Poole hits purple patch at Green Valley

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Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, March 14, The Emerald – Stableford

There were dark clouds in the distance as we approached Ban Chang but luckily we enjoyed pleasant conditions for 2/3rds of the round before the sun came out and made it very hot.

Another three divisions today and the best score came in from division 2 with 37points from Rudi Schafer, now playing off 17 after being cut 3 shots from the previous week.  Dennis Scougal was second two points behind and Mark Potton took third on 34.

Kari Kuparinen was the winner of division 1 with 33 points while Mike Combs beat Raivo Velsberg on a 16/13 count-back for second after they both shot 30.

Paul Chabot headed division 3 with 33 as Bob Poole took second on 32 and Burnie Sinclair third on 30.

Father and son, Bob and Jon Poole. Father and son, Bob and Jon Poole.

Jean Bruneau and Kari Kuparinen both birdie the 7th to share top flight ‘2’s pot and two rollovers ensue to Green Valley on Wednesday for division 2.

Near pins today went to Mike Combs, Keith Hector, Kari Kuparinen, Chris Voller, Lee Casey, Erkki Pohja, Mark Potton and Rudi Schafer.

It was also good to see Harry Cowling and Keith Hector back with our gang today.

Wednesday, March 16, Green Valley – Stableford

Another overcast day but as always here we teed off bang on time.  There were five ladies out today and the equal cut in the men’s divisions were 5-15, 16-19 and 20+.

As the first group approached the eighth green there were a few spots of rain and this continued for three holes but without causing too many problems for the players.  There was also a short downpour as the second group finished their round but this only lasted for 15 minutes so another lucky day in paradise.

There were an amazing 12 cards returned today with scores of 36 and more, the best of these being Jon Poole’s 45 in division 2.  Toni Stoltsen beat Mark Potton on a 21/19 count-back for second in that division after they both came in with 40 each.

Terry Redding won division 3 with 40 points and Fred Duffy scored 22 on the front nine but only 14 on the back to lose on a 20/14 count-back to Paul Chabot for the runner up spot after they both shot 36 in total.

Playing off 5, Chris Voller took out division 1 with 38 points, Ya Riley was second with 37 and Ted Gardner came in third on 36.

Mam Morel took out the ladies division with 37 points, with Noi Emmerson second on 33.

Near pins were claimed by Miss Kung (2), Srithong Tann, Heikki Alanko, Jon Poole, Harry Vincenzi, Chris Voller, Kari Aarnio (2), Fred Duffy and Terry Redding.

There were two 2’s in division 1, both on the 12th hole and another shared pot for Harry Vincenzi and Chris Voller.  There were three today in division 3, one on the 12th for Kari Aarnio, the 9th for Bryan Rought and the 4th for Toni Stoltsen.

Friday, March 18, Eastern Star – Stableford

Thursday was one of the coolest days most of us have ever experienced here and not taking any chances there were a few players today in long trousers and others with coats on as well, so who knows.  As we approached the course there was a light covering of cloud everywhere and no sun to be seen as yet.  After leaving the first tee it was still reasonably cool but after a couple of holes the sun broke through, it warmed up and we had some glorious conditions for the rest of the round.

An almost similar cut to Wednesday today but the scores in all four divisions were not as high.  Frank Kelly had the best round of the day, winning division 2 with 38 points.  After scoring 22 on the back nine Ya Riley beat Wilf Latham 22/16 for second after they both came in with 37 points.

Jim Lane’s 35 was enough to win division 3, with Allu beating Joe Kubon 17/12 for second after they both scored 32 points.

In his last game with us before his return with Miss Tik to Bavaria, and still playing off 6, Adi Mayer headed division 1 with 34 points.  Charley Lapsley was in second one point behind and Terry Dutson took third with 29.

Toi Blair meanwhile took out the ladies division with 33 points.

In the frame yet again today Frank Kelly birdied the 17th from around two foot to take the only ‘2’ in division 1 while there are none in division 2.

Near pins went to Frank Kelly, Adi Mayer, Wilf Latham, Lee Casey and Harry Riley (2).