Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, April 9, Green Valley – Stableford
There were 34 out today so with three divisions the cut was 6-15, 16-19 and 20+ in division 3. The clouds were rumbling now as the first group approached the 10th and this continued for another three before the heavens opened but this was on and off for the next 40 minutes.
In his last game with us before his return to the UK, Tony Holehouse took pole position in division 3 with 38 points while the cockney boy Rod Howett was second three points behind and Pal Richars was third with 32.
Iain Walsh and Walter Webber both made the podium in division 2 at Eastern Star.
In form and playing off 6 still, Kari Kuparinen won the first division with 38 points, Clive Hall was second one point behind and Raivo Velsberg came in third place with 37.
Jean Morel beat Steve Godfrey 17/16 on the back nine in division 2 as they both came in with 34 and Riaz was third on 32.
Near pins went to Jason Cole, Marty Rock, Raivo Velsberg, Mauri Friman, Ken Priddy and Ian Ryan (2).
Jason Cole, Kari Kuparinen and Marty Rock split the ‘2’s pot in division 1 while there is a rollover to Green Valleyin division 2.
Wednesday, April 11, Greenwood – Stableford
After the high season discount for over 20 players, we arrived at reception to be told the low season now is slightly higher than three weeks ago when we were here last. We waited for all players to be crossed off the starting list behind the front desk and with at least 30 minutes talking to the management telling them we are off to Treasure Hills, they then relented and gave us the low season price again today.
The course is still in good condition and we were allocated the C and A nines and with under 32 players there were only two divisions out today.
Sonu from Bombay playing off 14 roared ahead to win division 1 with 44 points, then there was a confusing scenario with three players coming in with 38 points, an 18 back nine count back for all of them, then 13 for all on the back six. After more calculations Raivo Velsberg was second with 7 points on the back three and then Kari Kuparinen and Chris Voller after scoring 6 on the back three, 4 on the back two and 2 on the last hole, shared the 3rd place.
Matti Yliato, playing off 19, won the second division with 34 points with the renowned Australian chef Mark Armstrong beating Peter Bowden 14/13 on the back nine after they both came in with 31 points.
Two birdies on C6 today and Kari Kuparinen and Chris Voller were smiling and three rollovers in division 2 to Green Valley on the 23rd in the 2’s.
Friday, April 13, Eastern Star – Stableford
The first of a nine day nightmare for us golfers; we were going to cancel today and next week but there were quite a few people who wanted to play, especially the members of course. We are all gearing ourselves up for the 16th annual Golden Elephant tour in Hua Hin on the 12th May, especially last year’s winner Alan Pilkington who fired a 38 today to win division 1. Chris Voller was second with 33 and Mikael Andersson was two points behind Chris to finish in third.
Walter Webber was back in the limelight today after winning division 2 with 38 points, we are pleased to publish his photo after mistakenly deleting it from the camera after his first ever hole in one at Emerald with us two weeks ago. Iain Walsh, now living on Eastern Star and a regular, was second with 36 points and John Coeteze took third with 34.
In the ‘2’s Alan Pilkington birdied the 17th and in division 2 there are 5 rollovers here on the 27th.
No golf for Cully and Josie Monks this week as Josie has just returned home after a spell in hospital and all golfers wish her well with a speedy recovery.