Howden sinks a hole in one


Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, Nov. 23, Crystal Bay – Stableford

The B course is still closed here at Crystal Bay and won’t reopen until the new year, so we were playing on the C and A nines today.  The setup made it a very short and easy course today and this was reflected in the scores.

We had eight groups out with the cut at 8-18 and some good scores came in, the best of the day being the 43 points in division 2 from Curtis Hessler.  Alan Duckett was second four points behind Curtis and John Walsh beat Cliff Elliott 13/12 on the back six for third place after they both scored 17 on the back nine and 37 points in total.

Dave Howden.

Terry Madsen took pole position in division 1 with 41 points, three ahead of Per Forsberg in second while Dave Horne was third with 35.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Tony Bless (2), Per Forsberg and Chris Voller, and (Div 2) Curtis Hessler, Norman McKinnon and Bob Poole.

All three ‘2’s today came on A8, Tony Bless in division 1 and Colin James and Bob Poole in division 2.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, Plutaluang – Stableford

Driving through the course to the clubhouse, a couple of the fairways on the East layout looked well sanded so we opted for North and West nines today.  We had a slightly different cut from Monday with the first division set at 8-15.

It was a tough game out there and 35 points was the best score of the day, winning division 1.  Mantri Bubphaglin was second after beating Dave Horne 21/18 on the back nine, both scoring 34 points each.

Dave Howden topped division 2 standings with 33 points, and so he should after a brilliant hole in one on North 3, the infamous lighthouse hole.  Congratulations to Dave!  Dennis Scougall came in second on 30 points and there were three contenders for third place, Per Forsberg edging Cliff Elliott and Walter Weber 12/11/10 after they all came in with 26 points.

Near pins were claimed by (Div 1) Dave Howden, Rauli Nummenmaa, Dennis Scougall and Chris Voller, and (Div 2) Cliff Elliott, Magne Gunnarson, Eugine Maguire and Paul Sturgeon.

Sad news for Paul Butler, Dave Horne , Dennis Scougall and Chris Voller in the ‘2’s today as Dave Howden’s hole in one scooped the pot.

Friday, Nov. 27, Eastern Star – Stableford

Div 1.  Mikael Andersson 38, Chris Voller 37, Pete Sumner 36.

Div 2.  Per Forsberg 43, Frank Kelly 36, Tony Thorne 36.

Div 3. Max Wilson 37, Andy Galvin 35, Darryl Blair 34.

Our largest turnout of the week, with the cut in three divisions set at 7-15, 16-19 and 20+.  There were quite a few groups in front of us but the marshall did her job well and we only teed off 5 minutes behind schedule.  It was probably the coolest round of the week with a slight breeze on a few of the holes but still very hot for this time of the year.

Per Forsberg, playing off 16, returned the best score of the day to win division 2 with 43 points.  Frank Kelly came in second after beating Tony Thorne 6/5 on a back-three count back after they both recorded 36 points each in total.

Mikael Andersson won division 1 with 38 points while Chris Voller came in second one point behind and Pete Sumner was third on 36.

Max Wilson’s 37-pointer was the best in division 3, with Andy Galvin second on 35 and Darryl Blair third with 34.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Jerry McCarthy (2), Chris Voller and Iain Walsh, and (Div 2) Roar Berger and Gerry Cooke.

Paul Butler and Jeff Cordeiro birdied the signature par-three 13th in division 1, while in division 2 there are two rollovers to Eastern Star next Friday.