IPGC Golf from The Haven
Monday, April 24, Greenwood A & B – Stableford
1st Jon Batty (8) 37pts
2nd John Carlin (18) 37pts
3rd Mike Hill (21) 37pts
4th Markku Tynell (22) 35pts
5th Alan Griffiths (12) 33pts
6th Yasuo Suzuki (14) 32pts
The group were back in full swing following the break for Songkran and starting out at the always popular Greenwood, where the A and B courses were in play for the day playing from the white tee positions. Having set off in bright sunlight the players were met with light rain through the first few holes, but when the skies cleared the day progressed well enough for the CSS to remain at level 72.
Jon Batty, having suffered through the opening holes, closed the front nine out solidly and then covered the back nine in two under handicap to take the day after winning a three-way count back with a best 20 points. That left John Carlin in second spot after he returned 19 for the last nine and Mike Hill in third with 17 after he had carded the best front nine.
Markku Tynell had a very creditable one over handicap in fourth place as Alan Griffiths took fifth and Yasuo Suzuki sixth in his last outing with the Haven group.
There were no 2s in the second division but Mark Lang made his mark on the day with the sole one in the first division to clear the rollover pot.
Wednesday, April 26, Pattana A & C (yellow tees) – Stableford
1st Dave Edwards (13) 39pts
2nd Jon Batty (8) 38pts
3rd Ben Jackson (16) 35pts
4th Brian Talbot (14) 34pts
5th John Carlin (18) 33pts
6th Lyle Blaw (12) 33pts
More rain was encountered on the course today, although it remained totally dry in Pattaya City, but the scores were seemingly unaffected with the best returns for the week over this standard par 73 layout.
Dave Edwards had his best round for a little while at three-under handicap, having started out his day with a three-under opening half on the C course and did enough through the closing holes to deny Jon Batty his second win of the week after the latter had returned a good 18/20 point split.
Ben Jackson returned to make an immediate impact in third place, even after slipping in a couple of zeros on the outward nine.
Brain Talbot almost returned to form in fourth place just two over handicap and one ahead of a count back for fifth and sixth, which John Carlin won with a better 17 to 14 to leave Lyle Blaw on the last step of the podium after he had had a very promising start to the day.
There were no 2s in either of the divisions.
Friday, April 28, The Emerald – Stableford
1st John Tallett (25) 33pts
2nd Mark Cooper (11) 31pts
3rd Brian Talbot (14) 31pts
4th Larry Gibb (21) 30pts
5th John Carlin (18) 29pts
The last day’s golf for the week produced the best weather, it having remained dry throughout even though it had been bucketing down at base for the later part of the day. Unfortunately the course was found to be in fairly poor shape and even with the benefit of “lift and place” in the fairways the CSS for the day went out two to 74 and just stayed counting, with only the winner making the standard for the course against handicap.
The disappointment for the players due to the course condition was somewhat mitigated with the special prices on offer for the low season, with the green fee, caddy and cart totaling just 1,250 baht.
The winner today was John Tallett, whose three over was good enough to take victory even allowing for the fact that his card included two zeros. Mark Cooper, in second place, could not quite recover from a very slow start that had seen him garner a measly 12 points from the front nine holes.
Brian Talbot crept one step higher on the podium in third place after he had lost a count back for second place with a worst 15 to 19 result over the back nine.
Larry Gibb placed fourth another point behand the count back and John Carlin made it three mentions in the week in fifth place another shot back.
Once again there were no 2s in either of the divisions.