Cooper a clear winner at Pattavia

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The Haven Golf Society

Monday, Oct. 9, Pattavia – Stableford

CSS 74

1st Mark Cooper (11) 35pts

2nd Sam McLellan (13) 31pts

3rd Bruce Hilde (15) 29pts

4th Trevor Schirmer (15) 27pts

Mark Cooper.
Mark Cooper.

The numbers are at their lowest as we head towards the high season and hopefully better conditions and reasonable costs from the local course managements.

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

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Monday was the easiest of them, with the standard scratch for the day moving out just two to 74 as the greens played a lot slower than usual, but still one over handicap was the best that could be achieved.  That was by Mark Cooper who managed to return an 18-17 split to win by four from Sam McLellan in second place.

Bruce Hilde took third and Trevor Schirmer fourth after proving he can still drive quite well.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, Khao Kheow A & C – Stableford

CSS 75 NC

1st Larry Gibb (22) 30pts

2nd Christer Olsson (16) 27pts

3rd Mark Cooper (11) 24pts

4th Sam McLellan (13) 23pts

5th Ray Smallwood (25) 23pts

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

Larry Gibb retuned and showed that he had the ‘ang of it all, taking the winner’s spot by three clear ahead of Christer Olsson and it was a happy return after being on the “missing presumed resting list” for a little while.

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

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

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

Friday, Oct. 6,
Eastern Star – Stableford

CSS 75 NC

1st Stephen Burton (14) 32pts

2nd Sam McLellan (13) 26pts

3rd Andrew Purdie (6) 26pts

4th Bruce Hilde (15) 24pts

5th Christer Olsson (16) 23pts

One of the longest tests that the group play was made a lot longer as the weather turned extremely wet after a couple of holes and transformed the almost 6,600 yard course into something more like a very damp slog.   Even the ‘lift and place’ local rule that had been in operation all week could not make it much easier.

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

Stephen Burton.
Stephen Burton.

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

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