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Monday, Jan. 27, Crystal Bay C & A – Stableford

CSS 71

Division 1 (0–16)

1st Alan Hanlon (13) 40pts

2nd Jens Gunnarsson (15) 37pts

3rd John Carlin (16) 37pts

4th Walter O’Keefe (16) 35pts

5th Dave Ross (9) 35pts

Division 2 (17+)

1st Markku Tynell (23) 39pts

2nd Philip Cass (20) 34pts

3rd Patrick Scullion (21) 33pts

4th Don Everett (18) 33pts

5th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 33pts

A good turnout needed the formation of two divisions with the cut coming at 16 and below to travel to Crystal Bay, where the course gets better and better with every passing week as work continues apace on both the clubhouse and the course in general.  The greens are slowly getting back to their old style of fast and flat with good reception for shots into them.

Allan Hanlon and Terry Hodgkiss.Allan Hanlon and Terry Hodgkiss.

The scores underlined the condition as both divisions were won with better than usual returns.

The first division went to Allan Hanlon who, after going out in four under, almost maintained the pace with a solid level back nine to win by three from a two-way count back between Jens Gunnarsson and John Carlin.  Jens took second spot after prevailing with a better 16 over the last six as John could muster only a very good 15 after they had tied the nine at 20 apiece.

Walter O’Keefe took fourth after he also won a count back over Dave Ross with a better 18 to 17.

There were no 2’s in the first division but Philip Cass, as usual, scored the lone one in the second division.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, The Emerald – Scramble

Wednesday saw the whole crew attending the Pattaya Golf Society’s Charity Scramble where, because of a much better than expected turnout for the planned Eastern Star course, there were insufficient tee times available so The Haven’s groups played at The Emerald in a separate division.

The results of that division were as follows: 1st place – The Missing Links: Allen Raaen, Vern Raaschou, Paul Young, Mark Armstrong (7.8) 64 net 56.2; 2nd place – The International Brigade: David Ross, John Carlin, Walter O’Keefe, Markku Tynell (8.0) 66 net 58.0; and 3rd place – The Ambassador’s Briefs: Kevin Blake, Jens Gunnarsson, Patrick Scullion, Stephen Beard (8.1) 71 net 62.9.

A full report of the day can be found on page 51 of this issue of the Pattaya Mail.

Friday, Jan. 31, Greenwood C & A – Monthly Medals

CSS 74

Division 1 (0-15)

1st Alan Hanlon (13) net 74

2nd Allen Raaen (8) net 75

3rd Jens Gunnarsson (15) net 78

Division 2 (16+)

1st Terry Hodgkiss (25) net 68

2nd John Carlin (16) net 73

3rd Mike Hill (76) net 76

Another excellent turnout meant another two division day at the always popular Greenwood layout, where the C and A courses were in play for the Monthly Medals.

As always the introduction of stroke play seems to increase the average scores on any given course and the day’s results again proved the point, with just one player bettering par and only one able to make the standard of “within two of handicap” and so the CSS for the day moved out to 74.

This caused Terry Hodgkiss, the winner in division 2, to get an extra shot reduction in handicap after he had returned his best score for over six months, finishing strongly four under for his back nine, the A course.

John Carlin took second place after he may well have thought that he had done enough to win over a difficult course on a windy day, at just one over.

Mike Hill cruised into third spot another three back as he sadly slipped badly following a good front nine at two under handicap.

The first division belonged to Alan Hanlon, claiming his second win of the week with a solid two over return after he had taken a kind of rest day on the Wednesday, leading the Norfolk n’ Chance team in the scramble to an ignominious fifth place, but two better than the bookmakers had predicted.

Allen Raaen can never be counted out of the Monthly Medal as his form over the last year shows and he almost succeeded again but for a poor start that saw him drop four shots over the first two holes and he therefore had to settle for a close second.

Jens Gunnarsson, who is just hitting form as he prepares to leave for distant ports, claimed third  as he slumped over the inward half following a sparkling one under on the front nine.

Note:  If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact mobile 094 567 5726 or call in to 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 8.15 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.