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The Haven Golf Society

Monday, Oct. 30, Greenwood A & B (white tees) – Stableford

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1st Dave LeHane (18) 39pts

2nd Jon Batty (6) 36pts

3rd Brendan Dunne (28) 36pts

4th Alan Griffiths (11) 35pts

5th Erik Donnestad (5) 34pts

6th Hal Hart (21) 34pts

Mike Korney – winner at Bangpra.
Mike Korney – winner at Bangpra.

A much better week for golf and results started out at Greenwood where the course was found to be in excellent condition.

Dave LeHane emerged from a prolonged downturn in his game to easily take the win in what was to be the start of a return to form that would see him gracing the podium every day.  It all belied a special adjustment to his handicap that was in the system following his drop in form, but rain or shine he always takes it in good part.

Jon Batty placed second after he won a count-back over Brendan Dunne with a better 17 to 15 after Brendan had looked a likely winner after the opening nine holes but a couple of zeros cost him dear.

Alan Griffiths returned from the UK to take fourth place ahead of a count-back for fifth and sixth between Erik Donnestad and Hal Hart, which the former won with a better 21 to 18 after they had both started quite slowly.

There were no 2s in the second division but Erik Donnestad had a very unusual one in the first division when he holed out with his second shot with a nine-iron from around 100 yards on the first hole on the B course.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, Bangpra (white tees) – Stableford

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1st Mike Korney (21) 39pts

2nd Markku Tynell (23) 34pts

3rd Howard Jeglum (15) 34pts

4th Dick Heaney (17) 34pts

5th Steven Downes (6) 33pts

6th Dave LeHane (18) 32pts

The players were very surprised to find that the Bangpra greens were particularly slow, with even putts from above the hole offering little concern, and with the rest of the course in good shape the CSS for the day unusually stayed at a level 72.

Mike Korney had the best card of the day by a clear five strokes, returning a 19/20 split with just one blemish on the difficult third hole where a worse than usual drive resulted in a zero pointer.

Markku Tynell won a three-way count-back with a best 18 points to take second place as Howard Jeglum returned in good form to claim third a with 16 and Dick Heaney in fourth with just 14.

Steven Downes was another returnee to immediately make an impression as he took fifth place another shot behind them and one in front of sixth placed Dave LeHane.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart with one on the second hole and Markku Tynell with one on the seventeenth hole shared the second division rollover pot.

Friday, Nov. 3,
Eastern Star
(white tees) – Monthly Medals

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1st Brendan Dunne (28) 35pts

2nd Gary Brown (9) 34pts

3rd Yasuo Suzuki (14) 31pts

4th Dave LeHane (18) 31pts

5th Banjo Bannister (13) 31pts

6th Markku Tynell (23) 28pts

The last event of the week turned out to be the toughest with the winning score well down too, but the rest of the field did enough to ensure that the CSS for the day remained at 72.

Brendan Dunne took full advantage of his recent golf lessons and applied a fair bit of course management to take a tight win by one point.

Gary Brown was another player to return to the group in good form taking second place with a steady round that was just in the buffer zone.

Yasuo Suzuki won a three-way count-back for third place with a better 11 on the back six as Dave LeHane claimed fourth with 10 after they had tied the back nine with 18 each.  This left Banjo Bannister in fifth as he could muster just 16 from the back nine.

Markku Tynell grabbed the last place on the podium three more behind the count-back but with still many stragglers behind him.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.