IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, July 25, Bangpra – Stableford
1st Barry Winton (5) 37pts
2nd Tom McCarthy (20) 37pts
3rd Warren Gallop (12) 36pts
4th Shuichi Kodaka (16) 32pts
5th Benny Hansen (28) 32pts
6th Graham Davis (7) 32pts
Following a week of improvement when he took two second places, Barry Winton at last rose to the top of the list with a one under handicap round, but he had to win the count-back in the process to do so. This he did by a margin of 18 to 17 to leave Tom McCarthy in second place. Barry’s pair of gross 38’s were just enough, assisted by a two in each nine to close it out, after Tom had turned the corner at two under handicap but a blob on the 15th was enough to end his challenge for the day’s top spot.
Warren Gallop turned in a very tidy card that showed a solid round that did not include any birdies or doubles to finish level in third spot.
Shuichi Kodaka got the better of a three-way count-back, garnering 16 over the inward half to leave Benny Hansen in fifth place with a score of just 11 on the nine with 8 over the last six, and Graham Davis creeping over the line in sixth as he finished quietly with just six points over the last six holes..
There were no 2’s in the second division but there were four in the first, one each by Graham Davis and Rodney Hayes and two by Barry Winton.
Before presenting the prizes Stephen Beard welcomed new member Patrick Calcun and also welcomed back Markku Tynell.
Wednesday, July 27, Treasure Hill – Stableford
1st Jeffrey Bunn (10) 36pts
2nd Graham Davis (7) 35pts
3rd Barry Wellings (5) 32pts
4th Barry Winton (5) 31pts
5th Frank McGowan (15) 31pts
Treasure Hill is currently in excellent condition and playing from the white tees is definitely a challenge for any standard of golfer as the scores on the day attested with none of the hopefuls able to better handicap but enough of the counting golfers, handicap 20 and below, making the mark to just keep the CSS at 72 for the day.
Newcomer Jeffrey Bunn defied the pundits to win on his first outing with the Soi 13 group with a steady level handicap round after having taken a zero pointer on the first, collecting a two shot penalty in a poorly marked hazard but then improbably chipping in for a four pointer on the 4th after a five seemed a certainty, to get himself back on track and on the way to the win.
Graham Davis, playing in the same group just failed to keep it going to the end as he missed out on the last hole when a steady par would have been enough to take his first win of the holiday, so he had to settle for a very creditable second place.
The next two players on the podium were also in the same group as the first and second places, so the standard for the day for them was of the highest order but Barry Wellings, although the longest from the tees on the driving holes, could only return a four over handicap as the approach shots went a little astray.
Barry Winton, the fourth member of the group, had to win another count-back, this time with Frank McGowan, which he did by a margin of 18 to 16 after he had three putted four of the front nine.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Prior to the presentations there were welcomes for new members Phil Stevenson, John Wood and Jeffrey Bunn.
Friday, July 29, Phoenix Blue Tees – Monthly Medals
1st Barry Winton (5) net 71
2nd Warren Gallop (12) net 72
3rd Jeffrey Bunn (10) net 76
1st Tom Parks (19) net 81
2nd Mark Armstrong (23) net 81
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (16) net 83
Another sterling round from Barry Winton ensured that he will once again be contending in the Gold and Silver Medals to be held in December after he returned a three under the CSS to win the first division by a single shot from the in-form Warren Gallop. After his last outing, when three putts cost him dear, Barry was in good from with the short stick as he cruised round the Mountain and Ocean nines in a pair of 38’s, for the second time in the week, and a gross 76.
Warren Gallop also played very steadily for the second time in the week to finish at level par on handicap, which is no mean feat from the blue tees at any time especially when the format is medal stroke play.
Jeffrey Bunn again showed strongly although not quite up to the form of his first outing was still good for third place.
The second division was a much tighter affair, although not quite at the same level, it required a count-back to decide that Tom Parks would be the name going forward to the Gold and Silvers after he finished with a net 38.5 on the inward nine and Mark Armstrong could only muster a net 44.5 after he took a very ugly 10 on the last which cost him the chance to take his first medal in any competitions.
Shuichi Kodaka filled out the last place in the division another two behind the front pair.
Warren Gallop cleared out the first division 2’s pool while there were none in the second division.
Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Tom Parks and Marty Rock.
Note: As from the 1st of July the Haven group is departing Soi 13 at the earlier time of 9 am until further notice. 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 9.00am 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.