Montana regains first
Pattaya Sports Club Friday Bowling League
200 bowlers: Aht, Teuvo, Mio, La, P.K., Tue,
Antero, Nok and Lek.
Montana took three points from Jack Tar and with VFW losing three to
House of the Golden Coin, Jack Tar regained first place. Mai bowled a
528 series for Jack Tar, Mio rolled a 217 & 201, 577 series for Golden
Coin and Aht had a 524 series for VFW.
Cafe Kronborg remains in third place after splitting their series with
Cafe Ole with each team walking off with 2 points. Teuvo bowled a 211
game, 558 series whilst Kran had a 534 series for Kronborg. Somrak led
Cafe Ole with a 211 game and 526 series.
Fourth place Sabai Sabai Friday won two and a half points from Sala Thai
Restaurant behind Nok’s 216 game and 547 series.
Bavaria took all four points from Montgomery behind great bowling by all
three of their bowlers. Lek had a 213 game, 525 series, Leo a 540 series
and Tue a 209 game and 556 series for Bavaria. La was best for
Montgomery with a 533 series.
Brother D moved up in the standings after taking all four points from
Canada. Yeow had a 541 series and Antero bowled a 213 game, 529 series
for Brother D. Ooy bowled a 525 series for Canada.
The medal is simple for Simon
IPGC Lewiinski’s Golf Society
Sunday, Sept. 14, Green Valley - Monthly Medal
1st Simon Kendall (10) net 68
2nd Seamus Cotter (11) net 71
3rd Clinton Hazlett (5) 72
1st Bill Broschart (16) net 71
2nd Alec Hoare (18) net 73
3rd Ivan Plunkett (22) net73
Near pins: #2 Bob Newell, #9 Shaun Kendall, #12 Kris K, #16 Jean
Two: Simon Kendall (a brace), Kris k, Bill Broschart and Alec Hoare.
Hidden Six: 1st Bruce Mcadam, 2nd Peter Emslie, 3rd Kris K.
Sunday, and our regular visit to Green Valley saw Simon Kendall win the day
and the Monthly Medal with a net 68. Second place in A flight was filled by
the Right Honorable Seamus Cotter on net 71. The flight was rounded off by
big hitting Clinton Hazlett with a net 72.
B Flight winner was Bill Broschart with a net 71. Second place two strokes
behind Bill was the Irishman Alec Hoare on a net 73, beating another
Irishman, Ivan Plunkett on C/B into third place.
One ball and a couple of mates got lost on the way back to town, and
finished up in an Elephant Village some where between Green Valley and
Sattahip. I haven’t got a clue what it was called.
The rest of this week, the Lewiinski’s boys played in the Ryder Cup, along
with the Golf Club and the Outback Bar. Please refer to the Outback write up
for full details.
Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattayaland Soi 1, Beach Road Soi
13/3 near Walking Street, and any one wishing to play with us, just pop in
to the hotel and add your name to the list. Otherwise give Colin a ring on
0898260764. Transport is provided.
Raimon Land again Principal Sponsor for the King’s Cup Regatta
The world’s most friendly yacht-fest
By Peter Cummins
Following a signing ceremony held recently between Henri Young,
director of sales & marketing for Raimon Land PLC and Kevin Whitcraft,
president of the 2008 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta organizing committee,
Thailand’s leading property developer agreed to underwrite the Phuket King’s
Cup Regatta for a further five years, from 2008-2012.
Henri Young pointed out that “Raimon Land has a long term commitment to
support the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, now firmly established as one of the
main sailing events in Asia.”
Founded in 1987, as a 60th birthday tribute to HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
the Great, the King’s Cup, about to celebrate the 22nd sailing, has become
the focal point in Thailand’s ‘especially, Phuket’s’ burgeoning yachting,
cruising and marine-leisure sector development industries.
The King’s Cup is traditionally sailed during the birthday week of HM the
King, the Regatta Royal Patron who, as the world’s longest-reigning Monarch,
will celebrate his 81st birthday on the fifth of December 2008.
This year’s event will take place from the 29th November until the 6th of
December 2008, during which it is anticipated some 2,000 sailors from more
than 30 countries will participate.
Raimon Land PLC, a consistent and generous supporter of many sporting,
social and cultural events in the Kingdom, sees yachting as a prime vehicle
for its aim of ‘developing a better environment’. Or, as Raimon Land CEO
Nigel Cornick expresses it, “The contribution to the Thai marine leisure
industry is highly compatible with Raimon Land’s own lifestyle approach to
Each year, a long list of Regatta supporters join Raimon Land and have done
so over the two decades of the event. Mom Tri Devakul’s Boathouse and Grill
on Kata Beach, one of the founding subscribers, reinforces the Kata Beach
community interest while the Kata Beach Resort has continued as the Regatta
home-base and management venue for the past decade.
Actually, the ‘uniqueness’ of the King’s Cup “apart from the Phuket’s superb
climate, the ambience and the camaraderie which engulf every event” is the
fact that so many come back each year: sailors, race management, sponsors
and supporters are almost all ‘recidivists’.
As former president of the organizing committee (2004-2007) “and still a
major driving force behind the Regatta’s outstanding success” Santi
Kanchanabandhu said it so succinctly last week, “Every year there are new
entries from around the world who soon join the ‘regulars’ on the annual
‘Phuket Pilgrimage’, to race, socialize and be a part of the magnetic
event,” Santi noted.
“Our opening party and the following week’s festivities admirably reflect
what is, perhaps, the largest social gathering of a world-wide sailing
fraternity, who share the same passion for sailing and come to follow their
dreams in one of the world’s most beautiful marine locations,” he added.
It’s almost like a ‘family affair’, enthuses Santi: the perennial, ongoing
sponsors, the race management and the all-important members of the
international jury, along with an army of volunteers, join in this great
sail-fest year after year.
Even the Personal Representative of the HM the King, appointed each year by
His Majesty to represent him at the elaborate Royal Awards Ceremony at the
end of each regatta, has officiated at all except two events and knows many
of the sailors personally. Rear Admiral M.L. Usni Pramoj has attended all of
the 21 held so far since the inaugural in 1987, only missing those of 1988
and 1989. He even sailed on one occasion aboard Bill Gasson’s winning yacht.
Of course, the sophisticated Racing Class, one of the 10 usually
accommodated in the Phuket racing, brings some of the world’s fastest yachts
to Phuket each year to compete for the top honours. The likes of Hong Kong’s
Neil Pryde has vied a myriad times, winning the ‘Formula One’ of the sea
lanes many times.
New Zealander Bill Gasson, based at the Ocean Marina Jomtien Beach (south of
Pattaya), too, has been a triple winner of the Racing Class. But, his
pedigree goes beyond simply racing. He is one of the founders of the King’s
Cup and, in fact, Bill has been one of the most active promoters of yacht
racing in the Kingdom, as the imprimatur of the Koh Samui and the Top of the
But, reverting to the almost ‘family ambience’ of the King’s Cup again, it
is the stately Classic Class and the often ‘live-aboard’ Ocean Rover
cruisers which bring this almost tangible atmosphere to successive Kings
Among other highly-competitive classes this year will be the Sports Boats,
designed, built and raced by Thailand’s indigenous and expatriate sailors
and a new breed of fast-moving catamarans, the Vietnamese-built Corsair.
A keel-boat, especially designed for Thai waters and Thai conditions by
leading naval architect Bruce Farr, is the Platu fleet which has
concentrated racing programmes out of the Ocean Marina. No doubt, supported
year-round by Raimon Land, this class will be a feature.
And, the yachties, with or without a wonderful sailing environment, expect
the best possible race management. And, every year the Regatta Organizing
Committee ensures fair, exciting and safe sailing.
As in every international Yacht racing event, the world authority, the
International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has designated top-class judges for
the 2008 Phuket King’s Cup, headed by world-renowned Olympic judge and
arbiter of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing, Bryan Willis, from the UK.
Bryan will be joined by other top professionals, Australian Mark Pryke,
Thailand’s Radm Prasart Sribhadung and Rut Subniran, Malaysian Leonard Chin,
Hong Kong’s Tom Sheppard, Wayne Boberg of New Zealand and Thai-based US
lawyer Al Chandler.
Race management will also be looked after by another top professional,
Sunsail’s Simon James, already into his second decade of on-water
management, working with his assigned principal race officer(s) and
Raimon Land will host a press conference at their splendid Chao Phraya
property, the River, on Thursday, October 16, where full details, programme
and a tentative list of entries will be available.
Press kits and media guidance will be available in English and Thai, through
the respective pr companies, Vivaldi and Pris Priority.
Incumbent president of the organizing committee, well-known sailor and
company entrepreneur Kevin Whitcraft, takes the helm, following in the wake
of former illustrious presidents, Chris King (co-founder), Nigel Hardy,
Adolph Knees, Peter Ole Herning, Bill Gasson, Andy Dowden and Santi
Kevin expects a regatta worthy of the dedication to the Royal Patron, HM the
King, continuing the long tradition to the Monarch, himself a champion
dinghy sailor in a regional Games in 1967.
Closer to this year’s event “and to be announced at the October press
briefing” will be a lot more details about the event. Meantime, Kevin
expects some 100 craft and more than 2,000 sailors, managers, supporters and
spectators from the private and public sectors to attend.
Further details and all information on this year’s action and fun can be
found by e-mail to: Vivaldi (>joseph. firstname.lastname@example.org<; tel. (+66)
027182191; fax (+66) 02718 2135; mob. (+66 085834 5557); Pris Priority
(Thai), e-mail >sasivimol@prispriority. com>; tel. (+66) 27127471-3; fax
(66) 27127374; mob. (66) 081638 8222 or visit the website:
Pottsy’s day to shine
PSC Golf from the Outback Golf Bar
Monday, 15 Sept, Burapha
Not everybody wanted to play in the Pattaya Style Ryder Cup, and
the Outback Golf Bar must not forget their regular players. Sixteen of them
went out in front of the Ryder Cup matches playing from the white tees and A
It was Pottsy’s day to shine and he did in style, with a fantastic 41
points, playing one of his best rounds for sometime. That earned him an
immediate handicap cut to 17.2, good game mate! Three behind was Mike
O’Brien, two more back to Paul Lavender. The rest of the pack was someway
behind but Norm Martin did just enough to pick up fifth place.
There were no 2s today, so the pot will be added to the prize money at
Burapha next Monday.
1st Campbell Potts (19) 41
2nd Mike O’Brien (20) 38
3rd Paul Lavender (15) 36
4th George Robinson (11) 31
5th Norm Martin (26) 31
Wed, 17 Sept, Pattaya Country Club
With the emphasis on the Ryder Cup this week, there were few
Outbackers left to try their hand at Pattaya Country Club on Wednesday.
Frank O’Neill was the top scorer with 37 points beating Norm Martin in
second with 36. Of the remaining players, most preferred to keep their
scorecards or dispose of them appropriately, rather than be held accountable
about their efforts on the golf course.
There were two 2s coming from Frank O’Neill and Norm Martin.
Fri 19 Sept, Eastern Star
Eastern Star was the alternate Friday course this week and 19
Outbackers made the trip there whilst the Ryder Cup singles were being
fought at Siam Plantation.
Norm Martin came out on top with a welcome return to a bit a form for him;
38 points round this course is a good score by anybody’s reckoning. Five
behind was his nearest rival, Rob Gandley and one further back was Trudy
Chadbourn on 32. Marlene & Brian Prudden’s first game since their return to
Thailand a couple of days ago resulted in them both finishing in the winners
enclosure, Marlene taking 4th and Brian 6th.
There were no 2s, so in a novel way of distributing the pot it was put in a
draw for the non podium winners to share. Great idea Barry!
1st Norm Martin (26) 38
2nd Rob Gandley (20) 33
3rd Trudy Chadbourn (28) 32
4th Marlene Prudden (24) 32
5th Campbell Potts (18) 31
6th Brian Prudden (19) 30
Mashi Kenata wins with a fine 39 points
PSC Golf from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar
Tuesday 16 Sept, Emerald (Stableford)
With the rain pouring down day after day some of the courses are
becoming waterlogged, but others come through the deluge quite well, so off
to Emerald we went.
The course was nearly empty when we got there, and a steady drizzle was in
the air, but we went out to play. As we went around, at times the rain got a
little harder, but overall the day was very nice, if a little humid. Amazing
that even when it rains it can get humid.
Emerald winner Mashi with one of Bert’s finest.
We could take carts but the fairways were a bit wet and boggy in places, and
we could not take carts on them. But the greens were not too bad and were
still quite fast. Of course you did not want to go into the rough as it was
wet and difficult to get out of.
Round over we sat in the only outdoor restaurant, and the food was in fact
quite good. Mick in particular really enjoyed his food, and the value is
Back at Bert’s we noted that we still had some good scores. In second was
Perry McNeely with 37 points, but the winner was that tough competitor Mashi
Kenata with a fine 39 points.
Near pins: Badger Bill Knight, Derek Brook and Mashi Kenata.
Long putt: Badger and Anders Pederson.
Monte Sykes wins Kronborg Monthly Mug
PSC Golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Monday 15 Sept. Siam Plantation
The Siam Plantation Course was the host for a Stableford
competition in one flight. The course is still in stupendous condition
and dry considering the amount of rain that has fallen in the last two
Monte Sykes won the event on count back over Elias Magnusson in second
and Kevin Dinan in third, all with 31 points. Henk De Bock was fourth
with 29 points. The course won again and just to remind all, that this
is to be the site for the next Members Open.
Thursday 18 Sept, Phoenix (Stroke - Monthly Mug)
This is a competition that usually falls to one of the higher
handicaps for one reason or other, but this month with the fairways
being so wet and with Phoenix playing so long and difficult, did the low
handicappers have a chance at last? Well we shall see.
(left) presents the monthly mug to Monte Sykes.
The weather of late has not been kind, and on this day it was overcast
and rain was in the air; however, it held off for most of the day, with
only the odd outbreak to keep the players cool.
The scribe started with great hopes, but a mishap when he played the
wrong ball on the second hole and had a two shot penalty seemed to put
paid to his chances, despite soldiering on. Meanwhile, many other
players seemed to find the going tough and very good scores were
Back at the Cafe Kronborg as the scores were declared it was seen that
the penalty had cost the scribe the Mug, but it was indeed a pleasure to
see a 4 handicapper come through and win.
In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Derek Brook with a net 73 ahead
of a count back on net 76 that saw Kris Helgasson in second and Mike
Gerrard in third. In the B Flight, the winner was Kevin Dinan with a net
74 ahead of a count back for second that saw P.S. Basi in second and
Daryl Evans in third.
So to the winner, and as said it was a pleasure to see a low handicapper
come in to win, when Monte Sykes won with a net 72. Well done Monte.
Jomtien club not bothered by a little rain
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday 15 Sept, Green Valley - Stableford
An amazing 32 players out today and we all found the course in an immaculate
condition. The comments were probably the best in 2-3 years.
Kheow’s division 1 and 2 winners, Paddy Wilson and Miss Oam.
In the nearest the pins competition, normally there are not eight winners on
this course, but this has changed today. Div 1 winners were Ted Morris and
Paddy Wilson (3) and in Div 2 William Chang, Jean Morel, Tom Novak and Bryan
In the twos there were four rollovers in division 2 plus today’s purse and
with only one birdie on the 12th, Tom Novak scooped the maximum prize. An
empty alcohol cabinet at home and three nearest the pins today for Paddy
Wilson was not good enough for the ex London met police officer as he
birdied the 12th to share the division 1 pot with Harry Riley in the twos.
Before their departure back to the UK Simon Kendall won division 1 with 38
points and Ian Wilson topped division 2 with 41 points. Runner up in
division 1 was Paddy Wilson on 37 points and Mikael Andersson finished third
with 36. The same score earned Dannie Larsen second place in division 2 with
Bryan Rought third with 33 points.
At the presentation back at Siam Cats, Simon Kendall donated his first prize
into the rollover kitty for the rainbow multiplier at Emerald next week.
Many thanks Simon from all of us at Jomtien Golf.
Wednesday 17 Sept, Khao Kheow - Stableford
The wet season is now well and truly established here and with
heavy rain overnight in Jomtien the thoughts before our departure were: is
it worth the journey? Nonetheless, 18 players arrived and teed off on the B
course with intermittent light showers, which continued for the first nine
After the par 5 tenth hole on the C course the incoming clouds became very
dark and the rain became more intense, so we all met up in the tea hut on
the 14th/16th hole for a 15 minute rain check. We all then continued to
finish the round, apart from the last group of 4. This has been our only
real rain interrupted delay of the year, if you can call it that.
No rollovers in either division in the twos and there was only one birdie
today in the field, as Ben Findon carded a two on the renowned island green.
Andy Oz finished third in division 2 with 23 points, Jean Morel second with
28 and counting the cost as his better half is now in division 1. Miss Oam
bounced back after a few bad rounds and won with 30 points. Paddy Wilson won
division 1 beating Ted Gardner on a 19/15 back nine count back after they
both came in with 31 points. Mam Morel finished third, 1 point behind.
Friday 19 Sept, Eastern Star - Stableford
Yet again there was very heavy rainfall in Jomtien from around
6am until just before 8am prompting a few phone calls to come in asking
whether we were going today. We all met at Siam Cats with the exception of
one person, and made the journey to Eastern Star. The skies in the distance
towards Rayong were very dark, but there was a very bright outlook as 25
players teed off on the first hole.
Still only one temporary green, the 17th, and still only one complaint, the
condition of the tee on the par three 13th. Why they never move the position
is beyond understanding.
Playing off 12, Tom Sathrum birdied three holes and scored 12 points on his
way to a 40 point round to win division 1. Ted Morris thought he had won
when he returned to the clubhouse with 38 points. In third place was Paddy
Wilson with 32.
Ken Foster beat Miss Oam on a 19/17 back nine count back in division 2 to
finish 3rd after they both came in with 29 points. She was not amused, but
the smile returned later at the presentation. Jimmy Johnson was back in
form, coming in second with 32 points. The winner was Page Thomas with 39
Nearest the pins Div 1 Ted Morris (2), Tom Sathrum and Kevin Walsh. Div 2
Miss Oam and Page Thomas.
A rollover to Royal Lakeside in the twos in division 1, and by now a happy
lady took the rollover in division 2 in the twos after her birdie on the
13th. Well done Miss Oam. The ladies tipple was awarded to a certain person
relocating from Northern Thailand with his wife and child, and playing his
first game with us with a 17 handicap, and, losing 11 balls on the course.
Welcome to Jomtien Golf Terry Cowell.
Next week’s fixtures: Mon 29th Plutaluang - Stableford; Wed 1st Green
Valley - Monthly Medal; Friday 3rd Eastern Star - Stableford.
Chris Voller wins the double
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the OK Corral
Slow start for Thomas
The Pattaya Golf Society visited Eastern Star on Sunday, 14th
September, and found that despite the absence of golf carts, the course
was relatively empty.
Consistent Chris Voller came third with 33 points, one behind steady
The winner began his round by losing the whole of his handicap after
five holes and on the sixth tee literally kicked his own backside to
play the next thirteen holes in just one over par. It was an incredible
performance by David Thomas, the resolute New Zealand golfer. His 35
points was a result of a gross 78, by far the best of the day.
Chris Voller had the honour of the day’s only birdie two, on the tough
thirteenth. There were the usual claims for the Booby Bevy including one
from the returning Finnish golfer Hannu Kemilla after a long absence but
it went ultimately to Mr Denis for his complete lack of rhythm and poor
form after some six weeks in England on his sick-bed. Tough on the boss
but thoroughly deserved nevertheless.
On Tuesday, 16th September, the Pattaya Golf Society
revisited Mountain Shadow after an absence of three months and found an
empty course in fine condition under brooding skies which led to
increasing drizzle throughout the round. Thankfully the group was
playing Stableford golf as the greens were running very quick and the
damp fairways gave little or no run in the uncomfortable conditions.
It is a course which can bring out the best in a golfer, especially if
fairways are found with regularity. David Thomas struggled to match his
playing partner on the day and produced 31 points for third place. Bobby
Shirkey is an accurate golfer, his tee shots usually finding the short
stuff and his higher handicap helped him to 32 points for second place.
David’s challenger was Chris Voller and once again he produced quality
golf to match his handicap, recording 36 points for an excellent win on
There were three birdie twos with Alan Freeman finding the pot on hole
5, Tony Thorne on hole 8 and the ubiquitous Chris Voller on the
The imminence of high season also saw the return of the Finnish duo Erik
Antonnen and soul mate Jorma Liila and the latter picked up his
customary Booby Bevy for a haphazard round after a night on the town.
Tough course Mountain Shadow.
America defeats Europe 44½ to 32½
Ryder Cup from the Outback Golf Bar
Day 1 Mon 15 Sept - Burapha
The North America Team took an early grip on the Ryder Cup Trophy,
thrashing the European side by taking 15 points of the 19 available on Day One.
This was a 4 ball better ball format played off three quarters of the difference
in handicap, taken from the lowest handicapper in the group.
Philp, John Emmerson, Colin Davis and Jack Moseley hold up the Ryder Cup plaque
after America defeated Europe 44 ½ to 32 ½.
Captains John Emmerson (Team North America) and Simon Philbrook (Team Europe)
shook hands on the first tee as this three day event got underway.
A team of two and both players drive on every tee, the preferred ball is then
chosen and the other ball picked up. The player whose ball has been picked up
then plays his partner’s ball as it lies, and alternate shots continue
thereafter until the ball is holed out. The pairing with the least number of
shots wins the hole, as in any other matchplay format. The handicap allowance is
60% of the handicap of the lower handicapper in each pair added to 40% of his
partners. This calculation is done for each pair and the difference between the
two pairs is the number of shots received, starting from index one on the
Day 2 Wed 17 Sept - Phoenix
The persistent drizzle, more akin to a typical wet day in England or
Ireland, perhaps made the European Team feel more at home as they lifted their
spirits and proved just how resilient they could be after their first day
mauling. Playing the greensomes format on the Mountain and Ocean Nines, they
gained their revenge 11 matches to 8 to reduce the difference between the two
teams to eight points.
The N. American duo of Marty Allred and Ken McCarthy recorded the biggest win of
the day, easily disposing of Scott Greenaway and Keith Buchanan, whilst Eddie
Smith and George Bishop staged the biggest fight back after being 5 down with 6
to play against Chris Holmes and Ed Behr to finish all square. Steven Steele and
Bill Broschart managed to walk off with a win after both players hit their tee
shots into the water on the 9th tee (their 18th in the match) to finish 1 up
against Chris Davisson and Barry Chadbourn.
The overall match now stands at N. America 23 to Europe 15, requiring Europe to
win 24 matches out of the scheduled 38 in the Friday singles at Siam Plantation,
to win the Ryder Cup Trophy.
Day 3 Fri 19 September - Siam Plantation
Well, this was showtime, just how good was the American Team? Could
the Europeans haul back the deficit of eight points. 39 single pairings, playing
in fourballs had their own challenge to deal with by way of the tricky Sugarcane
and Pineapple Nines, aka courses A and C. Many players had never seen the course
before, let alone play it; a massive advantage to the opponent.
The Americans, requiring just 16 wins to lift the trophy got off to a fantastic
start winning twelve of the first eighteen matches. There was a middle order
European revival which gave the team some hope but it was short lived as the
American Team, ably assisted by a number of Australians, went on record a 21 ½
to 17 ½ victory on the day, and an overall win of 44 ½ to 32 ½.
Back at the Outback Golf Bar, all were treated to liver and bacon, cottage pie
or chilli con carne from the Outback kitchen and staff before John Emmerson, the
American team captain accepted the magnificent Ryder Cup plaque from the well
known resident PGA Pro Richard Livingston.
Thanks go out to all those concerned with the organisation for the week, Colin
Davis (Lewiinski’s), John Emmerson (The Golf Club) and Jack Moseley and Bob
Philp from the Outback Golf Bar. A special thanks also to Bob Lindborg who was
able to provide the Ryder Cup logo, which was used on the exclusive shirts in
conjunction with the logos from the three aforementioned golf venues.
Next year will be the turn of the President’s Cup, the plaque for which has been
hanging in The Golf Club for the past year and will now pass on to Lewiinski’s
as the Ryder Cup one takes pride of place. Colin, you’ll have to wrestle hard to
get that away from John in a year’s time!
Lee Butler doubles in B flight
PSC Golf from the Bunker
Monday 15 Sept, Mountain Shadow -
1st Paul Smith (2) 36 pts
2nd John Graham (10) 34 pts
3rd David Day (15) 32 pts
1st Lee Butler (20) 36 pts
2nd Eddie Martin (18) 30 pts
3rd PJ Redmond (19) 30 pts
Playing Stableford at Mountain Shadow proved to be popular as there was
a big turnout and the field was split into two flights with the cut at
Butler shot a 9 under par at Greenwood.
The scores are never very great at Mountain Shadow because of the
abundance of coconut trees and the lightning fast greens; however, today
the greens weren’t their usual slick selves and gave everyone a
reasonable chance to make putts.
Both flight winners racked up 36 points to win the A flight being a bit
tighter than the B flight where we had John Graham only two points
behind Paul Smith and only two points ahead of third placed newcomer
It took a count back to settle second and third places in the B flight
PJ losing out to Eddie but Lee Butler was well ahead taking the kitty in
the affectionately termed “Diadora League”.
Aussie Scotty Eaton won two of the near pin prizes, John Graham and Glen
Cunningham taking the other two.
Wednesday 17th Sept, Greenwood - Medal
1st Alan Sullivan (12) 67 net
2nd Roger Privett (15) 68 net
3rd JJ Harney (11) 69 net
1st Lee Butler (20) 63 net
2nd Jim Wooler (22) 75 net
3rd “Aussie” Ferdie (23) 76 net
For some reason Greenwood have been messing around with the tee box
positions which has been causing a bit of confusion and frustration of
late so in the Bunker Bar before setting out it was decided to play a
Stableford comp off the back (blue) tees. However, upon arrival at the
first tee it was noted that the blue tees were “miles” back, about 50
yards in some cases, so the plan changed again and we began playing a
Medal round off the white tees (one position in front of the back tees).
Now that seems simple enough until it transpired that the white tees
were alongside the yellow tees on every tee box making the course a bit
too short to some of the golfer’s liking!
Never mind, this is Thailand (TIT)! Well, another twist in the tail was
the constant drizzle that persisted throughout the day which kind of
cancelled out the shortness of the holes because there was hardly any
run on the ball.
Play got underway and there was some cracking scores on the day with Lee
Butler posting the best, his nine under par net 63 stealing the show to
win the B Flight. The nearest to him was Jim Wooler who was 12 shots
behind and “Aussie Ferdie” nicked third place on a count back from Alex
Kilcoyne one further shot back.
Very close in the A Flight with only one shot separating them, Alan
Sullivan coming out on top with Roger and JJ coming in second and third
respectively. JJ and Alan won one of the near pins along with David Day
and Colin Stokes.
Gunnarsson and Howett
top Haven leaderboard
IPGC Golf from The Haven
Monday 15 Sept,Green Valley -
1st Jens Gunnarsson 38
2nd Barry Winton 36
3rd Barry Traynor 34
4th Orathai Winton 34
5th Chris Knapp 33
6th Phil Groves 33
7th Russell Exley 33
A large group set out in high hopes of a rainless day, and was rewarded with
an almost dry round at the well maintained Green Valley course.
Jens Gunnarsson continued with his good run of form in the Stableford events
with another two under to keep the also in-form Barry Winton from adding to
his run of successes by a couple of shots.
Barry Traynor led in Orathai Winton by count back with 17 points to 15 over
the back nine. This was another stroke better than the group on 33 points
who were led by Chris Knapp with 19 on the back and an excellent 15 on the
back six ahead of Phil Groves who had a steady 12 on the inward half. Phil
in his turn beat Russell Exley as Russell could manage only 18 on the back
The second division 2’s pool was shared by Rod Howett and Chris Knapp whilst
Barry Winton took the first division on his own.
Wednesday 17 Sept, Century Chonburi - Stableford
After traveling one of the longest distances to the course, it
was disappointing that the competition had to be abandoned due to the
weather. As the rain got heavier, the course became totally unplayable both
through the green and not least on the greens where the water refused to
soak away. Play was called to a halt after nine holes. A great pity as the
course was in great condition and at 100 baht green fee and 200 baht for the
caddy was wonderful value with carts costing just 400 baht.
Friday 18 Sept, Emerald - Stableford
1st Rod Howett 35
2nd Derek Holt 34
3rd Norman Isherwood 32
Whilst twelve players were involved in the match against the OK Corral there
were still more than enough people wanting to play their regular round out
of Soi 13. Although many of the in-form players had been selected for the
team it was no easy stroll in the park for Rod Howett, as he had to contend
with Derek Holt, who having recently got a taste of the podium wanted a bit
more and possibly a little higher up. In the end Rod just held on to win the
day by a single shot from Derek with the returning Norman Isherwood taking
third place another two strokes behind.
There were no 2s in the first division but once again Chris Knapp slipped
one in to take the second division alone.
Before the prize giving The Doc welcomed back Norman Isherwood.
Lumyai Sayoholt wins the week
Eastern Thailand Ladies Golf Club
Eastern Thailand Ladies Golf
Club winners and friends.
Thursday, Sept 18,
Pattaya Country Club - 4 Club tournament
Low Gross Lady: Lumyai Sayoholt
1st Low Net: Supos Narasit
2nd Low Net: Napavadee Panyingchareon
Near pins: #5 Lumyai Sayoholt, #12 Punyawut Gale, #16 Lamun Hanley,
#18 Dokratin Keeth.
Longest putt #18: Lamun Hanley
Boobee prize: Anusara Trayling
Lowest net guest of honor: Rich Murphy
“Mr Second” no more
Golf from the Travellers Rest
When I am compiling my weekly reports for the TRGG it is very
often difficult to find something of real interest to write about besides
the actual results.
winners: Richard Wakeling, Ted Senior, Alun Webber, Frank Kelly and
It was not so this week. I have been bombarded with so many interesting
pieces for the week I am unable to decide which to give priority. So here
they are in no particular order.
I am happy to report that Matt Gibbons has finally thrown off his mantle of
“Mr Second” with a fine win by a clear six shots (40) at Phoenix on Thursday
John Dennis took the second division when he also poured in an even higher
score of 42 for the win and highest score of the week and five ahead of
second placed Alun Webber.
“Wasps” seem to play a large part in the game this week as well.
On Tuesday at St Andrews Fergus Brennan played a shot in to a group of trees
and went in search of his ball to find that he had disturbed a nest and that
the residents were none too happy and proceeded to attack him leaving him
with over twenty stings to arms and legs. So golfers beware!
On Saturday at Eastern Star the winner on the day, Rungratree (who by the
way is a caddy at Eastern Star), was also stung on her ankle by a wasp but
all it did was put some buzz into her game for a fine win with forty one and
four clear of the field.
Billy “the Whiz” Fitzgerald has put out a request that if anybody finds his
“Whiz” could they please return it so he can start winning again.
And one last piece of unimportant information: it seems that three players
out on Saturday all have the same birthday. Fergus Brennan, Alun Webber and
Jim Ledwidge. How is that for a coincidence? So down to the results.
Tuesday 16 Sept, St Andrews/Green Valley, Stableford
Division 1 (0-16)
George Robinson (11) 36 pts
Hugh Byrne (13) 33 pts
Richard Wakeling (13) 32 pts
Fergus Brennan (10) 32 pts
Division 2 (17 up)
Martin Zimmerman (18) 36 pts
Peter Morris (23) 31 pts
Ted Senior (17) 31 pts
Rungratree Chotkasens (20) 30 pts
2’s: Ted Senior
Near Pins: Amphan North (2) Gunnar Vangsnes and Tony Cunningham
First outing this week was to St Andrews on Tuesday Sept. 16. A great
turnout of over thirty players. I repeat, the numbers are really on the
increase so sign up early please. Martin Zimmerman was on form and won the
second division with a great 36 and five clear of second placed Peter Morris
who took it on count back from Ted Senior, both at 31. Fourth was
Rungratree. Only one two recorded from Ted Senior and the four near pins
went to Amphan North (2), Gunnar Vangsnes and Tony Cunningham. I must say
that it is great to see Amphan out playing again. We have missed her great
smile for too long.
Thursday 18 Sept, Phoenix, Stableford
Matt Gibbons (14) 40 pts
Richard Wakeling (13) 34 pts
Hugh Byrne (13) 34 pts
Fergus Brennan (10) 33 pts
John Dennis (32) 42 pts
Alun Webber (24) 37 pts
Dean Rice (15) 37 pts
Ted Senior (18) 36 pts
2’s: Martin Solberg
Near Pins: Fergus Brennan and Jim Ledwidge
On Thursday the 18th it was again back to one of our regular visits to
Phoenix (Mountain and Ocean) and again we had a very good turnout and two
divisions 0-14 and 15 up.
Division one saw Matt Gibbons take a fine win with 40 points and throw off
his Mr. Second nickname. Richard Wakeling was second with a count back 34
over Hugh Byrne. Fergus was fourth with 33.
In division two John Dennis with the highest score of the week at 42 took
the honours. Alun Webber and Dean Rice had to count back at 37 for their
respective places with Ted Senior fourth. Just the one two on the day from
Martin Solberg. Near pins for Fergus Brennan and Jim Ledwidge.
Saturday 20 Sept, Eastern Star, Stableford
Rungratree Chotkasens (20) 42 pts
Ted Senior (18) 37 pts
Frank Kelly (16) 35 pts
Richard Wakeling (13) 33 pts
Alun Webber (23) 33 pts
2’s: Martin Solberg, Frank Kelly and Pat Robinson
On Saturday the 20th we went to Eastern Star. The weather was kind - no rain
delays - but the course was found not to be up to its usual form. Unsure why
However, this did not seem to deter Rungratree who caddies at the course
when she is not playing. Despite her skirmish with a wasp at the second hole
she fired in a fine 41 points to win and was four clear of second Ted Senior
at 37. Frank Kelly (who I understand uses Rungratree as his caddie when she
is not playing) was third at 35. Forth and fifth were decided on count back
between Richard Wakeling and Alun Webber at 33. Three two’s from Martin
Solberg, Frank Kelly and Pat Robinson.
The Square Ring:
by Howie Reed
Boxing is a dangerous sport. Those inside and all sports
fans are reminded of that all too often. On July 16 of this year Oscar
Diaz (26-23) was fighting for the USBA welterweight tile against Delvin
Rodriguez (22-1-1). After the 10th round Diaz crumpled to the canvas in
his corner. He was rushed to the hospital where surgery was performed to
relieve pressure on the brain. It is a boxing story that usually ends in
sadness; however, this incident may yet have a better ending. After over
2 months in a coma Diaz woke up last week and is breathing on his own.
Mosley - Mayorga
Interesting fight card on Sunday morning at the Staples
Center in Los Angeles. No title on the line in the feature but the match
up between Shane Mosley (44-5) and Ricardo Mayorga (29-6-1) is
interesting. Mosley has always seemed to be the ultimate ‘businessman
boxer.” He goes into the ring, does the job and leaves. He’s been very
good as his two wins over Oscar De La Hoya will attest.
Mosley has also been less than stellar, especially in his two loses to
Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright. Since the second loss to Wright,
Mosley’s gone on a five fight win streak. That ended his last outing
when he lost UD to then undefeated Miguel Angel Cotto.
Ricardo Mayorga is a different “kettle of fish”. In two words, “he’s
goofy”. He can be brilliant, as he was in his two wins against Vernon
Forrest. There are times when he’s just goofy from drinking prior to a
fight to lighting up a victory cigarette in the ring. Since 2003 he’s
been on a lose one win one routine. He’s lost to Cory Spinks, Felix
Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya. His wins come against Fernando Vargas,
Michele Piccirillo and Eric Mitchell. Probably worth watching.
Berto - Forbes
On the same card Andre Berto (22-0) will make his first
defense of the WBC Welterweight title he won by beating Miguel Angel
Rodriques in June. The title was vacant at the time. Truthfully Berto’s
22 and nil record really wasn’t built with many name boxers. Berto gets
Steve Forbes (33-6) for this initial title defense.
Berto may need a word of caution from TSR. “Forbes can be sneaky good.”
When Forbes met de La Hoya in March he looked as good as ever. Forbes is
dangerous. He also has opinion’s on the upcoming Oscar-Manny fight. “I
think he (Oscar) can still pull the trigger. He still has punching
power. I mean, one year ago he fought a split decision against Floyd
Mayweather. Nobody has ever done that. He took a year off and then he
fought me. It’s not like he took any abuse. He fought more relaxed in
the later rounds.”
Reprise…WBC vs. Mississippi Athletic Commission
It’s always good to remember if you’re a boxing fan or one that reports
on the sport that “reality” is what someone says it is. The WBC went
head to head with the Mississippi Commission over the appointment of
officials for WBC sanctioned title fights. In fact the WBC lost. That is
reality. Last week the WBC released a letter, portions of which will be
“The Mississippi State Athletic Commission and the WBC worked together
in excellent harmony after having had some difficulties due to
misunderstandings that were cleared up one day before the show when Jon
Lewis, chairman of the MSAC, and I spoke at length to initiate a future
amicable agreement of reciprocity and mutual cooperation.”
There were two WBC sanctioned fights on the card in Biloxi. One a world
championship fight between Timothy Bradley jr. and Edner Cherry. In that
one, to borrow a headline from fightnews, Bradley bombed Cherry. Neither
of the WBC suggested judges Tom Kaczmarek and Max de Luca worked that
fight. Maybe the two gentleman worked the WBC featherweight title
eliminator. Regardless the WBC blinked.
Hurricane Vs. Giardello
Two weeks ago on these pages TSR announced the passing of
former middleweight champion Joey Giardello. By happenstance while
surfing the TV cables TSR came across the movie “Hurricane” staring
Denzel Washington. It was an entertaining movie about the life of boxer
Ruben “Hurricane” Carter who was a top middleweight in the early 1960s.
In 1966 Carter was convicted of a triple murder in Paterson, New Jersey
and sentenced to life in prison. Carter became a ‘cause celebre’ with
the usual suspects coming out of the woodwork to claim his innocence.
After 20 years and two re trials the judgment was overturned. The movie
is based on Carter’s book “The 16th Round”.
One writer opined, “The question of Carter’s actual guilt or innocence
remains a strongly polarizing one. However, this much is certain: either
the criminal justice system released a triple murderer from punishment,
or it wrongfully imprisoned an innocent man for almost 20 years.”
At a recent social outing I shared a beverage and chin wag with noted
sportswriter Dave Newhouse who has just completed a book on boxing with
a forward by former Oakland Raider’s football coach John Madden. The
name Joey Giardello worked its way into the conversation. “I interviewed
him for my book,” said Newhouse. “You know he sued the producers of the
In the movie the fight between Carter and WBA/WBC middleweight champion
Joey Giardello plays a central part. The fight was held December 14,
1964 at the Convention Hall in Philadelphia. The movie’s fight sequences
shows Carter laying a whipping on Giardello. As the 15th round ended
Giardello had a busted up face while Carter, as played by Denzel
Washington, looked like Denzel Washington. Taking the microphone from
above the announcer said, “The winner and still champion Joey
Giardello.” With the announcement, in the movie, the hometown Giardello
fans booed as all must have known the Carter won.
First that would never happen. Philly fans booing a hometown favorite?
Now Philly fans did boo Santa Claus but never Giardello. Secondly the
judges scorecards have the fight pretty easily for Giardello at 72-66,
71-66 and 70-67. That was the old 5 point must system with the winner of
a round getting 5 points. The movie then jumps to the arrest and trial
directly after the fight. Didn’t happen that way. Carter had 15 fights
after Giardello, going 7-7-1. The came the conviction.
Jiving with Jeeves
Nice pair of contests coming up on November 1. One of the big
upsets last year was the 5th round TKO of Vic Darchinyan by underdog
Nonito Donairen. Darchinyan has been clamoring for a rematch but to no
avail so far. On November 1 both will be in a title match, but not
against each other. Darchinyan (30-1-1) goes after the WBA/WBC/IBF jr.
feather title against champ Cristian Mjares (36-3-2). After a nine month
layoff Donairen (19-1) takes on South African Moruti Mthalane (22-1) for
his IBF fly title.
UK’s next hope for a heavyweight title is David Haye. He’s still looking
for someone to fight on November 15 at the 02 Dome on London. After
beating Jean Marc Mormeck (KO 7) and Enzo Maccarinelli (TKO 2) for all
the Cruiserweight titles, Haye moved up to heavyweight. When he did his
claim was “I’ll only fight ranked boxers.” With his heavyweight debut
date approaching Haye and his camp are struggling for an opponent. Last
week they asked the WBO to rank relic Ray Mercer. Haye’s TV contract
with Setanta precludes him fighting anyone not ranked. Mercer is ready.
“I’m ready to fight Haye in November. I’ve proven that I’ll fight
anyone, anywhere, anytime. I’ve called Haye out twice, but I’ll only
have to hit him once.”
The Lord of TSR has given some stick to Joltin Joe Calzaghe for claiming
that Kelly Pavlik was ducking him. The Lord of the Manor in fact said
that “Calzaghe was telling Porkies.” Kelly, as he prepares for Bernard
Hopkins in three weeks, seems to confirm that view. “I don’t know why
they keep throwing my name out there. Calzaghe? Never. Calzaghe and his
dad keep throwing shots at me for no reason. He has Roy Jones Junior in
front of him. The chances of him getting past Roy Jones are very slim.
There might not be any talk of me and Calzaghe in the future. If he
doesn’t get past Jones, there’s no point in me fighting him.”
Felix Trinidad, like almost everyone else, has an opinion on De la
Hoya-Pacquiao. No great philosophy just common sense. “This fight
shouldn’t take place. There is too much weight and size difference.
Boxing’s credibility is at stake here.”
Patomchoke Patompothong did the crime, did the time and now
is 14-0 with 13 KO’s. He had to go 10 rounds last week for a majority
decision over Edgar Gabejan (5-13-2) of the Philippines in Bangkok.
Gabejan got a knockdown in the 6th but lost the scoring race 96-95,
97-96, 95-95. Forget hometown cooking, give ’em hometown judging. The
press release on the outcomes states, “Gabejan has performed well in
tough fights with world rated Fahsung 3KBattery in 2006, Poonsawat
Kratingdaengym and Fahsai Sakkreerin in 2008.” He lost them all.
In Yokohama, Napapol Kiatisakchokchai (45-2-1) fought for the WBC
interim super-bantam title against Toshioka (32-3-3). The Thai use to
have the WBC international super bantam title but it disappeared. Went
bye-bye. No “eye deer” why. Now he’s lost the interim title by scores of
117-109 twice and 117-107. Third man in the ring? Why that would be Las
Vegas guy Kenny Bayless.
“Your Lordship. I have prepared your beverage, a premium
cigar and the appropriate music so you can gloat like the ‘uncivilized
Yank’ you are over the USA’s lucky win in the Ryder Cup.”
“My good Jeeves I have no intention of gloating. Like any true champion
we Yanks allow the results to do the talking. Viewing the Ryder Cup on
television was the same as watching a great heavyweight title fight. And
it lasted three days. Just as boxing is the ultimate man-on-man sport,
with apologies to soccer hooligans, the Ryder Cup is more a bar room
brawl on a Friday night then a gentleman’s game with ‘tea and watercress
sandwiches’ during the break.”
Unlike my pal at the Island Lager Bar in Patong I won’t do a
“na-na-na-na” or ever a “neener-neener”. We Yanks are too civilized for
such childish behavior. Not only will I accept the win but make note
that the European team was playing without the services of longtime
members Luke Donald, Darren Clark and Colon Montgomery. On day one as
the TV camera scanned the crowd it showed a European fan had brought
with him a cardboard cutout of Colon Montgomery. Yank fan booed the
cardboard cutout of Montgomery. Not there but not forgotten. Life is
it in the rain
PSC Phoenix Golf Tuesday Group (members & guests)
A record turnout for our game today on the Mountain and Ocean course.
The mountain nine has only just been re-opened and sadly the greens are
not quite up to the standard as the greens on the Ocean nine. However,
in time they will improve and then all 3 nines will be active for the
high season (if we get one that is).
McAllister (right) enjoys a winners beer with a friend at Toy’s Bar.
With the mountain course the more difficult generally and the weather
conditions on the day being very wet with a consistent light rain most
of the game, the scoring, in the main was pretty poor. But there is
always one exception ain’t there?
As our heading states, McAllister walks it in the rain is no
exaggeration. After not scoring any points on the first two holes and
again on the last (3 blobs in total) Neil romped home for the first
prize with a fantastic 39 points. I have spoken before about Neil
improving gradually and he is now slowly mastering his game. However, we
all know the bubble will burst one day, as it does for all of us
Just to prove how inconsistent this game can be, Roger Ison managed
second place with 34 points, which was quite respectable considering the
conditions of the day. This was after having a horrible game in the PSC
Monthly Tournament the Friday before.
With a larger sized group today we decided to have four near pin
technical prizes, which were won by Graham Dietrich, Ken Hole (a long
lost friend from 10 years ago) and Neil McAllister (2).
Lucky draw went to another newcomer today, Valentino Lutton, which was
just how we would have liked our fairy story to end. Not having a
handicap yet with the PSC he could only play for technical prizes, and
he did not win any of them.
As you can imagine, there was not a lot left for the main prizes,
especially after the rest of the field who returned to Toy’s Music Bar
were awarded their consolation prize of a first happy hour drink free
out of the spoils. Note again: no good any pot hunters coming to our
Then we noticed that Roger Ison had not returned to the bar for the
presentation, so that left a few baht over which was promptly turned
into another couple of lucky draws, Matt Anderson and Graham Dietrich
being the recipients.
We said farewell to Lennie Bantleman, who is going back to the Middle
East for a short while and we presented him with a comedy video to watch
whilst he waited for his return to Fun City.
With Phoenix closed this Friday for a large tournament there will be no
Friday Tiger Tee game this week. However, that will resume the following
and every subsequent Friday.
If you would like to join in with the fun and games on a Tuesday or a
Friday call me on 087 091 7565. Our group is totally affiliated to the
PSC and our format is run under their strict guidelines.
Light rain does
not daunt Three Sisters
The sky was gray and a persistent light rain was
falling as the stalwart gang of Three Sisters players teed off at the
Pattaya Country Club on Sep 16th.
Murphy on the left with John Christie on the right.
The rain was light enough not to interfere with play but enough to slow
the ball on the greens. While the early birds got most of the drizzle,
it tapered off after a few holes and the cloud cover made for almost
Not surprising were the high finishes. John Christie came in with a big
40 points followed closely by Dale Murphy with 38. The rest of the field
dropped sharply from these two with last Friday’s unnamed winner at
Emerald dropping to the bottom at Pattaya Country Club today, ahh the
fickle gods of golf.
Everyone retired to Caddy Shack II for Sausages provided by Herbie
Ishinaga. There was also plenty of cold liquid refreshment on hand.
Jumparnit, Wylie and Gardner win the week
PSC golf from P J Pool Bar
Pattana, Monday 15 September (white tees) Stableford
Some of us went with East Side Friendly Golf Society to
Pattana Golf Resort for the first time for a long time. We are pleased
that we visited this splendid venue and shall go there again.
to R) Bob Drumm, David Gardner, Willy Nachbur topped the leaderboard at
Bangpra on Friday.
The long-playing conditions favored the long-hitting Tiger Jumparnit who
took top spot with 35 points whilst yours truly came in second with
fewer points than he is prepared to admit to.
The rest of the results got lost somewhere.
Treasure Hill, Wednesday 17 September (white tees)
Eight of us turned up to play in gentle, mildly enjoyable
rain which persisted on and off throughout the round keeping the course
Jeff Wylie (6) made the best of the day with 30 points beating Monty
Sykes (4) on count back, each claiming one near pin bonus apiece. Bob
Drumm (11) came in third with 29 points.
Colin Cronin had a near pin bonus whilst yours truly salvaged something
from a terrible day at the office with the longest first putt on the
18th green. The average score was a miserly 25 points.
Bangpra, Friday 19 September (white tees) Stableford
Seven of us correctly ignored the early morning rain to play
a round in excellent weather conditions on the course which was groomed
for the following week’s major competition for professional golfers.
David Gardner (10) had a bonanza day by winning with 35 points and
scooping three near pin bonuses. Bob Drumm (11) was second and Willy
Nachbur (23) was third with 35 and 29 points respectively.
The average score was 26 points, which the observant will note was not
much better than on Wednesday. It seems that the Silver Fox having
pupated as the Ginger Ninja may have completed the metamorphosis
appearing now as the Brown Beaver. We shall see!
Note: Any golfers seeking to play with our group that wish to
know about the group’s format please visit P J Pool Bar & Restaurant on
Soi Watboonsamphan (Soi Kanoi) or phone Neil on 0895110575.
THA-EC announces Sports
Fest 2008 to be held in Pattaya City
member hotels of the Thai Hotels Association-Eastern Chapter at a recent
press conference at Dusit Thani Pattaya to announce THA Sports 2008.
The Thai Hotels Association-Eastern Chapter (THA-EC)
held a press conference September 17 at Dusit Thani Pattaya to announce
the holding of THA Sports 2008 from September 22 - November 2 at the
Pattaya Muang 7 Sports Stadium.
Representatives from member hotels will be competing in games such as
football, volleyball, athletics, various local sports and cheerleading.
Both opening and closing ceremonies as well as awards presentation will
be held on November 2 at the school sports stadium. THA-EC organizes the
event every year to promote harmony and camaraderie among its member
hotels and to maintain Pattaya’s image as a sports city.
Pattaya Phanaddicts sink US Navy in 3 games
All the happy
participants, plus Leo’s cast of lovely ladies.
Darryl “Diego” Wells
On a splendid, sunny Sunday morning, with the smell of hot dogs and
hamburgers wafting in the breeze, our Pattaya Phanaddicts challenged our
US Navy visitors to a three game softball tournament. The setting could
not have been more ideal. Jimmy and his crew had spent the entire
weekend cutting, cropping, and dusting the diamond and field areas. Leo,
owner of Leo’s Blues Bar on Naklua Road and Soi 18 brought along dogs,
burgers, beers, sports drinks, and his entire staff to service (not in
that way) the refreshment stand for the tournament.
Even Mother Nature did her part, by clearing away the cloudy skies, and
letting the sun do its magic. If you took away the palm trees in the
background, it could just have been a typical Sunday at the ball park,
playing softball with friends in the summer sun in any North American
The US Navy boys and girl (Sam, who was steady at second base, and hit
the ball hard all day), were a tough match for our slightly older and
pudgier local boys. Their youth, speed, and endurance were huge
obstacles that needed to be overcome. The Phanaddicts from Pattaya would
have to dig deep if they were to win this 3 game sporting event. So with
a worried look in his eye, team captain and pitcher Perry took to the
mound, as Jimmy balked out the familiar words, “Play Ball”!
Game 1 started as a tight defensive affair, with neither team able to
get a runner around the bases until the 3rd inning. The Navy team struck
first in the bottom of the third with hits from their meat of the order
(Brown, Mike and Rickard), scoring Rice to move ahead 1-0. Pattaya
struck back in the 4th with four runs, but the tough Navy team answered
back with three of their own to level the game.
The turning point was in the 6th inning, with teams tied 4-4 and both
scheduled to have their top of the order up to bat. Diego managed to hit
a solo homer that seemed to pump up the local team, and deflate the
visitors. Perry, Mike, Rhys and Rick followed with singles that scored
two more runs.
The Navy team could only counter with one run scored by their leadoff
man, Pennington. So at the end of the sixth inning it was Pattaya 7 and
the US Navy 5.
The last inning showed why this Pattaya team, for the most part balding,
overweight and grey, is still a force to be reckoned with. Knowing they
needed at least a couple of insurance runs, the boys from Pattaya put on
a hitting display. Donny, Peter, Greg, Diego (who hit for the cycle),
Rhys, Mick, Scotty and Tom all scored in the top of the 7th to give our
boys a 15-5 lead. It was truly a wonderful spectacle to watch, as our
boys found holes to hit to, with pinpoint accuracy. The US Navy, to
their credit, never gave up, and managed to score two in the bottom of
the inning but lost the game 15-7.
Game 2 saw the Navy team seek and find vengeance against the Pattaya old
boys. They scored three in the top of the first and led from start to
finish. Pattaya scored 4 runs in the last inning through hits from Bill,
Jack, Scotty, Mike, Josh and Ron, to make the score respectable but the
Navy crew were too tough. The end result was, US Navy 10, Pattaya Sports
Club Phanaddicts 7.
Game 3 was the rubber match, but it had to wait until after lunch.
Burgers and dogs were served by Leo’s Blues Bar girls, and a few sports
drinks and other beverages were also consumed as the fans and players
eagerly awaited the final game. The US Navy were now battling the
elements as well as the local team, as the sun was turning them all a
darker shade of pink. With the last hot dog consumed, it was time again
for umpires Jimmy and Lee to scream, “Play Ball” and get on with the
Those Navy boys and girl came off the starting blocks flying, by hitting
back to back to back doubles and scoring 4 runs in the top of the first.
Pattaya managed to get one back when Diego blooped a Texas leaguer to
right field that scored our only Texan on the team, Greg.
Great defense by the Pattaya team stopped the Navy from scoring in the
next 4 innings, which gave the Pattaya bats time to warm up. The homeys
scored 5 runs in the second, and 5 more in the third, with hot bats from
Donny, Peter, Diego, Jack, Joe and Nigel (who have just returned to the
squad after several months of being abroad) leading the way.
The Navy team wouldn’t quit though, and they scored one in the sixth,
and two in the seventh to make it close. The final score was Pattaya
Phanaddicts 12 the US Navy 7.
In the end, the Pattaya Softball mini tournament was a huge success. It
wouldn’t have been possible without so much effort by the following
people. I would again like to thank our sponsors, the Pattaya Sports
Club & Leo’s Blues Bar in Naklua for coming through for us financially
and supporting us in many other ways as well. Our president John CF, and
his crew of organizers, Tommy, Alan (whose presence was greatly missed
by all, get well soon buddy!), Perry & Scotty. Special thanks must also
go to Jimmy and his crew of Rocky and Lee, and John CF, as they did an
outstanding job of turning our diamond into Pattaya’s own field of
In closing, I just want to add that our Pattaya softball league will be
starting soon, and we are always on the lookout for a few more players.
Even if you have little experience playing the game, come on out every
Sunday at Jimmy’s field of dreams in Jomtien for an enjoyable afternoon
at the ballpark. For more details contact me at
email@example.com or call me at 0879943531.
Sunday Softball Beer League ready to be tapped
Darryl “Diego” Wells
After an extremely successful tournament versus the US Navy, the
Pattaya Softball Beer League is ready to flow. On Sunday September 28,
the inaugural beer league softball season kicks off with Leo’s Blues Bar
(Naklua Road and Soi 18) playing against The Golf Club (Soi LK metro,
between Soi Diana and Soi Buakao), followed by The Classroom 2 (Soi 2
and Second Road) versus the Pattaya Beer Garden Bar (corner of Beach
Road and start of Walking Street, on beach side).
Incredible thanks must go out to our 4 great sponsors, who have ensured
that many a good time will be had by all the players. It will no doubt
be a great season, but we still are looking for a few good men. We still
have vacant spots in the lineup, and any and all softball players are
invited to join us. Just contact me at iamwishingwells@ yahoo.com or
call me at 0879943531 for more details. Softball is a great way to spend
your Sunday afternoons, so come on out and play ball.
To get there, drive south past Lotus Super Center. Take the first left
past Greenway Driving Range. “PSC Sunday Softball” sign is posted. Drive
4 km, passing Paradise Villa and Havana Resort. Turn left at Pattaya
Sports Flying Club and you will see a sign “PSC Sunday Softball”.
Teams ready for new MBMG
International League season
Last season’s champions Pattaya City start to defend their title
with a home match against last season’s runners up Cosmos on Saturday
September 27 at the Horseshoe Point. Kick off is at 4 p.m.
Cosmos who beat City twice last season is one of the favorites to win
this season’s League title. Last season Cosmos finished up as the
runners-up to City and both teams will be battling to win the
championship this season. The match is classed as the clash of the day,
and both clubs will want to start with a win.
A team to watch, who will challenge the top two will be the Londoners
who finished third in the League. Last season on a couple of matches
they played with only nine or ten players that cost them a higher League
City will be without their influential skipper Daryl Mann and defense
kingpin Brian Wilkins. Also missing will be their cunning midfield coach
Alan Mulberry, but all should be available in October. City have been
training two nights a week and have had a couple of practice matches at
the weekends during the summer and pre season.
All teams in the League play each other three times and with three new
teams it should be an interesting season.
Winking Frog Football team have resigned from the league, which is
disappointing, but new clubs Anatolia, Les Gaulois and British Club have
all joined and should do pretty well. I am sure one or even more of
these clubs will spring a surprise this season.
City are again sponsored by AGS Four Winds International Movers, tel.
081 903 9477.
If anybody would like to join in with the training sessions or
interested in joining the team, you will be made welcome. For more
information please ring Rick on 0817820977.
27th Sept Cosmos Home
11th Oct Anatolia Home
18th Oct Bullshead Away
25th Oct Londoner Home
1st Nov British Club Away
15th Nov Woodstock Home
22nd Nov Bangkok Utd Away
6th Dec Les Gaulois Home
13th Dec Cosmos Away
10th Jan Londoner Away
17th Jan Anatolia Home
24th Jan Bullshead Home
7th Feb British Club Home
14th Feb Les Gaulois Home
21st Mar Cosmos Away
28th Mar Londoner Home
4th April Anatolia Away
18thApril Bullshead Away
25thApril British Club Home
2nd May Woodstock Away
9th May Bangkok Utd Away
27th May Les Gaulois Away