Harris in hot form at Phoenix

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Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, Oct. 12, Phoenix – Stableford

Just a couple of players short for three divisions today and the cut was set at 9–18 and 19+ in the two divisions and the best score returned came in division 2 from Steve Harris, winning with 38 points.  Bill Kana took second three points behind Steve and Chris Reed was third on 33.

Two 36-point returns topped division 1 and a 21/20 back-nine count back saw Ian Speirs edged Bruce Gardner while Terry Madsen was third with 35 points.

After 12 holes today the clouds started building and the lightening siren at the clubhouse went off intermittently for the next fifty minutes, with lightening all around but hardly any rain and all eight groups came in with no pullouts.  We were all very lucky today.

(Left to right) Dave Horne, Terry Madsen, Colin James & Chris Reed.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Peter Pedder and Chris Voller, and (Div 2) Bill Kana, Miss Nut, Ian Plummer and Chris Slota.

Rod Howett recorded the only ‘2’ of the day on Ocean 7 to scoop the division 2 rollover pot.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, Parichat – Stableford

Another trial visit here and we had five groups out.  After Monday’s weather it looked quite promising today as we made our way to the course and as we turned into the clubhouse there were many cars in the car park.  Our first group teed off just ahead of schedule but right in front of us there were 3 five-balls; we were not impressed with this and the marshall and management were informed.

We had an almost identical  cut as of Monday and with 34 points Dave Horne topped division 1 while Terry Madsen picked up second place a full nine points behind on 25.  Michel Yerly came in third with 23.

Colin James with 30 points was the winner in division 2, with William Chang finishing second on 27 and beating Chris Reed on a 14/11 back nine count back.

In form today, Dave Horne got three nearest the pins in division 1 and in division 2 Bruce Gardner birdied two and Ian Plummer one as well.

There was a slight improvement in the course here and the greens were a lot better.  A return is up for discussion in the next few weeks.

Friday, Oct. 16, Eastern Star – Stableford

Three divisions out today with the cut at 9–15, 16-20 and 21+ and the best score returned was Bill Kana’s 37 points to win division.  Bruce Gardner was second one point behind and Iain Walsh took third on 34.

Colin James topped division 3 standings with 36 points, Joe Kubon was second on 31 and Steve Harris came in third with 30.

In division 1, Ian Speirs took pole position with 33 while two 32’s fought for second place and Bill Bertram beat Mel Millar 17/14 on the back nine.

Our first group today reached the 16th tee and out of nowhere the heavens opened for around ten minutes and as we reached the 17th tee the par three green was flooded, but after a five minute wait the green cleared and we teed off.  For the rest of seven groups behind the storms were very intermittent, only lasting for five to ten minutes and all groups came in with no cancellations whatsoever.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Bill Bertram, Dennis Scougall and Ian Walsh, and (Div 2) Steve Harris, Colin James, Ian Plummer and Chris Reed.

Bill Bertram birdied the 13th and Dennis Scougall the 6th to split the ‘2’s pot in division 1 and in division 2, Ian Plummer and Chris Reed did likewise.