Double success for Howett

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Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, June 17, Mountain Shadow – Stableford

The weather predictions here for today’s round were bad but we were lucky and escaped any storms or heavy rain.

There were 5 four-balls out off the blue tees and an equal 10 cards each in division 1 (H/cap 9-15) and division 2 (16 plus).  Expecting to be cut after today’s round Rod Howett won the second division with 39 points, eight ahead of Jean Morel in second while Pepo Frick was third with 29.

After two weeks in the doldrums following a motorbike mishap Chris Voller returned to winning ways in the premier flight, but with a score of just 30 points!  Iain Usher beats Billy Fitzgerald on a 8/7 back six count back to take the runner-up spot after they both came in with 29 points each.

Billy Fitzgerald, Lindsay Phillips, Colin James and Rod Howett.Billy Fitzgerald, Lindsay Phillips, Colin James and Rod Howett.

All the greens here had been 50% holitized, which we didn’t know about beforehand, but the pin placements were all off this on the normal surface so this was not a problem today.

Near pins went to Ted Morris, Peter Pedder, Lindsay Phillips, Steve Richardson, Rod Howett, Jean Morel and the pink lady Miss Nut.

Chris Voller was a happy chappu as he birdied the 15th for the only ‘2’ in division 1 and a rollover ensued in division 2 to Plutaluang on Friday.

Wednesday, June 19, Eastern Star – Stableford

There were three ladies in front of our first group today and despite there being nobody else on the course it was a very slow round.  There was however a cool breeze coming off the coast and a partial cloud covering and everyone enjoyed the weather conditions.

The cut today was made at 9-18 in division 1 and 20+ in division 2.  ‘Count back’ Burnie recorded the highest score of 36 points to win the second division ahead of the organiser in second, one point behind, and Rod Howett finished third on 31, beating Glenn King on a 18/17 back nine count back.

Playing off 15, John Oxley topped division 1 standings on 35 points while Steve Richardson, in his last game before his return to OZ, came in second with 33 and Lindsay Phillips was one point behind finishing third.

Near pins were claimed by Bill Bertram, Don Head, Neville Scurrell, Roar Berger and Glenn King (2).

Bill Bertram birdied the 17th for the only 2 in division 1 and Glenn King, after two nearest the pins, grabbed the rollover pot in division 2 with a birdie on the third hole.

Friday, June 21, Plutaluang – Stableford

We had booked the South and East courses today for a change and as we stood on the first tee they were holitizing the first fairway and the starter told us the greens were the same, so we switched back to the West and North.  We have now booked in three weeks time the South and East, which will make a change for all of us.

It was a father and son combination on the podium in division 2 with the old man Rodney Howett winning with 34 points and his son Anthony taking second one point behind.  Colin James was third with 30 after beating Lee Casey on a 18/15 back-nine count back.

There were four players in division 1 coming in with 33 points; Billy Fitzgerald topped the list with 18 on the back nine while Lindsay Phillips took second with 17, Jerry Sweetnam third on 16 and poor Eiichi Matsumoto lost out with only 15.

Lindsay Phillips birdied the 6th on the North course for the only ‘2’ in division 1 and Rod Howett got a birdie on the 8th on the West course to take home the division 2 rollover pot.