Optimists steal the show at outstanding Top of the Gulf Regatta
Report by Peter Cummins/ Photos courtesy Infinity Communications &
The last day of the four-day Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOGR), sailed out
off the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, was a microcosm of a perfect
“sail-fest”. Apart from a few weather problems earlier during the week,
the final day, like the rest, opened in perfect conditions, with
moderate north-easterlies, and gentle conditions.
Ban”, with kite up, strikes for home.
Perhaps, more importantly, the Regatta featured a general feeling of
warm camaraderie among the participants, managers, supporters and
guests, numbering more than 500 Thai and International sailors, with
entries from Thailand and around Asia, including Australia, Japan,
Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.
“This re-confirms”, said Regatta founder William J. Gasson, at the
awards night ceremonies “that Pattaya remains a popular destination and
one of Asia’s best sailing venues.”
At centre-stage of the nine classes competing was the huge fleet of
Optimist children, coming from the Royal Thai Navy Clubs at Sattahip,
the Ocean Marina and Royal Varuna Yacht Clubs.
It was no wonder that the oft-heard cry from these delightful youngsters
was “Beware the Thai Tiger, as 13-year-old Thai girl, Noppakao Poonpat,
thrashed the 100-strong competition, for the second year in succession,
to win the TOGR and the Thai Optimist National Championships, as well as
the first girl (what a girl...!). In second was Thai boy (an
11-year-old’veteran’), Thacharin Narbonne who also was first in the
“under-12 category”. Yes, another girl was third - 10-year-old Jonkol
Channart and, then, in a superb performance in “alien waters”, was Royal
Varuna 13-year-old Don Whitcraft - son of the incumbent RVYC Flag
old Noppakao Poonpat was the winner in the Thai Optimist National
Special prizes were awarded to Hong Kong Optimist sailors, Nagisa Sakai,
Cosmas Grelon and James Johnston, who were first to third, respectively,
in the visitors’ category.
Elsewhere, in the IRC Racing Class 1, Matt Allen, commodore of the
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, who has a definite addiction to racing
(and winning) in Thai waters, beat French-helm, Thai-based Pascal Leray,
with Thai-based Aussie marine-sector entrepreneur, Gary Baguley third.
The 2008 Asian Yachting champion, Aussie Ray Roberts, ‘stepped down’ to
the smaller Platu and showed that he is still a master mariner by
winning the King’s own 2009 Platu Coronation Cup. Perennial champion and
compatriot Aussie Scott Duncanson had to settle for second placing,
while Thai sailor Wiwat Poonpat limped in third, on equal points with
Max Soh, with Max ahead on a count-back.
IRC Racing 2 class saw a tight finish with Thai Navy One team finishing
top ahead of local sailor David Bell, while Leif Ho picked up the final
In the IRC Cruising Class, Renfred Tay on Amanda was the top dog in
front of Tetsuro Ogino skippering Missy in second and Frederik Anderson
on Constanza in third.
Thai Hobie Cat national champions, Damrongsak and Kitsada Vongtim were
unbeatable in the Hobie Cat 16 Class, winning clearly ahead of Rod/Kerry
Waterhouse and Bob Enguirda/Danal Sida.
The Royal Thai Navy 1 on the rail.
Thai sailor Navee Thamsoomtorn, sailing a 420 design, dominated the huge
Monohull Dinghy Class, comprising Lasers, Laser Radials, Laser 4.7 and
the odd Byte Cll or two. Second place was held by the now-famous sailing
family name, Poonpat (Benjamas), and, third, another Thai top performer,
Byte Cll World Champion 2008, Kirati Bualong.
and Kitsada were the dominant pairing in the Hobie 16 Class.
An interesting battle raged in the Ocean Multihulls, where there were
several gear failures. Thai veteran sailor Radab Kanjanavanit finally
won out, ahead of one-time leader Peter Dyer who had to accept third
place behind a brilliant and consistent performance by Pattaya sailor
Thai sailors Aroon Ruangjahong and Narongrit Beakeaw were just ahead of
Varuna Hobie Tiger aces, Richard Eyre/Dave Littlejohn and Stefaan de
Vos/Apple in the Tiger division.
Bill Gasson was singularly happy with the outcome of the 2009 TOGR. He
noted that Pattaya’s proximity to the capital, “is now a sure conduit to
attracting more Bangkok and Thai residents in the future,” and pointing
out that the Regatta this year would add some Baht 10 million to Pattaya
City’s coffers. Later next year, the Ocean Marina will hold the
first-ever marine exposition - an event sure to increase interest in the
marine leisure sector.
Winch action on board a Platu.
The TOGR 2009 has been sponsored by Ocean Property Co., Ltd., Raimon
Land PLC., PTT Exploration and Production Plc., Thai Airways
International Plc., Gulf Charters Thailand Co., Ltd., Singha Corporation
Group, Thai Pure Drinks Ltd. (Coca Cola), Ocean Glass, Bangkok Pattaya
Hospital, Grampian Country Food Group, Bank of Ayudhya PLC., Beiersdorf
(Thailand) Co., Ltd (Nivea), Seat Boat Co., Ltd., Corsia Marine Thailand
Co., Ltd., OBE Insurance (Thailand) Co., Ltd., with media partners
Nation Multimedia Group Plc., Asia Pacific Boating Magazine, Asian
Yachting.com, and Sea Yachting magazine.
The event is supported by The Yacht Racing Association of Thailand
(YRAT), Sattahip Naval Base, Royal Varuna Yacht Club, and Pattaya City.
The Ocean Marina Yacht Club has been strongly supporting successive
TOGRs, since the first year. Mrs. Nusara (Assakul) Banyatpiyaphod,
President, Ocean Property Ltd, said, “We are proud to support Pattaya’s
major international sailing events such as TOGR”.
The event closed out on Monday with a splendid sea-front awards ceremony
and closing party provided by regatta co-sponsors Raimon Land PLC.
“The Ferret” Skippered by Scott Duncanson
came second in the Platu Coronation Cup.
Rampant City secure back to back wins
MBMG International League 2008/9
After City’s fine 4-1 win against the British Club Casuals the
previous week, they needed to keep the pressure on the other teams at the
top with a win over Woodstock at Horseshoe Point last Saturday.
Both teams tried and tested each others defences in the early stages and
gaining the midfield was important, but with City’s prompting and probing
they slowly came on top with a barrage of shots at the Woodstock’s goal.
Good chances were missed which should have been taken and good saves by the
Woodstock keeper kept Pattaya from making the breakthrough. City’s forward
Emmanuel Tshuma missed the best chance when in front of goal with a free
header but he sent it well wide.
The same player made amends soon after however when he received a wonderful
through ball by Danny Stevens and exchanged passes with Ernest Dipita before
sticking the ball past the Woodstock keeper to make it 1-0.
City were not happy with one goal and scored their second within a minute
when a four man passing movement left centre forward Pierre Ndjanna clear to
stab the ball home to make it 2-0. Pattaya were now running rampant, and
with Ernest Dipita on one wing and dashing Jake “Bullet” Baker on the other,
City should have been a lot further ahead.
A shot on the run by City’s Craig Banks brought another good save by the
keeper, and the Earnest Dipita received the ball from a short corner and
beat two defenders to shoot City into a 3-0 lead. Woodstock were being run
ragged and could only manage breakaways at rare intervals, but City failed
to take their chances and at half time they were only leading 3-0.
After the interval Woodstock came more into the match but City’s keeper
saved confidently when called upon. Pattaya still played their passing game
and went further ahead with the combination of Baker and Dipita, whose
delicate pass found Craig Banks who side footed it home to make the score
Shots still rained in on the Woodstock’s goal for Emmanual Tshuma to make it
5-0 for the City.
In the last five minutes however, City let two goals in as tiredness crept
in, and with it being so close at the top this could prove costly at the end
of the season. This was City’s best performance for a long time, but they
still have two games to win and score lots of goals. City now have two games
left and are both away - 9th May against Bangkok Utd, and 23rd May versus
the French side, Les Gaulois.
Regent’s Senior Boys put on a brave display against Borussia Fulda
The Regent’s senior boy’s football team faced a real
tough test during the Songkran break when they hosted an U18 German club
team on tour to Chonburi called Borussia Fulda. This fixture was kindly
arranged by Dale Farrington and his special relationship with Chonburi and
Sri Racha football.
The game took place at The Regent’s School and was officiated by neutral
referees and linesmen. This was a huge experience for the Regent’s team as
they rarely have the opportunity to play eleven a-side football, especially
against quality opposition.
The game began at a fast tempo and Regent’s were unlucky to have a goal
chalked off for a dubious foul in the 12th minute after Greg from Year 12
had headed into the goal. This promising start from the Regent’s team seemed
to quickly alert Borussia Fulda to the fact that they had a game on their
hands and they began to play some fast and penetrative football. Their
superior fitness and strength soon began to show and they were not afraid to
shoot for goal from long range, often testing Prasong in the nets.
Regent’s attempted to maintain their shape at all times and defend in
numbers but the number of balls into the penalty area and chances on goal
soon paid off as Fulda scored two goals in quick succession. Fulda were now
full of confidence and driving at the Regent’s defence at every opportunity,
applying maximum pressure before half time. Another two excellent goals were
scored, both from long range and with clinical finishing ability. At half
time the score was 4 – 0 to the visiting German team.
After an intense half time talk the Regent’s boys seemed a lot more assured
of themselves and determined to give Fulda a game in the second half. Soon
after the restart some solid midfield play from Josh and Yanni allowed the
ball to break for Tik and he smashed home Regent’s first goal to make the
score 4 – 1.
Regents had the initiative now and were looking dangerous on the break with
the speed up front. A crafty through ball to Harry saw him break through the
Fulder back four and he curled a shot into the far corner to make it 4 – 2
and make the Regent’s loyal supporters go wild on the sidelines. Fulder soon
hit back with typical strong and direct play… smashing a volley past Chris
in goals direct from a corner and another 30 plus yard shot from their
midfield captain. Regent’s pulled another goal back though through Harry
again on the break, an equally stunning goal from outside the penalty box to
make it 6 – 3.
As the game came towards a conclusion the extra fitness and training of
Fulda began to show and they added two late goals to make the final score a
deserved 8 -3 to Borussia Fulder. Only winning the second half 4 – 3 though
and by no means running away with the game as they had threatened to do so
in the first half. A really courageous performance by Regent’s in a very
high quality game of football.
A number of the boys learnt a lot about their game and the standards that
they may need to aspire to in the future. Many thanks to Fulda and their
positive approach to football and their exemplary attitude both on and off
the pitch. We very much look forward to hosting them again next year.
The Regent’s and Borussia
Fulder teams line up before the match.
Faber flays the field
Jomtien golf with the IPGC
Monday, April 27, Pattana – Stableford
Yet another hot and humid day as we arrived to an almost deserted
course, and with A ‘nine’ being closed the B and C were chosen.
Faber scored a fabulous 45 points at Greenwood.
After nine holes the clouds started to bubble up, the dark skies moved in
and the rain and lightning caught the first group out with four holes to
play. One person walked in straight away and the other three waited for 20
minutes before they called it a day as well. The third group out also walked
in but the remaining five stayed out on the course for 50 minutes before
resuming play again. Over the years it has been agreed that if it rains for
1 hour the competition is automatically called off irrespective of what has
been won up to that stage.
Two 36’s came in to win each division with Mikael Andersson taking Division
1 ahead of Keith Hector in second, two points behind, and in third was Ted
Morris with 31. William Chang won Division 2, beating Jack Hinchey by seven
points and in third with 28 points was Andy Oz.
Near pin prizes went to Mikael Andersson, Kari Aarnio, Ted Morris, Bora,
Tony Sawers and ‘Count back’ Bernie.
Karl Flood birdied the 3rd on the B course to take the only ‘2’ in Division
1 and yet again there were no winners in the second division.
Wednesday, April 29,
Greenwood – 1-2-3-Stableford
Our first visit here for some considerable time with a reduction
in the I.P.G.C. green fee and also our fun game of the month with an
individual stableford competition as well as the team 1-2-3 contest.
The B course was closed today, and it was disappointing to see they were
still sanding the greens in between our groups on the C course as we went
round. Amazingly this did not reflect in the scores today, probably, the
highest for some considerable time.
Keith Hector’s 39 points gave him third place in Division 1, beating Kari
Aarnio and Bill Hewitt on a back nine count back of 22/21/20. Mam Morel
finished second with 43 points, and playing off 16, Georges Faber won out
with a whopping 45 points. Well done Georges.
Burnie Sinclair took the top podium position in Division 2 with 40 points
after beating William Chang on a 23/20 back nine count back. Jimmy Johnson
came in third with 38 points.
Near pins were won by Georges Faber, Ted Morris, Joe Kubon, Jean Morel and
At last we had two winners in 2’s in Division 2 with Joe Kubon and Colin
Lewis both smiling at the presentation, and Georges Faber had the only
birdie ‘2’ in Division 1.
In the 1-2-3 competition, the expected winning score being surmised in the
bar before we left was around 85 points, but Mam Morel, William Chang and
Joe Kubon came in winners with a great 89 points. Runners up with 86 points
were Keith Hector, Bill Hewitt and Jimmy Johnson.
Friday, May 1,
Eastern Star – Stableford
Six groups out today and a few problems on the first tee with two
people arriving beyond our tee off allocation after the front of their car
ended up in ditch on the way. The rest of the story is history now, the ears
are still aching.
It was a case of keep it in the family as Harry Riley’s 35 points won
Division 2 while his other half Saranya came in second 4 points behind.
Georges Faber took third with 30 points. Thirty two points was enough for
Jim Lane to win Division 2, with Glyn Evans in second place with 31 points,
beating Dan Morgan on a 20/19 count back.
Dan, with his second ever ‘2’ grabbed the only prize in Division 2 while a
rollover ensued in Division 1.
Fitton continues to show fine form
PSC golf from P J Pool Bar
Tuesday, April 28, Green Valley (White tees) -
On confirming our booking on Monday I was informed that our
tee time had been put back from 10.00 to 12.30. This was because a
larger group was the preferred business of the venue’s management.
However on Tuesday we were round quickly on a course which was well
manicured because of the preceding event.
top three (left to right): Ian Wheeldon, David Clamp and Bob Rasmussen.
There was a sufficient number to play in two divisions and in the A
Division (handicaps 15 and less) Peter Fitton continued his run of good
form to finish top with 35 points, massaged by two near pin bonuses.
Allan Cassin beat David Clamp on count back to come in second with 34
In the B Division David Johnson took the honors with 35 points and a
near pin bonus and he was followed in by Jim Fortune and yours truly
with 32 and 31 points respectively. The remaining near pin bonus went to
Cliff Saveall and Bob Drumm sunk the longest first putt on the 18th
Thursday, April 30, Pattana B & C (White tees) -
The more we play this excellent venue the more we like it. We
had just fifteen players out today so only the one division.
David Clamp (15) made the best of the breezy conditions and carded 32
points for top spot. It is interesting how frequently four higher than
handicap i.e. 32 points is good enough to win it. Second place on count
back was taken by Ian Wheeldon (11) who now returns to Australia for the
winter sports. Bob Rasmussen (12) Ray Bridgeman (20) and Peter Fitton
(15) claimed 3rd, 4th and 5th prizes after a 5-way, 29 point count back.
The average score was 27.7 points. Roddo claimed two near pin bonuses,
Ian Wheeldon another. David Clamp had the longest first putt on the 18th
Willy called me after hunting for my truck for 10 minutes to ask me
where I had parked it so he could load his clubs. “It’s outside P J Pool
Bar” I replied. “Remember we both rode here with David Johnson.” Dennis
Jaycock transferred his clubs into what he thought was his truck on
arriving back at the bar. Actually Dennis put them into Malcolm Smith’s
truck which is why he couldn’t find his clubs in the back of his own
truck in the morning.
Over libations in the bar David Johnson who used to be in the insurance
business confessed that he ‘fell in love’ with Thailand on his first
trip and then and there decided he would retire here. The immediate
Antipodean come-back was “so you have an endowment shortfall as well!”
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.
Same again for Chris
Diana Seniors and Lady’s Open
Thursday, April 30, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
It was a perfect day for golf, little sun and wind and no
rain, as 30 players gathered at Pattaya Country Club for the April
Diana Seniors and Ladies Open, which was a good number for this time
winners with Diana Golf: Chris John, Su Murphy and Arne Stanges.
As is usual with this competition most arrived well in advance of
their tee time with the exception of 3 ladies who just made it as
the last group left the first tee.
Recent rain had helped the course and like most local courses at
present it was not busy so 4 hours was the norm.
As the results came in it was a ‘Murphy’ in the frame again this
month. This time it was Su Murphy (26) who was the winning lady,
with Siripen Hormkum (17) runner-up, both scoring 35 points and Su
winning on count back.
In the Seniors it was ‘same again’ for the winner as Chris John (28)
won for the second consecutive month with 36 points, closely
followed by Dave Arrowsmith (4) with a superb 35 points. Close
friend Alan Pearce presented Chris with a special prize to celebrate
this event – but I will ‘skirt’ round that!
It was left to the Super Senior winner to be the only player to beat
their handicap with first time winner and regular player, Arne
Stanges (31) returning with 38 points. The runner–up was ‘our
Arthur’ - Arthur Bailey (21) with 36 points.
All scores are reported to PSC and those with 39 or better receive
an immediate handicap cut.
The next competition will be on Thursday May 28 at Pattaya Country
Club with tee time 09:00. Sign up sheets are at Diana Driving Range
and Green Bottle 2nd Road.
Near Pins: Yuphaporn Silawong, Arthur Bailey, Frank O’Neill,
Long Putts: Bo Engstrom, Ken Morin
Treasure Hill provides a real test
PSC Golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Tuesday, April 28, Treasure Hill -
Tuesday saw 17 golfers travel up H’way 331 to the testing
Treasure Hill Golf Club. Set amongst rolling, tree-lined fairways, this
course is one of the most demanding in the area; play well here & you can
tackle any of the local courses.
A hot, sunny day with a light breeze, gave everyone the opportunity for good
golf, but unfortunately nobody was up to the test as the scores outlined.
The B Flight (17-up) was bereft of opportunists, with the top score recorded
by Tony Hayes (19) 28 points, just edging Tommo (22) on a count back, 17 to
13 on the back 9. The A Flight fared slightly better with the ever present
Graham Hiskett (15) recording a creditable 34 points (featuring 2 blobs) to
top the podium ahead of Jeff Wylie (7) with 32 points.
The technical prizes were won by Jeff, Ian, Martin & Dave (one of Dave’s few
good shots today, but as they say, “where there’s life, there’s hope).
Thursday, April 30, Pleasant Valley – Stableford
Thursday we travelled towards Bangkok, taking the turn off
Highway 7, to Pleasant Valley, just North of Khao Kheow. The weather stayed
fine, with a light breeze and the course was in very good condition
following some heavy overnight storms.
This course here is very challenging and has the potential to be one of the
best in the area, as the trees mature and the greens settle more. With this
in mind, we played off the shorter white tees so all could enjoy their
round; the blue tees can be a real challenge on a few holes.
Still the scores were not high, with Iain Painter (16) leading the way with
34 points, closely followed by good mate Lol (15) with 33. Technicals for
Near Pins were won by Ken, Chris, Martin & Iain, with Chris being the only
one to convert his good shot into a birdie 2.
Note: Mulligans Lakeside plays golf generally on Tuesday & Thursday
(we sometimes change to accommodate a Thai Holiday). Presentations are made
at the course on Tuesday, with Mulligans Lakeside hosting the Thursday
presentation. For more details on scheduling etc., check out the golf guide
on page 47 or call Jeff 089 094 1841 or Ray 081 935 8088. Hope to see you
there, Cheers & Good Golfing.
Eye Eye Captain Fogg
IPGC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, April 26, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Jim Munns (12) 42pts
2nd Bob Patterson (6) 39pts
3rd Terry Mangan (9) 38pts
1st Jimmy Day (14) 38pts
2nd Doug Campbell (19) 37pts
3rd Don Lehmer (13) 36pts
Near Pins: #2 Trevor Chappell, #9 Geoff Doody, #12 Jim Munns, #16
Jing Jai Hidden Six: Canceled water logged
winners Jim Munns with Lewiinski’s Golf Manager, Bob Newell.
A Heavy storm on the way to Green Valley did nothing to dampen the
spirits of the Lewiinski’s mob this Sunday morning, quite the reverse in
fact: “Captain Fogg” rolled back the years to take man of the match
title and A Flight glory, plus a trip to the handicap committee, with a
brilliant 42 points. Bob “The Big Easy” Patterson trailed Jim three
shots back and Terry Mangan took third place on a count back decision
over Bob Newell who came apart at the seams, both a further shot adrift.
Ireland’s County Wicklow man “The Right Honorable” James his Sun-Day
name won B Flight in what turned out to be a very close affair, posting
an impressive 38 points. Doug Campbell came up a shot short for second.
The “Don” Lehmer, a shot further back, beat John Dearden on a count back
- a big Lewiinski’s welcome back to the “Don.”
Talking of County Wicklow men, it was nice to see Joe Tynan in the top
half of the field - must be the extra training with Rocky.
Tuesday, April 28, Eastern Star - Stableford
1st Linsey Semple (11) 36pts
2nd Jon Haugen (9) 34pts
1st Jum Karagit (27) 35pts
2nd Jim Elphick (21) 33pts
The Lewiinski’s gang traveled to Eastern Star after a long lay-off, and
found the course to be in poor condition.
It did nothing to stop the man on form however, Lindsey Semple, despite
a two shot reduction to his handicap. Lindsey was the only competitor to
play to his handicap carding an even par round. Jon Haugen was two shots
back for second place.
The glamorous Jum took control of B Flight with an impressive 35 points,
two shots clear of Jim Elphick. Mr. Lehmer ‘The Don” nicked a very handy
the 2’s pot.
Wednesday, April 29, Crystal Bay - Stableford
1st Jack Mohan (11) 40pts
2nd Lindsey Semple (11) 40pts
1st Paul Young (13) 37pts
2nd Jim Elphick (21) 34pts
Perhaps not the card of the day but certainly the shot of the day
belonged to County Wicklow man “Smoking” Joe Tynan. Joe creamed a
magnificent shot to within a Millieg of the hole on the 6th of the B
layout; mind you it took nerves of steel to sink the putt for the only
‘2’ of the day.
Jack Mohan did what the rest of the lads have been trying to do all
month, and that is stop the mighty Aussie Lindsay Semple, and it still
needed the aid of a count back as both men were knotted on 40 points
The junior flight saw Paul young walk away with the top spot carding a
very good 37 points while Jim Elphick for the second match on the trot
took second place, three shots adrift.
Friday, May 1, Pattana - Stableford
1st John Haugen (9) 40pts
2nd Lindsey Semple (11) 39pts
1st Ray Phillips (23) 41pts
2nd Eddie Beilby (16) 40pts
The Co Wicklow man Joe Tynan declared to one and all that as he as just
had a state of the art Sat Nav fitted to his car, he did not need to
take the bus. Well it was fine going to Pattana as he followed the bus,
no problem. Coming back was a little different as the bus left before
Joe, no problem, time to try the new Sat Nav. To Joe’s amazement the Sat
Nav worked super but there was a little problem it was in the Thai
language. Big problem for Joe as he has a very limited knowledge of the
Thai lingo, “Swadee cap”, “my pen lie”, “Hand some man”, got the
picture? If any body bumps into Joe please point him in the right
The course was in great shape and playing off the yellows made for some
great scores. Ray Phillips led the gang home in B Flight with a super 41
points followed a shot back by the captain himself. Rocky and Robert
Hanson both came close with 39 points
John Haugen fired a very impressive 40 points to win B Flight and who
else but the man on fire, Lindsay, took second on count back over the V
C a shot adrift.
Robert Hanson claimed the 2’s pot.
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
Suichi takes two in the week
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, April 27, Mountain Shadow - Pairs Scramble
1st Masanori Takano & Suichi Kodaka (12) 44pts
2nd Trevor Schirmer & B.J. Smith (14) 44pts
3rd Rick Holmes & Brian Randall (16) 43pts
4th Alan Pilkington & Tom Atkins (10) 42pts
5th Mark Cooper & Rod Howett (14) 42pts
6th Barry Winton & Stephen Beard (10) 41pts
Teeing off approximately and hour and a half behind an area Junior Ladies major
competition meant a clear course and one that was in the best condition for some
time. The greens were playing evenly and true although still well short of their
old speed and the fairways were in very good shape. The general condition of the
rough was also as good as one should expect at this time of year.
A very competitive day was the result with the top six teams all within three
shots with many ruing the one or two that got away and putts that just slipped
past the hole with all but one of the teams excelling over the back nine.
Masanori Takano and Suichi Kodaka combined well in their first team pairing to
pip old hands Trevor Schirmer and B.J. Smith over the last six on count back
with a score of 14 to 12 after they had both scored 23 over the nine. Rick
Holmes and Brian Randall, a last second pairing at sign up, surprised everyone
including themselves as they took third place just a shot back with a storming
24 on the inward half. Alan Pilkington and Tom Atkins also scored exceptionally
well on the last nine to take fourth ahead of Mark Cooper and Rod Howett with a
better 13 to 12 on the last six after they had also both had 23 on the full
The only side to fare badly on the inward half were Barry Winton and Stephen
Beard as they literally limped in after storming out in five under, the heat
exhaustion and nagging injuries taking their toll.
Prior to the presentations Stephen Beard was welcomed back. The 2’s pools were
suspended due to the format of the day.
Wednesday, April 19, Phoenix (Blue tees) - Monthly Medals
1st Takeshi Hakozaki net 73
2nd Dave Stockman net 75
3rd Trevor Schirmer net 78
4th Russell Exley net 78
1st Suichi Kodaka net 75
2nd Chris Knapp net 78
3rd Stephen Beard net 80
4th Grant Cadell net 84
Following heavy overnight rain the course, although in good condition, afforded
little run and combined with a strong gusting wind conspired to keep the scores
above par in both divisions. It was therefore surprising that the CSS for the
day remained at 74.
Takeshi Hakozaki took his first monthly medal for almost 2 years by a clear two
strokes and in the process deny Dave Stockman his first ever medal from The
Haven, as he played extremely steadily to get it round in one over handicap.
Trevor Schirmer took third spot ahead of Russell Exley by half a shot on the
count back with a 36.6 to Russell’s 37 net.
In the second division Suichi Kodaka won his first monthly medal by three from
Chris Knapp in second and Stephen Beard, by 5, in third, to add to his win on
the previous outing in the week.
With another two first time winners in the year so far, there are now eight
different players already qualified for the year end Gold and Silver Medal
Competitions to be held in December.
B.J. Smith and Chris Knapp shared the 2’s pool in the second division and Dave
Stockman and Alan Pilkington did the same in the first division.
Before presenting the prizes the Doc welcomed back Tore Eliassen.
Friday, May 1, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Mark Cooper 37pts
2nd Alan Pilkington 37pts
3rd Alan Griffiths 36pts
4th Mike Dabanovich 36pts
5th Chris Knapp 36pts
With the recent weather forecasts and looming thunderstorm clouds it was always
going to be touch and go that the day’s competition would be able to be
completed, but completed it was as the weather stayed clear although stiflingly
hot and humid. Indeed the worst of the weather stayed away until almost the end
of the round and then the heavy rain and lightning lasted just about 15 minutes,
and with the greens clearing of water as usual, play restarted without a hitch.
Mark Cooper led in a very closely matched group, the top five being separated by
only a single shot, to win his last competition before leaving for a short
working break. Mark’s better back nine of 19 points ensured his win over Alan
Pilkington by two after Alan faded towards the finish. Alan Griffiths led in the
next three in third place with 17 points on the inward half against Mike
Dabanovich’s 16 and Chris Knapp’s 15.
Brian Kelly achieved the only ‘2’ in the second division and Barry Traynor, as
usual, and Tom Atkins shared the first division pot.
Back at The Haven, The Doc welcomed back Peter Aitcheson and had a farewell for
Hart wins ‘golfer of the month’ award
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, April 27, Phoenix - Medal
Playing Medal at Phoenix we had two players who had cracking rounds of
golf; JJ Harney and Geoff Hart both shot 5 under par rounds to win the A
and B Flight respectively.
Second in the A Flight was Gerry Cooney with a fine 3 under par round
and coming in third also with a sub par round was Takeshi Hakozaki.
Runner up in the B Flight was lady golfer Marie Rowles with a 3 under
par and Reg Smart came in third with a modest net 77.
In the ‘near pins’ only three par 3 greens were hit and lady golfer
Marie capped off a great day by winning two of them and the other one
went to Gerry Cooney.
1st JJ Harney (10) net 67
2nd Gerry Cooney (10) net 69
3rd Takeshi Hakozaki (11) net 71
1st Geoff Hart (21) net 67
2nd Marie Rowles (19) net 69
3rd Reg Smart (24) net 77
Wednesday, April 29, Crystal Bay - Stableford
The golfer of the month trophy was at stake on this the last
day of April and after Geoff Hart’s win on Monday there was only one
point in it with Mashi leading Geoff by a whisker.
Alan Sullivan had the best round of the day to get 10 points towards the
golfer of the month title but Alan was too far behind to catch up. He
won the A Flight with 41 points ahead of rapidly improving Rab McDonald
four points behind and Geoff Parker scored 34 points to take third place
after beating Tony Berry on a count back.
The cut was handicap 14 and Geoff Hart won the B Flight again to take
the golfer of the month title ahead of disappointed Mashi who had a
torrid day. John King came second and Alan Evans took third place.
Near pin prizes went to John Graham, Colin Stokes, Martin Richards and
1st Alan Sullivan (11) 41pts
2nd Rab McDonald (12) 37pts
3rd Geoff Parker (13) 34pts
1st Geoff Hart (19) 36pts
2nd John King (16) 34pts
3rd Alan Evans (15) 33pts
Friday, May 1, Bangpra - Medal
Bangpra was busy on this “Labour Day” holiday in Thailand but
The Bunker Boy’s didn’t let the slow round affect their game.
There was a small field today because of the holiday and Rab McDonald
kept his concentration best to win with a one over par round, one shot
ahead of William who took the runner-up place by beating Mashi on a
None of the stroke play winners won any of the near pin prizes (most
unusual!) as they went to Tony Robbins, Geoff Parker, Tony Berry and his
mate Alan Evans.
1st Rab McDonald (12) net 73
2nd William Macey (13) net 74
3rd Mashi Kaneta (10) net 74
Cotton shoots lifetime best
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, April 28, Greenwood – Stableford
This is not the best time of the year for golf and golfers. Most
of the ‘winter’ visitors have flown home to await the oncoming
European/American spring and it is getting warmer, much warmer here. Not
only that but the courses are putting into action their ‘repair the ravages
of the High Season policy’, and that is even if they did not have a High
Season. This week for some reason we also found many of our ‘young!!” and
sprightly, players were suffering from knocks.
Wood (left) from Alan Bolton Property Consultants presents the ‘Golfer of
the Month’ award to Tom Cotton.
So it was that a very select group gathered at Bert’s in the morning and
zoomed up to Greenwood. There, surprise, surprise, we were straight on the
course as it was practically empty, and managed to zip around in
Of course, being this time of year the greens were all cored and bumpy, and
to sink a putt you had to be very lucky indeed. Hard at the middle was the
best method and it seemed that a couple of our golfers got it going.
Starting the day, this being the last competition of the month, two golfers
led the Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month Competition; that was the Scribe and
Tom Cotton. Whoever finished in the first three ahead of the other would
win. Mind not to be too subtle, Tom has got a handicap to kill for. Worst
is, he is an accountant, of sorts, and knows all about numbers.
I knew my number was up when he demolished Mashi and I on the front nine
despite both of us scoring 18 points, and it did not get any better. It was
one of those days when even a bad shot was good and there was no such thing
as a bad lie. Annoying is it not?
The main thing was would anyone be able to actually beat him, I did not
Back at Bert’s the results were given out and in third was Dick Warberg with
a fine 39 points, but who would win. Well Mick O’Meara came in with a great
43 points, a score and round he will remember for a long time, but was it
enough to win? The answer to that is no, it was only good enough for second
as the winner was Tom Cotton with a lifetime high of 44 points and not only
did he win but was also ‘The Alan Bolton Golfer of The Month’.
Much as it pains me I have to say ‘Well played Tom’. I must be getting soft
but off his new handicap we shall see. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins: Tom Cotton, Frank Pilkington (2)
Golf at the ‘Top of the World’
Lewiinski’s golf from the Yak and Yeti Bar, Nepal
George “One Ball” Jackson
Not content with the usual Songkran golfing break to Soi Dao,
Nichigo or similar, Lewinski founder member Jez Lees decided to head further
afield to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. Whilst the main reason for the
trip was to trek in the Annapurna Himalayan range, being avid golfers Jez
and his work mate Steve Roberson couldn’t resist the lure of such an exotic
power, timing & class, equals Distance!
“We’d just had a tough week hiking to Annapurna base camp at over 4,000m, so
this seemed the perfect way to end our trip” commented the Principal.
The course, lying just 7 kilometers from the center of Pokhara city, is a
championship layout in a spellbindingly beautiful amphitheatre like setting.
Most of the course is laid out around an enormous river with breathtaking
panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayan range. The Club house is perched
250 feet above the river canyon, giving you a bird’s eye view below of the
The scenery comprises mountain views, stunning canyon walls dotted with
eagles nest, waterfalls and the soothing sight and sound of the Himalayan
snow-fed river meandering through the course.
“It was certainly an amazing place – well worth the visit. The
whole day cost us $50 for green fee, caddy fee, club hire, and transport. It
was well worth it. My favourite bit was our ball spotter. He went on ahead
and hunted down wayward hits. Jez sprayed a few, so certainly got value for
money out of him. Even a snake in a par 3 water hazard didn’t put him off
his duty.” Steve laughed.
The course has been designed and constructed by an Ex British Army Ghurka
Officer Major RB Gurung MBE, who has managed carve a golf course from what
was previously a desolate wasteland of river boulders and swamps.
In addition to the mountain and river canyon scenery, various forms of
wildlife live on or frequent the course: Foxes, monkeys, hawks, eagles are
among the resident fauna here. Wild flowers are evident in profusion, with
the wild geraniums most visible by the fourth green.
Links style layout
The golf course is 6,900 yards from the championship tees and
includes such Scottish-influenced features as fairway mounding, split
fairways and the use of natural landforms and nature to shape the course.
Golfers at HGC will meet such features as an island fairway, a ravine, a
large island hole encircled by’ boulders and water, 30-70 foot elevated
Canyons and islands.
“It did have a links feel to it, so having begun golf on
the links of Lancashire, I fancied a bit of Roberson’s money. These yanks
can’t play real golf,” said Jez.
“There’s another 4 courses in Nepal, so we might get a full golf trip out
here some day. It might not be up to Laem Chabang or St. Andrews in terms of
manicured condition, but it certainly was in terms of enjoyment.” He added.
Cost of golf for 18 holes in Nepal: about $40 US.
Amount paid for lost balls without a ball spotter in Nepal: about $40 US
Amount paid for lost balls with a ball spotter in Nepal: about $2 US
Watching your ball bounce off a Yak’s horns, hit a nearby fisherman on the
head, and roll just past the hole, off the green and disappear into a class
5 rapid: Priceless!
For more information on the Himalayan golf club visit Web Site: www.
The clubhouse and staff.
The spectacular Himalayan
The signature Island Green 4th
hole was selected by world leading golf architects as one of the world’s 80
most unique holes. It is thought to be the world’s only natural river island
Lamond leads the way
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
During the hottest week of the year the Pattaya Golf
Society visited Phoenix on Tuesday, April 28, to contest a stableford event
over the Mountain and Ocean nines, on a good course but with greens which
had been better on the last visit and were suffering from the after effects
of remedial work.
The two flights were cut at eighteen and under and, as usual on this
particular track, the top flight were better equipped with better scores.
In the second flight a large gaggle of players shared third place with John
Mason, Jim Proctor, Emiel van der Wiele, Tim Lazecki and Kazu Agune all
picking up the price of a beer for their 27 point cards. Singaporean Ronnie
Tan came second on his return to the Soi Buakhao based group with 29 points
and Ann Silawong took the top prize with 33 points. Ladies are always in the
frame at Phoenix.
In the top flight Chris Voller again found a place in the points with a
level-par 36 point return, two behind runner-up Phil Knight’s 38 and in the
wake of winner Rob Lamond. Rob keeps some of his best scores for this course
and his gross of 74, giving him 39 points, is testimony to the Aussie
Tony Thorne took the 2’s pot for his sole birdie on the testing Ocean 5th
par three. Organiser for the day, Chris Voller awarded the Booby Bevy to
guest Frank Taylor for his paltry 18 point card during a round which also
saw him inadvertently damage his sand wedge. Congratulations to all for
weathering the heat and the greens and especially to the fine round by Rob
Agony over for Andersson?
The Pattaya Golf Society tasted its first golf at Pattana on
Thursday, April 30, when the group called to play a stableford competition
over the B and C nines. The immediate impression was one of pleasure at
seeing a course exquisitely designed and prepared, with lush fairways and
extensive rolling greens which held good pace and consistency.
The backdrop of mountains added to the peace and serenity of the day as the
two flights cut at eighteen and under left the first B tee on time. It takes
time to learn a new course and such was the case as the golfers found course
management was paramount. More visits were needed!
In the second flight Kazu Agune tied with Larry Ang for second on 31 points
and for Singaporean Larry it marked his first top three finish in many
rounds of trying. The flight winner was Shuichi Kodaka on 33 points.
In the top flight Chris Voller and Peter Ditz again came to the fore with a
share of runner-up place on 36 points, a long way behind Mikael Andersson’s
40 point return. For Mikael it was a huge relief to get an anxious year out
of his system which has seen his handicap increase from 5 to 12 as a result
of dwelling too much on the technicalities of every shot, instead of
thinking only “Hit the ball, stupid!” His winning smile was also a relief to
all those who enjoy his company on the course.
Mikael. Chris and Peter all shared the top flight 2’s pot but yet again the
second flight suffered a barren birdie day. At the start of the round John
Mason stood within touching distance of Chris Voller for the PGS “Player of
the Month” title but his shabby performance earned him nothing more than the
In the opinion of all the golfers, Pattana was remarkable value for money
and was a course destined to feature prominently in future PGS schedules.
Holiday crowds, holiday weather, holiday traffic...none of that
for the Pattaya Golf Society on Saturday, 2nd May, as the group travelled to
Pattana to take advantage of one of the best vfm rates in the area and play
a stableford event over the B and C nines.
As previously, the group teed off from the yellow tees but found from the
second tee they were advanced almost to the red boxes and the course,
immaculate as it was, proved to be less of a challenge than expected. Such
is “Thai style” on high days and holidays to speed play along but banning
groups larger than four would be the logical and complete answer. However
the competition went ahead as planned and scores were good.
Peter Ditz again completed a fine level par round giving him 36 points for
fourth place, whilst Emiel van der Wiele found some form at last to share
the runner-up berth with Wichai Tananusorn on 39 points. The current PGS
“Player of the Month”, Chris Voller showed his class yet again with a finely
honed gross 74 giving him 42 points for a huge win. His iron play throughout
was superb and his front nine of level par gross saw two easy birdies on the
par threes. Other 2’s winners included Peter Ditz, Ian Hart, Masanori
Takano, Kazuo Takimoto and Peter Masters.
Ian Hart received the Booby Bevy after a front nine of twenty points
crumbled to sand on the back giving him a 20 - 14 split.
Golf at Pattana? That’s the answer to public holiday frustrations on the
New faces make their mark
Golf from the Travellers Rest
Saturday’s winners: Jon Dean,
Martin Richards with Ruby Lau and Larry Bland
Golf is an ideal sport for making contact with new people. Nowhere
is that more so than in the international environment of Pattaya. This week
was just such an example as the winner’s photo has four faces never put in
the frame before.
Over the time that I have been reporting for the TRGG I have been fortunate
to come into contact with many new faces. These I rarely forget. Names yes
(they tell me that is a sign of old age) but not faces. Over the past couple
of weeks I have seen many of our regular visitors returning home so it is so
nice to see those new faces joining us. Long may it continue!
Monday, April 27, Bangpra - Stableford
1st Ito Akitoshi (9) 36pts
2nd Jon Dean (11) 36pts
3rd Donald Pearson (33) 35pts
4th Paul Mades (17) 35pts
Monday saw the group pay a visit to Bangpra and all the players taking part
had handicaps under seventeen, bar two, so it was just one division and
places to fourth.
It was our regular participant Ito Akitoshi who took the honours on the day
after winning a count back over Jon Dean, both at thirty-six. Donald Pearson
was third with thirty-five and he also won after count back, this time over
Only the one ‘2’ recorded and that was from the boss himself, Fergus
Thursday, April 30, Phoenix
(Mountain & Ocean) - Stableford
1st John Pegrum (13) 39pts
2nd Jon Dean (11) 38pts
3rd Donald Pearson (33) 37pts
4th Mike Sanders (9) 36pts
Yet another of our regular outings to Phoenix and, as always, the course was
in excellent condition. It was a fairly low turnout so just one division.
A single point divided all the top four positions with John Pegrum taking
the win ahead of Jon Dean, Donald Pearson and Mike Sanders in second, third
and fourth respectively.
There were three 2’s on the day from Fergus and John P (at the fourteenth)
and John O’Leary at the sixteenth.
Saturday, May 2, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Martin Richards (24) 39pts
2nd Larry Bland (15) 38pts
3rd Jon Dean (10) 37pts
4th Fergus Brennan (11) 34pts
Saturday was our first May outing to our now regular weekend venue at Green
Valley, at a cost not to bettered. We had a small turnout but as mentioned
in my opening paragraph many faces have returned home and new ones are
appearing. That is why I have the pleasure of being able to add a new name
to the winner’s listings of TRGG events.
That name is Martin Richards, who came home with a fine thirty-nine points
and took it by just the one from one of our regulars, Larry Bland, with
thirty-eight (he keeps on picking up the odd prize). In third was Jon Dean
at thirty-seven (yet another new face to me) and that made for two seconds
and a third in the one week. What is it they say, “Always the bridesmaid,
never the bride.” He also picked up the 2’s with a fine putt at the twelfth,
so not such a bad day for him.
Sus puts his name of the trophy
PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar
The usual early worm was a bit late today but from wake up
at 06:30 in the Thepprasit Road area to Pattaya Country Club tee box, 20
minutes. No names please. The usual suspects turned out and while it was
quite warm the threatening thunderstorms bypassed Pattaya Country Club.
Ige (left) holds the monthly trophy with runner up Richard Hall.
We need to do something about his handicap of 15 as Sus Ige came in with a
nifty 38 points for first. Out of the same group was hard hitting Richard
Hall who missed getting his name on the monthly trophy by one stroke, having
come in with a respectable 37 points. Sus, as you might imagine, can find
his name on monthly trophy at several locations over the years.
From Richard’s 37 the scores dribbled on down. Fortunately, Herbie Ishinaga
brought in his regular and spicy hot dogs that everyone enjoyed along with
various types of liquid refreshment.
Poms capture Roo Cup in a nailbiter
PSC Golf with the Outback Golf Bar
Monday, April 27, Burapha - Stableford
With the aftermath Songkran long gone, a little bit of normality
returned to the golfing front as 27 Outbackers embarked on the weekly visit
to the Outback Golf Bar’s adopted ‘home course’. However, it was not quite
so normal in terms of the course played; the unusual pairing of Belfry &
Dunes, from the blues.
After his 41 points last week, Paul Greenaway must have fancied his chances
of lifting the much coveted “Roo Cup” from the unbeaten holders, Capt’ Bob &
Rosco; as he dropped his regular partner Eddie ‘the smudger’ Smith in favour
of Bernie Stafford, aka sausage. Well, win they did, in an exciting close
match that went right down to the last hole, well done the English!
Afterwards, a saddened Rosco was seen having a quiet word with the “Roo”.
Roll on the next challenge.
Paul also won Div A with the best score of the day followed by the defeated
Capt’ Bob on 35 and his partner, Bernie with 34. Div B went comfortably to
Pottsy with an excellent 37 points, four clear of his rivals, Frank O’Neill
and Peter Marsh, both with 33.
A couple of welcomes to the new Outbackers today, namely John Kiley, Andy
Sandbrook & Phil Waite and it’s goodbye for five weeks to Ian Heddle who
returns to work off Brazil for a similar period of time.
There was a jackpot ‘2’ scooped by Ian Heddle.
Div A (0-15)
1st Paul Greenaway (12) 38pts
2nd Bob Philp (6) 35pts
3rd Bernie Stafford (15) 34pts
4th Jean Guy Gaudet (12) 33pts
Div B (16+)
1st Campbell Potts (19) 37pts
2nd Frank O’Neill (18) 33pts
3rd Peter Marsh (22) 33pts
4th Peter Allen (22) 30pts
Tuesday, April 28, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
Thirteen Outbackers went to Pattaya Country Club for their
Tuesday game. They found the usual friendly welcome and an almost deserted
course. We were away 30 minutes before our allocated time and round in four
hours or less. The rain on the previous day had given the course the fresh
Going out last but coming in first was ‘Big Norm’, Norm Martin (26) with a
great 40 points and in second was last weeks winner ‘The Caddy’s friend’,
Frank O’Neill (18) with 38 points. The third and fourth places and the two
2’s were shared by ‘The Pearce Boys’ with ‘Man about Town’, Alan (18) in
third with 37 and ‘The Colonel’, Bob (13) in fourth with 35, winning on
count back from Suzy Lawton.
Outback Golf Bar play at Pattaya Country Club every Tuesday at about 10 a.m.
1st Norm Martin (26) 40pts
2nd Frank O’Neill (18) 38pts
3rd Alan Pearce (18) 37pts
4th Bob Pearce (13) 35pts
Wednesday, April 29, Royal Lakeside - Stableford
Last here on the October 1, 2008, it was a shade disappointing to
find the greens in the middle of being cored, but at least here the greens
are large enough to do half the work at a time, allowing the pins to be
placed on the unsanded areas. Give it another two or three weeks and the
course should be excellent.
Twenty one Outbackers made the trip in well under an hour, to find a
relatively quiet course enabling an early tee off and a round of excellent
pace, particularly for the leading three-balls who, when seemingly were
going to be held up by a Japanese four-ball, were courteously called through
at the turn.
This course remains unrated by the PSC, except by yardage, making par here
around 69.5; which looking at the overall scores (unusually containing only
three of less than 30 points) gives a fair indication that it is a pretty
easy course and the rating is about right.
Ray Dell (37pts) had a great back nine to win Div A by one from four players
all with 36 points headed by Phil Waite and General Jack. In Div B, the guys
were nowhere to be seen, as the girls made it a clean sweep for the podium;
Orawan Sodok heading up on 38 with Suzi one back on 37 and Jum (34) beating
Chris Dopp on count back.
There were a heap of ‘2’s from Ray Dell, Jack Moseley, Bob Philp, Pat Regan,
Bruce Milner & Phil Waite.
Div A (0-13)
1st Ray Dell (13) 37pts
2nd Phil Waite (12) 36pts
3rd Jack Moseley (12) 36pts
Div B (14+)
1st Orowan Sodok (26) 38pts
2nd Suzi Lawton (21) 37pts
3rd Jum Karagit (23) 34pts
Thursday, April 30, Green Valley - Stableford
For the second week running, the Outbackers (14 today) had to
endure a later than preferred tee time, however upon arrival at the course
ahead of the scheduled time, the tee was deserted. Next week, and for the
foreseeable future, the Outback is pleased to confirm a tee time of around
10 a.m., May 14 being an Outbacker Birthday Cup for Geoff Doody.
Geoff played today and was going well until he made the mistake of counting
his points in the middle of the back nine, after that, off came the wheels!
John Lawton bounced back from the doldrums, firing his lowest ever gross
(87) and 39 points to beat Barry McIntosh by three, closely followed by
Chris Davisson & Rick Evans both with 35.
The organiser for the day Chad, collected the only ‘2’: he’s getting a bit
good at them!
1st John Lawton (18) 39pts
2nd Barry McIntosh (16) 36pts
3rd Chris Davisson (12) 35pts
4th Rick Evans (5) 35pts
Friday, May 1, Eastern Star - Stableford
The course was the only winner today, as none of the 12
Outbackers could score more than 30 points. The course was also a winner for
keeping the holiday rate a sensible one, which is why the Outback were here.
Reportedly in reasonable condition, although a little scruffy round the
edges, it wasn’t a bad day out, but what happened to the golf?
Three players finished on 30 points, and no-one was more surprised than Alan
Pearce when he walked in the bar to discover he had won. There were no ‘2’s,
so Capt’ Bob had another task sorting out a four way count back of four
players all with 28 points, which was headed by Mark Fisher, playing off 3.
NOTE: If you played this course, the Outback would like you to
comment on our forum, outbackchat – topic,” course reviews”, which can be
found on our website. This would help others as to the current condition of
the courses in the area. For example:- value for money (green fee & cart
etc), pace of play, condition of the fairways, condition of the greens,
caddies, and drink stops & restaurant. Even if you played a different
course, please send in your review for all to read. The more the merrier.
1st Alan Pearce (18) 30pts
2nd Tom Clark (14) 30pts
3rd Peter Gibson (22) 30pts
4th Dopp Chris (19) 29pts
5th Mark Fisher (3) 28pts
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.
the Monthly Mug
PSC golf from The Café Kronborg
Monday, April 27, Pleasant Valley – Stableford
The Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club was host to a
stableford competition in one flight. The course on the day was good
condition with the rain showers of late really greening up all the holes.
(right) presents the Monthly Mug to John Hemmingsen.
On the day Walter Baechli took first place on count back over Rick
Bevington, both with 32 points. John Hemmingson was in third with 31 points
and in fourth was Bill Plath on count back over Per Olaf Baarli, both with
Thursday, April 30, Phoenix – Stroke/Monthly Medal
We do not play much strokeplay these days as it is so much easier
to forget the bad holes than to let one bad hole destroy your day, but it is
the purest form of the game, and it has its moments. Suffice to say we
always get a good turnout for the prime competition’ at The Cafe Kronborg,
and this day was no different, and despite the shortage of golfers around we
still had a fine turnout.
Phoenix is a good course to play a medal tournament on and this day the test
was the Mountain and Ocean nines, and as usual I played 17 holes well and
totally blew up on my usual bogie hole. A couple of OB’s soon had me with a
‘No Return’ and this was despite the fact that a stableford competition
would have seen me in with 36 points. Tough this stroke game!
Back at the Cafe Kronborg we announced the results and the scores were good
if not great. In the A Flight, 0 to 19, the winner was Walter Baechli with a
net 69 on count back over Marcel Wittwer in second while in third was
Takeshi Hakozaki with a net 73.
In the B Flight the winner was Graham Buckingham with a net 72 ahead of
Peter Whitehead with a net 73 and then a climb up the net system with Mick
O’Connor in third with a net 79.
So to the winner of the Monthly Mug, and with a net 68 the winner was John
Hemmingsen, well done John. T.T.F.N.
Last inning heroics leads to Bob’s team bagging the double
Everyone went home a winner!
Front row (from left to right): Nick, Terry, Dan, Diego, Rocky (with bat),
Shawn and Beck (shirtless); Back row (left to right): Peter, Spot, Odvar,
Bob, John Stockton, Steve, mark (hat like a homey), John CF, Phil, and John
Eden (showing off his long flowing locks).
Contrasting last week’s Sunday Songkran struggle, The Pattaya
Softballers again took to Jimmy’s field of dreams in Jomtien.
Just one week after stifling heat, and ridiculous amounts of wild water
wonderment, the Pattaya boys fielded 17 players for our customary double
header. The skies were grey and threatening, but the hearty lads still came
to swing some bats.
Our Norwegian ship captain Odvar had brought a Harley riding buddy named
Bob, who was eager to play in his first softball game in over two decades
(isn’t it amazing what a late night pep talk at a bar can do). In honour of
Bob’s courage or stupidity (depending on how you look at it), he and his
fast talking amigo were awarded the Captaincy for the day and it proved to
be one of the most dramatic doubleheader to date.
What started as a white wash win for team Odvar, turned into a
historic come from behind victory for Team Bob. Odvar’s boys hit the ball so
well in the first few innings, with triples from Nick, Diego, John Stockton
and Terry, as well as singles from Shawn, Dan and Peter.
They teed off on Team Bob, scoring 3 in the first and 7 in the third to take
an almost insurmountable 10-3 lead. But Odvar’s team got complacent (or
drunk) and could not hold their lead. Ahead 12-3 with 1 out in the bottom of
the seventh, Bob’s team went wild with their bats. All of their players:
John CF, John E, Rocky, Steve, Phil, Mark, Beck and captain Bob managed to
strong arm singles, doubles and homeruns when they needed it most. They
scored 8 runs, without getting a single out. Then with Mark and Beck on the
corners, Phil hit the game winning double over the outstretched glove of
Peter in left center field.
Team Bob had done the impossible, erased a 9 run lead in the bottom of the
last inning of play. As MVP of the day Mark Reynolds put it “It was the best
comeback, ever!” Final score: Team Bob 13, Team Odvar 12.
So how did Bob’s team follow up such an emotional, last minute
victory? How about by coming from behind yet again, and pulling it out in
the last inning to win both ends of the double header.
Yet again, team Odvar started strong, with a homer from Nick, John Stockton
and Terry to lead by a score of 6-2 at the end of the third. But Team Bob
was on a mission, as Spot replaced Steve in the line-up (he was officially
traded for a bottle of vodka, but that is another story) and calmly crushed
the ball with every at bat.
The score was tied at 9 going in to the last inning, when Mark, Beck, Rocky,
Phil and Spot all got key hits to give their team 3 vital runs. Odvar’s team
tried to spoil the party, but could only manage a single run in the bottom
half of the seventh, as John Stockton flied out to Spot in right center
field for the final out.
Final score was a second victory for Team Bob 12-10, in another exciting
encounter of Pattaya softball.
Nick takes advantage of Steve’s
meatball toss, with Beck at third, Phil at short stop, and MVP of the day,
Mark ready in left field. Nick was the hitting MVP for Team Odvar, turning 4
homeruns into 3 triples and a single homer, with his cheetah like speed.
Reminder: If you are an athlete of any sort, (or were one
many days ago), you are invited to join our fun bunch of softballers every
Sunday at 1pm in Jomtien. Directions if coming from Pattaya: take Sukhumvit
to soi 89 (just after Greenway Driving range) and turn left. Follow that
road for 7 kms (it winds right 1km after the railway tracks) and turn left
on soi 15. Less then 1km along that road, you will see our ball field on
your left. If you would like more details, please email me at igolfwells
@gmail.com or contact the Pattaya Sports Club and ask for Perry or John CF.
See you on the diamond soon!
Brother D moves up
from third to first
Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Kran, Konrad, Ooy,
Graham and Morn.
Konrad Foerg bowled a 533 series to lead Brother D to a
three point win over Swethai and catapult them back into first place. Graham
had a 229 game and 563 series for Swethai. Green Chilli remain in second
place but they lost three points to VFW Post 9876.
Sala Thai Restaurant took all four points from Bavaria and knocked them out
of first place. Antero Ronkainen bowled a 522 series for Bavaria. Mai
Munsitha had a 534 series to lead Jack Tar to a four point sweep over
Indiana. La Montgomery bowled a 519 series for Indiana.
Sabai Sabai Friday got back on the winning track with Nok Kennedy leading
her team with a 547 series to a three point win over Canada. Ooy Pluemkamon
had a 552 series for Canada. Kran Nielsen rolled a 541 series to lead Café
Kronborg to a three point win over Café Ole.
Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League
Results & Standings May 1 (week 7)
The metropolitan area of Pattaya was hit by an electrical
magnetic pulse on Friday evening; this can be the only explanation for the
extraordinary dart result data that flowed into the Dart Result Command
Centre on this evening.
The Stars team found their way to Mee Chew where Melly’s Crew won the game.
Come the beer leg, out of the mist like an avenging angel stepped Pala
(Stars). With the strength of 10 men (she needed to be strong as she carried
the whole Stars team on her shoulders) she single handedly won the beer,
even though she did not have a clue what she was doing!
The Posse’s ‘hollerin’ & ‘cussin’ was cut short at Palmers as the Palmers
Crew took the game. After the break for food the Posse came out a shootin’
and OK Corral took the beer.
The customized golf buggy was spotted trundling along 3rd Road on the way to
the Blue Mountain. Steve (Bunker) hit a 180, however Fon’s cunning plan was
obviously more cunning than Mick’s cunning plan; the Coffee Shop Quartet
taking both game & beer.
Cheers travelled to the dark side to play Team Lucky Time. Stan’s Boys &
Girls put up a good fight worthy of a campaign medal but were eventually
outplayed; Lucky Time taking both the honors. Little On (LT) bless her
cotton socks, played for Cheers and almost caused the scribe severe
embarrassment in the singles match by playing out of her cotton socks.
Remind me not to give her away again!
At Squadron Lines, the Helicopter Airborne Assaulters led by Commander
Richard awaited the arrival of the Sunshine Boys: The Commander eager to try
out the newly arrived Close Quarter Combat Support Weapon. With St John’s
Ambulance on standby, the game began. Steve (RS) went into dartaholic shock
when the Helicopter took the game, the medics stepping in to administer
first aid. When the Airborne Assaulters also took the beer from the Rising
Sun there was the sound of something hitting the floor, followed by the
shout “Get the paddles, charging 300’!