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The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 10.07.2017
Graham Davis is outstanding

Monday 10th July Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Graham Davis (8) 37
2nd Mike Dabanovich (11) 32 cb 17
3rd Keith Emerson (12) 32 cb 14
4th Toby Glass (11) 30 cb 16
5th Hal Hart (19) 30 cb 14

Another Bank Holiday meant another trip up the 331 to Treasure Hill, where the prices are just too good to pass up at 1,350 baht including green fee, caddy and cart, which for holiday prices reminds us of the nineties. But as always the course was the winner with even the first man ever to play to his handicap two years after the course opened there, Phil Mitchell, unable to get anywhere near the podium places.

The sole player to better his handicap was Graham Davis who made up for his lack of distance from the tee with some clever thinking and outstanding shots into the greens. No mean feat considering the size of them. His fine play enabled him to run out the winner by five clear shots ahead of the nearest challengers.

They were Mike Dabanovich in second place and Keith Emerson in third after they had been separated by a count back which Mike won with a better 17 to 14.

They were then followed in by Toby Glass a couple of strokes behind in fourth and then Hal Hart, the best of the higher handicaps in fifth after he had lost a count back to Toby with scores of 16 and 14.

Toby Glass cleaned out the 1st division roll over pot in the 2s competition whilst Tom McCarthy and Dave LeHane shared the second division roll over fund.
Before the presentations were made there were welcome back for Vic Woolton and Mike Dabanovich together with a farewell for Keith Emerson.

Wednesday 12th July Bangpra White tees Stableford
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1st Mike Dabanovich (11) 34
2nd Toby Glass (11) 32
3rd Graham Davis (8) 31 cb 15
4th Chris Smith (+1) 31 cb 12
5th Dave LeHane 30

Following another dose of heavy weather expectations were high that the trip to Bangpra would be a little easier than the previous event as the greens were expected to be slower than usual but in the event with rain accompanying the players from the start the course again proved to be the winner with none of the hopefuls able to match their handicaps.

Mike Dabanovich was the best of them, at two over as he won by two clear, although he could have been so much better having finished the front nine with 23 points, a very patchy second nine which include two 3s, two 2s and four zeros determined that he would have to be satisfied with just the win and not the champagne round it had promised to be.

Toby Glass continued his good run of form as he took second place with a good round that also suffered through the last two holes as he could garner just the one point from them but he had done enough to keep the third and fourth placed players at bay by the slimmest of margins.

They were Graham Davis and Chris Smith and they had to be separated by a count back which Graham won with a better 15 to 12, which left Dave LeHane in fifth another shot behind them.

Peter Buckley had the sole 2 in the second division whilst Chris Smith and Toby Glass shared the first division pot.

Prior to the presentations there was a farewell for Vic Woolton.

Friday 14th July Phoenix Gold Stableford
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1st Graham Davis (8) 33
2nd Peter Buckley (19) 28 cb 17
3rd Jon Batty (6) 28 cb 14
4th Tom McCarthy (22) 25
5th Toby Glass (11) 24

Having planned the day to follow on from the European Ladies Tour (ELPGA) again expectations were that the course would be in tip top condition. It was but the rough had been allowed to grow up and in a bit, making any wayward shots from the tees very difficult to get back into good positions to score from with the next shots. So once again nobody played to handicap and once again the CSS went out three strokes to make it a very unusual three times in a week and underline the difficulties for the players to get a result.

Once again it was Graham Davis to be found at the top of the podium as, having missed out on his “Hat Trick” on Wednesday, he won his third in four outings with another outstanding round that was belied by the score of three over handicap. With the course playing so tough, no zeros on the card was a very good return, and good enough by five clear for the win.

Peter Buckley won a count back with Jon Batty for second spot with a better 17 to 14 after a very slow start and Tom McCarthy took fourth, on his home course, having suffered by not having one members bounce all day. That left Toby Glass in fifth place with his third placement for the week.

Unsurprisingly, with the course as difficult as it was, there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Jon Batty and Mark Lang together with a farewell for Dave LeHane.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 03.07.2017
Peter Buckley almost does the trick

Monday 3rd July Pattavia White tees Stableford
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1st Peter Buckley (21) 43
2nd Larry Gibb (22) 38 cb 19 b6 14
3rd Dave LeHane (17) 38 cb 19 b6 12
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 33
5th Hal Hart (18) 29 cb 17
6th Andrew Purdie (7) 29 cb 14

The weather stayed clear after early clouds made the prospects look poor for the day and it turned out to be good with a little light breeze and some cloud cover. The course was in good condition with the greens having quickly recovered from recent coring, and although not as fast as usual flat and true all of which helped to produce some excellent scores.

The best of these by far was returned by Peter Buckley who had his best day with the group since joining some eight years earlier and it called for a special celebration following the awards with the horn being blown for the second time.

Dave LeHane did not realise that his handicap had reduced by a shot and thought that he had continued his recent good run with at least a second place but in the vent he was pipped by the resurgent Larry Gibb in a count back for second by 14 to 12 over the last six after they had tied the nine in 19 each.

Shuichi Kodaka took fourth ahead of another count back for fifth and six between Hal Hart and Andrew Purdie which the former won with a better 17 to 14.

There were no 2s in the first division but Dave LeHane made up for missing out on the third win on the trot with the sole one in the second division to sweep the pool.

Wednesday 5th July Pattana A & B A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Peter Buckley (21) 37
2nd Frank Harrington (7) 35
3rd Dave LeHane (17) 32 cb 17
4th Ray Smallwood (25) 32 cb 15
5th Markku Tynell (21) 30
6th Larry Gibb (22) 29

Once again the weather held off mostly with just a spattering of rain over a couple of holes and with the course in its usual tip top shape the scores were once again good. Once again the group played the ninth on the B course as a par six making for a par and SS of 74 which was borne out with the CSS remaining at 74 for the day.

Once again Peter Buckley was to be found leading them in with another below handicap score on the day and although not quite at the level of his last return it was still good enough by two the secure his second win of the week and a chance for the “Hat Trick” on Friday.

Frank Harrington at last showed a bit of the old form in second place with a one over handicap return that could have been much better except for a couple of zeros on the front nine but a solid inward half ensured his best round of the current visit with the group.

Dave LeHane won a count back with Ray Smallwood for third and fourth places with a better 17 to 15 as Markku Tynell just edged out Larry Gibb for fifth place with Larry Complaining that his mind was on the following day’s visit to the beauty parlour and not quite in tune with golf.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Friday 7th July Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Graham Davis (9) 42
2nd Peter Buckley (21) 36
3rd Ray Smallwood (25) 34
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 32 cb 17
5th Hal Hart (18) 32 cb 16
6th Markku Tynell (21) 31

Another good day for golf with a light breeze and overcast skies over and a course that continues to improve following the recent redesign and renovation of the greens, although the recent rainy conditions meant that the greens were left quite long and played a lot slower than they normally do, but it brought out the best of the hopefuls with Graham Davis running out the winner following a sparkling six under handicap return that could have been even better as he was just short of the par 5 18th in two but took a further four shots to get down but that did not detract from an excellent gross 75 and his best round ever with The Haven group as records exist since August 2007.

Peter Buckley, who was vying for the “Hat Trick” took second having lost out in the same way as he denied Dave LeHane on Monday, took second place with a solid level handicap round two ahead of third placed Ray Smallwood. Surely it cannot be too long before Ray is going to be found at the top of the leaderboard for the first time.

Shuichi Kodaka won a count back for fourth and fifth with Hal Hart with a better 17 to 16 which left Markku Tynell one back in sixth place.

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



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 26.06.20
Dave LeHane drills another two

Monday 26th June Greenwood B & C course White tees Stableford
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1st Tom McCarthy (22) 33 cb 18
2nd Larry Gibb (22) 33 cb 17
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 33 cb 16
4th Frank Harington (6) 31
5th Dick Heaney (16) 30

Once again the course was found to be in excellent condition although, with the courses set as B & C nines, it was very long for the ground conditions that are still quite damp with little run on the fairways, which the CSS underlined as it moved out to 74 for the day.

Tom McCarthy made good use of his M1, driver that is, to get into close range on some of the holes, especially through the longer C nine, to run out the winner after taking the three way count back with a best 18 leaving the improving Larry Gibb in second after he scored 17 and Tomas Nilsson in third with 16.

Frank Harrington made an immediate impact with the group on his return securing fifth place a couple of strokes behind the leading threesome and Dick Heaney another one back in fifth place.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Frank Harrington and Shuichi Kodaka.

Wednesday 28th June Khao Kheow A & C courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 36
2nd Graham Davis (9) 33 cb 14 b6 10
3rd Chris Smith (+1) 33 cb 14 b6 9
4th Tomas Nilsson (12) 32
5th Markku Tynell (21) 30
6th Toby Glass (11) 29

Visiting Khao Kheow for the regular visit is never less than a pleasure as the course is always in good condition and offers one of the toughest tests of golf in the area for all levels of players. This occasion was no exception as the course was, as with most of the others in the area, sparsely attended by other golfers and with the tee placements for the day all in tricky positions scoring was again at a premium with the CSS going out three to 75.

Dave LeHane seems to have got his teeth well into his game recently, having pulled out some good results and is starting to make a good impression on the handicap committee and once again he injected some real skill into his round that resulted in another win, this time by three clear strokes.

Graham Davis fought well over the back nine to win a count back with Chris Smith with a better 10 to 9 after they had both started the day well with good opening nines, and with Chris firing round in just gross 35 strokes, and then tying the back nine on 14 each.

Tomas Nilsson again showed well in his last outing with the group during this visit to take fourth spot ahead of Markku Tynell in fifth and Toby Glass in sixth.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Chris Smith slipped in the sole one in the first division to clean out the roll over pot.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Chris Smith and Graham Davis together with farewells for Mike Hill, Tomas Nilsson and Dick Heaney.

Friday 30th June Eastern Star Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 35
2nd Markku Tynell (21) 34
3rd Graham Davis (9) 31
4th Frank Harrington (6) 30
5th Andrew Purdie (6) 29 cb 18
6th Hal Hart (18) 20 cb 14

After a long hiatus away from Eastern Star, whilst the management refused to accept that the group should not pay more to golf there than other groups, but now happily resolved at least for the time being during the extra low season attendances, the players looked forward to taking on the Robert Trent Jones design that always offers a good challenge with many holes featuring water and out of bounds markers.

Even though the course was playing long the scores were pretty good with the CSS for the day remaining at level 72.

Dave LeHane was again the be found at the head of the scorers, although just one over his handicap it was still good enough to take the second win of the week ahead of Markku Tynell.

Graham Davis took third after a steady round if slightly slower round in the last group preferring to concentrate of attention to detail rather than “make a race of it”, Frank Harrington slipped into fourth place with Andrew Purdie winning a count back for fifth and sixth with Hal Hart with a better 18 to 14.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions although Andrew Purdie had a chance to “take it all” under the new rule of “a 2 on a par 4” when he drove the green on the 290 yard 12th and was left with a reasonable uphill putt for glory. Unfortunately three putts later he was a sadder but wiser man, but as usual still smiling.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Andrew Purdie and Gordon Millar.



The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 19.06.20

Monday 19th June Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Tom Shea (5) 30
2nd John Tallett (26) 29 cb 17
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 29 cb 16
4th Dave LeHane (18) 29 cb 14 b6 10
5th Murray Edwards (20) 29 cb 14 b6 9
6th Markku Tynell (21) 29 cb 13

The course was as usual in fairly good condition considering the continuing maintenance which included the spiked greens which were unusually slow but one thing that cannot be decried are the prices which at 1,050 including a cart and caddy are by far the best in the area. If only the course was not quite so difficult to score from it would surely be inundated with players, which sadly for the management but happily for the ones that do make the effort to play it, a very worthwhile day of entertainment.

The difficulty of the course was underlined when the CSS for the day went out to 75 with the best score of the day being six over handicap.

Tom Shea was that player taking his first win with the group and very surprised having played the previous day, scoring 40 points and not winning.

John Tallett then led in a multi count back between five with the best over the last nine of 17 for second place and Tomas Nilsson third with 16. Then Dave LeHane won a count back over the last six with a better 10 to 9 to leave Murray Edwards in fifth with Markku Tynell last of the five in sixth having just 13.

Dave Edwards cleaned out the first division 2s pool at last and John Tallett did the same in the second division with their solo efforts.

Before the presentations the were welcome backs for Phil Mitchell and Tom Shea together with a farewell for the Handicap Chairman Dave Edwards who is off sunning himself in Blighty but will stay closely in touch with the system and the sub-committee.

Wednesday 21st June Pattana B & C courses Stableford
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1st Mike Hill (21) 36
2nd Tomas Nilsson (12) 31 cb 18
3rd Larry Gibb (22) 31 cb 16
4th Toby Glass (11) 31 cb 13
5th Tom Shea (5) 30 cb 15 b6 11
6th Ray Smallwood (24) 30 cb 15 b6 9

A slightly easier day for the hopefuls when B and C from the yellow tees was the day’s scheduled event, but the CSS again went up to 74 with the 9th on B being played as a par five for a change.

Again the course was in superb shape following the recent heavy weather and again was a testament to the commitment of the management to always keep it in pristine condition.

Mike Hill was the leader by a clear five strokes after returning his best card for a couple of months and one without the blemish of a zero.

Tomas Nilsson won a count back for second and third with Larry Gibb after returning a better 18 to 16, but it must be recorded that Larry is contending much better now he is concentrating on the other 14 holes as well as the par 3s. Toby Glass was also involved in that count back and took fourth after scoring 13. He was followed by yet another count back between Tom Shea and Ray Smallwood which Tom won with a better 11 to 9 over the back six after they had tied the nine with 15 each.

There were no 2s in the second division but Tomas Nilsson took the first division pot with the sole one in the first division.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for Toby Glass playing for the first time with the group together with welcome backs for Phil Cass, Dick Heaney and Mike Hill.

Friday 23rd June Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Gus Guidetti 68
2nd Division 16+
1st Phil Cass (18) 72
2nd Mike Hill (21) 75 cb 33.5
3rd John Tallett (26) 75 cb 38

The course was in good condition following heavy overnight rain which had mostly disappeared by the start. Once again there was a distinct lack of other golfers as had been the case on the two previous occasions in the week, underlining the desperate situation of tourists to the area at the present time.

Unfortunately there was only one entrant in the first division but that did not mean that he took it easy as Gus Guidetti returned a nett four under following a gross 80 off his 12 handicap. Gus had just returned from a bog open competition in Hua Hin where he had placed second overall in his division after four days of tough golf.

The second division was led in by Phil Cass with a level handicap return which was enough to win by three ahead of a count back for the second qualifying entry into the end of year Gold and Silver Medals which was won by the in-form Mike Hill with a better 33.5 to 38 which left John Tallett back in third but not too disappointed as he was already a qualifier.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 12.06.2017
Dave LeHane pulls one out

Monday 12th June Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
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1st John Carlin (17) 39
2nd Hal Hart (18) 38
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 34
4th Mark Cooper (11) 33
5th Markku Tynell (20) 32

Following all the wet weather in the recent past the courses are now getting back into shape although there are still many that have not yet got the whole of the course mown down to the previous heights both through the green and on the greens.

Crystal Bay has improved their greens although they are still nowhere near their old speed and flatness and still with mixtures of different grasses to be found within them. But the scores now being achieved show that it is well worth a visit and good value compared with similar quality courses.

John Carlin was playing in his last game before taking a well-earned rest from the rigours of five day a week golf and when his win was announced at the Haven there was a good round of applause some no doubt occasioned by relief. His three under handicap return will mean another reduction in handicap when he returns to the group in the near future.

Hal Hart is another regular who has seen his handicap reduce and another good return will ensure that it remains at no more than a shot a hole for at least a couple of weeks more after he secured second place just one behind the leader.

Tomas Nilsson also put in another steady round in third place one ahead of fourth placed Mark Cooper who in turn was also one in front of Markku Tynell in fifth place.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart had two, just a couple of days too late for the big one, to win the second division.

Before the presentations of the prizes there was a welcome back for Paul Hubbard and a farewell for John Carlin returning to OZ for a short holiday.

Wednesday 14th June Bangpra Stableford
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1st Dave LeHane (18) 35
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 33
3rd Chris Smith (+1) 31
4th Tomas Nilsson (12) 27 cb 16
5th Larry Gibb (22) 27 cb 12

Returning to Bangpra during the low season is always a pleasure usually balanced with some trepidation as to the speed that the greens will be during the day, but the course is also experiencing some differences following the wet weather with the greens having been left quite long and running at about half their usual speed. This caused a negative effect on the players as they all struggled to get the ball to the hole even from above the pin. There was also the addition of a tricky bunker behind the tenth green which now makes the stroke index of 18 even more ridiculous after having had the length increased by some 100 yards. An indication of its severity was that the top five cards managed to score just two points between them on what could now be described as one of the most difficult holes on the course.

Dave LeHane won his first event with the group with a solid round with a split of 16/19 and without a point on the tenth, leading in the group by a clear two shots.

Mark Cooper placed second just ahead of the usually very competitive Chris Smith who was a little subdued during this round.

Tomas Nilsson was again among the mentions in fourth place after he won a count back with Larry Gibb with a better 16 to 12.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for Chris Smith and Tom McCarthy.





The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 05.06.2017
The pot of gold has gone

Monday 5th June Pattavia Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (20) 29 cb 17 b6 12
2nd Murray Edwards (20) 29 cb 17 b6 11
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 29 cb 14 b6 6
4th Hal Hart (18) 29 cb 14 b6 4
5th John Carlin (18) 28 cb 18
6th Andrew Purdie (7) 28 cb 12

The rainy season appears to have left for a while but has still left most of the courses in the area quite wet and still requiring a local lift and place in the fairways rule to facilitate a reasonable round. The state of the greens is also another matter with again most of them playing fairly slow due to the understandable lack of mowing.

Monday’s course was particularly affected which saw the CSS for the day go out to 75 and become non- counting with the best score of the day being seven over handicap and requiring a four way count back to determine the winner.

That was Markku Tynell whose 12 points from the back six was enough to see off Murray Edwards into second place after he could garner just 11 following their 17 points from the back nine.

Tomas Nilsson then claimed third place as he took six from the last three to Hal Hart’s 4 after they had spilt the nine at 14 and the six at 9 apiece.

Joh Carlin was involved with Andrew Purdie in the last count back of the day for fifth and sixth places winning with a better 18 to 12 after Andrew had a bit of a slippage following a good start.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Tomas Nilsson.

Wednesday 7th June Pattana A & B Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Andrew Purdie (7) 39
2nd Ray Smallwood (25) 38
3rd John Carlin (18) 37
4th Mark Cooper (11) 36
5th Larry Gibb (21) 32
6th Kevin Blake (7) 31

Another wet course but playing very well, with the fairways immaculate on the greens very good, meant the CSS for the day went down a shot as the group played both of the par sixes with a total par 74 approximately 6600 yards from the yellow tees.

Andrew Purdie took full advantage of his prodigious power to complete the course in three under handicap to win by one from Ray Smallwood who had his best round since commencing his golf with the group and but for a blank on the last hole could well have been the winner.

John Carlin has been very consistent over his last fifteen round, only playing outside his buffer zone twice and on this occasion went one under handicap to take third place without any zeros on the card.

Mark Cooper played steadily to handicap in fourth place and well ahead of Larry Gibb and Kevin Blake in in fifth and sixth places.

Once again there were no 2s in the first or second divisions although many of the second division’s hopefuls had been attending group putting lessons. Unfortunately these had been arranged in the LK Metro area where there were too few opportunities for correct and unhindered alignment practice.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Kevin Blake.

Friday 2nd June Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st John Carlin (18) 38
2nd John Tallett (26) 35
3rd Tomas Nilsson (12) 34 cb 21
4th Kevin Blake (7) 34 cb 18
5th Hal Hart (18) 32
6th Andrew Purdie (7) 30

The closest course that the group play was also suffering a bit from the recent weather but was still in reasonable shape although the greens were a bit too patchy for the lower handicappers to score over.

After a very good showing in the previous event, John Carlin went even better on this occasion, with a two under handicap return that earned him a cut down to 17 for the following week’s competitions and another day without a zero on the card.

John Tallett also had a good day and but for a couple of mishaps could well have run out the winner but had to settle for second place in the end.

Tomas Nilsson won a count back for third and fourth with Kevin Blake with a better 21 to 18 after they both did a lot better through the back nine having got a better understanding of the green speeds.

Hal Hart then took fifth a couple ahead of a more subdued Andrew Purdie in sixth place.

Very surprisingly for the fifth time in a row, even though there were a few single figure handicappers in the group, there were no 2s in the first division but equally surprisingly there were two in the second division to clean out the multi rollover pot that had been running for three weeks. After so much effort and expenditure had been spent by some of the contenders on putting lessons and videos it was almost a travesty that they were both chip-ins achieved by players in the same group the first by John Carlin on the 5th hole from very near the green, that but for hitting the middle of the flagstick at tremendous speed would have needed another chip, but then luckily immediately disappeared from sight and the second by Markku Tynell whose chip from the left rough on the 12th took a huge borrow before dropping in with almost the last rotation.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Graham Marchant.





The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 29.05.2017
Markku Tynell excels

Monday 29th May Greenwood Stableford
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1st Mike Dabanovich (12) 39
2nd Rod Crosswell (17) 37
3rd John Carlin (18) 30 cb 18
4th Mark Cooper (11) 30 cb 14
5th Markku Tynell (23) 30 cb 13

A very tough week of golf when the weather tried its hardest to spoil everyone’s enjoyment started out at Greenwood where fortunately the two easiest nine were in play for the day. Even so the CSS for the day, as with the rest of the week’s competitions went up, on this occasion to 73 to underline the difficulty of the conditions which were wet and very wet.

Interestingly the course was offered a special insurance scheme where the payer paid and extra 50 baht on top of the green fee and was then promised a full refund in the event that rain stopped play before the twelfth hole.

Mike Dabanovich saved his best round of his current trip to Pattaya to almost the last shooting three under hi8s handicap to win the first test of the week by a clear two shots after a round that had included seven three pointer sand no zeros.

Rod Crosswell was that close man in second place after he had started well but then garnered just four points from the last four holes and so having to settle for second best on the day.

John Carlin won a count back for third and fourth with Mark Cooper with a better 8 to 14 with Markku Tynell also involved and taking fifth after he took 13 points from the last nine holes.

There were no 2s once again in the second division but Mike Dabanovich added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the first division.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Rod Crosswell together with farewells for Terry Hodgkiss and Brian Beaupre.

Wednesday 31st May Khao Kheow A & B Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Phil Cass (19) 36
2nd Jon Batty (5) 32 cb 16
3rd Larry Gibb (21) 32 cb 13
4th Mike Dabanovich (12) 30 cb 20
5th Mark Cooper (11) 30 cb 14
6th Andrew Purdie (7) 29

Once again the course was extremely wet but fortunately otherwise in good condition even though the greens were understandably slow due to lack of mowing. Once again the CSS for the day went up on this occasion to 74.

Phil Cass’s even par round was easily the best of the day leaving Jon Batty and Larry Gibb fighting it out for second and third through a count back which Jon won with a better 16 to 13.

There was also a count back for fourth and fifth which Mike Dabanovich won over Mark Cooper with an excellent 20 points to 14. That left Andrew Purdie to take sixth one shot behind them.

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

Prior to the prize presentations there was a farewell for Darryl Kellett together with a welcome back for John Sutcliffe.

Friday 2nd June Phoenix Mountain & Lakes Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (23) 41
2nd John O’Sullivan (23) 33
3rd Phil Cass (19) 31 cb 16 b6 10
4th John Carlin (18) 31 cb 16 b6 9
5th John Tallett (26) 31 cb 12

Phoenix is preparing to host another European Tour event, this time it is the Ladies European PGA and they are already getting the course in shape for this prestigious event and hoping to be much better than the European men’s event of last year. Already the fairways are seen to be as good as they have ever been and as good as the best that the group play in the area, and no doubt the rest of the course will continue to improve. But again on the day the group found the going long, with the rough especially tough but the greens also very good being flat and true to the break. Once more the CSS moved out to 74 with only the winner playing to handicap or better.

That winner was Markku Tynell who swept aside the rest of the field with an imperious display of golf, whilst returning the second best gross return of the day whilst being the second highest handicap in the field and eventually winning by a huge eight shot margin over the second placed player.

That was John O’Sullivan who started very well but faded slightly through the back nine but still did enough to hold on the second place.

Phil Cass then won a count back with John Carlin with a better 10 to 9 over the last six after they had tied the nine on 18 each.

That left John Tallett to take the day’s last position in fifth after he had just 12 from the nine in the same count back.

There were no 2s in the first division and even though Shuichi Kodaka had flown in especially to clean out the monster roll over pot to provide his drinking fund for his three week trip to Europe, and Larry Gibb’s midnight oiling burning sessions on his sitting room carpet, bolstered with books on grip and putting together with videos on “How to stand to and address you fourth putt”, there were none either in the second division.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Shuichi Kodaka together with farewells for Mike Dabanovich, Mike Hill and Phil Cass.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 22.05.2017
Jon Batty hits cat. 1 status

Monday 22nd May Mountain Shadow Stableford
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1st Jon Batty (7) 41
2nd John Carlin (18) 32
3rd Brian Beaupre (6) 30
4th Hal Hart (18) 28
5th Larry Gibb (21) 27 cb 14
6th Markku Tynell (23) 27 cb 12

With all the recent heavy rain, mostly not affecting the ability to complete the competitions, it is not surprising to find many of the courses currently being played have not had a chance to do much mowing, leaving the greens and especially the rough very tough to handle.

It was there for even more impressive when Jon Batty retuned a gross 74 over the short, but always difficult to handle, Mountain Shadow course playing from the blue tees as usual. On his way to his lifetime best score he racked up three birdies, eleven pars and five bogies and after taking the day’s CSS of 75 into account it meant a reduction of 1.6 to his 7 handicap and its lowest ever level reaching the category 1 status achieved by very few golfers.

Trailing well back in second place was John Carlin who is at last managing to play consistently in the buffer zone as his putting becomes a little better.

Third place went to Brian Beaupre a couple of shots away and two ahead of Hal Hart in fourth.

Larry Gibb failed in his declared mission to sweep the 2s pot clean but won a count back with Markku Tynell for fifth place with a better 14 to 12 score over the back nine on the card.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations, especially for the group member’s general information, there was a short report on the Bliss Restaurant’s recent items that have been added to their menu offering.

Following which there was a welcome back for Dave LeHane.

Wednesday 24th May Pattana A & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Paul Durkan (8) 37
2nd John Carlin (18) 35
3rd Brian Beaupre (6) 33 cb 19
4th Hal Hart (18) 33 cb 16
5th Ray Smallwood (25) 32

Another wet morning greeted the day’s hopefuls but on arrival at the course the weather stayed dry and overcast making for good conditions climatically but still the course played to its most difficult with the rough particularly punishing.

Newcomer Paul Durkan underlined the quality of his 8 handicap while winning on his first outing with the group with a one over return against a CSS of 73 for the day.

John Carlin again proved to be second best this time just two points behind and once again in his handicap buffer zone.

Brain Beaupre made sure of a mention in his last game with the group when he won a count back with Hal Hart with a better 19 to 16 with Ray Smallwood just one behind in fifth place.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Darryl Kellett and Paul Durkan shared the first division pool.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Paul Durkan together with a welcome back for Dave LeHane.

Friday 26th May Pattavia Stableford
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1st John Carlin (18) 36 cb 22
2nd Mike Dabanovich (12) 36 cb 20
3rd John Tallett (26) 31
4th Mark Cooper (11) 29 cb 16, b6 12
5th Larry Gibb (21) 29 cb 16, b6 10

Having heard that the original course scheduled was undergoing some important renovations to the greens the day’s event had been switched to Pattavia where the contenders had to wait for half an hour before the torrential rain eased of and a start could be made albeit in light rain.

But the course was left a little bedraggled and very wet with again the rough extremely tough and the greens noticeably slower than usual. The latter actually helped the scoring at least of the leading two players.

John Carlin at last broke his run of brides maids placements with a well-deserved win after prevailing in a count back with Mike Dabanovich scoring a better 22 to 20 as all players benefited from the cessation of the rain on the inward half, leaving Dabber in second after a fine back nine which would normally have been good enough.

John Tallett took third place some five points further back but two ahead of a count back for fourth and fifth which Mark Cooper won over Larry Gibb with a better 12 to 10 over the last six after they had tied the nine on 16 apiece. Once again Larry had vowed to sort the second division 2s out and once again the putting proved to be a little lacking.

Once again there were no 2s in the second division but Mike Dabanovich made up a little for losing the count back when he had the sole 2 in the first division.

Before the presentations there were welcome backs for Andrew Purdie & Mark Cooper, the latter having been down in Phuket caddying for Chris Smith in a big open tournament. There was also a farewell for Brian Beaupre.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 15.05.2017
Mark & John take the Medals

Monday 15th May Crystal Bay Stableford
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1st Brian Beaupre (6) 34
2nd Terry Hodgkiss (29) 33
3rd Philip Cass (19) 32
4th Markku Tynell (23) 31
5th John Carlin (18) 29

With two teams playing in the Mean Pro-Am being played at Pattana in conjunction with the inaugural Tour even being held there on the following four days, there was a reduced field that set off from The Haven and one which had been reduced further by the constant rain that had deluged Pattaya since before dawn encouraging some regulars to pull the covers back on and rollover for some extra shuteye.

In the event the day turned out to be perfect for golf as after the rain ceased some five miles out of town the day remained overcast but dry with a light wind.

But the going was still a bit tough with little run in the fairways and slow greens due to the recent weather conditions., and so Brian Beaupre did well to return a two over handicap card to win by one from Terry Hodgkiss who is making some return to form with yet another podium finish with the group.

Philip Cass returned to take third place and but for three zeros include in the round would have probably won the day.

Markku Tynell managed to take fourth place with a card that showed no zeros but a few too many single pointers to challenge the leaders. He was followed in by John Carlin who had a quiet day which also included too many zeros.

There were no 2s in the first division but John Carlin slipped in the sole one in the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Brian Beaupre and Philip Cass.

Wednesday 17th May Bangpra Stableford

Although it was again raining when the group left for the course, they did so in high hopes that the day would turn out as the Monday event had, but these dreams were sadly misplaced, as after starting out in a fine rain they found the course to be totally waterlogged and in no condition for golf and more suitable for model boats sailing whilst wrapped in copious oilskins. The management did give out some vouchers for another discounted round, to be used by the month’s end, but in all conscience they should have declared the course closed as unplayable. But TIT.

So an early retreat was made to a dryer venue where cold drinks and hot goodies were available to refresh and cheer the disappointed players.

Friday 19th May Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Mark Cooper (11) 68
2nd Brian Beaupre (6) 73
3rd Geoff Potter (9) 81
2nd Division 16 +
1st John Tallett (26) 71
2nd John Carlin (18) 72
3rd John O’Sullivan (23) 75 cb 33.5
From Larry Gibb (21) 75 cb 39.5

At last the weather relented and the group set off for the local Pattaya Country Club under clear skies with a light breeze, unfortunately the course was still suffering the after effects of the recent heavy rains, with the fairways offering little run and the greens much slower due to the understandable lack of mowing. But apart from those two matters the course was in fairly good condition considering the amount of water the area has absorbed over the last weeks.

Mark Cooper led in the first division by a massive five strokes and could have been even better but for an unfortunate quadruple on the 17th after having gone out in three under handicap and being seven under, standing on the 17th tee only to see his tee shot disappear into the water twice and needing a good two putt to escape with just the quadruple bogey. But he then finished with a par to lock up his first medal with the group since May 2008.

Brian Beaupre took second place after finishing strongly with a gross 38 on the back nine but a few too many slips on the front nine undid his chances for the day. Geoff Potter struggled most of the way round but still managed to secure third place some way behind the leading two.

The second division was taken by John Tallett to record his second Medal win in succession with a very creditable one under handicap return to just pip John Carlin by a single stroke.

John O’Sullivan laid claim to third place after winning a count back with Larry Gibb with an outstanding back nine of 33.5 to win by six from Larry’s 39.5.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Cooper made it a double celebration with the only one in the first division to clean out the rollover pot.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Mike Hill.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 08.05.2017
Bruce Hilde stays on to win

Monday 8th May Pattavia Stableford
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1st Bruce Hilde (16) 40 cb 17
2nd Drew Niblock (17) 40 cb 16
3rd Murray Edwards (19) 34 cb 19
4th John Tallett (26) 34 cb 17
5th Dave Edwards (13) 34 cb 16
6th John Carlin (18) 33

With the week including a bank Holiday on a Wednesday the weeks schedule was unusual starting out at Pattavia where the course was found to be playing far easier than many times recently as the greens were playing at around 8 on the stimp meter and the CSS remained at par for a change.

Bruce Hilde having waved goodbye on the previous outing then spent the weekend at the range and seemed to have broken the habit of a lifetime and listened to someone as returned to the group with a completely new approach to return his best card since joining the group four years previously. He still needed to win a count back to take the day’s top honours, which he did with a better 17 to 16 to leave his playing partner Drew Niblock in second place.

Murray Edwards also had to win a count back with one of his playing partners John Tallett with a better 19 to 17 to claim third place and leave John in fourth with Dave Edwards also involved in the count back in fifth after he returned 16 over the last nine on the card.

John Carlin had a very respectable three over in sixth place.

There were no 2s in the first division but Bruce Hilde completed his cleanup for the day with the sole one in the second division to clear out the roll over pool.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Drew Niblock together with welcome backs for Huw Phillips, John O’Sullivan, Shuichi Kodaka and Fumiaki Matsuura.

There was also another farewell for Bruce Hilde who really was leaving on this occasion.

Wednesday 10th May Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Darryl Kellett (14) 31 cb 17 b6 12
2nd Dave Edwards (13) 31 cb 17 b6 9
3rd Shane Heavey (20) 29
4th Hal Hart (18) 25 cb 15 b6 12
5th Ray Smallwood (25) 25 cb 15 b6 11

A trip to Treasure Hill even playing from the yellow tees at just under 6,400 yards is always a real challenge with the CSS usually rising at least two and quite often being a non-counting event for upward revision, but this day was both well attended as the value for money on a Bank Holiday put many of the gougers in the area to shame. But the scoring was no easier and no surprise to find that when all the results were in the day would be a non-counting once again.

The best of the day was Darry Kellett and Dave Edwards at five over handicap and who needed to be separated by a count back which Darry won with a better 12 to 9 over the last six after they had tied the nine on 17 apiece.

Shane Heavey slipped almost literally into third place another two shots behind the leading pair while Hal Hart took fourth and Ray Smallwood fifth after the former had won a count back with a better 12 to 11 over the last six after tying the nine at 15 each.

Apart from the difficulty of the course design it was in excellent condition allowing for the rain interruption earlier in the rounds.

There were no 2s in the second division but Darryl Kellett stroked in a beauty on the short sixth hole to sweep the roll over pool clean in the first division.
Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Terry Hodgkiss.

Friday 12th May Phoenix Lakes & Ocean courses Stableford
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1st Larry Gibb (21) 36
2nd John Carlin (18) 34 cb 19
3rd Jon Batty (7) 34 cb 14
4th John Tallett (26) 33
5th Mark Lang (6) 32 cb 17
6th Mark Cooper (11) 32 cb 16

With ominous rain storms in the offing there were a few no shows from the projected field but apart from a slight sprinkle prior to the start of the competition the day stayed fine and overcast giving good conditions for golf and with the course having stood up well to the week’s heavy rain the scoring was very reasonable.

Larry Gibb took a well appreciated win, as shown by the warm applause following the announcement of taking the top step of the podium, after he had returned a level handicap score to win by two ahead of a count back for second and third places which John Carlin won over Jon Batty with a better m19 to 14 after Jon had suffered an uncharacteristic drop off in form through the last six holes.

John Tallett continues to be the nearly man as he took fourth place with yet another round in his buffer zone.

Mark Lang won another count back this one with Mark Cooper with a better 17 to 16 to take fifthspot and leave Mark the last step.

It was interesting to note that most of the players have now understood how to play the redesigned 6th hole on the Lakes course, as evidenced by the top six cards returned, where the gross scores were one birdie three pars and two bogies which garnered 14 points.

Murray Edwards cleared out the second division roll over pool in the 2s whilst Jon Batty and Mark Cooper celebrated sharing the first division pittance.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Geoff Potter together with a farewell for Shane Heavey.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 01.05.2017
Hal anchors up for the week

Monday 1st May Khao Kheow B & C Courses Stableford
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1st John Carlin (18) 38
2nd Mike Dabanovich (12) 35
3rd Dave Edwards (12) 33
4th Ben Jackson (16) 30 cb 17, b6 12, b3 6, b2 5
5th Hal Hart (20) 30 cb 17, b6 12, b3 6, b2 1
6th Markku Tynell (22) 28

A good week for golf and sailing when the rains held off away from Pattaya and the overcast skies with good winds made golf comfortable but difficult and scoring at a premium for most except the winners of the three outings. With the week starting out at unusually at Khao Kheow where the management had made a Bank Holiday concession price available to the group three top courses were in prospect.

John Carlin returned his best card for almost four months as he fought he way to the top of the podium to deny Mike Dabanovich his first win after he had also returned his best card in some time.

Dave Edwards took third place ahead of a very long count back for fourth place which Ben Jackson won on the last two holes after tying the back nine on 17, the six on 12, and the three on 6 with Hal Hart.

For Hal it was the start of a remarkable finish to all of his four rounds of the week after a magnificent birdie on the 16th par five where he knocked in a gross four with two strokes on his handicap for five points he then closed the last two holes with just a single point.

Markku Tynell rounded out the podium another couple of points in sixth place.

There were no 2s in the first division but Markku Tynell cleaned out the multi-roll over pot in the second division with an excellent birdie on the 165 yards C8.

Wednesday 3rd May Pattana A & C Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (12) 35
2nd Ray Smallwood (25) 33 cb 17
3rd Ben Jackson (16) 33 cb 16
4th Lyle Blaw (11) 32
5th Bruce Hilde (16) 31
6th Hal Hart (20) 29

The first visit of the month to Pattana where it was the turn of the white tees to be used with the A and C courses, with a par of 73, in play for the day and once again the course was found to be in top condition with the greens particularly worthy of mention being fast and flat.

And once again the scoring was at a premium with Dave Edwards winning again as he did the previous week over the same two nines but on this occasion scoring a few less points but still enough to easily take the top placement.

Ray Smallwood scored his first real success with the group finally being high enough on the list to actual touch some cash winnings in second place after he won a count back with Ben Jackson with a better 17 to 16 to leave Ben in third spot.

Lyle Blaw took fourth another one back, as Bruce Hilde returned to take fifth and Hal Hart once again scored just the one point on the last two holes after being well in contention for a higher rating on the day.

Ray Smallwood added to his first collection with the only 2 in the second division on C7, whilst Dave Edwards added to his day’s haul with the sole on in the first division with one on each of A8 and C2.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Jens Gunnarsson and Bruce Hilde together with a farewell for Ben Jackson.

Friday 5th May Treasure Hill Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (20) 37
2nd John Carlin (18) 31 cb 18
3rd Mike Dabanovich (12) 31 cb 16
4th Markku Tynell (22) 27
5th Darryl Kellett (14) 26
6th Bruce Hilde (16) 25

With the day originally scheduled to be a Bank Holiday on all the old Calendars the usual Friday venue was switched to Treasure Hill where the special all-in green fee, caddy and cart rate was set at 1,350 baht, but in the vent the day was reconsidered as a non-holiday and an even cheaper rate was the reward for the trip up the 331.

Hal Hart followed up a win the previous day with the Tara Court group, where interestingly he again scored just the one point on the last two holes, with another one with the Haven group albeit with a slightly lower total of points. But once again and for the fourth time in succession he scored just the one point over the final two holes played. The more kindly of the critics would say he needs a little more stamina to finish off his rounds while the less charitable might say he has become, fittingly as an ex-sailor extremely adept at throwing the anchor out. But at least his good spell of form has resulted in a couple of dropped shots from his handicap and resulted in an extra celebratory round of drinks back in the bar.

John Carlin took second place after winning a count back with Mike Dabanovich with a better 18 to 16 and Markku Tynell placed fourth ahead of Darryl Kellett in fifth and Bruce Hilde in sixth.

Unsurprisingly with course playing as tough as it was there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the prize presentations there was a welcome back for Darryl Kellett and a farewell for Bruce Hilde.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 24.04.2017
Dave Edwards is best of the week

Monday 24th April Greenwood A & B Courses Stableford
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1st Jon Batty (8) 37 cb 20
2nd John Carlin (18) 37 cb 19
3rd Mike Hill (21) 37 cb 17
4th Markku Tynell (22) 35
5th Alan Griffiths (12) 33
6th Yasuo Suzuki (14) 32

The group were back in full swing following the break for Song Kran and starting out at the always popular Greenwood where the A and B courses were in play for the day playing from the white tee positions. Having set off in bright sunlight they were met with light rain through the first few holes but when the skies cleared, the day progressed well enough for the CSS to remain at level 72.

Jon Batty, having suffered through the opening holes closed the front nine out solidly and then covered the back nine in two under handicap to take the day after winning a three way count back with a best 20 points.

That left John Carlin in second spot after he returned 19 for the last nine and Mike Hill in third with 17 after he had carded the best front nine.

Markku Tynell had a very creditable one over handicap in fourth place as Alan Griffiths took fifth and Yasuo Suzuki sixth in his last outing with the Haven group.

There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Lang made his mark on the day with the sole one in the first division to clear the roll over pot.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Kazuo Takimoto, Alan Griffiths, Hal Hart, Markku Tynell, Mike Hill, Jon Batty, Mark Lang and Mike Dabanovich. There was also a farewell for Yasuo Suzuki.

Wednesday 26th April Pattana A & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (13) 39
2nd Jon Batty (8) 38
3rd Ben Jackson (16) 35
4th Brian Talbot (14) 34
5th John Carlin (18) 33 cb 17
6th Lyle Blaw (12) 33 cb 14

More rain was encountered on the curse, although it remained totally dry in Pattaya City, but the scores were seeming unaffected with the best scores for the week over the standard par 73 course.

Dave Edwards had his best round for a little while at three under handicap having started out his day with a three under opening half on the C course and did enough through the closing holes to deny Jon Batty his second win of the week after he had returned a good 18/20 point split and so having to settle for a worthy second place.

Ben Jackson returned to make an immediate impact in third place even after slipping in a couple of zeros on the outward nine.

Brain Talbot almost returned to form in fourth place just two over handicap and one ahead of a count back for fifth and sixth which John Carlin won with a better 17 to 14 to leave Lyle Blaw on the last step of the podium after he had had a very promising start to the day.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Lyle Blaw, Ray Smallwood and Dave Edwards.

Friday 28th April The Emerald Stableford
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1st John Tallett (25) 33
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 31 cb 19
3rd Brian Talbot (14) 31 cb 15
4th Larry Gibb (21) 30
5th John Carlin (18) 29

The last day’s golf for the week produced the best weather, it having remained dry throughout even though it had been bucketing down at base for the later part of the day. Unfortunately the course was found to be in fairly poor shape and even with the benefit of “lift and place in the fairways” the CSS for the day went out two to 74 and just stayed counting with only the winner making the standard for the course against handicap. The disappointment for the players due to the course condition was somewhat mitigated with the special prices on offer for the low season with the green fee, caddy and cart totaling just 1,250 baht.

That winner was John Tallett who’s three over was good enough to win even allowing that the card had included two zeros as Mark Cooper, in second place, could not quite recover from a very slow start that had seen him garner a measly 12 points from the front nine holes.

Brian Talbot crept one step higher on the podium in third place after he had lost a count back for second place with a worst 15 to 19 result over the back nine.

Larry Gibb placed fourth another point behand the count back and John Carlin made it three mentions in the week in fifth place another shot back.

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

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Dane Heavey and Mark Cooper together with farewells for Mike Hill and Vincent Gras.





The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 10.04.2017 & 21.04.2017
John Tallett wins first Medal

Monday 10th April Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Yasuo Suzuki (14) 31 cb 14
2nd Yukio Kikuchi (17) 31 cb 13
3rd Rod Crosswell (17) 29
4th Markku Tynell (22) 28

A short week with just the two outings due to the break in the schedule for Song Kran when movement around town is difficult and when most of the regulars disappear to other areas or countries to escape the weeklong festival in Pattaya for the Thai New Year which has been spoiled ever since uneducated visitors took it over and thought that it was a free-for-all to assail anyone and everyone with lashings of water. A far cry from the gentle ceremony when water is sprinkled over elders hands in exchange for their blessing.

Yasuo Suzuki took the win after winning a count back with Yukio Kikuchi with a better 14 to 13 as the whole field found the going even more difficult than usual with very little run in the fairways that remained uncut due to the recent wet weather. The rough was also much more difficult having suffered from the lack of mowing also.

Rod Crosswell stumbled into third place just one ahead of Markku Tynell with the rest of the hopefuls nowhere near ir was no surprise to find that the CSS moved out to 75 and the day becoming non counting for upward review of handicaps.

There were no 2s in the first division but Yukio Made up for missing out on the win and with the only one in the second division.

Prior to the presentation of the prizes there were welcome backs for Jens Gunnarsson and Brian Talbot together with farewells for Terry Hodgkiss, Rod Crosswell, Yasuo Suzuki, Yukio Kikuchi and Shuichi Kodaka.

Wednesday 12th April Khao Kheow B & C Courses Yellow tees Stableford
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1st John Carlin (18) 32
2nd Markku Tynell (220 29
3rd Ray Smallwood (25) 27
4th Dave LeHane (16) 22

With many of the group already departed it was just a few hardy hopefuls making their way out to the once a fortnightly visit to Khao Kheow where the B and C courses were in play for the day.

Another equally difficult day when the best was four over handicap although the general condition was excellent with the fairways being as good as they have ever been and with the greens very receptive and needing constant attention to repair pitch marks. Once again the CSS for the day went out to the maximum and became non-counting.

John Carlin had the best of the day three clear of second placed Markku Tynell with Ray Smallwood claiming third another couple behind and Dave LeHane taking the last podium step for the day in fourth some way back.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were farewells for Markku Tynell, Andre Holmem, Dave LeHane, and John Carlin, Hal Hart, and Kevin Blake all traveling to Viet Nam for the wet season.

Friday 21st April Pattaya Country Club White tees Monthly Medal
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2nd Division 16 +
1st John Tallett (26) 70
2nd Phil Cass (16) 71
3rd Ben Jackson (16) 75

Taking up after the break for Song Kran but with many players still away, for the first time ever in the Monthly Medals there were no contenders in the first division leaving just the 16 and above players to contest for the second division medal with the first two qualifying for the end of year Gold and Silver Medals.

The course was found to be in quite good condition and the newly renovated greens on the back nine now getting better on every visit and the scoring reflected that situation.

John Tallett won his first Medal with the group with an excellent two under handicap just pipping Phil Cass to the top spot after the latter had racked up two treble bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes to lose by the slimmest of margins.

Ben Jackson also suffered from a two hole brain storm taking a treble and a quintuple on the 6th and 7th holes to fall out of contention but he did manage to stroke in a couple of birdies immediately following and a strong back nine to take the last step on the podium well ahead of Vincent Gras in fourth place.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Vincent Gras, Phil Cass and Ben Jackson.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 03.04.2017

Yukio Kikuchi gets Tommy’s hat

Monday 3rd April Pattavia Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 16
1st Mark Cooper (11) 36
2nd Dave Edwards (13) 33
3rd Kevin Blake (6) 30
4th Gary Brown (9) 29 cb 16
5th Paul Hubbard (12) 29 cb 13
2nd Division 17 +
1st Yukio Kikuchi (19) 41
2nd Larry Gibb (21) 37
3rd Paul Davies (21) 35
4th Hal Hart (19) 33 cb 17
5th Wilf Wellman (30) 33 cb 14

A wet week of golf with a few delays started out at Pattavia where the general conditions were very good and with the greens playing quite a lot slower than usual, the CSS for the day remained at 71.

There were enough interested players to require two divisions with the spilt being fixed at 0 to 16 and 17 and above for the second division.

Mark Cooper led in the first division after returning a level handicap card without a single zero to win by three from Dave Edwards in second place who was in turn three ahead of third placed Kevin Blake. Gary Brown placed fourth after winning a count back with Paul Hubbard with a better 16 to 13.

The second division was taken by Yukio Kikuchi who had an outstanding round of five under handicap easily his best round foe over a year playing with the group.

Larry Gibb was unlucky to have found the winner in such good form as he had to settle for a well-earned second place with a one under handicap round.

Paul Davies had listened well to instructions “to keep the ball below the hole” prior to the start and but for the last hole managed to keep to that advice to take third place after a very steady round.

Hal Hart won a count back with Wilf Wellman for fourth and fifth places with a better 17 to 14.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Paul (Bubbles) Davies and Gary Brown.

Wednesday 5th April Pattana A & B Courses White tees Stableford
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1st Yukio Kikuchi (19) 35
2nd Larry Gibb (21) 32 cb 16
3rd Peter Skinner (9) 32 cb 14
4th John Carlin (18) 31 cb 16
5th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 31 cb 14
6th Rod Crosswell (17) 31 cb 13

The once a fortnightly trip to the Pattana Resort where the A and B courses were the day’s test as usual found the course to be in absolutely tip top shape.

With the B course included, it was decided to play the ninth hole as a par six from the alternative tee to make the Standard Scratch for the day 74 from the white tees, which meant a rather long course measuring almost 6,900 yards. It was of little surprise to find the CSS went out two to 76.

Playing the 9th on the B course was an interesting experience which the players agreed was a good option and with the average score for the hole being 1.85, it will surely figure again with the group. Yukio Kikuchi took another one away from Larry Gibb after a solid round of one under handicap winning for the third time in succession and he was duly awarded the “Tommy Cooper Fez” at the prize presentations but his imitation of a one liner did not got down so well as only one of the audience, Shuichi Kodaka, understood the punch line.

Larry Gibb placed second after winning a count back with Peter Skinner with a better 16 to 14.

John Carling then won a three way count back with a best 16 for fourth place with Shuichi Kodaka fifth with 14 and Rod Crosswell sixth with 13.

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

Prior to the presentations being made there were welcomes for new members Greg Ignatieff and Kevin Cumming together with farewells for Wilf Wellman and Peter Skinner.

Friday 31st March Phoenix Gold Mountain & Lakes White tees Stableford
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1st Hal Hart (19) 31
2nd John Tallett (26) 30 cb 16
3rd Dave Edwards (12) 30 cb 15
4th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 30 cb 13
5th John Carlin (18) 29
6th Russell Gilroy (19) 27

With the low season prices one again in force the group returned the Phoenix Gold courses where the Mountain and Lakes nines were in play. The course was found to be in much better condition than the last time it was played by the group with the fairways in particular worthy of mention. One negative is that the bunkers are still over filled with very soft small gained sand the mostly supplies a semi or fully poached egg lie whatever the trajectory at which the ball entered.

The day’s play was also seriously affected by the weather which also caused a n hours stoppage leaving the course well drenched and contributing to the CSS going out to 75 and the day being a non-counting event.

Hal Hart was the best at five over handicap and just one ahead of a three way count back for second place which John Tallett won with a best 16 with Dave Edwards taking third with 15 and Shuichi Kodaka fourth with 13.

John Carlin placed fifth with 29 and Russell Gilroy celebrated his return in sixth another two back.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Yukio Kikuchi made up for not winning on this occasion by cleaning out the second division multi-roll over pot.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Andre Holmem.





The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 27.03.2017
Andrew Purdie has best of the week

Monday 27th March Greenwood A & B Courses Stableford
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1st Larry Gibb (21) 36
2nd Markku Tynell (22) 34
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 33 CB 15
4th Paul Hubbard (12) 33 cb 14
5th Hal Hart (19) 32
6th Andrew Purdie (6) 31

The day began at dawn with driving rain which continued throughout the early morning, but still an intrepid group left The Haven to travel up the 331 to Greenwood in the hope that the weather would improve. On arrival at the course the rain remained heavy for half an hour and then lessened enough for the players to make a start and it persisted until most of them had reached the seventh tee. In the circumstances the scoring was very good with the CSS remaining at the standard 72.

Larry Gibb took the win with a steady level handicap round with a 17/19 split.

Markku Tynell placed second another two points behind and one ahead of a count back for third, which Mark Cooper won with a better 15 to 14 to leave Paul Hubbard in fourth.

Hal Hart slipped into fifth place another one back with Andrew Purdie securing the last place on the podium also one behind him.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Wednesday 29th March Khao Kheow B & C Courses Stableford
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1st Andrew Purdie (6) 39
2nd Rod Crosswell (17) 36
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 35
4th Yukio Kikuchi (19) 33
5th Dave LeHane (16) 31
6th John Carlin (17) 29

The day looked much brighter early on and the group set off for the fortnightly visit to Khao Kheow hopeful that it would remain that way but following the start under heavy clouds the skies opened as the field were playing the third, fourth and fifth holes and play was stopped for an hour with all the players sheltering in the drink stop on the third. Most of the players recorded zero points or at the most a couple on those three holes an so it was surprising that the overall scoring was good enough to see the CSS for the day reduce to 71.

Andrew Purdie had an excellent day returning a three under handicap card that was made by an 18/21 split and good enough to win by three from Rod Crosswell who returned two level a8 nines.

Mark Cooper had a steady round to take third place just in front of Yukio Kikuchi in fourth with Dave LeHane taking fifth and John Carlin sixth.

Once again there were no 2s in the first division but Terry Hodgkiss was spotted smiling after he cleaned out the bulging roll over pot in the second division.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Rod Crosswell, Yukio Kikuchi, Paul Hird and Wilf Wellman.

Friday 31st March The Emerald Stableford
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1st Yukio Kikuchi (19) 37
2nd Banjo Bannister (13) 36 cb 20
3rd Mark Cooper (11) 36 cb 17
4th Andrew Purdie (6) 34
5th Peter Skinner (9) 31 cb 16
6th Markku Tynell (22) 31 cb 15

Closing off a very wet week the forecast was more rain but again the group set off with high hopes under clear skies and on this occasion were rewarded with a totally dry day although there were rumbles of thunder throughout most of the rounds.

Lift and place was in play again for the third time in the week but this time to allow for the crab grass in the fairways and apart from that the course was in good condition considering the recent weather in the area.

Yukio Kikuchi played very steadily to take the top spot on the podium just one ahead of a count back for second place which Banjo Bannister won with a better 20 to 17 to leave Mark Cooper on the third step.

Andrew Purdie took fourth just in front of another count back for fifth which Peter Skinner won after returning a better 16 to 15 which left Markku Tynell in sixth place.

Markku Tynell had the solo 2 in the second division pool whilst Andrew Purdie, Yasuo Suzuki and Paul Hird shared the first division pot.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Yasuo Suzuki.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 20.03.2017
Andrew & John take the Medals

Monday 20th March Mountain Shadow Stableford
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1st Mark Williams (8) 29
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 28
3rd Keith Emerson (12) 27
4th Danny Miller (7) 24 cb 12
5th Allan Hanlon (13) 24 cb 11

Although the course was in very reasonable condition, a sudden storm of heavy rain accompanied with thunder and lightning, in the early part of the rounds held up play and then played havoc with the scores with the course allowing zero run in the fairways and no chance of running up to greens.

Mark Williams had the best of a very sad bunch of cards at seven over handicap which was good enough to take the win ahead of Shuichi Kodaka, who was wondering why he had returned from a nice dry but freezing holiday to score so badly for second spot.

Keith Emerson struggled into third place as Danny Miller, having won a count back with Allan Hanlon with a better 12 to 11 took fourth to leave Allan in fifth.

To underline the difficulties that the players had faced during their day, the CSS moved to become non counting for upward handicap adjustments.

Mark Williams had the sole 2 in the first division while there were none in the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Terry Hodgkiss, now fully recovered, John Carlin from Oz and Shuichi Kodaka from Japan. There was also a farewell for Keith Emerson.

Wednesday 22nd March Pattana B & C Courses Stableford
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1st Mark Williams (8) 37
2nd Larry Gibb (21) 36
3rd Mike Hill (21) 33 cb 17
4th Mark Cooper (11) 33 cb 13
5th John Carlin (19) 32 cb 16
6th Andrew Purdie (6) 32 cb 15

A much better day was in prospect for the twice fortnightly trip to Pattana where as usual the group were met at the entrance with respectful wais and escorted to check in and on through to the luxurious changing area. As always the course was found to be in tip top shape, which the players and scores confirmed, but the day had a sting in the tail which curbed most of the scoring over the last three holes as it started to bucket down, but fortunately without any attendant lightning.

Mark Williams, making his last appearance with the group, set the pace as he at last came into some semblance of his usual form in readiness for his return to try and compete in the usual summer competitions in the south of England, adding another win in the week.

Again it was by the slimmest of margins, this time consigning Larry Gibb into second place with both of them well ahead of the chasing pack and markedly both in the first two groups that suffered the least from the conditions later in the rounds.

Mike Hill won a count back for third and Fourth with Mar Cooper with a better 17 to 13 and John Carlin took fifth after he had also won a count back with Andrew Purdie, in sixth, with a better 16 to 15.

The greens keepers had managed to hide all the par three pins, even the dinky 2nd hole on the C course, and so there were no 2s on the day.

Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Mike Hill, Phil Cass, from their up-country trips and also for the Gulf tourists Dave Edwards, Dave LeHane and Mark Cooper.

Friday 24th March Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Andrew Purdie (6) 74
2nd Kevin Blake (6) 75
3rd Allan Hanlon (13) 76
2nd Division 16 +
1st John Carlin (19) 68
2nd Mark Armstrong (25) 72
3rd Greg Gawron (16) 73

Once again the Monthly Medals were held at The Pattaya Country Club where the condition of the recently renovated back nine continues to improve and with the course usually offering a good deal of run and good lies in the fairways, it is fast becoming a favourite of many of the regulars in the group. And from next month the green fees will reducing by 50% to make it an even more attractive proposition for the players.

Andrew Purdie added a second medal to his tally for the year after returning the best card in the first division while Kevin Blake ensured his position in the end of year Gold & Silver competitions with his second place, just denying Allan Hanlon by a single stroke.

John Carlin, having already qualified in a second place, went one better with his first win of the year after he had an outstanding four under handicap round, just one short of his best score at the same course earlier in the year.

Mark Armstrong made sure of his entry in second place with a level handicap round just one ahead of Greg Gawron in third. He was closely followed by Chris Ross who had a very tidy net 74 to just miss out on the podium.

Back at The haven there was a welcome back for Murray Edwards together with a farewell for Phil Cass, heading back up north.





The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 13.03.2017
Hip Hip Hooray for Gerald

Monday 13th March Pattavia Stableford
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1st Mark Williams (9) 38
2nd Steve Bickle (17) 35
3rd Greg Gawron (16) 33
4th Peter Wilson (7) 31 cb 16
5th Phil Stevenson (24) 31 cb 15
6th Wayne Peppernell (14) 31 cb 13

The low season appears to have arrived already with the numbers reducing on an almost daily basis but still most of the courses are stuck on the high season prices, but not for the opening course of the week where common sense has seen the prices drop to a very competitive level to almost halve of the green fee rate charged by some other courses of a similar level.

The greens on this occasion were a lot easier to contend with , having not been cut for at least a couple of days but still shots to the green left above the hole were punished severely.

Mark Williams had his best round for some little while including an excellent 37 gross for the outward half, and easily ran out the winner by three clear ahead of Steve Bickle in second place.

Greg Gawron placed third another two behind and two ahead of a three way count back for fourth which Peter Wilson won with 16 leaving Phil Stevenson in fifth with 15 and Wayne Peppernell sixth with 13 as he struggle with the heat through the last nine holes.

Gerald Decio had the sole 2 in the second divisions whilst Peter Wilson and Keith Emerson shared the first division pool.

Before the presentations there was a welcome for new player with the group, Peter Wilson together with a welcome back for Wayne Peppernell.

Wednesday 15th March Khao Kheow A & B Courses Stableford
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1st Markku Tynell (22) 39
2nd Danny Miller (7) 38
3rd Mark Williams (9) 35
4th Peter Skinner (9) 34
5th Steve Bickle (17) 31

The course was as usual found to be in first class shape but a fairly strong wind made conditions difficult for scoring for most of the hopefuls on the day.

An outstanding card was returned by Markku Tynell after a slow start that gleaned just two points from the first two holes. He then settled down to return an 18/21 split to win by one ahead of Danny Miller who unfortunately weakened as the round progressed finishing with a 20/18 split and having to settle for a good second place.

Mark Williams, not quite able to recreate his earlier form, took third another three behind with Peter Skinner taking fourth and Steve Bickle again in the ,mix in fifth place.

Ray Smallwood had the only 2 in the second division and the first division was shared between Danny Miller, Mark Williams and Peter Skinner. Peter’s 2 was quite special as it was achieved on the par 4 7th after he holed out from 100 yards with his wedge.

Following the announcement of this feat it was decided unanimously by those present that in future “a two on a par four or par five would be treated the same as a hole in one and sweep the two 2 pools on the day together with any roll overs.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Ray Daws together with farewells for Phil Stevenson and John Wood both returning to the UK to swell the ranks of those watching Man. U. from their season ticket seats for the rest of the season.

Friday 17th March The Emerald Stableford
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1st Gerald Decio (18) 35
2nd Mark Williams (9) 33 cb 16 b6 12
3rd Markku Tynell (22) 33 cb 16 b6 8
4th Andrew Purdie (7) 30 cb 16 b6 12
5th Bob Heath (14) 30 cb 16 b6 10

The toughest day’s golf was left for the last outing at the short but tricky test at Ban Chang, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, where the wind added to the difficulties of the rounds but were assisted by the local lift and place rule in the fairways to negate the sometimes poor semi buried lies in the crab grass.

Gerald Decio saved his best golf for his last round of this trip while still recovering from a double hip replacement during 2016, but without any adjustment to his handicap. Playing very steadily following a good starting nine, he ran out the winner for the first time with the group after many attempts during this visit and many previous ones, by two clear ahead of the week’s podium ever present Mark Williams who needed to win a count back on the last six with a better 12 to 8 after he had tied the back nine with Markku Tynell on 16 apiece.

Andrew Purdie also won a count back for fourth place, this one with “Captain 2000” Bob Heath, with a better 12 to 10 also over the last six holes after they had tied the last nine on 16 a piece also.

Unsurprisingly there were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Andrew Purdie together with farewells for Jim Slattery. Bob Heath and Gerald Decio returning home to South Herts Golf Club after their month’s tour and Markku Tynell and Hal Hart both travelling across the gulf for a break from the bright lights.





The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 06.03.2017
John Holmes tames Crystal Bay

Monday 6th March Crystal Bay B & C courses Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 13
1st Bruce Kusyk (13) 40
2nd Mark Williams (9) 35 cb 17
3rd Peter Skinner (9) 35 cb 16
2nd Division 14 - 19
1st John Holmes (18) 43
2nd P.J. Mitchell (18) 38
3rd Andy Pedlar (19) 34
3rd Division 20 +
1st Patrick Scullion (20) 36
2nd Wilf Wellman (30) 35
3rd Benny Hansen (20) 34 cb 18
from Hal Hart (21) 34 cb 16

A good week for the group started out at the continuously improving Crystal Bay where the B and C courses were found to be in quite good condition with the greens beginning to get back to their old levels but still some way to go as yet, but at least they are fairly consistent as regards flatness and break.

Three divisions were need to accommodate the numbers that turned out to play this popular and not so difficult test and the scoring was as usual good enough to see the CSS for the day decrease to 71.

The first division was led in by Bruce Kusyk taking his first win for some little while with the group five ahead of second placed Mark Williams who is at last showing some signs of returning to form, and Peter Skinner third after he had lost the count back to Mark 17 to 16.

The second division saw John Holmes take the win on his first visit to The Haven with an outstanding seven under handicap return for his best score ever in Thailand as he won, by the same margin of five points as the first division winner, in front of P.J. Mitchell in second and Andy Pedlar another four back in third place.

The third division had the now serial winner Patrick Scullion on top again in his last event with the group but a lot closer as Wilf Wellman again showed well in second a shot behind and Benny Hansen another one back in third after winning a count back with Hal Hart with a better 18 to 16.

James Hawley had the lone 2 in the first division as did Greg Gawron in the second division.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Steve Bickle, Jamie King, Bereton Porter, Bob Heath, Gerald Decio and Peter Skinner. There was also a farewell for Brendan Dunne.

Wednesday 8th March Pattana A & B Courses Stableford
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1st Division 0 -15
1st Mark Williams (9) 36
2nd Paul McDonald (15) 33 cb 19
3rd Jun Ishihara (9) 33 cb 18
4th Mark Cooper (11) 29
2nd Division 16 +
1st Hal Hart (21) 40
2nd Larry Gibb (21) 35
3rd Steve Bickle (17) 34
4th John Sutcliffe (16) 32

As usual the group’s once a fortnightly visit to Pattana was well attended with just under the number playing for three divisions and as usual they were met at the door by the marketing department’s staff and whisked through registration into the top class changing rooms and on to the A and B courses which were found to be in great condition but a fairly strong breeze made scoring difficult for both divisions except for the winner of the second division.

That winner was Hal Hart who had his best round for over a year and will at last see his handicap down to below 20 once again. Larry Gibb ran him the closest but still five shots away in second place as Steve Bickle too third and John Sutcliffe fourth.

Mark Williams went one better than his previous outing with first place on level handicap and three ahead of Paul McDonald who managed to keep more than usual of his drives on the fairway on the back nine after a slow front nine and did enough to win a count back with Jun Ishihara by a better 19 to 18. That left Mark Cooper in fourth place some four off their pace as he struggled with the wind on many of the holes.

Larry Gibb had a second draw for the day after he had the sole 2 in the second division whilst Banjo Bannister and Danny Miller shared the first division pool.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for Peter Ditz and were welcome backs for John Sutcliffe and Noel Sutcliffe together with farewells for Patrick Scullion, Andy Pedlar and Stephen Burton.

Friday 10th March Pattaya Country Club Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 15
1st Jim Slattery (9) 37 cb 20
2nd Mark Williams (9) 37 cb 19
3rd Peter Skinner (9) 36
4th Jun Ishihara (9) 35
2nd Division 16 +
1st Phil Stevenson (25) 39
2nd Hal Hart (21) 36
3rd Gerald Decio (18) 35 cb 19
4th Chris Ross (24) 35 cb 18

There are still a few players who do not like to play at the newly renovated Pattaya Country Club, and whilst there are some marked differences between the two nines with the back nine greens still needing to grow in and develop, the overall performance of the course continues to improve as the scoring on the day indicated with the CSS for the day reducing to 71 with over 75% of the field playing within their individual buffer zones. With the low season pricing very competitive, the group will continue to support the management over the next few months.

Jim Slattery returned, from having been laid low with food poisoning during his trek to the far north to visit the old railway workings on the river Kwai, to take his first win of his current tour after he won a count back with Mark Williams, with a better 20 to 19, after Mark had once again zeroed in on the 17th as Jim was slotting in a birdie for four points on the same hole in the group in front. Peter Skinner placed third one more behind and Jun Ishihara fourth rounding an unusual first four places all with the same 9 handicaps.

The second division was taken by Phil Stevenson, who has seen his handicap reduce by three in the last few weeks after putting together some very good results overall.

Hal Hart placed second after another steady round with Gerald Decio third and Chris Ross fourth after the former had won a count back scoring a better 19 to 18.

There were no 2s in the first division but Greg Gawron had the lone one in the second division to sweep the pot.

Back at The haven there was a welcome back for Chris Ross and a farewell for Jun Ishihara.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 27.02.2017
Patrick has an Excellent double

Monday 27th February Greenwood A & C courses Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Billy Shepley (5) 35
2nd Ryan Thomas (0) 34 cb 19
3rd Peter Skinner (9) 34 cb 15
4th Bob Heath (13) 33
2nd Division 16+
1st Patrick Scullion (20) 34
2nd Stephen Burton (20) 32 cb 23
3rd John Wood (25) 32 cb 15
4th Phil Stevenson (24) 31

The A and C courses measure three feet short of 6,600 yards and they usually play their full distance and on this occasion it was no different and with a bit of a strong breeze blowing it meant that the CSS for the day moved out to 74. The upward movement could in no way been attributed to the condition, which was as always excellent with the fairways offering good looking lies and the greens fast and flat.

Two divisions cut at 15 and below for the first were required with the top flight filled with many single handicappers. Billy Shepley took the top step of the podium with a one over handicap return just one ahead of Ryan Thomas, whose one under gross back nine was just short for the win but good enough to take second place after a count back with Peter Skinner winning by 19 to 15. They were followed in by Captain 2000, Bob Heath one more back.

The second division was taken by Patrick Scullion by two with two level 17 pointers for each of the nines as Stephen Burton took second place after a remarkable back nine of five under handicap which enable him to win a count back with John Wood with a better 23 to 15 as Phil Stevenson trailed closely behind in fourth place.

There were no 2s in the second division but Billy Shepley and Neville Duncan shared the first division with one each.

Before the presentations were made there was a welcome for new member Robert Knight together with welcome backs for Jun Ishihara, Danny Miller, Paul McDonald, Mark Wood, Frank Dunstan and Neville Duncan. There was also a very loud farewell for Brian Lewis.

Wednesday 1st March Khao Kheow B & C Courses Stableford
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1st Division 0 -19
1st Greg Gawron (17) 34
2nd Robert Knight (19) 33
3rd Kevin Blake (6) 32
4th Andy Pedlar (19) 30
2nd Division 20 +
1st Patrick Scullion (20) 34
2nd Markku Tynell (22) 32
3rd Phil Stevenson (24) 29 cb 16
4th Frank Dunstan (26) 29 cb 14

Another good turnout for the once a fortnightly visit to one of the toughest courses in the area again saw a rise in the CSS but this time by just one stroke as the greens really showed their teeth after being closely mown just prior to the group’s arrival.

Greg Gawron won took the first division top spot for the first of his two wins in the week with an unspectacular two over handicap but still just enough for his maiden victory with the group.

Robert Knight took second place just one behind with Kevin Blake recovering well from a very slow start, which saw him garner just 13 points, to take third a couple in front of fourth placed Andy Pedlar.

Patrick Scullion took his second win of the week, again at two over handicap, as Markku Tynell made a good return to the group in second place. He was followed by Phil Stevenson after he had won a count back with Frank Dunstan with a better 16 to 14.

The first division 2 spot was shared between Mark Cooper, Paul McDonald and Neville Duncan whilst the second division multi pool ever pot went to Phil Stevenson.

Prior to the prizes being presented there were welcome backs for Greg Gawron, Mark Armstrong, Russell Gilroy and Markku Tynell.

Friday 3rd March The Emerald Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 18
1st Greg Gawron (17) 37
2nd Neville Duncan (10) 34
3rd James Hawley (0) 32
4th Russell Gilroy (18) 31
2nd Division 19 +
1st Andy Pedlar (19) 32
2nd Patrick Scullion (20) 31
3rd Frank Dunstan (26) 30
4th Mark Ward (20) 28

The last event of the week proved to be the hardest with the CSS moving out three strokes to 75 as all but the leader of the first division struggled to get to terms with the course where the greens had been shaved to near billiard table speeds and any putt from above the hole was fraught with danger and a possible precursor for a chip back to follow.

In the first division Greg Gawron took his second win of the week with easily the best round of the day and three ahead of second placed Neville Duncan. James Hawley at last began to get near to his usual form, with possibly the help of a couple of tips just prior to boarding the bus, as he tied up third place one in front of Russell Gilroy.

The second division saw Patrick Scullion vying for his triple in the week but he was denied by the RSM Andy Pedlar, as for once he eschewed his army golf for straight down the middle and a welcome win to add to his hazy memories of this tour of duty and leaving Patrick in second spot but a single point.

Fran Dunstan again showed some form in third place two ahead of fourth placed Mark Ward who had been keeping step with the winner until a couple of really tired zero pointers rounded off his day.

There were no 2s in the first division but Greg Gawron added to his day’s spoils with the sole one in the second division.

Back at The Haven there was a welcome back for Graham Marchant who is now, at least temporarily, back on the golf tour whilst the staircases in Soi 6 are out of commission.





The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 20.02.2017
John Hayes has a great 2

Monday 20th February Mountain Shadow Blue tees Stableford
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1st Division 0 – 15
1st Banjo Bannister (13) 34 cb 17
2nd Chris Smith (+1) 34 cb 15
3rd Vic Woolton (12) 32
4th Sam McLellan (13) 31
2nd Division 14 – 20
1st Benny Hansen (22) 42
2nd Larry Gibb (21) 34
3rd Bruce Hilde (16) 31 cb 19
4th Hal Hart (20) 31 cb 17

Mountain Shadow was once more a serious challenge for most of the field, as the CSS for the day showed at a plus two 74, but Benny Hansen made it look ridiculously easy when he returned the best score of the day, by eight clear, to win the second division and earn himself another cut in handicap to add to the five strokes reduction he has taken over since the start of the year. It was a remarkable round that included three 4s, and five 3s in an even 21 points for each nine and proved to be a career best.

Larry Gibb placed second well back but three ahead of a count back for third and fourth between Bruce Hilde and Hal Hart which the former won with a better 19 to 17
There was another count back in the first division for the top step of the podium which saw Banjo Bannister win ahead of Chris Smith with a better 17 to 15 after Chis had looked very good going out in a gross 35 but a 38 on the back nine proved to be just a bit short after a good day.

Vic Woolton took third another two behind the leading pair and Sam McLellan forth another shot back.

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

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Bruce Hilde, Ray Daws, Bob Heath, Jim Slattery, Gerald Decio and Chris Smith.

Wednesday 22nd February PattanaWhite tees B & C Courses Stableford
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1st Dave Edwards (13) 36 cb 18
2nd Peter Skinner (9) 36 cb 15
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 34
4th Bruce Hilde (18) 33
5th Brendan Dunne (27) 30

Surprisingly one of the best courses on the schedule attracted the smallest entry of the week where, as always, the course was found to be in tip top shape from tee to green and it produced another fine day’s golf from the moment the group were met at the door by the Marketing Department greeters, through the play, the luxury changing facilities and the excellent restaurant facilities and staff.

Dave Edwards, the new club Handicap Chairman, showed he also knows a bit about the actual playing of the game as well as all the handicap and rules technicalities, as he won a count back for first place with Peter Skinner with a better 18 to 15 to take his first win of the year with the group. He did however have a little help from Peter who is now rejoices in the pseudonym of “What Anchor” after he had taken 25 points from the first ten holes and then strangely closed out the round with one point from the last three holes. It should be noted in fairness, that they are three of the toughest finishing holes in the area.

Shuichi Kodaka showed a return to form after being troubled with a shoulder injury of late to take third with Bruce Hilde again showing well in fourth and Brendan Dunne fifth.

Jim Slattery had the only 2 in the first division as did Bruce Hilde in the second division.

Prior to the prizes being presented there was a welcome back for Peter Brown.

Friday 17th February The Emerald Stableford
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1st Division 0 - 17
1st Gus Guidetti (12) 36 cb 19
2nd Banjo Bannister (13) 36 cb 15
3rd Jim Slattery (9) 34
4th Bruce Hilde (16) 33
2nd Division 18 +
1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 37
2nd Larry Gibb (21) 31
3rd Danny Greer (26) 30 cb 15
4th Benny Hansen (22) 30 cb 14

Back to another larger entry for the trip to Banchang where as usual the local rule of life and place on the fairways was in play to compensate for the abundance of crab grass, but apart from that small detail the course was generally well presented and played well although the smaller than average greens and tricky undulations made high scoring improbable.

Gus Guidetti signed off with a win after winning the first division in a count back with Banjo Bannister with a better 19 to 15 after Banjo had looked a likely winner after nine as was standing on the tenth tee at three under handicap but a quieter inward half left his hopes of a second win in the week in tatters.

Jim Slattery looked to be in good form a couple of shots behind the leading pair and one ahead of Bruce Hilde once again taking a placement in fourth.

Shuichi Kodaka improved on his previous outing this time taking the win in the second division by six clear as the rest of the division found the course a bit too difficult.

Larry Gibb was pleasantly surprised to find himself in second place with a score that he had decided was nowhere near competitive and Danny Greer took third place ahead of Benny Hansen in fourth after he won a count back with a better 15 to 14.

Gus Guidetti and Jim Slattery shared the first division 2s pool while John Hayes displayed all his old strength as a Blacksmith/Farrier when he hit a drive to the edge of the par 4 second hole and then calmly stroked in the putt for a very unusual two that deservedly swept the second division pot.

Back at the new Haven there were welcome backs for Andy Pedlar, John Hayes, Stephen Burton and James Hawley, together with a farewell for the winner Gus Guidetti.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 13.02.2017
Peter & Brendan take the Medals

Monday 13th February Treasure Hill Stableford
1st Division 0 – 13
White tees
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1st Vic Woolton (13) 34 cb 16 b6 11
2nd Richard Bannister (13) 34 cb 16 b6 10
3rd Mark Williams (8) 33
4th Sam McLellan (13) 32
2nd Division 14 – 20
Yellow tees
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1st Dave LeHane (19) 40
2nd Allan Hanlon (14) 37
3rd Dave Moriaty (15) 34
4th Niall Caven (18) 31
3rd Division 21 +
Yellow tees
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1st Brendan Dunne (29) 31
2nd Wilf Wellman (30) 29
3rd Phil Stevenson (25) 26 cb 14
4th Markku Tynell (22) 26 cb 13

A very good week for the group started out at the always difficult Treasure Hill course where it was found to be in good condition but as usual the scoring was difficult. In the first division, playing from the white tees at over 6,700 yards the CSS for the day moved out to 75 against the par of 72, and in the second and third divisions, from the yellow tees at just under 6,400 yards, the CSS moved to 74.

The winner in the first division was Vic Woolton after he won a count back with Richard Bannister, who had his best round for some time, with a better 11 to 10 over the last six holes after they had halved the nine in 16 each. Third place went to Mark Williams a shot behind the leading pair and fourth went to Sam McLellan also another shot back.

The second division was led in by Dave LeHane, with the by far the best score of the day, as his golden streak of form continues and he is sure to see his handicap tumble at the next review. Allan Hanlon also had a very good round, being the only other player in the large field to better his handicap, as he took second place with Dave Moriaty in third and Niall Caven in fourth both making a good impression in their first event with the group.

The third division was taken by Brendan Dunne some way behind the other winners as the division, all twenty one plus players, found the going very testing, with Wilf Wellman again showing well in second place and Phil Stevenson taking third after winning a count back with fourth placed Markku Tynell with a better score of 14 to 13.

There were no2s in the second division but Sam McLellan, Mike Dabanovich and Allan Hanlon shared the first division pool.

Before the presentations there were welcomes for new players at The Haven to Niall Caven, Mike King and Dave Moriaty together with welcome backs for Jens Gunnarsson, Peter Skinner, Benny Hansen, Mike Hill, Vic Woolton and Terry Hodgkiss, the latter now fully recovered from recent eye surgery.

Wednesday 15th February Khao Kheow Yellow tees A & B Courses Stableford
CSS 72

1st Division 0 – 19
1st Keith Emerson (12) 35
2nd Mike Dabanovich (12) 34 cb 19
3rd Mark Williams (8) 34 cb 13
4th Lindsay Spencer (19) 33
2nd Division 20 +
1st Brendan Dunne (29) 36
2nd Brian Lewis (27) 28 cb 16
3rd Hal Hart (20) 28 cb 14 b6 8
4th Patrick Scullion (20) 28 cb 14 b6 7

Another big entry for the once a fortnightly visit to Khao Kheow where the A & B courses were set for play and as usual the course was found to be in great shape with the greens running quite fast and the fairways pristine.

Keith Emerson returned to the group on his one day off from working to win by a narrow one point margin ahead of a count back between Mike Dabanovich and Mark Williams, which Mike won with a stunning 19 to 13 as Mark collapsed through the last nine holes returning a gross 45 to follow a gross 37 for the opening half when it looked like he would at last take the top step and earn the longed for reduction in handicap. Lindsay spencer rounded out the division winners another stroke behind in fourth.

The second division was headed by Brendan Dunne for his second win in the week with a solid level handicap return that was by far the best of the division ahead, by eight shots, of a three way count back that Brian Lewis won with 16 for second. Hal Hart placed third after beating Patrick Scullion by 8 to 7 over the last six following the tie on 14 apiece for the nine.

Paul Hubbard had the only 2 in the first division and Patrick Scullion cleaned out the massive roll over in the second division with a smooth one on the 125 yard 5th hole.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Keith Emerson together with farewells for Mike Dabanovich and Dave Paul.

Friday 17th February Pattaya Country Club Monthly Medals
CSS 72

1st Division 0 - 15
1st Peter Skinner (10) 70
2nd Allan Hanlon (14) 73
3rd Gus Guidetti (12) 75
2nd Division 16 +
1st Brendan Dunne (29) 68
2nd Phil Stevenson (25) 70
3rd Patrick Scullion (20) 73 cb 34 b6 22.3
From Mike Hill (20) 73 cb 34 b6 25.3

After placing second in the last two Medal events Peter Skinner won with his best score of the three at two under handicap over a well presented course that played well with the newly designed and re-laid back nine greens continuing to improve. Allan Hanlon took his second podium position of the week three further back and two ahead of third placed Gus Guidetti.

The second division saw Brendan Dunne round off an excellent triple win for the week four shots below his handicap and two ahead of Phil Stevenson, with both of them having a good run of form.

Patrick Scullion was third ahead of Mike Hill after he won a count back with a better 22.3 to 25.3 over the last six holes.




The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 06.02.2017
Phil Stevenson excels

Monday 6th February Pattavia Stableford
CSS 72

1st Division 0 – 11
1st Steve Evans (8) 35 cb 20
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 35 cb 19
3rd Brian Libbey (11) 32
2nd Division 12 - 20
1st Glen Eldershaw (20) 38
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 35 cb 18 b6 12
3rd P.J. Mitchell (18) 35 cb 18 b6 11
3rd Division 21+
1st Dave Paul (24) 36
2nd Victor Reimer (21) 35 cb 19
3rd Phil Stevenson (35) 35 cb 16

Another good turnout required three divisions again for this now very popular venue where the condition was very good and the greens were a little slower than usual but still wickedly fast requiring sometimes the dreaded second chip.

Even so Steve Evans was slightly surprised to find that he headed the first division after winning a count back with a better 20 to 19 to leave Mark Cooper in second place and Brian Libbey in third another three back.

The second division was led in by the returning Glen Eldershaw with the best return of the day and three in front of a count back for second and third between Shuichi Kodaka and P.J. Mitchell which the former won with a better 12 to 11 over the last six after they had tied the nine on 18 apiece.

The third division was won by Dave Paul for his first win with the group one ahead of another countback which Victor Reimer won with 19 to leave Phil Stevenson third after he could muster just 16.

There were no 2s in the first division but Wilf Wellman, sporting his brand new handicap, followed his maiden win in the last event with his first 2 in living memory which was again roundly applauded following the announcement of his winning of the second division pot, although there were a few disgruntled murmurs suggesting possible tests, but matters were made clearer when Wilf admitted having had several secret lessons with his close friend George.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Glen Eldershaw and Lindsay Spencer together with a farewell for Tom McCarthy.

Wednesday 8th February Pattana A & B Courses Stableford
1st Division 0 – 13
White tees
CSS 73

1st Russell Goldsworthy (6) 36
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 35
3rd Marl Williams (8) 32
4th Mark Lang (5) 31
2nd Division 12 – 20
Yellow tees
CSS 73

1st Phil Stevenson (27) 41
2nd Larry Gibb (210 35
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (17) 34
4th Hal Hart (20) 33

Another large group just under the three division requirement enjoyed another good day at the once a fortnightly visit to Pattana where as usual the course was in pristine condition and were met extremely warmly, also as usual, by the marketing department’s head of operations.

Russell Goldsworthy, hot from his recent winning of the Club Championship, reaffirmed his good form while taking the first division which was full of single figure handicappers, by the slimmest of margins over Mark Cooper with Mark Williams in third and Mark Lang in fourth.

The second division saw Phil Stevenson take another win with the best score of the week and some six shots ahead of his nearest challenger. Following the announcement there were some suggestions that it was not only the Red Flag that he held in common with Russian sportspersons but after agreeing to submit a specimen the rumbles died away for the time being.

Larry Gibb took second place with Shuichi Kodaka third and Hal Hart, the popular new Chairman of the club, fourth.

There were no 2s in the second division but Steve Evans cleaned out the roll over pot in the first division with his solo effort in the first division.

Prior the prizes being presented there was a welcome for H.E. Patrick Scullion together with one for the Club Champion Russell Goldsworthy, Larry Gibb, Sam McLellan and the champion Christmas pudding runner, Danny Greer.

Friday 10th February The Emerald Stableford
CSS 74

1st Mark Williams (8) 35
2nd Richard Bannister (13) 33 cb 17 b6 12
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 33 cb 17 b6 9
4th Brendan Dunne (28) 32
5th Allan Hanlon (14) 29

The smallest group of the week took on the Nick Faldo designed Baan Chang layout for the first time in several months and found that the local lift and place rule need to be utilised still due to the preponderance of the crab grass in the fairways and the semi buried lies that sometimes had to be faced by the players. The CSS for the day increased by two to 74 to underline the difficulties that they encountered.

Mark Williams was the clear winner by two after returning a very solid one over handicap card just ahead of a count back for second and third place which Richard Bannister won on the last six with a better 12 to 9 after he and Kevin Blake had shared the nine in 17 apiece.

Brendan Dunne placed forth another shot back with Allan Hanlon taking fifth another three behind.

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






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