Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, May 21, Green Valley – Stableford
After the Hua Hin trip the numbers have decreased and will stay like this for the next month or so and there were only 23 out today, still keeping two divisions going for the men. Upon arrival here the car park was deserted and with a 10.24 tee off time as always the first group got out 30 minutes ahead of schedule. There should have been 7 groups today but with the last group turning up 20 minutes late and with a few problems at the cashiers desk, no names mentioned, they were back to Jomtien with no game today.
After two months in the doldrums with problems to his back, Mike Missler returned, still playing off 14, to win division 1 with 37 points after tying Mikael Andersson 21/21 on the back nine, 14/14 on the back six and finally edging him with an amazing 9/5 on the back three. Grant Cadell beat Jean Morel for third place on an 18/16 back nine count back after they both came in with 33 points.
Green Valley winners Mike Missler and Rod Howett.
Rodney Howett won division 2 with 35 points, Kari Aarnio was second on 34 and the Jersey boy (with rumours abounding the possible new owner of Siam Cats in two months) John Steel was third with 33.
Can you believe there were no 2’s today in either division so rollovers to Greenwood on Wednesday.
Near pins went to Mikael Andersson, Kari Kuparinen, Ted Morris, Kari Aarnio, Gordon Everingham, Cully Monks and Bryan Rought.
It’s great to see Josie Monks back in the fold at Siam Cats after all her recent health problems, welcome back Josie!
Wednesday, May 23, Greenwood – Stableford
A 45 minute journey up the 331 and the club house here and car park were totally empty – we have never seen it this quiet before. We were allocated the A and B nines as the C is shut and we only encountered a two-ball throughout the day here. The greens on the B have been cored and sanded slightly so this might be the reason but this was unknown to us.
Playing off 5 it didn’t stop Kari Kuparinen with a gross 72, winning division 1 with 41 points. Mikael Andersson was second on 37 and Alan Pilkington took third with 33.
Lee Casey won division 2 with 38 points, ‘Count back’ Burnie was second on 35 and Monday’s winner at Green valley Rod Howett claimed third with a meagre 27.
Mikael Andersson got the only ‘2’ in division 1 and with a rollover from Green Valley he was a happy chappy. In division 2 there are three rollovers to Pattana next Monday.
The cut today was 5-18 in division 1 and 19+ in division 2.
Friday, May 25, Eastern Star – Stableford
There was a very stormy outlook in the distance as we approached Eastern Star and we teed off in a cloud ridden sky with a cool breeze coming off the coast. This lasted for nine holes in really pleasant conditions and then the heat turned up and on the back nine it was scorching with no wind whatsoever.
Two 38’s were recorded in both divisions; Pete Sumner won division 1, Marty Rock was second with a 20/19/19 back nine count back over Chris Voller who in turn beat Frank Kelly 13/12 on the back 6 after they all scored 35 points.
Iain Walsh topped division 2 and the goose boy Cully Monks beat John Harvey who in turn pipped Sid Ottaway with count backs of 19/18/16 after they all scored 34 points.
Pete Sumner and Chris Voller shared the division 1 Eastern Star rollover kitty in the ‘2’s while Sid Ottaway birdied the 6th for two rollovers in division 2.