Shane signs off in style

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The Haven Golf Society

Monday, Sept. 25, Treasure Hill (yellow tees) – Stableford

CSS 75 NC

1st John Carlin (16) 32pts

2nd Frank Harrington (7) 27pts

3rd Dave LeHane (17) 24pts

4th Murray Edwards (19) 24pts

5th Trevor Schirmer (14) 24pts

Shane Elder.
Shane Elder.

Yet another tough week as the weather continued to play a major part in the general condition of courses throughout the area.  The first event was no doubt the most difficult of the week, being held at arguably the hardest of all the local courses to score well at and the CSS for the day went out, on this occasion to 75.

John Carlin played the steadiest, which would certainly seem an oxymoron to any of his past playing partners, as he swept aside the rest of the field to win by five clear.

Frank Harrington was surprised to find that he had slipped into second spot having had, for him, a disastrous day without a single three-pointer on the card to brag about.  He was followed in some three strokes behind by a three-way count-back for third place which was won by Dave LeHane over Murray Edwards in fourth and Trevor Schirmer at last getting a mention in fifth.

There were no 2s in the second division but even though Mark Cooper returned a little out of form he managed to knock in the sole one in the first division on the 17th to win the pot.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, Pattana B & C – Stableford

CSS 73

1st Ben Jackson (16) 36pts

2nd Murray Edwards (19) 35pts

3rd Frank Harrington (7) 33pts

4th Larry Gibb (22) 32pts

5th Ray Smallwood (25) 31pts

A far better day was had by all even though the wetness of the fairways meant a long hard slog through the par 73, while plying the ninth on the B course as a par 6 from the longer tees.

Ben Jackson was in excellent form as he cruised in with a level handicap card to win by one from the always competitive Murray Edwards.

Murray had looked all the way a winner when he reached the 16th tee, having already amassed 32 points compared to Ben’s 28 but in garnering just three from the last three holes as Ben notched up eight, the positions were reversed.

Frank Harrington was a little happier with his day’s round although it netted him just third place, one point ahead of Larry Gibb in fourth and another one in front of Ray Smallwood in fifth.

There were no 2s in the first division but Ben Jackson could hardly be contained when he discovered that he had also won the second division rollover pool on his own.

Friday, Sept. 29, Phoenix Gold (Mountain & Lakes) – Stableford

CSS 72

1st Shane Elder (25) 39pts

2nd Christer Olsson (16) 35pts

3rd Ben Jackson (16) 30pts

4th Markku Tynell (22) 30pts

5th Peter Koha (20) 29pts

Ben Jackson.
Ben Jackson.

Another tough day’s golf, at least for most of the hopefuls, where the course was in very good condition and the rough long and extremely difficult as usual to play from and expect any distance for the average golfer.

The scoring was not quite as good as on the previous event in the week as the rough played havoc with many of the cards.  Shane Elder saved his best round by far during his current visit with a three-under handicap return that was good enough by four to take the top step of the podium for the first time.  It was indeed a sterling effort as he had started out the round with just six points from the first five holes but got better and more confident as the round progressed.

Christer Olsson also had a very nice round at one-over handicap to take his first prize with the group, being well clear of the count back for third and fourth.

That countback was won by Ben Jackson as he was still suffering from the after effects of the heady celebrations following his win on Wednesday but did just enough to take third place with a better 16 to 14 ahead of Markku “Hu” Tynell in fourth.

Peter Koha was also signing out from the group as he too fifth place another shot behind.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.