Rowing events line up
for SEA Games
The Rowing and Canoeing Association of Thailand is readying itself for SEA
Games, with the first heats due to take place at Mab Prachan Reservoir over
the period 25 to 27 October.
Kamthorn Phumhiran (Vice-President of the Rowing & Canoeing Association)
chaired the meeting to organize the rowboat competitions, being held in
honor of HM the King.
Admiral Kamthorn Phumhiran, the association’s vice president, held a meeting
at Pattaya City Hall on October 11 to finalize the arrangements with Mayor
Niran Wattanasartsathorn and members of the organizing committee.
Admiral Kamthorn said the Rowing and Canoeing Association was working in
close cooperation with the Royal Thai Navy, the Port Authority of Thailand,
the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Charoen Pokphan Group (Public) Co Ltd,
and Bunrod Trading Co Ltd.
Seven countries will take part in the rowing events, namely Thailand,
Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam and Singapore. In
total some 224 participants will join in the competitions.
There are 37 events within the program: 15 competitions for rowing, 18 for
canoeing and kayaking, and four for traditional longboats with 12-man crews.
The rowing competitions will take place in the morning, and the canoeing,
kayaking and traditional longboat competitions will take place in the
afternoon from October 25 to 27.
Big racing in
Bangsaen Beach to become venue for auto racing
Car racing is to be held at Bangsaen Beach, November 10 and 11, in a
venture organized jointly by Chonburi Province, the Ministry of Tourism and
Sports, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chonburi Administration
Organization and Saensuk Municipality.
The announcement was made on September 26 by Sonthaya Khunplome, former
Minister of Tourism and Sports.
Kha Sammuk Road is being modified for use as the racetrack, transforming
almost 4km into an international-standard course. It will become the longest
racetrack in Thailand, and more than 150 of Thailand’s top drivers will
participate in the event.
The race is to be called Supercar Thailand and alongside the racing cars
will be separate events for pickups, classic cars and sports cars.
What a WKD pool tournament
It was standing room only at the U Too Bar on 2nd Road
last Thursday for the 8-ball pool challenge sponsored by Megabreak, WKD and
Bentley’s when some of Pattaya’s finest players descended on the bar for a
great evening of pool.
of Pattaya’s best pool players showed their skills last week at the WKD
The competition attracted over 60 entrants with a good mix of Thais and
farangs, males and females, players, bangers and hustlers all vying for a
whole heap of prizes on offer from both the bar and sponsors alike. The
number of spectators that showed up to cheer on their friends, spouses,
would-be friends and would-be spouses added to the excitement and created an
After several hours of play in a knockout format, we reached the first
semi-final with the impressive Preecha getting the better of Baz by a score
of 3-2. The second semi-final saw Olly pitting his skills against his old
foe Nop. It could have gone either way with very few mistakes made by either
player but Olly managed to get the result he wanted with a 3-2 win.
The final could have gone either way with some top-class pool played by both
players. Perhaps someone was watching over him but (The) Preecha (Man)
reigned supreme in an exciting showdown that concluded with Preecha winning
by 4 racks to 2. Maybe Dusty Springfield knew what she was talking about all
those years ago!
Players, drinkers and partners alike enjoyed a thrilling night, so ‘well
done’ Charlie for all the hard work involved in running this fantastic
A final note - all proceeds from this competition went to John Baxter who
suffered a nasty accident recently and whom everyone wishes a speedy
Eastern Star back to its best for
2007 Chairman’s Cup
Doug Lynch receives the 2007
Chairman’s Cup for shooting
the Low Gross on the day.
At precisely 11.30am on Saturday, October 13, one hundred
and seventy two golfers lined up on the beautiful course of the newly
renovated Eastern Star Country Club & Resort for their shotgun start of the
annual Chairman’s Cup.
The greens were running fast and true but a good putting stroke was still
Despite a light shower earlier in the day and the ominous presence of some
very dark clouds, the golfers soldiered on and were soon rewarded for their
perseverance when the thunderstorm swept away and clear and beautiful skies
prevailed for the remainder of the round.
The battle for the top prizes was intense all day and the players found that
a good putting touch was required with the greens running at speed 9 on the
With the lovely late afternoon weather and the course once again beginning
to show its true colours, it was certainly a day when the players welcomed
Eastern Star back as one of the premier golfing venues in the area.
The day ended with the prize giving ceremony at about 6pm at the clubhouse
with Nigel Cannon from PSC acting as emcee for the proceedings.
The honorary guests included Ponlawat Chayanuwat, governor of Rayong,
Winchai Uyangbhum, Bang Chang District Chief, Chanchai Duangjit, Director of
TAT region 4 Rayong, and Titiwut Soukpornchaikul, Executive Director of
Eastern Star Real Estate Public Co., Ltd.
Plenty of food and beverages were served under the care of Dararat
Renangkul, General Manger of the Eastern Star, followed by the prize giving
and lucky draws.
The ladies tee-off on the
signature par-three, 13th hole.
Eastern Star was in great
shape for this year’s Chairman’s Cup.
|Eastern Star 2007 Chairman’s
|Flight A Doug Lynch
|Flight B Khun Ardisorn
|Flight C Khun Chakkri Sumattra
|Ladies Master Patrara
|2nd last Khun Suraphong Suwan
|Overall Low Gross: Doug Lynch
|Flight A Miyako Tsuchiya
|Flight B Khun Wanchai Witchayakul
|Flight C Khun Somchok
Barry Traynor sparkles
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, October 8, Bangpra, Stableford
1st Jens Gunnarsson 40pts
2nd Rodney Hayes 36pts c/b
3rd B.J. Smith 36pts
4th Roar Berger 34pts c/b
5th Norman Isherwood 34
Another Monday and another 40 points from Jens Gunnarsson, who is making a
habit of going four-under on Mondays, although next week will be slightly
more difficult again as his handicap has now reduced by 2 shots.
But again this week it was good enough to secure top spot by a clear four
strokes from Rodney Hayes and B.J. Smith, with the former taking second
place by virtue of a better back six from the improving B.J.
Roar Berger continues his steady improvement by practicing hard and playing
three times a week, although he only just took 4th from the Rules Master by
one on the count-back over the last nine.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Prior to presenting the prizes Doc Hopalong, in the continued absence of
Richard Livingston, welcomed new members Endo Norihiro and Tony Hayes and
also welcomed back Johnny Clements, not to be confused with John Clements of
a similar handicap and Chang Suh.
Wednesday, October 10, Mountain Shadow, Pairs Scramble Stableford
1st Trevor Schirmer & B.J. Smith 49pts
2nd Al Keith & La Keith 48pts
3rd Barry Traynor & Norman Isherwood 46pts c/b
4th Rodney Hayes & Frank Dunstan 46pts
5th Tony Thorne & Jens Gunnarsson 43pts
With teams receiving 40% of their combined handicap and having to employ at
least seven tee shots from each player, it saw a very competitive
competition throughout the field with the playing handicaps running between
7 and 22.
Trevor and B.J. got back into the groove as they swept to the front from the
get go with a very nice birdie that netted the team 4 points and finished
very strongly to keep the Keith family well fixed in the rear view mirror.
This was even allowing for the fact that they had to use 3 of B.J.’s tee
shots over the last 4 holes which added to the pressure on the numbers
juggler as the sweats started - especially on the last hole. But he proved
up to it and slotted one down the middle again to set up a solid par and
wrap up the day’s endeavours.
Barry Traynor led a formidable team with Norman Isherwood not just making up
the numbers but playing a salient role in their bid for top honours, but
neither could match the feats of the two teams ahead of them, both on the
course and on the podium. They were however just good enough over the back
nine to beat out Rodney Hayes and Frank Dunstan, the latter appearing on the
prize list for the first time at The Haven.
Tony Thorne and Jens Gunnarsson did well enough to ensure that Jens would
again feature three times amongst the prizes for the second week running.
The 2’s competitions were suspended due to the days format.
Back at The Haven prior to the prize giving Malcolm Clare, Rich Wibrow and
Neil Sandilands were warmly welcomed back albeit from a seated position by
Friday, October 12, Emerald, Stableford
1st Barry Traynor 42pts
2nd Rodney Hayes 37pts
3rd Tim Williams 36pts c/b
4th Brian Kelly 36pts c/b
Barry Traynor put together another round that equaled his best ever gross
(77) and could have been the record, if only he could have sunk that final
two-footer on the last.
Some say it was the anchor attached to a tree on the seventeenth fairway
that was partly to blame but they cannot really know Barry, who is one of
the hardest tryers in the town and must have gone through purgatory taking
two bogeys on the last two holes. But he is now within a whisker of a single
figure handicap again and will surely be there very shortly.
Rodney Hayes, having struggled with all the various courses, at last got
somewhere near the top of the pile, but with Barry in such fine form, second
place was the best he could achieve.
Tim Williams also at last played to his newly reported and much reduced
handicap as he kept Brian Kelly at bay with a better back three.
Before presenting the prizes Hopalong Doc welcomed new member Troy Thompson
and also welcomed back Brian Kelly and Richard Lyne.
Cargill provides own thunder at rain-lashed Phoenix
Phoenix Golf Club Members Group
Wednesday, October 10, Stableford
We were sitting in the restaurant waiting for the rain to abate,
when all of a sudden there was, as near as damn it, a direct hit
from a lightening bolt. It struck a tree just outside on the lawn.
Frightening was not the word. The whole building shook and the
winners with one of the Phoenix staff members.
So, with one or two deciding not to play, the rest of us went to the tee
with just a slight drizzle still coming down.
To sound boring (don’t answer that) I cannot help commenting on the way
the whole course had drained so well after all the water had fallen on
it. We decided to implement the clean and place rule, but in all honesty
it was not really necessary. There was not one puddle of water anywhere
to be seen.
Again Buddha must look down and smile on our group because from start to
finish the rain ceased around us, but was evident in the distance in all
Strangely enough the scoring in such wet conditions was very good and it
was the in-form Jeff Cargill winning the day with 43 points. The closest
score to that was 37 points from Paul Lavender and Doug Wilson who
shared second place.
Technical prizes went to Doug Wilson with the only ‘2’ of the day with
the 3 lucky draw prizes going to Mike Poustie, David Czernie and David
Friday, October 12, Stableford
Blue tees day and the winner with 39 points was Terry Turner, with
Geoff Bowers claiming second spot with 33 points. Mike Poustie scored
the only ‘2’ of the day and scooped the jackpot.
Sunday, October 14, Stableford
A large field of players arrived today, which gave our captain Ben
Hogstrom a nice headache at the last minute.
Mountain and Lake were designated as the day’s challenge, along with the
threat of rain looming overhead. Sure enough after a couple of holes the
heavens opened and luckily we managed to get to the first drinks station
without getting too wet. Luckily, again the rain abated and we set off
to complete the day’s golf.
The winner with a superb score (I am not saying what it was, but his
Sunday handicap will come down by 11 for next week) was Bob Deane. It
would seem Bob’s one-month break gave him enough time to forget bad
Second place went to another American, David Czernie. David has played
some good golf since his return from USA and has now developed into a
Third place on the day went to the in-form Jeff Cargill.
Technical awards went to Prokong Robinson, Thomas Nilsson, Jeff Cargill
and Paul Lavender.
Note: The big date to make a note of is November 18, when we have our
annual golf competition (start 11am) followed by a presentation buffet
and entertainment night at the Beach Club in Bangsaray. Playing
qualification is required for this tournament. We have 15 tee times
booked for this day and sign up sheets are now available on each of our
golf days. Places will only be reserved if full payment is made on sign
up. Tickets for the party after will be available shortly.
Wednesday, October 24 is the Monthly Mug (stroke play off white tees for
men and yellow tees for ladies). Last registration will be at 11.45 am
sharp. As of November earlier tee times will be in place for all 3 days
golf, which means earlier registration of 11.30 am.
For information call Ben on 086 157 5310, Ron on 081 452 5995 or Mike on
087 091 7565.
Hart & Thorne share the honours
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Plutaluang was the venue for the Pattaya Golf Society on
Sunday, October 7, as its ‘Sunday Stableford Special’ was played over the
testing North and West nines, which were in excellent condition. The
combination is always relatively empty, the locals choosing the easier South
and East combo and the rounds were no longer than normal.
Depleted by rugby fans who had had their stamina tested by a long TV
marathon the night before, the field still held some quality and Ted Gardner
set his stall out early with a fine 34 point score. He was to be pipped at
the post however by England’s Ian Hart and Australia’s Tony Thorne who both
fired 35 points for a share of the victory.
Tony, Ted and Petri Takunnen, the amazing one-armed Finnish golfer, all
recorded birdie 2’s for a share of the pot, Ted’s coming on the signature
N3, the “Lighthouse Hole”.
The two Australians in the field were targeted for the Booby Bevy as a
result of the rugby defeat by the old country less than twenty-four hours
earlier, but discretion and a sense of dignity were preserved as Mr. Denis
awarded the beer to his nephew, Dale Debenham, who was making his debut
appearance on his first visit to the Land of Smiles.
Nothing, not even blatant nepotism, could detract from another fine day with
the Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral.
Tuesday was a Medal event over the testing Mountain and Lakes
nines, under heavy skies. The course was relatively empty and good progress
was made with David Thomas and John Rehm posting one-over 73’s for a share
of second place.
Having survived the taunts of some English golfers, Aussie Basil Foley threw
off the disappointment of a certain rugby game and got a little of his own
back with a splendid net 70 to take the win in fine style. There was not a
“pom” on the podium and as there were no birdie 2’os either, Basil was
certainly having the last laugh.
Not so Jorma Liila whose perfectly balanced card contained a ten on each
nine and was a certainty for the Booby Bevy.
It had been a day of old friends’ reunions and good competitive golf at
Thursday, October 11, and the Pattaya Golf Society renewed its
association with the toughest golf course in the area, Treasure Hill. They
were not to be disappointed even though the course is currently undergoing
major remedial work to prepare it for the high season.
Whilst most of the field were playing the course and its reputation, two out
of the top three were making their Treasure Hill debuts and found that the
lack of “bail-out” holes and long par threes did not affect their game as
much as some of the others.
Fiz Kamruddin, easing into his return from a back problem, performed well
enough on his debut to take third place, albeit with a mediocre score of 29
points. Finnish powerhouse Petri Takunnen took second with an excellent 31
points whilst another debut player, Chang Suh relished the challenge,
returning 32 points for his second victory in a week with the group.
For the second competition running there were no birdie 2’s and a tense test
awaits on the next golf visit.
Only twenty-four hours before Erik Antonnen had endured an uncomfortable
flight from Helsinki, having now found a “proper” job, and with new clubs
into the bargain, he found the day altogether too much, struggling to a mere
ten points for the inevitable Booby Bevy.
It had been another day when the only true winner had been the course
Brother D close up on top spot
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Barry, Kran,
Mio, Mai, Leo, Somrak, Dang, Ooy, Konrad,
La & Teuvo.
Jack & Tar were led from the front by Mai’s 200, 193
and 203 games (596 series) and Somrak’s 216 game (559 series) but they
still lost three points to second place Brother D. Konrad had a 205 game
(577 series) for Brother D, Ooy knocked down 525 pins and Ken rolled a
485 scratch, 605 with handicap.
Mai’s Thai Restaurant remains in first but they lost all four points to
Three Sisters who are moving up the standings. La led Three Sisters with
202 & 224 games (590 series), Teuvo had a 208 game (569 series) and Mio,
bowling as a pacer, had a 202 game (544 series). Leo was best for Mai’s
Thai Restaurant with a 205 game (533 series).
Diamond Shop took three points from third place Café Kronborg with Dang
bowling a 223 game and 546 series. Kran had a 201 game (544 series) for
Café Kronborg. Café Ole beat Beaver Bar and Grill taking three points in
that match. VFW Post 9876 got the best of Montana taking three points
with Montana winning only one despite Barry bowling 202 & 203 games and
a 576 series.
P.Singh Basi doubles-up
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, October 8, Burapha, Stableford
The Burapha C&D Nines were the venue for a stableford competition
in two flights with the cut at Handicap 20. The course on the day was in
fine shape but a little wet in places from the overnight rain.
B Flight winner P.Singh Basi.
Richard Kubicki posted his first win of the season with 35 points in the A
Flight whilst Bill Plath was in second and Peter Hammond third on count
backs over Brian Noguer, Mike Rushant and Elias Magnusson, all with 34
P. Singh Basi won the B Flight with the best score of the day by far, an
excellent 45 points. Norman Martin was second with 39 points and Daryl Evans
third with 36 points.
Near Pin: Dave Richardson, Richard Kubicki, Pat Quelch, Carole
Thursday, October 11, Plutaluang, Stableford
There is no secret amongst the ‘golfing fraternity’ that this is
not my favourite golfing venue. I fully realise the attractions of a good
green fee rate, of a restaurant that serves food and drink at an excellent
price with pleasant staff, and a 36 hole course that really has so much
versatility that it is staggering, however golf is about playing golf, and I
never arrive with the expectation of good things to come.
However, against that already mentioned, for me is the fact that the grass
on the fairways is long leaf, and the grass is not thick so bare patches
develop. These bare patches are usually sand based so your clubs become
scored. Also the greens are variable speed and patched. So I turned up on
this day only because ‘The Admiral’ booked the course and I usually run
We had a good turnout on this day - the ‘High Season’ is starting to take
pace. With seven full groups it was just normal. The test for the day was to
be the South and East Nines, for me the best 18 holes, and we started under
a dark sky.
The first shot is downhill and looking for our balls the most noticeable
thing was that the grass looked long and we had a good lie. As the round
went on it was also noticeable that the course seemed to have had a lot of
work carried out on it, and new paths and markings made the play well
defined. The greens also seemed to be much better, although a difference in
pace was noted on the different nines.
All in all, the course was as good as I have seen it and in fact was a
pleasure to play. Maybe the golfers who like playing this course have a
point, but we will see how things go in the future.
Round over we were able to relax in the hot showers in the fine changing
rooms, then up for a few cheap ‘cold-uns’. The scores were not the best ever
seen, but quite respectable.
In the A Flight 0 to 19, the winner was Ebrahim with 38 points on count back
over Bruce Lawrence in second, both 38 points. In third was Marty Allred
with 35 points, mind that was a Gross 73, not bad.
In the B Flight, 20-up, the winner was a player who is regularly in the
winners’ circle of late, P.Singh Basi with 37 points, despite being
‘chopped’ 2 shots for his win on Monday. In second was Norman Martin with 35
points on count back over Graham Buckingham in third.
So day over it was time to leave, however, I have booked this course for
next month for another visit. We shall see!
Near Pin: Kris Helgasson, Walter Bachli, Derek Brook, Carole
Note: A reminder for November, we have Bjarne’s Birthday Scramble on
November 5 and the Ray Rogers Turkey Day Scramble on November 22. Sign-up
sheets for these events are to be posted in The Cafe Kronborg two weeks
prior to the events. Any questions feel free to phone Dave on 083 602 2117
Miss Nom still in the groove
Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.
Monday, October 8, Plutaluang,
The North and West courses were selected by our regular caddies as the best
to play when we arrived today, there were a few moans but there always are
here regarding which courses we play, especially when the field is 28.
It has been some time since we played these two Nines together as they have
had problems with the buggies in the wet weather conditions of recent weeks.
Surprisingly the fairways were quite hard and there was some run from the
drives, which is unusual here.
Tony Sawyer’s 35 points was good enough in Division 2 to take first place,
while two people tied for second with 34, but Jack Hinchey’s count back on
the back six holes of 15/14 knocked Glyn Evans into third place.
Back in form after his accident, Ted Morris scored 36 to win Division 1,
with Tom Sathrum second on 33 and Bruce Lawrence in third with 32.
2’s: Tom Sathrum, Jack Hinchey, Roger Ribbins
Near Pins: Bruce Lawrence, Ted Morris, Tom Sathrum, Paddy Wilson
Dannie Larsen, Andy Oz, Roger Ribbins, Burnie Sinclair.
Wednesday, October 10, Khao Kheow, Stableford
Only five groups out today due to the cost and the route we have
to take to get there and yet again the course was not in the pristine
condition you would normally expect here. We have now put this venue on hold
until further notice.
With the clouds rumbling in the background and darker ones moving closer for
nine holes, it was odds on we would get a downpour soon. The first group out
took refuge at the drinks hut by the 16th tee for 30mins before the storm
cleared. The fifth group (no names mentioned) after hearing a siren, decided
to call it a day believing it was a lightening alarm, but afterwards found
out it was the shotgun start system for a ladies tournament today.
Same old names again in the winners’ circle with Paddy Wilson first in the
premier flight with 36 points and Dave Richards second with 33. In the
second division, Miss Nom came out on top with an incredible 39 points and
Miss Oam was runner-up with a very respectable 32 points.
2’s: Dave Richards, Paddy Wilson, Miss Nom
Near Pins: Mikael Andersson, Dave Richards, Paddy Wilson (2), Miss
Oam, Miss Nom (2)
Friday, October 12, Eastern Star, Stableford
Our first visit in a fortnight, after our visit to Royal Hills,
and with the management promising improvements they are slowly getting
there. The fairways are in very good condition but the semi rough around the
greens still needs a little more attention.
Waiting to be cut after her 39 points at Khao Kheow, the in-form Miss Nom
returned a 37 point score to win Division 2. Four people finished with 30
points but Les Winch and Cully Monks had the better back nine count back to
oust Basil Foley and Ken Foster into the ‘also-rans’.
In Division 1, Nhwee Stockman finished first with a great round of 39
points, Chris Holmes was second with 34 and Bill Hewitt finished third with
Note: Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 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.
Bob bows out on top
PSC golf from the Travellers Rest
Monday, October 8, Crystal Bay A & B - White Tees,
1st Mod Chaviraksa (20) 38pts
2nd David Thomas (7) 37pts
3rd Takeshi Hakozaki (10) 36pts
4th Donald Pearson (33) 27pts c/b
5th Micahel Todd White (21) 27pts
2’s: Mod Chaviraksa
Our golfer of the month for September, Mod Chaviraksa, got straight back in
the groove again very quickly this week with a win at Crystal Bay on Monday
in our second of the new Monday outings. David Thomas took second place on
37 points with Takeshi Hakozaki a further point back in third.
Tuesday, October 9, Plutaluang S & E - White Tees,
1st Ebrahim (17) 39pts
2nd Amphan North (14) 36pts
3rd Peter Halroyd (17) 34pts
4th Dave Ross (20) 33pts
1st Lars Strom (24) 32pts c/b
2nd William Chang (28) 32pts c/b
3rd Alan Evans (28) 32pts c/b
4th Bob Short (24) 32pts
Near Pins: William Chang, Brian Blackford, Peter Halroyd, Mod
2’s: Brian Blackford
Lars Strom got the best of a four-way count back to claim the top spot in
the B Flight over William Chang, Alan Evans and Bob Short after all had
finished with 32 points. Ebrahim topped out the premier flight with 39
points ahead of another of our lady golfers, Amphan North.
Thursday, October 11, Phoenix Mountain & Lakes - White
1st Bob St.Aubin (12) 39pts
2nd Phil Page (12) 38pts c/b
3rd David Askew (11) 38pts
4th Amphan North (14) 37pts
1st David Ross (20) 39pts
2nd Alan Barker (25) 36pts
3rd Alan Evans (28) 35pts
4th Mod Chaviraksa (20) 35pts
Near Pins: Mod Chaviraksa, Fergus Brennan, Alan Barker, Phil Page
2’s: Fergus Brennan, Mikito Homna, Frank Pilkington, Phil Page
winners: Bob Short, Amphan North, Roger Wilkinson, Mod Chaviraksa, Jim Sykes
& Lars Strom.
Many of our regular golfers at this time of year are leaving us for various
reasons to go back to their homes after visits of various durations. But a
regular participant at the Travellers Rest, Bob St. Aubin, decided to go out
on a high note before leaving.
Bob has always been in the running on our outings but rarely at the top. He
was number one on the first Monday outing last week and then repeated this
occurrence on Thursday at Phoenix when he won the A flight at one of his
last ventures out before going to the USA to take up a new post of work. We
all wish him and all others departing these shores a safe journey.
Saturday, October 13, Emerald - White Tees, Stableford
1st Amphan North (14) 37pts
2nd Jim Sykes (10) 35pts
3rd Roger Wilkinson (15) 34pts c/b
4th David Thomas (7) 34pts
1st Mod Chaviraksa (20) 31pts c/b
2nd Bob Short (24) 31pts c/b
3rd Lars Strom (24) 31pts
4th Stephen Gould (20) 30pts
Near Pins: Mod Chaviraksa (2), Nigel Jones, Ray Allison
2’s: Roger Wilkinson (Eagle), Mod Chaviraksa
A win on Monday, fourth place on Thursday at Phoenix and then a win again
here in the B flight on Saturday at Emerald, there really is no holding Mod
Chaviraksa at the moment. Another of our regular lady golfers Amphan North,
who took a second spot on Tuesday and fourth on Thursday, also came good to
win the A flight win by two clear points. Come on lads, it is time to step
up to the tee!
Our regular Saturday outings will see a change of venue this week. After
many, many months of trips to the Emerald we are going back to Eastern Star.
After a recent reconnoitre at the club, it was found that things had greatly
improved after the extensive work on the course, so back we go.
Reminder: If anyone is interested in golfing with the Travellers Rest we
play every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We meet at7:45 am for
breakfast and transportation and new players are always made to feel
welcome. Call Tewin on 086 056 7019 for further information.
Roger restores Aussie pride
as Bill takes a tumble
PSC golf from P J Pool Bar
Tuesday, October 9, Phoenix Mountain &
Eleven of us turned out at Phoenix, which we found to be in its usual
A great pall of dismay hung over our glum chums from Down Under and beyond.
Being kicked into touch is one thing but by England and France? Oh dear, oh
However Aussie Roger Yabsley (21) soon restored some pride for his country
returning an excellent 38 points for first place. Runner-up was Englishmen
David Gardner (8) with 36 points followed closely by Englishman Neil Duncan
(14) with 35 points. Completing the winners’ rostrum was Aussie Geoff Moodie
(27) with 32 points.
Neil Duncan nabbed M4 and L7 near pins, Chas Raj M8 and David Gardner L7.
Thursday, October 11, Plutaluang Navy S & E -
White Tees, Stableford
A larger turnout of 15 pegged it up on Thursday. Newcomer to the
group Bob Drumm and returnee Steve Lund were warmly welcomed. Bob Drumm
promptly declared his intent with two near pins 4S & 12E, Chas Raj bagging
5E. Roy Pimblett secured the longest 1st putt on the18th green.
David Gardner (8) continued his run of good form taking first place with an
excellent 39 points, keeping Britisher Neil Duncan (14) at bay in second
spot with 38. Barry Quirk (13) carded 35, Peter Mills (36) carded 34 and Roy
Pimblett (20) carded 32 taking 3rd, 4th and 5th places respectively.
Bill Jones’ adventure requires a mention. After dumping a ball into the
water hazard on South 2 he took action to avoid the dropped replacement ball
rolling forward into the water, lost his balance and did a forward roll
himself into the water.
Eye-witnesses report that Bill suffered total immersion followed by some
energetic floundering. On being promptly rescued by his playing partners
Bill insisted he continue his round only then to discover that his
spectacles were still within the hazard, presumed lost. However, help was at
hand because several lads were looking for lost golf balls and managed to
retrieve Bill’s spectacles.
Bill completed his round itching and scratching terribly as he did so. Well
done Bill, it takes a tough geezer to complete a round after an event like
that and we all sincerely hope that schistosomiasis mekongi will be the
worst of anything you may have acquired.
Note: Any golfers seeking to play with our group that wish to know
about the format please visit P J Pool Bar & Restaurant on Soi
Watboonsamphan (Soi Kanoi) or phone Neil on 089 511 0575.
PSC golf from The Caddyshack
Friday’s winners Phil Smith and Clive Bruce with
a lovely trio of Oy’s.
Monday, October 8, Khao Kheow, Rainbow-Stableford
Today we traveled to the very beautiful course of Khao Kheow
where we played a Rainbow tournament consisting of each golfer having to
choose 6 red tee shots, 6 white and 6 blue. The course was trimmed to
perfection, which was reflected in many of the golfers’ scores.
In third place was Graham Dietrich with 37 points, second place with 37
points went to Graham Beaumont with a better back nine, and in first place
was Archie Armstrong from Australia with 38 points. Archie was spurred into
action after taking a lot of stick from the English rugby fans after
knocking his team out of the world cup, but back at the presentation Archie
had the last laugh with him high up on the podium in first place.
Doug Carysforth and Gary Ritchie shared the rollover 2’s pot.
Wednesday, October 10, Green Valley, Stableford
Today we played on our ‘home’ course of Green Valley. This is
always a popular venue and over 30 golfers turned up for this particular
The golfers were split into two divisions with Division 1 being 16 handicap
and under. The course was a bit wet with not a lot of run on the fairways
which reflected on the day’s golf with nobody breaking par.
The top flight saw a very intense battle between three golfers with very low
handicaps fighting for positions. In third place was Clive Bruce playing off
his new lower handicap of 5 with 34 points, in second was Mike Allidi
playing off 2 handicap and scoring 34 points, but the winner on the day was
Paul Smith playing off his new lower handicap of 4 with 35 points.
In Division 2 the field was more spread out with Ramsay Smith scoring 28
points and to his amazement he finished third. Les Hall came second with 32
points but the comfortable winner was Chris Platten with 35 points.
Ted Morris was smiling admirably when he found out he had the only ‘2’ of
the day to take the grand prize.
Friday, October 12, The Emerald, Stableford
Another great venue which is also very popular with the golfers
of Pattaya is The Emerald golf course Bang Chang. On this day thirty-three
players signed up for this stableford competition, but unlike Wednesday more
than a few of them broke par.
In Division 2 Ben Findon scored 35 points to come in third place, Bill
Carter scored 39 points for second, but blitzing the opposition was Phil
Smith with a very fine round of 42 points to take first place. Phil is
showing some very good form lately and has also caught the eye of the
handicapper - so watch out Phil for a trim up.
Division 1 saw Graham Beaumont score 35 points to come third with Graham
Dietrich in second place with 37 points. But adjusting to his new 5 handicap
quickly was Clive Bruce with 39 points, which also gave him the bragging
rights of the lowest gross of the day of 74.
The 2’s were shared by Clive Bruce and Ted Gardener and in their excitement
they rang the bell at The Caddyshack to celebrate.
The Square Ring: by Howie Reed
As with all sports there are changes that could be
implemented that, after testing, might improve boxing. That’s a given.
There’s talk of changing the “offside” rule in soccer for more scoring,
hence in the view of some more excitement (or for others just plain
excitement.) And in boxing, almost every ranking organization at its
annual convention pays homage to the idea of “what can we do to make
boxing better and more popular.”
The easy way to make changes is to attack with vigor the scoring system
under the theory that the current system is wrong. The Square Ring has
never found an instance of someone buying a ticket to watch a scoring
system but that’s beside the point. Let’s put the old canard to rest
that “it’s the system, stupid.” It’s the ones using the system that are
stupid. Bad judges make bad decisions. Good judges make good decisions.
The WBA (We Be Average) wrapped up its 86th annual convention last week
in Chengdu, China. As a test the WBA, for their “regional title fights”,
is instituting a half point system. So a close round might be 10-9.5
rather than 10-9. The WBA did some research on a couple of recent fights
finding that drawn decisions under a different system would have
actually been wins for one of the fighters.
One such fight was the match between Prawet Singwangcha (30-2) and Jose
Miguel Cotto (28-1) for the vacant WBA lightweight title on May 11 of
this year. The official judges had it a majority draw as Guy Jutras “The
Canadian Blind Man” and Samuel Conde had it 114-114 while Tom Miller had
it 117-111 for home boy Cotto. The Square Ring had it for Singwangcha by
2 for what it’s worth. At the time of the decision ‘The Lord of the
Manor’ screamed, “More lager Jeeves.”
Upon further review two focus groups at the convention found that
Singwangcha had won the fight. Now if either of these groups implemented
the “no even rounds” or the “half points scoring system” it’s unclear.
It would be living in a dream world, in the case of Cotto-Singwangcha,
to think that three judges in a close fight held in Puerto Rico would
not make the Puerto Rican a winner.
The WBA, for those not familiar with the organization, has had its share
of problems. In a 1982 interview, promoter Bob Arum claimed he “paid off
WBA officials” to obtain rankings. A word of warning here, one takes Bob
“I was lying yesterday but today I’m telling the truth” Arum’s word on
anything, at one’s own risk.
If Cotto and Singwangcha fought to a draw in May for the WBA vacant
lightweight title, then how could WBA lightweight champion Juan Diaz
(33-0) win the IBF title by forcing Julio Diaz (34-4) to retire at the
start of the 9th round in their bout in Chicago? If Juan Diaz is the WBA
lightweight champion how could the title be vacant? This is Boxing.
The fight, seen by viewers in ‘The Kingdom’ on Sunday morning, was never
in doubt as Juan “The Baby Bull” lived up to his name by taking control
from the opening bell with punches thrown constantly from any and all
angles for which Julio Diaz had no answer. In post fight interviews Juan
was asked who he’d like to fight next?
“I’d like to fight Manny Pacquiao, he said. “He just beat an old Mexican
champion, it’s time now for him to face a young Mexican champion.”
Diaz probably got the idea after watching Pacquiao against Barrera where
‘The PacMan’ was anything but scary. One of the problems with Pacquiao
moving up is that they usually take the weight with them and leave some
There is no argument that the December 8 non-title match between Ricky
Hatton-Floyd Mayweather jr. is the match of the year. Done deal. Gone
from the boxing scene though since his loss to Hatton in June of 2005 is
Kostya Tszyu (31-2). Boxing misses his skill in the ring and his total
Karl Freitag is the editor of fightnews.com and a darn good reporter. In
a recent article he explained that although retired, Tszyu “is training
every day, staying in shape and keeping an eye on boxing around the
world, especially the December 8 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and
In an email to his fan club Tszyu wrote: “It is a very interesting
match. I have double feelings on who will win. I can see how Mayweather
can win and I can see how Hatton can win. The reason why is that I never
felt that Ricky could beat me, but it happened. I remember a time when
Roy Jones Jr. felt he was unbeatable, the same way I felt. But everyone
can be beaten. This is life.
“I can see Floyd losing his focus on boxing. Having appeared on ‘Dancing
with the Stars’ myself here in Australia, I know how much work is
involved. It is a full time job to prepare properly. To get ready for a
fight with Ricky Hatton and concentrate on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will
be very hard. This is why I am saying Floyd is losing his focus. There
is no doubt that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a boxing freak, just as Roy
Jones Jr. was a boxing freak. They are very special talents. But anyone
can still lose.”
Making some sense, if reality is hidden under the carpet, is IBF (I Be
Foolish) light heavyweight champ Clinton Woods of the UK. Recently Woods
defended the title against Julio Cesar Gonzalez in Sheffield. He claims,
with some merit, that he is the best of the light heavyweight champions.
“I’ve beaten Rico Hoye, who was supposed to be the new Tommy Hearns,
Gonzalez twice, and Glen Johnson who beat Tarver and Jones. I am the man
in the division and I don’t think I’m exaggerating,” said Woods. “I’ve
seen a couple of ratings lists with Bernard Hopkins on top but that’s
just pathetic in my mind. Hopkins was a great middleweight but he is no
light heavy. He looked impressive against a weight drained Tarver last
summer but since then has fought a blown-up light middleweight, talented
as Winky Wright is, and shows no sign of wanting to fight a genuine
“I think the fans realize Hopkins is no longer a real fighter,”
continued the champ. “He’s just on an extended retirement tour,
collecting a pension, beating up smaller opponents in boring fights. I
want a major name like Hopkins, Tarver, Jones or Chad Dawson.”
Here’s the problem with Mr. Woods logic, he needs to tell the “rest of
the story.” He’s fought Johnson three times with a win, a loss and a
draw. The drawn decision was so egregious that the IBF kept their title
“vacant” and demanded an immediate re-match - which Woods promptly lost.
Woods had his chance against Roy Jones in “ought 2” at the Rose Garden
in Portland, Oregon USA. Woods was never in the contest getting TKO’d in
The IBO (I Be Ordinary) light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver has
signed to meet George Blades on December 1. And finally Mr. Woods, being
the best light heavyweight title-holder in the world is worth nothing.
One who many thought should have retired a long time ago is Evander
Holyfeild - but like that Timex watch purchased on Beach Road, he “takes
a lickin and keeps on tickin.”
Holyfield fought for the WBO heavyweight title last Saturday at the
Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow. For the “Eveready” Holyfield it would be
his 19th title match in his storied career. News reports of the fight
called it “tactical,” which in real talk translates to boring, which is
also about the norm in the heavyweight division.
It’s said that Ibragimov, who improved to 22-0, used his “mobility and
reflexes” to score an easy unanimous decision. Judge Chuck Giampa from
Nevada scored it 117-111, so that what it was. If Jeeves were here he’d
ask, “Isn’t it time that Holyfield called it quits. Retired to spend his
100 plus million of dollars?” Nope.
“The fight went to a decision and Ibragimov won the decision and I just
have to get back in line and it doesn’t mean that it’s over,” said
Holyfield. “Did I do so bad that it’s not worth it for me to try. I
didn’t throw enough combinations as my corner wanted me to but he
[Ibragimov] was quick in the sense that I didn’t feel comfortable in
throwing the combinations.”
The one good shot that Holyfield did land was in the 12th. According to
Ibragimov, “it was a clean shot, but it didn’t hurt me. It made me draw
up but not to a point ... it was a very good shot.”
It made him “draw up”? Don’t have the foggiest idea what the heck that
WBC flyweight champ Daisuke Naito (32-2-2), who upset Thailand’s
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (65-2) last out, has wasted little time in
defending his crown.
The boxing world was shocked on July 18 when the Naito, a big underdog,
defeated Pongsaklek who many considered the best flyweight in the world.
Naito defended last weekend against the piano-playing youngster Daiki
Kameda, who went from 10-0 to 10-1. Joe Koizumi, the best boxing writer
in the world, witnessed the fight.
“Naito kept his belt as he kept punching (with) a puzzling ‘peek-a-boo
style,’ pounding out a unanimous decision over twelve rounds. Judge Dave
Moretti (Nevada) and Harold Laurens (Curacao) both tallied 117-107, and
Malcolm Bulner (Australia) saw it 116-108.
“Referee Vic Drakulich (Nevada) might have experienced his hardest
working night in separating the hot-headed combatants from numerous
clinches. It was really a foul-studded affair as they fell down to the
canvas time and again a la the Max Baer-Primo Carnera fiasco in 1934.
Naito was penalized for hitting Kameda on the deck after falling
together in the ninth. Drakulich decisively deducted three points from
Kameda in the final session: a point for throwing the champ and two more
for lifting and throwing him again.”
Way to go Vic - who by-the-by is one of the most underrated referees in
the world and not one to trifle with.
Oh Jeeves ... where has that man gone now? Wait here’s a note.
‘Your Lordship have decided to holiday with my pal Mr. David Brook at
the Island Lager bar in Patong Beach. I’ll be staying at the Yorkshire
Inn. Have left you a goodly supply of lager and cigars in the larder.
Please mention that Felix Strum at 28-2 defends his WBA middleweight
title in Halle, Germany against Randy Griffin on Sunday. Oh yes, also in
Oz, Vic Darachinyan gets back in the ring at a higher weight against
trial horse Federico Catubay. This will be Darachinyan’s first fight
since he was knocked “loopy” by Nonito Donaite in 5 rounds last July.
Have a nice week!’ Signed Jeeves
You just can’t get good help these days!
American’s take on the Rest of the World
The President’s Cup - Pattaya Style
Local differences in handicap systems were put aside for the
inaugural Pattaya Style of the President’s Cup, arranged by Colin Davis
of Lewiinsky’s, John Emmerson of The Golf Club and Bob Philp of The
Outback Golf Bar.
skipper John Emmerson (right) receives congratulations and the
President’s Cup Plaque from his Rest of the World counterpart, Tony
The format was North America, captained by John Emmerson v Rest of the
World, captained by Tony Oakes, played over 3 days on 3 different
courses, one selected by each bar with 30 players on each side.
It was clear from the first get-together at Lewiinsky’s on the previous
Saturday that this was going to be a fun and friendly competition. As
the Americans were some players short, the ROW ‘transferred’ a few to
play for the ‘other side.’
This was a truly international competition with some 9 nationalities
Day 1 – Monday October 8, Crystal Bay (Better Ball)
Some rain during most of the rounds did not put off an
excellent start by The Americans who won the day by 10 matches to 5.
Tuesday evening saw a big gathering at ‘ The Golf Club’ in LK Metro to
hear of the pairings for the following 2 days. As before, there was
plenty of food, drink and friendly banter.
Day 2 - Wednesday October 10, Greenwood (Greensomes)
The weather was almost the winner on this day as we had rain,
thunder and lightning. Seven groups came in early leaving eight groups
to continue with a number of rain stops. The result was another win for
The Americans by 6 matches to 2.
Day 3 - Friday October 12, Phoenix (Singles)
The rain stayed away for the final day of this competition
but the ROW realised that they had a mountain to climb following the
first 2 days. However, each match was played in a friendly and
competitive spirit and ended with handshakes and smiles all round.
As the results came in it was clear that the result was to be in The
North American’s favour once more.
Back at the Outback Golf Bar most of the competitors and some friends
arrived to be welcomed by ‘mine hosts’ Bob Philp and Jack Moseley.
Good food and drink was consumed in abundance, then it was time for
words from the two Captains.
Tony Oakes, Captain of the ROW team, expressed his delight at the golf
event with the two golfing groups and that it had been too long in
coming about. He further went on to say that at the end of the day
everyone just wanted to play golf, enjoy the day and meet new friends.
This event had achieved all this and more. He then congratulated the
North American team on their ‘narrow win’!
John Emmerson, Captain of the North American team, echoed Tony’s
comments and went on to thank Colin Davis of Lewiinsky’s for his help
and support over the three days. John then rang the bell on behalf of
the American team to much appreciation.
Bob Philp then produced the Presidents Cup plaque and Tony presented it
to John where it will be on show at The Golf Club.
This event, which is expected to become a major biennial tournament here
in Pattaya, takes its place in history as the first jointly organised
between PSC and IPGC members marking a distinct thaw between the two
golfing organisations and should be welcomed by all Pattaya golfers.
Note: The Outback Golf Bar on Soi Siam Country Club will be
holding their official opening party on Saturday, October 27.
The combatants get ready
to do battle at Crystal Bay on the first day of the competition.
Murphy lays down the law
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Luck has been with the Three Sisters golfers all this
year - so far, we have not been rained out. We’ve come close but we have
always managed to complete our round or the rains have stayed away long
enough to finish.
Murphy and Bob Pearce finished first and second at Pattaya Country Club.
This past week it poured down as we sat at Caddy Shack Two sucking up
the suds. We pitied anyone on the course as the lightning and rain came
Getting out early seems to fit this group as the winners are always a
few strokes better than par. This week it was Dale Murphy’s turn at the
top. Playing steady golf, he shot a respectable 39 points to win the
day. Bob Pearce, playing off of a 10 handicap, gave chase but missed by
a shot after coming in with 38 points.
Following the two leaders were Sus Ige and Walter Straub. Both came in
with 37 points apiece to round out the top of the leaderboard.
Hamstead storms to victory
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, October 9, Burapha, Stableford
We tend to travel up to Burapha quite often, mainly because
there are 36 good golf holes here, and partially because it is quite
close to Pattaya.
winners with Pu.
On this day we were to play C & D Nines, usually thought of as the
tougher of the 18 holes, but at present this test is in excellent
So we arrived, and the car park was nearly empty, however the day before
the course had been packed. Surely there must be some reason apart from
the fact Monday and Wednesday are Sports Days.
The round started fine, nice weather, a course in excellent condition
and nobody in front of us to slow us down. Seemed weird that more people
were not out, of course then the clouds rolled in, and our group were
just about to start the D Nine so we ran for the driving range. In fact
it got quite full there as other groups joined us, and it got blacker
and the rain hammered down. The smart ones had stayed at home it seems.
The rain seemed to circle, however we held on and the best part of 2
hours later the sky cleared and we took a chance and ventured forth onto
wet and soggy fairways. It was still a bit 50/50, however the rain held
off and the weather was nice and cool, in fact ideal except for the wet
Round over we relaxed in a hot shower, had a cold one or two and a bite
to eat in the restaurant and headed back to the ‘Home Ranch’ to see if
anyone had managed to beat the storm.
Back at Bert’s we did the presentation and the winner with a fine 40
points was Steve Hamstad, ahead of Richard Kubicki in second with 36
points and Mick O’Meara in third with 35 points. At the end off what
turned out to be a fine day, all went home in a good mood.
Near Pin: Mick O’Meara, Noodle, Dick Warberg, Richard Kubicky
Long Put: Joel Flor, Perry McNeely