Runaway Match Race victory goes to
Team Singapore in Thailand Open
racing between Silver medalists Team Finland and Team EM/Thailand. (Photo/Su
The third and final day of the Thailand Open National
Match Race Championship at Pattaya’s Varuna Yacht Club brought the typical
fantastic weather, including plenty of sun and bright skies to the relief of
The resolution to the outstanding questions from the
first two days of the event happened when the teams of Jaray Tipsuk and Team
Hong Kong battled it out for the remaining spot of the semi finals bracket.
The exciting match saw team HK get the better start and lead at the 1st of 3
rounding marks, however team Jaray sailed superbly on the last part of the
leg with the wind from behind, and went on to win the race.
As the winner of the round robin part of the event, Team
Finland had the benefit of being able to choose their semifinal opponent, as
expected they chose to sail against team Jaray. More importantly, they chose
to avoid meeting the very high ranked team from Estonia and the young lions
from Singapore, who were the only team to beat Finland in the round robin
The blow by blow accounts of the semi finals, which were
sailed best of 3 races, are as follows:
victorious young lions from Singapore.
(Photographer Alex Samaras)
Race 1: Team Finland against Team Jaray; Clear victory to
Race 2: Was much more to the spectators liking, with
great battling in the pre-start resulted in team Jaray inflicting a penalty
on Team Finland before crossing the start line. As allowed by the rules of
Match Race, Team Finland chose to delay taking the penalty, and used good
speed to gain enough distance so they could do a full circle 360 degree turn
and thereby clear the penalty, however the boats were extremely close when
passing the first rounding mark, and continued with this small distance gap
the entire way towards the finish line.
Team Finland held the most slender of leads, when they
did a quick turn towards the wind and caught Team Jaray by surprise
resulting in Team Jaray receiving a penalty as well. The spectators admired
the brilliantly executed move, which was like a check-mate in Chess; and
cheered from the bear bar as this tactic brought Team Finland into the final
with a 2:0 win.
Second semi final: Team Estonia against Team Singapore:
Race 1: Mati Sepp from Team Estonia dominated the
pre-start, and held back his opponent using the traffic rules of sailing,
however this was of little use, when Team Singapore showed excellent
spinnaker handling and more importantly awareness of the conditions by using
a change in the wind direction to gain the lead and take a close victory.
take on India in one of the round-robin events.
(Photographer Alex Samaras)
Race 2: Team Singapore got an even start, and just seemed
to find a higher gear than their opponents, after being in the lead at the
first mark, they never looked back and took the win to gain entry to the
In the race for 3rd and 4th
place, Team Estonia took revenge from their earlier losses by winning the
critical start and pulled away all the way to the finish to take 3rd
place in the event. The spectators noted that Team Jaray had displayed
superb effort by placing 4th place in the hotly
contested event, beatingL many higher ranked teams.
When the start time for the final approached, the
spectators inundated the beach bar at Royal Varuna Yacht Club, which offered
the best view possible of the racecourse. With the starting line of the race
only 50m away from the bar, the spectator area and the huge sofa provide
possibly the best facilities for spectators at any event in Asia.
The finals were also sailed best of 3 races. In the first
race, the two teams had an even start, and chose to trust their own boat
pace and instincts to find favorable winds. Both teams seemed evenly
matched, and met once near the first rounding mark when Team Singapore
switched to the opposite side of their opponents by turning behind them.
Team Finland chose not to follow and cover their opponent, perhaps a
critical error in the outcome of this race. The Singaporeans somehow found
stronger wind on the right hand side of the course and rounded the fist mark
slightly in front, concluding in a win for Team Singapore.
After switching boats, race 2 saw a slight change of
tactics from Team Finland, becoming much more aggressive in the pre-start.
They were aware of the lethal pace of their opponents and would under no
circumstance want to let them get an even start.
Both teams used the protest flags several times to
indicate a foul by the opponent. However, the two umpires were constantly
circling the action and waived off all situations; no rules had been broken
in their opinion. In the end it was an even start between the two teams.
As feared by team Jon, with clear wind ahead of them Team
Singapore found their high gear again in the new boat. The pace allowed them
to pull ahead and win the final 2:0 thereby becoming the new Open National
Champions of Thailand.
Team Finland can take pride in the fact of being honored
the best Thailand based team, and Team Jaray was the first team of all Thai
In hindsight it was a great event and thanks go to the
sailors, the sponsors- Siam Winery and Melchers, Royal Varuna Yacht Club -
and to the spectators.
The next event will be a Grade 5 event in June, followed
by a Grade 3 event in September. For more information on MatchRace Thailand
events, please visit: www.matchracethailand.com.
Thai driver completes second
Formula Renault test in Spain
Stuvik drives his Formula Renault car during testing at the Motorland Aragon
Circuit in Spain on March 7, 2011.
The second of four official 2 day test sessions were held
at Spainดs Motorland Aragon Circuit on the 6-7th of March, in preparation
for the 2011 season start at the same track in mid-April. A total of 37
Formula Renault cars tested at the Motorland circuit under the strict
guidance of the Renault Sport Management team.
15 year old Thai racer Sandy Stuvik, a student at the
Garden International School near Pattaya, knew he had a lot to learn and
time to catch up from the previous week’s test in France, but was still
surprised by the initial lack of pace compared to the other cars.
This was Sandyดs first test on this new circuit, which is
situated in the center of northern Spain. The race track itself is one of
the newest in Europe, only just finished for racing in the last few years.
The track is ultra smooth and very fast, with several high speed corners and
The young Thai driver was only setting times at the
bottom of the field and felt he was completely off the pace, just as he had
been at the Paul Ricard Circuit. After consultation with the team, and given
approval from the series management, Sandy was allowed to change to a spare
car for the final 2 hours of running on the last day. He immediately
improved his time dramatically and even though the wind had picked up and
almost everyone else was going slower, the young Thai driver kept improving
his time with every lap. The spare car, virtually without any set up, went a
full second faster and allowed Sandy to climb up to 23rd fastest for the day
with a time of 1:57:60 and a top speed of 242kph.
Both Sandy and the team left the Aragon Circuit in good
spirits heading for the third official testing at the Catalunya Circuit
outside Barcelona, due to take place this week.
Siriwong hits a screamer as
United sink bottom club TOT
Pattaya United defender
Niweat Siriwong, right, takes the acclaim of his teammates after firing his
side into a one goal lead against TOT SC at the Yamaha Stadium in Bangkok,
Sunday, March 20. (Photo/Ariyawat Nuamsawat)
Pattaya United paid a visit to the capital last Sunday to
face the struggling TOT SC team at the Yamaha Stadium. Before the game
kicked-off, TOT SC officials set up donation boxes around the ground to
collect money from the general public to go towards helping the earthquake
and tsunami victims in Japan.
Once the game got underway United started to string their
passes together in a positive fashion and it was clear that TOT were still
short on confidence following the previous week’s 6-0 mauling at the hands
of the Chonburi ‘Sharks’. Matters would not have improved for the home team
when they conceded a goal inside the opening 10 minutes, and in spectacular
Veteran United defender Niweat Siriwong stepped up to
take a free kick from fully 35 yards out and unleashed an unstoppable
pile-driver that flew past the wall and the TOT keeper to give Pattaya a one
For the opening half hour United were playing more like
the home team while TOT struggled to get a foothold in the game. Eventually
the hosts began to compete on more even terms as the half drew to a close
but they were unable to find any snap in front of United’s goal.
Then, right on the half time whistle, TOT almost grabbed
an equalizer out of nowhere as Jiranat Nonthaket fired in a hopeful free
kick that eluded everyone and bounced back off the Pattaya woodwork and out
Any thoughts TOT may have entertained of staging a second
half fight back were quickly dispelled as United doubled their lead just 3
minutes after the interval. Patiparn Phetwiset was fed the ball on the edge
of the TOT area and he cut into the box and fired a right foot shot into the
opposite corner of the net to give United some vital breathing space.
TOT refused to lie down despite this setback and they had
United on the back foot for much of the remainder of the half. Ex-Chonburi
FC and Muang Thong United striker Kone Mohamed brought out a fine save from
United keeper Narit in the 54th minute and the same
player threatened again just 10 minutes later but his shot flew just the
wrong side of the upright.
In the last 15 minutes of the match TOT attacked the
United goal in droves but they were unable to breach the redoubtable
Dolphins defence and United held out for a valuable 2-0 away win.
The victory, United’s second of the new season, sees them
move up into fourth place in the league standings, just 2 points behind
early pacesetters Buriram PEA FC.
In other Premier League matches last weekend Chonburi FC
were on the receiving end of a 3-0 reversal to Buriram PEA while United’s
nearest neighbours, Sri Racha FC were held to a goalless draw at home to
Chiang Rai United. The biggest shock of the weekend was Osotspa M-150’s 5-1
drubbing of the defending champions Muang Thong United who have now won just
one of their opening four fixtures.
Pattaya United’s next match is a home game against
leaders Buriram on Saturday, March 26 to be played in Chonburi.
Skippers invited to join 2nd
annual Ko Chang Race/Cruise
The 2nd annual Ko Chang Race/Cruise will take place starting on Saturday
April 9 and is open to all yachts; racing and cruising, multihulls and
monohulls. Motor boats and launches are also welcome to join in.
Gulf Charters have offered to sponsor the event and they
will provide support at each end of the course for all participants. The
plan is to complete the race before 1600hr on Sunday, April 10 (the sailing
instructions will provide details of alternative plans in case of light
winds, to ensure this happens).
On Sunday afternoon and evening there will be a BBQ on
the Gulf Charters dock, with food and drinks provided by Phil Harper and his
crew. The cruise will start on Monday for anyone interested and will be a
low key affair with minimal organisation. There will be a couple of party
evenings at local resorts on Ko Kut or Ko Mak.
If you plan to join this event please contact Andrew Watt
at email@example.com by March 25.
Rolf Heemskerk wins Platu Open
Heemskerk with his champion team.
Ocean Marina Yacht Club monthly racing for March,
including the Platu Open Championship, kicked off in the typical 8-14
knot sea breezes of the southwesterly monsoon off Jomtien Beach.
Seven teams joined the racing in the one design Platu
class, including a Malaysian team led by Rolf Heemskerk, Team SMU,
Thailand’s match racing team and the Ferret team who were without usual
helmsman Scott Duncanson. With 7 windward leeward courses held over 2
days, this regatta is part of the multi regatta Platu One Design
Championship, now in its 3rd year and promoted by
“Yachts in Thailand”, a new business providing information and help to
those wanting to sail in Thailand.
“Pornstar” on the burst
On day 1, glassy conditions at briefing time gave way
to a steadily increasing sea breeze which filled into a full 15 knots
for the last race of the day as rain clouds came over the course. The
Weasel, led by Thomas and his Singaporean based team scored two
early wins, but were unable to keep boatspeed in the shifty conditions
dropping to 6th in the other 2 races. Rolf
Heemskerk has been a frequent winner in the waters of Pattaya Bay, and
began day 1 with 4 top 3 placings, taking the overnight lead.
Keelboats, multihulls and sportsboats sailors enjoyed
two days each with a long distance course around the islands of Jomtien
Bay, sponsored by the Le Vent team, a regular competitor and strong
supporter of Thai yacht racing.
Day 1 saw Shaw 650 Pornstar lead the fleet
home ahead of the rain storm, winning on line and the Sportsboat
division, while Peter Herning’s Kirafi won the keelboats,
followed by Freewind and Sansanook. The Sting
finished 1st on line, but ended up 2nd
to Black Swan once handicaps were applied.
Sunday weather was a little more sunny, and with it
the breeze filled in earlier in the day, resulting in an early 8-10
knots which filled in to 12-14 knots by mid afternoon.
Starting a long distance course north to the start of
Jomtien beach, upwind to Koh Rangkwian then downwind to finish, the
keelers, cruisers, sportsboats and multihulls were eager to get going.
15 seconds before the start, a major tussle developed with 6 keelers all
wanting to start at the boat end; the disturbing ‘crunch’ of fiberglass,
wounded pride and penalty turns from the main protagonists let
Dynamite through to take an early lead on the upwind leg. El
Coyote soon took her place at the front, so Dynamite chose to
head out to sea, a decision that proved costly.
Staying in phase with the oscillations in wind
direction and pressure, Pornstar rounded the upwind island first
just ahead of CU Later, a Thompson 650. As the wind strengthened,
the little Shaw 650 was able to extend her lead, well ahead of 2nd
placed El Coyote and 3rd placed CU Later.
On the platu course, 3 windward races would crown a
new Open champion for the 2011 season. Again Rolf Heemskerk stayed in
the top 3 places in every race, leaving Emma Matilde in 2nd
and the spectacularly fast but somewhat inconsistent Fox team
ruing what could have been in 3rd.
Racing off Ocean Marina now takes a 1 month break, as
sailors either cruise over Songkran or prepare for the Top of the Gulf
Regatta, a 4 day annual event held beginning of May, which is also leg
two of the Platu One Design Championship for the Coronation Cup.
City claim points in comfortable win over Bangkok United
MBMG International League Div. 1 & 2
Last weekend Pattaya City played their last away game of
the season against the Japanese side Bangkok United, who are currently
languishing in the lower reaches of the league.
From the start both sides played open football and there
were chances at both ends of the pitch. A slick six man move by City saw
Alan Mulberry’s header bring a brilliant save from the United keeper,
however, at the other end a slip by City’s keeper, who was under no
pressure, nearly let an attacking United player get the ball, but he managed
to gather the ball before any damage was done.
City kept up the pressure on the United defense and won a
corner on the left and a long cross by Earnest Dipita found Yves Bikoi who
headed in to make the score 1-0, which was the score at half time.
After the interval City saw Peter Ndjanna’s shot cleared
of the line but it wasn’t long before they doubled their lead when centre
half Philip Walters met Emmanuel Tshuma’s cross to head past the Bangkok
keeper and make it 2-0.
City lost their way for a period after the second goal
but they finally got control back of the game and increased their lead when
a long pass from the defense found Ndjanna who squared the ball to Alan
Mulberry who made no mistake to notch City’s third.
Despite the scoreline United continued to find a way
through the City defense and they were rewarded with a consolation goal
after their forward was able to waltz past the static City defenders.
Bangkok’s joy was short lived however as City went on to score a fourth and
fifth goals, both coming from Ndjanna to make the final score 5-1.
It was another three points well earned by City who have
now won five on the trot. This coming weekend they are at home to old foes
Cosmos who will be bringing their strongest side as usual, but it is a game
that City must win to keep the pressure on the top teams as they are still
in second place. Kick-off is at 4-00 p.m. at Horseshoe Point.
City Reserves stunned by
two late goals
Pattaya City Reserves entertained the Sportsman at
Horseshoe Point last weekend in a Division 2 encounter, looking for a
victory that has been eluding them in their past few matches.
The match was hard fought and when City gained a number
of corners Alan Mulberry was able to put the home side ahead from the final
one as his corner went through the goalkeeper’s hands and directly into the
The Sportsman rallied from this setback but the City
keeper Vladimir Nesterenko was in good form and kept everything out that was
thrown at him to make sure that City went in at the interval leading 1-0.
The second half was very similar to the first as both
teams battled to gain the upper hand, and chances were few and far between.
City had a couple of missed opportunities, and they were made to pay when a
long shot by a Sportsman forward found its way through a tangle of legs into
the back of the City net to make the score 1-1.
City squandered more chances as the game went on and were
then hit by a double sucker punch as the visitors scored twice in the last
three minutes of the match to deny City a share of the spoils and hand them
a 3-1 defeat.
It was a cruel ending to a game which saw the City
Reserves create a number of good chances but ultimately they were made to
pay for poor finishing.
Pattaya City Reserves have no match this coming weekend.
‘Ironman’ shows his
mettle down the stretch
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Paul Kraft, left, with
runner up Herb Schwieterman.
Paul “The Ironman” Kraft, the oldster of our group, showed the youngsters
how to hit the ball today. With his caddy feeding him beer from the second
hole onward, he played a steady game alongside Paul Kinmond. Both were close
until the final holes when Paul “The Younger” cracked and fell behind. Paul
Kraft surged ahead coming in with 37 points while Kinmond skidded down to 34
points to tie for second with Mark Campbell and Herb Schwieterman. Checking
out the cards, it was Herb having a stronger back nine to finish in the
runner up spot. Mark and Paul both had a couple of bad holes that tripped
them up or they might have had a chance to finish at the top.
Thailand’s business world comes together
at World Corporate Golf Challenge
Kenth Fredin, left, of Team Inzentive
collects the top prize at the World Corporate Golf Challenge Thailand
The inaugural World Corporate Golf Challenge Thailand
finals were held at the Thana City Golf & Sports Club on Thursday, March
17. Organised by the Golf and Events divisions of Diethelm Travel, 126
business people in 63 corporate teams took part.
A briefing by Tournament Director David
Pettigrew, Director of Golf Diethelm Travel, outlined the rules and
programme for the day. Boardrooms and balance sheets were replaced
with talk of golf tactics as the teams headed off to their
respective tees for a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
“The turnout for the Thailand Finals has been
fantastic and the standard of golf has been very high. The World
Corporate Golf Challenge provides a unique opportunity for
executives to meet and network, while engaging in sporting
competition,” commented Pettigrew.
World Corporate Golf Challenge Thailand Champions
were announced at the Awards Dinner where organisers, Diethelm
Travel, presented team Inzentive (Kenth Fredin and Michael
Weinstein) with an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Finals in
Simola, South Africa, 3 – 8 May 2011, where they will represent
Thailand and have the chance to become World Champions.
Other prizes on the day were for ‘Best Nett
Score, Ladies’, won by Suphida Onbanchong, and ‘Best Nett Score,
Men’, won by Kenth Fredin. ‘Best Gross Score, Ladies’ was won by
Suphida Onbanchong, and ‘Best Gross Score, Men’ by Sahaphan
Nearest the pin on hole 8 was won by Teerasak
Mongkolpod and on hole 13 by Martin Hill. ‘Best Stableford Points
Score, Ladies’ was won by Suphida Onbanchong, and ‘Best Stableford
Points Score, Men’, was won by Kenth Fredin. Scores were calculated
using better ball team stableford.
The World Corporate Golf Challenge is built on
the principle of bringing the world of business together, evident at
the Thailand Finals with top CEO’s and senior managers from both the
public and private sectors participating.
The championship-ready Greg Norman-designed
course proved challenging with its many sand traps, streams and
lakes. A par 72 (6,400 yards), the course is long and challenging
with island greens on holes four and five.
With an all-expenses-paid trip to the World
Finals the main attraction, on Hole 8 Diethelm Travel offered a
THB1,000,000 cash hole-in-one prize. All competitors were eligible
and under the careful eye of adjudicators and organisers, after 126
attempts the prize remained unclaimed.
Following an exhilarating round of golf,
participants were treated to some light entertainment before the
Awards Dinner in the form of Noel Hunt and his trick golf show. A
former European PGA Tour Professional, Hunt has performed his unique
show in over 50 countries and at over 200 major PGA Tour events.
Sponsors of the 2011/12 Thailand Finals of the
World Corporate Golf Challenge include the Sports Authority of
Thailand, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau and the Tourism
Authority of Thailand. Official suppliers include Golf of Thailand,
Jet Airways, Len๔tre, Nivea Sun, Wilding Golf and Wine Connection.
Media partners include Bloomberg Businessweek Thailand, Business
Golf, Business Report Thailand, Newspaper Direct, Pocket Guide GOLF
Thailand, and local partner British Chamber of Commerce Thailand.
For more information, www.worldcorporategolfchallenge-asia.com.
A competitor tees off on the challenging Thana City golf course.
‘The Principal’ counts them out
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s
medal winner Jez Lees, left, celebrates his win with Colin the Golf Manager,
right and the scribe, center.
Sunday, March 13, Green
Valley - Monthly Medal
1st Jez Lees (15) net 70
2nd Claude Harder (11) net 70
3rd Terry Dutson (13) net 70
1st Frank Sharkey (19) net 63
2nd John Hemen (17) net 70
3rd Andre Fortis (17) net 70
1st Yui Bietry (10) net 73
Near Pins: No 4 John Henny, No 9 Saka Jatawa, No 12 Mick Beresford, No
16 Claude Harder.
Frank Sharkey, making his Lewiinski’s debut, had one of
those dream rounds as he found a way to navigate Green Valley with a
tremendous net 63. This proved more than enough to run away with B Flight
honours. Unfortunately for Frank his rookie status made him the latest
victim of the infamous “Bonner Ruling” which states that a competitor has to
have played four or more games with Lewiinski’s to be eligible for the medal
silverware. More on Mr. Bonner later.
Amazingly all five other men’s podium places were net
70s. So, ‘the Donkey’s’ calculator went into overtime and once the sums were
done it was Jez ‘The Principal’ Lees who emerged from the count-back melee
to claim the medal and his second trophy of the month. Claude Harder took
the silver followed on the podium by Terry Dutson.
Amongst the B flighters, John Hemen got the nod over
Andre Fortis for the silver.
Pattaya legend has it that Jez’s trophy cabinet,
purchased in earnest 6 years back as he won a Coral Reef Soi Dao trip, has
since only housed that one piece of memorabilia. Now that’s all changing,
and he can at last start replacing his toy car collection with the recently
won Captain’s Day cut glass bowl and now the March monthly medal mug. Things
are certainly looking up.
This medal was all about holding your nerve, as with 3
holes to play, Jez’s mate and playing partner Mark ‘Mussels’ Bonner looked
the far more likely winner. However, a late capitulation including a treble
and double saw his title hopes disintegrate. Meanwhile, Jez was finishing in
style with his final 3 holes impressively reading birdie, par, and birdie.
By way of compensation for Mark, his early round form and
Jez’s late surge gave them a memorable 2 up victory over supposed
Lewiinski’s big guns Big Bob “Low Gross” Newell and even bigger Gareth
“Ralphy” Gill. Nice one boys!
The Red Flight saw Yui Bietry swing back in to form with
an impressive net 73. This win gives Yui automatic entry to the Gold Medal
to be held later in the year along with the men’s winner Jez.
Eight 2’s were recorded with Claude Harder having a
Monday, March 14,
Bangpakong - Stableford
1st Francis Goyons (7) 37pts
2nd Naddine Goyons (10) 36pts
3rd Gary Lunn (13) 34pts
1st Joe Tynan (27) 37pts
2nd Merle Humphreys (19) 33pts
Marlene Prudden (24) 32pts
Bangpakong Riverside country club’s main feature is the
many holes with wide open fairways, and long distance par four holes. This
suited the Swiss family Goyons as they cleaned up in the premier flight.
Francis was co-man of the match and the flight winner with 37 points while
Naddine followed closely a shot back for the second spot. Gary Lunn took
third with a more favorably 34 points than Jean Philippe Maffrey’s.
If the course favors’ the long hitters what was Irishman
‘Papa’ Joe Tynan doing standing on top of B Flight with a smile that you
could drive a bus through? (Well played kid).
Joe was looking down on Merle Humphreys in second, and
Marlene Prudden who managed third place with a count-back verdict over Donal
McGuiGan as both were locked on 32 points.
No 2’s so a rollover to Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 16,
Bangpra - Stableford
1st Gavin Knox (11) 36pts
2nd Peter Lenoury (10) 34pts
3rd Jim Ledwidge (10) 33pts
1st Daragh McCormack (28) 37pts
2nd Ed Delaney (29) 33pts
Andre Fortis (17) 33pts
B Flight’s Daragh McCormack was the only player to solve
the Bangpra riddle on the day as he stood alone as the only competitor under
par. In fact Daragh’s 37 points was four clear of a knot of B Flight players
on 33points. The count-back left Ed Delaney in second and the ever present
Andre Fortis in third. Barry ‘The Boot’ Copestake and Merle Humphreys were
the count-back victims.
In the premier division Gavin ‘you know who’ continued
his weekly assault on the podium with a solid even par round, closely
followed by Peter ‘The right honorable’ Lenoury. Jim Ledwidge rounded out
Garry Lunn put his third place finish on Monday behind
him as he picked up a very handy rollover 2’s pot.
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.
Poole pockets the pool
Phoenix Tuesday/Friday (PSC) Golf Group
A much abbreviated report this week (I know, some will
say thank god for that), due to the TOT internet services being out of order
for the last four days. This report is being composed in an internet cafe
and if it gets through then I am a better computer expert than I thought.
Anyway, newcomer John Poole, on holiday from the U.K.,
recorded a superb 40 points to win the ‘A’ Flight last Tuesday, with Stuart
Gordon back to form to claim second place with 39 points and ‘Mr.
Consistent’ Clive Robinson bagging third place with 34 points.
In ‘B’ Flight the scores were much lower with a mere 32
points by David Czernie taking first place. In second place was Rodney Gregg
with 29 points and in third place was John’s dad, Bob Poole with 28 points.
Seeing those scores made the rest of the field feel a
little happier with their own modest efforts!
Near pins went to John Bartley and Bob Poole. No one
scored a direct hit on the other two par-three’s so those prizes went into
the lucky draw.
This made 5 lucky draw prizes today, much to the delight
of all the players who had not yet received a prize. Although as I have
stated before everybody who returns to the presentation receives their first
drink free, so we all win something.
The first two lucky draw prizes, which were a free drink
and a free massage (kindly donated by our hosts The Relax Bar) were won by
Richard Baldwin and yours truly. The other three lucky draw prizes were won
by Barry Ingram, Chris Coffey and Bob Neylon.
The Tuesday golf is still well patronised and next week
is as full as it can be. However, if you want to play we do have a policy of
not refusing anyone a game as long as we can get the tee times. Not much of
a problem at this time of the year.
Friday golf is a bit thin on the ground and we feel that
we must revert to white tees to attract more players.
As of the 1st April the green fees for Tuesday for guests
will be 900 baht Sports day rate. Fridays will still be 1,000 baht as a
guest of any of the members who play.
Sea fishing with the group is also very strong at present
and bookings are now being taken for April and May. These days are proving
very popular, with good catches to make a great day out on the ocean. For
information regarding golf or fishing please call me (Mike) on 087 091 7565.
Dundon signs off in style at St. Andrews
PSC golf from The Golf Club Sports Bar
March 14, Green Valley –
Gary Emmet (16) 39pts
Warren Holland (21) 38pts
Peter LeNoury (10) 37pts
Don Bland (4) 36pts
Near Pin: Don Bland
We had some great scoring today at Green Valley: Gary
Emmet, visiting us again from Oz, was the day’s winner on a fine 39 points
and Warren Holland was a putting like a demon and finished on 38. Peter
LeNoury managed only 1 double and ended up with 37 points.
Wednesday, March 16, St.
Andrews – Stableford
1st Jim Dundon (16) 44pts
2nd Jim Bryan (16) 39pts
3rd Kevin Moraghan (15) 38pts
4th Brad Sproxton (11) 37pts
Near Pin: Dave Stockman
Jim Dundon saved his best for last at St. Andrews and
playing in our first group so as to get to the airport on time proved to be
to his liking. A magnificent 44 points was the result. It should be noted
that although the taxi was waiting Jim did take the time to ring the bell
and thus received a thunderous send off. Well done Jim!
Gentleman Jim Bryan also had a fine day and finished
second with 39 points. Kevin Moraghan left a few putts on the lip but still
mustered 38 points for third and Brad Sproxton was fourth on 37.
Thursday, March 17, Soi
Dao Highlands – Stableford
A Flight (0–12)
1st John McHugh 41pts
2nd Steve Mulberry 41pts
3rd Jon Lay 36pts
B Flight (13+)
1st Brian Prudden 40pts
2nd JJ Wright 38pts
3rd Brett Chan 36pts
Near Pins: No3 Paul Whalin, No16 Banjo
Day 1 started out with the usual “Herding of the Cats”
onto vans and into cars for the journey up to Soi Dao. We encountered a
steady drizzle of rain the entire day and played in was likely the coldest
conditions for the last few years. The ice in the coolers didn’t even melt.
Judging by the scores the weather did not affect our
division winners as A Flight was decided on count-back with John McHuge
edging Steve Mulberry for first place with a back 3 of 7 to a back 3 of 5.
Jon Lay played to a patient 36 points for third.
B Flight winner scored more points than his body weight.
Brian Prudden was first on 40 points, JJ Wright came second on 38 and “Yes I
can” Brett Chan took third with 36 points.
The golf was then followed by a not so quick presentation
and an evening of Karaoke and camaraderie.
Friday, March 18, Soi Dao
Highlands – Stableford
A Flight (0–12)
1st Steve Mulberry 41pts
2nd Ernie McInerney 38pts
3rd Bob Newell 37pts
B Flight (13+)
1st Tony Duthie 39pts
2nd Brian Prudden 39pts
Near Pins: No3 Shane Ruddle, No16 Bob Newell.
On Day 2 we awoke to awesome weather, sunshine and smiles
from the caddies. More amazing golf soon followed.
A Flight saw a repeat offender at the top again. Steve
Mulberry fired yet another 41 points at us to take first place while Ernie
McInerney was alone on 38 for second and the ‘King of Karaoke’ Bob Newell
took third with 37 plus a near pin also.
The seconf flight was decided on a three-way count-back
with all contestants shooting 39 points. Chris Brendle had a back 9 of 21
and finished third, we then had to get the calculator out to decide our
eventual winner as Brian Prudden and Tony Duthie needed the #1 handicap hole
to break the tie. Tony’s 6 for 2 edged Brian’s 8 for 1.
Thanks to Shane Ruddle and the gang from Fairways Driving
Range for joining us on this excursion. We ended up with 29 players and 2
days of fun, laughter and new friends. Cheers!
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.
Stewart breaks his ‘duck’ at Greenwood
PSC golf from The Fairway Golf Society
the Fairways’s golfers who played at Soi Dao last week: Brian & Ning Neal,
Tony Duthie and Shane Ruddle.
Monday, March 14, Crystal
Bay - Stableford
When we arrived here today the weather was overcast and
there was a nice cool breeze so it was ideal for playing golf. Although you
would not have thought so by the scores returned. Not one golfer managing to
play to their handicap. But the competition was close with over 80% of the
field within 4 shots of each other.
Near pins today went to Tony Duthie, Phil Mitchell, Brian
Maddox and Ed Stewart.
1st Phil Mitchell (6) 35pts
2nd Jan Van Spellen (18) 34pts
3rd Terry Droy (22) 33pts
4th Joop Medze (17) 33pts
Wednesday, March 16, Treasure Hill - Stableford
The weather today was cool and overcast so it was ideal
for golf. Normally the course wins when we play here but today a couple of
players, notably Brian Maddox and Gary Rotabery, managed to tame it by each
scoring 36 points. Brian came out on top with a 13-11 front 6 count-back.
It was Gary Cambell’s birthday today and he almost
celebrated it with a hole in one but the ball ran just past the hole. Near
pin winners were Phil Mitchell, Ning Neal, Gary Cambell and Pier Cere.
1st Brian Maddox (22) 36pts
2nd Barry Rotabery (22) 36pts
3rd Ning Neal (17) 35pts
4th Joop Medze (17) 34pts
Friday, March 18, Greenwood - Stableford
Not such a large field today as half of our society
travelled to Soi Dao for a two day tournament with The Golf Club, so there
were no near pins and only one division.
The winner today was Ed Stewart with 34 points and to my
knowledge this is the first time Ed has won with us although he’s been in
the frame a few times. So congratulations to him.
1st Ed Stewart (14) 34pts
2nd Joop Medze (17) 32pts
Scott Dobbin (0) 31pts
The group that went to Soi Dao with The Golf Club would
like to thank Brad Sproxton for a wonderfully well organised tournament a
great time was had by all. Thanks again Brad.
by six clear at Phoenix
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, March 14, Phoenix
Jerry Waselenkof had a fabulous round today over the
Mountain & Lakes course to keep him in contention for the March golfer of
the month title. Jerry won by six points ahead of his nearest challengers
Laurence Harding and John Hughes with Laurence taking second place on a
count-back. Fourth place was settled on a count-back too as John Graham
edged out Colin Greig.
1st Jerry Waselenkof (14) 42pts
2nd Laurence Harding (16) 36pts
3rd John Hughes (16) 36pts
4th John Graham (11) 35pts
Near Pins: Laurence Harding, Mark Stanley, John Graham, Gary Warburton.
Wednesday, March 16, Khaow
Kheow - Stableford
A good turnout for Khaow Kheow as usual and, although the
A & C course wasn’t in as good a condition as it usually is, a great round
was still had by all. There were clear winners in both flights and some
decent golfers found themselves in the B Flight with the cut being set at a
low handicap 13!
Geoff Cox won the A Flight by three points and Jack
Robertson won the B Flight by four points. John Hughes was lucky again to
get into the minor places in the B Flight, squeezing out Paul Edgar to nick
1st Geoff Cox (13) 36pts
2nd Mashi Kaneta (11) 33pts
3rd Mark Stanley (13) 33pts
1st Jack Robertson (22) 37pts
2nd Gary Warburton (15) 33pts
3rd John Hughes (16) 30pts
Near Pins: Gordon Melia, Alan Sullivan, Roger Tuohy, Keith Smithson.
Friday, March 18, Pattana - Stableford
Considering quite a few Bunker Boy’s were playing in the
Pattaya Sports Club Charity Classic there was a good showing for Pattana
It needed a count-back to separate the leaders with Paul
Edgar sneaking ahead of Geoff Cox on the back nine and scratch golfer Keith
Smithson took third place with a reasonable 32 points.
1st Paul Edgar (16) 34pts
2nd Geoff Cox (13) 34pts
3rd Keith Smithson (0) 32pts
Near Pins: Roger Tuohy, Rab McDonald and Chris Cox (2).
Lovegren & Hansen edge Charity Classic on count-back
The 15th PSC Charity Golf Classic 2011
winning team of Jan Lovegren & Neils Hansen collects their trophies from the
PSC President, Tony Oakes, center.
Friday, March 18 – Rayong
Some 148 competitors arrived at Green Valley to play in
this year’s Charity Classic. However, to ensure this was going to be a
successful fund raising event work began some months before with Golf
Chairman Joe Mooneyham booking the course, obtaining sponsors, ordering the
shirts, and purchasing the many prizes (1 on each hole + the top six teams).
Some three weeks before the event Joe had to return to
America to visit his elderly mother. So four members of the Executive
Committee came together to complete the arrangements; Tony Oakes, William
Macey, Max Matthews and Nigel Cannon. On the day they were joined by Bobby
Clark and Bob Lindborg.
It was a ‘shotgun’ start at 1100 for this two-ball
better-ball competition. Golfers began arriving at 0930 (2 hours after the
helpers on the day!) to register, and collect their documentation and
shirts. Then it was off to their respective tees to await the shotgun!
The course was in its usual good shape and the weather
was comfortable. Some 4ฝ hours later the teams were returning - some with
tales of woe and some of elation!
Prior to the presentation the golfers enjoyed the buffet
and had a few beers to await the results.
MC Nigel Cannon opened the proceedings with a welcome to
all, and expressed the appreciation of the Committee to the sponsors. With
Joe Mooneyham in America, Nigel introduced President Tony Oakes who thanked
all for their support for this 15th Charity Classic.
Charity Chairman William Macey then told how the money
raised this year would be distributed.
It was then back to Nigel to announce today’s winners.
With prizes on each hole, and 6 team prizes the full list can be found on
the notice board at the PSC Office.
The winning pair were Jan Lovgren and Neils Hansen coming
in with 48 stableford points. The same score (48pts) was recorded by John
Chapman and Dave Edwards but they just lost out on count-back. Third place
went to Geoff King and Derek Bannerman with 47 points – winning on
count-back from 2 other teams.
So for those who had not heard their name called out it
was time for the traditional ‘lucky draw’. In this Nigel was assisted by the
lovely Mam Morel.
So ended another successful day organized by PSC with 148
enjoying the day and many less fortunate benefiting. Many thanks to all who
took part and we hope to see you all next year.
1st Jan Lovegren (21) & Neils Hansen (13) 48pts
2nd John Chapman (23) & Dave Edwards (15) 48pts
3rd Geoff King(14) & Derek Bannerman (21) 47pts
4th Bruce Gladden (16) & Brian Walker (24) 47pts
5th Alban Mathiasson (18) & Lasse Laks (16) 47pts
6th Stefan Gorannson (16) & Inita Gorannson (15) 46pts
Morel, right, helps Tony Oakes dispense the prizes.
runner up team of John Chapman & Dave Edwards pose with their trophies and
the PSC President.
third placed team was the pairing of Geoff King & Derek Bannerman,
seen here with PSC President Tony Oakes, center.
Oakes and teammate
William Macey collected one of the ‘long drive’ awards.
‘Broken Wing’ keeps up his
consistent form for the year
The Backyard Golf Society
Wing’, center-rear, celebrates his golfing success with the staff at Kisses
Bar in Ban Chang.
With the turn in the weather, it was nice to be able to
walk from the clubhouse (at Emerald Golf Course) down to the first tee
without getting much of a sweat on. Eight players this week and on arrival
at the first tee we were delighted to see no one was waiting, so we got
straight off and preceded to have one of the quickest rounds of the year.
Dangle has finally got rid of his unwanted records of the
lowest points total after new boy Gavin managed to accumulate a meager total
of 10. Broken Wing took the game with 29 points and Dan M came second with a
Nearest the pin prize went to Geoff and skin results are
as follows: Dan M. (7), Broken Wing (4), Dangle (3), Martyn (2), JJ (2),
with yet again (2) rollovers to next week.
We welcomed back Andy M. even though, due to injury, he
was not able to play and after prize giving it was down to Ban Chang.
Another week and another party - this time Mama’s Bar was celebrating 6
years in business so congratulation goes to Tip, while Linda said thanks for
the take away ribs.
Hot Stu to the fore
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
A large group of Pattaya Golf Society enthusiasts
gathered at Green Valley On Monday, March 14, to play a stableford
competition, very ably marshalled by Wichai Tananusorn. With the cut set at
fifteen and under the two flights got underway on time and in the second
flight there was the uncommon result of three golfers sharing the top spot
with 33 points each, viz, Larry Bland, Rod Stevens and a resurgent Pat
Murphy whose golf is now on a different planet since a knee transplant a
couple of months ago!
The top flight saw better scores with Wichai posting 36
points for third place, just one behind Rick Schramm’s 37 points in second.
The winner was Stuart Thompson, posting the best gross of the day, 78, with
his forty points. It was his best performance since an outing at Greenwood
in May 2009 and since then he has overcome more physical challenges than
most would care to accept. On this day his application and stoicism were
There were four ‘2’s with Wichai, Steve Evans, Ya Riley
and Rob Lamond all sharing the pot and the Booby Bevy was reserved for PGS
coordinator Mr Len, making his return to the presentation after a miserable
week in hospital. The prospect of up to three months recuperating before
treading the fairways again is not a pretty one but he could well learn a
few lessons from the day’s hero Stu Thompson.
Wan for the ladies
On Wednesday, March 16, the Pattaya Golf Society braved
the chilly blasts off the Gulf and travelled inland to Khao Kheow to play a
stableford competition over the B and C nines off the longer yellow tees.
The course has been in excellent condition all high season and the
unseasonal rains have freshened up the track delightfully.
The field was divided into two flights at fifteen and
under and in the top flight Wichai Tananusorn and Larry Bland shared the
runner-up slot with fine scores of 37 points each, just failing to match the
winning score of 38 points recorded by Steve Jones.
In the second flight a reinvigorated Rod Stevens shared
second place with playing partner Harry Langkoff with scores of thirty
whilst the only lady in the field, Orawan Meeraka, cocked a snoot at the
rest of the field with an excellent forty points for the win.
Larry Bland recorded the only birdie ‘2’ of the day on C8
and “manager” for the day, John Mason targetted Banjo Bannister for the
Booby Bevy after he managed a ‘2’ with his second ball on the signature
Island hole, holing a monster thirty-footer after putting his first effort
in the watery depths.
The golfers all enjoyed the cooler conditions and Khao
Kheow was certainly a good challenge for the PGS.
A fine day for the two
The Pattaya Golf Society visited the expansive Crystal
Bay golf club on Friday, March 18, to play a stableford event over the C and
A nines. The day remained cool throughout making conditions perfect for the
field which was cut at fifteen and under for the event. Ably marshalled by
Dave Moriarty the group got underway before time and, apart from the Korean
habit of touring the course looking for an empty tee box and punctuating
everyone else’s day, they found progress good.
In the top flight Austrian Peter Ditz scored 34 points to
share second place with Rob Lamond whose best gross score of eighty could
find no peer, and Larry Bland took the win with a level par return of 36
In the second flight Jim Ferris returned 35 points for
third, one behind Jomtien’s “Windmill” man, Alan Duckett, whilst Larry
Slattery remained the only one to break par with a winning score of 37
Gordon Everingham took the second flight ‘2’s pot for his
fine effort on C7 and the Booby Bevy was awarded “in absentia” to Jim Ferris
for his gaffe of inadvertently playing the wrong ball on A3 which cost him
the chance of the flight win.
Golf at Crystal Bay had been a pleasurable experience as
always and for the two Larry’s it had been a good way to finish the week.
Poole hits purple patch at Green Valley
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, March 14, The
Emerald - Stableford
There were dark clouds in the distance as we approached
Ban Chang but luckily we enjoyed pleasant conditions for 2/3rds of the round
before the sun came out and made it very hot.
and son, Bob and Jon Poole.
Another three divisions today and the best score came in
from division 2 with 37points from Rudi Schafer, now playing off 17 after
being cut 3 shots from the previous week. Dennis Scougal was second two
points behind and Mark Potton took third on 34.
Kari Kuparinen was the winner of division 1 with 33
points while Mike Combs beat Raivo Velsberg on a 16/13 count-back for second
after they both shot 30.
Paul Chabot headed division 3 with 33 as Bob Poole took
second on 32 and Burnie Sinclair third on 30.
Jean Bruneau and Kari Kuparinen both birdie the 7th
to share top flight ‘2’s pot and two rollovers ensue to Green Valley on
Wednesday for division 2.
Near pins today went to Mike Combs, Keith Hector, Kari
Kuparinen, Chris Voller, Lee Casey, Erkki Pohja, Mark Potton and Rudi
It was also good to see Harry Cowling and Keith Hector
back with our gang today.
Wednesday, March 16, Green
Valley - Stableford
Another overcast day but as always here we teed off bang
on time. There were five ladies out today and the equal cut in the men’s
divisions were 5-15, 16-19 and 20+.
As the first group approached the eighth green there were
a few spots of rain and this continued for three holes but without causing
too many problems for the players. There was also a short downpour as the
second group finished their round but this only lasted for 15 minutes so
another lucky day in paradise.
There were an amazing 12 cards returned today with scores
of 36 and more, the best of these being Jon Poole’s 45 in division 2. Toni
Stoltsen beat Mark Potton on a 21/19 count-back for second in that division
after they both came in with 40 each.
Terry Redding won division 3 with 40 points and Fred
Duffy scored 22 on the front nine but only 14 on the back to lose on a 20/14
count-back to Paul Chabot for the runner up spot after they both shot 36 in
Playing off 5, Chris Voller took out division 1 with 38
points, Ya Riley was second with 37 and Ted Gardner came in third on 36.
Mam Morel took out the ladies division with 37 points,
with Noi Emmerson second on 33.
Near pins were claimed by Miss Kung (2), Srithong Tann,
Heikki Alanko, Jon Poole, Harry Vincenzi, Chris Voller, Kari Aarnio (2),
Fred Duffy and Terry Redding.
There were two 2’s in division 1, both on the 12th
hole and another shared pot for Harry Vincenzi and Chris Voller. There were
three today in division 3, one on the 12th for Kari
Aarnio, the 9th for Bryan Rought and the 4th
for Toni Stoltsen.
Friday, March 18, Eastern
Star – Stableford
Thursday was one of the coolest days most of us have ever
experienced here and not taking any chances there were a few players today
in long trousers and others with coats on as well, so who knows. As we
approached the course there was a light covering of cloud everywhere and no
sun to be seen as yet. After leaving the first tee it was still reasonably
cool but after a couple of holes the sun broke through, it warmed up and we
had some glorious conditions for the rest of the round.
An almost similar cut to Wednesday today but the scores
in all four divisions were not as high. Frank Kelly had the best round of
the day, winning division 2 with 38 points. After scoring 22 on the back
nine Ya Riley beat Wilf Latham 22/16 for second after they both came in with
Jim Lane’s 35 was enough to win division 3, with Allu
beating Joe Kubon 17/12 for second after they both scored 32 points.
In his last game with us before his return with Miss Tik
to Bavaria, and still playing off 6, Adi Mayer headed division 1 with 34
points. Charley Lapsley was in second one point behind and Terry Dutson took
third with 29.
Toi Blair meanwhile took out the ladies division with 33
In the frame yet again today Frank Kelly birdied the 17th
from around two foot to take the only ‘2’ in division 1 while there are none
in division 2.
Near pins went to Frank Kelly, Adi Mayer, Wilf Latham, Lee Casey and
Harry Riley (2).
Baechli beats a path
to the top of the podium
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday’s winners and runners up with one of Bert’s finest.
Tuesday, March 15,
Pleasant Valley –Stableford
The weather continues to be unsettled and if you get
through a round these days without getting wet you are the lucky one. On
this day as we drove to Pleasant Valley the skies looked ominous and it
seemed as if the dark would not depart. Indeed the closer we got the darker
it seemed to get, until when we were nearly there when a single beam of
light got through and we were in hope.
Even between arriving, getting changed and exiting the
clubhouse, the rain came down and when we got to the start with the rain
stopped we were reminded of the freshness of a golf course after a downpour.
Mind, with the course wet we could not go out with a cart.
So the course was soggy, the greens slow, the rough
wicked and all in all a tough day. It did rain a little on the way around
but it was minor and all it did was to cause the humidity to rise. So it was
with wet feet that we finally got back to the cars to put the clubs away. Of
course this parking area is probably the worst at any course and was muddy
and dirty. Thankfully we were soon into the showers and they were nice and
It was not long until we were back at Bert’s, the trip
back these days is pretty swift and those of us who remember the old days of
travel are thankful for the changes - even if we have to be constantly on
the lookout for maintenance of the roads or potholes. Indeed Tom is going to
change his car, after constant tyre problems, and we will soon see him with
a bigger model.
So to the presentation and in the A Flight, 0 to 17, the
winner was Walter Baechli with 42 points ahead of Brian Parrish with 40
points in second and Brian Gabe in third with 38 points. In the B Flight we
had a three-way count-back on 36 points that saw Bill Knight in first,
Carole Kubicki in second and Tom Cotton in third.
What was notable amongst the Technical’s was that both
Walter and Carole had two each, well done to all the winners. T.T.F.N.
Culley conquers Emerald
PSC Golf from the Caddy Shack
Friday, March 18, Bangpra
Twenty-two players took on the challenge of Bangpra off
the white tees today. Keith Hector was the top scorer overall with 37 points
to take out the B Flight, some eight clear of Mick O’Meara in second. Damian
Trant headed the A Flight with an even par 36 points while Clive Bruce edged
Arch Armstrong on count-back for second.
1st Damian Trant (10) 36pts
2nd Clive Bruce (9) 32pts
3rd Arch Armstrong (6) 32pts
1st Keith Hector (16) 37pts
2nd Mick O’Meara (21) 29pts
3rd Bruce Tollitt (19) 28pts
2’s: John Murdoch
Wednesday, March 16, The Emerald - Stableford
A similar sized field to Monday made the trip to Ban
Chang on Wednesday to tackle Emerald.
Rick Culley had the round of the week to return 40 points
for the A Flight win ahead of Jeff North and Phonsie McGahan.
Ben Findon claimed top spot in the second tier courtesy
of his 35 points to finish just one ahead of Dave Bramley.
1st Rick Culley (12) 40pts
2nd Jeff North (9) 34pts
3rd Phonise McGahan (6) 34pts
1st Ben Findon (18) 35pts
2nd Dave Bramley (17) 34pts
3rd Bruce Tollitt (19) 32pts
2’s: James Savage.
Lotte’s hot to trot
PSC golf from The Cafe Kronborg
Peter Blackburn & The
Monday, March 14,
Plutaluang - Stableford
Thirty seven golfers faced the starter in warm and
overcast conditions. Playing the East and South nines from the white tees
the second group completed the journey in four hours and twenty five
minutes. The course was in ok condition and the greens very slowly paced.
Richard Kubicki was asked if he liked the greens and his reply was “does a
chicken have lips?”
Monday’s winners, Bjarne Kjaer, left, Lotte Boskov, 2nd
left, and Graham Buckingham, 2nd
right, pose for a photo with the golf organizer Dave Richardson.
One player handed in his card which had three errors on
it. It turns out he would have trouble chewing a fantale and reading the
wrapper at the same time.
In the A flight the dashing damsel from Denmark Lotte
Boskov showed the way with a solid thirty eight points to take first place.
Don Richardson posted thirty six points for second whilst the wrecking crew
Paul Avery and Stu Rifkin handed in thirty three points apiece for third and
fourth spots respectively.
In the B flight Bjarne Kjaer continued his good form,
scoring thirty five points to finish ahead of Dave Richardson and Brian
Gabe, both on thirty four points. Mike Winfield rounded out the flight with
thirty one points.
In the C flight Graham Buckingham showed that the
Kabinburi layout the previous week had not affected his game as he scored an
impressive thirty eight points to win easily. The referee did not warrant a
mention. Ulla Ravn scored thirty six points for second place whilst Kevin
Dinan handed in thirty four points and Dave Neal thirty three points to gain
We welcomed Tien Tong from Laem Chebang, Henrik Aagaard
from Denmark, Alan Ewing from Ireland and Dave Neal and Ron Folkes from
A Flight (0–15)
1st Lotte Boskov (15) 38pts
2nd Don Richardson (11) 36pts
3rd Paul Avery (11) 33pts
4th Stu Rifkin (15) 33pts
B Flight (16–21)
1st Bjarne Kjaer (19) 35pts
2nd Dave Richardson (20) 34pts
3rd Brian Gabe (17) 34pts
4th Mike Winfield (20) 31pts
C Flight (22+)
1st Graham Buckingham (24) 38pts
2nd Ulla Ravn (31) 36pts
3rd Kevin Dinan (24) 34pts
Dave Neal (21) 33pts
Near pins went to Arne-Max Pedersen on East 2, Elias
Magnusson on East 5 and Lotte Boskov on South 4 and 7.
Long putts saw Niels Hansen East 9 and Brad Todd on South
9 come out on top.
The Coveted Compass Cap went to a delighted Agnes
Sigurthors. Deefa the Dog once again collected donations for our charity
project and all who contributed are thanked.
Thursday, March 17,
Phoenix Ocean & Mountain – Stroke/Monthly Mug
The Admiral stated that it was the coldest March morning
in over 20 years as 31 golfers assembled at Caf้ Kronborg in preparation for
the challenge of a stroke round at Phoenix competing for the Caf้ Kronborg
March Monthly Mug. We would have had our full allowable compliment of 32
golfers had one “fair weather” golfer not phoned The Admiral saying he was
pulling out as “it may rain”! Not mentioning any names but his initials are
Kubicki, right, receives The Cafe Kronborg March Monthly Mug from Bjarne
Leaving just a tad earlier than usual at 0810hrs we
arrived at the course 37 minutes later in plenty of time for our 0912hrs
scheduled tee time. As it was our first group was able to hit off 5 minutes
early in overcast but dry conditions although the sky did look somewhat
ominous. It certainly was much cooler than normal for this time of year, in
fact a cup of hot coffee at the drink stops would have been preferred over
the normal cold drink.
The course was in fine condition and our first group
raced through the front nine in just under 2 hours with light drizzle
commencing as we played the ninth hole. This continued for seven holes or so
but never enough to warrant the occasional use of a “brolly”.
Unfortunately we were stuck behind a group of four
“beginners” on the second nine, therefore our whole round stretched out to
four and a half hours but nonetheless it was a very enjoyable day. It was
then back to Caf้ Kronborg for presentations where we welcomed Paul Alford
from Preston, UK, Malcolm Ralston from London and the return of Svend Gaarde
It turned out to be a ladies day as Carole Kubicki took
out her second Caf้ Kronborg Monthly Mug with a fine net 70. Per-Olav Baarli
came first in A Flight with net 72, just 1 ahead of Lotte Boskeov in second
place, with Richard Kubicki beating Arne-Max Pedersen on a count-back for
third. Agnes Siguthors finished fifth.
Another lady, Somkhit O’Brien (wife of Peter), took the B
Flight honours with a net 71, two shots clear of Svend Gaarde in second
place and Jan Lovgreen four shots further behind in third place. A three-way
count-back was required to decide third & fourth places with Dave Neal
edging (nudging) out his lady, Tien Tong. Kenny Chung was the one to miss
Many thanks to Bjarne and his family & team at Caf้
Kronborg for their continued support of the Caf้ Kronborg Monthly Mug.
1st Carole Kubicki, net 70
A Flight (0-19)
1st Per Olav Baarli (18) net 72
2nd Lotte Boskov (15) net 73
3rd Richard Kubicki (12) net 74
4th Arne-Max Pedersen (15) net 74
5th Agnes Siguthors (15) net 77
B Flight (20+)
1st Somkhit O’Brien (28) net 71
2nd Svend Gaarde (24) net 73
3rd Jan Lovgreen (21) net 77
4th Dave Neal (21) net 78
5th Tien Tong (26) net 78
Near Pins: O5 Arne-Max Pedersen, O7 Johannes
Jonnson, M4 Richard Kubicki, M8 Kevin Dunne.
Longt Putts: O9 Mike Winfield, M9 Agnes Siguthors
The Coveted Compass Cap was unfortunately not available
for presentation due to the absence of San Miguel Stu and Deefa was also
absent, therefore unable to “gobble up” any charity donations as his master,
Mike Gosden was also unavailable.
Fremantle group fill top spots at Khao Kheow
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday, March 14, Burapha
Whilst Capt’ Bob and General Jack were away in Chiang
Mai, it was a strange day at the races at Burapha. Playing the A & B nines
from the blues there was the proper competition, then there were the guys
from Fremantle, 15 of them, who were playing ‘gimmes’, so they were ruled
out of the main comp.
Frank Sharkey won the main comp. with 40 points ahead of
Jeff Bunn with 38, whilst Benny Bertonchinni won the Fremantle comp. with
the day’s top score of 42, but that did include a number of ‘gimmes’. Second
and third places were filled by Joe Palermo and Bob Bower and we have no
idea what happened to the rest of the scores except for Jerry Quin’s.
There were three excellent scores, all 39’s, from John
Sacasmo, Tony Gliddon and Gary Ralph but the cards were not to hand at
For the record a total of 31 guys played and there were
four ‘2’s from Terry Dutson, Jim Brackett, Benny Bert ... and Charlie
1st Frank Sharkey (19) 40pts
2nd Jeff Bunn (10) 38pts
3rd Murray Hart (14) 36pts
4th James Brackett (8) 35pts
The Fremantle boys
1st Benny Bertonchinni (16) 42pts
2nd Joe Palermo (8) 39pts
3rd Bob Bower (14) 37pts
Tuesday, march 15, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
Nigel Cannon was today’s organiser for the 24 Outbackers
who took on this local course, and even with a number of Tuesday regulars
away in Chiang Mai, it was another excellent turnout.
The course was not busy but in good shape and we were
away on time. It was hot and humid, with rain coming down on the last groups
for the last three holes.
With 24 players it was 2 division’s plus ‘2’s.
The best of the day in A Division came from our Aussie
friend Tony Gliddon (12) with 39 points to take first place, with Guy
Canipen (7), runner-up with 36. Third place was decided on count-back
between George Cousins (16), Gary Ralph (14), and Michael Allidi (2), all
with 35 points, with Michael being declared third with a better back 9 of
Three players each scored 37 points in B Division so it
was count-back for the decision; all three had 19/18 so it was down to the
last six holes. First place went to Kurt Eric Persson (30) with 13 points on
the back 6 – not bad for this 78 year old – who walked the course!
Runner-up went to the Outback ‘Turnip”, Dennis Persson
(18), who is no relation, with the final place going to Nigel Cannon (23)
with a back 6 of just 9.
There were two ‘2’s from Tony Gliddon and Nigel Cannon.
Our thanks go to Nigel for organising the day and
remember, The Outback are at Pattaya Country Club each Tuesday with a tee
time of 09.30.
Div A (0-17)
1st Tony Gliddon (12) 39pts
2nd Guy Canipel (5) 36pts
3rd Mike Allidi (2) 35pts
Div B (18+)
1st Kurt Eric Persson (30) 37pts
2nd Dennis Persson (18) 37pts
3rd Nigel Cannon (23) 37pts
Friday, March 18, Khao Kheow - Stableford
The Fremantle boys were back with us again today on Khao
Kheow’s B & C nines and this time they behaved themselves, putting out
properly. There were a total of 31 players who enjoyed superb playing
conditions, resulting in some excellent scoring for this course. However,
our concern for the Aussie handicapping system remains as the visitors
filled seven of the top nine places in the three divisions; with Pip and Joe
both scoring 39 points in Div A. and Tony Gliddon (3rd)
and Jeff Bunn (4th) also played well with 37 apiece.
The top scoring local Outbacker was John O’Keefe with 32
points, which gave him second place in Div B followed home by Murray Hart
(31), but the win went to another visitor, Gary Ralph on 34.
Perhaps the strangest podium finish would be Ron Bryant’s
23 points, which made him unbelievably, third.
Other notable scores include Lumpy Russell’s 16 points
(well it is one over his handicap!) and Paul Sharples, who started out OK
then caught a dose of the dreaded ‘shanks’, ending up with just 13.
There were four ‘2’s from Pip, Benny, Muzza and Jeff
Div A (0-12)
1st Pip Mancano (12) 39pts
2nd Joe Palermo (8) 39pts
3rd Tony Gliddon (12) 37pts
Div B (14-19)
1st Gary Ralph (14) 34pts
2nd John O’ Keefe (15) 32pts
3rd Murray Hart (14) 31pts
Div C (20+)
1st John Sarcasmo (20) 35pts
2nd Bobbie Kershaw (24) 28pts
Ron Bryant (25) 23pts
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.
Numbers down as high season draws to a close
Golf from the Travellers Rest
I noticed that this past week the regular entry numbers
were dropping, which makes one suspect that we are coming to the end of a
very short ‘high season’, or so it would seem.
lovely ladies who play with the TRGG: Mod Chaviraksa, Tewin Lamthong and
My other observation was that there seemed to be a lot of
new names on the winner lists, which is always good to see. One of those was
that Peter Webley who finally made it to the number one spot at Greenwood on
Saturday, having attained a second and two thirds in his earlier outings of
the week. Well done Peter, your hard work finally paid off.
Other new names that appeared on the sheets were Tim
Mitchell, Justin Hagan and Alan Thomas.
Saturday, March 12,
Greenwood - Stableford
1st Peter Webley (13) 37pts
2nd Brendan Moore (11) 32pts
3rd Fergus Brennan (10) 31pts
1st Tim Mitchell (21) 36pts
2nd Noel Jackson (22) 35pts
Jim Cleaver (19) 34pts
Saturday we went to Greenwood to play the A & B layout
and the course was as always these days in very good condition. Twenty five
players made the journey and competed in two divisions.
Top honours went To Peter Webley with 37 points as an
apparent pay off for his work earlier in the week in lower placings. One of
our regular stalwarts and the man who is responsible for all the
“MasterScoreBoard” entries on the internet, Brendan Moore, was second at 32
points and our organiser Fergus came third at 31.
Tim Mitchell picked up the top spot in Div 2 with 36
points and was followed home by Noel Jackson (nice to see him back with us
again from the Emerald Isle) at 35. Third came Jim Cleaver with a 34.
Monday, March 17 – Crystal
1st Justin Hagan (2) 36pts
2nd Peter Webley (12) 34pts
3rd Jon Dean (10) 34pts
1st John Thornber (17) 39pts
2nd Septa Maddick (15) 37pts
Ross Schiffke (13) 34pts
We visited Crystal Bay on Monday and the course played
well and was enjoyed by all present. Twenty six players took part so two
New name (to me) Justin Hagan came good this time with 36
points and the Div 1 win. Peter Webley just failed on a double win (his
handicap had been cut by one after Saturday’s win) and could only manage
second spot on this occasion with 34 points, and that only after winning the
count-back over Jon Dean.
Another of our regular players John Thornber won Div 2
with a great 39 points. Good to see John and well done. Septa Maddick was
second at 37 and yet another of those new names was in third spot, Ross
Schiffke with 34.
Tuesday, March 8, Bangpra
1st Alan Thomas (6) 34pts
2nd Brendan Moore (11) 32pts
3rd Tewin Lamthong (11) 31pts
4th Larry Simpson (11) 30pts
John Merrit (13) 30pts
There were just nineteen players who made the trip to
Bangpra on Tuesday so only one division on this occasion, but places awarded
down to fifth.
Another new name winner appeared yet again, this time it
was Alan Thomas with 34 points off his 6 handicap. Brendan Moore followed
him in for yet another second spot with 32 points, Tewim Lamthomg was third
at 31 and fourth and fifth were decided over count-back 30’s with Larry
Simpson just edging it over John Merritt.
Thursday, March 17,
Phoenix – 4-Ball Scramble
1st Andrew Rich, Curtis Andrew, Jim
Brackett & Mod Chaviraksa (6.3) net 58.7
2nd Greg Ritchie, Greg Lee, John Dean & Ted Senior
(6.1) net 60.9
3rd Danny Whelan, Larry Simpson, Alan Evans & Paula
Byrne (7.5) net 61.5
3rd Adi Mayer, Tik Mayer & Mark
Krysl (8.5) net 61.5
To celebrate St. Patricks Day a different format of
competition was arranged, a four-ball scramble, for all of those who decided
to attend this quality course just on the outskirts of Pattaya.
Seven four-balls and a three-ball took to the fairways
and as usual in this format each player had to make three drives with the
team handicap being accumulative.
After all the cards were in and the calculations made,
the top teams were announced and then it was a return back to The Travellers
Rest where there was a St. Patrick party in full swing with food and
entertainment supplied by the management for all present. A great time was
had by all in attendance.
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.
Shuttleworth keeps a cool head to take out Chiang Mai tourney
The Outback Golf Bar 6th Chiang Mai Challenge
Lloyd, Steve (the Cherokee) Mann, Capt’ Bob, John & Suzi Lawton sport their
anoraks for the final day at Chiang Mai Highlands.
Monday, March 14, Maejo -
After a slightly delayed flight with Bangkok Airways on
Sunday, we arrived in Chiang Mai to pleasant partly cloudy weather and a
comfortable temperature of around 25 degrees. The Porn Ping Hotel, which has
recently changed hands, continued their usual warm hospitality, meeting and
greeting us in the customary Thai fashion and making sure the hotel bar was
well stocked with cold beers.
The Challenge is a three day tournament and incorporates
three separate daily competitions over arguably the best courses in the
area, and in addition we have a ‘2’s fund which is spread over the three
Everybody was so keen to get started that the bus left 15
minutes early on Monday morning and when the remainder of the party arrived
at the course it wasn’t long before we were away, some 30 minutes before tee
time and with the added benefit of a two tee start. The course, which is
going through a long programme of changing the grass on all the greens, was
in good nick and apart from a couple of drops of rain, we enjoyed excellent
receives his hole in one certificate at the Porn Ping Hotel.
Last October at Royal Chiang Mai, it was Chad who scooped
the whole ‘2’s fund with his hole in one, this time it was to be Rosco, with
a superbly flighted 7 wood on the 175 yard par 17th.
As for the main tournament, Barney Clarkson had the day’s
top score with 40 points to win Div C, whilst the 38 points from Jock
Drummond and Norm (the chatter) Cheetham, took the A & B divisions.
Div A (0-12)
1st Ron Drummond (6) 38pts
2nd Lloyd Shuttleworth (5) 36pts
3rd Steve Mann (9) 35pts
Div B (13- 7)
1st Norm Cheetham (15) 38pts
2nd Bruce Milner (13) 37pts
3rd Tim Balfour (13) 35pts
Div C (19+)
1st Jeff Clarkson (26) 40pts
2nd Hec Cooper (24) 39pts
3rd Geoff Moodie (21) 33pts
Tuesday, March 15, Alpine Resort – Stableford
So with a later than usual tee time, we were off to the
Alpine Resort Golf Resort, about 40 minutes out of Chiang Mai on the Lamphun
Road. We woke to a drizzly English weather type day, with the forecast of
rain, but it was relatively clear and no sign any heavy smoke, the aftermath
of rice field burning, which we have experienced in previous trips at this
time of year.
The course looked excellent upon arrival and the check-in
went smoothly, but 650 Baht for a cart raised a few eyebrows, even though
the water was free in the on-board ice-box. It did not take long for the
efficient starter system to sort us all out and again we had the benefit of
a two tee start, with five groups starting on the back and three on the
The rain never came and the indifferent greens, which
were completely different to Maejo and their own back nine were not even
related to their front nine, all in all contributed to some fairly ordinary
scoring, with the 35 points from Chris Dopp being the top score of the day,
giving him the win in Div A at the same time.
General Jack’s 34 points was full of grumps and groans as
his knee injury reared its head again, but nevertheless it was enough to
give him the Div B win ahead of Mark Riggall with 32.
Suzi Lawton also managed 34 points which won her the Div
C title, way ahead of Pat Lamont with 29 and Barry McIntosh with 28.
The restarted ‘2’s netted five, coming from Ian Heddle,
Mark Riggall, Ed Wycoff, Jock Drummond and Tim Balfour and we would have to
wait until Thursday to see if anyone else wanted to share the pot.
Going in to the last day on Thursday, the last two four
balls out (the leaders) were Chris Dopp (69), Bruce Milner (68), Lloyd
Shuttleworth (67) and Ed Wycoff (67), preceded by Norm Cheetham (67), Jack
Moseley (66), Tim Balfour (65) and Suzi Lawton (65); and it was expected
that the overall winner would come from one of these two groups.
Div A (0-12)
1st Chris Dopp (11) 35pts
2nd Ed Wycoff (9) 33pts
3rd John McDonald (10) 32pts
Div B (13-17)
1st Jack Moseley (14) 34pts
2nd Mark Riggall (14) 32pts
3rd Bruce Milner (13) 31pts
Div C (18+)
1st Suzi Lawton (18) 34pts
2nd Pat Lamont (26) 29pts
3rd Barry McIntosh (18) 28pts
Thursday, March 17, Chiang Mai Highlands - Stableford
Maybe we should write about the coldest weather ever
experienced by most of us, as Suzi came back from the Airport Shopping Mall
with an armful of anoraks; they were all sold at the bar within about 10
minutes. Rosco, Barney and Steve Mann found an alternative source,
resembling gear more likely to be worn by Cherokee Indians, nevertheless
they were just as effective – and reversible! In addition to the cold, it
did not stop raining, that persistent, as we say in England “wet rain’ for
two solid days and nights and more.
So what happened to the golf on the “day off” day (Weds)
at the new Inthanon course?
As we arrived after a journey of just over an hour in the
pouring rain, the smiling staff were there to greet us at the top of the
stairs and soon made us all feel very welcome. The clubhouse is
spectacularly simplistic but today of all days we would have sooner had some
windows and central heating, with nowhere to shelter from the biting cold
After a complimentary cup of hot herbal tea we debated
whether to play, and in the end eleven brave-hearts deciding to give it a
Rosco and Suzi came in shivering after nine, quickly
sitting down to a bowl of hot soup; the other nine stayed out and later
reported the course to be “great”. In an unofficial game, Shane Brown won
with 38 points playing from the white tees at around 6,500 yards long.
Eleven withdrew from the third round of the three day
tournament at Chiang Mai Highlands but all the leading groups remained
intact. There was nobody else on the course so we were away early with the
daily comp being reduced to just two divisions. After a few holes the rain
eased and to be honest the conditions were not too bad, although it did
remain very cold so we all appreciated the jackets bought the night before.
With a third of the group back at the hotel, the
presentation was for the first time to be held back at the hotel instead of
the usual Chiang Mai Highlands clubhouse.
Fidge Button, with the able assistance of Barney Clarkson
was our ‘finesmaster’ all week, and was not short of material; keenly
gathered from the ‘faux pars’ we all made on tour, with once again Norm
Cheetham racking up the most fines. Probably the most unlikely one was the
two guys who managed to board the Phuket flight instead of the Chiang Mai
flight, hardly believable in this day and age; and it carried a double fine.
The money as usual went as tips to the drivers and hotel staff for looking
after us all so well.
So to the results of the final daily round; winner of Div
A, who had remained solid throughout the week bearing in mind the rain, was
Lloyd with an excellent 37 points, with Ian Heddle, our low marker this week
with a handicap of just 2, taking second with 36.
Suzi, who stepped up to the task, playing in the second
to last group out, finished also with 37 points to win Div B, but had reason
to be a little disappointed after getting herself into difficulties in the
heavy wet sand in a greenside bunker on the last hole and walking away with
a wipe. Second place went to Barney (34pts) and third to Hec Cooper (31).
Div A (0-13)
1st Lloyd Shuttleworth (5) 37pts
2nd Ian Heddle (2) 36pts
3rd John McDonald (10) 35pts
Div B (14+)
1st Suzi Lawton (18) 37pts
2nd Jeff Clarkson (25) 34pts
3rd Hec Cooper (23) 31pts
Winner and final positions
This is the first time that we have lost any golf due to
inclement weather on any of the Outback Tours, whether at home or overseas
with the exception of three holes in Indonesia three years ago. Admittedly,
it came close last year in Batam on the third day, when we were forced to
play in the rain on a very wet course, with the use of tee pegs permitted
throughout and all bunkers being declared GUR.
The poor weather this week clearly contributed to some
below average scores and the lowest winning three-day total, since our
tournaments began; but that does not detract in anyway from our overall
winner, Lloyd Shuttleworth, who played fantastic golf all week. He is a
credit to the game and has a mindset and that we could all learn from,
remaining incredibly calm and unflappable at all times, being just happy to
be out there on the course. He won with a total of 104, two ahead of another
cool player and our only lady this week, Suzi Lawton on 102. Bruce Milner
(101) had his highest ever finish on a tour to take third with newcomer, Ed
Wyckoff getting fourth on 100.
After the drama of Rosco’s hole in one on the first day,
our new ‘2’s pot had ten winners, namely Ed Wyckoff, Ian Heddle, Tim
Balfour, Jock Drummond & Mark Riggall (all on Day 2) and Ian Heddle, Jock
Drummond, Steve Mann, Bob Green & Suzi Lawton (on Day 3).
After the vote as to which courses to play on our 7th
Chiang Mai Challenge, Oct 16–20; it was Maejo that lost out to the new
Inthanon course but we shall play there (Maejo) on our ‘day off’ day. In
addition to this October’s Chiang Mai tour will be the optional extra, in
Chiang Rai, playing Santiburi twice and Waterford. This was incredibly
popular last year with 21 taking part and increased numbers are expected
this year. Santiburi, the home of many Amateur and Professional Tournaments,
is a truly fabulous course and should not be missed.
Finally, other tours scheduled for this year include;
Royal Hills 16-19 April, Bintan Indonesia May 31 - June 3, and Hua Hin in
1st Lloyd Shuttleworth (5) 104pts
2nd Suzi Lawton (18) 102pts
3rd Bruce Milner (13) 101pts
4th Ed Wycoff (9) 100pts
5th John McDonald (10) 99pts
6th Chris Dopp (11) 99pts
7th Jeff Clarkson (26) 98pts
Ian Heddle (2) 97pts
Great courses, good golf, & great results
PSC Golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Charity Classic runners up, John Chapman & Dave Edwards.
Tuesday, March 15,
Pleasant Valley - Stableford
Tuesday was our usual monthly trip to Pleasant Valley,
where the course just continues to improve. This relatively new course has
come on in leaps and bounds over the past year or so and is a credit to all
We had a little bit heat and humidity this day, but a
light breeze helped keep the comfort level ok. Playing off the short tees,
with a couple of longer ones thrown in, it was Jeff Wylie (8) who was to the
fore, scoring a solid 40 points, with Jim Fortune (27) signing for 36 points
to get the #2 slot.
Near pins were picked up by Stan & Frans, while Ian Hart
Thursday, March 17,
Treasure Hill - Stableford
Thursday dawned cold (for Thailand) and witha hint of
rain to go with it. However we were going to Treasure Hill, possibly the
best overall golf course in the area which affords great value, a stern but
fair test, and great conditions. Hard to beat that combination!
Today it was Ken Hole (16) who led the way with 32 points
ahead of Jeff Wylie (8), who was a full 10 shots worse off than Tuesday with
Near pins were shared amongst Frans, Rob and Ian, with
one going to Banglamung Boys Home, after no-one was up to the challenge.
On Friday it was the PSC Charity Classic at Green Valley
with a 3 teams representing Mulligans Lakeside. The course was in better
nick than expected, after reading a couple of negative comments recently,
and Dave Edwards (15) and John Chapman (23) did themselves proud to come in
second, being edged on count-back, after signing for 48 points. The
Mulligans group were well to the fore in the technicals, with Dave getting
2, John 1, and Jeff winning 2. All in all a pretty good result for the boys.
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 &
Berger King crowns his trip
The Haven Weekly Report w.c. 13.03.2011
Sunday, March 13, Green
Valley - Stableford
Division 1 (0-15)
1st Steve Mulberry (10) 40pts
2nd Peter Skinner (8) 38pts
3rd Andy Bardill (15) 37pts
Division 2 (16+)
1st Sean Hallahan (18) 38pts
2nd Ben O’Neill (20) 37pts
3rd Ted Murphy (22) 33pts
Steve Mulberry, having not played with the group for some
time, took full advantage of his handicap to register a two shot win in the
first division ahead of ever-present Peter Skinner, whose two under return
left him right on the cusp of another one shot drop in handicap to add to
the three already earned during the last month. Andy Bardill was unlucky to
find these two in such good form and after a one under return had to settle
The second division was a two man race with Sean Hallahan
taking the top spot by a single point from Ben O’Neill, with Ted Murphy four
more back in third.
The 2’s were shared between Steve Mulberry, Neville
Duncan, and Russell Goldsworthy.
Presentations were conducted as usual at the Golf Centre
Bar on the course with amiable hosts John and Geoff, assisted by their
lovely staff, taking excellent care of the golfers.
Monday, March 14, Khao
Kheow - Stableford
1st Alan Pilkington (9) 34pts
2nd Phil Groves (11) 34pts
3rd Bob Heath (13) 33pts
1st Trevor Schirmer (15) 37pts
2nd Pat Prendeville (15) 35pts
3rd Stephen Lewis (18) 34pts
4th Robin Peach (15) 34pts
Although the going was fairly tough, the scores were
almost there but only Trevor Schirmer managed to better his handicap and
that was easily enough to leave him the winner of the second division after
a quiet period during which positioning in Pattaya took precedence over
positioning on the leader board. This day’s score surely indicates a return
to his past lower levels of handicap, especially as Khao Kheow is considered
one of the hardest courses to get the better of in wet conditions.
Pat Prenderville had a nice farewell round before
returning to the Emerald Isle for another year and took second place, with
Stephen Lewis claiming third after winning a count-back over Robin Peach
with a better 17 to 15 on the back nine.
The first division was a much tighter affair with Alan
Pilkington winning out by a count-back with a better 10 to 8 over the last
six after he had tied with Phil Groves on 16 a piece for the nine, leaving
Phil, who will soon be playing from his old handicap once more if this form
continues, in second and Captain Bob Heath third another point behind them.
In line with the results from the first division there
were no 2’s achieved but George Oakley wangled one in from twenty seven feet
to clean up in the second division pool.
Before presenting the prizes Stephen Beard welcomed new
member Michael Steele and also welcomed back John Howard and Mike Flynn and
gave a sad farewell to Mike Sanders who has been recalled to the land of
gnomes to mow the lawn and have a count up.
Wednesday, March 16,
Crystal Bay – Stableford
1ts Roar Berger (27) 44pts
2nd Phil Groves (11) 43pts
3rd Alan Pilkington (9) 41pts
4th Jim Slattery (11) 40pts
5th Trevor Schirmer (15) 38pts
6th John Howard (12) 38pts
Following a very hard slog during the previous outing,
golf got decidedly easier when the Soi 13 group took on the Crystal Bay C
and A courses with their wide open fairways and benign rough and with the
fairways in excellent condition, even following the recent heavy weather,
scoring was found to be at its most easiest, which was borne out by the CSS
for the day reducing to 71.
With far fewer players than the usual fields of late, due
no doubt to the poor maintenance programme of the clubhouse and surrounds
which leave this once immaculate facility looking tired and shabby, those
that did make the trip found the golf very rewarding, especially Roar Berger
who took the day’s top honours by four shots with a stunning eight under
handicap display, recording in the process his lifetime best round.
Roar denied Phil Groves his moment of returning glory by
a single shot as Phil returned an excellent seven under handicap and his
first round under 80 for more than two years, but it was enough for second
place which returned a half smile to his face at the prize giving.
Alan Pilkington also had a great round with his best
effort in Thailand at five under his new and lower handicap to claim third
ahead of Jim Slattery in fourth, who whilst still not hitting the heights
that he is used to at his home course of South Herts, still turned in his
best ever card in Thailand.
Trevor Schirmer did well to hang on to fifth after a
count-back with John Howard, finishing with 8 on the back three, to John’s
7, after they had tied the nine at 21 and the six at 14.
Because George Oakley was very unlucky with yet another
thirty-footer that lipped out, there were no 2’s in the second division but
Phil Groves and Bob Heath slipped in one each in the first division.
Friday, March 18, The
Emerald - Stableford
1st Brian Libbey (9) 34pts
2nd Frank Dunstan (25) 31pts
3rd Yasuo Suzuki (10) 31pts
4th Peter MacKenzie (28) 30pts
5th Mark Armstrong (25) 30pts
6th Russell Gilroy (17) 29pts
Another hard day to score, even with the course in
excellent condition and the greens exceptionally fast and true, left Brian
Libbey the winner after a steady if unspectacular round of two over handicap
proved to be good enough by three to win. The difficulty of the course was
shown by the increase of the CSS to 74 on a day when scoring was definitely
at a premium.
Frank Dunstan squeezed into second place with a better
count-back of 16 to 12 over Yasuo Suzuki after the latter had gone out in
some style only to falter heavily through the last four holes, scoring just
Peter MacKenzie was also quite surprised to pick up
another podium placing with a less than outstanding round but at least won
the count-back by a huge margin of 17 to 11 as Mark Armstrong struggled on
the back nine following a very nice outward half.
Before the presentations Glenn Eldershaw was welcomed as
a new member and there were welcome backs for Yukio Kikuchi, Russell Gilroy
and Mark Armstrong.
Once again there were no 2’s in the second division but
Yasuo Suzuki and Neville Duncan shared the first division pot.
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.