Shuichi Kodaka played another of his extremely steady rounds, not taking on too many difficult shots to the green and ensuring that a single bogey, net par, would be the worst result on a hole, to compile a three under return that was good enough by six clear to win from his closest challengers, although he did rather slip over the anchor at the end by taking a zero pointer on the last hole to finish with just nineteen for the inward half. But he had also played the par six fifth in six to be the only player on the day to do so.
The two chasers were Paul Hartley and Rodney Nabbe, with Paul getting the nod for second place after a count back which he won with a better 18 to 15.
Patrick Scullion battled round after starting with three scrubs out of the first four holes, which he then followed with a double bogey eight on the fifth, which left him with a mountain to climb and after finishing with eighteen on the back nine he had to settle for fourth place.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Patrick Scullion and congratulations to the Honorary Touring Professional, Philip Golding, who had been playing his first Senior European tournament, The Senior Open at Turnberry, and subsequently made it on to the Order of Merit in 57th place after placing 35th in that tournament. His next outing will be in the Scottish Seniors on the 17th August, after which he is hoping to climb even higher.
Friday, August 3,The Emerald - Stableford
1st Fred Land (11) 38pts
2nd Phillip Cass (23) 34pts
3rd Mike Dabanovich (11) 32pts
4th Rodney Nabbe (11) 30pts
5th Frank McGowan (17) 30pts
Billed by many courses as a holiday with the attendant price hike, it was a very pleasant surprise to find at the check in that the prices for the day would be as a normal day, leaving many of the players extremely bemused but grateful for the management’s decision. But quite a few had already decided to take the day off and the field was therefore unnecessarily depleted, however those participating were treated to a good day’s golf as the weather stayed fair, although the strong winds did affect the scores, pushing the CSS out a shot to 73.
Fred Land, who has been in good form a couple of times recently, again showed well as he took the top step of the podium with a two under return that featured a two over gross back nine that included a double bogey and eight pars.
Phillip Cass again showed well as he slipped into second place with a two over handicap round that could have been a lot better as he went out in 20 points but fade over the closing holes, managing just five points from the last five but was still two ahead of Mike Dabanovich in third.
Mike could also have finished a lot higher in the order as he had a real Curates egg of a round which included eight three pointers, four two pointers and six zero pointers.
Rodney Nabbe won a count back with Frank McGowan for fourth place with a better 14 to 13 over the back nine.
Once again there were no 2’s in the second division but newcomer David Lowe cleaned out the first division pot with the only one of the day.
Back at The Haven there was a welcome for David Lowe and welcome backs for Mike Dabanovich and Fred Land.
Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 or call into The Haven 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 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 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.