Grainger comes good at Navy

Steve Godfrey and Kenny Cleckner.
Steve Godfrey and Kenny Cleckner.

The Jomtien Golf Society

Monday, July 30, Plutaluang – Stableford

A public holiday today and we were expecting some chaos with all the naval lads playing in five-and six-ball groups but there was no problem at all.

We had seven groups out with the cut at 9-18.2 and 18.3 + in division 2 and played the North and West nines.

The highest score of the day came from Frank Grainger who won division 2 with 39 points. Frank Kelly came in second on 33 and then with 31 points there were three players fighting for third and fourth places. With a 17/16/15 back nine count-back Alan Bissell took third and Ray Daws was adjudged to be fourth, with John Doyle losing out.

Steve Godfrey topped division 1 with 37 points, Paul Butler was second on 34, Shane Tutton claimed third with 33 and Harry Vincenzi was fourth on 32.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Tony Bless, Gabe Dakwa (2) and Steve Godfrey, and (Div 2) Alan Bissell, Kenny Cleckner (2) and Frank Grainger.

The ‘2’s today included nine rollovers in division 2 and Kenny Cleckner (2), Alan Bissell, Andy Oz and Frank Grainger were all happy to share the spoils.

Wednesday, August 1, Crystal Bay – Stableford

The A course is still closed here and the management have no idea when it will re-open. We had six groups out with a lower cut at 7-16 and 17+.

We started on the C nine and the greens were a lot slower than normal. Dave Thomas recorded the highest score of the day, winning division 1 with 37 points. Neil Gamble was second one point behind while Nik Evans was third on 32 and Paul Butler took fourth with 31.

Stuart Thompson’s 36 won division 2 while Frank Grainger was second on 35, beating Bob Poole on an 18/17 back-nine countback. Shane Tutton completed the podium in fourth with 34 points.

Near pins were claimed by (Div 1) Dave Thomas (2), and (Div 2) Steve Harris and Shane Tutton.

Shane Tutton birdied C7 for the only ‘2’ of the day.

Friday, August 3, Eastern Star – Stableford

It was a perfect day here with a cool breeze throughout the round and the greens as slick as ever, and this was reflected in the scores.

Khalifa Nasser won the top division with 35 points, one ahead of Frank Kelly in second on 34. Paul Butler beat Dave Thomas on a 17/15 back-nine countback for third after they both came in with 32 points each.

Tony Thorne was the top scorer in division 2 with 32 points, Lars Strom was second on 30, John Seton took third with 28 and Glyn Evans placed fourth with a measly 27 points.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Paul Butler, Nik Evans and Paul Young, and (Div 2) Glyn Evans, Steve Harris, Khalifa Nasser and John Seton.

Paul Butler scooped the ‘2’s pot in division 1 and in division 2 Kenny Cleckner and Glyn Evans both birdied the 13th with two rollovers.