first four holes than steadied the round to finish the rest at two under handicap for his first Medal with Markku Tynell following a little way back in second and Benny Hansen two more back in third.

From the first four Medals of the year there have now been twenty qualifiers for the Gold and Silver Medals in December.

Vinny Lazell Made up for and otherwise disappointing last outing with the group by taking the second division rollover 2s pot whilst Peter Skinner added to his total take for the day with the sole one in the first division.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome for Gary Brown on a short visit from the Wakefield Club near Manley, Australia, together with farewells for Vinny Lazell and Allan Busby. Allan had spent a very pleasant fortnight in Pattaya during his first visit to the Land of Smiles and carries back to East London many fond memories of extremely enjoyable meetings with the local residents, which will surely result in a speedy return for more of the same after a couple of weeks watching West Ham and huddling round the paraffin heater in his bedsit contemplating the meaning of life.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 19.03.2018
Successful Darwin Invasion returns home

Monday 19th March Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 18
1st Gus Guidetti (10) 38
2nd Rhys Minton (17) 35
3rd Kevin Fitzpatrick (18) 33 cb 15 b6 11
4th Mark Cooper (11) 33 cb 15 b6 8
5th Allan Hanlon (12) 32 cb 19
From Greg Ignatieff (14) 32 cb 16
2nd Division 19 +
1st Vinny Lazell (19) 43
2nd Dave Paul (21) 37
3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 35
4th Geoff Totham (19) 34
5th Robin Jeggo (19) 32

A good week for golf as the weather held off after many reports of rain throughout the week started off at Pattavia where the course was in great condition and the greens were almost benign compared to their usual speed and so the scoring was generally very good throughout the two divisions.

The first division was led in by Gus Guidetti in his last outing with the group after returning an excellent two under card that was good enough to win by three clear from Rhys Minton in second place.

Kevin Fitzpatrick took another podium placement when he won a count back for third and fourth with Mark Cooper with a better 11 to 8 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 15 apiece.

Allan Hanlon then won another count back with Greg Ignatieff for fifth place with a better 19 to 16.

The second division was taken by Vinny Lazell with a superb seven under handicap return that was his best score in Thailand and which left the chasing pack well behind.

Dave Paul was the nearest challenger on six adrift in second place after he had his best round of the current trip. He was followed by Brendan Dunne in third place, and who may well have thought that one over handicap might be good enough to win the division at this always difficult course, Geoff Totham in fourth and Robin Jeggo in fifth.

Gus Guidetti added to his days haul with the solo 2 in the first division to sweep the roll over pool clean while Rhys Minton, having played in the main competition in the first division, took the second division pot with his solo effort on the 227 yard 7th hole.

Before the presentation of the prizes were made there were welcomes for new members Allan Busby and Christer Andersson together with welcome backs for Vinny Lazell, Keith Emerson and Claes Mueller and farewells for Brendan Dunne and Gus Guidetti.

Wednesday 21st March Greenwood A & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 17
1st Rhys Minton (17) 39
2nd Greg Ignatieff (14) 34
3rd Neville Duncan (12) 33
4th Dave Edwards (11) 31 cb 15 b6 11
5th Ian Lederhose (16) 31 cb 15 b6 9
2nd Division 18 +
1st Hal Hart (21) 38
2nd Geoff Totham (19) 36
3rd Chris Ross (26) 34 cb 23
4th Tim Dodding (21) 34 cb 17
5th Larry Gibb (22) 34 cb 16
From John Dodding (19) 34 cb 13

Another good turnout required two divisions once again with the cut this time being set at 17 and below for division one and again the course was in great shape and the weather slightly overcast with a light breeze. Just right for good golf.

The first division was won by Rhys Minton going one better than his previous result after he finished at three under handicap to win by five clear ahead of Greg Ignatieff in second place.

Neville Duncan, playing with hire clubs after his own set failed to appear on the same flight from Oz, returned a very well earned third place ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth places which Dave Edwards won over Ian Lederhose returning a better 11 to 8 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 15 each.

Hal Hart overcame a nagging back injury to win the second division after returning a two under card and his best for a little while which denied Geoff Totham a win for second time.

The resurgent Chris Ross then won a four way count back for third place with a stunning 23 points to leave Tim Dodding in fourth with 17, Larry Gibb in fifth with 16 and John Dodding just missing out on a podium placement with 13.

Strangely with such good scoring generally there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcome backs for Banjo Bannister, Larry Gibb and Neville Duncan.

There then followed a very raucous farewell for the conquering heroes from Darwin made up of their intrepid Leader Bob Pratt, 2 I/C Geoff Totham, Rhys Minton, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Robin Jeggo, Craig Warry, Tim Dodding and John Dodding all of whom were mentioned in dispatches for their efforts during their very successful forays on the local courses, but there had been little news on their Dark Ops into the darker sides of Pattaya’s entertainment centres.

Friday 23rd March Crystal Bay B & C courses White tees Stableford
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1st Allan Busby (18) 36
2nd Dave Edwards (11) 35 cb 21
3rd Dave Paul (21) 35 cb 16 b6 11 B3 8
4th Chris Ross (25) 35 cb 16 b6 11 b3 3
5th Allan Hanlon (12) 34
6th Trevor Schirmer (17) 33

Following the withdrawal of the boys from Darwin the group was back to just one division for the visit to Crystal Bay where the course was found to be in very good condition although the greens on the two nines were running at completely different speeds.

Allan Busby was the best of the day at level par after recording three zeros and a couple of single pointers on a day when for once nobody scored well throughout their round.

Dave Edwards then won a three way count back with a stellar 21 points for second place to leave Dave Paul in third after he had won an additional count back with Chris Ross with a better 8 to 3 over the last three following a tie for the nine on 16 and the back six on 11 each.

Allan Hanlon, playing in his last event before returning to huddle in front of his electric coal fire in England, took fifth place one more behind and one ahead of sixth placed Trevor Schirmer.

Dave Edwards made up for just missing out on the win when he slid in a two on C7 to claim the first division 2s roll over pool whilst Dave Paul and Ian Lederhose shared the second division roll over pot.

Back at The Haven there were farewells for Allan Hanlon, Ian Lederhose and Neville Duncan.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.03.2018
The Darwin Invasion begins

Monday 12th March Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (12) 38
2nd Peter Skinner (12) 34
3rd Dave LeHane (19) 33
4th Gus Guidetti (10) 32
5th Trevor Schirmer (17) 31 cb 16
6th Greg Ignatieff (15) 31 cb 13

The week started quietly enough at Mountain Shadow where the course was found to be in good condition, but with just the one division required the usual blue tees were the test of the day which resulted in the higher handicappers drifting to the towards the bottom of the results sheet.

Dave Edwards continues to benefit from hours at the practice areas, plus plenty of sometimes questionable advice, freely given, at the post event get-togethers, and once again topped the list with a two under handicap return and some four shots clear of second place. That place was taken by Peter Skinner who is just running into form ahead of his attempt to clean out the rest of the upcoming tour to Hua Hin.

Dave LeHane drilled into third place just one behind and another ahead of Gus Guidetti who was at last making a start with the group after a false start on the previous Friday.

Trevor Schirmer then won a count back for fifth and sixth with Greg Ignatieff with a better 16 to 13.

There were no 2s in the second division but Gus Guidetti had the solo one in the first division to take the roll over pot which will no doubt be added to the fund for the incoming troops to be better able to recce Soi Six and The Kinneree for special future operations.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Jens Gunnarsson and Brian Proctor together with a special mention for Gus Guidetti acting as the point scout for the main force from Darwin due to land at any time soon.

Wednesday 14th March Khao Kheow B & C courses Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 17
1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 37
2nd Rhys Minton (17) 32 cb 18
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32 cb 17
4th Jim Underwood (14) 31
2nd Division 18 +
1st Kevin Fitzpatrick (19) 38
2nd Tim Dodding (21) 34
3rd Brendon Dunne (28) 24
4th Robin Jesso (19) 23

Following many months, and some say years, of careful planning and intel collation involving long hour days spent undercover by their not so secret agent “Vincent Jack”, the first wave of the invasion of the “Darwin Boys” got underway and in the hopes that they would stay friendly with the locals they were welcomed as new members. They were led by Bob Pratt as C/O and Geoff Totham, Adjutant i/c personnel movements, who were the first to be greeted as returnees together with the first timers, many with long experience in campaigns throughout South East Asia, in the form of Kevin Fitzpatrick, in full camouflage sportswear, Robin Jesso, John Dodding, Tim Dodding, Craig Warry and Rhys Minton the latter who had to make his way from an earlier sortie to the west coast of the gulf by sea transport and so arrived after the main party had consolidated their positions surrounding The Haven.

With so many additional players the group was once again back to two divisions with the cut coming at 17 and below for the first division. That was lead in by Greg Ignatieff whose short layoff to recover from a slight injury has improved his results and culminated in a runaway win by five clear over the very tough B & C courses which played hard enough to require the CSS to move out a couple of strokes to 74.

Rhys Minto then took second place after winning a count back with Shuichi Kodaka with a better 18 to 17, as Jim Underwood, playing in his last game with the group, took fourth place.

The second division was totally ambushed by Kevin Fitzpatrick who after taking 13 strokes on the first two holes then reeled off a run of twelve holes at just 7 over par gross to set up an easy win in his first event.

Tim Dodding slipped into second place with a solid two over return having slipped out of contention through the back nine after taking a couple of zeros. He was followed some ten shots back by Brendan Dunne in third and Robin Jesso another shot back in fourth which underlined the severity of the course for most of the field.

In the final analysis, the raiders from Darwin took 50% of the spoils for the day so the evening started well and got better as they prepared to go plundering around Soi LK Metro as soon as they had enough fuel in their tanks.

There were no 2s once again in the second division, but Peter Mannion knocked one in on the 165 yard C8 with a smooth 4 wood against the wind and a chip in to take the pot.

Friday 16th March Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 17
1st Christer Olsson (16) 37
2nd Rhys Minton (17) 36
3rd Kevin Blake (8) 34 cb 18 b6 13
4th Peter Skinner (12) 34 cb 18 b6 12
5th Gus Guidetti (10) 33
2nd Division 18 +
1st Bob Pratt (25) 38 cb 20
2nd Geoff Totham (20) 38 cb 17
3rd Kevin Fitzpatrick (19) 37
4th Brendan Dunne (28) 34
5th John O’Sullivan (22) 31 cb 15
From Craig Warry (20) 31 cb 12

Again the day required two divisions and almost three at the now well received Pattaya Country Club course where the greens continue to improve but where the fairways still need to benefit from a lift and place local rule to mitigate the situation that some bare patches that are taking longer than usual to get back into good shape.

With most of the Darwin group insufficiently trained to get into the first division it was left to the locals to take control as Christer Olsson had his best round for a little while at one under handicap which was just enough to stop Rhys Minton from grabbing the limelight as he finished at level par for second place. Kevin Blake then won a count back for third and fourth places with Peter Skinner with a better 13 to 12 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 18 apiece. Gus Guidetti rounded off the podium another shot back in fifth place.

The second division was dominated by the invaders as their C/O Bob Pratt led from the front with a two under return, taking the top step from the Adjutant, Geoff Totham, after winning a countback with a better 20 to 17 having made the extra shots from his handicap really count.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, not quite able to recreate his previous form was still good enough for third place just one behind the top pair and three in front of Brendan Dunne, who in turn was three ahead of a count back for fifth between John O’Sullivan and Craig Warry which John won with a better 15 to 12 after Craig slipped badly over the closing holes.

There were no 2s in the first division but Markku Tynell received a great ovation when it was announced that he had swept the very large roll over pot clean with his remarkable effort on the 177 yard 7th hole where the pin was placed back left and playing almost 190 yards.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.03.2018
The Ambassador returns home a winner

The start of the low season has come earlier this year no doubt initiating some courses to reduce the green fee rates as early as the first of March as the numbers of golfers continue to drop from the highs of previous years. While the Haven group continue to support those course managements that have been realistic with their prices over the high season period they have agreed some special prices with others that are now being more competitive in their marketing efforts and the results of these negotiations can now be viewed on the schedules for the next three months that are now available on this web site HERE.

Monday 5th March Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 17
1st Dave Edwards (12) 34
2nd Bruce Kusyk (12) 31
3rd Danny Miller (8) 30
4th Trevor Schirmer (17) 28
2nd Division 18 +
1st Patrick Scullion (20) 39
2nd Dave Paul (21) 35
3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 33 cb 19
4th Hal Hart (21) 33 cb 17

There were still enough players to require two divisions for the first event of the week where Crystal Bay was found to be in quite good condition although the greens on the two nines played were almost chalk and cheese in comparison with each other, one being fast and true and the other much slower and variable in line due to the two or three different types of grass in their makeup.

Dave Edwards continued to be one of the usual suspects to be found on the podium now that the frequent lessons and practice sessions are finally making their mark on his form as he won the first division at a canter by three from Bruce Kusyk in second place.

Danny Miller whilst not getting near to the winner still did enough for a step on the podium one ahead of Trevor Schirmer in fourth place.

The second division was led in by Patrick Scullion who was making his penultimate appearance and returned his best round after two months of strained effort and promised better to come in a final flourish in his acceptance speech, which attracted as much credence as David Davis’s assertion of a “Good Deal for Britain”, but a lot of loud applause.

Second place went to Dave Paul with Brendan Dunne winning a count back for third and fourth with Hal Hart with a better 19 to 17.

Both winners added to their day’s hauls with Dave Edwards winning the first division 2s pool and Patrick Scullion taking the second division after they had one each on the C course.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Steve Bickle and Jim Underwood together with a farewell for Maurizio Guidi back to bolster the country’s population in San Marino.

Wednesday 7th March Greenwood A & C courses Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (21) 35
2nd Kevin Blake (8) 34
3rd Peter Mannion (10) 33 cb 15 b6 12
4th Dave Edwards (12) 33 cb 15 b6 9
5th Mark Cooper (11) 30 cb 16
from Danny Miller (8) 30 cb 15

Even the always popular Greenwood attracted a smaller entry requiring just the one division but for those that attended it was a very good day although the going was extremely tough with the course playing its full length and a bit more, so much so that the CSS for the day went out to 74.

Hal Hart had the best of the day at one over handicap but with the adjustment to the standard scratch it meant a small reduction for the following week.

Kevin Blake was just behind in second place, and having been partnered together with Hal in a four ball in which they annihilated their opponents, it was a very rewarding day for them both.

Peter Mannion made a good start in his first event with the group when he won a count back for third and fourth with Dave Edwards with a better 12 to 9 on the back six after David had taken a zero on the 17th and they had tied the nine on 15 each.

Mark Cooper then won another count back with Danny Miller for fifth place with a better 16 to 15.

There were no 2s in the second division but Peter Mannion and Danny Miller shared the first division pot.

Prior to the prizes being presented there was a welcome for Peter Mannion from Kings Lynn in England together with farewells for Danny Greer, off on another brown sauce run, Brian Kinsella, for a bit of a rest after a tough diet regime in which he lost over 20 kilos whilst in the Land of Smiles, and Ambassador Patrick Scullion, who had promised a win in his last event but was reminded in the farewell oration, ‘that along with DHL, he should not be counting his chickens before they are delivered’.

Friday 9th March Eastern Star Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Allan Hanlon (12) 32 cb 18 b6 12
2nd Jun Ishihara (9) 32 cb 18 b6 10
3rd Markku Tynell (23) 31 cb 19
4th Jim Underwood (12) 31 cb 16

After a stormy night when the lashing rain started at 3 am, according to the night hawk who doubles as the scribe, there was a very limited turnout a s the rain continued to pelt down in a very unseasonable manner but three groups set off for the course in the hopes that the weather would be kinder further south. But on arrival at the course they found the Jomtiem group, consisting of ten groups had not even started to tee off and after over an hour wait the weather had not improved so one of the three groups returned to The Haven for warm cocoa and commiserations.

The two groups that stayed eventually teed off in light rain after all the previous groups retired hurt and managed to get some satisfaction out of the specially reduced green fees that had been obtained for the coming season.

Allan Hanlon stuck to the jib the best to win out over Jun Ishihara after winning a count back over the last six with a 12 to 10 return after they had tied the nine at 18 apiece.

Markku Tynell then won another count back with Jim Underwood with a better 19 to 16 for third place. It was noticeable that everyone’s scores improved through the back half as the conditions improved and all look forward to playing the course when conditions are more amenable.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at the Have eventually there were welcome backs for Gust Guidetti and Christer Olsson together with a farewell for Jun Ishihara returning back to Japan in time for the cherry blossom’s arrival. Danny Miller dropped by to say farewell on his way back to Manchester United after he had decided the weather at 8 am was far too much like home to be bothering with it all.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 26.02.2018
Garry Rookas is outstanding

Monday 26th February Treasure Hill Stableford
1st Division White tees
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1st Danny Miller (9) 33
2nd Patrick Scullion (20) 32 cb 17
3rd Jun Ishihara (9) 32 cb 16
4th Mike Dabanovich (11) 29
2nd Division Yellow tees
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1st Garry Rookas (29) 43
2nd John O’Sullivan (22) 34
3rd Brendon Dunne (28) 29 cb 16 b6 14
4th Murray Edwards (19) 29 cb 16 b6 9

Two divisions were formed to play the always difficult but possibly the most scenic of the courses in the area to allow the lower handicappers to play the 6,726 yards card from the white and the higher handicappers from the 6,377 yards yellow tees, which in the event proved to be a good decision as the White CSS went from 74 to 77 and the Yellow CSS from 72 to 73.

Garry Rookas had a lifetime best when he returned a seven under card from the yellows to take the second division by nine which included a stunning 24 points over the back nine with two 4 pointers four 3 pointers two 2 pointers and a zero.

Second placed John O’Sullivan had a very good round which would have usually have been good enough for first place but not with Garry in such hot form.

Brendon Dunne then won a count back with Murray Edwards for third and fourth places with a better 14 to 9 over the back six holes after they had tied the nine in 16 apiece.

The first division found the white tees a much tougher proposition with a three over handicap round being sufficient to see Danny Miller home in first place one ahead of a count back for second and third which Patrick Scullion won with a better 17 to 16 to leave Jun Ishihara in third.

Mike Dabanovich took fourth another three strokes behind them.

Danny Miller added to his day’s takings when he scooped the only 2 in the first division whilst Patrick Scullion duplicated that feat to take the second division pool.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Jun Ishihara, Andy Pedlar and John Pearce together with farewells for Dave Cadwallader and Andy Pedlar, the latter after a very quick visit but still managing to create a fair bit of damage.

Wednesday 28th February Khao Kheow B & C courses Stableford
CSS 74

1st Masanori Takano (7) 34
2nd Dave Edwards (11) 32 cb 17
3rd Patrick Scullion (21) 32 cb 16
4th Brendon Dunne (28) 31
5th Danny Miller (9) 30
6th John Sutcliff (15) 29 cb 15
From Jun Ishihara (9) 29 cb 14

Another hard day in paradise was the order of the day at Khao Kheow which again saw the CSS move upwards, on this occasion just two to 74, but with many players having returned home or incapacitated, there were only enough contenders for one division.

That was led in by Masanori Takano with a hard earned two over handicap round that was just enough to see him finish at the head of the pack. He was followed in by Dave Edwards when he won a count back with the emergent Patrick Scullion after scoring a better 17 to 16 on the back nine.

Brendan Dunne then took fourth one shot behind with Danny Miller in fifth and Jun Ishihara playing his last game with the group in sixth.

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

Prior to the presentations there were welcomes for new members Mark Royale and Shaun Royale on a quick visit from the Leigh Golf Club in Lancashire and playing a one off game. There was also a fond farewell for the “Flag Carrier” Phil Stevenson returning to lead the agitators in the South when not leading the singing at Old Trafford, together with another one for Jun Ishihara.


Friday 2nd March Pattaya Country Club Stableford
CSS 72

1st Paul McDonald (17) 39
2nd Danny Miller (9) 36 cb 18
3rd Derek Salmon (25) 36 cb 16
4th Craig Thomas (14) 35
5th Maurizio Guidi (12) 33 cb 18
6th Garry Rookas (29) 33 cb 16

Just a week after last playing the course the group were back at the local course where it was again found to be in good shape as the newly designed greens begin the pay faster and flatter and the scores continue to improve.

Paul McDonald at last managed to get most of his tee shots to stay in play and a long way down the fairways when he took his first success on this trip but will not be able to repeat the feat as unfortunately it was his last event in Pattaya this time around.

Danny Miller again showed his almost metronome consistency taking second place after winning a count back with Derek Salmon with a better 18 to 16. This gave the podium a very Mancunian flavour with the top three all hailing from that city although just two wear the red and the other the light blue (names have been redacted to protect the innocent).

Craig Thomas also playing his last game in Pattaya took a well-deserved fourth place at one over handicap and he was followed in by Maurizio Guidi in fifth after he won a count back with Garry Rookas with a better 18 to 16.

Even with much better scoring on the day once again there were no 2s in either division.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Chris Ross and farewells for Craig Thomas, Garry Rookas, Paul McDonald and Derek Salmon.




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 19.02.2018
Phil Cass breaks the mould

Monday 19th February Bangpra Stableford
CSS 72

1st Division 0 - 18
1st Dave Edwards (12) 34 cb 18
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 34 cb 16
3rd Allan Hanlon (12) 32 cb 18
4th Craig Thomas (14) 32 cb 14
2nd Division 19 +
1st Frank Hughes (19) 35 cb 19
2nd Phil Cass (21) 35 cb 17
3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 34 cb 18
4th Markku Tynell (23) 34 cb 16

A very benign Bangpra, where the greens were strangely slow with even some puts from above the hole not reaching their target, meant some solid scoring from a much reduced field, compared to the most recent attendances, and due no doubt to the extraordinary start of 12 noon. But the weather stayed fine and dry to make for a late but enjoyable day.

With just two divisions the cut came at a very unusual high 18 and below for the first division, which Dave Edwards won to take huis first win of the week after taking the count back with a better 18 to 16 which left Shuichi Kodaka in second place after he found himself once again in the top level.

Allan Hanlon then won another count back for third and fourth with Craig Thomas carding a better 18 to 14.

The second division was led in by Frank Hughes climbing onto the top step in his first game back with the group and after following a review of his handicap he won a count back with Phil Cass with a better 19 to 17 to deny Phil what could have been a triple win in the week.

Brendan Dunne then won another count back for third and forth with Markku Tynell with a better 18 to 16.

There were no 2s in the first division but Fran Hughes added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Vic Reimer, Frank Hughes, Phil Cass, Ian Lederhose and Hal Hart form medical leave. There was also a farewell for John Carlin returning to OZ for a checkup for a short while.

Wednesday 21st February Greenwood B & C courses Stableford
CSS 73

1st Division 0 – 14
1st Dave Edwards (12) 38
2nd Masanori Takano (7) 33
3rd Dave Cadwallader (14) 32 cb 18 b6 14
4th Andrew Purdie (7) 32 cb 18 b6 12
from Mike Dabanovich (11) 32 cb 17
2nd Division 15 - 20
1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 40
2nd Frank Hughes (19) 35
3rd Yukio Kikuchi (18) 32 cb 17
4th Glenn Eldershaw (17) 32 cb 16
3rd Division 20+
1st Philip Cass (21) 40
2nd Greg McDonald (27) 34 cb 20
3rd John O’Sullivan (22) 34 cb 18
4th Derek Salmon (24) 32 cb 14
from Jeffrey Eldershaw (21) 32 cb 12

Three divisions were required for a large field for the always popular Greenwood where the toughest B & C courses were the test of the day and once again good weather slightly overcast made for some excellent scores in all divisions.

The first division was again led in by Dave Edwards, who is going through a very good run of form and in the process getting his handicap reduced to its lowest over the last hundred rounds and more, as he went two under handicap to win by five ahead of Masanori Takano in second place. Dave Cadwallader then headed a three way count back for third and fourth with a better14 on the back six after he had tied the nine on 18 a piece with Andrew Purdie which left Mike Dabanovich in fifth with just 17 on the back nine.

The second division was won by Shuichi Kodaka, improving on his second place on Monday with a very good four under handicap round, to consign Frank Hughes into second place some five strokes behind but three in front of a count back for third, which Yukio Kikuchi won with a better 17 to 16 to leave Greg Eldershaw in fourth spot.

The third division was dominated by Phil Cass who was in the middle of a remarkable week’s golf after several months and seemingly longer in the doldrums as he struggled to get back to the old ways and after seeing his handicap spiral upwards he was very happy to know it would definitely be on its way back down.

Greg McDonald took his first podium placement with the group as he won a count back for second with John O’Sullivan with a better 20 to 18 after a very good back nine.

Derek Salmon leapt into prominence having the best result of his tour group when he also won a count back for fourth place with Jeffery Eldershaw by a better 14 to 12 after Jeffrey had looked a possible winner of the division after the front nine.

Dave Edwards and Mike Dabanovich shared the first division pool whilst the second division was split between Phil Cass, Paul Davies. Jeffrey Eldershaw and Victor Reimer.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Maurizio Guidi, Brian Kinsella and the Manchester Tour Group consisting of Danny Miller (Head Chef), Paul McDonald (Tour Negotiator) and Derek Salmon (Head Tourist). There was also a farewell for Paul Davies returning to China to sort out their production problems generally.

Friday 16th February Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
CSS 72

1st Division 0 – 15
1st Danny Miller (9) 74
2nd Peter Skinner (12) 75 cb 35
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 75 cb 39.5
2nd Division 16 - 20
1st Vincent Gras (18) 68
2nd Yukio Kikuchi (18) 73
3rd Trevor Schirmer (17) 74
3rd Division 21+
1st Phil Cass (21) 67
2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 73 cb 35
3rd Markku Tynell (23) 73 cb 36.5

A new programme for the Monthly Medals was instigated with this month’s medals, when the third division was added together with a third division in the Gold and Silver Medals. This will be continued through the low season when numbers permit.

Some truly amazing scores were returned that underlined how well the course was playing even though a few of the pin positions had obviously been dreamt up by one of the kitchen staff after spending too much time at the washing-up sink and wanting some payback.

Danny Miler took the first division with a two over handicap score as the first division were outshone by the lower divisions for once in a medal round. He was followed by Peter Skinner after he had won a count back with Kevin Blake with a better 35 to 39.5 after the latter had gone out in a very tidy level handicap three over.

The second division was won by Vincent Gras, who was taking the day off from preparing a huge housewarming party that most of the hardened drinkers were expected to attend the following day and he had obviously prepared exceptionally well as he returned a four under card that was five ahead of second placed Yukio Kikuchi who was in turn one in front of third man Trevor Schirmer.

The third division saw Phil Cass go one better than in his previous event, at five under handicap, to take the medal by six clear from Brendan Dunne after he had won his second count back of the week with Markku Tynell, who finished third, with a better 35 to 36.5 over the last nine holes.

Following an ad hoc drink/driving/putting test on the winners, it was discovered that Phil Cass hadn’t had one for longer than anyone could remember, Danny Miller was still trying to mix his first one and Vincent Gras was eleven times over the limit and that was just counting the Jack.

Kevin Blake, in addition to his elegant third place, also managed to sweep the first division 2s pool with his solo effort, while Phil Cass piled more loot into his kitty with the lone one in the second division.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Vincent Gras, Digby Hillier and Kevin Blake, the latter after recovering from a horrific motor cycle accident on Kho Samet, but now obviously well healed by the nurses he had been helping to look after.

There was also a farewell for Yukio Kikuchi who was returning to Japan for a short holiday.



IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 12.02.2018
Mark Lang returns to form at last

Monday 12th February Pattavia Stableford
CSS 73

1st Division 0 - 14
1st Allan Hanlon (12) 32 cb 17
2nd Mike Dabanovich (10) 32 cb 16
3rd Peter Skinner (31) 31 cb 16
4th David Wright (12) 31 cb 15
2nd Division 15 - 19
1st Greg Ignatieff (16) 40
2nd Trevor Schirmer (17) 35
3rd John Carlin (17) 32 cb 15 b6 9
4th Murray Edwards (19) 32 cb 15 b6 7
3rd Division 20+
1st Markku Tynell (25) 40
2nd Paul Davies (21) 34
3rd Phil Stevenson (23) 32
4th Garry Rookas (28) 31

Playing what has become one of the group’s favourite courses, even though the greens are possibly the most challenging of the regular courses played, there were sufficient hopefuls to require three divisions.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions. In the event the course played a little tougher than the standard which saw the CSS for the day increase by one to 73.

Allan Hanlon had the best result in the first division albeit well over his handicap but allied to winning the count back with Mike Dabanovich with a better 17 to 16 it was still good enough to take the win.

Peter Skinner then took third following another count back with David Wright which he also won with a better 16 to 15.

The second division was dominated by the equal best score of the day by Greg Ignatieff as he took the win by five clear ahead of Trevor Schirmer in second place.

John Carlin then won another count back for third and fourth with Murray Edwards with a better 9 to 7 over the back six after they had tied the nine on 15 each.

The third division saw the other best of the day when Markku Tynell returned a forty pointer to lead them in by six points after a sparkling round that will see his handicap reduced to a more usual level.

Paul Davies took second place two in front of third placed Phil Stevenson and another one in front of Garry Rookas, taking his first podium with the group, in fourth spot.

Before the prizes were presented there was a welcome for new member David Wright from Australia and welcome backs for Bruce Hilde, Paul Davies, and Sam McLellan, together with a farewell for Mark Armstrong returning to Oz for a bit of R & R.

Wednesday 14th February Khao Kheow A & C courses Stableford
CSS 72

1st Division 0 – 15
1st Mark Cooper (11) 38
2nd Andrew Purdie (7) 37
3rd Bruce Kusyk (12) 35
4th Craig Thomas (14) 34 cb 18
5th Sam McLellan (13) 34 cb 17 b6 12
6th Dave Cadwallader (14) 34 cb 17 b6 11
2nd Division 16 +
1st Dave LeHane (19) 35
2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 34
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 32 cb 17
4th John Carlin (17) 32 cb 14
5th Markku Tynell (25) 31 cb 16
6th Paul Davies (21) 31 cb 15

After the dust had settled on the IPGC Championships played over the same course some two weeks earlier the group returned to try and emulate some of the performances to no avail.

Mark Cooper outdid his last outing with a round that would have seen him in contention for one of the major prizes at two under handicap as he won the first division by the slimmest of margins from Dave Purdie who had also had a Championship to forget but on this occasion just got the better of the course at one under handicap.

Bruce Kusyk took third with a very solid round ahead of a three way count back for fourth fifth and sixth which Craig Thomas won with a strong 18 to leave Sam McLellan in fifth after he had taken the place with a better 12 to 11 over the back six after he had shared the nine with Dave Cadwallader on 17 apiece.

Andrew Purdie, Don Dabanovich and Mark Cooper shared the rollover pot in the first division 2s competition whilst new member Gerry Rivard made it a happy start taking the big rollover pot in the second division.

Before the prize giving there was a welcome for new member Gerry Rivard from Canada together with welcome backs for Bruce Kusyk, Howard Leigh, Moe Deverdenne and the IPGC Handicap Chairman Dave Edwards.

There were also farewells for Don and Jamie Dabanovich, although it may not be too long before they return after an interesting first trip to the Pattaya golf courses. Patrick Scullion was leading the clapping, no doubt very relieved to be able to look forward to some early nights and a lot less of his exhausting dance routines.

Friday 16th February Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
CSS 73

1st Division 0 – 16
1st Mark Lang (8) 39
2nd Allan Hanlon (12) 37
3rd Craig Thomas (14) 34
4th Peter Skinner (12) 32
5th Bruce Kusyk (12) 31 cb 15 b6 10
6th Dave Cadwallader (14) 31 cb 15 b6 9
2nd Division 17 +
1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 34
2nd Dave LeHane (19) 33
3rd Trevor Schirmer (17) 32
4th Dave Paul (20) 30 cb 18
5th Brendan Dunne (28) 30 cb 16
6th Murray Edwards (19) 28

Another good turnout but again just short of three divisions and making a total of over forty five different golfers playing with the group during the week meant two divisions with six places each.

The course showed its teeth for once with just two scores better than handicap in the two divisions which was underlined by the CSS for day going out one to 73.

Mark Lang had his best round with the group for some considerable time, much to his delight but which seemed to invoke the opposite reaction from his playing partners as they had become accustomed to some easy pickings in their recent encounters. But the win was very well deserved as he had played exceptionally well returning a 19/20 split for the two nines.

Allan Hanlon ran a very close and good second with the only other under handicap round three ahead of third placed Craig Thomas.

Peter Skinner took fourth place one in front of a count back for fifth which Bruce Kusyk won with a better 10 to 9 over the last six after he had tied the nine on 15 with Dave Cadwallader who missed out on fifth for the second time in a row.

The second division was led in by Shuichi Kodaka, after a bit of a struggle, at two over handicap just one ahead of Dave LeHane in second and Trevor Schirmer in third.

Dave Paul Then won a count back with Brendan Dunne with a better 18 to 16 to take fourth place and they were followed by Murray Edwards in sixth spot.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mar Cooper swept the first division pool with his solo effort which was definitely the highlight of his round.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Drew Niblock together with farewells for John Wood, Gerry Rivard and Sam McLellan




IPGC Golf from the Haven

The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.02.2018
Phil Stevenson flies the flag high

Monday 5th February Mountain Shadow Stableford
1st Division Blue tees
CSS 75 NC

1st Mark Cooper (11) 33
2nd Graham Davis (6) 30
3rd Dave Paul (20) 28 cb 16
4th Patrick Scullion (19) 28 cb 11
2nd Division White tees
CSS 73

1st Markku Tynell (25) 34
2nd Phil Stevenson (25) 28 cb 13 b6 11
3rd John Carlin (17) 28 cb 13 b6 8
4th John Wood (26) 27

With well over 40 different golfers playing with the group during the week it was surprising that there was not a need for three divisions on any of the days, which underlines the situation of not many golfers are playing three times a week and some only once as the increased costs and poor exchange rates for the currencies of the majority of players feed through to the general economy of the golf industry in the area.

As decided previously with sufficient numbers there would be two tee starts when the group plays Mountain Shadow, but from the results returned it did not appear to have helped the higher handicappers to play a course some 400 yards shorter than from the blue tees, although the best score was indeed better than the best from the first division.

That first division was headed by Mark Cooper at three over handicap after he returned a two part card in which he totaled 20 points from the front and just 13 from the back half, but which was enough by three clear to take the win ahead of Graham Davis in second place. Dave Paul then won a count back with Patrick Scullion for third and fourth places with a better 16 to 11.

Markku Tynell easily took the second division with the best score of the day at two over handicap but some six in front of a count back for second and third which Phil Stevenson won over John Carlin finishing with an 11 to 8 from the back six after they had tied the nine on 13 each. John Wood placed fourth another shot back.
There were no 2s in the second division but Graham Davis slipped in the sole one in the first division to claim the pot.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Paul and Nathan Hutley, John Carlin, now happily recovered from his recent medical procedures, and Larry Gibb.

There was also a farewell for Christer Olsson and The Hutleys as they had just dropped in for the single game.

Wednesday 7th February Greenwood A & B courses Stableford
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 17
1st Trevor Schirmer (17) 34 cb 18
2nd Brian Beaupre (6) 34 cb 17
3rd Masanori Takano (7) 34 cb 15
4th Mark Cooper (11) 33
5th John Carlin (17) 31
2nd Division 18 +
1st Larry Gibb (22) 30
2nd Dave Paul (20) 29 cb 19
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 29 cb 16
4th Dave LeHane (19) 29 cb 15
5th Murray Edwards (19) 29 cb 13

Another good turnout resulted in two divisions having just fallen short of the requirement for three groups, over an always popular course that was as usual in very good condition.

Trevor Schirmer at last returned to the top of the podium in the first division following a prolonged period when golf just did not seem to be as easy as it once was when he was playing regularly a couple of years ago. But now the wheels are definitely back on the wagon and rolling well even though it took a win in a three way count back seal the deal, which he did with a best 18 as Brian Beaupre took second with 17 and Masanori Takano third with 15.

They were followed in by Mark Cooper in fourth and John Carlin in fifth.

Larry Gibb returned from his extended holiday in the south of Singapore to take a well-deserved win, although it nearly slipped through his fingers over the last three holes as he managed just the four points from them.

There then followed a four way count back for second to fifth places which Dave Paul won with 19 as Shuichi Kodaka took third with 16, Dave LeHane fourth with 15 and Murray Edwards fifth with 13.

John Carlin made up for missing out in the main competition when he took the second division roll over 2s pot whilst Graham Davis, Allan Hanlon and Steve Evans shared the first division following a review of the score checkers results.

Before the presentations were made there were welcomes for Dan and Jamie Dabanovich who had earlier been seen to hit their tee shots even further than big brother Mike, some by as many as 60 yards. There were also welcome backs for Brian Beaupre, Masanori Takano and Yukio Kikuchi followed by a farewell for Steve Evans travelling back to the UK in high hopes to watch Wales against England in the Six Nations.

Friday 9th February 10, 2018 Pattaya Country Club Stableford
CSS 72

1st Division 0 – 17
1st Russell Gilroy (17) 37 cb 18 b6 11 b3 7
2nd Peter Skinner (12) 37 cb 18 B6 11 b3 6
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 31 cb 18
4th Glen Eldershaw (17) 31 cb 16 b6 12
5th John Carlin (17) 31 cb 16 b6 11
2nd Division 18 +
1st Phil Stevenson (25) 42
2nd Markku Tynell (25) 37
3rd Yukio Kikuchi (18) 34
4th Dave Paul (20) 33
5th Rob Adamson (19) 32

Once again the numbers were just short for three divisions and once again the cut came at 17 and below for the first which was won by Russell Gilroy after he had won a count back with Peter Skinner with a better 7 to 6 over the back six after they had halved the nine in 18s and the six in 11s.

Greg Ignatieff then took third place after he also won a count back with 18 and Glen Eldershaw placed fourth with a better 12 to six over the back six after he had tied the nine with John Carlin at 16 apiece.

The second division was dominated by Phil Stevenson who emerged from a very poor run of results with an outstanding six under handicap return and a very tidy 21 points on each nine. It was the sort of performance that would have had the red shirts waving their flags in total admiration and appreciation back in Leytonstone, as he wandered down the wing to nutmeg another sad defender.

Markku Tynell had to suffer twice, firstly losing out in the four ball to Phil, and then having scored the second best score of the week, have to take second place and be denied his second win of the week with a one under handicap return.

Yukio Kikuchi returned to the group to claim third place one ahead of Dave Paul in fourth who in turn was one ahead of Rob Adamson in fifth place.

Jamie Dabanovich had the only 2 in the first division whilst Rob Adamson and Glen Eldershaw shared the second division pool after another recount by the score checker, amidst background mumbles as to his fitness for purpose.

Back at The Haven there were welcomes for new members Jeffery Eldershaw, Pentti Parvainen, Greg McDonald, Garry Rookas and Dean Burn together with welcome backs for Glen Eldershaw, Rob Adamson and Craig Thomas.

There was also a special welcome for Ben Hubble and Alex Rosscott, who while not playing in the competition, were playing with the group as part of their examination before their prospective father-in-law, Kevin Blake, as they were preparing to offer to marry two of his daughters, and it forming part of the overall fitness test that included a bank account audit, wealth statement assessment, and a serious drinking and eating marathon over the week with the interviewer. They seemed to enjoy it immensely and Kevin was seen beaming broadly during the evening, so all seems to be progressing smoothly.
Watch this space…




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 29.01.2018
Brian Lewis plays well

IPGC Golf from the Haven

Monday 29th January Crystal Bay B & C Courses Stableford
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 15
1st Allan Hanlon (13) 37
2nd Howard Jeglum (15) 33 cb 16
3rd Steve Evans (10) 33 cb 15
4th Mike Dabanovich (10) 31 cb 16
5th Adrian Cook (12) 31 cb 15
2nd Division 16 +
1st Brian Lewis (30) 36
2nd Greg Ignatieff (16) 31
3rd Trevor Schirmer (16) 28 cb 19
4th Joe Torrick (24) 28 cb 16
5th Christer Olsson (16) 28 cb 13



A much foreshortened week due to the IPGC Club Championships being held at Khao Kheow meant just the one fixture at the wide open Crystal Bay courses which were found to be in good condition but playing a lot harder than usual with just two players able to play to their handicaps or better and just one other in the buffer zone. That demanded that the CSS for the day went out two strokes to 74 for the day, which in turn caused the two winners handicaps to be reduced additionally to their lowest for two years.

The most difficulty was with the greens on the two nines being totally different, being very slow on the front nine, the C course and exceptionally good on the inward nine, the B course.

Allan Hanlon took the first division in some style with a one under handicap round closing out the back half with a twenty point haul.

He was followed in by Howard Jeglum after he won a count back with Steve Evans with a better 16 to 15.

Then Mike Dabanovich won another count back for fourth and fifth, by the same margin, over Adrian Cook.

Brian Lewis had his best game of this current trip in his last outing with the group, returning an exceptional card that did not have a single zero on it, to leave him the winner of the second division by five clear strokes ahead of second place, and still without hearing a putt drop.

That was claimed by Greg Ignatieff who in turn was three in front of a three way count back for third place which Trevor Schirmer won with a best 19 points that left Joe Torrick in fourth having scored 16 and Christer Olsson, suffering the worst of the players on the C course scoring just 13 points, in fifth place.

The first division 2s pot was finally taken when Allan Hanlon stroked in a beauty from around six feet on the 156 yard 7th on the C course, whilst John Carlin celebrated his return to the group, following his successful medical treatment in Australia, with one but had to share the prize with Greg Ignatieff, now he has drifted down to the second division, after they had one each in the second division.

Prior to the presentations of the prizes there were welcome backs for John Carlin, Jens Gunnarsson and Howard Jeglum together with farewells for Brian Lewis, Tom McCarthy, Joe Torrick and Adrian Cook who had lashed out for a new haircut to take home to Blighty.



The IPGC Club Championships update.


Allan Hanlon continued his good form to become the Nett Club Champion for 2018 after he won a count back with a final day’s score of 73 to add to his nett 75 on day 1.

Markku Tynell placed second in the 3rd division Championships and Mark Cooper took second in the first division Plate competition.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 22.01.2018
IPGC Golf from The Haven

Monday 22nd January Pattavia White tees Stableford
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 16
1st Mark Cooper (11) 35
2nd Steve Evans (10) 33
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 32
4th David Dines (9) 30
5th Bruce Hilde (15) 28
2nd Division 17 +
1st Peter Brown (23) 37 cb 19
2nd Billy Riley (28) 37 cb 15
3rd Murray Edwards (20) 31 cb 16
4th Markku Tynell (25) 31 cb 14
5th Phil Cass (20) 31 cb 11

A tough week had been set by the group’s scheduler to lead up to The IPGC Club Championships to be held the following week at Khao Kheow with the start being two Stableford events set for Pattavia, one of the longest courses on the regular schedule, and the second at Khao Kheow, and rounding the week off with a Medal at Pattaya Country Club. In the event they were all fairly difficult, with the CSS for the day going up two to 74 in them all.

All were very well supported as many of the hopefuls prepared for the coming week.

At Pattavia the first division was led in by Mark Cooper with a very solid round of one over handicap that was badly affected as most of the results were with a rain stoppage following the front nine when the weather turned very bad and which left the course waterlogged.

Steve Evans took second place with the best results from the back nine and just one ahead of Greg Ignatieff who returned seven 3 pointers in a very mixed bag of results. David Dines and Bruce Hilde rounded out the division in fourth and fifth places.

The second division was taken by Peter Brown after he returned the best round of the day with a card without a zero on it.

He was followed by Billy Riley after he had lost a count back for the win with a worse 15 to 19 after a n excellent opening half.

There then followed a three way count back for third which was won by Murray Edwards with a better 16 to leave Markku Tynell in fourth, with 14 and Phil Cass in fifth with 11 after he had had the worst of the rain through the back nine.

There were no 2s in the first division but the leaders of the second division had one each so Peter Brown and Billy Riley shared the pool.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Peter Brown and Phil Cass.

Wednesday 24th January Khao Kheow A & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
CSS 74

1st Division 0 – 12
1st Mike Dabanovich (11) 39
2nd Peter Ditz (12) 35
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 32 cb 18 b6 14
4th Adrian Cook (12) 32 cb 18 b6 12
5th Andrew Purdie (7) 32 cb 15
2nd Division 13 - 20
1st Murray Edwards (20) 37
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 31
3rd Hal Hart (20) 30 cb 16
4th Dave Paul (18) 30 cb 14
3rd Division 21 +
1st Tom McCarthy (22) 37
2nd Billy Riley (28) 34
3rd Brendan Dunne (27) 29
4th Joe Torrick (24) 27 cb 15
5th Markku Tynell (25) 27 cb 14

So many players wanting to prepare for the Championships required the formation of three divisions with them all being won with under handicap scores.

The first was won by Mike Dabanovich. Playing his first game for a little while, with the best of the day three under handicap which was good enough by a clear four strokes ahead of Peter Ditz, also playing after a long break. Mark Cooper then won a three way count back with a better 14 to 12 over the back six to leave Adrian Cook in forth after they had tied the nine in 18 apiece, with Andrew Purdie in fifth with fifteen for the nine.

The second division was taken by Murray Edwards with a good one under round some six clear of second placed Christer Olsson, who in turn was one in front of another count back for Third and fourth which Hal Hart won over Dave Paul with a better 16 to 14.

That left the third division to be swept away by Tom McCarthy who led second placed Billy Riley by three after a very tidy roiund at one under handicap.

Bredan Dunne took third with Joe Torrick in fourth and Markku Tynell in fifth.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Brendan Dunne made up for just missing out in the prizes with the sole one in the second division.

Prior to the prize presentations there were welcome backs for Peter Ditz, Ian Lederhose and John Wood.


Friday 26th January Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Graham Davis (6) 73
2nd David Dines (9) 75
3rd Jon Batty (6) 76
4th Steve Evans (10) 77
2nd Division 16 +
1st Billy Riley (28) 67
2nd Brian Lewis (30) 74
3rd Greg Ignatieff (16) 75
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 76 cb 35
From Hal Hart (20) 76 cb 39

The second of the monthly Medals in the twelve qualifiers for the end of year Gold and Silver Medals were again played at Pattaya Country Club where the course was found to be continuing to improve. The first division was Battled for with a hard fought one over handicap round by Graham Davis as he won by two from David Dines in second place, Jon Batty in third, and Steve Evans in fourth all with scores they felt could have been much better as again a rain stoppage affected the scores over the second halves of the rounds.

The second division was won by Billy Riley, who was battling a severe bout of illness, but still managed to return a five under handicap return to cap off a fine week that had included two other second place podium appearances, as he finished a clear seven strokes in front of Brian Lewis who had spent a futile day on the greens waiting to hear the putts drop but still took a very handy second place.

Greg Ignatieff placed third another shot back and one ahead of a count back that saw Shuichi Kodaka win with 35 as Hal Hart took fifth with 39.

Almost unbelievably, with so many low handicappers in the field, there were once again no 2s in the first division but the second division produced three, one each from Hal Hart, Shuichi Kodaka and Brian Lewis.

Back at the Haven there were welcome backs for Frank Dunstan, and Lyle Blaw together with farewells for Billy Riley following a stellar first trip to Pattaya and golf with the group, and Phil Cass and Ian Lederhose.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 15.01.2018
A tough week on the courses

Monday 15th January Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 16
1st Allan Hanlon (13) 35
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 34
3rd Steve Evans (10) 29 cb 16
4th Alan Pilkington (8) 29 cb 15
5th Christer Olsson (16) 29 cb 14
2nd Division 17 +
1st Shuichi Kodaka (19) 35
2nd Hal Hart (20) 31 cb 18
3rd Phil Stevenson (24) 31 cb 15
4th Dave LeHane (18) 30 cb 16
5th Patrick Scullion (18) 30 cb 15

A very tough week of golf started out at the always difficult Pattavia where once again the greens were found to be at their fiercest having been shaved down to billiard table speeds leaving any putt from above the hole in danger of becoming the next chip if it missed the hole, and with no player playing to their handicap it was unsurprising that the CSS for the day moved out on this occasion to 74.

But apart from the very difficult conditions on the greens the rest of the Nick Faldo designed course played well.

The field was split on the day at 16 and below for the first division which was led in by Allan Hanlon whose one under handicap return was just enough to see off the late challenge of Mark Cooper who took the first of his three podium placements in the week almost snatching the win over the last three holes scoring seven points as Allan stumbled on the 16th taking a triple bogey.

Steve Evans then won a three way count back for third with a best 16 points to leave Alan Pilkington in fourth with 15 and Christer Olsson in fifth with 14.

The second division was dominated by Shuichi Kodaka with a solid one over handicap return that was enough to win by four ahead of a count back for send place which Hal Hart won over Phil Stevenson with a better 18 to 15. They were followed in by another count back for Fourth and fifth which Dave LeHane won with a better 16 to 15 which left Patrick Scullion with his first podium placement of his trip.

There were no 2s in the second division but Bruce Hilde made up for having a bad day everywhere is when he birdies the 203 yard 17th to sweep the pot in the first division.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Billy Riley together with welcome backs for Bruce Hilde, Alan Pilkington and Brian Proctor.

Wednesday 17th January Greenwood A & C Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Dave Edwards (12) 36
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 34 cb 18 b6 13
3rd Mark Lang (7) 34 cb 18 b6 12
4th Adrian Cook (12) 34 cb 14
5th Graham Davis (6) 33
2nd Division 16 +
1st Phil Stevenson (24) 35
2nd Christer Olsson (16) 32
3rd Billy Riley (28) 31
4th Dave LeHane (18) 30
5th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 29

Another hard day was experienced by the group when they too on the two Greenwood nines that include the toughest C course and once again the CSS for the day was one above the standard par for the eighteen holes even though the course was in top condition although there did appear to be a little too much sand in some of the fairway bunkers, but finding bunkers around this course usually means about an additional half a shot dropped on the hole on average.

Two divisions with the cut coming at the normal 15 and below otherwise enjoyed a very pleasant day when the weather was almost perfect for golf in the Kingdom.

The first division was won by Dave Edwards, playing his last game before returning to a not so sunny England but from where he will still be following closely the results from around the IPGC in his capacity as Handicap Chairman, after he had the best score of the week at level handicap even taking a zero score on the last hole.

Mark Cooper then won a three way count back for second place with a better 13 to 12 over the last six to leave Mark Lang in third place after they had halved the nine in 18 apiece. Adrian Cook took fourth after scoring just 14 on the back nine. That left Graham Davis to claim the last step in fifth another shot back in fifth.

The second division was taken by Phil Stevenson after a solid one over return to finish three in front of second placed Christer Olsson who in turn was one ahead of third man Billy Riley.
Dave LeHane and Shuichi Kodaka rounded out the placements in fourth and fifth respectively.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Dave Edwards slipped one in as did Bruce Hilde again to share the first division pool.

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcome backs for Graham Davis and Tom Charron.

Friday 19th January Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 13
1st Mark Cooper (11) 36
2nd Adrian Cook (12) 33
3rd Allan Hanlon (13) 31
4th Dave Cadwallader (13) 30
2nd Division 14 +
1st Christer Olsson (16) 34
2nd Billy Riley (28) 31
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 30
4th Dave Paul (18) 27

Having been swayed by some higher handicappers to play the second division off the white tees on the next occasion that the group played at Mount Shadow, but so few of them turned out on the day it was decided to continue to play both divisions from the blue tees and the lack of higher handicappers meant an unusually low cut for division 1 at 13 and below. Once again scoring was at a premium with the CSS for the moving out to 75 but remaining a counting competition.

The first division was won by Mark Cooper who rounded of a very successful week of golf with the equal best score of the week to win by three from Adrian Cook in second, Allan Hanlon in third and Dave Cadwallader in fourth.

The second division was claimed by Christer Olsson, another in-form player, taking his third podium of the week by three ahead of Billy Riley who again found that five over handicap was enough to take second place in the lower division.

Shuichi Kodaka finished third another shot behind and Dave Paul was fourth three more back.

Considering how difficult the course was playing generally it was surprising that there were as many 2s as there were with Mark Cooper, David Dines and serial two man Bruce Hilde all sharing the first division whilst Dave LeHane will be able to finish furnishing his new flat, that he has just moved into, after cleaning out the multi rollover pot in the second division.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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