Skinner & Carlin grab the gold


IPGC Golf from The Haven

Monday, Dec, 19, Crystal Bay B & C – Stableford

CSS 74

Division 1 (0–17)

1st Andrew Purdie (8) 37pts

2nd Johannes Hansen (13) 32pts

3rd Peter Skinner (9) 32pts

4th Phil Cass (17) 29pts

Division 2 (18+)

1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) 38pts

2nd Brendan Dunne (28) 35pts

3rd Mike Hill (20) 31pts

4th John Carlin (19) 28pts

John Carlin.
John Carlin.

A large group set off for Crystal Bay where the course was found to be in excellent condition, having improved immeasurably from the previous visit and on the day’s results and comments from players it is sure to be well attended the next time it appears on the group’s schedule.

With the course in such good shape, ‘lift and place’ in play on the fairways and with two divisions involved, it was surprising to find the CSS for the day went out two to 74 with just 14% playing to their standard.

The first division was led in by Andrew Purdie with a one-under return after he finished strongly, taking seven points from the last two holes and even eagling the par-5 ninth on the C course.  He was followed by Johannes Hansen, taking his first podium placing with the Haven group after he had won a count back over Peter Skinner with a better 18 to 15.  Peter had looked a possible winner after recording thirteen points from the first five holes but then slipped in a couple of zeros which pulled him back into the pack.  Phil Cass rounded out the first division placements a few more back in fourth place.

The second division was taken by Shuichi Kodaka with the best score of the day as he took 21 points from the back-nine.  Brendan Dunne took second place three behind the leader and four ahead of Mike Hill in third, which left John Carlin in fourth place another three back.

Peter Skinner.
Peter Skinner.

There were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi had the sole one in the second division to sweep the pot clean, unfortunately he missed out the big rollover that had already gone in the last event.

Wednesday, Dec. 21, Khao Kheow A & C – Stableford


1st Pat Murphy (24) 29pts

2nd Benny Hansen (24) 28pts

3rd Alan Pilkington (8) 26pts

4th Johannes Hansen (13) 26pts

5th Andrew Purdie (8) 23pts

6th Brain Randall (35) 23pts

Strangely a much smaller contingent turned out for the usually very popular fortnightly visit to Khao Kheow, where the course was as usual pristine and the welcome very warm for the always helpful staff.

Andrew Purdie.
Andrew Purdie.

With just one division and a ‘lift and place’ local rule in play it was surprising that still no one managed to play to their standard, which meant that the course was too difficult on the day to be assessed for handicap adjustment as the CSS went out to 75.

Pat Murphy took the top step of the podium with a less than memorable round that was still good enough to win ahead of some very useful players.  The front nine in particular was very difficult, giving up an average of just 11 points to the whole field and with the pin positions and speed of the greens causing problems to everyone.

Benny Hansen took second place just one behind Pat and two ahead of a count back between Alan Pilkington and Johannes Hansen that Alan won with a better 13 to 12 after Johannes had scored the best number of points in the field on the front nine.

Andrew Purdie staggered into fifth place after winning a three-way count back with a best 16 to Brian Randall’s 15 and Brendan Dunne’s 15.

There were no 2s in the second division but Andrew Purdie made it an almost worthwhile day with the sole one in the first division that swept the rollover pot clean.

Friday, Dec. 16, Pattaya C.C. – Medal Play

CSS 72

Gold & Silver Medals

Division 1

1st Peter Skinner

2nd Vincent Gras

Division 2

1st John Carlin

2nd Shuichi Kodaka

Monthly Medal

Division 1(0-15)

1st Andrew Purdie (8) net 73

2nd Peter Skinner (9) net 76

3rd Martin Harrington (11) net 78

Division 2 (16+)

1st Benny Hansen (24) net 69

2nd John Carlin (19) net 74

3rd Dave Howden (17) net 74

Pat Murphy.
Pat Murphy.

As usual, the end of year Gold and Silver medal event was held in conjunction with the December monthly medals, which are the first of the series for the following year’s finals.

There were no 2s in either of the divisions.

Peter Skinner skipped almost literally into the first division’s top slot to claim the gold medal ahead of Vincent Gras who took the silver.

The second division was headed by John Carlin who won by count back over Shuichi Kodaka, the latter having to settle for the silver medal.

In the monthly medals, Andrew Purdie won his first medal with the Haven group to claim the first qualifying spot in the first division as Petter Skinner ensured yet another appearance as he took second place ahead of Martin Harrington.

The second division covered the usual suspects plus Benny Hansen, who claimed his first medal and a qualifying slot for next year ahead of John Carlin in second and Dave Howden in third after the latter had won a count back over Shuichi Kodaka with a better 36.5 to 37.