‘Champagne’ Booton sets Nova on their way
MBMG International League Div. 2
FC Nova continued their unbeaten start to the season when
they overcame a resilient Bangkok Storm last Sunday.
Manager Stuart Levy was forced into making one change
from the previous week, with veteran defender David Booton replacing the
absent Sorus Ackerman. It was a decision that initially looked questionable
as Booton was spotted out celebrating his recent marriage to Tookta the
night before with assistant coach and bucket man John Ryan, polishing off a
number of bottles of Verve de Clique into the early hours of Sunday morning!
Booton certainly didn’t let his manager down however as
he opened the scoring for Nova and his no nonsense display at left back
carried off the man of the match award.
On paper this game looked a home banker for Nova, but the
visitors had other ideas and they gave the league leaders are real run for
their money all game.
Nova started the better of the two teams, but not for the
first time this season failed to convert a number of excellent opportunities
that came their way in the opening 20 minutes. In fact the best chance to
open the scoring fell to the Storm on the half hour; a shot from the edge of
the area had keeper Todd Kingsford beaten and when the ball rebounded off
the post to another Storm player his goal bound effort was superbly cleared
off the line from Booton.
Soon after Nova took the lead; Mark Dorey swung in a
dangerous corner and Booton arrived to power home a diving header. You could
call it a “champagne moment” much to the delight of the large home based
Nova had further chances to increase their lead but they
are desperately missing a natural goal poacher, with last season’s leading
scorer Paul Derbyshire currently climbing Mount Everest on a trekking
The second half saw Bangkok Storm really take the game to
Nova, and they deservedly found themselves on level terms with half an hour
remaining. Stuart Cowie needlessly gave away possession in the Nova half
allowing the Storm to break away and a quick interchange of passes allowed
the Storm striker to tap the ball home.
As with the previous week, Coach Levy soon went with
three at the back in search of the winner. However, it could have backfired
as on two occasions Nova were caught short in defence and the Storm missed
two glorious chances when clean through with only the keeper to beat.
They were soon made to pay, as Nova’s three pronged
attack allowed Bjorn Ellingsen time and space on the edge of the area and
the Norwegian striker cut into the box leaving two Storm defenders in his
wake before firing low and hard into the bottom corner. It was a goal that
will hopefully give the striker some much needed confidence after struggling
to find the net in recent weeks.
The game was soon put out of Storms reach when a flowing
Nova move involving Mark McKeowen and Nicholas Creasey saw the ball arrive
to Thai Nick who drilled the ball home from the edge of the area.
On the balance of play Nova certainly deserved the win
but you can take nothing away from a Bangkok Storm side that played there
part in a thoroughly entertaining game and played in a competitive but fair
This coming week Nova face a really tough test when they
travel up to Bangkok to take on the Golden Boys who have been rattling in
the goals in recent weeks and along with Nova remain the only unbeaten teams
in the league.
Coach Levy will hopefully have striker Derbyshire back
for the game if he recovers from his frost bite. He has certainly been
missed in recent weeks.
Available as well are full backs Mark Hill and Sorus
Ackermann, but journeyman Daryl Mann remains a long term injury doubt after
suffering an ankle injury in training last week.
The advantage of the Sunday kick off was that the Nova
players could return to Jamesons Irish Bar after the game and sample the
sumptuous carvery laid on and once again celebrate long and hard into the
Local sailing stars head
off to Asian Games
The Thai national yacht racing squad strike a
pose at Suvarnbhumi Airport on their way to the 16th
Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
A strong contingent of sailors from the Eastern Seaboard
joined up with the Thai national yachting squad last week before jetting out
to Guangzhou in China to take part in the 16th Asian
The Thai sailors will race in 6 categories at the event:
Hobie 16, Laser Radial, Male Optimist, Female Optimist, 420 Male, and 420
Female. The Yacht Racing Association of Thailand hopes to secure medals in
all the attended categories, with good chances of gold medals in the Hobie
16, Laser Radial and Female Optimist classes.
Two of the brightest gold medal prospects are local
sailors Keerati Byalong (Laser Radial) and Nopakao Phunpat (Female
Optimist). The sailing contest at the Asian Games takes place from November
Ndjanna ko’s top of table
Cosmos with five goal haul
MBMG International League Div 1 and Div 2
Last weekend Pattaya City met the unbeaten league leaders
and their old foes Cosmos in Bangkok.
City took an early lead that set the tone for the match,
when they gained a free kick after a four man movement. Emmanuel’s Tshuma
free kick caused panic in the Cosmos rear guard and in trying to clear
Cosmos defender Chatree put the ball into his own net to make it 1-0 to the
City nearly went two up when a shot by Gabriel Nyepang
was miss-handled by the Cosmos keeper, but the ball was kicked off the line.
Pattaya eventually doubled their lead when Mark Brittain’s centre aimed at
the far post found Peter Ndjanna who home to make it 2-0.
Brittain was a proving to be a constant thorn in Cosmos’s
side with his accurate and insightful passing and he found Emmanuel Tshuma
whose pinpoint cross was met by a bullet header from Ndjanna to put City
three nil up.
The Pattaya outfit were playing some of their best
football this season and when Cosmos did threatened, the defense was well
organized and covered well with the keeper mopping up any loose balls.
Cosmos had to resort to breakaways at the City goal and
were glad to hear the half time whistle and try to regroup for the second
This Cosmos team never lies down and true to form they
came out for the second period with all guns blazing and wave after wave of
attacks on the City goal. City’s keeper was kept busy and had to make a
superb save to stop Cosmos from scoring, however the pressure started to pay
off and the home side reduced the arrears through a scrappy goal to make it
City attacked from the restart and a first time cross by
Earnest Dipita once more found the head of Ndjanna who made no mistake to
secure his hat-trick and make the score 4-1.
Despite the setback Cosmos continued their assault on the
City goal and a poor back pass by Patrice Love provided a gift for the
Cosmos forward who slotted home to reduce the arrears to 4-2. Cosmos
continued to lay siege to the City goal and two minutes later scored again
to make it 4-3. The home team smelled blood but good defending by City, with
Philip Walter very dominant in the air, kept the Cosmos forwards at bay.
In one of their rare second half attacks City received a
free kick and the cross by John Campbell found Ndjanna who headed home to
make it 5-3 to the Pattaya team. Cosmos still kept on the pressure but when
City broke they were given a penalty which was taken by Ndjanna who scored
his fifth goal of the match and made it 6-3 to City.
The match finished in darkness and the new league
committee must review and revert back to the 4 o’clock kick-off times
instead of kicking off at 4:30 p.m. so that teams can play their matches in
This coming weekend Pattaya City take a rest from the
league matches but entertain a Japanese side at Horseshoe Point with the
kick-off at 6:00 p.m. They then play Pattaya United reserves at Nongprue
Stadium on Tuesday 16th November with the kick-off at 7:00 p.m.
Athacha brace keeps City
Reserves on track
Pattaya City Reserves played the Scandinavian Vikings in
a Division 2 fixture in Bangkok last weekend and started the match strongly
with the Vikings keeper having to pull off a spectacular save to deny City’s
It wasn’t long, however, before City took the lead after
a superb ball from Terry Wilcox reached Athachai who made no mistake to put
the visitors one up. City’s Narain had another great chance soon after but
with just the keeper to beat he skied his shot over the bar.
The Vikings played a good passing game but the reliable
Jorge Picart stopped them in their tracks whenever they threatened the
City went 2-0 up through an individual effort by Nitichai
Nakornmauang, who beat three defenders before shooting low and hard to give
the keeper no chance. City were well in control and the Vikings keeper had
to make two more super saves to keep his team in the match and kept the
score to 2-0 at the half time interval.
The Vikings started the second half strongly but City did
well to shut out the attacks, with the old heads of David Brown and Terry
Wilcox covering and organizing the defense. City strove to add to their
score and went further ahead when Athacha notched his second goal of the
match with a 30 yard effort to put the game beyond the Vikings reach.
The Vikings tried to get something out of the match with
attacks down the wings but the City defense held firm and were worthy
winners, taking the game 3-0.
The Pattaya City Res side play their next league match
against BSL Masters at the Pong football ground this coming Saturday, kick
off 4:00 p.m.
Beach football with an
Soccer players from nine different countries are
currently competing in the 6th International Pattaya
Beach Soccer Tournament at Jomtien Beach.
Teams from Thailand, as the host organizer, England, the
Netherlands, Russia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Hungary, and Norway are all
battling it out on a daily basis until Sunday, November 14 to find out who
will be crowned this year’s champions.
Admission to the multi-use field on Jomtien Beach Road is
free of charge so why not go down and cheer on your favourite team. Kick-off
is 5 p.m. each day.
Women With a Mission tee-off for charity
Teeing-off at the intimidating B1 at Pattana Golf Resort.
Fenix Apparel Team were the winners of the men’s division.
How do you raise over 620,000 baht in one day to support
an exploding number of child refugees in the Mae Sot refugee camps plus the
impoverished handicapped families in the Chonburi region? For the second
year running the three women of WWM – Rosy Diamante, Kylie Grimmer and
Bronwyn Carey, have organized their increasingly popular charity golf
tournament at the immaculate and challenging Pattana Golf Resort.
On Friday 29 October more than 90 golfers grouped into
4-person teams spread themselves around the course for a shotgun start. It
was a bright blue-sky day with a cooling breeze, perfect for golf and the
fun “scramble” format. The teams were often a mixture of different golfing
calibers, however the popular scramble format meant that all participants
could contribute to their team’s success or otherwise.
colourfully attired golfers head for the 12:30 shotgun start.
The participants all gathered together after the 18 holes
of intense competition for a delicious dinner and prize-giving function at
the golf resort. This was provided as part of the entry fee. The free beer
and wine was welcomed by all after the arduous on-course activities.
As part of the dinner function, WWM took the opportunity
of a captive audience to give a brief overview of their activities and where
the raised funds will be used. These three ladies (all either current or ex-Pattaya
residents) have worked tirelessly for years to help the needy and
impoverished in Thailand.
all-Thai ladies team in confident mood heading for the first.
The funds are specifically targeted to projects and are
not lost to administrative costs as with many charitable organizations.
Currently the focus for WWM is contributing to the support, housing,
educational and feeding costs for 380 Karen children in the Hway Ka Loke
School and Boarding House near Mae Sot and 60 children at the Du Pla Ya
boarding house in the Umphium Mai refugee camp on the Thai-Burmese border.
Most of these children struggle to get two meals per day of meager rations
of a bowl of rice and some fish paste. WWM try to supplement their diet with
additional vegetables and some protein when available. Feeding them first
and then housing and educating them are their priorities.
The Chonburi region, closer to home, is also a recipient
of WWM support with their highly successful fish-tank project. Twenty-two
households in Chonburi struggling to support handicapped family members have
been provided tanks, cat-fish fingerlings and fish food to raise their own
fish. This supplements their own diets while creating income from selling
the grown fish. The project epitomizes WWM’s approach to charitable causes.
Very targeted, low cost and simple, ultimately helping people to help
leprechaun backed foursome went searching for their pot of gold.
And then there were the golf winners. On the day everyone
was a winner on and off the course since many local Pattaya businesses had
donated literally 100’s of prizes, including Minor Corp, who provided a two
night stay at the Anatara Si Kao Resort and Spa in Krabi - the major raffle
prize of the evening, won by Mary Kelly.
The companies who helped sponsor the tournament put many
of the teams together. Notably the 1st in the Men’s
Division went to the strong Fenix Apparel Team who made colorful golf shirts
for all the participants, and closely followed in 2nd
place by the Siam Chuyo Team. The Women’s Division was taken out by the
Sweet Danes Team making this a truly multi-cultural event.
Kelly, center, won the top raffle prize
of a trip to the Anatara Si Kao Resort & Spa in Krabi.
WWM would like to thank their principal sponsors for the
event; namely Dana Spicer, Albatross Thailand, GAC World Thailand, Pattaya
Sports Club and Inergy Automotive.
The businesses who sponsored holes, donated prizes for
the raffle and Friends of WWM are too numerous to mention, but sincere
thanks for a highly successful and fun day goes out all; including the
participants who all joined in the spirit of the event. WWM are already
planning their next charity golf tournament at the same time next year, so
mark in your 2011 calendar now and watch for further notices.
main sponsors receive certificates of appreciation from the tournament
organizers: (left to right) Khun Thanee (WWM), Rosanne Diamente (WWM),
Bronwyn Carey (WWM), Mike Diamente (Dana Spicer), Peera Thaweechart
(Albatross Logistics), Mark Delaney (GAC Thailand), Kylie Grimmer (WWM),
Shaun Burke (Cromwell-Tools) and Rainer Doerrheide (Continental Automotive).
Yasuo sets off a few fireworks
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, Nov. 1, Khao Kheow - Stableford
1st Alan Pilkington (10) 40pts
2nd Yasuo Suzuki (11) 39pts
3rd Sean McNamara (13) 37pts
4th Alan Griffiths (12) 34pts
5th Roar Berger (27) 33pts
Alan Pilkington, having just gone back up to a ten
handicap, showed great determination to get back to single figures
immediately and wasted no time by making the first game of the week really
count as he shot another sub-eighty round over the quite difficult Khao
Kheow A and B course from the yellow tees. It ensured that he would drop to
his all time lowest handicap and in doing so he disappointed second placed
man Yasuo Suzuki, who was warming up for his upcoming tour, as they battled
all round the course.
Yasuo thought he had it in the bag as he stood on the 18th
(the 9th hole on B) just one behind and having one
nobbled short took a topped driver very low to 3 feet. But he had reckoned
without Alan’s tenacity, who after another fine drive knocked it into four
foot and slipped in the birdie, leaving Yasuo’s birdie a formality but not
Sean McNamara made it a happy return to, what is now
sunny Thailand, with a podium finish in third, just two behind as playing
partner Alan Griffiths struggled to get back to form with a two over
handicap round that just denied Roar Berger a step higher on the honourable
There were no 2’s in either division.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed back Sean
McNamara, Lenny Higham and James Higham.
Friday, Nov. 5, The Emerald - Stableford
1st Yasuo Suzuki (11) 41pts
2nd Don Everett (24) 39pts
3rd Alan Pilkington (10) 37pts
4th Phil Mitchell (6) 35pts
5th Rod Howett (27) 35pts
6th Frank Hughes (16) 35pts
Following a very competitive round earlier in the week
and then spending the intervening days practicing, Yasuo Suzuki returned
another top round and this time was not to be denied as his score ensured
not only his first top placing for several months, but also a drop in
handicap to almost single figures to get to his lowest since early 2008. His
sparkling round included 4 birdies, none of which were achieved on the par
3’s earning him nothing extra, but for once he appeared fairly happy with
not figuring in the 2’s contest.
Don Everett, playing his last game before returning to
The Gosnells Club in Perth, Western Australia, put in another outstanding
effort, returning his best score in Thailand since first visiting over 7
years ago. He now returns home four shots lower in handicap and will more
than likely take up fishing as a possible hobby until he returns again in
the New Year.
Alan Pilkington, although not quite up to his earlier
standard, still managed to take third spot with another below par score
after slipping badly in the IPGC Monthly Medal a couple of days earlier.
Phil Mitchell made an infrequent visit to play with the
Soi 13 group and played another “as usual game”, steady and reliable, to
take fourth place by virtue of a better count-back of 18 over the inward
half as Rod Howett and Frank Hughes could only garner 16 and 13 respectively
in fifth and sixth places.
Paul Stanton and Alan Pilkington shared the ‘2’s pool in
the first division and David Bowles and Don Everett did the same in the
Back at The Haven, prior to the prize presentations,
there were welcome backs for Richard Dobson, Barry Wellings Frank Hughes and
Phil Mitchell together with the famous “Himayuya Tour” made up of Hisahiko
Makino, Masami Takagi and Yukio Kikuchi, guided by their intrepid leader
Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group
you can contact mobile 084 782 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
Merron shines at Emerald
PSC golf from The Golf Club Sports Bar
Monday, Nov. 1, Green
Valley - Stableford
1st Jim Bryan (18) 37pts
2nd Roger Koehler (24) 35pts
Allen Wittingham (11) 34pts
Our comp today experienced some unfortunate conditions:
at times there was more sand on the greens than in the bunkers. Jim Bryan
handled the sand the best and came in with 37 points for the win. Roger
Koehler got hot on the home stretch and finished alone on 35 points. Allen
Wittingham had a back nine 20 and beat out John Emmerson and Brad Sproxton.
Wednesday, Nov 3. Phoenix
1st John Emmerson (10) 34pts
2nd John Dearden (19) 34pts
3rd George Young (13) 33pts
4th Henry O’Brien (18) 33pts
The recently coiffed John Emmerson pressed his way to a
victory today with a fine back nine 19 points. John Deardon blobbed his was
to a back nine 16 points to be snipped on count-back. The same could be said
for the battle for third where George Young hit the frame on his last
golfing day before heading back to the UK, beating out Henry O’Brien.
Friday, Nov. 5, The
Emerald - Stableford
1st Brent Merron (9) 39pts
2nd John Walsh (20) 37pts
3rd Otto Schmid (27) 35pts
Brian Holden (7) 35pts
A larger than normal group today took on the challenge of
the sloped and sanded greens at Emerald. Brent Merron led the way with a
fine 39 points; however “The Gentleman” John Walsh was the talk of the day -
fresh off a lesson with Richard Livingston he raced out on the front nine in
24 points. Sadly succumbing to the pressure, he dragged himself around the
back in just 13.
Otto Schmid had a fine back nine of 22 to beat out Brian
Holden and Sugar Ray Handford respectively. Thanks to all for joining us
Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro,
off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction. We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or
email@example.com and our new website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.
Cassin posts top score at Plutaluang
PSC golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Tuesday, Nov.2, Plutaluang
Today a good size field played the challenging West and
North course on a very windy day. The course was still a bit wet but in good
condition with greens running fast.
Allan Cassin (12) took first place 35 points ahead of
Kurt Persson (23) in second on 33. They were both followed in by Keith
Hodges (26), taking third place on 30 points, and Jim Fortune (27) came in
fourth with 29.
Near pins were shared by Brian Ken and Terry Kurt.
Thursday, Nov. 4 Greenwood
Today we went north to Greenwood on another very windy
day to play the C & A the course, which was in good condition with the
greens fast but true. We had smaller field today, it must have been thoughts
of the rough around the greens that put them off!
First place went to the in-form Allan Cassin (12) with 30
points on a count-back over Ken Hole (16) on the same score.
A near pin was claimed by Jonathan while the remainder of
the prize fund went to the Banglamung Boys Home.
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 Ray on 081 935 8088
Moore’s the merrier
Golf from the Travellers Rest
Saturday’s winners with staff and management at Emerald.
My headline makes reference to the fact that both the
winners at Emerald on the 6th November had the
surname, “Moore”. Brendan Moore (Div 1) with a thirty-seven and Richard
Moore (Div 2) with a great forty-one are the men in question. They are in no
way related as far as we know. This I am fairly certain is the first time
that this has ever occurred at the TRGG. Congratulations to both players.
On a more serious note I was asked to make mention to all
players, whether playing at the TRGG or playing out of any other
establishment in Pattaya, that it could be a very wise move if you are
renting a buggy at any of the courses to check that the brakes are in good
order as well as ascertaining that the battery is fully charged.
Why you might ask? Because this week we had two instances
at different courses where players found that they had little or no brakes
on their buggies and had to have them changed and on one occasion players
found themselves pushing a buggy up a hill because of a low charged battery.
No brakes could so easily lead to a serious accident and it was urgently
reported to management just how serious this matter was. Apologies were
offered and accepted however it could have been a case of a little bit late
in the day.
So now down to the reports on the past week’s play where
we had four outings in total.
Monday, Nov. 1, Crystal
Bay B&C – Stableford
1st Jon Dean (9) 41pts
2nd Andre Coetzee (7) 35pts
3rd Frank Courtney (15) 35pts
Ian Dallas (10) 34pts
Monday was a visit to Crystal Bay with sixteen players so
just the one division. The course played well as the scores go to show.
Jon Dean found great form and came home for the win with
41 points. His nearest rival was Andre Coutzee with 35, beating Frank
Courtney on the back six by two and forcing Frank to third. In fourth was
Ian Dallas (34pts) after also beating off Billy Ostle on the back six by
Only a single ‘2’ recorded and that came from Jon Dean at
the 6th hole.
Tuesday, Nov. 2, Eastern
Star - Stableford
1st Barry Pussell (6) 36pts
2nd Terry Smith (9) 36pts
3rd Neil Jones (10) 34pts
4th Daryl Ottoway (9) 32pts
1st Alan Evans (30) 36pts
2nd Gary Leigh (16) 33pts
3rd Mark Krysl (32) 31pts
Andrew Rich (22) 30pts
Tuesday saw a trip to Eastern Star where we had not been
for some time due to the course work taking place, however, I was advised
that it was found generally in good order and that the greens were fast,
just how they like them it seems.
A big turnout on the day for the nice weather so the
players were split into two divisions.
Div 1 had Barry Pussell heading the list with 36 points,
winning on a count-back decision over Terry Smith. Neil Jones was third with
In Div 2 Alan Evans took top honours with an even par 36
points and three back in second was Gary Leigh.
Third spot went to Mark Krysl with 31. He is putting in
some sturdy performances these days (he also had a second placing in his
division last Saturday I recollect)
Only the one ‘2’ on the day and it came from Neil Jones.
Thursday, Nov. 4, Phoenix
1st Barry Pussell (6) 39pts
2nd Fergus Brennan (11) 37pts
3rd Barry Welling (5) 36pts
4th Terry Smith (9) 35pts
1st Brian Dunbar (13) 46pts
2nd Hugh Byrne (13) 40pts
3rd Paul Stanton (13) 39pts
4th Allen Hanson (13) 38pts
1st Alan Evans (30) 42pts
2nd Koxo Makino (23) 39pts
3rd Mark Krysl (32) 35pts
Paula Byrne (22) 34pts
Thursday was another of our regular visits to Phoenix. A
very big group made the journey to enjoy the attributes of this great course
so three divisions were allocated on the day
Division 1 had Barry Pussell take his second win in three
days and go two places better than his efforts at the same course the
previous week. Second was Fergus Brennan at 37 points, his name has been
conspicuously absent from my reports for a few weeks. In third was Barry
Welling at even par 36.
Division 2 had Brian Dunbar topping the list with a
remarkable 46 points, a full six up on second placed Hugh Byrne. Paul
Stanton was third with a creditable 39.
Alan Evans made it two wins in three days in the third
division with a 42- pointer (some good scores at Phoenix this week it
seems). In second was Kozo Makino at 35 and Mark Krysl with yet another
third spot on the same score
Six ‘2’s all came from different players: Paul Stanton,
Brian Dunbar, Hugh Byrne, Paula Byrne, Jack McNamara and Mike Rushant.
Saturday, Nov. 6, The
Emerald - Stableford
1st Brendan Moore (11) 37pts
2nd Roger Wilkinson (19) 35pts
3rd Daryl Ottoway (9) 35pts
1st Richard Moore (25) 41pts
2nd Mark Krysl (32) 39pts
Jack McNamara (21) 36pts
Saturday we went to back to Emerald after a week away. It
was a case of biting the bullet on cost because it seems that a bit of a
cartel has been taking place with everybody upping their rates to
comparative levels for weekend play. A very full list attended so we had two
Div 1 had Brendan Moore top of the pile with 37 points.
He only returned back to visit us earlier in the week and had obviously
brought his top game back with him. In second was Roger Wilkinson who took
it by way of a count-back decision over Daryl Ottoway, both with 35.
The second division did not need any count-back as
Richard Moore had the great score of 41 for top spot. What a change in
fortunes for him, I seem to remember him picking up the Nagger Award (lowest
score on the day) only a matter of weeks ago. In second place was Mark Krysl
with 39 (yet another second placing for the eternal bridesmaid it seems) and
in third was Jack McNamara at 36.
A solitary ‘2’ on the day came from Daryl Ottoway.
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
Cool day at Crystal Bay
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
winners Walter Baechli, left,
and Brian Parrish, right, with a mystery lady.
Tuesday, Nov. 2, Crystal
Bay - Stableford
It has been quite some time, possibly a year since the
Bert’s crew descended on Crystal Bay. Fortunate for our memory thereof, was
that this was the first day (or thereabouts) of the cool dry season. It was
delightfully overcast, breezy and cool, possibly the coolest day of the
year-to-date. So this made play very pleasant indeed, although was not
necessarily reflected in the scores.
Mashi and your reporter were back from our trips to Japan
and Mashi was in particularly good spirits, showing off his new tailor-made
driver and fairway woods he had obtained in Japan.
I can’t say much about the actual golf itself; most of
the good scoring was in other foursomes. Walter Baechli seems to be
returning to form after a brief flirtation with new swing teachers, but,
Walter will soon be off on another bike trip.
The Friday game from Bert’s this week was displaced by
the Royal Legion’s tournament at Khao Kheow.
A Flight (0-16)
1st Brian Parrish 35pts
2nd Lynn Mittell 32pts
3rd Idris James 32pts
B Flight (17-up)
1st Walter Baechli 36pts
2nd Joel Flor 32pts
3rd Jim Ferris 30pts
Near Pins: Lynn Mittell,
Dick Warberg, Mashi Kenata, and Brian Parrish.
Garry gets a ‘Hole in One’
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, Oct. 31, Green
Valley - Stableford
1st Liam McGuinness (13) 39pts
2nd Kevin Mcentee (7) 39pts
3rd Andy Byrne (11) 38pts
1st Bill Peach (22) 40pts
2nd Don Lehmer (18) 37pts
3rd Peter Henshaw (17) 37pts
Near Pins: No 4 Jim Brackett, No 9 Garry Green,
No12 Merle Humphreys, No16 Peter Henshaw
one hero Garry Green.
If not the round of the day, certainly the shot of the
day belonged to Co. Wicklow’s Garry Green who canned a dodo on the ninth
hole of this week’s configuration of Green Valley. This adds to Gary’s three
other aces he has accumulated in his short career.
The senior flight was ruled by the Irish. Now you could
not fault the card of the Co Offaly’s gang leader Kevin Mcentee, but it was
not as favorably distributed as that of Co. Wicklow’s young man - Liam
Guinness. So, even though Kevin negotiated the front nine one under par off
the stick, the count-back rules deemed him second best on the day.
It seems the Wicklow mob have ganged up on Kevin as
another Co. Wicklow man, Andy Byrne, took the bronze one shot adrift. I
think they call it a Wicklow sandwich.
Sunday’s winners Bill Peach and Liam McGuinness.
Seamus the captain, Ed Wyckoff, and the hole in one
expert from Co. Wicklow were all lurking a shot back.
There was plenty of action in the junior flight as well,
as Bill Peach ‘esquire’ put together a very creditable 40 points for the
day’s top card and man of the match honours. Don Lehmer and Peter ‘Don
Corleone’ Henshaw both came up three shots short of Bill, with Don securing
the count-back decision.
Please spare a thought for Geoff Doody who carded the
day’s only ‘2’ but did not win a bean as Garry’s hole in one cleaned up.
Back at the ranch it was party time as the Paddy’s
celebrated their good fortune with Bill Peach. Pity Bill did not hang around
a little longer as his name was pulled out of the barrel, and he would have
won the free draw of 7,300 baht. Don’t forget you have to be in the bar to
Monday, Nov. 1, Treasure
Hill - Stableford
1st Tore Eliassen (15) 39pts
2nd Kevin McNtee (7) 37pts
1st Gerry Hughes (21) 35pts
Nok Hester (21) 34pts
Tore Eliassen, was man-of-the-match in the senior flight
as he put in his best competitive effort in some time to destroy the field
with 39 points. I am not going to even mention who took the silver, and
there are no prizes for guessing. Suffice to say this was his third pay desk
visit in as many games.
Irishman Gerry Hughes made himself right at home by being
the best in the junior flight with an impressive one under par round. Nok,
the better looking half of the Hester household, came up a shot short for
Sunday’s hero, young Liam McGuiness, and Mike Holmes
split the ‘2’s pot.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, Bangpra
1st Yui Bietry (12) 41pts
2nd Terry Mangan (12) 36pts
3rd Jim Brackett (8) 36pts
1st Liam McGuinness (13) 38pts
2nd Pierre Bietry (16) 36pts
3rd Chop Daprakhon (14) 35pts
1st Bill Peach (22) 36pts
2nd Jean Claude Coulon (31) 36pts
Christy Knight (19) 36pts
A great turnout warranted nine podium places in three
divisions. There was no man of the match this day, but it was not due to the
lack of performance - it was because the best player was a lady! Yui Bietry.
Yui’s 41 points took the match and A Flight, whilst Ireland’s Terry Mangan
and Arizona’s Big Jim Brackett both posted even par rounds.
Sunday’s hero Liam McGuinness got back to winning ways in
B Flight with a solid 38 points. Pierre ‘The Magician’ of the Bietry
household was two shots adrift, with Chop Daprakhon a shot further back to
fill the flight.
C Flight saw a three-way count-back as Bill Peach made up
for his Sunday free draw disappointment with a win. Jean Claude Coulon took
second with Christy ‘Good’ Knight closing the flight.
Note: Lewinski’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.
All saints and no sinners
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
On “All Saints Day”, Monday, 1st November, the IPGC
Pattaya Golf Society began a new chapter in its fifteen year history by
moving to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for its competition golf and it
was fitting that the excellent course at Khao Kheow was chosen as the
historic venue. The C and A nines were well presented and the drying wind of
the recent few days had quickened the greens considerably and given more run
on the fairways.
The cool overcast conditions made life comfortable for
the golfers and a close competition was in prospect as the round began.
So it was with Masa Takano, “Banjo” Bannister and Jim
McNeil all sharing third place with 33 points. Greens running at ten are a
rarity and this helped to keep scores in check. In second place was a
delighted Len Jones with 34 points, always an achievement for a high
handicapper on this tough course, demanding both accuracy and control. The
winner was Wichai Tananusorn and his game was all about accuracy, nailing
fairway after fairway and managing the putts when they were required.
The only highlight of Pete Sumner’s sad round was his
birdie ‘2’ on A3 following an amazing four hole burst of negative scores and
the Booby Bevy went to a returning Roy Mann, as always, after having the
temerity to post a back nine score of seventeen points, thus breaking the
mould of his normal performance at the club.
The day had been a very enjoyable one and everyone at the
presentation heralded the move as a success.
No pennies for the guys
Following the IPGC Monthly Medal event at St Andrews, the
Pattaya Golf Society turned out a good field at Bangpra for stableford
competition on Friday 5th November. The course was well presented as usual
but the greens were out of character, being on the slower side and a little
inconsistent. This caught out many of the participants.
The day was being celebrated in UK as Guy Fawkes Day but
there were no fireworks on display at Bangpra as scores were restricted to a
few damp squibs with only a couple of crackers.
Sharing third place was a quartet of hopefuls on 34
points as Tim Lazecki joined Dave Wilkinson, Peter Ditz and Paul McNally in
the frame, Paul recording the day’s best gross of 79. In second place a
resurgent Masa Takano posted a sub-par 37 to bring a little respectability
to the proceedings whilst the sole lady, Margaret Wilkinson had her best
round for many a day recording 39 points for a fine win. It included the
day’s only birdie ‘2’, an excellent effort on the seventeenth.
Margaret’s high handicap game was all about simplicity -
hit the fairway, put the next in position to reach the green and don’t waste
the putt. Simple but very effective and there’s a lesson there for all of
At the presentation later in Soi Buakhao Tony Thorne was
awarded the October “Player of the Month” award and also received the Booby
Bevy for his “hero to zero” performance on a day when he posted his poorest
score of the year, his putting touch deserting him completely.
At Bangpra the lady had the final word at last.
More venues means more choice
IPGC golf update
As it reaches its tenth “birthday”, the International
Pattaya Golf Club (IPGC) continues to expand with the recent inclusion of
two new venues, and another in the pipeline. The original venues at the
Haven and the Pattaya Golf Society were joined some years ago by the Jomtien
Golf Group, based in Soi 5 and the Donovan’s group based at Green Valley.
Now IPGC members have an increased choice with the
inclusion of The Links Bar, only a power fade north of the market in Soi
Buakhao. The organizer there is none other than Russell Exley who has made
an excellent fist of running the Haven golf group over the last year or so.
The Links Bar will be playing golf on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from
its spacious and comfortable facilities.
IPGC is also pleased to welcome its newest acquisition in
the form of The Sportsman’s Retreat. This bar is run by two English owners -
Paul and Dean. It is a pleasant bar playing golf in small groups at present.
They are situated at Soi Khaotalo about half a mile from the railway line on
the left heading inland and they will initially play IPGC golf on Wednesdays
Finally on the horizon is another Jomtien based golf
group which will be up and running soon and more details will be announced
when the launch is due.
In the current economic climate expanding the choice of
venues offering value-for-money golf days is an appropriate way of
responding to the wishes of its members and IPGC will continue to deliver
just that as it enters its second decade as a major golf provider in Pattaya
and the Eastern Seaboard. It offers competition golf seven days a week,
professionally organized and at rates which suit the pockets of all golfers,
residents and tourists alike.
Redding provides the fireworks at Eastern Star
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, Nov. 1, Mt. Shadow
Just another day in paradise, with the climatic
conditions at the moment, and a perfect day for a round of golf.
Redding and Les Smith topped Division 2 at Eastern Star on Friday.
The girls it seems are in hibernation for various
reasons, plus their partners as well, so there were only 19 players out
today in two divisions. The course was in good condition and the greens very
fast but some silly pin placements on a few of the holes meant many 3-putts
being returned, even by some of the low handicappers today.
Shooting a gross 79 off a five handicap was Kari
Kuparinen who won Division 1 with 35 points. Tom Herold, now playing off 14,
came in second just two points behind, and Billy Hewitt beat Mikael
Andersson on a 16/12 back nine count-back for third after they both finished
with 29 points.
Avis was smiling back at Siam Cats as Bryan Rought won
Division 2 with 34 points while the Welsh boy Mike Lewis beat Willy V.
Heetvelde on a 17/12 back-nine count-back for second after they both
finished with a paltry 27 points.
Les Smith birdied the 17th for the
only ‘2’ in the second division while Tom Herold and Raivo Velsberg shared
the pot in Division 1.
Friday, Nov. 5, Eastern
Star - Stableford
Three late cancellations left us with 6 four-balls for
our pleasant outing to Eastern Star on Friday.
Being bonfire night in the UK, there were some fireworks
in Division 2 with Terry Redding scoring 22 points on the front nine and
winning with 40 points. Les Smith was second with 35 and Cully Monks took
third on 32.
Keeping it in the family was Harry Riley as he beat his
other half, Ya, on a 21/15 back-nine count-back for the top spot in Division
1 after they came in with 34 points each. Pete Sumner was third only one
point behind them.
Still no ‘2’s in Division 2 since mid August on Fridays
but Harry birdied the 17th for the only one in
Near pins went to Paul Butler, Tom Byrne, Frank McGowan,
Tom Sathrum, Cully Monks (2) and Terry Redding.
Mascari holds Mitchell at bay
IPGC Monthly Members’ Tournament
winners (Left-right): Steve Mascari (Div 1), Valentina Hiller (Ladies),
Frank Hughes (Div 2) and Don Everett (Div 3).
Wednesday, Nov. 3, St.
A large field of enthusiastic IPGC members gathered at St
Andrew’s for the November IPGC Members’ Tournament on Wednesday, 3rd
November. The testing course was well presented but the greens disappointed
because they still bore evidence of recent sanding and were needing a cut,
but the dry conditions gave much more run on the fairways. A fresh cooling
breeze gave the golfers a comfortable round after the humidity of late.
Each monthly members’ tournament provides three winners
in the gentlemen’s divisions and one from the ladies, who will go forward to
the finals to compete for the Gold and Silver Medals later in the season. In
addition the tournaments will also be used to determine the IPGC Gentleman
Player of the Year, with between 1 and 15 points to be won in each division
every month, dependant on final positions, which will then be aggregated for
the year to establish the overall winner. As usual the first division
contested a stroke play format whilst the second, third and Ladies’ division
In the first division the contest was inevitably a very
tight affair with Robert Lamond playing to form, recording net 72 for third
place. Ahead of him it took a count-back to decide the top two places as
Phil Mitchell’s net 71 matched the net score of perpetual favourite Steve
Mascari but he was relegated to runner-up as Steve’s splendid back nine of
only 34 shots stole the day.
The second division saw Charlie Shepherd’s 38 stableford
points finish third, just one behind Joe McArdle’s fine 39 points. The
flight winner was Frank Hughes and he took immense satisfaction in the
knowledge that 40 points on a course such as St Andrew’s was a remarkable
The third division was an even tighter affair with three
golfers tying on 37 points. Allen Dow’s stuttering finish relegated him to
third having been in pole position for much of his round and it took a
back-six calculation to place Rod Howett in third place with the better
finish coming from Don Everett and his back-six of thirteen points.
The Ladies’ winner was Valentina Hiller.
In the ‘2’s competitions there were wins for Rob Lamond,
Steve Mascari, Barry Wellings, Trevor Schirmer, Frank Hughes and Len Jones,
whilst the near-pin winners were Erik Donnestad, Klaus Schackt, Russell
Exley, Robert Hanson, John Berry, Barry Wellings, Georges Faber, Len Jones,
Steve Mascari, Trevor Schirmer and Ole Stamnes
After the tournament there was a welcome return to the
Haven after a break of a few months for the presentation buffet, generously
sponsored as always by the IPGC, and IPGC Chairman Chris Knapp warmly
thanked all those who had worked hard once again to ensure the success of
the competition, especially registrar Glyn Evans from Jomtien, Starter Chris
Knapp, results coordinator Stephen Beard and the event organiser Russell
Next month’s event will be certainly be eagerly
anticipated by the IPGC members after such a successful day at St Andrew’s.
Plantation - it’s golf, but not as we know it
PSC golf with The Outback Golf Bar
Plantation winners (from left): Andy, Jeff, Wayne, Tony, John & Bill.
Monday, Nov. 1, Burapha -
So what a difference a tee makes. The 30 Outbackers,
tired, worn out and dejected from the wet summer off the long blue tees,
were given a respite at last, as Capt’ Bob promised to ‘make their day’ by
putting them off the ‘whites’ for a change. Talk about making hay in the
sunshine, they veritably went on the rampage, with the lowest score in Div A
being 32 points.
So what was enough to win, 36 or 37 or even 38? – not
even in the frame. A whopping 43 points from Raji got the top spot from two
tied on 42, Bob Maloney and Sel Wegner, both of whom return to Aus this week
(that should give us local boys a bit of a chance).
Talking of local boys, Bruce Milner grabbed the fourth
spot with a meagre 39 points, you’ve got to be good to win at this school!
Div B weren’t quite so impressive overall, nevertheless
they were pretty good, as John Cogan, who on Sunday night didn’t want to
play this course but had his arm twisted by his good friend Neil Lavery,
came out and did the biz with a great 40 points ahead of Pete Stonebridge
(37pts) and Don Everett (36pts), who we also say goodbye to. Back in fourth
was Dave Boran on 35, heading a three-way count-back.
About 18 of the 30 who played today went back to the
restaurant to take advantage of the latest tempter to encourage the
Outbackers to eat and drink there, so long deterred by their price hikes
last year. On offer were four free green fees in a lucky draw, and this
looks set to continue every Monday for the foreseeable future during the
There were six ‘2’s from Ivan Plunkett, Sel Wegner, Neil
Lavery, Raji, Tony Garnett & John O’Keefe.
Div A (0-13)
1st Amarjit Banwaitt (9) 43pts
2nd Bob Maloney (13) 42pts
3rd Sel Wegner (13) 42pts
4th Bruce Milner (12) 39pts
Div B (14+)
1st John Cogan (17) 40pts
2nd Peter Stonebridge (16) 37pts
3rd Don Everett (24) 36pts
4th Dave Boran (15) 35pts
Tuesday, Nov. 2, Pattaya
C.C. - Stableford
Another windy but dry day kept the scoring honest as
Barry Chadbourn relished the conditions. Of the 13 Outbackers, Chad was the
only player to better his handicap returning him to the No 1 spot here at
Pattaya Country Club for the first time since June this year and oddly
enough there were 13 players that day as well, must be his lucky number.
Arthur Bailey, preferring to cap his handicap at 26,
filled second place with a fine 36 to follow up his win from last week and
Raji got the nod over Geoff Moodie both with 35.
Finally, welcome to Dave Earthrowl, very good friend of
the Outback, playing with us here at Pattaya C.C. for the first time and
rumour has it that the resident Outback ‘Turnip’ has also returned to
playing the real game of golf but he can’t shoot 12 under, as he regularly
does on the bar’s golf game.
Alan Pearce bagged the ‘jackpot 2’.
1st Barry Chadbourn (19) 37pts
2nd Arthur Bailey (26) 36pts
3rd Amarjit Banwaitt (8) 35pts
4th Geoff Moodie (26) 35pts
Wednesday, Nov. 3, The Emerald - Stableford
Emerald today and what a pleasure it was to play it, the
course was in great condition and although the greens had been sanded about
2 weeks ago there no wet spots at all.
Just a small group of 10 Outbackers played off the white
tees: Capt’ Bob was being generous as they were well forward on most tee
blocks. One that comes to mind was the tenth, infinitely drivable for the
big hitters and most par 5’s were reachable in two, so a good day out for
There were a couple of good scores in amongst the
ordinary ones but they were few and far between, but the surprise winner
today on his first foray back for two weeks (off with a knee injury) was the
Capt’ himself with 40 points playing off his 9 H/cap. Second was Ed Delaney
(27) with 39 points and third was his good mate, Lawrie McBride (14) with
Welcome back Sean Johnstone and goodbye to Tony Briggs,
for tomorrow he is off back to West Aussie to work again and he hopes to be
back very soon.
There were three ‘2’s coming from Ed Delaney, Lloyd
Shuttleworth & Lawrie McBride.
1st Bob Philp (9) 40pts
2nd Eddie Delaney (27) 39pts
3rd Lawrie McBride (14) 36pts
Friday, Nov. 5, Siam Plantation - Stableford
This is a great course, it has to be up there amongst the
best, but it’s a golf course not a picture postcard, why isn’t it used the
way it was designed, with carts on the course. Walking between cart and
ball, shouting across to the caddie to bring a club, who scurries across to
the best of her ability with an armful of clubs because she’s not quite sure
what you asked for, is not the game of golf.
Sometimes you don’t play the shot you want so back she
goes to get another club or you try to make do with the club you’ve got,
resulting in a bad shot. Or you go in a bunker and she half rakes the bunker
with one hand leaving it poorly raked for the following players (if indeed
she’s got the rake with her) and she couldn’t possibly rake somebody else’s
footprints, before rushing back to the cart.
Carts on the course would speed up play (= more players
on the course) and make the game more pleasurable for many, this maybe golf
but not as we know it. What a great shame.
Nevertheless it was in great nick and it was nice to be
back here after a long absence; but with a good stiff wind blowing across
the hillside and hard and fast greens, even with an assortment of mostly
forward tees, the scoring was not expected to be brilliant.
Steve Mann looked as though he was going to take the
course apart with 21 points on the front before a succession of bunkers got
inside his head and off came his wheels. He ended up in a three-way tie on
31 points in Div A before losing out on count-back to Tony Garnett and Jeff
Bunn, leaving Andy Butterworth to take the top spot easily with 35.
Div B went to Bill Peach with 33 points and John O’Keefe
took second on the same score, with Wayne Challis back in third with 30.
There was another ‘jackpot 2’, this time from Jeff Bunn.
Div A (0-13)
1st Andy Butterworth (12) 35pts
2nd Tony Garnett (11) 31pts
3rd Jeff Bunn (8) 31pts
Div B (14+)
1st William Peach (22) 33pts
2nd John O’Keefe (17) 33pts
Wayne Challis (14) 30pts
Note: The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km
from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country. All are welcome to come and join
us for a beer and a hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or
give Bob a call on 087 941 2474.
Edgar & Macey tear it up at Green Valley
PSC golf from The Bunker
Monday, Nov. 1, Bangpra -
Overcast weather conditions had some of the long term
residents commenting that it was a bit too chilly for golf, but most others
found the temperature ideal. The course was surprisingly quiet and in good
condition, so everything was set for a great day’s golf.
It was something of a surprise at the end of the day, to
find that only Dave Ashman and Peter Habgood had taken advantage of the
conditions to better their handicap and take first place in the A and B
Back at the Bunker Bar, Geoff Cox was announced as the
Golfer of the Month for October, and copious amounts of the amber nectar
were consumed as the events of the day were digested.
1st Dave Ashman (14) 38pts
2nd Geoff Parker (15) 35pts
3rd Tony Scambler (10) 34pts
1st Peter Habgood (17) 37pts
2nd Paul Edgar (16) 34pts
3rd PJ Redmond (20) 31pts
Near Pins: Roger Privett, William Macey, PJ
Redmond and Tony Scambler.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, Green
Valley - Stableford
Playing Green Valley for the second time in a week turned
out to be a disappointment since the greens had been sanded over the
intervening weekend. Putting was a lottery but as always some were able to
cope better than others. Best of all on the day was Paul Edgar who carded an
impressive 43 points, closely followed by William Macey, and Tony Robbins
who both also produced handicap cutting rounds.
It’s worth mentioning that for the first time ever, the
reception requested a copy of the start sheet to prove that we had more than
the required 20 players to qualify for the high season discount.
1st Paul Edgar (16) 43pts
2nd Tony Robbins (14) 40pts
3rd Phil M (13) 34pts
1st William Macey (16) 41pts
2nd Peter Habgood (17) 38pts
3rd PJ Redmond (20) 35pts
Near Pins: Joe Vanderwegen, Peter Habgood and Mashi Kaneta.
Friday, Nov. 5, Treasure
Hill - Stableford
We had taken a 2 month break from playing Treasure Hill
because there was so much work being done on the course, and we returned
today to find that the work is still very much in progress. Surely the
course will be superb when the work is eventually completed, but there seems
little prospect of that happening before the New Year.
With several temporary tees and one temporary green the
course presented an even tougher test than usual, and only Gerry Cooney was
able to rise to the challenge and score better than his handicap.
1st Gerry Cooney (12) 37pts
2nd Neil Jones (10) 35pts
3rd Roger Tuohy (8) 34pts
1st Nile Sheehan (25) 33pts
2nd Peter Habgood (17) 31pts
3rd Geoff Hart (19) 30pts
Near Pins: PJ Redmond, Geoff Parker, Roger Tuohy
and Chris Cox.
Lhoste spanks the field
PSC golf from The Cafe Kronborg
winning 4-man scramble team receive their awards from birthday boy Bjarne,
third left, and the Admiral, far right.
Monday, Nov. 1, Emerald –Stableford
Twenty-seven golfers departed the Cafe Kronborg for the
fifty minute journey to Emerald. Prior to the 8 a.m. departure one gent
wandered into the Cafe Kronborg and said, “I put my name down for the game
at Emerald today.” We couldn’t see his name on the starting sheet and it
turned out he was with another outfit. Wine women and song in Pattaya affect
people in strange ways!
The course was in good shape and mild windy overcast
weather conditions prevailed. The greens, which had been cored and sanded,
were as lumpy as a pensioner’s gravy but this didn’t worry the golfers as
some excellent scoring ensued.
Recalling last week’s effort where a chip shot with a
practice ball struck another person near the first tee a question was
raised. “What is the difference between stupidity and genius?” Answer:
“Genius has its limits.”
In the first group Dave Richardson drove over a moving
stick on the motorway on the 14th, Ken Berneck didn’t
hit a dog with a shot for the first time in a few outings, whilst Peter
Blackburn hit form and Mike Gosden hit the wall at the 10th.
Prior to tee off Bill Plath, when asked how his game was,
explained that it had been on and off more times than the light in the
pethadene fridge at the Betty Ford clinic. Time would tell if Bill could
play some consistent golf.
In the A flight Tom Thompson, who is that confident he
could sell nail polish to Venus De Milo, scored forty points to win ahead of
Brian Gabe on thirty eight, with Owen Walkley (Mr Beau Brummell) handing in
thirty seven points for third place and Niels Hansen posting thirty five for
In the B flight Jean Claude Lhoste scored a magnificent
forty three points to take top spot. In second place was Elias Magnusson
with thirty five points to relegate Andy Makara on the same score to third
position and Jan Lovgreen posted thirty four to take fourth place.
Alas Bill Plath was unable to find the winner’s podium.
Graham Buckingham, who struggled to come to grips with
the course, explained he had returned the rented toupe which had hindered
his putting in recent weeks, however to no avail.
We welcomed Jeff Warner from Florida, Jean Claude Lhoste
from France, Joe Vanderwegan from Belgium and Brian Gabe from everywhere.
A Flight (0-17)
1st Tom Thompson (14) 40pts
2nd Brian Gabe (17) 38pts
3rd Owen Walkley (13) 37pts
4th Niels Hansen (14) 35pts
B Flight (18+)
1st Jean Claude Lhoste (24) 43pts
2nd Elias Magnusson (18) 35pts
3rd Andy Makara (33) 35pts
Jan Lovgeen (22) 34pts
Long putts were won on the 9th by Rita Zoebeli and on 18
by Niels Hansen.
Nearest the pins went to Walter Baechli on the 5th,
Per- Olav Baarli on the 7th and 9th and Bill Plath on
The Coveted Compass Cap was won by Paul Avery who got
away to a slow start, faded and then finished with more zeros on his card
than ended up in the Darwin harbour in 1942.
Deefa has been quarantined as per the vet’s instructions
for a week or so.
Thursday, Nov. 4,
Plutaluang –Bjarne’s Birthday Scramble
Thirty-seven golfers assembled at The Cafe Kronborg
wondering if the Navy course was going to be a swim through as per the
previous outing. Playing the East and South nines the starter sent us on our
way at 10 a.m. and the lead group finished in four and a half hours, which
was a fair effort, considering their first drives looked like they had been
fired out of shotgun using a scatter cartridge.
The course was in good condition which amazed the pundits
and was given a rating of fifty kazoos compared to last week, where one
person stated that trying to play well left him more confused than a
Labrador in the missionary position. The greens were easy paced and the
weather mild with a light breeze.
Research has revealed that origin of the terminology
Plutaluang is from a rarely used Thai dialect and means “trees in the middle
of the fairway.” One coarse Neanderthal and ruffian said that the best thing
to come out of Plutaluang golf course was the road that leads to Pattaya. He
was quickly reminded that it is a road with potholes.
The winners on the day were Ken Berneck, Paul Avery, Stu
Rifkin and Mike Gosden who returned a gross 65 seven under par for a net 60
despite all having whippy shafts.
The stipendiary stewards of the day discovered that the
winning team’s captain, who is of the opinion there is no saturation point
in education, had signed up for a wine tasting course commencing the
previous evening. A protest was submitted by the runners up under the
substance abuse clause however in true racing parlance it was dismissed.
In second spot and further behind than a python’s nether
region were the birthday boy’s team of Bjarne, Andreas, Graham and Egon with
a gross 69 for a net 60.6.
Third spot went to Owen Walkley, Andy Makara, Jeff Warner
and Warren Holland with a gross 68 and net 60.8, who accepted their prize
money with as much fervour as a horsefly taking to camel dung.
Joe Vanderwegon, whose team mates didn’t front, won the
single person prize. Well done Joe!
Near pins were won by Mike Gosden on East 2, Jeff Warner
on East 5, Jerry Quinn on South 4 and Bill Marsden on South 7.
Mention must be made of one player who shall remain
unnamed who just made it to the course in time to join his group as he had
been on a pleasure trip. Apparently he dropped his mother in law off at
Suvarnabhumi airport that very morning.
We repaired to The Cafe Kronborg where we wished Bjarne a
happy birthday. He responded generously by providing a sumptuous spread that
would have had a team of sumo wrestlers returning for multiple helpings. Our
thanks goes out to Bjarne and his team for their valued support.
Phillips grabs back to back wins
PSC golf from the Caddy Shack
Wednesday, Nov. 3, Mt.
Shadow – Stableford
1st Mike Philips (11) 34pts
2nd Ted Gardner (8) 33pts
1st Brian Orr (13) 35pts
Les Hall (17) 29pts
After the excitement of the Ryder Cup, we were back to
the weekly slog and it must be over a week since our last rain as the shoes
are drying out
Wednesday saw 16 players take on Mountain Shadow’s A/B
layout off the white tees. The course was in good shape and enjoying the
conditions was Mike Philips who took the A Flight with 34 points ahead of
Ted Gardner who finished just the one back in second.
Brian Hall was the top scorer of the day with 35 points
to wrap up the B Flight, a full six up on second placed Les Hall who edged
Bernard Channing on count-back
Brian Orr and Kevin Gee recorded the day’s only ‘2’s.
Friday, Nov. 5, Green
Valley - Stableford
1st Mike Phillips (11) 40pts
2nd Damien Trant (9) 38pts
3rd Barry Russel (6) 36pts
4th George Faber (12) 32pts
1st Bernard Channing (23) 36pts
2nd Keith Johnson (23) 34pts
3rd Allain Bellec (17) 34pts
James Savage (20) 33pts
Twenty three players visited Green Valley on Friday where
they found the course to still be in the stages of drying out following all
the recent rain.
Mike Phillips made it a double win for him in the A
Flight, topping the podium with 40 points. Damien Trant took second just two
back while Barry Russel and George Faber took third and fourth respectively.
In the B Flight Bernard Channing made up for his
disappointment of missing out on Wednesday with a flight winning 36 points.
He was followed in by Keith Johnson and Allain Bellec, both on 34 points,
with Keith edging the count-back for second. James Savage took fourth one
point back on 33.
Damein Trant and Robin Lennon recorded the day’s only
‘2’s and the same two players also grabbed a near pin each, as did Keith
Johnston and Vincent Symth.
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.
Shenanigans Jomtien Quiz League
Results from Nov. 2
Aquaholics celebrate their win.
Team Geog, Sport Music Movies Gen. Know.
Anagrams Photo Total
Aquaholics 4 5 7
7 9 14 18 64
7 Chinese Brothers 5 4 6
5 9 10 20 59
Chamberlain Lovers 1 5 5
7 6 12 18 54
The Tinkers 7 5 2
7 6 12 14 53
Night Wishes 3 4 4
7 7 10 10 45
Jack & Aron
2 1 2 3 8
0 10 26
Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
Bowlers line up, Friday Nov. 5.
Noodle Russell bowled a 520 series and Tue Pettae had a
516 to lead Green Tree to a four point win over second place Caf้ Kronborg
and they moved ahead of Brother D into third place. Sue Murphy bowled a 531
series for Kronborg.
First place VFW Post 9876 continued their winning ways
with a three and one half point win over Canada. Somrak led VFW with a 515
series on the always difficult lanes five and six.
Brother D dropped from third to fourth place after losing
all four points to Bavaria. Antero Ronkainen bowled a 513 series for Brother
Mio Aamlid bowled a 526 series to lead House of the
Golden Coin to a three point win over Sabai Friday.
Ooy Pluemkamon bowled a 552 series to lead her Jack Tar team to a four
point win over the U.S. Marine Core team. Mai Munsitha rolled a 534 series
Results & Standings Nov. 5 (week 21)
Pos. Team Score
1 VFW Post 9876 3.5 – 0.5 61 - 23
2 Café Kronborg 0 - 4 48 -
3 Green Tree 4 - 0 47.5
4 Brother D 0 - 4 44.5
5 Canada 0.5 –
3.5 43 - 41
6 House of the Golden Coin 3 - 1 39 - 45
7 Sabai Friday 1 - 3
39 - 45
8 USMC 0 -
4 36 - 48
9 Bavaria 4 -
0 35 - 49
10 Jack Tar
4 - 0 27 – 57