Speirs in sublime form with 40-pointer


Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, May 16, The Emerald – Stableford

After a hectic and enjoyable week in Hua Hin there were eight cancellations overnight so numbers were well down today and there was only one division out.  Apart from one other society here the course was deserted after we all teed off.  

‘Kermit the frog’ was playing today and won the competition with 32 points ahead of ‘Count-back’ Burnie in second with 29.

There were no ‘2’s in either division so rollovers to Wednesday at Pattaya Country Club.

Wednesday, May 18, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

There were 23 names on the list on Tuesday evening at Siam Cats for today’s game but the rain started here at 7.15 a.m. the next day and became horrendous 30 minutes later, lasting almost an hour and with the worst flooding in Soi 5 for a long time the field was cut to 11 players through last minute cancellations and no shows.

Andy Baber - the division 2 winner at Eastern Star. Andy Baber – the division 2 winner at Eastern Star.

We arrived at the course and a slight drizzle was with us for the first two holes but then nothing for the rest of the round.

Ian Speirs, playing off 9, won division 1 with 40 points ahead of Kari Aarnio in second with 35.  Ben Findon beat Bryan Rought in the second division on a 21/15 back nine count-back after they both scored 37 points and in the ‘2’s Grenville Hill birdied the tough 16th to be the only winner in division 1 and Ben Findon the 12th in division 2.

There was a warm welcome back to Jomtien Golf for Alan Bissell after three months in darkest Africa.

Friday, May 20, Eastern Star – Stableford

Almost back to reality for this time of the year as there were 19 out today and we were playing the front nine twice due to the renovation to the back nine greens.  The first hole, with the improvement to the green, was just acceptable but it was up and down over the next eight but for 400 baht some were happy and others not, so we have cancelled next Friday and will return in two weeks.

There were only two putts allocated on each green so a non-counting round today.

Jim Lane won division 2 with 36 points and Neil Gamble beat Joe Kubon on a 18/17 back 9 count-back for second after they both shot 35.

Andy Baber (the lad with no car) beat Pete Sumner 17/16 on the back nine after they both came in with 33 points in division 1, and Mike Missler was third with 30.

It was bon voyage to Steve Ironside and Terry Redding for a six week trip back to Oz, we will all be looking after his lady Pim for all of this time, rest assured Terry.

After our trip to Hua Hin, which was enjoyed by most, we are now researching a trip to Chang Mai playing  golf on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday departing on the weekend of the 10th September, all details will be in the bar next month.