New boy Gilroy is tops at Bangpra

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Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, July 16, Green Valley – Stableford

There were seven groups out today and the cut was 8-20 in division 1 and the best score came in division 2 with Iain Walsh winning with 39 points.  Chris Slota took second in the division on 35 and the joint organiser with Andy Baber over the past 10 days , Countback Burnie, was third with 33.

Mikael Andersson won division 1 with 36 points, Colin James was second one point behind and Marty Rock took third with 30 points.

The new owners of Siam Cats, John and Kiao Steel. The new owners of Siam Cats, John and Kiao Steel.

There were no ‘2;’s in division 1 and Colin James birdied the 12th for the only one in division 2.

Near pins went to John Lay, Chris Voller (2), Paul Hobson, Rod Howett and Colin James.

Wednesday, July 18, Bangpra – Stableford

A favourite course with many people, but we only visit here in the low season due to the late tee times we are offered from November onwards, which does not appeal to our group.

A new addition to the group and playing off 16 was Russell Gilroy who won division 1 with 36 points.  The ex London black cabbie driver, Mike Chatt, beat Bruce Gardner and Chris Voller on a 20/15/12 count back for second place.  Chris was due a podium position after 21 points on the front nine but this all fell through.

Chris Slota’s 33 points topped division 2 scores with Roar Berger in second place two points behind and the cockney boy beat the Aussie boy 14/12 on the back nine as Rod Howett was smiling and Chris Reed was not after both scored 29 points.

In the ‘2’s, Chris Voller birdied the par three second to scoop the pot while there was a rollover in division 2 to Pattana.

Near pins were claimed by Mike Chatt, Harry Vincenzi (3), Mark Armstrong, Roar Berger and Colin James.

Many thanks to Andy Baber and Burnie Sinclair for running Jomtien Golf over the last 12 days – thanks lads!

There are now new owners to Siam Cats, the Jersey boy, John Steel, and his new wife Kiao.  There is free coffee and tea for all golfers on golfing days.

Friday, July 20, Eastern Star – Stableford

As we drove towards Baan Chang the skies were becoming gloomier and more threatening but on the first tee the first group of seven teed off and for the next four holes it was a cool and casual round with a few dark clouds brewing in the distance.  At the short par 4 fifth however, the drizzle started and became more consistent and by the time the first group reached the 8th tee it was time to stop.

After a substantial delay we decided to call in quits and an 18 hole rain-check was given to all golfers on the day.  Many thanks Eastern Star!

While I was back in the UK there was a small reunion with a few of Jomtien Golfers meeting up in John Sewell’s daughter’s Thai restaurant, Thaiphoon on Wandsworth Bridge Road, a great night was had by all.  Thanks John!