Gardner sparkles at Crystal Bay

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Bruce Gardner with Harry Vincenzi and Tim Hake.
Bruce Gardner with Harry Vincenzi and Tim Hake.

The Jomtien Golf Society

Monday, July 2, Crystal Bay – Stableford

The A course here is still closed and the management are uncertain when it will reopen again, so we played the C nine first with some very slow greens and rough tees, but the B course was a lot better all round.

Bruce Gardner recorded his highest score ever with us, winning division 2 with 41 points. Ray Daws was second on 31 points and John Carlin came third with 30.

A cut of 12-18.7 in division 1 and there were three 37-pointers in and on a 22/18/16 countback Paul Butler was declared the winner ahead of Willy Van Heetvelde in second and Nik Evans third.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Nik Evans and Neil Gamble, and (Div 2) Leo Adam, Paul Butler and Willy Van Heetvelde.

There were no ‘2’s in either division.

Wednesday, July 4, Pattana – Stableford

It was the A and B nines today with an equal cut of 11-18 and 19+ in the two divisions.

The Khao Yai lad Tim Hake recorded the highest score of the day, winning division 1 with 38 points. Chris Slota came second with 35 and on a 7/6 back three countback Ian Speirs beat Paul Butler for third after they both came in with 34 points.

John Doyle with 35 points won division 2, Ray Kingwell was second on 31 and then three 30-pointers came in with Bill Kana edging Bruce Gardner and Ray Daws on a 16/13/11 countback.

Near pins were claimed by (Div 1) Neil Gamble, Tim Hake, Chris Slota and Ian Speirs, and (Div 2) Paul Butler (2), John Doyle and Harry Vincenzi.

Tim Hake birdied B3 and Paul Butler A3 and B3 for the only ‘2’s of the day.

Friday, July 6,
Eastern Star – Stableford

On arrival here the weather looked very dismal but we took a chance and by the time we teed off it did appear so bad.

Five groups out today with the equal cut at 11-18.8 and 18.9+ and Chris Slota scored 38 points to win division 1 ahead of Colin Aspinall in second with 35, Jerry Sweetnam third with 33 and of course Paul Butler fourth on 32.

Joe Kubon returned 37 points to win division 2 and Glyn Evans and finished second with an even par 36. Frank Kelly took third place on 35 points and Leo Adam was fourth with 28.

The greens here are improving each week and becoming very slick and there were some very unusual pin placements here today that we have never seen before. Only four near pins were claimed, by Ian Speirs on the signature 13th and in division 2 by Paul Butler (2) and Frank Kelly.

Jerry Sweetnam birdied the 3rd with a rollover from last week and in division 2 Paul Butler the 6th.