Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

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Monday, November 14, Green Valley – Stableford

Today was Noi Emmerson’s 2nd annual charity event in aid of the Pattaya Redemptorist School for the blind and Jomtien Golf organised the day for her.  There were seven ladies out and 51 men in a three divisional stableford competition with various technical prizes to be won in all divisions.  The cut here today was 1-16 in division 1 and 17 + in division 2.

The players chose to start over the water on the first and surprisingly enough the majority of them cleared the hazard.  The course was in good condition and the greens had been slightly sanded but still very slick.

Forty-three points was the best score of the day and Arisa Hennings won the ladies division with this fine tally while Yuza Reginiussen was second one point behind.

The ladies gather at Noi’s for the presentation.The ladies gather at Noi’s for the presentation.

In division 1 the in-form Chris Voller claimed top spot with 40 points ahead of Kari Kuparinen one point behind and Timo Pyykonen, playing off 4, third with 36.

The Irish boy Cully Monks was in the news yet again by winning the second division with 40 points, one ahead of second placed Andy Baber, and ‘count back’ Burnie beat Kevin Meek 19/18 on the back nine after they both came in with 38 points for third.

Near pins prizes went to Sassa, Bryan Rought, Kung Maliporn, Scott Dobbins, Tony Duthie, Josie Monks, Pete Sumner, Arisa Hennings, Frank Ripley and Harold G.

The long putt award was claimed by Graham Johnson while the long drives went to Arisa Hennings, Scott Dobbins and Mike Lewis (an amazing 282 yards).

Longest drive winners on Monday, Mike Lewis and Scott Dobbins accept their awards. Longest drive winners on Monday, Mike Lewis and Scott Dobbins accept their awards.

The ‘2’s were split by Timo Pyykonen (2), Sassa and Chris Voller in A Flight; Jim Connolly, Tony Duthie, Harold G and Bryan Rought in B Flight; and Yui Bietry was the sole winner in the Ladies division.

It was all back to Noi’s restaurant in Soi 10 just off Second Road for the presentation and an open buffet for all golfers and partners.  Thanks go to the sponsors of the day, the Thai Nippon Steel Engineering Co. and Fairways Driving Range.

On a separate note, all at Jomtien Golf were sad to hear news of the passing of Roy Thornton and our sympathies are with his family and friends.

Wednesday, November 16, Treasure Hills – Stableford

A favourite with many people and a tough course, so the discussions the night before and on the journey up the 331 centered on, “what tees shall we play off?”  When we arrived we were told that there were nine temporary tees with most of the yellow and white markers positioned together – so we went for the yellows.

The greens were even faster and slicker than at Green Valley on Monday and this reflected on the scores coming in today.  There we six groups out and 34 was the best recorded score, coming in division 2 from Ian Plummer for the win.  Terry Redding was second on 31 and Paul Chabot third, also with 31.

The cut here today was 4-20 in division 1, and with 32 points Jim Connolly took top spot, with Mike Lewis in second one point behind and Kari Aarnio was third after beating Pete Sumner and Sassa on a 16/13/12 back-nine count back, all three on 28 points.

Near pins went to Kari Kuparinen, Alan Pilkington, Pete Sumner (2), Bryan Priestley, Terry Redding, Roger De Jongth and Burnie Sinclair.

In the ‘2’s today Kari Kuparinen birdied the 17th and Pete Sumner the 182 yard second hole to split the pot in division 1 and on the 6th Roger got the only one in division 2.

Friday, November 18, Eastern Star – Stableford

One week before our 2-day annual club championship and there were still improvements being made here on the fairways and the greens.

Thirty five points was the best score in all three divisions with Bill Bertram winning division 1, and Pete Sumner was second on 33 and one point ahead of Chris Voller.  Andy Baber also scored 35 to win the B Flight with Mike Lewis second and Ian Plummer third with 32. Toi Blair took the ladies division with 28 points and she also birdied the par-three third for the only ‘2’for the ladies.  Bill Bertram also on the same hole made a ‘2’ to take the pot in division 1.