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Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, March 11, Pattaya Country Club – Stableford

This was our last visit here until the front-nine renovation has been completed and there is no definite date yet from the management as to when the work will be finished.

It was a very warm and sticky day as we arrived 45 minutes before our scheduled tee off time of 9.42 but with a few words with the starter we were able to tee off just after nine o’clock.

Alan Maxwell and Jean Morel returned the best scores of the day in division 1, both playing off 16, and the two of them scored 39 points each but Alan beat Jean on a 19/18 back nine count back.  The Scottish boy Iain Usher was third with 38 points.

Phoenix winners:  Chris Voller, Rod Howett, Grant Cadell, Wendy Chetland, Andy Oz and Bryan Rought.Phoenix winners:  Chris Voller, Rod Howett, Grant Cadell, Wendy Chetland, Andy Oz and Bryan Rought.

Randy Flello’s 37 beat Welshman David Phillips’ similar score on a 21/16 back nine count back to win division 2 and the cockney boy Rod Howett was third with 35 after edging Rudi Schaefer, Darryl Blair and Sid Ottaway on a 19/18/18/17 count back.

Daeng Onsakon, playing off 17, topped the ladies division with 34 points.

Near pins went to Gerry Cooke, Jean Morel, Jerry Sweetnam, Chris Voller, Ernst Baumaun, Darryl Blair and Andy Oz.

Jean Morel birdied the 7th and Dennis Scougall the 12th to share the ‘2’s pot in division 1 while Andy Oz and David Phillips both birdied the 12th in division 2.  It must be an easy course on the par three’s with these names appearing on the winners list!

Wednesday, March 13, Phoenix – Stableford

The courses seem to be very empty for this time of the year, the normal low season for us used to start around the second week of April but for the last couple of games there has been nobody around.

There were eleven groups out today with one three-ball out first twenty minutes ahead of our scheduled tee time of 10.00am and playing our allocated Lakes and Ocean nines they went round in three hours and 25 minutes.  There have been a few discussions and debates regarding slow play over the past couple of weeks so we will be having a slightly re-organised starting block, but today all 10 four-balls kept up with the group in front.

Wendy Chetland, playing off 28, won the ladies division with 37 points and Anna Marie Usher was second with 36 points.

Adrian Shelley, alias Andy Oz, claimed third division honours with 38 points, beating arch rivals Rod Howett and Mark Armstrong in the process.  Those two both had 36 points but Rod beat Mark on a 21/18 back nine count back for second spot.

In division 2 Eiichi Matsumoto was the winner with an even par 36 points, Bryan Rought, aka ‘Mr. Happy’ came in second two points behind and in third place was Grant Cadell who beat Dennis Scougall on a 13/10 back six count back after they both scored 33 points.

Mike Chatt scored 37 points to top division 1, three ahead of Chris Voller in second who beat Wichai Tanunsorn on a 21/17 back nine count back.

Near pins were won by Martin Grimoldby, Dennis Scougal, Chris Voller, Jim Connelly, Rod Howett and David Phillips.

For a historic first, Bryan Rought birdied the Lakes 7 and Ocean 7 to scoop the ‘2’s pot in division 1, while there was a rollover to Pleasant Valley in division 2.

Friday, March 15, Eastern Star – Stableford

It was another very hot day here without any breeze at all and the numbers were slightly down today due to the condition of the course, especially the 13th and 18th greens. However, after the round there were quite a few positive remarks regarding the slight improvement in general and the 13th hole had been completely leveled out with the new green additions.

Darryl Blair returned the best score in the two divisions, winning the second with 37 points while Rod Howett was three points behind and in third place was Joe Kubon with 33.

There were three scores of 33 in division 1 and Jerry Sweetnam came out on top with a 17/14/14 count back after beating Karl Flood into second place and Chris Voller into third.

The Irish boy Cully Monks birdied the 13th to take rollover ‘2’s pot in division 2 and there are no two’s in division 1 so all to look forward to next Friday.

Near pins were claimed by Bill Bertram, Mike Smith, Cully Monks and John Williams.

The Eastern Star pot is building up again ready for the two round contest on Mon 8th and Friday 12th April.  We are still waiting for the green fee prices for Hua Hin 2013 for our annual trip departing on May 11th but we will update all of our members soon.