Golf from the Travellers Rest
Most regular golfers who play in the Pattaya area know of the course at
Bangpra - and that it is called the “Monkey Course.” Well at present it
seems to be really living up to its name.
winners: Fergus Brennan, Billy Fitzgerald and Stuart Banks.
Bangpra has been undergoing some major renovation to the clubhouse and
the course. During the work you did not see much of the monkeys - they
all seemed to have gone deep into the surrounding trees - but now that
the work is all but complete they are back in force.
We went to the course on Thursday this past week and although both the
players and caddies know how mischievous the monkeys can be, they still
leave things lying around in the buggies.
Seamus Farrell learned his lesson the hard way when a small bag
containing his personal items, including his locker key, were snatched
by a monkey and transported high into one of the trees. The caddies
carry sling-shots with them and after some effort they were able to get
the bag dropped down from the tree. Unfortunately it was not until
Seamus returned to the clubhouse that he found that his locker key was
not in the bag.
His caddy immediately went back down the course to the tree where the
‘monkey business’ had taken place and was fortunately able to find the
key at the base of the tree. Not sure how she found the exact tree - she
must have very good local knowledge. Anyway we had one very relieved
golfer at the end of the day
Tuesday, August 19, Siam Country Club - Stableford
1st Gunnar Vangsnes (24) 39pts
2nd Billy Fitzgerald (17) 33pts
3rd Liam Horgan (12) 33pts
4th Fergus Brennan (9) 32pts
Last week we made one of our rare visits to Siam Country Club on
Tuesday. We had a very good turnout and this shows that despite the
course costs being somewhat higher than many other courses, it is still
popular with the players.
Gunnar Vangsnes made the day his own with a great score of thirty-nine
points, some six clear of second placed Billy Fitzgerald who won on
count back from Liam Horgan, both on thirty-three. In fourth place was
There were no 2’s recorded.
Thursday, August 21, Bangpra – Stableford
1st Fred Brent (11) 42pts
2nd Frank Kelly (16) 37pts
3rd Matt Gibbons (14) 34pts
4th George Bishop (17) 33pts
1st Peter Morris (25) 39pts
2nd Gunnar Vangsnes (22) 36pts
3rd Stuart Banks (23) 36pts
4th Alan Evans (25) 27pts
On Thursday, as mentioned at the start of the report, we went back to
Bangpra for our first visit since the renovation work has all but been
finished. What a wonderful job has been done. The clubhouse is
immaculate and the course is in very good condition. It was really
enjoyed by all who ventured out.
There were 2 divisions on the day and the A Flight was won by Fred Brent
with a great forty-two pointer. In second place, back at thirty-seven,
was Frank Kelly with Matt Gibbons taking third a further three points
In the B Flight Peter Morris was in first spot with thirty-nine points
and Gunnar Vangsnes came second after a count back over Stuart Banks,
both on thirty-six.
There were no 2’s again - they seem very hard to come by these days.
Saturday, 23 August, Eastern Star - Stableford
1st Billy Fitzgerald (17) 38pts
2nd Fergus Brennan (35) 35pts
3rd Stuart Banks (23) 35pts
2’s: George Robinson and Billy Fitzgerald
Saturday we went to our usual weekend venue at Eastern Star. We had a
relatively small turnout on the day and were advised on route by
telephone that there was to be a delay in our appointed start time due
to a junior competition that was taking place earlier and having over
run its time allocation. However, after a short wait and time for a cup
of coffee we were advised that we could start if we were prepared to
shoot off from the tenth tee and use the back half of the course first.
This proved to be a good decision as the play flowed very well with no
hold ups and much of the time lost earlier was made up.
Billy Fitzgerald emerged the winner with thirty-eight points, whilst for
second and third spots we had a count back decision over the last six
holes with Fergus Brennan taking it over Stuart Banks, both on
There were two 2’s on the day by George Robinson and Billy Fitzgerald.
PSC golf from PJ Pool Bar
Tuesday 19 August, Bangpra (White Tees) -
Fourteen of us enjoyed Bangpra’s reportedly 100 million baht
uplifted golf course and refurbished clubhouse facilities. This course is
seemingly laid out in the time honored way in sympathy to the natural
topography and one is glad that millions of tons of dirt haven’t been
shoveled around so as to mess up this feature.
One division today and convincingly won with a 2-over score off the stick by
Tiger Jumparnit (6) carding 40 points. Ken Hole (13), now resigned to the
fact that his handicap correctly reflects his golfing ability, was runner up
on 37 points. David Gardner (10) and Dennis Dunkley (9) took 3rd and 4th
places with 35 and 34 points respectively. Certainly a good day for the
lower handicaps! The average score was 30.3 points.
Near pins bonuses went to Bob Drumm, David Gardner and newcomer Don Bennett
(2). Tiger sunk the longest first putt on the 18th green.
Thursday 21 August, Pattaya C.C. (White Tees) - Stableford
Pattaya Country Club is quickly reached and apart from requiring
some bunker maintenance the golf course is in good condition. Although
somewhat faded the clubhouse facilities are also perfectly acceptable, a
day’s golf is well priced and why this venue fails to ‘turn our cranks’ and
comes over as vanilla is a bit of a mystery.
Nineteen of us were out today in two divisions. David Gardner (10) won the
premier flight with 36 points, the scribe (13) came second with 35 points
and Dennis Dunkley (9) rounded out the podium on 32 points.
In the higher handicap flight (23+), Bill Jones (32) was the winner with a
fine 38 points whilst Paul Smylie (25) and Ian Campbell (23) came second and
third with 33 & 32 points respectively.
The average score for the 17 cards returned was 30.2 points. Near pin
bonuses went to Martin Hayes, Keith Hodges and yours truly whilst Ian
Campbell yet again had the longest 1st putt on the 18th green. Ho hum,
snoring, boring. Yves Philibert took away the Paradise Bar golf shirt for
playing the most golf this day.
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.
‘Luck of the Irish’
for holidaymaker Kenny Graham
PSC Phoenix Golf Tuesday (Members & Guests) Group
Still millionaires golf at this time of the year. The course is in
beautiful condition and hardly anyone on it. Having said that it is not long
now to the time of the year when we will struggle to get on the course
unless we book well in advance. Something the management at Phoenix have
always honoured in the past, for us members.
placed Graham Dietrich with American visitor Joe Miller and a staff member
from Toy’s Music Bar.
With the above comments of the high season soon to arrive in mind, we will
soon have the situation of too many players wanting to join our group. Nice
problem. However we do intend to keep the size of the field down to a
maximum of 6 groups and obviously the regulars will get preference.
So on to the day’s golf.
Our challenge today was the Lakes and Ocean course, once again, in superb
condition and the bunkers are getting a little better in terms of the amount
of sand. However, until they are fully acceptable we have to apply the local
rule of placing in the bunker (only if the ball has remained in it’s own
plug hole). Bad raking and footprints, by whatever animal (including human)
is bad luck.
It has to be said that no course can be perfect (especially one played by
regular members) but the tees, fairways, and greens here are still the envy
of most courses on the Eastern seaboard.
Our winner today was the lovable, lucky Irishman (protocol tells me I have
to call him an Ulsterman) Kenny Graham scoring 38 points. I call him lucky
because he has been doing all the wrong things a man can do, whilst on
holiday in Pattaya to score well. The fact that he never made it back to the
presentation at Toy’s Music Bar suggests he scored even better. Nuff said.
In second place was the ever-reliable, Mr. Consistency, Graham Dietrich with
Pictured with Graham is Joe Miller. Joe comes to Pattaya every so often and
always donates a little special gift from the U.S.A. This time a lovely
leather scorecard holder was put up as a lucky draw prize for any of the
players who had not won anything on the day. Guess who won it? Too
embarrassed to print my own name. Thanks Joe.
Future golf will include the monthly trophy on Tuesday 2 September. As
usual, this will be played under medal/stroke conditions. The main prize for
the best net score will be donated by Toy’s Music Bar and there will be
other place prizes along with technical awards. All other Tuesday’s are
stableford format playing off white tees.
Also in the future, starting this week, we will try to organise golf on a
Friday at 11.30 am playing from the blue (Tiger) tees.
If anyone is interested in any of the above golf, please call me (Mike) on
087 091 7565 and I will enter you for the coming games. PSC or other
official recognised handicaps are essential and 28 handicap is the maximum
anyone is allowed to play off.
Pakistan beats India in Queen’s Cup Cricket Championship
The Pakistan yellow team
celebrate their victory
in the 1st Queen’s Cup Cricket Championship.
The Pakistan Businessmen’s Association in Pattaya held the 1st Queen’s Cup
Cricket Championship on August 14, the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen,
the match being staged outside the Pattaya Indoor Stadium and starting at
Association members Nofal Fawad, Raza Shah, Zahid Aman and Bari organized
the championship, which was designed to encourage friendship between the
Pakistan, Indian and Bangladeshi players taking part.
There were four teams playing: two Pakistani teams where dressed in white
and in yellow, and two Indian teams were dressed in blue.
The finals were between the Pakistan yellow team and India. The first eight
overs saw the score for Pakistan at 114 runs, and while the second eight
overs saw India chasing hard but only managing to score 90 runs, thus
leaving the Pakistan team as winners by 24 runs.
Pamee wins Takraw championship after tough battle
The Sepak Takraw Pattaya Cup staged at Pattaya School No 7 on August
17 saw the Pamee 3 Team battling it out with former champions the Mab
Yangporn Sub-district Administrative Organization Team from Nakhon Patom,
finally winning 3:2 to take home the Princess Soamsawalee Trophy.
Pamee 3 team manager poses with the Princess Soamsawalee Trophy.
Both teams included players from the Thailand Sepak Takraw League. The first
set was close and the teams were able to defend with lively play, but the
Pamee 3 Team pulled ahead, winning with a score of 21:16 to take the first
In the second set Pamee 3 pushed the score to 18:12, but former champions
Mab Yangporn came back strongly to win the second set with a score of 18:21,
tying the match at 1:1.
The two teams played a tiebreaker but that came out at 15:15, and they
needed to play a deuce. Finally, Pamee proved stronger with their frontline
tactics, and ended the match as champions with a score of 18:16.
The winners received the Princess Soamsawalee Trophy along with 15,000 baht
whilst the former champions, as runners up, received 10,000 baht and a
trophy. Third place went to the Chumpol Sattahip Naval School,
which received a trophy and 6,000 baht.
Pamee 3 and MabYangporn Sub-district Administrative Organization teams
battle it out in a closely fought final.
In the Khor category, the winner was the Botun Team, which received a trophy
and 10,000 baht. In the Kor category, for players with a minimum age of 35
years, the winner was the USR team, which received a trophy and 6,000 baht.
In the Ngor category, for players with a minimum age of 40 years, the winner
was the Air Force Team, which received a trophy and 6,000 baht
Pisai Panomwan na Ayutthaya, advisor to the mayor, handed out the prizes and
officially closed the tournament.
Bobby Dazzler at Eastern Star
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
The Pattaya Golf Society’s weekly Sunday stableford
competition was held at Eastern Star on August 17 and it was a joy to
see the two temporary greens on the front nine now defunct as the newly
seeded greens had taken shape.
The course was virtually empty yet again and the conditions were good
for a tight competition.
David Thomas, Ronnie Ramsay and Peter Masters all had a share of third
place with 35 points whilst, yet again, the winning score was just level
Rookie Bobby Shirkey’s short game was on song as he recorded 36 points
and he could have been forgiven for thinking Sunday golf would be the
same as in his native Scotland, where the Mams would be confined to the
kitchen cooking the Sunday haggis, but not here in Thailand when the
likes of Mam Morel appears and posts the same score!
Mam also recorded the first birdie ‘2’ of the day, on the third, and
this was followed by David Thomas’s chipped birdie on the difficult
seventeenth green for a share of the large 2’s pot. One lady who would
probably have been happier with her hands in the mixture was Mod
Churaiska and she received the Booby Bevy award for her low score of the
day. But it had been a day when Bobby had dazzled on the course and had
shared the glory briefly with Khun Mam.
Victory for the “Comeback Kids”
On Tuesday, August 19, the Pattaya Golf Society played its
eagerly awaited International Pattaya Matchplay League match against The
Haven at the Emerald course in Ban Chang.
Coming off the back of a fine first win against Jomtien Golf a week or
so before, the team, captained by David Thomas, held high hopes of an
upset victory against the pre-season favourites. Indeed, The Haven had
not yet lost a match in the league.
After nine holes the ties seemed to be going to form and the Haven held
a lead of six ties to one, with one all square. The Haven’s lead pair of
Barry Winton and Al Keith had not yet lost a tie and the quality golfers
were setting a high standard for their team-mates. But, incredibly, the
PGS bit back with David Thomas taking his tie on the final hole and an
out-of-form Al Keith conceding his tie five and four against Chris
The balance of the match was restored as Russell Exley took a win over
Tony Thorne, three and two, and Barry Traynor, playing clinically, took
out Wichai Tananusorn two down, the latter not playing a bad shot all
Up stepped Ken Deringer for the PGS to steal a two and one victory
against Trevor Schirmer and restore the PGS lead, but Peter Masters just
losing one down gave the balance back to the Haven. Roy Thornton
survived from being two down very early in his tie to emerge a four and
two winner against Jens Gunnarsson, leaving the final drama to be played
out on the final green as Stephen Beard, needing a win to half the match
for his team, missed a relatively short putt to finish all square
against Evan Millar. The “comeback kids” from the OK Corral had done it
and won the match by the narrowest of margins, 4½ to 3½.
Barry Traynor won the associated stableford event with 39 points, edging
David Thomas and Wichai Tananusorn into runners-up with their 37-point
cards. It had been a memorable day in the life of the Pattaya Golf
Plantation debut for PGS
The end of the third week in August saw the birthday
celebration of the PGS’s golf organiser, Mr. Len, and this year a first
visit was planned to the new Plantation golf course to play a stableford
better-ball pairs event over the much vaunted course.
True, the course is magnificent in its appearance, length and challenge
but the staffing organisation on the day was chaotic and the words
“pee-up” and “brewery” were distinctly audible as the golfers assembled
to collect their caddies, bags and carts.
Eventually getting underway on the “B” and “C” nines the large field
took up the cudgels, many of them playing the course for the first time.
A large contingent from The Haven had joined Mr. Len in his birthday
event and opponents only 24 hours before were now partners. In what
other sport would that happen we wonder?
The competition was to prove very close and just missing out in fourth
place was the PGS pairing of Evan Millar and Bill Quon whose 40 points
fell just short of the joint runners-up Jens Gunnarsson and Ken Deringer
and Chris Voller and Tony Barritt, their 41 points representing some
The winners were the redoubtable Ban Chang pairing of “Kermit” and Harry
Riley and their total of 42 points was the best of the day, helped in no
small measure by the best gross figures of 78 recorded by “Kermit”.
Technical prizes had been sponsored by Len Jones, Peter Duncan, Ronnie
Ramsay, Bobby Shirkey, Robert Knutsson and Mikael Andersson and
near-pins went to Tony Barritt (B3), Harry Riley (B7), Barry Winton (C3)
and Len Jones (C8). On the famed triple green the longest successful
first putt on C4 went to Jens Gunnarsson whilst Len Jones took the prize
for the longest on C9. Mikael Andersson had sponsored the best
individual score with a golf bag and this was deservedly won by Ken
Deringer, his 36 points being the only level par round of the day.
The Booby Bevy in the form of a pair of putting aids sponsored by Mr.
Denis, went to the low scoring pair of Peter Biggs and Phil Stevenson.
At the presentation back at the OK Corral Khun Malee had come up trumps
once again with a tasty buffet and the assembled golfers acknowledged
the role played by the host Mr. Denis, the girls in the bar and Mary
Jones, and in particular The Haven regulars and the other golfers who
had made the day such an enjoyable one.
MBMG Matchplay League 2008
Monday 18 August, Burapha - Outback Golf
Bar 2 v Driving Range 6
This may have been a case of underestimating one’s opponents, as
the Driving Range delivered a blow in the solar plexus to the Outback Golf
Bar. Jack, the Outback Golf Bar’s Matchplay captain, put three ‘newbies’ in
the team, making for a good balance between the two sides, with all matches
except one being played off level.
Barry Chadbourn got the home team off to a good start beating the Driving
Range’s captain 2 & 1; but that was it, not another win until ‘newbie’ Peter
Gibson salvaged another match, saving the Outback from complete humiliation.
Back at the ranch, after all the regular announcements and thank-you’s, the
result became unimportant as the celebrations went on into the early
evening. The camaraderie was fantastic, so much so, that the whole match is
being replayed next Monday at the same place with the same pairings. These
two sides were scheduled to meet again this month in any case but this
replay will be especially exciting, with many of the Outbackers out for
Individual Results (Outback first): Barry Chadbourn won 2 & 1 Ian
Hart; Bruce McAdam lost 4 & 2 David Pearston; Neil Hughes lost 6 & 4 George
Robinson; Campbell Potts lost 2 & 1 John Schroder; Ray Dell lost 6 & 5 Ray
Allison; Sugar Ray Hanford lost 3 & 2 Carl Lovatt; Peter Gibson won 3 & 1
Paul Challis; Jack Moseley lost 4 & 2 Allan Campbell
on 42-pointer at Pattana
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday 18 August, Pattana -
1st “Skinny” Newton (28) 43pts
2nd Gerry Cooney (10) 38pts
3rd Tony Robbins (12) 36pts
Playing Stableford at the usually tough Pattana Golf and Sports Resort,
“Skinny” Newton didn’t have any problems having one of his best rounds
ever to win by a mile and scoring 43 points in the process.
Gerry Cooney, who is in the lead for the golfer of the month title, had
to settle for second place with an impressive 38 points and Tony Robbins
was a further two points behind to finish in third.
None of this trio took any of the technical prizes though as these went
to Colin Greig, PJ Redmond, Anders Elderbrandt and Alex Kilcoyne.
Wednesday 20 August, Siam Plantation - Stableford
1st Russell Warner (22) 36pts
2nd Alexander Elderbrandt (4) n/k
3rd Bart Elderbrandt (28) n/k
The Elderbrandt family had a good day at Siam Plantation with brothers
Alexander and Bart taking second and third places, but they weren’t good
enough to beat Russell Warner who had a splendid round and won with 36
Alexander won a near pin prize too with the other three going to Reg
Smart, William Macey and Colin Greig.
Friday 22 August, Khao Kheow - Stableford
1st Hugh O’Donnell (22) 31pts
2nd William Macey (11) 26pts
3rd Russell Warner (22) 26pts
Another tough course and another Stableford game came in the shape of
Khao Kheow and with the grass a little longer than usual you had a hard
job finding your ball even if you were only just off the fairway. If you
did find your ball it was still a difficult shot to hack it towards the
green. It was conditions like that on every hole and the scoring
reflected this as Hugh O’Donnell won with a measly 31 points, William
Macey took second place beating Russell Warner on a count back both
finishing with an unimpressive 26 points. Hugh rounded off a great day
for him by winning two of the near pin prizes the other two going to
Geoff Cox and Reg Smart.
Copestake scores 42 points for B Flight win at Burapha
PSC golf from the Outback Golf Bar
Monday 18 August, Burapha - Stableford
Some 52 Outbackers were joined by 8 players from the Driving Range
(MBMG League match) to play the A & B nines from the blue tees.
winners at Mountain Shadow: Martin Todd, Suzi Lawton, Pottsy, Trudy Chadbourn,
Murray Hart, Capt’ Bob & Stupid.
Benefiting from the two-tee start, Div A & C players seemed to be tamed a little
by the length of the course and the tricky, grainy greens. However, Div B made
the course look easy with Barry Copestake running away with it and amassing 25
points on the front nine. He faltered a little on the back, claiming he couldn’t
buy a putt, but he still scored another 17 to finish on a total of 42. On 39,
three points behind, was that man Rosco again who continued his recent run of
form. There was a whole gaggle of guys on 38, with Graham Hiskett coming out on
top of a three-way count back.
Regular Outbacker, Mike O’Brien won Div C making 35 from Heaven & Hell boss,
There were ten ‘2’s on the day from Paul Quodomine, Martin Todd, Ray Doman,
Peter Allen, John Little, Paul Taylor, Chris Davisson, Bob Philp, Ian Heddle &
Div A (0-12)
1st Eddie Smith (10) 34pts
2nd Bob Philp (7) 34pts
3rd James Brackett (6) 34pts
4th Ken Little (11) 33pts
Div B (13-18)
1st Barry Copestake (15) 42pts
2nd Rosco Langoulant (14) 39pts
3rd Graham Hiskett (13) 38pts
4th Paul Taylor (15) 38pts
Div C (19+)
1st Mike O’Brien (20) 35pts
2nd Gary Hewson (28) 33pts
3rd Tony Hill (26) 32pts
4th Peter Allen (22) 31pts
Tuesday 19 August, Phoenix - Stableford
Not very many early bird Outbackers got up this morning to play the
Lake and Ocean nines.
An Australian scratch handicapper and a regular visitor to these shores, Simon
Payne gave Norm Martin a good run for his money; scoring 35 points. Norm, also
with 35, took it on count back on the last six, both having 19 on the back nine.
Chad was a few back on 31. There were no ‘2’s today.
This week will see the last of the Phoenix early bird outings. Commencing
Tuesday 9 September there will be a regular 10am slot at Green Valley in
conjunction with The Golf Club.
1st Norm Martin (26) 35pts
2nd Simon Payne (0) 35pts
Wednesday, 20 August, Mountain Shadow - Stableford
On the way to Mountain Shadow it did seem as though it was going to
be a thoroughly wet day, and even as the caddies prepared themselves for
departure, all the bag condoms were hurriedly being donned in preparation for
the rain. But, it never arrived, it was only the course that dampened the 22
Outbackers that came this day; only the course that once again taught everybody
whose boss, only the course that sorted out those who can’t putt from those that
thought they could.
Three players in Div B managed the best score of the day of 33 points, and
Pottsy was beaten into third place on count back by the only two ladies in the
field: Suzi Lawton (2nd) and Trudy Chadbourn (1st). Well done girls, taught the
boys a lesson again!
As for Div A, well there’s absolutely nothing to report and the less said the
better. What a disgrace, only one player managing 30 points. Congrats Murray!
There were two ‘2’s today from Suzi Lawton & Bob Pearce.
Div A (0-17)
1st Murray Hart (16) 30pts
2nd Martin Todd (6) 29pts
3rd Bob Philp (7) 28pts
Div B (19+)
1st Trudy Chadbourn (27) 33pts
2nd Suzi Lawton (20) 33pts
3rd Campbell Potts (19) 33pts
Friday, 22 August, Siam Plantation - Stableford
The greens of Tapioca & Sugarcane were made harder today in that they
were not quite so slick as usual. It was easy to leave a downhill putt short of
the hole, with another difficult downhiller to follow. The fairways were once
again immaculate as the caddies scurried around between cart & golfer with
bundles of clubs, picking up every last piece of scattered turf and repairing
the divot with coloured sand.
It was a brisk round on a steamy hot day, less than four hours in most cases, on
a truly wonderful course with its spectacular views.
Needless to say, of the 26 Outbackers that tackled the course, nobody got the
better of it. Div B faired better than Div A, with Rosco, the top scorer of the
day making a fighting 34 points. Martin Todd topped the premier division with
32, from David Thomas and Neil Vardy, who playing off a +1 handicap completed
his round totally exhausted, having only arrived the previous night.
There were three ‘2’s coming from Paul Greenaway & Briany Christie had two (and
apparently, not a lot else!)
Div A (0–10)
1st Martin Todd (6) 32pts
2nd David Thomas (5) 30pts
3rd Neil Vardy (1) 28pts
Div B (11+)
1st Rosco Langoulant (13) 34pts
2nd Sid Ottaway (24) 31pts
3rd Bob Lindborg (16) 30pts
Friday, 22 August, The Emerald - Stableford
13 Outbackers took to the alternate Friday course, which this week
was Emerald. Murray Hart shone here with an excellent 39 points (his second win
of the week), from Bruce McAdam (still in his comfort zone) on 38 and Peter
Gibson in third with 35.
There was only one ‘2’ from Mike O’Brien.
1st Murray Hart (16) 39pts
2nd Bruce McAdam (20) 38pts
3rd Peter Gibson (27) 35pts
4th David Evans (14) 34pts
5th Sugar Ray Hanford (18) 34pts
Note: On Monday 1st & Wednesday 3rd September, the Outback Golf Bar will
host their first anniversary, two-day 36-hole stroke competition at Burapha.
This is a full handicap competition open to men and ladies, the overall winner
of which will receive the Outbacker Decanter.
In addition to the two-day stroke tournament, there will also be a daily
competition with the usual divisions, and an overall stableford competition for
those of you who fail to make the cut.
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. Our Bus
Trip this month is to Royal Lakeside on Weds 27 August. More information can be
found on our website www.outbackgolfbar.com
Plath finds the winning formula
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Thursday, 14 August, Pattana – Stableford
The Pattana Sports Club A & B Nines were the host for a
stableford competition in two flights with the cut at handicap 20. The
course on the day was in fine shape with a new ‘Monday Special’ being
offered at 990 Baht for Green Fee and a 100 baht voucher for food.
(left) presents the Monthly Mug for August to Bill Plath.
Ted Morris took the A Flight with 36 points, Marcus Inuzuka was second
with 35 points and Bill Plath came third with 34 points. In the B Flight
the winner was Hugh O’Donnell with the best of the day, 39 points, Norm
Martin was second with 33 points and in third was Daryl Evans with 32
Monday, 18 August, Siam Plantation – Stableford
We visited the Siam Plantation B & C layouts for the first
time and to get accustomed to the course we played a two-ball better
ball. This course has to be one of the best conditioned anywhere and was
a pleasure to play.
Taking first place was the team of Bill Plath and Kris Kritsamanjooth
with 42 points, second were Mike Winfield and Martyn Topham with 40
points and in third was the pairing of Walter Bachli and Hugh O’Donnel
with 39 points
We will back at the Plantation on Monday 15 September, format to be
decided at a later date. Just another reminder the next Pattaya Sports
Club Members will be at Laem Chabang International Golf Club on Friday
The 12 September, with a better rate than any other Friday Popular
Thursday, 22 August, Phoenix - Monthly Mug
In the words of the famous saviour of the ‘Human Race’ when
he sacrificed his life and drove his plane into the Alien Spaceship,
‘I’m Baaaack’. Well not quite as the sleep problem coming this way is
still big, and truth is I slept in for this one. Still Dave was in the
chair and why should I worry? He may be a new boy but he will soon
So off they went and as usual Phoenix was in pretty good condition, with
a fairly strong wind that ensured scores would not be too good. Also
playing Lakes and Ocean is not a favourite 18 holes, but still a little
easier than Mountain and Lakes.
Back at the Cafe Kronborg it was noticeable that several potential
winners had not returned because they thought their scores were not good
enough. Well they were wrong, and it seems that the bringing into line
of handicaps is working and net 72 is a winning score.
So I will not put down the net scores of some flight winners because
some of the actual winners were not there. Also it is to save some red
faces, not of the winners but just think of those who were not even
The winner of the A Flight, 0 to 17, was Per Olaf Baarli, with John
Naponic in second and Kris Kritsmanjooth third. Incidentally we have
declared John as having the biggest feet ever to play at The Cafe
Kronborg (if feet actually play). Size 22/23 for those interested.
In the B Flight the winner was Peter Basi, actually with a not bad net
72, ahead of Dave Richardson in second with also a not too bad net 74
and just ahead of John Morel with an also passable net 75.
So to the winner of the Mug, and with his replaced hip seemingly working
well Bill Plath scored a net 71. Well done Bill and Hip Hip Okay!
Warberg storms through
for Greenwood win
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday’s winners gather back
Tuesday 19 August, Greenwood – Stableford
As we met at Bert’s to have our customary breakfast, before
heading to the golf course, the sky appeared to be our enemy, as it looked
very dark in the direction we were heading. We were all sure that this day
would be a wet one. However, to our pleasant surprise, the rain held off and
we played a very delightful round of golf under the overcast skies, with the
gentle breezes to help keep us cool.
We arrived early for our 10 a.m. tee off, and were happy to see that
Greenwood had a very nice special price for us that day of 1,050 baht
all-inclusive for green fee, caddy fee, and a golf cart. This was looking
like every thing was going to go our way that day.
We quickly were out of the locker room and off to find our caddy and clubs.
Again, to our good luck, there was no one ahead of us and we could tee off
early. This was all too good to be true. Surely some bad scores had to
follow, but to our surprise the course was delivering some excellent scores,
at least on the front side.
Steve Hampstad made the turn with a super score of 24 points on the “B”
layout, followed by yours truly with 23 points, and the ever-cunning Anders
Pedersen, with a fine 21 points in his pocket. This was looking like it was
going to be a remarkable day for great scores because the white tees were
placed way up front and everyone seemed to be hitting the ball sweetly.
Sad to say, the inward “C” Nine was not as friendly, and it more or less
destroyed all hopes for that elusive 45-50 super round. Steve struggled in
with a disappointing 14 points, myself with 15, as well as Anders with 16.
What had happened to the magic from the front side? But one man’s loss is
another man’s gain, and Dick Warberg lit it up on the back side, and was
able to leave the leaders in the dust with a fine 20 points. Well done Dick!
After our showers and change of clothes, we all headed back to the friendly
confines of Bert’s, but some were still scratching their heads and asking,
‘what the bleep happened to our great beginnings?’ Anyway, now to the
In first place as mentioned was Dick Warberg with a fine 39 points, second
spot went to yours truly on count back with 38 points over Steve Hampstad,
whilst in fourth was Anders Pedersen with 37 points and in fifth place,
winning on count back over Mashi Kaueta, was Frank Pilkington.
Near Pins: Les Burns, Perry McNeely, Badger.
Long Putts: Perry McNeely and Mashi Kaueta.
Montana moves into first
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 Bowlers: La, Leo, Dang,
Wade, Nok, Jon & Mai.
Montana took all four points from Café Kronborg and moved
into first place, knocking Café Kronborg down to second. The lanes were
tough in this match with only Kran able to bowl over a 500 series.
Tui bowled a 511 series to lead VFW Post 9876 to a three-point win over
Montgomery and her team remains in third place. Café Ole moved into fourth
place after taking all four points from Sala Thai Restaurant. P.K. bowled a
228 game, 532 series with Pao and Somrak also bowling over 500 for Café Ole.
Dang bowled a 204 game, 518 series to lead Jack Tar to a three-point win
over Bavaria. Leo rolled a 203 game and 524 series for Bavaria. Nok bowled a
514 series to help her SaBai SaBai Friday team to a three-point win over
Brother D. Antero bowled a 515 series for Brother D.
House of the Golden Coin and Canada split their match at two-two. Barry
bowled a 552 series and Jon had a 212 game, 521 series for Golden Coin. Joe
knocked down 545 pins and Ooy 525 for Canada.
The Mechanic cans
an ‘Ace’ at Green Valley
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, 10 August - Green Valley -
1st Ian Grout (11) 40pts
2nd Joe Mcardle (12) 40pts
1st Geoff Doody (20) 37pts
2nd Alec Hoare (17) 37pts
Near Pins: # 2 Mike Craighead; #9 Kris K; #12 Roy Thornton; #16 Pete
2’s: Seven 2’s but Mike sorted them out.
“The Mechanic” Craighead fired a hole-in-one at Green Valley.
Hidden Six winners: 1st Ian Halfpenny, 2nd Kris K
A smaller group than usual took to the road for our normal Sunday romp. It
was back to customer-friendly Green Valley.
Three golfers carded 40 points each in the senior flight, so it was down to
a count back. Winning the flight was Ian “gizz a fag” Grout, by the
slenderest of margins over Co Monahan’s Joe Mcardle; the unlucky third
contestant was Michael Anderson.
The junior flight was also a very tight affair; Geoff Doody taking fist
place over Dublin’s Alec Hoare, both on 37 points each.
The day however belonged to Mike the Mechanic making his fourth career
‘Ace’. This was achieved in the most unusual manner. Mike hit his shot onto
the green, as he neared the green he noticed the flag on the pole had
slipped down over the hole, and Mike’s ball was sitting in the hole on top
of the flag. The caddie was naturally over the moon, as she did not have to
clean the ball.
Monday 19 August, St Andrews - Stableford
1st John Feehan (14) 45pts
2nd Joe Tynan (27) 33pts
2’s: John Feehan, Peter Ring.
A small group of our Irish contingent ventured to play St Andrews. The day
was very hot and humid, but not as hot as Irishman John Feehan. John failed
to score on the first hole after hitting the wrong ball, but he did not let
this bother him (now there’s a lesson there for all golfers!). He carried on
with his game and accumulated an amazing 45 points to win the game by twelve
shots over the Co Wicklow man, Joe Tynan. Joe was just as happy however, as
he was playing in A Flight for the first time.
Wednesday 20 August, Bangpra - Stableford
1st Kris K (6) 38pts
2nd Jim Brackett (6) 37pts
3rd Ray Doman (17) 33pts
Another mad hot day at Bangpra and a fair group of fourteen players were
welcomed by the management, and the resident monkeys.
Winning the day was the inform Kris K with a splendid 38 points, followed in
by ‘Big’ Jim Brackett on a good 37 points while third spot was filled by Ray
Doman with 33 points
No 2s were carded so rollover to follow on Friday.
Friday 22 August, The Emerald - Stableford
1st Joe Tynan (27) 31pts
2nd Peter Ring (19) 29pts
With most of the Lewiinski’s golfers away at Soi Dao it was left to five die
hards to battle it out at the Emerald.
Winning the game in fine style was the evergreen Irish man, Joe Tynan with
31 points while Peter Ring was runner up with 29 points.
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
The Square Ring:
by Howie Reed
The Games of the 29th Olympiad have concluded. Those
that have chosen to dine on the Olympic feast have had their fill and
then some. While the event is over and will soon be forgotten, hopefully
the sour taste that should have been left in every sportsman’s mouth
will remain forever.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the international sports
federations that populate its body, should be cooked in a cauldron of
boiling oil with just a touch of basil and a little oregano. When all
the life has been extruded the remains should be tossed out like last
Any man, women or child who has ever engaged in any form of sport; no
cat kicking is not yet an Olympic sport, ought to be filled with outrage
how a bunch of incompetent and dishonest boobs have corrupted the name
sport. They have ruined more lives than Stalin, Hitler and Hussein
(Saddam not Barry) put together. Athletes train their entire lives for
the chance to compete at the Olympic games. They give everything they’ve
got but fail, not because of ability or effort, but because of a judge
or an official’s preordained agenda.
The IOC and its’ member federations make boxing promoters and all the
sanctioning organizations, be they WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF or RSVP look like
choir boys and girls. When it comes to lying, cheating, corruption and
dishonesty the boxing hierarchy are pikers when compared to
No greater example of this can be found than the Chinese women’s
gymnastic teams whose motto is, “Too old work bar - do gymnastics”,
where children were exploited while the IOC looked on with a wink and a
nod, supported by a blind eye. That aside it was a great show.
Olympic boxing stuff
In general the scoring for boxing in the Olympics was horrid.
One of the spokesmen for the sport said, “We get it right probably 95%
of the time.” That means that the results of 30 of the 624 Olympic
matches were wrong. In any sport that’s unacceptable.
Romanian boxing executive and technical delegate Rudi Obreja called a
press conference between Friday’s semi final bouts. At that press
conference he alleged “improprieties” in the process used to give
refereeing and judging assignments as well as a litany of lurid
allegations against AIBA and its officials. Mr. Obreja was promptly
Discipline committee member and spokesperson Tom Virgets said, “We know
that the scoring system needs reform, and AIBA are committed to making
these reforms over the next year or two.” TSR will add, “and the cow
jumped over the moon.”
TSR humbly suggest the following changes: Get rid of the headgear as at
lighter weights the boxers look more like billy goats than boxers.
Safety? Many believe that headgear rather than promote safety does just
the opposite. It gives the boxers not only a bigger hitting area but
also a false sense of security.
Also forget all the crap about what is or is not a “real punch.” A punch
is a punch. A good judge knows it when he or she sees it. Use three
judges and score the fight on the 10-point must system - with a bonus
for a knockdown. That’s it guys. Next?
Results - Thailand
Thailand only copped one gold this time around as Amnat
Ruenroeng and Wompoi Petchkoom went out in the semi finals and took
bronze. Manus “The Entertainer” Boonjumnong got into the final but lost
to Felix Diaz of the Dominican Republic. In truth Manus was lucky to get
the silver as he didn’t do anything but hold for 8 minutes in his semi
final win against Ronjel Glesias Sotolongo of Cuba. Of course it was
against Cuba so no problemo.
Somjit Jongjohor was the only Thai boxer to win the gold. He dominated
his last three bouts 8-1, 7-1 and the final 8-2. All hail Somjit and
bring on the cash reward. He said before the finals that he was fighting
for The King. He did good.
There are two boxers you really have to feel sorry for. Alexis Vastine
from France was ahead of Felix Diaz of the Dominican Republic by 2
points with under 1 minute to go. This despite the fact that Diaz was
hanging on to Vastine like a Teelock to her Teelocker the day the
retirement check comes in. Then ‘out of the blue’ Filipino referee
Rogelio Fortaleza warned Vastine for holding, which included a 2-point
Now down by 1, Vastine battled back against the octopus like tactics of
Vastine to pull even. With just seconds to go Fortaleza stepped in again
with another warning against Vastine and another 2-point penalty.
Vastine lost 12-10. Toss Fortaleza in that boiling cauldron.
Then there’s the case of poor old Paddy Barnes of Ireland. The results
will show that he lost to Shiming Zou of China 15-0. What the results
won’t show is that Barnes was down 1-0 near the end of the first
2-minute round. He landed a right hand that knocked Zou back two feet.
Zou got credited with a punch. Early in the second round Barnes again
connected with a solid right hand and no point. As Teddy Atlas said,
“Barnes knew he was facing a world champion - what he didn’t know was
that he’d be down 5-0 before he left the dressing room.”
The saga of
Back in the day, Old Bill Shakespeare wrote: “Me thinks the
lady doth protest too much.” As both Square Ring readers know, that’s
from Hamlet, Act. 3 - Scene 2.
As TSR has no problem stealing from anyone it is written in the day, “Me
thinks he doth protest too much.” The ‘he’ in this case is ‘Joltin Joe’
Calzaghe. Seems old Joe has been taking some stick for dodging Kelly
Pavlik and instead choosing to face a fading Roy Jones jr. in a
Now ‘rewriting history’ Calzaghe claims that he tried twice to make a
fight with Pavlik. He told Wales Online: “We actually tried to get
Pavlik after the Jeff Lacy fight and he declined. We asked him again
after he won the middleweight title and he declined again. So it’s funny
how people come knocking on your door when you decide to fight someone
else. I think he is just trying to get publicity off the back of me,
which is something lots of fighters try to do.”
Old “Pity Pat” Joe is spot on. Yeah right, Pavlik needs “Pity Pat Joe”
for publicity. Oh by the way, Calgazhe also says that he beat (he did)
Kessler who is better than Pavlik. When pigs fly!
Dave Stewart retires
Good guy and pal of The Square Ring, Dave Stewart, has
retired from professional boxing after a career of 22-2. The very
likeable Scott had notified TSR of his intention with the caveat that
the news be withheld until the official announcement. That came last
week in a letter to the press.
Stewart’s two losses came in lightweight title matches against
stablemate Lee Meager (6th round TKO) and Jonathan Thaxton (12th round
TKO). In 24 fights Stewart was never knocked out which is a tribute to
his fighting heart, guts and determination.
After his loss to Thaxton, Stewart had two more winning fights. He
accepted an offer to fight Amir Khan on TV on September 6 but when he
was replaced Stewart pulled the plug on his boxing career. In his
gracious farewell letter Stewart writes, “It was a great experience and
I’ve no regrets.”
One who knows him well is Pattaya’s Sir Frog. Upon hearing of the
retirement he wrote, “Sad to hear buddy, but it’s an important decision
you make by yourself. A boxer feels when it’s ending, better to stop in
the glory than beaten up in a corner. You have nothing more to prove.
You are one of the good ones. Your friend, Patrick.”
“How you doing Mr. Dunahay? Your usual? Your pal Bangkok Bill
was in yesterday. Nice fellow, only had one drink, said he’d been
watching the Olympics on NBC, was really steamed. Said the coverage was
delayed so long that he saw Evander Holyfield DQ against Kiwi Kevin
Barry… No, I didn’t know that. Barry didn’t show up for his gold medal
match against Anton Josipovic of Yugoslavia? Is that the same Kevin
Barry that trained and managed David Tua and did a runner with Tua’s
money? …Go figure Mr. Dunahay.
“No, not much Olympic business. Most of the folks seem to be going down
the street to watch it on the High Distraction TV. Yeah they got dancing
“So what’s with this De La Hoya-Pacquiao deal? You think it’s just a lot
of posturing? Me too. You know I think Pacquiao’s just a little too
small and Oscar too big. Someone said that if the fight did 2 million
PPV buys, Pacquiao would make 14 million dollars. Never been a fight
sell that much, has there? Didn’t think so. Just heard that De La Hoya
has upped the ante for Manny to 33%. Yeah Mr. Dunahay, I’m getting tired
of all this BS also…
“What’d hear about Ricky Hatton fighting Amir Khan at Wembley next
summer? Not much huh? I read where boxing writer Mark Vester wrote that
Hatton told the Bolton News that he’d take the fight at a drop of the
hat. Yeah, Hatton did say the same thing about fighting De La Hoya. Hit
ya again? No? Ok good to see ya Mr. Dunahay. Have a good day.”
“This Saturday in Germany John Ruiz (43-7-10 will make an
effort to defeat Ruskie Nikplai Valuev (48-1) for the vacant WBA
heavyweight title. The fight will be held in Berlin with the Lord and
Master saying that it’s payback to the German people because they
stopped making the VW Bug.
“These two met in the ring a couple of years ago with Valuev getting a
so called ‘controversial split decision.’ Actually it was a majority
decision which Ruiz says, ‘I beat him the first time but they gave him
“Whenever Ruiz speaks one has the feeling that they’re out to toss him a
nice brae and maybe a Ritz cracker to go with the whine. Along with the
fine vintage Ruiz whine, he does come up with some pearls. ‘I heard that
Valuev has been swimming to train for our fight. Good. He’s going to
need that because I’m taking him into deep water before knocking the
giant out. Tiiiimmmmbeerrr!’
“Your Lordship, as I prepare you liquid for our attitude adjustment time
and fire up a tobacco stick, maybe you can answer the following question
from A Chicago Kid. ‘Define a chorus line at Tim’s Bar Beer. I didn’t
know they provided that musical feature.’”
“Easy to do Jeeves, but first I want the world to know that you donated
2,000 Baht to the Jesters Kids Fund. You’re a good man Jeeves. The
chorus line at Tim’s Bar Beer is an every changing event. It starts out
with the dancers performing like your average Thai lady halfway through
the first day of Songkran. As the evening wears on and beverages are
consumed, they get better and better. By evening’s end in the early
morning hours you have the London Ballet.”
Simon Payne slots a 68
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, August 18, Lakeside -
1st B.J. Smith net 69
2nd Tony Barritt net 72
3rd Rod Howett net 73
4th Peter Biggs net 73
5th Derek Holt net 76
A depleted field made the drive up the motorway to the wide-open
Lakeside layout with the competition to be decided as a stroke play.
There was a very welcome lack of insects, which added greatly to the
day’s pleasure and surely would have meant a larger group if this fact
had been known ahead of time.
B.J. Smith took full advantage of the generous fairways and greens to
record his best score for a little while and stride in three shots clear
of the chasing pack. This was led by Tony Barritt at level par, followed
by the in-form Rod Howett, who just scraped in ahead of Peter Biggs by
one shot on the count back at one-under his handicap on the inward half.
Derek Holt was the last player to get a mention with his battling
There were no 2’s in either division.
Tuesday, August 19, The Emerald - International
Pattaya Match Play League v OK Corral
Needing to win to keep alive their unbeaten run and their
aspirations of the league win, The Haven’s top two, Barry Winton and Al
Keith, both went down for the first time in the competition, which
immediately put the pressure on the second group consisting of Russell
Exley and Barry Traynor. Both Russell and Barry responded well to win
their matches and with Trevor Schirmer losing and Tony Barritt winning,
the match was finely poised and would be determined on the outcome of
the last two pairings. Jens Gunnarsson lost and all depended on Stephen
Beard who missed a two-footer on the last to draw and lose the match by
a half instead of a win. More details on the match can be found in the
OK Corral write-up this week. Final score OK Corral 4.5 - The Haven 3.5.
Individual results (OK names first): Dave Thomas (5) won 1 up v.
Barry Winton (4); Chris Voller (8) won 5 & 4 v. Al Keith (5); Tony
Thorne (9) lost 3 & 2 v. Russell Exley (9); Wichai Tananusorn (10) lost
2 down v. Barry Traynor (10); Ken Deringer (12) won 2 & 1 v. Trevor
Schirmer (12); Peter Masters (13) lost 1 down v. Tony Barritt (12); Roy
Thornton (14) w 4 & 2 v. Jens Gunnarsson (13); Evan Millar (25) drew v.
Stephen Beard (20)
Friday, August 22, Khao Kheow - Stableford
1st Simon Payne 40pts
2nd Brian Libbey 39pts
3rd Barry Winton 37pts
4th Rod Howett 37pts
5th Al Keith 36pts
6th Chris Knapp 34pts
Going back to Khao Kheow was a pleasant surprise, as the management had
acted on comments made following the IPGC Championship that the fairways
were far too narrow, being only 18 yards wide on some holes and added to
the lack of a first cut of rough it was making the course more difficult
than the average touring professional has to face on any of the world
tours. There is now a first cut of rough but most of the fairways are
still quite narrow, but at least now a two-yard too long drive can be
found and played.
Simon Payne, as a teacher of golf, was perhaps the best suited to
playing a tight course with almost zero run following heavy overnight
rain, and proved the point with an outstanding gross 68 - even taking a
double bogey on the last after a trip into the water on B9 - and he took
the day’s top prize by one from the returning Brian Libbey, who himself
spent most of the day muscling it out of the deeper stuff but still
manged to return a very good card.
Barry Winton, another player with the credentials to deal with the
conditions, was once again to be found in contention after his recent
lapse in the matchplay competition, with another score under his
Rod Howett, who is almost a certainty to get onto the podium when he
tees it up, didn’t disappoint with another placing ahead of Al Keith
with Chris Knapp in the final mention spot.
The day was also the semi finals of the Haven Matchplay Knockout, with
Al Keith playing B.J. Smith and Jens Gunnarsson playing Tony Barritt.
Al managed to overcome B.J. even after giving away 16 shots. He was
fortunate to find that B.J. had left his “A game” in the locker and
leapt out to a commanding lead after six holes and was never really
tested until he ran out the winner 4 & 3.
Tony had a much harder hurdle in Jens, even allowing for Jens’s slip in
the League Match earlier in the week but with his new approach to
putting he was able to apply the pressure until closing out the match on
This now sets up an intriguing final with Al having to give Tony seven
shots at Greenwood on Wednesday, and Al seeking to make it a family
affair after his wife La won last month’s competition.
Rod Howett slipped in the only ‘2’ in the second division but there was
scant reward in the first division as Jens Gunnarsson, Chris Voller,
Tony Barritt (now putting left handed), Simon Payne, Russell Exley,
Brian Libbey all had one each and Barry Winton had two.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed new member Simon Payne,
the teaching professional at the Sharjah Golf Club, and also welcomed
back Brian Libbey and Michael Dinsdale.
Tough Khao Kheow takes no prisoners
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday 18 August, Green Valley – Stableford
An amazing 36 players out today, which is our maximum field for all of
our competitions. It was another very hot day without any breeze until
around the 7th hole when the cloud cover appeared and it cooled down
There were four places in the prizes for each division in the stableford
contest and in Division 2, Ken Foster finished fourth on 32 points, Bob
Green was third on 35, Roger Ribbins took second place with 37 and Tony
Duthie was the winner with 39 points.
Kevin Walsh with 34 points was fourth in Division 1, Jim Lane was one
point better in third, Ian Grout was second with 36 points and the
division winner was Ben Findon with 38 points
Near Pins: Ben Finden, Doug Ruhen (2), Paddy Wilson, Yves Bosset,
Jean Morel, Terry Redding and Bryan Rought
2’s: Jim Lane, Kevin Walsh, Alan Bissell and Mam Morel
Wednesday 20 August, Khao Kheow – Stableford
A smaller field than Monday to face this tough course with narrow
fairways suiting the low handicappers and harsh semi rough conditions;
it’s a true test of golf.
This was reflected in the scoring today with Alan Bissell winning
Division 2 with 28 points and Miss Oam taking second on 25. Before his
return to Hong Kong, Robert Watkin’s 32 points won the premier division
with Paddy Wilson the runner up on 29 points.
2’s: Yves Bosset
Friday 22 August, Eastern Star – Stableford
Two of the new greens are being used here now and there were many
comments from the players saying they thought it was still too early to
use them and that it would have been better to wait for the conditions
to improve a bit more.
In the prizes again Jim Lane took pole position in Division 1 with 34
points whilst the air traffic controller’s wife Pranee came second on 32
points. Miss Oam took the smile off Alan Bissells face with a greater
count back effort to take first place in Division 2 after both players
finished with 31 points each.
Jim Lane’s chip-in on the very difficult sloping 17th green earned him
the only ‘2’ of the day.
Note: Jomtien Golf meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at
Siam Cats, Soi 5 Jomtien Beach Rd. at around 8.30 a.m. for a 10.00 a.m.
tee off. Please sign up in the bar or call Glyn on 086 837 5464.
The Beautiful Game?: Bye Bye Berba?
This weekend sees another round of Premier League fixtures,
which I’m sure you’re all excited about and which I’ll discuss later,
but Sunday and Monday also herald the end of the European summer
transfer window. For once, and I find it hard to believe I’m writing
this, I’ll be absolutely delighted to see the back of it.
Perhaps those suits that shuffle around the dark halls of UEFA were onto
something when they enforced the ruling that European clubs must adhere
to an agreed period in which to conduct signings. Initially I was
against it, but now, several years down the line, I’m man enough to
admit that I might – might – have been wrong.
This summer will surely be remembered as that of the protracted transfer
rumour that never came to fruition. First up was Ronaldo’s move to Real
Madrid, the rumours of which hit the newspapers before the champagne had
stopped flowing after Manchester United’s European Champions League
victory over Chelsea. Week after week after endless, painful week the
Portuguese playmaker was splattered across the back pages as speculation
reached boiling point. By the time it was announced that he’d be staying
I’m sure I’m not the only one who could barely have cared any less.
Emmanuel Adebayor was moving to Barcelona, we were told. The Spanish
giants were looking for a frontman to replace the outgoing Samuel Et’oo,
who’d probably be joining one or other of the London clubs willing to
mortgage themselves to the eyeballs to pay his outrageous wages.
Chelsea fans feared for their side’s future as Frank Lampard was moving
to Inter, we were told. Incoming manager Jose Mourinho wanted to bring
in his former teacher’s pet to add a different dimension to the Milan
side, and presumably some badly struck penalties and a few lucky
deflected goals to boot.
And yet despite the speculation none of the above transfers
materialised. Two were settled with a tasty pay rise for the man at the
centre, and the other looks likely to happen in twelve months time.
Everyone likes to blame footballer’s agents for this tripe, but it’s the
newspapers I’m holding to account. The agent is merely doing his job by
drumming up interest in a player in order to secure a new contract from
a desperate employer, but just why do the newspapers continue to fall
Then there was Gareth Barry. The England midfielder was desperate to
link up with Steven Gerrard at Liverpool and was the top priority of
manager Rafa Benitez. Barry didn’t get his wish and resorted to throwing
his toys around, but Martin O’Neill wouldn’t budge on a price of 18
million pounds. Liverpool blinked, and that was the end of that.
Whilst there’s an obvious trend here, it should be noted that a number
of transfers have gone through. Fulham have done a lot of business that
included taking Andy Johnson from Everton, and Sunderland have signed
just about everyone that owns a pair of boots. Tottenham have also gone
bananas and picked up the exciting Luka Modric, amongst others.
But it’s an outgoing Spurs transfer that now dominates the headlines.
Writing this on Monday evening, I’m hoping Manchester United have
finally captured the ‘services’ of Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov by the
time you’ve eagerly rushed out and purchased your Pattaya Mail and are
reading this at the weekend.
You’d be entitled to ask why. It’s not as though United desperately need
the ability of the mercurial chain-smoking Bulgarian if they’re to stand
any chance of winning a trophy this year. They are, after all, the
Premier League and European champions and have quality footballers right
the way through their expensively-assembled squad. What difference would
Well I can’t answer that, but what I can tell you is that I’m hoping for
one or other of the big moves to actually come to fruition, otherwise
I’ve just spent two months being conned by newspaper editors and
football agents. Again.
No club football next week as the World Cup qualifiers will
take centre stage, so Premier League fans should gorge themselves while
the going is good. Hull City will hope to continue their fabulous start
to the season by beating Wigan Athletic on Saturday, who themselves are
without a point after being beaten by wonder goals from West Ham’s Dean
Ashton and Chelsea’s new signing Deco. Also in the 3pm kick-offs are
Bolton against West Brom and the glamour tie of Stoke City, fresh from a
win over Aston Villa, away at Middlesbrough, and most likely to feature
on your televisions will be Everton taking on Portsmouth. I’m backing
the Toffees to win that one 2-0.
And that’s not all. Sunday kicks off with Chelsea at home to Tottenham
in a game that’s usually worth ninety minutes of you time. Spurs have
got off to a shocking start and nobody wants to be headed to Stamford
Bridge in hope of their first points of the season. After a frantic
start and a possible Tottenham opener Chelsea should comfortably beat
their London rivals.
Roy Keane comes up against former teammate Mark Hughes at the Stadium of
Light as Sunderland host Manchester City in what could be a tasty one,
and for dessert it’s Liverpool away at Aston Villa.
‘Birdie Boys’ on song at Green Valley
The 3rd Annual Caddyshack Scramble
Wednesday, August 20 marked the occasion of the 3rd
annual Caddyshack 4-Ball Texas Scramble, which this year took place at
the splendid Green Valley. It has to be said the course was in great
shape and the weather was also very kind to us with some light breezes
and some clouds to block the sun on occasions. All tee times went off
virtually on time with only two golfers going to the wrong course.
With 64 golfers this was going to be a day where long putts and accurate
approach shots were a must. The first near pin was sponsored by Nick the
Pizza and was won by Emmet White with a six-foot putt left which he sunk
for a birdie. The second par 3 was sponsored by The WKD drink, or
pronounced wicked in most pubs, the winner was won by the lowest
handicapper in the field known as Briany Christie. The third nearest the
pin was sponsored by The Caddyshack itself and this was won by Dene
Airey, and the last one was won by Owen Walkley.
There was a ‘nearest the keg’ award on offer which was sponsored by John
Smiths, this was a much sought after prize and was fiercely played for
with Daisy May coming out the eventual winner. The men’s longest drive
had many names on it but the eventual winner was the big-hitting Briany
Christie who walked away with a case of WKD. With a few lady golfers in
the field they contested their own long drive with Mod Churiaksa
The main contest was a great battle with the team of K. Mackintosh, Alan
Duffas, Owen Walkley and J. Mackintosh scoring 9 birdies with no dropped
shots to post a score of 58.1 to finish in 4th place. Just ahead of them
was the team of Geoff King, Ian Halfpenny, Dene Airey and Norman Best
with ten birdies but a costly bogey on the 13th hole to give them 57 for
3rd place. The team of Graham Beaumont, Graham Dietrich, Richard
Steadman and Rich Montana must have thought it was their day starting
with five birdies after five holes and eventually tallying 12 birdies in
total with no dropped shots, but their score of 55.9 net was only good
enough for 2nd place. The team of Roy Thornton, Mikael Andersson, Jeremy
Masse and Barry Traynor, known as the ‘Birdie Boys’ managed to put
together 11 birdies and an incredible eagle on the 14th to give them a
net total of 54.7 and take the win.
Back at The Caddyshack there was a great buffet and live music played
until late. The Caddyshack would like to thank you all for making this
event a success, and also special thanks go out to our sponsors of WKD,
Nick The Pizza and John Smiths.
Murphy still leader of the pack
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Only the brave and optimistic drove to the Pattaya
Country Club on the early morning of 19 Aug as a light persistent rain
fell. Even as the men were signing up the rain continued. But as the
first challenger teed off, the rain stopped and a pleasant day was
enjoyed by all - that is until the scorecards came in. Apparently Mother
Nature got her revenge by kidnapping errant balls, dropping more than a
few into her ponds and otherwise keeping scores very low.
winner Dale Murphy (left) with third placed Herbie Ishinage.
Even champion Dale Murphy, who last week topped the board with a 45
points, could only drag himself in with 35 on this day. It was still
good enough to take first place however, with Bill Key taking second
with 32 points. Bill didn’t hang around for picture taking so picture
honors went to Herbie Ishinage who had a 31.
Unfortunately the rest of the field, including big hitters such as Bob
Benda, Sus Ige and Paul Kraft came in with scores they would rather not
The League of Legends … It’s over for now
The Betfred sponsored ‘League of Legends’ concluded year one
with Bob Anderson being crowned King of the Legends. Anderson gained the
crown along with a nifty £15,000 when he defeated Keith Deller 10-4 last
Friday night at the Purfleet Circus Tavern.
Anderson had been the clear favorite to win the title from day one so
the victory didn’t disappoint those that backed him. During the 7 weeks
of round-robin play Anderson had a clean slate, but his three 6-6 draws
did raise some questions. Those questions were answered with a
responding “No problemo.”
Semi Final 1
Both semi finals matches were replays of the opening night’s
play. On that night Bob Anderson was down to Peter Evison 5-1 but he
would come back for a much needed 6-6 draw. Last Friday night at the
same venue Anderson got off the “oche’” to lead 5-4 and when he extended
that lead to 6-4 against the darts he hardly looked back.
Bob Anderson was the winner of the inaugural Betfred “League of Legends”
darts tournament at the Purfleet Circus Tavern in England last Friday,
August 22, 2008. (Photo courtesy Betfred.com)
Anderson tossed a T80 which contributed to a 7-4 lead. The players then
traded wins which had the 60-year old Anderson up 8-5. Evison, who had
complained that he wasn’t playing up to par certainly was in leg 14. He
made 141 go bye-bye with a treble 20, treble 15 and double 18. In the
next leg Evison had hopes of moving back in the match but couldn’t make
142 go the way of the good 5-cent cigar.
“If I had taken out the 142 I would have been back in the match without
a doubt,” said Evison later. Missing double 18 for the win Anderson did
get the double 9 and a spot in the finals.
Semo Final 2
In week one Keith Deller played “Big” Cliff Lazarenko in the
first match of the League of Legends. On that night Deller raced out to
a 5-2 lead but Lazarenko raced back to close the gap to 6-5. “Big” Cliff
had a chance to get the draw when he used a 180 to set up double tops
for the tie. He missed, giving Deller the 7-5 win.
This time Deller had a 5-1 lead which he built after they shared legs 1
and 2. That lead shrunk to 5-4 when Lazarenko played some quality darts
that has been his trademark during the Legends. Once he got to 5-4 the
wheels fell off the ‘vehicle Lazarenko’ due in no small part to some
stellar play from Deller.
The loquacious Lazarenko best described his 9-4 loss: ‘I knew Keith
would come out with all guns blazing. He took command early, I missed a
few doubles and I started to get frustrated. I didn’t really let myself
flow. At the start of the tournament I really made a goal of getting
into the top four and I made it. And against Keith I gave it everything
“I’m not really disappointed but I am upset with my performance. Yet
with the players we have and the support of Betfred, who knows where the
League of Legends will take us. It wasn’t my year this year, but maybe
it will be next year.”
The Main Event
If the crowd at Purfleet’s Circus Tavern were looking forward
to a “wing ding drag’em out slam bang” final to the League of Legends
they probably were disappointed. If not for the fact that it was the
final it could be termed a 10-4 laugher in favor of the “Limestone
When they met in league play Anderson took the match 7-3 scoring 30.00
per dart. After that game Deller said: “I’m going to have to play better
to beat Bob Anderson.” One wonders if Deller said the same thing in the
30-minute break he had after gaining the final with his win over
Against Lazarenko, Deller’s inability to score had to be a major
concern. Even though Deller beat Cliff he scored only 26.15 per dart,
which wouldn’t be competitive against Anderson.
Anderson started off the final like the great player he is by winning
the first 4 legs on the trot, highlighted by lots of scoring (30.62) and
“fast” finishes. That is after all what the game’s all about.
“In the first six legs everything went to plan for Bob,” said Deller the
48-year-old from Suffolk. “That was the form of someone who could be
ranked in the top 16 in the world. His first six legs were absolutely
Anderson, always the gentleman, explained, “I was particularly delighted
with the way I played in the semi-final to get past Peter Evison. He is
a tough nut to crack. Keith had just had a tough game against Cliff and
I’d had a rest so maybe that explains why I started as well as I did.
But to play against these guys on a regular basis again has been
fantastic. It’s really woken me up and told me I can still do it and be
up there and compete. At the age of nearly 61 I’m very pleased to be in
the League of Legends and I’m looking forward to next year.”
Deller stated the obvious that he had, “simply been outplayed by a
better opponent.” His runner up check for £13,000 can buy lots of
Even as the players talked about next year, the future of the
League of Legends is not assured. It is known that Betfred.com has a
three-year contract for the event as does Setanta TV. What form the
event will take next year is up to the promoter, Betfred .com and
Setanta. The latter made no friends in North America by canceling
coverage half way into this year’s event with no notice.
The three anchors of the Legends - Eric Bristow, Bobby George and Mr.
John Lowe - are supposed to take their show on the road next year.
They’ll be doing a “buck & wing” on the theatre circuit. Certainly Bob
Anderson would love to come back and defend his title and Dave Whitcombe
has promised to get fit so he doesn’t wilt towards the end.
The Old Dart Coach has some suggestions which will promptly be filled
under, “Who asked him?” Make the games best of 7 legs 501 instead of 12
legs or first to 7. Start each match with the players going for the bull
with the winner of the bull going first. If a match is tied at 3 legs
each go for the bull to see who starts the 7th leg. Twelve legs is too
long for “Legends” to say nothing of the older fans who must make
frequent trips to the loo.
Also expand the field maybe to include some international legends like
Stefan Lord (Sweden), Tony Holyoake (Canada), Jerry Umberger (USA),
Terry O’Dea (Australia) and Paul Lim (Singapore). For a touch of class
how about “The Queen of Darts” Maureen Flowers, The “6 Foot Chocolate
Bar” Ms. Deta Headman and the best lady darter ever, Dr. Linda Batten of
Crank’er up boys and let’s get it on!