Skinner & O’Sullivan take the medals

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Peter Skinner.
Peter Skinner.

The Haven Golf Society

Monday, Oct. 23, Treasure Hill (white tees) – Stableford

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1st Steve Burton (14) 36pts

2nd Banjo Bannister (13) 33pts

3rd Erik Donnestad (5) 30pts

4th Brendan Dunne (28) 30pts

5th Trevor Schirmer (15) 29pts

6th Yukio Kikuchi (17) 29pts

The scores improved this past week and although the first two events saw the CSS go up, at least they remained counting.

Steve Burton, playing in his last competition before returning north, took the win with a solid level handicap round, which is always likely to be among the top results at the difficult Treasure Hill course especially from the white tees.

Banjo Bannister ran him closest, three shots behind in second place and a further three in front of a count-back for third.  That was won by Erik Donnestad with a better 18 to 15 to leave Brendan Dunne in fourth spot.

Trevor Schirmer then won another count-back over Yukio Kikuchi for fifth place with a better 10 to 9 over the last six after they had tied the nine 15 apiece.

Erik Donnestad birdied the 172-yard 13th hole to share the first division 2s pool with Trevor Schirmer who had his 2 on the 141-yard 17th, whilst Brendan Dunne cleaned out the multi-rollover pool in the second division with a delicate birdie on the 107-yard 6th hole.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, Khao Kheow B & C (yellow tees) – Stableford

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1st Jon Batty (6) 36pts

2nd Mark Cooper (11) 32pts

3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 32pts

4th Banjo Bannister (13) 32pts

5th Mark Lang (6) 28pts

6th Dave LeHane (18) 26pts

Another very tough day, which saw the CSS go out 3 shots from the standard 72, resulted in Jon Batty taking the win and being the sole player to play to his handicap.  Jon plated the front half particularly well at two over gross and then dropped just one shot to handicap over the closing nine to win by four clear.

Mark Cooper won a count-back over Shuichi Kodaka (11 to 9) on the last 6 holes after they had tied the back nine at 16 each.

Banjo Bannister was initially involved with the count back but took just 15 from the back nine so had to settle for fourth ahead of Mark Lang in fifth and Dave LeHane in sixth.

There were no ‘2’s in the second division but Jon Batty added to his day’s collection with one on the 168-yard B3 hole to sweep the pool.

Friday, Oct. 27, Pattaya C.C. – Monthly Medals

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Division 1 (0-15)

1st Peter Skinner (10) net 70

2nd Banjo Bannister (13) net 73

3rd Kevin Blake (7) net 73

Division 1 (16+)

1st John O’Sullivan (25) net 66

2nd Brendan Dunne (28) net 73

3rd Hal Hart (20) net 73

John O’Sullivan.
John O’Sullivan.

Peter Skinner won his second medal of the year by three clear strokes on Friday, ahead of a count-back for second and third that Banjo Bannister won with a better 33.5 to 35.5 over Kevin Blake to become the thirteenth qualifier in the first division for the end of year Gold & Silver event and leaving Kevin with just one more event in November to try and qualify himself.

John O’Sullivan became the sixteenth second division qualifier as he won the second division medal at a canter at six-under handicap and easily the best qualifier in the division, so he will be looking forward to adding to his trophy cabinet in December as the favourite starter.

Brendan Dunne won a three-way count back for second place with a better 22.7 to 24,7 over the last six holes to leave Hal Hart in third after they had shared the back nine on 36 each, and also leaving Murray Edwards in fourth after he could muster just 36.5 from the back nine.

There were no 2s in the first division but Shuichi Kodaka ensured a full on weekend when he swept the second division pot clean with his solo effort on the 178-yard 5th hole and then spent the next thirteen worrying.