Ludovick double secures victory for ‘Dolphins’
A brace of second half goals by club leading scorer
Ludovick Takam secured a moral boosting 3-1 win for Pattaya United against
mid-table BEC Tero Sasana at the Nongprue Stadium last Sunday evening. The
Cameroon hit-man converted a penalty kick in the 58th
minute to give the Dolphins a two goal cushion and then pounced on a
defensive error five minutes later to seal the points for the home team.
Coming into the match with a run of poor recent form,
United started tentatively against their Bangkok opponents and almost
conceded a goal in the opening ten minutes when the visitors’ star man
Teeratep Winothai, on loan from Belgian outfit Lierse S.K., volleyed just
over the bar with a fine left foot effort from the edge of the box.
It was somewhat against the run of play when United took
the lead in the 17th minute through Anucha Kitpongsri.
A short corner kick was played into the path of the diminutive defender and
he struck a superb left foot shot on the run that flew past Dorkmaikaew in
the BEC goal and in off the post.
Ludovick Takam was the hero for Pattaya United last Sunday with a brace of
goals in the 3-1 win over BEC Tero Sasana FC at the Nongprue Stadium.
The goal seemed to settle United and they played out the
remainder of the first half without being unduly troubled at the back.
Striker Tana Chanabut, enjoying one of his rare starts this season, nearly
doubled the lead for the Dolphins just before the break but his header flew
just over the bar.
There was little in the way of goalmouth action in the
second half until United grabbed their decisive second goal on the hour
mark. Speedy winger Santi Chaiyaphurk beat the visitors’ offside trap and as
he tried to round the keeper, Dorkmaikaew brought him down leaving the
referee no option but to award a penalty. Ludovick duly stepped up to
dispatch the ball hard to the keeper’s right, giving him no chance to make a
The Dolphins threw numbers forward following the restart
and Ludovick notched his second goal of the match, and his seventeenth of
the season, when he brought down Chaiyaphurk’s cross following a defensive
lapse and calmly lifted the ball past Dorkmaikaew and into the roof of the
Ludovick should have completed his hat-trick moments
later when Tana laid the ball perfectly into his path just 5 yards out but
the African striker somehow managed to miss the goal when it seemed easier
BEC immediately went up the other end of the field and
nearly pulled a goal back as the unlucky Teeratep saw his shot just graze
the foot of the Pattaya post with Narit well beaten. The visitors were
eventually able to score a consolation goal in injury time through Brazilian
Douglas Cobo as the Pattaya defence for once lost their concentration.
The win moved United back up to sixth place in the league
as SCG had a free weekend and now trail the Dolphins by two points with a
game in hand. Pattaya will play their final league match of the season this
coming Sunday against Sisaket FC at the Nongprue Stadium with kick-off
scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Chonburi FC and Buriram both missed a chance to close the
gap on Muang Thong United as they battled to a 2-2 draw at the Chonburi
Municipal Stadium last Sunday. With the league leaders not in action last
weekend, both teams knew that a win was vital if there were to stand any
chance of wrestling the title away from the defending champions.
The ‘Sharks’ started the game like they meant business
and raced into a 2-0 lead in opening half hour with two goals from Pipob
On-mo. However, a second half onslaught by Buriram saw the Isaan outfit draw
level with Douglas Gardoza and Kone Seydou getting on the score sheet for
The draw means that Chonburi can now no longer catch
Muang Thong in the league standings and the leaders need only one point from
their final two matches to secure back-to-back championships.
The Yara Bangkok Challenge 2010 Adventure Race
The 5th edition of the popular Yara Bangkok Challenge
will be held in Nong Chok near Bangkok on Saturday November 13. Part of the
Amazing Thailand Adventure Race Series, the Yara Bangkok Challenge 2010 is a
three to eight hours race which will take teams of 2 participants through a
50+ km course of trekking, mountain biking, swimming, and paddling as well
as some mystery tests.
“It is difficult to believe that we can set up such an
interesting Adventure Race course at only one hours driving from the city
center” says Serge Henkens, the Race director. “But after 5 years of
existence, this race has become extremely popular for its uniqueness.
“This course is very different of what we usually propose
in Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai or Samui. It is much flatter here. No more
mountains, no jungle”, says Henkens.
This year more than 100 teams from around the world are
expected to participate.
The course travels through paddy fields, lakes, canals,
temples, wooden bridges, bathing buffaloes, birds and villages trapped in
time. The area offers the recipe for great adventure racing, a memorable
experience and a wonderful voyage through the greenery and beauty of the
The start and finish venue will be the Korean
International School of Bangkok. A bouncy castle and other games for
children will keep supporters and families happy while waiting for their
heroes to return. Some parts of the race will take place in the nearby lake
which is walking distance from the start finish.
The race is open to anyone 14 years of age or older and
each team must consist of two athletes. For more details, please take a look
Cordiero wins coveted Green Jacket at TQ Masters
The 17th annual TQ Masters golf tournament took place at
The Emerald Golf Resort on Friday, Oct 15 with a grand total of 76 golfers
teeing-off at 9.04 a.m. in the cool weather conditions - the men playing off
the white tees and the ladies off the reds in a singles stableford format.
Cordiero, left, wears the Green Jacket as he receives the overall champion’s
trophy and the Division 1 winner’s trophy from Mommasan Ead.
This area, like many others, had seen a lot of wet
weather recently but the course was found to be in fine condition (albeit a
little damp) and the players, for the most part, enjoyed a rain free round
of golf on this testing layout.
The coveted TQ Masters Green Jacket was won this year by
Jeff Cordiero with a very tidy 43 points, which included a back-nine score
of 2 under par gross. Well done Jeff!
The Ladies Pink Jacket was won with another fine effort
of 33 points from Yui Bietry. (Yui’s round was the best of those with a
Head collects the Division 2 winner’s trophy for his fine round of 41
In the first division, Gareth Gill finished as the first
runner up to Jeff Cordiero with a well constructed 39 points while Gerry
Swan was next up on the podium with 36 points.
Division 2 saw a fine round of golf from Don Head, who
returned 41 points to take first place and the divisional trophy. He was
followed in by Chaten Patel (38pts) and Grant Cadell (37pts) respectively.
The men’s third division trophy winner was Bernie Morris
who finished with an even par 36 points to put him ahead of Mike Contoni and
Branden Cole in the pecking order.
Onto the technical prizes and near pins were picked up by
Bengt Borg, Don Head, Nopporn Kampongpun and Kamol Thongkiao, while the long
drive awards went to Ron Birdsall and Jan Anderson.
Back at the Tahitian Queen Rock n’ Roll Bar on Pattaya
Beach Road, a fantastic leg of ox was provided for the players, courtesy of
Bjarne at the Caf้ Kronborg, and lots of cold beer was on tap to refresh the
golfers as they waited for the prize giving to get underway.
As is traditional at this event, Mommasan Ead carried out
the presentations and bestowed the coveted Green Jacket to Jeff Cordiero who
looked delighted to finally get his hands on it, having just missed out the
Despite the current economic woes that have resulted in a
lot less golfers being in town this year, not to mention the wet weather of
late, the 17th TQ Masters will still go down as
another success in the history of this long established tournament and event
organizer Woody wants to thank everyone who took part and helped out on the
day. Don’t forget to mark down Oct. 21, 2011 in your diary for next year
when the 18th edition will once more take place at The
Emerald Golf Resort in Ban Chang.
Brian wins in wet, wet, wet, conditions
PSC golf from the Caddyshack
Friday, Oct. 15,
Green Valley – Stableford
Sixteen players made the trip to our ‘home’ course at
Green Valley to tackle a soaking layout off the white tees. Considering all
the rain of late it was even more remarkable that the fairways had all been
Despite the tough conditions the scores were good in the
A Flight with Brian Orr taking the win on 37 points and Damien Trant coming
in second just the one point back.
B Flight scores were generally not as good with the top
podium position going to Kevin Hamilton on 33 points, finishing two better
than runner-up Alain Bellec.
Ramsay Smith got some consolation by bagging the only ‘2’
of the day.
1st Brian Orr (13) 37pts
2nd Damien Trant (9) 36pts
1st Kevin Hamilton (16) 33pts
2nd Alain Bellec (14) 31pts
Wednesday, Oct. 13,
The Emerald – Stableford
Just six players showed up for today’s outing following
the torrential overnight rain to take on Emerald off the white tees.
Clive Bruce (H/cap 8) came out on top with a remarkable
42 points, followed in by Gary Ritchie (7) with 38 points in second.
There were no birdie ‘2’s recorded on the day.
1st Clive Bruce (8) 42pts
2nd Gary Ritchie (7) 38pts
Note: The Caddy Shack is situated in Soi 8 Threppasit
(follow the soi to the well appointed old English style
hotel/restaurant/bar). We play golf twice a week, Wednesday and Friday until
the punters return then Monday will also be added. We can also arrange golf
outside these days and have a notice board with future venues and an entry
list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Andy Oz takes the win at Emerald
The Backyard Golf Society
Due to some unforeseen problems, last week’s write-up did
not get to press on time so here are the highlights: ‘Broken Wing’ took the
game and nearest the pin prize with Neville being the main man in the skins
competition with a total of (7).
the Pin winner JJ with some Mama’s Bar helpers.
OK, now onto this week, with a total of 9 members and an
earlier tee time on Friday due to the TQ Bar having their big competition at
the Emerald Golf Course, we got away at 08:30 so needless to say started
drinking way to early in the club house.
Andy Oz won the stableford competition with 35 points and
JJ got back to his winning ways by taking the nearest the pin prize. Skins
results as follows: Andy Oz (5), JJ (5), Neville (3), ‘Broken Wing’ (2),
Terry (2) and one rolled-over to next week.
It was down to Mama’s Bar afterwards and thanks go to Tip
for feeding us and Andy Oz for ringing the bell - albeit very quietly!
Novak scores a hat-trick
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, Oct. 11, Mountain
Shadow - Stableford
As always, Mountain Shadow was too tough for the ladies
so there were only two divisions out for the men today. As we left Soi 5
here in Jomtien a slight drizzle appeared on the windscreen and with dark
clouds in the direction we were heading there were dubious thoughts about
today’s round. However, a couple of miles from the entrance the rain stopped
and a pleasant round was enjoyed by all, condition wise that it.
and Wednesday’s winners in both divisions, Tom Novak and Chris Voller enjoy
Jean Morel got another third placing in division two with
31 points, just two behind Willy van Heetvelde in second. The winner today
with 36 points was Tom Novak.
Now playing off H/cap 5, Kari Kuparinen beat Mikael
Andersson on a 16/13 back nine count-back for third place in the top flight
after they both scored 30 points each. Billy Hewitt was second one point
ahead and the winner with 35 points was Chris Voller.
Chris also birdied the 15th to win
the only ‘2’ in division 1 while in division 2 Tom Novak birdied the 5th and
Willy V. the 17th to split the rollover pot between
Colin James arrived back from Melbourne for his first
game with us since July and we will not mention his score.
Wednesday, Oct. 13, St.
Andrews – Stableford
We all thought this would be our last game here before
the high season kicks in, but the I.P.G.C. November medal/stableford is
being held here on the 3rd of next month so we will
all be back then.
Upon arrival the course was in a slightly sodden
condition following more overnight rain and we selected “pick, clean and
place” on the fairways only, and this was approved by all as they returned
to the clubhouse.
Miss Nut won the ladies division with 29 points ahead of
Noi Emmerson in second place. There was a second win in three days for Tom
Novak as he took division 2 with 38 points. Willy Van Heetvelde collected
second spot with 34. In division 1, Don Head beat the optical specialist
from Luxembourg, Georges Faber, on an 18/16 back nine count-back for second
after they both finished with 35 points and on top of the rostrum again with
39 points was Chris Voller.
There were no ‘2’s in either division so a rollover
ensued to Century Chonburi the following week.
Friday, Oct. 15, Eastern
Star – Stableford
There were four late cancellations overnight so are only
five groups out today and yet again with heavy overnight rain there was no
run whatsoever on the fairways.
Winning on Monday at Mountain Shadow with 36 points and
on Wednesday at St. Andrews with 38 points , Tom Novak swept the board with
a hat trick at Eastern Star, taking top podium position with 37 points, a
handicap of 23 is on the cards for next week. Cully Monks came in second on
32 points and Willy van Heetvelde was third with 28.
In division 1, Tom Sathrum’s 33 points gave him first
place with Ian Speirs second on 30 and Georges Faber in third with 29.
There were no ‘2’s in division 1 and now eight rollovers
in division 2 to Eastern Star next Friday.
Geoff’s practice makes perfect
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, Oct. 10, Green
Valley - Medal
1st John Bahng (13) net 70
2nd Pat Regan (11) net 73
1st Geoff Doody (21) net 69
2nd Richard Mitchell (18) net 70
1st Mike Craighead (18) net 70
Near Pins: No 4 Kris Kay, No 9 Stefan Hoge, No 12
Bob Lindborg, No 16 Kathy Doody.
Sunday’s medal winner Geoff Doody with wife Kathy.
Geoff Doody finished the week as he started it with a win
on Monday, a second place finish on Wednesday, a second place again on
Friday and a Monthly Medal win today.
The victory qualifies Geoff for entry onto the wall of
fame at Lewiinski’s and, as will every Monthly medal winner, it also
qualifies him for the year end gold medal held after the December Medal
winner is determined.
Geoff who plays off a reasonable 21 handicap cited his
hard work with local pro and friend Richard Livingstone as being the reason
for his success.
Richard Mitchell posted a solid 70 net for second place
in B Flight while the A Flight winner with a steady net 70 was John Bahng.
‘Young’ Pat Regan made a gallant effort to catch John but came up three
Mike ‘The Mechanic’ Craighead added yet another mug to
his vast collection; Mike also joins Geoff in the gold medal for an amazing
Mark Wood, Stefan Hoge, Bob Lindborg and Kathy Doody
shared the ‘2’s pot.
Monday, Oct. 11, Khao
Kheow - Stableford
1st Francis McClarren (13) 36pts
Derek Whalsh (9) 35pts
Khao Kheow, which many consider to be the premier test of
par-72 golf on the Eastern Seaboard, bared the teeth of its tight fairways
and undulating greens to ensure no one broke their handicap. He that equaled
his, Francis McClarren, led the field home. Pushing Francis all the way was
Derek Whalsh a shot back for second place with Benn ‘the Admiral’ Nelson a
shot further adrift.
No ‘2’s were recorded so a rollover at Bangpra Wednesday.
Wednesday, Oct. 13,
Bangpra - Stableford
1st Francis Goyons (5) 34pts
2nd Benn Nelson (13) 33pts
3rd Derek Walsh (9) 33pts
1st Pat Feeney (21) 35pts
2nd Richard Mitchell (18) 33pts
Eddy Beilby (17) 32pts
A large Lewinski’s group turned up to play a stableford
comp at Bangpra and was greeted with a very near water logged course. This
had an adverse affect on the scores as no one broke par on the day.
B Flight provided the day’s top score in the shape of
Ireland’s Pat Feeney who somehow fashioned a very good 35 points. Richard
Mitchell took silver two shots back, leaving Eddy ‘The Eagle’ to round out
the flight a further shot adrift.
The scores in the senior flight were a tad worse with the
top spot going to Francis Goyons on 34 points. Benn the ‘Admiral’ Nelson and
Derek Walsh both finished a shot back and needed the aid of a count-back,
the scales tipping in the ‘Admiral’s favour.
Both flight winners added a ‘2’ to their winnings along
with Angus Mullen. I know someone else named Mullen; and he’s on his way
Friday, Oct. 15, Mountain
Shadow - Stableford
1st Benn Nelson (13) 37pts
2nd Derek Walsh (9) 34pts
1st Gerry Hughes (21) 32pts
Joe Tynan (30) 30pts
Benn ‘The Admiral’ Nelson capped the week that saw a
second place finish on Wednesday with a workmanlike 37 points in very wet
conditions on the Peter and Perry Dye layout. Benn was the only player to
better par on the day.
A respectable 34 point effort was turned in by Derek
Walsh, Benn’s podium college.
The junior flight was won by Gerry Hughes who needed a
mere 32 points. Joe ‘Sat Nav’ Tynan was the surprise runner up beating Pat
Fenny and Richard Mitchell in a three-way count-back, all log jammed on 30
Mike Jefferies with two and Derek Walsh shared the ‘2’s
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.
Dave’s driver does the deed
PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg
Monday, Oct. 11, Pleasant
Twenty-two golfers teed off from the white markers under
cloudy skies, the first group were sent on their way by the starter at 0940
hours and completed the round in four hours and twenty minutes.
The course was in good condition however the greens had
been cored and sanded. This did not affect the players however as the lowest
card handed in was 30 points.
In the A flight Niels Hanson played excellent golf to
score 42 points with Andre Vandyk handing in 41 points, Elias Magnusson
coming in third with 40 points and Pre-tournament favourite Martin Todd, who
confessed to having alcoholic constipation as he can’t pass a bar, rounding
out the podium in fourth place on 39 points.
In the B Flight Dave Richardson, fresh from three days
R&R in Singapore, was keen to resume hostilities with his new driver which
he had given a test run the previous week. As it turned out his driver
performed admirably. Dave played steadily for 38 points to win from Jan
Lovgreen on 36 points, pipping Andy Makara on 35 points and the PSC
treasurer Graham Buckingham slotting into fourth place with 34 points.
Graham, who created a world record at Pattana a couple of
weeks back by injuring a wrist and striking his ankle all with one wild
swipe of his driver, was delighted not to produce a similar effort. So were
We welcomed Andre Vandyk for his bi-annual visit, John
Lynn from Haiwaii and Peter Hammond from Bournemouth England.
A Flight (0-19)
1st Niels Hanson (15) 42pts
2nd Andre Vandyk (16) 41pts
3rd Elias Magnusson (19) 40pts
4th Martin Todd (8) 39pts
B Flight (20+)
1st Dave Richardson (25) 38pts
2nd Jan Lovgreen (22) 36pts
3rd Andy Makara (34) 35pts
Graham Buckingham (23) 34pts
The Coveted Compass Cap was won by Kevin Dinan who
advised that drinking wine straight from the bottle does not assist your
game. Thanks for that Kevin.
The usual array of culprits contributed quite freely to
being “Bitten by the Dog” and I have it on good authority that the dog’s
name is Deefa. Deefa will donate all proceeds to charity in due course.
Thursday, Oct. 14,
Twenty-eight rock solid golfers hit the road from The
Kronborg under rainy conditions for the journey to Bangpakong. Ten minutes
after leaving Pattaya road conditions were dry so anyone who cancelled their
day’s golf would have been as snarly as a rodeo rider wearing hessian
We found the course to be in great condition when we
arrived and despite the greens being sanded they rolled truly as the scores
The weather was overcast and warm however a light breeze
on the flipside (second nine) provided welcome relief.
Graham Buckingham was overheard prior to tee off that he
couldn’t lead a pack of hungry wolves to meat let alone shoot a good score.
The man is a cross between a clairvoyant and a genius as his 29 points
proved to be an accurate prediction.
We welcomed Jennette and Graham (Patch) Laurie from
Queensland Australia and congratulated Harry Wyzola on completing eighteen
In the A Flight Owen Walkley, whose dress sense is to
fashion what the Boston Strangler did for door to door selling, handed in 42
points to claim first place. Chop Daprakhon came in second with 41 points
followed by Peter Hammond on 37 and Patrice Bardy beat Walter Baechli and
Mike Gosden on a count-back for fourth spot, all on 36 points each.
In the B Flight Elias Magnusson scored 39 points to
finish well ahead of Ken Bernek in second, with Graham (Patch) Laurie
finishing third after pipping Dave Richardson on a count-back.
Nearest the pins went to Chop Daprakhon on the fourth,
Mike Allidi on the seventh, Graham Laurie on thirteen and Niels Hansen on
Long putts were won by Dave Richardson on the ninth and
Chop Daprakhon on the eighteenth.
A Flight (0–18)
1st Owen Walkley (15) 42pts
2nd Chop Daprakhon (15) 41pts
3rd Peter Hammond (18) 37pts
4th Patrice Bardy (18) 36pts
B Flight (19+)
1st Elias Magnusson (19) 39pts
2nd Ken Bernek (19) 35pts
3rd Graham Laurie (34) 34pts
Dave Richardson (25) 34pts
The Coveted Compass Cap was won by Harry Wyzola who
considers it a badge of honour. Deefa the dog’s gluttony was adequately
catered for by the assembled mass at the Bangpakong restaurant and thanks go
to them from heart of his bottom.
A family affair at Pattaya Country Club
PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar
As usual the rain stopped for the Three Sisters golf
group this past Oct. 13, but the fairways at Pattaya Country Club were so
saturated that carts were limited to cart paths or the rough - no carts on
fairways. No problem for some as their balls seem to always gravitate to the
Arnold van de Graaf, left, with his father and runner-up Panc van de Graaf.
It was a sparse but dedicated showing today as many of
the regulars were down with the flu or could not play with cart
restrictions. The group made its regular trip to Caddy Shack II where cards
were tallied. Leading the pack with a 34 was Arnold van de Graaf, followed
by his father, Panc van de Graaf with a 30. Paul Kraft and Richard Hall both
carded 28’s but Paul won on the count-back.
O’Brien triumphs in the rain
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday’s winners celebrate back at Bert’s.
Tuesday, Oct. 12, Phoenix
So it was raining as I got out of bed, in fact it was
throwing it down as I got into the shower. That, as usual, is when the phone
rings, as if the players cannot see the same as I can, and of course it is
not only one call. My reply is always the same, meet me at Bert’s and we
will make a decision.
On this day by the time we left Bert’s, for the third
week on the trot about a third of those signed in decided to stop in bed. My
thoughts were roughly similar, but a call to the course said it was raining
but playable so the other two thirds zipped down to Phoenix.
The rain poured down, the sky was grey and the roads
awash. Surely this time we had slipped up as the weather forecast was not
one to give us confidence. Indeed, as we pulled into Phoenix it was still
raining heavily and the rain was drumming onto the roof. Still, in for a
penny in for a pound, and we paid our Green Fees and got changed, then off
to the Mountain ‘nine’.
As we stood on the tee the rain stopped and we lived in
hope as the sky brightened, and off we went on wet fairways and carts
limited to the paths. The more we played though the better the weather
became, and by the time we moved onto the Lake nine the sun was out and it
was an absolutely great round. Oh those of faint heart.
Round over a quick bite in the restaurant that changes
little over the years, then back to Bert’s for a bun and a beer - or
something similar. Then onto the presentation where in first place was Mike
O’Brien with a great 40 points, ahead of Sunny Khanna in second with 39
points and in third was the man without whom no presentation is complete,
Mashi Kenata with 37 points.
Near Pins went to Bill Knight (2), Barry Elphick and Mike
We then ignored the buns and concentrated on the beer at
‘Happy Hour Prices, and why not. T.T.F.N.
Golf from the Travellers Rest
Monday, Oct. 11, Green
Valley - Stableford
1st Fergus Brennan 35pts
2nd Jimmy Wolfe (13) 34pts
3rd Bill Reid (16) 34pts
4th John Baxter (15) 33pts
Monday and off to Green Valley we went. This place still
has one of the best deals around and it was a pleasant outing on a very
Saturday’s winners: Jim Sykes, Roger Wilkinson and Lee Duncliff.
We had a moderate group on the day and Fergus Brennan
found form and took the top honours with 35 points, beating Jimmy Wolfe
(nice to see him back) by one who in turn edged out Bill Reid (another new
name to me) on count-back over the last three holes. Coming in fourth spot
was John Baxter with 33 points also on count-back over Alan Evans.
Only one ‘2’ was recorded on the day and that belonged to
Tuesday, Oct. 12,
Greenwood – Stableford
1st Lee Duncliff (7) 37pts
2nd German Odermatt (14) 34pts
3rd Andrew Rich (22) 33pts
4th Bill Reid (16) 32pts
Tuesday was a trip to Greenwood to play the A & B nines.
The weather in Pattaya was atrocious before we set out so a call was made to
the course to check on conditions. We were advised that there was the odd
spot of rain about but that the course was very playable, so off we set. We
arrived in good time to find the course practically deserted - obviously the
bad weather elsewhere had deterred a few from venturing out. Their loss was
A good turnout saw Lee Duncliff make the most of the
opportunity of a nice clear course to come home with a respectable 37 points
to take the day. In second was German Odermatt back on 34 and one more down
in third spot was Andrew Rich.
Same as the previous day with only one ‘2’ made and this
time it was from Lee Duncliff.
Thursday, Oct. 14, Phoenix
1st Alan Evans (31) 37pts
2nd Ted Senior (13) 36pts
3rd Ito Akitoshi (8) 36pts
4th Liam Horgan (14) 33pts
Thursday was another of our regular visits to Phoenix,
this time to play the Lakes & Ocean layout. As always a fair group made the
journey to enjoy the attributes of this great course.
I had to take a second look at the results given me as I
thought a mistake had been made because the top three places were recorded
as being exactly the same as the previous week - but they were correct.
Alan Evans it seems is determined to make this course his
own. The previous week he won with a 35-pointer on this course and he did
the same this time with 37.
Ted Senior did the same thing in second spot, improving
his 34 from seven days ago to 36 this time around. In third yet again was
Ito Akitoshi, also on 36 but losing out to Ted on the count-back.
There were no ‘2’s recorded today.
Saturday, Oct. 16, The
Emerald - Stableford
1st Jim Sykes (9) 35pts
2nd Lee Duncliff (7) 31pts
3rd Roger Wilkinson (13) 30pts
4th Ted Senior (14) 30pts
It was not until today when I was putting this report
together that it dawned on me just how well travelled some of our
player/competitors are at the TRGG. I found time to talk to some of them at
length after finishing their outing on Saturday at Emerald. The day had gone
well enough but as with all this week, there was a lot of rain still about
and the day had started very wet but did, I am glad to say, get better.
So I was talking to the winner on the day, Jim Sykes, and
asked him where he came from and he informed me that he was from West
Yorkshire in the UK. The second placed player Lee Duncliff was a completely
new face to me so I asked him the same question as he sounded English but I
was just not quite sure. He apparently is English but now lives in San
Diego, California. Roger Wilkinson was third and I had always believed that
he was from Australia but he too so I found out was originally from England
and holds dual passports. Ted Senior (fourth) was another Australian I was
sure. I knew he was from Perth but he to quickly corrected me and said he
was originally from Merseyside in the UK.
So they do it seems get about a bit our players.
Note: If you want any further or fuller
information about the golf outings played by the TRGG from the Travellers
Rest Hotel, please contact the hotel manager Tewin Lamthong on 086 056 7019
or just call in to the Travellers Rest in Soi LK Metro, Pattaya and look at
the notice board or visit our website at www.trgg.biz.
Rising from the ashes
Phoenix Tuesday Group Golf
Tuesday Group winners pose
for a photo with the staff of the Relax Bar.
October 5 & 12, Phoenix
G.C. - Stableford
After a long spell of being away and being too busy to
report the last few games, you will all have to suffer my stories once again
(can’t keep a good old un down too long).
With the camera playing up last week I promised Shaun
Merriman that I would report the two weeks. He was beginning to think I did
not want to show his handsome figure to the rest of Pattaya. Regardless of
that he did shoot a fine round of 37 points (along with Hugh Byrne) to share
the spoils on Oct. 5. This effort was all the more spectacular by the fact
that most of the group gave in to the weather halfway round the back nine.
This past week saw the same weather at the start of the
day, but Buddha or whatever God you support was kind to us and it turned out
a very pleasant day indeed.
It was even more enjoyable to myself and big John Bartley
as we shared first place with 37 points each (the count-back was even the
same). Following in third place was the ever Mr. consistent Stuart Gordon
with 36 points. He would have been on 37 points if he had not volunteered
his weekend score and duly cut himself one shot before the start of play.
That’s what we like in our little group - honesty among thieves!
Back at the Relax Bar we all enjoyed our first drink free
out of the day’s takings then onto the presentation. After the first three
places had been awarded, a technical (near pin) went to Phil Kington with
the other going into the lucky draw.
The first lucky draw was the sponsored free massage
donated by our hosts of the Relax Bar, which was won by Shaun Merriman. The
free beer (again donated by mine hosts) was won by Clive Robinson and the
two other lucky draw winners were David Czernie and Peter Harris.
For anyone interested in joining in with the fun, we try
to encourage players of a reasonable ability and who have bona fide
handicaps either with the PSC or any other officially recognised sensible
handicap. We do not encourage organised four-balls but will accommodate cart
sharing. If anyone brings along a guest for the day they must play with that
All players play from the white tees, and therefore you
will understand that we do not encourage ladies to play in our weekly
events. We have five to six tee times booked every Tuesday from 12.00 noon
onwards. Latest registration is 11.30 a.m. after which anyone turning up
late will be fitted in if possible.
Non members of Phoenix are signed in as guests of the
members and can enjoy a preferential green fee of 1,000 baht during the high
The last Tuesday of the month we hold our monthly stroke
play competition with an extra sponsored prize donated by Trattoria Italiana
restaurant for the best net score of the day.
We are now starting to get more interest in Friday golf
(not always at Phoenix) and we usually have enough players interested to
book 2 tee times. We rotate our venues to include Phoenix, Green Valley,
Emerald and any others that crop up with the right deal, financially.
For more info, call me (Mike Gerrard) on 087 091 7565.
Wood wows ‘em at Green Valley
PSC golf from The Golf Club
Monday, Oct. 11, Green
Valley – Stableford
1st Mark Wood (8) 41pts
2nd Keith Worboys (15) 37pts
3rd Jeff Cordeiro (9) 37pts
Jeff Calrow (14) 36pts
A slightly dryer track this week allowed for some great
scoring. Congratulations go to Mark Wood who shot a masterful gross 75 off
the stick for 41 points. Keith Worboys chipped in twice and putted like a
man possessed finishing with 37 points. Keith came home on fire for second
spot, edging out Jeff Cordeiro who was also on 37 points. Jeff Calrow was
steady as usual and finished in fourth on 36 points.
We had 24 players in the field today and enjoyed lots of
laughs and camaraderie. Thanks all for joining us today.
Wednesday, Oct. 13,
Bangpra - Stableford
1st Terry Wagner (18) 34pts
2nd Henry O’Brien (18) 34pts
Nigel Flanangan (11) 34pts
Once again the weather played a big role. This time we
didn’t have any rain on the course but the days leading up to our visit to
Bangpra made for wet conditions. That said, a few did manage to shine today.
Terry Wagner came in with 20 points on the back to take first place with a
total of 34. Henry O’Brien finished with a back nine 17 and Nigel Flanagan
16 to lose out on the count-back.
As per normal a few caddies were seen brandishing clubs
and rakes and chasing the “bad lings” who had managed to abscond with their
Geoff Cox is a two-time winner
PSC golf from the Bunker Bar
Monday, Oct. 11,
Bangpakong - Stableford
Making one of our rare trips to the distant Bangprakong
Riverside golf course, we left the bar in steady drizzling rain, after being
informed by the management that there was “nit noy” rain on the course.
Despite some gloomy expectations, we arrived at the
course to find there was no rain and that the fairways were in their usual
superb condition, certainly the best we have played on in recent months.
Unfortunately the greens had recently been cored and sanded, but even that
didn’t spoil a great day’s golf.
Winner on the day was Tore Eliason, beating Scottie on a
count-back after carding a superb 23 points on the inward nine. Continuing
his recent good form, Sunny Khanna took third place together with the extra
bonus of two near pins.
1st Tore Eliason (15) 39pts
2nd Scotty Eaton (3) 39pts
3rd Sunny Khanna (12) 38pts
Near Pins: PJ, Scottie and Sunny (2)
Wednesday, Oct. 13, Burapha - Stableford
We were making our last visit to Burapha before the high
season prices kick in, and what a disappointment it turned out to be.
Firstly we were delayed 30 minutes in our tee-off time as the starter
clearly squeezed in extra groups, and then we found the course was severely
waterlogged after heavy overnight rain.
The rough here has been brutal since the Thailand PGA
tournament, but has been left uncut for several weeks now and is virtually
unplayable. Stray balls just a few yards off the fairway were difficult to
find and in many cases had to be declared lost. The conditions were
reflected in the scores, with only Geoff Cox being able to record a
respectable score to take first place.
1st Geoff Cox (15) 35pts
2nd John Graham (12) 28pts
3rd Scotty Eaton (3) 27pts
Near Pins: Geoff Cox, Mukesh and Mick Hughes
Friday, Oct. 15, Bangpra - Stableford
Despite booking a month in advance, we discovered just
one day before we were scheduled to play at Phoenix G.C. that our booking
had been cancelled to accommodate a tournament. Another example of the
cynical attitude of the management there, but fortunately we were able to
get a late booking at Bangpra who always provide a friendly and efficient
Despite a persistent light drizzle (not even enough to
warrant the use of an umbrella), the course was in damp but good condition,
and everyone enjoyed this alternative venue. Winner on the day was the
in-form Geoff Cox, narrowly beating the newly arrived Paul Edgar.
1st Geoff Cox (15) 37pts
2nd Paul Edgar (17) 36pts
3rd Gerry Cooney (11) 33pts
4th Geoff Parker (14) 31pts
Near Pins: Paul Edgar, Neil Griffin and Gerry Cooney (2)
Australian Masters at St Andrews
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar, Soi Buakhao
The Pattaya Golf Society visited St Andrews on Tuesday,
12th October, to play a stableford competition on a course still soft after
the recent storms but in otherwise fine condition. The bonus was that at
10:15 a.m. there was no-one on the course, the Soi Buakhao based outfit
being the first customers of the day. As a result it was plain sailing all
the way and the two flights, cut at twelve and under, enjoyed the challenge.
In the top flight, returning to the group after a long
absence, Phil Knight acquitted himself well as he recorded 36 points to
share second place with Rick Smith, whose long and accurate hitting was used
to good effect in posting the day’s best gross figures of 77. Phil’s card
was also enhanced with the day’s only birdie ‘2’, on the tenth. The flight
winner was Ray Jackson who once again showed consistency with a fine 38
In the second flight Canadian Tim Lazecki broke the
Australian dominance with 33 points for a share of second place with lady
golfer Jodie Espinosa. The flight winner was Peter Masters who again
produced an outstanding round of 41 points for the win. Peter had recorded
42 points at Emerald in August and this round emphasised the potential of
the Aussie schoolmaster.
At the other end of the scale member Ray Reagan,
appearing “by invitation”, recorded the lowest score of the day to win his
first Booby Bevy in two years.
In the opinion of all the day at St Andrews had been a
fine experience of friendly competition golf with the PGS.
Matthews makes it a full
On Thursday, 14th October the Pattaya Golf Society left a
semi-flooded Soi Buakhao for some peace in the form of a stableford
competition at Eastern Star and from the moment the party reached the
environs of Bang Saray they found the heavens were clearing and a dry day in
Ban Chang was on the cards.
Eastern Star at the moment is in fine shape. Forget the
slow greens, the fairways are amongst the best the group has played on in
the past few weeks and the quality of the course is improving as befits its
Five early morning withdrawals had reduced the group to a
single flight and the empty course served as an encouragement to perform
well. Sharing third place were low handicappers Rick Smith, for whom this
first trip has been an enjoyable and successful experience, and Pete Sumner,
both carding 33 points. Ahead, sharing first place, were Margaret Wilkinson
and Ron Matthews, on 35 points.
The PGS has had the pleasure of hosting the golf for a
small party of very keen and capable Aussies over the past few weeks and it
was gratifying to see Ron pick up a “bonus” as he was the only member of his
party not to feature in the prizes until this round.
Kim Espinosa had the dubious honour of both recording the
only birdie ‘2’ of the day and also receiving the Booby Bevy after his first
tee shot failed to make the Ladies’ tee, giving the impression he was also
going to play for his wife who had withdrawn earlier.
The shot of the day was the prodigious tee shot of Mikael
Andersson on the par-five fifteenth which landed unceremoniously in the
swimming pool of the house halfway down the left side of the fairway leading
to a lengthy discussion back in Soi Buakhao regarding a request to the
owners to erect red posts around it to speed up play! All of which goes to
prove that there is still fun to be had on a golf course, even when streets
are awash and the smiles are missing.
Debut win for McNeill
Braving the elements yet again, the Pattaya Golf Society
visited Rayong C.C. to play a stableford competition on Saturday, 16th
October. The course was soft in parts and the greens were running at their
legendary slow pace but generally the course has stood up very well to the
ravages of the current monsoon.
Excellent progress was made on the relatively empty
course and in the end the Aussie duo of Tony Thorne and Gary Hartshorne
returned scores of 31 points to share runner-up place. The winner was a very
consistent Jim McNeill, returning nineteen points from the front nine and
adding a further eighteen on the back with some steady accurate golf. It
marked a good debut win after a dozen or so attempts with the group.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy was reserved
for Noel Stevenson who went “AWOL” in Ban Chang the evening before and never
made the course.
Weekends are starting to run down for the Soi Buakhao
based group as they move towards midweek golf only from 1st November with
competitions scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays thereafter.
Peter MacKenzie stuns Soi 13
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, Oct. 11, Mountain
Shadow - Stableford
1st Rod Crosswell (17) 42pts
2nd Russell Gilroy (18) 35pts
3rd Tom Atkins (15) 33pts
4th Yasuo Suzuki (11) 32pts
Fred Chadwick (15) 31pts
In a week that saw fifteen different players on the
podium in the three competitions, there were one or two outstanding efforts
- the second best of those being turned in by Rod Crosswell who’s six under
return was easily good enough to take the top spot by a clear seven points
from Russell Gilroy.
Tom Atkins, after straining mightily for several
competitions, finally made it onto the podium albeit still performing below
handicap, but he was just good enough to deny Yasuo Suzuki by a shot,
consigning him to fourth place. Fred Chadwick made it a happy return to
Thailand with a fifth place as he won a count-back over Don Everett and
Wayne Wayward who had 16 each to Fred’s 19 over the inward half. With Fred’s
record for arising after a few sherbets being rather poor, it may be the
last time that he appears on the winners’ lists or even the entry lists.
There were no 2’s in the second division but Erik
Donnestad and Trevor Schirmer had one each in the first division.
Rod Crosswell continued his personal tradition to award a
Naga to the lowest score on the day which was taken by Dave Knight and
consumed from the traditional boob mug.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed back Rod
Crosswell, Fred Chadwick, Ron De Groot, Wayne Waywood and Don Everett.
Wednesday, Oct. 13, Khao
Kheow – Stableford
1st Alan Pilkington (10) 39pts
2nd Don Everett (26) 37pts
3rd Paul Hartley (18) 37pts
4th Peter Sumner (8) 34pts
5th Ron De Groot (15) 34pts
Joe McArdle (13) 33pts
Alan Pilkington would seem to like Wednesdays, well they
do break up the weekends, as for the second Wednesday running he returned a
three under round to take top spot again by a margin of two from Don
Everett, who seems to be getting full value out of his new EBay handicap.
Don claimed second spot with a better count-back of 20 to 19 ahead of Paul
Hartley in third spot.
Peter Sumner started to show signs of a return to form as
he took fourth place in front of Ron De Groot with a better count back of 19
to Ron’s 15 after the latter had started strongly on the front nine.
Joe McArdle rounded out the honourable mentions another
shot further back.
Bob Maloney had the lone 2 in the first division and Don
Everett had the sole success in the second division to sweep the triple roll
Martin Hartley won the Naga for the day and was carefully
watched by his dad Paul as he suckled it down.
Back at The Haven Shane Heavey, Joe Peters and Bob
Maloney were all welcomed back prior to the presentations.
Friday, Oct. 15, St
Andrews - Stableford
1st Peter MacKenzie (30) 44pts
2nd Erik Donnestad (4) 38pts
3rd Russell Gilroy (18) 38pts
4th Lyle Blaw (12) 36pts
5th Alan Pilkington (10) 34pts
Rod Howett (26) 34pts
After the outstanding win of Rod on Monday at six under,
it was even more surprising to have Peter MacKenzie eclipse his score by
another couple of shots considering that in all his previous rounds in
Pattaya, six over handicap was his best result, but this was to be a special
day as he spread-eagled the rest of the field by six clear shots.
Erik Donnestad took second place with a very tidy gross
76, two over par, on the course that contains two par 6s with an exhibition
of extremely steady golf that contained just two bogeys.
Russell Gilroy had to settle for third spot after he lost
the count-back with Erik 18 to 17.
Lyle Blaw got straight back into the swing after a long
flight from Brisbane to take fourth, leaving Alan Pilkington not quite able
to match his previous outing as he held on to fifth with a better count-back
of 19 t0 16 over Rod Howett in sixth place.
Peter MacKenzie slipped in the only 2 in the second
division and Lyle Blaw did the same in the first division.
In the absence of Rod Crosswell, away on a northern golf
trip, the Naga was just fondled by Billy Dickerson.
Before the presentation of the prizes Billy Dickerson and
Phil Hopkinson were welcomed as new members and Lyle Blaw was welcomed back.
Note: If you would like to play with The Haven
group you can contact mobile 084782 4582 or call in to the hotel at 185 Soi
13 between Beach Road and 2nd Road. All transportation to the
course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you
should be there by 8.30 on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays on the
days you wish to play. A schedule of courses to be played can be found on
our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.
Lumpy brings home the bacon, without the roll
PSC golf from the Outback Golf Bar
Monday, Oct. 11, Burapha -
A smaller than average field on the C & D (white tees)
nines here at Burapha, with just eighteen Outbackers, but there was no rain.
It was a bit slow in places as carts were not allowed off the paths, but we
still got round in about 4 hours 20 minutes. The conditions dictated the
local rule of “lift, clean and place” but the scores remained generally on
the low side.
Jeff Clarkson (2nd
in Div B) at Emerald with Barry McIntosh (3rd
in Div B).
Welcome back to Sel Wegner and John Langley but they were
at both ends on the scale; John got last place with 24 points closely
followed by the Captain with a magnificent score of 26, whilst Sel filled
the top spot in the premier division with 38 off a rejuvenated H/cap of 14
Bruce Milner, who was honing is game ahead of Chiang Rai
& Chiang Mai, took second with 35 points ahead of two other CM hopefuls,
Fidge Button and Steve Mann, whilst John O’Keefe took Div B with 39 points
off his 18 H/cap (good to see you back mate), with Pete Stonebridge in
second with 37.
It is a shame to see Burapha in such wet conditions but I
suppose it must be the same for all the courses we play. The amount of rain
we have had is affecting everybody together with the much needed course
Now to the ‘2’s, of which there were 8 - so I will be
coming around to get 100 baht off you all. Here is the list: Bob Philp,
Barney Clarkson, John Cunningham, Chris Dopp, Owen Lloyd, Bruce Milner & Sel
Wegner had 2.
Div A (0-15)
1st Sel Wegner (14) 38pts
2nd Bruce Milner (13) 35pts
Div B (16+)
1st John O’Keefe (18) 39pts
2nd Peter Stonebridge (16) 37pts
Monday, Oct. 11, Green Valley - Stableford
As usual, the alternate Monday for the Outback Golf Bar
was Green Valley. Nineteen golfers played and five of them shot their
handicap or better. The course was wet from the rain the evening before but
definitely not as wet as last Monday, however the carts were not allowed on
the fairway, so “lift, clean & place” was in effect on the fairways and
closely mown areas around the green.
Lumpy Russell was the golfer of the day shooting a
fantastic 41 points off his 12 H/cap, especially with not getting much, if
any, roll on the ball off the tee. Better have a look at his H/cap,
particularly as he complained that he putted terribly. Just kidding Lumpy!
Rosco and Mark Bell both shot 38 points with Rosco
winning the count-back with 20 points on the back nine to Mark having 19
There was a ‘jackpot 2’ today bagged by Gez Tracey, Well
It’s worth a mention that Rosco usually plays at Burapha
on a Monday but Capt’ Bob couldn’t find his scorecard?
1st Lumpy Russell (12) 41pts
2nd Rosco Langoulant (14) 38pts
3rd Mark Bell (10) 38pts
4th Kevin Reid (13) 37pts
5th Joe Mooneyham (14) 36pts
6th George Bishop (15) 34pts
Tuesday, Oct. 12, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
For the second successive Tuesday, it was another rainy
start to the day where 24 had signed-up to play in the Outback’s weekly
competition at Pattaya Country Club.
However upon arrival at the Outback for breakfast,
organiser Chad was receiving calls from a number of players, cancelling,
which is always appreciated rather than not just turning up. So it was just
14 who arrived at the course to find the rain had eased and after a few
holes it stopped altogether and later the sun came out!
As expected the carts were only allowed on paths and it
was “pick and place” on the fairway.
We welcomed Owen Lloyd, playing on a Tuesday for the
first time, and said goodbye to Brian Stewart who was returning to Spain for
a few months.
The conditions did not affect the scores for the leaders
with the aforementioned Owen Lloyd (13) coming in with a fine 40 points.
Never far away, was regular Tuesday man Frank O’Neill (20) with 36, followed
by organiser ‘Chad’ Barry Chadbourn (19) with 35. The final place went to
La’ong (27) with 33 points, beating Nigel on count-back.
As at Green Valley on Monday, there was another ‘jackpot
2’, this one from Suzy Lawton on the challenging 16th.
The Outback is at Pattaya Country club each Tuesday with
tee time of 09.30.
1st Owen Lloyd (13) 40pts
2nd Frank O’Neill (20) 36pts
3rd Barry Chadbourn (19) 35pts
4th Laong (27) 33pts
Wednesday, Oct. 13, The Emerald - Stableford
Mark Bell, our copper from Bendigo, incurred a fine today
to be added to the many fines that will be handed out in Chiang Rai & Chiang
Mai next week. Our incumbent fines-master, Fidge Button, ably assisted by
his nominated deputy, Chris Dopp, will be on the lookout for any erring
Outbacker. Be warned, if you argue, the fine is automatically doubled. Mark,
who is not even going on tour as he has to return to Aus, incurred his for a
simple error – he arrived at the golf course today with no golf clubs, the
other 19 Outbackers all thought it better to take their own.
The course was fine, the greens fast and only one player
beat his handicap, Larry Ball with the day’s top score of 37 points. He won
Div B ahead of Barney Clarkson (34pts) and Barry McIntosh (32pts). Div A was
split on count-back as both Pat Regan & Don Pavlovic scored 35 points, Pat
getting the win, with Steve Milne, who returns to work on Thursday after two
successful defences of the ‘Roo Cup’, in third on 34.
There were two ‘2’s from Steve Milne & Barry McIntosh
Div A (0-13)
1st Patrick Regan (11) 35pts
2nd Don Pavlovic (11) 35pts
3rd Steve Milne (12) 34pts
Div B (14+)
1st Larry Ball (26) 37pts
2nd Jeff Clarkson (25) 34pts
3rd Barry McIntosh (18) 32pts
Friday, Oct. 15, Khao Kheow - Stableford
Thirty-two players braved the C and A loops at Khao Kheow
today. The course was crowded with each of the three nines having groups
scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and it went like clockwork, thanks to the
It did rain on our parade for a little and shelter was
the order of the day for about 30 minutes, apart from that there was no
trouble at all with carts being allowed on the fairways using the 90 degree
rule. The course was in great condition considering the amount of rain we
have had over the last month or so. The greens were like lightning and oddly
enough there was only a few times when you could have used “clean and
Not all who played were in our regular tournament but of
those that were, Bob Lindborg had the top score with 39 points to win Div B
by miles, seven shots ahead of Nev Steward, whilst George Bishop and Tony
Garnett both had 36 points in Div A, George getting the nod on count-back.
There were four ‘2’s from Tony McDonough, Suzi Lawton,
Paul Greenaway & George Bishop
Div A (0-16)
1st George Bishop (15) 36pts
2nd Tony Garnett (12) 36pts
3rd Keith Allen (16) 34pts
4th Mark McDonald (3) 34pts
Div B (17+)
1st Bob Lindborg (19) 39pts
2nd Neville Steward (20) 32pts
3rd John Cogan (17) 31pts
4th John O’Keefe (18) 29pts
Aussie raiders in sparkling form at Waterford
Outback Golf Bar Chiang Rai Road Trip
at the Spa after the round at Santiburi G.C. on Saturday (from left to
right) Don, Rod, Bob, Nittaya, Sugar, Jim, Rosco, Steve, Joe & Ron.
Thursday, Oct. 14,
Santiburi G.C. - Stableford
After an early wake-up call, 23 Outbackers were heading
up the highway in what could only be described as horrible weather
conditions to catch the Thai Airways flight TG130, scheduled to depart at
8.15 a.m. This is the first time in the five event history of the Chiang Mai
Challenge that we have ventured to include Chiang Rai, although the courses
played here will not form part of the main tournament which was due to
commence at Royal Chiang Mai on Monday 18th October.
We were scheduled to play the renowned ‘Singha owned’
Santiburi course today, teeing off at 12 midday, followed by Waterford (Fri)
and Santiburi again on Saturday, before travelling down to Chiang Mai later
Unfortunately the flight was delayed until 9.30, which
put us all in a subdued mood, and uncertain of our arrival time, it also
placed the first round in jeopardy. However, upon arrival our 25-seater bus
was there to meet us and a quick change in plans enabled us to reach the
course on time after the short journey.
A simple but attractive clubhouse set on a hill gives an
outstanding view back down the dog leg ninth from the elevated tee of the
tenth, and also the stunning par 5 finishing hole. Carts were keenly priced
for a course of the class at 500 baht for one person and 700 baht for two
sharing and although there had been a considerable amount of rain, the carts
were surprisingly allowed onto the course, however the fairways were very
wet and we took the decision to play the “lift and clean” rule.
Teeing off at around 12 midday, there is always a better
than even chance it’s going to rain at some stage and after the first three
or four holes we were hit by a couple of showers but not really enough to
make us stop playing and fortunately with no lightning. After that we were
bathed in warm sunshine for the rest of the day apart from one more shower
at the turn.
Although we chose to play from the longer blue tees
(6,435yds), the course played quite easy with wide open fairways and good
sized greens in lovely condition and needless to say this gave way to some
good solid scoring.
Bruce Milner and Chris Dopp headed Div A, both with 37
points, followed in by General Jack on 36, looking for his form to defend
his Chiang Mai Challenge trophy. Div B went to Michael Padilla, who was
amazed with his 40 points, as he couldn’t remember bettering 35! One of the
Aussie raiders, Wayne Waywood took second of 39, which earned him an
immediate handicap cut back to 16.
There were three ‘2’s from Chris Dopp, Sugar Ray and Jack
After the round we all enjoyed some beers, good food and
of course the banter on the balcony of the clubhouse enjoying the afternoon
setting sun, before setting off back to the Wiang Hotel in the centre of
Chiang Rai some 25 minutes away.
Just as a note, what course do you play where can you buy
2 cans of Singha and a water for 90 baht?
Div A (0-15)
1st Bruce Milner (13) 37pts
2nd Chris Dopp (13) 37pts
3rd Jack Moseley (12) 36pts
Div B (16+)
1st Michael Padilla (22) 40pts
2nd Wayne Waywood (17) 39pts
3rd James Bryan (18) 37pts
Friday, Oct. 15, Waterford G.C. - Stableford
Everybody was looking forward to the Waterford course,
only a few had played it before some years back. It’s a good bit out of
Chiang Rai through small villages outnumbered by the many paddy fields, some
of which were showing signs of wind and rain damage and others very close to
being ready for harvest.
Turning off the main road up a small muddy track, we
approached the clubhouse, a small and simple affair but in keeping with the
rustic/country surroundings. The caddies were, like yesterday, delighted to
see us as they lined up to collect their bag for the day.
Teeing off ahead of time, a spectacular opening par 4,
driving into a dip, leaving a blind second shot into the green; but not just
a green, it was a tiny green in comparison to most. The course had just been
hollow tined and sanded which was disappointing, but they hadn’t done a bad
job and the greens were still playable, if a little inconsistent.
There are some great holes on this course which all in
all ranks up there amongst the best around and it’s rustic/country flavour
made it all the more enjoyable, but take note, the greens never got any
A good paced round had us all in by 2.15 p.m., but after
a few beers and some good local cuisine, a storm came from nowhere to
completely obliterate the course in the heavy rain.
The scores were much better than expected with the
Aussies stealing the limelight with a fantastic 40 points from Wayne Waywood,
who had already been cut one shot from the previous day, only to receive
another cut down to 15. He was three clear of Tom Fitzpatrick (37pts) with
Rosco taking third with 36.
Div B went to another Aussie, Don Everett who was cut two
shot for his 44 points off 26, followed in by Kathy Doody (39pts) and Ron De
There were three ‘2’s from Don Everett, Bruce McAdam &
Div A (0-16)
1st Wayne Waywood (16) 40pts
2nd Tom Fitzpatrick (13) 37pts
3rd Rosco Langoulant (14) 36pts
4th Bruce Milner (13) 35pts
Div B (17+)
1st Don Everett (26) 44pts
2nd Kathy Doody (19) 39pts
3rd Ron De Groot (18) 37pts
4th Esther Kaufmann (21) 35pts
Saturday, Oct. 16, Santiburi G.C. - Stableford
So we checked out of the lovely Wiang Inn and were on the
road to Santiburi again. The course was being prepared for a Singha
sponsored event the following day (Sunday) but with the exception of a
couple of groups out there practising, the course was void of any golfers.
There was plenty of activity however, with advertising hoardings and flags
being erected everywhere and needless to say the course was looking
Away at 9.30 a.m., we were quickly round with a just a
slight delay on the back as our leading groups caught up with a Thai
six-ball, but it was hardly noticeable and nobody complained. The weather
remained good throughout; in fact it didn’t rain at all for the entire day.
Rod Crosswell produced a great round to follow his
success at the Haven last week, winning Div A with 40 points, only to
receive another handicap cut back to 14, and Bruce Milner showed us what he
is capable of with a solid 39, whilst Chris Dopp was in the frame again, as
was the Rosco man.
Div B went to Ron De Groot on 37, ahead of the improving
Jim Bryan (34pts) and the two ladies Esther and Kathy with 34 points and 33
The presentation for the day followed a few beers and
some good food before we boarded the bus for our journey over the mountains
to Chiang Mai. The driver had of course stocked the bus with plenty of the
amber nectar and with just a couple of stops on the way we arrived at the
Porn Ping hotel some three hours and forty five minutes later.
There were just two ‘2’s from Rosco & Ron De Groot.
Div A (0-15)
1st Rod Crosswell (15) 40pts
2nd Bruce Milner (13) 39pts
3rd Chris Dopp (13) 37pts
4th Rosco Langoulant (14) 35pts
Div B (16+)
1st Ron De Groot (18) 37pts
2nd James Bryan (18) 34pts
3rd Esther Kaufmann (21) 34pts
Kathy Doody (19) 33pts
Shenanigans Jomtien Quiz League
Results from Oct. 12
Chinese Brothers team.
Team Geog. Sport Music Movies Gen. Know
Photo Dingbats Total
7 Chinese Brothers 5 5 5
8 12 14 20 69
The Tinkers 7 6 2
6 11 14 20 66
Moob Man 7 5 4
8 4 20 18 66
Scumbag Oxford 7 6 5
7 10 14 14 63
Polish Dancers 6 3 3
5 8 16 14 55
Mally 1 4 5
2 5 5 12
Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
Bowlers: Tue, Antero, David, Somrak, Joe & La.
Somrak bowled a 201 game, 588 series and David Shaw had a
221 game, 546 series to lead VFW Post 9876 to another four point win and
this time over second place Caf้ Kronborg. They increased their lead over
second place to nine and one half points.
Brother D remain in third place even though they lost
four points to Green Tree. Tue Pettae bowled a 202 game, 534 series and
Tukata Thompson had a 512 series for Green Tree who moved up from seventh to
fifth place. Antero Ronkainen rolled a 201 game, 522 series and Dang Downs
had a 521 series for Brother D.
La Montgomery bowled a 216 game, 518 series to lead
Canada to a three point win over House of the Golden Coin and Canada remains
in fourth place.
Joe Ferral bowled a 200 game, 530 series and Mai Munsitha
had a 516 series to lead the USMC team to a four point win over Sabai
Friday. Nok Kennedy bowled a 526 for Sabai Friday as her team dropped from
sixth to seventh place.
Lanes eleven and twelve were difficult today as Bavaria
took three points from Jack Tar with none of the bowlers able to overcome
the lane conditions.