IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, August 20, Bangpra – Stableford
1st David Lowe (6) 34pts
2nd John Wood (23) 32pts
3rd Barry Winton (5) 30pts
4th Shuichi Kodaka (16) 29pts
5th Mike Dabanovich (11) 28pts
As always the Bangpra course proved to be a stern test with the greens as ever extremely difficult when the player is faced with a putt from anywhere level or above the hole.
David Lowe took his first win out of The Haven with a solid round that contained just two three pointers but no blank holes which was good enough by two to win the day.
John wood took advantage of an outstanding last eight holes that saw him amass all of his eighteen points for the nine to claim his highest placing on this trip, ahead of Barry Winton in third place as the latter could not manage to keep any consistency in his game for a change.
Shuichi Kodak struggled along with all the day’s contenders but did just enough to take fourth place to push Mike Dabanovich down to fifth as the latter had an up and down day that included five three-pointers, five one-pointers and four blank holes.
In keeping with the difficulty of the course on the day there were no 2’s in either division.
Back at The Haven there was a farewell for H.E. Patrick Scullion returning to the grindstone in Cyprus.
Wednesday, August 22, Khao Kheow B & C – Stableford
CSS 75 NC
1st Shuichi Kodaka (16) 33pts
2nd Don Everett (21) 31pts
3rd Al Rolnik (18) 30pts
4th David Lowe (6) 28pts
5th Seppo Sadeharju (23) 28pts
6th Rodney Hayes (14) 28pts
Another very tough day for all the players with the CSS for the day going out three shots as the day became not counting for upward review of handicaps.
Shuichi Kodaka performed the best, almost making the mark but blowing the tricky par three seventeenth, but he still hung on to win by two from Don Everett, who had started very slowly with just three points from the first four holes but then steadied the round by scoring ten points from the last three of the front nine and would have won with a better finish to the back nine.
Al Rolnik, making his last appearance for a few weeks, slipped onto the podium in third spot with a round that owed much to application, as David Lowe won a multiple count back over Seppo Sadeharju and Rodney Hayes with a better 13 to 12 over the last nine with Seppo taking fifth place with a better 10 to 7 over the last six.
There were no 2’s in the first division but Don Everett cleaned out the second division pool including the rollovers.
Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back to Toshihiro Aoki and a farewell for Al Rolnik, who is returning to the USA for a few weeks.
Friday, August 24, Greenwood B & C – Stableford
1st Shuichi Kodaka (16) 35pts
2nd Toshihiro Aoki (27) 31pts
3rd Don Everett (21) 30pts
4th Konrad Klama (25) 28pts
5th Phil Stevenson (22) 27pts
At last the week produced a resemblance to par golf, but still not quite, as Shuichi Kodaka continued with his steady form to win easily from Toshihiro Aoki by four shots, having started extremely well at two under but slipped badly over the last three scoring just three points.
Don Everett took third just a shot adrift and two ahead of Konrad Klama, who made it onto the podium for the first time in fourth.
Phil Stevenson, having struggled all week, finally made a slight impact by taking fifth place.
Once again there were no 2’s in the first division but Toshihiro Aoki slipped one in from the edge to take the second division.
Before the presentations were made there were welcome backs for Konrad Klama unfortunately this time without Mike Sanders who is still recovering in Switzerland from a prolonged illness but is hoping to be back with the boys in Pattaya very soon.
Monday, August 27, Pattana B & C – Stableford
1st Don Everett (21) 37pts
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (16) 34pts
3rd Phil Stevenson (22) 32pts
4th Toshihiro Aoki (27) 32pts
5th Terry Hodgkiss (22) 29pts
Following a very difficult time a brighter week was in prospect as the group took on the B and C layouts at Pattana where the condition of the courses was found to be tip top.
Don Everett, having struggled to get near to his handicap in the previous week, put in a solid performance to take his first win of the week by three clear from the ever present Shuichi Kodaka as once again he slipped badly over the back nine scoring just 14 points.
Phil Stevenson did enough to take third place, while helping his playing partner win their four-ball match for the first time this trip, by winning the count back over Toshihiro Aoki having a better 16 to 13 while Terry Hodgkiss slipped into fifth another three shots further back.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Wednesday, August 9, The Emerald – Stableford
1st Don Everett (22) 38pts
2nd Shuichi Kodaka (16) 37pts
3rd Phil Stevenson (22) 33pts
4th Seppo Sadeharju (23) 29pts
5th Konrad Klama (25) 28pts
As the week progressed the scores were getting better all round as Don Everett took his second win of the week, sparking interest as to whether he could prevail in the Medal on Friday to be only the third player to win three in a week out of The Haven.
Once again Shuichi Kodak was to be found on the podium, this time in second spot, with yet another round that could have been better as he finished with 25 points from the last nine holes but had unfortunately started out with a nine that included three 3-pointers and four blank holes.
Phil Stevenson, who had just started to run into form as his holiday runs out, took third place with Seppo Sadeharju in fourth and Konrad Klama in fifth place.
In the 2’s there were no contenders in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka made up for the disappointment of not winning by taking the second division with the sole one of the day.
Friday, August 31, Phoenix (Lakes & Ocean) – Monthly Medals
Division 1 (Blue tees)
1st Jeff Cordiero (9) net 71
2nd Brian Libbey (10) net 72
3rd Siel Revels (5) net 76
Division 2 (White tees)
1st Paul Taylor (20) net 67
2nd Stephen Beard (22) net 72
3rd Konrad Klama (25) net 75
Jeff Cordiero played exceptionally well to take the August first division Medal with a three under the CSS for the day round that included a two and a back nine of three over gross, which was just sufficient to consign Brian Libbey into second place and deny him a second Medal in the current year’s series, having won his first in March with a score that was three shots worse than this time out as he finished with an uncharacteristic double bogey seven.
Seil Revels took third place with a round that did not include a six on the card.
In the second division Paul Taylor took his second Medal of the year and his second in succession, with an outstanding round that was his best return for over two years, as he has struggled to get back to fitness following a serious shoulder injury. His day’s return was seven better than his previous winning score over the same course.
Paul’s great round also ensured that Stephen Beard did not win his second Medal of the year as he returned a level handicap round and had to settle for second place ahead of a three-way count back for third that was won by Don Everett with a better 25.7 on the last six over Seppo Sadeharju with 26.4 and Konrad Klama with 27.7 after they had tied the back nine on 39.5 a piece.
At last the first division 2’s pool was taken with David Lowe and Jeff Cordiero getting one each while the second division was taken by Paul Taylor to add a silver lining to his brilliant day.
Before the presentations there was welcome back for Lyle Blaw and also a farewell for Toshihro Aoki after a short but successful stay.
Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 or call in to The Haven Hotel, at 185 Soi 13, between Beach Road and 2nd Road. All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days you wish to play. A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.