Pattaya City gears up for Marathon weekend
The 14th Pattaya
International Marathon will
get underway this coming Sunday morning, July 20.
The Pattaya Marathon, one of the most prestigious
sporting events in Thailand and now in its14th year is taking place this
coming Sunday morning, July 20.
The event, which has earned itself fame and great reputation over the
years, features five race categories this year, namely: Wheelchair for
42.195 kilometres, Marathon- 42.195 kilometres, Half marathon- 21.10
kilometres, Quarter marathon- 10.55 kilometres and Student marathon- 5
Holding with tradition, this year’s sprint start and finishes will be at
the same location as last year, i.e. Pattaya Beach Road, Soi 4 and with
different starting times for each category, the earliest of which is at
4:20 in the morning when the Wheelchair Marathon gets underway.
The marathon runners will set off 10 minutes later at 4:30 a.m. and will
head off in the direction of North Pattaya Road and then turn left onto
Sukhumvit Road and make a u-turn at the Royal Thai Police weekend house.
They will then enter a long stretch back along Sukhumvit before turning
right onto Soi Chaiyapruek and continuing to Jomtien Beach and Thappraya
Road. They next turn left towards the Bali Hai flyover, and right onto
Walking Street from where they will proceed along Beach Road and back to
the finish line at Soi 4.
can sign up for the race on Saturday, July 19 at the Soi 4 start/finish
The Half Marathon category for 21.10 kilometers will start at 5:00 a.m.
at the same starting line as the Marathon and Wheelchair Marathons.
Runners will go onto Sukhumvit Road and turn right at Soi Boonkanjanaram
Temple, then straight and turn right onto Jomtien Beach Road. They will
travel up Thappraya and back to the finish line at Soi 4 on the same
route as the marathon runners.
The 10.55 kilometre race starts at 5:30 a.m. and takes runners up North
Pattaya Road, onto Sukhumvit and then back to the beach and finish line
via Central Road.
The Student category is for a distance of 5 kilometers and will start at
6:00 a.m. at the same starting point. Runners will go straight to North
Pattaya Road, turn right onto Third Road, right again onto Central
Pattaya Road, and right again onto Pattaya Beach Road to Soi 4.
The city will close the route of the marathon from 03:00 a.m. to 10:00
a.m. on Sunday to allow runners and spectators access to traffic-free
roads, and police will provide a full security cordon for the
Pol Maj Pitakpong said that officers will be deployed along the route,
and that the Highway Police, the Tourist Police, and officers from
Pattaya Police Station would be on hand to offer competitors any help
that is required.
Technical officials who know the route will be organized to go with lead
vehicles, and officials from the Sawang Boriboon Thamasatharn Foundation
will follow the athletes to offer any medical or other help and to
prevent road accidents.
Approximately 800 security personnel will be provided for the marathon,
and the Municipality Police will provide a security fence along the
The International Marathon (male and female) prizes will be a trophy and
200,000 baht for the winner. The prizes for the runners up in order of
second to sixth places will be a trophy and 75,000 baht, 50,000 baht,
30,000 baht, 20,000 baht, and 10,000 baht.
Winners in the marathon and wheelchair (male and female) competition
will receive a trophy and 70,000 baht. Prizes for the runners up in the
second to sixth places will be a trophy and an award. Winners of the
half marathon (male and female) will receive a trophy and 40,000 baht.
The runners up in the second to sixth places will also receive a trophy
and awards. Winners of the quarter marathon (male and female) will
receive a trophy and 6,000 baht.
The special prize for a new Pattaya marathon record will be 50,000 baht,
and 100,000 baht for a new Thailand marathon record. The half marathon
winners (male and female) will also receive a ticket to be Thailand’s
representative to compete in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in
Australia, with support given for traveling expenses.
Registration for the race can be made in person on Saturday, July 19 at
the start/finish line near Soi 4 from 10 a.m. in the morning. Those
athletes who have already registered can go to the same location to
collect their Bibs, race numbers and souvenirs.
Those people not taking part in the race this year are also encouraged
to have an early start on Sunday morning and venture out onto Pattaya’s
streets to cheer the athletes on and give them your support.
The city marathon festival has always been a successful event under the
supervision of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Athletic Association
of Thailand and Provincial Authority of Chonburi under the patronage of
His Majesty the King, and this year’s event promises to be as big and
fun-packed as ever.
The Pattaya Marathon 2008 is co-sponsored by the Dusit Thani Pattaya,
the official hotel and home of the organizing committee and athletes.
For more information on Pattaya Marathon 2008, please visit
The Wheelchair athletes
will be the first ones away at 4:20 a.m.
Thousands of runners will
once more take to Pattaya’s streets to test their metal.
Mashi makes short work of Greenwood
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, July 8, Greenwood – Stableford
Yes here we are again. It is like a long-playing record, every
time we put it on it plays the same tune. We only book it once a month at
Bert’s but Dave at the Cafe Kronborg also books it and the dates always seem
Mashi Kenata (right) with Derek Brook (center) and one of Bert’s staff.
The drive up there is reasonably easy these days, and back even easier, so
the distance is not as big an anti as it used to be. Also value wise this is
amongst the best, so it is obviously great place to play if the course is in
On this day the course was nearly empty, so we were able to tee off as soon
as we wanted, and the road ahead was clear. The test was to be the A & B
nines, and we soon found that all the white tee markers were in fact at the
yellow tee distances. The wind however was quite strong.
The course was also in quite good condition and it made a change to play the
B nine which has been out of action for some weeks.
Back at Bert’s all waited with an air of expectancy for the results, and
with good reason, as nearly half of the players had beaten their handicap
and had had their best round for weeks. The shortened course may have had
something to do with it.
With a fine 40 points Mashi Kenata won the day a point ahead of the
‘organiser’ Derek Brook with 39 points. In third was Mark Brenton with 38
points and we then had 3 players with 37 points each. A fine set of scores
Near Pin: Joel Flor (2), Derek Brook, Perry McNeely
Long Putt: Colin Cronin, Joel Flor.
Australian Rules Football
coming to Pattaya
The Bangkok-based Thailand Tigers Australian Rules Football Club is
bringing the unique code to Pattaya with a game against reigning Asian
champions, the Hong Kong Dragons at Horseshoe Point on July 26.
action is always high flying in Aussie Rules. Here the big men fly in the
recent match between Thailand and Jarkarta in Kanchanaburi.
Australian Rules Football is flourishing in Asia and the Thailand Tigers are
using the match as a tune up for the Asian Championships – involving teams
from 12 Asian nations – in Singapore during October.
The game promises to be a spectacular example of the sport as the last time
the two teams met – in Kanchanburi in 2007 – they played out a gritty draw
after 80 minutes of football.
Hong Kong have been in superb form over the last 12 months, having beaten
Bali in extra time in the 2007 Asian Championships, held in Bangkok, and
with an undefeated run through the recent Manila Twelves tournament.
Equally, the Thailand Tigers have been undefeated in their last three
international games, easily accounting for Hanoi, Laos and Jakarta.
Thailand Tigers President, Ryan Collett, said the team has played games in
many locations around Thailand but never in Pattaya and this was the perfect
contest to bring and play in front of the Eastern Seaboard masses.
“We have played in just about every country around the region and always
have a game around Anzac Day up in Kanchanaburi, but a lot of guys in the
club have never even been to Pattaya before,” he said.
“This game is the perfect one for the first official game of Australian
Rules Football in Asia’s finest beach resort as Hong Kong are undoubtedly
the best players of the game in Asia at the moment, but I know our guys will
be fired up to try an knock them off.
“It will be a fantastic showcase for the sport and we are hoping Pattaya can
get behind us and get out to the game and support the mighty Tigers.”
The Thailand Tigers are inviting all residents and their families of Pattaya
to come down to the game at Horseshoe Point and cheer them on from 2.00 p.m.
on Saturday July 26. Food and beverages will be available during the day.
For further information, please contact Mark Armsden on 084 121 4930, 02 246
1160 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Breslin powers to 7-point win at Eastern Star
Jomtien Golf with the I.P.G.C.
Monday, July 7, Pattaya C.C. –
Our second visit here this year because of the price structure
and with 18 players out it was an enjoyable day for most.
In the stableford today, with the cut at 20 and under, Mam Morel returned
from her golfing trip to Bintan to claim third place in division 1 with 33
points, while going one better in second spot was Burnie Sinclair. The
winner, and 5 points clear on 39 points, was Jim Lane.
Russell Benson’s 37 points was enough to win division 2, with Roger Ribbins
close behind on 36 and in third place with 35 points was the newly retired
Alan was pleased with himself as his birdie on the 12th hole won him a
double rollover in the 2’s competition. Three rollovers ensued in division 1
to Khao Kheow.
Wednesday, July 9, Khao Kheow – Stableford
There was some heavy rain here the night before and with some
very dark clouds hanging around at our departure time from Siam Cats, there
were a few dubious thoughts of should we go or not.
In the end five groups went out to a very tight and modified C and A
courses, probably getting ready for the I.P.G.C. championship competition on
There were no winners in the 2’s competition in either division, so a
quadruple rollover in division 1 and a single in division 2 go forward to
Dave Richard’s 34 points won first place in division 1 with Burnie Sinclair
second on 33. Ken Foster beat Richard Kings on a 13/12 back nine count back
to finish second in division 2 after both came in with 28 points each.
Meanwhile 6 points ahead was Alan Bissell in first with 34 points.
A warm welcome to newcomer Jimmy Johnson and bon voyage to Les Hall and next
week the old man, Ken Foster, will be back in the UK so we will all be
looking after Miss Nom for him.
Friday, July 11, Eastern Star – Stableford
After Thursday’s torrential rain we were surprised to find on
arrival that the Eastern Star course remained relatively dry and in good
There were still no winners in either division in the 2’s so a very
profitable prospect looks in place at Green Valley on Monday.
Tom Breslin’s 40 points won him division 2 honours with Ken Foster finishing
second on 33. Bryan Rought’s 31 points took pole position in division 1,
just beating Mikael Andersson by one point.
ATP Thailand Open 2008
promises great tennis action
One of the world’s most exciting players, world #3 Novak
Djokovic will lead the field at the Thailand Open 2008 which will be held at
Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani from September 21 to 28.
Australian Open champion Djokovic will be joined by two-time Grand Slam
champion Marat Safin and Australian Open runner up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as
well as the return of Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan to top tennis in the
singles draw. In the doubles, local heroes and defending champions Sonchat
and Sanchai Ratiwatana will be back to defend their first ATP Tour title.
Djokovic is looking forward to a good showing at the tournament. “I remember
my last trip to Bangkok to play in the Thailand Open. I was only 17 and
ranked #248 in the world. It was only my third ATP Tour event. I’m really
looking forward to playing the Thailand Open again this year,” added
Crowd favorite Safin has enjoyed a resurgent 2008 and will be making his
third appearance at the Thailand Open. He made the semi-finals in 2004 and
2006 and has proved a big hit with Thai fans on both occasions. “I always
like playing the Thailand Open and I’m looking forward to another good
tournament this year,” Safin said.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been the breakout star of 2008 reaching the final of
the Australian Open – beating Gasquet, Murray and Nadal along the way – and
seeing his ranking jump from #212 at the beginning of 2007 to #13. The
irrepressible Frenchman will be making his first appearance at the Thailand
Paradorn is aiming to put 18 months out with injury behind him with a return
to top tennis in his home tournament. “My entire attention now focuses on
the fitness, preparation and performing well for the tournament this year,”
Paradorn said. “I long for that feeling where I walk down the stairs and
onto the tennis court surrounded by Thais,” he added.
Last year’s surprise doubles winners, Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana have
gone on to further success in 2008 winning their second ATP Tour title in
Chennai and reaching the finals in Memphis. They are keen to defend their
title this year and hope for the same support they enjoyed last year. “We
would like fans to come join and support us at this year’s Thailand Open,”
BEC Tero Entertainment Public Co. Ltd. is once again proud to stage the only
ATP Tour event in Southeast Asia and is offering last year’s ticket holders
special discounts in 2008. Ticket holders from the Thailand Open 2007 will
enjoy a 25% discount on tickets purchased for this year’s event. To receive
the discount, just bring your tickets from last year to any branch of
This year tennis fans will also be able to purchase a new category of
premium seats that will enable them to get closer to all the great tennis
Tickets for the Thailand Open start at just Bt300 and are available at all
Thaiticketmajor outlets from Saturday July 19. VIP Box seats are already on
sale. Call 02 262 3456 or log on to www.thailandopen.org or
www.thaiticketmajor.com for more details.
Neil claims family
bragging rights at Navy
PSC golf from P J Pool Bar
Tuesday, July 8, Phoenix Mountain & Ocean
(White Tees) - Stableford
A Division (0–17)
1st Neil Duncan (14) 39pts
2nd David Gardner (9) 36pts
3rd Tony Walsh (12) 35pts
B Division (18+)
1st Ian Campbell (22) 36pts
2nd Doug Carysforth (24) 34pts
3rd Paul Smylie (26) 33pts
A returning contingent of Aussie chums swelled our number to 18 for our
visit to Phoenix which was enjoyed by all, well mostly all anyway.
Near pins on the day went in course order to Craig Duncan, Neil Duncan,
Ken Jones and Peter Mills who also sloped off with the longest first
putt on the 18th green.
Thursday, July 10, - Plutaluang S & E (White Tees) -
1st Neil Duncan (14) 38pts
2nd Bob Drumm (11) 36pts
3rd Craig Duncan (5) 36pts
On a day of dodgem rain clouds twelve of us enjoyed our bi-monthly visit
to Navy where the course improvement works hardly impinged on play.
winners (L-R): Craig Duncan, Neil Duncan and Bob Drumm.
In a re-run of the ‘man bites dog’ scenario Neil Duncan grimly held on
to his concentration to come out two points ahead of his son Craig, who
was edged into third spot by Bob Drumm on back-nine count-back.
The management committee chaired by Good Ol’ David has decided that
forthwith when this group all starts from the same tee (i.e. always) the
back nine for count-back purposes will be the back nine played on the
day regardless of any other mambo jambo.
Near pins today went to Thong Pimblett E2, Willy Nachbur E5, Ian
Campbell S4 and David Gardner E7. Bob Drumm sunk the longest first putt
on the 18th green.
Note: Any golfers seeking to play with our group that wish to
know about the format, please visit P J Pool Bar & Restaurant on Soi
Watboonsamphan (Soi Kanoi) or phone Neil on 089 511 0575.
The Mechanic edges Capt. Fogg on the latter’s B’day
IPGC golf from Donovan’s
Thursday, July 10,Green Valley (White
Tees) - Stableford
1st Mike Craighead (16) 39pts
2nd Jim Munns (12) 38pts
2’s: Graham Dietrich, Charles Sheppard
Well it would have been out of order for anyone but the beloved Mechanic to
do such a thing on Capt. Fogg’s birthday, but that being the case there was
no complaining as Mike’s 39 withstood the 38 point onslaught of Jimmy Fogg.
Celebrating with the Good Captain on the day were The Headmaster and The
Scribe, as they do, to no one’s surprise, every year.
Saturday, July 12, Green Valley (White Tees) - Stableford
1st Oddvar Rykke (17) 42pts
2nd Steve Mascari (2) 38pts
1st Gib Jaroenpok (32) 36pts
2’s: Steve Mascari
History repeated itself Saturday to Saturday, as the Rykke household took
both Flights. Their winning point totals were, unlike last week, at par or
better. Both of their handicaps, to the relief of their bedraggled
co-competitors, are declining.
The President’s even par off the stick round, good for 38 points off a two
handicap garnered him but a second place finish, however he had his feelings
assuaged by being the possessor of the sole 2 on the day.
Schirmer shoots the lights out at Greenwood
IPGC golf from The Haven
Wednesday, July 2, Khao Kheow - Monthly
Matchplay Knockout 1st Round
The inaugural matchplay knockout, where all competitors are drawn and
play each other on full handicap difference, was a very keenly
anticipated event and even with the course in a very wet condition all
players voted it a resounding success.
Stephen Beard was unlucky to find Tony Thorne in excellent form and
could not hold on to a three-hole lead over the back nine and was
adjudged the loser on the count back as unfortunately no matches can “go
down the 19th.” It was a fair result.
Another good result was achieved by Russell Exley, who had to give the
‘silver fox’ a shot and even see Barry Traynor slip in a couple of 2’s,
but he still managed to edge him out on the 17th hole as Barry made an
uncharacteristic error, dropping the tee shot into the water.
Chris Knapp had the biggest win of the day as Peter Aitcheson struggled
off his new lower handicap and the length of the course. Al Keith also
had an easier than expected win over Yasuo Suzuki as he also struggled
but with a new “non-tinking driver.”
The Aussie dynamic duo, of B J Smith and Trevor Schirmer were also good
winners against Geoff Picken and John Harris respectively.
The closest matches were between La Keith and Tony Barritt, and Glyn
Nicholas and Derek Holt, with the former in each case turning out the
Results: Chris Knapp won 10 & 8 v Peter Aitcheson; Glyn Nicholas won 2 &
1 v Derek Holt; Tony Thorne won cb after a/s v Stephen Beard; Russell
Exley won 3 &1 v Barry Traynor; B J Smith won 4 & 2 v Geoff Picken;
Trevor Schirmer won 4 & 3 v John Harris; La Keith won 3 & 2 v Tony
Barritt; Al Keith won 5 & 3 v Yasuo Suzuki
Monday, July 7, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Russell Exley 37pts
2nd Dave Spendley 36pts
3rd Al Keith 36pts
4th Serge Straeten 35pts
5th Tony Thorne 34pts
6th Rodney Hayes 34pts
7th Robin Peach 34pts
Once again the Green Valley course was found to be in first class
condition, as a large group proved in the final analysis, with many of
the contestants playing within the two-shot buffer zone of standard
scratch. The CSS for the day went down to 71, disappointing many who had
expected their handicaps to be reduced.
Russell Exley had his best day of the week, scoring-wise at least, to
take the top honours by a single shot from Dave Spendley, who had
returned to immediate good form, and Al Keith, both of whom played to
Serge Straeten finished alone in fourth after a steady round which
proved to be enough to consign Tony Thorne, Rodney Hayes and Robin Peach
Russell Exley added to his day’s tally when he slipped in the only ‘2’
in the first division whilst the second division pot was shared between
Dave Spendley and Derek Holt, the latter having actually putted it for a
Wednesday, July 9, Phoenix - Stableford
1st La Keith 38pts
2nd Geoff Picken 38pts
3rd Tony Thorne 38pts
4th Al Keith 37pts
5th Graham Davis 37pts
6th Barry Traynor 37pts
Once again the scores were very, very good by nearly all the entrants,
even with the course having been subjected to a continuous rainstorm
throughout the previous night. Lift and place on the fairways was a real
necessity as the ball was never without a large lump of mud attached
after the drive.
La Keith led in the field with a very tidy score that was highlighted by
an outstanding level-par gross on the back nine off of her 13 handicap.
This was a definite career best nine holes for La and it proved to be
the cruncher for Geoff Picken and Tony Thorne who had to settle for
second and third respectively.
Al Keith led in Graham Davis and Barry Traynor for the minor places.
In the second division Chris Knapp had the only ‘2’ whilst the first
division spoils were shared by La Keith, Tony Thorne, Al Keith and Robin
Back at The Haven Alan Pilkington was welcomed back.
Monthly Matchplay Knockout 2nd Round
As previously mentioned La Keith had and outstanding inward
half which she needed as she was two down after 12 with Trevor going
very well but with no shots given, it was an almost impossible task to
hold her back.
Tony Thorne ensured that there would not be a family celebration and a
husband and wife semi final as he slipped past Al Keith on the
seventeenth. After Al had put one to a foot, Tony Got one inside to
close out the match and even though Al had played under his handicap it
was just not quite enough
Cap’n Chris Knapp found the going slightly harder this time out as he
met Glynn Nicholas in ‘hard to beat’ mode and lost out on the final hole
which he needed to win to claim the match on Stableford count back.
B.J. Smith hung tough for seventeen holes as he surpassed his wildest
expectations in his match with Russell Exley, but finally he lost on the
last hole as Russell putted in from fully 35-feet to counter a fantastic
chip by B.J. from a dead and buried place in the greenside rough. He was
then left with a difficult eight-footer which he just failed to hole.
Results: La Keith won 3 & 1 v Trevor Schirmer; Tony Thorne won 2
& 1 v Al Keith; Glynn Nicholas won 2 up v Chris Knapp; Russell Exley won
1 up v B.J. Smith.
Friday, July 11, Greenwood - Stableford
1st Trevor Schirmer 46pts
2nd Suichi Kodaka 45pts
3rd Rodney Hayes 42pts
4th Brian Libbey 41pts
5th Alan Pilkington 39pts
6th Derek Holt 39pts
7th Peter Aitcheson 38pts
8th Glynn Nicholas 38pts
9th Stephen Beard 38pts
Following his exit from the matchplay series, Trevor Schirmer had
something to prove to some of the doubters in the bar, and prove it he
did with his lifetime best score of gross 75 from his 13 handicap. It
all added up to an almost unbelievable ten-under converted to 46
It certainly was unbelievable to Suichi Kodaka who surely would must
have thought that his 45 was way out in front, going by all previous
indicators and competitions, but sadly for him it would be only
disappointment after the last players filed their scores, except that
his handicap would be going down two.
Also on the very surprised list was Rodney Hayes who, after shooting his
best round in Thailand, joined Brian Libbey in the “what happened there”
section of the podium. As could be seen from the list of mentions, many
others also played well on a course that was in superb condition. In
fact over 60% shot in the buffer zone which ensured that the CSS went
down for the third time in the week.
Surprisingly with the course playing at its easiest, there were no 2’s
in the second division but Rodney Hayes, Trevor Schirmer, Alan
Pilkington and Russell Exley had one each in the top flight.
at Eastern Star
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Eastern Star was the venue for the Pattaya Golf Society on Sunday, July 6, as
they continued their Sunday golf “specials” with a stableford competition over
the well-prepared course.
“Player of the Month” award for David Thomas (left) who is seen being
congratulated by Mr. Denis.
With the white tees now back on the holes where the greens are temporary, the
course still retains vast elements of challenge that make a competition there
great fun. A field of high quality with the average handicap approaching fifteen
took on their task and found the course ready to match them.
Five people just missed out on the podium with 31 points each and Don Nellis,
Stan Kure, Chris Voller, Shuichi Kodaka and Ted Gardner could be forgiven for
missing that one putt which could have raised their score. The joint runners-up
were Tony Thorne and David Thomas who both garnered 34 points. The winner was
Erik Antonnen, the returning Finn whose game has been revitalised over the
winter in northern Europe. His 37 points included a front nine of just 37 gross
- almost matching his best ever nine-hole gross score.
The day’s rolled over 2’s pot was shared by David Thomas, Paul Quodomine and,
for the third successive event Chris Voller. The Booby Bevy went to David Ashman
for his split of 4 - 15 points in this, his first competition round with the
IPGC in three years. Well done Erik, if only your “Finnish” had been as good as
in business - just!
On Tuesday, July 8, the Pattaya Golf Society visited Khao Kheow for a
stableford round over the testing C and A nines under brooding skies. A trip
there now is “child’s play” after many months of arduous driving during the
The players found the course in fine condition and, with the reintroduction of
the A nine, playing off the yellow tees would be a daunting task, especially as
the wind was up all day. As always the essence of a good round on this track is
accuracy as the Bermuda rough can be a brute.
Two in-form golfers held the minor placings as Erik Antonnen took third with 30
points and Don Nellis ended his current stay with 31 for second. It was left to
the OK Corral’s golf gaffer, Len Jones, to find the top of the leaderboard with
a steady 32 points for a rare win.
David Thomas and Erik Antonnen took the 2’s pot for their birdie efforts on C3
and A5 respectively and Chris Voller had the distinction of receiving the Booby
Bevy for his shabby round, his putting touch having deserted him on the back
nine, and failing to record a ‘2’ for the first time in five rounds.
Later at the presentation David Thomas received the Society’s “Player of the
Month” award for June after another series of high quality performances. Khao
Kheow had once again been a real challenge and currently is very good value for
Voller victor at flooded Phoenix
Any thoughts of a comfortable day’s golf with the Pattaya Golf
Society at Phoenix on Thursday, July 10, were blown away as the golfers fought
their way through a deluge on Sukhumvit only to find the approach to Phoenix was
Golfers never “count their chickens” and by the second hole on the
Mountain-Ocean combination all thoughts of a good medal score in the monthly
event were scuppered as persistent heavy rain had set in. Indeed four sensible
souls had already left the course before nine holes were completed.
Those who chose to continue found conditions improved slightly as the day
progressed but the effect on the scores was already punitive. In third place
with net 76 was the steady Aussie golfer Evan Miller and he finished his round
as he started it, with a smile on his face. One shot better was a drenched Bill
Hewitt on 75. The winner was Chris Voller, taking his first monthly win, and his
first nine gross of 38 at the height of the storm was a fantastic achievement.
Shots gained were then lost on the back nine and he finished with a very
creditable level par 72.
Understandably there were no birdie 2’s on the day and the two biggest losers,
Len Jones and Bill Quon, who had left the course believing they were in the
majority, enjoyed the Booby Bevy as a consolation. Ain’t life a bitch in the
Land of Smiles!
Chaten bags a brace
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, July 6, Green Valley -
1st Bruce Milner (14) 40pts
2nd Bob Newell (6) 38pts
3rd Joe Mcardle (12) 37pts
1st Chaten Patel (15) 39pts
2nd Alec Hoare (17) 38pts
3rd Bob Lindburg (16) 34pts
Near pins: #2 Chaten Patel, #9 Don Lehmer, #12 Roy Thornton, #16
2’s: Bruce Milner, Bob Newell, Roy Thornton (2), Chaten Patel,
Ivan Plunkett and Robin Peach.
In what was a warm up to next week’s monthly medal, the quiet Aussie
Bruce Milner climbed two places better than last week’s third place
finish to win the senior flight with an excellent top score of the day
40pts. Second place went to Bob Newell who was two points adrift. Joe
“hot pants” Mcardale was one adrift of Bob in third spot. Just out of
the prizes on 36pts, were Roy Thornton and Eric Desmond.
Chaten Patel won the junior flight with a very good 39pts. Alec Hoare,
the Co. Dublin man, was second with 38 pts with the Guru of Green Valley
Bob Lindburg rounding out the flight with 34pts. Unlucky Eddie the Eagle
was one off the podium.
Back at Lewiinski’s, after the prize giving, the ‘hidden six’ lucky
winner was announced as Bob Newell with Kris K in second place.
Tuesday, July 8, Laem Chabang - Stableford
1st Chaten Patel (15) 37pts
2nd Bruce Milner (14) 37pts
3rd Owen McSweeny (14) 36pts
1st Tom Breslin (21) 34pts
2nd Chas Sheppard (16) 33pts
3rd Rodney Hayes (28) 33pts
A fair sized field turned out to play the A/C nines at Laem Chabang.
Sunday’s A and B flight winners, Chaten Patel and Bruce Milner, battled
it out in the senior division, both scoring 37pts. Chaten won after
scoring 20pts on the back nine to Bruce’s 17. Third place was a
three-way count back between Pat Regan, Vic Hestor and Owen McSweeny.
Mr. McSweeny had the better back nine to take third spot.
The junior flight was also a close affair, Tom Breslin winning with
34pts and second place went to Chas Sheppard after a count back over
Rodney Hayes, both with 33pts
There were five 2’s from Vic Hestor, Simon Philbrook, Jim Brackett, Joe
Tynan and Jim Brown.
Friday, July 11, Crystal Bay - Stableford
1st Benn Nelson (17) 43pts
2nd Jack Spencer (7) 42pts
3rd Bob Newell (6) 37pts
Crystal Bay welcomed the Lewiinski’s group to round off the week, and
what a battle it turned out to be. Big Bob Newell scored an impressive
37pts, to take the bronze, but he was no match for the American pair of
Benn Nelson from Texas, and the retired ex-Marine Lieutenant Colonel
Benn “Tex” Nelson shot an amazing 43pts to take the gold whilst Jack
“the Loo” Spencer finished with the silver just one shot adrift.
Sympathy must go to Loo with a gross 73, but its points that count.
There were three 2’s recorded from Jack Spencer, Nick Payne and Geoff
Back at Lewiinski’s, Tex claimed the gold finish, and a revised
Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya land Soi 1, Beach Road
Soi 13/3 near to Walking Street. Anyone wishing to play with us just pop
in, and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764.
Transport is provided to the golf courses.
Walt hits the top:
Kevin has sand trouble
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
The skies were overcast but no rains fell. It was another
perfect day for golf.
Walt Straub again made his way to the top. It wasn’t the best score that he
has shot but it was enough to trounce the field. Walt came in with 37
points, which was 3 better than our second place finisher.
Bob Benda had a shot to win the day but his game fell apart. His 34 points
were still good for second though as the rest of the golfers were off their
Kevin Worl, in from the USA, really had a bad day as his bunker shots went
screaming across the greens and over to the next county. It was his first
for golf out here so he had an excuse. Kevin is waiting for Friday so he can
make an entry at Ban Chang. See you all there.
Macey hits form at Navy
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, July 7, Plutaluang - Stableford
1st William Macey (10) 40pts
2nd Gerry Cooney (11) 39pts
3rd Geoff Hart (19) 38pts
Playing Stableford on the Royal Thai Navy South and East courses at
Plutaluang on Monday, there were some fine scores coming into the clubhouse
on a slightly breezy but pleasant day.
Geoff Hart thought he had a good chance of winning with 38 points but it was
only enough to take third place. Gerry Cooney was thinking the same with 39
points but he could only manage second place behind William Macey who won
with a fantastic 40 points, a score which put him among the front-runners
for the ‘golfer of the month’ title.
William also won a near pin prize along with Gerry Cooney, Geoff Hart and
Wednesday, July 9, Pattana - Stableford
1st Alan Sullivan (15) 37pts
2nd Geoff Parker (15) 36pts
3rd Gerry Cooney (11) 35pts
Wednesday, and we played stableford again at the delightful Pattana Golf and
On another fine day and we were lucky with the rain swirling around nearby,
but we escaped with just a slight bit of drizzle and it was Alan Sullivan
who came up trumps in another close finish. Alan won with 36 points, one
ahead of Geoff Parker who was himself just one ahead of third placed Gerry
Alan also won a near pin prize, as did William Macey, Paul Smith and Colin
Friday, July 11, Treasure Hill - Stableford
1st Colin Greig (14) 35pts
2nd Gerry Cooney (11) 34pts
3rd Colin Stokes (25) 33pts
Completing a week of stableford games on Friday at Treasure Hill, we had
another close finish with only one point separating the top three again.
Today it was Colin Greig who came out on top to win ahead of second placed
Gerry Cooney with Colin Stokes taking third.
Surprisingly none of these three won any of the near pin prizes as they went
to Stan Kure, Roger Privett, Charlie Gooch and William Macey.
Wet weather equals
frustration for TR golfers
Golf from the Travellers Rest
I have been writing reports on the golf that is run by Fergus
Brennan and the TRGG for well over two years now and this week was the first
time that I have ever known for an outing to be totally cancelled because of
the weather. Many have been delayed but never cancelled. Tuesday was a total
Everybody gathered for departure but it was soon pretty obvious after a
confirmation call to the course that the rain was in for the day. So
everyone agreed to call it a day.
Overall this turned out to be rather a bad week for the TRGG golfers as
Monday’s planned outing was also curtailed because of incurred technical
Thursday, July 10, Phoenix Mountain & Ocean – Stableford
1st Robert Lamond (6) 41pts
2nd Tewin Lamthong (13) 38pts
3rd Ray Allison (12) 37pts
4th Goerge Bishop (17) 35pts
5th Steve Gould (18) 35pts
6th Paul Challis (29) 35pts
2’s: Robert Lamond, Peter Morris and Akitoshi Ito
winners: George Robinson, Billy Fitzgerald and Gunnar Vangsnes.
The good news for Thursday was that we did finally get out for a day’s golf,
this time at Phoenix Mountain & Ocean, and a very good day was enjoyed by
This was particularly so for Robert Lamond who dropped in a nice 41-pointer
to take the competition by three from Tewin Lamthong (Poopay) on
thirty-eight. Ray Allison came in third on thirty-seven.
One story from the day was given to me in which it was told that Steve Gould
had been run over with a golf cart by his caddy whilst standing writing out
his scorecard. This however did not prevent him completing his round - but
his foot was very sore the next day.
Saturday, July 12, Eastern Star - Stableford
1st Billy Fitzgerald (19) 41pts
2nd George Robinson (12) 36pts
3rd Gunnar Vangsnes (25) 35pts
4th Fergus Brennan (9) 34pts
5th Peter Morris (24) 33pts
6th George Bishop (17) 33pts
This course is getting better week-by-week and is going to be very good
indeed when all the work is finished. The weather, unlike earlier in the
week, was back to normal i.e. very hot and I saw many of the returning
golfers suffering from various amounts of sunburn.
The day most definitely belonged to a visitor from Ireland who joined us,
Billy Fitzgerald, who returned a fine score of forty-one points. This was
five better than George Robinson in second whilst Gunnar Vangsnes was a
further point back in third on thirty five and Fergus Brennan came in fourth
with thirty four. There were no 2’s so the bell was rung back at the
Travellers Rest for all in attendance.
The Square Ring:
by Howie Reed
‘The Hawk’ from the Blue Lagoon picked up the ‘Alexander
Graham Bell’ to ask, “Who are your top 10 fighters of all time?”
Can’t do 10 but how about favorite fighters of all time? As it’s
“favorite” and not “best’ there’s some leeway in the answer.
Number #1 is Joe Louis at the top of the list alone. He’s there as a
fighter, a person and a human being for all people. The rest of the
list, in no particular order, are ones I loved to watch fight either in
person or on TV, or even listen to their fights on the radio. Some are
friends, some I’ve met and some I’d like to meet.
Here’s the list: Carl “Bobo” Olsen, Sugar Ray Robinson, Kid Gavalian,
Carlos Monzon, Rocky Marciano, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, David Tua,
George Foreman, Oscar De La Hoya, Wayne McCullough, Kostya Tzsyu,
“Smokin” Joe Frazer, Art Aragon and Mando Ramos.
‘The Hawk’ didn’t ask but I can’t leave the ladies out of any list: Lali
McCarter, Via Zaganas, Laura Serrano, Lucia Rijker and Christy Martin.
You don’t like this list? Get your own column.
Mando Ramos passes
Anyone that ever saw a young Mando Ramos fight would agree
that whatever it was he had, he had “it” in spades. In the obits he was
called “one of boxing’s greatest talents, colorful and controversial,
blessed with a natural talent, great jab, murderous left hook and the
heart of a lion.”
He turned pro in 1965 and in a very short time was at the top of his
game. While he stayed in the ring for 10 years the last four were not
pretty. He was a shot fighter battling not only the opponent in the ring
but drugs and alcohol outside. His final record was 37-11 but the first
6 years he was 28-3.
Ramos was a main event boxer at the historic Olympic Auditorium after
only 8 fights and at the age of 18. He became the youngest world
lightweight champion ever when he stopped “Teo” Cruz in 11. He would
lose the title to Ismael Laguna due to cuts while leading on all cards.
Ramos and Spaniard Pedro Carrasco (106-3) would then engage in a
three-fight title trilogy. Ramos won 2-1 giving while Carrasco 2 of this
3 career losses.
Fightnews.com writes: “Three months after his last victory over
Carrasco, Ramos was surprisingly stopped by underdog Chango Carmona. At
the age of 24, Armando Ramos was a spent fighter, a has-been. His last
fight was in October 1975, being stopped by a 4-1-1 boxer and retiring
with a final tally of 37-11-1 with 23 KOs. Mando was by then broke and
sick, having thrown away all his ample ring earnings.”
TSR will remember Ramos as he was on November 28, 1966 when at 11-0 he
took on Alfred Franklin (20-23-3) at the first boxing event at the
Oakland Arena. He was one of the undercard that featured family friend
Carl “Bobo” Olsen against Don Fulmer on top.
It’s as if it were yesterday that Ramos bounced into the ring in a
maroon velvet thigh length robe with his pitch black hair cut “Beatle
style”. The crystal clear tones of ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, “From
Sam Pedro, California, with a record of 13 wins and 9 big knockouts,
please welcome Mando Ramos.” He was something special.
Upon further review
Sometimes it’s best to sit on a story to see if ‘upon further
review’ the situation changes. That was the case in regard to ‘retired’
boxer Floyd Mayweather jr’s latest attempt to validate that he’s a
blithering idiot. Upon ‘further review’ - he is. In a recent interview
the ‘blithering idiot’ implied that HBO, who made him a millionaire many
times over, is racist.
Mayweather protested: “Even a guy like Jim Lampley, he praises Kelly
Pavlik - who has won some good fights, he beat Jermain Taylor twice, we
have to give him credit for that - but they talk about Kelly Pavlik, a
white fighter, like he’s the second coming, or they go crazy over Manny
Pacquiao. But I’m a black fighter. Is it racial? Absolutely. They praise
white fighters, they praise Hispanic fighters, whatever. But black
fighters, they never praise. I’ve noticed it for a long time but I
couldn’t say anything because I had to do business with them. I’ll still
do business with them, but I’m done holding my tongue.”
Someone ought to do the sporting public a big favor, not by holding
Mayweather’s tongue, but by cutting it out to prevent him from making an
even a bigger “horses hinny” of himself.
What does Mayweather want HBO and boxing to do? Get down on their knees
five times a day to pray to his greatness? To his good works like trying
to run his pregnant girlfriend off the road, or evicting his father from
the house he bought him, or telling the world that he feels like a slave
working for HBO?
Some things get better by subtraction. Boxing is better when the likes
of Mayweather jr. are no longer factors. He is a bum and a hood with
lots of “street cred” that drives decent people away from supporting the
HBO, as expected issued its usual mealy-mouthed response: “Floyd is a
tremendous athlete who gave his all to the sport. We have nothing but
admiration for what he accomplished in the ring. His remarks regarding
HBO broadcasters and executives are unfortunate and we could not
disagree more. We will not engage in a debate. We are very disappointed
in hearing about this. We wish him well in retirement.”
What a feline response. How about, “Listen you little jerk. Jim Lampley
did everything but kiss your backside, cause that’s what he’s paid to
do. Calling Jim Lampley a racist indicates what a complete moron your
are. Give us a call when your money and the sycophants that surround you
are gone. Oh yes, but don’t call collect.”
Boxing in Thailand depends on ‘good’ Thai boxers inviting
‘average’ boxers in to build records. Sometimes as Mum used to say,
“There’s a slip betwixt the cup and lip.”
That happened last week when Pichitchok Singmanassak (14-7) tried to
defend his WBO-Asia Pacific bantam title against Filipino Jason Egera
(10-2). Egera used Pichitchok as a live punching bag, knocking him down
twice in round 4, once in round 6, and finally “putting marmalade on the
toast “ at 1:37 of the 7th.
WBC lady “atomweight” champ Winyu Paradorngym (14-7) faired better. She
had no trouble defeating Paetonglek Jindamanee (0-1) over six stanzas.
Winyu will defend her WBC crown against Japanese Momo Koseki (5-2) at
Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on August 11.
‘Almost’ kudos to the WBC board of governors for ‘almost’ voting to make
Humberto Soto their 130lb champion. I say ‘almost’ because late in the
week the vote was too close to call as the WBC waited for all votes to
arrive. It’s very possible that promoter Bob Arum’s announcement that
Soto would maybe battle Manny Pacquiao in November could have caused the
If the WBC Board votes to give Soto the title, then he moves up to 135lb
and the WBC is without a 130lb champion.
If you recall, officially Soto lost to Francisco Lorenzo but
“unofficially” Lorenzo got his fanny spanked. The WBC board of governors
should do what the Nevada commission and at least one Yahoo boxing
writer didn’t have the guts to do. Declare the ‘winner’ the winner.
Thai boxer Klathanong Sithkrupon (8-5) went to Shoalhaven, NSW last
week to build the record of Shannon Taylor (47-6-3). Some may not
remember that the highlight of Taylor’s career was going 6 losing rounds
with Shane Mosley some years back.
Klathanong was down twice in the first in this one, got a standing 8 in
the second before Taylor ‘made things go dark’ at 1:23 of the third.
Klathanong’s record is even worse than it looks as he’s beaten only one
boxer with a winning record, and that 2-1. Not only didn’t Klathanong
belong in the ring with Taylor, but probably not in the same sport
From the pond and his lily pad Sir Frog croaks: “They should ban
those corrupt managers from Thailand, the young Thai boxers get beaten
and the managers get away with the money! B*****ds!” Oh my.
Joe Koizumi strikes again
As only he can, Hall of Fame everything boxing guy Joe
Koizumi has done it again. Reporting on the fight last Saturday between
Japan’s Yukio Wadamine (24-3-1), and Thailand’s Ngaotawan Sithsaithong
(7-6, 3) he penned a classic. The fight ended in a TKO at 0:13 of the
Joe wrote: “The Thailander was praying toward the corner post even after
the bell sounded to start the fatal third. The moment he turned back to
the Japanese, Wadamine exploded a vicious left hook to have him thrown
out of the ring to the press box – a la Jack Dempsey pummeled by Luis
Angel Firpo in 1923. The referee didn’t bother to count and promptly
raised Wadamine’s arm. Was it a right and fair control of the game?”
Klitschko-Thompson … Stinkeroo
Before Tony Thompson (31-2) became a heavyweight contender he
was a professional sparing partner. In fact he sparred with IBF/WBO
champ Wladimir Klitschko, who he challenged for the title on Sunday.
Challenged is way too strong a word however. Maybe he ‘shared the ring
with’ would work better.
For 5 and one-half rounds Tony Thompson actually looked like he had shed
the sparing partner physiological restraints. But half way through the
6th round he gave up and started looking for Klitschko to land a
somewhat meaningful punch so he could fall down. It took Klitschko until
1:38 of the 11th.
It’s mystifying why a boxer like Thompson, with the chance of a
lifetime, would just give up. Between rounds Thompson’s corner implored
him to “get in there.” His answer, “just trust me.” Finally between the
10th and 11th rounds Thompson’s trainer said, “You’re not even trying.”
Heck TSR knew that after 6.
Long time boxing fan and TQ Patron Vic ‘O.R.’ Cross has finally had it.
“Howie: This is to notify you that after watching the Klitschko card
early a.m. here in Pattaya, I am totally finished with the heavyweight
division. You can have it.”
Thanks for the offer O.R. Without being rude, NFW.
“Your Lordship, I heard from a friend on the Pattaya police
force that they were called to a multi-storied condo on Beach Road. When
they arrived they found a “fair haired farang” laying bloodied and dead
outside the building. A Thai lady covered in blood, Gee, not her real
name, was standing next to the body with a bloody 5-iron in her hand.
After first saying she was sleeping when the event occurred, then
thinking that maybe she was getting into hot water, she finally admitted
hitting the now deceased man with the 5-iron. ‘How many times did you
hit him?’ asked the policeman. ‘Maybe 5, 6 or maybe even 7 times – oh,
just put me down for a five,’ she replied.”
Libation, a cigar and music if you please Mr. Jeeves.
2-under gross at Siam
PSC Golf from the Outback Golf Bar
Monday, July 7, Burapha - Stableford
It has been a while since the Outbackers played the C & D
course, but 38 of them had their way today playing off the whites. Since
the start of the summer eclectic in May; it’s only been played twice,
the last time being June 9.
Rosco made it a day with a difference, in celebration of his birthday
(he didn’t say how many), he put up 4 near pin prizes for his fellow
Outbackers to have a go at. Two of them were won by Des Scott, but no
2’s, another by Bill Mooney and the last by Paul Lavender. Thanks Rosco,
and Happy Birthday!
Dave Porter & Bruce McAdam had matching 39’s to take Div A & Div C quite
comfortably, whereas Div B was a more closely fought affair with a
three-way count back for second place.
Div A (0-14)
1st Dave Porter (13) 39pts
2nd Nick Payne (14) 35pts
3rd James Brackett (6) 34pts
Div B (15–18)
1st Murray Hart (17) 35pts
2nd Kevin Moraghan (17) 33pts
3rd Frank O’Neill (16) 33pts
Div C (19+)
1st Bruce McAdam (21) 39pts
2nd William Mooney (19) 32pts
3rd Barry Chadbourn (20) 31pts
2’s: Pottsy, William Mooney & James Brackett
Tuesday, July 8, Phoenix - Stableford
It was a full house, perfect dozen ‘early rise’ Outbackers
who played Mountain and Lake on a lovely day for golf and a round of
just about 4 hours. There was an air of expectancy that today was the
day, the 2’s just had to go, and everybody was up for it.
Four new faces this morning joining for the first time: Pimusa, Mod,
Jeff and Gus, having not played previously on a Tuesday, the larger than
usual ‘2’s pot’ contribution, signalled their confidence.
Well, Am North and Mod Churaiska were vindicated, after 4 weeks of no
2’s there were two today, both by ladies and both by newcomers to the
Phoenix early bird. Good job Jeff was on hand as escort, since they
shared a considerable pot! Well played girls (hard luck guys – moan
moan, grizzle grizzle)
For the rest of the golf, it was Ray Dell’s day with an excellent 38
points, followed by Pimusa with 37 and Am with 36.
Outback ‘Early Risers’ meet at Phoenix at 07:30 for an 8 a.m. tee time
and a quick round with the presentation in the clubhouse. We are usually
on our way back to wherever, by 1 pm. Sign-up at the Outback or give Bob
1st Ray Dell (12) 38pts
2nd Pimusa Tonkhoksoong (20) 37pts
3rd Am North (11) 36pts
Wednesday, July 9, Crystal Bay - Stableford
Fourteen Outbackers braved the wind and rain to enjoy their
golf on this fantastic course. Dave Spendley took the course apart with
an equally fantastic 40 points leaving everybody else in the mud some 6
or 7 shots adrift.
Our resident ‘Turnip’ should drink but not drive, as he managed to bury
his golf buggie in one of the drainage channels; requiring the
assistance of numerous caddies and playing partners to lift it back out.
Let the caddie drive Dennis!
As for John Lawton, currently on leave from Angola (why did they let him
leave?), he should be more careful when attaching anonymous little
cryptic notes to Capt’ Bob’s vehicle. Six letter words that start with
‘w’ and end in ‘er’ are not difficult to solve when you’re a crossword
expert like Bob. Anyhow John, everybody knows it’s your trade word.
There were no 2’s today so back at the bar the bell was rung for all the
Div A (0–17)
1st Bob Philp (7) 33pts
2nd Rosco (16) 30pts
3rd Ken Little (10) 30pts
Div B (18+)
1st Dave Spendley (20) 40pts
2nd Paul Crosland (19) 34pts
3rd Pottsy (19) 34pts
Friday, July 11, Siam Plantation - Stableford
When the names of 41 Outbackers were given to Siam Plantation
on Thursday afternoon, they looked somewhat quizzical and said, ‘but you
don’t have a booking tomorrow’. Every Friday at 11am was the reply,
right through to the end of October. There had been a monumental mistake
and unfortunately the Outbackers got seriously mixed up with some Siam
cement, who were mostly five-balls enjoying their golf day, resulting in
play so slow, everybody could have turned to concrete.
There has been a very gracious apology from the Plantation management
which is also echoed by the Outback Golf Bar.
Back to the golf, a brilliant gross 70, which included a double bogey on
the 18th, by Mark Sherwood, Frederick Jacobson’s ex caddie, thoroughly
tamed this course. George Bishop had a fine round taking second overall
with 37. Jim Brackett took Div A with 35, Eddie Smith Div B with 36 and
Andy Durnitz Div C with 33.
A big welcome today to four members of the German-Swiss Golf Club based
in Pattaya, led by their chairman, Helmut Wolf; and also to Lee Adelly,
hotfoot from Russia where he caddied for last week’s European Seniors
tour’s winner, Ian Woosnam.
There were five 2’s today coming from Pat Regan, Jim O’Neill, Mark
Sherwood & George Bishop (2).
1st Mark Sherwood (4) 42pts
2nd George Bishop (17) 37pts
Div A (0-11)
1st James Brackett (6) 35pts
2nd Chris Voiler (8) 32pts
3rd Tony Thorn (10) 32pts
Div B (12-17)
1st Eddie Smith (14) 36pts
2nd Lee Adelly (13) 35pts
3rd Paul Lavender (15) 33pts
Div C (18+)
1st Andy Durnitz (18) 33pts
2nd Tony Duthie (20) 31pts
3rd Jum (36) 31pts
Friday, July 11, Plutaluang – Stableford
Eleven Outbackers played the South & West courses of this
parkland venue, in the alternative Friday Outback Golf Bar outing. It
was a moderate scoring event but nonetheless, extremely competitive with
three players, Geoff, Barry & Joachim all vying for the top spot with 30
The difficult West course became the back nine, and Geoff’s fine 17pts
gave him the win, over Chad who only managed 12 and Joachim 11.
There were no 2’s, so there will be another rollover.
1st Geoff Doody (21) 30pts
2nd Barry Chadbourn (20) 30pts
3rd Joachim (24) 30pts
Per Olaf strikes at soggy Phoenix
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, July 7, Green Valley – Stableford
A very pleasant day of golf was had at Rayong Green Valley. The course
was in very good condition and presented in a very tidy manner. It was
also fully booked but we arrived in good time and were able to tee-off
20 minutes early.
Martyn Topham won with 37 points ahead of Sid Ottaway in second with 34
points. In third was Ted Morris on a count back over Henry O’Brien, both
with 31 points.
Thursday, July 10, Phoenix – Stroke/Monthly Mug
Well didn’t it rain Noah? In fact it poured it down all the night
before, and as we (bravely) drove down to Phoenix it was still throwing
it down. In fact some of our players looked out of the window and went
back to bed.
(right) presents the ‘Monthly Mug’ to Per Olaf Baarli.
Now were they the sensible ones or the ones lacking in ‘moral fibre’? I
leave that up to you.
Surprisingly on arrival we were told that carts were available, so we
were soon on the first tee, some with carts and some without. Mountain
and Ocean were to be the test and off we went on Mountain as the rain
started to ease. That did not last for long however, and slowly the
drizzle increased until it was steady rain, and then a steady downpour.
But were we worried? Not a bit.
The first group forged on, assured that the brave hearts behind would
follow, for these men are real golfers and would not let a bit of rain
stop them. Were we wrong! Because as we came down the Ocean ninth
fairway, who should we see going up the fourth, par 5? Yes the group
behind, and I never thought I would see the day when a bit of rain would
stop play. Thunder and lightning yes, but a bit of rain? A sad day
Later as we sat in the restaurant the scores came in and they were a
little high. Well not a little high but sky high. Rest for rain indeed.
Back at The Cafe Kronborg as we all dried out, the results were given.
Winning the sole flight was Patrick Poussier with net 76 on count back
over Ted Morris in second. In third was Walter Bachli with a net 77 and
yours truly, Derek Brook, was in fourth with a net 78.
So to the winner of the Mug, and with a net 75 Per Olaf Baarli was ‘the
man.’ Well done. T.T.F.N.
Paul shoots gross 71 to take the ‘A Flight’ by three
PSC 80th Members Golf Monthly Open
Friday, July 11, Phoenix.
The test for this day was to be the Mountain and Ocean nines,
and as we drove down there to Phoenix the big fear was that we would
have downpours like the day before. The sky did not look too bad, a
little overcast but we lived in hope as we drew up to the clubhouse and
passed our clubs to the caddy-master.
Chairman Perry (left) presents first prize to the A Flight winner.
Inside was the team of Tim and Max, and the new Golf Chairman Perry
McNeely, who was running around like a scolded cat. It was after all his
first day and his first competition in charge.
Booked in it was off to the first tee, and on the day half the players
started from The Ocean, while half played first from the Mountain nine.
The course was in its usual fine condition and the weather behaved,
apart from a couple of spots of rain.
The day went well and about 4 hours later we were trundling down the
Mountain nine. A fine walk around, and for once not spoilt. Someone up
there seems to like the new Golf Chairman, he had great weather for his
first day, 24 hours earlier he would have been awash.
Morris (right) was the winner of the Ladies competition.
Back in the clubhouse we were met by Tim and Max who, as a special
favour to us all, had been testing the ‘Phoenix Special’ - and they
pronounced it as good value, several times.
The after golf meeting place was upstairs, and we were met by a bevy of
waitresses, and of course we all opted for the ‘Phoenix Special’, and as
per the good example set by the scorers, more than one were tried out.
The scores were tabulated and shortly after the last players were in the
Emcee, Mike Gerrard was able to introduce the new Golf Chairman, Perry
Mcneely, who gave the normal golf captain’s speech, thanking all his
helpers and the course for their assistance. Then he handed the ‘mike’
back to Mike who then got on with the results. We all know how shy Mike
is so it took a little persuasion before we could get him to do the
Emcee, however once into his stride you would never have guessed how
nervous he was.
‘servants’ Tim and Max man the registration desk.
So to the results, and with so few ladies playing today we only had one
winner in the Ladies Flight, and this was Ning Morris with a very nice
In the D Flight, in fourth place we had Darren Sellers with 32 points
just behind Kevin Dinan in third with 33 points, in second was Chris
John with 35 points while way ahead as winner was Andy Spence with 39
By now the really observant will have noticed that the D Flight were
playing stableford. Well so were the C Flight, and the fourth there was
Brian Blackford with 33 points, just behind Mike Wing in third with 34
points. It was good to see Mike back in the prizes as he has been having
some medical problems, well done. In second place came Frank Pilkington
with 35 points and the winner of the flight was Bob Lindborg with 36
Into the B Flight and we now go into a stroke competition: It is
probably thought that the (better!) golfer can be trusted not to take
too long on a hole. Well this day seemed to disprove that concept. In
fourth we had Phil Cause with a net 75 just behind a count back on net
74 that saw Roger Moore (007?) in third and Mike Gerrard in second. So
to the winner and here we had our most famous member Brian Jacks winning
with a net 68. Of course we didn’t take a photo of him for reasons that
must remain secret, but could have something to do with ‘The Phoenix
So to the A Flight and let us get straight in with the winner as Paul
Smith, the PSC Golf Champion, struck again with a fine net 68, off a
handicap of three. Makes it a gross 71 to me. In second was John Beck
with a net 71 ahead of Damien Trant in third with a net 72 and Jeff
North, alias Mr. Steady, was in fourth with a net 73.
Presentation over we got onto the important part of the day, the Lucky
Draw, and then it was home for an early night, and if you believe that
you will believe anything. T.T.F.N.
Long Drive: (0-18) Mark McDonald; (19-36) Derek O’Hara; (Ladies)
Near Pins: Mike Morris, Ning Morris, Gordon Everingham, Bob
Rasmusson, Clive Bruce, Mam Morel
The P.S.C. throws a swinging summer party
Wednesday, July 9, and this is the time of the year that the
ladies break out their prettiest dresses and many of the men change into
long trousers - after first removing the moths of course. One thing is
for certain; this has to be the meeting of the year for really stunning
women and ‘sexy’ men. Yes I do fall into the latter category and have
the pension to prove it.
The venue was The Town in Town Hotel, back again on the schedule after a
side trip at Xmas to The Asia Pacific. I suppose a change is as good as
a rest. The queue at the entrance formed early and in the event the
doors were opened before schedule to avoid a crush. The tables soon
started to fill up and with all the tickets sold early it was surprising
to see that there was still space for more to be seated, and all were
able to move freely.
Settling into our seats we were serenaded by the music of the 4 in 1 (or
Four in One) band, and the drinks arrived quickly. It was pleasant to
stroll around and mingle with old friends, that is until that fateful
call was made by The President, Dennis Willet: “Ladies and Gentlemen,
welcome and the buffet is ready.” Then it was a case of stand aside or
get trampled in the stampede. And can’t these Thai ladies eat - I swear
my wife is a champion eater and she doesn’t put on an ounce.
The buffet was very nicely laid out around the pool, and all looked
absolutely cracking, the people queued calmly and the first few departed
to eat. It was a beautiful night, at least for 10 minutes or so and then
the heavens opened and the scene changed drastically. It poured down.
Some tried to fill their plates up and got soaking wet, while the staff
tried frantically to move everything inside. It was difficult for a
time. Finally the soaking wet staff managed to set up in the lobby, and
fairly normal service was resumed.
Meanwhile back in the central hall that shrinking violet Mike Gerrard
had been persuaded to give us all a song, or two or three etc. Mike is a
first class artist who earned his living on the entertainment circuit in
England. He is a comedian/singer and provides a good show.
On this night he went through his ‘Lady in a Jacket’ routine, then to
his ‘Men doing the Hoola Dance’ or such. I think our American members
were a little bemused by it all, but the remainder had a good time.
Mike Gerrard is the new Social Chairman of P.S.C. and it will be his
role to arrange all future functions. This was Doug Powell’s last event
in charge and the two of them worked together on it. In fact it was a
One of the main highlights of the evening was the ‘lucky draw’ and many
fine prizes were on offer. The draw is done on the ticket number and you
have to be there to win your prize. The top prize this year was a gold
chain and as luck would have it was the last prize to be drawn and was
won by one very happy lady.
With the prize presentation over the dancing began and people eventually
started to drift away, but on this night, with the rain still falling
outside, many did not drift away as quickly as expected and Mike reports
that all the beer was drunk and only three bottles of spirits remained.
It appears that everyone had enjoyed themselves and all will be looking
forward to the Xmas Party at the end of the year.
From all The Executive Committee at the Pattaya Sports Club – ‘T.T.F.N.
and see you at Xmas!’
League of Legends – Round 4 (preview)
A recent letter to the Pattaya Mail’s Sport editor explains the
allure of the League of Legends for those that have put 50 years of age
in the “way back.”
Back in the day, not only were the players full of character but those
that showed up around the world to watch could have used a few more
items attached for a “Happy Meal.” It was this unique blend of great
talent and the local pub mentality that made the dart scene from the
early 1970’s to the early 1990’s just plain fun.
One very talented dart writer, actually the only one, once described
this dart scene as the “world’s largest floating no host cocktail
party.” He wrote, “It’s like the circus comes to town, turning an empty
room into the center of the universe for dart players of any and all
ability. For this brief period of time nothing occurs outside the
confines of this real world.”
The Hawk, short for Hawkeye for the character from the movie Mash, was a
fixture at dart tournaments throughout North America. The lanky
Canadian, topping 6’8" and towering over all, was an imposing figure and
a certifiable character.
Each year for the North American Open, America’s premier dart tournament
now gone the way of the buggy whip, The Hawk would dress up as
Frankenstien handing out match cards.
The Hawk was and is a character. He once volunteered to travel 400 miles
to baby sit at an American dart captain’s house while he was away with
the USA Pacific Cup team in Hawaii. The Hawk decided to surprise the
Capt. by painting his garage door. Well when he arrived home the captain
was surprised. The garage door had half it’s paints stripped off to the
bare wood. “What the hell?” “I was going to surprise you by painting
your garage door. It was too much work.” “I’m surprised.”
The Hawk opines, “Just had to throw in my two cents. The story was like
turning back the clock in darts. Nothing has changed, the Crafty Cockney
is still cocky but that’s why we love him. The only difference I see is
in the picture of the group in the Pattaya Mail. It seems we have a few
cue balls. Bobby Anderson, John Lowe and Cliffy. I’m smiling inside
while chuckling. The story really brings back many wonderful memories. I
really miss them all. Please pass on my best respects to all and let
them know they are not forgotten. The Hawk.”
With 4th round action moving to the Batley Frontier in Leeds tonight
it’ll be “fish or cut bait” for half the Legends field of 8. Those at
the bottom of the table have to gets some points or be out of the race
for the final four. The fight to remain relevant will probably be
overshadowed by the “main event” when table leaders Dave Whitcombe and
Bob Anderson meet for sole possession of first place.
Peter Evison (1-1-1) - John Lowe (0-3)
In normal times this match depends upon which Peter Evison shows up
to play. In week one Evison blew a big lead to struggle to a draw
against Bob Anderson. He then came back to beat Keith Deller 7-5. Evison
then got drilled by a resurgent Bobby George 7-3.
The real question here is will “the real” John Lowe emerge from
hibernation. Evison should be a big favorite as John Lowe is the only
player without a win. Granted Lowe opened with Whitcombe and Anderson,
who top the table, but his inability to “close with a double” has proved
Might be way too early for a “must win” but that’s what this is for
Lowe. If Evison plays like he did against George, Lowe will get his
first win which might move him out of the cellar. Evison’s a big
favorite of the betting folks with Lowe being the sentimental favorite.
Sometimes sentiment is a good thing ... if it hits double.
Keith Deller (2-0-1) – Eric Bristow (1-2)
Deller is quietly moving along in clear, third in the table with a
great chance to gain 2 points against Eric Bristow who looked simply
horrible against Dave Whitcombe last out.
While scoring average many times means nothing, that’s not the case with
Bristow. He beat Bobby George on opening night but had the lowest
scoring average of any of the winners at 24.89. Since then he’s been
between the mid 20’s and 22. That won’t get it done here.
Bristow’s charisma probably will get him a couple of legs. If Deller
gets 2 out of the first 3 it will probably be a route: 7-3 would be a
Bristow moral victory which provides no points.
Bobby George (1-2) – Cliff Lazarenko (1-2)
Two players that while sharing fifth place are moving in different
George comes off a great win over Peter Evison 7-3 last out. How good
was that win? George had the highest scoring average of the night at
27.60 on a night when scoring wasn’t very good. Translation? He closed
the deal when he got the chance.
Cliff Lazarenko comes off a 7-3 loss to Bob Anderson. Lazarenko was
visibly “irritated” by the crowd which should never happen to a seasoned
The two are in a flat footed tie in the table with points and legs won.
While their recent 100 plus scores are about even, last out George had a
pair of 180’s and 9-140’s in 10 legs. Lazarenko got a 180 but only
3-140’s in 10 legs. Old dart saying: “140 better than 100.” George is on
a high and should get anther “W”.
Dave Whitcombe (3-0) – Bob Anderson
A “Clash of Titans” might be overstating the case here but certainly
any match between number #1 and #2 has the potential.
Dave Whitcombe has been almost perfect through the first three nights of
play. He’s never been challenged and except for the brief “hiccup” in
leg 8 against Bristow he’s been spot on.
Anderson struggled in the opening legs of his first match against Peter
Evison. He came back from 4-1 and 5-2 for a 6-6 draw. Since then it’s
been “Katie bar the door.” Anderson has been as efficient as any player
by not wasting opportunities.
Just 1 point and 1 leg won separate these two in the standings but they
are even closer than that. Their scoring averages are the same and both
are playing very well. A “Kissing your sister” 6-6 result would not be a