O’Neill excels with lifetime best

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Tony O’Neill (left) & Christer Olsson.
Tony O’Neill (left) & Christer Olsson.

The Haven Golf Society

Monday, Jan. 8, Khao Kheow B & C (yellow tees) – Stableford

CSS 74

Division 1 (0–16)

1st Greg Ignatieff (15) 35pts

2nd Mark Cooper (11) 35pts

3rd Dave Edwards (12) 34pts

4th Allan Hanlon (13) 32pts

Division 2 (17+)

1st Dave LeHane (18) 32pts

2nd Shuichi Kodaka (19) 32pts

3rd Graeme McMenemy (18) 32pts

4th Pat Murphy (25) 31pts

Khao Kheow was found to be in A1 condition but playing quite hard from the yellow tees when the ball strayed from the fairways, as the CSS for the day underlined when it rose two strokes to 74.

The first division was led in by Greg Ignatieff after he won a count back over Mark Cooper with an excellent 16 points to 12 over the back six after they had halved the nine in 19s.  Dave Edwards slipped into third place with a solid two over handicap return and Allan Hanlon took the first of his two podium finishes in fourth another two points behind.

The second division was headed by Dave LeHane who led a three-way count-back with 16 points as Shuichi Kodaka took second place with 15 and Graeme McMenemy, playing in his last competition with the group, in third.  Pat Murphy followed closely behind them in fourth place.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Friday, Jan. 12, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

CSS 71

Division 1 (0–18)

1st Christer Olsson (17) 39pts

2nd David Dines (8) 37pts

3rd Peter Skinner (11) 36pts

4th Allan Hanlon (13) 33pts

5th Kevin Blake (7) 31pts

Division 2 (19+)

1st Tony O’Neill (26) 42pts

2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 39pts

3rd Hal Hart (20) 38pts

4th Shuichi Kodaka (19) 38pts

5th Chris Ross (26) 36pts

Another two divisions were required with the cut being made at an unusually high 18 and below with several of the lower handicappers missing from the starting sheet.

Christer Olsson returned to the group from working abroad to win the first division and posted his best score ever with us, the previous one also being at the Pattaya Country Club course.

David Dines continued his good run of form in second spot just two behind the leader and one ahead of third placed Peter Skinner.  Allan Hanlon placed third followed by Kevin Blake another two points to the rear.

The second division was completely dominated by Tony O’Neill, whose 42 points was another lifetime best in Thailand in a career that spans eight years.  On the way to achieving this result Tony managed to birdie the par five 11th hole with two shots for a very rare five points in a very commendable 23 points for the inward nine.

Brendan Dunne also had a very good day and might have felt he could be the winner after an excellent three under handicap return but on this occasion he had to settle for second place.

Hal Hart then won a count-back for third over Shuichi Kodaka with a better 19 to 18 after they had both gone two under handicap for the round.  That left Chris Ross surprisingly in fifth after a level handicap round which would normally have been higher up the pecking order.

David Dines had the solo 2 in the first division to sweep out the rollover pool whilst Brendan Dunne also achieved the same in the second division to clean out the multi, multi-rollover pot of gold after several events.