Pattaya to stage International rally for King’s Cup
Six nations confirm participation
October 12 to 14 will see the 19th International Rally of Thailand
taking place, with drivers from home and overseas competing for the King’s
Udomsak Chan-On (Directing Organizer of the Rally) said this year’s rally
promises to be a great showcase for motor-sport in the kingdom.
The rally is being organized by the Foundation of International Automobiles
Federation working in conjunction with the Royal Automobile Association of
Thailand and International Rally (Thailand) Co Ltd.
Held under Royal patronage, the rally has been held every year since 1989
and teams will be competing for the King’s Cup, which has been the permanent
trophy for this race since 2002.
The cars will leave from Walking Street and take the coastal roads through
Rayong, Chonburi and Chachoengsao, said organizing director Udomsak Chan-On,
announcing the rally on September 13.
Teams from New Zealand, China, Japan, Malaysia, Russia and Thailand will
take part and Japan and Malaysia have already confirmed they will each be
sending four cars.
Thai drivers Supot Kasikarm and Wittaya Ruekchan have prepared a Mitsubishi
Evo 9 for competition in this rally and will have another group of 30
Mitsubishi Lancers attending.
Top teams from around the world will be
competing next month for the King’s Cup at the 19th International Rally of
Thailand Tennis Open
kicks-off this weekend
Six of the world’s top 10 mens
tennis players will be on show at Bangkok’s Impact Arena next week for the
2007 Thailand Open.
(Photo courtesy thailandopen.org)
Six of the world’s top 10 players headline the final
playing list competing in the USD550,000 Thailand Open from September 22-30
at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.
Tournament organizers BEC-Tero have unveiled the final list which is
headlined by world #2 Rafael Nadal, #3 Novak Djokovic, #5 Andy Roddick, #8
David Ferrer, #9 Tomas Berdych and #10 Tommy Haas.
“We were absolutely delighted when we had half of the world’s top 10
confirmed,” said BEC-Tero Managing Director Brian L. Marcar. “But with David
Ferrer’s amazing run to the semi-finals at the US Open last week, he now
jumps into the top 10 as well. Our field is on par with some of the ATP’s
Masters Series events.”
Other stars competing include Sweden’s Thomas Johansson, Joachim Johansson
and Robin Soderling, Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic, Korea’s Hyung-Taik Lee,
German Benjamin Becker and Russian Dmitry Tursunov.
Also confirmed are Americans Vince Spadea, Sam Querrey and Michael Russell,
Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, Argentina’s Jose Acasuso,
Diego Hartfield and Carlos Berlocq, Austrian Werner Eschauer, Michael Llodra
and Nicolas Mahut from France, and Frank Dancevic from Canada.
Thailand’s Danai Udomchoke has received a wildcard into the tournament main
draw. “With the race on for only eight places in the season-ending Masters
Cup in Shanghai, the ranking points from the Thailand Open will be
particularly important for Roddick, Ferrer, Berdych and Haas who are still
trying to secure a place in the Shanghai field,” Mr. Marcar added. “They
will be determined to perform well in Bangkok. It is going to be an amazing
The ceremony for the main draw of the event will be held on Sunday September
23 at 2pm.
Tickets for the Qualifying Rounds are 300 baht, while tickets for first
round and second round matches are 500 and 800 baht.
Tickets for quarter-finals, which will be held on September 28, semi-finals
on September 29 and the finals on September 30 are 1,000 and 1,500 baht per
Thailand Open tickets are available at all Thai Ticketmajor outlets or by
calling 0 262 3456 or at www.thaiticketmajor.com. VIP Boxes are available by
calling 02 262 3900.
Fairer sex hit the fairways
The Ladies Eastern Region Golf Club
Thursday, September 13, Plutaluang,
A new golfing group, aimed primarily at the lady golfers in the
Pattaya area, has recently formed and held their second outing last week.
Some 40 players attended the stroke-play event on Plutaluang’s South & East
layouts and the winner with a very respectable net 67 was Malee Jongjoho
with second placed Wongwan Penninpky trailing in some eight shots back on
The next tournament will be held at the Emerald, Ban Chang on Thursday,
October 11 and all lady golfers are invited to take part.
The group meets on golfing days outside the Ruen Thai Restaurant on Pattaya
2nd Road, opposite the Royal Garden Plaza and transport is available to the
course. For further details contact the society president Nawarat Khakhai on
081 996 9160.
The lady golfers assemble for
their September outing to Plutaluang.
John R takes
Megabreak 9-Ball Handicap Pool League
Round 4 Results
Ian Shoot Pool 3 – Jon Megabreak 0
Jon Megabreak 3 – Jason 0
Jason 1 – Ian Shoot Pool 3
Robin v John R. N/A
Baz v Robin N/A
John R. v Baz N/A
After getting demolished 3-0 by Ian Shoot Pool in the first match of this
group, Jon Megabreak managed to score a 3-0 victory over Jason, keeping his
hopes of qualifying alive. Ian then went on to beat Jason 3-1 meaning that
Ian and Jon qualified for the semi-finals.
In Group 2, Baz’s withdrawal from the competition on medical grounds meant
that Robin and John R. automatically qualified for the semi-finals without
having to play a match. Hats off to both players for chipping in and
reimbursing Baz’s entry fee.
Semi-Finals & Final
John R. 4 v 0 Ian Shoot Pool
Robin 2 v 4 Jon Megabreak
The first of the semi-final matches was an awesome display of pool by John
R., who won twenty consecutive racks to win four sets to nil against Ian,
who could do little but sit and watch the action from his chair. Anyone
familiar with the game of 9-ball will know what an amazing achievement that
R (left) and Jon Megabreak prepare to lag for the opening break in the final
of the Megabreak Singles Pool League Competition.
The second semi-final was a much closer affair with Jon Megabreak managing
to edge out Robin by a score of four sets to two, meaning the final was to
be a battle of the “Jo(h)ns” – John R. v Jon Megabreak.
The final took place, Tuesday, September 11 with a good crowd turning up at
Megabreak to watch the action and offer their support, some even flying all
the way from Liverpool, UK, to cheer on their local Mersey hero.
After John R’s annihilation of Ian Shoot Pool in the first semi-final match,
many expected him to come out of this encounter victorious and he didn’t
disappoint. John R played some truly world class pool and any mistake by Jon
Megabreak usually resulted in the loss of the rack.
Despite Jon Megabreak having home advantage and managing to win the first
set, he found himself spending a lot of the time keeping his chair warm
whilst the ‘master cueman’ went to work. The handicap system worked well
however and in what was a tightly fought contest enjoyed by the entire
crowd, John R emerged victorious by 4 sets to 3.
Congratulations and very well played John R.
Note: The next 9-ball league is scheduled to start at the end of September
so if you are interested in taking part please come to Megabreak on Soi
Diana Inn and submit your names as soon as possible as the entry is
restricted and on a first-come-first-served basis.
More information on the next planned league plus the regular “DSL Sunday
9-Ball Competition” can be obtained at Megabreak Pool Lounge, Soi Diana Inn,
Tel No 038 428 858, megabreakpool.com or email@example.com
Bangkok gets set for 13th International Rugby Sevens
The Bangkok International
Rugby Sevens tournament promises to provide a feast of attacking rugby with
club sides and players from around the world taking part.
Rugby fans in Thailand are in for a treat with the ongoing TV coverage of
the World Cup in France, then a week after the RWC final, Thailand will
stage the Bangkok International Rugby Sevens from October 26-28 at the
This year’s sevens will feature men’s and women’s competitions at the Police
Stadium and the boys under-15 “Rugby Challenge” and veterans divisions at
the Bangkok Patana School grounds.
Two top sides from New Zealand, Carlton-Grammar and Linton Army, will be
joined by Australian sides Gordon, Darwin Dingoes, Margaret River Gropers,
Lindfield and a composite side, the Thai Airways Pacific Island Sevens.
Regular regional sides from Laos, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Singapore and the
tiny Pacific island of Niue (population 1,600) will also be represented at
this year’s Bangkok Sevens.
A recent surprise entry has also come in from the Moscow Dynamo club who
have an outstanding record over the past few years after having competed in
Sevens events in Dubai, Costa Blanco and Henley.
Hosts Thailand will be well represented with teams from the Southerners,
British Club, Thai Police, Mahasarakham University, Naga Roi-et Alumni,
Bangkok Japanese, Chiang Mai Suas, RBAC and the Bangkok Bangers.
The good news this year is the addition of property developers Raimon Land
Public Company Limited as the title sponsor. Raimon Land is well known in
Thailand for supporting a number of big sporting events, particularly the
renowned Phuket King’s Cup Regatta and other rugby events.
The Woods Bagot Women’s Sevens will be no less competitive with the
Singapore Blacks, Singapore Bucks and Hong Kong joining the Southerners
Women’s 7’s, Royal Thai Air Force, Bangkok IPE and regulars Yala IPE, a team
sponsored by architectural firm Woods Bagot (Thailand).
Tournament organiser David Dufall says one of the most important aspects of
the Bangkok International Rugby Sevens each year is huge efforts put in to
staging the under-15 Boy’s “Rugby Challenge”, which will be played on two
pitches at the Bangkok Patana School. Dufall says the future of rugby in
Thailand is dependent on bringing Thai youngsters up through the ranks and
the Rugby Challenge gives children from less fortunate locations up-country
the opportunity to play in a strong tournament within their own age group.
This year’s boys event will be sponsored by UK firm Xpotential Global,
giving youngsters from Surin, Mahasarakham, Roi-et, Chiang Mai, Lopburi,
Surat Thani, Ubol Ratchathani and Krabi a chance to show their skills in a
Thai International Airways are lending their support for the tournament as
the tournament’s official carrier.
In a late development, it now seems certain that Waisele Serevi from Fiji,
arguably the best sevens rugby player the world has seen, will be joining
the Pacific Island Sevens side to play in Bangkok. It is anticipated Serevi
will be able to pass on some of his wisdom and skills to junior Thai players
while he is here.
For more information on the annual Bangkok Sevens, go to the website at www.
bangkoksevens.com or contact David Dufall on 02 2491834 or 081 822 5932.
‘Del Boy’ O’Conner & ‘New Eyes’ Bowers triumph
Phoenix Golf Members Group
Wednesday, September 12, Pairs Stableford
At 11.45am (our deadline for registration) we had the
perfect amount of players for a pair’s competition, so all were
sorted into 4-balls and just as we were about to go out one more
player turns up, and the usual chaos prevailed.
So, as is the plight of organizers, who try to please everybody, I
decided to have a rest and let the pairs competition go ahead
without me. No problem, got lots to do.
Comfortable winners today with a combined score of 77 points were
the duo of Terry O’Conner and Geoff Bowers. Geoff is playing again
after eye surgery and obviously it has helped his direction of
shots. Second place went to that husband and wife team of Bob and
Mayo Deane with 73 points.
The day also marked a welcome return to David Smith, who has been
away for a while.
Technical prizes went to Terry O’Conner, Garry Clarke, Al McCory and
Friday, September 14, Stableford
Only three groups today to tackle the Lakes and Ocean
courses from the tiger tees.
The winner with 38 points was Bob Deane, who was obviously in good
form this week, having come second with wife Mayo on Wednesday.
It was a big welcome back to Mike Poustie, who gained second place
on the day with 35 points. Mike has been in the U.K. for the last 3
months and, due to inclement weather back in the old country, has
not played much. He certainly has forgotten the bad habits of his
No 2’s were scored today so the pot is carried forward to next week.
Sunday, September 16, Stableford
It was the first outing for the lads today on the
Mountain course, which has been closed for a month for preparation
work for the coming high season. The report is that it has been
opened far too early and is not in very good condition for golf. We
all know it does not take long to grow grass here, so it should not
be long before the nine holes are back to the normal high standard.
Paul Lavender won the champagne on the day, with the in-form Mike
Poustie claiming second and Ron Bridge in third, both garnering a
bottle of wine each.
Technical awards went to Mike Poustie, Ron Bridge, Dave Smith and
welcome newcomer David Sumner.
As usual, any members and guests are always welcome to play with us
at Phoenix. For more information call the Members Chairman/Friday
Organizer: Ron Bridge on 08 145 25995; Sunday Captain: Ben Hogstrom
on 08 615 75310; Wednesday Organizer: Mike Gerrard on 08 709 17565
or General Committee: Barry Winton on 08 182 83304
Kris Krits betters
Mr. August by three
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, September 9, Green Valley –
White Tees, Monthly Medal
1st Kris Kritsanajootha (9) net 65
2nd Klaus Schackt (9) net 68
3rd Dean Raddon (12) net 70
1st Larry Nicholas (19) net 70
2nd Ray Dell (13) net 71
3rd Bernie Stafford (14) net 72
1st Sugar Ray Handford (20) net 69
2nd Herb Pastor (28) net 71
3rd Barry Chadbourn (2-) net 72
Near Pins: #2: Marc Napier; #9: Mossy Quaid, #12: Ken Kutzing; #16:
2’s: Chris Davisson, Rick Holmes, Marc Napier, Mossy Quaid, Ian
Grout, Mick Shrosbree, Trudy Chadbourn
It was positionally close to a repeat Medal winner, that is, it was second
overall, but it was still 3 strokes short of Kris Krits, the Realtor to the
Stars. K-K duplicated Herr Klaus’ August effort by capturing September’s
Monthly Medal (65)) and Low Gross on the Day (74).
Kris was an unemployed vacationer who came here to play a round of golf for
a few weeks and now after a bunch a months, he has taken up residence, taken
a job as Salesman at Jomtien Properties (just a door south of View Talay 2)
and become a real asset to the Society. So, congrats Kris for your grand day
and good luck in your business endeavors!
Naturally, Kris and Klaus took the two top rungs in A Flight. Dean Raddon, a
newcomer, edged old-timer Chris Davisson on count back for the Premier
Flight’s third spot.
In B Flight, The Crustacean was spot on Sunday’s SSS, with Ray Dell and
Bernie Stafford falling away in one shot increments in the Middle Flight.
Sugar Ray, playing a little less than usual, continues to show ability as he
opened up a two-shot victory in the Junior Flight. Las Vegas’ Herb Pastor is
starting to get the hang of it as his second place net 71 would indicate,
one stroke clear of English Chad (and you thought there was only Florida
Tuesday, September 11, Khao Kheow A & B – Yellow
1st Peter Henshaw (19) 37pts
2nd Brian O’Connor (6) 33pts
1st Peter Ring (24) 34pts
2nd Sim Davis (33) 33 points
2’s: Peter Henshaw, Larry Nicholas, Colin Davis (2)
It was a great day for the Irish as Peter Henshaw and Brian O’Connor
(Brian’s second was courtesy of a count back over Marc Napier) took the A
Flight loot and Peter Ring was top man in B Flight.
Peter and The Crustacean also had half of the four 2’s on the day. The only
Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder were the O’Donkey’s, as enchanting Sim
took B Flight silver (on count back over The Crustacean) and The Donk,
himself, took the remaining two 2’s.
Wednesday, September 12, Bangpra – White Tees, Stableford
1st Ray Dell (13) 35pts
2nd Sid Ottaway (24) 35pts
3rd Pierre Bietry (17) 34pts
2’s: Pierre Bietry
Ray Dell snuck off with the top money on the day whilst Sid Ottaway was
contemplating the fate of his favorite ARL team, with the playoffs but two
days away. Pierre Bietry had a similarly unsuspecting count back opponent in
the ethereal Capt. Fogg, and the results were the same.
Friday, September 14, Green Valley – White Tees,
Stableford & 1st day of Eclectic
1st Ian Middlemiss (17) 37pts
2nd Rick Holmes (7) 36pts
3rd Mossy Quaid (7) 35pts
1st Nok Somporn (32) 38pts
2nd Robbie Bennett (20) 38pts
3rd Yui Duangkaew (28) 36pts
2’s: Ian Middlemiss, Mossy Quaid, Yui Duangkaew
It was a nice crowd on Friday, as the GM put forth both a day’s stableford
competition, plus, when couple thus piqued, Nok Somporn, a/k/a Ms. Hester,
and Robbie Bennett, a/k/a Mr. Thongkiew, staked a claim to the early
Nok and Robbie needed a chivalrous count back to sort out first and second
in B Flight. The same gender bias solved the third place tie of Yui
Duangkaiw (a/k/a Ms. Bietry) and old friend, Drew Autin.
In A Flight, Irene’s better half, Ian, edged two seven-handicappers in the
persons of Rick Holmes and Mossy Quaid to take the Premier loot. Rick’s 36
points were one clear of Mossy’s total thus garnering the former, second.
The Beautiful Game?:
by Riz Taylor
Scots take it down to the wire
It’s not often that international football gets a
mention in this column, but we’ll make an exception this time around.
The qualification race for the European Championships is really hotting
up and will be decided within two months, and a few remarkable results
over the international spell means some unexpected tension for some of
the bigger names.
Whilst not the best spell for Ireland and Northern Ireland, England
finally started performing with good wins against Israel and Russia.
Holland needed a last minute winner from Ruud van Nistelrooy to overcome
Albania and a rampant Wales thumped Slovakia 5-2 in Bratislava thanks to
a performance from the charming Craig Bellamy that had manager John
Toshack foaming at the mouth.
“Normally, there are 22 football players on a field battling it out but
tonight there was 21 and one player who gave an unbelievable individual
performance,” said Toshack, Wales’s manager. “Bellamy was scintillating
this evening. It’s a long time since I have seen an individual display
and one player influence a result like he did.”
But even that performance was put firmly into the shadows by Scotland,
who incredibly managed to beat France in Paris. Everton’s James McFadden
notched the game’s only goal with a screamer from 30 yards that sent a
nation into ‘McParty’ mode.
“The embarrassment that puts Le Blues in real danger,” said Le Parisien
newspaper, while Liberation wrote: “In the footballing landscape of this
decade, Scotland are a mystery that takes a little more substance every
A mystery indeed. Hands up anyone that seriously believed that the Scots
could escape their ‘Group of Death’ that contains Italy, the Ukraine and
of course the French? There’s still a lot of work to be done yet but
Scotland proudly sit at the top of their group with three fixtures
France, meanwhile, face a nervy run-in if they’re to reach Austria and
Switzerland next year. “We couldn’t have created more chances for
ourselves. We did everything we could, but sometimes it just doesn’t
happen for you when you want it to,” said Raymond Domenech, who knows
that France are now in a precarious position. “We’ve got three matches
left and we have to take them if we want to qualify. It will go right
down to the wire.”
Back to the Premier League then, and Tottenham’s collapse at home to
Arsenal last Saturday was bad news for manager Martin Jol. The
Dutchman’s position grows weaker with every defeat and Spurs now sit
just above the relegation position with just four points from six games.
More worrying is that Jol has yet to overcome Spurs’ North London
neighbours in his time at the club. Defeat at Bolton this weekend could
see the first managerial casualty of the season.
“People were saying I would be sacked in 2005 - that was in the papers,”
Jol said defiantly. “Now I have been here for three years. I am sure
that if we play with the same team every week we will improve. I know
that we have created chances against Arsenal and the only thing we have
done wrong was defending the free-kick for the first goal. We have to
avoid those situations.”
Whether he gets the chance remains to be seen, with Tottenham’s board
continuing to make eyes at Sevilla manager Juande Ramos.
Arsenal, meanwhile, find themselves at the top of the league. Chelsea
could have joined them had what looked like a valid goal not been
disallowed by a linesman’s flag at Stamford Bridge. Instead the Blues
took just a point against Blackburn in a match they dominated.
Liverpool slipped off top spot with a 0-0 draw against Portsmouth, one
of the dullest games it’s ever been my pleasure to witness, and down in
the Championship it’s Watford who are on top after two late goals from
Darius Henderson overcame Southampton 3-2.
We’re in for a pretty quiet Saturday thanks to the midweek European
games making the players legs ‘tired’, so perhaps Middlesbrough versus
Sunderland takes centre stage as the day’s most interesting match-up.
On Sunday it’s a different story as Newcastle and West Ham face each
other in the early kick-off, whilst Aston Villa taken on Everton,
Portsmouth visit Blackburn and Bolton host Spurs. But the best is saved
for dessert as Chelsea, under instruction from Roman Abramovic to be
more entertaining, visit Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
Let’s hope for a match to savour after a quiet week – unless you’re
Scottish of course.
Megson joins Leicester
Leicester have confirmed former West Brom and Nottingham
Forest boss Gary Megson as the club’s fourth manager since chairman
Milan Mandaric took over in February.
“I am delighted to be back in management and doubly delighted it is with
a football club of the stature of Leicester,” said Megson. “Leicester is
a Premier League club in everything but its divisional status,” he lied.
“The stadium and training ground are both of the highest standard whilst
the support is both Premiership standard in its quality and quantity.”
Megson was named as successor to Martin Allen, who was sacked in August
after a ‘disagreement’ with Mandaric. Megson said it was Leicester’s
ambition that had attracted him to the job. “In coming to Leicester I am
not just working at a Championship club that is happy to plod along.
This club has got ambition to get back into the Premiership and that
appeals to me greatly.”
A Belgian man angered by the bragging of French football fans
during the 2006 World Cup slashed the tyres of dozens of French cars, it
was reported last week.
The 30-year-old started to target cars with French licence plates in the
border town of Tournai after the tournament in which France were beaten
finalists. “That is when he started feeling this resentment,” said
magistrate Jean-Bernard Cambier last Thursday. Belgium’s national team
failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.
Tests showed the man, who pleaded guilty, was not suffering from mental
illness and he now faces a prison sentence that will be passed on
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
Results & Standings Sept. 9 (week 21)
Mai’s Thai Restaurant retained top position in the league despite only
managing a draw against VFW Post 9876. Wade’s first game of 208 and a 589
series did most of the work for Mai’s Thai. VFW were carrying a blind score
so getting two points must be looked on as a bonus.
Brother D have now moved into second place having taken all four points from
Montana, who themselves slipped down to sixth place. Ooy produced a fine
display of bowling for Brother D with 204 and 200 games and a 571 series.
Konrad was also on form with a 541. However, is has to be said that they had
an easy job because Maliny was bowling alone for Montana as partners Barry
(injured) and Jon were unable to play. So she had to carry two blind scores.
Café Kronberg slipped to third spot after losing 0–4; they also had to carry
a blind score for Rich 2 and found the opposition Three Sisters in great
form for the second week in a row. La fired a 203 game and a 575 series and
was ably backed by Teuvo and Lek.
Jack & Tar scored three over Café Ole and have moved two places to fourth
after Montana’s demise last week. Café Ole were also short of a player and
Jack & Tar found Mai playing alone but with a pacer Bill and a blind score
for Sven. So Jack & Tar it can be said were very fortunate to come out on
the right side of things.
Fifth place is now the spot for Beaver Bar & Grill after their 3-1 win over
Diamond shop. Bill K was on fire and put in three 200 plus games for a 628
series. Tukata backed this up with a third game 203 of her own.
VFW Post 9876, with their two point draw with Mai’s Thai, have subsequently
moved above Diamond shop by just one point into seventh place.
Three Sisters in 10th spot are closing fast on Café Ole (9th) after two four
nil wins in two weeks and now stand only one point behind them.
League Table & Results
Pos. Team Points Standings
1 Mai’s Thai Restaurant 2 – 2 50 - 34
2 Brother D 4 – 0 48.5 – 35.5
3 Café Kronberg 0 – 4 46 - 38
4 Jack & Tar 3 – 1 43 - 41
5 Beaver Bar & Grill 3 – 1 41 - 42
6 Montana 0 – 4 40.5 – 43.5
7 VFW Post 9876 2 – 2 39 - 45
8 Diamond Shop 1 – 3 38 - 46
9 Café Ole 1 – 3 37 - 47
10 Three Sisters 4 – 0 36 - 48
a winning return
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, September 11, Crystal Bay, Stableford
It is quite nice to go to a course like this when someone else is
driving, and with Bill Knight back I could actually relax both ways. Well
one and a half ways.
winners back at Bert’s.
The course was pretty empty so we were able to get around nice and fast. The
layout was not in bad condition, but it was noticeable several greens are
looking like patchwork quilts, but they were still fast and tricky. The
fairways were in good condition though, so an enjoyable round was had by
Back at Bert’s the players tucked into the food while the scores were worked
out. The winner, and just back from Oz, was Bill Knight with 38 points ahead
of Robin Lennon with 35 points in second and Steve Hamstad in third with 34
Despite not being what it once was, Crystal Bay is still well worth a visit,
the staff are friendly, the course a good challenge and most people in
Pattaya are also in need of a cold shower once in a while.
Near Pin: Perry McNeely (2), Mick O’Meara
Long Putt: Bill Knight
More than records
are broken at The Haven
IPGC golf from The Haven
A double header this week due to the prior absence of the
Doc, who managed to trip down the stairs and sustain a dislocated ankle and
a compound fracture. Following the insertion of a plate, 4 screws and 2 pins
he is now well on the mend and back in harness.
Monday, September 3, Crystal Bay, Stableford
1st Al Keith 39pts c/b
2nd Russell Exley 39pts
3rd Roar Berger 38pts
With both players in the same group, Al Keith won a nail-biter by birdying
the last hole while Russell could only manage a bogey. Roar Berger had his
best round for some time to secure third spot.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Wednesday, September 5, Greenwood, Stableford
1st Russell Exley 41pts
2nd La Keith 35pts c/b
3rd Peter Sumner 35pts
Russell Exley went one better today as he managed to keep going to the end
and in the process had a lifetime best gross score that ensures that he will
drop to a couple off a single figure handicap. La Keith was unable to
emulate her husband’s efforts of two days previous but still took a
creditable second, while Peter Sumner took his first podium of this trip in
Barry Traynor and Al Keith shared the 2’s in the first division and La Keith
had the only one in the second division to claim the rollover pot.
Friday, September 7, Phoenix Ocean/Lakes, Stableford
1st La Keith 40pts
2nd Al Keith 39pts
3rd Roar Berger 36pts
4th Paul Hartley 34pts
La Keith wound up the week with a well-deserved win as husband Al took
second by just a shot to complete a good week’s golf. Roar Berger slipped on
to the podium for the second time in the week with Paul Hartley getting a
mention for the first time in a while.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed back Brian Libbey, Alec Woods
and John Bickle.
Monday, September 10, Bangpra, Better-Ball Stableford
1st Barry Traynor & Tony Barritt 41pts c/b
2nd Al Keith & Brian Libbey 41pts
3rd Mikael Andersson & Dave Richards 39pts
Tony cast around for a partner that could sink a putt and found pay dirt in
Barry as they combined well to edge out Al Keith and Brian Libbey. This was
after Al had dropped his wife from the team following her reduction in
handicap. Russell Exley thought that he and she would make a good
combination, even though they had both come down heavily in handicap level,
but sadly for Russell, Al was the wiser of the two.
Mikael Andersson and Dave Richards did well enough under the tough
conditions to secure third place ahead of the very experienced campaigners
of Roy Thornton and Rick Holmes.
The 2’s competition was suspended due to the pairs format.
Prior to the prize giving The Doc welcomed Benn Nelson and also welcomed
back Jens Gunnarsson, Dave Richards, Lee Buil and Chris Holmes.
Wednesday, September 12, Treasure Hill, Stableford
1st Trevor Schirmer 37pts
2nd Russell Exley 35pts
3rd Peter Sumner 34pts c/b
4th Brian Libbey 34pts
Trevor Schirmer, having done the driving and then organised the start as
usual, still had enough concentration to get back on to the top of the
podium with a well-constructed round over a long and arduous track. He was
helped in part by the very good condition of the course in all respects.
Russell Exley has quickly come to terms with his new handicap and is now
looking forward to further reductions in the near future as he slipped into
second spot, ahead of Peter Sumner and Brian Libbey.
Trevor Schirmer and Phil Groves shared the 2’s pool in the first division
whilst John Bickle cleaned up in the second division.
Friday, September 14, The Emerald, Stableford
1st Tony Barritt 38pts
2nd Mikael Andersson 37pts
3rd Alec Woods 35pts c/b
4th Trevor Schirmer 35pts c/b
5th Al Keith 35pts
Tony Barritt won a very tightly contested competition over the tricky layout
at Ban Chang by a single point from Mikael Andersson after a bit of a scare
in the clubhouse when he thought he had lost the win by count back.
Alec Woods proved the better in the count back over Trevor Schirmer and Al
Completing a good day’s work, Tony Barritt shared the first division 2’s
with Barry Winton, and Brian Kelly took the lot in the second division.
Back at The Haven, ‘Doc hop-along’ welcomed back Mike Dabanovich, Ron Platt,
Geoff Picken, Norman Isherwood, Peter Biggs and John Harris.
P. Singh Bari tops the field at Burapha
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, September 10, Burapha A&B, Stableford
The course today was the ever-beautiful Burapha and the format
was stableford in one flight.
P Singh Basi won the day with an amazing 41 points in front of Icelander
Elias Magnusson in second on count back over Graham Buckingham in third,
both on 40 points. The ‘Man from the Old Sod’ Kevin Dinan was in fourth with
September 13, Treasure Hill, Stableford
This is probably one of the most under-estimated courses in the
area: a relatively small, but ‘warm,’ clubhouse leads out onto a really
tough 18 holes of golf. When it is not too dry it is as good a layout as
most around, and on this day it was overcast and rainy which meant the
ground was not too hard.
One must also say that it is good value, with a well-priced green fee,
caddie and cart fee. Mind on this day it poured down for at least 1 hour,
and as is normal it was not surprising to see the sprinklers left on and
going at full tilt throughout the downpour.
Round over we gathered in the modest restaurant which provides good food at
fine prices. The winner on the day with a fine 42 points was Graham
Buckingham, in second place was P. Singh Basi with 34 points, Bill Plath was
third with 33 points and Trevor Loersch fourth with 32 points.
Colin burns up the
front-nine at Eastern Star
Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.
Monday, September 10, Plutaluang, Stableford
With a couple of late cancellations and an unexpected arrival at
the clubhouse, we still had 7 four-balls out on the unusual combination of
the North and South courses. It was amazing afterwards to find out that the
majority of our members had never played these two together in an
The 2’s today were back on the first level after the wins at Treasure Hills
the previous Wednesday, and with no winners it was a case of ‘here we go
The division 1 nearest the pin winners were Bruce Lawrence, Grenville Hill,
Dave Ross and Russell Benson, while in division 2 William Chang, Miss Nom
and Rick Newman picked up the prizes.
Steady scores were seen in both divisions with 37 points securing first
place in division 2 for Colin Mearns, Tom Novak in second with 34 points and
Jack Hinchey in third on 33.
In the first division the same winning score of 37 saw Ben Findon beating
Bob Martin into second place on a 21/19 count back, and John McLoone
finishing third with 35 points.
Wednesday, September 12, Burapha, Stableford
Everybody’s favourite combination today; the A and B courses and
a popular venue for our members but with the high season approaching and the
cost of the green fee, caddie fee and the compulsory buggy, which the
majority of our players dislike using, it will be our last visit for a
The nearest the pin competition in division 1 was dominated by Mikael
Andersson, playing some great golf and winning three out of the four. Dave
Richards got the other and as always donated it to the girls behind the bar
at Paweenas. Les hall won two in the lower division and Miss Nom kept the
old man smiling with her win as well - the cocktail cabinet must be nearly
Mikael and Dave shared the 2’s pot with a rollover from Monday and Les Hall
in division 2 was the only winner there.
With only 22 players out today, Les Hall’s 35 points earned him third place,
one point ahead was Colin Mearns in second, but with 37 points Burnie
Sinclair won division 2. John McLoones’ 39 points in division 1 were enough
to secure top spot over Mikael Andersson by 4.
Friday, September 14, Eastern Star, Stableford
With the greens improving each week and the fairways in very good
condition, why is the rough on three or four holes still at least a foot
high, especially near the bunkers? Who knows.
Our no-frills day with only one division and four podium places up for
grabs. With a remarkable 24 points on the front nine and 15 on the back,
Colin Mearns easily won with a total of 39 points; his best ever score so I
am told. Basil Foley finished second with 34 points, Martin Anderton’s came
in third with 33 points (his first stableford prize) and in fourth place,
beating Les Hall and John McLoone on count back, was Ken Foster with 31
Note: Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at
Paweenas, Soi 5 Jomtien Beach Rd at around 8.30am for a 10.00am tee off.
Please sign up in the bar or call Glyn on 086 837 5464.
The Square Ring: by Howie Reed
Tickets went on sale worldwide last Monday at 10:00am
for the Hatton-Mayweather jr. fight. By 10:10am they were gone quicker
than a Teelock’s love when the Baht runs out. The public sale was a sham
but that makes little or no difference now. Priced from US$150 to $1,000
the two-ticket per person limit made even less difference as there were
damn few available. Within minutes tickets were on sale via e-Bay with
prices tripled the “official price”.
One e-mailer wrote: “You were right. Looks like a lot of our friends are
stuck with airfares from the UK to Las Vegas with nothing to do when
Yep, pay US$50 to sit in a meeting room and drink $8 beers with a bunch
of other folks that thought they had fight tickets also.
Over the years boxing and all sports have changes that occur everyday.
Within boxing there was only one constant and that was Ring Magazine.
HBO still uses the publication for its’ rankings and to crown world
champions. Why? Cause HBO is run by arrogant self-centered jerks, but
that’s another story.
Many can remember when Ring Magazine was the bible for the sport of
boxing. Since its’ heyday and somewhat resurgence under Bert Sugar, Ring
Magazine has since become somewhat irrelevant along with other sport
covers. That may be about to change though as Ring Magazine has been
bought by Golden Boy Enterprises, which of course is Oscar De La Hoya -
the company that will continue to shake up the boxing establishment.
“The magazines will be held in an editorial trust where they will be
operating totally independent of any influence from me or any others
from the Golden Boy Companies,” promised the ‘Golden Boy.’ Kind of has
the ring of the famous Thai saying, “I love you all my heart.”
Thailand’s Fushang 3K Battery (58-8-1) gets a chance at a world title on
October 27 against undefeated Canadian Steve Molitor (24-0). 3K’s last
attempt to get to a title shot lasted only 4 rounds when he was
destroyed in a title eliminator by Manny Pacquiao in December of 2004.
Since then (with batteries fully recharged) he’s been the ‘Energizer
Bunny,’ running off 15 straight wins. In 1995 he lost his bid for a WBF
(We Be Frauds) super-bantam title to Tony Wehbee on points. A closer
look at 3K’s recent 15 wins indicates that only 4 have come against
boxers with winning records.
Not much is known of Molitor, who KO’d Michael Hunter (26-0) at the
Borough Hall in Hartlepool, England to win the crown. Molitor’s first
defense against Takalani Ndlovu lasted 9 rounds ending in a TKO.
“This is just awesome to have the opportunity to defend this title once
again in front of my hometown fans. I cannot wait for the night to get
here and I will not disappoint,” said the Canadian champ.
Non-competitive fights are the not the private purview of the ‘Land of
Smiles’. Recently at an Injun casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, there
was a card for the ages. Say one thing for David Tua, if nothing else he
is keeping busy.
Just a few weeks after he disposed of Saul Montana in one, Tua got in
the ring with Cerrone Fox 8-5. As one that always looks for a writer
that can turn a phrase, the flac on this fight had a good line. He or
she wrote, “David Tua continues his comeback by fighting tough Cerrone
What is a “tough” Cerrone Fox? That would be the guy who shows up to
lose 5 of his last 6 in Switzerland, USA twice and Germany on two
occasions. Have gloves, trunks, shoes and lots of frequent flyer miles!
This time “tough” meant getting knocked down three times before getting
stopped at 1:41 of the second stanza.
The headliner, such as he was, Hasim Rahman (43-6-2) KO’d Dicky Ryan
(55-10) in 2. It must be remembered here that 50 of Ryan’s wins came
against guys with toe tags attached.
Sometimes it’s up to an outsider to tell a boxer it’s time to hang-up
the gloves and learn a new trade. That’s probably the case with Oscar
Larios. Last week The Square Ring reported that he was going to retire.
As unusual as it may be, The Square Ring on this occasion was wrong.
When KO’d by Jorge Linares in his last fight he developed a minimal
subdural hematoma (brain bleed). When that occurred Larios was given an
indefinite suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission. According to
manager Jose Reynoso, Larios now wants to fight again but he’ll have
trouble getting his license back. It’s not an impossible, but still an
If you were waiting breathlessly for Sunday and the comeback fight of
Vitali Klitschko in Munich Germany, “forget-about-it.” Fight off!
Klitschko, while training, suffered what has been called a “serious”
back injury, canceling his fight with Jameel McCline. Shortly after the
injury Dr. Klaus Twerdy of the University Clinic in Innsbruck performed
arthroscopic back surgery on Klitschko for a herniated disc.
If this seems to some to be a case of “same dance different tune” in
regard to Klitschko and injury you’d be spot on. This is the fifth
consecutive fight that’s been postponed due to injuries to the
Ukrainian. Twice it was a thigh injury, then a back injury and finally a
knee that derailed a mandatory title against Hasim Rahman. Then came the
Klitschko retirement followed by the much-ballyhooed return which has
yet to occur. Could Vitali Klitschko be today’s “Tin Man”? Steroids? How
Shed no tears for McCline as he gets an October 6 date at the MSG
against ‘Touch of Sleep’ Davarryl Williamson, who is a really good guy
and a really boring fighter.
Williamson at 24-4 had a title shot against Chris Byrd in ’05 when both
fighters should have been labeled “sleep inducing”. Avoid this one at
all costs. “Oatmeal is better than no meal. Brace yourself,” said
Williamson. Even Jeeves has no idea what this means.
There is something new in the heavyweight division. The IBF (I Be Fixin)
has decreed that the heavyweight division will engage in a “kinda”
tournament to determine a champ. The first fight takes place on October
27 when Chris Byrd (40-3-1) takes on Alexander Povetkin (13-0). The
winner would then face the winner of the Calvin Brock (31-1)-Eddie
Chambers (29-0) for the right to face IBF Champ Wladimir Klitschko.
Word of caution here in that any fight, or proposed fight with a
Klitschko involved has to be taken with a pinch of salt, a lime and a
good shot of tequila.
Credit should be given to the IBF for finding a ‘maybe’ credible
challenger in a division that is mostly moribund. Povetkin might be in
over his head due to the lack of experience but then Chris Byrd can’t
even see the hill he’s over.
Povetkin was the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner and has plenty of
confidence: “I am just two wins shy of my dream to fight for the world
title. I have been working hard in practice and will defeat Byrd no
matter what. I will not allow him or anyone else to stand in my way, “
How to beat Byrd? Easy, just throw punches. He won’t.
The good folks of Sweden led by Mr. Lord, who as we all know is the Lord
of Pattaya, may wonder why the hell they invited the return of
professional boxing to the land of blonds, booze and winter boredom. It
was advertised as the “main event of tonight’s big show in Karlstad,
Sweden.” The official title was “Night of Champions” with former WBO
champion and Olympic gold medallist Ray Mercer (35-6-1) taking on local
heavyweight hero Mikael Lindblad (24-6).
Just for the record, Mercer won the WBO (We Be Ordinary) heavyweight
title on January 1, 1991 when he broke the nose of Francesco Damiani,
who then dropped to the canvas like a punter’s broken heart and allowed
referee Rudy Battle to count to 10. The same year Mercer defended once
against Tommy “R U sure it’s Aids” Morrison and then gave up the title.
Why? Don’t know.
Mercer was the Olympic champion in 1988. So how did the “big show” in
Karlstad go? It was Mercer by KO in 48 seconds of round one. Thank you
and drive home safely as many of you have been drinking. This is Sweden!
There are darn few “when pigs fly” moments in boxing. In fact the only
thing close was after Greg Haugen said prior to fighting Julio Cesar
Chavez: “Half of his wins came against Tijuana taxi drivers that my
mother could beat.”
After Haugen got KO’d in 5 before 132,247 fans at the Azteca Stadium in
Cuidad de Mexico, he was asked about his remark. “Well my mother is
pretty tough,” he replied.
Prior to his fight with Cristian Mijares, Jorge Arce said some downright
disgusting things about his opponent and his family. Arce would lose a
one-sided UD. In preparations for Tomas Rojas last Monday, Arce said: “I
deserved the beating I got in my last fight because of all the talk I
did before fighting Cristian Mijares. It was a long time since my last
loss. I didn’t like it. That’s why my fight on Monday night is very
important for me.”
That previous loss came against the great Michael Carbajal via an 11th
round TKO in the last century (1999 to be exact). Maybe the new,
“kinder” Arce is working as he used a relentless attack to break down
Tomas Rojas with referee Joe Cortez stopping things at the one minute
mark of round 6.
Jeeves, as you have arrived with the required ingredients for a column
ending party I’ll tell you I got an email from Mr. T Wilkinson. It read:
“As an avid reader I would like to offer my assistance to Jeeves and
accompany him to the dance parlors of Pattaya.”
“Your Lordship, I would love to have him come along on the next tour. It
will be held sometime next April and will include dance palaces not only
in Pattaya but also Bangkok and Phuket.
“Could you tell me your Lordship, who said the following? ‘Great people
talk about ideas; Average people talk about things; small people talk
about other people; and legends, like us, never talk - we just drink.’”
Jeeves, that would have to be either Aristotle or WC Fields.
“Wrong again your Lordship ... it was Monkey House Fred, the ‘Sage of
Knight goes one better at Emerald
PSC golf from the Travellers Rest
Three more outings this week from The Travellers Rest in Soi LK Metro
but as from October 1 we will be having four trips a week with the
addition of a Monday competition.
Tuesday, September 11, Bangpra – White Tees,
1st Paul Whitnall (12) 35pts
2nd Philip Knight (12) 34pts c/b
3rd Ray Trembath (10) 34pts c/b
4th Fergus Brennan (10) 33pts c/b
1st Bob Short (24) 34pts
2nd Alun Webber (23) 33pts
3rd Ray Baran (22) 30pts c/b
4th Graham Buckingham (24) 30pts
Near Pins: Paul Whitnall, Ebrahim, and Fergus Brennan (2)
2’s: Ebrahim and Eddie Cochrane
Picture (Saturday winners): Philip Knight, David Thomas, Amphan North,
Eddie Cochrane, Alun Webber and Lars Strom; Inset (Tuesday winners): Ray
Baran, Bob Short, Paul Whitnall, Ray Trembath, Alun Webber, Philip
Paul Whitnall put in a final A Flight win with thirty-five points before
his return to England. He rang the bell at the club as a final gesture
before his departure. Philip Knight was second with thirty-four points
on count back over Ray Trembath.
Bob Short took the B Flight win with thirty-four points, whilst Alun
Webber came second with thirty-three points on count back over Ray Baran
It was party time on return to the Travellers Rest in Pattaya as Ann
Hiranya celebrated her birthday with a full spread of food for everyone
and Fergus presented her with a cake.
Thursday, September 13, Greenwood - White Tees,
1st Akitoshi Ito (8) 39pts
2nd Fergus Brennan (10) 37pts
3rd Ebrahim (17) 36pts c/b
4th Sunny Khanna (13) 36pts
1st Brian Blackford (19) 39pts
2nd Joe Kubon (29) 37pts
3rd Alun Webber (22) 36pts c/b
4th Peter Marsh (23) 36pts
Near Pins: Del Croft, Jay Perrin, Takeshi Hakozaki, Alun Webber
2’s: Alun Webber, Fergus Brennan, Peter Marsh, Mike Wardman, Del
An excellent turnout saw some strong competitive golf played. Akitoshi
Ito was the man who came out on top in the A Flight with thirty-nine
points, just a couple ahead of Fergus Brennan in second whilst third
spot was decided on count back with Ebrahim taking it from Sunny Khanna.
The B Flight saw Brian Blackford out in front with thirty nine points,
two points back in second was Joe Kubon, and Alun Webber took third on a
count back from Peter Marsh, both with thirty six points.
Saturday, September 15, Emerald – White Tees,
1st Philip Knight (12) 40pts
2nd David Thomas (7) 37pts
3rd Amphan North (14) 34pts
4th Brian Blackford (19) 32pts c/b
1st Eddie Cochrane (30) 36pts
2nd Alun Webber (23) 35pts c/b
3rd Lars Strom (25) 35pts
4th Graham Buckingham (24) 31pts c/b
Near Pins: Mod Chauraksa, Philip Knight, Brian Blackford, Frank
2’s: Philip Knight, Amphan North
We had a great turnout today with two flights. Eddie Cochrane won the B
Flight with thirty six points ahead of Alun Webber in second and Lars
Strom in third, both on thirty five points. It was a last opportunity
for Alun to play before returning to Wales but he has vowed to be back
The A Flight had a lady in the top three in the shape of Amphan North
who came third with thirty-four points. David Thomas, seemingly back in
form, took second place with thirty seven points, but the man of the day
and winner of the flight was Philip Knight with forty points, making it
one place better that his second spot on Tuesday.
Reminder: If anyone is interested in golfing with the Travellers Rest we
play every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We meet at7:45 am for
breakfast and transportation and new players are always made to feel
welcome. Just call Tewin on 086 056 7019 for further information.
of roses after great round
IPGC golf from The Caddyshack
Tuesday’s team winners
gather at the Caddyshack.
The Caddyshack put on a two-ball Texas scramble at the lovely Bangpra
course, and with 36 golfers signing up and a empty course ahead it was
always going to bring out some good scores.
Coming in third place was the team of P.J. Redmond and Trevor Sharmen
with a net 67.8, but the battle for first place was a very close run
thing with Damien Trante and Keith Fortt coming in with a gross 71 (net
64.8), only to be pipped at the post by Brian Jacks and Phil Smith with
a very solid round of gross 69 (net 63.4).
Dean Rae bagged two of the near pin prizes kindly donated by the
Caddyshack and Phil Cawse and Geoff Hope got one apiece
Friday, September 14, Sattahip S & E, Stableford
The venue for today was the navy course at Sattahip, and with a large
number of golfers signing up we split the players into two groups with
the cut being made at 15 and under.
The conditions were far from perfect with most fairways sodden wet and
it was decided to employ a ‘pick and place’ ruling on the fairways.
The Division 2 winner with a runaway victory was the in-form Paul
Lavender after a great round of 43 points off his 16 Handicap. Second
place went to Paul Quadimine on count back over Ramsay Smith, both
players scoring 34 points.
Division 1 saw Clive Bruce with net 77 (39 points) in first place ahead
of Graham Dietrich in second on a count back over Don Francis.
Near pin prizes went to Dave Smith, Paul Lavender, Graeme Beaumont and
Don Francis and there were five 2’s recorded on the day by Barry Reid
Taki, Dave Smith, Graeme Beaumont and Don Francis. All the players
decided to do a lucky draw with the winner taking the lot and Mr.
Takimoto came up as the sole winner to take the pot.
Reminder: Anyone wishing to play golf with The Caddyshack just pop down
to the bar on Soi 17, SukSabai and you will be made most welcome.
Freeman shoots 71 off the stick
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, September 10, Mountain Shadow,
Playing at Mountain Shadow on Monday, Gerry Cooney took over from where
he left off the previous week by winning the A Flight with 35 points.
John Graham came in second with 34 points and David Day was third with
In the B Flight Mick Benton had a rare win, hitting good form and
returning a best of the day 38 points, while Geoff Parker claimed the
runner-up spot with 35 points to head the early running for the golfer
of the month competition. Jim Wooler was in third place, also with 35
points but lost out to Geoff on a count back.
Near pin prizes were spread around between Alain Cipolat, Mick Benton,
Jim Wooler and Gerry Cooney.
Wednesday, September 12, Treasure Hill, Stableford
Playing stableford again on Wednesday, John Graham had the
best score of the day and won the A Flight with 38 points. John was
three ahead of the in-form Gerry Cooney whose second place took him to
the top of the standings in the golfer of the month competition. Third
place went to Paul Smith with 33 points.
With the cut at handicap 14 and under, Roger Privett again found himself
in the B Flight where he won with 35 points after beating Peter Habgood
on a count back. Geoff Hart claimed third place with 33 points.
Only three par three greens were hit so Geoff Parker, Gerry Cooney and
Paul Smith shared the pot.
Friday, September 14, Phoenix, Medal
The third game of the week was a medal comp held at Phoenix
on Friday where Alan Freeman, playing off scratch, had an exceptional
round as he beat Paul Smith on a count back to finish first with a
one-under par net 71. Third place went to Gary Austin, who also won on a
count back, pushing Gerry Cooney into fourth place after both finished
with net 73.
Peter Habgood had another fine round, winning the B Flight also with a
one-under par net 71. Eddie Martin came second with net 73 and Geoff
Parker lost out on a count back to Geoff Hart who claimed third spot
with net 76.
Geoff Parker had some consolation by winning one of the near pin prizes
along with John Graham, William Macey and Alan Freeman.
his mark at Bangpra
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday, September 10, Bangpra,
The first golf outing from the Outback Golf Bar was played at
Bangpra and what a great time was had by all 29 players.
Playing a single stableford event the winners on the day were in A
Division; Clive Robinson (7) with a magnificent 41 points, second was
Mick Leighton (15) with 35 points, and coming in third was Harvey Samuel
(18) with 33 points.
The B Division was won by Brendon Dougle (21) with 37 points on a count
back from John Morel (25), and in third was John Khan (25) with 35
There were three 2’s recorded by Mick Leighton Clive Robinson and Bob
Wednesday, September 12, Pattaya C.C., Stableford
Wednesday’s outing was played at Pattaya Country Club on a
course in great condition.
There were two divisions and the premier flight was won by Jack Moseley
(12) with 38 points, and second was Geoff Doody (19) with 32 points on a
count back from Chris Davisson (13) in third.
Toy Theobald (29) won the B Division with 38 points, second was Peter
Allen (29) with 36 points, and coming third was Jochem (28), also on 36
There was only one ‘2’ today and it went to John Khan on the 16th. The
hat meanwhile went to Dennis Persson for his fine effort of 20 points.
Friday, September 14, Plutaluang, Stableford
Our first, regular Friday golf trip was to Plutaluang for a
The winner on this day was Sugar Ray Handford (19) with 38 points,
second was Jack Moseley (12) with 35 points and third was Neil Hughes
(16) with 33 points.
There were three 2’s recorded by Barry Chadbourn, Jack Moseley and Bob
Philp whilst the hat went to Trudy Chadbourn, just because she needed
something to keep the sun out of her eyes.
Note: The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit
Road along Soi Siam Country. All are welcome to come and join us for a
beer and a hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or give
Bob a call on 087 941 2474.
Two in a row for Trowell
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
The Thai Navy course at Plutaluang is the Pattaya Golf
Society’s current choice of venue for its Sunday stableford events. On
September 9 the South and East courses were remarkably less crowded than
normal, making for a relaxed competition. The greens were very
inconsistent however, as a result of the recent overnight storms which
had made regular cutting a problem.
Corral ‘Player of the Month’ for August, David Thomas (right) being
congratulated by Mr. Denis.
Scores were affected by multi-putt frustrations but a tight tournament
still held some excitement. In third place was Len Jones with 32 points,
one behind Simon Kendall’s 33, but the winner was Barry Trowell, taking
his second consecutive victory, with 34 points.
Simon Kendall also took the day’s 2’s pot for the second successive week
with an outstanding 40-foot putt on South 4.
On the other hand old friend Masashi Iizumi had suffered the
frustrations of two months back in Japan, golf free, dreaming of his
next round in Thailand, and promptly put his first two tee-shots OB!
Welcome back Masashi, have a beer on the boss.
Hat-trick for Barry
The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Phoenix on Tuesday, 9/11 to play
its monthly Order of Merit strokeplay event over the Lakes and Ocean
nines. We found the course to be in excellent condition but sadly some
of the pins had been positioned on slopes, in particular on the
notorious Lakes #3 where some six years ago with the same flag position
the average number of putts for the group was a staggering 4+. This day
it was no different with many a card ruined after this hole.
Of those who managed to survive, Sunny Khanna announced his return with
an excellent net 73 to take third place, one shot behind the perpetual
“bridesmaid” Joop Medze, whose form continues to be very consistent. The
day’s winner however was Barry Trowell who continues to make an impact
and made this his third event win in a row, this time with net 70.
The day’s best gross of 83 was achieved by Kiwi David Thomas who had
forsaken the solace of the “Jack Tar Bar” in Soi 6 and put all thoughts
of a certain World Cup event to the back of his mind for a few hours.
The day’s sole birdie ‘2’ went to Bill Hewitt for his tap-in on Ocean 7
and the near-pins, very generously sponsored by Ian Wilson and Simon
Kendall, were won by Keith Hewitt (2) and Bill Hewitt. The fourth prize
was held over until Green Valley two days later.
As usual the Booby Bevy was reserved for the least impressive card of
the day and on this occasion it was fitting that “new” man Richard
Newman should receive it for his forgettable debut round at the course.
Things will get better Richard!
Joop, Joop Hurray!
Thursday, September 13, saw the Pattaya Golf Society return to Green
Valley to play a stableford event and we found the course in its usual
Hampered by a strong breeze throughout, white tees set well back and
slick greens, the large group found scoring tricky but Mikael Anderson,
firing the day’s best gross of 81, managed to garner 32 points for a
share of third place with Ban Chang soulmate Arthur Hancock.
Barry Trowell and Joop Medze found their roles reversed from Tuesday as
Barry posted a level par return of 36 points, only to be usurped by
Joop’s fine score of 38 points. After weeks of jousting the Dutchman had
finally dropped his “bridesmaid” tag in favour of the major honour.
The day’s only birdie ‘2’ meant the pot went to Mikael Andersson for his
effort on the seventeenth and he found it was supplemented by
sponsorship from Ian Wilson and Simon Kendall, as their proposed
near-pin on the second found no takers. Many found the green but failed
to stop their shots on the slick surface.
Old friend Kazu Agune returned with trepidation, in fear of the Booby
Bevy, but it went instead to Keith Hector whose customary arrival three
days before had been eclipsed by his two near-pin prizes at Phoenix.
Inevitably 24 points gives you nowhere to run!
Tough pin positions
play havoc at Phoenix
PSC golf from P J Pool Bar
Tuesday, September 11, Phoenix Lakes & Ocean,
1st Jeff Wylie (4) 36pts
2nd Neil Ormsby (18) 34pts
3rd Neil Duncan (14) 33pts
One of the many joys of playing Phoenix is the superb condition of the
course’s fairways. If only all fairways could be as good.
One could believe on this day that the green keepers had a sense of
mischief about them when they sighted the perpendicular pin positions on
Lakes 2 & 3. I know I racked up seven putts on the two greens and I
don’t think any of the other three in my group did any better.
All three of the podium finishers had a near pin and Jeff slotted a ‘2.’
Meanwhile Georgio bagged the longest first putt on 18.
Thursday, September 13, Plutaluang North and West,
1st Jeff Wylie (4) 34pts
2nd Bruce Lawrence (11) 33pts
3rd Neil Duncan (14) 30pts c/b
4th Ray Bridgeman (18) 30pts
A dozen of us pegged it up on Thursday to Plutaluang Navy. After North
#3 had swallowed the usual one ball per player ‘tax’ it was on to take
on ‘The Cobra” (West) which swallowed up a whole lot more. Navy is the
scribe’s favorite venue but some players find the ‘trees in the fairway’
feature a tough test of their skill and patience.
Jeff, Bruce and Neil each had a near pin and Paul Smylie bagged the
longest first putt on #18. Paul was so delighted that it was beers all
round on him at the ultra cool Paradise Bar afterwards.
The Moonshine Place Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League
Knockout Cup 2nd Round
The second round of the Jomtien Pool League’s Knockout
(League) Cup and the first round of the Plate competition were played on
Thursday, 13th September. The winners in both sections go through to the
respective semi-finals. The draw for these matches will be made next
week and they are scheduled to be played on 18th October.
Knockout Cup 2nd Round Results: Baan Jomtien 3 v 10 Flying
Dolphins, San Snack Bar 13 v 2 De Pijp, Man in the Moon 10 v 3 Moonshine
Place, DK Bar 7 v 6 Simple Simon
Plate 1st Round Results: Cosy Bar 2 v 11 Caddy Shack, Woaw’s Pub
6 v 7 Blue Room, Good Time Bar 9 v 4 Golden Inn, The Windmill 7 v 6