Amphan & Paul crowned PSC champion golfers
The 2008 PSC Club Championship
Friday January 18 & Monday January 21, The Emerald -
Are we sitting down comfortably? If not take the time to put
the kettle on, get the cake out, put the feet up, and listen to the
story of the men and ladies who over 36 holes fought to be classed as
the PSC Champion Golfers. Mind, you will be surprised at the sheer
number of winners over this weekend. And why not? After all we had 130
players and this is the prime competition in the PSC year.
Men’s and Ladies Club Champions: Paul Smith, left, and Amphan North,
right, with the PSC Golf Chairman Tony Oakes.
The Emerald Golf Resort was the host to the Club Championship for 2008,
on what can only be described as two glorious days, with plenty of
sunshine and a cool breeze blowing, it does not get much better than
this, especially as the course management were more than helpful,
turning all other golfers away so that the competition would not be
interrupted. This has not been so at some other courses over the years.
On Day 1 the golfers were made welcome by the staff at The Emerald, and
with all in a good mood they were greeted by the cheerful Bernie and his
able assistant Tim, who was distributing the club shirts.
Davidson, right, shot 138 to record the best net score over the 2 days.
This is a tough course most days, but is also very hilly and it is a
typical Nick Faldo trick to make all your lies, whether fairway or
rough, not level. The ball is always on a down-slope, up-slope, below
your feet or above them. Take any normal lie as a gift from the gods.
The greens also are usually ‘up there in the sky’, and they are small.
The par 3’s are really fine on this course and are some of the best and
most difficult around.
At the end of the first day we had some quite good scores in, but do not
forget this is a two-day competition, so for those who would not perform
at the top level we had a prize for the Friday net winners and these
were, in the A Flight ‘The Golf Chairman’ Tony Oakes with a net 70, with
Brian Downey winning the B Flight with a Net 77. In the C Flight the
winner was Per Olaf Baarli with a net 73 and David Foulk won the D
Flight with a net 70. The Ladies net winner was Mod Churaiska with a net
The second day dawned bright and beautiful, and all those who had played
well on the Friday decided to give it a go and all were on the tee nice
and early, most bright but a few bleary eyes were noticeable. This is
PSC after all.
The Organisers were at their duties with Bernie and Tim in evidence,
while Tony dashed back and forth, an action sure to enhance his golf.
Then we were away for this important 18 holes and the realisation of
some players’ major dreams of the year.
Suffice to say everyone gave of their best, and as the cards came in the
results threw up some interesting winners. As is the normal with this
competition, the prize giving was to be at The Town in Town Hotel later
in the day, so many golfers left hoping they had done well enough to
win, and this also gave the organisers time to work on the results and
winners. As you will see this was a really difficult job.
All met at The Town in Town where the hotel had laid on a very fine
spread, it has to be said that being a golfer is not all about sweating
it out in ‘a walk gone wrong’, sometimes it is quite civilized and this
was one of those times. We also had drinkies at a good price so some had
the odd beer, or two. Well done the organisers.
Food over we got down to the real stuff, the winners in various
categories, but not before Tony said thank you to the course, the hotel,
all the players and his helpers. Then our Emcee, our Nigel, got down to
declaring the winners.
In a sort of ascending order we will start with the ‘gross winners’ in
all the flights. In the A Flight the winner was Clive Bruce with a fine
gross 75 while in the B Flight the winner was Stan Everingham with a
gross 87. In the C Flight the winner was John Hughes with a gross 87
while the D Flight winner was Norman Best with a gross 93. The Ladies
winner was Mam Trayling with a gross 97.
Now to the 2-day flight winners and we had some really fine tight
results. In the A Flight the winner was Bengt Borg with a fine net 140,
while we then had a count back for second on net 141 which saw Anders
Bokmark in second and Tommy Borkland in third. The Scandies came through
In the B Flight it was a little more cut and dried with Richard (Dick)
Warberg winning with a net 144 in front of Paul Walia in second with a
net 146 and Alan Hughes in third with a net 146.
We had a real fight in the C Flight when after 2 days the first three
came in with the same score, a net 146, and a count back came into play.
The winner was Eddie Bielby with Donald Wilson in second and Tom Breslin
The D Flight was again quite tight with all three players within 4
shots. The winner was Jan Johannson with a net 145 ahead of Joe Clines
with a net 147 and Keith Johnson with a net 148.
Then we had the Ladies where the winner was Lar Mawford with a Net 138
ahead of Pid Overgren in second with a net 149.
We now get to the exciting bit as we get to the last three major
winners, and I am quite pleased as both my fingers are starting to hurt,
time for a top up.
In the ‘old days’ the Club Champion here was the ‘man’ who won the 2-day
low net, but in their wisdom the ‘committee’ decided, a few years ago to
follow the lead of most clubs and make the best gross player the
champion. So the lowest net over the two days was Chris Davidson with a
net 138 and well done to Chris who in fact played best of all the
players to their handicap over the two days.
So to the big ones, and the Ladies Champion was Amphan North with a
gross 178. The Men’s Champion was Paul Smith with a fine 150 gross and
after 2 days he was a worthy winner. Well done Amphan and well done
Long Drive: (0-18) - Graham Beaumont; (19-36) - Larry Willett;
(Ladies) - Ursula Lehner.
Near Pin: (0-18) - John Hughes, Jeff North, Brendan Byrne, Don
Wilson; (19-36) - Tom Sawyers, Ramsay Smith, Ray Underwood, Ronny
Long Drive: (0-18) - Mikael Anderson; (19-36) - Alan Hunter; Ladies
- Amphon North.
Near Pin: (0-18) - Bengt Borg, Roger Moore, Arch Armstrong, Bob
Lindborg; (19-36) - Ramsay Smith, Leif Linner, Eddy Bielby, Larry
Fraser; (Ladies) - Amphon North, Ann Haranya, Pid Overgren.
The Day 1 net winners pose
for a photo
with PSC President Dennis Willet, second left.
B Flight net winner
Richard (Dick) Warberg, left, and runner-up Paul Walia,
right, receive their prizes.
Donald Wilson and Eddie
Bielby, left and center, who together with Tom Breslin had a real
ding-dong battle at the top of C Flight.
John O’Leary tops out the week with forty-one
Golf from the Travellers Rest at the OK Corral
Saturday’s winners at Eastern
Star: Jack Robertson. Brendan Moore, Tony Doyle, Alan Evans, Barry Hooper
and John O’Leary.
Monday, January 21, Pattana - Stableford
1st Mike Wardman (13) 37pts
2nd Michael Brett (17) 36pts
3rd Frank Kelly (13) 33pts
4th Fergus Brennan (10) 33pts
1st Peter Morris (26) 35pts
2nd Alun Webber (23) 34pts
3rd John Thornber (18) 32pts
4th David Mc’Feely (18) 32pts
Near Pins: Nijole Murtagh, Frank Kelly, Toby Perry, Marie Daly
2’s: Frank Kelly, John Thornber
This week’s Monday visit was to Pattana where I am informed that the course
was in excellent condition. Top honours on the day went to Mike Wardman in
the A Flight with 37 points, just the one ahead of Michael Brett on 36 in
second. In the B Flight Peter Morris was the winner with 35 points over Alun
Webber in second on 34.
Tuesday, January 22, Burapha - Stableford
A Flight (0-17)
1st Michael Brett (17) 40pts
2nd Frank Kelly (13) 38pts
3rd John Merritt (14) 37pts
B Flight (18+)
1st Greg Mason (28) 39pts
2nd John Thornber (18) 37pts
3rd Lars Strom (22) 37pts
Near Pins: Ted Senior, Greg Senior, Michael Brett, Peter Cook
2’s: Greg Mason, Peter Cook, Lars Strom, Ted Senior
Tuesday saw a visit to Burapha with Michael Brett and Frank Kelly each going
one better than the previous day for first and second spots in the A Flight.
Greg Mason took B Flight with a 39-point tally from two players on 37, John
Thurnber and Lars Strom.
Thursday, January 24, Greenwood - Stableford
A Flight (0-15)
1st Fergus Brennan (10) 37pts
2nd John Merritt (14) 35pts
3rd John Pegrum (10) 35pts
4th Mike Wardman (13) 35pts
B Flight (16-21)
1st Colin Cronin (20) 39pts
2nd Tony Perry (16) 38pts
3rd Carl Lovatt (18) 37pts
4th Brian Blackford (20) 37pts
C Flight (22+)
1st Greg Mason (26) 39pts
2nd Alan Evans (25) 39pts
3rd Jack Robertson (23) 36pts
4th Brendon Abbott (24) 35pts
Near Pins: Phil Knight, Colin Cronin, Jack Robertson, Mike Wardman
2’s: Jack Robertson
Thursday was the out of town visit to Greenwood and the A and C courses.
Always worth the trip and today was no exception. The course played well, we
had a good turnout and it is always great value for the money.
Three flights and in the C Flight it was another win for Greg Mason on count
back from Alan Evans, both with 39 points. Third spot went to Jack
The B Flight had Colin Cronin heading it with 39 points, one up on Tony
Perry with 38, and a further one back on 37 and in third was Carl Lovatt.
The A Flight saw ‘mister organiser’ himself Fergus Brennan heading the sheet
with 37 points while John Merritt took second on a count back 35 points,
pushing John Pegrum into third.
Saturday, January 26, Eastern Star – Stableford
A Flight (0-17)
1st Hugh Byrne (13) 35pts
2nd Tony Doyle (17) 33pts
3rd Brendan Moore (14) 31pts
4th Roger Wilkinson (15) 31pts
B Flight (18+)
1st John O’Leary (18) 41pts
2nd Alan Evans (25) 37pts
3rd Jack Robertson (23) 36pts
4th Barry Hooper (36) 35pts
Near Pins: None
2’s: Hugh Byrne and Christian Willmer
Saturday was another one of our regular weekend outings to Eastern Star. The
course was generally good although the greens played a little slower than on
Two flights on the day and four prize places were up for grabs in both
B Flight had the scribe, Barry Hooper, take his second fourth spot in two
weeks on the same course with 35 points, Jack Robertson was third with 36,
in second came Alan Evans with 37 points and topping the podium with the
highest score of the week was John O‘Leary with 41 points.
A Flight saw Roger Wilkinson come fourth, just squeezed out of third by
Brendan Moore on count back after both finished with 31 points. In second
spot was Tony Doyle with 33 points and the top honours went to Hugh Byrne
with 35 points.
No near pins were awarded and these will be carried over to the next
Saturday visit to the same venue.
Reminder: If anyone is interested in golfing with the Travellers Rest
we play every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We meet at 7:45am for
breakfast and transportation and new players are always made to feel
welcome. Call Tewin on 086 056 7019 for further information
Usual suspects top
PSC golf from P J Pool Bar
Tuesday, January 22, The Emerald - Stableford
A Flight (0-17)
1st Allan Cassin (10) 34pts
2nd David Gardner (7) 33pts
3rd Jeff Wyllie (7) 30pts
c/b Bob Drumm 30pts
B Flight (18+)
1st Peter Mills (26) 36pts
2nd Mick Heatley (31) 33pts
3rd Roy Pimblett (20) 28pts
Nineteen of us made the journey to The Emerald for a good day of golf in
excellent conditions. The average score was 27 points.
Near pins in course order went to Ken Willoughby, Dennis Jaycock, Peter
Coombs and returning holidaymaker Paul Bartlett. The longest first putt on
the 18th green was slotted by Peter Mills.
Thursday, January 24, Greenwood A & C - Stableford
A Flight (0-17)
1st Jeff Wylie (7) 36pts
2nd Bob Drumm (10) 28pts
3rd David Gardner (7) 28pts
B Flight (18+)
1st Mike Brooke (24) 34pts
2nd Jim Walton (22) 34pts
3rd Yves Philibert (25) 33 pts
Eighteen of us set out to enjoy our day at Greenwood which was in superb
condition and we all appreciated the cooler than usual weather.
Although the ‘same old faces’ from Tuesday reappeared on the A Flight
podium, the order was different this time. The average score for the day was
Near pins in course order went to Paul Bartlett (8"), Bob Drumm and Jeff
Wylie with both those on the back nine. The longest first putt on the 18th
green was slotted by Boris Lofgran which was a consolation prize for also
winning the Paradise Bar golf short for the most golf on the day.
Note: Any golfers seeking to play with our group that wish to know
about our format please visit P J Pool Bar & Restaurant on Soi
Watboonsamphan (Soi Kanoi) or phone Neil on 089 511 0575.
Pedersen on the prowl at Phoenix
Phoenix Golf Club Members Group.
Wednesday, January 23 - Stableford
Playing the unusual combination of Ocean then Mountain, the
Phoenix Members Group set forth with five four-balls following a tourist
group from northern Asia and, five hours later, we made it back to the
clubhouse for a more than welcome beer (or three). Play was slow,
nevertheless determined calls of “fore” got our friends in front to speed up
a little, even if it didn’t do much for bi-lateral relations.
Maybe the time to think about the shots to be played helped our winners to
concentrate. In first place with 39 points was Graham Hiskett, second was
David Smith with 38 points and third David Czernie with 35 points.
Technical awards went to Niels Johanssen, Roger Ison, Terry O’Connor and
Sunday, January 27 – Members Stableford
The sky was a little overcast with a few large clouds looming and
we thought that maybe the drought of the last couple of months was going to
come to end. Not so, the clouds soon dispersed and another fine day was had
on the hallowed turf.
For the third week running everyone arrived nicely on time and by 11.30 we
had a full field of 8 groups ready to do battle with the Lakes and Ocean
course. Our group of members (including guests) keeps getting bigger and
bigger to the point of a database of a little under 300 players.
Our main winners today were in third place Terry (Dell Boy) O’Conner, second
was (the always improving) Pia Loquist, and winning with a superb score was
Finn Pedersen who, for his troubles, will be cut 10 shots next time out on
Sunday. Dont try to understand our Sunday rules, just come along and be part
of the fun. Last check in time 11.30am every Sunday.
Sometimes we have a longest putt on the 18th as a technical prize, but not
today, much to the disappointment of newcomer Terry Vickery who recorded a
30ft putt thinking he might win something. Bad luck Terry.
The technical winners today were the consistent Neil McAllister, Doug Wilson
Santee and Barney Connelly (2). Barney’s was understandable given he shot a
back nine of 39 gross.
Scott shoots sub-par at Treasure Hill
Golf from the Bowling Green
Monday, January 21, Treasure Hill - Stableford
Treasure Hill was the venue for Monday’s Stableford comp and
this course is well liked by many of our regulars and is climbing the
ranks - being close to the top of our “courses to-play list” each month.
After a quick check-in, it was down to a deserted first tee to get the
round underway and we were soon enjoying the test, and it was apparent
that once again the course was in tip top condition - both fairways and
Mike O’Brien made his usual charge on the inward nine, but on this day
holding off the strong challenge was scratch golfer Scott Dobbins whose
38 points was just enough to take top honors. In second was the
aforementioned Mike O’Brien on 36 points and in third, winning a count
back over Richard Line and Gareth Weeks, was Mark Brenton with 34
Friday, January 25, Crystal Bay - Stableford
Being given the challenge of the A & C nines, a stiff cross
wind and lightening fast greens, it had the recipe for a testing day.
But with Scott Dobbins splitting fairways with extremely long drives,
and several other players scoring well on the front nine, it was looking
like the course was losing its battle.
However, with conditions worsening on the back nine and scoring made
harder, it was a sprint for the finish and just managing to hold off the
rest of the field was the scribe himself, Gareth Weeks, with 36 points.
In second came Scott Dobbins on 34 points, and in third was Richard
Line, winning on count back over Alan Griffiths.
Ernie shoots 69 off the stick
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, January 22, Plutaluang – Stableford
The turnout on this day was a little thin due to the PSC Club
Championship finishing the day before and many of the golfers, no longer
young, were stressed out from this major effort. Mind the tough one’s
So off we went to Plutaluang, with the hope that we would play South &
East, and luckily we did. A major effort has been put into this 18 holes
of late and it now looks quite presentable, it must be, after all I
booked it without too much arm twisting.
We had a nice breeze on the day, the course was as it normally is, and
all found it quite tough. I say all but a couple of players did perform
really well, and we had a gross 69 from one player, of course he won.
Back at Bert’s we had a look at the scores, and the winner with 41
points off a 2 handicap was Ernie Hill. Not often we get a sub-70 gross
score. In second was Perry McNeely with a fine 39 points ahead of John
Gee in third with 34 points, and the scribe Derek Brook was in fourth
with 33 points on count back over Stan Dare and Pat Morrison. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin: Nigel Perry, Ernie Hill (2) Derek Westley
Long Putt: Mashi Kenata
A real ‘pea-souper’
at Pattaya Country Club
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
It was a weird day as we began teeing off around 7am while the course was
covered with a dense fog. We all thought that it would lift after a few
holes but visibility was down to around 30 to 40 yards and to preclude
injury, whistles and shouts were used to let players behind know that it was
safe for them to hit, meaning that the group in front had taken cover. There
was also shouting between caddies to alert the groups.
right, and Dale, left: first and second at Pattaya C.C. last week.
The first groups did not see the greens from the tee box until the 12th hole
- Herbie’s group being the last to tee off was lucky, the fog lifted at the
9th. Strange but true, less balls were lost as the caddies pointed the way
and found the little white orbs even though the players had no idea where
their shots went.
I guess Kevin Worl does not need to see to play golf as he scored 40 points
shooting blind for at least half of the round. It was great for Kevin as he
is in for his short holidays from the USA and enjoys his golf.
Coming in second was Dale Murphy. Dale shot 36 points which was excellent
for the conditions. Another Murphy, not related, came in third. Rich Murphy
shot 35 points but he started later in the day as the weather cleared. It
was a day none of us who played will ever forget. It was different and
hopefully will not happen again.
Plain sailing for ‘The Admiral’
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Thursday, January 24, Burapha - Stableford
This was one of those days we get very rarely here, and for
that I am most thankful. Suffice to say we left The Cafe Kronborg at
08:15 and I got back in Pattaya at 19:00hrs, and Burapha is only at most
a half hour up the road.
Some days are like that, you start slow and go backwards, still suffice
to say we got off late and got stuck behind a ‘Many Ball’ playing off
the very back tees, the black ones. Never seen it before, mind it seems
they could hit a ball, but what a way to get your moneys worth.
We played the C & D Nines, usually the most difficult of the two 18
holes, and on this day with a strong wind it was a real test of golf.
Never mind having to wait for every shot, all golfers know how that is.
The course itself was not in bad condition and is showing promise of
good days ahead.
In the restaurant, as the scores came in, it was seen we had a few good
efforts. In the A Flight (0-19) the winner was ‘The Admiral’ alias Dave
Richardson with a fine 39 points ahead of Noddy Moyle with 35 points and
Marcus Simmons with 34 points.
In the B Flight the winner was Jan Lovgreen with 40 points ahead of Hugh
O’Donnell with 38 points and Graham Buckingham in third with 34 points
on count back over Norm Martin. T.T.F.N
Near Pin: Leif Kirkegaardem, Paul Tomes (2), Utte
Long Putt: Hugh O’Donnell, Mike Winfield
Janicke bags a brace
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, January 21, Greenwood,
Playing a Medal competition at Greenwood golf
course and with the cut at handicap 14, newcomer Dave Askew made a winning
start. Playing off handicap 11 Dave won the A Flight with a two-under par net
70, winning on a count back from Geoff Parker who had to be content with second
Third place was also decided on a count back where Gordon Melia pushed Gerry
Cooney out of the prizes both finishing with net 71.
In the B Flight another newcomer took the honours, John Janicke winning with a
one-under par net 71, and Alan Sullivan pushed Ken Kelsey into third place on a
count back after both players carded net 73’s.
Dave Askew rounded off a great day for him by winning two of the near pin
prizes, Charlie Gooch and William Macey taking the other two.
Wednesday, January 23, Mountain Shadow,
Stableford was the format at Mountain Shadow
on Wednesday and with some very awkward pin placements to contend with and
lightning fast greens, we saw some pretty interesting scores come into the
The cut was set at handicap 14 again and Kevin Dunne and Gerry Cooney both
scored 33 points in the A Flight, but it was Gerry who was unlucky again losing
out on a count back having to settle for second place behind Kevin. Geoff Parker
took third place with 32 points.
The B Flight had some interesting scores, Jerry Kurtz winning with 31 points,
John Thornber came second with 28 points and with a host of players finishing
with 24 points Dave Keats took third place on a count back.
Near pins went to Kevin Dunne, John Graham, Brian Downey and Charlie Gooch.
Friday, January 25, Phoenix, Medal
We played a Medal comp at Phoenix on Friday
and with a big field The Bunker Boys had a great day.
The cut was set at handicap 16 and Tony Robbins won the A Flight by one stroke,
finishing with a one-over par net 73. John Graham beat Kevin Dunne on a count
back to take second place after both finished with net 74’s.
John Janicke won the B Flight with a one-under par net 71 ahead of “Skinny”
Newton on level par net 72, who beat Raleigh Gosney on a count back for second.
Near pins went to PJ Redmond, Glen Cunningham, Terry Hamilton and Cyril
Covill takes top spot with 41 points
PSC golf from The Caddyshack
Wednesday, January 23, Bangpakong,
Today was our first round of golf due to the final day of the
Pattaya Sports club championship on Monday. Many golfers from the Caddyshack
participated with more than a few technical prizes and podium finishes from
our golfers, in particular mention should go to Clive Bruce who was the
joint leader on the first day only to lose overall to Paul Smith by two
Getting back to our normal Wednesday we had a very late venue change. Due to
over bookings at Green Valley we were accommodated by Bangpakong golf course
for a stableford round. This is a course that always produces high scores
and today was no exception.
In division two Mike Wing scored 37 points to finish in third place, two
ahead in second was Doug Carysforth with 39 points, but with a very nice
round of 41 points was Ian Covill for first place.
In division one Jeff North just missed out on the top spots with a very good
score of 38 points which put him in third place. The battle was on for top
spot between Rick Montana and Marcus Simmons, both with 39 points, but Rick
knew his 16 points on the back would not be enough so had to settle for
second leaving Marcus Simmons with the win.
There were three 2’s recorded on the day by Graham Darward, Bob Walton and
Friday, January 25, Emerald, Stableford
Friday we played a Stableford competition at Emerald golf course
and with a depleted field there was to be only one division.
Ian Hart managed 32 points for third place, with Peter Waliter scoring a
respectable 35 points for second, but coming back to form and no stranger to
the podium was Graham Beaumont with the only sub-par round of 37 points to
take the win.
There were no 2’s recorded on the day.
The Beautiful Game?:
Havant they done well!
“It was the greatest day of my life - apart from when my
little boy was born,” said Havant and Waterlooville’s captain Jamie Collins
after leading his side out to face Liverpool at Anfield. “It was an
absolutely unforgettable experience and we’ll be replaying it time and again
both on our video players and in our minds. Everyone was expecting a great
day out in Liverpool and we weren’t disappointed.”
Neither were we. Leading 2-1 shortly before half time at one of the biggest
clubs in the world, the part-timers of Havant and Waterlooville’s eclipsed
just about any FA Cup story from recent times. I’d joked last week about
Liverpool preparing themselves for a draw at home to the side 123 places
below them in the leagues, but for a moment at least even this looked like a
hopeful result for the mighty reds.
Onto round five then, but not before discussing the future of Derby County.
Is this the worst Premier League team since the league’s revamp in 1992?
Certainly they give any opposition a run for their money on that front. A
4-1 FA Cup spanking at home to Preston on Saturday sums up a truly miserable
season for the Rams.
But perhaps it isn’t all doom and gloom. I read earlier this week that a
bunch of Americans have taken over the club. Along comes the usual spiel
about pumping money in, having the interests of the club and its supporters
at heart, blah blah.
“The long-term aim is to establish the Derby County brand worldwide through
successful alliances with sporting teams in the USA, Far East and other
continents,” said the club’s new owners on Monday morning. Saving you from
more corporate spiel, the message is that it’s all going to be wonderful at
Pride Park forever more.
Spare me. At some point these Yanks need reminding that there are 20 clubs
in the Premier League, and each season in May, unlike American sports, three
of these clubs will be relegated to the financial nothingness of the
Championship. I simply cannot see the benefit in buying Derby County at this
stage unless sinister plans are in place to make the Premier League a closed
shop that is exempt from promotion and relegation. And although football
changes quicker that we can read or write about it, even this seems a little
No disrespect to Rams fans, but you have to fear for football’s future when
outsiders are banging on the door to snap up Derby County. What on earth is
And it’s not just the bottom sides that are likely to suffer. Even Liverpool
are in the midst of discomfort involving their American owners that has been
reported to death in the newspapers this season. George Gillett and Tom
Hicks managed to re-finance the club last week, ensuring their controlling
interest at the Anfield side.
Hooray for that, but, Liverpool fans aside, does anyone actually care what’s
going on in the Bursar’s office of Liverpool Football Club? I’m more
interested in the actual football, personally, and there’ll be no more talk
about the subject in this newspaper. The club sold themselves to somebody
willing to finance a new stadium (or more accurately borrow the money to do
so, offsetting the debts against the club itself) and are now complaining
about it. Boo hoo, the heart bleeds.
Financial issues are impossible to ignore in the modern game, but let’s not
lose sight of what’s really important. Instead let’s mention the reception
that Liverpool fans gave to Havant and Waterlooville. A warm welcome to the
stadium, followed up with a standing ovation for the performances of
part-timers at half-time. More important than showing the obvious class of
the Liverpool supporters when fans of other clubs would be booing and
ripping up season tickets, Saturday’s match, regardless of the final 5-2
score, is a timely reminder of where football comes from. Let’s savour it.
Vive la France
Nothing against Frenchmen in particular, you’ll understand, no, no, no.
It’s just that two comments in particular by a couple of leading French
players caught my eye in the last seven days.
First up is Tottenham’s Pascal Chimbonda.
“Kevin Keegan has approached me and they’ve offered me more money,” said the
right back. “I am definitely leaving Spurs. It’s all about the money. I
don’t care about the [Carling Cup] final, I don’t care about the cup.”
So it doesn’t look like Spurs will be releasing “Pascal’s Dream” into the
pop charts anytime soon.
Next was Lassana Diarra, the midfield man who has recently left Arsenal for
a dream move to Portsmouth, on the grounds of not cementing his place in the
Gunner’s first team. Pompey are his third club of the season after leaving
Chelsea for the same reason.
“The negotiations went very well,” he said. “The people at Portsmouth know
that I will not spend my life at the club. I was able to add a clause to my
contract. If I shine, if a really big club wants me, I already know that
everything will go well.”
Aaah, the romance of the beautiful game. It warms your heart, doesn’t it?
Shearer to come in as Kevin Keegan’s assistant at Newcastle - Oh no he’s
not - Oh yes he is. Repeat to fade. Zzzzzz.
Burley takes over ‘McHotseat’
George Burley is the new manager of Scotland FC. The side, who have been
struggling in the league lately despite a spirited run in their most recent
campaign, have appointed the former Ipswich and Hearts boss on a contract
that takes him up until 2012.
It is not know at this stage how much money will be made available to Burley
to strengthen his squad, but it is rumoured that a bunch of Americans are
looking to take over the club. In a statement yesterday the potential new
owners said that they’ve always been big fans of Scotland FC and that they
intend to keep the club’s traditional values whilst leading the club towards
its first Superbowl. They will not be selling to the highest bidder as soon
as a decent offer comes along, according to insiders.
Alright it’s a slow news week, but that gives us a chance to appeal even
more to our continental friends. Here’s a brief roundup of what’s happening
on the European scene.
Off to Spain first, where Real Madrid took full advantage of slip-ups from
the chasing pack by beating Villarreal 3-2 to move nine points clear in the
Primera Liga on Sunday. In Italy, Inter Milan saw their Serie A lead cut to
five points after being held to a 0-0 stalemate by Udinese. Roma are second.
Lyon move to 46 points from 23 games in the French Ligue 1, a point ahead of
Bordeaux who lost 1-0 at Lorient on Sunday. Nancy stayed third after a
goalless draw at Auxerre on Saturday.
Holland next, where PSV are five points clear of Ajax Amsterdam, ignoring
the big match between the two played on Wednesday.
Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich are neck-and-neck at the top of the German
Bundesliga. For the rest of the European league results and league tables,
go onto the internet or something.
Manchester City get things underway on Saturday’s Premier League
fixtures in the early game against Arsenal, whilst Newcastle against
Middlesbrough should be worth ninety minutes of your time on Sunday. See you
next week for more gossip, including a roundup of all last minute panic
buying from the transfer window.
Banjo strikes the winning note
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Sunday, January 20, the Pattaya Golf Society visited
Plutaluang to play a stableford event over the North and West Nines, on a
very busy golf course.
Denis, left, presents the December “Player of the Month” award to Kasuo
In fourth place was Paul McNally, his gross 78 being by far the best of the
day, and his 32 points was only one behind third-placed Peter Masters,
enjoying a day off from his teaching duties. In second place came the
skilful Scot, Craig Boyd and his 36 points score represented a fine return
for the very able golfer.
The day’s winner was Richard “Banjo” Bannister who fired an impressive 39
points to take a handsome victory. “Banjo” was merely continuing a fine
family sporting tradition as his grandfather had won the Grand National and
the Isle of Man T.T. races in the same year back in the thirties and for
Richard the day was far better than “When I’m Cleaning Windows” or “Leaning
on the Lamp-post.”
The day’s two’s pot was shared by Craig Boyd, Tony Kitchen and Werner
Pausch, and, if for no other reason, the Booby Bevy went to Kasuo Takimoto,
the PGS’ “Player of the Month” for December, on the eve of his return to
The day had certainly been memorable for “Banjo” and his smiles at the
presentation told the story as magically as only grand-dad George could have
Erik ‘s back at the top
Eastern Star was the venue for the Pattaya Golf Society on
Tuesday and as usual there was a large field for the second monthly Order of
It turned out to be a very tight affair with Jorma Liila finding his game to
share fourth place with Mikael Andersson and their 32 point scores were only
one behind the joint third placed players, Ian Hart and Magnus Hagesjo, on
On 34 points was the runner-up Stuart Thompson, and the day’s winner was the
astute Finn Erik Antonnen whose form has been woeful by his own admission
since his return, but he showed the consistency we all expect from the fine
golfer to take the major honours this time with 35 points.
The best gross of the day was again produced by Paul McNally, an excellent
79, and it included the day’s only birdie ‘2’, a tap-in no less on the sixth
The Booby Bevy prize went to “Banjo” Bannister who followed up his excellent
effort at Plutaluang the previous event with a dismal round which gave him
fully twenty points less. It was not helped by a soaking on the seventh hole
when he foolishly tried to play his ball from a submerged lie.
Big Bob’s winning return
Thursday, January 24, the Pattaya Golf Society visited the
Emerald golf club for its weekly stableford event on the well-turned out
course with some teasing pin positions.
In a tight top flight, divided at sixteen and under, Andy Parkinson found
form at last to post a near-par score of 35 points which took third place,
only one behind the excellent round by Mikael Andersson who occupied second
with 36 points. The winner of the flight was David Thomas and his 37 points
also featured as the lowest gross of the day, 77.
In the second flight new member Petri Frisk established his credentials with
a steady 32 points for third place, a country mile off the runner-up Emiel
van der Wiele whose consistency continued with a fine level par performance.
The best score of the day was that recorded by big Bob Martin, returning
after a few months in the golfing wilderness and his 39 points registered
the best PGS score of the year so far.
The only birdie ‘2’ was scooped by Mikael Andersson on the fifteenth and the
special technical prize kindly donated by Ian Wilson and Simon Kendall was
won by Len Jones as he eased his wedged second shot to within five feet of
the tenth pin.
The Booby Bevy went to an anxious Jorma Liila who managed to scratch eleven
of the holes, having performed manfully on the previous outing.
Moe sweeps the day at The Emerald
IPGC golf from Donovan’s
Monday, January 21, The Emerald (White Tees) -
1st Moe Deverdenne (11) 38pts
2nd Des Griffith (15) 34pts
2’s: Moe Deverdenne
Moe Deverdenne (he has a brother name Larry, but, alas, his other brother
isn’t named Curly) made his inaugural outing with Donovan’s and gave a
right, proper schooling as he took top prize and the only ‘2’ on the day.
Irishman Des Griffith was four off the powerful Canadian in second.
Wednesday, January 23,Treasure Hill (White Tees) -
1st Steve Mascari (4) 32pts
The Pres took the top spot as the ever-difficult Treasure Hill pushed the
competition into “non-counting” status.
Friday, January 25, Khao Kheow B & C (Yellow Tees) -
1st Wendy Hollingworth (13) 37pts
2nd Steve Mascari (4) 37pts
Friday was one for the ladies as Wendy Hollingworth edged the old Pres on
count back, both on 37 points.
The Square Ring: by Howie Reed
This effort is being prepared under a tremendous
hardship: Jeeves is MIA yet again, having ventured to Bangkok to try out
the fare at the new Oyster Bar at Bourbon Street on Washington Square
and thereafter road test the them in the nightlife of the big city.
A couple of older heavyweights are back in action this weekend. In
Arizona, Shannon Briggs (48-5) gets back in action for the first time
since he lost the WBO title to Sultan Ibragimov in June of last year.
According to the latest news available at press time, he’s either going
to face “the ever dangerous TBA” or Damon Reed who is 43-12 with 30 KO’s
and 1-1 in ‘07.
“We feel that Shannon is still one of the best heavyweights in the
world,” commented promoter Zef Ramirez. That’s faint praise at best. It
is like opening a fruit stand on Beach Road and advertising “best Durian
in world.” Everything is relative.
Anybody out there remember heavyweight Corrie Sanders? Yeah, the same
Corrie Sanders who KO’d Wladimir Klitschko in 2 and then showed up for
the payday against Vitali only to get KO’d himself in 2. At the time of
losing to Vitali, Sanders had said that he didn’t really care because
he’d rather play scratch golf in his native South Africa. Guess when the
money runs thin playing ‘scratch golf’ is a nice but it doesn’t pay the
Sanders didn’t actually retire as he had a couple of fights in 2004,
took off 2005, had a single contest each in ’06 and ‘07 and now gets
into the ring on Sunday at the Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park in South
Africa. He’ll be fighting Osborna Machimana who does have some pop in
his punch with 10 KO’s from 14 wins. Called ‘Big Daddy’, Machimana has
been only 4-3 over his last 7. Could Corrie Sanders be ready to re enter
the world of heavyweight contenders? Don’t be silly, but of course.
Those that took a pass on paying to watch the “old geezers” Roy Jones
jr.-Felix Trinidad fight got the chance to view it for free last week.
The contest was part of an HBO ‘Boxing After Dark’ fight between
heavyweights Alexander Povetkin (14-0) and Eddie Chambers (30-0) from
The Tempodrom in Berlin. Prior to the telecast ‘someone’ issued a news
release which was picked up as the gospel.
“There were some scribes who said legendary promoter Don King had lost
his touch prior to last Saturday’s PPV clash between aging warriors Roy
Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In fact, King was ranked only #8 in a recent list of boxing’s biggest
powerbrokers, however, DKP confirmed on Thursday that Jones-Trinidad
attracted more than 500,000 buys, making it one of the biggest boxing
pay-per-view successes in recent years.”
Don’t know who the ‘scribes’ were that said Don King had lost his touch,
but after viewing the fight I do know that it damn sure wasn’t worth
$49.95. The sentence, “making it one of the biggest boxing pay-per-view
successes in recent years” is what comes out of a horse after a nice
alfalfa meal has gone through the digestive process.
Should IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko get by Sultan
Ibraqimov on the 22nd of this month in Madison Square Garden in New
York, he’ll then face former Olympic super-heavyweight gold mentalist
Alexander Povetkin. Povetkin improved to 15-0 with 11 KO’S with a
comfortable UD (119-109, 117-111, 116-112) over previously undefeated
“Not Quite Fast Enough” Eddie Chambers.
The title eliminator held at the Tempodrom in Berlin was seen world wide
on HBO. Entering the championship rounds Chambers was urged, “You’ve got
to get him out of there. You’ve got to dig down deep.” Chambers either
didn’t hear, didn’t understand or just flat couldn’t as Povetkin won
those rounds and the fight. Both boxers leave a lot to be desired
regardless of what “no talent expert” Max Kellerman says.
One of the better-kept secrets in boxing is Chris “The Dragon” John, the
40 and naught WBA featherweight champion. One of those reasons is that
he fights 99% of his title fights in Jakarta, Indonesia where usually
the boxing news is reporting another ring death.
He was defending his title last Saturday against Panamanian Roinet
Caballero, whose record of 22-7 is probably a little less than it looks.
Up to Saturday 100% of his fights were in Panama against ‘questionable’
opposition. The exception to that statement would be Caballero’s 2003
fight against Vicente Mosquera which ended with Caballero getting TKO’d
Thai boxing fans may remember Mosquera as the fighter who won a UD
against Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai at Madison Square Garden back in “Ought
5.” At the time Yodsanan was working on a 35-fight win streak. Since
then he’s gone 9-0 with an overall record of 53-3.
Last Saturday “The Dragon” unleashed a furious flurry of unanswered
punches in rounds 6 and 7 which forced Caballero’s corner to toss in the
Las Vegas has previously exported “Vegas Style” gambling to Macau and
now they’ve exported boxing. Last Saturday night heavyweight Derrio
Rossy (18-1) got a 12-round UD (117-111 twice, 115-113) over Ray Mercer
(35-7), the one time scourge of the heavyweights.
Mercer has been over he hill for some time but he did have enough to
survive a couple of rough spots where he was one the verge of being
KO’d. Proving he can still hit, Mercer put Rossy down in the 12th. “I
was off balance and he hit me,” said Rossy. Yeah, that sometimes
happens. The old “I was off balance and he hit me” refrain.
This first ‘big’ fight in commie Macau, China drew 6,000. That’s one way
to get even with the Chi-Coms for putting lead paint in our toys – just
send ‘em our heavyweights.
At The Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, the latest British boxing
“Wunderkind” Amir Khan gets to carve another notch in his belt. He was
supposed to do that against Denmark’s Martin Kristiasen (19-1) but the
boxing officials weren’t buying that match up so Kristiansen got the “no
mas flu” and in stepped former IBF/IBO champ Gairy St. Claire (39-5-2).
The new opponent shouldn’t change the result as St. Claire has lost 2 of
his last 3 while having only 4 outings in 2 years. At his best St. Clair
is now average - and that only just barely. Back in the late 1990’s he
did fight both Vivian Harris and the late Diego Corrales. He lost to
both but went the route. He’s never been stopped. Like many of that ilk,
St. Clair does talk about winning but it’s just talk.
“This is my chance to make a big statement by stopping St. Clair for the
first time, and also beating a former IBF world champion,” said Khan.
“I’ve also been reading that St Clair knocked around a big Australian
heavyweight called Mad Mick. Well, he won’t be able to do that to me.”
There’s good news for British fight fans as both Ricky Hatton and Joe
Calzaghe are set for their next fights. Hatton’s schedule is a little
dodgy as he plans a fight at either the end of May or early June in the
45,000-seat City of Manchester City Stadium. It’ll be against ‘TBA’ and
that ‘TBA’ won’t be Jr. Witter.
“Junior Witter has made a career for himself on slagging me off,” said
Hatton. “I don’t know whether I want to give him the best pay day of his
life. When someone slags you off you don’t repay them by giving them
their best payday.”
The venue is of course the home of the Man City football team, which is
75% owned by former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra. How about “Wacky
Tacky” getting either Sirimongkol Singwancha (58-2) or the
aforementioned Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai (53-3) for that date with Hatton?
Yodsanan is 9-0 recently and Sirimongkol 15-0 since 2004.
As predicted here some weeks ago, ‘Joltin’ Joe Calzaghe and Bernard
Hopkins will meet on April 19 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus
of UNLV in Las Vegas. There will be no title on the line as they’ll meet
at the 175-pound limit, which should prove an advantage for Hopkins.
The venue can seat over 17,000 for boxing with England’s Sports Network
reportedly holding 6,000 tickets for UK fans. One would expect that more
UK tickets will be released because if not there will be 11,000 empty
seats, cause like Floyd Mayweather jr., Hopkins doesn’t have a fan base.
Calzaghe is one happy guy: “This is a dream come true for me. I won’t be
taking Hopkins lightly but I feel I have the tools to beat him.”
Hopkins, who in person is a good guy, can become an absolute horse’s ass
when he’s promoting a fight: “I will never lose to a white boy,” he
reportedly said. On April 19, 1775, Captain John Parker was under orders
not to fire unless fired upon. A shot rang out and the American
Revolution began at Lexington Common. It was the “shot heard around the
world.” Watch out Bernard!
And now here comes the temporary help.
‘Why yes Emm my love, I have finished another world traveling column
sure to jolt the boxing world with it’s brilliance. Yes, six highly
chilled lagers, three cigars and what’s this? A CD by Dianne Reeves
titled “A Little Moonlight.” Of course a nice massage and some candles
would also help relax my body from the stresses and strains of a brutal
Jeeves, wherever you are, you are almost history!
Senator Bob wins the primary as the Yanks return to the podium
IPGC golf from Lewinski’s
Sunday, January 20, Green Valley -
1st Bob Patterson (7) 41pts
2nd Kris Kritsanajootha (7) 39pts
3rd Jack Spencer (10) 37pts
1st Jez Lees (15) 36pts
2nd Roy Thornton (13) 36pts
3rd Colin Davis (13) 35pts
1st John Hartingan (17) 38pts
2nd Mike Craighead (22) 37pts
3rd Joe Whelan (20) 36pts
1st Sim Davis (33) 36pts
2nd Kathy Doddy (17) 26pts
It was just like the old days as single figure Americans dominated
Lewinski’s top flight for the first time since Larry’s bloodless
coup. Best of them was the founder member who isn’t, Senator Bob
Patterson. Bob amassed 41 points in breaking 80 and so finished 3
clear of our Thai American Kris K in second. Another familiar US
face, Colonel Black Jack Spencer was resolute in keeping the Brits
and Irish at bay as he held onto third with a one-under 37.
A-flight may have belonged to the Yanks, but B-flight podium was an
all British affair as The Principal, Roy Thornton MBE and The Donkey
took the honours. (Note the British spelling).
Down in C-flight, John Hartington played well for 38 points and
first place. Runner up Mike the Mechanic had an eventful day. It
appears he followed through more on the journey to the course than
he did actually on it. A hasty unscheduled stop at the Buddha
mountain and a shower before the round explains all I think. Joe
Whelan’s playing well. Another level par round was enough for him to
edge his sparring partner Larry off the podium.
The same score gave Sim (the golf manager’s wife) Davis a massive10
point-winning margin in the ladies flight. Her 36 points would have
kept her husband out of the prizes had last year’s rules applied. As
it is though, the separate ladies flight meant he squeezed into
third by virtue of winning a 3-way count-back. He’s not daft, the
Monday, January 21, Royal Lakeside - Stableford
1st Gavin Knox (14) 42pts
2nd Colin Davis (13) 39pts
3rd Gordon Kerr (11) 39pts
At last Captain Gavin Knox (or is it Peter O’Toole?) makes it to the
winner’s enclosure. Gavin’s driving has been awesome of late,
courtesy of a re-shafting from our clubmaker to the stars. However,
woes around the greens have been leaving him as an also ran for a
number of weeks. It all finally came together at Lakeside and he won
by a distance with a splendid 42 points.
It took a photo finish to split second and third with the Donkey
getting it on the nod from the Galloping Golfer, so making it
another 1-2-3 for the English.
Wednesday, January 23, Greenwood - Stableford
1st Peter Henshaw (15) 37pts
2nd Andy Redmond (15) 37pts
3rd Frank McNamara (11) 36pts
4th Ray Dell (13) 36pts
1st Eddie Beilby (19) 46pts
2nd Lodge Ger (17) 36pts
3rd John Heany (17) 35pts
4th Larry Nicholas (19) 32pts
It’s been due for a while and it happened today. We all know that
‘Steady’ Eddie Bielby is anything but that. His ‘A’ game is as
impressive as his ‘C’ game is ugly. Unfortunately, despite a few
recent placings, Eddie’s ‘A’ game had been missing for a while,
hence his drift out to 19. Not any more though, as he tore the field
apart in shooting 81 off the stick and amassing a massive 46 pts.
Ten points behind Eddie, yet in second was Ger Lodge, with John
Heany and the Crustacean completing the B-flight winners’ enclosure.
In a very competitive and tight A-flight, Ireland’s Peter Henshaw
kept up the week’s multi-national flavour as he triumphed with 37
points, so beating runner up Andy Redmond on count-back. Just 1
point behind, there was a 4-way count-back for the final two places
as Frank McNamara and Ray Dell got the better of Andy Leach and
Gareth Gill. The Farmer and the Donkey shared the 2’s.
Friday, January 18, Emerald - Stableford
1st Paul Wallier 37pts
2nd Colm Mullen 36pts
3rd Ed Adams 35pts
4th Silvio Risotto
Paul Wallier’s win for India rounded the week off and so brought the
number of victorious nationalities to 5. To complete the
international feel, second, third and fourth went to Ireland, USA
and Italy as Colm Mullen, Ed Adams and Silvio Risotto took the minor
Reminder: It’s time to really test yourself in the only
opportunity in Pattaya to ‘play like the pros’ with 4 days of
stroke-play in the 2008 Leweinski’s Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday, 18-19 February - 21-22 of February. Green Valley - ENTRY
FEE: 5,000 baht per player includes: Four (4) Green Fees, Four (4)
Caddy Fees,Two (2) buffets and trophies. (Note - 1100 baht Entry Fee
for Green Valley C. C. Members).
Sign up early, don’t be disappointed! Full details and sign up
sheets are in Lewinski’s.
Hall, Allen & Morton blaze a trail at Burapha
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday, January 21, Burapha - Stableford
Div A (0-11)
1st Steve Morton (4) 39pts
2nd Dave Smith (10) 39pts
3rd Bob Philp (8) 37pts
4th Steve Nowell (9) 35pts
Div B (12-17)
1st Richard Craig (16) 38pts
2nd Keith Hector (17) 37pts
3rd Ken Little (12) 36pts
4th Gerry Morton (12) 34pts c/b
Div C (18+)
1st Les Hall (20) 41pts
2nd Peter Allen (27) 40pts
3rd Barry Chadbourn (18) 36pts
4th Dennis Persson (20) 35pts
2’s: Dave Smith, Bob Philp, Bob St Aubin, Barry Chadbourn, Gerry
Morton, Steve Morton & Steve Nowell.
The Outback Golf Bar reinstated their regular Monday event by popular
demand, after previously cancelling it due to the PSC Championships
being held at The Emerald. Six Tee times were rather hastily booked for
11.30am, our normal slot long gone. Two days later that was increased to
nine Tee times.
On the day, 44 Outbackers enjoyed a beautiful day’s golf on this
wonderful course playing Crystal & Dunes off the whites. You know, the
old Capt’ Bob is a proper smoothie, he presented bouquets to the staff
at Burapha for their continued co-operation.
Les Hall & Peter Allen both had superb rounds scoring 41pts and 40 pts
respectively and Steve Morton also produced another good gross score of
73, well played you guys!
Wednesday, January 23, Greenwood - Stableford
Div A (0–10)
1st Steve Nowell (9) 40pts
2nd Bob Wighton (10) 38pts
3rd Mike Waltschek (7) 38pts
Div B (11-20)
1st Alan Bishop (17) 37pts
2nd Dennis Persson (20) 36pts
3rd Henry Enz (19) 35pts
Div C (21+)
1st Roger Koehler (22) 40pts
2nd Joachim (27) 40pts
3rd Trudy Chadbourn (27) 37pts
2’s: Bob Wighton, Wilf Latham, Nigel Cannon, Jack Spencer & Matt
The journey up the 331 was a bit rough, with the road surface of many of
the diversions breaking up. However, it was well worth it once we
arrived. Greenwood at its best, greens 10 on the stimpmeter and glorious
sunshine. The scoring was high but it was decided that none of the
scores today could be included for handicap purposes, as the tees were
so far forward, on the yellows.
There was an unfortunate incident here about which all golfers should
take note. Make sure you correctly identify you clubs and get to the tee
at least 10 minutes before your tee time, don’t leave it to the last
Friday, January 25, Pattaya Country Club - Stableford
1st Mike Waltschek (7) 36pts
2nd John Eyers (19) 32pts
3rd Nick Falconer (15) 31pts
4th Steve Nowell (9) 31pts
This course might be close to Pattaya, but when is the management going
to learn that 2 into 1 just doesn’t go! You cannot just continue to cram
players onto the course - Don’t they know anything about Tee times??
What a shocking day out, 45 minutes late teeing off, and the best part
of a 6-hour round.
Reminder: 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. More information can be found on our website
Golf Club maintain 100% record
MBMG Pattaya Golf Matchplay League 2008
Friday, January 25 - Pattaya Country
Café Kronborg (home) 3½
v 6½ Outback Golf Bar (away)
Dave Richardson (lost 2 & 1) v
Ebrahim (lost 7 & 5)
v Jack Moseley
Johan Reynisson (halved with) v
Kris Helgason (lost 4 & 2)
v Bob Pearce
Richard Steadman (won 4 & 3) v
Brendan Byrne (lost 6 & 5)
v Bernie Segrave
Peter Hammond (won 4 & 3) v
Jan Jensen (lost 5 & 4)
v Barry Chadbourn
Kevin Dinan (won 3 & 2)
v Dennis Persson
Graham Buckingham (lost 7 & 5) v Geoff Doody
Everything has already been said about this course in the Outback Golf
Bar write up. Upon reading another bar’s article, they blame slow play
firmly on the shoulders of the matchplay format. Let’s clear a couple of
things up here. Matchplay is the fastest form of golf. When you cannot
win the hole, pick up and move on. Don’t think you can do what they do
in The Ryder Cup, and check that putt you missed, about 3 times before
walking off the green. All teams please make sure that your players move
Incidentally the slowest form of golf is strokeplay going out in groups
of four, why don’t players go out in three-balls when playing medal?
Friday, January 25 - Phoenix
The Bunker (home) 3
v 7 The Golf Club (away)
Tony Robbins (lost by 2 holes) v Bob
Glen Cunningham (lost by 1 hole) v Jimmy Wickstrom
P J Redmond (lost 5 & 4)
v Peter Lenoy
John Hughes (won 6 & 4)
v Jim Dundon
Gordon Melia (won)
v Keith Warboy (conceded)
Alan Sullivan (lost 2 & 1)
v Dave Driscoll
Gerry Cooney (lost)
v John Emmerson
Paul Smith (won by 1 hole)
v Andy Leach
Geoff Parker (lost 3 & 2)
v Tom Harrington
Mashi Kaneta (lost 5 & 3)
v Chris Kay
This win for The Golf Club makes it 2 wins from 2 matches and will put
them at the top of the table if the Outback Golf Bar fails to beat
Angkana house on Monday. The league table will be published next week
when all the January matches are complete.
Note: The MBMG Matchplay league comprises of teams from nine golfing
venues in Pattaya who want to play individual matchplay golf against
each other. The participating bars are: Outback Golf Bar, The Golf Club,
Caddyshack, Kronborg, Tropical Bert;s, Angkana House, Storm, The Driving
Range and The Bunker.
For further information or if you would like to play, please contact
Jack at the Outback Golf Bar or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eddie and Tony share the spoils
PSC golf from Beaver Bar and Grill
1st Eddie Blackwell (11) 38pts
2nd Tony Oakes (10) 38pts
3rd Ciano Glavina (19) 37pts
4th Roger Kidd (7) 35pts
5th Doug Powell (23) 34pts
Near Pins: Tony Oakes #7; Dave Richards # 15.
A lovely cool day free from wind greeted the 23 early morning Beaver
golfers. Dennis was as usual poised with pen and cardboard sheet to
allocate time and playing groups.
The course was in its usual good condition and although it was busy our
groups were round in 4 hours or less - with no intruders on the 10th. So
time for a drink and a chat before going to The Beaver for some
refreshment and the presentation.
The management do seem to have got it right and are being rewarded with
many bookings from both bars and tour companies.
It was good to see Roger Kidd playing his first game with us and getting
into the winners’ list. Tony’s near pin was due to the kindness of Larry
-but may not be next time - so carry a pen!
Reminder: Beaver Bar golfers meet at The Emerald on Friday’s from
0730 - no pre-booking is required just turn up (before 8 am) see Dennis
and you are on your way to a good day with some nice people.
Lots of good games bowled in week nine
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Rich, La,
Lance, Mai, Mio, Bill, Dang & Somrak.
Week 9 saw lots of good bowling and lots of 200 plus
games: Bill Key rolled a 584 series with a 222 game, Rich Montana a 569,
209 game, Dang a 567, 214 game, and Mai had a 563, 214 game.
Good series were also bowled by La-553, Lance-545, Somrak-540, Barry-540
Team results were: House of the Golden Coin won 3-1 over Montana;
Diamond Shop and VFW Post 9876 split their series with each team getting
2 points; Jack Tar won 3 from Café Ole; Brother D got 3 from Balls
Galore; Beaver Bar & Grill won 3 from Canada and Café Kronborg beat
SaBai Friday to win 3 points.
Siriporn, Paul & Tira on the podium
The Diana Seniors & Ladies Open got off to a good start on
January 24 at Pattaya Country Club with winning scores from Khun
Siriporn 39 Stableford points (Ladies), Paul Wahlia 38 points (Super
Seniors) and Tira Charuvastra 37 points (Seniors).
Wahlia was the winner of the Super Seniors with 38 stableford points.
Runners-up respectively in those divisions were Gerd Lindberg 37 points,
Pim Wylacker 37 points (beating Tom Breslin on count-back), and Rich
Murphy 36 points.
The weather was kind – overcast with a light breeze and the course
playing well and up to its usual good standard.
The technical prizes were nicely distributed. Near pins were claimed by
Bob Pearce, Chris John, Doug Chalkley and Paul Wahlia. Ian Covill sank
the longest putt on # 9 and George Meigh was longest on # 18.
Newcomers were welcomed in the form of Gordon Duncan (a 54 year old
junior along for the ride), Gunnar Holmen, Walt Straub, Steve Clark and
veteran PSC member Paul Wahlia. Ian Covill was welcomed back.
Thursday, February 28 is the next date for the monthly Seniors & Ladies
Open at Pattaya Country Club. Sign-up at the Green Bottle or at the
Diana Driving Range.
No ‘Bogey’ for Mills as he triumphs
in River Kwai tourney
Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.
Some of the Jomtien
golfing gang enjoy a trip down the river Kwai.
Monday, January 21, Mountain Shadow – Stableford
With 18 players and their partners off to Kanchanaburi today there were
only 26 in the field for our first trip here for some months after a
A tough course as we all know and this was reflected in the scores
today. Raivo Velsberg won division one with 30 points, beating John
Smith with the same score on a 19/16 count back, whilst Les Utting
finished third with 29 points.
In division two, Burnie Sinclair’s winning 29 points was closely
followed by Risto Manerus on 28 points and in third place was Kari
Aarnio with 24 points.
Tuesday, January 22, Blue Sapphire – Stableford
A 36-hole competition over two days was held with two
individual 18-hole stableford games contested as well.
This is a very tough course with 170-190yd carries over water on all the
par threes and water virtually on every hole.
Russell Benson’s 29 points took top spot, with Andy Mills and Cully
Monks in second and third place with 26 points each. Twelve points was
the lowest score recorded today -no names mentioned.
Wednesday, January 23, Phoenix – Stableford
It was the Lakes and Ocean courses played today and some very
good scores were recorded during the afternoon.
Chris Holmes bounced back after 21 points on Monday to win division one
with 39 points. In second place was Les Utting with 36 points, and
playing his last game for 7 months before his return to the UK was John
Smith third on 35 points.
In division two Peter CH beat Richard Kings on count back after both
finished with 42 points each and in third place was Kari Aarnio on 38
Thursday, January 24, Evergreen Hills – Stableford
An absolute stunning course, very reminiscent of the Ferndown
course near Bournemouth, with very tall pine trees lining every fairway
and some of the best fairways we have played on, it was approved by
Three 36’s tied for first today so a count back ensued - Jack Hinchey
beating Andy Mills on the back six and Jim Lane coming in third.
In the overall 36-hole competition Paddy Wilson came fourth with 58
points, Jim Lane beat Miss Oam into second place on a 36/32 count back
after both finished on 61 points, and the winner, the Sheffield boy,
Andy Mills won the Kanchanaburi contest with 62 points.
Friday, January 25, Eastern Star – Stableford
After her last game for 4 months before her unexpected
departure to the UK, Anita Davies won division one with 34 points,
beating Barry Stirling on a 19/15 count back. Herma Fitzgerald took
third place with 33 points.
In division two, Peter Elder recorded his first win with us with 36
points,two points behind in second was Tarja Kankainen and in third
place was Jean Utting on 33 points.
Note: Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at around
8.30am at Siam Cats, Soi 5 Jomtien Beach Rd. for a 10.00am tee off.
Please sign up at the bar or ring Glyn on 086 837 5464.
The Driving Range Golf Society
The Month of Romance
4-Man Texas Scramble Tournament
Tuesday, February 19
Greenwood Golf Course
Entrance Fee of 1800 Baht per Player Includes:
Green Fee, Cart & Caddy
Lots of Great Prizes
Come and Enjoy the Day
No more than 36 teams – First come First play
For further details
Call Keith 089 544 9094 or Gordon 087 940 5602
The Driving Range Golf Bar is located
on Soi Town in Town, Central Pattaya