Edwards almost unstoppable

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The Haven Golf Society

Monday, Sept. 11, Crystal Bay B & C – Stableford

CSS 73

1st Murray Edwards (19) 37pts

2nd Peter Skinner (10) 33pts

3rd Allan Pilkington (7) 33pts

4th Markku Tynell (22) 32pts

5th Mike Dabanovich (11) 31pts

6th Trevor Schirmer (14) 31pts

7th Gus Guidetti (1) 31pts

Murray Edwards.
Murray Edwards.

All the courses played by the group in the week were suffering from too much rain and all played above their Standard Scratch levels, even the first event at arguably the easiest of the three where the B and C courses were in play.

Murray Edwards played a solid round to return the best card against handicap in the week and took the win by four clear as the best of the rest all struggled to get anywhere near their handicaps.

Peter Skinner won a count-back over Allan Pilkington with a better 16 to 15 to take second place while Markku Tynell took fourth place with a fine round and was the only player apart from the winner to play within his buffer zone.

Mike Dabanovich then won a three-way count back over Trevor Schirmer and Gus Guidetti as they finished with 20, 16 and 15 respectively over the last nine holes.

There were no 2s in the second division but Peter Skinner added to his haul with the sole one in the first division which cleaned out the rollover pool.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, Pattana B & C (white tees) – Stableford

Par 73

CSS 76

1st Gus Guidetti (11) 35pts

2nd Andrew Purdie (6) 29pts

3rd Chris Ross (24) 28pts

4th Peter Koha (20) 27pts

5th Peter Skinner (10) 27pts

6th Phil Cass (19) 26pts

The course was in absolutely pristine condition even though the weather had, as with all other courses, made the length even longer than the 6,900 yards plus on a card that included the ninth hole on B played as a par six. But when the field eventually arrived at them, the greens were in superb condition being receptive flat and fairly fast.

Gus Guidetti took the event with a very good return that whilst being over handicap was well ahead of the rest of the hopefuls and but for a zero-pointer on the last hole would have been a really great effort considering the length of the course.

Andrew Purdie was the nearest rival some six strokes adrift in second place.

Chris Ross took third place after returning a very mixed bag of scores and Peter Koha then won a count-back over Peter Skinner with a better 15 to 12 for fourth place as Phil Cass grabbed the last mention of the day another shot back in sixth.

There were no 2s in the first division but Hal Hart made up somewhat for his disappointment in the main event by tapping a beauty from thirty feet on the 159 yard B3 hole to sweep the rollover pool in the second division.

Friday, Sept. 15, Eastern Star – Stableford

CSS 73

1st Murray Edwards (19) 35pts

2nd Mike Dabanovich (11) 31pts

3rd Andrew Purdie (6) 31pts

4th Markku Tynell (22) 28pts

5th Allan Pilkington (7) 26pts

6th Graham Marchant (15) 24pts

Gus Guidetti.
Gus Guidetti.

Eastern Star was in quite good shape but again the almost 6,600 yards seemed a lot longer as very little run was to be had from the tees and certainly bore little resemblance to the USGA yardage rating of 70.8.

Having taken a day off on Wednesday, Murray Edwards returned to take his second win of the week and even though it was with a slightly worse score, he still managed to win by a margin of four strokes ahead of a count-back for second place between two of the day’s biggest hitters, Mike Dabanovich and Andrew Purdie, which Mike won with a better 16 to 14.

Markku “Hu” Tynell placed fourth another three shots back and Allan Pilkington, another of the big bangers, back in fifth two more behind and two ahead of sixth placed Graham Marchant.

With the course playing as hard as it was it was surprising that both division’s 2s pool were taken, the first by Mike Dabanovich and the second division by Phil Cass and both were achieved on the fairly difficult 166-yard 6th hole.