Fitzgerald to the fore

Mike Fitzgerald, Louis Wong and Andres Van De Laan.
Mike Fitzgerald, Louis Wong and Andres Van De Laan.

The Jomtien Golf Society

Wednesday, Jan. 3, Crystal Bay – Stableford

We were playing the C and B nines today at Crystal Bay off the white tees with two divisions out and the equal cut set at 4-17.6 and 18+ and we now have four players in each division on the podium for every game as from today.

Two 38-pointers came in at the top of division 1, with Brian Keating beating the Irish boy Gerry Cooke on a 21/18 back nine-count-back.  Mark Potton was third on 36 while Thomas Mannuella and Dennis Scougall could not be separated on count-back and tied for fourth place on 32 points.

Frank Grainger, also on 38 points, won division 2, with Louis Wong beating Rudi Schaefer on a 20/19 count-back to take second after they both came in with 37 points.  Jim Connelly completed the podium in third on 36.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Thomas Mannuela (2) and Brian Keating, and (Div 2) Gerry Cooke, Jim Connelly and Mike Fitzgerald.

Gerry Cooke had the only birdie 2 to scoop the pool in division 2.

Friday, Jan. 5,
Eastern Star – Stableford

We had a long wait on the first tee with six Korean groups in front of us and we knew it would be a slow round today.  We had 11 groups out with three divisions and the cut was set at 8-15.6, 15.8-20 and 21+.

Thirty-five points was the best score today, coming from Mike Fitzgerald off the silver tees to win division 2.  The mad dentist Les Smith was second on 32 points, Barry Stirling was third on 31 and Paul Butler beat Bob Poole on an 11/10 count-back after they both scored 28 points.

Andres Van De Laan won division 3 with 34 points, with Louis Wong second on 31 and the Welsh boy David Phillips in third on 30.  Frank Grainger filled out the podium in fourth with 28 points.

Mikael Andersson won the premier flight with 33 points, Bob Comartin was second one point behind, Paul Young placed third on 31 and Brian Keating was fourth with 29.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Jerry Sweetnam and Paul Young, and (Div 2) Mike Fitzgerald (2) and David Phillips.

Mike Fitzgerald (and Herma) were happy after Mike birdied the 17th with two rollovers in the second division.