Back to Pattana where the new management has taken a far more enlightened view of the low season following recent representations on behalf of the regular golfing communities and adjusted the green fees to a reasonable rate. Hopefully the reappearance of a very widely experienced manager who has previously spent valuable time with Crystal Bay, Eastern Star, Black Mountain and Lotus Valley will help in adding a creditable voice to the meetings of the Eastern Seaboard Golf Clubs to further the interests of all those involved in golf in the region.
With the “A” course undergoing a major overhaul, being closed at least until the beginning of December, “B & C” were the challenges of the day from the yellow tees, which at this course are the ones further back.
Peter Masters continued his excellent run of form which has seen him return six scores out of the last eight under handicap which has resulted in a two shot reduction in handicap, putting him almost at the single figure mark, as he takes advantage of the school holidays to get back to golf.
Graham Davis again played well, although slightly below handicap, to take second place three shots behind, and being only one of two to play within two of their handicaps, underlining the difficulty to which the course was playing as the CSS went out to 74 for the day.
Jeffrey Bunn is becoming one of the usual suspects to add to the list, again appearing amongst the prize winners, a further three shots behind Graham.
Magnus Alvarsson received a mention on his first appearance as he won a count back with Stuart Thompson by a margin of 10 to 7 over the last six after they had tied the nine at 14 apiece to take fourth place and leave Stuart in fifth.
Barry Winton as usual stroked in a 2 in the first division and Magnus Alvarsson made it a very happy welcome day as he cleared out the large second division pot.
Before presenting the prizes Stephen Beard welcomed new member Magnus Alvarsson and welcomed back Peter Masters.
Friday August 5, Pattaya C.C., - Stableford
1st Daniel Willits (14) 41
2nd Rod Howett (23) 39
3rd Fred Land (12) 36 cb 19
4th Trevor Schirmer (14) 36 cb 18 b6 11 b3 6
5th Jeffrey Bunn (10) 36 cb 18 b6 11 b3 5
Following a hiatus in the week as everyone competed, with varying levels of success, in the IPGC Monthly Medals on Wednesday, a report of which may be found on other pages of the Pattaya Mail, it was back to the standard fare of Stableford at the very conveniently situated Pattaya Country Club where once again the course was found to be in very good condition with the greens especially well prepared and playing flat and true with a fair amount of speed rolled in to them.
Daniel Willits, recently arriving from Sydney and having sampled several other local golfing groups, finally returned to his first love in Soi 13 and was immediately rewarded with a win as he stroked in round in five under par to deny Rod Howett a long awaited win and consigning him to yet another second place. But it was Rod’s best score for some while and ensured that his handicap would once again be moving in a downward direction for the coming week at least.
Fred Land made a return to golf with the IPGC with a solid level handicap round to claim third place but needed to be better in a count back with Trevor Schirmer and Jeffrey Bunn, which he was with a return of 19 over the inward half.
Trevor took 4th place as he garnered 6 points on the last six, having tied with Jeffrey at 18 and 11 for the back nine and six respectively leaving Jeffrey in fifth spot.
Al Rolnik and Phil Stevenson shared the second division 2’s pool while Danny Willits had to share with the perennial Barry Winton in the first division.
Prior to the presentations there were welcome backs for Sid Ottaway, Danny Willits, Kenny Priddy and Fred Land together with a farewell for Yasuo Suzuki.
As from the 1st of July the Haven group will depart Soi 13 at the earlier time of 9 am until further notice.
Note. If you would like to play with The Haven group you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 or call in to the hotel at 185 Soi 13 between Beach Road and 2nd Road. All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.30 on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and 9.00 a.m. on Sundays on the days you wish to play. A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.