James prevails on Hua Hin tour

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Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, May 8, Majestic Creek – Stableford

This was our annual May trip to Hua Hin and there were just over twenty golfers on the Golden Elephant Tour, playing four rounds of golf this week.

Jomtien golfers in Hua Hin.
Jomtien golfers in Hua Hin.

Two divisions went out at Majestic Creek on Monday with the cut set at 5-16 & 18+ and Colin James returned the best score of the day, winning division 2 with 41 points.  Fred Temminick was some way back in second on 35 points and in third place was Ross Schiffke on 34.

John Oxley won division 1 with 37 points and Tim Hake was second on 35 while Terry Tucker completed the podium in third with 34.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Douane Bourgford and Pete Sumner (3), and (Div 2) Ross Schiffke (3).

We had three ‘2’s today in division 1, coming from Douane Bourgford, Martin Grimoldby and Pete Sumner and one in division 2 by Tom Novak.

Tuesday, May 9, Black Mountain – Stableford

After our booking at the Banyan was cancelled due to the coring of all the greens, we were playing Black Mountain over two days and with a green fee of 1300 baht there were no complaints.

Peter Davies recorded the best score of the day, winning division 2 with 39 points.  Colin James, still in form, was second with 35 and Ross Schiffke took third on 33.

John Oxley, the Hua Hin resident, topped division 1 with 35 points, one ahead of Pete Summner in second while Tim Hake was third with 31.

Near pins were claimed by (Div 1) Martin Grimoldby, Don Head and Phil Mitchell (2), and (Div 2) Glyn Evans and Colin James.

Phill Mitchell birdied the 11th for the only ‘2’ in division 1 and there was a rollover in division 2 to Thursday.

Thursday, May 11, Black Mountain – Stableford

Intermittent light drizzle here today for most of the round but nobody quit and in division 1 Tim Hake had the best score of the day, winning division 1 with 36 points.  Phil Mitchell recorded his best round of the week, coming in second with 34 and there were three 32’s fighting for third place, Martin Grimoldby edging out John Oxley and Pete Sumner on count back.

Ross Schiffke took the honours in division 2, beating Colin James 21/18 on the back nine after they both came in with 34 points each, and Tom Novak was third after beating Alan Bissell on the back six holes, both scoring 31 points overall.

Near pins went to (Div 1) Martin Grimoldby, Don Head, Phil Mitchell and John Oxley, and (Div 2) Alan Bissell, Tom Novak and David Taylor.

Martin Grimoldby birdied the 11th for the only ‘2’ of the day.

Friday, May 12, Springfield – Stableford

Our final round of the week and on a course we hadn’t played for around seven years, but very enjoyable it was while it lasted with some tough par fours that were not reachable for quite a few players in two shots.

Unfortunately, after eleven holes the heavens opened and an hour of rain flooded the course and the competition had to be cancelled although a few of our hardy regulars carried on to finish the 18.

The overall winners of the tour after three rounds were as follows: 1st Colin James (110pts), 2nd John Oxley (104pts), 3rd Tim Hake (102pts), 4th Ross Schiffke (101pts) and 5th Peter Davies (98pts).  It was a brilliant week enjoyed by all..