Wellman excels again

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IPGC Golf from The Haven

Monday, March 30, Greenwood A & C – Monthly Medals

Division 1 (0–15)

White tees

CSS 75 NC

1st Trevor Schirmer (13) net 77

2nd Tom Charron (9) net 83

Division 2 (16+)

Yellow tees

CSS 69

1st Hal Hart (20) net 72

2nd Phil Stevenson (25) net 76

3rd Wilf Wellman (29) net 82

4th John Carlin (19) net 82

After the mistakenly organised dry run on the previous Friday this was the actual day for the monthly medals, with the first division playing from the white tees and the second from the yellows.  In the event the whites were a much tougher proposition with just two finishers, both of whom will qualify for the end of year Gold and Silvers.

Wilf Wellman & Trevor Schirmer.Wilf Wellman & Trevor Schirmer.

The course was extremely wet and offered little or no run on the fairways following heavy rains, although the greens were the total opposite, being hard and fast, which all made for a difficult test under medal conditions.

Trevor Schirmer won the first division this time, after previously having qualified as a runner up in February, by six shots ahead of Tom Charron.  Both players were unable to get the better of the course however, which meant that the CSS for the day went out to 75 and became non-counting for upward review.

The second division was led in by Hal Hart, as he added his name to the list of contenders for the end of the year.  After starting out with three doubles he then settled down to complete a solid round marred only by a triple on the difficult C9, but was still good enough to win by four ahead of Phil Stevenson, who was playing his last round prior to the long march back to the North of England.

Wilf Wellman continued to figure on the podium with his third place after winning a count back over John Carlin with a better 42.5 to 44.5 result on the back nine.

With the courses playing so hard it was not surprising that there were no 2’s in either division.

Wednesday, April 1, Pattana A & B – Stableford

Yellow tees

CSS 75

1st Walter Panichi (1) 38pts

2nd Rod Crosswell (15) 32pts

3rd Mike Korney (19) 32pts

4th Trevor Schirmer (13) 31pts

It was another day when the course was well ahead of the majority of the field and which saw the CSS move out three to 75, but this time it remained counting as Walter Panichi put on a master class, shooting a one under gross 72 and covering the inward half in 34 with the only six on the card being the par 6 A6.

Hal Hart & Walter Panichi.Hal Hart & Walter Panichi.

Walter won by six clear from Rod Crosswell who took a well earned second place after he had won a count back over Mike Korney with a better 19 to 16, which left Trevor Schirmer in fourth another stroke behind them.

As usual, Walter had a 2, and on this occasion alone, to take the rollover pot.

Friday, April 3, Mt. Shadow – Stableford

CSS 75 NC

1st Wilf Wellman (29) 32pts

2nd Bruce Kusyk (13) 31pts

3rd Trevor Schirmer (13) 31pts

4th Shuichi Kodaka (16) 29pts

5th Peter Skinner (11) 28pts

After two very difficult days earlier in the week there was to be no respite as the group took on another tough challenge in Mountain Shadow.  The course was found to be in very good condition but still no easier, even though the greens were not so difficult to handle as usual and again the wet fairway conditions did not help.  Even with a good quality field the scoring again spiraled upwards and the CSS went out to 75 for the third time in the week.

However, every cloud potentially has a silver lining and on this occasion it was to the benefit of Wilf Wellman who added yet another notch to his golf bag as he swept to the top of the leader board.  After opening up a huge halfway point lead, turning the corner three ahead of his nearest challenger Trevor Schirmer and five ahead of eventual second place man Bruce Kusyk, a slight hiccup in the middle of the back nine allowed them both to close the gap, but Wilf had saved just sufficient in the old toolbox and slipped in a three-pointer on the last to seal the deal by the slimmest of margins.

Bruce Kusyk finally claimed second place following a count back over Trevor Schirmer when he won with a better 17 to 15 as they finished two in front of Shuichi Kodaka, with Peter Skinner another one back in fifth place.

There were no 2’s in either of the divisions and in fact only four 3’s as the par threes played at about their toughest on the day.

Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact 038 710 988 or call in to The Haven Hotel, 185 Soi 13, situated between Beach Road and 2nd Road.  All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.15 on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play.

If you would like to leave your golf clubs at The Haven, there are usually lockers available at a nominal charge.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.