Mark Armstrong does it again

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IPGC golf from The Haven

Monday, August 22, The Emerald – Stableford

CSS 72

1st Mark Armstrong (22) 40pts

2nd Rod Howett (22) 36pts

3rd Alan Gadsby (18) 36pts

4th Patrick Scullion (20) 34pts

5th Alan Hanlon (11) 33pts

The stormy weather continued but the players were very lucky that the threatened rain did not materialize although the cloud cover continued to provide good conditions for golf but the wet course made scoring difficult.

Mark Armstrong went one better than last week, when he scored 39 points, amassing another 40 even though his handicap had been pared by two as he claimed the top spot by four clear shots.

Mark Armstrong.Mark Armstrong.

Once again his round was underpinned by consistent hitting off the tee, allied on this occasion to an extra measure of accuracy and some excellent putting which all added up to an outstanding round that proved to be his best score ever in both Thailand and Australia and earned another one shot reduction in handicap.

Rod Howett although not playing to his full potential, still did enough to take second place but needed to be better in a count back, which he was, by a margin of 18 to 17for second place as Alan Gadsby took yet another podium placing in third.

After much toiling and sweat over several courses during his stay in Pattaya, Patrick Scullion at last put together a round that almost matched his handicap in taking fourth spot and with just a little bit of luck could have been challenging for the top position.

Alan Hanlon closed out the honourable mentions another shot back in fifth.

Unsurprisingly there were no 2’s in either division.

Before presenting the prizes the Doc welcomed back Cliff Hornsby, Stephen Brown, Nobutaka Yamaguchi, Jens Gunnarsson and warren Gallop.

Wednesday, August 24, Eastern Star – Stableford

CSS 75 NC

1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 32pts

2nd Gavin Hargrave (29) 31pts

3rd Alan Gadsby (18) 30pts

4th Rod Howett (22) 30pts

5th Al Rolnik (17) 30pts

After a tough day out earlier in the week at the other end of Bann Chang, the action moved to Eastern Star where the course was found to be in very good condition allowing for the recent weather, which had left the course extremely wet making the length even longer than usual.  Even though the rule of the day was “lift and place” in the fairways, scoring was at a premium with none of the contestants getting anywhere near to their handicaps as the CSS for the day went out by three shots and the event became a non counting one for handicap purposes.

Shuichi Kodaka.Shuichi Kodaka.

Shuichi Kodaka returned the best card of the day, a hard earned four over, to take the top spot by a single stroke from Gavin Hargrave.

They were followed by a three-way tie a further shot back, that was settled by count back with Alan Gadsby once more getting into the action, winning out with 16 over the inward nine as Rod Howett just pipped Al Rolnik for fourth with a better 10 to 9 on the last six after they had tied at 15 for the nine.

With the conditions much harder it was even more surprisingly than Monday’s result, when there were no 2’s, there was a 2 in both divisions today.  Trevor Schirmer scored one in the first division and Rod Howett had one in the second division.

Note:  The Haven group now departs Soi 13 at the earlier time of 9 am until further notice.  If you would like to play with the group you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 or call in to the 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 Mondays, Wednesday,

Fridays and 9.00am on Sundays 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.