Asia’s top sailors turn attention to 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta
Competition is expected to be high as leading sailors from around Asia
prepare for 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta.
Anticipation in the sailing world is building as the Gulf
of Thailand prepares to welcome sailors from around the region to the 2011
Top of the Gulf Regatta (TOG Regatta). Set to take place 29 April – 3 May at
Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, the TOG Regatta
incorporates the one-design Platu Coronation Cup and Thailand Optimist
Hot on the heels of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, Royal
Langkawi International Regatta and Singapore Straits Regattas, keel boat and
multihull sailors from around the region are eying this, the penultimate
event of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix Championship, as the ‘one to win’.
“The 2010 Regatta was a great success. We welcomed big
fleets of all kinds of boats to the Gulf of Thailand. Planning for the 2011
event is well underway and we are looking forward to another great year.
With strong support from host sponsor Ocean Marina Yacht Club, we are
expecting to further increase the number of participants in 2011,” said
William Gasson, Regatta founder and Chairman of the Organising Committee.
The 2010 TOG Regatta saw a record ‘big boat’ fleet with
51 keelboats and multihulls taking part. Second only in size to the big boat
fleet of the 25-year old Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, the TOG Regatta saw over
120 Optimists, dinghies and beach catamarans also take part in 2010,
actually making it the largest sailing event in Thailand.
The Top of the Gulf Regatta includes the largest Optimist
fleet in Thailand, attracting over 100 junior sailors from around the region
each year, to compete for the Thailand Optimist Nationals. Having won
individual and Team golds at the recent Optimist World Championships held in
Langkawi, Malaysia, Thailand’s sailors are going to be hard to beat.
For the larger boats, racing will be divided into 12
classes covering keelboats, a large cruising fleet, one-design Platus and
Now in its seventh sailing, the TOG Regatta continues to
attract a strong domestic fleet and more international racing yachts each
year, in addition to strong dinghy and Hobie classes, and the
ultra-competitive one-design Platu class.
Thailand is home to the largest one-design Platu fleet in
Asia. Each year the Platu fleet compete for the prestigious Coronation Cup
which is an integral part of the TOG Regatta, and which was established in
1996 to celebrate the anniversary of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s
Coronation date. At a mere 25-foot, size is not everything for Platu
sailors, with top-class sailors coming from all around Asia to take part.
The TOG Regatta is unique, being the only marina-based
regatta in Thailand, and one which welcomes boats of all sizes from
Optimists and dinghies to beach catamarans, keel boats and ocean multihulls.
Participants in the 2011 TOG Regatta are expected to attend from Australia,
India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, to name just a few
“We’ve had a lot of interest from entries already and are looking forward
to welcoming many international participants across the fleets,” added
Prom earns maiden appearance at the Open Championship
Prom Meesawat, seen here in action at the 2010
Indonesian Open, has qualified for this year’s British Open Championship to
be played at Royal St George’s in July. (Photo/OneAsia)
Thailand’s Prom Meesawat earned his maiden appearance at
The Open Championship after winning the International Final Qualifying Asia
Prom, a one-time Asian Tour winner, fired a superb second
round seven-under-par 65 for a two-day aggregate of 12-under-par 132 to lead
Japanese veteran Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and American
Jason Knutzon into The Open at Royal St George’s in July.
Hiratsuka, whose three victories in Asia last season
included two titles in Thailand, earned his second trip to the Open with the
day’s best of 64 at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi while Lam secured
his third appearance with a bogey-free 67.
Knutzon endured a nervous wait for the fourth and final
spot after his 67 as overnight leader Kodai Ichihara had a chance to force a
play-off. But the stocky Japanese missed his birdie chance on 18 to finish
one shot shy of qualifying.
The 26-year-old Prom was delighted to earn his Major
stripes. “It’s my first Major. I played very good the past two days. My
driving and everything else was very good. I’ve been working hard with my
coach and psychologist and I need to thank them.”
It was a welcome return to form for the former world
amateur junior champion whose form dipped after finishing twice in the
top-10 of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit in 2006 and 2007. With his
successful qualifying campaign, Prom is now eyeing a memorable trip to Royal
“My friends have been encouraging me all along when my
form wasn’t good. It’s a good comeback for me. It’s a good feeling. I played
to my strength on this course. I knew which holes to be cautious. To qualify
for the oldest Major, it’s an amazing feeling.”
Hiratsuka, fifth on the Merit rankings last year, stormed home in 30 to
book his first trip to the Open since 2004 when he finished tied 36th
at Royal Troon. “I played well despite my body condition being not so good.
But on the back nine, I played fantastic golf. I hit it close with my irons
for some easy birdies,” said Hiratsuka.
‘Dolphins’ settle for
a point against Thai Port
United were held to a hard fought draw by Thai Port FC at the Institute for
Physical Education football stadium in Chonburi last Sunday in a game that
was marred by some ugly clashes between rival fans.
The visitors started the brighter of the two teams and
almost took the lead as early as the second minute when right back Alef
Porjee saw his effort beat Narit in the Pattaya goal but then rebound to
safety off the woodwork.
The game had a definite edge to it and the tackles were
flying in thick and fast with both sides giving no quarter. Following one
such hefty challenge Thai Port’s Ekachai Samre was left prostrate on the
ground and had to be replaced by Sarawut Kongcharoen.
Soon after this, just before the half hour mark, United
took the lead when a spectacular 30 yard curling shot by Somchai Singmaee
bamboozled the Thai Port goalkeeper Munze Ulrich, who could only stand and
watch as it flew over his shoulder, striking the far post before bouncing
kindly into the path of United’s Kazuya Myodo, who then got into a tangle
with Ulrich before the keeper inadvertently kicked the ball into his own
The goal came slightly against the run of play but its
effect was to galvanize the home side into greater effort and they largely
controlled the remainder of the first half to lead at the break.
After the interval it took the visitors all of four
minutes to get back on level terms, although United could feel themselves
unlucky as Wangsawad’s shot was deflected by a Dolphin’s defender into the
path of substitute Kongcharoen who slotted the ball past Narit with the
United defence left flat footed.
Pattaya introduced their new Nigerian striker O. J.
Obatola in the 68th minute and the livewire forward
came close to creating two goals in his first minute on the pitch but both
times he mistimed his connection with the ball and the chances were gone.
Obatola did create one more chance for his strike partner
Ludovick but the Cameroonian star saw his looping effort hit the top of the
crossbar and fall behind for a goal kick.
Overall both teams would have to be happy with a point as
neither side played with much fluency and United will be hoping for a better
performance when they take on Osotspa M-150 in their next Premier League
match in Chonburi on Sunday, March 13.
Football aside, the game last Sunday was overshadowed
somewhat by several distasteful clashes between rival sets of fans on the
terraces that went on for several minutes and saw security and police forces
called in to restore order. With other similar incidents of note recently in
the news, it’s to be hoped that Thai football authorities will crack down on
this type of behavior before it gets too far out of control.
Thai Premier League Results (Feb. 26 & 27):
SCG Samut Songkhram 2 Srisaket FC 1, Navy FC 1 Chiang Rai United 3, Osotspa
M-150 2 Chonburi FC 2, Bangkok Glass 0 Muangthong United 0, TTM Pichit 1 BEC
Tero 2, Army United 3 Sriracha FC 1, Buriram 1 Insee Police 1, TOT FC 0 Khon
Kaen FC 2, Pattaya United 1 Thai Port FC 1.
PCC hold nerve to secure vital league win
a must win game for Pattaya Cricket Club last weekend, the ‘Stallions’
produced a superb all round performance to maintain their challenge for a
top four finish with a tenacious victory over the much fancied AIT Elite at
the Thailand Cricket Ground.
Heavy, unseasonal, overnight rain made the wicket green
and damp and despite obviously offering considerable assistance to the
bowlers, PCC won the toss and elected to bat.
John G and Leon Bouter soon realized batting would be
difficult as the bowlers seamed and swung the ball alarmingly but they
grafted manfully before John G pulled a short ball straight to mid wicket.
Deb Mondal, making his debut, chipped his second delivery back to the bowler
with the score on 29 and Leon unsurprisingly ran himself out 2 runs later.
Once again this season the captain Simon Philbrook and
Sunny were at the crease to attempt a counter attack. It was not pretty, but
effective, as the pair ground out a 90 run partnership on a wicket that as
it dried out seemed to be deteriorating.
Simon departed for 40, stumped missing an arm ball, and
to the delight of the opposition the all too fragile tail was now strolling
to the wicket. However, remembering the scathing pre-match team talk their
stroll expressed an assured determination to wag. And wag it did with most
batsmen reaching double figures, which helped Sunny reach his half century
(55 not out) and PCC posting a target of 190 runs from their 40 overs.
All the AIT Elite bowlers had respectable figures with
the wickets being shared amongst them.
Cricket Club’s Sunny Hanif, right, receives his Man of the Match award after
his fine all round display against AIT Elite.
AIT Elite started positively as Sushir and Anil raced to
52 before Sushir was spectacularly caught by Simon at mid wicket. That set
the tone for what was to be a superb bowling and fielding display. Leon,
brought on early to stem the run flow, bowled with spin and guile to claim
the wickets of Anil and the dangerous Murali. When he had finished his
marathon 8 over spell he had impressive figures of 2 for 13 and promptly
left the field for a sit down and reminisces of yesteryear.
At the other end Deb bowled his mixture of off cutters
and seam up to claim 2 middle order scalps and AIT Elite were reduced to 65
for 5. Sunny and Usman maintained the pressure, but the score was creeping
up as Ashish, 31, and Ashraful, 28, continued to ride their luck.
At 164 for 7 and a run rate of 7 an over required cool
heads were called for. They came in the form of Andy Emery and Yogesh. Andy,
coming back from injury, bowled fast and straight and claimed the much
needed wicket of Ashish. But, it was the 14 year old Yogesh, making his
first team debut, who stole the plaudits with a 3 over spell at the death
that belied his years. Asked to bowl full, straight and fast he responded
magnificently by giving the batsmen no opportunity to hit boundaries and he
strangled the innings (171 for 9) to close out the victory that PCC badly
Yogesh’s performance brought great delight to everyone in
the team, especially to those involved in the coaching and bodes well for
other juniors wanting to break into the first team.
Sunny deservedly was presented the man of the match award
and PCC look forward to their next game on Sunday 6th
March against Birla-ICC in Bangkok.
City back amongst
the goals in capital style
MBMG International League Div. 1 & 2
Pattaya City played the German all Stars in Bangkok last
weekend in an MBMG International League first division fixture, but going
into the game they were concerned about their recent lack of goals.
The German All Stars were just behind leaders City in the
league standings and they are never an easy team to beat. Indeed, it was the
All Stars that nearly took the lead early on when a good attacking move
against a nervous City defense saw their forward’s rasping shot hit the post
and rebounded to safety.
It was a clear warning to City that they could not take
the match lightly and soon after the Pattaya keeper was forced into making a
good save to keep the All Stars at bay.
City eventually worked their way into the game and from a
quick throw in on the right wing, City’s top scorer Ndjanna caught the All
Stars defenders napping and shot home to put City ahead 1-0. The All Stars
defence proved to be more resolute after this and City were reduced to
taking long range pot shots for the remainder of the half.
After the interval, City gained some welcome breathing
space after a jinxing run by Ndjanna gave Craig Banks the time and space to
slot the ball home to make it 2-0. The All stars fought back however and
reduced the deficit within a minute as their unmarked forward headed inside
the post to make it 2-1.
The match was in the melting pot at this stage but man of
the match, City’s Martial Mbouyom, who was controlling the match with his
long passing like an orchestral maestro, found Ndjanna with another
delightfully weighted ball and the forward made no mistake to make it 3-1.
The match was far from over though as the All Stars
struck back again to make it 3-2 and pressured the City defense, who were
able to withstand the onslaught.
Soon after, another superb ball by Mbouyom found Dipita
unmarked and with the keeper out of his goal the City forward lobbed the
ball into the empty net to seal a well deserved and entertaining 4-2
Pattaya City are on their travels to Bangkok again this
coming weekend for a top of the table clash with the Londoner. Kick off at
Pattaya City Reserves meanwhile lost to second place
Scandinavian Vikings 3-1 in division 2 last weekend but they still retain
second place in the league.
PSC donate air-con to Ban Hong Taoun Community Centre
William Macey, 4th
left, represents the Pattaya Sports Club as an air-condition unit is donated
to the Ban Hong Taoun Community Centre.
Pattaya Sports Club have been donating funds to the
handicapped and underprivileged for 31 years but it was a pleasant surprise
when Dennis Stark, a member of Rotary, approached PSC and asked them to help
the Ban Hong Taoun Community Centre. Following a visit by PSC, it did not
take much thought to agree.
They are situated close to Siam Golf Club, share a site
with the local clinic and Noi endeavours to help the village community to
involve themselves with a hobby and pass on information on a variety of
They also have an education programme in place. When
members of PSC visited recently a doctor was holding a ‘seminar’ on Dengue
Fever and Bird Flu, how to detect the symptoms and what steps to take should
a member of a family show signs of illness.
Those who do the teaching are all volunteers, which
involves massage, a gentle form of aerobics, sewing, and making beautiful
artificial flowers which are then sold to hospitals, clinics, markets, etc.,
to help pay for the upkeep of the hall.
The centre is developing a close knit community, which is
to the advantage of everyone in the village. Their activities are now very
popular and well attended and, approaching the hotter weather, they asked
Pattaya Sports Club to provide some air conditioning for the hall to make
their days more pleasant. PSC were very happy to do so.
Millar clan enjoys
a successful outing
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Vance and Matt Millar.
Well, it happened again! It was all in the family for the month ending
get-together of the Three Sister’s golf group. Dale and Poottida were not
here to challenge the winners but Vance Millar and Matt Millar, father and
son, made it to the podium for the day. Both had 36 points as the young
Millar squeaked past his father on the back nine. Matt came in with 19
points and his father had 18. The rest of the field did not do much and will
be waiting to take revenge next week
It was a nice cool day as the cloud cover kept the heat down and the
greens were in great shape. Due the early start, everyone beat the rains
which came just as the last group finished.
Injury ravaged FC Nova earn battling point in Bangkok
MBMG Bangkok International League Division 2
Nova line up before their match against
Sportsman FC in Bangkok last Saturday.
After the previous week’s humiliating defeat at the
hands of the Scandinavian Vikings, FC Nova were in desperate need of
getting their title charge back on track when they took on third place
Sportsman in Bangkok last Saturday.
In the end the two teams fought out a 1-1 draw which
considering all of Nova’s problems was a satisfactory result. The point
now means Nova can only be caught by the Vikings or BSL Youth. Five
points from their remaining 3 games will secure the title while 3 points
will confirm promotion.
The week leading up to this game had certainly been
eventful for coach Stuart Levy and his backroom staff. Already hampered
by injuries and unavailability, the league leaders suffered further
misery when full back Mark Hill pulled out through a damaged ankle and
then Levy’s worst fears were confirmed when influential captain Lee
Homer failed a late fitness test.
If things could not get any worse, stalwart defender
Dave Booton, who was due to play his last game before flying home to
England on the Sunday mislaid his passport, so spent most of the
afternoon frantically searching his condo. Needless to say it eventually
turned up but not before his team mates had long set off for Bangkok!
Coach Levy had spent the majority of the week
scouting for local talent in the five-a-side leagues and must take huge
credit for getting enough players signed on to enable him to assemble a
team for this key fixture.
Nova had comfortably defeated their counterparts in
Pattaya early on in the season but this game was never going to be easy
for them, considering the number of changes made to their starting
line-up, which included an entirely new look back four.
The game itself was an evenly contested affair, with
the opening exchanges seeing both sides struggle to get any real grip of
the game. The home side created a couple of half chances early on
without really testing Art in the Nova goal.
Eventually Levy’s new look side settled with their
midfield lynchpins Roger Cox and the dynamic Mark Mckeown beginning to
pull the strings. They were unlucky not to take the lead when a rasping
free kick from Cox rattled the home side’s crossbar. So it was somewhat
against the run of play that the Sportsman took the lead.
Full back Andrew Robinson looked to have played the
ball off an opposing player for a Nova throw in, but as the player went
to gather the ball the linesman wrongly signaled for a Sportsman throw
in. A quick throw resulted in Robinson getting caught out of position
allowing the Sportsman player to cut down the line before squaring the
ball to his strike partner to fire past Art in the Nova goal.
After the woes of last week Nova were determined not
to let the goal deflate them and they soon took the game to the home
side. With five minutes remaining in the half they deservedly restored
A sweeping passing move down the right saw the ball
arrive to the feet of Bjorn Ellingsen who cleverly lost his marker
before squaring the ball to the onrushing Mckeown who placed his shot
low hard into bottom right hand corner of the net. It was a beautifully
worked goal and came as a timely boost to Nova on the stroke of half
After a rousing team talk from Levy at half time he
sent his new look outfit out for the second half in confident fashion.
They certainly did not let their manager down with a
competent second half display, all that was missing was the vital goal.
All three of his new signings were contributing
towards an assured second half performance. At the back Jed was winning
his aerial battle with his Sportsman counterpart, whereas 17 year old Am
down the right hand flank was causing the hosts constant headaches with
his searing pace, linking up well with another new boy Lee Turner.
It looked as though the goal was coming and so it
seemed when Ellingsen rose well at the far post to head home a Paul
Derbyshire cross. As Nova celebrated, the Thai referee, whose
officiating all afternoon had been sub-standard to say the least, ruled
the goal out. There had been no complaints from the Sportsman to the
goal and it remained a mystery as to why it had been disallowed.
Undeterred Nova continued to press in search of the
winner and Ellingsen was unlucky to see his snap shot hit the upright.
In the dying moments of the game Turner could have won it for Nova, but
his drilled effort from the edge of the area brought a fine save from
the Sportsman keeper.
Soon after the final whistle blew and all in all
coach Levy can be proud of his team’s performance and his patched up
side can count themselves unlucky not to have got all 3 points from this
Particular praise must go to 43 year old Nicholas
Creasey who worked tirelessly upfront as well as his strike partner
Ellingsen, who despite suffering from flu worked his socks off for his
team. Andrew Robinson who could best be described as having a stinker
the previous week put in an assured display covering for the passport
searching Booton at left back.
On a sour note their fine keeper Art suffered a
seizure after the game and was rushed to hospital. The team’s thoughts
are with him on a speedy recovery. Early reports suggest he has been
advised to retire from playing football. It will be a big blow for Nova
as he has proved to be one of the best shot stoppers in the league.
This coming weekend Nova travel to Bangkok for a
crucial clash against Bangkok Storm. What was encouraging for Levy was
the performance of all of the new lads against the Sportsman. He will
hopefully have Captain Lee Homer, Mark Hill, Dar and midfielder Stuart
Cowie all back for the match. If so he should have a reasonably strong
squad available at his disposal, with the second choice keeper Swedish
Jesper replacing Art in the Nova goal.
Big scores rule the week
Golf from the Travellers Rest
players enjoy the buffet at Saturdays surprise party and (inset) Mick Quinn,
the party organiser, gives everyone a song.
Well it is now the end of another week of great golf at
the TRGG as I write this report and the scoresheets are telling me that it
was one for big scores. It seems you had to be shooting forties up to be
anywhere in the running for the top divisions on Monday, Tuesday and
Monday, Feb. 21,
Bangprakong - Stableford. Twenty two players took part.
1st Ted Senior (12) 41pts
2nd Mike McPhee (5) 39pts
3rd Jack Watkins (9) 37pts
1st Jimmy Merritt (28) 43pts
2nd Seamus Farrell (6) 37pts
Jeff Norman (16) 35pts
On Monday twenty two players took part at Bangpakrong and
the first ‘big score’ of the week went to Ted Senior with his forty-one
points while Mike McPhee came in second at thirty-nine.
Ted’s score was usurped however by an even better one in
the B Flight, a whopping 43 points from Jimmy Merritt to seal the flight win
over Seamus Farrell and Jeff Norman.
Tuesday, Feb. 22, Khao
Kheow B & C - Stableford
1st Kam Khan (12) 40pts
2nd Mike Ensor (12) 38pts
3rd Larry Simpson (10) 38pts
4th Mick Quinn (7) 37pts
5th LLew Matthews (+2) 34pts
1st Mike Rushant (13) 39pts
2nd Brett Cham (13) 37pts
3rd Phil Battah (13) 34pts
4th Mark Krysl (30) 33pts
David Booth (13) 32pts
Tuesday at Khao Kheow a forty pointer from Kam Khan
topped the scoring this time, followed home by Mike Ensor at thirty-eight.
Mike Rushant returned a fine thirty nine points to
take out the junior flight.
Thursday, Feb. 24, Phoenix
1st Fergus Brennan (11) 41pts
2nd Mick Quinn (7) 40pts
3rd Amphan North (9) 36pts
4th Brendan Moore (10) 34pts
1st Phil Battah (13) 37pts
2nd Roger Wilkinson (13) 36pts
3rd Frank Courtney (15) 33pts
4th Brian Wilkinson (13) 33pts
1st Gerard Baclet (22) 35pts
2nd Min Moore (29) 31pts
3rd Alan Evans (27) 30pts
Cleaver (20) 30pts
Thursday was our regular weekly visit to Phoenix
(Mountain & Lake) with forty two players so three flights.
Today was Fergus Brennan’s turn to post a forty plus
score for the win in A Flight and second placed Mick Quinn also notched
forty points (I bet he was a little disappointed to find himself in second
spot with that score).
Saturday, Feb. 26,
Greenwood - Stableford
1st Kam Khan (11) 37pts
1st Bill McGarvie (9) 35pts
2nd Mike Ensor (10) 32pts
3rd Alan McGarvie (9) 32pts
4th David Jeffrey (7) 31pts
1st Brett Cham (14) 37pts
2nd Robin Peach (15) 34pts
3rd Dick Stewart (16) 32pts
4th Tewin Lamthong (13) 32pts
1st Andrew Rich (21) 37pts
2nd Jim Cleaver (20) 35pts
3rd Geoff Bracegirdle (20) 34pts
Noel Larkin (20) 33pts
Saturday at Greenwood the only forty plus was the number
of players who took part, which was actually forty seven. One of the highest
entry lists this current high season.
There was an overall winner awarded and that went to Kam
Khan with his score of thirty-seven. Flight winners were Bill McGarvie,
Brett Cham and Andrew Rich.
Some golfers cannot fail to surprise you with their
generosity and such was the case this week. Mick Quinn (he has showed up in
my reports several times recently) was playing his last outing before
returning home on Saturday. When all the golfers returned back for the usual
presentation they found a full party had been organised with live music and
a very good buffet, all courtesy of Mick Quinn as a good bye and thank you
gesture. Thanks Mick, it was much appreciated by all concerned.
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 call in to the Travellers Rest in Soi LK Metro, Pattaya and look at the
notice board or visit their website at www.trgg.biz.
Culley the cream of the crop
PSC golf from the The Caddy Shack
Friday, Feb. 25, Green
Valley – Stableford
Due the unexpected early arrival of this week’s daily
rain, golf was cancelled on both Monday and Wednesday. On Friday we managed
to stay dry enough to complete a round at Green Valley off the white tees,
with 25 players in attendance.
Rick Culley was the top scorer of the day with 40 points
to run out a clear winner in A Flight ahead of Graham Beaumont and Arch
Armstrong, both tied on 38.
In the B Flight, Mike Pledger also had 38 points, this
time for the win but only on a count-back over Mick O’Meara. Dave Strang
took third place just one behind.
1st Rick Culley (13) 40pts
2nd Graham Beaumont (13) 38pts
3rd Arch Armstrong (7) 38pts
1st Mike Pledger (19) 38pts
2nd Mick OMeara (22) 38pts
3rd Dave Strang (18) 37pts
2’s: Ted Gardner, Dave Strang, Mick O’Meara, Les
Hall, Alphonsie McGahan.
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, and can also arrange golf trips outside these
days. For more information email keith @caddyshack-pattaya.com.
Niels nails a hole in one
PSC golf from The Cafe Kronborg
Todd, Dave Richardson & Peter Hammond
were all winners at Pleasant Valley.
Monday, Feb. 21, Pleasant
Valley –– Stableford
Thirty-nine golfers headed off for the day’s play in high
spirits and the first group, teeing off the white markers, completed their
journey round in four hours and fifteen minutes.
The weather was warm, the course in excellent condition
and the greens slowly paced.
Prior to tee off Martyn Topham commented that as he has
been through more putters than a Tour De France rider has bicycle tyres he
was looking forward to an improved effort with the flat stick today. Time
one man Niels Hansen.
In the A flight Martin Todd handed in an impressive forty
two points to stand atop the podium while Mike Allidi finished second with
thirty seven points and Monte Sykes and Rob Brown on the same score filled
third and fourth places respectively.
In the B flight Peter Hammond scored a great forty three
points to easily take the flight from three players on thirty nine points;
Ken Bernek, Stu Rifkin and Mike Winfield.
C Flight saw Dave Richardson once again show the way with
a classy forty points to finish ahead of Martyn Topham on thirty seven,
whilst Graham Buckingham and Brian Noguer filled the minor places.
We welcomed Kevin Callaghan from Australia and Agnes
Sigurrons and Johannes Jonsson from Iceland.
A Flight (0–13)
1st Martin Todd (8) 42pts
2nd Mike Allidi (2) 37pts
3rd Monte Sykes (6) 37pts
4th Rob Brown (7) 37pts
B Flight (14–21)
1st Peter Hammond (21) 43pts
2nd Ken Bernek (18) 39pts
3rd Stu Rifkin (15) 39pts
4th Mike Winfield (21) 39pts
C Flight (22+)
1st Dave Richardson (22) 40pts
2nd Martyn Topham (30) 37pts
3rd Graham Buckingham (23) 36pts
4th Brian Noguer (23) 35pts
Near Pins: Takeshi Hakozaki, Rob Brown, Niels Hansen and Ulla Ravn.
Long Putts: Martin Todd and Don Richardson.
The Coveted Compass Cap was won by Richard Kubicki on a
count-back, who twelve months ago stated, “I will never win this award.”
Golf lends itself to sneaking up and kicking you when least expected.
A huge thanks goes to Bill Plath for his magnificent
gesture where he matched donations by the troops for the day to Deefa, which
saw 2000 baht raised for charity. Bill is heading back to the United States
shortly for twelve months to catch up with friends and relatives. Hurry back
soon mate as we will miss your smiling face.
Thursday, Feb. 24,
Greenwood - Stableford
Thirty golfers headed off for the day’s activities and
the first group teed off at 1000 hours and finished in the smart time of
four hours flat. The course was in great condition, the weather warm and the
greens were slow.
The highlight of the day was Niels Hansen’s hole in one
on the second on the B nine. Two aces in eleven days confirms that the Cafe’
Kronborg is presently the premier golfing outlet in Pattaya if you want to
score that elusive hole in one.
In the A flight ‘Mr. Consistency’ Rob Brown shot a
seventy three off the rod for forty two points to stand atop the podium. In
second place was Niels Hansen with forty points followed by Mike Gosden,
Doug Maiko and Wayne Harman all on thirty seven.
In the B flight Dr Brian Vale with thirty seven points
relegated Mike Winfield on the same score to second place. Mike Herridge
handed in thirty six points to place third and Kjeld Ravn and Leif
Kirkegaard rounded out the flight both scoring thirty three each.
The 63rd best scrabble player in
the world Graham Buckingham didn’t feature today.
A Flight (0–20)
1st Rob Brown (7) 42pts
2nd Niels Hansen (15) 40pts
3rd Mike Gosden (11) 37pts
4th Doug Maiko (15) 37pts
5th Wayne Harman (17) 37pts
B Flight 21+
1st Dr Brian Vale (23) 37pts
2nd Mike Winfield (21) 37pts
3rd Mike Herridge (24) 36pts
4th Kjeld Ravn (22) 33pts
5th Leif Kirkegaard (21) 33pts
Near Pins: Niels Hansen, Kjeld Ravn, Niels Hansen, Mike Herridge.
Long Putts: Dave Richardson and Mike Gosden.
Deefa once again gleefully accepted the donations of the
gathered throng for our charity project. It appears that the Coveted Compass
Cap has expired, however who knows as it may rise from the dead in the
Brown ‘bags’ golfer
of the month award
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, Feb. 22, Mountain
Shadow – Stableford
These reports are all getting to be the same, and today’s
is not going to be any different. So let’s get on with it.
Well we started and after a few holes the heavens opened
and it poured down. Being out on the course and not near a rest stop, we all
got soaked and from a potential good score the round just fell away. Wow, I
certainly feel a lot better for putting down the same as I have for the last
Warburg, left, presents Rob Brown with a fine new and ‘real’ golf bag.
We were just about to play the par 5 around the lake, and
of course as the rain got harder the lake got bigger. Well it didn’t really
but it sounds better as ball after ball went for a swim. Even Mashi put his
ball in there.
Keith was more than pleased that he had stopped on the
way to Bert’s in the morning for ‘super glue’ as he could now use it on both
pairs of spikes: those with the sole dropping off from his last game and
today’s, which would start falling off shortly. So upset was Keith that he
managed to leave his phone in the cart, and as all know, never to be seen
again. Whilst getting the number back is no problem, I think many people
will not be getting a call from him.
Incidentally, the course is not in bad condition, when
dry, and well worth the PSC rate.
So back at Bert’s, late as usual these days, it was time
for the results and as is the norm at Mountain Shadow they were not high and
nobody shot near their handicap. Rain plus blue tees took their toll.
The winner with 34 points was the steady Rob Brown on
count-back over Paul Edgar in second. In third was Brian Downey with 32
points and in fourth was Brian Parrish with 29 points.
The time flies here in Pattaya, and it was once again
time for ‘Golfer of the Month’. One of the players we have been hoping can
sneak in for the award for some time is Rob Brown. Rob is ‘careful’ of how
he wastes his money and has a favourite plastic bag he takes his clothes in
to change after the golf. It is however getting a bit tatty so a new plastic
bag would go down well. It just so happened that the ‘Golfer of the Month’
was indeed Rob Brown. Well done Rob, and he seemed to appreciate the first
bag (plastic) we presented him with as much as the second (real one). I
wonder which he will use next week. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins: Richard Kubicki, Paul Alford, Paul
Edgar, Brian Downey.
Long Putts: Frank Pilkington, Brian Parrish
Ulrich takes the medal in style
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s
Ulrich, right, collects the monthly medal award from Lewiinski’s golf
manager Colin Davis.
Sunday, Feb. 20, Monthly
Medal - St Andrews
1st Bert Ulrich (11) net 67
2nd Garry Blackburne (7) net 72
3rd Pat Reagan (10) net 73
1st Dale Shier (14) net 71
2nd Claude Harder (13) net 72
3rd Colin Davis (14) net 74
1st Jum Karagit (15) net 78
Near Pins: No 3 Colin Davis, No 5 Eddy Beilby, No 9 Seamus Cotter, No17
As Green Valley was host to a Thai youth championship,
Lewiinski’s monthly medal was moved to the Desmond Muirhead’s monster St.
Davis, left, presents the medal award to ladies winner Jum Karagit.
Bert Ulrich had one of those days you remember for a long
time as he went seven under his handicap and eight under the course rating,
an event for a mid handicapper that is calculated to happen one in every
1,138 rounds. Beside the medal, Bert also collected the low gross trophy.
Gally Blackburne posted a net 72, showing why he is one
of the hot favorites for the upcoming Lewinski championship. The same could
be said for third placed ‘young’ Pat Reagan whose net 73 was better bunched
on the backside and thus more favored to that of the chagrined count-back
loser Steve Mulberry.
B Flight provided little evidence to change one’s mind as
Dale Shier did a supposed one in 50 rounds as he shot a net71 to take the
flight. His score was hardly out of line with the field as he was followed
across the line by Claude Harder’s net 72 and the Donkey’s even par round.
It is not difficult to see who wears the plus fours in
the Karagit - Regan partnership, as Jum ruled the ladies flight with a net
78 and so picked up the ladies monthly medal. Jum added two near pins to her
winnings plus a ‘2’, to make it a day to remember. She and Pat were escorted
home by Securicor.
There were five other 2s recorded.
As all our regular readers know, Bert and Jum now gain
entry to the Gold Medal to be played later in the year.
Monday, Feb. 21, Green
Valley - Stableford
1st Gavin Knox (11) 37pts
2nd Terry Mangan (11) 36pts
3rd Patrick Kelly (+2) 35pts
1st Mike Jeffreys (17) 39pts
2nd Lou Szigleti (19) 34pts
Peter Hedenburgh (17) 32pts
The size of the field might have been impacted by the
back to back playing days but the quality of play was certainly not
affected. Mike the ‘Welsh Wizard’ Jeffreys stole the show and topped B
Flight with a sizzling 39 points. A classic matchup was afoot as both Aussie
Lou Zigzag and Peter Hedenburgh effectively garnered podium positions while
still adding 0.1 to their handicaps, the latter by way of a three pronged
count-back involving Gerry Hughes and the Donkey.
Gavin Wilko Knox continued his weekly assault on the
premier flight with a splendid 37 points. That (Managan) Terry Mangan, never
far away, took the silver a stroke adrift. Who else but Patrick Kelly was
left to fill the flight a further shot back.
Gavin Knox carded the only ‘2’ of the day and spare a
thought for Gavin’s mate Colm Mullen who has found it a real struggle off
his new handicap, but an appeal has been lodged with the handicap committee.
Ha, I can hear Gavin from here.
Wednesday, Feb. 23,
Greenwood - Stableford
1st Gavin Knox (11) 38pts
2nd Andre Fortis (17) 38pts
3rd Brian Pikul (10) 36pts
1st Jim Elphick (24) 35pts
2nd Geoff Kubas (18) 35pts
Geoff Bracegirdle (20) 34pts
I am not going to mention his name as the ‘clean-up guy’
struck again, but he was pushed all the way and needed a count-back decision
to decide the top podium spot and man of the match as Andre Fortis matched
Gavin’s 38 points. Brian Pikul filled the flight via another count-back over
Ed ‘The Right Honorable’ Wyckoff as both posted solid even par rounds
The minor flight not to be outdone and had its share of
drama in the count-back department, as Jimmy ‘two shots’ Elphick got the
better of Geoff ‘Elvis’ Kubas to take the flight honors. Geoff Bracegirdle
closed the flight a stroke adrift.
Pat ‘The Big Easy’ Hanafin collected the days only very
Friday, Feb. 25, Treasure
Hill - Stableford
1st Yui Bietry (10) 39pts
2nd Bert Ulrich (11) 38pts
3rd Gavin Knox (11) 34pts
1st John Nalty (12) 41pts
2nd Gill Sayer (18) 38pts
3rd George Jackson (17) 37pts
1st Pueschi Ayako (19) 36pts
2nd Gus Mackinnon (20) 36pts
Roland Sayer (20) 35pts
Treasure Hill or bust was the cry as an excellent
turn-out headed up the 331. Sunday aside the scores lately seemed to have
been a bit mediocre, so the scribe thought he should try his hand, maybe he
could pick up a bit of extra pocket money.
Well old ‘One Ball’ played out of his skin for 37 points
and did manage a third place in B flight, after a heck of a struggle with
his old mate Gordon ‘KO’ Kerr. Gill Sayer was a point ahead for the silver,
but winning the flight and man of the match with a mammoth 41 points was
The red hot Yui Bietry took the senior flight, posting a
rock solid 39 points. Bert Ulrich showed that Sunday’s win was no fluke as
he won the silver a stroke back, followed by Gavin ‘you know who’ in third
after a three-way count-back which included Jimmy Ryan and Thierry
Petrement. Surely if it had not been the week of the medal Gavin would have
been our headline boy.
Skipping down to the minor division saw Ayako Pueschi win
via a count-back over Gus Mackinnon, both on par rounds. Roland Sayer tidied
up the flight a stroke back.
‘One Ball’ had a ‘2’ but so did nearly everybody else.
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.
Bahng beats Brackett on count-back
The Golf Club Sports Bar & Grill
Monday, Feb. 21, St.
Andrews - Stableford
1st Brad Sproxton (12) 39pts
2nd Dale Shier (14) 39pts
3rd Terry Pettit (11) 38pts
4th Will Peak (18) 37pts
Near Pins: Kyle Roadley, Tom Gingrich
February monthly medal winner John Bahng.
We welcomed a move from our regular Monday fixture at
Green Valley to St. Andrews and 35 smiling faces gathered for the challenge.
‘Kaptain Klipboard’ took the frame, winning on count-back over the
impeccably dressed Dale Shier. Terry Pettit finished alone in third and
‘Big’ Will Peak nipped out 3 others to take fourth on 37pts.
Wednesday, Feb. 23,
Century Chonburi - Stableford
1st Bob Doxbury (15) 38pts
2nd Grant Montgomery (8) 37pts
3rd Brad Sproxton (12) 37pts
4th Wayne Koch 37pts
Near Pins: Bob Doxbury
Box Doxbury was on form this day to take the frame on our
inaugural trip to Century Chonburi. It’s a shame that there isn’t enough
money spent on the upkeep of this course - a great layout all agreed.
None-the-less, for a 200 baht green fee it was a fun day out.
Grant Montgomery had a 21 point back nine and finished in
second after beating ‘Klipboard’ and Wayne Koch on count-back.
Friday, Feb. 25, Phoenix -
1st John Bahng (14) net 70
2nd James Brackett (8) net 70
3rd Bob Newell (6) net 72
4th Brad Sproxton (12) net 73
David Shelton (7) net 73
John Bahng was not intimidated by Muffy Kerr or Dale
Shier’s attire and stayed focused on the task at hand. Steady off the tee
and around the greens he came in with a net 70. James Brackett finished with
the same score and it took three rounds of count-backs to determine Bahng’s
victory and the coveted medal winner’s shirt. ‘Seamless’ Bob Newell was
alone on net 72 and third place.
‘Klipboard’ (net 73) finished a consistent week and beat
out David Shelton and John McHuge, again on count-backs, for fourth spot.
Thanks to all for your continued support this week.
Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro,
off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction. We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or
email@example.com and our new website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.
A luscious day for Lusha
Phoenix Tuesday/Friday PSC Golf Group
Tuesday’s medal winners with the staff at The Relax Bar.
The previous Tuesday we were completely washed out, then
on Friday we ended up cancelling the day due to a public holiday and the
LPGA tournament at Siam Country Club. Hence there was no report for last
This week the sky looked a little threatening but we
hoped that the normal movement of the storm clouds at Phoenix would prevail
and skirt around us. Buddha or God was with us today, with thunder and
lightning at a safe distance we were allowed to complete our game rain free.
Playing our end of the month stroke play competition
today we welcomed a new sponsor on board from this week in the name of KPK
Foods Ltd., owned by Keith Keohane to add to Trattoria Italiana, owned by
This means that on the last Tuesday of the month we can
offer two great prizes for the best net scores of the day. A great big thank
you to both the above, plus of course our hosts every week, The Relax Bar,
who also donate weekly prizes of free drinks and A massage. With great
service, sensible drink prices and a good menu this venue has now become the
perfect place for our weekly presentation.
Onto the golf and we welcomed quite a few new players to
our group today: Colin Graver, Gerry O’Dwyer, Damien Malloy (celebrating his
60th birthday), John Kelly and Barry Wilkinson.
However, we also said goodbye to Edi Fiedler, Gerry
O’Dwyer, and Arthur (the umbrella man) Barrett, who all go back to their
respective countries for what they hope will be a nice summer (these people
are fools). Also farewell to Shaun Merriman who is off to more exotic places
in search of wealth.
Our overall winner today with a luscious round of golf
was David Lusha, romping home with a fine net 68 to claim the first prize
plus the KPK Foods voucher. In second place in ‘A’ flight was Edi Fiedler
who also broke handicap to record a net 71 and take the Trattoria Italiana
voucher. In third place in was Shaun Merriman with a net 77 (nuff said).
‘B’ flight winner with a net 72 was Richard Baldwin, with
Goort Gelten coming second only by count-back with the same score and our
little Arthur Barrett claiming third place with a net 76.
Technical prizes of near pins went to Edi Fiedler (2),
Richard Baldwin and Hugh (no surprise) Byrne.
Lucky draw recipients were Patrick (again, no surprise)
Browne, Damien (birthday boy) Malloy and (bubbling) Bob Neylon.
Every Tuesday we play from the white tees and every
Friday we play from the blue (back) tees, both days at approx 12.00 noon.
Anyone interested in playing golf with us please call me (Mike) on 087 091
Voller sets the standard at Emerald
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, Feb. 21, The
Emerald – Stableford
There were 35 out today and the cut in the three
divisions was set at 5-14, 15-19 and 20 plus.
Casey, Noi Emmerson and Andy Baber, the division winners at Eastern Star.
Playing off 6 now, with an astounding 23 points on the
front nine and a total of 40 overall, Chris Voller took the win in division
1 with a great round. Kari Kuparinen was second on 35 and Peter Pedder came
third after beating Timo Ahvenainen on a 19/17 back nine count-back after
the both shot 34.
Tom Breslin claimed division 2 with 36 points, beating
Barry Stirling by three clear and Jerry McCarthy edged Sassa on a 17/14
count-back for third after they both scored 31.
In division three another count-back saw Fred Duffy beat
Rudi Schafer 20/17 for top spot after they both scored 34 points and
‘count-back’ Burnie came in third place with 33.
In her last game with us before her and Mike’s return to
Holland, Herma Fitzgerald won the ladies division on 31 points (we all
expect a lower handicap of 19 on her return later in the year).
An amazing six ‘2’s today in division 1 for Timo
Ahvenainen, Risto Hakkenen, Kari Kuparinen, Jerry McCarthy and Chris Voller
(2). A rollover ensues to next week at Green Valley in division 2.
Near pins went to Jean Utting, Timo Ahvenainen, Peter
Pedder, Chris Voller (2), Kari Aarnio, Tom Breslin, Cully Monks and Rudi
Wednesday, Feb. 23,
Greenwood – Pairs Scramble
The last Wednesday of the month and our fun game, this
time a pairs stableford scramble which had to include in each team one
person from division 1, and one from division 2. There were twenty teams
penciled in the afternoon before but overnight there were a few
cancellations and one no show so in the end we had 17 pairs and one single
We played the B and C courses today at Greenwood and as
we stood on the first tee the majority of caddies were predicting rain
during the round. As the first group reached the 10th
hole the skies were really dark and the wind was blowing a gale. All the
waterproof coverings came out of the golf bags as the first three groups
left the tee, but the skies literally cleared in 20 minutes and a pleasant
back nine was enjoyed by all without any rain. Our Burapha caddie Miss Kung,
who plays with us sometimes, told us there were three hours of rain on her
course that day, which is not that far away so we were very lucky.
There were only 16 points separating all the teams today;
Noi Emmerson and Tony Holehouse came in fourth with 45 points, Billy Hewitt
and Jim Connelly beat the lucky Irish couple of Cully and Josie Monks on a
23/20 back nine count-back after they both score 46 points, but the winners
today with 48 points were Mike Combs and Kari Aarnio.
Near pins went to Harry Vincenzi & Burnie Sinclair,
Georges Faber & Ernst Egeskog, Barry Stirling & Bryan Rought, Bill Hewitt &
Jim Connelly, Jef Hamilton & Martin Macateer, and Cully & Josie Monks
The ‘2’s were split between Mike C & Kari A, Tony H & Noi
E, Jef H & Martyn M, and Barry S & Bryan R.
Friday, Feb. 25, Eastern
Star - Stableford
Our rollover kitty extravaganza day was postponed for one
week due to a few of the lads being away on a golf tour around Kabinburi.
Another two of our players this week have enrolled as life members here so
the numbers are growing.
The best score in the three divisions today was 38 points
for Lee Casey who won the second division. John Williams was second six
points behind and Peter Bowden took third after beating Jim Lane on a 16/15
count-back after they both came in with 30 points.
Andy Baber took the division 1 win with 34 points and in
the frame again Cully Monks was second with 31. Tony Thorne beat the
Luxembourg optician Georges Faber 16/14 on count-back for third after they
both scored 30 points.
Noi Emmerson’s 33 points was the best score with 6 ladies
playing in their own competition, with Josie Monks in second after beating
Nar Hector on a 12/9 back-six count-back. Welcome back Keith and Nar.
There were no ‘2’s today in any division so next Friday
here should be an interesting day.
Near pins were claimed by Noi Emmerson, Keith Hector,
Frank Kelly, Dennis Scougall, Cully Monks and Les Utting.
It was Bon Voyage today to Jean and Les Utting, see you both later in the
Chung & Lundberg top the scoring at Diana Open
February Diana Seniors and Ladies Open
left: Roger Lundberg, Chop Daprakhon and Kenny Chung.
Those who entered the monthly Diana Seniors and Ladies
Open on 24th February were greeted with the news that
following heavy rain over recent days it was ‘carts on paths’ only.
This did not deter any of the 53 players who arrived at
Pattaya Country Club. This is the largest number for over a year and PCC
made some early tee times available to accommodate everyone. ‘Pick and
place’ on the fairways was the order of the day.
Once again for this competition it was another truly
International field with a number playing for the first time.
There were 10 Ladies with us today and the winner was a
‘returnee’ Chop Daprakhon (13) with 38 points with the runner-up Kannika
(28) just a point behind with 37.
The Seniors winner was one of the first time Diana
players Kenny Chung (25) with 40 points, with runner-up again just a point
behind was Alban Matthiasson (15) with 39 points.
In the Super Seniors Roger Lundberg (15) came in with a
fine 40 points to take the winning place with Alan Whittingham (16)
runner-up with 37 points.
Near pin prizes were picked up by Chop Daprokham at hole
7 and Andy Galvin on the 16th.
Before the presentation, organizer Nigel Cannon expressed
his appreciation to Alan Pearce, who once again worked out all the results,
Barry Chadburn who assisted with the registration, and the PCC staff who as
usual were efficient and friendly.
All scores are submitted to Pattaya Sports Club.
Note: The next Diana Seniors and Ladies open is on
Thursday 24th March at Pattaya Country Club with a tee
time of 0900.
Sign up sheets are at Diana Green Bottle on 2nd
road and the Diana Driving range.
Christie top scores in PAGS monthly tourney
PSC golf from The Fairways Golf Society
Tuesday, Feb. 22,
Greenwood - Monthly PAGS Tournament
winner Jack Bowman (left).
We arrived at the golf course today with 118 golfers (two
last minute cancellations) all trying to win one of the 29 prizes on offer.
It was just like the League of Nations with an Englishman, Irishman and a
Chinaman taking the honours in the three divisions plus a Thai winner in the
winner Briany Christie (left).
Unfortunately we had a delay of about 30 minutes due to a
freak storm early in the round but this did not seem to bother anybody as
there were a few laughs and drinks taken in the watering holes. The average
round was played in just under 4ฝ hours which is not bad for such a large
It would take far too long to mention so many winners but
we should say well done to one old veteran, John Emerson, for his near pin
on his first attempt in this competition. Another mention for Briany who had
to be taken to hospital with chest pains after his win in the A Flight.
Thankfully he is ok (it was probably just over-excitement at his win in the
After two rounds the leader in the order of merit is Alan
Griffiths in the men’s divisions and Moon is leading the ladies category.
Flight winner Kenny Chung (left).
Long drives went to Phil Slaney, Jum Karagit, Jason
McDonald and Pimusa. Longest putts were holed by Kale Karlberg and (little
Jon) John Warren while the near pins went to Pehr Werngren, Mikael Anderson,
Jens Olssen, Landis Brooks, Jon Lay, Martin Grimondey (3), John Emerson,
Charlie Ayres, Briany Christie, Jim Bunnzow, Richard Line and Alan
1st Briany Christie (4) 39pts
2nd Jon Lay (6) 38pts
3rd Alan Griffiths (11) 38pts
1st Jack Bowman (13) 38pts
2nd Joop Medez (18) 38pts
3rd Patrick Engels (19) 37pts
1st Kenny Chong (25) 38pts
2nd Don Everett (23) 38pts
3rd Peter Lomm (24) 37pts
1st Moon 32pts
A big thank you to Shane and Dave and all the staff at
the Fairways for the prize giving and the fantastic BBQ supplied as the
celebrations went on well into the night.
Next month’s tournament will be held at Treasure Hills on
Tuesday, March 29.
Friday, Feb. 25, Mt.
Shadow - Stableford
Not so many golfers today so only one division, won again
by that man in-form and coming down in handicap all the time (Mr. Muscles
from Brussels) Pat Engles. Pat can be seen practicing or having lessons with
Scott almost every day at the driving range so all the hard work he has been
putting in is paying off. Beside his win again today Pat also had a near
1st Pat Engles (19) 37pts
2nd Neil Duncan (14) 31pts
Roy Dayton (20) 31pts
Note: The Fairways Golf Society plays every
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday and anyone wishing to play with our group
can call in to the clubhouse any time and put their name on the lists
provided or phone Scott on 084 389 2379.
Lamond and Kodaka take the Medals
IPGC golf from The Haven
Sunday, Feb. 20,.Wangjuntr
Highlands - Stableford
Division 1 (0-16)
1st Patrick Quinlivan (14) 35pts
2nd Bill Connelly (13) 33pts
3rd Allan Duffy (8) 32pts
4th Don Scott (9) 32pts
Division 2 (17+)
1st Jackie O’Connor (18) 42pts
2nd Mike Contoni (29) 41pts
3rd Wayne Harmon (17) 36pts
4th Andy Galvin (17) 35pts
With Sundays still being a bit of a problem at Green
Valley, several bus loads of golfers made the not so long journey to play
the Wangjuntr Highland course in Rayong situated just north of Klaeng, but
with the new road systems it took just over seventy five minutes to complete
the trip without the need for any white knuckles.
The extra time spent travelling was well worth it as the
players were treated to some spectacular views as they proceeded around the
course, which is one of three available, all being set in the deep
countryside, and the condition was first rate.
The scoring in the first division did not come up to the
standard of the course with the best being one over handicap from Patrick
Quinlivan to take his first win out of Soi 13 by two from Bill Connelly,
with Alan Duffy and Don Scott involved in a count-back which Allan won by 12
to 11 over the last six after they had tied at 16 a piece on the nine.
The 2’s were shared by Russell Exley and Joe McArdle
Monday, Feb. 21, Greenwood
Division 1 (0–13)
1st Martin Grimoldby (6) 35pts
2nd Alan Hanlon (12) 34pts
3rd Phil Groves (12) 32pts
4th Kinya Akiyama (10) 32pts
Division 2 (14+)
1st Vance Millar (17) 32pts
2nd Paul McDonald (15) 32pts
3rd Shuichi Kodaka (18) 32pts
4th Rod Howett (23) 31pts
Another large contingent of golfers left The Haven under
very overcast skies and it turned out to be a day bedeviled with
intermittent showers and heavy rainstorms, all of which affected the end
results that saw none of the hopefuls matching their handicaps.
Martin Grimoldby had the best of the day at one over
handicap which was just enough by one to claim the first division from Alan
Hanlon, with Phil Groves making an immediate impression on the handicap
chairman by taking third after a count-back over Kinya Akiyama by a margin
of 18 to 12 after Kinya had lit up the front nine.
The second division was headed by Vance Millar after he
also won a count-back, this one going to the back six which he edged 12 to
11 after he and Paul McDonald had tied the inward half at 18 each.
Shuichi Kodaka was also included in the first part of
that count-back but only managed to accumulate 14 and so finished in third
place, one in front of fourth placed Rod Howett.
Whilst the main competition was running alongside it was
a match played between The Haven and Bobby’s Peelers for the second year as
the visitors tried once again unsuccessfully to wrest the Challenge Jug from
the holder’s claw like grasp. The match finished in The Haven’s favour 32 to
27 after a sterling effort by the challengers just failed to succeed.
There were no 2’s in the first division but Shuichi
Kodaka had one on his own to clean up the roll over pot in the second
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed new member
Seiko Ojima and also welcomed back Phil Groves, Max Arlen, Martin Grimoldby
and John Murphy, who also won the longest drive competition, having come all
the way from Phuket by road.
Wednesday, Feb. 23. St.
Andrews - Stableford
Division 1 (0–14)
1st Alan Hanlon (12) 34pts
2nd Bob Lamond (6) 33pts
3rd Patrick Holland (9) 33pts
4th Ian Foster (13) 33pts
Division 2 (15+)
1st John Murphy (20) 38pts
2nd Toni Pieroni (16) 34pts
3rd Wayne Harmon (17) 33pts
Don Everett (23) 32pts
Another day when the conditions played a large part in
the end results, as once again the rains fell heavily, and made it a very
damp and somewhat miserable day and the scores reflected the difficulties
The two divisions were set up to play from different tees
with the first division playing from the longer yellows and the second
division from the whites.
John Murphy returned the best card of the day at two
under handicap to take the second division by four clear from Toni Pieroni,
with Wayne Harmon in third and Don Everett in fourth, the latter three
ensuring that the Gosnells Golf Club from Perth W.A. were well represented
among the prizes at least in the second division.
The first division found the extra length rather too much
of a challenge when allied to the weather conditions which was reasonably
reflected in the final scores, with Alan Hanlon’s two over handicap good
enough to take the top step of the podium ahead of a four-way count-back for
second which was won by Bob Lamond with 18, with Patrick Holland striking it
rich first time out on 17 in third and Ian Foster fourth with 16, all of
which left Danny Miller missing out as his meager 12 was a big
disappointment following the 21 points that he had amassed on the front
Don Everett made up for just missing out in the main
competition by slipping in the only ‘2’ in the second division while Rick
Roberts and Bruce Horn shared the first division pool, which included two
rollovers. Rick and Bruce birdied the 17th which was
playing around 230 yards into a strong wind and both players hit pretty
amazing shots to the green in the conditions with Bruce in particular
unfortunate to no longer have the power to drive it the extra eighteen
inches for a hole in one and Rick having to hole a tricky twelve footer.
Back at The Haven there was a welcome for Patrick Holland
and welcome backs to David Bowles and the South Herts team headed by their
intrepid leader “Captain 2002’ Bob Heath and comprising in reverse gear
order of speed of play Bruce Horn, George Oakley, Gerald Decio and Jim
Slattery all accompanied by their private and personal golf professional
Michael Cutmore. All will be hoping that last year’s result competing for
the Thailand Challenge jug can be reversed this year.
Friday, Feb. 25, Phoenix
(Blue Tees) - Monthly Medals
Division 1 (0–15)
1st Bob Lamond (6) net 71
2nd John Shin (+1) net 72
3rd Kevin Townsend (10) net 73
4th Peter Skinner (10) net 74
Division 2 (16+)
1st Shuichi Kodaka (18) net 79
2nd Don Everett (23) net 83
3rd David Bowles (19) net 84
Evan Millar (22) net 84
Following his near miss on the previous outing Bob Lamond
made amends in style with an outstanding round over the Mountain and Lakes
courses, which are probably the most difficult of the combinations at
Phoenix off the blue tees, with a three under the day’s CSS which was enough
to win his first monthly medal out of The Haven. This is a very surprising
statistic considering his ability and he had to beat some very good players
to take it. Not least of these was John Shin who returned a gross 71 (net
72) from his plus one handicap and Kevin Townsend, another shot behind in
The result meant that all three first division medals for
the year had been won with a score of net 71 on the way to qualifying for
the end of year Gold and Silver Medal competitions.
Shuichi Kodaka took his first Monthly Medal since
December 2009 with a hard earned four over CSS as the length and conditions
took their toll of the higher handicappers. Don Everett put in another solid
performance to earn second place with David Bowles winning the count-back on
the Lakes course with Evan Millar having a better 38.5 to 39 after they had
tied over the eighteen.
Evan Millar defied the tee positions and scored a ‘2’ to
take the second division pool and Kinya Akiyama and John Shin shared the
first division pot.
Prior to the prize giving there was a welcome for new
member Max Gard and also welcome backs for Wilf Wellman, Bruce Kusyk, Peter
Skinner and John Shin, the latter having just failed to gain entry into the
PGA Asian Tour but competing through to the end of the last four days, and
making an excellent showing in the process.
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.
‘Broken Wing’ is the
big winner at Emerald
The Backyard Golf Society
Wing’ celebrates his win with some of his supporters at Mama’s Bar.
After missing last week because of the public holiday it
was back to normal for the Backyard Golf Society for our weekly trip to
Emerald Golf Course.
With five guys going back to work it trimmed the numbers
somewhat but we welcomed back Micky Y and so we were able to put out nine
players of which eight were in all competitions.
The big target for everyone this week was to win the
first skin as there were eight rollovers from three weeks previously.
‘Broken Wing’ was the man to get it with a birdie on the par 5 fourth hole
and then followed this up with the nearest the pin prize which just happened
to be a rollover as well. It just goes to show you that money does go to
John Mac won the game with a paltry 30 points, beating
Geoff S on count-back 12/11. The other skin winners were as follows: Geoff S
(4), John Mac (4), Martyn (2), JJ (1) and finishing up with ‘Broken Wing’
getting (2) more.
After prize giving as per usual it was down to Mama’s Bar
and we managed to bully the headline boy into ringing the bell to part with
some of his hard earned winnings.
Greenaway in the groove shoots 42
PSC golf from the Outback Golf Bar
Joe Mooneyham (Div A winner) on Friday
celebrates with Suzi Lawton
(Div B runner-up) and John Lawton (Div C winner).
Monday, Feb. 21, Burapha -
Monday again, and this Burapha got a bit of a touch up by
some of the golfers today, with 41 points and 39 points being the best
scores of the day, both in the second division. The course was very wet in
some areas, down to the sprinklers we all thought, but then down came the
rain. Weird though, so very local, some got absolutely drenched whilst two
fairways away, there was little or no rain; then with rain all gone, out
came the sun to fry us.
Playing C & D off the whites does make this course a
little easier but alas not for the Capt’, he could only manage a miserable
26 points, but his handicap is on the way up. So to the divisions, the top
place in Div B went to Barry Ennis with a fine 41 points off of a h’cap of
16 (now 15); second place went Wayne Harman off 17 (now 16) and Ivan
Plunkett finally found his way back to the podium, to take third with his
Good to see the boys from Gosnells back in town and
playing well, hope you enjoy your stay fellas.
The Div A players weren’t quite so hot as Steve Mann’s 36
points was enough to win ahead of John Cunningham (35) and the ever steady,
Owen Walkley (34).
There were three ‘2’s today, from John Locke, Gerry
O’Dwyer and John Cunningham.
Div A (0-14)
1st Steve Mann (9) 36pts
2nd John Cunningham (7) 35pts
3rd Owen Walkley (12) 34pts
Div B (15+)
1st Barry Ennis (16) 41pts
2nd Wayne Harman (17) 39pts
3rd Ivan Plunkett (21) 37pts
Tuesday, Feb. 22, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
Not quite so many golfers on the course as in recent
weeks which was probably just as well as our number swelled to 28 Outbackers
today. Somehow they dodged most of the rain and missed the mini tornado
which whipped round the lake and down Siam Country Road, uprooting trees,
demolishing signs and overturning the food carts at the 7-11.
Fortunately for the Outback, all we lost was some
guttering which was twisted and bent but the bar was flooded for a short
while. The power was restored before the boys returned from golf and we were
able to show the cricket on satellite albeit that England weren’t doing very
well against the underdogs, Holland but the Banglamung cable TV was not so
fortunate, being off air for some time.
Neil Lavery, the Project Manager, showed he could
actually manage his golf game as well, with an excellent 41 points to easily
win Div A by four from John Locke; followed by three all tied on 36 as David
Day and Raji shut out the in-form Alan on count-back.
Div B was comfortably taken by Dave Spendley (39pts), who
was having his last game for a while as the call of work beckoned, and wily
old Geoff Moodie (37pts) found the podium again to take second, with Suzi
just one point further back in third.
The day’s organiser, Chad, had a shocker with only 24
points and has now got his eyes fixed on the February ladder’s NAGA trophy,
which will be filled with complimentary ale, next Monday.
There was a ‘jackpot 2’ bagged by John Locke.
Div A (0-17)
1st Neil Lavery (12) 41pts
2nd John Locke (16) 37pts
3rd David Day (17) 36pts
4th Amarjit Banwaitt (6) 36pts
Div B (18+)
1st David Spendley (22) 39pts
2nd Geoff Moodie (22) 37pts
3rd Suzi Lawton (18) 36pts
4th Terry Marney (26) 35pts
Wednesday, Feb. 23, Greenwood - Stableford
Twenty-two Outbackers here and yet again it was a
confused start with nine groups from Lewiinski’s here as well and the
Starter’s sheet not showing them or us, we don’t know which. However, by
hook or by crook everybody eventually got away by 10.30 and somehow got back
in to the clubhouse having covered the 18 holes in a reasonable time and
without getting wet!
The course (A & C) was as usual in great condition with
Paul Greenaway demonstrating what he can really do when he puts his mind to
it, shooting an excellent 42 points off handicap 11, which is 77 gross.
Not only was he was miles ahead of the second place Mann
in Div A, who had 34; he (Paul) also earned himself three very valuable
ladder points, with just two rounds to go.
Div B had Paul Quinn beating Bernie on count-back, both
with 38 points apiece, and there were no ‘2’s.
Div A (0–12)
1st Paul Greenaway (11) 42pts
2nd Steve Mann (9) 34pts
3rd Ian Heddle (2) 32pts
4th Gerry O’Dwyer (8) 32pts
Div B (13+)
1st Paul Quinn (20) 38pts
2nd Bernie Stafford (13) 38pts
3rd Jeffrey Warner (13) 34pts
4th John Locke (16) 33pts
Friday, Feb. 25, Khao Kheow - Stableford
Thirty-one Outbackers travelled to Khao Kheow to try to
tame the B and C courses but failed dismally, with the best score of the day
coming from recently returned Lawrie McBride. Whilst Lawrie had a great day
his playing partner, Ed, had a shocker, only scoring one point on the front
nine (B course).
The course itself was in great shape, especially the
greens albeit a bit slow and the rough was exceptionally long as most of it
had not been cut due to the recent weather.
Again the Outbackers had to put up with a number of
five-ball groups on the first nine and then they slotted in two more on the
back nine. The five-balls on the front were made up of 20 juniors who walked
so they are being taught bad habits right from day one, why not five
four-balls, surely faster.
Today we had three divisions: A division was won by the
PSC Golf Chairman, Joe Mooneyham, with 31 points off his 13 h’cap, who was
having his first game for some time due to his PSC commitments. Joe won on a
count-back from the much travelled Bruce Milner, also on 13, while Gerry
O’Dwyer with 30 points took third.
The closely matched B Division was won by Lawrie McBride
with 34 points from Wes Rado, Suzi Lawton and John Locke who all had 33.
C Division was won by John Lawton with the amazingly
ordinary score of just 29 points on a count-back from Stu Sutton, with a
surprised Sid Ottaway taking third with only 27.
Finally, welcome back to the regular Broome visitors,
Fidge and Barney, ahead of their annual TIAC tournament, who are also both
joining us in Chiang Mai in two weeks time.
There were only two ‘2’s from Bob Duxbury and Bruce
Div A (0-13)
1st Joe Mooneyham (13) 31pts
2nd Bruce Milner (13) 31pts
3rd Gerry O’Dwyer (8) 30pts
Div B (14-16)
1st Lawrence McBride (16) 34pts
2nd Suzi Lawton (16) 33pts
3rd Wes Radomiljoc (15) 33pts
Div C (17+)
1st John Lawton (19) 29pts
2nd Stuart Sutton (22) 29pts
Sid Ottaway (23) 27pts
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.
Eliassen survives at Khao Kheow
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society based at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society visited Khao Kheow on Monday,
21st February, to play its Monthly Medal competition on the B and A nines.
After a day of heavy rain the course was soft and the rough was clinging,
making the track very long off the yellow tees. On a scale of difficulty the
Pete Dye creation is up there with the toughest and in the excessively humid
conditions scores were destined to be low.
The field was divided into two flights at fourteen and
under and in the top flight Rob Lamond produced the fourth best score of the
day, net 74, to finish in third place behind the two very creditable rounds
of the joint winners Peter Masters and Brian Beaupre, on net 73. Peter’s
round was even better but he had earlier called a foul on himself for a
mistake by his caddy, unaware of the group’s “one chance” policy regarding
errant caddies. Canadian Brian’s gross score of 78 was the best of the day.
In the second flight Martin Hennessey took third place
with net 79, just behind Larry Slattery in second with net 78. The flight
winner was Norwegian Tore Eliassen whose net 70 was the only sub-par round
of the day.
In the second flight Chris Walsh recorded the only birdie
‘2’ whilst in the top flight David Thomas, Paul Sturgeon, Rob Lamond and
Brian Beaupre (two) all shared the honours.
The Booby Bevy went to John Mason, his tee shots now a
distant memory of the halcyon days last September when he assumed the role
of “Medal Man”, leaving him with one of the highest scores of the day.
Khao Kheow in this condition certainly bares its teeth
and Tore Eliassen was the only golfer to survive unscathed.
The PGS ‘Golf for Fr. Ray
The Pattaya Golf Society, based at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
in Soi Buakhao is rightly proud of its friendly and warm-hearted members and
when the decision was taken to play one event each month with a “fun” based
format to raise awareness and some funds for charity the members supported
The group’s charity has always been linked to the Fr. Ray
Foundation and the focus this year is the Fr. Ray Outreach and Drop-in
Centre which has recently been developed in Soi Thepprasit. For this reason
the PGS played a pairs scramble at Eastern Star on Wednesday 23rd February,
and it was very well supported with fifteen teams entering.
Technical prizes had been generously donated by John
Mason and Mike Ensor and all costs on the day were waived with the Outreach
Centre benefitting at the end to the tune of more than eight thousand baht
made up of entries and individual donations. It was a magnificent response
and the Centre’s Administrative Officer, Khun Phennipa was overjoyed with
For the record there tournament was won by Dave Moriarty
& Chris Walsh with 59.2 points ahead of Larry Brand & Fredy Braun (60.2
points) in second and Chris Smith & Nile Sheehan (62.6 points) taking third
place. Technical prizes were won by Dave Moriarty and Mike Earley.
The universal opinion was that the day had been a
wonderful success and plans are well advanced for the next event at St
Andrew’s in the third week of March when Combination Pairs stableford will
be the format. Entry could not be easier with an entry sheet in the bar from
a week before. Well done everyone on the first PGS “Golf for Fr Ray Day”.
Resilient and reliable are these Pattaya Golf Society
members as on Friday, 25th February, when they found they had been muscled
off the Treasure Hill radar at the last minute by a large contingent of
holiday golfers from “Boys town” and had been abysmally treated by the
course management, they politely and astutely retired to Pattana to play a
stableford competition over the B and C nines instead. They found a course
in excellent condition, if a little damp, and the first tee available
The field was divided into two flights at fifteen and
under and in the second flight Ralph McCarthy joined Jim Ferris in second
place with 32 points. The flight winner was Gordon Everingham with 34
The top flight saw some excellent performances as Larry
Bland proved with his 38 point return for third place, chasing the heels of
Mike Ensor and Brian Beaupre, both finishing on 41 points. Mike Ensor’s
round was quality golf indeed to end his stay but five handicapper Brian’s
card represented level par “off the sticks” for the best gross round of the
year so far. He also shared the ‘2’s pot with Tore Eliassen.
The Booby Bevy went to visitor Simon Spinks for his 20-6
The image of the “Land of Smiles” had earlier been sadly
tarnished by the most abusive management on the Eastern Seaboard and yet the
ability of the large group to adjust to a major change at a moment’s notice
reflected well on the friends of the PGS. It had been another golf day when
there was much to remember but the standard of the golf will remain as a
testament to the quality of the Soi Buakhao group.
Rab has double reason to smile at Treasure Hill
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
one hero Rab McDonald (front left), with Wednesday winner Geoff Parker
(right) and Mashi Kaneta, Monday’s A Flight winner (standing rear).
Monday, Feb. 21, Green Valley - Stableford
A group of 29 golfers set off from the Bunker to play the
ever popular Green Valley course. There had been early morning rain at the
course, which had freshened up the fairways and made the greens
significantly softer than we’ve been used to of late.
William Macey, taking a break from his PSC charity
duties, was the star of the day scoring 40 Stableford points, and showing
little charity to his fellow golfers. The winner in the A flight was Mashi
Kaneta with an almost equally impressive score of 39 points.
1st Mashi Kaneta (12) 39pts
2nd Dave Ashman (14) 37pts
3rd Steve Coppell (12) 34pts
1st William Macey (17) 40pts
2nd Neil Griffin (28) 38pts
3rd Geoff Parker (18) 34pts
Near Pins: Granville Swanson, Peter Bevis, Ian K, and Cyril Wallwork.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, Greenwood - Medal
A smaller field of golfers than usual turned out for the
only medal tournament that we’re playing this month. There was a threat of
rain as we prepared to tee off, but it soon cleared away and the conditions
were cool and almost perfect as the round progressed.
Geoff Parker produced his best round for quite some time,
carding a net score of 69 to win by 5 clear shots ahead of Peter Habgood.
Les Burns beat Reg Smart on a count-back to take third place. Several weeks
of poor scores has seen Geoff Parker’s handicap rise to a very dodgy 18, but
maybe now he’s heading back down.
1st Geoff Parker (18) net 69
2nd Peter Habgood (17) net 74
3rd Les Burns (28) net 77
4th Reg Smart (23) net 77
Near Pins: Mike Corner, Peter
Kelly, and Granville Swanson.
Friday, Feb. 25, Treasure Hill - Stableford
Confusion reigned once again at Treasure Hill when we
arrived there to discover that no golf carts were available, and our tee
time had been put back 45 minutes. Everything is great about this course at
the moment except the management, which consistently seems unable to
organize anything resembling a reasonable show.
Eventually we got underway and although everyone was
expecting a slow round, things moved smoothly after completing the par 3
Rab McDonald in particular had a fantastic day, with a
hole in one at the 177-yard 13th hole, and returning
with an unbelievable score of 43 Stableford points, on a course where a
score 10 points less than that is normally good enough to be in the prizes.
Winner in the B Flight was William Macey, and rumour has
it that he may soon be returning to a more realistic handicap, after
apparently curing his long standing chipping “yips.”
1stst Rab McDonald (13) 43pts
2nd Mark Stanley (11) 38pts
3rd Cyril Wallwork (12) 33pts
1st William Macey (17) 35pts
2nd PJ Redmond (19) 34pts
3rd Arthur Rowley (28) 33pts
Near Pins: Rab McDonald (hole in one), Eddie Martin, Geoff Martin and
Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
Bowlers: Somrit, Tui, Ooy, Somrak & Aht.
Canada moved into first place after taking all four
points from Bavaria. Tue Pettae led Canada with a 539 series and Antero
Ronkainen was best for Bavaria with a 511.
Brother D is in second place although they only managed
to win one point from VFW Post 9876. Ooy Pluemkamon led VFW with games of
182, 200 and 203 for a 585 series and Tui Amphanon had a 221 game for a 528
series. Somrit bowled a 216 game and 516 series for Brother D.
Snow Bowler won two and one half points from Caf้
Kronborg with Aht Johansson bowling a 223 game for Snow Bowler and Somrak
bowling a 221 and 533 series for Kronborg.
Green Tree and USMC split their match with each team
winning two points.
Bowling as spares Christian had a 529 series and Leen Schaap bowled a 537
presentation and Bowling Party held at the Green Tree on 22 Feb 2011.