Vincenzi victorious in final outing

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Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, Oct. 15, Green Valley – Stableford

After the amount of rain we have been experiencing in the area lately we did not know what to expect here today.  As we drove towards Ban Chang there were heavy clouds in the distance but by the time we reached the course the weather looked more promising.

There were eleven groups out today in three divisions with the cuts at 5-14, 15-19 and 20+ in a stableford comp.  We checked a few fairways and ‘pick, clean and place’ came into play on the first tee.

Jomtien golfers & partners at the Panda Golf Tour Chiang Mai 2012. Jomtien golfers & partners at the Panda Golf Tour Chiang Mai 2012.

In his last game with us before his return to the US, Harry Vincenzi returned the highest score of 39 points to win division 2 ahead of Jean Morel in second two points behind and Kari Aarnio took third with 36.

Grenville Hill topped division 1 with 38 points, Al Griffiths was second on 37 and Jeff Codeiro beat Lindsay Phillips and Jerry Sweetnam on a 12/11 back six count back for third after they all came in with 35 points.

‘Countback’ Burnie won division 3 with 37 points, while Marty Aronson finished second on 33 and Rod Howett third with 30.

Near pins went to Grant Cadell, Al Griffiths, Kari Kuparinen, Dennis Scougal, Jean Morel, Tom Novak, Burnie Sinclair and Harry Vincenzi.

Kari Kuparinen birdied the 9th to take a rollover ‘2’s pot in division 1 while in division 2 a rollover from Phoenix last Wednesday plus today’s was shared by William Chang, Greg Richards and Harry Vincenzi.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, Phoenix – Stableford

Mountain and Lakes was our allocated course for nine groups today and with heavy rain yet again overnight here in Jomtien it was the same old story of what to expect as we all stood on the first tee.  The weather held out until the first group reached the tea station on the first on the Lakes and they were still there 45 minutes later as torrential rain came down, with thunder and lightning in the distance.

Most of the players decided to call it a day but some stayed out and completed their rounds when the rain eased a bit, however the competition had already been voided by then.

Friday, Oct. 19, Eastern Star – Scramble

This course was in a sodden condition earlier in the week and with a pairs scramble we were uncertain whether to cancel today’s game, but after Iain Walshes inspection on Thursday lunchtime and the cart ban being lifted for Friday’s game we decided to go ahead.

It was a very hot morning as we arrived with 17 groups out in a pairs scramble format, with a 40% combined handicap allowance and seven drives required on the card from each player.  There were team ‘2’s as well as individual nearest the pins to play for.

After teeing off we found that some of the holes were still a bit sodden underfoot but the rest of the course was playable.

Individual near pins were won by Darryl Blair, Tony Kay, Pete Sumner, Chris Voller, Frank Kelly and Mike Lewis (2).

Team near pin prizes went to Pete Sumner and Mike Lewis for nearest the pin in three shots on the 4th hole and 8th holes; and to Kari Kuparinen and Reijo Pete for nearest the pin in two shots on the 12th hole.

In the stableford scramble two teams came in with 44 points, but a back nine count back of 22/21 saw Pete Sumner and Mike Lewis get the nod over Chris Voller and Uli Bangberter.  Mikael Andersson and Joe Kubon were in third, just one point further back.

Darryl Blair and Iain Walsh birdied the 17th from 1-foot for the only ‘2’ of the day.