IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, May 5, Eastern Star – Stableford
CSS 75 NC
1st Terry Hodgkiss (22) 34pts
2nd Markku Tynell (23) 34pts
3rd Mark Armstrong (26) 32pts
4th Vincent Gras (16) 31pts
5th Darryll Kellett (15) 30pts
Returning to Eastern Star after a break of a only a couple of days, following the hastily re-arranged fixture last Friday, helped the field slightly as the scoring was marginally better, although none of the qualifying players managed to play within two of their handicap. The CSS for the day therefore went out three strokes to 75 and the event became non-counting for upward review of handicaps, which caused the top two players on the day to see their handicaps actually reduced after not having played to their handicaps.
Don Everett, Paul Young and Terry Hodgkiss.
These two were Terry Hodgkiss, who won, and Markku Tynell in second after they had to be separated by a count back, which Terry won with a better 20 to 17. Both scores could have been better, with Terry recording a zero and four single pointers while Markku slipped in three zeros and three one-pointers. But it was a similar story almost throughout the cards, as once again many of the hopefuls just took on too much for their second shots when a cautious approach may well have paid far better dividends.
Mark Armstrong took third place a couple more strokes behind with Vincent Gras in fourth and Darryll Kellett in fifth another shot back.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Vincent Gras.
Wednesday, May 7, Khao Kheow C & A – Stableford
Division 1 (0-15)
1st Paul Young (15) 36pts
2nd Darryll Kellett (15) 32pts
3rd Kevin Blake (7) 31pts
Division 2 (16+)
1st Vincent Gras (16) 33pts
2nd John Wood (25) 28pts
3rd Terry Hodgkiss (22) 28pts
Enough players to form two divisions enjoyed a day on what is arguably one of the best tests of golf in the region, and one that always tries the player’s patience. The requirement here is to be able to play the ball from left to right, right to left and sometimes even hit a straight one, add a plentiful supply of water and there is a great day’s golf awaiting.
Paul Young took the first division top spot with a solid even handicap round that was good enough by two to see off the challenge of Darryl Kellett, and three ahead of third placed Kevin Blake. Paul’s round was an exercise in consistency with just the one blemish of a blob balanced out with a four-pointer on the shortest hole, the fifth on the A course.
Darryl’s round meanwhile started slowly and then he suddenly awoke to take 28 points from the last twelve holes. Kevin Blake is still struggling to find the form that once made him the scourge of the south coast of England and is hopeful of finding the lost key sometime soon, but in the meantime he continues to be competitive with the current crop of players out of Soi 13.
The second division had Vincent Gras at the top of a low scoring bunch with a less than spectacular three over handicap round but he still left the nearest pair some five shots adrift. Once again Terry Hodgkiss was in the frame but this time in third place, as John Wood shattered the bookmaker’s dreams with a second place after winning a close count back with a better 17 to 16.
Once again there were no 2’s in the second division but Paul Young added to his day’s haul with the sole one in the first division.
Prior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Ryan Dienelt together with welcome backs for Gavin Hargrave, Ray Daws, Chris Bonython, Fred Smith and Jens Gunnarsson.
Friday, May 9, Mt. Shadow – Stableford
1st Don Everett (19) 37pts
2nd Markku Tynell (23) 35pts
3rd Darryll Kellett (15) 34pts
4th Trevor Schirmer (14) 33pts
5th Paul Young (15) 31pts
6th Vincent Gras (16) 31pts
The third tough round of golf in the week awaited the ever hopefuls after a quick trip up the motorway to play Mountain Shadow off the blue tees.
Don Everett added to his list of wins with an excellent showing that had the hallmarks of a great round until the short sixteenth, where he unfortunately lost it to the right off the tee, struggled to advance the ball in any direction and finally gave the hole best with a nil return, but he then recovered well to take five points from the last two for what was in the end, a very gratifying day’s golf.
Markku Tynell made it on to the podium in second place for the second time in the week with a return that also included just the one zero-pointer in an otherwise very workmanlike round.
Darryl Kellett took his third podium placing of the week, with third place, just another shot back and one ahead of Trevor Schirmer who had previously been experiencing a very quiet week apart from the long drives. Paul Young won a count back over Vincent Gras to lay claim to fifth spot with a better 15 to 14 after they had both promised much over the opening nine.
Chris Bonython and Jens Gunnarsson shared the first division 2’s pool whilst once again there were none in the second division, and with the pot now standing at well over 5k, things are getting very tense over the two footers.
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.