Thorne squeezes out 40- pointer at damp Eastern Star

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Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, Feb. 28, Green Valley – Stableford.

There was heavy rain overnight here in Jomtien and a few showers early morning and we were all not sure what to expect today.  We have been so lucky lately with the weather on golfing days with this intermittent rain, unheard of normally for this time of the year.

There were only two divisions for the men today with the cut at 5-15 and 16+ and of course the ladies as well.

Playing off 9 the best score of the day in all three divisions was 39 points, well done Raivo Velsberg who won the top flight.  In second place was Tony Thorne on 37 points and Georges Faber beat Yasuo Suzuki 22/19 on the back nine for third after they both came in with 36’s.

Green Valley winners - Valentina Hiller and Raivo Velsberg. Green Valley winners – Valentina Hiller and Raivo Velsberg.

Kari Aarnio won division 2 with 36 points, that Frenchman Jean Morel was second three points behind and Jerry McCarthy edged Harry Vincenzi 10/9 on a back six count-back for third place after they both scored 32 points each.

Valentina Hiller meanwhile took the ladies division with just 28 points.

Timo Ahvenainen birdied the ninth and Adi Mayer the twelfth to share the ‘2’s pot in division 1 and in division 2, Kari Aarnio, Fred Duffy, Ernst Egeskog and Jean Morel shared the rollover purse.

Near pins went to Pranee Bossett, Mikael Andersson, Georges Faber, Raivo Velsberg, Harry Vincenzi, Jim Connelly and Jean Morel.

Friday, March 4, Eastern Star – Stableford

There were 57 names down on the sheet on Thursday evening at Siam Cats with seven ladies playing but as the evening progressed a few cancellations came in and four no shows the next morning left us down to 4 ladies and 44 men in four divisions.  The reason was torrential rain in the Ban Chang area starting at around 7.00 a.m. and lasting for over an hour.

As we drove towards Eastern Star the clouds were very heavy in the distance and there was a very light drizzle.  The first of the 13 groups teed off and the light rain lasted until the fifth hole, then the skies brightened slowly and conditions improved throughout the round.  This was reflected in the scores today with the best in division 1 for Tony Thorne winning with 40 points, playing off six, while Adi Mayer was second with 33 and Steve Jones beat Paul Butler and Kari Kuparinen 20/18/17 on count-back after they all scored 31 points.

There was an amazing cut in division 2 of 15-17 with 14 players and Arvo Hiller won it with 37 points.  Dennis Scougall took second place on 35 points and Grant Cadell came in third with 34.

Joe Peters won division 3 with an even par 36 points, William Chang was one point behind for second and in third place was Tony Holehouse on 34.

Noi Emmerson topped the ladies division with 38 points.

Two birdies on the third hole helped Wilf Latham and Tony Thorne share the rollover ‘2’s pot in division 1 and there were no successful candidates today in the second division so four rollovers moving on to next week’s extravaganza game here.

Near pins were claimed by Mam Morel (2), Paul Butler, Risto Hakkenen, Tony Thorne (2), Lee Casey and Joe Peters.