Rodney Hayes back on top

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IPGC golf from The Haven

Monday, July 2, The Emerald – Stableford

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1st Rodney Hayes (14) 34pts

2nd Yasuo Suzuki (12) 34pts

3rd Terry Hodgkiss (22) 31pts

4th Al Keith (5) 29pts

5th Tom McCarthy (20) 28pts

The Emerald is now a fixture as one of the courses that the group will play regularly as they all offer good quality golf at reasonable prices and they join Phoenix, Bangpra, Khao Kheow, Pattana in the favoured group playing twice a month, with other courses Eastern Star, Crystal Bay, Mountain Shadow, Treasure Hill, Greenwood, being played once a month.

The condition of the course was found to be better generally following the recent work on the greens and the fairways also showing signs of improvement although the scores did not reflect that.

Rodney Hayes. Rodney Hayes.

Following the recent rains there was very little run on the fairways to help, leaving many holes out of reach with the shorter irons.

Rodney Hayes fared the best on the day and after starting out very quietly he lit up the back nine following a minor glitch on the tenth where he strangely hit his tee shot out of sight, never to be seen again, to stand at 15 points after 10 holes.  He then took 19 points from the next eight which was easily enough to ensure a win in the count back over Yasuo Suzuki.  Yasuo had started steadily but could not increase the scoring rate and finished with a scratch on the last which sealed the day in Rodney’s favour.

Terry Hodgkiss, now playing from his lowest ever handicap following a very good run of form that has seen it drop four shots in a couple of weeks, did not set the course alight but did well enough against the rest of the field to claim third place ahead of Al Keith, who could not quite get to grips with the course all day.

Tom McCarthy did well enough to finish ahead of many others although he was not writing home immediately about his score when a poor start left him with little chance of a good result having just eleven points after ten holes.

There were no 2’s in the second division but Rodney Hayes scored the lone one in the first division to sweep the pool and add to his day’s haul.

Before presenting the prizes Stephen Beard welcomed back Brian Kelly and also had a farewell for Yasuo Suzuki returning to Japan for a well earned rest after the strains of his latest tour leadership event.

With the IPGC monthly tournament teeing off on Wednesday and The Baan Jing Jai Summer scramble on Friday this was the only event of the week.

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 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 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.