Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, April 2, Phoenix – Stableford
Our first visit here since the low season last year and with diminishing numbers now each week we had a reasonable turnout of 3 ladies and 33 men today. As with the majority of courses this time of the year, all holes on the Lakes nine have been holitized and this was closed today so we were allocated the Mountain and Ocean.
The cut in the three men’s divisions was 6-16, 17-20 and 21+. It was a very hot and humid day with a slight breeze on some of the holes.
Phoenix winners: Bryan Rought, Lee Casey and ‘Count-back’ Burnie.
In his last round with us before he departed back to the Scottish Highlands, the telephone box boy, Dennis Scougall, recorded his best score over the past six months to win division 1 with 40 points. 38 points came into the configuration for second place with Al Keith playing off 6 beating Kari Kuparinen, also with a six handicap, on a 20/19 back nine count back.
The Belgium boy Willy Van Heetvelde won division 3 with 35 points, Lee Casey was second two points behind, and with his last game with us as well, Yves Bosset beat Ian Plummer 15/14 on the back nine after they both came in with 31 points.
Another 35 points in division 2 won it for Bryan Rought and there were three 32’s in contention for the next two places; Erik Reginiussen had 19 on the back nine, ‘Count-back’ Burnie 17 and Jean Morel lost out with 16.
Yuza Reginiussen topped the ladies division with 39 points.
Al Keith birdied Mountain 8 and Ocean 5 and Dennis Scougall Ocean 7 to share the ‘2’s pot in division 1 while Burnie Sinclair had a ‘2’ on Ocean 5 to be a happy man in division 2.
Near Pins went to Yuza Reginiussen, Al Keith, Ron Miller (2), Dennis Scougall, Lee Casey, Ian Plummer, John Sewell and Burnie Sinclair.
It was bon voyage eventually to Dennis Scougall and Pranee and Yves Bosset who go back to France, and Ron Miller back to Minnesota. Back in the clubhouse after the round there were many comments regarding the reduction in beer and food prices in the restaurant and this went down well.
Thursday, April 5, Eastern Star – Stableford
We brought forward our normal Friday gathering here by one day due to a public holiday. There was torrential rain as we drove down the 331 and this lasted for 15 minutes or more but as we U turned on the 3 to the approach to Eastern Star it had cleared and there was no threat for the rest of the day.
Iain Walsh, a new member with us and living on the course, recorded the best score of the day, winning division 2 with 34 points. Mark Armstrong was in second on 31 and in third place one point behind was Walter Webber.
In division 1 there was a 17/16/15 back nine count back for three players after they all came in with 32 points; Chris Voller was top of the podium, Frank Kelly came second and Jon Lay took third.
In the ‘2’’s there were four rollovers for next Friday in division 2 and in division 1 Chris Voller birdied the 6th to take the rollover pot.