Alan Pilkington once, twice again


IPGC golf from The Haven

Monday, Oct. 18, Crystal Bay – Stableford

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1st Alan Pilkington (10) 38pts

2nd Peter Sumner (8) 37pts

3rd Ole Stamnes (31) 36pts

4th Rod Howett (26) 35pts

5th Yasuo Suzuki (11) 34pts

6th Erik Donnestad (4) 34pts

While the Aussie raiding party from the West Coast were away with the Outback making hay up in the north of Thailand, Alan Pilkington made some down here in Pattaya as the sun began to shine again and the seemingly constant rains stopped.  Even though the day stayed dry, the course was still suffering from the effects of the recent weather and so preferred lies were the rule of the day, which just about equaled up the rating as the fairways and rough were difficult to impossible.

Russell Gilroy.

All these factors did not appear to trouble Alan as he breezed round once more under handicap to claim what is becoming a regular top spot on the podium.

Peter Sumner, who manages to play almost every day amongst his incredibly busy holiday schedule, put in another good round to claim second place by a shot from Ole Stamnes in third on level handicap.

Rod Howett just pipped Yasuo Suzuki for fourth spot by a single shot with Erik Donnestad relegated to sixth by virtue of a worse count-back of 19 to Yasuo’s 20.

There were no 2’s in the second division but Peter Sumner made up for that by having two in the first division.

Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed new members Kevin Pross, Dave Robinson and Raymond Cody and also welcomed back Allan Heavey, Mark Armstrong and Shuichi Kodaka.

Wednesday, Oct. 20, Greenwood – Stableford

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1st Russell Gilroy (18) 36pts

2nd Ted Lodge (11) 36pts

3rd Shane Heavey (17) 35pts

4th Shuichi Kodaka (16) 32pts

5th Raymond Cody (19) 31pts

6th Russell Exley (7) 30pts

Another fine day greeted the hopefuls from Soi 13 as they trekked up the new motorway to Greenwood, although with the new access to the motorway it is a very easy run that now takes at least fifteen minutes less to travel.  The course was, as are all the others, still recovering from the recent heavy rainfall in the area, which put a premium on long hitting whilst keeping on the short stuff.

Alan Pilkington.

Russell Gilroy continued with his fine run of form and although always seeming to play near to his handicap he still manages to get among the prizes regularly.  On this day he needed a to win the count-back over Ted Lodge, which he did by a margin of 18 to 16 to leave Ted in second place.

Shane Heavey played the best round of his current visit to take third place by a comfortable three shots ahead of Shuichi Kodaka in fourth.

Raymond Cody got his first mention at the prize giving with a gritty performance in fifth just a single stroke in front of Russell Exley.

Alan Griffiths had the lone 2 in the first division and Shane Heavey slotted one in to sweep the second division including the roll over.

Back at The Haven new members were welcomed in the form of John Barry, Marty Garnet, Andrew Winn, and Nigel Jenkinson and there were also welcome backs for Vincent Gras, Alan Griffiths, Trevor Edge and Ted Lodge.

Friday, Oct. 22, The Emerald – Stableford

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1st Alan Pilkington (10) 37pts

2nd Russell Exley (7) 36pts

3rd Russell Gilroy (18) 34pts

4th Bob Lamond (5) 34pts

5th Andrew Winn (17) 33pts

6th Trevor Schirmer (14) 33pts

For the second time in a week Alan Pilkington stood on the top level of the podium after a solid round of golf over the heavy ground at Emerald, where the going was soft to sodden.  This result turned out to be the sixth time in three weeks that Alan has bettered his handicap during which time he has seen his handicap reduced by two to its lowest historical level and can now boast a definite single figure handicap.

Russell Exley took second place with a well played level par round to keep Russell Gilroy in third place as he in turn beat off the challenge of Bob Lamond with a better count-back of 12 to 11 on the back six after they had tied the inward half on 16 points each.

Andrew Winn took his first mention out of The Haven as he also won a count-back over Trevor Schirmer, with exactly the same scores, to claim fifth.

There were no 2’s in either division to leave two huge roll overs for the next competition.

Before the presentations there was a welcome back for Bob Lamond and a farewell for Fred Chadwick and Tony O’Neil.

Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group you can contact mobile 084782 4582 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 Sundays on the days you wish to play.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at