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Jomtien golf with the IPGC

Monday, July 15, Pleasant Valley – Stableford

This was our first visit here for some considerable time as we have avoided a couple of courses due to their price structures, but it was great value for the cost here today and everyone enjoyed the return. 

There were 29 players out in a two divisional stableford competition with the cut at 10 -17 in division 1 and 18+ plus in division 2, plus a pairs multiplier game with one person in division 1 and their partner in division 2.

Bill Bertram.Bill Bertram.

We selected the blue tees today at 6,350 yards rather than the white at 5,830 but with scores coming in later we are not sure if some of the tees were slightly forward as there were no yardage markings on the tees.

Playing off 12, Jerry Sweetnam came in with 44 points to win division 1 ahead of Billy Fitzgerald (14) in second with 38 and Harry Vincenzi third after edging a back nine count back 17/15 against Lindsay Phillips, both on 37 points.  There was a huge cheer at the presentation at Cats.

Eiichi Matsumoto beat Gordon Everingham on a 20/16 count back to top division 2 after both scored 37 points each and Alan Bissell was third with a measly 34 points.

Near pins went to Grenville Hill, Ted Morris, Neville Scurrell, Jerry Sweetnam, Andy Crabb, Gordon Everingham, Tony Holehouse and Burnie Sinclair.

Harry Vincenzi birdied the 5th and Neville Scurrell the 8th to share the ‘2’s kitty in division 1 and there was only one winner in division 2 as Gordon Everingham notched a birdie on the 13th.

In the pairs multiplier event, an amazing 89 points was the winning score for Jerry Sweetnam and Gordon Everingham.  Terry Madsen and Eiichi Matsumoto came second 20 points behind on 69 and in third place with 59 points were Grenville Hill and Glenn Martin.  It was a tough pairs game and with the individual scores so high it was bemusing that the team scores apart from the winners were so low.

An enjoyable round was enjoyed by all and this course should be even better when we return here in four weeks time.

Wednesday, July 17, Plutaluang – Stableford

For something different we booked the East and South courses today and this was a pleasant change from our normal format here, the West and North nines.  As we drove down towards the course the weather looked abysmal in the distance but we decided to carry on.

Iain Walsh.Iain Walsh.

The Welsh boy David Phillips won division 2 with 36 points, beating Glenn Martin on an 18/15 back nine count back, with Schuamaker alias Pepo Frick in third place beating Andy Crabb on a 15/13 back nine count back after they both came in with 33 points.

Billy Fitzgerald was in the frame again, winning division 1 with 35 points and another Welsh boy was in the reckoning with Curtis Hessler coming second with 34.  Lindsay Phillips completed the podium in third with 31.

Near pins were claimed by Billy Fitzgerald, Lindsay Phillips, Chris Voller, Andy Crabb, Glenn Martin and Mark Potton.

Billy Fitzgerald birdied the second on the East course and Chris Voller the fourth on the South to share the ‘2’s pot in division 1.  Standing 140 yards out on the 6th on the East course, division 2’s Curtis Hessler hit a seven-iron into the hole for an unlikely ‘2’ and 5 points but as he approached the clubhouse he was told there were no prizes for a ‘2’ on a par four and the smile disappeared until later at Siam Cats when it was revealed we were winding him up.

Friday, July 19, Eastern Star – Stableford

A cool and constant breeze was coming off the coast today making it perfect playing conditions and this lasted for the whole round for all of the groups.  The cut today was 10-17 and 18 plus in division 2 and Chris Voller won division 1 with 33 points and was well pleased with Jane his caddy (numbered 136) for all of  her lines on the greens and general assistance as well.  Bill Bertram came in second with 32 points and Harry Vincenzi was third with 31.

Roar Berger.Roar Berger.

Iain Walsh topped division 2 with 32 points and Roar Berger beat his arch rival Rodney Howett 18/14 on the back nine as they both came in with 29 points.

Near pins went to Arthur Hancock, Harry Vincenzi, Karl Flood, Pepo Frick, Matty Swire and Iain Walsh.

Bill Bertram and Chris Voller birdied the 13th to share the ‘2’s pot in division 1 and with two rollovers in division 2 a birdie for Paul Hartley on the 17th gave him a nice bonus before his return home to work.  See you in four weeks Paul!