Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, Sept. 23, Plutaluang – Stableford
We alternate the four courses here on each visit and luckily enough the North was closed as we had booked the East and South today. Yet again there was heavy rain overnight here in Jomtien and it was still raining as we met at Siam Cats in the morning. There were a few cancellations over the phone and in the end we only had five groups out today.
There was a 10-19 cut in division 1 and 22+ in division 2 and as we teed off on the East course, the weather was still unpredictable and after three holes the first group encountered some light rain which lasted for around 20 minutes and then it dried up for the rest of the round.
There were three 39’s in today in both divisions; Don Head winning division 1 after edging Mike Chatt on a 14/12 back-six count back, and Billy Fitzgerald came in third with 35, a meagre score for him in recent times.
Alan Bissell with another 39 points won division 2 from Jimmy Johnson in second seven points behind and Roar Berger took third on 30.
After his recent return from the UK and not on the podium today in the stableford, Chris Voller made up for it with three nearest the pins in division 1 plus a birdie ‘2’ on South 7. Don Head picked up the other near pin on East 5.
In division 2, Roar Berger, Glenn King, Eiichi Matsumoto and David Phillips took the near pin prizes with Glenn converting one to a ‘2’ on the 4th on the South to take the rollover pot.
Wednesday, Sept. 25, Khao Kheow – Stableford
We had another five groups out today with the cut in division 1 at 11-20 and division 2 at 21+ and we were playing the B and A courses off the yellow tees at 6,360 yards, rather than the white at 5880.
It was a tough test today for all divisions with Curtis Hessler winning division 1 with 32 points and John Oxley beat Terry Madsen on a 17/16 back-nine count back for second after they both came in with 30 points each.
There were no count backs in division 2 and Burnie Sinclair was a happy chappy on the top of podium with 31 points. Glenn King took second one point behind Burnie and Bryan Priestley was third with 29.
Near pins went to Terry Madsen (2), Roar Berger, Ray Gott and Bryan Priestley.
Terry Madsen birdied the 5th on the A course for the only ‘2’s winner in division 1 and there was a rollover in division 2 to Pleasant Valley on Monday.
Friday, Sept. 27, Eastern Star – Stableford
No rain here overnight so ‘pick, clean and place’ did not come into the frame today, although there were a few worm casts on the fairways on the first couple of holes.
We had six four-balls out today with the cut at 11-20 in division 1 and 21+ in division 2. The majority of the white tees hadbeen moved to just in front of the yellows and this was reflected in the scores today.
There were 3 returns of 38 in division 2 with Iain Walsh winning after beating the organizer on a 14/13 back-six count back and poor Sid Ottaway picked up third place, losing on a 19/19/17 back-nine count back.
Marty Rock topped division 1 with 37 points, Terry Madsen was second two points behind and Karl Flood finished third with 34.
Surprisingly, with the forward tees, there were no ‘2’s in either division today so a rollover in division 1 and a double in division 2 to the next Friday.
Near pin prizes were picked up by Karl Flood, Wilf Latham, Marty Rock, Chris Voller, Glyn Evans, Sid Ottaway (2) and Bob Poole.