Pattaya Sports Club
was the only 200 bowler this week.
Snow Bowler took all four points from Green Tree and are
once again back in first place. The scores in lanes five and six were not
very good which is normal for those lanes.
Brother D won four points from Canada knocking them out
of first place. La Montgomery bowled a 525 series and Somrit had a 510 to
lead Brother D. Tue Pettae had a 530 series for Canada.
Antero Ronkainen bowled a 207 game and 547 series to lead
third place Bavaria to a three point win over VFW Post 9876. Ooy Pluemkamon
had a 507 series for VFW.
The USMC team continued their winning ways with a four point win over
Caf้ Kronborg. Sue Murphy bowled a 510 series for USMC. Yeow bowling as a
Pacer had a 512 series.
New handicaps for the Outbackers
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Monday’s “Roo Cup” victors, John Lowe & Dion
Monday, June 13, Burapha C
& D - Stableford
Today, the 19 Outbackers got wet big time; hell, if it
rained in Pattaya (which it did, flooding many areas) we got more than our
fair share at Burapha. A couple went home early, but most weathered the
storm getting wet and a bit cold, but despite all that, there were some
quite good scores in, a bit of a surprise considering.
Playing the C and D loops, even off the whites the course
still played very long in the wet and windy conditions. I think we must have
been the only ones on the course as the pace of play was pretty good.
There was challenge for the “Roo Cup”, which was already
held by the Kiwis (Capt’ Bob & Shutts) by another Kiwi connection, Dion Lane
and John Lowe who had only just arrived in Thailand. This time Capt’ Bob
teamed up with the Sugarman (supposedly representing NZ between them);
Sugar’s plan was to catch the arriving Kiwis whilst they were still
jet-lagged, the plan went miserably wrong however as Dion and John thrashed
them (the Capt’ & Sugar), 5 & 4. Suffice to say the cup was retained by the
Kiwis, albeit a different pair.
Perhaps Sugar and Capt’ Bob were nobbled by the weather,
we are sure that these boy’s are used to playing under these conditions,
anyway that is the only excuse we can come up with at such short notice.
Owen Walkley put up another fine display, following his
win on Friday at Khao Kheow, scoring 36 points today which was the top score
of the day, to win Div A from Paul Bourke (35pts) and John Cunningham on 33.
Div B went to Monday regular, Ivan Plunkett (34pts) from one of his regular
playing partners, Peter Stonebridge, three back on 31, with Brain Maddox
completing the trio on 28. (He beat John Player on count-back)
There were two ‘2’s today coming from Ivan Plunkett and
Div A (0-13)
1st Owen Walkley (11) 36pts
2nd Paul Bourke (11) 35pts
3rd John Cunningham (8) 33pts
Div B (14+)
1st Ivan Plunkett (20) 34pts
2nd Peter Stonebridge (14) 31pts
3rd Brian Maddox (19) 28pts
Tuesday, June 14, Pattaya
C.C. – Stableford
Awakening on Tuesday morning in Pattaya, you would have
been right to think it was going to be another wet day for golf,
particularly in the aftermath of Monday’s drenching. It was raining heavily
again but as breakfast time approached, upon nearing the bar, miraculously,
as though by command it stopped, paving the way for a pleasant round of
golf, albeit a tad soggy underfoot.
Thirteen Outbackers, which is a good turnout for the time
of year, did battle for the one division honours and by the end of the round
36 points was the best anybody had done.
Three of them, Dennis, Jack & Nigel all tied up with 36
apiece. Chad, beer in hand and the regular Tuesday organiser, worked away on
the count-back before declaring Dennis the winner, even though Jack and
Nigel were trying to devise ways of preventing ‘the Turnip’ from getting the
win, they couldn’t and he did. Well done the Swede and General Jack got
A special mention goes out to “Our Arthur”, as Nigel
often calls him, who celebrated his 83rd birthday last
week but regretfully, through illness, was unable to join us for a round of
golf on his favourite course. All the best Arthur and get well soon, from
all at The Outback and anybody else who knows you.
There were two ‘2’s from two guys playing in the same
group; one from Jack who holed a monster putt on the 5th,
and the other from Chad, who holed a long one on the 12th.
1st Dennis Persson (17) 36pts
2nd Jack Moseley (15) 36pts
3rd Nigel Cannon (23) 36pts
4th Nigel Flanagan (11) 35pts
Friday, June 17, Khao
Kheow B & C - Stableford
Unfortunately a couple of “no shows” meant we ended up
with a five-ball in the middle of our 32 Outbacker field but not to worry
too much, they managed to keep up.
Playing B and C we got a great run in behind a big
tournament being held here; a four hour round, which made up a bit for last
week’s mess, thank you to the management.
It rained on the way to the course but cleared up as we
arrived. Having loaded the clubs onto the carts and got the caddies lined up
ready to go, down came the rain in big doses so it was into the drinks stop
for 20 minutes or so; from then on, no rain at all. No carts on the fairways
today so ‘lift clean and place’ was the go on the fairways only. It was very
wet underfoot and the greens were their usual fast pace, which meant for
some extra unwanted putts.
As well as a welcome to Simon Spalding, back from Aussie
for a short holiday, who played well off his 1 H/cap, we said goodbye to Tim
Gadd as he is on his way home but he is leaving his good mate John Player
here to keep us up to speed.
The scores were good and bad, but had a higher than usual
look about them in terms of stableford points, which came about as a direct
result of the start of the Outback’s pilot period using the EGA Golf
Handicap system which resembles the USGA system in that it uses a player’s
“Exact H/cap Index” applied to a table (using the course rating and slope)
to calculate a player’s “Playing H/cap” for that particular course.
The beauty of this system, it uses the CONGU method of
cutting a player’s handicap and it takes place on the same day. It will mean
that you will see some higher than usual stableford points being posted on
the trickier courses for a few weeks until it settles down but the gross
score which is posted to the PSC will remain unaffected.
Suzi Lawton took advantage of her three extra shots to
post the top score of the day, 42 points, which gave her the win in Div B
and went hand in hand with her handicap at the Outback being reduced from
17.8 to 16.0.
Andy Makara, whose H/cap index meant he would have
normally played off 28, got six extra “Playing H’cap” shots back to take
second with 40 points, only to receive an immediate cut of 1.9. Owen
Walkley, who admitted he found it strange playing off 13 and had a good
round to score 41, found himself also on the end of the handicapper’s knife,
being cut by 1.0 after winning Div A and Paul Greenaway lost 0.4 of a shot
for his 38 points (second place).
All current PSC handicaps are transferable immediately to
this software and all visitors to the Outback will now have to play three
qualifying rounds off their home club handicap before being added into the
system, as recommended by the EGA. These handicaps will not affect your PSC
handicap and are not designed to replace your handicap elsewhere at this
You can read all about this handicap system here on our
The Outback are currently preparing the relevant “Playing
Handicap Tables” for all the courses and tees that we play, normally only
seen at one or two courses like Khao Kheow, Green Valley and Siam Old.
There were six ‘2’s recorded today from Paul Greenaway,
Paul Bourke, Suzi Lawton, Sid Ottaway and Chaten Patel had two.
Div A (0–18)
1st Owen Walkley (13) 41pts
2nd Paul Greenaway (13) 38pts
3rd Simon Spaulding (1) 36pts
4th Chaten Patel (14) 35pts
Div B (19+)
1st Suzi Lawton (20) 42pts
2nd Andrew Makara (34) 40pts
3rd John Stafford (25) 36pts
4th Sid Ottaway (28) 35pts
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.
Robinson qualifies for U.S. Open?
Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf Group
If there had have been a qualifying round for the U.S.
Open, Clive Robinson would surely have been there. Being one of his partners
on the day it was a pleasure to see Clive play superb tee to green golf
(with just the slightest blip on a couple of greens) to record a lever par
72 gross, on the Lake/Ocean course. His round included three birdies and
three bogies (including the last two holes) with the rest all pars. Clive
also received the sponsored prize of a 500 baht voucher donated by Keith
Keohane of KPK Food Services Ltd.
Clive Robinson shows off his KPK Food Services voucher
following his sparkling round at Phoenix.
One of the biggest topics at Phoenix at the moment is the
poor condition of the course, especially the greens, however it did not seem
to hinder Clive (with 42 points) or John Stafford with 41 points coming
second and Ted Oreton with 38 points claiming third place. All three played
very well. Pity poor Ted Oreton with 38 points, usually enough to secure
Two near pins were up for grabs today with Phil Kington
taking one and the other not being claimed. This was put into the lucky draw
along with the other lucky draw prizes. Most of these are donated by our
hosts, The Relax Bar, and they were duly awarded to John Bartley, Chris
Coffey, Ken Hatton and Colin Gregg. Sadly we said goodbye to Colin Gregg and
Stuart Gordon for a few weeks whilst they go to sunny England.
Our Friday golf has come alive again and we have just two
or three groups every Friday at approx 12.00 noon and of course every
Tuesday at 12.00 noon we have up to six groups.
Sea fishing is also very successful at the moment with some good catches.
Next trip is July 9. For more information regarding golf or fishing please
contact me (Mike) on 087 091 7565.
Van Dyk victorious at the Valley
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday, June 14, Burapha
C & D - Stableford
Must be low season - regulars heading off for mid-year
breaks and no visitors this week. That plus a very wet Monday which saw a
couple beg off and we were down to 11 players meeting up for Bert’s Golfer’s
breakfast before heading off to one of the finest courses in the area.
Andre Van Dyk, left and Dick Warberg, Friday’s top two.
Arriving at the course we found the parking area
virtually empty and, after a quick check-in, were soon on the first tee of
the “C” nine. ‘Lift, clean and place’ was in order due to the recent heavy
rains and it would have been nice to extend that to the rough as it was long
due to not being cut because of all the rain.
This day, though the clouds looked threatening at the
start, was a great day to be out and about. No rain, scattered clouds, and
fairly low humidity, is this Pattaya in June? Play moved along at a good
pace and a bit over 4 hours found us showered and ready to head back to town
for Bert’s golfer’s special of chicken curry, Thai style, a brew or two, and
the all important results.
Congrats to Dick and Daryl who led the way, beating their
handicaps and thanks to those who came out and supported our golf day.
1st Dick Warberg (18) 40pts
2nd Daryl Evans (20) 38pts
3rd Andre Van Dyk (16) 35pts
Near Pins: Brian Parish, Joel Flor, Graham Buckingham,
Friday, June 17, Pleasant
Valley – Stableford
The course continues to improve every time we go, mind as
usual it was raining. Does it never stop? Well the answer is yes. It rained
all the way there, it rained while we were booking in and changing, and it
poured it down as soon as we stood on the first tee, causing us all to dash
for the clubhouse and cover.
After 30 minutes or so it slowed to a bit of drizzle and
we dashed for the first tee and got underway. For a few holes it was wet and
miserable, then slowly cleared as we went around. Naturally it was wet
underfoot and we were limited to the path for the golf carts, but it turned
out into quite a nice day, if a little hot and humid.
So we got what we expected; soggy fairways, slow greens,
wet to start and humid as it dried out - just another day in Pattaya at
present. Has this year been the wettest in the last ten, or is it all down
to a failing memory? Mind, we zoomed around as the course was nice and
empty. It is an ill wind etc.
The showers here are very good, nice and hot if you can
get the temperature correct and the restaurant is ‘OK’. They have a
‘special’ on at 45 baht if you just fancy a little nibble. Beer is
reasonable price so a quick break before you drive back is not going to
break the bank. Also some effort is being made to improve the car park and
not before time. We live in hope. However this is a good venue to visit.
So to the results back at Bert’s and the winner with 41
points was Andre Van Dyk ahead of Dick Warberg with 37 in second. In third
we had a 5 way count-back on 34 points that saw Mashi Kaneta come out third.
Near pins went to Daryl Evans, Brian Parrish, Mashi Kaneta and Henry
Terry’s still got it
PSC Golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Terry Phur, left, all
smiles after his round on Tuesday, Brian not so much.
Tuesday, June 14, Pattaya
C.C. - Stableford
Tuesday we made a short trip to Pattaya Country Club to
take advantage of their sport day rate and the course was in the best
condition we can remember it. With the current sport day and improved course
condition it represents fair value for golfers.
Terry Phur (17) joined us today after a bit of a lay-off
and was straight away into the frame, edging out Jeff Wylie (5) on a
count-back 17 to 16, with both signing for 34 points.
Technical prizes were spread around between Terry, Jeff &
Thursday, June 16, Century
Chonburi - Stableford
Thursday was a longer trip, this time up 331 to Century
Chonburi, the BEST value for money course in the area. Although the course
is a little rough around the edges and the clubhouse even more so, the
playing facility is a real challenge for all and quite acceptable condition.
Short numbers today, so we had a skins game, where Bill
Bertram (10) and Jeff Wylie (5), both got 8 skins, while Jimmy Fortune (26)
grabbed the other 2, both with nice pars on par 3s.
Note: Mulligans Lakeside plays golf on Tuesday & Thursday, with
presentation at the course Tuesday and Mulligans Lakeside hosting on
Thursdays. Call 089 094 1841 for scheduling or enquiries. Hope to see you
there, cheers & good golfing!
Sus edges Dale by one
PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar
Wednesday winner Sus Ige, left, with runner-up Dale Murphy.
A more comfortable day of golf could not be had as it was
on June 15 at the Pattaya Country Club. The clouds parted from time to time
to remind us that the sun was still alive but it stayed overcast for the
The course was in pretty good condition and the crews
were out plucking weeds from the fairways. Greens were good with a couple
Back at Caddy Shack II the ten players came in to tally
their scores. Sus Ige led the pack with a 36-pointer followed by Dale Murphy
As Herbie convalesces, Sus continues to feed the pack with snacks, dogs
and ham slices.
A pleasant day for San Mig Stu
PSC Golf from the Café Kronborg
Bjarne, left, presents
The Cafe Kronborg June Monthly Mug to Ken Bernek.
Monday, June 13, Pleasant Valley – Stableford
After plenty of rain on the weekend I was as usual
optimistic about the weather for our golf, even though the low clouds were
starting to form at 0700hrs. We had a starting field of eighteen signed up
for our outing to Pleasant Valley and it was a pleasure to welcome Lasse
Pettersson from Sweden, Jan Eriksen from Denmark and Yves Cornillier from
Departing the Kronny at our scheduled 0815hrs it took
just 43 minutes for the journey and although not raining the skies looked
Our first group teed off well ahead of schedule at
0925hrs and sure enough the heavens opened just after we hit our tee shots
on the second. Luckily we were only a three ball and Ted & I piled into The
Admiral’s cart and headed for shelter. We spent the next 15 minutes at the
drink stop alongside the 10th tee and watched it
absolutely belt it down and flood the greens and then for the next 15
minutes we could observe those greens rapidly drain and then it was time to
resume our round.
The course was of course very wet but relief was
available and often taken and we found all the greens had drained very well
and were not a problem. Our round was completed in four hours and fifty
minutes (including the 30 minute break) without the necessity of the use of
umbrellas or further shelter and once more we were thankful for another full
round of golf, albeit mostly with wet bums.
San Miguel (Heineken) Stu Rifkin had stated a week ago
that he was ready to give golf away for a while after some fairly
indifferent performances, mainly due to sore thumb, sore ankle, sore left
thigh (I think a wheelchair was just days away) but lo and behold he came
good and took out the A Flight with 37 points. That very fine golfer Mike
Allidi finished just 1 point further back off his one handicap to finish in
second place. There was a three way count back for third and fourth place
with veteran Ted Morris beating Jan Eriksen and unlucky Patrice Bardy just
missing out, all on 34 points.
PSC Treasurer Graham Buckingham won the B Flight with 34
points and in another three-way count-back with 33 points; Jan Lovgreen
finished second from Henry Wong in third place and Lasse Pettersson in
A Flight (0-20)
1st Stu Rifkin (16) 37pts
2nd Mike Allidi (1) 36pts
3rd Ted Morris (17) 34pts
4th Jan Eriksen (15) 34pts
B Flight (21+)
1st Graham Buckingham (23) 34pts
2nd Jan Lovgreen (21) 33pts
3rd Henry Wong (23) 33pts
4th Lasse Pettersson (36) 33pts
Long Putt: Yves Cornillier
Thursday, June 16, Pattaya
Country Club – Monthly Mug/Stroke
It was that time of the month again where we have to
count all our shots as we compete for the Caf้ Kronborg June Monthly Mug.
There are still a few who shy away from a round of stroke but it is after
all the true test of golf and a change from our continual rounds of
There were eighteen of us prepared to take on the
challenge and we sadly waved farewell to Volker Buley who returns to Germany
and Gordon Clegg returning to his work in Saudi Arabia. We wished them both
Bon Voyage and hope and know that they will return before too long.
In the blink of an eye (just 25 minutes) we were at
Pattaya Country Club and once again found the car park almost devoid of cars
which meant an earlier than scheduled tee off and in fact our first group
was able to get away one hour early at 0900hrs. The weather was fabulous,
not too hot & sticky and the course was in great shape and improving all the
time. The greens were mainly in top nick although a few had residual sand on
them but certainly did not cause any dramas.
Our round was quite slow, mainly due to searching for
golf balls after stray tee shots from a certain member of our group who
shall remain nameless but his initials are Stu Rifkin! After a couple of
stops for drinks we managed to complete our round in four hours and forty
Assisted by an eagle 2 on the 10th
Ken Bernek was able to shoot a great round of net 66 to win his third Caf้
Kronborg Monthly Mug. Well done to him and once more let’s hear it for Ken!
The A Flight was well won by Patrice Bardy with a net 68
which would normally be good enough to win the Mug. Aussies took out second
and third places with Paul Avery beating yours truly on a count-back with
Jan Lovgreen shot a fine net 72 to take out the B Flight,
just 1 shot better than veteran Kevin Dinan and Gordon Clegg 1 shot further
back in third place
Many thanks once again to Bjarne and his family & staff
at Caf้ Kronborg for their continued support of this monthly event.
1st Ken Bernek (17) net 66
A Flight (0-20)
1st Patrice Bardy (16) net 68
2nd Paul Avery (9) net 73
3rd Peter Blackburn (13) net 73
B Flight (21+)
1st Jan Lovgreen (21) net 72
2nd Kevin Dinan (24) net 73
3rd Gordon Clegg (27) net 74
Long Putt: Jan Lovgreen
It was chocolates to boiled lollies for last start winner Sam Miguel
(Heineken) Stu Rifkin who although not present for the ceremony was awarded
the Compass Cap and he kindly left a donation to charity as is the
From rigs to riches …almost
PSC golf from The Golf Club Sports Bar
(L to R) Bob Newell, Gabriel Enright and Dale Shier
after the golf on Wednesday and watching the State of Origin rugby match
Monday, June 13, Green
Valley – Stableford
Rain was the word of the day. 15 golfers set out with
good intentions as the sky was a dreary grey. It only took 5 holes of
play before the Golf Gods unleashed winds and rain of biblical
proportions. 1ฝ hours or so later we attempted the restart but were
foiled again. The popular call was to abandon play and head for a hot
shower and some libations.
Wednesday, June 15,
Khao Kheow A&C - Stableford
1st Gabriel Enright 32 pts
2nd Dale Shier 32pts
3rd Bob Newell 32pts
Word of the day …count-back. The aforementioned Golf
Gods gave us a break today and although the course was already mushy
underfoot, we managed to get in a rain free round.
Dale Shier, arriving the day before from offshore
Israel, started with a flurry making 6 points on the first two holes on
C course and was already counting baht in his mind. ‘Seamless’, playing
in the same group, quipped “you have peaked to soon mate.” Next hole -
Eventually when all was said and done three were tied
on 32 points. Let the dreaded count-backs begin: Gabriel Enright B9-18,
Dale Shier B9-17, Seamless B9-14. Seamless also took the 2’s pot with
Best dressed went to Dale Shier as his perennial
competitor Mick Beresford is currently offshore.
Friday, June 17,
Crystal Bay - Stableford
The low season crunch is upon us. We had only 6 sign
up so a call was made to Colin at Lewinski’s and he welcomed us to join
his outing at Crystal Bay.
Dale Shier continued his streak of luck and took the
A Flight with 36 points while Jack Spencer was second with 35.
‘Kaptain Klipboard’ had one of the five 2’s recorded
on the day.
Thanks to Colin and the lads at Lewinski’s for
accommodating us and those that supported our outings 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
pattaya4golf @gmail.com and our new website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.
Peter rolls back the years
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s
St Andrews Monthly Medal
1st Peter Henshaw (17) net 67
2nd Gabriel Enright (17) net 68
3rd Jack Grindvold (6) net 72
1st Yui Bietry (11) net 73
Near Pins: No 3 Peter Henshaw, No 5 Yui Bietry, No 10
Bob Newell, No 17 Jack Grindvold
Medal winners Yui Bietry and Peter Henshaw.
Peter Henshaw, who this column has cited as a nice guy
several times previously, won A Flight, but more importantly took home a
lead crystal whisky glass and a bottle of Jameson’s Irish whisky emblematic
of the monthly medal, which in this case was for the month of June. To do so
Peter had to shoot a dazzling net 67 at the treacherous St Andrews and beat
Gabriel “the thunder from down under” Enright by a single stroke. Gabriel
plays his golf at the Moore Park Golf Club which is situated near Sidney in
Jack Grindvold took the bronze with a very steady even
par round which also won him the prestigious low gross trophy.
Yui Bietry added yet another champagne flute and bottle
of champagne to her extensive collection in the ladies flight. Yui also
added a further no transferable invitation to join Peter in the year end
gold medal competition.
Peter made it a day to remember carding the only ‘2’ of
the day, all this on a day that saw a record no returns by some very capable
Tuesday, June 14,
Greenwood - Stableford
1st Ed Wyckoff (10) 39pts
2nd Colin Davis (16) 39pts
It came down to two wily seasoned society members to see
who would stand atop the podium. Would it be Ed ‘the right honorable’ or
Colin ‘the Donkey’, as both had 39 points.
Low gross winner Jack Grinvold, right, with Lewiinski’s Golf Manager
Colin has the treachery and guile from surviving the
Black Country in a long and distinguished career in the sun bed and old
folk’s business, but as soon as the winner was going to be determined by
count-back, there was little doubt over who was the home team, Ed ‘The right
Peter Hayward’s well executed 38 points was only good for
a ringside seat at the presentation.
Just to rub salt into ‘the Donkey’s’ pride, Ed carted off
the 2’s pot.
Wednesday, June 15,
Burapha - Stableford
1st Peter Hynard (14) 36pts
2nd Colin Davis (15) 34pts
3rd Terry Mangan (10) 33pts
It was back to Burapha once again and the unlikely
pairing of Crystal and Dunes were the task at hand.
Peter Hynard who just missed out the day before put that
all behind him as he used his supple power and innate talent edge Colin ‘the
Donkey’ in to second place by two clear strokes for the second time in as
many games. The balance of the podium was to be filled by Terry Mangan as
his back nine numbers turned the tables on Ed ‘the right honorable’ Wyckoff
and left him out in the cold.
Big Aussi lad Adam Oyston skipped off with the ‘2’s pot.
Friday, June 17, Crystal
Bay - Stableford
1st Dale Shier (13) 36pts
2nd Jack Spencer (10) 35pts
1st Ed Delaney (29) 36pts
2nd Mike Jeffreys (18) 35pts
The society was joined by some of our friends from our
sister club - The Golf Club - for today’s outing at Crystal Bay. Considering
the amount of rain lately the course was in fine condition. Interestingly
both flight places were won with the same scores.
The senior flight was led home by The Golf Club’s star
player Dale Shier with an even par round; Dale was followed up the podium
steps by Jack ‘Bilko’ Spencer a shot adrift.
The junior flight honor went to Irishman Ed Delaney
followed by the Mike ‘the Welsh Wizard’ Jeffreys.
Colin Davis, Peter Hynard, Benn Nelson, Brad Sproxton,
Mike Jeffreys and Peter Henshaw shared the ‘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
Ito Akitoshi 3, 3 & 1
Golf from the Travellers Rest
Travellers Rest golfers pose for a photo at Emerald.
A name that seems to appear regularly in our results
lists at the moment is Ito Akitoshi. I will be honest and say that I know
very little about this player. He is a very quiet gentleman who regularly
comes out with the TRGG, gets on with his game and very successfully this
past week. He then collects his accolades and goes home.
I cannot even find a picture of Ito in my files and
unfortunately I also missed him this week at Emerald after his win because
he had left before I arrived. They had teed off early and played a quick
round it seems. But three, three and one is what he achieved; third at
Century Chonburi, third at Pattana and then a first at Emerald. Well Done
Ito, a good weeks golf.
The unluckiest man of the week has to be Justin Hagan who
plays off just a two handicap and who came second to Ito at Emerald. I was
advised that at the fourteenth, where anyone who has played Emerald will
know there is a tree on the fairway known to most farangs as the Buddha
Tree, Justin played a great shot which was travelling well until it hit the
tree squarely centre and ricocheted off into the rough. He did manage to
extricate it with the next shot but I bet he is rueing that initial effort
because he lost out on count-back to Ito, and that shot would have certainly
made a difference to his score line.
You will notice that the visits this week are not the
usual format for TRGG. This is going to be the case for some time I have
been advised by Fergus as he is trying to get the best deals around for his
players and take opportunity of sport days etc. If you require fuller
information of planned outings please just give him a ring.
Monday, June 13,
Century Chonburi - Stableford
1st Ted Senior (11) 34pts
2nd Len Hardingham (20) 34pts
3rd Ito Akitoshi (8) 32pts
4th Rod Crosswell (13) 31pts
Wednesday, June 15,
Pattana - Stableford
1st Fergus Brennan (11) 33pts
2nd Robert Cannon (24) 32pts
3rd Ito Akitoshi (9) 31pts
Friday, June 17,
The Emerald - Stableford
1st Ito Akitoshi (9) 37pts
2nd Justin Hagan (2) 37pts
3rd Daryl Ottaway (7) 35pts
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.
Terry’s golf lessons finally
pay off at Emerald
The Backyard Golf Society
For the first time in a few weeks we managed to come up
with 8 players but the Chairman was noticeable by his absence yet again!
Terry C and Danni L outside Happy Bar 2
Rain greeted us at the first tee at Emerald Golf Course
and followed us all the way around apart from the last 2 holes. Obviously
the weather suited Terry C as (after his golf lessons taught by John Ryves
at St Andrews Golf Center) he finally put a round together and came in as
the winner with 37 points.
Geoff came in second with 33 and for the first time in a
long while JJ took the nearest the pin prize. Skin results were as follows:
Terry C (9), Geoff (4), Dan M (3) with (2) rollovers for next week.
Finally, we welcomed Danni L back this week and proceeded to down a few
cold ones to celebrate his return.
Bertram beats the field
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
Monday, June 13,
Plutaluang - Stableford
Our second visit here this month since our washout the
previous Monday and there were two divisions out today.
We were allocated the East and South courses and as we
teed off the clouds thickened in the background and it became very gloomy on
the first two holes. The rain started to come down from the third hole
onward and when we reached the ninth green we decided to call the
One group continued for 18 holes in the rain and the
others came in after nine so there were no scores submitted today.
Wednesday, June 15, Rayong Country Club - Stableford
A totally deserted course as we arrived with nobody on
the first tee for at least 15 minutes until we were all assembled there. It
was an almost perfect day with a cloud covering and a gentle breeze.
No ladies today so there were two divisions for the men
and playing his first game with us off a 10 handicap Bill Bertram won
division 1 with 39 points, with Neville Scurrell second on 34.
Bryan Rought took the second division win with 35 points
with ‘count-back’ Burnie second 4 points behind.
There were rollovers in the ‘2’s from Bangpakong and
Phoenix but there were no winners in either division again, so all to play
for at Pattaya Country Club on Monday.
Friday, June 17, Eastern Star - Stableford
There are still many people away and there were only 16
out today in a two divisional competition; the cut was 6-17 in division 1
and 18 plus in division 2.
The rain started as we arrived on the first tee and
lasted for five holes. There was light drizzle for the next three before it
cleared up and the rest of the round was played in comfortable conditions.
The greens are still improving here with the amount of rain they have had
here over the past week.
Playing off 10, Mikael Andersson won division 1 with 36
points, Bryan Rought was second two points behind and in third place with 31
was Tony Thorne.
Thirty-four points won division 2 for Jim Lane with Glyn
Evans second on 30, and in his last game with before his departure back to
the UK, Lee Casey took third with 29.
Two rollovers in division 1 and three in division 2 ensue
to next Friday in the ‘2’s comp.
All of our thoughts here at Jomtien Golf go out to Kari
Aarnio who is back in Finland.
Riley rules at Green Valley
PSC golf from The Fairways Golf Society
Monday, June 13,
Khao Kheow – Stableford
Once again this course took its toll as in the wet and
windy conditions everybody struggled to find their form, but nobody did as
you can see by the scores posted.
Friday’s winner at Greenwood, Scott Dobbins.
First place was taken by Ken Meek with a miserly 25
points after a three-way back nine count-back while the near pins were won
by Ning Neal and George Hayes.
1st Ken Meek (24) 25pts
2nd George Hayes (21) 25pts
3rd Nicky Clow (28) 25pts
Wednesday, June 15,
Green Valley – Stableford
Unfortunately today’s golf was overshadowed by the theft
of one of our golfer’s wallet from his golf bag. So a word of caution to all
you golfers out there, do not leave valuables in your golf bag!
On to the golf the course which was in good nick and the
weather was ideal for golf with just a light breeze. So it was the opposite
to Monday which reflected in the scores as Frank Riley tamed the course with
a massive six under par total, his third sub-par round since arriving on our
shores two weeks ago. His playing partner George Hayes also had a great
round of three under.
Near pins went to Ning Neal, Brain Neal, Danny Larson and
1st Frank Riley (18) 42pts
2nd George Hayes (21) 39pts
3rd Tony Duthie (20) 36pts
4th Dick Hobson (24) 35pts
Friday, June 17,
Greenwood - Stableford
Again we had amazing good luck with the weather as it was
absolutely pouring down for the whole trip here. We decided to have a cup of
coffee in the club house and give it half an hour to see if it stopped, and
sure enough after 25 minutes it ceased. So we teed off playing winter rules.
Scott Dobbins, playing of scratch, was the only player to
cope with the very difficult conditions, having two bogies and two birdies
in his round of 36 points. Near pins went to John Coetzee, Dave Done (2) and
1st Scott Dobbins (0) 36pts
2nd John Hadden (25) 31pts
3rd Dick Hobson (24) 30pts
Note: The Fairways driving range is situated at the
top of Pattaya Klang (Central) on Sukhumvit Road and has golf outings every
Sun/Mon/Wed & Fri. Anyone wishing to play with our society can call into the
clubhouse and put their names down on the lists provided or call Scott on
084 389 2379. Transport provided if required.
All Asian leaderboard at Bangpra
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
The Pattaya Golf Society travelled to Bangpra on Wednesday, 15th June,
to play a stableford competition on the track which is in fine form with
swift greens. The group was small because of the weather and returns to
home countries but nevertheless a meaningful competition was held and it
produced the group ‘s first all-Asia leaderboard for many a long day.
Singapore’s Larry Ang played his best round with the
group in a long while and finished third with 30 points whilst Japan’s
Masaaki Sugaya took second place with 31 points. The winner was local
golfer Wichai Tananusorn whose 36 points saw a return to winning form on
his final round before leaving for a well-earned break in the UK at the
There were no birdie ‘2’s on a course where putting
is generally a tougher task than any other and the Booby Bevy went to Mr
Len after failing to finish his mediocre round in the debilitating
humidity. Nevertheless it was a joy to be back at Bangpra after a long
absence for the Elephant Bar’s golf “geezer”.
Welcome back boss
A hastily rearranged fixture at Pattana on Friday,
17th June, saw the Pattaya Golf Society enjoy a day at the course which
was in excellent condition, in deference to an abandoned day at Green
Valley, a result of their inflexibility over low season discounts.
Pattana on the other hand represented excellent value for money for the
Playing stableford from the yellow tees, the usual
whites being out of action ready for a junior tournament, the golfers
enjoyed fresh fairways and splendidly consistent greens.
Sharing third place on 33 points were Nile Sheehan,
Tim Lazecki and Chris Smith, whose gross 76 was a feature of the day. In
second place was Japanese golfer Haruyuki Kato with 35 and the winner
was Mr Len, his 39 points making up for all those dark golf-bereft days
over the previous three months.
There were no birdie ‘2’s again and the Booby Bevy
was held back for Dave Corrigan who marked his return after a three
years break with the group with an unconvincing score.
Pattana will certainly be a feature of PGS golf over
the next few months
June yacht racing –
two days of contrast
Monthly racing for Ocean Marina Yacht Club continued the
season championship, as many sailors returned from racing in Koh Samui to
see cloudy skies, and the major threat of some rain squalls hitting the
course over 2 days of racing and the prestigious Coyote Cup, created by the
enthusiastic sailors who race the 53 foot “El Coyote”.
Last Saturday’s course had all boats sailing down to
Royal Varuna Yacht Club, with a series of windward leeward legs before
sailing back to Ocean Marina.
Winner of the Coyote Cup, “Magic”, skippered by David
Stronger winds before the start gradually faded, as this
favoured leaders “Pornstar” and “El Coyote”; the Shaw 650 “Pornstar”
eventually holding off “Coyote” to take the win on line, and the sportsboat
class against the 6 platus.
“El Coyote” may have been 2nd on
line, but the wily David Bell on “Magic” managed to stay close enough to
take out the win on handicap. Scott Galle sailing again with youth sailors
out of Sattahip’s excellent optimist program won the multihulls unopposed,
while the cruisers saw a ding dong battle between Andre’s “Dutch Raver” and
“Suk San 2”.
Part of the joy of sailing is off the water, so the
evening’s BBQ was greatly appreciated by all crews, including a number of
new sailors who had not previously raced at Ocean Marina.
Sunday’s weather began with lots of rain, a lot of wind
and a lot of Platu sailors who switched into the larger boats, given the
risks of damage and difficulties in the 25+ knots wind. A single medium
length course out to Rangkwian Island and back was seen as challenging
enough for the boats brave enough to continue.
Taking the pin end of the line alone, “Pornstar” racing
unopposed was able to hold her own off the start, but as the winds faded,
once again “Magic” found the left side of the course as the breeze shifted
left, setting him up a long way ahead at the island rounding. As the breeze
faded, boats stuck with high wind or reefed sails only were stuck watching
the better equipped boats sail back down to the finish in what was now a
mere 5 knots of wind. In the end, “Magic” took the daily double, with “Souay
1” of Jean Rhault taking 2nd from “El Coyote”.
Overall, another great weekend of sailing, despite the
lack of Pattaya’s usual sunny skies, and David Bell takes possession of the
Coyote Cup for the next 12 months. Next racing is held July 9-10.
Fortt continues to
move up the rankings
After the fantastic win at Bira International circuit
just outside Pattaya two weeks ago, local racer Ben Fortt travelled to
Nakhon Chaise with his team to participate in the next round of the Thailand
Ben Fortt, 2nd left, celebrates on the podium following his second place
finish at Nakhon Chaise, Sunday, June 19.
Friday June 17 was free practice day and Ben put in some
good lap times considering he has only ridden this course once before, so
left the day happy with his Suzuki GSXR 1000 set up, ready for the all
important qualifying on Saturday.
Overnight rain made Saturday’s qualifying very hazardous,
the track had mainly dried out but left some very dangerous puddles on some
of the bends, the session went well and after the day’s times were in, the
officials announced the race positions for the next day. Ben qualified in
third spot which gave him a front row grid position.
Fortt negotiates a bend at the Nakhon Chaise race track on
his Suzuki GSXR 1000.
Sunday, June 19, was the all important race day and there
was not a cloud in sight and a dry track so these were the perfect race
conditions. Ben is getting a reputation for his blistering starts and he
stuck one again here and reached the first bend in the lead, only to lose
the place to a very well respected rider. Ben got his head down and managed
to beat his own personal best lap time to finish in second place in the
Ben and his team were overjoyed with his performance and
result as this now moves him up to grade 2 category with the next round of
races scheduled to be held at the local Bira International race track on
Tony Oakes re-elected as
Pattaya Sports Club President
The 2011-12 PSC Committee
members: Standing (L-R) Joe Mooneyham (Golf), Paul Donahue (Secretary),
Nigel Cannon (Social), William Macey (Charity); Seated (L-R) Bobby Clark
(Vice President), Tony Oakes (President) and Bob Lindberg (Treasurer).
The Pattaya Sports Club’s Annual General Meeting, held on
Saturday morning, June 18, at the Town-in-Town Hotel, was well attended by
over 70 elective and founder members.
Peter Malhotra, Chairman of the Pattaya Sports Club
Association, the governing body of the Pattaya Sports Club, congratulated
incumbent President Tony Oakes and his board of directors for their
dedication to the good causes of sports and charity.
Tony Oakes was re-elected as PSC President for the next 12 months.
“On behalf of the PSC Association committee, I wish to
convey our heartfelt gratitude to all the PSC members who have collectively
contributed your time, energy and resources to charity projects in our
community,” said Peter. “The Pattaya Sports Club’s main concern is to
improve the health and wellbeing of our children, which you have done
without fail and with success. Your focus on giving our children a decent
education is most commendable.”
President Tony Oakes made his annual report followed by
reports from the other committee chairmen. Tony stated, “This has been a
great year for the Pattaya Sports Club. We were very successful in terms of
maintaining our membership numbers and increasing our charity work. Thank
you all for your support and good work in promoting sports and supporting
Elections were then held to select the president and the
board of directors for the 2011-12 year and the results showed that Tony
Oakes was re-elected as President for another term.
Others elected to the new PSC Committee were, Bobby
Clark-Vice President, Paul Donahue-Secretary, Bob Lindberg-Treasurer,
William Macey-Charity, Joe Mooneyham-Golf, Bjarne Nielsen-Registrar and
Mike Johnston retains his seat in the Founder’s Chair and
special recognition was awarded to Past President Herbie Ishinaga who was
also presented with a Life Membership in the Pattaya Sports Club.
The newly re-elected President said that his golf academy
initiative, which started last year, had changed the skills of two young
Thai golfers out of all recognition and on the back of this he plans to
extend the project over the coming year.
Tony also pointed out that times were changing fast and
that the Pattaya Sports Club had to move forward whilst holding on to their
foundations and rules and that now they are looking at more ways to keep
children off the streets by getting them involved in sports.
William Macey ,who was re-elected for a third year as the
Charity Chairman of Pattaya Sports Club, said that in the last year he had
shifted his focus by trying to contact smaller groups in Pattaya that
required some assistance and support, many of these groups he explained did
not have websites and were working somewhat alone. William would approach
them and find out about their projects and did what he could to help them.
PSC has good relations with Rotary, YWCA and the Jesters
in Pattaya and that network helped them identify problems and find solutions
in a streamlined fashion, explained William.
The Charity Chairman also reiterated on the President’s
remarks regarding how society now faced new challenges such as trying to get
City Hall to back an initiative so that all Internet cafes have a code of
conduct that will make them tell children about arranging liaisons over the
internet which could be not what they seem to be. William stated that if the
initiative takes off, there are plans to roll this info out to kids in local
United knocked out in cup opener
Pattaya United take on
Okkthar United at the Beza Stadium in Singapore, Wednesday, June 15.
Pattaya United were eliminated in the first round of the
RHB Singapore Cup last week after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of
Myanmar league team Okkthar United on Wednesday, June 15 at Singapore’s Beza
The friendly international tournament marked a break from
Pattaya’s current Premier League campaign and they were able to field a
fairly strong team, but without the injured Ludovick Takham, plus Anuwat
In-Yin, Hiroyuki Yamamoto and Gabriel Obatola who were being rested and did
not travel with the rest of the squad.
The Dolphins fell behind as early as the 6th
minute when Aung Moe broke clear to slip the ball past the Pattaya keeper
and give Okkthar a one goal lead. Pattaya dominated most of the possession
in the first 45 minutes but they were susceptible to the counter attack and
they got caught out again on 36 minutes as Roger Lap doubled the lead for
the Myanmar team and sent them into the break two goals up.
The Dolphins made a couple of changes in the second half,
bringing on Suthisa in place of Sihawong and giving Adisak Haanthet from the
under 19 squad a run out in the first team. The substitutions seemed to give
a bit more pep to United’s attacking play but they were unable to break down
the stubborn resistance of the Okkthar defence until the final minute of the
match when Somchai Singhmanee pulled a goal back to add some respectability
to the scoreline.
The next game for Pattaya United will be an away fixture
in the Thai Premier League against Bangkok Glass on Saturday, July 2.
Lessons learned as Stuvik crashes out at Nürburgring
Stuvik, foreground, drives his Formula Renault car at the Nrburgring in
Germany, Saturday, June 18.
After a long wait, Sandy Stuvik, the 16 year old local
Thai racer finally got back to the famous Nrburgring in Germany for last
weekend’s Formula Renault World Series race. Having had some testing at the
track last year Sandy was optimistic and eager for some good races in the
EuroCup series. The initial Friday testing did though soon turn difficult as
Sandy struggled with a huge understeer on his formula car.
Sandy was philosophical following his disappointing return to the
Although the weather was cold and overcast there was as
always a huge spectator turnout and the track dried up for Saturday’s
qualifying and subsequent race.
Having qualified 27th, Sandy and several competitors were
for some reason forced to do a random order pit lane start, as opposed to
the regular grid start and having initially dropped back, Sandy fought hard
from 34th and got himself up to 26th, but struggled again with excessive
Sunday was greeted with cold rain for qualifying and
Sandy brought his Formula Renault in for 21st place, just in front of
Saturday’s pole sitter Will Stevens. Sandy was optimistic his car had
improved handling and was eager to fight his way up the grid. He had a good
race start, but exiting the first corner he drifted wide and another car
drove over his front wing, which lodged itself under Sandy’s car.
Consequently the Nrburgring became a tough but educational weekend for the
Stuvik’s car, with damaged nose cone and front wing
assembly, is parked up following race day 2 on Sunday.
“Definitely one of those weekends where it’s just about
taking the worst and putting it behind you and maintain motivation for the
next round in Hungary. It’s been an expensive test of character but an
experience I need to learn from and I hope for a much better event in 2
weeks”, added the young Thai.
Sandy will now focus on the next race at Hungaroring in
Hungary on July 2-3. He has never before been to this circuit, but knows it
well from simulator training and is looking forward to this exciting race.