Jomtien golf with the IPGC
Monday, June 3, Pattana – Stableford
The wet season is here again and as we drove up the 331 it did not look promising, with some very dark and rolling clouds as we approached the course. It was deserted here and with the A course shut we were allocated the B and C nines today. It was still very gloomy as we teed off and this stayed the same for the next nine holes with a few spots of rain.
No problems so far but the thunder and lightning started as the last group was halfway down the 10th fairway and the marshall called them in to a safe place and also all the groups in front had been taken off course as well.
The skies were very dark and we resumed our game after a thirty minute stoppage, but still no sign of any rain, and we all came in after 18 holes with threatening clouds throughout the round but no rain, amazing!
There were two 35’s in today with Colin James recording one of them to win division 1. Welcome back to Takashi Hakozaki, still playing off 10, who came in second with 34 and Billy Fitzgerald was third on 33.
Andy Oz was the winner in division 2 on the other 35, with ‘Count back’ Burnie in second place three points behind and Glenn King took third with 31.
Colin James birdied C2 to take the ‘2’s pot in the second division while a rollover ensued to the Emerald in division 1.
Wednesday, June 5, The Emerald – Stableford
Yet again there was heavy rain overnight here in Jomtien and bursts of showers early morning and there were seven cancellations, so only 5 groups made the trip. There were a few slight showers before we teed off but we went out on time.
A cut of 8-17 today in division 1 and Jerry Sweetnam returned a score of 36 to take first place ahead of Curtis Hessler the Welsh wizard in second one point behind, and Terry Madsen was third after beating Pete Sumner 17/17 and 11/11 and 6/4 on count back on the last three holes, both on 31.
Miss Nut, now playing off the white tees with a handicap of 23, returned her best score for many months to win division 2 with 36 points. Neil gamble came in second, beating Lee Casey on a 17/15 back nine count back after they both scored 33 points.
There were no ‘2’s today so a rollover in both divisions to Treasure Hills on Monday.
It was also time to say Bon Voyage to Pete Sumner and his lovely wife; we will all see you in three months.
Friday, June 7, Eastern Star – Rainbow Stableford
Every couple of months we have a fun game courtesy of the rollover kitty. Today was a two divisional comp with each player selecting six red, six white and six blues to tee off from. This is a game of logic for the individual player and some of the remarks afterwards were, “I played all the par threes off the reds because I had a better chance of winning nearest the pins,” or “I played all the par threes off the blues because I can hit my driver straighter than a medium iron shot,” etc. and this went on and on with many other interesting ideas and solutions.
There were seven groups out with the cut at 5-17 in division 1 and Ted Gardner won that flight with 36 points. Lindsay Phillips came in second three points behind Ted and Martin Grimoldby took third with 32, beating Marty Rock on a 12/10 back six count back.
Thirty-six was also the winning score in division 2 for Iain Walsh while the organiser claimed second on 35 after some remarkable tee shots never been seen before, and Pepo Frick was third with 32 points.
Everybody enjoyed the format, it made a nice change and the weather was brilliant today. It was also great to see Harry Riley back in the fold.
Near pins went to Paul Butler (2), Jerry Sweetnam, Neil Gamble, Ian Hart, Harry Riley and Burnie Sinclair.
Other technical prizes were claimed by Martin Grimoldby and Ian Hart (Nearest pin in two shots #Hole 2), Ted Gardner and Harry Riley (Nearest pin in three shots #Hole 8), Lindsay Phillips and Colin James (Straightest Drives #Hole 9), Martin Grimoldby and Neil Gamble (Nearest pin in two shots #Hole 12), and Ted Gardner and Rod Howett (Nearest pin in three shots #Hole 16).
There were no ‘2’s in the top flight but Glyn Evans birdied both the 13th and 17th with 8ft and 25ft putts respectively to clean up the pot in division 2 (never been seen before and probably never will again!)