Clark United team win Camel Winter Charity Classic, 2010
Great support sees a large amount raised for the St.Camillus Foundation.
Camel Classic organisation team present a cheque for B360,000 to the St.
Saturday, 18 December –
The Emerald G.C.
For the 10th annual Camel Winter
Charity Classic the weather was fine and dry and 172 congenial golfers
played in support of this most worthy of causes, for the St. Camillus
Foundation which run the Camillian Social Center – a relief center for HIV/AIDs
affected people, just out of Banchang, in Rayong. This winter’s tournament
raised a total of 360,000 Baht, for the Camillians. The Camel Summer and
Winter Charity Classic tournaments, since inception, have now raised over
4.5 million baht for the St Camillus Foundation.
Golfers from Banchang, Pattaya and Bangkok teed off from
06:30 a.m. and the organizers, once again, had everything arranged and in
order, from the easy registration (a special thanks to Bob, Vanessa, Klaus,
Steven, Rod and Kh Tong), to the carts, drink stands and all of the
Players received tournament shirts and caps, and banners
for major sponsors were located on each hole. The organizers recognize the
great support received and extend our warm gratitude to the management,
staff and caddies from Emerald for turning the course and facilities out so
very well and supporting the tournament every step of the way.
The format was Texas Scramble and with such a large
number, golfers were teeing off until just past 1:00 p.m. but there were no
delays and the teams generally managed to get around in better than 4 hours.
The Camel Pub had strategically placed Booming Bloody
Mary’s, Magnificent Margarita’s and Sizzling Sausages around the course to
keep golfers strength up and their concentration focused.
After the game and some welcome refreshments at the
clubhouse, golfers and their families made their way, by 6:00 p.m., to The
Camel Pub, Banchang’s largest and finest pub/ restaurant. There, The Camel
had prepared a pig on the spit and a sumptuous buffet (many thanks to Quinny)
Prize giving and presentations to the successful golfers
started at 7 p.m. Hosting was done by MC Dennis Willett with able support
from Steven, Rod & Vanessa. Many kind donations were made by some very
generous folks and the organizers extend their thanks.
The tournament champions for the Camel Winter Classic
2010 were the Clark United team of Scott Clark, Steve Giles, CK Ong and Joe
Duffy, with a brilliant net score of 55.8. The champions were presented with
individual crystal trophies and associated prizes.
The runners up were the CUEL Bangkok team of Chaiya. S,
Anat. T, Anirut. K and Jirayuth. T with a net score of 57.2. The runners up
were also presented with crystal trophies and associated prizes.
Congratulations to 2010 Winter champions and runners up.
For the technical prizes this year, there were 2 Longest
Drives, 2 Longest Putts, 2 Nearest Pin in two and 4 Near Pins. The technical
prize winners were: Long Putt on hole 3; Dennis Forrest, Near Pin on hole 5;
Phillipe Martin, Near Pin on hole 7; Anat T, Near Pin in two on hole 8; Andy
Lazenby, Ladies Long Drive on hole 9; Jan, Near pin in two on hole 12; Chris
Voller, Near Pin on hole 13; Phillipe Martin, Long Putt on Hole 14; Russell
Exley, Near Pin on hole 15, Richard C and Men’s Long Drive on Hole 18;
Damien Trim. Congratulations to the technical prize winners.
The Camel Pub wishes to sincerely thank the legion of
contributors for the generous support and for making the tournament the
great success that it was. Specifically, Terry wishes to thank the corporate
and other donors of cash, prizes and hole sponsors. They are Aibel, ALE
Heavy Lift, Carboline, CEA, Cooper International, CR Asia, Crathco,
Expro-PTI, LS Cargo, Mammoet, NCE, Pattaya Sports Club, PK Rayong, Sarens,
Sence of Siam (SOS), Scott and Shawn McKeirnan, Thai Oilfield Mchinary
(TOMS), Thai Pacific (Heineken), Wood Group and of course, The Camel Pub.
An extra big thanks goes to Deborah Services Ltd for
their major support and general contributions for this tournament and all of
the previous versions. Sincere thanks to all the sponsors.
Additionally, The Camel Pub management also wishes to
express their gratitude to the following local establishments for a bottle
of spirits each for prizes: The Bar, Colleens Bar, Beaver Bar, Fat Bob’s,
Happy Bar, Jigsaw Bar, Lasse’s Pizza, Mams Bar, Rainbow Bar, Rumours Bar and
The Wherehouse Bar.
Also, generous support was received from local folks,
Alan Abernathy, Ray Barrett, Rod Carmichael, Steven Coulson, Erik Klaasse,
Glen Ebert, John Greenoff, Dave Issit, Erik Klaasse, Anne Shop, Noi Shop,
Barry Soanes and Lasse Westberg.
Many thanks from the organizers to all who supported and
played in this fine tournament. We hope to see you all and your friends back
for the Camel Summer Classic, in June 2011.
More information about the St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand and the
Camillian Social Center can be found at: http://www.camillian-rayong.org/en/contact.asp.
Phoenix Golf Group Fishing Day
birthday boy and his father with the queen fish.
On a cool misty morning, approximately 7 a.m., our motley
crew of 6 set out from Sattahip harbour into the blue yonder full of
expectations. The sea was a little choppy, but quite comfortable and as the
boat chugged past most of the Thai navy ships the mist started to clear and
the temperatures rose to a to the point of jackets being discarded. (It is
quite cool early morning this time of the year. Or so it seems)
After a good hour of settling into the boat and admiring
the views, we arrived at our first destination of the day. Somewhere out
past the islands of Sattahip. The tide was running quite fast, so all we
could do was wait in hope for the big rig reels to scream when a fish of the
larger variety decided to tuck into our bait. One or two decided to try and
fish with the smaller rods, but the tide was so fast that all we did was
tangle up the big rigs. You have to learn to be patient when the tides when
they are running fast. They do slow down four times a day?
Part of our crew today was a lovely Swedish family and it
was the young boy’s birthday. So, when the first big fish hit our line it
was inevitable that the birthday boy got to reel it in - an 8 kilo beautiful
After a couple of hours the tide started to ebb a little
and so we could try for the smaller varieties. Soon we were pulling in
snapper, pla dang and a few grouper. All of a sudden we all dropped the
small rigs as the sound of one of the big reels screamed the arrival of
another biggy. Another sizable queen fish.
By approximately 4 p.m. most of the passengers had had
enough and decided that we should start back for terra firma and the
inevitable first beer of the day. Well for me anyway.
Anyone interested in future trips can obtain more
information by calling me on 087 091 7565.
Wakeling stops Thai champion
in 4 rounds to win WBC Muaythai belt
England’s Steve Wakeling has his arms raised by Pattaya Mayor Ittiphol
Khunplome, right, and Gen. Kovid Bhakdibhumi, left, after being presented
with the WBC belt.
England’s Steve Wakeling sealed his return to the top
echelon of Muaythai boxing last Saturday night, January 8, with a masterful
ring performance against Thailand’s WBC super-middleweight world champion
Jaowchalam Chatkranokgym at a temporary boxing arena erected at the Tip
Plaza Complex on Pattaya Beach Road.
Wakeling was making his comeback to the ‘big time’ after
losing his middleweight world title to Thailand’s Lamsongkram in 2007 and
then later taking a two year hiatus from the sport. He spent the last month
training hard at the Sitsongpeenong gym in Thailand and in December made a
successful return to ring action with a warm-up fight at the Lumpini Stadium
The fight against Jaowchalam last Saturday was the
highlight of a veritable feast of Thai boxing, held in downtown Pattaya for
the first time, and the event attracted a large crowd of eager fight fans,
tourists and local officials alike.
Germany’s Andi Rogner receives the winner’s trophy from Mayor Ittiphol after
winning the 4-man “1-King” knockout tournament.
The preliminary bouts saw a four-man knockout tournament
at the 70kg weight limit featuring boxers from four different nations.
Up first was Germany’s Andi Rogner against Sweden’s Dan
Magnusson and the German fighter wasted no time in outlining his
determination to put on a good show as he overpowered his Scandinavian
opponent, forcing the referee to stop the bout in just the second round.
In the other semi-final, Thailand’s Saentiennoi edged a
close points decision over France’s Yacine Darkrim to set up an intriguing
final against Rogner. The fight went the full distance with the Thai boxer
being wary of Rogner’s power and the German struggling to overcome the wily
tactics of the experienced Thai. At the final bell Rogner was declared the
winner, his aggression in the earlier rounds swinging the judges’ decision
The stage was then set for the main event of the evening
and the ring was cleared as various dignitaries in attendance were
introduced to the audience prior to the introduction of the two fighters.
Wakeling’s hard training at Sitsongpeenong appeared to
have paid off as he entered the ring in superb physical condition to face
the challenge of champion Jaowchalam. The fight got off to a cautious start
however as both boxers tested each other out with probing kicks but for the
most part kept each other at distance.
Jaowchalam started the more aggressive of the two in the
second round but Wakeling showed some clever defence and nimble footwork to
avoid the Thai’s powerful kicks and then countered with some kicks and
punches of his own as the round drew to a close.
The 26 year old Wakeling, from Beckenham in southwest
England, came out strong in the third round but Jaowchalam was equal to the
task and it was impossible to choose between the two fighters after the
first nine minutes of action.
The fourth round would prove to be decisive however, and
Wakeling, now growing in confidence, went on the offensive and caught his
Thai opponent with a series of short rights to the head before dropping him
to the canvas with some vicious knee thrusts to the chest and head area. The
champion managed to beat the count but was sent sprawling again soon
afterwards following another flurry of punches and kicks from the
Englishman. This time the referee decided the Thai was no longer in a fit
state to continue and stopped the fight, much to the apparent joy of the new
WBC Muaythai Chairman, Gen. Kovid Bhakdibhumi, and
Pattaya Mayor Ittiphol Khunplome entered the ring to present the WBC world
super-middleweight champion’s belt to the delighted Wakeling who is now
firmly back in the spotlight as one of the big names in Muaythai boxing.
“I had a break and then was able to look objectively at
what I wanted ...and getting back the WBC green and gold belt was on the top
of the list,” said the overjoyed Englishman.
The championship in Pattaya was a promotion by The Champions Club
Thailand and a portion of the proceeds raised from the event will be donated
to the Pattaya Orphanage to mark Thailand’s Children’s Day.
right, faces Thailand’s WBC Muaythai world champion Jaowchalam Chatkranokgym
in the third round of their fight at the Tip Plaza Complex in Pattaya,
Saturday, Jan. 8.
Holland makes hay on road trip
PSC golf from The Golf Club Sports Bar
Monday, Jan 3, Green
Valley – Stableford
1st Dave Mather (10) 41pts
2nd Tim Wilkinson (5) 39pts
3rd Henry O’Brien (16) 35pts
Gabriel Enright (18) 34pts
Dave Mather had his A game today, firing a masterful 41
points (and that with a blob on the outward nine). The flat stick was on
fire and the drums beating in head kept him in calm.
Tim Wilkinson was second with 39 points and the ever
steady Henry O’Brien finished third with 35, one ahead of the ‘Thunder from
Down Under’ Gabriel Enright in fourth.
Tuesday, Jan 4, Kabin Buri
Sports Club – Stableford
A Flight (0-14)
1st John McHugh (12) 37pts
2nd Graham Johnson (7) 36pts
3rd Ernie McInerney (14) 34pts
4th Courtney Bailey (32)pts
B Flight (15+)
1st Warren Holland (24) 42pts
2nd Kevin Moraghan (15) 34pts
3rd Steve Ellison (16) 32pts
4th Eldridge Suggs (18) 31pts
2’s: Warren Holland, Graham Johnson, JJ Wright.
We had another fine turnout for our away trip to Kabin
Buri; 40 golfers and a smattering of guests and wives brought our total
count to 55.
A smooth check-in at the Kantary Hotel and then a not so
smooth 12 o’clock start at the course. Kaptain Klipboard was kept busy
herding the kats from tee to tee. It seems the Korean contingent have also
found this hidden gem.
A Flight was won by John McHugh with 37 points with
Graham Johnson second on 36. The ‘Boston Bomber’ Ernie McInerney took third
with 34 points and Courtney Bailey was fourth two further back.
B Flight produced the high points total of Day 1; Warren
Holland avoided the trouble and more importantly the bunkers to score a fine
42 points. Kevin Moraghan managed his way around in 34 and Steve Ellison was
third on 32, one ahead of Eldridge Suggs.
We arrived back to the hotel for a spectacular buffet,
prize presentation and a few libations.
Wednesday, Jan. 5,
Kabin Buri Sports Club – Stableford
A Flight (0-14)
1st John McHugh (12) 38pts
2nd Dave Mather (10) 38pts
3rd Tim Wilkinson (5) 37pts
4th Ernie McInerney (14) 35pts
B Flight (15+)
1st James Maloney (22) 34pts
2nd Mickey Anersson (18) 33pts
3rd Don Lehmar (17) 33pts
4th John Baxter (16) 31pts
2’s: Dave Driscoll, Tim Wilkinson, Micheal Jones, Callum Inglis.
Day 2 started out much the same with a few hiccups
getting off the tees and then was compounded at the turn. Eventually the day
was over and the results are as follows.
A Flight had a repeat winner in John McHugh. The thermos
was carefully mixed and another steady round of 38 points resulted. Dave
Mather, true to form, played well on the second day with 38 points, losing
on count-back 19 to 18. Tim Wilkinson dropped his extra caddie from day one
and had a much better result with 37 points to finish third and ‘The Boston
Bomber’ played consistent and finished with 35 for fourth.
The lower flight had a whole new look for the frame
winners: James Maloney took the first spot with 34 points, the ‘Sweet
Swinging Swede’ Mickey Andersson had 33 for second, Don Lehmer was surprised
to find out he finished third, also with 33, and John Baxter took fourth on
We had a quick check-out and then headed back to The Golf
Club for prizes and even more libations. Thanks to all that attended and
stay tuned for the next away trip.
Friday, Jan. 7, Greenwood
B & C – Stableford
1st Brad Sproxton (12) 36pts
2nd Capt. Bob Finley (12) 36pts
Warren Holland (24) 36pts
We had a smaller group today with 19 golfers. When the
dust settled there were three tied on 36 points and after the calculations
were done Brad Sproxton finished on top with a back nine of 24 (apparently
the Singha got to the right level from the Kabin Buri trip). Capt. Bob
Finley finished with a back nine of 19 and Warren Holland had 17 on the back
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
firstname.lastname@example.org and our new website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.
Jan Johansson wins Pattaya
Amateur Golf Series 2010
Johansson poses with the series trophy and his gleaming new Honda Click
The PAGS as it is more commonly known is a series of
monthly golf tournaments played at different courses around Pattaya
throughout the year. Each event has over 28 prizes on offer ranging from
nearest the pin to best stableford score. The series attracted an average of
90 players through 2010 at each event and it is hoped that the improvements
to the events will attract even more players in 2011.
Last year’s series ended at Emerald Golf Course, where 92
players were competing for the top prizes. Don Carmody won the B Flight with
40 points and Steve Ellison the A Flight also with 40 points. The ladies
flight was won by Ning Neal. The last event of the year also saw the Honda
Click motorbike given away to the series winner, which was Jan Johansson who
finished ahead of 450 other players to take the top prize.
As always the presentation was held at the Fairways Golf
Range and Resort, where all the players enjoy the delicious BBQ supplied by
the Sportsman Pub and Restaurant.
The 2011 series starts on 25th January at Pleasant Valley so for those
who wish to play visit Fairways Golf Range at the top of Pattaya Klang and
ask to speak with Scott.
Familiar faces back on top
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Wednesday’s top two, Bill Thompson, left, and Dale Murphy.
Starting off the New Year were the usual winners as Bill
Thompson and Dale Murphy headed the field – Bill won on count-back. It was
an easy day as a few of the contenders did not show up due to problems at
home or just plain lazy.
The golfers completed their rounds in less than 3 ฝ hours
as the lead group set a fast pace. The golfers were back at the Caddy Shack
before the snacks arrived. Herb screeched in with the food at 11:15, just in
time as everyone was ready to have a bite to eat by then.
Paul Kraft and Bobby Clark raced around the corner to
watch the American Football game. After the game they arrived at the Shack
so Bobby could take the pictures of the winners. We still missed the
pictures of Don Goins and Larry Emerson who were the winners last week.
Maybe the next time!
Rick Culley back to back wins in different flights
PSC golf from the The Caddy Shack
Wednesday, Jan. 5,
Mountain Shadow – Stableford
1st Graham Beaumont (12) 33pts
2nd Mark Williams (6) 31pts
3rd Doug Crowe (8) 31pts
1st Rick Culley (15) 35pts
2nd Paul Walia (13) 34pts
3rd Ramsay Smith (17) 33pts
Friday, Jan. 7, Green
Valley - Stableford
1st Rick Culley (15) 39pts
2nd Gordon Kerr (14) 37pts
3rd Dave Hester (6) 37pts
1st Koji Yamada (17) 40pts
2nd Kevin Hamilton (17) 37pts
Bernard Channing (19) 36pts
A good new year to one and all! On a sad note I lost a
golfing pal on Dec 28, Roger Kidd, died in BPH, from heart problems, very
sudden and very sad.
Green Valley seemed to be the easier of the two courses
this week looking at the scores. Rick Culley and Koji Yamada posted 39 and
40 points respectively to win the A and B Flights with Gordon Kerr and Kevin
Hamilton both finishing as runners up on 37.
Captain Bruce had two ‘2’s (must have been the red off
tees), well done old yin, and Dave Hester did the same to share the pot with
John Murdoch, Kevin Hamilton and Phonsie McGahan.
Earlier, on Wednesday, Graham Beaumont had topped the A
Flight at Mountain Shadow with 33 points to finish two clear of the chasing
pack and Rick Culley had got his first win of the week with a 35 point haul
in the B Flight this time.
Les Hall, Dave Hester, Barry Pussell, Vincent Smyth and
Bruce Tollitt split the ‘2’s pot there.
Note: The Caddy Shack is situated on Soi 8
Threppasit, follow the soi to the well appointed Old English style Bar. We
play golf on Mon/Wed/Fri. For more information email email@example.com.
Just the job for Bob
The IPGC Monthly Members’ Tournament
Wednesday, Jan. 5 –
The start of the New Year saw a large field of IPGC
members gather at The Emerald in Ban Chang for the first IPGC members’
tournament of the year on Wednesday, 5th January. The course was well
presented and a fine dry day with the white tees well back held the
prospect of some excellent golf on the popular course.
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 again a very
tight affair with two golfers finishing in third place on net 73, and
the count-back rule was applied. Marc Jensen shrugged off the discomfort
of a back problem to post net 36 on the back nine, relegating Paul
Smith’s 37.5 into fourth place. The joint winners had the mathematics
applied also as Bob Patterson withheld the challenge of scratch golfer
John Shin and their net 71’s were pared back showing Bob’s 23.3 take the
win from John’s 24.
The second division also saw the intervention of the
recorder’s abacus with two golfers contesting third place with 36
points, with Kevin Hamilton emerging in third place, his back nine total
of 19 points holding back the efforts of Peter Masters (17). Winning the
flight on count-back was Norm Cheetham, his 38 with nineteen points on
the back nudging Paul Butler into second with a back nine of seventeen
The third division was again a tight affair with
count-back separating three golfers on 37 points. Jack Robertson
finished in third with eighteen points on the back, one behind Jomtien’s
Burnie Sinclair who was a further point behind the eventual winner Chris
The Ladies’ winner was Oratai Winton on 32 points.
In the ‘2’s competitions there were wins for Simon
Kendall, John Shin, Ray Banks, George Pittam, Alan Maxwell and Ronnie
Ramsay. The near pin winners are listed below
After the tournament there was an excellent debut
presentation buffet at the spacious and friendly Links Bar in Soi
Buakhao, one of IPGC’s newest venues. The function and prizes were
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 Evan, Starter Chris Knapp,
results coordinator Stephen Beard and the hard working event organiser
1st Bob Patterson net 71
2nd John Shin net 71
3rd Marc Jensen net 73
1st Norm Cheetham 38pts
2nd Paul Butler 38pts
3rd Kevin Hamilton 36pts
1st Chris Reed 37pts
2nd Burnie Sinclair 37pts
3rd Jack Robertson 37pts
1st Orathai Winton 32pts
Technical Prizes: Division 1: Simon Kendall,
Ray Bank and John Shin; Division 2: George Pittam and Alan Maxwell;
Division 3: Ronnie Ramsay.
Near Pins: Ray Banks, George Pittam, Alan
Bissell, John Shin (2), Alan Maxwell, Jack Robertson, Arnfinn Stalo,
Chris Reed, Jeremy Masse, Bob Poole and Patrick Scullion.
‘Handsome man’ Newell is back
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s
Sunday, Jan. 2, Green
Valley – Stableford
1st Bob Newell (8) 41pts
2nd Seamus Cotter (12) 39pts
3rd Dave Driscoll (13) 38pts
1st Barry Copestake (18) 35pts
2nd Peter Henshaw (17) 35pts
3rd Chris Wright (14) 34pts
Near Pins: No 4 Pierre Bietry, No 9 Peter Kelly, No 12 Jez Lees, No16
Newell rings the bell after his fabulous golfing exploits at Green Valley.
George Jackson as finally been vindicated: George has
long been carrying on that Bob’s handicap has been too high, notwithstanding
that Bob despite an abundance of athletic prowess is held out as an example
of a young man who has suffered numerous ailments this past year or so.
(Tennis elbow, ear infections, back problems, frozen knees, shanks and a
touch of the yip’s) I think it is called old timers? But every once in
awhile the planets align and the offending shots are not faced, and Bob
leads the parade to the victory stand.
Today was such a day and there stood Bob, man of the
match, with 41 points and the winner of the senior flight. Seamus Cotter’s
ambitions of becoming a single figure handicapper took another step forward
as he posted a rock solid 39 points. Dave Driscoll carded a workman like 38
points to fill the flight.
B Flight was a bit subdued as Barry ‘the boot’ took top
spot gaining a count-back decision over Peter ‘Don Corleone’ Henshaw, both
locked on 35 points. Chris Wright rounded out the flight a stroke adrift.
To make it a day to remember Bob sunk the only ‘2’ of the
day and he graciously rang the bell back at Lewinski’s.
Lewiinski’s welcomed back Mark ‘Mussels’ Bonner and Brian
‘Guitar man’ Lewis.
Monday, Jan. 3, Crystal
Bay – Stableford
1st Jorn Finnerup (26) 33pts
Colin Davis (15) 33pts
A relatively modest group took on the tough Crystal Bay B
& C layouts. Tough was not the word today as Jorn Finnerup did the near
impossible, getting the better of the Donkey in a count-back after both
carded a mere 33 points. Interestingly Jorn had six no scores on his card,
and the Donkey had three no scores.
Needless to say no ‘2’s were recorded so a rollover on
Wednesday, Jan. 5, St.
Andrews - Stableford
1st Seamus Cotter (12) 36pts
2nd Steve Wentford (13) 36pts
3rd Lindsay Semple (12) 35pts
1st Andy Dunston (18) 42pts
2nd Peter Henshaw (18) 36pts
3rd Patrick Gundberg (17) 35pts
1st David Kelly (20) 37pts
2nd Mike Lowen (22) 34pts
John White (27) 33pts
Desmond Muirhead’s monster seems to be loved or despised
by golfers. Andy Dunston is one of the “I love St. Andrews” brigade and
showed just why as he posted a sparkling 42 points for the match honors, and
B Flight top spot. Peter ‘Don O’Corleone’ Henshaw’s solid even par round
took second spot. Patrick Gundberg was a shot back of Peter along with Peter
Hendenberg and Mark McPherson, with Patrick’s back nine holding up in the
three way count-back.
In a contrast of volumes, Seamus Cotter put a successful
count-back on Steve Wentford to lift the top spot in the premier flight as
both shot solid par rounds. Lindsay Semple continued to make his name a
podium presence taking the bronze a shot back.
Skipping down to C Flight saw the young man from Ireland,
David Kelly, carding a excellent 37 points to win the flight. Three shots
adrift of David was Mike Lowen, leaving John White to close the flight a
further shot back.
Frank Higgins, Tony Cotter and Benn Nelson shared a very
healthy ‘2’s pot.
Friday, Jan 7, Mountain
Shadow - Stableford
1st Nial Higgins (8) 35pts
2nd Seamus Cotter (12) 34pts
1st Jorn Finnerup (27) 29pts
Geoff Kubas (19) 27pts
Co. Galway’s rising star young Nial Higgins is recognized
as a player who can shoot as well as he wants and that potential was
realized again today with a best of the day 35 points. Co. Cork’s favorite
son Seamus Cotter made sure the senior flight was an all Irish affair,
coming home a shot adrift. Nails’ ‘farther’ Frank came within a whisker of
it being ‘farther’ and son on the podium.
The inform Jorn Finnerup was to say the very least
stunned to be handed the junior flight top spot with just 29 points. Geoff
‘Elvis’ Kubas was speechless collecting the silver via a count-back decision
over Peter Don O’Corleone Henshaw as both carded 27 points.
Nial added a ‘2’ to his winnings to help pay for his taxi
to the airport, together with Seamus Cotter and Yui Bietry.
Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya Land Soi
1, Beach Road Soi 13/3 near to Walking Street. Anyone wishing to play with
us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764.
Transport is provided.
Hiskett makes a comeback
PSC golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Tuesday, Jan. 4, The
Emerald - Stableford
Tuesday was the group’s first venture out of the New
Year, and so it was to The Emerald we travelled, full of resolutions and
Hiskett, all smiles after his win at Emerald.
After an absence following a back injury (don’t know from
what) and a splash of other venues, Graham Hiskett (H/cap 16) had a return
of the form today, something of which we know he is capable, with a solid 38
points and was 3 clear of the consistent Jeff Wylie (6), while Frans Olgers
(22) scored 34 points to just edge Kurt-Erik Persson (23) who had 32 points
The course was in good condition, providing a fair test
for all involved. Near Pins were picked up by Ian and Jeff, while Frans
showed some good form with 2.
Thursday, Jan 6, Treasure
Hill - Stableford
Thursday saw a small group travel to Treasure Hill, a
change of venue from “as advertised” due to a drop off in the day’s numbers.
Those involved decided on the challenge of the course, rather than the
swindle competition and opted for the Black tees; suffice to say “the course
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 089 094 1841 or 081 935 8088. Hope to see you there, Cheers &
Oreton & Dixon start the year with a bang
Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf Group
Tuesday’s flight winners and runners up pose
with the staff at the Relax Bar.
What a start to the new year! This week saw our group
have a record field. With a policy to stick to 5 or 6 groups at most we
ended up with 8 groups of four-ball players. We decided to try it as an
experiment and as long as the players know what their tee time is it seems
to work. However there will always be a little discontentment from the early
players who have to wait quite a while for everyone else to finish.
Nevertheless most of the players converged later to the
Relax Bar (much to the delight of the hosts) where we enjoyed good drinks
and good food with plenty of banter and fun.
With the weather almost as perfect as it could be at this
time of the year we set off on Mountain and Lakes course. Some say the
tougher two of the three. The scoring denied this although it has to be said
the pin placements on the greens today were a little more humane.
Back at the Relax Bar we had to have a special table
layout which almost reached the street and we also had to set up a special
stage area somewhere in the middle so as to allow everyone the chance to
hear what was going on. (As if they would not be able to hear me!)
With so many prizes today it was made all the more easier
with my new apprentice (Terry Vicary) helping me out. There were two flights
today so as to share the spoils more evenly.
In A Flight the winner with a fine 40 points was Denis
Dixon while in second was Mike (the scribe) Gerrard with 39 points (missed
an easy putt on the last which would have won the day!) Richard Baldwin
rounded out the flight in third place with 37 points.
Both Denis and myself were cut a shot for the rest of the
In B Flight it got better and the winner today was Ted
Oreton with 43 points ahead of Eamon Murtagh in second, miles behind on 34
points, with our regular (Cheshire grin man), Patrick Browne claiming third
spot with a mere 32 points.
Ted was cut 2 also shots for the rest of the week. Well
he was for this Friday’s game anyway. All agreed Ted had played really well.
Near pins went to Graham Richmond, Chris Coffey, Eamon
Murtagh and Patrick Browne. The longest first putt on the 18th went to
Lucky draw prizes, which included a free drink and a free
massage at the Relax Bar, went to, Bill Campbell, Albert Bruce and Clive
Once again, likewise after every Tuesday’s presentation
the rest of the evening slowly becomes a blur, which meant a quiet day at
home the following day.
Friday golf is now getting more popular, but again a
limited field of 3 groups only. If this day seems to get too popular maybe
we will try to fit another group in. However the same principle applies:
Four near pins, the longest first putt on the 18th, one lucky draw and the
first three places sharing what’s left. And that aint a lot. Hence, we do
not encourage ‘pot hunters’ within out little group. Just nice people who
want to have a bit of serious golf fun.
For further information please contact me on 087 091 7565
Bachli tames ‘the Beast’
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, Jan. 4, Khao
Kheow – Stableford
This is always one of the best outings of the month, we
all look forward to playing this course and when it is in good condition it
is as good as any. Also as difficult as any, a real test of golf.
Tuesday’s top three, Walter Bachli, Derek Brook and John Heffernan, with one
of Bert’s finest.
This day we met at Bert’s as usual, most quite pleased
that the holidays were over. They are fine for families but all it means for
many here is a disruption in paradise and higher prices. Still at least off
we went to K.K. for a normal day out, and to be windblown.
Driving into K.K. the trees were being blown about and it
was obvious that the day was going to be difficult, however a quick book in
and we were soon at the first tee, in what seemed like a howling gale. The
wind was across us so a big boomerang off the first was quite normal. One
good thing was the course was fairly quiet, so once we were off we saw
little ahead of us and were able to get around in good time, if a little
The test on the day were the A & B Nines, this for me is
the best 18 holes and we found that on the day both nines were in fine
condition. The fairways were clean and if the rough was a little tougher
than normal it was still well playable. One really good point was that the
greens were really good and were a real test.
Soon round we met in the very fine restaurant which
overlooks the course and has fine views. Then it was into cars and back down
Route 7 to Bert’s. This transport system to the courses has improved ‘out of
sight’ these days and usually knocks 15 minutes or so off a trip.
Back at Bert’s after ‘The Golfers Special’ it was time
for the results and with us playing off the white tees on the day some fine
scores were expected. Well we got them, and the winner on the day was Walter
Bachli with a stunning 44 points. In second was yours truly with a very good
39 points, slowly coming back to form after changing the driver, in third we
had John Heffernan with 37 points, and in fourth was Daryl Evans with 36
points on count-back over Phil Barnsley. Presentation over we then enjoyed a
few ‘cold uns’ in Happy Hour. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins: Brian Parish, Mashi Kaneta, Peter
Kelly, Derek Brook.
Long Putt: Derek Brook, Steve Hamstad
Dayton pounds Plutaluang, Yamada on fire at Phoenix
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, Jan 3, Plutuluang
Yet another public holiday and we elected to play at
Plutaluang, although several regular members decided to take a day off
fearing a long slow day on what can be an extremely busy course on holidays.
In the event the day was excellent, we teed off on time, no 6-balls were
sighted, and the round was completed in less than four and a half hours.
Playing the West and North nines presents a difficult
task for most golfers, but not today for Roy Dayton who came back to the
clubhouse with an incredible score of 45 points to romp away with the
honours. Runner up was Tom Jones with his best ever score in Thailand on 38
Near pin winners were Bob Pearce, Daryl White, Tony Berry
and Roy Dayton.
1st Roy Dayton (24) 45pts
2nd Tom Jones (23) 38pts
3rd Koji Yamada (16) 34pts
4th Mike Corner (20) 34pts
Wednesday, Jan. 5, Phoenix - Stableford
We returned to Phoenix after a break of three months and
found the Lakes & Ocean course to be reasonably quiet and in excellent
condition. Someone usually manages to get a great score on this course,
which is perhaps more forgiving than many of the other local ones we play on
a regular basis.
Today’s star was Koji Yamada, coming in with an
“unbelievable” score of 43 points. Koji has been playing erratic golf for
several weeks, so it must be a great feeling when everything comes back
together, just a week before he returns to Japan. Geoff Cox also returned to
form scoring 40 points to take second place in the A Flight ahead of the
ever consistent Tony Berry.
Near Pins went to Colin Greig, Paul Edgar, Mashi Kaneta,
and Patrick Kelly.
1st Koji Yamada (16) 43pts
2nd Geoff Cox (14) 40pts
3rd Tony Berry (11) 38pts
1st Tom Breslin (21) 34pts
2nd Nile Sheehan (23) 33pts
3rd Colin Stokes (28) 33pts
Friday, Jan 7, Greenwood - Stableford
A large group of golfers arrived at Greenwood to find
some confusion on the tee, and we were requested to allow 4 groups to tee
off on our allotted tee time (no answer was forthcoming from the starter
when we requested to know what tee time these groups had booked!). However,
after the delayed start the round progressed smoothly, and the course was in
its usual good condition, setting the scene for some good scoring.
Dave Ashman produced the best round of the day, carding
42 points and narrowly beating Gordon Melia in the A Flight. Richard
Baldotto beat Bernie Stevens by the same one point margin to win the B
Near pin winners today were Geoff Hart, Gordon Melia,
Paul Edgar and Patrick Kelly.
1st Dave Ashman (15) 42pts
2nd Gordon Melia (15) 41pts
3rd Patrick Kelly (2) 38pts
1st Richard Baldotto (26) 37pts
2nd Bernie Stevens (19) 36pts
Jack Robertson (25) 35pts
Grimoldby lights up Khao Kheow
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, Jan. 3, Khao Kheow
1st Martin Grimoldby (6) 38pts
2nd Dave Howden (13) 36pts
3rd Graham Johnson (6) 35pts
4th Stuart Thompson (9) 34pts
1st Mike Hill (23) 35pts
2nd Markku Tynell (26) 35pts
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 32pts
4th Ian Hart (20) 30pts
Playing from the yellow tees is always a very good test
of a golfer’s ability at Khao Kheow especially when the two nines in use are
B and C now that the latter has been extended in length and the two nines
play to a total yardage of 6700 yards. The scores on a day when the wind
blew reflected that difficulty with only two of the field equaling par or
The better scores came naturally in the first division
where Martin Grimoldby led them in with a very tidy two under handicap round
to take top place by two from Dave Howden, who also played well to record a
level handicap round.
Graham Johnson, another single figure handicapper, who
recently returned to Thailand to escape the rigours of the European winter
slipped into third place a further shot back, with Stuart Thompson rounding
out the first division podium one more behind.
The second division struggled to get to terms with the
course and it was a gritty finish by Mike Hill that claimed top spot with a
better count back of 20 to 13 over Markku Tynell in second.
Markku must have thought the day was his after going out
in four under handicap but lapsed badly over the last four holes as the
Shuichi Kodaka took third place three shots behind the
leading pair with a steady round.
Ian Hart won the count-back for fourth, with a better16
to 13 return, to deny Rob Hornsby his first podium position in The Haven.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed back Dave
Thompson, Robert Webb, Brian Lewis, Graham Howard and Graham Johnson. There
were also farewells to Markku Tynell and David Dines.
There were no 2’s in the second division but Barry
Wellings, Nhwee Stockman and Martin Grimoldby with two shared the first
Friday, Jan. 7, Laem
Chabang - Stableford
1st Rob Hornsby (24) 36pts
2nd Bob Lamond (5) 35pts
3rd Alan Hanlon (12) 34pts
4th Paul Hartley (19) 31pts
5th Dave Howden (13) 31pts
Alex Sala (17) 31pts
After a very full field at the previous outing, it was a
disappointing turnout for the month’s visit to Laem Chabang where the
prospect of playing the Jack Nicklaus design was tempered by the cost which,
even at preferential rates, still costs twice as much as most other courses
played during the month.
Rob Hornsby made up for his disappointment of Monday’s
competition with a solid round at even handicap from the blue tees that was
just enough to deny Bob Lamond his first victory of the year. But it surely
will not be too long before Bob takes that win, with his as usual immaculate
play from tee to green.
Alan Hanlon made it a happy return to Thailand with his
third place just a shot back from second after playing almost straight off
the plane from freezing UK.
Paul Hartley led in a group on 31 points to take fourth
with a better count-back of 15 as Dave Howden with 14 and Alex Sala with 12
slipped back over the inward nine.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Back at The Haven Eric Hornsby was welcomed as the third
member of the family to join as a member and Alan Hanlon was welcomed back.
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.
Galvin top scores for the week
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, Jan. 3, Century
Chonburi – Stableford
As we all assembled on the first tee there were two
six-balls waiting to tee off in front of us so we made some rearrangements
to our own groupings and set off for a four and a half hour round.
Nut and Herme Fitzgerald - the ladies winners at Eastern Star on Friday.
Peter Pedder took out division 1 today with 36 points,
with Chris Voller in second place one point behind and Howard Stanley was in
third a further point back.
The same winning score won division 2 for Fred Duffy,
with keep it in the family, Mike Fitzgerald second on 35 and the other half
Herme third with 34.
Les Utting birdied the fourth for the only ‘2’ in
division 1 while with a rollover in division 2 Fred Duffy was smiling after
his birdie on the 13th.
Near pins went to John Chambers, Howard Stanley, Les
Utting, William Chang, Herma Fitzgerald, Les Smith and Dave Taylor.
Friday, Jan. 7, Eastern
Star – Stableford
There were 6 ladies out today and 36 men in three
divisions with a cut of 9-14 in division 1, 15-20 in division 2 and 21 plus
in the third division. Playing conditions were perfect again with a cool
breeze coming in from the north.
Playing off 20, Herma Fitzgerald won the ladies division
with 35 points, with Miss Nut second on 32. Marty Rock was top man in
division 1 with 31 points after beating Donal Lyne on a 18/15 count-back and
Mikael Andersson beat Ya Riley on a 18/15 count-back for second after they
both scored 30 points.
The highest score of the day was in division 2 with Andy
Galvin winning with 38 points, Don Head in second on 33 and Bruce Gardner
came third after beating Andy O’Neill and Bryan Rought on a 18/17/16
count-back, all on 32 points.
Sean Bambury was the victor in division 3 with 34 points,
with Chris Reed beating Joe Kubon 19/16 on the back nine for the runner-up
spot after they both shot 30 points.
Near pins went to Herma Fitzgerald, Evelyn McNamara,
Mikael Andersson (2), Howard Stanley, Martin Rock, Mike Fitzgerald and Chris
There was a rollover in the ‘2’s from last week here at
Eastern Star in division 2 and no winners again today so all to play for
next Friday. In division 1 Mikael Andersson, Paul Butler and Ya Riley shared
Aussies win a test at Rayong
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society opened its 2011 account with a
public holiday appearance at Rayong CC on Monday 3rd January for a
stableford competition. The course was very hard underfoot, whilst some
fairway watering was taking place, but the irrigation system is the original
one and is not truly effective.
Good iron striking was essential and the PGS’s current
in-form golfer, Wichai Tananusorn, found few problems in accumulating 35
points for fourth place. New member John Chelo struck all the right notes in
his 36 point return for third place. However Chelo was forced to play second
fiddle to an Aussie duo, seldom seen in the rankings, who played splendidly
to share the win with 37 points each. Full marks to Les Burns and Brendan
Gilsenan for mastering the track and for the latter it was his second
successive victory. Aussies winning in testing conditions? Unheard of in
recent times, according to the Poms in the field!
Wichai also recorded a brace of birdie ‘2’s, on the
seventh and twelfth holes, to end a profitable day and the Booby Bevy was
reserved for newest member Mukesh Thakkar after declining the opportunity to
enter his first competition and coming up with the best score.
It had been a pleasant way to enter the New Year and more
fine days lie ahead for the Soi Buakhao based group.
Thakkar tames Treasure
On Friday, 7th January, the Pattaya Golf Society
revisited Treasure Hill after a long absence and found the course to be in
perfect condition, by far the best prepared course in the area currently,
with lush fairways and exquisitely consistent and quick greens. The
legendary tough challenge attracted a large field and the cut came at
sixteen and under with play from the yellow tees.
As usual the golfers struggled to come to terms with the
accuracy and subtlety demanded by the course and scores seemed to be heading
for the usual above par average. In the second flight Len Jones, Masashi
Iizumi, Pat Murphy and Jim Ferris shared third place with hard earned scores
of 28 points whilst Canadian Gordon Everingham managed some respectability
with a second placed 34 points. Old French warhorse Jean Morel drew on all
his Treasure Hill experience to tease out a score of 35 points and take the
In the top flight Ray Banks and Wichai Tananusorn shared
third place with 32 points, one behind an in-form Marc Jensen who finished
as runner-up on 33 points. The winner was debutant member Mukesh Thakkar and
he defied golfing logic and history with a score of 41 points for an
emphatic victory. It represented the best PGS winning score at the course in
more than fifty attempts with only four other golfers managing to break par
there in competitions since the club opened its doors to non members some
ten years ago.
Ray Banks and Mukesh shared the ‘2’s pot with their fine
efforts on hole thirteen and Rod Stevens received the Booby Bevy as an
attempt to boost his immunity to hornet stings after an unfortunate incident
In the opinion of all the golfers Treasure Hill
represents outstanding value for money at the moment and a regular monthly
visit is assured.
Jay Sher the last winner in 2010
Golf from the Travellers Rest
I have to start this report with a sincere apology to Jay
Sher, one of the many visiting golfers who joined us at the TRGG in 2010. At
our last outing of the year on 30th Dec at Phoenix Jay
was awarded the Overall Winner’s spot with a great score of 41 points.
However, although it had been written on my results sheet I totally failed
to see this and subsequently did not include it in last week’s report -
Sorry Jay! My only weak excuse is that I was writing the report the morning
after the previous night’s New Year celebrations so I was not really at my
Sher - the last TRGG winner in 2010.
I understand that some of Jay’s relatives in Canada do
not believe he is actually playing golf here in Pattaya, so please let it be
duly recorded that Jay Sher was playing golf and was the last winner of
Some weeks I struggle to find anything of interest to
write about unlike this week when I have too many. Here are just some things
that popped up: shoes left behind at a course, pin position moved before
last group had finished play, plus snakes and bats.
More details in the daily reports below, but before those
one more piece of information for our member players. Your current and up to
date handicap is now being made available after every outing at the website
for Master Scoreboard. Fuller details can be found in the “results” section
of the TRGG website at www.trgg.biz
So now on to a report of the first full week of play for
Monday, Jan 6, The Emerald
Monday we visited Emerald with a fair turnout and we
found a course that will always please the avid golfer with this day being
The honour of Overall winner on the day went to Derek
Thorogood with his great 41 pointer.
In the divisions our regular lady Mod Chaviraksa took
Division 1 with 37 points and was followed in by Neil Wilkinson at 36 while
Ted Senior found himself in yet another third spot with 32 after winning the
count-back over Barry Pussell.
tree snake with the bat at Green Valley.
Division 2 went to Alan Evans (who is always thereabouts
it seems) with another great score of 41 points. The nearest that Frank
Higgins could get was 38 for second and Peter Roberts was third with 35 with
Seamus Farrell in last prize spot with 33.
The 2’s on the day came from Derek Thorogood and Guy
One player who will remain nameless was in such a hurry
to get back after play to have a drink (well I think that is what it was)
that he left his shoes behind. It is good job that yours truly lives near
the course and was able to retrieve same. However, before I could get them
back to him he had bought a new pair. A very keen golfer it seems.
1st Derek Thorogood (17) 41pts
1st Mod Chaviraksa (12) 37pts
2nd Neil Wilkinson (12) 36pts
3rd Ted Senior (11) 32pts
4th Barry Pussell (6) 32pts
1st Alan Evans (29) 41pts
2nd Frank Higgins (13) 38pts
3rd Peter Roberts (15) 35pts
4th Seamus Farrell (36) 33pts
Tuesday, Jan. 4, Green Valley - Stableford
Green Valley was the course for the day on Tuesday but I
could not play (had to work) but did go to the course to see everyone
arriving back after their rounds and wish them all New Year greetings.
This turned out to be very interesting because whilst
waiting at the eighteenth pin and with still a couple of groups to return,
two men turned up on a motorcycle and promptly moved the pin back by about 5
yards from the back of the green to the front (blue flag to red). I joked
with the two returning groups explaining what had happened and told them
that they were disqualified for playing a different pin placement to the
rest of the comp. (Not true) but you should have seen the reactions.
It was while we were having these discussions that I
heard “snake” shouted and saw Stuart James leap into the air only to see a
fairly large green snake heading towards him. However we all then noticed
that in its mouth it had a “bat” because it only wanted to go somewhere
quiet and eat its catch. Result - many a farang looking at the bat in a tree
and all the Thais running for cover. They really hate snakes don’t they?
Neil Wilkinson took out Div 1 with 34 points while Mike
Rushant came second after a count-back over Brendan Moore. Tony Navarro was
the top man in the second flight, just edging Gerry Swan and Stuart James
into second and third respectively.
Only the one ‘2’ on the day and that was from Tony
1st Neil Wilkinson (12) 34pts
2nd Mike Rushant (11) 32pts
3rd Brendan Moore (10) 32pts
1st Tony Navarro (14) 35pts
2nd Gerry Swan (14) 34pts
3rd Stuart James (25) 33pts
Thursday, Jan. 6, Phoenix - Stableford
Thursday was the first of our regular visits to Phoenix
for 2011 to play the Lakes and Ocean layout. An excellent attendance, and
you can see why as it is always in very good shape, saw two divisions on the
Division 1 had a very good win for Ted Senior at 37
points followed in by Mod Chaviraksa, Hugh Byrne and Callum Inglis (who was
playing his last game of this visit) all bottlenecked on 35.
The second division saw Peter Roberts heading the list
with 37 points, one ahead of Derek Thorogood in second, with Tony Navarro
only managing a third spot this time with his 35.
Six ‘2’s were recorded and congratulations to all of them
1st Ted Senior (12) 37pts
2nd Mod Chaviraksa (12) 35pts
3rd Hugh Byrne (11) 35pts
4th Callum Inglis (7) 35pts
1st Peter Roberts (15) 37pts
2nd Derek Thorogood (15) 36pts
3rd Tony Navarro (14) 35pts
4th Roger Wilkinson (14) 33pts
Saturday, Jan. 8, Greenwood - Stableford
Saturday was a second return visit to Greenwood for the
New Year. This has now firmly become our favourite course at weekends and we
had great support so two full divisions.
It was nice to see Brendan Moore heading the Division 1
list with 37 points, just getting home in front of a bunch of 36’s all
decided on count-back. Those who lost out on the prizes were George Robinson
and Daryl Ottoway while John Hefferman grabbed third and Barry Welling was
In Division 2 it was a convincing win for Michael Jones
at 38 points and again he was followed in by 36’s from Norman Cheetham and
Steve Canavan .
Four ‘2’s came from Barry Welling (x2) and one each for
Jay Shah and John Welch (I bet he was happy with that, I happen to know how
hard he has been beating himself up about his poor games of late)
1st Brendan Moore (10) 37pts
2nd Barry Welling (6) 36pts
3rd John Heffernan (10) 36pts
1st Michael Jones (13) 38pts
2nd Norman Cheetham (15) 36pts
3rd Steve Canavan (15) 36pts
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
JJ returns to winning ways at Emerald
The Backyard Golf Society
right): Neville, Terry C, JJ and Dan M.
Congratulations go to the four guys in the picture this
week for their winning performance in representing the Backyard Golf Society
at the Shenanigans Tournament on Thursday, Jan 6. With a winning net score
of 56 in a 4 man scramble competition, the guys did us proud.
So in to Friday’s competition, with 10 players involved,
we welcomed back Tom and got off in good time at Emerald Golf Course. After
having a great year before, JJ started off the new one with a win, albeit
with only 34 points.
Terry C took nearest the pin prize and the skins results
were as follows: Neville (6), Dan M (5), Terry C (4), JJ (1), Bob G (1) and
We went back to Mama’s Bar afterwards and even though Tip
is still suffering from staff shortages the beer is still nice and cold!
Fitzgerald on a flyer at Khao Kheow
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Wednesday winners, Joe Mooneyham, left, Sugar Ray Handford, rear centre, and
Paul Greenaway, right, with Birthday boy Steve Mann’s, front centre.
Monday, Jan. 3, Burapha -
A holiday look to Burapha today as the Outback kicked off
their first venue of 2011 with a small field of 24 players, playing the A &
B loops from the blue tees.
With the absence of many local regulars, choosing to not
play on the holiday, both podiums had mostly a visitor flavour to them, as
Brad Dippie smashed his way to the top of Div A with a fine 38 points,
followed home by Wayne Cotterill (36pts) and Raji (35pts).
Div B went to Jason Gale, having his best round to date
with the Outback with 35 points, with Wayne Martyn (aka. Happy feet??) on 34
and Mark Kembrey also doing well again on 33.
There were three ‘2’s coming from Wayne Cotterill, John
Kittilsen and Brad Dippie.
Div A (0 -15)
1st Brad Dippie (13) 38pts
2nd Wayne Cotterell (13) 36pts
3rd Amarjit Banwaitt (6) 35pts
Div B (16+)
1st Jason Gale (21) 35pts
2nd Wayne Martyn (24) 34pts
3rd Mark Kembrey (19) 33pts
Tuesday, Jan. 4, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
An excellent turnout of 35 Outbackers at PCC today,
probably partly boosted by yesterday’s holiday but also through the visible
improvements continuing to be seen here.
Some good scores were seen in all three divisions with
Richard Steadman achieving the day’s top score of 41 points to win Div A. On
40 points were both Murray Hart (2nd Div A) and
Campbell Potts, winner of Div B; and good to see Pottsy on the podium again
after an absence for some time through a shoulder injury.
Thirty nine points took course specialist Geoff Moodie to
the top of Div C and also Bernie Stafford to third place in Div A.
There were just two ‘2’s from Paul Greenaway and Murray
Hary and our thanks go to Nigel Cannon who ran the day, whilst Chad was away
watching England polish off the Aussies at Sydney.
Div A (0-15)
1st Richard Steadman (14) 41pts
2nd Murray Hart (12) 40pts
3rd Bernie Stafford (15) 39pts
Div B (16-19)
1st Campbell Potts (19) 40pts
2nd Noddy Moyle (19) 37pts
3rd John Kittilsen (19) 34pts
Div C (21+)
1st Geoff Moodie (23) 39pts
2nd David Spendley (24) 35pts
3rd Gus George (28) 33pts
Wednesday, Jan. 5, Greenwood - Stableford
The first Outbacker Birthday Cup of this New Year went to
Paul Greenaway for his 38 points on the fine Greenwood C & B nines. The
occasion was Steve Mann’s birthday, which was officially today (Thurs 6th),
and he made the most of it by having a double celebration, one golf day
yesterday with the Outback and the other, a party night at Rosco’s Good
Everything Bar, on Friday.
It was a great day out with the course in good shape with
a very comfortable pace of play and no hiccups at the turn, well done
General Jack, who had one point after four holes,
finished with back to back birdies to haul himself into second place with 34
points, behind the PSC’s Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham who had an excellent 36
points, having been very steady from the tee all day. There was a three-way
count-back for third and fourth places between Raji, Kerry and Andy all with
33 and Andy was the man that missed out; a double blow for Andy having also
lost the “Roo Cup’ with his playing partner Drew Robertson, to Paul Greenway
and Bernie Stafford, 2 down. By all reports though, it was a tight match
Elsewhere, in Div B, after another count-back between
Rosco and the Sugarman, both on 36 points, the Sugarman was declared the
winner, as their scorecards were perfectly mirrored, Rosco with 21 (front)
and 15 (back) and the Sugar’s the exact reverse.
Back at the bar there was the usual spread of Outback
food, courtesy of Steve, who also sponsored the winner and an Outback shirt
for each of the division winners. Thanks Steve and Happy Birthday mate!
Finally, there was a jackpot ‘2’, unbelievably coming
from Dennis Persson with a shot he manufactured using his driver.
1st Paul Greenaway (10) 38pts
Div A (0-13)
1st Joe Mooneyham (13) 36pts
2nd Jack Moseley (13) 34pts
3rd Amarjit Banwaitt (6) 33pts
4th Kerry Beck (10) 33pts
Div B (14+)
1st Sugar Ray Handford (19) 36pts
2nd Rosco Langoulant (15) 36pts
3rd John Locke (14) 35pts
4th George Bishop (14) 34pts
Friday, Jan. 7, Khao Kheow - Stableford
The huge success story for local courses just has to be
Khao Kheow, which has overtaken Burapha as the Outback’s most popular venue;
this week with 51 playing the B & C nines. Great value green fees coupled
with walkers being permitted and a dual price cart policy (one or two
golfers) must contribute greatly to their popularity; not to mention the
great layout and fantastic condition the course is in. Keep it up Khao Kheow
and we will keep on coming!
Big numbers sometimes put off golfers but courses like
Khao Kheow offer more attractive deals to the larger groups and more and
more of the top courses are moving in that direction. The other advantage
from a golfing point of view is that golfers can be better matched against
golfers of similar ability; take for example our Div B, 12 players of either
13 or 14 handicap, making it a true equal competition.
The star of the day has to be John Fitzgerald with a
massive 40 points, winning Div C by nine shots, which must rank as the
biggest winning margin ever with the Outback, leaving the minor placed men,
Barry, Don & John all floundering around the 30 mark.
Graham Johnson, back with us after a long absence, paved
the way in Div A with a fine 37 points (78 gross) to head Div A, four in
front of three guys all tied on 33, namely Tony, Gary and Steve.
Another Steve did well in the 13 & 14 class (Div B), and
he was Steve Plant with 36 points for second place just one point adrift of
the surprise winner, Bob St Aubin on 37.
Back in Div D, John White was tied with Jason Gale, both
on 36, John getting the nod on count-back, with the fast improving Gus
George grabbing third with his 35.
There was a whole bunch of ‘2’s, nine to be precise,
coming from Wayne Cotterell, John O’Keefe, Ivan Plunkett, Steve Plant, Mitch
Black, both Bruce & Sunan Livingstone and Graham Johnson got two.
Div A (0-12)
1st Graham Johnson (7) 37pts
2nd Tony Garnett (9) 33pts
3rd Gary Hogg (8) 33pts
4th Steve Mann (8) 33pts
Div B (13-14)
1st Bob St Aubin (14) 37pts
2nd Steve Plant (14) 36pts
3rd Norm Cheetham (14) 34pts
4th Chris Davisson (13) 29pts
Div C (15-18)
1st John Fitzgerald (18) 40pts
2nd Barry Ennis (16) 31pts
3rd Lehmer,Donald (17) 30pts
4th John O’Keefe (15) 30pts
Div D (19+)
1st John White (28) 36pts
2nd Jason Gale (21) 36pts
3rd Gus George (28) 35pts
4th Noddy Moyle (19) 33pts
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.
Niels nails number nueng at Greenwood
PSC golf from Café Kronborg
winners Mike Winfield and Andre van Dyk with The Admiral.
San Mig Stu & The Drut
Tuesday, Jan. 4, Pattaya
C.C. - Stableford
Twenty seven golfers departed the Kronborg at 8.15
precisely under the watchful eye of The Admiral. A reminder to all, check
your start time/group and handicap before departure or risk the wrath of he
who rode the oceans! I once made the mistake of asking to see the time sheet
at the course, as I had neglected to check what group I was in, and copped
an Admirals rebuke. One would think we were all still in the navy! (Love you
There were a number of grumblings about the club lockers,
toilet and shower facilities and the shoddy practice green but mainly praise
for the course and food. The weather conditions could not be faulted,
although when I heard a UK visitor grumble that it was too hot I asked if
they would prefer being back home. The reply was “What lovely weather
Pattaya has at the moment!”
Group 1 teed off about 15 minutes late at 09.55 as the
course was very busy. The first group reentered the club house some 4 hours
and 25 minutes later.
We welcomed back Dr. John Naponick from Cambodia who has
stated he has finally retired, for the third time. He confirmed he will
definitely not work again, except perhaps consult for 4 hours a week! Sounds
like work to me John.
Mike Winfield (although complaining around the course
about his game) managed to take out B Flight with 37 points, from Wayne Koch
on 34, Graham Buckingham on 33 and Jan Lovgreen 32 on a count-back from
Andre Van Dyk was a first up winner on this course and
took out A Flight on a count-back from Niels Hansen with 36 points, whilst
Rob Brown beat Brian Gabe into third spot, both with 34 points.
A Flight (0-17)
1st Andre van Dyk (17) 36pts
2nd Niels Hansen (15) 36pts
3rd Rob Brown (8) 34pts
4th Brian Gabe (16) 34pts
B Flight (18+)
1st Mike Winfield (21) 37pts
2nd Wayne Koch (22) 34pts
3rd Graham Buckingham (23) 33pts
4th Jan Lovgreen (21) 32pts
Near Pins: 5th & 7th Carole Kubicki, 12th Rob Brown, 16th Mike Gosden.
Long Putts: 9th Mike Gosden, 18th Andre van Dyk.
The Compass Award was keenly sought after but alas only
one winner can have the privilege of wearing it until the next game. Karen
Brown seems rather attached to this cap and managed to hold onto it for a
few more days. Thanks for the donation again Karen.
Deefa the Dog was again satiated and very grateful to all
winners and wayward golfers for their donations today. Such is Deefa’s
charisma that as he was being taken home to his soi in Pattaya later that
evening, his owner (The Drut) was stopped by two curious tourists who asked
“What’s the story with the dog?” They had spotted a leg, and head protruding
from the bag he was being carried in. The Drut took Deefa out and introduced
him to the Englishman and Canadian and explained the purpose of Deefa and
why the hole was in his belly and thus a mid night snack ensued. Thanks to
you two good curious Samaritans as you have helped increase the children’s
charity bin even further!
Thursday, Jan. 6,
Thirty-two golfers departed from the Kronborg at 0810
hours for the day’s entertainment.
Playing the B and C nines from the white tees the first
group finished in four hours and thirty minutes. The round would have been
quicker, however despite a group of gastropods in front passing the Koreans
on the eighth hole it was still slow going for the remainder of the journey.
The weather was pleasant the course in excellent
condition and the greens superb.
We welcomed Jeff Oxler and Maurice Beaudoin from Canada,
Ulla and Kjeld Ravn from Denmark and Urs Zwicky from Switzerland.
In the A Flight Niels Hansen blitzed the field with a
superb forty point effort. In second spot and further behind than a marathon
runner in diver’s boots was Mike Gosden with thirty five points whilst Rob
Brown on the same score held off the fast finishing Richard Kubicki ( back
nine 22 points ) also on thirty five points.
In the B Flight and working harder than the air freshener
in a vindaloo curry house toilet was Ingi Magnfredsson who scored thirty six
points to take first place. In second place was the consistent Mike Winfield
with a thirty five point effort and third place went to Ken Bernek on thirty
four points whose putter blade almost melted on the fourteenth green it was
Despite a twenty-nine point fourth place showing, Elias
Magnusson indicated his game should have included a bag of onions to go with
the tripe he was serving up.
In the C Flight Hugh ODonnell returned a solid thirty
five points to head the list. In second place was Carole Kubicki with a well
compiled thirty three points and ‘Mr. Good Guy’ Volker Buley handed in
thirty two points for third place while Andy Makara took fourth with thirty
Owen Walkley, who earned a BFUC in the New Years Honours
List, finished well back.
A Flight (0–16)
1st Niels Hansen (15) 40pts
2nd Mike Gosden (9) 35pts
3rd Rob Brown (8) 35pts
4th Richard Kubicki (12) 35pts
B Flight (17-21)
1st Ingi Magnfredsson (17) 36pts
2nd Mike Winfield (21) 35pts
3rd Ken Bernek (18) 34pts
4th Elias Magnusson (17) 29pts
C Flight (22+)
1st Hugh ODonnell (23) 35pts
2nd Carole Kubicki (25) 33pts
3rd Volker Buley (29) 32pts
4th Andy Makara (31) 31pts
Near Pins: B2 Walter Baechli, B5 Einar Johannsson,
C3 Carole Kubicki (slotted the birdie), and C6 Leif Kirkegaard.
Long Putts: B9 Elias Magnusson, C9 Einar
As San Mig Stu was on the injured list, the coveted
Compass Cap was not played for today, however Deefa was on hand to accept
donations from the gathered throng which he did with great delight and all
participants are thanked.
PS. Staff and patrons at Little Susie’s bar are also thanked for
their contributions to Deefa.
Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Somrak, Noodle, Mai, Sak, Ooy, Leen
One week to go in this league and three teams will fight
it out on week 30 for the second and third place trophies.
This week VFW Post 9876, who clinched the first place
trophy last week, played to a 2-2 tie with House of the Golden Coin.
Somrak rolled a 201 game for VFW.
Sak bowled a 202 game and 521 series to lead second
place Brother D to a four point win over Sabai Friday. Aht Johansson
bowling as a Pacer had a 519 series.
Noodle Russell bowled a 200 game and 536 series to
lead third place Green Tree to a three point win over Jack Tar. Ooy
Pluemkamon with Jack Tar bowled poorly the first two games and then had
a 234 last game for a 529 series.
Fourth place Café Kronborg, led by Sue Murphy who had
a 543 series, took all four points from Canada. Leen Schaap bowling as a
Pacer had a 202 game and 529 series.
United States Marine team won all four points from Bavaria led by Mai
Munsitha who bowled a 236 game, 566 series and Joe Ferral had a 201 game
and 561 series.