The scribe takes the plaudits at Eastern Star

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Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, Oct. 28, Plutaluang – Stableford

Despite a few cancellations after the previous week’s trip to Chiang Mai, there were still five groups out today playing the East and South courses at Navy.

Returning to his winning ways, Billy ‘the Bandit’ Fitzgerald topped division 1 with 39 points to finish three clear of Terry Madsen in second and a further one up on Gerry Cooke in third.

Bryan Priestley was the winner in division 2 with 35 points and Peter Davies beat Burnie Sinclair on a 16/15 back nine count back for second after they both came in with 32 points each.

Gerry Cooke, Billy Fitzgerald and Magne Gunnarson.Gerry Cooke, Billy Fitzgerald and Magne Gunnarson.

Near pins went to Billy Fitzgerald (2), Terry Madsen, Dennis Scougall, Peter Davies (2), Miss Nut and Sid Ottaway.

There are no ‘2’’s in either division so rollovers to Pleasant Valley on Friday.

Finally, there were warm welcome returns today to Jim Connelly, Gerry Cooke and from the Falkland isles, Peter Grant.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, Eastern Star – Stableford

It was another fine day at Eastern Star on Wednesday for the 27 players and the scribe chose today to record his best score for at least six months, winning division 2 with 40 points.  William Chang came second in that division, beating Iain Walsh on a 19/17 back nine count back after both came in with 34 points apiece.

Pete Sumner, back from the UK after four months with his lovely lady, topped division 1 with 36 points while Frank Kelly took second one point behind and Wilf Latham completed the podium on 33.

Near pins were won by Wilf Latham, Pete Sumner, Tony Thorne, Chris Voller, William Chang, Peter Davies, Glyn Evans and Bob Poole.

Wilf Latham and Chris Voller both birdied the 172 yard par three 17th to share the ‘2’s pot in division 1 while Andy Baber recorded the only ‘2’ in the second flight to claim the rollover pot.

We all wished Burnie Sinclair many happy returns back at the bar and the bell was rung a few times back by the birthday boy himself.  Many thanks Burnie!

Friday, Nov. 1, Pleasant Valley – Stableford

There is still some debate here among our players as to which set of tees are the best ones to play from so for the foreseeable future the first division will play off the blues and the second flight will tee it up on the whites.

Today everyone was off the white markers and it was reflected in the better than average scores as Marty Rock took out the division 1 win with 39 points ahead of Billy Fitzgerald in second on 38 and Terry Madsen third with 37.

Gerry Cooke beat Curtis Hessler on an 18/17 back-nine count back to win division 2, both with 39 points, while Magne Gunnarson, with 25 points on the front nine, came in third with 37 in total.

Near pins went to Mike Lewis, Terry Madsen (2), Marty Rock, Marty Aronson, Gerry Cooke (2) and Ray Gott.

Terry Madsen and Marty Rock shared the 2 rollover pot in division 1 after they both birdied the eighth hole and Gerry Cooke took the maximum in division 2 after a ‘2’ on the 5th.

There were a few remarks regarding the condition of the greens here today but our next visit is not for five weeks and with a great green fee for the high season we will be back.

As a final note, it was great to see Roger De Jongh, Keith Mounsey and John Walsh back with us this week.