IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, January 2, The Emerald – Stableford
1st Keith Wooley (13) 34pts
2nd Markku Tynell (26) 32pts
3rd Wayne Challis (14) 30pts
4th Rodney Hayes (11) 30pts
With many of the usual suspects suffering from an overindulgence during the New Year’s celebrations it was a much smaller group that gathered for the trip to the Emerald, where as now is usual the local rule of ‘lift and place’ was utilised to make up for the condition of the fairways generally.
Keith Wooley, playing with the group for the first time, was pleasantly surprised to find that two over handicap was sufficient to win straight out of the box and promised to return as soon as possible to continue with the start of the harvest whenever his work schedule allows.
Markku Tynell is another player to find recently that four over will get one onto the podium quite often as the recent weather conditions make playing to handicap a bit of a pipe dream for most, and again took another placing with a score that will see his handicap move in a negative fashion.
Wayne Challis won a count back by 15 to 14 to push Rodney Hayes down to fourth after they had both struggled throughout the round.
Once again there were no 2’s in the second division also there were none in the first division.
Before presenting the prizes Stephen Beard welcomed new member Keith Wooley.
Wednesday everyone was attending at the IPGC monthly Medals a report of which can be found on other pages this week.
Friday, January 6, Pattaya Country Club – Stableford
Division 1 (0–18)
1st Al Keith (5) 36pts
2nd Mike Dabanovich (10) 34pts
3rd Al Rolnik (18) 33pts
Division 2 (19+)
1st Alwyne Burley (19) 39pts
2nd Mike Hill (25) 35pts
3rd Markku Tynell (26) 32pts
After a sufficient recuperation period, a much larger contingent set out for the nearest course in the area at Pattaya Country Club which is showing positive signs of additional work around the greens and fairways and although the distant areas are still rather agricultural in appearance, it is a very good value for money option which takes half the time to reach than many other courses in the area and well worth a visit on a regular basis.
In the first division Al Keith displayed his usual class with a solid level handicap round that as normal produced few fireworks but lots of application to win by two from Mike Dabanovich, who could should and would have won had he not thrown it all away with a scoreless last hole when a simple par 5 would have taken all the marbles and relegated his playing partner Al to second place instead.
Al Rolnik kept it going for most of the round and was rewarded with third spot.
The second division was a much more open result with Alwyne Burley at last finding the right set of hire clubs from the Haven’s storeroom to take his first win by a clear four strokes ahead of Mike Hill in second, with the ever present Markku Tynell again getting paid for a four over return, begging the question of “how many are the others scoring?” in the second division.
Once again there were no 2’s in the first division but at last the second division super pot was laid claim to by no less than two players as Both Markku Tynell and Brian Lewis did what so many had striven to accomplish over a couple of weeks or more of trying, making it a very happy return for Brian and a good reward for all of Markku’s time spent at the range.
Back at The Haven there were welcomes for Dave Bakes and David Weakley and also welcome backs for Brian Lewis, Roar Berger, Alan Hanlon and Ian Potter.
There was also a farewell for Peter Hall returning to Japan to continue his preparations for the next big Triathlon event.
Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 or call in to The Haven 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.