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IPGC Golf from The Haven

Monday, Feb. 8, Greenwood A & B – Stableford

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1st Brendan Dunne (30) 41pts

2nd Walter O’Keefe (13) 36pts

3rd Alan Griffiths (13) 36pts

4th John Carlin (20) 34pts

5th Phil Stevenson (26) 30pts

6th Mark Williams (8) 29pts

A short week, due to the IPGC Club Championships being played over the Wednesday and Friday at Khao Kheow, started at the well-conditioned Greenwood where the A and B courses were the test of the day and everyone was trying to hone their game for the coming test over what had been promised was to be a very tough set up.

Brendan Dunne.

Greenwood was also in a very difficult playing mode, with the wind still blowing quite strongly, but at least there was some good run on the fairways as the recent windy weather had dried them out well.  But it had also affected the greens, making them a much tougher proposition to hold the ball on with the approach shot.

Brendan Dunne looked to be in great shape for later in the week as he marched around the course in five under handicap to win by five after closing out a very good back nine with eleven points from the last four holes.

Walter O’Keefe and Alan Griffiths had to be separated by a count back for second place which Walter won with a better 17 to 16 after Alan had uncharacteristically slipped in a zero on the fifteenth, as Walter signed for a two-pointer.

John Carlin took fourth spot another two behind after he too struggled through the closing half following a very tidy one under front nine.

Phil Stevenson was pleased to get a call to the podium after he found the day all a bit too long but at least he kept well out of the way of his cousin John on this occasion whilst claiming fifth place ahead of Mark Williams, who is strangely out of form and still fighting to get back to the old days when he was always to be found in contention.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions and in fact just five 3s from the whole field as the par threes played particularly hard in the prevailing wind that seemed to be against on every hole.

Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for David Grist from Melbourne and Ray Daws fro Adelaide.

Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact 038 710 989 or call in to The Haven Hotel, 185 Soi 13, situated 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 a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play.  If you would like to leave your golf clubs at The Haven, there are usually lockers available at a nominal charge.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.