IPGC Golf from The Haven
Monday, April 25, Greenwood B & C – Stableford
1st John Chelo (17) 37pts
2nd Masae Saito (25) 36pts
3rd P.J. Mitchell (20) 34pts
4th Jon Batty (8) 33pts
5th Mark Cooper (13) 33pts
6th Larry Gibb (20) 32pts
This was the last full week of playing golf with The Haven from Soi 13 prior to the move to Soi Lengkee, news of which will be fully reported on the website and through the Pattaya Mail.
Greenwood Golf Course continues to provide the best value for golf in the area and along with the value goes one of the best conditioned three nines, offering a great day of enjoyment all round.
The day’s winner was first timer John Chelo who returned a one-under card that would have been even better with a slightly faster start to the day as he took just ten of his total haul from the first seven holes. In the event, he finished strongly to win by one point ahead of Masae Saito who was playing her last game before returning to Japan, as she returned a solid 18/18 card for second place.
P.J. Mitchell slipped into third spot just one in front of a count back for fourth which Jon Batty won with a better 17 to 14, leaving Mark Cooper in fifth and Larry Gibb filling the last podium step another point behind them.
There were no ‘2’s in the first division and once again Phil Cass had the only one in the second division, even though he did not get anywhere near the podium on this occasion.
Wednesday, April 27, Khao Kheow – Stableford
1st Mark Cooper (13) 38pts
2nd John Ryan (4) 32pts
3rd Fumiaki Matsuura (17) 31pts
4th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 31pts
5th Markku Tynell (22) 31pts
Mark Cooper continued his good run of form with another win at two under handicap, this time winning by a margin of six shots ahead of his nearest challenger and closing out his round with a stunning gross 35 that netted him 25 points, so the end result could have been even better.
John Ryan again banked more deposits as he took second place, just avoiding a three-way count back for third that was won by Fumiaki Matsuura with the best back nine (18), followed by Shuichi Kodaka with 16 for fourth and Markku Tynell with 15 in fifth place.
It was a good day for ‘2’s as Shuichi Kodaka and Masuura Fumiaki shared the second division pool, as did Ray Daws and John Ryan.
Friday, April 29, Phoenix (Mountain & Lakes) – Monthly Medals
Division 1 (0–15)
Blue tees CSS 74
1st Daryl Burkett (13) net 76
2nd Kevin Blake (7) net 83
3rd Phil Brown (13) net 85
Division 2 (16+)
White tees CSS 72
1st Bruce Hilde (17) net 68
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (18) net 76
3rd Mike Hill (20) net 79
Once again the monthly medals were held over the Mountain and Lake Courses at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club where the redesign of the Lakes nine continues to confound the pundits. It may take a few more rounds, if indeed players are prepared to give the course further chances, before the noise of the complaints dies down a little. But in the final analysis the CSS outcome for both the white and blue tees remained at the standard 72 white for the second division and 74 blue for the first division, which would indicate a fairly level situation as regards the playability of them both.
Daryl Burkett rolled back into town and immediately took the top step in the first division plus qualifying for the Gold and Silver Medal completion in December, with a hard fought four over handicap return that was seven ahead of his nearest rival. That was Kevin Blake who was very surprised to be in second spot at 11 over, as was Phil Brown at two worse in third place.
The second division was swept aside by Bruce Hilde with a four under handicap result which was good enough by eight shots to win his first medal of the year. He also tried to claim best gross during the after match shenanigans but was put firmly back in his pram when it was pointed out that the course from the blue tees was playing some 600 yards longer, much to the relief of the ear-battered audience.
Shuichi Kodaka placed second and Mike Hill third well ahead of the rest of the division hopefuls.
In keeping with the difficulty levels that the courses were both playing there were no 2s in either of the divisions.
Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact 094 465 5002 or call in to The Haven, 315/13 Soi Lengkee, situated between Third Road and Soi Buakhao. 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 a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play. A schedule of courses to be played throughout the year can be found on the web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.