Narit saves United in injury time
A shirtless Pattaya United goalkeeper, Narit
Taweekul (center), is mobbed by teammates after scoring an injury time
equalizer against Bangkok Glass last Sunday, August 23 at the Nongprue
Stadium. (Photo/Ariyawat Nuamsawat)
A never say die attitude and an unlikely 95th minute equalizer
from goalkeeper Narit Taweekul enabled Pattaya United to salvage a point
against high flying Bangkok Glass in front of a packed Nongprue Stadium
The points looked to be heading the way of the team from Bangkok after
they took a 2-0 lead early in the second half, but a 69th minute goal
from United captain Santi Chaiyaphurk had the effect of galvanizing the
home side and they piled on the pressure until in the dying seconds
Narit pushed forward, leaving his goal untended, and scored to send the
United fans into raptures.
The draw still leaves United perilously close to the relegation zone,
just 2 points clear of third from bottom Nakhon Pathom FC, but they will
take heart from the way they were able to claw their way back into the
game against a strong Bangkok Glass outfit, who themselves are
challenging for the league title.
In other games over the weekend, Chonburi kept the pressure on league
leaders Muang Thong United with a 3-2 home win over struggling local
rivals Sri Racha FC and Navy-Rayong suffered a 2-1 away loss at BEC Tero
and are now level with Pattaya United on 23 points from 21 games.
Pattaya United’s next Premier League fixture is this coming Sunday,
August 30 against Bangkok United at Pattaya’s Nongprue Stadium. Kick-off
is at 6 p.m.
Thai bodybuilders take third place
at Asian Bodybuilding Championships
Led by a team of strong women, Thailand’s national bodybuilding
team finished in third place with 25 medals at the Asian Bodybuilding
and Fitness Championships in Pattaya.
Apiporn Chomsomboon strikes a pose during the finals of the Asian
Bodybuilding Championships held at Pattaya’s Alangkam Theater from
August 13-16. Apiporn took the gold medal in the Women’s Fitness 164cm
category. (Photo courtesy www.thaibody.com)
The Thai team secured 9 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze medals at the Aug.
13-16 competition at Pattaya’s Alangkam Theater. Athletes from 21
countries in Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and United
States competed in an event that combined both the Southeast Asian and
the Asian bodybuilding championships.
Iran’s national team won the overall championship with 171 points. The
United Arab Emirates, with 79 points, placed second. Thailand grabbed
the bronze with 61 points.
Jindasing won two gold medals in the 164cm+ Fitness and Body fitness
classes. (Photo www. thaibody.com)
The strongest performance was turned in by Thailand’s women who medaled
in all nine ladies categories, including taking five gold medals.
Apiporn Chomsomboon and Nongyao Kosinam rang up the biggest cheers,
finishing first and second, respectively, in the Women’s Fitness 164cm
category. It was just one of three medals for Nongyao, who also scored a
gold in the 49kg bodybuilding category and the Body Fitness 160cm class.
Apiporn was also a multiple medal winner, taking home silver in the 52kg
For the men, the competition offered a number of disappointments, with
2005 world champion Sitthi Charoenrith falling to Iranian Moharram
Panahi in the 80kg bodybuilding contest and former world silver medalist
Somkhit Sumethowetchakun losing to Nguyen Van Lam in the 65kg category.
Kosinam competes in the Woman’s 49 kg bodybuilding competition. (Photo
Sitthi said he’d competed to his full ability, but conceded the Iranian
was well prepared. He will try again in November at the World
Championships in Dubai. He said he wants to ramp up his training to get
even fitter to do better at the world games.
As for Somkhit, he had bested Lam just the day before in the Southeast
Asian competition, but admitted the Vietnamese builder was better when
In other men’s results, Kittisak Wuthikarn took gold in the Junior 75kg
category, Pala Meechai did the same in the “Masters” competition for
builders 55 years and older, while Wanchai Kanchanapimai and Suksan
Keawpitsadan both took the top spot in the Fitness 170cm and 170cm+
Among Thai women, Rugtawan Jindasing won two gold medals in the 164cm+
Fitness and Body fitness while Jaranya Dungkam took gold in the 52kg
For a full list and more photos of all the winners at this year’s
championships and news of upcoming bodybuilding events, log onto to
Veteran Pala Meechai took
gold for Thailand
in the “Masters” category. (Photo www.thaibody.com)
The South East Asian Men’s
75kg category in the competition.
Pattaya Press lace up their boots
for Nong Nooch friendly
The 2 teams line up before the
of the friendly match at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.
The Pattaya Immigration Office joined forces with Nong Nooch
Tropical Garden and the National Women’s football team recently to compete
in a friendly soccer match against a Pattaya Mass Media team.
The game took place on August 18 at the multi purpose field of Nong Nooch
Tropical Garden and was devised as a way to foster friendly relations
between the organizations taking part.
After the match, the Thai women’s national football team, the Pattaya
Immigration Police, and the Pattaya Mass Media gathered to have a meal
together and attend a show from Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, before the
Pattaya Immigration Police presented a shield as a souvenir.
The Thai women’s national football team then presented team T-shirts to the
delighted Pattaya Mass Media players, and everyone enjoyed the remainder of
the evening before going their separate ways.
Ozaki reappointed to lead Asia at Royal Trophy
Naomichi “Joe” Ozaki, holder of 35 professional career titles, has been
officially reappointed as Asian team captain, continuing his highly
successful captaincy into the fourth edition of the Royal Trophy.
“Joe” Ozaki celebrates his team’s victory at the 2009 Royal Trophy. Ozaki
has been named as the Asian team captain to defend the trophy in 2010 at the
Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi.
The Royal Trophy is an emotionally-charged inter-continental clash, where
Asian and European golfing greats compete over a three-day series of matches
for stewardship of the solid-silver sixteen-kilogram Trophy, graciously
donated by His Majesty the King of Thailand.
Ozaki was first appointed captain of the Asian team in 2007 for the second
edition of the Championship, during which he suffered a punishing defeat.
However, he led his Asian team to a historic and resounding victory in 2009,
shocking the Europeans with his team’s tremendous performance.
“We are determined to keep the Royal Trophy in Asia. We will do our utmost
to defeat Europe on Asian home ground for the second consecutive time”, said
the Japanese golfing giant Ozaki.
He continued, “It is indeed an honour to captain the Asian Team for the
third consecutive time, and I am fully committed to deliver the Royal Trophy
to our Asian people once again.
“Lifting the Royal Trophy in Thailand earlier this year, as a result of a
great team effort of all our players, was a very significant moment for
Asian golf. Our eight great players showed immense determination and courage
in prevailing over the Europeans for the first time ever,” added a confident
“This has been a truly remarkable year for Asian golf. It started on a
‘high’ with our Asian team’s magnificent win over Europe and now Y.E. Yang
has added his terrific win at the PGA Championship – the first ever for an
Asian golfer at a Major. Y. E. Yang was a member of my Asian Team for the
Royal Trophy in 2007 and it is great to see him achieve such great success,”
Ozaki’s counterpart and Captain of the European Team is expected to be
five-time Major winner, the legendary Seve Ballesteros, who has confirmed
his intention to lead Europe. However, confirmation of the Spaniard’s return
is subject to his progressing health recovery.
“I am carefully considering my player selections for the upcoming edition,
as this is of utmost importance. With our historic win earlier this year,
the Europeans will surely compete fiercely to regain stewardship of the
Royal Trophy. I am confident, however, that our Asian team will deliver golf
of the highest quality and will play with the greatest intensity”, concluded
the two-time Japan Open Champion.
The fourth edition of the Royal Trophy will take place from January 8 – 10,
2010 at the exclusive Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand.
Rajsky serves out for double win at Tennis Masters
(From left to right): Igor Tkachenko, Sylvester
Nathawee Sucandharuna, Daniel Rajsky, Alvaro Urrutia
and Faik Onder from Pattaya-Tennis.com.
The last tournament of the Pattaya-Tennis.com Men’s Circuit was scheduled for
July 15– 17 and featured 48 men singles tennis players and 18 doubles pairs from
Pattaya, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and other parts of Thailand. Tennis players from
thirteen countries have participated in The Masters Tennis Tournament which has
been held at the Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa and offers one of the best and most
delightful tennis atmospheres in Pattaya.
The final of the men’s singles was between Alvaro Urrutia, Chile, and Daniel
Rajsky from Czech Republic. There was a double incentive for both players in
this match as the winner would not only be crowned Masters Tennis Tournament
champion, but could also garner enough points to secure the year-long Men’s
In the first set Rajsky used his serve and volley skills and he managed to break
Alvaro’s serve to take the set 6:3. In the second set Alvaro employed his
strength from the back of the court, however Rajsky broke his serve again to
lead 5:4 and was able to serve out the match for a 6/3, 6/4 victory.
Thanks to this win, Daniel Rajsky has become the winner of the Pattaya-Tennis.
com Men’s Circuit with a total of 108 ranking points and he received 10,000 THB
in prize money. Alvaro Urrutia was second with total of 71 ranking points and
received 5,000 THB in prize money and Thitinan Pinpradap from Thailand finished
in third place with total of 53 ranking points and received 2,000 THB in prize
The men’s doubles final featured singles winner Daniel Rajsky and his partner
Nathawee Sucandharuna from Thailand, who together defeated Sylvester Alamdar
(Thailand) and Igor Tkachenko (Russia) by a score of 6/3, 2/6 and 10/8.
During a year of Pattaya-Tennis.com Men’s Circuit, more than 80 players from
different countries around the world have gained at least one point to their
“The tennis tournament was not only an ideal opportunity to bring together Thais
and expatriates who live in or near Pattaya, but also a good promotion of tennis
as a sport in Pattaya,” said organizer Lawan Yuedyao from Pattaya-Tennis.com.
She also took the opportunity to thank the main sponsors of the event: Dunlop,
travel agency Siam One Travel and especially Holger Groninger, the Resident
Manager of Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa.
The event was organized by the Pattaya-Tennis.com which offers tennis lessons
and tennis camps for serious to recreational players looking to improve their
The next Men’s Circuit 2009/2010 is due to start on October 2009. If anybody
would like to join in you would be more than welcome to come along. For more
information please visit www.pattaya-tennis.com.
Gamble has the edge despite handicap cut
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, August 17, Green Valley – Stableford
It was another very hot and humid day and many of our
players were feeling totally drained and lethargic after toiling in
the heat the previous Friday at Eastern Star.
There were supposed to eight four-balls out today but there was a no
show in the fourth group from two of the players, so that meant the
last two pairings were reduced to two three-balls.
As always here, the clouds seem to bubble up in the distance as the
round progresses, and as the first group reached the 11th tee there
were some very heavy skies and horrendous thunder and lightening in
the background. The hole was played through intermittent rain and as
the players reached the green the skies opened and a 40 minute rain
When play resumed, Richard Hurley took top place in division with 41
points, Mikael Andersson came second on 35, and in third place was
Paul Butler with 34 points.
Waiting to be cut for the last few weeks, Neil Gamble’s 43 points
was nine ahead of second placed Barry Rawlinson’s effort in division
2 and eleven in front of third placed Tony Holehouse on 32.
There was a rollover in both divisions in the 2’s competition but
only one winner and that was Neville Scurrell who birdied the 16th
to take the division 1 pot.
Near Pins went to (Div 1) Paul Butler, Terry Cowell and Checten
Patel (2), and (Div 2) William Chang, Neil Gamble and Bob Green.
Wednesday, August 14, The Emerald - Stableford
This was our first visit here for five months due to
various reasons, but the large field of 32 players welcomed the
return as the condition of the course, especially the greens, was in
total contrast to that experienced last March.
As we approached the course there were heavy clouds in the
background and the rain started as we reached Baan Chang, however,
as the starting group reached the first tee the rain subsided and we
all experienced another very hot and humid day.
After Neil Gamble’s 43 points on Monday and with a reduction of 3
shots overnight to his handicap, he came in today with 41 points to
win division 1; the scissors will be out yet again. Harry Vincenzi
finished second with 40 points and Terry Cowell beat Alain on a
20/19 back nine count back for third after they both finished with
There was a nine point differential between the divisions with Bryan
Rought winning the second flight with 32 points after outscoring Ian
Hart 18/14 on a count back. Steve Ironside was smiling at the
presentation when his back nine score of 19 beat Russell Benson 17
and Jimmy Johnson 16 for third after they all came in with 30
There were four division 1 winners today in the 2’s: Tom Sathrum on
the 7th and Terry Cowell, Karl Flood and Alain Pereux all on the
15th. Miss Nom also birdied the 15th to win the two rollovers in
division 2 and ‘the old man’ was smiling again as she had just
returned from Udon as well.
Near Pins went to (Div 1) Terry Cowell, Keith Hector, Bill Hewitt
and Tom Sathrum; and (Div 2) Jimmy Johnson, Dan Morgan and Miss Nom.
Friday, August 21, Eastern Star – Stableford
With no breeze yet again coming off the coast, it was
another very hot and humid day and some very weary people coming in
after 18 holes.
However, this did not seem to reflect in the division 1 scores as
Saranya Riley, now playing all her games off the Men’s tees, won
division 1 with 37 points. Tom Sathrum trailed in second three
points behind and in third place was Paul Butler with 32 points.
With a continuously decreasing handicap, Miss Nit took division 2
honours with 35 points, Miss Nang scored 31 to take second and the
old man’s 30 points was good enough to take third.
Mikael Andersson’s birdie on the third hole to claim the four
rollover 2’s pot in division 1 but in division 2 there were still no
The IPGC Monthly Medal /Stableford competition continues at Pattana
on Tuesday, Sept. 1 so there will be no game for us on Monday, which
is probably a good thing as the old man is putting on a birthday
party with live music and free food at Siam Cats on Sunday evening,
August 30 commencing at 7.00 p.m. All are welcome.
Benda to the fore once more
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Paul E. Donahue
The Three Sisters group hit the fairways this Aug 18 at the Pattaya
Country Club. A beautiful sunrise greeted the group as they teed off to
still wet with dew fairways and greens. It was apparent that the course was
hit with quite a rain squall the night before but the greens are now in
pretty good shape and the lawn mowing crew are trying to keep up with the
ever fast growing grass.
Bob Benda (left) with runner up Sus Ige.
The group converged back at Caddy Shack II for a surprise snack of venison
sausage and it was delicious. Of course it goes without saying that there
was a plethora of drinks available for the thirsty golfers particularly for
Russell Finch who doused his sausage in very, very hot mustard.
Joe St. Laurent managed to score a birdie on the tough 18 and it’s things
like this that bring players back for more. The cards were checked and not
very surprisingly Bob Benda came in first with a 36 points followed by Sus
Ige with 35. Next week will be the end of the month Trophy match.
the week on a high
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, August 17, Bangpra - Stableford
Frank Dante had his first win with the Bunker Boys (and he
says he’s struggling with his UK handicap!) Playing a “Rainbow” format
he shot a level par 36 points to take the loot. PJ (another one who
seems to be struggling with his handicap) beat William on a count back
to claim second place.
1st Frank Dante (8) 36pts
2nd PJ Redmond (14) 35pts
3rd William Macey (12) 35pts
Near Pins: Frank Dante, Hai Sul Chung, Geoff Parker and Eddie
Wednesday, August 19, Pattana - Stableford
Another stableford game and another 36 points was enough to
win again. Playing off the same tees as the LPGA golfers, who were
having a tournament there, Gerry Cooney was our winner today. Hugh
O’Donnell took runner up spot a point behind and Eddie Martin came in
third with 33 points.
The closest our lot got to the ladies was when they were sheltering in
the drinks hut when the course was closed to allow a lightning storm to
1st Gerry Cooney (11) 36pts
2nd Hugh O’Donnell (25) 35pts
3rd Eddie Martin (13) 33pts
Near Pins: Tony Robbins, Colin Stokes, PJ and Frank Dante.
Friday, August 21, Mountain Shadow - Stableford
Unusually Rab McDonald hasn’t been in the frame this week,
but finishing off a week of stableford comps Rab came storming back to
win by a mile. He scored 39 points, a full 7 points ahead of the second
placed Mashi. There was a clutch of golfers on 30 points and it took a
count back to separate them; Ron Ryan getting third place, John Graham
fourth and Eddie Martin came fifth.
1st Rab McDonald (11) 39pts
2nd Mashi Kaneta (11) 32pts
3rd Ron Ryan (14) 30pts
4th John Graham (13) 30pts
Near Pins: PJ, Lee Butler, Frank Dante and Ron Ryan.
Joel scores a weekly double
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Thomas Cotton & Derek Brook
Tuesday, August 18, Crystal Bay - Stableford
A bunch of us had nothing better to do, so we headed out to Bert’s
for Tuesday golf and then onto the day’s venue: Crystal Bay, which brings to
mind Bay Watch and that lovely fellow-Canadian, Pamela Anderson. But most of our
fellow golfers are too old and un-libidinous to appreciate the allusion, so I’ll
just talk about the golf.
first and second, Joel Flor (left) and Perry McNeely (right) with one of Bert’s
We played off the white tees and had a strong complement of golfers anxious to
prove their mettles. The grass on the fairway was generously long and the greens
slow to medium. The air was thick with humidity but thin on testosterone. The
fairway was rich in bird numbers but poor in species, mostly populated by common
mynahs and doves with a few hoopoes.
The shot of the day was made by Dick Warberg, who on a par-three ricocheted his
ball off a rock in the water hazard onto the green within two feet of the cup.
Dick then sunk the putt for a birdie. He later confided that this was how he had
really planned the shot.
Anyhow, the heat was quite oppressive and many of us were just glad to get back
to the showers and onto Bert’s to commence the evening’s libations. Joel Flor
seems to be in the lead for “Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month”.
1st Joel Flor 38pts
2nd Perry McNeely 36pts
3rd Alan Thomas 36pts
4th Daryl Evans 36pts
Near Pins: Daryl Evans, Dick Warberg, Perry McNeely (2).
Friday, August 21, Rayong C.C. - Stableford
After a week off from the normal Friday golf from Bert’s to support
the PSC monthly members tournament last week at Pattana, we journeyed back to
Rayong C.C. This was our fourth visit over the past two months and the numbers
of players that attend continues to rise due to the continuing improvements to
the course and the excellent price on offer.
This morning, both the first and tenth tees had groups waiting but the efficient
starter had things well under control and our starting group was headed down the
first fairway a little before our scheduled tee-off time. Play moved along at a
good pace over the challenging Faldo designed course and in a little over 4
hours we were back at the clubhouse.
The scoring was not as high as our previous visit but a handful were at their
handicaps or a bit better and with ‘near-the-pin’ flags out, there was close
competition for the prizes.
With all the score cards in and tallied we were soon headed back to Pattaya and
the friendly confines of Tropical Bert’s where, in addition to the normal Friday
special, a golfers special “Burger’s and Chips” was on for the participants.
With thirst quenched and food downed the prize giving was held and all invited
to join us again. Well played!
1st Joel Flor (18) 38pts
2nd Grant Dawson (22) 38pts
3rd Per Olan Baarli (17) 36pts
4th Doug Maiko (14) 35pts
Near Pins: Doug Maiko (2), Per Olan Baarli (2).
a man apart at Emerald
PSC Golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Mulligans Lakeside played two local courses this week:
on Tuesday we returned to Emerald and on Thursday, due to overnight
rain, we diverted from our intended destination to Great Lakes.
Tuesday, August 18, The Emerald - Stableford
The Emerald lived up to its reputation of being one of the
more challenging courses – especially the par threes. However, while the
rest of the field had steady rounds an exceptional score of 42 points
was entered by Graham Hiskett (14) who took first place honours. Ken
Hole (13) meanwhile was second some way back on 36 points.
Graham also took three nearest the pins prizes with Ken grabbing the
Thursday, August 20, Great Lakes - Stableford
Thursday’s fixture was a first for the Mulligan’s society.
The Great Lakes course recently reopened and offers cheap golf at the
moment: a round will set you back 550 baht which includes the caddy and
an additional 400 gets you a buggy.
winners: John Chapman, Ray Ryan and Ken Hole.
Overall the course itself is in fair/good condition but the greens need
more attention. The clubhouse isn’t bad but the showers have the same
water pressure as a deflated tyre! Most of the caddies are new and
inexperienced so don’t expect too much from them. But if you’ve not
played there yet, it is worth a visit.
On the day John Chapman (23) secured first spot with a distinctly
average 31 points followed by Ray Ryan in second and Ken hole in third
Note: Mulligans Lakeside plays golf 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. We are a friendly bunch so please feel free to join us for
some good golf and great banter.
For more details on scheduling etc, please call Jeff 089 094 1841 or Ray
081 935 8088. Look forward to you joining us. Good Golfing!
Weather the real big winner
PSC golf from The Caddyshack
Monday, August 17, Bangpra – Stableford
In all my time playing golf in Thailand, I don’t think I have ever been
stupid enough to play in conditions like this. To say that the lightning was
close would probably be one of the biggest understatements of the year.
After several stops and starts most of the twenty golfers games had gone and
it wasn’t much fun anymore. The two golfers who did manage to keep it
together were Clive Bruce and Roger Moore. Clive proved that it’s ok to hit
it like a lady as long has you have a short game to back it up, by taking
top spot with 36 points. Roger, in his last round before returning home, was
two shots back with 34 points.
1st Clive Bruce 36pts
2nd Roger Moore 34pts
Wednesday, August 19,
Greenwood – Stableford
Only ten golfers bothered to take the longish drive up to Greenwood, the
rest of us sensible ones decided to stay at home. I am told that the first
five or six holes were perfect for golf and then it all went horribly wrong.
The heavens opened and that was that, a washout, a no contest, a wasted day!
Friday, August 21,
Green Valley - Stableford
After the rain affected rounds of Monday and Friday, it was nice to see
that the Sun had returned. The great conditions and a couple of dodgy
handicaps resulted in a lot of good scoring, especially in A Flight.
Coming in third place in the top division with 35 points was the scribe
(Damian Trant). In second place with 37 points was Ben Findon, and well out
in front with a 71 gross (41pts) was Mike Allidi. Mike has been away for a
while and after always being around a scratch handicap he is now off an
unbeatable handicap of four. Well done to Mike!
In B Flight, James Savage took third place with 33 points, Les “Go-Go” Hall
was second with 34 points, and Bruce Tollitt took top spot on count back
with a better back nine.
1st Mike Allidi 41pts
2nd Ben Findon 37pts
3rd Damian Trant 35pts
1st Bruce Tollitt 34pts
2nd Les Hall 34pts
3rd James Savage 33pts
Golden day for David Gray
Golf from the Travellers Rest
Reporter Barry Hooper
It was a golden day for David Gray when he came home with forty-one
points to win on Thursday, August 20 at Phoenix. David a part time player
and a thirty three handicapper had his first win ever, beating the field by
four points and leaving Alan Evans in his wake at thirty-seven and Jon Lay,
the triple winner of the previous week back in third at thirty-four.
Congratulations David, may this win be the first of many more.
On a very different note I have been asked to remind all players who join
the TRGG whether members or visitors that it is their responsibility to make
sure that they declare before play their lowest recorded handicap where ever
it may be held. Failure to do so could result in disqualification under
present golf regulations.
August 22 winners: Mike Moreton, Bob St.Aubin and Mod Chaviraksa.
Meanwhile, and on the same theme, I have it reported that fair play and
honesty in the game is not dead. One golfer during the play at Greenwood on
Tuesday, August 11 found on returning home after the event and presentation
that he had incorrectly declared his handicap and immediately rang Fergus
the organiser advising him of the error and promptly returned his first
This meant that he was actually in fourth place. The same day another golfer
openly declared to his playing partners that he had touched his ball on
approach and penalised himself a shot. It is great to see that the game of
golf is still in good hands.
Monday, August 10, Bangpra – Stableford
1st Jon Lay (13) 35pts
2nd Ito Akitoshi (7) 34pts
3rd Gerald Thwaites (10) 33pts
Bangpra (the Monkey course) was the venue on Monday, August 10, and despite
only having a fairly low participation it turned out to be a very good day
with a winning thirty-five pointer for John Lay. This was a good follow on
from his third spot placing on the previous Saturday. Ito Akitoshi was
second one back at thirty-four (also one place better that his last Monday
outing) and a further one back in third at thirty-three was Gerald Thwaites.
Guess who the 2’s pot went to? Ted Senior no less
Tuesday, August 11, Greenwood – Stableford
1st George Robinson (16) 34pts
2nd Gerhard Burger (15) 34pts
3rd Gerald Thwaites (10) 33pts
4th Tony Burnett (22) 33pts
Tuesday saw a trip to Greenwood and we had not been there in some time so it
was a welcome return. There was a moderate turnout on the day and I suspect
it’s because not everybody likes the longish trip. Actually it is not so
long these days with road improvements.
Points were obviously hard to get, as the top two were involved in a
thirty-four point fight out on count back. Gerhard Burger lost out and was
knocked back to second again (he was second on the previous Saturday) with
only fifteen on the back nine. One up on him and in first place was George
Robinson, two places better than his last Tuesday outing.
Coming in third today was Gerald Thwaites with thirty-three points and
fourth was our “honest man of the week” Tony Burnett.
Richard Talbot meanwhile made the 2’s pot all his own.
Thursday, August 13, Phoenix
(Mountain & Ocean) – Stableford
1st Jon Lay (13) 41pts
2nd Garry Hall (23) 40pts
3rd Frank Kelly (13) 38pts
4th Amphan North (15) 38pts
Yes another visit to our regular Thursday venue of Phoenix (Mountain and
Ocean) and this time with a very low turnout of participants. The course
excellent as always and scoring much higher than last week.
John Lay pulled of his double for the week with a forty-one pointer and
found himself one up on Garry Hall with his forty. Both good scores. Back in
third place was Frank Kelly at thirty-eight after beating Amphan North (it
was nice to see her back out on the course again) on count back by fifteen
I see that Fergus was back out after having to rest up from an old leg
injury earlier in the week. He may not have been at his top form with his
thirty-three but he still picked up a share of the 2’s pot with Garry Hall.
Saturday, August 15, Green Valley – Stableford
1st Jon Lay (11) 35pts
2nd Mod Chaviraksa (11) 35pts
3rd Ted Senior (13) 35pts
4th Richard Moore (25) 34pts
Saturday was a regular weekend visit to Green Valley and a very good turnout
this time but the course obviously played hard with many a golfer struggling
However, after his earlier success in the week, and despite a cut to his
handicap it did not stop Jon Lay from taking his third win of the week on
count back over Mod Chaviraksa in second and Ted Senior in third. Richard
Moore was fourth with a thirty-four.
There were no 2’s recorded on the day.
Monday, August 17, Pattana - Stableford
1st Gerald Thwaites (10) 39pts
2nd Alan Evans (23) 35pts
3rd Billy Fitzgerald (16) 34pts
4th Ito Akitoshi (7) 33pts
Pattana A and C was the challenge on Monday, August 17, and we had a good
turnout on the day as the players obviously like this course which was in
excellent shape and played well as the scores show.
We had just one division and places down to fourth, and taking that fourth
spot was Ito Akitoshi with thirty-three points. Third place went to Billy
Fitzgerald with thirty-four, second to Alan Evans at thirty-five and the
winner was Gerald Thwaites with a fine thirty-nine points.
There were four 2’s on the day from Ray Allison, Alan Evans and Richard
Talbot at the eleventh and Eamonn Murtagh at the sixteenth.
Tuesday, August 18, Khao Kheow – Stableford
1st John Franklin (13) 36pts
2nd Jon Lay (11) 32pts
3rd Richard Talbot (18) 29pts
4th Eamonn Murtagh (16) 26pts
Tuesday saw a trip to Khao Kheow to play the C & A layouts and we have not
been to this course in some time so it was a welcome return. We had just a
modest turnout on the day but I suspect it’s because this venue is a little
expensive for some.
Points were obviously hard to get, as the top man John Franklin only posted
a thirty-six for first place, Jon Lay was second with thirty-two and in
third was Richard Talbot with his twenty-nine.
Due to the difficultly of the course it was no surprise that there were no
2’s on the day.
Thursday, August 20, Phoenix
(Mountain & Ocean) – Stableford
1st David Gray (33) 41pts
2nd Alan Evans (23) 37pts
3rd Jon Lay (11) 34pts
4th Roger Wilkinson (17) 33pts
A good turnout of participants showed up for our Thursday visit to Phoenix
and the course was in excellent shape as always and the scoring was
This was to be a golden day for David Gray and one he will never forget. The
reason for this was that it was his first ever win and you do not forget
those do you? He led the field home with forty-one points for a fine
victory, with Alan Evans back at thirty-seven for his second runner up place
of the week. Jon Lay was third at thirty-four and was unable to find the
form of the previous week.
There were no 2’s so a traditional bell ring back at the Travellers Rest
Saturday, August 22, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Bob St.Aubin (13) 38pts
2nd Mod Chaviraksa (11) 31pts
3rd Michael Moreton (25) 31pts
4th Barry Hooper (30) 29pts
Saturday was another of our regular weekend visits to Green Valley. We had a
smallish turnout this time and the course played hard with many a golfer
struggling, including yours truly who was able to play for the first time in
some four months.
Unfortunately our organiser Fergus was unable to join us this week, having
to rest up some badly torn ligaments. The winner today, Bob St.Aubin, was
also disappointed because Fergus and he usually have good personal battles,
although Fergus usually comes out on top. I doubt that would have been the
case this week though as Bob came home with a fine thirty-eight points,
beating second placed Mod Chaviraksa (31) by seven who finished on the same
score as Mike Moreton in third but with a better count-back.
There were no 2’s yet again so we enjoyed the customary bell ring at the
Duncan the class act at Navy
PSC Soi Kanoi Golf Group
Golfers and caddies at Navy with
the day’s winner Craig Duncan (2nd from right).
Tuesday, August 18, Greenwood C & A (White tees) -
A tidy group of seventeen golfers were started in two flights and
were round in good order with the threatened rain not appearing.
In the A division (handicaps 15 and less) holidaymaking Craig Duncan
(manually reduced to 4.6 after 42 points on Monday with East Side Friendly
Golf Society) made the best of it by chipping into the hole on 18 for 34
points. Craig was followed home by Cliff Saveall (6), David Clamp (9) and
Mike King (11) with 30, 30 and 28 points respectively.
The B Division (handicaps above 16) was won by Bev Ewens (27) with 31 points
followed in by Dennis Jaycock (16), Rob Gandley (16) and Jim Fortune (22)
with 30, 29 and 26 points respectively. The average score for the day was
unusually high for Greenwood at 27.8 points.
Aka O’Reilly’s very well-presented seventeen year old son is visiting him at
the moment. On taking his son - who was wearing a canary yellow tee shirt -
for a fish and chips dinner at the hump-backed animal bar in Ban Chang after
golf, the lovely bar manageress and two comely waitresses sportingly offered
the youngster a straight-up ‘three for free’ deal with lots of vigorous hip
thrusting movements for emphasis. The lad may have been unfazed but a sage
sixty plus fellow diner was heard to remark “O.K. boys, next week we wear
yellow tee shirts!”
Thursday, August 20, Plutaluang S & E (White tees) -
Allocated South and East we were started ahead of schedule.
Keeping his game in good shape once again Craig Duncan (5) headed the field
with 38 points with another holidaymaker Brian Epsley (10) being runner up
with 34 points. Brendon Dougal (20), David Clamp (9) and Neil Duncan (14)
were 3rd, 4th and 5th with 33, 32 and 32 points respectively. The average
score for the day was 28.4 points.
Rob Gandley, Brendon Dougal and Dennis Dunkley had near pin bonuses whilst
Jimmy Fortune scampered off with the bonus for the longest first putt on the
Note: Any golfers seeking to play with our group that wish to know
about the group’s format please phone Neil on 089 511 0575.
The ubiquitous John Feehan
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, August 16, Green Valley –
1st Pat Regan (11) 42pts
2nd John Feehan (13) 40pts
1st Pierre Bietry (14) 40pts
2nd Peter Henshaw (14) 38pts
1st Kathy Doddy (19) 37pts
Near Pins: #2 Seamus Cotter, #9 Ian Halfpenny, #12 Mike Craighead,
#16 Dale Shier
Sunday and surprisingly the tees on most of the tee boxes were about as far
back as possible, making it a big challenge for the not so big hitters. This
did not mean a thing to the Irish boys though as they took three of the top
Regan and Pierre Bietry were the top two at Green Valley.
The senior flight saw Ireland’s Co Tipperary man John Feehan, Ian ‘Gizza
fag’ Grout and Jim ‘Capt Fog’ all tied with 40 points each. The prevailing
count back handed John Feehan the runner up spot. It took a Co Dublin man to
beat him and win the day’s honors, Pat Regan posted a brilliant 42 points.
Pierre ‘The Magician’ stopped it being an Irish clean sweep by posting a
very creditable 40 points to grab the junior flight top spot. However, it
was a Co Dublin Man, Peter the President who came in as runner up, gaining a
count back verdict over Martin Solberg, both knotted on 38 points.
The Red Flight saw the lady on fire Kathy Doody carry on were she left off
the previous week, returning a splendid 37 points for top spot.
Spare a thought for ‘Gizza a fag’ Grout who double bogeyed the last hole
when a par would have given him a career best 72 gross. Mike Shrosbree did
however present Ian with a new packet of fags.
Tuesday, August 18, Treasure Hills – Stableford
1st John Feehan (12) 39pts
2nd Peter Henshaw (14) 38pts
3rd Colin Davis (14) 38pts
There are usually never many points to be had at Treasure Hills, but try
telling that to the Irish Boys, who for the second match in a row totally
dominated the game. This time the Co Tipparary man, John Feehan, turned the
tables on the Co Dublin man, Peter ‘The President’ Henshaw, by one shot, 39
points to 38. The President gained the verdict for second in a count back
decision over Colin ‘The Donkey’ Davis.
Peter Henshaw and Bob ‘Seamless’ Newell shared the ‘2’s pot.
Wednesday, August 19, Greenwood – Stableford
1st Eddie Beilby (15) 38pts
2nd Jim Brackett (8) 36 pts
3rd Jim Reilly (16) 33 pts
With thunderclouds circling the course as we arrived at the Greenwood, it
was feared that the heavens were about to open up, which they did causing
about an hours break in play. One group sheltered under the bridge that runs
under the road, not a good idea as they soon found out when it flooded.
The captain’s group swears they were nearly hit by a meteorite, perhaps it
was the party the night before. It was certainly a good sign, as Eddie the
Eagle swooped in to record the day’s best score of 38 points. Just behind
Eddie was playing partner the ‘Old Vet’ himself Jim Brackett with an even
par round 36 points.
The final spot went down to the dreaded count back with the scales tipping
in Jim Reilly’s favor (wonder where he hails from?) ahead of John Feehan.
‘Oneball’ was his usual quiet self as he pocketed the day’s only ‘2’.
Friday, August 21, Pleasant Valley – Stableford
1st Mike Jeffreys (21) 38pts
2nd John Feehan (11) 36pts
3rd Colin Davis (14) 36pts
Pleasant Valley was the venue to end this week’s golf where Mike Jeffreys
took full control from the start to post a very impressive 38 points. This
made Mike man of the match.
It was not hard to guess who was second after figuring in all this week’s
contests, the right honorable John Feehan, but it took the aid of a count
back to push Colin ‘The Donkey’ back into third place.
Peter ‘The President’ scored the only ‘2’ of the day, as Peter himself had a
week to remember.
Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya Land Soi 1, Beach Road Soi
13/3 near to Walking Street. Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and
add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764. Transport is
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society revisited The Emerald course in
Ban Chang on Tuesday, August 18, after a few months when the course costs
were excessively high. Common sense has now prevailed and it was appropriate
that a quality field left Rabbi’s for a day’s stableford golf.
The course has seen better fairways but the greens were superb and the sun
beat down all day.
In a very tight affair Wichai Tananusorn managed to put together a good
round of 35 points for fourth place and found Paul McNally and Richard
Hurley one point ahead sharing second place. For Richard it was another rung
on the ladder of his golf education as he continues to develop his game.
Paul McNally, playing off four, enjoys the challenge of going head-to-head
with his peers and on this day he had the company of Dave Stockman. Both
attempted to play and out-play each other and Paul’s gross of 76 was just
pipped by Dave’s 75, giving him 38 points and a well deserved victory. He
shared the ‘2’s pot with Booby Shirkey, the popular Scot playing his first
The Booby Bevy was shared by Pat Clark for some wayward navigating to the
course and a heavily preoccupied recorder who overlooked Dave Stockman’s
birdie effort on hole number five and only discovered back at Rabbi’s.
It was good to get back to golf in Ban Chang and the group is looking
forward to the next few months at The Emerald.
Voller’s back to form
The Pattaya Golf Society continued its weekly golf on Thursday,
August 20, with its 100th competition of the year, this time at Pattana,
over the A and B nines, on the latter following hot on the heels of the Thai
The course was in fine condition and the greens on the B nine were as quick
and true as anyone had ever seen them.
Don Nellis, recently back from work in Mumbai, enjoyed a good day with 34
points and a share of third place with “man of the moment” Richard Hurley.
The course always brings out the best in Belgian Emiel van der Wiele and
once again he was in the frame with a well-crafted 38 points to take second
The winner was Chris Voller, recently in golf’s doldrums, and his 39 points
represented a best gross figure of 76. The highlight of his round was the
eagle on A2 and four pars and a birdie on the front nine, giving him 22
points for the out-round. The only blemish on his card was the “wipe” on B5,
a result of a wayward tee shot.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and Toshihiro Aoki failed to live up to the
reputation of his namesake, taking the Booby Bevy for a poor performance.
It had been a day which had seen a thoroughly efficient performance from the
Englishman, Chris Voller.
Same, same -
On Saturday, August 22, the Pattaya Golf Society turned the clock
back nine years and chose Rayong CC (aka Great Lake) as the venue for its
Saturday stableford event.
Having heard rumours of improvements at the course, it was an opportunity to
see the current course setup first hand. It has to be said the course has
one of the finest of Sir Nick’s layouts with difficult, long holes blending
with some forgiving short ones. The group found the fairways were perfectly
playable with more options now that the extreme rough is being cut down, the
bunkers are well raked and the only downside was the very dry and bobbly
greens. Water and rolling should do the trick and it’s hoped that this is
already programmed for the near future.
As for the competition itself, Dave Stockman managed 35 points for fourth
place, one point behind Tim Lazecki who was enjoying his best golf this
trip. Joint winners on thirty-seven points were debutant Simon Anderton and
Paul McNally, who fired the day’s best gross of 75.
There were no birdie ‘2’s thus making for an enhanced prize fund but the
Booby Bevy went to Richard Hurley for his 22 - 12 split, his round becoming
unravelled over the finishing holes after a well crafted front nine.
In this shape, Rayong CC is certainly competition “friendly” and plans are
being made for a return to the course in due time.
Fred Land finds
a golden touch
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, August 17, Khao Kheow –
1st Greg Gawron 35pts
2nd Alan Griffiths 33pts
3rd Fred Land 32pts
4th Rod Howett 31pts
5th Phil Knight 31pts
It is always a pleasure to be back at Khao Kheow and when the course is
almost empty it gives even greater enjoyment, but playing from the yellow
tees is not a walk in the park as the scores on this day attested.
With thunder and lightning all around and not a few rain showers, it was
unsurprising that the CSS for the day went out to 74.
Greg Gawron was however surprised to win his first competition out of Soi 13
with a less than spectacular score of one over handicap, which still proved
good enough by a couple.
Alan Griffiths got straight back into the swing with a solid second place
after not touching a golf club for three weeks to edge out playing partner
Fred Land into third spot by a single stroke.
Rod Howett won the count back with Phil Knight with a better 17 against 16
over the inward half.
There were no 2’s in the second division but Russell Exley and Alan
Griffiths shared the first division pool.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed new member Toshihiro Aoki and
also welcomed back Alan Griffiths.
Wednesday, August 19, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Fred Land 43pts
2nd Danny Greer 38pts
3rd Dave Stockman 37pts
4th Trevor Schirmer 34pts
5th Russell Exley 34pts
Green Valley was expected to be wet and windy but the day stayed fine and
dry with just a light wind and with the greens and fairways as usual in fine
condition, the scoring was a big improvement from the previous outing.
Fred Land had an outstanding round of 80 gross off his 15 handicap and a
lifetime best score to ensure a two stroke reduction to his handicap and an
easy five shot margin of victory.
Danny Greer also had his best round for some time in amassing thirty eight
points and grabbing second place by one from Dave Stockman who also carded a
very tidy gross 76 but had to be content with third place on the day.
Trevor Schirmer won the count back with Russell Exley with a score of 17 to
16 over the back nine to take fourth spot with Russell in fifth.
Alan Griffiths, Trevor Schirmer and Dave Stockman shared the first division
2’s whilst Sid Ottaway and Grant Cadell shared the second division.
There were no welcomes or returnees, but there was a farewell to Fred Land
returning after a very successful stay with a handicap three shots lower
than when he arrived six weeks previously having played some outstanding
golf during his visit.
Friday, August 21, Bangpra – Stableford
1st Alan Hanlon 39pts
2nd Dave Stockman 34pts
3rd Greg Gawron 33pts
4th Danny Greer 33pts
Although the greens are nowhere near as fearsome as they once were, it is
still a very brave player that leaves a “ten footer” above any of the holes
and with the break from the side of the green to the hole can also sometimes
be twice the distance, it needs a steady game and not a little luck to score
below ones handicap.
Alan Hanlon out shone the field with the second five shot margin of victory
in the week as only two players managed to play within two of their handicap
and surprisingly the CSS for the day stayed at 72.
Dave Stockman again had a solid under 80 round to garner 34 points and
second place ahead of Greg Gawron and Danny Greer, the latter two only
separated by a count back that Greg won with a better 18 to Danny’s 12 after
Danny had stormed through the front nine with 21 points and at three under
Greg will have a few stories to relate on his return to the Gosnells Golf
Club, after finishing the week on the podium twice including one win, and
never having played to his handicap.
There were no 2’s in either division which was not surprising with the
greens as difficult as they were.
Back at The Haven, The Doc welcomed new member Declan Kelly before
presenting the prizes.
The IPGC Monthly Medals
The next IPGC Monthly Medals will take place on Tuesday,
September 1 at Pattana Country Club. There is a 300 baht entry fee which
includes medals for the winners in the 1st Division (0-10, Stroke Play), the
2nd Division (11-18, Stroke Play), the 3rd Division (19+, Stableford) and
the Ladies (0-36, Stableford). The results will count towards the end of
year Gold and Silver Medals in all divisions. There will be a special
European buffet at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar on Soi Buakhao prior to the
Players can sign up at Donovan’s (Steve Mascari), The Haven (Russell Exley),
The Rabbi’s Elephant (Len Jones) or Jomtiem Golf (Glyn Evans).
Milne the magnificent
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday, August 17, Burapha - Stableford
Burapha 21 Outbackers 0 was the final result here as the course
(A & B) celebrated its first resounding victory over a weakened Outbacker
Beilby (runner up at Emerald) poses with ‘Roo Cup’ holders, Mark & Steve.
It was generally an all round poor performance in both divisions as nobody
played to handicap, probably for the first time in the two years that the
Outback have been coming here every Monday. Was it due to the absence of
Capt’ Bob? who is still off with an injury, or was it the threat of the
storm onslaught that halted play for about an hour? or just the aftermath of
the rain leaving the wet greens and soggy fairways? Whatever the reason, the
best score out there came from Bruce Milner with 35 points to win Div A from
a surprised Bob Lindborg (33) and an even more surprised Paul Greenaway
The next best came from the winner of Div B, Barry Copestake on 34 points
from a couple of mediocre efforts from ‘Gentleman George’ (31pts) and that
man again, Steve Milne (30pts).
Come on boys you must try harder next week!
There were four ‘2’s from Bruce McAdam, Bob Lindborg and Bruce Milner
Div A (0-14)
1st Bruce Milner (11) 35pts
2nd Bob Lindborg (14) 33pts
3rd Paul Greenaway (12) 32pts
Div B (15+)
1st Barry Copestake (15) 34pts
2nd George Bishop (16) 31pts
3rd Steve Milne (15) 30pts
Wednesday, August 19, Khao Kheow - Stableford
This excellent Pete Dye Design course is always a good test and
made especially difficult today through the extremely inclement weather.
All but one of the 15 Outbackers braved the storm to give their best to play
the B & C nines from yellow tees, amongst distant cries from the resident
Turnip, that he couldn’t reach the fairway. Strange coming from him, last
week whilst playing with Pottsy, who played with him again today (his
choice), the Turnip couldn’t miss a fairway.
The lightning was vicious as the boys (and Kathy) sat it out at the halfway
house; so close were the strikes followed immediately by the thunder
clashes, the poor old Sugarman nearly fell off his chair and dropped his
beer as he jumped out of his skin.
Rosco put his new swing to the test, which clearly held up well, scoring a
fantastic 37 points in these conditions to win by one from three other
excellent scores from Henry O’Brien (36), Kathy Doody (35) and Andy
Butterworth (34). The organiser for the day, the Sugarman (thanks mate)
finished in fifth.
There was just one ‘jackpot 2’ from Henry O’Brien.
1st Rosco Langoulant (12) 37pts
2nd Henry O’Brien (18) 36pts
3rd Kathy Doody (19) 35pts
4th Andy Butterworth (12) 34pts
5th Sugar Ray Handford (18) 31pts
Thursday, August 20, Green Valley - Stableford
Barry Chadbourn (33pts) headed a small field of six Outbackers in
a day of very moderate scoring. Kathy Doody, not Doddy, took the other
podium place with 31 points, having been cut from h’cap 21 to 19 after her
recent victory on the same course, in the Lewiinski monthly medal.
Rick Evans, might have challenged for second place, but seemingly played off
the wrong handicap of six rather than eight; always worth checking if you
haven’t looked for a while.
There were no ‘2’s.
1st Barry Chadbourn (20) 33pts
2nd Kathy Doody (19) 31pts
Friday, August 21, Laem Chabang - Stableford
The original tee time of 8am was moved back to 8.30, resulting in
a restricted field of just sixteen Outbackers today, due to a shotgun start
tournament at midday.
Starting on Mountain (A) followed by Lake (B) from the white tees, the
course was fairly mauled by many; 36 points would not have got a mention as
more than half the field scored 35 points or more! However, with this course
rated at a little under 70 (after allowing for the slope factor), in reality
only two players bettered their handicap and it’s unlikely to have a
dramatic effect on Steve Milne’s.
His magnificent 44 points not only won the day, but was a considerable
contribution to another successful defence of the ‘Roo Cup’ by Steve and his
playing partner, Mark Riggall, against the Scottish challenge of Andy
Butterworth and Andy Robertson.
Joe Mooneyham (2nd), Jim Brackett (3rd =) and Ivan Plunkett (3rd =), all
played in the same group; the fourth being General Jack, who once again
failed to show as he stood back watching the trio battle it out.
There were three ‘2’s from Steve Milne, Rosco & Mark Riggall.
Note: The Outback Golf Bar is at Laem Chabang this Friday (Aug 28) but then
takes a break until Friday Sept 18 when we return here for another three
weeks until Oct. 2.
1st Steve Milne (15) 44pts
2nd Joe Mooneyham (12) 39pts
3rd James Brackett (8) 38pts
3rd Ivan Plunkett (19) 38pts
5th Tony Garnett (13) 38pts
Friday, August 21, The Emerald - Stableford
A deserted Emerald played host to another 14 Outbackers who
enjoyed excellent playing conditions and a good pace at the Outback’s
alternative venue. This ever-popular course can be likened in length to Laem
Chabang from the whites, but not in difficulty as the scores today clearly
reflect; the effective rating here (after allowing for the slope factor)
being just over 72, some two full shots tougher.
Rick Evans (37pts), still choosing to play off h’cap 6 rather that his
listed 8, won by three, ahead of Eddie Beilby (2nd) and ‘Gentleman George’
(3rd), both with 34 points. Eddie Smith, who has just returned from the UK,
welcome back mate, took the final podium place with 33 points ahead of the
day’s organiser, Chad, on the same score.
Just as a note, Eddie was still in bed (jet lag?) at his allotted tee time
and his group eventually started some 45 minutes behind the rest, during
which time nobody teed off at Emerald. Just goes to show how quiet it is
There were three ‘2’s from Paul Bourke, Barry Copestake and Paul Greenaway.
1st Rick Evans (6) 37pts
2nd Eddy Beilby (15) 34pts
3rd George Bishop (16) 34pts
4th Eddie Smith (10) 33pts
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, www.outbackgolfbar.com. 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.
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
Walter captures his first Monthly Mug
PSC golf from the Café Kronborg
Monday, August 17, Bangpra – Stableford
We had 15 golfers on the starting sheet and we headed off in 2
mini vans 45 minutes later than normal as we had a 1030 hrs tee off time
which afforded us the cheaper, after 1000 hrs price.
Bachli (right) receives his Monthly Mug from ‘The Admiral’.
Humidity was high as our first group hit off 10 minutes early and as usual
the course looked in excellent condition. We were surprised at the shortage
of monkeys hanging around the second green and third tee but it was to
become apparent that they had read the weather forecast in much more detail
than we had.
It wasn’t long before the thunder started and then some lightning and
although we played through the rain for most of the round we were never
seriously inconvenienced by heavy rain and we battled on. The final scores
were indicative of the inclement weather and no-one was able to play to his
We had 2 flights, A which was handicaps 0 – 20 and B which was 21 +. The
winners in both flights were both U.S. “old timers” in Bill Plath and Wayne
Koch with Doug Maiko missing out to Bill in a count back with Peter
Blackburn third. Kevin Dynan was runner up to Wayne with Hugh O’Donnell
edging out Per Anders Karlsonn on a count back for third place.
1st Bill Plath (17) 34pts
2nd Doug Maiko (14) 34pts
3rd Peter Blackburn (14) 32pts
1st Wayne Koch (23) 35pts
2nd Kevin Dynan (22) 34pts
3rd Hugh O’Donnell (25) 33pts
Thursday, August 20, Phoenix (Mountain & Ocean) –Monthly
I looked out of my window at 0700 hrs and it was absolutely
bucketing down. Soi Diana Inn was starting to flood and I was thinking that
golf today was doubtful. However, I arrived at the Café Kronborg at 0730 hrs
and the rain was starting to ease and by 0800 hrs it had stopped. GAME ON!
A very good field of 18 golfers departed on time and we arrived at Phoenix
in plenty of time for our 0930 tee off. We were surprised to see that there
had been no rain in the immediate area and the course was in fine condition,
although a few people did complain about the greens, particularly on the
Mountain Nine, but all in all the golf course played very well, as some of
the scores indicated.
Such a good turnout allowed us 2 flights – A for handicaps 0 to 17 and B for
handicaps 18 and over.
Special mention to Walter Bachli who had an eagle 2 on the Ocean Nine third
hole par-4. He tells me he hit a perfect 7 iron from 140 yards out and that
would not have been his only great shot as he took out his very first Café
Kronborg Monthly Mug. Marcel Wittwer won the A flight on a count back from
Ted Morris with Bill Plath in third place. Darryl Evans finished up winner
in B Flight from Dave Richardson with Herb Schwieterman in third place.
Monthly Mug winner
Walter Bachli (16) net 67
1st Marcel Wittwer (16) net 68
2nd Ted Morris (10) net 68
3rd Bill Plath (17) net 71
1st Daryl Evans (19) net 72
2nd Dave Richardson (20) net 76
3rd Herb Schwieterman (23) net 77
Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson
Last week, I was lucky to make a doubled contract. This
week, I got greedy and unlucky. I was playing bridge with friends from
Chiang Mai at the charming Chiang Dao Nest resort. I was sitting North and
picked up a wonderful hand. I was trying to decide whether or not to open a
strong, forcing two clubs at my turn to bid. To my surprise, my partner,
John Bucher, opened before I had a chance. Sitting EW were Kit Salisbury
and Chris Hedges. Here is the bidding:
East South West
I bid 4N, to ask for aces
and John replied 5C, showing none. This encouraged me, because he did not
have the ace of clubs, which would be wasted points. I reasoned that his
points must be elsewhere, such as in his bid suit.
I bid 5N, to ask for kings. 6H showed two kings, so I knew he had the king
of trumps. I reasoned that, if he only has the queen of his opening suit,
my hand is good for thirteen tricks in spades, with only minimal help from
my partner’s hand. At the very worst, thirteen tricks are only a finesse
away, and opposite most 1S openers, thirteen tricks are cold. So, I bid
grand slam. Greedy, yes, but not unreasonable. These were the NS hands:
East dealer, East-West vulnerable
? S: ?
? H: ?
? D: ?
? C: ?
West led the three of
hearts. In view of the bidding, this looks suspiciously like a singleton.
Once trumps are pulled, hearts will run. Five spade tricks plus six heart
tricks plus ace and king of diamonds adds up to thirteen tricks. The only
problem is that pesky missing queen of spades. What is your plan for making
John ducked the heart lead around to the nine in hand. He can take the
spade finesse in either direction, hoping to trap the queen in the West hand
between board’s ace and jack, or hoping to trap East’s queen between board’s
king and ten.
John reasoned that, since West was short in hearts, he was more likely to be
long in spades. So he played the king from hand, dropping the queen in
East’s hand. The good news was that he had found the queen. The bad news
was the 4-1 split.
He played the ace and jack from board, but this still left one trump out.
How to get back to hand to pull it? If he played a high diamond and then
ruffed a diamond to get to hand, he can pull trumps. But then he has no way
to get back to board to enjoy the hearts (if he overtakes the queen to get
back to the hearts he will eventually lose to the jack).
The only possibility seemed the faint hope that the lead was not a singleton
and to come back to hand by leading to the queen of hearts. Unfortunately,
West ruffed and the contract was down one. I was criticised for greed, but
I still think it was bad luck!
The full deal is shown here. Double dummy, the way to make the contract is
clear - just lead low to the ace of spades, dropping the queen. Play the
jack, then overtake the nine back to hand, pull trumps and take thirteen
tricks. But how to come up with this line at the table, without knowing all
four hands? Did you come up with this plan?
S: 8652 S: Q
H: 3 H:
D: 96543 D: Q87
C: 643 C:
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Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League
Results & Standings August 21 (week 3)
O’Leary’s played away at the OK Corral where the Posse
showed the Lepracorns what fast draw shooting was all about; the Posse
taking both game & beer. The lovely Too (OK) outgunned all of the Posse and
managed to score 3*. Great darts Too (maybe you can give Bob a few lessons
before next Friday!)
The Londoner has a very thirsty team, however they have still yet to win a
game after Cheers took the match and Londoner the beer.
Gorgeous George took the Palmers Crew along to the secret location to play
the Coffee Shop Quartet; the Blue Mountain taking the game with Palmers Crew
supping a free beer. Blue Mountain have now dropped out of the league,
apparently all the BM girls have a crush on Gorgeous but as they can not
have him they just do not see the point in carrying on!
Team Lucky Time made their way to the Bunker to find Mrs. Mick (Ta) washing
the customized golf buggy and then hanging a ‘For Sale’ on it. Ta said that
now they had a little daughter they needed something more appropriate. Capt’
Mick sat inside sulking and casting longing looks at his beloved golf buggy.
Lucky Time started strong but then the Bunker Boys made one of those
dastardly comebacks. Then result could have gone either way, the final score
being 5-4 to Lucky Time. The beer leg was nip and tuck all the way, yours
truly checking out for LT on X1.
In the Soi Yamoto derby, Risby led the Sunshine Boys along the soi to the
Dungeon and then at the end of the evening he led them back home again,
wondering why he had bothered leading them anywhere in the first place!
Melly’s Crew took their frustrations out on the Sunshine Boys, taking the
game 10-3, and then also took the beer.
Not naming any names or pointing the ‘finger of ridicule’ at anyone in
particular, but guess who lost to a girl? Darts Pai. Okay, before he starts,
Mark (RS) also lost to a girl, darts Thip. Until next week!
Pattaya Backgammon League
At Somboons Restaurant on DongTarn Beach last Friday, August 21, the
Pattaya Backgammon League hosted its largest event to date with 16 players
representing 7 different countries.
our contestants were Mr. and Mrs. Gary Kay from Chicago. Mr. Kay had been a
top 25 player in the world for over a decade and Mrs. Kay is a tough as
nails competitor as well. We at the PBL would like to thank them for
stopping by for two tournaments and hope to see them back again soon.
Incredibly and unfortunately for Mr. Brown, he was paired with me in the
semi final and lost at a staggering 11-0 score. This brings our personal
match record to 4-0 in favor of this writer. On the left is a position from
our 11pt semi final match which illustrates that making the right decision
doesn’t always have its rewards.
Here you can see that Black is leading the match 3-0 and has a Blitzing
(attacking) position and White is looking to cover up and reconsolidate his
position. During the course of live play my choice to double came easily and
quickly, while Mr. Browns was thoughtful and precise.
I actually believed this was a pass/drop, that he was unable to accept the
doubling cube. In the end he took/accepted and ended up losing a gammon for
4 points. Later back at the bat cave I put this position in to the computer
program called Snowie (a neural network that can give definitive answers on
backgammon) and was a bit surprised to find it telling me that Mr. Brown has
once again made the correct decision where I had an opposing view. Better
luck next week Mr. Brown.
The Pattaya Backgammon League meets every Friday at Somboons on DongTarn
Beach and registration starts at 13:00. You can visit our website
www.pattayabackgam monleague.com for more information.
Sala Thai Restaurant closes on Café Kronborg
Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Tue, Tui, Antero
Sala Thai Restaurant gained ground on Café Kronborg after
they won three points from Sabai Sabai Friday and Café Kronborg lost three
to VFW Post 9876. Nok Kennedy bowled a 566 series for Sabai Sabai Friday but
it was not enough to overcome the high handicap enjoyed by Sala Thai
VFW Post 9876 won their three points from Café Kronborg behind very good
bowling by Tui Amphanon who had a 220 game, 560 series and Kaew who bowled a
542 series. Kran Nielsen had a 524 series and Yeow a 514 for Café Kronborg.
Brother D continued their winning ways taking three points from Jack Tar:
Mai Munsitha rolled a 535 series for Jack Tar. Antero Ronkainen had a great
day with games of 227, 188 and 180 for a 595 series to lead Bavaria to a
three point win over Indiana. Café Ole won all four points from Green Chilli
with Tue Pettae leading Ole with a 224 game and 560 series, and Maliny
Pasakit bowled a 519 series to help Swethai take three points from Canada.