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Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League

200 Bowlers: Tui and Ooy.

The U.S. Marine Corps team keeps moving up the ladder and is now in second place after winning all four points from Canada who dropped to third. Sue Murphy led the USMC with a 540 series and Joe Ferral had a 533.

First place Snow Bowler split their match against VFW Post 9876 with each team getting two points. All three bowlers bowled well for Snow Bowler with Wade Meyers leading the way with a 517 series, Mai Munsitha had a 504 and Aht Johansson a 500. Tui Amphanon led VFW with a 225 game, 536 series and Ooy Pluemkamon had a 210 game and 527 series.

La Montgomery bowled a 548 series and Ralph had a 521 to give Brother D a four point win over Bavaria. Antero Ronkainen was best for Bavaria with a 532 series.

Kran Nielsen bowled a 509 series to lead Caf้ Kronborg to a three point win over Green Tree.


Yasuo continues to dominate

IPGC golf from The Haven

Wednesday, July 6, The Emerald - Stableford

CSS 72

1st Yasuo Suzuki (9) 37pts

2nd Paul Hartley (19) 37pts

3rd Alastair Skene (17) 35pts

4th John Squitiero (18) 32pts

5th Rodney Hayes (10) 31pts

Yasuo Suzuki.

Another course whose management is trying to make the best of a very poor low season is Emerald, who are offering a very attractive deal of 1,250 baht for green fee, caddy and a cart for a single golfer. When the cart is shared the cost reduces by another 100 baht. It is to be hoped that more golfers will take up these offers so that the course will be encouraged in their efforts to promote inexpensive golf in the area.

After the excitement and fun of the Baan Jing Jai Scramble on Monday it was back to the standard fare of a stableford competition and once again Yasuo Suzuki was to be found at the top of the leader board following a couple of very successful outings the previous week. But he had to be very good over the inward half to win this time, which he was, with a better count-back of 21 to edge out Paul Hartley who could only garner 18.

New boy Alastair Skene slipped easily into third place with a very tidy one over handicap round with John Squitiero a further three behind in fourth and Rodney Hayes one more back in fifth.

Rod Howett.

There were no 2’s in either division.

Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed new member Alastair Skene and also welcomed back Graham Davis. Sadly Gordon Millar who is also travelling with them again is unable to play this trip.

 

Friday, July 8, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford

CSS 73

1st Rod Howett (23) 35pts

2nd John Squitiero (18) 35pts

3rd Graham Davis (7) 33pts

4th Yasuo Suzuki (9) 33pts

5th Brian Kelly (19) 32pts

6th Trevor Schirmer (14) 32pts

In line with many of the other courses that The Haven group continues to support during the low season, the Pattaya Country Club management are also offering a special deal for golfers utilizing a cart. The whole package can be purchased for 1,000 baht when two golfers share the same cart. It is to be hoped that the managements that continue to ignore the current economic situation, will soon get the message and also start their own promotions to encourage those golfers who are staying at home due to financial restraints to once again take to the fairways.

Rod Howett returned from a steady round to present the best card of the day even though he was one over handicap, as the course even being in very good condition, showed its teeth which determined that the CSS for the day would move out to 73.

Rod had to rely on a better count-back over John Squitiero to win by a margin of 19 to 18 after they both finished weakly, with Rod only amassing three points over the last two holes and John even less, with two points.

Graham Davis returned the best gross card for the day to better Yasuo Suzuki at three over handicap and claimed third place with the best count-back of 17 to 16.

Brian Kelly got straight back into the swing with a fifth place ahead of Trevor Schirmer after winning a count-back by 18 to 14 as Trevor faded over the inward nine.

Once again there were no 2’s in either division.

Prior to the presentations there was a welcome back for Brian Kelly.

Note: As from the 1st of July the Haven group will depart Soi 13 at the earlier time of 9 am until further notice. If you would like to play with The Haven group you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 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 9.00am on 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.


Blair brace at Eastern Star

Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Wednesday, July 6, The Emerald - Stableford

The numbers are slowly creeping up but there are still many people returning to their homeland for a couple of months break. We had five groups out today with the equal cut in division 1 at 6-18 and 19+ in division 2, plus the ladies. It was a very hot and humid day with hardly any breeze until the first group reached the 10th hole when it picked up.

Weekly winners Burnie Sinclair and Mike Missler.

After a reducing handicap over the past few weeks and now playing off 19, Burnie Sinclair recorded the best score of the day to win division 2 with 38 points. Eight points behind in second place was Ben Findon and after returning from the UK, Brian Kelly took third with 29.

After his four on four off work pattern, Arthur Hancock is back and won the first division with 34 points. Always in the frame and now playing off 7, Chris Voller was second one point behind Arthur and with 31 points Mike Missler finished third.

Tony Thorne birdied the 15th to win a rollover in division 1 in the ‘2’s and Brian Kelly scooped the pot in division 2 today after his birdie on the 7th.

Our new lady Nual Keddie won the ladies division with 33 points, beating Noi Emmerson on a 19/16 back nine count-back. Well done Nual.

Friday, July 8,
Eastern Star - Stableford

We had six groups out today and we all experienced a very hot and humid day with no breeze coming off the coast whatsoever, which is unusual for this course. Many thanks from all of us here at Jomtien Golf to Roy Thornton for sponsoring all of the nearest the pins in two divisions, plus the ladies of course, and nearest the pin in two shots on the 18th.

There were a few more lower handicappers here today than on Wednesday and the cut was 6-15 in division 1.

After being cut to 18 now following her 44 points at Pattaya Country Club and now a member here, Miss Kung was second in the ladies division, beaten by one point by Toi Blair who won with 32 points. Toi’s other half Darryl won the second division with 35 points while Bryan Rought beat Glyn Evans on a 15/11 back nine count-back for second after they both scored 29 points. Poor old Jim Lane lost out with 10.

There were two names in contention for division 1, both scoring 35 points, and they both had 18 points on the back nine but our new member playing off 15, Mike Missler beat Chris Voller on a 12/11 back six count-back. Mikael Andersson was in third with 32 after beating Arthur Hancock and Tony Thorne on a 20/17/15 back nine count-back.

In the ‘2’s there were four rollovers in division 1 and Tony Thorne birdied the 6th to win the jackpot, and in division 2 there are now six rollovers in this competition to next Friday.

Near pins went to Chris Voller, Tony Thorne, Bryan Rought (2), L Kung Maliporn, Roy Thornton, Arthur Hancock and Darryl Blair.

The 5th group out today, led by Mr. B.R., came in some 40 minutes late. Their excuse being, “We kept up with the group behind.”


Gordon gets it all right

IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

Glorious Greenwood was the venue for the Pattaya Golf Society on Wednesday, 6th July, the A and B nines welcoming the group for a stableford competition with a well prepared track and fast greens. Once again the course was empty and there is no better golf “buzz” than playing there at this time of year.

Golfers on top of their game will produce good scores and this day was no exception. Stuart Thompson acquitted himself well with 32 well crafted points for third whilst Peter Masters again enjoyed a fine round with 36 points giving him second with the day’s only birdie ‘2’, on A6, giving him a healthy bonus.

Canadian golfer Gordon Everingham has been in the golfing doldrums for a long while now and everything was set to change as he roared out of the blocks with 24 points on the front nine, amazingly including a “blob” on number three! One under par on the back nine saw him equal the year’s best round with the group, 43 stableford points for an emphatic victory.

Rabbi’s rehabilitation with new clubs saw some improvement to his game but the Booby Bevy still found its way into his hands as his score saw him propping up the leaderboard, but he had done some sterling work throughout by managing the group at Greenwood in the absence of the gaffer. And of course his hosting back in Soi Buakhao was at its usual best.

Maiden win
for Larsson

An excellent promotional deal, one of Green Valley’s saner moves, drew the Pattaya Golf Society to Silky Oak on Friday, 8th July for a stableford competition on the course which was relatively empty, as was the whole complex. The course was in excellent condition and the greens were consistent if slow, and for some of the group they were playing the course for the first time.

As usual the course drew some good scores out of the golfers with Haru Kato making a good fist of things with 37 points for third place. One point ahead in second was his compatriot Masa Takano with 38 points and they both had the honour of sharing the day’s best gross of 78. The winner was Norwegian golfer Johnny Larsson, playing only his third round with the group, and his 39 points was a fine return on the sometimes quirky track.

Haru recorded the only birdie ‘2’ of the day, on the sixteenth, and the Booby Bevy went to Mr Len for the most schizophrenic card of his life, under par after the first four holes on each nine and nothing else in the closing holes. All this bursting the bubble of his two previous 42 points returns at the course. Funny ol’ game, golf!


‘Buckers’ one putts his way to victory

PSC golf from the Cafe Kronborg

Monday’s winning duo Mike Allidi (left) and Graham Buckingham (right) with The Admiral Dave Richardson.

The Drut

Monday, July 4, Mountain Shadow – Stableford

Eighteen players fronted for today’s entertainment as excited as a group of six year olds who discover the governor of the lolly shop is in absentia.

Teeing off the white markers in superb weather the first group completed the journey in four hours and five minutes.

The course was in excellent condition and the greens a treat.

Prior to tee off and as a result of recent form, pre tournament favourite Stu Rifkin was salivating like a termite on Long John Silver’s leg as to what lay ahead. Harry Vincenzi, who hadn’t pulled on the spikes for some time, lamented after the game that his efforts were as useful as steel capped slippers.

In the A flight Mike Allidi handed in an excellent seventy-one off the stick for thirty nine points and first place. Mike Gosden finished second on thirty seven points nudging out Martin Todd on a count-back and Stu Rifkin tidied up the flight and fourth spot with thirty points.

In the B flight ‘Scrabble El Supremo’ Graham Buckingham wielded a white hot flat stick to score thirty eight points and win easily from Ted Morris on thirty four points. Dave Richardson with a mixed bag of shots scored thirty one points for third and Hugh O’Donnell with twenty nine points rounded out the podium.

The par five fourteenth still proves to be one of the most difficult holes in captivity as the entire field could only muster a total of eleven points. One player had a three pointer in that lot and in cricketing terminology ten didn’t even trouble the scorer.

We welcomed Kenny Chung from Hong Kong and Harry Vincenzi from Philadelphia in the USA. The Americans were wished a happy fourth of July.

A Flight (0–17)

1st Mike Allidi (2) 39pts

2nd Mike Gosden (11) 37pts

3rd Martin Todd (8) 37pts

4th Stu Rifkin (15) 30pts

B Flight (18+)

1st Graham Buckingham (23) 38pts

2nd Ted Morris (18) 34pts

3rd Dave Richardson (24) 31pts

4th Hugh O’Donnell (21) 29pts

The long putt on 18 saw Harry Vincenzi successful while the Coveted Compass Cap went to Harry Vincenzi and Deefa was the happy recipient of donations to the needy in Pattaya and the people who contributed are thanked.

Thursday, July 7, Crystal Bay – Stableford

Eleven golfers took up the challenge for today’s outing which proved to be nothing short of sensational. Playing the A and C nines from the white tees the first group completed the journey in four hours and five minutes. The weather was superb complimenting a course in magnificent condition with greens to match and was great value at 1,270 baht for green fee, caddy and cart.

After his solid effort of seventy-one off the stick on Monday at Mountain Shadow we were eagerly awaiting to see if Mike Allidi could repeat the performance.

Martin Todd for the second time this week only paid half green fees as a result of very little use of the fairways off the tee.

Takeshi Hakozaki on a thirteen handicap handed in a card which contained four birdies whilst shooting seventy-six off the stick for a mind numbing forty five points to win easily. In second place was Mike Allidi with seventy-one off the rod for thirty nine points, which included three birdies and a magnificent two on the par five C sixth hole. In America three under par is referred to as a double eagle and in Australia it is called an albatross. Either way it is a rare bird. For the record in the land down under a hole in one on a par five is a vulture.

Third place went to Ted Morris with thirty-five points whilst Don Richardson using the Admiral’s reserve set of clubs handed in thirty-four points to finish fourth.

In fifth spot and with his 81st birthday looming on the horizon Hugh O’Donnell scored a steady thirty-four points.

The Coveted Compass Cap, which is as popular with some people as a dead mouse in a loaf of bread, was not played for today much to the relief of Mike Winfield.

For something different on the par five C sixth tee, Dave Richardson had a practice swipe, caught the ball on the toe of the club and put it through cover point as per cricket terminology. Alas no runs were scored.

Graham Buckingham who last week was the fifty second best player out of seventy seven starters at a Bangkok scrabble tournament was a noticeable absentee.

We welcomed Don Richardson from Ireland and farewelled Andrew Krawiec for his return journey to Australia.

1st Takeshi Hakozaki (13) 45pts

2nd Mike Allidi (2) 39pts

3rd Ted Morris (18) 35pts

4th Don Richardson (11) 34pts

5th Hugh O’Donnell (21) 34pts

All in all it was a day for those who were there to remember for many moons to come. Deefa was once again able to extract a few baht from the generous souls in attendance for the needy in Pattaya.


Butler blitzes Green Valley

PSC golf from The Bunker Bar

Monday, July 4, Plutaluang - Stableford

JJ Harney (right) winner at Khao Kheow celebrates with Geoff Parker.

The last couple of times we’ve played the Navy course it hasn’t been in very good condition and today was no exception so we will probably give this course a miss for a couple of months.

Playing South and East courses Paul Corner played to his handicap to win with 36 points; Tony Robbins and JJ Harney took the minor places.

1st Paul Corner (17) 36pts

2nd Tony Robbins (14) 34pts

3rd JJ Harney (11) 32pts

Near Pins: Hakan, JJ Harney, Barry Murnin

Wednesday, July 6, Khao Kheow B&C - Stableford

Khaow Kheow is always in good condition, as it was today, and is always a tough nut to crack, so I don’t know what went wrong today! JJ Harney improved on his third place on Monday to win with a superb 38 points ahead of Colin Greig who played to his handicap. Lee Butler and Alan Sullivan came third and fourth also with decent scores.

1st JJ Harney (11) 38pts

2nd Colin Greig (11) 36pts

3rd Lee Butler (17) 35pts

4th Alan Sullivan (12) 34pts

Near Pins: Paul Corner, Paul Edgar, Mashi, Geoff Cox.

Friday, July 8,
Green Valley - Stableford

There were some more great scores again today, this time at Green Valley where Lee Butler had a fantastic round to take the honours scoring 41 points. Tony Robbins came into the clubhouse feeling confident that his 38 points would be enough to win but had to settle for second place. Mashi felt seen off too as he missed out on third place to Paul Corner who beat him on a count-back.

1st Lee Butler (17) 41pts

2nd Tony Robbins (14) 38pts

3rd Paul Corner (17) 36pts

Near Pins: Paul Corner, Colin Greig, Mashi, Alex Kilcoyne.


Rogan gets a result at last

PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

Crystal Bay podium placers (from left): John Low,
Joe Mooneyham and Dion Lane.

Monday, July 4, Burapha – Stableford

It was a pleasure to play the C and D loops for a change today, most of the 30 Outbackers appreciating playing off the shorter white tees. USGA rated a relatively easy course, the new handicap system gave little back to the low to mid markers, with Simon Spaulding and Paul Smith both having to play off plus handicaps.

The weather was good for golf with just a little cloud and a nice breeze to keep the temperature down but apart from three scores in Div A and one from Div B, nobody took advantage of the benign conditions, although the average scoring was generally good.

There was another “Roo Cup” challenge today and once again an all Kiwi affair that went right down to the wire eventually being won by Capt’ Bob and Lloyd Shuttleworth on the 17th. Their opponents, who included the Div A winner, John Low (40pts) put up a spirited battle but the Capt’s 32 points and Lloyd’s 31 points, “ham and egged” too well.

Owen Walkley was up there again in second with 39 and welcome back to Mick Morrison who took third with 38. Ray Verrall (39pts) was the runaway winner of Div B by a margin of six, over Ivan Plunkett (33) and Bob Lindborg (30).

There were three ‘2’s: on Hole 5, Lloyd Shuttleworth; Hole 11, Ivan Plunkett and on Hole 17, Steve Rawlings.

Div A (0-14)

1st John Low (12/Hi12.4) 40pts

2nd Owen Walkley (9/Hi9.7) 39pts

3rd Mick Morrison (12) 38pts

4th Tony Garnett (8/Hi8.8) 35pts

Div B (15+)

1st Ray Verrall (27/Hi23.7) 39pts

2nd Ivan Plunkett (22/Hi19.9) 33pts

3rd Bob Lindborg (20/Hi18.7) 30pts

4th John O’Keefe (17/Hi15.7) 30pts

Tuesday, July 5, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford

After the rain from yesterday, the course had dried out really well in most areas and carts were once again permitted on the course. The weather stayed cool for the 18 Outbackers and Barry McIntosh made the most of the excellent playing conditions, with the day’s top score of 40 points. Kiwi, Geoff Christie pipped last week’s winner Orn, both with 36 whilst the day’s organiser, Chad, followed up his 37 points from yesterday with 35 today for fourth place.

There were four ‘2’s from Barry McIntosh, Paul Greenaway, John Cogan & Dion Lane.

1st Barry McIntosh (18/Hi17.9) 40pts

2nd Geoff Christie (4/Hi5.5) 36pts

3rd Orn Kanasaengsri (18/Hi16.7) 36pts

4th Barry Chadbourn (19/Hi19.4) 35pts

5th Ian Heddle (2/Hi3.2) 35pts

Wednesday, July 6, Crystal Bay – Stableford

22 Outbackers at Crystal Bay today playing the B & C nines from the white tees, rated at 70.4 with a slope of 123, a relatively straightforward course, with the single figure handicappers losing a shot against most of the field.

The course was in good condition as were the greens, albeit that they were a bit slow, and the weather was pleasant with a light breeze, all of which had the day set fair for some excellent scoring.

Div A obliged with four guys tied at the top, all with 37 points, divided only by count-back but John Low’s stunning back nine of 22 points clinched first place for him ahead of Bernie Stafford’s 20 points with Dion and Mick only being separated by the last three holes, with 6 points and 5 points respectively.

Div A (0-13)

1st John Low (11/Hi11.3) 37pts

2nd Bernie Stafford (12/Hi12.4) 37pts

3rd Dion Lane (10/Hi10.8) 37pts

Div B (14+)

Joe Mooneyham (14/Hi13.9) 35pts

Brian Maddox (18/Hi17.9) 34pts

Barry McIntosh (17/Hi16.7) 32pts

Friday, July 8,
Khao Kheow – Stableford

So with the correct application of the handicap index, the playing handicap at Khao Kheow has increased for most, producing a much better set of scores, with no less than five players hitting the top score of the day of 39 points.

A great turnout of 33 Outbackers playing the B & C nines on this great course, which represents excellent value for money as well as a stern test of golf.

The “Golf Club” organiser, Brad Sproxton headed Div A on 39 and with a fantastic back nine of 22, to beat Erik Antonnen also with 39 and a back nine of 20. Back in third, was the ever consistent Gary Hogg (37pts) who with playing partner ‘Cottee’ (Wayne Cotterell), gave Capt’ Bob & Lloyd Shuttleworth a little touch up in the “Roo Cup”, to return the “Roo” to the “Aussie” camp, with a 5 & 4 thrashing.

Rogan Hampson had to wait until it’s nearly time to return to New Zealand, before notching up his first win (in Div B) on this year’s tour, also with a fine 39 points, beating regular Outbacker, Bob Lindborg on count-back with an amazing 25 points to Bob’s 20, with another “Golf Club” visitor, Peter Hynard, taking third place with his 17 points on the back.

There were six ‘2’s:- three on hole B8 from John Cogan, Dion Lane & Steve Rawlings, one on C3 from Lloyd Shuttleworth and two more on C8 from Rogan Hampson & Simon Spaulding.

Div A (0-16)

1st Brad Sproxton (14/Hi11.5) 39pts

2nd Erik Anttonen (12/10.1) 39pts

3rd Gary Hogg (8/Hi7) 37pts

Div B (17+)

1st Rogan Hampson (32/Hi26) 39pts

2nd Bob Lindborg (23/Hi18.9) 39pts

3rd Peter Hynard (17/Hi14.1) 39pts

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.


O’Brien edges a close one at Pattana

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Tuesday’s top four: John Binns, Andre Van Dyke, Brian Parrish and Mike O’Brien.

Monday, June 6, Burapha - Stableford

Thomas Cotton

Tuesday, July 5, Pattana - Stableford

Our handlers were able to negotiate affordable green fees for us at one of our favourite courses: Pattana. We were assigned to the yellow tees and started on the B course, from the formidable 1st tee, with water on 3 sides and a high elevated green, which is difficult to hit and hold. On that hole one feels it an accomplishment merely to get a double bogey.

Missing from our company was Mashi, who withdrew to tend to his potatoes. Apparently, he isn’t in the lead for golfer of the year at Bert’s and his chances of catching the leader (Dick Warberg) are fading away.

It was a fine, but hot day, which led to the enervation of those like myself, who walked.

A 5-ball was able to reach the first tee-box before us, but it did not slow us down noticeably. We were able to play in normal time. The course was not very busy, even though the A-course was closed for renovations. In my 3-ball there were no newsworthy events. In the changing room we were serenaded by Mozart, indeed, one of the few places in Thailand where one can enjoy classical music.

The winner on the day was Mike O’Brien with 37 points ahead of John Binns in second and Brian Parrish in third, who had to be separated by count-back after they both finished on 36 points each. Andre Van Dyke took fourth place on the day with 33 points.

Near pins were shared by Neil Shaw, Brian Parrish (2), and Jack Elemans.


Engles even par round enough for victory at Bangpra

PSC golf from the Fairways Golf Society

Monday, July 4,
Bangpra - Stableford

Today was the first time we have played without any rain at all for quite some time. The course was in good condition although a little wet here and there and the greens were fast and true but very tricky, so you really had to putt well to get a good score.

A Flight’s top two: Patrick Engles and Billy Vickers.

Patrick Engles (Mr. Muscles from Brussels) carried on with his good form to take the honours with a fine round of 36 points off his new handicap of 15. It was nice to see John Coetzee finish on a winning note in the B Flight on his last round before returning to Australia. We wish him and his buddies Frank, Rob and George, bon voyage.

Near pins went to Patrick Engles, Alex Willburn, Ken Meek and Billy Vickers.

A Flight

1st Patrick Engles (15) 36pts

2nd Billy Vickers (13) 34pts

3rd Shawn Tracey (15) 33pts

B Flight

1st John Coetzee (18) 33pts

2nd Ken Meek (21) 31pts

3rd Alex Willburn (27) 27pts

There was only one outing this past week as we entered many teams in the Kilkenny 4-man Texas scramble on Thursday. Also as from this week we are experimenting playing only three times a week – Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

The Fairways Driving Range and Golf Society is situated at the top of Pattaya Klang on Sukhumvit Road. Anyone wishing to play with us can call in at the club house and put their names down on the lists provided or call Scott on 084 389 2379. Transport provided if required.


Wilson keeps that winning feeling

PSC golf from The Caddyshack

Arch Armstrong finished second and third in the week.

Wednesday, July 6, Bangpakong – Stableford

1st Don Wilson 37pts

2nd Arch Armstrong 36pts

3rd Jeff North 35pts

Wednesday saw the group travel to Bangpakong where Don Wilson hit form to return 37 points for the win. Don was followed onto the podium by Arch Armstrong and Jeff North in second and third places respectively.

Friday, July 8,
Green Valley – Stableford

1st Don Wilson 39pts

2nd Ben Findon 38pts

3rd Arch Armstrong 38pts

Back to the society’s home course at Green Valley for the regular Friday fixture and Don Wilson made it two wins for the week with a field topping 39 points to take victory. Ben Findon and Arch Armstrong were just one point behind with Ben edging Arch on the count-back for second.


Mickey ‘nine holes’ plays all 18… finally

PSC golf from The Golf Club Sports Bar

Brad Sproxton (2nd right) celebrates his win at Bangpra on Wednesday with the staff at The Golf Club.

Monday, July 4, Green Valley – Stableford

1st Mick Beresford (21) 40pts

2nd Grant Cadell (17) 39pts

3rd Sonny Crawford (9) 35pts

4th Don Bland (5) 35pts

Mick Beresford has finally put a full 18 holes together and come out on top. This is welcome news to ‘Seamless’ who usually gets him for a partner, only watching in disbelief as he usually plays out in 9 and back in 17. Not today, a brilliant 20/20 was on the card.

Grant Cadell has also been suffering the Beresford curse of late but managed to keep it together over 18 and had a fine 39 points for second. Sonny Crawford, fresh from the airport, was third on 35 points, edging out Don Bland with a B9-18 to Don’s B9-17.

Wednesday, July 6, Bangpra – Stableford

1st Brad Sproxton (13) 37pts

2nd Simon Spaulding (1) 33pts

3rd Paul Smith (1) 32pts

The greens at Bangpra lived up to their billing today - firm and slick – and there was many a man putting lengthy distances back at the hole. I even witnessed 3 go off the green on their first attempts which even had the monkey’s staring in disbelief.

Brad Sproxton stuck to his game plan of leaving the approach shot below the hole. The result was the day’s top score of 37 points. Simon Spaulding, playing his 21st day in a row, was second with 33 points and he also managed the only ‘2’ on the day. There were no less than 5 tied on 32 points, with Paul Smith edging Brian Holden, Nick Handscombe, Steve Ellison, and Sugar Ray Handford.

It will interesting to see the scores when we return to Bangpra on Wed July 27th for our Monthly Medal Comp. Thanks to all that turned out this week.

Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction. We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or [email protected] and our new website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.


Yui scores a hat-trick

PSC golf from Lewiinski’s

Sunday, July 3, Green Valley - Stableford

A Flight

1st Yui Bietry (9) 36 pts

2nd Peter Henshaw (17) 35 pts

B Flight

1st Eddie Delaney (27) 41 pts

2nd Sim Davis (27) 38 pts

Near Pins: No 4 Eddie Delaney, No 9 Yui Bietry, No 12 Yui Bietry, No 16 Yui Bietry.

Despite some excellent point totals, the story of the day was Yui Bietry and her 36 point A Flight winning total. Yui played for the first time as a single figure handicap player and her card contained three near pins and three 2s. Yui also collected 10,000 baht from her other half Pierre as he had promised to if she ever achieved this fete.

Yui Bietry (left) and Eddie Delaney celebrate their Sunday wins at Green Valley.

Peter Henshaw (hold it Peter in A Flight? - well I never) was a far cry happier than Nick Unsworth as the resulting count-back left him satang less at sea level.

Eddie Delaney, whose accomplishments have been lauded in this column numerous times, made another marked move on his handicap with a scintillating 41 points for the man of the match and junior flight honours. His effort overshadowed the fine showing of the society’s first lady Sim ‘card’ Davis (Ha, I told you so last week).

Back at Lewiinski’s Yui rang the bell but the party mood was brought to an abrupt halt as we learned of the sudden death back in the UK of long time society member Gavin Knox. Gavin was a friend to all and will be deeply missed especially by his long time pal Irishman Colm Mullen. Our thoughts are with Gavin’s family, R.I.P. mate.

Tuesday, July 4, Crystal Bay A&B - Stableford

1st Keith McLachlan (24) 42pts

2nd Gordon Wallace (15) 40pts

3rd Ian Wilson (18) 34pts

Keith McLachlan knew the round was out there, it just hadn’t been answering the call. Well it heard him today as he scorched the course with a sparkling 42 points. Every bit of that scorching was required as Gordon Wallace was but two stokes adrift that saw him take the silver.

Ian Wilson, Joe Sat Nav Tynan and Ed’ the right honorable’ Wyckoff were locked in a mortal count-back as Ian filled the flight and Joe and Ed were in a daze.

Nick Unsworth scoped the 2’s pot with the only one of the day.

Wednesday, July 6, St. Andrews - Stableford

1st Nick Unsworth (15) 42pts

2nd Gordon Wallace (15) 39pts

3rd Colin Davis (14) 38pts

Nick Unsworth put a 42 points pasting on Desmond Muirhead’s Magnum Opus, here on the Eastern Seaboard. That was three clear of the silver expert Gordon Wallace with a splendid 39 point haul. The Donkey nosed his way to the bronze a further stroke back, “he haw” he also carted off the only ‘2’ of the day.

Welshman Mike Jeffreys and Keith McLachlan both carded a very creditable 37 points

Friday, July 8,
The Emerald - Stableford

A Flight

1st Jimmy Day (16) 41pts

2nd Don Lehmer (16) 38pts

B Flight

1st Peter Henshaw (17) 38pts

2nd Ian Wilson (18) 34pts

Somebody woke Co. Wicklow’s Jimmy Day up! Jimmy managed a lower podium finish in several efforts went off like a bomb at everybody’s favorite the Emerald as he left the field three shots clear! History suggests that the consistency of the fairway lie can help the higher handicapper find the grove and Jimmy certainly did this day. He left the lower podium place to Don ‘I’m getting married in the morning’ Lehmer.

Peter ‘I’m on a run’ Henshaw made it an Irish rout as his 38 points was good for top spot in the lower division. New member Ian Wilson, who made his first society debut with a 10 point masterpiece at Treasure Hills last Friday, emerged from a three way count-back smelling of roses at the expense of long time members Jim ‘Houdini Bell’ and the consistent Keith McLachlan.

Don Lehmer, Ed Wyckoff, Bill Brochard 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 provided.


Two in a row for Robert

Golf from the Travellers Rest

Barry Hooper

I must start with an apology for not posting a report last week but family duties connected to the election had to take priority. Normal service is resumed and I have included all the results from the 2nd July forward.

Matt Mackay and Nino Dinardo enjoy a libation after play on Saturday.

The week is certainly one that Robert Cannon I am sure will not forget after he took two wins in succession at Banprakong on Monday with a great forty-pointer and then Burapha on the Wednesday with a thirty-six after winning the count back over Matt Mackay. Well done Robert.

Another name that kept on popping up in my result lists caught my attention. I am referring to Nino Dinardo who obviously enjoys his golf and is quite good it seems; second on the 2nd July, second on 4th July and third on both the 8th and 9th July. Apparently a bridesmaid and not a bride it seems. Keep on trying Nino I feel a win is just around the corner.

Another story came my way just as I was about to put my report to bed which I felt must be included. Apparently Matt Mackay was supposed to go home last weekend had his ticket booked and everything but was enjoying his golf so much and felt that his game was really coming together that he decided to stay on for an additional week.

I bet he is glad that he made that decision because he picked up second spot on the Wednesday at Burapha and repeated that again with second on the Friday at Crystal Bay and then went even one better my winning on the Saturday at Greenwood in his final outing before returning home. Good decision Matt.

Saturday, July 2,
The Emerald - Stableford

1st Jon Dean (10) 33pts

2nd Nino Dinardo (15) 32pts

3rd Matt Mackay (11) 31pts

Monday, July 4, Bangpakong - Stableford

1st Robert Cannon (26) 40pts

2nd Nino Dinardo (16) 39pts

3rd Ted Senior (12) 38pts

4th Fergus Brennan (10) 35pts

Wednesday, July 6, Burapha - Stableford

1st Robert Cannon (24) 36pts

2nd Matt Mackay (12) 36pts

3rd Michael Mier (11) 35pts

Friday, July 8,
Crystal Bay - Stableford

1st Ted Senior (12) 39pts

2nd Matt Mackay (12) 36pts

3rd Nino Dinardo (15) 35pts

Saturday, July 9, Greenwood - Stableford

1st Matt Mackay (11) 34pts

2nd Tom Sawyer (13) 30pts

3rd Nino Dinardo (15) 29pts

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.


A Pleasant trip after Rayong

PSC Golf from Mulligans Lakeside

Tuesday, July 5, Rayong C.C. - Stableford

Tuesday was a visit to Rayong Country Club where the course was in reasonable condition considering the price structure used there. It’s especially good value for the increasing number of cart riders, must be a sign of the times, but have you noticed how more and more golfers are using carts, or is it my imagination.

Derek as we remember him, with a smile & trophy after golf.

On to the golf and it was recently reduced Ray Spence (15) who showed the way, ahead of Bill Bertram (9) while Jeff Wylie (7) was left to pick up the scraps.

Thursday, July 7, Pleasant Valley - Stableford

Thursday saw us travel north along Hwy 7 to play Pleasant Valley, where upon early arrival for our 10.00 am tee off, both the 1st & 10th had several groups waiting to tee off. Some hasty negotiation and we came up with a plan, so no waiting, who says the art of conversation is dead.

The course was in good condition and only seems to get better each visit, although it still seems to have its detractors.

Jeff Wylie (7) played a good deal better today with Matt Anderson (17) just coming up short, despite having some good holes.

It is Sunday as I write this report and it is with much sadness that I advise that our good mate Derek passed away this morning. I am sure I speak for all his golfing partners and acquaintances in passing on heartfelt condolences to his family.

Note: Mulligans Lakeside plays golf on Tuesday & Thursday, with presentation at the course Tuesday & Mulligans Lakeside hosting on Thursdays. Call 089 094 1841 for scheduling or enquiries. Hope to see you there, cheers & good golfing!


Hall holds on for the win

PSC golf from The Three Sisters Bar

Wednesday winner Richard Hall (left) with runner-up Matt Millar.

The sun was out and even at the early hour of 6:30 it was warm at the Pattaya Country Club this 6th of July and the players knew it was going to be a hot one. The course was in good shape but many of the bunkers did not deserve the name “sand bunkers”. Hard sand might be a better name.

As the players returned to Caddy Shack II there were hot and warm sausages and nice bread to put them in. The card count showed that Richard Hall came out on top with a 39 followed by Matt Millar with a 37. Everyone delved into the sandwiches with high compliments and sauce on the shirts. Sausage and rolls catered by Joe St. Laurent.


Charity the real winner at Baan Jing Jai Summer Scramble

Russell Exley tees-off at Khao Kheow during the 2011 Baan Jing Jai Summer Scramble.

Division 1 winners.

Division 2 winners.

Division 1 runners-up.

Following the very successful Santa Scramble, the promised summer event was held at the Khao Kheow Country Club after the organizers were offered a very good deal by the management to help support the day.

After heavy and prolonged overnight rain the course was playing about as long as could be remembered by any of the participants with absolutely zero run from the tee shots. But apart from the heavy conditions the course was as usual in excellent shape with even the rough having been cut down to a reasonable height in spite of difficulties with the weather.

Stephen Beard (left) accepts a generous donation from Neil Sandilands for the Baan Jing Jai charity.

The competition got away exactly on time and the rounds proceeded at a brisk pace, considering the four person scramble format, with most team’s rounds being completed in less than four and a half hours.

As the day progressed the skies remained overcast with a slight wind ensuring everyone had a great day’s golf whether they were among the prize winners or not.

With a maximum of five tee shots for each team member the system allowed all levels to compete in what is designed primarily to be a fun tournament which everyone can join and enjoy with the real winners being the charity.

The standard of scoring was exceptionally high under the conditions aforementioned with the divisions being split at 7.4 and below for the first division and 7.5 and above for the second division.

Another one straight down the middle.

The First Division was led in with a winning gross score of 64 followed by a gross 62 and third place went to another gross 64. The difference between first and second being the size of the team handicap which had been set at 12.5 % of the total playing handicaps without a cap on the final handicap figure.

The winning team managed to record eight birdies with no bogeys and without a 5 on the card which was a fantastic effort with all of the team being involved on every hole and splitting the tee shots 5.5.5.3.

The second team was even better at the gross level with one eagle, eight birdies and no bogeys splitting the tee shots 5.5.4.4., but they did have a 5 on the card. The third team also had eight birdies and no bogeys split 5.5.4.4.from the tee.

The Second Division was just as competitive with the net scoring even lower at a gross 68 for the winners, 75 for second place and 71 for third.

The winning team went out in four under gross but slipped slightly over the closing nine, as the requirements of the tee shots started to tell, coming home in level par and still good for the win which included four birdies and no bogeys.

The second team also went out nicely recording a level par nine but faltered badly with a double bogey on the tenth and finished with a bogey having been restricted to the better of only two tee shots with one in the water.

The third team had a very tidy round which included no bogeys but only one birdie.

After the rounds were completed the teams returned to The Haven where the usual fine buffet was provided which kept most of the players busy until the final analysis of the scores was completed and the prizes presented.

Whilst golf was the main attraction of the earlier part of the day, the concept was to use the tournament to focus on the raising of funds for the children of the Baan Jing Jai Orphanage which has some 80 children under its care and exists solely on the good will and donations of private individuals and charitable donations from organizations throughout the year. This event was organized to raise funds to go towards the construction of a new home, for approximately 100 children, to be built on over four rai of land on the outskirts of Pattaya, the land already having been purchased for that purpose.

Whilst there was not a hard and fast target for the day it had been hoped, having regard that the event was to be held in the middle of the low season, that somewhere around a hundred thousand baht could be raised. In the event this figure was exceeded.

Prior to the presentations there were special thanks to some of those who had assisted in setting up and organizing the day and or sold tickets for the lucky draw. These included Russell Exley, and Len Jones on the golfing side and Jim Farmer and Don Benson who between them sold a large number of tickets for the prize draw, together with all those who donated in any way whatsoever to the cause.

Following the draw for the 50/50 prizes the final total for the day was revealed as 116,000 baht which included a very generous payback from the main draw winner, Neil Sandilands, of 20,000 baht.

The total raised for the Baan Jing Jai New Home Appeal was made up as follows:

Golfing activities of the day 17,500 baht

50/50 Draw 49,700 baht

Donations 28,800 baht

Special Donation 20,000 baht

Total: 116,000 baht

Whilst not wishing to exclude and also not mentioning any individual, many who gave very generously either through the 50/50 draw or directly into the fund with donation, it is right to give credit to those commercial sponsors who helped to make this such a successful day, these were; Khao Kheow Country Club, The Pattaya Mail, The Links Golf Bar, The Fairways Driving Range, CJUK Cider, John & Jeff from The St Andrews Golf Centre, The Pattaya Sports Supply and The Haven Hotel.

Division 1

1st Bob Lamond, Stuart Thompson, Phil Knight, Orawan Meeraka (6.1) net 57.9

2nd Shane Ruddle, Jon Lay, Richard Hurley, Richard Line (3.4) net 58.6

3rd Russell Exley, Chris Voller, Mikael andersson, Jeremy Masse (3.8) net 60.2

Division 2

1st Jimmy Little, Martin Bilsborrow, Peter White, Dan Dorothy (11.3) net 56.7

2nd Matt Millar, Rich Wibrow, Chris Harkins, Neil Sandilands (13.5) net 61.5

3rd Yasuo Suzuki, Shuichi Kodaka, John Squitiero, Rod Howett (8.3) net 62.7

Technical Prizes (by hole):

B1 Jon Lay, B2 Richard Hurley, B3 Richard Line, B4 Haruyuki Kato, B5 Shuichi Kodaka, B6 Bob Lamond, B7 Trevor Schirmer, B8 Peter White, B9 Richard Hurley, C1 Stuart Thompson , C2 Al Keith, C3 Shane Ruddle, C4 Masaki Suguya, C5 Richard Line, C6 Mikael Andersson, C7 Richard Hurley, C8 Haruyuki Kato, C9 Jon Lay

50/50 Draw Winners:

1st Neil Sandilands, 2nd Jon Lay, 3rd Bobby Shirkey

Division 1 third placed team.

Division 2 runners-up.

Division 2 third placed team.

A lofted approach into the green.

Putting for birdie on Khao Kheow’s undulating greens.


Peter pips the pirates

Sea fishing with KPK Food Services Club

PA trio of anglers with their prize catch.

Mike Gerrard

I was told earlier on in the week that the sea was not ideal for good fishing at this time of the year. This was confirmed as we walked along the jetty towards the boat. It was obvious that there were not the usual large crates of fish being brought ashore from the night shift.

Although the sky was good it also seemed a little windy, which made us feel a little uncomfortable thinking of the fight we may have to stay upright for the rest of the day. It turned out O.K., in terms of being comfortable, but our fears were once again confirmed regarding the absence of fish, even the smaller ones. The water was far too warm. However, as in the past, we put our trust in the captain, who kept telling me there were fish under the water.

Mid afternoon the captain smiled at me with that “I told you so” look as the big reel screamed. It was Peter Harris’s turn on the rod first and after a short fight he landed a nice 3 to 4 kilo pompano, a really nice eating fish. As Peter was landing his pompano another rod bent over which belonged to Wayne Beverley and again after a short fight and a lot of jumping and dancing by the fish he landed a nice size queen fish. It is such a good sight to see the queen fish jumping high into the air.

After a while it had gone quiet again so our captain moved the boat to a place where he assured me there were good size snapper and pladang. True to his word as the rest of us were pulling up small species, so Bill Bruce called out for help. He was using his light tackle rod and reel and it was bent over double. We all laughed and said, “Get away with ya, you’re stuck on the bottom”. He wasn’t you know. Eventually after a good fight and play and with a little help from yours truly with the landing net we brought up a good 3 to 4 kilo snapper. Now that’s what you call a good feast.

About five o’clock the boys all agreed that they were now fried by the sun and tired, so we all decided to head back to terra firma and that first awaiting amber nectar.

The first thing to do was get the fish together for the customary photograph, and as you can see it was Peter Harris who won the KPK Food Services award of a 500 baht voucher and cap donated by Keith Keohane.

Although the fishing was not the best day we had ever had the boys all agreed it had been a good day out on the ocean - beats working any time. Our next scheduled trip is for 13th August, but I do have one or two people who have shown an interest in going out sooner, maybe 23rd July. I need at least 4 passengers plus myself. If anyone would like to join us give me a call on 087 091 7565.


PSC Sea Fishing Report

The PSC fishing group gets ready to cast off.

Rich Murphy

The week of the trip the weather had been quite nasty, rain and gusty winds, sometimes times intense, and so I was a little worried how the trip would go. We arrived to find a beautiful day with calm winds and flat sees. The skies were overcast which is ideal when fishing the gulf, when the sun is strong it makes for a long day on the water and really beats you up.

The group consisted of Jeff and Karmoon Doutch, John Haddon, Deen and I. On the trip out we trolled with Jeff’s magic lures, a new color the tackle shop said was all the rage, we didn’t hookup so the jury’s still out. I think white and red is the ticket but who knows. The waters were calm and the ride pleasant so it gave us a chance to tell lies and war stories, rig rods and catch up on the last few weeks.

We fished the south side of the last island, a spot where we have done quite well in the past. I rigged for the larger fish with the heavy rod, but the others went right for the pan size gear. As usual, I wasn’t having much luck except with catching up on the sleep I didn’t get the night before. Karmoon went right after them and soon had half a bucket of nice size jacks and pla dang.

Deen had a beautiful new Shimano reel and rod but was having trouble hooking up. He thought the rod a little too stiff, so he put the new reel on his old fiberglass stick and was soon chasing Karmoon for largest bag.

Jeff, John and I were mostly watching Karmoon and Deen haul in fish when Jeff hooked into a real nice coral trout, about one and a half kilos. Jeff was soon singing the tune of quality is more important than quantity, one man’s view. John and I couldn’t argue because we had neither. Jeff actually ended up catching four nice fish that looked like sisters.

I gave up fishing for large fish about 1 o’clock, and soon had a nice bucket of pan size jacks and pla dang. John also started getting into them and we all ended up with good catches of fish. Deen hooked one of the sisters that Jeff missed. That started the comparing of large fish which Jeff won by a nose.

At the end of the day, we all had a good trip with everyone catching nice bags of fish. Jeff was the star of the day with the four nice coral trout, good going Jeff.

Deen has planned a mid month trip and will be contacting people this week. We look forward the regular first Saturday trip (6 August) and hope you can all join us.


New indoor lawn bowls arena opens in Pattaya

The new indoor lawn bowls arena at Coco Club Resort on the road to Wat Yan.

Barry Hooper

The Pattaya / Banglamung district now has at its disposal a new indoor lawn bowls arena with a synthetic Astra turf surface. It is my belief that this is probably the first full artificial indoor bowls facility in Thailand. It is officially being opened with a private party on the 15th July.

Where?

At the “Coco Club Resort” in Moo 11, Banglamung, which is run by Sue and Derek Bryant

Where is that, some may ask?

At the rear of the Phoenix Golf Club and not far from Wat Yan. It is well signposted with blue signs off the Phoenix access road from the Sukhumvit highway and the road leading up to Wat Yan.

The Coco Club Resort has two excellent restaurants, wine bar, tapas bar, swimming pool and now a sports arena with four lawn bowls rinks and two Petanque rinks.

All the equipment you need to play is readily available and as an opening promotion it is “free” to all Thai ladies and just 100 baht to male partners per session.

If you have never tried lawn bowls (not to be confused with ten pin bowling) this is your chance. Come along and try it. It is an easy game to learn but be warned it can be very addictive.

The Coco Club Resort can be contacted for further information by telephone at 087 135 8357, www.cococlub.biz.


Pattaya all set for 2011 King’s Cup Marathon

Preparations for this weekend’s King’s Cup Asia-Pattaya Marathon are already in full swing and thousands of athletes and supporters are expected to descend on the city over the next few days in the build up to Sunday’s race.

The event, which takes place on the morning of Sunday, July 17, features five race categories including Marathon (42.195km), Wheelchair Marathon (42.195km), Half Marathon (21.10km), Quarter Marathon (10.55km) and Student Marathon (3.55km). The races will start and finish at Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall and prizes will be awarded in each category according to the different age of athletes.

Once again there is expected to be a large contingent of African runners taking part but could this be the year for another nation to finally break the Kenyan dominance of the event?

The racing is expected to get underway approx. 4 a.m. Sunday morning and the runners will follow the routes shown on the map above. It is expected that there will be traffic hold-ups on Sunday morning as the roads around the city will be at least partially closed by police until the back markers have made their way back to the finish line.

Anyone interested in taking part in the 2011 Pattaya Marathon can apply at Pattaya City Hall during normal office hours of register at the official marathon website: www.pattaya-marathon.net. Late registration can also be made along Pattaya Beach Road near the start/finish point one day before the race.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League

Yasuo continues to dominate

Blair brace at Eastern Star

Gordon gets it all right

‘Buckers’ one putts his way to victory

Butler blitzes Green Valley

Rogan gets a result at last

O’Brien edges a close one at Pattana

Engles even par round enough for victory at Bangpra

Wilson keeps that winning feeling

Mickey ‘nine holes’ plays all 18… finally

Yui scores a hat-trick

Two in a row for Robert

A Pleasant trip after Rayong

Hall holds on for the win

Charity the real winner at Baan Jing Jai Summer Scramble

Peter pips the pirates

PSC Sea Fishing Report

New indoor lawn bowls arena opens in Pattaya

Pattaya all set for 2011 King’s Cup Marathon

 

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