Philbrook ton in vain
as PCC lose out in thriller
Pattaya Cricket Club team line up before the start of their match against
Asian Stars Cricket Club at Horseshoe Point last weekend.
Pattaya Cricket Club (PCC) played their opening Bangkok
Premier League fixture at Horseshoe Point against local rivals Asian Stars
CC last Saturday, December 4.
In front of a boisterous crowd PCC won the toss and
elected to bowl first in cool but blustery conditions and the decision
looked to have paid off as Lindon removed the first three ASCC batsmen with
only 40 runs on the board.
A strong middle order fight back, led by Ajay and Raja
saw ASCC recover to 175 before Salman had Raja caught behind for a fluent
60. Imran continued the momentum and hit a powerful 52 as the PCC bowlers
tired in the early afternoon heat. Ajay finally departed for a well crafted
79 and ASCC finished with a daunting 271 for 7 from their 40 overs.
The PCC openers failed again at the top of the order and
it was left to Giles and the captain Simon Philbrook to repair the damage.
Giles was in particularly belligerent mood as he raced to 44 before Raja
nipped one back to remove his off stump. Dave Booton’s reassuring presence
maintained the chase and after some smooth cover drives he mistimed one to
be caught at mid-on for 28.
At the other end Simon Philbrook was calmly accumulating
runs with some well placed cuts and pulls. Ajay and Raja bowled an
immaculate line and length in the middle of the innings to strangle the run
chase and it seemed they had done enough with 10 overs remaining and 106
runs still needed. However, Simon controlled the scoring and well supported
by Hansie the scoring rate increased. Simon reached his hundred off 106
With 22 runs needed for victory from the last over again
it seemed ASCC were in control of the result. But Simon hit a six and a four
from the first two deliveries from Manoj and the crowd and trumpet player
raised the volume even more. Chaos ensued as scores and umpires decisions
were checked and double checked. A six was needed from the final ball and
even though Simon hit it well it only went for a single as he ended up 133
not out and the team an agonizing 4 runs short of the target.
It was a fantastic finish to what was a memorable debut
fixture in Thailand’s premier cricket league. The PCC captain was voted man
of the match, but the game of cricket was the real winner.
PCC’s next league fixture is Sunday 12th
December at Horseshoe Point starting at 10 a.m.
FC Nova continue goal spree against Sportsman
MBMG International League Division 2
Last Saturday, Dec. 4, FC Nova produced a scintillating
display of football when they fired seven goals past a Sportsman side, that
before this game sat in second place in the table, five points adrift of
So for this crucial match coach Stuart Levy was glad to
have midfield lynchpin Roger Cox back in the side after missing the previous
game and the team looked a lot more balanced with captain Lee Homer back to
his usual dominant self at his favoured centre half position.
Striker Bjorn Ellingsen also got back to goal scoring
ways with a four goal salvo, which will have Levy confident his side can
carry this form into this coming week’s local derby against Pattaya City
Last weekend’s game saw Nova come flying out of the
blocks from the outset. Soon their players were winning their individual
battles especially in the heart of midfield, with Mark Mckeowen and Cox
particularly dominant. When Nova did have the ball their passing was crisp
and decisive but they also kept their football simple, with quick one touch
passes resisting the opportunity to play the over elaborate long ball.
It was impressive stuff and it came as no surprise when
they took the lead on 15 minutes; Striker Ellingsen robbing the ball off the
Sportsman full back before outpacing a flat footed defence and confidently
side footing it past the on rushing keeper.
The rest of the half continued to see the home side well
on top, very few, if any opportunities came Sportsman’s way and if they did
they were soon swept up by Homer and his well organised defence. With 10
minutes remaining Mckeowen, having already struck an upright moments
earlier, extended Nova’s lead when he finished off a great move by firing
home from the edge of the area.
Sportsman looked relieved to hear the half time whistle
but there was to be no respite for them come the second half. Coach Levy
demanded more of the same stuff from his troops and made one change for the
second half, bringing on regular full back David Booton who had missed the
start of the game through his cricketing commitments!
Goals were not long coming as the Nova side started the
half in confident fashion. Ellingsen added his second after great work by
his tireless strike partner Paul Derbyshire and soon after completed his
hat-trick when the highly impressive Ben Wilkinson on debut was brought down
inside the box and Ellingsen coolly slotted home the penalty.
If the visitors did not already have enough problems to
contend with coach Levy soon introduced Nicholas Creasey to add to their
woes. The veteran striker plays very much in the “Teddy Sheringham” role,
cleverly finding space between the defence and midfield and he played a hand
in Nova’s fifth goal, unselfishly squaring the ball to Derbyshire to tap
Creasey again had a hand in the next goal, drawing two
defenders allowing Wilkinson time and space on the edge of the area to rifle
home. There was still time in the game for Mckeowen who had tormented the
visitors all game with his boundless drive and energy, to set up Ellingsen
for his fourth and Nova’s seventh and at the final whistle a deflated
looking Sportsman knew they had been well and truly thumped.
Also much to delight of coach Levy the Nova side
continued their excellent disciplinary record this season with no player
picking up a booking - a stark improvement on last season where they were
continually hampered through sending off’s and suspensions!
The win sets up a tasty looking derby this Saturday when
Nova are at home to Pattaya City Reserves. Levy will certainly not be taking
them lightly and will know City Chairman Rick Bryant will pull out all the
stops to field a strong side. If the game earlier on in the season is
anything to go by, where the two sides played out a thrilling 3 all draw, it
should be a real cracker.
Levy will hopefully have a full squad available to choose
from and will be boosted by the availability of Carlos Old from Wearside.
The ex City front man has been signed on a six week loan period and will
give Nova further attacking options, as if they did not need anymore, having
already fired in some 45 goals in 7 games.
The game will be played at Nova’s home pitch opposite the
entrance to the Siam Plantation Golf Course. Kick-off 4 p.m. A large crowd
is expected so it is advised that all supporters arrive early. There is
ample parking and refreshments will be available throughout the match.
Lackluster City struggle against bottom club Siam Celtic
MBMG International League Divisions 1 & 2
After defeat in their previous match Pattaya City needed
to get back to winning ways as they made the trip last weekend to play Siam
Celtic, who are bottom of the league. City are currently lying in second
place, one of four clubs on the same number of points, with the same number
of games played.
Pattaya City took the game to their opponents straight
from the kick-off but the Celtic defense stood firm during the opening
exchanges. Eventually City’s pressure paid off and they took the lead
through a bizarre goal. The Celtic keeper collected the ball then kicked it
against City’s Denis Matveev who pounced on the rebound and shot into an
empty net to make it 1-0.
City continued with their attacking intent but chances
were rare, and when there was a shot it invariably flew high and wide. The
Pattaya team just could not get going; playing pretty football at the back
but creating very little up front. A bullet header by City’s Gabriel Nyepang
brought a first class save from the Celtic’s keeper but apart from the goal
it was probably the only other clear chance City created in the first half.
After the half-time interval Celtic came more into the
game and went close with a shot into the side netting of the Pattaya goal
and later when the City keeper was called in to make a smart save to keep
his team in front.
At the other end of the field City’s top scorer Ndjanna
missed a great chance but his header went over the bar and then Nyepang’s
header just scraped the bar. The match finished 1-0 to City who were well
below par but did enough to take over the number one spot in the league.
City now have no further games until the new year.
Easy win for City Reserves
Pattaya City Reserves were also on the travels last
weekend, playing the Pickled Liver in Bangkok. City were still smarting from
the previous week when they missed numerous that cost them two points, and
they were determined to put the record straight as they started like an
express train with shots peppering the Liver goal.
A superb shot by Denis Sevcivc brought a brilliant save
by the Liver goal keeper but City went ahead when a great run by Narain saw
him find Sutthiohong who made no mistake to make it 1-0. City then gained a
free kick just outside the area and a Nakornmuang shot was too hot to hold
and Narain following up found the net to make it 2-0.
City kept up the pressure on the Liver goal but their
keeper was on top form. At half time the score was Pattaya City 2-0 Pickeled
It wasn’t long before City went further ahead once the
second half got underway when forward Yannis Mantas picked up a loose ball
and from 35 yards out sent a sizzling shot past the Liver keeper to make it
3-0. City were buzzing all over the field and again it was the keeper who
kept the Liver in the game with save after save. An exchange of passes
between Kunchuen and centre half Phunok ended with the latter scoring his
first goal for City.
It was Pickeled Liver’s keeper against City’s forwards
that kept the score down but at the end City still won by 4-0. Pattaya City
Reserves are away to FC Nova this coming weekend.
Pattaya welcomes windsurf
team from Asian Games
Members of the Thai windsurfing team pose for a photo with Pattaya Mayor
Itthipol Khunplome, 4th
left, at a welcoming home party held at Krao Surf at Jomtien Beach on
Pattaya Mayor Itthipol Khunplome along with members of
the Windsurfing Association of Thailand gave a rousing reception to the
returning windsurfer team that representated Thailand at the 16th
Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
At Krao Surf at Jomtien Beach on November 30, Mayor
Itthipol and Pattana Bunsawat (Advisor for the Windsurfing Association of
Thailand) led the association members and Pattaya councilors in welcoming
and congratulating the Thai national windsurfing sailors.
The Mayor said that the Windsurfing Association had
started off with hopes of obtaining at least one medal from the games, so to
return home with a sliver and two bronze medals was a great achievement for
the team. The experienced Ed Boonsawad was able to garner a silver medal in
the Men’s RSX division while 16 year old Sarocha Prumprai and Napalai Tansai
took bronzes in the Women’s RSX and Mistral classes respectively.
Following their success in China, the Thai windsurfing
team will be sending a strong line-up of eight sailors to the Asian Beach
Games in Oman which are taking place from December 5–16. Those taking part
will be Ek Bunsawat and Natthapong Phonoparat in the Male-RSX category,
Napalai Tansai and Sarocha Prumprai in the Female-RSX, Nawin Singsat and
Nakaret Wantana for the Male-Bic Techno 293, and Siriporn Kaewduang-ngam and
Pannipa Mangmeepol for Female Bic Techno 293. It is believed that Thailand
has chances of at least 5 medals at the games.
Thai Protégé tastes victory in Phuket Dinghy Series
Ngarmdee leads from the front in the Optimist Class Phuket Dinghy Series at
the 2010 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. (Photo/Duncan Worthington)
The inaugural Phuket King’s Cup Dinghy Series reached its
conclusion last Sunday, Dec. 5. The event took place over the course of four
weekends and has featured a total of 20 races.
Children from all over the region have been traveling to
Phuket to compete in the series which has featured a fleet of 19 Optimists
and seven lasers. The first three events were held at the Sailing Club of
Phuket with the fourth installment of the series taking place on the waters
off Kata Beach.
The organizers saw a steady improvement in the quality of
sailing throughout the series and feel that the experience will be hugely
beneficial for the aspiring young sailors. At the end of the series the
overall winners were Anapat Ngarmdee in the Optimist Class and Chat Dawruang,
in the Laser Class.
Ngarmdee in particular caught the eye winning virtually
every race. The ten year old is tipped to join the national team next year
and clearly has a bright future in the sport. He is hoping to forge a career
as a professional sailor,
“I am very happy to have won and it is very special for
me because today is the birthday of The King and I would like to dedicate my
victory to him. My dream is to represent Thailand and one day I would like
to sail in the King’s Cup itself,” he said.
When the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta was founded 24 years
ago the fleet had a strong dinghy line up and the regatta is returning to
its roots by bringing back dinghy sailing. The King’s Cup committee has been
looking to introduce a new generation to the sport of sailing with a view to
eventually increasing the contingent of Thai sailors at the King’s Cup.
CDR Pornprom Sakultem, the race manager of the Phuket
King’s Cup Dinghy Series, is pleased to see more young children getting a
taste of competitive sailing,
“We would like to see more Thai people sailing in the
future and we hope that some of these children one day go on to sail in the
King’s Cup. The intention of the committee is to use the series to develop
the sport of sailing in Thailand. The King’s Cup attracts sailors from all
over the world but only a few from Thailand and we need more sailors from
Thailand to compete in future,” he said.
The PKCR Dinghy Race, which gave Optimist sailors who had
not participated in the Phuket King’s Cup Dinghy Series a chance to compete,
was won by Piriyaporn Kangla.
Thai rowers rule at 10th Pattaya Longboat Races
International long boat racing on Lake Mabprachan, Sunday, Nov. 21
Thai rowers beat out Vietnam and Laos to win the 10th
Pattaya International Longboat competition at Mabprachan Reservoir last
Teams from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Macao, Myanmar,
Taiwan and Vietnam took part in the Nov. 20-21 festival, which saw large
crowds of locals and tourists cheer for boats carrying as many as 55
In the feature international race, the Thai crew took
home a cash prize of 50,000 baht with second place Vietnam winning 30,000
baht and the third place Laotians taking home 20,000 baht.
In other categories, the Akaranava, manned by a team from
Samut Sakhon won the large boat (55 paddlers) race. Along with the HRH
Princess Sirindhorn trophy, the team won 100,000 baht. The Thep Norasing 88
from Saraburi placed second, winning 50,000 baht, and the Chao Mae Pradoo
Thong from Angthong won the 30,000 baht third place trophy.
In the race among smaller boats with up to 30 rowers,
Petchaburi’s Sao Muang Pet won the HRH Princess Soamsawalee trophy and
50,000 baht. Second place went to the Theprathanporn from Nakhon Pathom and
third to the Khon Suoy Muang Pet from Petchaburi.
In addition to boat races, crowds enjoyed a drum
competition and Takraw Lot Huang exhibition.
crowd gathered on the banks of the lake to watch the action
Pattaya United U19’s score morale boosting warm-up win
United U-19’s (red shirts) take on Thai Port Authority U-19’s at the Pat
Stadium in Bangkok on Thursday, Dec. 2.
Pattaya United’s ‘Junior Dolphins’ U 19 team took on
young ‘Lions’ of Thai Port Authority at the Pat Stadium on December 2 in a
warm-up game ahead of the upcoming FA Youth Cup 2010–2011 which kicks off in
mid-December. As the match was a friendly at junior level it was divided
into three periods of 30 minutes each.
During the first period the game was controlled by Thai
Port Authority who created the majority of the chances while United were
left to try and hit their opponents on the counter attack. The pressure by
the home team eventually told as they took the lead in the 7th
minute, capitalizing on a mix up in the Pattaya defence.
United made some changes for the second period, bringing
on most of their first choice U-19 line up and the substitutions seemed to
do the trick as they equalized in the 42nd minute when
Siriwat Luenklang latched onto a cross from Tassanapong Muadarat to head the
ball past the Thai Port keeper and level the scores up at 1-1.
Just 3 minutes later United almost took the lead for the
first time in the match but Muadarat’s free kick flew just the wrong side of
the woodwork with the keeper well beaten.
In the final period of play United sent in Panya
Aranphuwanart to partner Muadarat in midfield and the Dolphins began to take
control of the match. It came as no surprise when they scored a winning goal
as Nopparat U-raikae ran onto Muadarat precision through ball to fire a
fierce right foot shot into the Thai Port goal. The final whistle sounded
soon after to signal a morale boosting come from behind 2-1 victory for the
Local teachers take up gruelling fundraising challenge
Regents Runners team take time out
from training to pose for a group photo.
A group of teachers from The Regent’s School, Pattaya are
running from the Pacific Ocean to Indian Ocean to raise money for the Baan
Leam Tong School being rebuilt on Koh Phi Phi after the Tsunami of 2004. The
Regent’s School has been heavily involved with this project and hopes that
the money raised will help it in its final stages.
Eight energetic teachers will travel to Hat Yai this
weekend to compete in this year’s Ocean to Ocean Relay Race on 11th
December. The gruelling relay race starts at sunrise on the Pacific Ocean
coast and finishes on the Indian Ocean coast 140 km later.
The team are hoping to raise funds by holding a
competition to guess their finishing time. Guesses cost just B100 each and
the closest guess will win a brand new silver 8GB iPod Nano. Guesses can be
bought at the Regent’s School’s Christmas Bazaar on the evenings of 7th to
10th December. Donations would also be gratefully received by the
enthusiastic team. All the funds raised will support the school rebuilding
work on Koh Phi Phi.
The team called Regents Runners is currently training
hard for the event and looking forward to the marathon relay. Nathaniel
Mulford, the team leader, said of the challenge: “I have chosen to support
the Baan Leam Tong School by running in the 6th Ocean to Ocean Relay Run on
the 11th December because as a teacher I wanted to raise funds for
educational causes in Thailand. I’m hoping that we can raise funds to
provide materials and other essential supplies that will help finish the
project and provide this essential educational facility on Phi Phi.”
To make a donation to the Regent’s Runners fundraising
venture and find out more information, please visit:
http://www.capital2capitalrunners.co.uk/. For further information on this
event please visit http://www.runningthailand.net
Roar Berger the king
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, Nov. 29, Crystal
Bay B & C - Stableford
1st Rodney Nabbe (12) 39pts
2nd Peter Skinner (11) 37pts
3rd Barry Wellings (5) 36pts
4th Russell Exley (6) 35pts
5th Shuichi Kodaka (18) 34pts
Kaneo Watanabe (18) 34pts
Since last playing the course there have been some basic
improvements to the conditions with the fairways having been cut and the
surrounds of the greens tidied up, making it an altogether much better
experience than the last time out.
The scoring on the day confirmed the course was a lot
more playable although the CSS remained at 72 with around a third of the
field making the standard of within two of their handicap or better.
Rodney Nabbe carried on from the previous outing, when he
was part of the successful scramble winning team, with a three under
handicap round to deny Peter Skinner a much desired win by two clear shots
as he finished well with four pars and a birdie.
Barry Wellings at last got into the top three with a
level par round that was just enough to take the bragging rights off of his
playing partner Russell Exley in fourth.
Shuichi Kodaka won a count-back over Kaneo Watanabe with
a better 19 to 18 over the inward half to get the first honourable mention.
There were no 2’s in the second division but Jens
Gunnarsson and Barry Wellings shared the first division pot, including the
Before presenting the Prizes The Doc welcomed back Sam
McLellan and Stave Bickle.
Friday, Dec. 3, The
Emerald - Stableford
1st Roar Berger (28) 43pts
2nd Peter Skinner (11) 39pts
3rd Rodney Nabbe (12) 38pts
4th Yasuo Suzuki (10) 38pts
5th Kevin Townsend (11) 37pts
Roy Thornton (13) 36pts
No matter what the season, the Emerald always seems to be
in pretty good condition except in really heavy rain, which fortunately now
seems far behind us.
Roar Berger put together a very special round, in fact
his best round ever, as he went round in 93 gross to record only his second
under a hundred round in over three months and 40 rounds, and there rightly
was a very long and loud round of applause at the prize giving in
recognition of that.
It was also the reason for Peter Skinner once again
having to be the bridesmaid (but looking as beautiful as ever in the
process) as even a great three under round was insufficient in the face of
Roar’s effort and he had to be satisfied with yet another second place.
Rodney Nabbe was still running on high as he returned
another subpar round, two under this time, to take third place after winning
a count-back over Yasuo Suzuki by 19 to 18.
Kevin Townsend got his first mention during this visit,
taking fifth spot one ahead of Roy Thornton who was on level par.
Declan Lyne slipped in the only ‘2’ in the second
division whilst Kevin Townsend with one and Rodney Nabbe with two shared the
Back at The Haven Andy Pedlar, Richard Lyne Trevor Edge,
Gaute Moen and Mark Armstrong were welcomed back after Declan Lyne had been
welcomed as a new member. There was also a farewell to Peter Skinner for a
couple of months.
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.
Even par the best at Treasure Hill
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, Nov. 29, Treasure
Hill – Stableford.
This was our first visit here for at least 18 months for
various reasons and the course is still a good test of golf and was enjoyed
by all. The greens were the slickest we’ve played on for a long time, there
was only one downside, there was a tournament here the next day and the
white and yellow tees were all in temporary positions but we have re-booked
for next month.
Thirty-six points was the highest score of the day in all
four divisions with the equal cut 0-15 in division 1, 16-19 division 2, and
20 plus in division 3. Noi Emmerson was on the rostrum again winning the
ladies division with 36 points and Geoff Stubbs with the same score took
division 1, with Peter Seward second five points behind and Frank Kelly in
third place on 29.
Billy Hewitt’s 36 points was the best in division 2 with
Sassa in second place on 34 and Howard Stanley beat the French frog on a
19/17 count-back after they both scored 32 points.
Marty Aronson topped division 3 with 34 points with
William Chang second one point behind and Fred Duffy third on 31.
Frank Kelly birdied the 13th to
claim the only ‘2’ of the day with 38 players out so a rollover in division
two ensues to Green Valley on Wednesday week.
Near pins went to Frank Kelly, Takimoto, Gert Velsberg,
Chris Voller, Martyn Arnold, Peter Grant, Mike Lewis and Les Smith.
It was Bon Voyage to Wendy and Mike Lewis, Georges Faber
and Sassa who will all be returning in the new year, see you soon!
Friday, Dec.3, Eastern
Star – Stableford
There were only 30 men out today so a two divisional
competition with the cut at 5-16 in division 1 and 17 plus in division 2,
plus the ladies of course.
Two 37’s were recorded in division 1 with Pete Sumner
playing off 8 beating Alan Pilkington with a 9 handicap on a 19/18 back-nine
count-back. Keith Evans was third with 35 points.
Andy Galvin took division 2 with 34 points beating the
Irish boy Cully Monks by 1 point and Jerry McCarthy was in third after
beating Fred Duffy and Joe Kubon on count-back, all scoring 30 points.
For the third week running Terresa Connolly won the
ladies division with 34 points.
Keith Evans and Pete Sumner shared the ‘2’s in division 1
while Cully Monks birdied the 6th to get the only ‘2’
in the second division.
Near pins were claimed by Terresa Connolly, Keith Evans,
Frank McGowan, Pete Sumner, Andy Galvin, Jerry McCarthy, Cully Monks and Les
Lazecki runs into form
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society visited Green Valley on Monday,
29th November, to play a stableford event on the course which has not been
best viewed yet this high season. The greens were still furry and only
slightly better than on the last visit a few weeks ago and the club’s policy
of contracting out its maintenance work works only for general appearance.
Quality greens maintenance needs expert care and supervision.
The single flight reflected the group’s concerns about
the course but Peter Ditz gave it his best shot collecting 32 points for
fourth place, one behind “Banjo” Bannister, occupying an
uncharacteristically lowly spot at third with 33 points. Steve Jones went
under par with a fine 37 points for second but Tim Lazecki continued his
excellent form after his sub-par round at Khao Kheow a week previously with
his best PGS score for many a month, a forty-point haul giving him top
Richard Dobson and Wichai Tananusorn secured ‘2’s on the
ninth and twelfth to share the birdie bonus pot and the Booby Bevy was
reserved for the returning Robert Knutsson, had he made the presentation on
The final November round saw Richard Bannister confirmed
as PGS “Player of the Month” after some prodigious efforts on tough courses
whilst Wichai was edged out into second place. Well done Banjo!
Jones & Knutsson out of
sight at Silky Oak
Friday, 3rd December saw the Pattaya Golf Society debut
at Green Valley’s third course, Silky Oak. The course is a new concept in
course design with much water in evidence and many holes sharing fairways in
the landing zones! Add the mix of Korean groups unsophisticated in etiquette
and you have a potential for conflict testing both patience and fleetness of
foot. However the course was in good condition with unscarred fairways and
large and reasonably consistent greens, thus the prospect of a stableford
competition on a completely new track was attractive.
All the usual PGS suspects were there with Richard
“Banjo” Bannister just edging out the in-form Tim Lazecki for third place
with 36 points. Two golfers with a ten year association had the rounds of
their lives as Len Jones and Robert Knutsson went head-to-head from the
start and ended all square with 41 points each to share the win. For both it
represented their best performance of the year and the scores would have
been even better had concentration and patience on the back nine had not
been tested by a Korean four-ball playing the front nine with their
customary native intrusions and “noises off”.
There were two birdie ‘2’s, both recorded on the
fourteenth by Tim Lazecki and Tony Thorne and the former also found himself
the recipient of the Booby Bevy for his split of 10 and 23 points.
After the round opinions ranged from enthusiasm to
indifference whilst one golfer suggesting the course be renamed “Silly Joke”
was probably a little too scathing. Playing off the longer yellow tees would
also make a sterner test of skill at 6,500+ yards. The PGS will be back at
Silky Oak but not until quieter times in the low season when hard hats and
earplugs will not be essential requirements.
Fresh faces fill the frame
The IPGC Monthly Members’ Tournament
Wednesday, Dec. 1 - Khao
The start of high season saw a large field of IPGC
members gather at Khao Kheow for the December IPGC Members’ Tournament. The
preferred nines, A and B, were well presented and a fine dry day held the
prospect of some excellent golf on the popular course.
Divisional winners: Tim Lazecki, Shuichi Kodaka,
Noi Emerson, and Yasuo Suzuki.
Each monthly member’s tournament provides three winners
in the 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 contests a stroke play format whilst the second,
third and Ladies’ division play Stableford.
In the first division the contest was amazingly a very
tight affair with four golfers all finishing on net 70, giving the recorder
Stephen Beard the opportunity to dust down his slide rule and apply the
count-back rule. Wichai Tananusorn was the unlucky golfer to drop out of the
frame as his back nine of net 37 just failed behind the efforts of Paul
McNally (36.5), Chris Voller (35) and the winner Yasuo Suzuki with net 34.
Runner-up Chris Voller still had a very successful day with two near pin
wins and two birdie ‘2’s emphasising the accuracy of his iron play.
The second division also saw the intervention of the
recorder’s slide rule with three golfers contesting third place with 34
points; Tom Byrne emerging as the place winner, his back nine total of 19
points holding sway against the efforts of Peter Skinner (14) and Chris
Knapp (12). Murray Hart’s consistency was rewarded with a second place
finish on 35 points whilst Shuichi Kodaka led the flight home with an
excellent 38 point return.
The third division was again a tight affair with
count-back separating Bryan Rought and Roar Berger for third place, the
latter’s finish of 21 points nosing out Bryan’s level par 18. Similarly
Derek Holts back nine of 15 points relegated him to runner-up after an
excellent response on the back nine by Tim Lazecki brought him his biggest
success in his short IPGC career to win the flight with 37 points.
The Ladies’ winner was Noi Emmerson on 35 points.
In the ‘2’s competitions there were wins for Chris Voller
(two), Paul McNally, Wichai Tananusorn, Keith Evans, Ted Lodge, Shui Kodaka,
Joe Peters and Al Rolnik whilst the near-pin divisional winners are listed
After the tournament there was a the usual excellent
presentation buffet at Siam Cats in Jomtien, 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 Exley.
Next month’s event at The Emerald will be certainly be
eagerly anticipated by the IPGC members after such a successful day at Khao
1st Yasuo Suzuki net 70
2nd Chris Voller net 70
3rd Paul McNally net 70
1st Shuichi Kodaka 38pts
2nd Murray Hart 35pts
3rd Tom Byrne 34pts
1st Tim Lazecki 37pts
2nd Derek Holt 37pts
3rd Roar Berger 35pts
1st Noi Emmerson 35pts
Near Pins: Murray Hart, Rod Howett, Kazuo Takimoto,
Ted Lodge (2), Al Rolnik, Chris Voller (2), Bryan Rought, Richard Bannister,
Emerson aims for three-peat
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Larry Emerson did it again as he won the day with 39
points. Last week Larry had 40 points to win the end of the month tournament
and this week he beat the field by 3 points to win the weekly comp. It seems
that the one point cut was not enough – he got chopped at the knees and now
needs to be chopped at the ankles.
Emerson, right, with top lady Oiy St. Laurent.
Larry wants to be the first of the group to do a
three-peat. No one has ever won three weeks in a row but he swears that he
will be the first. I’m sure the rest of the guys will be trying to stop this
Dale Murphy came in second with 36 points but left early
before the picture was taken. Lucky for us Oiy St. Laurent, who is much
better looking, was on hand to take his place. Oiy came in with 32 points to
take first place for the women. Most of the field ended up in the
We need all the help we can get next week to stop Larry from his goal of
winning three in a row. See you all then!
Go West young man
PSC golf from the Caddyshack
Wednesday, Dec. 1, Mt.
Shadow – Stableford
1st Paul Smith (3) 37pts
2nd John O’Flynn (0) 34pts
3rd Phonsie McGahan
1st Les Hall (18) 38pts
2nd Bernard Channing (21) 36pts
3rd Bruce Tollitt (18) 32pts
winner Ben Findon.
Twenty two players teed off on this difficult course and
John O’Flynn played the full length of it, resulting in an excellent 2 over
par score. Paul Smith pipped John for top spot on the A Flight, Paul coming
in with a well constructed 37 points while Phonsie McGahan took third.
In the B Flight Les Hall had the best score of the day,
38 points, to finish ahead of Bernard Channing and Bruce Tollitt
Friday, Dec. 3, Green
Valley - Stableford
1st Mark West (14) 39pts
2nd Brian Orr (13) 37pts
1st Ben Findon (19) 38pts
2nd Les Hall (18) 37pts
Green Valley was the usual Friday choice with 14 players
in attendance. Headline man Mark Wet topped the premier flight with 39
points to finish one ahead of Brian Orr.
B Flight champion was once again Ben Findon on 38 points,
while Les Hall took the runner up spot on count-back over Kevin Hamilton.
Ben Findon and Ted Gardner split the ‘2’s pot between
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It’s three out of three for Sakorn
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday, Nov. 29, Burapha -
Thirty Outbackers were here at Burapha, this time on the
C & D nines for a change.
Mark Riggall would have won today with 42 points if he
had checked his handicap but he didn’t. Playing off 13 instead of 14 he got
beaten on count back by Kev Reid, both on 41. Steve Mann was in third with
39 points, which also earned him 2 ladder points and put him in a tie with
Raji with one round to go at Pattaya C.C. on Tuesday.
Lawton presents Dennis (Div B winner)]
with the “Boo Hoo Cup” at Pattaya Country Club.
Sakorn showed the guys the way in Div B with an excellent
38 points, beating John Cogan and John O’Keefe, both with 37.
There were loads of ‘2’s from Capt’ Bob, Jim Moreton,
Paul Bourke, Mark Riggall, Bruce Milner, John Cunningham, Keith Meehan and
Div A (0-14)
1st Kevin Reid (13) 41pts
2nd Mark Riggall (13) 41pts
3rd Steve Mann (10) 39pts
4th Owen Lloyd (11) 38pts
Div B (15+)
1st Sakorn Pramoolchart (25) 38pts
2nd John Cogan (16) 37pts
3rd John O’Keefe (17) 37pts
4th Bob Lindborg (17) 36pts
Tuesday, Nov. 30, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
This course is continuing to improve; hence the big
increase in Outbackers prepared to give it a try. So 29 players here today,
three divisions (must be a first for a regular day) and the “Boo Hoo Cup”.
Absolutely gorgeous weather, so no real excuses, although as we all know –
all golfers have excuses as to if...if!
Ian Heddle fired a gross 73 to take Div A with 38 points
ahead of Raji, whose 37 points not only earned him second place (worth 2
ladder points) but also ensured him the November ladder win. His only
remaining challenger was Steve Mann, who needed to secure one more ladder
point than Raji, but couldn’t quite manage it.
Div B was won by the man in form, Dennis Persson,
yesterday (Monday) he shot 43 points on this course and today he has come
out and shot another 40, and will surely see his handicap come down at the
end of the week. John Kittilsen woke up this week with another good round,
this time 39 points, to take second place, which was also surprisingly,
enough to lift him off the bottom of the ladder.
Going back to Dennis, often known as “the Turnip” cos
he’s from Sweden, he also had another win today, although probably one he’d
sooner forget, as he won the “Boo Hoo” cup with playing partner, General
Jack, who had a shocker! They were comprehensively beaten by John Lawton and
Barry Chadbourn, 3 & 1, which cost both he (Turnip) and Jack a contribution
into to the trophy.
The trophy will be played for everyday that one or both
of the current holders play as they must challenge another pair, failure to
do so is an additional fine and if another pair do not accept the challenge,
they also receive a fine.
The “Boo Hoo Cup” or the alternate “Roo Cup” is a two
better ball matchplay format played for fun with the trophy being awarded to
the losers. All the money raised during December will go to a local
Arthur Bailey proved he is still a force to be reckoned
with, as he took Div C with 37 points ahead of Nigel Cannon (36) and Roger
There was a jackpot ‘2’ today from Paul Smets.
Div A (0-14)
1st Ian Heddle (3) 38pts
2nd Amarjit Banwaitt (7) 37pts
3rd Brad Driffell (14) 35pts
Div B (15-23)
1st Dennis Persson (23) 40pts
2nd John Kittilsen (20) 39pts
3rd Paul Smets (19) 37pts
Div C (24+)
1st Arthur Bailey (24) 37pts
2nd Nigel Cannon (26) 36pts
3rd Roger Yabsley (25) 35pts
Wednesday, Dec. 1, Greenwood - Stableford
This course remains a great favourite with many and it
was another well supported visit with 29 Outbackers, having a hit. Superb
weather again, as one would expect at this time of year but somehow we got
stuck behind three ‘ladies day’ groups teeing off in front (all walking), on
an otherwise deserted course. Just always seems to go wrong here, the tenth
(course A) was empty with nobody coming round but the starter was having
none of it. So it was a bit slow to say the least but it was nice to play on
C, which is by far the best nine here.
The course was in great shape, probably the best around
at the moment but with the exception of the three leaders in Div A; Owen
Lloyd (42), Steve Milner (40) and Dave Buchanan (38) nobody played better
than handicap. Sakorn won Div B (to follow her win on Monday at Burapha)
with her 34 points ahead of John Lawton (one of today’s “Boo Hoo Cup”
winners) second with 33 and Paul Sibley third with the same score.
The “Boo Hoo” holder, General Jack, played with Capt’ Bob
in an attempt to lose the cup back to Chad & John Lawton. They (Jack & Capt’
Bob) were four up with four to play and were given a bit of a scare as John
and Chad rallied, playing the last only 1 down, however Bob’s par secured
the win, 2 up. So John will be looking for a partner at Khao Kheow on Friday
and will be preying on any weak looking pairing, watch out Sugar!
There were only two ‘2’s from Dave Buchanan and Mark
Div A (0-14)
1st Owen Lloyd (11) 42pts
2nd Steve Milne (12) 40pts
3rd Dave Buchanan (1) 38pts
4th Ian Heddle (3) 34pts
Div B (15+)
1st Sakorn Pramoolchart (25) 34pts
2nd John Lawton (18) 33pts
3rd Paul Sibley (19) 33pts
4th John Kittilsen (20) 32pts
Friday, Dec. 3, Khao Kheow - Stableford
Despite the difficult windy conditions, with a few
notable exceptions, the scoring was generally higher than usual on the B & C
nines here at Khao Kheow as The Capt’, Ian Heddle and Dave Buchanan all
suffered early setbacks with balls lost in water hazards and poor putting.
Sakorn notched up her third win (3 out of 3) this week
with a fine 38 points to win Div C ahead of Bob Noble (35) and David Davies
(welcome back) on 32; whilst visiting Aussie, Brad Driffell took the B
division with the day’s top score of 39. Four back was Steve Milne, who’s
had a good week, and three further back was John O’Keefe.
Steve Mann headed Div A with an excellent 37 points, one
ahead of last month’s ladder winner, Raji, who continues to show excellent
form here in Thailand. Welcome also to Jack Spencer, who’s not been seen at
the Outback for a long time and well done for your third place also with 36
There were four ‘2’s from John O’Keefe, Terry Southworth,
Dave Buchanan and Tom Nicholl.
Div A (0 - 11)
1st Steve Mann (10) 37pts
2nd Amarjit Banwaitt (7) 36pts
3rd Jack Spencer (10) 36pts
4th Tony Garnett (10) 33pts
Div B (13-17)
1st Brad Driffell (14) 39pts
2nd Steve Milne (12) 35pts
3rd John O’Keefe (17) 32pts
4th John Cogan (16) 31pts
Div C (18+)
1st Sakorn Pramoolchart (23) 38pts
2nd Robert Noble (19) 35pts
3rd David Davies (26) 32pts
David Wilkinson (18) 31pts
Gabe sails in for monthly award
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, Nov. 30, Khao
Kheow - Stableford
The last time we went to Khao Kheow it was blowing a
gale, so I looked forward to this trip and hoped for better weather. Early
morning at Bert’s was as usual, quiet with the smell of hot coffee and
breakfast. Then off we go to K.K.
Tuesday’s winners, Brian Gabe (golfer of the month), left,
and Tony Scambler, right, with Nim on her last day at Bert’s.
The trip up there is now quick and the roads are far
better than they were years ago. Straight onto route 7 off Sukhumwit, and it
is only a chip and a put to get to the course. The ‘sign in’ there is as
quick as anywhere and soon it was onto the first tee.
The test this day was to be the B & C nines and for my
sins I decided we would play off the white tees as the low season has been
so wet that the ball has had no run. Maybe looking at the scores it should
have been the yellow, but we live and learn. Next week however! (No, not
Stood on the first tee we were all pleased to see very
little wind, and during the whole round the weather was absolutely superb.
This day was a pleasure to behold, great weather and I nearly learned my
lesson on the first green when a really good drive and a very nice 9 iron
left me only 12 foot from the pin, and below the pin if anything. It was an
easy tap in six. Yes, the greens were fast and tricky.
We were moving well and the course was not too full, in
fact only towards the end of the 18 holes did we run into the people in
front, a really good walk not spoilt. The course itself was in pretty good
condition, although in places we still had some standing water. The fairways
were well defined and the rough was tough. All in all, as usual, K.K. was a
pleasure to play.
The view from the restaurant is second to none and it is
a pleasure to sit there, have a beer and something to eat, and watch players
coming down the last. Done it a few times, and on this day as the scores
came in it was obvious that we were going to have some impressive scores.
Not only that, but all the players had a great day also.
Back at Bert’s we were soon into ‘Happy Hour’, I think
Dick times his return till it starts. On this day Bert laid on free ‘fish
and chips’ for all the players as long as they put a donation in the kitty
for Nim. This young lady has been looking after all the persons in Bert’s
for 5 years and she will be sadly missed.
Soon we were into the presentation and it was soon
apparent the scores were good. In the A Flight, 0 to 16, the winner was Tony
Scambler with 40 points on count-back over Steve Hamstad in second. In third
was Per Olaf Baarli with 39 points.
In the B Flight the winner was Brian Gabe with 40 points
ahead of Steve Compton with 39 points and in third was P.S. Basi with 35
points. Good scores all.
This was also the day for the ‘Golfer of the Month’ award
and with his win on the day Brian Gabe sailed in. Well done Brian.
Near Pins: Koji Yamada, Tony Scambler, Dick Warberg, P.S. Basi
Long Putt: Per Olaf Baarli, Jack Robertson
Friday, Dec. 3, Green
Valley - Stableford
Nineteen golfers, no last minute sign-ups, zero no-shows,
bright blue skies, and headed to a fine course. An organizers dream!
Breakfast over and all finding places in a vehicle for
the short ride to the Green Valley complex, all were looking forward to a
fine day on the fairways. We were not to be disappointed. The rate was very
good for high season and the course was in marvelous condition. No need for
lift, clean, and place now, and the balls were soon bounding down the
With play moving along a a good pace, our groups finished
their rounds in a bit over four hours and all were soon on their way back to
Tropical Bert’s for a Golfer’s Special of ‘banger’s and mash’ or the usual
Friday fish ‘n chip’s.
Good scores today on a well maintained course and we’ll
be heading back soon.
1st Mashi Kaneta (10) 39pts
2nd Brendan Byrne (19) 39pts
3rd Walter Baechli (17) 37pts
4th Joel Flor (20) 35pts
Near Pins: Peter S. Basi, Mashi Kaneta (2), Andre Van Dyk.
Long Putt: Don Carmody, Brendan Byrne.
Double win for Fergus
Golf from the Travellers Rest
winners at Greenwood: Keith Evans, Brendan Moore, Jack McNamara, John
Thornber, Fergus Brennan and Dorsey Richardson.
This week was remarkably uneventful: just four good
outings of golf with everyone apparently enjoying themselves and no major
moans or groans.
Main news of the week was the great double win for the
organiser at the TRGG, Fergus Brennan. The experimentation with various new
drivers is obviously finally paying dividends. He came home with 37 points
on Monday to win at Crystal Bay and then followed that up with another win
on Tuesday at Emerald with 39, resulting in his handicap now cut down to
Monday, Nov. 29, Crystal
Bay – Stableford
1st Fergus Brennan (11) 37pts
2nd Ito Akitoshi (9) 35pts
3rd Joseph Schuler (8) 35pts
4th Ed Brubaker (19) 35pts
Dorsey Richardson (12) 34pts
Monday we visited Crystal Bay with a fairly low number of
players (not sure why, maybe this course is not everyone’s favourite) so we
had just one division
The course was in great condition and an excellent day’s
play resulted in some pretty good scoring. The highest score was posted by
Fergus Brennan with thirty-seven points while second, and just the two back
at thirty-five, was Ito Akitoshi after winning the count-back over Joseph
Three ‘2’s came from Brendan Moore, Ian Bell and Ed
Tuesday, Dec. 30, The
Emerald - Stableford
1st Fergus Brennan (11) 39pts
2nd Damon Woo (10) 39pts
3rd Brendan Moore (11) 36pts
4th Ed Brubaker (8) 33pts
1st Ross Bunce (13) 39pts
2nd Monique Bunce (20) 37pts
3rd John Thornber (17) 36pts
Tristan Gilbert (13) 36pts
Tuesday was a trip to Emerald with a very good turnout.
Players do seem to like this course, so we had two divisions.
As reported in the headline, in Division 1 Fergus pulled
the double win and was followed in by Damon Woo (a new name to me); both had
thirty-nine but Damon lost the count-back. Third was Brendan Moore at
thirty-six. Ed Brubaker was fourth for the second time in two days with
In Division 2 Ross Bunce headlined the score sheet with
thirty-nine and his wife Monique followed him home in second with
thirty-seven. John Thornber was third just the one further back. Tristan
Gilbert came home fourth after losing the count-back, using a rental set of
clubs after his own set mysteriously disappeared some two weeks ago. (No
they have not been found).
Four ‘2’s were scored by Dirk Fleenor,Tewin Lamthong, Ed
Brubaker and Mike Rushant
Thursday, Dec. 2, Phoenix
1st Mike Rushant (12) 36pts
2nd Hugh Byrne (12) 35pts
3rd Jon Dean (8) 34pts
4th Fergus Brennan (10) 34pts
1st Frank Hughes (15) 32pts
2nd Paul Alexander (16) 30pts
3rd Jack McNamara (19) 30pts
Dorsey Richardson (19) 30pts
Thursday was another of our regular visits to Phoenix to
play the Mountain and Lakes nines. A full group of twenty nine made the
journey to enjoy the attributes of this great course, so two divisions.
The premier flight had Mike Rushant find a flash of form
for the win with a score of 36 points. Second was Hugh Byrne with his 35 and
third was Jon Dean at 34 after count-back over Fergus Brennan.
Division 2 had Frank Hughes topping the list with
thirty-two points with Paul Alexander topping out a four way count-back for
second, all at thirty, beating Jack McNamara, Dorsey Richardson and Monique
Three ‘2’s came from Fergus Brennan, Alan Thomas and
Saturday, Dec. 4,
Greenwood – Stableford
1st Brendan Moore (11) 38pts
2nd Fergus Brennan (10) 34pts
3rd Keith Evans (5) 34pts
4th Barry Welling (5) 34pts
1st Jack McNamara (19) 36pts
2nd John Thornber (17) 35pts
3rd Dorsey Richardson (19) 35pts
Frank Hughes (15) 35pts
Saturday was a visit to Greenwood to play the A & B
course which we found to be in good condition and the day was enjoyed by
everyone despite some bad scores being found. But we won’t dwell on that
will we (Ted)?
Division 1 winner was Brendan Moore with 38 points. In
second was Fergus Brennan with 34 after winning the count-back over Keith
Evans and Barry Welling.
Division 2 found Jack McNamara at the top with 36 points
while below him was a four-way count-back all at 35 for second to fifth with
John Thornber topping the list and followed in by Dorsey Richardson, Frank
Hughes and Richard Dobson.
The Nagger Award (lowest score of the day) went to Ted
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.
All in a day’s work
PSC golf from The Café’ Kronborg
Scribbler & Drut
Monday, November 29,
Rayong C. C. – Stableford
Ah golf - how good is it! And all organized for us by
some hard working people who deserve a show of thanks. I take the
opportunity to mention our appreciation in print for what the organizers at
the Kronborg do for us and some of the things they put up with.
winners (left-right): Kevin Dinan, Don Richardson and Graham Buckingham with
We turn up, get our clubs from the store room, slide into
a chair, order a coffee and talk dribble with our mates… Oh comp fee?
They’ll ask me for that later - I’ll give it to them then.
Meanwhile a few hardworking stalwarts process between 30
& 50 odd golfers (those that turn up), late cancellations, wonder if those
that haven’t cancelled will turn up, reorganize groups and, trying to
remember who gets on with who, dish out vouchers that enable us to play
discounted golf, all while trying to gulp down a coffee and eat a piece of
While this is happening we wonder why they haven’t got
change for my thousand baht note, can’t tell me straight away what my
handicap is, tell me where we are playing next week and answer why if my
ball goes into a hazard I can’t but another in the middle of the fairway 20
yards closer to the green… then one of the organizers gives me a scowling
look. Really, these are the organizers, what’s their problem? That’s their
job, they should feel privileged that I’m here supporting them.
The Admiral calls time to go (he sounds a bit grumpy
today…wonder why?) and we pile into a fleet of mini buses that have
miraculously turned up and get ticked off because the co-pilots seat is
taken. Come on, for my 170 baht shouldn’t I be in Business class?
We arrive, play golf enjoy the company of our mates and
find the table where the cards get sorted, casually order a beer, a feed,
and another beer, talk about the could have beens and wait for the
presentation. Why is this taking so long? Good point… well see there are a
heap of cards to sort out from more nationalities than a UN peacekeeping
force. Some of the cards have been filed out by what would appear to be
people with the literacy and numeracy skills of a pre-schooler from an
undiscovered tribal village in the Papua New Guinea highlands… like come on
I think my handicap is 29 doesn’t that mean I get 2 strokes on par 4’s… 3 on
par 5’s …what do I get on a par 3…no problem they’ll work it out.
Presentation time - it all happens - places announced,
scores are recorded and miraculously our handicap is updated so next time I
ask one of the organizers what it is they will know… how good is it?
Honorable mention to Max Mathews… legend!
Yes it is good and it all doesn’t miraculously happen.
There are a few hardworking people making it all come together… so maybe
once in a while we should say thanks to The Admiral, Mike Gosden, Stu Rifkin
and those that help on a part time basis, namely Brian Gabe and Ken Berneck…
hey maybe buy them a beer now and then. Well done guys… beers are on me at
the PSC Christmas Party!
Down to today, a few welcomes Paul Maloney from OZ, the
ever lively Koji Yamada, Fleming Jorgensen – Denmark, Per Anders Karlson –
Norway and two of the nicest people you would ever meet Richard and Carole
We departed usual time and the trip took 45 minutes teed
off at 10 a.m. and the round was 4 hrs 40 minutes long. Weather was good,
nice and sunny, bit of a breeze in the latter part of the round.
Overall the course wasn’t in too bad a nick. The stewards
upgraded the fairways from fast to lightning fast with plenty of run. I
heard a rumor Graham Buckingham smacked one over 250 yards and 100 of that
was run - sounds about right. Also heard another rumor he was seen at
Swenson’s sharing an ice-cream with a very attractive lady. Now I know
that’s not true, Buckers wouldn’t share his ice-cream with anyone.
A Flight (0-16)
1st Don Richardson (10) 39pts
2nd Per-Olav Baarli (16) 36pts
3rd Mike Gosden (9) 34pts
4th Andre van Dyk (15) 33pts
B Flight (17–23)
1st Kevin Dinnan (23) 34pts
2nd Brendan Byrne (19) 32pts
3rd Brian Gabe (17) 32pts
4th Ken Berneck (17) 31pts
C Flight (24+)
1st Graham Buckingham (24) 35pts
2nd Susan Gaarde (28) 31pts
3rd Martyn Topham (30) 29pts
4th Carole Kubicki (26) 27pts
Near Pins: 5th & 7th Carole
Kubicki; 12th & 16th Per-Olav
Long Putts: 9th Warren Holland; 18th
The Compass award was won today by Hugh O’Donnell and the
charity fund was increased thanks to donations to Deefa the Dog.
Thursday, December 2,
Thirty starters hit the road at 0815 hours and arrived at
the course one hour later. The first group hit off at 0945 hours and
completed the journey in four hours and twenty five minutes.
The weather was fine, the course in good condition and
the greens quicker than Aussie foreplay. We welcomed Paul and Bo Cardwell
from the United States and Chris Partridge from Canada.
In the A Flight Kristiian Helgason handed in thirty five
points to take the bikkies from Mike Gosden on a count-back. Per Anders
Karlson scored thirty four points for third place whilst Per-Olav Baarli
mustered thirty three points to finish fourth despite collapsing on the back
nine like a dodgy apartment building on the sub continent. Owen Walkley
registered thirty two points to take fifth spot and his podium finish was as
popular as peanut brittle in a tonsillectomy ward.
In the B Flight Paul Cardwell scored a fantastic forty
one points to win easily from Colin Swann on thirty five points. Sven Gaarde
totalled thirty points to finish third whilst Andy Makara handed in twenty
nine points to finish fourth and hold out Jean Claude Lhoste on the same
Peter Hammond lamented that his putting resembled that of
an arthritic gorilla with blisters which contributed to his twenty three
points for the entire journey.
A Flight (0–21)
1st Kristiian Helgason (16) 35pts
2nd Mike Gosden (9) 35pts
3rd Per Anders Karlson (17) 34pts
4th Per-Olav Baarli (16) 33pts
5th Owen Walkley (12) 32pts
B Flight (22+)
1st Paul Cardwell (23) 41pts
2nd Colin Swann (25) 35pts
3rd Svend Gaarde (23) 30pts
4th Andy Makara (33) 29pts
5th Jean Claude Lhoste (23) 29pts
Near Pins: The Phantom on A2, Warren Holland on
A6, Mike Gosden on C3 and Richard Kubicki on C6 (Richard’s shot went close
to scoring a bullet).
Long Putts: Jean Claude Lhoste on A9 (with a
monster) and Ken Bernek on C9 (with a tiddler).
It’s Browne’s bonus week
Phoenix Tuesday & Friday Golf Group
Tuesday’s top three, Patrick Browne, Stuart
Gordon and Clive Robinson with the staff at the Relax Bar.
Now we are well into the high season so we have evolved
into a twice weekly group.
On Tuesday, November 30, we held our end of the month
stroke-play tournament sponsored by both Trattoria Italiana and The Relax
Bar. Mountain and Lake course was the challenge and after checking all of
the scores we all decided it was the head greenkeeper who won the day. What
difficult positions he placed the pins. We all agreed after that the best
place for the pins was up one of his orifices. I will leave you to your own
imagination which one?
However, one of little group managed to achieve a net par
72. This was the fearless Cheshire grin man Patrick Browne who claimed the
coveted Trattoria Italiana voucher this month. In second place a full 4
shots behind with a net 76 was Stuart Gordon, and in third place with a net
77 was Clive Robinson.
Near pins went to Stuart Gordon, Mike Gerrard, Richard
Baldwin and Patrick Browne. Obviously these pin placements were O.K.! Only
one converted to a birdie 2 though.
The sponsored prize of a free massage and a free drink
went to Dennis Dixon and Shaun Merriman respectively. The other lucky draw
went to my old Brummie mate, Colin Gregg, who was sadly leaving for cooler
climates the next day with his brother Roddy. (Poor buggers back to zero
With our policy of awarding a free drink to all who
return to the presentation everyone was a winner.
Onto Friday, December 3, (God, nearly Christmas already)
and the group is growing every week and this week we managed to fill 3 tee
times, again tackling the Mountain and Lake course, and again with the pins
in just as difficult positions as Tuesday. These greens are tricky enough
without the sadistic actions of the greenkeeper.
Once again the scoring (Stableford today) was very poor.
But with the Cheshire grin man, Patrick Browne on a roll he managed to tame
the course and score a very respectable 36 points to win the day yet again.
Joint second with 33 points and the same back nine was Arthur Barrett (built
some nice houses back in the 60s and 70s) and Dennis Dixon (a great range of
electrical items). Ken Hatton (took care of London for a while, so I am
told) also scored 33 points but with a poorer back nine to claim fourth
Near pins went to Ted Oreton (2), Mike Gerrard, and
Dennis Dixon. Lucky draw prizes went to Eamon Murtagh and Clive Robinson.
Note: Anyone wishing to join in the fun, please
give me (Mike Gerrard) a call on 087 091 7565. We play every Tuesday and
Friday at about 12.00 noon sharp. For the foreseeable future places will be
filled very quickly so please call as soon as you can.
Any non member of Phoenix can enjoy a preferential green
fee of 1,000 baht during the high season as a guest of the members. Just
tell the girls at the reception desk you are booked with the group.
As a group we are also organising the occasional fishing trip out on the
ocean. Call the above number if you are interested in this.
Wireless turns it up
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s
Wilkinson, right, with Lewiinski’s golf manager, Colin.
Sunday, Nov. 28, Green
Valley - Stableford
1st Brian Wilkinson (13) 42pts
2nd Yui Bietry (12) 40pts
3rd Thierry Petremont (11) 40pts
1st Eddy Beilby (16) 40pts
2nd Mike Craighead (18) 39pts
3rd Colm Mullen (15) 39pts
Near Pins: No 4 Gavin Knox, No 9 Paul Shaw, No12 &
No 16 Colin Davis
It was time to feel to good about our games; and what
better way better way to do it than having a day at the Sunday configured
Green Valley “lay-in” (it is a layout on the week days). There is no better
way of to improve your game than to play an easier course. Consistent with
the current climate of conversation, it’s sort of an “ends” justifying the
means” type deal.
Well the lads and lasses kindly obliged, firing one 42,
three 40s, a couple of 39s and a 38. You would have to go to the lingerie
shop across from the plastic surgeons office to see those kinds of numbers!
But lest the efforts of the winners be diminished, you
must realize many in the big Sunday field did not fare so well. So hats off
to the man of the match, though its odds on that you will have heard about
it well before this edition hits the streets. Brian ‘Wireless’ Wilkinson’s
42 points senior flight score bettered Yui and Thierry Petremont’s 40 point
hauls; Yui getting the verdict in the resulting count-back.
Eddy’ the Eagle’ Beilby was the top man in the junior
flight with another splendid 40 points and Mike ‘The Mechanic’ Craighead’s
39 points held up to a count-back scrutiny to better Colm’ the silent
A shed full ‘2’s – twelve in all – with Paul Shaw
slotting home a brace on them.
Monday, Nov 29, Greenwood
1st Peter Hynard (13) 40pts
2nd Gavin Knox (12) 38pts
3rd Terry Mangan (11) 33pts
1st Lou Szigligeti (20) 37pts
2nd Eddy Beilby (16) 35pts
Joe Tynan (29) 35pts
Peter Hynard “cited never leaving myself a shot short” as
the reason he was able to leave the field behind and stand atop the A Flight
podium. He needed every trick in his well worn but extensive book of golf
tricks to edge the ‘flying Scotsman’ Gavin Knox. Meanwhile the Co. Wicklow
man needed all the luck of the Irish to beat Ed ‘The Right Honorable’
Wyckoff on a count-back for third.
Lou Zigzag one of the gang from the Peninsular Social
Golf Club of Western Australia served notice that he is back in town, as hit
the ground running with a top score of 37 points in B Flight. Married life
seems to suit Eddy ‘the Eagle’ and his golf game, as he again ascended the
podium. ‘Sat Nav’ Tynan, who the paymaster knows by this moniker, made it
into the third spot.
No ‘2’s were recorded so it is a rollover to Wednesday.
Wednesday, Dec. 1, St.
Andrews – Stableford
1st Ed Wyckoff (10) 42 pts
2nd Thierry Petremont (11) 40pts
3rd Kevin Mcentee (6) 39pts
1st Pierre Bietry (16) 42 pts
2nd Don Lehmer (17) 37 pts
3rd Tore Eliassen (14) 36 pts
1st Lou Szigligeti (20) 36 pts
2nd Joe Tynan (29) 34 pts
Bell (21) 32 pts
Ed ‘The Right Honorable’ Wyckoff and Pierre ‘The
Magician’ Bietry were co-men of the match as they posted joint best top 42
points on the day in A Flight and B Flight respectively.
Ed was followed in A Flight by Thierry Petremont, no
stranger to the pay window himself, while Kevin Mcentee, who has gone a bit
quiet (by the Offaly gang’s standards) took the bronze. Perhaps Kevin is
missing his sidekick Big Mat.
Every body’s favorite Don Lehmer took the silver in B
Flight by the narrowest of margins over the ‘Viking’ Tore Eliassen
Lou Zigzag showed he was riding a purple patch on Monday
and that play continued today. Lou’s even par round was two shots clear of
the kid himself Joe ‘SatNav’ Tynan while Jim ‘Houdini’ Bell was a further
two shots back.
David Hamilton and Francis Goyons split the rollover ‘2’s
Friday, Dec. 3, Mt. Shadow
1st Colm Mullen (15) 34pts
2nd Jean-Paul Gasser (9) 31pts
3rd Kevin Mcentee (6) 30pts
1st Jim Bell (21) 31pts
2nd Lou Szigligeti (20) 30pts
Mike Jeffreys (17) 29 pts
It is not unusual that the field was challenged by
Mountain Shadow (formerly known as Natural Park) and no one matched their
handicap. While the course only measures an unthreatening 6276 yards, it is
tree lined to an extent unique on the Eastern Seaboard and sports a quartet
of devilish par 5s. It is considered the most difficult par 72 in the area.
Tenacity and perseverance can count for a lot on a course
like this and those were the attributes displayed by Irishman Colm Mullen as
he bested A Flight and the field with 34 points. Jean-Paul Grasser continues
to impress, coming second today, with Co. Offaly’s Kevin Mcentee filling the
It was even less dramatic in the minor flight; Jim
Houdini Bell taking the flight with a mere 31 points. The man in form Lou
Zigzag collected the silver, as the consistent Mike Jeffreys claimed the
bronze in a three-way tie with Pierre the ‘Magician’ and the out of tune
Colm and Kevin added a ‘2’ apiece to their winnings along
with Christy ‘Good’ Knight.
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.
Pattaya Sports Club
Green Tree are creeping up on first place after they took
three points from USMC and first place VFW Post 9876 lost three to Bavaria.
Noodle Russell bowled a 524 series and Tue Pettae had a 510 for Green Tree.
VFW and Bavaria were bowling on the always tough lanes 11 and 12 so scores
were not too great.
Pluemkamon - the only 200 bowler this week.
House of the Golden Coin won three points from Brother D
behind Pao Orawan’s 516 series. Sak bowled a 506 series for Brother D.
Sabai Friday won three points from fourth place Caf้
Kronborg as both teams had trouble with lanes 7 and 8.
Canada took three points from last place Jack Tar even
with Ooy Pluemkamon bowling a 204 game and 551 series for Jack Tar. Ooy has
been bowling very well the whole league but her team just can’t seem to win.