Raimon Land TOG Regatta opens at Ocean Marina
By Peter Cummins, Pattaya
It is THAT time again, for the annual Top of the Gulf (TOG)
Regatta, the fourth sailing of this event which, apart from the Pang Nga
Bay series held every February, really inaugurates the yacht racing
scene in Thailand.
fourth Top of the Gulf International Regatta, held from 1-5 May 2008,
and principally sponsored by Raimon Land PLC and Ocean Marina, will be
another five-day sailing extravaganza.
With Raimon Land PLC coming aboard again as the major sponsor, TOG will
be held off the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, from the 1st of May, until
Coronation Day, the 5th.
Master-mind and founder of the TOG – amongst many other contributions to
the Thai marine leisure sector – William J. Gasson expects a fleet of
more than 200 craft this coming week, with some of the world’s top-class
sailors converging on the Ocean Marina.
Tigers will be in contention at this year’s regatta.
There will be a total of nine classes: keelboats, cruising keelboats,
sports boats, the Platus, ocean multihulls, beach catamarans, dinghies,
formula windsurfers and, a huge fleet of Thailand’s budding champions,
upwards of 100 Optimist dinghies – the world’s largest (numerically,
that is), one-design class designed specifically for boys and girls
under 16 years-of-age.
As in any major sporting event, there is a long list of corporate
sponsors, with perennial supporter of marine-related events and
developments – especially in the contiguous coastal regions of the
Kingdom – Raimon Land PLC. Co-sponsors and supporting groups include
Thai Airways International PLC, Gulf Charters Thailand, Singha
Corporation Group and, another consistent under-writer of big regattas,
Coca Cola, the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and Grampians Food will also be
in plain view at the seaside premises of the hosting sponsors, the Ocean
Marina Yacht Club.
Optimists race away from a
storm last weekend - next stop Ocean Marina YC.
As if the ‘supporting cast’ was not enough for such a
prestigious event, the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, the Yacht Racing
Association of Thailand (the authorizing body), and the Tourism
Authority of Thailand, are all contributing to the Regatta. The event
has been long recognized as a significant boost to Pattaya’s
international image as a world-class haven for marine-related
Furthermore, the Sattahip Naval Base, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club and
the Windsurfers Association of Thailand, all add their individual
expertise to ensure that management, organization and safety are prime
concerns during these few days, dedicated to the promotion of the
Pattaya-Jomtien littoral in particular and the marine sector in general.
One of the prime foci of the racing will be the Optimist dinghies,
already honed up after last weekend’s racing off the Royal Varuna Yacht
Club, where the huge fleet was battered by frequent rain-storms and
But these youngsters are fearless and this weekend big fleets from the
Sattahip Naval Base, the Ocean Marina and the Royal Varuna Yacht Clubs
will be out off the Marina contending for the 2008 Optimist National
Other prominent craft which will attract much attention - as well as
several Hobie Cat Tigers out of Royal Varuna - will be a new breed of
trimarans, the extremely fast and agile Corsair 28, built in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, fully supported by the TOG principal sponsor, Raimon Land
PLC, as well as the Ocean Marina YC, Bluewave Water Sports, Simpson
Marine and Gulf Charters, the resurrected fleet of Platu keelboats, will
compete for the 2008 Platu Coronation Cup. This highly-competitive yacht
has just competed for the Raimon Land’s Platu Open, won by renowned
Aussie skipper, Scott Duncanson, helming the appropriately-named “The
Lofts Southshore” – one of Raimon Land’s show developments in Pattaya.
Very lively on – and off- water - activities will be featured in the
five-day yachting extravaganza which, incidentally, coincides with the
opening of the magnificent new Ocean Portofino Condminium.
Nusara Assakul Banyatpiyaphod, President of the Ocean Property Company,
is looking forward immensely to the Regatta and the introduction of the
Khun Nussara also announced plans “to invest up to Baht 170 m. to
renovate and expand the present facilities of the Ocean Marina Yacht
Club, as well as an allocation of some Baht 100 m. for a make-over of
the 51-room hotel located in the Ocean Marina complex.
It is going to be a spectacular few days around the Marina and all are
welcome to come and watch the action which - unusually, for yacht racing
- will be highly visible from the shore-line.
Further information, sailing and social programmes for potential sailors
and spectators alike, are available from the following: e-mail: info@
topofthegulfregatta.com; Khun Paphan, Bangkok Office tel.02661-68000-23;
Khun Palida, Pattaya Office Tel. 038 23-5300, e-mail jangky@
buzzcat.com; and David Bell, +662-255-7890-2, +661-836-4790,
Wilson wows ‘em
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, April 21, Emerald - Stableford
1st Roger Privett (15) 38pts
2nd Paul Davies (23) 35pts
3rd Dave Keats (26) 35pts
Having been away for a while Roger Privett came back on to the scene with a
bang, winning today’s stableford competition with 38 points at the Emerald,
which is a pretty tricky course at the best of times.
Old rivals Paul Davies and Dave Keats fought it out for second place, Paul
beating Dave on a count back to take second place and making it Dave’s shout
at the bar!
Kevin Dunne did the business on the par 3’s, getting nearest the pin on
three of them and only Bryan Rought stopped him from making a clean sweep by
getting just inside him on the last!
Wednesday, April 23, Mountain Shadow - Stableford
1st JJ Harney (12) 34pts
2nd Mick Benton (20) 33pts
3rd Alan Sullivan (15) 33pts
JJ Harney’s holiday is coming to an end so he made the most of it by staying
sober the night before to be in good shape for Mountain Shadow on the
Wednesday. JJ won by just one point in a stableford competition where Mick
Benton beat Alan Sullivan on a count back to take second place and Alan
Near pin prizes were shared between William Macey, Colin Stokes, JJ Harney
and JJ’s great mate (also from Ireland) Eamon Fahey.
Friday, April 25, Greenwood - Medal
1st Tom Wilson (10) net 65
2nd Geoff Parker (15) net 69
3rd JJ Harney (12) net 69
4th Mashi Kaneta (11) net 70
Great conditions today made for some fine golf for most of the player’s,
only the tail-enders getting a bit of a shower to interfere slightly with
Tom Wilson, visiting from Phuket, got in some practice before the upcoming
“Ryder Cup” match between the PSC and Phuket’s PEGS ex-pat players, and won
in style, shooting a fabulous seven-under par net 65.
Tom’s “pal” and fellow PEGS teammate Geoff Parker (traitor) came second with
a fine three-under par net 69, beating JJ Harney into third place on a count
back and Mashi Kaneta had to settle for fourth place with a two-under par
Only three par three greens were hit and Tom Wilson rounded off a great day
by winning two of the near pin prizes and William Macey took the third.
The scribe takes the spoils again
Tuesday Golf at Phoenix from
Toy’s Music Bar
This week we had a fuller field and some notable names of good
golfers. However it did not stop ‘yours truly’ taking the spoils again with
37 points from the Lakes & Ocean course. Coming in second place with 33
points was Roger Rush.
It was then off to Toy’s Music Bar where the tradition (seems to be set in
now) is that the winner buys the first round of drinks. There was not much
of the spoils left afterwards - just how it should be!
With good old fashioned 50’s and 60’s music playing in the background it
seems an informal quiz has become the norm as well with everybody trying to
guess the artistes of the songs being played. Great fun.
We meet every Tuesday at Phoenix at 11.00am for the tee draw at 11.30am. If
you want to join in, just give me a call (08 709 17565) by the Monday night
or at the latest early Tuesday morning and we will fit you in.
Note: Tuesday, May 6 will be a monthly medal and a pewter mug will be
donated by the proprietor of Toy’s Bar.
City hammered in their
final championship match
MBMG International League 2007/08
Paul Frain & Chris Sanderson
Pattaya City only needed a point from their match with the Londoner
last weekend to secure the MBMG International League Championship. From the
opening kick-off though it was apparent that The Londoner would not give
City any room to play their normal free flowing, attacking football that
they are known for.
The Londoner players tackled hard and strong and had the best of play in the
opening minutes and it was no surprise when they went ahead in the 6th
minute from a corner: one of their forwards was left unmarked and the ball
was in the net before he could be tackled.
This goal shook City and they responded by creating a chance for Danny
Stevens who put his shot wide with only the keeper to beat. City did
equalize however in the 10th minute when good work by Stevens and Alistair
Paterson saw the ball being fed to Mark Brittain who gave the Londoner
keeper no chance with a hard low shot. This was the tonic City needed and
two further shots rained on the Londoner goal, but flew just wide.
Londoner bounced back however, and retook the lead in the 13th minute when
their defender picked up the ball on the half way line and just ran towards
the City goal. With everybody backing off he got within range of goal to
shoot wide of the keeper and make the score 2-1.
The goal shook City and it gave the Londoner the confidence to go forward
and create havoc within the Pattaya defense. City’s game started to fall
apart and the flowing football changed into wild, aimless hacks downfield.
With all this pressure it was no surprise when the Londoners went 3-1 up
after their right-winger crossed the ball and the left back gave the keeper
City were thereafter reduced to long shots which were high and wide or the
keeper saved easily. The two City forwards ran themselves into the ground,
chasing the long balls, but to no avail.
The second half started with the Londoner forcing a good save by the Pattaya
keeper Amuruk who touched a curling cross shot that would have just sneaked
in under the bar. City still played the kick and rush football and this led
to Stevens hitting a rising shot on goal, but the opposing keeper finger
tipped it onto his bar and the chance was lost.
Like the first half, the City defense was put under a lot of pressure and
they were not able to get into the opponent’s half for long periods. The
Londoner had good strength in the midfield, full of running and tackling
hard but fair, and it was this strength that created their fourth goal.
The City defence was pressured by a Londoner forward this led to an own goal
by Lerkeatjarus who, when trying to clear, inadvertently put the ball in his
own net to make the score 4-1.
Pattaya hit back but the chances went begging and in the dying minutes a
breakaway by a Londoner forward saw him shoot against City’s post with the
keeper beaten. The final whistle went soon after to put the City out of
The result means that Londoner are now 9 points behind City with 3 games in
hand and wins in the remaining matches will mean the title being decided on
goal difference. Still 2 of the Don’s games that they have outstanding are
against closest rivals Cosmos who will be looking to finish second and so
with back to back matches in the coming two Saturdays there could still be a
few twists in the tail yet and Pattaya will have to wait and see whether
their 9 point lead can hold up.
Mam Morel returns to form with win at Phoenix
Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.
Monday, April 21, Phoenix – Stableford
With a mass exodus to Nakon Nayok due to Songkran, and with a
last minute decision to extend five rounds of golf in the week, there were
only 17 players out today divided into two divisions for a stableford event.
Back on form and playing some wonderful golf, Mam Morel won Div 2 with 40
points followed by Roger Ribbins in second with 36 points. Jack Hinchey’s 38
points was enough to win Div 1, with John McLoone three points behind on 35.
John McLoone picked up two rollovers in the 2’s after his birdie on the 5th
hole on the Ocean course, and Mam took one rollover for her birdie on the
2nd on the Lakes.
Wednesday, April 23, Bangpra - 1-2-3-Stableford
Eleven teams of three out today in an individual stableford
competition as well as the team event. With a lot of work going on around
the course and the clubhouse closed until the end of June this will be our
last visit for a couple of months.
In the 1-2-3 competition only 18 points separated the winners from last
place, and with a back six count back of 37/36, Grenville Hill, Ted Morris
and Dave Ross won the day over Colin Mearns, Paul Quodomine and Geoff
Stubbs, both teams finishing with 77 points.
In the individual stableford scores, Kari Aarnio won Div 1 with 39 points
and second was Ben Findon on 36 points after beating Dave Ross on a 12/11
back-six count back.
Miss Oam finished third in Div 2 with 35 points, Paul Quodomine was second
on 36 and Cully Monks won the division with 39points.
Nearest the pins went to Andy Mills, Ted Morris, Paddy Wilson, Kari Aarnio,
Jack Hinchey, Colin Mearns and Cully Monks.
Andy Mills, Paddy Wilson, Kari Aarnio and Colin Mearns all had a ‘2’ each.
Friday, April 25, Eastern Star – Stableford
With dark clouds looming in the background many of us thought we
were in for a wet day, but despite a few spots of rain on around 4/5 holes
we escaped the local deluge. Now playing off H/cap 11, Saranya Riley won Div
1 with 40 points (it keeps the old man happy), Dave Stockman was second with
38 points and in third place was Ted Morris with 37.
Alan Duckett beat Colin Mearns on a 22 /19 count back to win Div 2 after
both finished with 35 points and Miss Oam took third place, beating Ben
Findon on a 17/15 count back after they returned 32 points apiece.
Ted Gardner and Steve Ironside both recorded a ‘2’ each.
J.C. produces round of the day to take Monthly Mug
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Tuesday, April 22, Plutaluang N & W –
Plutaluang North & West were host to a select group of
Songkran survivors playing stableford in one flight. The course on the
day was in tidy condition with the green speed getting back to normal.
Neil Skilton took the flight with a very good score of 36 points ahead
of Big Henk De Bock in second with 33 points. Graham Buckingham was in
third with 32 points on count back over Bruce Lawrence.
Thursday, April 24, Phoenix – Stroke
Back at Phoenix today for the Monthly Mug and playing the
Lakes and Ocean course, which on the day was in very fine condition and
none of the players thought the switch from our usual venue at Pattaya
County Club was a bad idea. Mind there was a strong wind and with this
now becoming a much tougher course, it was expected the scores would be
mediocre. Most were but as usual someone came out of the woodwork, and
this player was a real surprise.
(left) presents the Monthly Mug to J.C. Lhoste.
Back at the Cafe Kronborg all were waiting for the results and as
expected the scores were fairly good if not spectacular.
In the one flight the winner was Neil Skilton, for the second time in
the week, with a net 70. We then went into a series of count backs which
saw Henk De Bock in second with a net 71 on count back over Kevin Dunne
in third. In fourth we had a count back on net 73 won by Jean Morel in
fourth with Bob Rasmusson in fifth and Marty Allred just losing out.
Now we come to the one really fine score of the day when J.C. Lhoste
came in with a fine net 66, his best score for a long time and thus the
winner of The Monthly Mug. Well done J.C.
Note: Just a reminder that the sign up list is up for the
continuing tradition of Ray Rogers Memorial 4-Person Texas Scramble. The
competition will be played at Burapha on May 8. Entry Fee is 500 Baht
per player payable on entry, with all the festivities back at Ray’s
House. This is near the Mabprachan Reservoir and starts about 16:30 hrs.
Too hot Tollitt scores a double
PSC golf from the Caddyshack
Bruce Tollitt (2nd left) picks
up his prize after notching
his second win of the week at Green Valley.
Wednesday, April 23, Emerald – Stableford
Today was a visit to The Emerald golf course for a Stableford
competition and in a very close battle for the top three places it came down
to whose putter was hottest.
In third place with a very respectable 37 points was Roger Moore, while two
shots ahead of him in second with a sterling performance was Jim McGovern
with 39 points. The eventual winner with a superb round of 40 points was the
oldest member of the group, Bruce Tollitt, who later remarked its “nice to
give these younger golfers some inspiration from time to time.”
With some great golf played on the day it was a surprise to find out there
were no birdie 2’s recorded, but The Emerald management have this uncanny
knack to place their pins in really tough positions.
Friday, April 25, Green Valley - Stableford
Today was a trip to the Caddyshack’s favourite venue, Green
Valley. This is truly a great course, well looked after and always run well.
In third place today, and recently back from Australia, was Arch Armstrong
with a very neat round of golf scoring 35 points. Graham Dietrich shot a
sub-par round of 37 points but this was only good enough for second place,
and now becoming a habit with his second win of the week and with another
great round of 38 points was Bruce Tollitt in first. Bruce, again very vocal
after his win, said this game’s getting “too easy.”
After no 2’s scored on Wednesday all golfers had their eye in on the par 3’s
today with Graham Dietrich, Graham Beaumont, Arch Armstrong and Mike Jackson
all getting a share of the great rollover prize.
The Bear returns to form
IPGC golf from The Haven
Friday, April 11, Emerald - Stableford
1st Brian Kelly 40pts
2nd Al Keith 36pts
3rd Barry Traynor 36pts
4th Eamon Fahey 36pts
A much smaller field took to the road after a large number of “Lemmings”
left town in search of dryer climes.
Brian Kelly at last sent his handicap in the opposite direction, as he
warmed up for the post match celebrations just down the road, with a
very nice 4-under at the always-popular Emerald in Ban Chang.
Al Keith and Barry Traynor secured the last two spots on the podium with
Al getting the nod after count back, and Eamon Fahey losing out after
his handicap was left unadjusted by the recalcitrant Doc prior to the
start of the week.
There were no 2’s in the second division and Barry Traynor slotted in
the only one in the first division.
Monday, April 21, Bangpra - Stableford
1st Trevor Schirmer 35pts
2nd Barry Traynor 34pts
3rd Chris Knapp 33pts
After winning almost everything on the previous week’s road trip, Trevor
Schirmer continued to reap the benefits of a well spent youth as he once
again finished on top, albeit by the narrowest of margins ahead of Barry
Traynor, with Chris Knapp a further shot back in third spot.
There were no 2’s in either division as the tricky greens once again
took their toll.
Wednesday, April 23, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Dave Stockman 39pts
2nd Al Keith 38pts
3rd Tony Barritt 35pts
After a fairly long absence from competitions out of Soi 13, and having
been dropped from the red-hot favourite Birdie Boys team for a local
scramble competition in favour of the presumed in-form Russell Exley,
Dave Stockman meant business with a chance to prove the selector(s)
wrong. And do it he did, and in style too, with a gross 75, to finish
three-under and a single shot ahead of Al Keith whose equal 75 was not
enough after handicap allowance.
Tony Barritt rounded out a truncated podium with many of the usual faces
still out, away or resting, with a steady one-over after seemingly weeks
of toughening up and conditioning on the Steppes of Barnet and the
difficult change in temperature of some 25 deg. Celsius.
There were no 2’s in either division once again.
Friday, April 25, Phoenix (Blue Tees) - Monthly Medals
1st Barry Winton net 72
2nd Takeshi Hakozaki net73
3rd La Keith net75
1st Chris Knapp net 72
2nd Tom Parks net 74
3rd Jimmy Kent net 81
(from Stephen Beard 81)
Although the scores did not attest to it, the locals were commenting
that the Lakes and Mountain courses off the blue tees played as easy as
at any time in the past. But with little roll on the wet fairways and
greens unusually slow as the greens keepers could not get on to cut due
to the recent heavy rains, scoring was at a premium for all but the top
of the leader boards in both divisions.
Barry Winton made a welcome return to form with a solid par round that
was two under the CSS of the day to edge the always-steady Takeshi
Hakozaki into second place by a stroke. La Keith playing from the white
tees coped with the extra length exceptionally well to take third place
and record her first result after several attempts in the past to
compete with the big boys in the medals.
Chris Knapp again showed local knowledge to be very useful as he took
his second medal in succession by a clear two from Tom Parks, who’s
score would have been a lot better without the 9 hidden deep in the card
but unfortunately added to the total. Jimmy Kent easily got the better
of the count back with Stephen Beard for the final place on the podium
but at least the Doc was back in contention after 4 years in the medal
Once again there were no 2’s in the second division but at last the
triple rollover in the first division was taken and split between,
Norman Isherwood, Tony Barritt (?), and Barry Winton.
C.C. revs up to win by seven
Golf from the Travellers Rest
Monday, April 21, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Colin Cronin (17) 43pts
2nd Barry Hooper (36) 36pts
3rd Ray Allison (14) 36pts
4th Brendan Abbott (24) 35pts
2’s: George Bishop
I have had many reasons to report on Colin Cronin over the past weeks, but on
Monday April 21 at Green Valley, Colin surpassed himself with a clear
seven-point win over his nearest challengers.
This scribe was second by way of a count back on thirty-six points, my best
result by far and a back nine of twenty-one which took it over Ray Allison who
was pushed into third with the same score. Brendan Abbott came fourth with
Green Valley is improving little by little every time we visit and was in good
condition this day and is what you can only describe as very good value for
Tuesday, April 22, Greenwood - Stableford
1st George Bishop (17) 43pts
2nd Brendan Abbott (24) 41pts
3rd Paul Challis (31) 38pts
4th Akitoshi Ito (8) 35pts
2’s: Brendan Abbott
Tuesday at Greenwood and a smaller than usual compliment of only fourteen
players took part.
We played the C and B courses and George Bishop was the man who came out the
victor on the day with a fine forty three point total. Not so far behind in
second was Brendan Abbott with forty-one points and this was two places better
than his Monday outing. Paul Challis found his form and was third with
As usual this course was in fine fettle and a pleasure to play.
Thursday, April 24, Emerald - Stableford
1st Ray Trembath (9) 39pts
2nd Dave Wilson (26) 37pts
3rd Fergus Brennan (10) 35pts
4th Roger Wilkinson (14) 34pts
2’s: Roger Wilkinson, Akitoshi Ito
This is always a fine test of golf and today was no different. It is not easy to
get a high score here but Ray Trembath found his form and came home with
thirty-nine points to win followed by Dave Wilson with thirty-seven and the
organiser himself, Fergus Brennan, back in third spot with thirty-five. Roger
Wilkinson made up the top four with thirty-four after winning a four-way count
back over Ted Senior, George Bishop and Orowan Sodok.
Saturday, April 26, Bangpra - Stableford
1st John Pegrum (11) 36pts
2nd Mike Rushant (12) 34pts
3rd Daryl Wells (10) 34pts
4th Dave Wilson (26) 33pts
Saturday, and instead of our regular weekend visit to Eastern Star it was off to
Bangpra on a rather sticky day with rain threatening at many times but actually
not aspiring to anything.
John Pegrum was top man on the day with thirty-six points ahead of a two-way
fight for second and third decided by count back thirty fours which went to Mike
Rushant over Darryl Wells.
No 2’s recorded so the pot is carried over until May 3 at Eastern Star.
St. Georges Day Scramble goes
from strength to strength
The winners, John Emerson,
Mark Reid, Paul Greenaway and Jeff Calrow pose with main sponsor Alan
Bolton and his team outside the Alan Bolton Office.
Wednesday, April 23, Burapha C & D – Scramble
They say that ‘from little acorns are mighty oaks born’, that
is how I started the inaugural St Georges Day competition write up in
2006. This being the third of these days, those initial comments are
coming to fruition, and this is fast becoming not only ‘The Rose in
Bert’s Crown’ but also one of the best, and most anticipated days of the
year for all those who manage to obtain an invite to play.
The slots could be filled many times over and those who do play have a
really fantastic day, and all contribute to the final tally which goes
to the Blind School. From 50,000 Baht in the first year it continues to
rise and a projected ‘minimum target’ will be mentioned later in this
This tournament, the ‘brainchild’ of Bert, Middy, Gez, and Derek,
continues to prosper, however it has to be said it could not be such a
success without our excellent sponsors, and here I have to say that Alan
Bolton, of Alan Bolton Property Consultants, opposite Bert’s, has been a
staunch and leading main supporter, not just sponsor, since the very
first day and as such gives the organisers a strong base to work from.
The runner-up team: Graham
Beaumont, Jeff North,
Keith Johnson and Am North.
Our other ‘main sponsor’ this year was Gary of A.K.A. Fine Foods
located in Soi Town in Town, who came on board and as he proved with his
‘buffet’, put on the best display of food any of us have seen at any
golf competition. Excellent, and thanks from a most satisfied set of
Other sponsors who dipped into their pockets, and who we are most
thankful to, were Diamond Dave, The Pigs, Gez, Middy, and Reg and Dot,
all for the third year in a row.
‘Volunteered’ for the first time, but we hope not for the last, were The
Two Bobs, Tony Shuttleworth, Tom, Derek and Bert. It is always important
to find hole sponsors’ so thanks go to them.
Early morning, April 23 (St Georges Day), a very happy crew gathered at
Bert’s to prepare for the day’s competition. There is something special
about a bunch of ‘Brits’ girding their loins for the battle ahead, and
just to prove how friendly they were they had also invited friends from
many other nations, including the U.S.A., Iceland, Canada, and Uncle Tom
Cobbly and all. Oh, we did also have some Scottish friends who had to be
prized into their ‘English’ shirts.
Then off we went to Burapha, to be told we were playing the C & D Nines
as that other bunch of golfers, the professionals, were playing the A &
B. Nice to know we were in good company.
Of course, seeing as how the ‘Pro’s’ were there, all was in top order,
and as we expected the layout was in fine condition. Mind, even with a
scramble, playing off the Blue Tees with strong wind proved a real test
for all the golfers, and truth to tell for some it was a little too
However, Middy and his group had their best round ever, and Arthur
Bailey came in wind blown but with a big smile on his face. All the
players who play here are well known to each other and we thus know the
scores when they come in will be not only competitive but also
The scribe’s team, one of the pre-match favourites, started like a house
on fire, and after missing a 9-foot putt on the first for a birdie, they
then ran off 4 straight birdies to put them at the forefront, but 10
straight pars threw a spanner in the works. However the cheers from the
group behind kept ringing in the air, especially at the short par 4
sixteenth when they ran in an eagle 2. Wow, this was going to be tough.
The round was quite slow as the groups ahead were backed up, but it is
always daunting to arrive at D9, and look down the hill at a 498-yard
par 4. A big drive and a superb second shot are needed to get anywhere
near, and a par is a really fine result.
One of the ‘tests’ on the day was a ‘near the keg’ on D1 for a case of
John Smiths beer. The keg was just in front of the water hazard and the
target provided plenty of balls for the scavengers when they empty the
Round over for the first group, it was noticeable that the rumblings had
got louder and the rain had started falling. The first few groups got
in, but many of the later groups were water logged, and as we sat in the
restaurant, sinking a cold one or two, we really felt bad for them, so
we had another cold one.
At the conclusion of the golf we all jumped into transport and ambled
back to Bert’s. I say ambled as the food was to be at 17:30 hrs and we
wanted to time it all correct. Of course the really hungry ones were
waiting at Bert’s with knife and fork in hand, and as soon as Bert
declared the food ready, the rush of the hungry got under way.
I have to say again that the food was superb, the best most of us have
seen for many a year, and thanks must go the Gary of A.K.A. who provided
it and Bert who planned it. Truly ‘super nosh’.
Food over it was time to get down to the results for the day, and the
Emcee, your truly, started by introducing our host, Bert himself, who
thanked all the sponsors, all the people who had helped him and wished
all who played a fine night. He also urged all present to help with the
collections and auction as the proceeds were to go to the Blind School.
Then the results were declared, and very close it was with the scores of
the first seven within 2 shots of each other. A good tight fight.
First the ‘Near Pin’ and the ‘Long Putt’ winners were presented with a
fine golf bag each and the ‘Near Keg’ champion received his own special
prize. Then it was down to the competition winners.
In fourth place with a score of net 60.5 was the team of Mick O’Meara,
Bob Pearce, Mashi Kenata and Pat Morrisey. Coming in third with a net
60.2 was the team of Dave Richardson, Neil Skilton, Graham Buckingham
and Elias Magnusson. In second place with a net score of 59.9 was the
team of Graham Baumont, Jeff North, Keith Johnson and Am North.
And so to the winners, and the team was presented with the champion’s
trophy by Alan Bolton. The winners were ‘The Golf Club’ with a Net 59.7
and the players were John Emerson, Mark Reid, Paul Greenaway and Jeff
Calrow. Well done the ‘The Golf Club’.
We then had a break, and went onto the Lucky Draw for the non winners,
then the mike was handed over to Diamond Dave who ‘auctioned off’ two
items, all towards the amount we would raise for the Blind School. In
prime of place was a football autographed by the Manchester United team
and a photo of the hand over of the ball from Manchester United. Thanks
to them. Dave managed to get a goodly sum for these items. He is an
The night was coming to an end, and Bert rang the bell and informed
everyone that ‘at least’ 100,000 baht had been raised from this event
for the Blind School. To sing us on our way a contingent arrived from
the school and gave us a lovely melody, ending a fine day. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins: Dave Richardson, Brian Downey, Kevin Dwyer, Anders
Long Putt: Jeff North, Russell Exley
Near Keg: Barry Traynor
Students from the Blind
School bring down the curtain with a song.
The Beautiful Game?:
Still nothing sorted
Another weekend nearer the Premier League finishing line,
and again it’s another weekend where Pattaya’s eighth favourite football
column is unable bring you any conclusive news on who’s finishing where.
This week, just as a month ago, the only definitive facts are that Derby are
still rubbish and that Tottenham have lost interest. The other teams seem
intent on keeping us guessing right up until the lights go out on the
Can you remember a season that has gone into May with so little being
resolved? I certainly can’t. Manchester United travelled to Stamford Bridge
last Saturday with the opportunity to wrap things up once and for all, but
Michael Ballack’s brace brings the affluent West Londoners back into the
reckoning. With both outfits now on 81 points with two games to play it’ll
mean a nervy afternoon come Sunday week.
Chelsea deserved the win. A full-strength side playing positive football,
they showed more urgency in Saturday’s 90 minutes than bored viewers have
been treated to throughout this year, and what a team they are when the
going gets tough. United, meanwhile, played like a hungover pub team, and
while they head into the final games with a commanding goal difference it’s
Chelsea that look physically and mentally stronger.
West Ham have so often been United’s nemesis over the years, particularly
when there’s something at stake, and they’ll arrive at Old Trafford for the
weekend’s Premier League opener with little to lose. That would normally
equal stroll in the park and a 4-0 defeat, but even though the Hammers are
wallowing in the nothingness of eleventh place, who’s to say that they won’t
play out of their cheeky cockney skins. The Hammers are capable of giving
Fergie’s boys a very uncomfortable afternoon if they’re in the mood.
Chelsea fans will have to wait until the early hours of Tuesday morning
(Pattaya time) to see their side visit Geordie FC.
Speaking of the North East, the mini-league among the self-proclaimed giants
of world football is yet to be settled. Newcastle could only draw at West
Ham, but most eyes were down the road at Sunderland as they hosted
What is it with Black Cats and late goals? For the fifth time this season -
and the ninth time in the dying minutes – Roy Keane’s men scored after the
fourth official’s board had gone up to signal injury time. A Grant
Leadbitter corner headed home by Daryl Murphy sealed three points, taking
the derby win and guaranteeing Sunderland’s future in the top division in
the process. Not a bad afternoon’s work.
But there won’t be any time to discuss those three again this season because
two other crucial battles have yet to be decided.
Last week I suggested that Everton at home to Aston Villa would be a great
watch, and if you switched on after 83 minutes you’ll be in agreement. The
last ten minutes brought three goals and Villa, who are starting to look
like a decent side, came back twice from behind to seal a draw. Their scrap
for the final remaining UEFA Cup place will also go right down to the wire.
Villa host Wigan tomorrow and Everton won’t fancy visiting Arsenal on
Finally we come to the relegation battle. Surely this should have been over
weeks ago, but credit to Fulham who came from two down to sink a lacklustre
Manchester City by three goals to two. They’re still down if you ask me, but
they’re sure as hell putting up a fight and play Birmingham at Craven
Cottage tomorrow. That is simply must-watch TV.
Not to be outdone, the title race in Scotland is simmering nicely after
Celtic overcame Rangers again thanks to a penalty winner from Barry Robson
that sealed it 3-2. Rangers are now five points behind, but have three games
More than enough football on the box this weekend, and perhaps you should be
making the most of it whilst you still have the chance. Manchester United
versus West Ham will start us off, and for a main course may I recommend a
spicy dish of Fulham against Birmingham City. Sunderland visit a
far-from-safe Bolton Wanderers for a dessert that may be a little much to
digest for all but the most hungry for football action.
Arsenal and Everton is Sunday’s key fixture, and for the die-hard supporter
who needs to get out more there’s the utterly meaningless Liverpool versus
Manchester City encounter to finish off the weekend. Rather you than me, but
who’d bet against it being a classic? Its been that kind of season.
You’re going home in an alpine
Visiting Europe this summer? Then you should see a doctor. Anyone
thinking of travelling to Switzerland and Austria in June for the European
Championships needs to check whether they’ve been vaccinated against measles
and get jabs if required, say the World Health Organisation.
The twin Alpine hosts of the Euro 2008 tournament, which runs from June 7 to
29, are both experiencing outbreaks and health experts fear the highly
contagious disease could spread further if those watching the matches are
not fully protected.
“There is a big worry in a stadium environment where you have 30,000 people
very close to each other,” said Hayatee Hasan, a spokeswoman for the United
Nations agency based in Geneva, one of eight host cities for the major
The organizers UEFA expect 5 million people to come to the Euro 2008 events,
including spotty Swiss and Austrian fans, and apparently some 2,250 people
in Switzerland have been infected with measles since the current outbreak
began in November 2006.
And yes, I realise the irony in warning English-speaking readers about the
dangers of Euro 2008. But you could at least warn your continental friends!
In other news from the wonderful world of football, 29 of the 34
teams in Poland’s top divisions are under investigation in a corruption
probe. Several teams have already been relegated, but it begs the question
of what will happen if they’re all found guilty.
And according to a report in The Guardian, an unnamed football club have
approached a leading sports scientist in an effort to apply genetic research
to their players. It is the first known instance of football exploring
genetics in order to gain a sporting advantage.
According to Aberdeen University’s Dr Henning Wackerhage, someone with a
name that makes you wonder what on earth he’s doing in Aberdeen, the club
were seeking to gain “an edge” by attempting to discern through a genetic
test their players’ suitability for sprinting. They hoped to discover
whether the players had been born with the ACTN3 gene that is common to all
Blackburn boss Mark Hughes wants to see European referees in the Premier
League. He told BBC Radio Lancashire: “Maybe referees that ply their trade
week-in, week-out become too familiar with certain players and certain
teams. Inevitably it will cloud their judgement, so the option of European
referees could possibly be looked at.”
Yes, right. Down to London where Tottenham have won the race to sign
highly-rated Croatia midfielder Luka Modric for a fee believed to be
15.8million pounds. Spurs have agreed personal terms with the 22-year-old,
who was reportedly courted by many of Europe’s top sides, and he will leave
Dinamo Zagreb for White Hart Lane this summer subject to his passing a
Finally, Cardiff City have been granted permission to represent the English
leagues in Europe next year, should they overcome Portsmouth and win the FA
Cup. “The FA has given full approval for Cardiff City to participate in next
season’s Uefa Cup as one of England’s representatives, should they win this
season’s FA Cup,” they said, repeating what I’ve just said. “It was decided
that the Welsh national anthem would also be played ahead of the game.”
No comment, boyos. See you next week then, is it?
Dennis tops the 40-
pointers at Greenwood
PSC golf from P J Pool Bar
Tuesday, April 22, Greenwood B & C (White Tees) -
1st Dennis Jaycock (20) 43pts
2nd Jim Fortune (28) 40pts
3rd Ulrich Nachbur (21) 38pts
4th Andy Makara (34) 37pts
Allocated B and C courses for the day fifteen of us including newcomer Paul
Barker enjoyed another splendid day of golf at Greenwood, which is easy to
get to now that the road has been made up.
Near pins went in course order to Willy Nachbur, Tiger Jumparnit and Bob
Drumm whilst Peter Mills yet again boringly sunk the longest first putt on
the 18th green. The average points score on the day was a very high 35.71,
reflecting the short course in excellent playing condition.
Thursday April 24, The Emerald (White Tees) – Stroke Play
1st Bob Drumm (10) net 75
2nd Neil Duncan (14) net 75
3rd David Gardner (8) net 77
4th Ken Hole (13) net 78
Fourteen of us turned out for our monthly stroke play (aka medal)
competition to find The Emerald as lovely as its name implies. The rain held
off until we were in the clubhouse where Good Ol’ David, now safely returned
to us from England, quickly dished out the dividends.
prize winners (from L-R): Neil Duncan, Owen Walkley & Bob Drumm
Near pins in course order were claimed by Neil Duncan, Paul Smylie in a
momentary lapse of concentration on his caddy, Leon Proud and Ian Campbell
whilst Jim Fortune sunk the longest first putt on the 18th green.
The Paradise Bar golf shirt for the most golf of the day is not a bad piece
of kit but the lengths some will go to own one is extraordinary. Harley
Burley Owen Walkley carded 107 net off his handy handicap of 22 just to make
sure he would scamper off with his prize!
Note: Any golfers seeking to play with our group who 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.
Pimusa bags a brace at Burapha
PSC Golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday, April 21, Burapha - Stableford
After the recent spate of holidays, it was nice to get back to
the normal green fee rate, even though there are four more to come in May,
including two Mondays, the fifth and nineteenth.
Thirty-seven Outbackers played off the Blue Tees of the C & D course, which
proved to play long and difficult. However, the golf was not only about the
best score in the division but also it was a triple rollover 2’s day, with
an estimated 6K in the pot. One golfer, who would probably prefer not to be
mentioned, had a ‘2’ but decided not to pay the additional premium required
to enter the rollover.
Capt’ Bob said, “ Look at this card, no name or handicap!” Then Terry, his
marker told him, “That’s your card Bob.” “Didn’t you fill it in for me,” Bob
replied, “What kind of marker are you?”
Back to the golf, Bernie had a steady round to take the Div A crown and Norm
put in yet another good days work to take Div C honours. However, it was the
girls in Div B that stole the day; May with 38 pts beating Don Pavlovic on
count back, from regular outbacker Neil, with a fine 37pts and Pimusa in 4th
Why the girls? You may ask, yes, you’ve guessed it, there were only 2 two’s
today and they both came from the lovely Pimusa, who promptly rang the bell
for all to enjoy her jackpot win. Well played you girls!
Div A (0-14)
1st Bernie Segrave (9) 35pts
2nd Bob Philp (6) 32pts
3rd Terry Larose (12) 32pts
4th Roger Ison (9) 31pts
Div B (15-20)
1st May Larose (18) 38pts
2nd Don Pavlovic (15) 38pts
3rd Neil Hughes (15) 37pts
4th Pimusa Tonkhoksoong (20) 36pts
Div C (21+)
1st Norm Martin (26) 36pts
2nd John Spiller (22) 30pts
3rd Bruce McAdam (23) 29pts
4th Trudy Chadbourn (24) 28pts
2’s: Pimusa Tonkhoksoong (2)
Tuesday, April 22, Phoenix - Stableford
Not many Outbackers braved the early 8am start at this
beautifully presented Phoenix course. Lakes and Ocean were the nines of the
day, and the players that turned up were treated to a comfortable 4-hour
walk round in a very tolerable temperature. It just goes to show you can
beat the system - PLAY EARLY!
There is no doubt, this is the best time of the day to play! This is a
regular Outback Golf Bar slot for the next six weeks, get up and give it a
Barry Chadbourn had a slow start, scratching the first two holes, before a
local beer put him into a different gear as he played the other sixteen
holes in level twos, to win the day with 32 points. The remaining golfers
claimed they had lost their cards as they preferred not to declare their
scores, albeit that John Spiller was second and Nick Falconer, who missed
the first two holes, was third. See if you can get up next time Nick!.
Wednesday, April 23, Khao Kheow - Stableford
B & C nines today on this great Pete Dye course and sadly most of
the Outbackers couldn’t beat it! Has the handicapper at long last caught up
The weather was generally overcast like most of the golf, but May Larose was
the bright spot of the day with her 38 points off handicap 17 (soon to be
16). Well played May!
Div A (0-16)
1st Chaten (16) 36pts
2nd Terry Larose (12) 31pts
3rd Desmond Scott (9) 30pts
Div B (17+)
1st May Larose (17) 38pts
2nd Bruce McAdam (20) 34pts
3rd Dave Headington (18) 31pts
2’s: May Larose, Des Scott, Norm Martin & Bruce Milner
Friday, April 25, Emerald - Stableford
A comfortable 35 minutes from the Outback Golf Bar in their
kangaroo logo’d air conditioned minibus, is the wonderful Emerald course. No
one else there today, except for the Beaver Bar.
The Outbackers teed off on time but generally the course was the winner with
only Don & David playing to handicap or better. This may be a short course
but that doesn’t make it easy.
The weather behaved itself until later in the day, when there were some
serious storms not only around the course, but also all the way back up the
Div A (0-12)
1st Donald Frances (12) 36pts
2nd Jack Moseley (8) 34pts
3rd Don Pavlovic (15) 34pts
4th Ian Heddle (2) 34pts
Div B (13+)
1st David Headington (18) 37pts
2nd Trudy Chadbourn (24) 30pts
3rd Barry Rothberg (19) 27pts
4th John Spiller (22) 27pts
2’s: Mark Kembrey & Jack Spencer
Note: The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road
along Soi Siam Country. All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a
hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on
087 941 2474.
Now we have our own minibus and have started regular Pattaya pickups on our
golf days. Please watch out for our new Tuesday (Sport Day 950 Baht incl
Caddie) early bird slot at Phoenix, approx 8am tee off for the next six
weeks. Limited to 20 players only, known as the TOOs (Twenty Outbackers
Only). Everybody welcome but please get your name down early, this list will
be cut off at 20. More information can be found on our website
That’s all for now. If you have any thoughts, scandalous stories or
suggestions, why not drop me a line at email@example.com
The Square Ring:
by Wilford James John “Jeeves” Waterford III
“Good to be back in the saddle again,” with apologies to
the old Gene Autry song, and my thanks to the ever-loyal Jeeves for
sitting in these past three weeks.
In the aftermath of Calzaghe-Hopkins, as usual, most of the boxing
writers haven’t a clue. One wrote that, “Calzaghe wasn’t at his best.”
Poppycock. He may well have fought the toughest fight of his life if for
no other reason that Bernard Hopkins may be the smartest fighter still
lacing them up. Calzaghe had to change his basic style, adapt and be
more effective. He, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, “got her done.”
The crowd was announced as 14,213, which was noted as capacity.
Bolognie. For a major fight with some local (Las Vegas) interest, 18,000
plus would fill the Thomas & Mack. Of those 14,213 one could bet that
90% came from across the big pond to root for Calzaghe. If you watched
the TV, the front 15 rows of spectators looked like they were attending
the Pope’s mass at Yankee Stadium rather than a prize fight.
Hopkins is a difficult person to like. Especially when he says, “I got
beat tonight but not by Joe Calzaghe. But I’m not mad at Joe. He ain’t
the judges and the referee. He got a decision in the U.S. after a
knockdown - I would never have gotten that in Wales.”
Hopkins, like all those with great egos, doesn’t mention that he
probably lost the last 8 rounds. “He ain’t the judges and the referee”
is really out of line. The only official in line for the Ray Charles
Award would be the one that had him winning!
Referee Joe Cortez did an outstanding job as he resisted, for the most
part, becoming “chatty Cathy”. He still lays hands on the fighters way
too much and in fact scored a knockdown when he tossed Calzaghe to the
canvas. Age probably beat Hopkins and you can’t fight that.
De La Hoya- Forbes… Yawner? …Maybe
For the first time in “eons,” Oscar De La Hoya will be
fighting outdoors on ‘almost’ free TV Sunday morning. “Eons” in this
case would be 1998 when he faced over-matched ‘Frog’ Patrick Charpentier
in the Sun Bowl in El Paso Texas.
It was a crowed of over 45,000 thousand where many young females waved
signs to the then unmarried De La Hoya stating, “I’ll have your baby.”
At the time De La Hoya probably would have accommodated most if not all,
given enough time.
The venue this time will be the Home Depot Center near Los Angeles. Like
Oscar’s opponent in 1998, Stevie Forbes (33-5) has three chances to win:
slim, none and a China man’s. The third isn’t really an option in the
Hispanic state of upper Mexico, which was formally called Southern
California and will be celebrating ‘Cinco de Mayo’ on Quatro de Mayo. Go
“I know I’m a huge underdog against Oscar De La Hoya,” said Forbes.
“Once the bell rings, you’re going to see a live dog. I’m way above any
level I’ve ever been at before.” Looks like “slim” and “none” just left
Big sports day in the USA with the Kentucky Derby and Oscar all in one
day. Be still my baby heart.
Time Out …fights delayed
The sign of a real champion is one that will go on the road
to the other guy’s turf.
Undefeated Joan (pronounced JOE AUN) Guzman was going to defend his WBO
super-bantam title against Alex Arthur in Edinburgh, Scotland, where
“haggis” is considered a delicacy, men wear skirts and sheep are
nervous. No problem. No fight. Guzman (El Pequeno Tyson) had trouble
securing a visa for Scotland from his New York base so a rescheduling is
“I was angry when I was I told that he couldn’t get here on time because
of a visa problem,” said Arthur. “My training schedule is very precise
and I plan everything with my training team to the minute, so to have my
plans thrown up in the air was a big blow.”
Also on hold is the title eliminator between former WBC bantam champ
Veeraphol Nakonluang (61-3) and Vusi Malinga (17-2) who were scheduled
to “lace’em up” in Bangkok on May 1. Of course regular readers will know
that because an email from referee cousin Bruce appeared in last week’s
The reason for the postponement is that Veeraphol injured his hand in
training. South African Malinga started his career 1-2 but since has run
off 16 wins on the trot. It’s a dangerous fight for the legendary Thai.
One fight that isn’t postponed and probably should be is the “comeback”
fight of former great Johnny Tapia (56-5-2) on Sunday in El Paso Texas.
His opponent will be Jose Alonso of Mexico (32-13-2).
Tapia won a court case last week by receiving 14 months probation for
cocaine drug charges from last year rather than a trip to the “Gray Bar
Inn”. While it is never proper to keep a person from earning a living,
Tapia is clearly a danger to himself and those around him. His motto of
“Mi vida loco” (My wild life) really means that “I’m a whack job and
somebody should step in and save me.”
The Texas State regulators should hang their heads in shame but we know
that Mr. Cole, their Major Domo, has none. When Tapia goes off the deep
end for the final time it will be too late.
Thailand 2 - World …zip, nada, zero
Good past week for Thai fighters as they went 2-0 on the
In Phnom Penh, Cambodia WBC light-fly lady’s champion, Samson Sor
Siriporn, defended her title for the third time. Both Siripoen and her
vanquished opponent Kayooko Ebata were drained after 10 energy-sapping
rounds in the humidity laden air of the capital city. Siriporn got the
nod with a 97-95 call from two judges while one had it 95 all.
It’s nice that world-rated feather Fahsai Sakkreerin (27-1) got a win
last Wednesday at Mae Hong Son over 12 “hard fought rounds.” The other
side of the record is that he beat Edgar Gabejan who is 5-11-2 overall
and 3-9-2 lately. Both lost points in the 10th, just as the promoters
should have done for putting the fight together.
The score of 116-110 all around might be encouraging except for the
talent level of the opponent. A plus is that the fight was held 600
miles from Bangkok and all wins look the same in the record book.
‘Pocket Rocket’… now ‘Super Wayne’
Former champion Wayne McCullough donned his superman attire
recently on a flight from Montreal to his home in Las Vegas. A lady on
the crowded flight had stopped breathing while her companion was
“forcefully pushing her back and forward” in her seat.
McCullough, former WBC bantamweight champ, leapt into action, avoiding
tall buildings, moving with the strength of a speeding train and the
speed of a bullet.
Knowing CPR, Wayne checked to see if she was breathing and, confirming
that she wasn’t, pushed her chest hoping to get a reaction. But there
was nothing. The flight attendant called for the medical cart. She
decided the lady needed to be removed from her seat. They began to lift
her from her seat but just at that moment the lady gasped for air and
looked around, shocked to see everyone paying her so much attention. She
said she was OK and was shocked to know she had lost consciousness.
Happy ending - lady OK and ‘Super Wayne’ a hero.
I once had a similar experience. Saw a lady in the same condition, eyes
closed and seemingly not breathing. Like Wayne I leapt into action,
hurdling a number of beach chairs and spilling not a drop of my MGD. I
pushed on her chest using both hands with alacrity and enthusiasm. I got
a reaction … she woke up and slapped me silly. So much for trying to be
a Good Samaritan.
Moments with Jeeves
Joe Calzaghe coming off maybe his most important worldwide
win should have known to “button his lip.” Speaking to London’s Daily
Mail he spoke about a little inside boxing that would have been best
kept “inside.” He admitted that he hit Hopkins low in the second round
saying, “When I hit him there in the second round, that was proper
deliberate. He’d knocked me down in the first so I had to give him a
dig, didn’t I?”
Maybe Joe, but best keep it a secret instead of yapping like a
washerwomen. He confirmed what the ‘Lord of the Manor’ had written about
the 10th round “low blow.”
“What a crap actor,” said Calzaghe. “He looked like he’d been shot in
the b***s, not hit. The tenth — that was a lie, that one … he’s a cheat.
He took three minutes off when I didn’t touch him and he needed a rest.
Joe Cortez should have been firmer. Hopkins is just a spoilt little
girl, isn’t he?”
Nice move Joe. The referee does a good job and you act like a typical
soccer hooligan. When you win don’t whine. Shut your yapper and let your
fists do the talking.
OR Cross didn’t think much of Calzaghe-Hopkins: “Hopkins did his usual
run and hold, which made it mediocre. Sore loser that he is, Hopkins
babbled on about how he took care of Joe. I’m getting bored. With some
of the ‘big boxing’ I may switch back to my first love - Ice Dancing.”
Funny that, I didn’t know they had Ice Dancing at the TQ.
“Your Lordship I must comment on your actions in regard to
the lady that appeared to be not breathing. I consider your laying on of
hands quite inappropriate
“I understand your concern Your Lordship, but in last week’s Pattaya
Mail there was an article that in cases such as these, using hands
instead of “mouth–to-mouth” is OK. This subject arose recently when my
friend ‘Chicken’ Dick McGinnis was visiting home base. He’d had a couple
of heart attacks and was breathing hard. ‘Dick,’ I said, ‘if you have a
heart attack in this house I don’t like your chances. I can’t pick you
up and mouth-to-mouth is out of the question.’ Now I can just whap the
heck out of him.”
Jeeves, as you serve ‘The Master’ his lager, cigar and chosen music,
remember this sent to me by my old school pal ‘Space’ - “Time flies like
the wind, but fruit flies like bananas.”
Jacko whack’s Greenwood
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, April 20, Green Valley -
1st Simon Philbrook (7) 36pts
2nd Chaten Patel (16) 36pts
3rd Eddie Esan (15) 35pts
As most of Lewinski’s golfers were away “celebrating” Sonkran, a
depleted group of twenty-one braved the trip to Green Valley.
In third place with a creditable 35pts was Eddie Esan, second losing
out on count back was Chaten Patel, and winning the day was Simon
the Philbrook with 36pts.
Tuesday, April 22, Laem Chabang - Stableford
1st Stuart Brown (10) 36 pts
2nd Paul Shaw (8) 33pts
3rd Peter Hynard (12) 33pts
1st Joe Mcardle (14) 37pts
2nd Michael Mcmahon (14) 37pts
3rd Peter Henshaw (16) 32pts
Thirty-two golfers traveled to the beautiful Jack Nicklaus designed
Laem Chabang and all but two of the gentlemen played off the blue
A Flight was led home by Stuart Brown, three clear of Paul Shaw who
was second on count back over Peter Henshaw. The B Flight winner and
man of the match was Joe Mcardle, on count back over Michael
Mcmahon. Taking the final podium place in B Flight was Peter
Wednesday, April 23, Greenwood - Stableford
1st Jack Grinvald (6) 41pts
2nd Gavin KnoX (13) 40pts
3rd Colin Davis (13) 39pts
A smaller field made the long trek to Greenwood, but the trip was
worth it as the scores show.
Leading the gang home was Wacko Jacko Grinvald, who amassed
forty-one points, edging, Gavin the fort Knox by a single point,
while in third place a point behind Gavin was the G M himself Colin
Jacko’s round at one over gross was certainly impressive, but could
have been even better as he was lying three-under par with just four
holes to play.
Colin played in the same four-ball, with the famous Australian
cricketer, Trevor Chappell. At close of play, Colin had him LBW
Friday, April 25, Eastern Star - Stableford
1st Mossy Quaid (7) 35pts
2nd John Haugen (9) 34 pts
3rd Roy Thornton (12) 34pts
1st Peter Henshaw (16) 38pts
2nd Colin Davis (14) 35 pts
3rd Peter Ring (22) 35pts
Thirty golfers braved the tough Eastern Star layout where Peter
Henshaw starred with an excellent 38 pts to claim first position in
B Flight. Taking second spot on count back was the G M himself, with
Peter Ring rounding out the podium.
A Flight was a much closer affair with Mossy Quaid hanging on to
take top spot with a creditable 35 pts. It was a three-way count
back for second and third with John Haugen 34pts acquiring second
over Roy the boy Thornton, and Seamus Cotter losing out. Bad luck
Then it was back to Lewiinski’s for the presentation, after some of
the lads had a short stop over in Ban Chang for the usual
‘Crocked’ Herb has
that winning feeling
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
For two weeks in a row we had just a small contingent out for the day.
Songkran (Thai New Year) week and not surprisingly some of the golfers
did not show up.
from the last two outings: Dale Murphy (left) and Herbert Ishinaga
The day ended up with Dale Murphy taking the honours with 36 points and
Bob Benda coming in second with 34 points.
Last week there was a slight change at the top as Herb Ishinaga got his
putter going and sunk 3 long putts in a row to win the day with 38
points. It seems that every time he hurts from leg or back problems he
shoots a better game. Bob Benda is hoping Herb feels better next week.
Dale Murphy slipped to second place with 36 points. He has been shooting
steady golf to stay near the top.
Hopefully we’ll have a few more players next time out to end the month.
Quality from Quon
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
A warm welcome awaited the Pattaya Golf Society at
Eastern Star on Sunday, April 20, when they called to play a
post-Songkhran stableford event. The course was relatively empty and a
three-and-a-half hour round awaited the multi-national field. In fact
the first nine players represented nine different nations as they got to
grips with the inconsistent greens and the strong breeze.
The straight hitters would benefit from the conditions and Len Jones,
whose driving continues to become longer and straighter with age, posted
33 points, scratching the last in an unraked greenside bunker, for third
Runner-up was oilman Ronnie Ramsay who began this, his latest “break”,
in fine style with a 35-point card.
The winner was Bill Quon, whose back nine of twenty points belied some
fine golf to give him a sub-par 37 points for the win.
There were no birdie 2’s on the slowish greens and Masaaki Sugaya ended
his stay in the Kingdom with a well-earned Booby Bevy after yet another
round patiently trying to overcome a sickly set of irons.
At the end of the day the plaudits were reserved for Canadian Bill Quon
and his gesture of celebrating his fine win with golfers’ drinks all
round back at the OK Corral. Cheers Bill and well done!
Kazu - king for a day
Tuesday, April 22, the Pattaya Golf Society took to the
popular course at Green Valley for a stableford event and found the
course improving after the tough routines of the high season, with
better fairways and much truer greens, if a little slow.
This time of year always sees a transition as the seasonal long stay
visitors return to their homes and fresher faces return. Thus it was
that the group welcomed back many old faces for this event. One of
these, Paul Brett, joined Erik Antonnen in third place on 32 points
whilst Peter Biggs took second with a steady 33 points.
The winner was Kazu Agune who has spent the last month in the golfing
doldrums but on this occasion his game picked up to return 34 points for
the best of the day.
Thai lady golfer Na Srionrod took the rolled over 2’s prize with a fine
birdie on the picturesque short par-three twelfth hole and duly
celebrated by ringing the bell back at the OK Corral later in the
Chris Voller volunteered for the Booby Bevy award with the lowest nine
hole score, the greatest difference in the two nines totals and the
overall mediocrity of his card. How can an organiser resist such a
Regulars may wish to note that Greenwood on May 8 will be the venue for
OK Corral’s host Mr. Denis’ annual “Birthday Bash” which will again be
in the form of a four-person scramble. Entry forms are available from
the bar and the day will end with a free buffet party back in Soi
Rungland after the event.
Finnish with a flourish
Thursday, April 24, saw the Pattaya Golf Society take to
Eastern Star Resort to play its most important round of the month, the
strokeplay order of merit event, under warm skies and on a course which
is slowly improving.
Underfoot the fairways are fine and the bunkers are tolerable, and even
the greens on this day were more consistent. This course is always a
challenge with the expanses of water and extensive OB areas, and
accuracy rather than distance is the order of the day.
Stuart Thompson, Finnish golfer Niilo Olonen and Thai partner Na
Srionrod performed well to take a share of third place with fine scores
of net 73, with Stuart once again emphasizing his accuracy.
The winner was another Finn, Erik Antonnen who forsook his heavy
artillery on the tees to craft his round and his mid-round burst of
3-3-5-3 helped give him a back nine of 39 gross. His winning total was a
level par net 72 and reflected the thought he had put into course
management. In-so-doing he joined Niilo and Stuart with the best gross
of the day, eighty-one.
The only birdie ‘2’ was secured by Chris Voller on the twelfth.
Amongst those with strong claims for the Booby Bevy were Mikael
Andersson and Ian Hart but eventually its destination was decided by an
errant cell phone, some quite awful approach play on the middle six
holes and a stuttering presentation by Len Jones. All in a day’s work,
of course, at the OK Corral.
Its Jez and Bob on the Songkran Road
IPGC golf from Donovan’s
The Pres put together a fine five-day Songkran avoidance
road trip which saw 32 golfers play Royal Ratchiburi twice and Dragon
Hills, Mission Hills Kanchantaburi and Evergreen, each once. The format
was two-person team better balls, with the winners continuing in the top
bracket and competing for the big prize and the losers dropping into the
Cup and Bowl comps.
The final four teams in the top bracket were Jez Lees and Bob Newell,
Rick Sharp and Dave Porter, Steve Mascari and Billy Thompson and Ian
Grout with Jack Spencer. All the matches were nail biters to the end
with the final being no exception as Bob Newell of the Lees/Newell
tandem canned a rolling, breaking thirty footer to take the 18th hole at
Royal Ratchiburi for a 1 up victory over the Grout/Spencer team.
Jim Munns and Gavin Knox topped the Bowl comp and Apple Jitchana and
Eddie Blackwell carried home the Plate lucre.
Tuesday, April 22, Greenwood B & C (White Tees) -
1st Steve Mascari (3) 37pts
Steve Mascari edged Kevin Hamilton by a single point on a field size
curtailed by the Songkran Road Trip hangover.
Thursday, April 24, Green Valley (White Tees) -
1st May Larose (15) 40pts
2nd Kevin Hamilton (19) 38pts
3rd Jim Munns (12) 34pts
2’s: Kevin Hamilton, Steve Mascari
May came good seven days early as the better half of the Larose
household topped out the field with 38 points. Kevin Hamilton showed
well for the second comp running as he netted 38 points. Capt. Fogg
found his way to third place.
Saturday, April 26,
Green Valley (White Tees) - Stableford
1st Steve Mulberry (11) 41pts
2nd Steve Mascari (3) 38pts
1st Eddy Beilby (17) 44pts
2nd John “JTB” Dearden (22) 38pts
1st Yui Duangkaew (21) 36pts
2nd Somporn Hester (30) 36pts
2’s: Steve Mulberry, Ray Dell, John Dearden
The Man of Leisure was the Man of the Match with his 44-point outburst
that put him six points clear of JTB. Eddy’s handicap will continue its
Steve Mulberry made a fine showing of 41 points which should stem the
upward turn in his handicap. The Pres, steady as always, threw a net 73
at the home course layout.
Yui Duangkaew made it two weeks in a row in the Ladies Division as she
out-pointed Somporn on the second level of count back, the last six.
Café Kronborg & Brother D remain at the top
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Nok, Ooy,
Somrak, La, Bill & Morn.
Café Kronborg and Brother D both won three points and
are still tied for first place. Brother D took three from VFW Post 9876
and Café Kronborg won three from Canada behind Kran’s 516 series.
Captain Nok bowled games of 179, 243 & 218, 640 series and Tiger rolled
a 550 series for SaBai Friday as they won all four points from Jack Tar.
Barry bowled a 551 series for Jack Tar but he did not get much help from
his team mates.
La bowled a 558 series for Balls Galore and Somrak a 523 to get a come
from behind two-two draw with Montana. Diamond Shop made a move up the
standings after winning all four points from House of the Golden Coin.
Bill Key had a 535 series, Su a 529 and Nual a 502 for Diamond Shop.
P.K. who has been ill and only recently returned to bowling looks back
in form as he rolled a 556 series to lead Café Ole to a three point win
over Beaver Bar & Grill.