Pattaya Chris Kays Memorial Rugby Festival next weekend
The Pattaya 10’s Rugby Tournament is now 10 years
old! The tenth anniversary of the tournament, which is now known as the
Chris Kays Memorial Tournament will take place over the weekend of 1st
and 2nd May 2010. The tournament was renamed to
perpetuate the memory of the former Pattaya Panthers captain, who was
tragically killed in the Bali bombing in October 2002.
Enjoy some spectacular rugby action at the Chris Kays
Memorial Rugby 10’s Tournament next weekend at Horseshoe Point.
Once again the tournament will be staged at The
Horseshoe Point Resort, where some significant development of the sports
field has turned the location into one of the finest facilities in
Thailand. We are sure that everybody will love playing or watching the
rugby in such attractive surroundings and Chainarin Srifuengfung, Jate
and their staff will be making sure that everything is in superb
condition for the weekend.
There will be a 10’s Tournament for men and the
Junior Division ( Under 18’s ), which was such a success last year will
again feature schools from the provinces and will be expanded to further
help the Thailand Rugby Union’s development of the game.
There will be 16 teams in the tournament and more
than usual this year there will be a very strong local influence. Former
champions the Southerners and the Old Bangkok Bangers and their Colts
and of course crowd favourites The Bangkok Japanese. The former British
Club will be appearing in the guise of “The Goosers”, who are a new
force on the local rugby scene.
There will also be a very strong representation from
the rapidly developing Thai club scene: the Thai Barbarians will be back
with many national players featuring and we will also see the Thai
Legends, AIA Thai Legends and Youngblood making a return. There will
also be team from Nakorn Pathom and strong academic influence with
Kasetsart University and Bangkok University both entering teams.
Our seafaring friends from down under “The
Buccaneers” will be coming for the third straight year with a bigger and
stronger squad, and we are hoping to see the return of the Royal Thai
Navy, who have done so well in recent years.
The hosts have been training hard under the new
floodlights at Horseshoe Point and Captain Eoin Quirke is promising to
provide a few surprises!
The Pattaya Panthers would like to thank all of the
tournament sponsors, who have made this event possible, particularly
Amari Orchid Resort, MBMG International, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Group
4 Securicor, Modern Industries, Mackenzie Smith Law, CR Asia Ltd., Waste
Management Services Thailand and Cranes & Equipment Asia and Jardine
Shipping. We have also received significant support from New Zealand
Asset Management, Fluid Asia Pacific, Outrigger Hotels and Omega
Players and friends will get together on Friday
night, April 30, for a “welcoming party and training session” at The
Tavern, the newest venue in Pattaya at the Amari Orchid Resort. Disco
music will be provided at the field and throughout the weekend by
popular DJ Russell Jay and his Soundzgood Discotheques. We may also
feature on live radio so tune in to Mix 88.5 FM.
The action begins at 09:30 a.m. on Saturday and concludes around 5
p.m. Sunday. In what should be a memorable weekend festival of rugby
there will be almost 24 hours of entertaining rugby action during the
two days in what promises to be the best tournament yet!
United slip up at Pichit
The Pichit Stadium was not a happy hunting ground for
Pattaya United last weekend as the ‘Dolphins’ slipped to their second
defeat of the new season, going down 3-0 at the hands of hosts TTM
The game began at 4 p.m. Sunday under a blazing sun
and both teams struggled to come to terms with the heat in the first
half. United began the game the strongest and could have taken the lead
twice in the opening 2 minutes. A long diagonal ball from Anucha
Kitpongsri caught the TTM defence napping and allowed Sompob Nilwong to
steal round the back and send a powerful header goalwards, with Pichit
goalkeeper Todsaporn Sri-reung having to be at his agile best to turn
the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner kick Tana Chanabut saw
his own header also well saved by the TTM keeper and the ball was
Unfortunately for United this early flurry of chances
proved to be a false dawn and the hosts took advantage of some sloppy
play in the ‘Dolphins’ defence to open the scoring in the 14th
minute; Kraikitti Innuttain firing in a low left foot shot from the edge
of the area.
Things got worse for Pattaya 3 minutes later when
Pichit’s Kone Adama broke free on the left and squared the ball to
Roland Vargas who let fly with a 25 yard bullet that flew past United
keeper Taweekul before he had time to move.
It was a double body blow for United that knocked the
wind out of their sails and saw them unable to make any further
significant impact in the first period.
The second half was barely a minute old when the
hosts almost extended their lead. A corner was floated into the Pattaya
penalty area and Taweekul was forced to pull off a great save from a
header by the Pichit forward. United went straight back up the other end
of the field and almost scored themselves when a shot from the right
wing unluckily rebounded from the Pichit goal post and out to safety.
The game was finally sealed for the hosts in the 63rd
minute when Adulchai Sangsuk broke into the Pattaya area on the right,
shrugged off the challenge of a defender, and scrambled the ball past
Taweekul from close in. There was more than a suspicion of hand ball by
Sangsuk in the build up to the goal and United’s Ricardinho was booked
for protesting too vigorously.
United had one further chance for a consolation goal
late on in the game, but again the Pichit woodwork came to the rescue
with Phetwiset being the unlucky United forward on this occasion.
The result was a blow to United’s title aspirations
and sees them slip to seventh place in the league standings. They will
be looking to bounce back quickly from this loss when they entertain
Buriram PEA at the Nongprue Stadium this coming Sunday. Kick-off is
scheduled for 4 p.m.
At the top of the Thai Premier League, Chonburi FC
maintained their 100% start to the season with a 3-1 win over Si Sa Ket
at the Chonburi Municipal stadium. All the goals came in a 12 minute
period in the second half when Pipob On-mo and Arthit Sunthornphit gave
the Sharks a 3-0 lead before South Korean Kim Youn Dong replied for the
Chonburi remain at the top of the league on goal difference from last
year’s defending champions Muang Tong United, who themselves enjoyed an
emphatic 5-1 win over Bangkok United last Saturday. Chonburi’s next
league fixture is away to BEC Tero on Saturday, April 24, kick off at 6
Pattaya hosts 3 world fencing competitions through May 3
Fencers from around the world are competing in three
championship competitions through May 3 at the National Eastern Sports
Major. Gen. Chartchai Kasemwong (Vice President of the Thai Fencing
Association) attends a meeting at Pattaya City Hall on April 9 to organize
this year’s event.
The Thai Amateur Fencing Association and Federation
International D’ Escrime opened the Coupe De Monde men’s and women’s Sabre
World Cup championships along with the Thailand Open Fencing Championship on
Maj. Gen. Chartchai Kasemwong, vice president of the Thai
Fencing Association, said Pattaya was chosen to host the three meets due to
its top-shelf facilities. It is also a popular place for fencers to spend
time away from their matches, he said.
There will be three separate competitions held for the fencers with
awards going to the best in the epee, foil and sabre categories.
Action from last year’s Thailand Open Fencing Championships held
Fashion Island Mall in Bangkok, December 2009.
Ken just misses a clean sweep
PSC Golf from Mulligans Lakeside
This week, with Songkran upon us and the regulars away or
gone home, plus the courses putting up their prices to Holiday rates for the
whole week, we decided to play just Monday at Royal Lakeside at the normal
PSC weekday rate.
Ken Hole can still find plenty to smile about after
winning 3 of the 4 Near Pins at Royal Lakeside.
All that said, we journeyed north, along varied routes,
navigator Mike’s GPS failed, subsequently he did also. We arrived, after a
small detour, to be warmly greeted by reception staff, paid our fees, and
off we went.
Royal Lakeside was often regarded as one of the better
playing courses, and it has not lost that mantle; smooth well grassed, tree
lined fairways, with large greens, which can make putting a test.
On the day Jeff Wylie (6) coped best scoring 35 points
and just edging Mike Pledger (21) via count back 18 to 17. Ken Hole, who had
been in good form off 16, had a cut to 15 and missed the rundown, but he did
manage to snare the first 3 Near Pins and was looking at the rare feat of 4
from 4, but alas the pressure told, dumping it in the front bunker.
Lucky was the beneficiary of Ken’s misfortune, picking up
the pin shot, as her game shows continued improvement.
Unfortunately, for us, regulars Alex and Lucky are
returning to the UK for 6 months, as have Tony and Wendy who have gone back
to Spain as cursed work calls. We will look forward to their return.
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, please call Jeff 089 094
1841 or Ray 081 935 8088. Hope to see you there, Cheers & good golfing!
Harney in hot form at Rayong C.C.
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, April 12, The
Emerald - Stableford
Colin Greig went one better than his second lace at
Emerald on Friday as he won with ease today finishing four points ahead of
the rest. PJ came back into form takin second place with 35 points and Hai
Sul beat Mashi on a count back to take the third spot.
JJ Harney, left, celebrates his win at Rayong.
1st Colin Greig (13) 39pts
2nd PJ Redmond (19) 35pts
3rd Hai Sul (12) 33pts
Near Pins: Mashi, PJ, Colin and Jack Robertson.
Wednesday, April 14,
Rayong C.C. – Stableford
Playing another Stableford game, PJ got in the frame
again but had to settle for third place losing on a count back to Gerry
Cooney, both finishing with 38 points. The winner today with an impressive
forty points (and didn’t we all hear about it in the bar afterwards –
several times!) was JJ Harney.
1st JJ Harney (10) 40pts
2nd Gerry Cooney (12) 38pts
3rd PJ Redmond (19) 38pts
Near Pins: Gerry, Colin Greig and JJ Harney won the other two. (More ear
Friday, April 16, Crystal
Bay - Medal
A thirty minute downpour didn’t disrupt proceedings too
much and only two shots separated the top four: Gerry Cooney came out on top
shooting a level par round, Mashi came in as runner up a shot behind, and
Colin Greig took third place beating Reid Sheftall on a count back.
1st Gerry Cooney (13) net 72
2nd Mashi Kaneta (10) net 73
3rd Colin Greig (13) net 74
Near Pins: Reid
Sheftall, Colin Greig and Mashi won the other two.
Knox the class act at Burpaha
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday, April 12, Burapha
Back on the more regular pairing of Cypress & Dunes,
there was some solid scoring amongst the 35 Outbackers playing from the
white tees. Gavin Knox headed Div A with an excellent 40 points to beat
Kerry Beck (38pts), who appears to be getting a little bit too comfortable
off his handicap of 9.
Div B went to one of the early starters, Steve Budrys
with 37 points playing off 12, ahead of Bruce Milner, also off 12, with 36.
In fact the top four places in Div B were all filled by 12 handicappers,
with Andy Butterworth edging out Art O’Connor for third place, both on 35.
Burapha regular Paul Quinn, who took his first beer at
the start of his round today instead of towards the end of it, as he usually
does, put together one of his best scores for a long time and equalled the
top score of the day of 40 points. That earned him first place in Div C and
clear of Tony Shuett in second by 5. Good to see Paul and well played mate!
There was another “Roo Cup” challenge also today as the
American pair of Bob Finley & Tom Fitzpatrick had a go at wresting the
“Rogue Roo” away from the British pair of Mark Riggall and Andy Butterworth;
but to no avail, going down by two holes.
A total of eight ‘2’s were amassed today from Shutts,
Kerry Beck, Ron Dickie, Art O’Connor, Steve Budrys, Steve Mann & Tom
Fitzpatrick had two.
Div A (0-11)
1st Gavin Knox (11) 40pts
2nd Kerry Beck (9) 38pts
3rd Robert Finley (11) 34pts
Div B (12-15)
1st Steven Budrys (12) 37pts
2nd Bruce Milner (12) 36pts
3rd Andy Butterworth (12) 35pts
Div C (16+)
1st Paul Quinn (18) 40pts
2nd Tony Shuett (17) 35pts
3rd Bob Lindborg (18) 33pts
Tuesday, April 13, Pattaya
C.C. - Stableford
At the start of the Songkhran water week, it is to be
expected that the golfing numbers will dip, as many of the local fraternity
either lay low or go out of town to play. It wasn’t really the case today as
buoyed by an attractive holiday rate on offer from PCC, 15 Outbackers
tackled the local course.
Welcome to Ben Findon, who like many didn’t play his
regular Monday slot after having been up most of the night watching Lee
Westwood disappointingly losing out to Phil Mickelson in the Masters, and
welcome also to Lennie, Alan (no surnames on scorecards!) and Charlie.
In a poor scoring Div A, the improving Suzi led the field
with a mere 33 points, which was still enough to beat the rest of them by
five. Div B fared better with Mike Perris picking up 40 points playing off
27 (now 25), ahead of the consistent Arthur Bailey (36pts) and Laong
There were no ‘2’s which is why Chad managed to eke out
two divisions from only 15 players, albeit if his split was a bit wonky.
Div A (0-20)
1st Suzi Lawton (14) 33pts
2nd Ben Findon (18) 28pts
3rd Frank O’Neill (17) 28pts
Div B (21+)
1st Mike Perris (27) 40pts
2nd Arthur Bailey (21) 36pts
3rd Laong (35) 34pts
Wednesday, April 14,
Eastern Star - Stableford
Just a handful of Outbackers (13) playing in one division
as the mass Songkhran exodus continued. Our guys were off to Kanchanaburi on
Friday and returning on Monday.
Jean Guy and Barry McIntosh both scored excellent 38
point rounds here but Jean got the nod, while the Sugarman, the day’s
organiser, was back in third with 35. Three shared 32 points vying for
fourth, which went to Eddie Delaney.
There was a ‘jackpot 2’ bagged by Shutts.
1st Jean Guy Gaudet (16) 38pts
2nd Barry McIntosh (16) 38pts
3rd Sugar Ray Handford (18) 35pts
4th Eddie Delaney (32) 32pts
Friday, April 16, Khao
Kheow – Stableford
The last day of this Songkhran week culminated with only
10 Outbackers at Khao Kheow playing the B & C loops. Generally the weather
has changed, today the sunshine disappeared, the humidity intensified and
rain looked increasingly more likely.
Two groups of hungry Koreans did their usual trick of
eating during a round of golf; diving into the drink stop on B, after hole
4, and coming back out with total disregard, immediately before our last
group, causing a delay for them of at least fifteen minutes. The siren,
suspending play, sounded as the last group finished their sixteenth hole
(B7), the other groups were home and dry. Thanks for disrupting our game!
After sitting in the shelter for at least half an hour as
the storm passed through, Suzi came out in soggy conditions to complete her
round, but failed to add to her sixteen hole total of 30 points. Tony
Schuett, playing in the same group, who also had 30 points after sixteen,
played well to collect 4 points after the rain to finish on 34 points and
win the day. Jimmy Little got second with 31 and after the count back, Suzi
still scraped into third with her 30 but she did pick up the only ‘2’ of the
1st Tony Schuett (17) 34pts
2nd James Little (14) 31pts
3rd Suzi Lawton (12) 30pts
Note: The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km
from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country Club Road. 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.
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, April 11, Green
Valley - Medal
1st Marc Napier (6) net 70
2nd Chris Davisson (13) net 70
1st Colin Davis (16) net 66
2nd Geoff Doody (23) net 76
1st Mike Craighead
Near Pins: No2 Bob Dibben, No9 Mike Craighead,
No12 Jim Munns, and No16 Yui Bietry.
Colin Davis, left, collects his monthly medal from ‘one
Not the Donkey! Well I must say he deserved it. His 66
net return was four clear of the entire field, and an unbelievably ten shots
clear of second placed Geoff Doody in B Flight. Geoff scrapped home by the
skin of his teeth in a three-way tie with Don ‘the silent assassin’ and John
‘Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullah’ Deardon. (Glad he changed his name, his other
moniker was unprintable).
Marc Napier’s holiday ended with a win in A Flight after
a hard fought battle with a rejuvenated Chris Davisson, as both were knotted
on net 70’s.
Mike Craighead won the Red Flight Medal and for the
umpteenth time goes forward to the gold later on in the year.
Lewiinski’s wish Marc and Andrew Byrne a safe trip home
and look forward to playing with both of them again in the future.
Monday, April 12, Mountain
Shadow – Stableford
1st Fergus Obrien (23) 31pts
Peter Hynard (14) 30pts
Songkran week was upon us and several of the venues
decided to just cancel their fixtures rather than fight the water and the
exodus of Farangs. Because Lewiinski’s has always been a halfway house for
lost souls, the society chose to provide a distraction for those that stayed
Enter ‘the Irish Minstrel’ Fergus O’Brien who saw an
opportunity to line his pockets, needing a mere 31 points. Peter ‘the right
honorable’ Hynard was a shot back for second. Have I forgotten something? No
you weren’t really expecting a ‘2’ were you?
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 provided.
Double success for Voller
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, April 12,
Rayong Country Club – Stableford
The start of the Songkran holiday week saw a mass
exodus of our players to various locations within Thailand. There were
two late cancellations and three no shows at the course today so only 15
of us out in a two divisional competition.
Eastern Star winners: Chris Voller, left, Miss Tar and Glyn Evans.
An eagle on the par five second hole, and for the
first time ever over here 5 points, went onto the scorecard of Chris
Voller who won Division 1 with 37 points. Tom Breslin was second one
point behind and in third place was ‘Count back’ Burnie who beat Georges
Faber and Kari Kuparinen on a 15/14/12 back nine count back after they
all came in with 34 points.
Forty points was the top score in Division 2 for
David Phillips, with Miss Nang second on 34, and in third place was Alan
Bissell one point behind.
After his ‘2’ on the par 4 third hole we told Kari
the prizes are only awarded on the par three’s but he was all smiles at
the presentation as he shared his win with Heikki Alanko and Georges
Faber who birdied the 7th and 5th
Today it was goodbye to Josie and Cully Monks who
return to the wonderful weather in Ireland; the bets are Cully will
return in two weeks and Josie in eight.
Friday, April 16,
Eastern Star – Stableford.
We had a pleasant surprise upon arrival with a lovely
breeze coming off the coast; it has been so hot here for the last two
weeks, becoming almost unbearable and with many taking buggies after
After his 37 points on Monday, in form Chris Voller
won Division 1 with 38 points today, beating Georges Faber into second
place by six points. Meanwhile, in his last game with us before his
flight to Tallin, and still playing off 6, Eero finished third with 29
After nine months in the doldrums and only playing
once a week and with a new caddie here at Eastern Star, the organizer
and scribe, Glyn Evans, bounced back with 41 points for the Division 2
win. Sorry to Barry Rawlinson and Terry Cowell who finished second and
third with 36 and 35 points respectively - the beers tasted lovely,
thank you lads!
Miss Tar, whose other half is back from China, was a
happy lady with another new outfit on and won the Ladies Division with
34 points, beating Miss Nom on a 18/16 back nine count back.
Georges Faber birdied the tough 13th
to record the only ‘2’ in Division 1 while a rollover ensues in Division
2 to next Friday.
Note: Our 13th annual
trip to Hua Hin has almost been finalized; as always it’s in the second
week in May and with reports about bad conditions on three of the
courses we have opted this year for Palm Hills, the new Banyan Tree,
which we have never played, and two rounds at Black Mountain, which is
Short and sweet
Golf from the Travellers Rest
The headline sums up the report this week: TRGG only had
only one trip out on Monday, April 12, to Emerald as all other play days
were cancelled due to the Songkran activities, which also resulting in some
ten member players scuttling off to Soi Dao to escape the Pattaya madness.
Sorry but no results were available of this trip at the time of going to
Monday, April 12, The
Emerald - Stableford
1st Daryl Ottaway (9) 41pts
2nd Ted Senior (13) 38pts
3rd Amphan North (14) 38pts
4th David Booth (13) 37pts
Fergus Brennan (9) 36pts
So Monday at Emerald it was. We had a fair turnout and
some good play judging by the scores returned. Not there myself, busy doing
DIY I am afraid to say, but is seems that Daryl Ottaway was the one who came
home with the bacon and a great score of forty one points and a cut of one
down to eight for his handicap. I think the two ‘2’s he recorded at the
thirteenth and the fifteenth may have had something to do with it.
Second and third saw a count back battle between two of
our regulars, Ted Senior and Amphan North (she also had a ‘2’ at the fifth),
both at thirty-eight points with Ted definitely having the upper hand on the
back nine, twenty-three to seventeen. David Booth was fourth with his
Amphan’s handicap has also dropped to thirteen as she has
been playing some great golf of late. It is really great to see her out and
Normal service is resumed next week with a full four-day
schedule of play - just look at the course play schedule that is published
elsewhere in this publication for details or log on to the TRGG website at
www. trgg.biz. Alternatively, if you want any full and further information
about the golf outings played by the TRGG please contact Fergus Brennan on
086 056 7019 or call in to the Travellers Rest in Soi LK Metro. Pattaya
Songkran success for Stuart
Panita’s Golf Bar (for Siam Old Course Members)
Stuart Gordon took the top spot last Friday at Siam
Old Course with an excellent 38 points and left Rick Evans and Paul
Taylor to pick up the runners-up places. Even the slight rain did not
affect Stuart, and the rest of the players enjoyed a welcome beer after
the game when Stuart kindly rang the bell in the bar.
Friday winner Stuart Gordon, left, with runner-up
Wednesday saw the first lady winner in the group when
Bee Kirwin saw off all the challenges from the guys to come home with 35
points, with the nearest challengers being Mark Thomas on 33 points and
Gary Blackburne third with 31. Well done Bee - hope to see you playing
with us again.
Wednesday, April 14 -
1st Bee Kirwin (18) 35pts
2nd Mark Thomas (4) 34pts
3rd Garry Blackburne (8) 33pts
Friday, April 16
1st Stuart Gordon (11) 38pts
2nd Rick Evans (9) 34pts
Paul Taylor (18) 33pts
Miller beats the heat
PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar
It being the Songkran holidays, not much of a showing was
expected for the Three Sisters golf day at Pattaya Country Club. But it
turned out the golfers were there, and ready to play.
Winner Matt Miller, left, with runner-up Dale Drader.
It was obvious that we were not going to get a break from
the heat. The Three Sisters early tee off time is the only thing that might
have saved us from having a few cases of heat stroke. In the end everybody
made it back to Caddie Shack II safe and sound where body temperatures were
brought down to normal with some ice cold drinks while Herbie provided some
snacks, hot dogs and sandwiches to replenish the energy levels.
A checking of the cards revealed that the heat had in fact taken its toll
on the scores. Two Canadians ended up on top of the heap, Matt Miller with a
32 points, and Dale Drader with a 31. All proving that a little heat is not
going to slow someone who has been tested in some real summer heat.
Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson
This bridge puzzle
comes from Eddie Kantar, the well known bridge author. West dealt:
S: 10 S: 9653
H: 72 H: J9853
D: AKQ10854 D: J
C: Q109 C: A86
The bidding was:
West North East South
1D P 1H 4S
Imagine you are
sitting South. When the bidding comes round to you, you can hardly bid
any less than four spades, in view of the fact that you have nine tricks
in your own hand. Surely partner will be able to contribute one trick -
or will he? The ace of diamonds is led, followed by the king. East
shows out on the second diamond. Before reading on, decide on your plan
for making the contract.
The obvious plan
is to ruff the second diamond, draw trumps, cash the ace and king of
hearts and lead to the king of clubs, hoping that West has the ace. No
good - East takes the king with the ace and you lose three clubs and a
diamond. So what play works?
important thing is to keep the two of trumps! Ruff the second diamond
with the seven and draw three rounds of trump, noting the singleton in
West’s hand and leaving one trump outstanding with East. Now cash the
ace and king of hearts and lead the two of trumps. East is forced to
win. You are giving up a trump trick but East is end played and is
forced to give you two tricks in return. A heart lead will give you two
heart tricks, the ten and queen. With a club lead the defence can take
the ace of clubs, but no matter which hand it is in, you can now get to
board with the king and can then cash the good queen of hearts for the
The moral is to
hold on to your lowest trump when you have a long trump suit - you never
know when it might come in handy! If you have bridge questions, or to
send me your interesting hands, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.