United suffer early season loss at Nakhon Pathom
Pattaya United are still searching for their first victory of the
2009/10 Thai Premier League season after suffering a 3-1 reversal at the
hands of Nakhon Pathom last Sunday evening.
Tana Chanabut takes on the full back.
Following on from the home draw against Sriracha the previous week,
United were hoping to open their league account at the Kasetsarat
University field in Nakhon Pathom in front of over 2,000 flag waving and
Both teams came close to opening the scoring in a closely fought out
first half but the score still remained goalless at half time.
The second half started with the hosts seemingly determined to impose
themselves on the match and their endevours appeared to have been
rewarded when they were awarded a penalty kick in the 54th minute
following a clumsy challenge from one of the Pattaya players.
Nakhon Pathom’s Michael Thomas Byrne stepped forward to take the spot
kick but he could only look on in dismay as his effort was superbly
saved by Narit Thavekun in the United goal.
The reprieve for Pattaya was short lived however as the home team
continued to press forward and they eventually got the breakthrough via
a free kick from Boem in the 60th minute. The Nakhon Pathom supporters
were still celebrating the goal when just three minutes later Pattaya’s
Amorn Thamnarm stunned them into silence with an equalizer following a
clever through ball from Rangsarit Suthisa.
With the game now finely balanced it was the home team who edged ahead
once more in the 69th minute when Ekapoom Potarungroj chipped the ball
over Narit to make the score 2-1.
The game was effectively sealed four minute later when a fine solo
effort by Byrne saw him increase Nakhon Pathom’s advantage to two goals
and despite some valiant efforts there was no way back for United as the
clock ran down.
Pattaya United head coach, Pansak Kaetwattha, revealed that he is not
happy with the early season results and said that although the team is
playing well, they need to show more composure in front of goal and
start taking their chances.
For now, the team will try to prepare itself both physically and
mentally as this coming weekend sees a huge match-up against one of the
toughest teams in the league in the form of Chonburi FC at the Nongprue
Municipality Field in Pattaya on Sunday, March 22. Kick-off is at 6 p.m.
Nakhon Pathom captain Prayat Boonya (No.3)
clears the danger as Pattaya United attack in the first half.
United fans soak up the atmosphere inside
The home supporters provided plenty of
colour and noise.
Mini Marathon this weekend
The Toshiba Green Mini Marathon will take place this coming Sunday
morning, March 22 with a 6 a.m. start from outside the Siamkomintr
electronics shop on Sukhumvit Road in central Pattaya. The event features a
10km run and a 3km fun run, both starting at 6 a.m. A related 3km VIP Green
Walk rally will also begin at 9 a.m. on Pratamnak Hill.
event is being held to celebrate Toshiba’s 40th Anniversary and every baht
collected will be donated to schools in Pattaya city as scholarships and
also for the decoration of the city’s green areas.
Prizes are available to the top 5 winners in all six age categories of both
the male and female races in the 10km run. The first male/female of each
division in the mini-marathon (10km race) will be awarded HRH Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn trophies and a Toshiba refrigerator. Finishers 1-5 of the
10km run will also receive a Toshiba product.
Competitors in the 3km fun run meanwhile will have a chance to win prizes in
a lucky draw. All runners will receive a medal and a 40th Anniversary
Toshiba T-shirt and cap.
The cost to enter is 200 baht for both the 10km run and the 3km fun run. The
Green Walk rally is open to VIP teams.
Those wishing to take part can register at Siamkomintr on Sukhumvit Road on
Saturday, March 21 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and also on the morning of the
race between 4:30-6:00 a.m. or by calling the shop on 038-415-809 and
French gain revenge
Gallic marksmen topple English and German archers
Last Sunday, in Pattaya, the French gained a modicum of revenge for their
defeats by English archers in the battles of Agincourt, Crecy and Poitiers,
so many centuries ago. A team of French archers out-shot their English
opponents in an exciting international-style archery competition, winning in
Gallic trio were too hot for their rivals.
This competition was held in the Pirates of Pattaya shooting club’s archery
range, in Hua Yai. It was staged by the Pattaya Archery Club as its
first-ever “Special Events Day”, and judging by the very favourable reaction
to the new-style competition, it was a very successful Special Event.
The competition was to shoot 72 arrows at a distance of 30 metres into an
80cm target face. The French team consisted of Gilles Fourquet, Gilbert
Pelissier and Henri Hofstatter, and by half-way they had scored a total of
The German team, consisting of Manfred Barth, Rudi Cigler, Barbara Braun and
Michael Waas, had scored 885 by half-time; just seven points behind the
French, in second place.
The English team, consisting of Roger Lorton, Mervyn Gillham, Paul Ingliss
and Jeff Downes had scored 858 points by half-time and so trailed the French
team by 34 points. Such a deficit was not insurmountable, it would only take
a few poor shots by the French, and some personal bests by the English, to
even the match.
So with only seven points separating the French and German teams and 27
points separating the German and English teams, the second-half of the
competition promised to be a nail-biter.
However, the French archers were inspired, increasing their accuracy in the
second-half, scoring an additional 915 points which was an increase of 23
points over their first-half score.
The German archers also improved their score in the second-half by an
additional 17 points, scoring 902 for the remaining 36 arrows apiece.
The English archers however only scored a total of 844 in the second half,
which was a disappointing drop of 14 points over their first-half score.
So the match ended with the French team scoring a total of 1807 for a 3-man
team. The German team scored a total of 1787 and the English team scored a
total of 1702.
The sharp-eyed amongst our readers will have noted that the French team only
had three archers, whereas the English and German teams had four archers
each. This imbalance was easily addressed by deleting the scores of the
lowest-scoring archer in both the English and German teams. So not only were
the archers trying to shoot their best, they were also shooting for a place
in their country’s team. Added a bit of an extra challenge.
Celebrations and vows of revenge
The French Tricoleur was paraded with pride by the winning team, as
indeed they should be proud of such a convincing result. Indeed Gilles
Fourquet only joined the archery club about four months ago, having never
shot an arrow before. He quickly absorbed the club coach’s guidance and
already Gilles is a fine shot, with great potential for the future
The French team’s top-scorer was Henri Hofstatter with a remarkable score of
629 for the competition. There were a few mumbles in the English team as
Henri is a French-speaking Belgian, and so was only half-French. Not his
fault, of course, but as there are no other Belgians in the archery club,
the other French team members welcomed him to their collective bosom.
The German top-scorer was Manfred Barth with an outstanding score of 662,
easily the best shot in the club. Manfred is 64 years-old, showing that
archery can be suitable for people of all ages. The club’s youngest member
is 12-year-old Charlie Brand, a mere slip of a girl.
The English team’s top-scorer was Roger Lorton with a respectable score of
606. His team-mates all shot below their proven capabilities and so the
English team has the potential to save the nation’s honour in any future
competitions. However, rumour has it that they have vowed revenge and are
doubtless busy sharpening their arrows right now.
A few beers were downed in celebration or commiseration, and everyone
thought the Special Event was a great success.
Little do they know what challenge lies ahead for them in the next Special
Event … watch this space.
Trying archery in Pattaya
Pattaya Archery Club shoots on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and
Sundays, beginning at 10.00 a.m. and finishing at about noon or thereafter.
Anyone - Thai or farang, young or old, man or woman - is welcome to come
along to the Pattaya Shooting Club in Hua Yai and find out what it is all
Beginners’ coaching is held on a Tuesday and / or a Saturday. The coach’s
services and the use of the club’s bows, arrows and other equipment are free
for beginners, and so it costs nothing to see if this challenging sport is
For more details visit Pattaya Archery Club’s website at
www.pattaya-archery-club. com, or telephone Eric, the President, on 089 535
All friends afterwards: the
teams gather for a group photo.
Over 2 million baht raised at this year’s
UNICEF charity golf tournament
In the 8th year of the Khun Anand Panyarachun Charity Golf
Invitational for UNICEF Thailand, held at Eastern Star Country Club & Resort
on Saturday, March 7, the Eastern Star 1 team produced a fine winning score
of net 62 to just narrowly edge out the AIA team 1 by two shots to claim the
cheque for 2,155,000 baht was presented to UNICEF to help with their Child
Protection Program in Thailand.
The Eastern Star team comprising of Kaweeporn Supasae, Pravit Sukchuay,
Sekkul Kemthong and Rujipas Pungarm received the Champion Team Trophy,
trophies for each team member, and the Khun Anand-UNICEF Cup. Presenting the
trophies was the UNICEF officer & representative for Thailand, Tomoo Hozumi.
The runners-up AIA team 1 featured Yongyuth Lamyai, Tawat Butrraksa, Ornuch
Nuangchamnong and Decha Chomchan while the second runner-up team was AIA
team 4 composed of Panom, Prayoon, Saran and Chaiyot. Both runner-up teams
also received trophies for their efforts.
The tournament was played out on a fine, partly overcast, hot and windy day
with the course presented to its usual very high standard. Kaweeporn
Supasae, Eastern Star course superintendent had assisted to present the
course at its best for the occasion with greens running at speed 9 on the
The nine technical trophies featured were claimed as follows: Near pins went
in course order to Somjai Prasertsri, Rujipas Pungarom, Sompong and Prajuab;
the straight drives were won by Tanat on hole 10 and Prajuab on hole16; the
long putt awards went to Thongchai on hole 7 and Surachai on hole 14, and
finally the long drive was won by Surachai on hole 4.
Following the post golf buffet at 4 p.m., the prize-giving ceremony took
place in the Masters Conference Hall at Eastern Star. Sponsors and guests
were welcomed to the tournament by UNICEF representative Tomoo Hozumi and
informed that all the proceeds from the event will go to support UNICEF’s
Child Protection Program “helping UNICEF to address some of the most urgent
needs facing the most vulnerable children in Thailand.”
The night before the tournament, a get together of VIPs, sponsors and
players was held at HE Khun Anand’s poolside home, where parties are always
memorable for his warm hospitality, live music and sumptuous Thai & western
buffet with free flowing wine. HE Khun Anand gave a friendly welcome to all
those in attendance and there was even a special appearance from Thailand
UNICEF ambassador and movie star Ann Thongprasom.
The generous sponsors of this year’s event included the following: Platinum
Sponsors- American International Assurance; Gold Sponsors- Electricity
Generating Authority Thailand, Eastern Star Real Estate Plc., Siam City Bank
and PTT PCL; Silver Sponsors- Tisco Bank, Kasikorn Bank, Saha Union, Chevron
Thailand Exploration and Production, Pace Development and Siam Cement Group;
and Bronze Sponsors- Bank of Ayudhya, Rim Talay Co., Bangkok Broadcasting &
TV (Ch.7), Dow Chemical and Shi-Asia Co., Ltd.
Donations also came in from the Bank of Thailand, Siam Commercial Bank,
Tesco for Thais Foundation, Wisut Witthayathankorn, Sangchai Sodtivarakul.
Thai Gem & Jewelry Trader Association and Mom Rajawongse Thepkamol Devakula.
The event sponsor was as ever the Eastern Star Country Club & Resort and
emergency services were provided by Bangkok Hospital Rayong. Accommodation
at Eastern Star was sponsored by Sea-star Properties.
In respect of the UNICEF tournament in its 8th year, thanks were extended to
the Board of Directors and the Organizing Committee, to Managing Director
Ratanachai Phatinavin, General Manager Pinij Dharakasem, course
superintendent Kaweeporn Supasae, for the excellent presentation of Eastern
Star’s challenging 18 holes, and to all the staff involved on the day.
The presentation of technical and team prizes followed the lucky draw, and
finally Certificates of Appreciation were presented by Tomoo Hozumi to the
Platinum Sponsors: American International Assurance. Then two more was
presented to Eastern Star received by Managing Director Ratanachai
Phatinavin and a personal certificate to General Manager Pinij Dharakasem
for a job well done.
That just left the highlight and main purpose of the tournament in making a
significant donation to UNICEF’s Child Protection Program. Eastern Star
Managing Director Ratanachai Phatinavin duly presented a cheque for
2,155,000 baht to Mr. Hozumi.
Tomoo Hozumi concluded proceedings by giving a short address about UNICEF’s
work in Thailand to tackle, through the Child Protection Program, some of
the urgent needs facing the most vulnerable and at risk children in
He concluded with warm words of appreciation to all concerned and a special
mention was made of the late Mike Franklin who was the main man behind this
tournament from its inception and a special note of gratitude was made in
public in his honor.
All said it was yet another enjoyable and successful charity golf
invitational in the name of H.E. Anand Panyarachun for the benefit of UNICEF
and the children of Thailand. Rest assured it will be back in 2010.
UNICEF representative Tomoo
with the champion Eastern Star 1 team.
Eastern Star 1 team gets ready
to tee it up.
HE Khun Anand Panyarachun
sits with guests at his pre-tournament party.
Does it move to the left or
It’s hot work being a caddy.
A nice tee-shot splits the
This young lady shows a deft
touch on the greens.
Celebrity Ann Thongprasom
(seated 2nd right) and Tomoo Hozumi
(seated far left) pose for a photo with
the UNICEF team.
Eastern Star was in great
shape for this year’s tournament.
Cooney shoots best of the week for Green Valley win
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, March 9, Mountain Shadow - Stableford
In a single flight today it was very tough, as usual, to get
any kind of score going, but when the heavens opened it made it that
much harder. However, Bernie Stevens thrived in the conditions and came
home with a very respectable 34 points to win and “PJ” didn’t seem to be
bothered too much as he was only one point behind. Paul Smith took third
place a couple of points further back.
Stevens - winner at Mountain Shadow.
It didn’t turn out to be a bad day for Paul as he won three of the near
pin prizes too!
1st Bernie Stevens (18) 34pts
2nd PJ Redmond (17) 33pts
3rd Paul Smith (5) 31pts
Near Pins: Alan Sullivan, Paul Smith (x3)
Wednesday, March 11, Green Valley - Medal
Playing a medal round at Green Valley it was close in the B
Flight where it took a count back to separate Mike Corner and Dave
Keats; Mike winning with a better back nine. Colin Stokes came third
only one stroke behind with a net 77.
In the A Flight Gerry Cooney had the best round of the day, shooting
five under par to win in style, while William Macey took the runner up
spot just one shot better than third placed PJ Redmond.
1st Gerry Cooney (11) net 67
2nd William Macey (13) net 71
3rd PJ Redmond (17) net 72
1st Mike Corner (22) net 76
2nd Dave Keats (26) net 76
3rd Colin Stokes (26) net 77
Near Pins: William Macey, PJ Redmond, Gerry Cooney and Dave
Friday, March 13, Phoenix - Medal
Playing another medal round we had the second downpour of the
week but it didn’t put off William Macey. The cut was handicap 16 today
and William won the A Flight with a handsome four under par round. Geoff
Parker pushed him all the way but slipped up on the last hole to get
beaten by just one stroke. Paul Smith snuck into the places again to
take third with a level par round playing off a handicap of 5.
John Thornber had a happy return to Thailand by winning the B Flight
with a level par score and “PJ” beat Don McPherson on a count back to
claim second place.
This week’s results have made the ‘golfer of the month’ competition very
interesting as only a few points separate Geoff, William, “PJ” and
Gerry, all of whom are eager to ring the bell at the end of the month
1st William Macey (13) net 68
2nd Geoff Parker (14) net 69
3rd Paul Smith (5) net 72
1st John Thornber (19) net 72
2nd PJ Redmond (17) net 74
3rd Don McPherson (22) net 74
Near Pins: Peter Iosifidis, Tom McDowell, Gerry Cooney and Don
A call to all golfers
man who organized some of the best golf tournaments in Pattaya,
needs your help right now.
Mike Franklin, (AKA “Mr. Golf”), arranged so many golf events to
benefit charities on the Eastern Seaboard that they are too numerous
to list. His work for the Jesters Care for Kids is legendary.
Mike Franklin unfortunately passed away this year, after a short
battle with cancer, and can no longer organize charity golf
tournaments. He is already being missed. Mike was a small man, but a
giant in his compassion.
However, it is possible for all golfers to assist Mike’s charities
and honor his memory by playing in the Mike Franklin Memorial
Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday April 1 at the Eastern Star
Country Club course.
Mike would thank you personally if he could, but it should be
sufficient that literally hundreds of needy and disadvantaged kids
will be thanking you for supporting them in their battles for life.
You can enter by sms to Ingo Raeuber 081 949 9433, Bernie Tuppin 086
060 1015 or Tony Malhotra 081 514 8584.
Registration forms available at the Pattaya Mail office beside Grand
Sole Hotel on 2nd Road.
In form Byrnes wins again
PSC golf with The Phoenix Tuesday Group
I am sure it must have been something to do with the run up to St
Patrick’s Day on March 17. Even after having been cut to 10 Handicap, that
man Hugh Byrnes still managed to beat the heat and the rest of the field,
although I have to say only just though.
thorns Hugh Byrnes and Stuart Gordon with a rose in between.
With Stuart Gordon blistering the front nine with 22 points, it seemed he
would be the next one in line for a manual cut. Strange how he then managed
only 15 points on the back to finish second.
It was just as well, because in our private little Skins match with Gary
Blackburne and myself, he was the only one on the score sheet at the turn,
with 9 skins and 2 ouzels and a birdie. Good job it was only 10 baht a skin.
Luckily both Gary and myself managed a couple of skins on the back nine to
reduce the arrears, albeit Gary had more than me. It’s no good moaning. If
you play bad golf (as I did) then you expect to pay out.
So it was back to Toy’s Bar for the presentation (and a few beers after
today’s heat) where after paying for the first round out of the days funds
and giving the usual golf balls to the near pin winners there was (again)
not a lot of lolly left for the victors. However, all of our group are quite
happy about this. We, for sure, do not get pot hunters playing with us.
Near pins went to Hugh Byrne (2), Stuart Gordon and Patrick Browne, with the
lucky draw golf ball going to yours truly. There is a god after all.
Our next outing will be on St Patrick’s Day and we will try to do something
to celebrate this event. The only thing I can suggest is getting drunk on
Guinness. Now that seems to be the best idea I’ve had for a long time.
Give me a call on 087 091 7565 if you would like with our group. Tee times
start at 12.00 noon with registration closing at 11.30 a.m. sharp, in the
men’s locker room.
Downey & Philips bag
a brace of 40-pointers
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday’s top four: Kevin
Dunne, Martin Philips,
Brian Downey and Don Carmody.
Tuesday, March 10, Pleasant Valley -
The number of aspirants is thankfully thinning out and the
congregation at Bert’s was much reduced this Tuesday morning. We headed
out to the course which our captain fondly calls “Pleasant Swamp”. As we
set out on our struggle with the course, we were confronted by a stiff
breeze, or as one might hear in the vernacular of Pattaya bar culture
“wind with power”.
In spite of the tight and tricky layout, birdies were coming hither and
thither and then, Scott Dobbins had an eagle on the third hole. But this
didn’t save him and our captain by being bettered by Mashi Kenata who
roared down the back nine with 23 points!
By popular demand, we played off the white tees, and this enabled many
of our throng to register some rather handsome scores. Scott ended up
with an impressive gross 70, but still didn’t make the leader board. One
could speculate that our captain’s absence from the winners list
accounts for his swearing that “next time ye shall return to the blue
Back at Bert’s, our captain dished out the awards: The overall winner,
with an impressive 43 points, was Brian Downey, a fine Irish relic whose
flamboyant and platinum coiffure is the envy of heads hiding under hats.
A Flight (0-15)
1st Martin Philips 42pts
2nd Kevin Dunne 39pts
3rd Mashi Kenata38pts
B Flight (16 up)
1st Brian Downey 43pts
2nd Don Carmody 37pts
3rd Brian Gabe 34pts
Near Pins: Steve Hamstad, Dick Warberg, Kevin Dunne, Tony
Long Putts: Brian Gabe, Anders Pedersen.
Jackson has a field day
at Pleasant Valley
PSC golf from P J Pool Bar
Tuesday, March 3, Pleasant Valley (White tees) –
Eleven wanna-be golfers turned out to enjoy what Crystal Bay has to
Mike Jackson played excellent golf to take the day with 43 points incorporating
the longest first putt on the 18th green and thereby earned himself a manual
handicap cut to 10.9. Bev Ewens, Rob Gandley and Frank Waterhouse came in 2nd,
3rd and 4th with 37, 36 and 33 points respectively. Pacco scooped two near pin
bonuses, David Clamp one other.
flight winners: Jim Walton (left) and Peter Fitton.
Aka O’Reilly was not with us this day because according to him on Sunday he was
flipping through the channels with a large, cold Archa to hand when his wife
asked him “what’s on TV?” Aka replied “dust”. Aka’s doctors tell him that the
swelling around his eyes should shrink sufficiently to let him see by Friday,
the blackening will fade in time but he might be left with a permanent squint.
Thursday, March 12, Plutaluang N & W (White tees) – Stableford
Nineteen of us turned out for Navy so we split into two divisions.
The 500B green fee advertised by E-JON CO. LTD is apparently not available to
others including PSC members and so 600B it was.
The great bonus of the day was arriving at the West #1 tee box to find that the
darned old dead tree right where the drive needed to go and that only took away
from the hole has now gone, chopped down. Good!
In the A division (handicaps 15 and less) Peter Fitton took the honors with 36
points, pushing the currently consistently performing Pacco into second spot
after a count back. Roger Kidd came in third with 32 points and Ian Wheeldon was
fourth with 31.
In the B division (handicaps 16 and up) Jim Walton made a welcome return to form
taking top spot with 33 points and being followed home in 2nd, 3rd and 4th
places by Willy Nachbur, Jim Fortune and David Johnson with 32, 31 and 31 points
Near pin bonuses went to Peter Fitton, Bob Drumm, Jim Fortune and David Johnson
whilst Paul Smylie sunk the longest first putt on the 18th green. The average
score was 28.8 points.
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 089 511 0575.
Herbie takes it on count back
PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar
A tough group hit the fairways at the Pattaya Country
Club on Tuesday, March 10 at 06:30. One threesome was held up at hole
number one as “come-late-Bill” assured them he was nearly there. The
next foursome played through.
winner Herbie Ishinaga (left) with runner-up Sus Ige.
Even at that early hour the humidity was heavy and took its toll on all
the players. The dew on the greens played havoc with putting but the sun
cleared that up later in the morning.
The competition was keenly contested as could be seen later as cards
came in while the group gathered at Caddy Shack II to sample some of
Herbie Ishinaga’s roast pepper ham and one or two San Miguels. At the
top of the board were three cards showing 38 points: Herbie Ishinaga,
Sus Ige, and Paul Donahue. Herbie took first place on the count back
with Sus coming in second and Paul, who is frequently on the bottom of
the pile, had a great game but just not enough to overcome Herbie and
Sus in the count back.
Come-late-Bill had a respectable 33 points but could not quite get it
together enough to join the top three.
‘Top Gun’ Mod achieves
single figure handicap
Golf from the Travellers Rest
Mod Chaviraksa has become the first lady member of the TRGG to have
their handicap go into the single figure of 9. This was as a result of the
blistering round of golf that contained two eagles, two birdies and two 2’s
that she produced at Plutaluang on Thursday March 12, for a seventy-six
gross score and forty-three points that beat the field by five clear points.
This was her best ever round of golf in Thailand.
winners: Derek Lucas and John Merritt; (Inset) ‘Top Gun’ of the week - Mod
At the presentation back at the Travellers Rest all the golfers applauded
Mod on her achievement and the bell was rung many times. Merriment ensued
and the smile never left her face all evening.
This week I also have some disturbing news to report. One of our regular
golfers and a newcomer to our fold both fell foul of pickpockets whilst out
in Pattaya. For one this meant cancelling his next days planned outing to
Phoenix due to having no immediate access to funds the following morning (he
lost cash and his credit cards). So fellow golfers a warning: please be
careful when you are out on the town as it could also happen to you.
Monday, March 9, Khao Kheow A & B - Stableford
1st John Pegrum (13) 37pts
2nd Brendan Moore (13) 36pts
3rd Mod Chaviraksa (11) 33pts
1st Jimmy Chawke (17) 31pts
2nd John Thornber (17) 31pts
3rd John O’Leary (15) 30pts
1st Ted Murphy (20) 34pts
2nd Willy Wilcoxi (21) 23pts
3rd Peter Ring (21) 23pts
Khao Kheow was the venue on Monday and the turnout was one of the largest we
have had this season so we had three divisions.
However, the day was to be eventful with some heavy rain and lighting coming
in during the afternoon which lasted some forty five minutes and flooded the
fairways, which subsequently became waterlogged. This resulted in some nine
no returns (it was noted mainly amongst the Aussies and the Irish in
In division 1 John Pegrum took the honours with thirty-seven points; the
second division went to Jimmy Chawke at thirty-one and the third division to
Ted Murphy with thirty-four.
There were four 2’s on the day belonging to Ray Allison, Tewin Lamthong, Ted
Murphy and Willy Wilcox.
Tuesday, March 10, Bangpra - Stableford
1st Brendan Moore (13) 37pts
2nd Steve Carlton (7) 36pts
3rd Danny Wheelan (15) 36pts
4th John Thornber (17) 34pts
On Tuesday Bangpra was the course of choice and again we had a very good
turnout. This is a fine course and as always proved to be a good test of
golf. This is also a beautiful course and I have it on good authority that
on the day many colourful and rare birds were to be seen and on one occasion
at the seventeenth a big mother lizard along with one of her young were seen
taking in the sun.
Brendan Moore, who is playing some very good golf these days, took top
honours with thirty-seven points, just the one up on Steve Carlton who took
second on count back over Danny Wheelan. In fourth place was John Thornber
on thirty-four points.
There were just the two 2’s coming from Danny Wheelan and Brendan Moore.
Thursday, March 12, Phoenix Lakes & Ocean, Stableford
1st Mod Chaviraksa (11) 43pts
2nd Fergus Brennan (11) 38pts
3rd Hugh Byrne (11) 37pts
4th Phil Knight (11) 37pts
1st Frank Kelly (15) 41pts
2nd Billy Fitzgerald (16) 35pts
3rd Derek Lucas (19) 34pts
4th Amphan North (15) 34pts
1st Laurie Bevan (29) 36pts
2nd Paula Byrne (29) 36pts
3rd Rampai Chaisuwan (33) 35pts
4th John Lee (22) 35pts
As always this is a great course in excellent condition and it was yet
another very big turnout for the second time this week, so three divisions.
Division 1 saw that great win for Mod Chaviraksa with forty-three points
(see head of report) and five clear of Fergus Brennan in second at
thirty-eight. Hugh Byrne was third with thirty-seven. Frank Kelly took the
second flight with a fine forty-one points; Billy Fitzgerald was second on
thirty-five and Derek Lucas was third with thirty four after winning the
count back over Amphan North.
The third division had Laurie Byrne at the top with thirty-six points on a
count back win over Paula Byrne.
Four 2’s were recorded by Mod Chaviraksa (2), Phil Knight and Bill McGarvie.
Saturday, March 14, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Derek Lucas (19) 39pts
2nd John Merritt (14) 38pts
3rd Frank Kelly (14) 37pts
4th Billy Fitzgerald (16) 35pts
5th Brendan Moore (13) 34pts
Saturday saw our third weekend visit to Green Valley and this will be our
“weekend” venue for some time. The cost to play cannot be beaten and we have
the best around.
We had a smaller turnout than usual so the one division and places to fifth.
Derek Lucas followed his division 2 win of last week with another fine win,
this time with thirty nine points and one clear of John Merritt in second.
Frank Kelly was third with thirty seven, Billy Fitzgerald fourth with thirty
five, and Brendan Moore fifth at thirty four.
There were four 2’s coming from Brendan Moore (2), Ted Senior and Larry
Bruneau tames the tough North & West at Plutaluang
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, March 9, Plutaluang –
After losing its popularity due to the cost of the green fees
compared with the other courses in the area, and with the poor condition of
the North course today, there were only eight groups out and it’s possible
this number will diminish further if we decide to book here again in the
next couple of months.
divisional winners (left-right): Mikael Andersson, Mike Theedam and Miss
With the North and West courses selected, most of us think the toughest two
Nines, Jean Bruneau’s 39 points took division 1, while Alan Bissell came in
second on count back over Howard Stanley after they both came in with 33
In division 2 there was no count back today for Burnie Sinclair (it must be
a first) as his 34 points won by three clear from Andy Oz in second who beat
the ‘Old Man’ on a back six count back. No food for Miss Nom tonight!
Playing off 10, Gisela Jacobson birdied the lighthouse hole to win the only
2’s prize in division 1 and a rollover ensued in division 2 to Eastern Star
Near Pins went to Jean Bruneau (2) and Gisela Jacobson in division 1 and to
William Chang (2), Ray Thirtle and Les Winch in division 2.
Friday, March 13, Eastern Star – Stableford
A reduction here in the green fees (probably a month or so later
than some of the other courses) meant that we had the highest turnout of
late with 11 groups of 4. Our thoughts are why are the other two local
courses here charging a higher green fee?
So, a three divisional stableford competition today with all the cards
divided into a fair three-way split.
In division 1, with the handicaps split at 4-13, Mikael Andersson came in
first with 38 points. One point behind in second was Tom Sathrum who
incidentally scored a hole in one here on the sixth hole just two days
previously. Barry Winton finished in third spot with 36 points.
In the second division the cut was made at 14-19 and the same score of 38
points won it for Mike Theedam. In his last game with us until next October,
Harry Vincenzi finished in second with 36 points and the in form Jean
Bruneau took third with 35.
The remaining 14 cards with a 20 plus handicap battled it out and Miss Nom
came out on top with 36 points to beat her arch rival Miss Oam by 2 points.
Third place was taken by Jouni Metsanen with 33.
Recently returned after 18 months in Scotland, and a permanent resident here
again, Tony Sawyer birdied the 13th hole to record the only ‘2’ in division
1 and Harry Vincenzi did the same in the second division on the 17th to take
the rollover purse and with his second place in division two as well, he
rang the bell back at Siam Cats. Many thanks Harry, it was much appreciated
As well as saying goodbye to Harry it was also a Bon Voyage to Peter Grant
who is returning to the Falklands.
Near pins went to Kari Kuparinen (2), Srithong Tann and Barry Winton in
division 1 and to Miss Nom (2) and Tony Sawyer in division 2.
“The Donkey” kicks ass
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, March 8, Green Valley –
1st Roy Thornton (12) 40pts
2nd CB Thompson (10) 39pts
3rd Chaten Patel (13) 38pts
1st John Warren (21) 41pts
2nd Nick Payne (15) 39pts
3rd Jim Bell (19) 37pts
Near Pins: #2 Pierre Bietry, #9 Roy Thornton, #12 Roy Thornton, #16
Baan Jing Jai hidden six: 1st Chaten Patel, 2nd Lou Szigileti.
As some of the Lewinski die-hards were away touring up north, a smaller than
average group took to the road for our Sunday knockabout.
Today’s scores were most impressive, none more so than John Warren who took
charge of the junior flight with a superb 41 points. Nicky “two gloves” was
a couple of shots back in second place and the ever present Jim Bell was a
couple of shots further back, finishing in third.
Roy Thornton M B E marched to first place with a sparkling 40 points to take
the senior flight honors. Roy had the time of his life, landing himself a
‘2’ and two near pins. Roy’s better half will soon need a bigger scrapbook.
C B Thompson posted a fine 39 points for second spot and Chaten Patel was
another shot back in third.
Besides Roy’s ‘2’, there were three others coming from Ian Grout, Nick Payne
and Lou Szigileti.
Monday, March 9, Crystal Bay - Stableford
1st Colin Davis (15) 40pts
2nd Geoff Kubas (21) 37pts
3rd Bob Newell (5) 37pts
A small but high quality field took to the road to play the very popular
Crystal Bay and again it was a mad hot and humid day, the hot season has
“The donkey” amassed an amazing 40-point haul to total destroy the field,
hitting the ball long and straight, super golf. Second spot was filled by
Geoff Kubas on 37 points, with the aide of a count back over Chairman Mao.
No 2’s were recorded so a rollover on Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 11, Bangpra – Stableford
1st Gordon Kerr (12) 36pts
2nd Neil Cameron (12) 34pts
1st Jim Bell (19) 42pts
2nd Geoff Kubas (21) 35pts
A warm welcome greeted the lads at Bangpra where a stableford competition
awaited. The numbers had increased sufficiently t to warrant two divisions.
The senior flight was led home by the man of leisure himself, Gordon Kerr,
with an equal best of the day even par round of 36 points. Neil Cameron esq.
took silver on 34 points after a count back over the unlucky Gavin
The ever present Jim Bell took control of the juniors with an equal best of
the day 36 points. The silver place needed a dreaded count back, with Ivan
Plunkett losing out to the inform Geoff Kubas, both on 34 points.
Mark Wood, Alan Morris and Jim Bell shared the 2’s pot.
Mark “Mussels” Bonner had a game he would sooner forget, at one stage
threatening to drown himself in the lake. His long time mate, Steve Miller,
asked Mark if he thought he could keep his head down that long.
Friday, March 13, Khao Kheow - Stableford
1st Justin Fowlis (15) 41pts
2nd Jimmy Day (13) 36pts
1st Joe Tynan (27) 36pts
2nd David Dunne (18) 35pts
Friday the thirteenth! What a day to take on the formidable Khao Kheow. But
to be fair this is one of the society’s favourite golf courses, tough and
tricky but a fair test of golf.
One man stood head and shoulders above the rest, Justin Fowlis. Justin
amassed 41 points to stand on top of the podium in the senior flight, an
amazing five shots clear of Ireland’s Co Wicklow man Jimmy Day in second. Co
Kerry man Ben O’Connor and Eric Curley were a shot further back.
There would be no Irish minstrels in Lewiinski’s tonight. Hey hold on! What
about the junior flight? Oops! Smoking Joe Tynan quietly posted 36 points to
put the smile back on those Irish faces and take charge of the juniors.
David Dunne scrambled into second spot a point back and in a three way tie
over the unlucky pair of John and Lynne Foote.
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 Bob on 080 096 8232. Transport is
Rod and John pair
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, March 9, Green Valley -
Div. 1 (0-12)
1st Rodney Hayes 34pts
2nd Rick Holmes 34pts
3rd Norman Isherwood 33pts
4th Mike Lamb 33pts
Div. 2 (13+)
1st Paul Taylor 35pts
2nd Tony Barritt 35pts
3rd Rod Howett 34pts
4th Dave Spendley 34pts
As usual recently, there were sufficient players to form two divisions with
the cut being made at 12 and below for the first division and enough
entrants to provide for four prizes in each.
Rodney Hayes took his first win for some time with a very steady two over
handicap in the extremely windy conditions as he won the count back by 20 to
17 against Rick Holmes in second place. Norman Isherwood also had to better
Mike Lamb and Ian Bakewell to secure third as he returned 19 to 16 from Mike
and a tired 15 from Ian over the inward half.
The second division was also decided by count back with Paul Taylor winning
out by a margin of 20 to 18 against Tony Barritt after a slow start. Rod
Howett took third place by also by a count back of 19 to Dave Spendley’s 17.
There were no 2’s in the second division pool but Russell Exley and Mike
Lamb had one each in the first division.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed new members Mike Lamb, Michael
McNaney, Gary Constable and Terry Belton and also welcomed back Simon Payne,
Rodney Hayes and said farewell to Alan Hanlon and Rick Roberts.
Friday, March 13, Century Chonburi - 2 Person Scramble
1st Rod Howett & John Teague (17) 47pts
2nd Bob Heath & George Oakley (11) 45pts
3rd Al Keith & Grant Cadell (8) 43pts
4th Barry Traynor & Tony Barritt (10) 43pts
Once again the format was the tried and tested 40% of combined handicaps and
using at least seven tee shots from each team member without any minimum or
maximum limit on playing handicaps.
A smaller than normal field of late took on the very reasonably priced
Century Chonburi which, now that the majority of the road works to the 331
have been completed, seems a lot nearer than it used to be. Sharing a cart
cost the players 600 baht including green fee, caddy and cart and even
though the locker rooms leave a little to be desired, that is fantastic
value in these hard pressed times.
The course was in very reasonable shape with the greens holding although a
little slower than they were on the last visit, which made for some very
good scoring from the whole field.
Rod Howett and John Teague combined exceptionally well, belying their
highest in the field handicap and returning a score eleven under to deny a
first pairs win to Captain Bob Heath and George Oakley, who were convinced
that all their hard work on the local driving ranges would pay off, only to
be disappointed by a couple of shots after scoring nine under. Al Keith and
Grant Cadell, making one of their now rare appearances, took third spot with
a better count back of 22 as Barry Traynor and Tony Barritt could only
manage 20 as Barry tired in his first game since being taken ill a couple of
weeks ago and still suffering with his stamina and Tony’s putting.
Morris doubles up
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, March 9, Treasure Hill – Stableford
The Treasure Hill Golf and Country Club was the venue for a
stableford competition in two flights with the cut at Handicap 18.
Morris was a double winner in the A Flight.
Ted Morris took the A Flight on a count back over Doug Maiko, both with 37
points. Elias Magnusson was in third with 35 points.
Leif Kirkegarde won the B Flight with 33 points ahead of Martyn Topham in
second with 31 points and Per Anders Karlson came in third with 30 points.
Thursday, March 12, Green Valley – Stableford
All the players like to play at this venue, it is certainly one
of the favourites and was the course I originally played at when I first
came here, and while it has changed a bit since then, it is still a very
fair test of golf.
On this day we had a little later start, however, once there we were able to
get away ahead of time, and into a stiff wind. The wind persevered all the
way around, but with the temperature starting to rise it was welcome, at
The course is starting to show signs of some hard ‘High Seasons’ use, with
bare patches evident, but the greens are still fast and tricky and the
overall condition is well worth the green fee.
On the day we had some good scores: In the ‘A’ Flight, 0 to 17, we had a
triple count back on 37 points with Ted Morris emerging as the winner ahead
of Don Richardson in second and Doug Maiko in third.
In the ‘B’ Flight the winner was Tom Cotton with 37 points ahead of Graham
Buckingham in second with 34 points and Per Anders Karlsen in third with 33
Near Pins: Per Olaf Baarli, Don Mackenzie, Derek Brook, Leif
An Albatross seals victory in Am-Am
The winning team of Ian
Bakewell, Martin Grimoldby, Alan Howell and Yasuo Suzuki with two staff
members from Green Valley at the trophy presentation.
The second placed team of Gary
Constable, Rick Holmes,
Mike Lamb and Terry Belton.
Three members of the third
placed team, Trevor Schirmer,
Russell Exley and Stephen Beard collect their trophies.
The fourth placed team consisted
of Chris Voller,
John Cunningham, Bill Quorn and Evan Millar.
Wednesday, March 11, St Andrews Hill 2000
- The Pattaya Am-Am
The 15th Pattaya Am-Am was played this year over the stunningly
beautiful St. Andrews Hill 2000 course Rayong, which is currently one of the
best conditioned courses, if not the best, in the area. The condition helped
to ensure an extremely competitive result, with the winners returning a
fourteen-under score that was four more than the best result in previous
years, but this year was only just enough to win by two shots from the
second place team and three from the third, with the fourth placed team
equaling the previous best score.
The Am-Am is played under the same format as a Pro-Am but with all of the
team being amateurs. The objective is for the best two player’s scores to
count on each hole in stroke play format to make an aggregate against a par
of 144, or as on this day with the stableford system being used, 72 points.
The maximum handicap allowed was three quarters with a maximum handicap
allowance for each player of twenty one shots off a twenty eight handicap.
The weather conditions on the day were quite overcast with extremely strong
winds that affected the scoring and which no doubt had a part to play in the
very low scoring from nearly all of the field with over a third of the teams
unable to better par, although they all enjoyed the chance to play in a
major competition without the usual pressures and with the benefit of the
camaraderie of the team format.
One of the best things about this unforgettable day was the speed of play,
which at between four hours ten minutes and four hours twenty per round was
an outstanding achievement by the field of over one hundred participants.
This followed a smooth and problem free check in for all teams even though
many had still to settle the finances prior to getting kitted out with
information packs, score cards etc.
The winning team was led from the front by Ian Bakewell playing off 5 and
Martin Grimoldby also 5 as they scored ten times each for the team with Alan
Howell (9) and Yasuo Suzuki (10) showing eight times each to return an
almost perfect team score of 86 points, fourteen under par. All in all the
team scored fourteen net birdies and one net albatross for five points
scored by Martin Grimoldby when he made the par six 13th green in three and
stroked in the put for a gross eagle with a shot.
The second placed team consisting of Gary Constable with a scratch handicap,
Rick Holmes playing off 7, Mike Lamb (9) and Terry Belton (15) were just 2
points behind the leaders with Gary, as would be expected taking the lions
share along with Mike, with Terry supporting well and surprisingly an out of
sorts Rick helping the least but importantly when it mattered to ensure
Third place went to the team led by Barry Winton (3), Russell Exley (5),
Trevor Schirmer (10) and Stephen Beard (16), but the man of the team was
undoubtedly Russell who managed a personal 78, four over par gross as he
underpinned the side and could have been used on every hole all but twice.
Barry Winton, as usual, steadied the team with his solid game and Trevor and
Stephen nipped in usefully from time to time.
The fourth place team captained by Chris Voller (5), ably assisted by John
Cunningham (5), Bill Quorn (10) and Evan Millar (15), finished one behind
third with 82 points at 10 under with Evan Millar counting five 3-pointers
and one 4-pointer and Chris, John and Bill combining well to close out the
In a break from tradition the presentations were made at the Green Valley
Clubhouse with the food being provided by the German Restaurant, with enough
carbohydrates to sink the proverbial, and certainly replaced all of those
used on the way round the course and a few more. With The Haven sponsoring
two barrels of beer, everyone was well set when the proceedings got under
way at 5.30, an hour before the scheduled start.
Prior to the presentations a lucky draw was made in lieu of near pins with
all the non-.winners’ cards going into the draw for 4 green fees each. They
were won by the teams led by, Rodney Hayes, Dave Spendley, Harry Riley,
Dannie Larsen with Len Jones winning the top draw of four green fees for St
The prizes were then presented by Stephen Beard who especially thanked Len
Jones, Glyn Evans and Russell Exley for their sterling work in promoting the
tournament and Russell and Glyn for assisting with registration and scoring
so efficiently, and Trevor Schirmer for acting as unpaid transport manager
to ensure everybody who needed a lift got one and got to the course in good
Stephen also gave grateful thanks to Nirand, Tippawan and all the Green
Valley/ St. Andrews staff whose work behind the scenes added to the day’s
enjoyment for everyone and especially the donation of five sets of green
fees to be used as prizes and distributed as above with all the four winning
teams members receiving one each in addition to the trophies won.
Apple wins by two at Emerald
PSC golf from The Beaver Bar & Grill
This past Friday, March 13, saw the Beaver Bar and Grill’s golfers
back for another challenging round of golf held at the Emerald Golf Club.
This week it was back to the standard stableford concept. The weather was
partly cloudy in the beginning but soon turned to clear skies and very hot
temperatures that had all the golfers perspiring and wanting to get finished
and return to the Beaver Bar for some cooling refreshments and the usual
tales of woes on the golf course.
Dennis Willett finished the scoring results and called all to the awarding
of the prizes. In first place was Apple Blackwell with a total of 38 points,
second place went to Sus Ige in a count back over Bob Finley after they both
finished with 36 points. Again a count back was needed to determine fourth
place which was won by Coach Suggs over Dave Richardson who placed fifth.
Apple also won nearest to the pin contest on the par-3 fifteenth hole and
Geoff Stubbs won the long putt on the 9th hole.
Emmerson shoots sub-par for Plantation win
PSC golf from the Outback Golf Bar
Monday, March 9, Burapha - Stableford
With Capt, Bob and Jack away in Chiang Mai with some 50
Outbackers and their friends, it was left to ‘Our Chad’ aka Barry Chadbourn
and Mr. Nigel to take care of golf from the Outback for the next four days.
Today our friends from Australia - all 32 of them - were with us at Burapha
but playing in their annual TIAC tournament. The remaining 22 Outbackers
played on C and D from the white tees, in two flights. The course was busy
but as usual we were off on time and round in just four hours.
In ‘A’ flight it was 37 all round with the top three decided by count back:
Dave Hewson back nine 21, Eric Curley back nine 20, and Graham Hiskett back
nine 15 finished first to third respectively. In ‘B’ flight Ivan Plunkett
was the winner, also with 37 points, and Barry Chadbourn (36pts) got the
better of Jess Serna by a clear 4 points on count back.
There were five ‘2’s from Paul Quinn, Mark Treadwell, Jess Serna, Dave
Hewson & Graham Hiskett.
Div A (0-17)
1st Dave Hewson (6) 37pts
2nd Eric Curley (15) 37pts
3rd Graham Hiskett (15) 37pts
Div B (18+)
1st Ivan Plunkett (19) 37pts
2nd Barry Chadbourn (20) 36pts
3rd Jesse Serna (36) 36pts
Tuesday, March 10, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
There were just 11 Outbackers today but there were still 4
nationalities represented with three in the winning circle. It was a perfect
day for golf with overcast skies and a little breeze and an empty course
with the first group round in 3 ½ hours.
We welcomed a first time Outbacker - David Day from England. Mr. Nigel was
the organizer for the day, giving Chad a chance to concentrate on his game.
In the one flight, regular Aussi visitor, Mark Kembrey was top of the pile
with 38 points ahead of new boy’ David Day in second with 37, and Irish
rogue, John Cogan, in third with a fine 36.
There was just one ‘2’ from Alan Pearce.
1st Mark Kembrey (18) 38pts
2nd David Day (15) 37pts
3rd John Cogan (20) 36pts
Wednesday, March 11, Phoenix - Stableford
There were 21 Outbackers at Phoenix which included our good
friend ‘The Rabbi’ from the Elephant Bar and four more of his friends. What
happened after we are not sure as they arrived back almost an hour later
than the ‘Outback’ bus, however it was good to have them join us. Today we
also said ‘goodbye’ to Chris Gerrard who is returning to the UK.
It was Ocean and Mountain ‘9’s we were allocated and both were in their
usual good condition. We were off on time with no hold up at the change over
(You could learn from this Greenwood)!
The A flight winner was Keith Hector with 36 points and 17 on the back nine
that just came him the edge over Mike Morris (15) in second. Third was our
very own (where have you been?) Des Scott with 35 points.
In the B flight the winner was Bill Currell with 37 points, followed closely
by ‘Jersey’ man Brian Maddox with 35. In this flight we allocated a fourth
place due to the late arrival of The Rabbi and friends. Third place went to
Max Tolbert with 34 points and in fourth was Tom McDowell with 29 points.
There were four ‘2’s from Tom McDowell, Mo Sadiq, Keith Hector and Brian
Today’s Organizer was ‘Our Chad’ with Mr. Nigel assisting in the morning and
Div A (0-17)
1st Keith Hector (15) 36pts
2nd Mike Morris (8) 36pts
3rd Desmond Scott (10) 35pts
Div B (18+)
1st Bill Currell (22) 37pts
2nd Brian Maddox (21) 35pts
3rd Tolbert Max (34) 34pts
4th Tom McDowell (18) 29pts
Thursday, March 12, Green Valley - Stableford
As many of the regular Outbackers remained away on tour, a small
group of eleven turned out at the regular Thursday Green Valley slot. The
course was not particularly busy enabling a scheduled tee off time and a
round of just about four hours. The course was as usual in first class
There were no 2’s today so the podium included 4 places.
Top of the shop was Irishman John Cogan with 37 points, followed by Rick
Evans 36, the ‘Sugarman’ on 33, and in fourth was the organiser for the day,
Back at the ranch the bell was rung by John to celebrate his success. Thanks
1st John Cogan (20) 37pts
2nd Rick Evans (6) 36pts
3rd Sugar Ray Handford (18) 33pts
Friday, March 13, Siam Plantation B & C - Stableford
The first visit back here since the Honda LPGA was to say the
least a little bit chaotic with too many golfers and not enough tee times,
or perhaps the course being just a victim of its own success. Whichever it
was, it was good to be back here.
Sources have revealed that the current special rate is to end starting next
Wednesday, as the Outback Golf Bar move their regular slot to accommodate
the increase in corporate days on Fridays at the course. It remains to be
seen whether golfers are prepared to pay the higher rate but apparently
there is going to be some kind of Outbacker loyalty bonus for every three
rounds played. The exact details of how it works have not yet been finalised
but both Capt’ Bob and Jack have said it will be a good deal for the regular
golfer at Plantation playing with the Outback Golf Bar.
There were some 84 golfers out there today, the tee times had been increased
twice from the original booking of ten, as the Outback welcomed Lumpy’s
group of some 16 odd from Royal Fremantle Golf Club (thanks for the shirts &
the wine) and again more recently to help out the 32 Aussies playing in the
last round of the annual TIAC Cup. It was just impossible to get a two tee
start so late in the day but everybody did get the benefit of the last
discounted rate and it wasn’t that bad out there, even in a five-ball!
It became incredibly humid around lunchtime and Capt’ Bob correctly
predicted the storm that followed some three holes later. It passed pretty
close but still some fools preferred to play on rather that head for the
clubhouse or the shelters. Maybe the siren couldn’t be heard on Tapioca hole
4 & 5 but it wasn’t rocket science to work out that the storm was
Whilst waiting the forty minutes for the storm to pass, copious amounts of
the amber nectar were consumed to the point they ran out of cold Singha
(perish the thought Bob!) and the caddies in the meantime were entertained
by the magic of Donny Peters’ sleight of hand to much amusement, giggles and
faces of disbelief.
In the golf, Teo Peka, one of the Fremantle guys won Div A with 37 points
from Brad Sproxton and Eddie Smith, both with 36. There were four more on
35, headed by Joe Palermo with an excellent back nine of 20 points.
John Emmerson finally found the form that everybody knows he is capable of,
scoring a brilliant 40 points to win Div B, off of a handicap that is
unheard of for him, 13! Well you won’t be 13 any longer John, you’ve been
cut from 13.3 to 12.0; based on par here for handicap purposes being
approximately 34 points. Trailing in his wake, some seven points adrift, was
Rosco with the very acceptable score of 33; who in turn was four more clear
of the third placed man, Laurie Sullivan on 29.
Div C was won by another of The Golf Club boys, David Williams, with 36, as
Donny’s magic was not quite good enough to conjure more than 33 points to
give him in third place.
There were only two ‘2’s from Eddie Smith and Pip Mancano.
Div A (0-12)
1st Teo Pika (12) 37pts
2nd Brad Sproxton (12) 36pts
3rd Eddie Smith (10) 36pts
4th Joe Palermo (6) 35pts
Div B (13-16)
1st John Emmerson (12) 40pts
2nd Rosco Langoulant (15) 33pts
3rd Gez Tracey (13) 31pts
4th Laurie Sullivan (13) 29pts
Div C (17+)
1st David Williams (25) 36pts
2nd Steve Price (18) 34pts
3rd Donny Peters (21) 33pts
4th Bob Parsons (18) 32pts
Friday, March 13, Emerald - Stableford
Twelve players today as a number of regulars were getting over
their four-day Chiang Mai Challenge.
Dave Spendley joined us with a party of five from Tower Links Golf Club in
Ras-Al-Khaimah – near Dubai. Two of the five were scratch golfers! On the
par 4 eleventh, Simon Payne had a birdie (drove the green and 2 putts!)
Rick Evans, playing one of his favourite courses, probably could have kicked
himself for making a mess of the eighteenth. He was middle of the fairway,
long drive and level par off the stick. Deciding not to go for the green, he
tried to play one up the right to give himself a good line in for his third
and to take the grassy hollow in front of the green, out of play. He came
out of the shot squirting the ball into the trees. He walked off with a
double, but it was still a super 40 points. Well played Rick!
In second place was the Outback’s regulate alternative organiser, ‘Our
Chad’, Barry Chadbourn with 34 points. Third was Simon Payne with 33 points
beating Geoff Doody on count back.
Just two 2’s today from Simon Payne and Mike McNamey.
1st Rick Evans (6) 40pts
2nd Barry Chadbourn (20) 34pts
3rd Simon Payne (0) 33pts
That’s all for now, if you have any thoughts, scandalous stories or
suggestions, why not drop me a line at email@example.com.
The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi
Siam Country. All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit. Just
call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on 087 941
2474. More information can be found on our website www.outbackgolfbar.com.
Ed fends off spirited last day charge by Jum
Outback Golf Bar road trip – The 2nd Chiang Mai Challenge
Monday, March 9, Royal Chiang Mai -
At Saturday lunchtime there were 42 players going on the 2nd
Chiang Mai Challenge, then Pottsy was noticed sitting at the Outback. Both
Capt’ Bob & Jack were surprised to see him as he had left for Perth only a
couple of days prior. “Didn’t you go?” they said, “Yep, but only for 25
hours, couldn’t stand it!”
Brubaker (1st), Jum (2nd) and Don Peterson (3rd) stand in front of the
Chiang Highland Club House.
Flying up with Bangkok Airways was an absolute delight. After one or two
problems at check-in regarding overweight baggage and golf clubs, the 40
Outbackers on PG217 were treated to a brand new aircraft with an absolutely
first class service, including a sandwich and beer at 40 baht a can.
After checking in at the Porn Ping Hotel, Ed Brubaker, who had been in
contact a few days earlier by email and was already in Chiang Mai, joined
the tournament, resulting in a full eleven groups. Rumour has it that Ed had
been practising on the courses, if he did then it certainly paid off, as he
won Div A with a very good 37 points. Joe Mooneyham, Terry O’Connor and Bob
Patterson were all just one behind on 36, in the three-day overall. Jim
Bryan was right there too, winning his daily division with 36 from Charlie
Sheppard with 35. Norm Martin was bang in form also with 36 to win Div C.
Arriving at Royal Chiang Mai the course appeared in excellent condition
although it was somewhat murky & misty and from the clubhouse, the mountain
range across the valley couldn’t be seen. The starter was able to offer a
two-tee start and last year’s winner, Ray Dell was here to defend his title
and led the first group out, teeing off some 30 minutes ahead of schedule.
There were five ‘2’s coming from Bob Paterson, Ray Dell, Brian Holden &
Charlie Sheppard had 2.
Div A (0-14)
1st Ed Brubaker (9) 37pts
2nd Joe Mooneyham (11) 36pts
3rd Terry O’Connor (12) 36pts
4th Bob Patterson (5) 36pts
5th Peter LeNoury (9) 35pts
Div B (15-18)
1st James Bryan (16) 36pts
2nd Charles Sheppard (17) 35pts
3rd Bruce Milner (15) 33pts
4th Alan Bishop (17) 32pts
5th Peter Stonebridge (18) 31pts
Div C (19+)
1st Norm Martin (26) 36pts
2nd Gary Saunders (22) 34pts
3rd John Lawton (20) 34pts
4th John Morel (19) 33pts
5th Jum Karagit (28) 32pts
Tuesday, March 10, Maejo Golf Club - Stableford
Interestingly enough, the logo at Maejo is a kangaroo; not that
there are any Australian connections with the course, merely that the
owner’s nickname is Jinjo.
From the hotel, a shorter drive than Monday but out on the same road,
turning right at Maejo University. The course was beautifully presented and
the staff extremely hospitable but unfortunately the management suffer from
this ‘one cart one person’ disease which seems to be spreading throughout
Thailand. Most seemed to enjoy the course which must boast one of the most
spectacular drink stops of any course, although today not much of a view
could be seen through the haze.
As on Monday at Royal Chiang Mai, the course was quiet enabling a two-tee
start, all the groups having teed off by 10 minutes after our scheduled
tee-time of 10 a.m.
Fred Gemme had his day at last with the top score of 40 points, winning Div
A from three tied on 38; including Paul Lavender, Pat Regan and local boy,
Don Peterson. Pat had an exceptional front nine, starting 3, 3, 3,and
missing by just one putt on the ninth for his first ever sub-par nine.
Harvey Samuel (36pts) took Div B by four, ahead of Jim Bryan; who was one
point ahead of four guys all with 31, the best of whom, on count back, was
Gary Saunders had another good day, scoring 37 and winning Div C from
another late entry to the tournament, regular Outbacker, Campbell Potts,
better known as Pottsy.
There were four more ‘2’s from Alan Bishop, Pat Regan and both Bob Paterson
& Charlie Sheppard added one more each to theirs from Monday.
Tomorrow, Wednesday is the day off from the tournament and whilst some are
choosing to play at the recently refurbished Alpine Resort course at
Lamphun, others are off to have a go at what it feels like to become a
On Thursday, the final round is to be played at the Schmidt Curley designed
course, Chiang Mai Highlands, which bares a clear resemblance in places to
Siam Plantation. All the players will go out in reverse order, according to
their two day total, the last group being:- Ed Brubaker (72 total), Peter
LeNoury (72), Gary Saunders (71) & Don Peterson (69).
Div A (0-14)
1st Fred Gemme (13) 40pts
2nd Paul Lavender (14) 38pts
3rd Patrick Regan (8) 38pts
4th Don Peterson (14) 38pts
5th Peter LeNoury (9) 37pts
Div B (15-18)
1st Harvey Samuel (16) 36pts
2nd James Bryan (16) 32pts
3rd Peter Stonebridge (18) 31pts
4th James Little (15) 31pts
5th Bruce Milner (15) 31pts
Div C (19+)
1st Gary Saunders (22) 37pts
2nd Campbell Potts (19) 33pts
3rd John Lawton (20) 32pts
4th Joachim Oestreicher (24) 31pts
5th John Morel (19) 30pts
Wednesday, March 11, Alpine Golf Resort CM
Twenty-four Outbackers chose to play on the day off from the main
tournament at the recently reconstructed Alpine Resort course. The
previously narrow tree lined fairways have been widened, more water has been
introduced, the ninth having an island fairway to drive to and the fifteenth
being a short par 3 with an island green. The sixteenth isn’t much fun
either, standing on the tee of this 439 yard par 4, the dog-leg right
crescent shaped fairway, behind a vast expanse of water, lies in wait for
the 200 yard carry over the lake.
Remarkably, there were some very good scores on a course that few had played
before; the winner of Div A being Peter LeNoury with 38 points, while in
second was Bob Lindborg with 37. In Div B, Gary Saunders continued his run
of form with the top score of the day, 39 points, followed by John Lawton
(also playing well at the moment) and Joachim, both on 37.
There were four ‘2’s from Bob Lindborg, Bob Philp, Jack Moseley & Henry
Div A (0-16)
1st Peter LeNoury (9) 38pts
2nd Bob Lindborg (16) 37pts
3rd Patrick Regan (8) 34pts
4th Rosco Langoulant (15) 32pts
5th Paul Lavender (14) 31pts
Div B (17+)
1st Gary Saunders (22) 39pts
2nd John Lawton (20) 37pts
3rd Joachim Oestreicher (24) 37pts
4th Charles Sheppard (17) 31pts
5th Peter Stonebridge (18) 30pts
Thursday, March 12, Chiang Mai Highlands - Stableford
An early start to the day, as everybody had to check out of the
hotel before leaving for golf. The buses left for Chiang Mai Highlands
around 8 a.m., arriving at the course in plenty of time for the 9.30 tee
time. The non-playing ladies on the tour, who remained at the hotel and were
to check out later, had their own two buses to take them to the airport
around 5.30 p.m.
The success of this tour was not just about the golfers but also the
camaraderie amongst the many non-playing partners who were able to go and
visit the various local sights, leaving the guys to concentrate on their
Arriving at the course, it was busier than the previous venues, nevertheless
Derek, the local pro, was able to facilitate a partial two-tee start to the
just over four hour round. The course has many similarities to Siam
Plantation as could be expected being a Schmidt Curley design, with its
considerable number of cavernous bunkers and massive undulating greens.
However, probably the biggest difference between the two is the much more
extensive presence of water on many of the holes here.
In reality there were about 8 players in with a chance with winning the
overall, however the leading group contained the two or three most likely
to. There had been of course the usual banter beforehand; “If I go out and
shoot 50 points today, I could win it”, etc, etc. Well, somebody nearly did!
Ed Brubaker, who did come under some criticism for his lengthy set up and
putting procedure, managed to maintain his composure after a terrible front
nine, scoring 22 points on the back nine to win, not only his division for
the day, but also the overall first prize with a three-day total of 110. Bob
Paterson played well for his 37 points to take Div A second place, whilst
the two local boys, Brian & Don took third and fourth respectively.
Bob Lindborg won Div B in a three-way count back over Rosco and Kathy Doody,
all on 36. But the star of the day, earning herself an immediate handicap
cut of 4.1, was Jum, scoring a massive 47 points; winning Div C by a mile
and propelling herself from fifteenth place to second overall with a
three-day total of 106 points. Second in Div C was the consistent John
Lawton with a mere handicap equalling, 36 points.
There were ten more ‘2’s today from Peter LeNoury, Pat Regan, John Morel,
Mam Morel, Brian Holden, Rosco, Ed Brubaker, Jean Guy and John Lawton had
Div A (0-14)
1st Ed Brubaker (9) 38pts
2nd Bob Patterson (5) 37pts
3rd Brian Holden (7) 37pts
4th Don Peterson (14) 36pts
5th Fred Gemme (13) 35pts
Div B (15-18)
1st Bob Lindborg (16) 36pts
2nd Rosco Langoulant (15) 36pts
3rd Kathy Doody (18) 36pts
4th Eddie Beilby (17) 35pts
5th Mam Morel (18) 34pts
Div C (19+)
1st Jum Karagit (28) 47pts
2nd John Lawton (20) 36pts
3rd Bruce McAdam (19) 35pts
4th Paul Quodomine (28) 33pts
5th Geoff Doody (20) 33pts
So Ed Brubaker managed to maintain his position at the top with an excellent
38 points but Jum came from nowhere, with her best ever 47 points, to snatch
second place overall from local member, Don Peterson. Gary Saunders, who had
played well all week, couldn’t keep it together on the last day scoring only
26 points, slipped to 12th overall, picking up the last place prize money.
Note: The next Chiang Mai golf trip will be in October.
Pos. Name H’cap 1st day
1 Ed Brubaker 9 37 35
2 Jum Kanlaya 28 32 27
3 Don Peterson 14 31 38
4 Peter LeNoury 9 35 37
5 Patterson Bob 5 36 30
6 John Lawton 20 34 32
7 Fred Gemme 13 25 40
8 James Bryan 16 36 32
9 Patrick Regan 8 29 38
10 Kenny Thomson 14 32 32
11 Bruce Milner 15 33
31 33 97
12 Gary Saunders 22 34 37
Café Ole takes over first place
Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Nok Kennedy, Rich
Montana, Morn Mack & Kaew.
Café Ole only managed a 2-2 split with VFW Post 9876 but
that was enough to move them into first place all alone. Morn Mack rolled a
202 game, 525 series for Café Ole and Kaew had a 202 game and 513 series for
Nok Kennedy bowled games of 196, 191 and 224 for a 611 series to lead her
Sabai Sabai Friday team to a 3 point win over Green Chilli. Brother D moved
up the standings after winning all 4 points from Café Kronborg. Tukata
bowled a 538 series for Brother D.
Indiana got 3 points from Swetha as both teams struggled on lanes 11 & 12.
Ooy Pluemkamon meanwhile bowled a 571 series to lead Canada to a 3 point win
over Sala Thai Restaurant. Jack Tar moved up to 5th place after winning 3
points from Bavaria.
Montien balls win Norwegian championships
Dr Iain Corness
Per Krogh is a very happy retired Norwegian golfer. He was in last
year’s Norwegian Masters team touring Europe, and was the Norwegian Seniors
(age 65+) champion in 2007. He puts his success down to the Montien Hotel,
the Pattaya Sports Club (PSC), and the extra months of practice he gets on
the Eastern Seaboard’s golf courses - and he has played them all.
Krogh with his Motien monikered golf balls.
Per comes from the cold, snow and ice of Lillehammer, the site of the 1994
winter Olympics, and vacations in Thailand twice a year, following his first
trip in 1996. Before then he and his wife used to holiday in Spain – until
it became too expensive.
The turning point was after a friend suggested he come to Pattaya, join the
PSC and play golf every day. And that is exactly what he does twice a year –
playing golf every day, except Sundays. “That day is for relaxing,” says Per
with a smile.
Per and his wife have found the Montien in Pattaya the ideal place for a
couple to relax. “The Montien is our second home. We are really made
welcome, and I celebrate my birthday here each November.”
Per’s wife does not join him on his daily round of golf but finds other
aspects of Pattaya life enjoyable. “My wife swims 1,000 meters every day.
Then she goes shopping!”
I asked him what he didn’t like about Pattaya, and that produced a very
different response. It was not a complaint about Pattaya, but about
tourists. “Some tourists are really bad people. They think they are so much
better. They think they own the whole world, and they are rude and pushy.”
Per enjoys life, and his golf (Laem Chabang is his favorite course) so much
so, that he has had ‘Montien’ golf balls made, as a small ‘thank you’ to the
Montien for the hospitality he has experienced here in Pattaya.
Hopefully, Per and his Montien golf balls will again be the leaders in the
Norwegian golf ranks for 2009 following this month’s practice, but if not,
his four weeks in November will get him back on top for 2010.
Super Max makes his mark
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Crystal Bay on Tuesday, March 10 to
play a stableford competition over the C and A nines of the jaded course.
Tight financial times have seen a cutback in general maintenance and the
course is looking shabbier than it has for many a month, but the welcome was
as warm as ever for the two flights divided at seventeen and under.
Player of the Month, Richard “Banjo” Bannister (left) receives
congratulations from Rabbi.
In the top flight Rick Schramm enjoyed his returning round as always with
the PGS and found his 35 points good enough for a share of third place with
newcomer Glyn Pile. Local member Takeshi Hakozaki posted 37 points for
second place and was merely one point behind flight winner Peter Ditz.
In the second flight Freddy Braun’s quiet consistency saw him take third
place with 36 points, one behind Vic Barton whose 37 points marked yet
another almost par round. The best score of the day was that posted by Max
Tolbert and his 41 points showed what can be achieved on a generally
friendly course, regardless of the general condition.
Steve Evans and Takeshi shared the top flight 2’s pot for their fine efforts
on C7 whilst the second flight again found the birdies elusive, thereby
leaving a large triple rollover for the competition at Phoenix later in the
Richard Bannister took the Booby Bevy after inadvertently walking away with
another golfer’s club “chitties”, causing chaos with the starter and the
caddy who thought she would have to work without pay! It was not the best
way to mark his final round this visit, but at the presentation later he
received the group’s “Player of the Month award for February as a
It’s sad that Crystal Bay, once a little princess of a course, has become
the “bag lady” of the Eastern Seaboard and all golfers hope that soon she
will be returned to her former status.
Schramm makes merit at Phoenix
The Pattaya Golf Society again attracted the ladies on Thursday, March
12, when Phoenix was chosen as the venue for the final merit event of the
month, this time strokeplay over the Mountain and Lakes nines.
A warm, bright day saw the field, divided into two flights at 19 and under,
with a Ladies flight for good measure, tackle the well prepared course, and
with two thirds of the field attempting to survive a third consecutive day’s
golf, times would be tough.
A competitive second flight saw tired scores reflecting the previous day’s
actions at the Pattaya Am-Am when third place was achieved by Max Tolbert
with only net 79, Evan Millar’s net 78 being good enough for second.
Powerful Tom McDowell took the flight with net 76.
Brian Beaupre took the top flight third place with net 76, closely following
Vic Barton, yet again in the frame with net 75. The flight winner was Rick
Schramm showing none of the effects of a week packed with good golf as he
finished on level par with the day’s best gross figures of 80, net 72.
The ladies played off the red tees on a course 1400 metres shorter than the
men and had an excellent competition with Prasong O’Connor showing the way
home with a fine net 70. Khun Prasong also recorded the day’s only birdie
‘2’ in her handicapped flight, on Lakes 7, and walked away with more
“goodies” than she could ever have imagined, whilst Rungradee Deane took
sole charge of the top flight pot for her birdie effort on Lakes 2.
John Forgie won the Booby Bevy as a consolation for submitting a golf score
reflecting the excesses of his week. For once it had been very hard work at
Phoenix for most of the group.
Cunningham’s three and counting
Saturday golf at Green Valley is a mouth-watering prospect for the Pattaya
Golf Society and on March 14 an almost empty course welcomed the golfers
from Soi Buakhao for their stableford event. As always the course was in
fine condition and the day stayed cloudy and cool.
It was to be a day when consistency counted and regulars Harry Riley and
Chris Voller made their marks again with a share of second place on 37
points. Once again, for the third weekend in succession, John Cunningham
showed his class with an excellent 40 point haul. His gross 75 bore all the
hallmarks of consistency as he played the front nine to par, only stuttering
at the turn, dropping four shots on holes 10 to 13. His round included the
day’s only birdie ‘2’, on the second, giving him a very successful day’s
Playing partner Rick Schramm was the only one in his group not to break par
and he was rewarded with the Booby Bevy for letting his peers down. As for
the rest it was good to see Alan Maxwell almost peaking with 34 points in
his final week and he has one more crack at the excellent course in a few
At the end of the day the group was left wondering just how to keep the
canny Scot at bay next weekend at Green Valley.