Don and Allen take the Medals


IPGC golf from The Haven

Monday, Feb. 24, The Emerald – Stableford

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Division 1 (0-12)

1st Bruce Kusyk (12) 35pts

2nd Danny Miller (8) 34pts

3rd Mark Williams (8) 32pts

4th Peter Skinner (12) 32pts

Division 2 (13-18)

1st Dave Howden (13) 37pts

2nd Hugh Skinner (18) 29pts

3rd Gary Warren (16) 29pts

4th Paul McDonald (15) 29pts

Division 3 (19+)

1st Philip Cass (20) 36pts

2nd Markku Tynell (22) 32pts

3rd Tim Morgan (24) 32pts

4th Andy Pedlar (21) 30pts

Even with three divisions contesting only one player could better par on a day when scoring was at a premium as the course showed it is not the pushover some would claim, and the CSS for the day just stayed at the level of the 72 SS.

(l-r) Allen Raaen, Don Everett and Dave Howden.(l-r) Allen Raaen, Don Everett and Dave Howden.

Bruce Kusyk slipped in another win in the first division with a solid round although a couple of blobs less would have made it a stellar one.  He just edged out Danny Miller who had challenged all the way to the end.  Newcomer Mark Williams made his mark after he had won a count back over Peter Skinner with a better 16 to 15 to claim third and leave Peter in fourth.

The second division was led by a street and a half by Dave Howden who carded the best of the day – a one under handicap – leaving a gulf of eight shots between first and second places.  Second spot was taken by Hugh Skinner after he had won a three-way count back over Gary Warren and Paul McDonald with a best 13 over the back nine.  Gary took third place after he won over the last six by 9 to 8 after he had tied with Paul at 12 apiece for the nine.

The third division was headed by Philip Cass as he cruised in four ahead of a count back between Markku Tynell and Tim Morgan, which the former won by 18 to 16, leaving Andy Pedlar a surprised fourth place two more back.

James Hawley, Dave Howden and Danny Miller shared the roll over 2’s pool in the first division whilst Garry Warren and Philip Cass (of course) shared the second division.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, Greenwood A & B – Stableford

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Division 1 (0-16)

1st Allen Raaen (8) 36pts

2nd Walter O’Keefe (16) 34pts

3rd Bob Heath (12) 33pts

4th Kevin Townsend (12) 32pts

Division 2 (17+)

1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 39pts

2nd Philip Cass (20) 33pts

3rd Don Everett (19) 31pts

4th Patrick Scullion (22) 31pts

Once again Greenwood was found to be in great shape although some wet weather had made the course a more difficult proposition, even though the arguably hardest C nine was out of play for the day.

Allen Raaen warmed up for the monthly medal with a solid performance that was to be a foretaste of what would follow in the next couple of days, as he took the top step of the first division podium with a level handicap par round by two points from the ever dangerous Walter O’Keefe.   Bob Heath, known as the original Cap’n Bob, took a well deserved third place just one behind and one in front of Kevin Townsend in fourth place.

The second division was led in by a distance by Shuichi Kodaka, who was also preparing for the medal, as he swept in three under handicap and six ahead of the nearest challenger.  That was Philip Cass who took second spot after sadly having back to back zeros on 11 and 12 but then made a great effort over the last five holes, taking 14 points from them.  Don Everett slipped into third after winning a count back over Patrick Scullion with a better 20 to 15 after he had returned a very sad 11 points on the outward half.

To add to their day’s haul and underline the quality of their golf on the day, the 2’s were taken by Allen Raaen in the first division and Shuichi Kodaka in the second division.

Friday, Feb. 28, Crystal Bay A & C – Monthly Medals

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Division 1 (0-15)

1st Allen Raaen (8) net 68

2nd Peter Skinner (12) net 72

3rd Bruce Kusyk (12) net 72

4th Kevin Townsend (12) net 73

Division 1 (16+)

1st Don Everett (19) net 69

2nd Walter O’Keefe (16) net 70

3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) net 75

4th Hal Hart (21) net 75

Allen Raaen took his first Monthly Medal of the 2014 season on his way to booking yet another appearance in the Gold and Silvers.  Allen strode to the top of the leader board by four clear from Peter Skinner, who in turn had to win a count back for second place which he did with a better 34 to 35 over Bruce Kusyk.  That left Kevin Townsend in fourth another stroke behind.

The second division was a very close affair which Don Everett just won by one stroke from the in-form Walter O’Keefe, with Shuichi Kodaka taking third after winning a count back with a better 34.5 to 37.5 over Hal Hart.

Although he has found the scoring hard to come by, James Hawley has been making up some leeway by taking a few 2’s and did so again today to claim the first division pot, while Markku Tynell and John Hayes shared the second division pool.

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