Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, Jan. 17, The Emerald – Stableford
Eleven groups were out today and there were a few moans about the condition of the course, especially the hard and patchy fairways, but this did not reflect in the scores being returned.
The highest score of the day was in division 2 with Dennis Scougall winning with 38 points. Peter Seward was second just one point behind and in third place was Jim Connelly with 34.
Enjoying his return to action, Wilf Latham, playing off 14, won division 1 with 37 points after beating Kari Kuparinen on a 14/13 back six count-back. Arthur Hancock took third place with 35.
Bruce Gardner is improving his game each week and captured the top podium position in division 3 with 36 points while in second place was Mike Fitzgerald who beat ‘Count-back Burnie’ on the back nine after they both scored 31 points.
Amazingly Jean Utting won the ladies division with just 20 points.
Eugine McGuire got his first ‘2’ with us on the 15th hole to win the pot in division 2, while Arthur Hancock and Kari Kuparinen shared the prize in division 1.
Near pins went to Arthur Hancock, Mike Combs, Paul Chabot, Andy O’Neill, Jim Connelly, Jean Utting, Peter Seward and Les Utting.
We said Bon Voyage today to Jill and Howard Stanley, Bob Poole and Terry Redding, see you all soon!
Wednesday, Jan. 19, Green Valley – Stableford
We still retain our tee off time here at 10.00 a.m. and this has now been booked throughout February and March for every two weeks.
The cut in the divisions today was 5-13 in division 1 and 14-18 in division 2 and 19 plus in division 3, plus the ladies of course.
Pleasant conditions yet again and the Irish boy was back in the frame yet again, winning division 2 with 38 points, well done Cully Monks. Bryan Rought was second two points behind and Jean Bruneau beat Martin MacAteer on a 17/16 back nine count-back after they both scored 35 points.
Jim Connelly’s 36 points was enough to win division 3, with Paul Chabot in second place after out-pointing Mike Fitzgerald on a 19/17 count-back, both on 35 points.
Standing on the 18th tee Chris Voller, playing off 5, had a gross score of one under par and despite recording a six on the last he still did enough to win division 1 with 40 points. Raivo Velsberg was second with 35 and Pete Sumner took third after beating Peter Pedder on a 16/15 count-back, both players returning 34 points each.
Herma Fitzgerald captured the ladies division with 30 points.
There are no ‘2’s in the ladies division, but Jean Bruneau birdied the 4th and Arvo Hiller the 9th and the 12th and Chris Voller the 16th to share the division 1 pot four ways. Cully Monks got a ‘2’ on the 9th for the only prize in division 2.
Near pins today were picked up by Ya Riley, Raivo Velsberg, Chris Voller (2), Jim Connelly, Mike Fitzgerald, Cully Monks and Bryan Rought.
There was a Bon Voyage party back at Siam Cats after the presentation for the old man’s daughter Tina, who was returning to the UK. He provided the food and the bar the live music. Thank you Nom and Ken and Faa and Olaf, a great evening was had by all.
Friday, Jan. 21, Eastern Star – Stableford
There were 6 cancellations overnight otherwise this would have been our largest turnout of the week, but there were still 33 men and 6 ladies out in the competition today.
The cut in the three men’s divisions were almost similar to Wednesday and the scores as well. Lee Casey had the highest score of the day, winning division 3 with 39 points. Glyn Evans was second nine points behind and Larry Ang was third with 29.
Pete Sumner, playing off 8, won division 1 with 38 points while Takimoti took second on 35 and in third position was Tony Thorne who beat Ya Riley on a 19/16 count back after they both came in with 33 points.
Harry Riley bounced back to win division 2 with 35 points and Joe Peters was second four points behind with Jerry McCarthy in third on 30 points.
Thea won the ladies division with 33 points with Claude Hayem second on 30.
Takimoto birdied the 3rd to get the rollover ‘2’s pot in division 1 and there none in any of the other flight.
Nearest the pins were won by Noi Emmerson (2), Arthur Hancock, Ya Riley, Takimoto, Tony Thorne, Paul Chabot and Joe Peters.
Note: Our 14th annual visit to Hua Hin has been penciled in for the second week of May, departing on Sat 8th, with two rounds at Black Mountain on the Monday and Friday and the selection of the other two courses will be decided nearer the time regarding conditions and green fees. The joining sheet is now on the board at Siam Cats, costs for the golf and accommodation will be updated soon.
There are also rumours abounding that Miss Nom is returning to the flock after a three month absence.