Sandy Stuvik signs off with best qualifying of the year
Sandy Stuvik races to his
fastest qualifying time at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona, Spain,
Saturday, October 8.
The final round (race 13-14) of Formula Renault Eurocup
2011 took place at the Catalunya circuit, just outside Barcelona, Spain last
weekend, October 8-9, and Sandy Stuvik, the 16 year old local Thai racer had
his best qualifying of the year as 7th fastest in his group which saw him
start from 14th place in the 38 car Formula Renault 2.0 grid, Sandy’s
highest qualifying position this season.
As the red lights went out on Saturday, Sandy had an awesome start and
immediately started challenging forward. Coming through turn 2 he was forced
wide onto the gravel and lost some of the gained positions, but still kept
the momentum going.
gives the thumbs up in the pit lane.
Over the next laps Sandy showed he could match the pace of the cars around
him and held his position. By lap 5 he was running strongly in his position,
and was only 0.6 seconds per lap slower than race leader Carlos Sainz, when
he was forced wide exiting turn 8 and launched his car up in the air on the
high curbs. The ensuing damage to the car saw his lap times dropping
radically and Sandy found himself sliding down the order until he finally
took the checkered flag after 16 laps in 24th position.
The race was won by Spaniard Javier Tarancon, with compatriot Carlos Sainz
in second and Russian racer Danil Kvyat in third.
The final race started Sunday afternoon and Stuvik lined up in 27th spot on
the grid, which shows how close the competition in Europe is as the first 10
drivers just ahead of him were within one second of Sandy’s qualifying time,
and these are some of the world’s best drivers in this class.
Sandy had again improved and set his best qualifying lap with a time of
1:45:280, which was almost 1.3 second faster than his qualifying laps the
previous day and a personal best time around this circuit.
As the lights went out he again had a good start. He was keen to avoid a
melee in the first corner and stayed on the inside of turn 1 and then
outside at turn 2. As luck would have it several cars spun in front of Sandy
and he was forced to brake to avoid contact and found himself virtually at
the back of the 38 car grid.
Then started the long fight back up the order again and Sandy found himself
with a solid and undamaged car and could start to push. He passed one car
per lap and by the end of the race took the checkered flag in 26th position.
Congratulations to Robin Frijns from the Netherlands and Josef Kaufmann
Racing for winning the championship, a fiercely competitive and hard fought
championship at that. Carlos Sainz Jr from Spain was the runner up while
Danill Kvyat from Russia was took third.
Sandy would like to thank the very professional and capable Interwetten.com
Junior Racing Team for their help and support in the latter part of the
season. The progress for the young Thai rookie driver has been very positive
and most certainly something to build on for years to come.
For Sandy Stuvik it is now back home to Thailand to plan the next step in
his racing career with the generous help of his sponsors, Singha
Corporation, The Pizza Company, Dacon Inspection Services, RAAT and SAT, and
the support of his team. The Thai driver has proven at the age of sixteen
that he is in the top 28 of the world’s young and promising drivers and he
intends to build and improve on this position over the next years in his
quest to be a Thai driver at the pinnacle of world motorsport.
Redemptorist School searches for new tennis talent
Udomchok Churat, Director of the Pattaya
Redemptorist Vocational School (far left), and tennis trainers Dr. Horst
Guentzel (standing rear), Michael Jereniasz (6th left)and Carlo Emanuel
Tresch (3rd right) pose with students at the school on Thursday, October 6.
The Redemptorist Vocational School in Pattaya has launched a new
campaign to find budding tennis stars from within its own ranks who
demonstrate the talent to compete in future national and international
Spearheading the new project is Dr. Horst Guentzel, Technical Director
Tennis Training Center in Kshiwa-shi Chiba, Japan who visited the school on
Oct. 6 to initiate the programme and get the ball rolling. Joining him on
the day were Michael Jereniasz from France who was a medalist at the 2008
Paralympics held in Beijing, and Carlo Emanuel Tresch, a volunteer coach
from Switzerland, and a former top ten ranked wheelchair player.
The students will be chosen to represent the school on the basis of their
skill and aptitude at tennis and in order to help them along, six specially
adapted wheelchairs worth 60,000 baht have been donated by the International
Tennis Federation (ITF). Sponsorship is also coming from Siam Nissin Co.
Coaching will mainly be carried out at the school by Dr. Horst Guentzel and
will be held from 9am to 12pm each day.
Snooker Legends Tour visits Nova Platinum Hotel
Tony Knowles, Natsathida Thanatulsutanant (HM
Amari Nova Suites Pattaya), Michael Procher (GM Amari Nova Suites, Nova Gold
Hotel and Nova Platinum Hotel), Jimmy White and Sascha Kunze (HM Nova
Platinum Hotel) pose for a photo with promotion staff during the pool
exhibition match held Sept. 17.
On the 17th of September at Nova Platinum Hotel in south Pattaya it was a
full house for an exhibition match with snooker magicians Jimmy White and
Tony Knowles as a part of their Snooker Legends Tour 2011.
The President of Tourism and Sports Committee Ratanachai Suthidechanai was
in attendance to honour the event, as were many local business leaders who
had signed up to get a frame of pool against the snooker stars following the
completion of a great buffet dinner in the Emerald meeting room.
All of the profits from this event will go to helping the children at Baan
JJ leads from the front at Pattaya C.C.
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, October 3, Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
The fairways and greens are in fine shape at Pattaya Country Club these days
and they helped the Bunker Boy’s to some cracking scores today.
JJ led the charge scoring a brilliant 42 points, followed by Tony Robbins
who scored a fine 39 points and even third place Alan Freeman playing off 3
handicap broke par.
1st JJ Harney (13) 42pts
2nd Tony Robbins (11) 39pts
3rd Alan Freeman (3) 37pts
Near Pins: PJ Redmond, Alan Freeman, Scotty Eaton (2)
Wednesday,October 5,Phoenix - Stableford
Playing the Mountain and Lakes nines Alan Freeman had another steady round
to finish level par to take the honours. Paul Edgar had a good round in his
first game back in Thailand, edging out Monday’s winner JJ on a count back.
1st Alan Freeman (3) 36pts
2nd Paul Edgar (15) 34pts
3rd JJ Harney (13) 34pts
Near Pins: JJ Harney, PJ Redmond, Paul Edgar, Colin Stokes.
Friday, October 7, Bangpra - Stableford
A late change of venues saw the boy’s make the short trip to Bangpra where
JJ kept up his fine form winning again, this time by just one point from
Geoff Hart while Gordon Melia took third place.
Near Pins: Dave Ashman, Gerry Cooney.
Tollitt grinds out rare win at Green Valley
PSC golf from The Caddyshack
Tuesday, Oct. 4, Treasure Hill –
Ian Covill took the honours at Treasure Hill on Tuesday with a one under par
37 points to finish a single point up on Damian Trant and Clive Bruce, with
the former taking second place on count back.
Bruce Tollitt secured a rare
win at Green Valley on Thursday.
1st Ian Covill 37pts
2nd Damian Trant 36pts
3rd Clive Bruce 36pts
Thursday, Oct. 6, Green Valley - Stableford
Two flights at Green Valley on Thursday with Rick Culley topping the scores
with 40 points to win the A Flight ahead of Gary Ritchie. Golf organizer
Bruce Tollitt captured the B Flight with a 21/19 count back decision over
Greg Ritchie after both finished on 38 points
1st Rick Culley 40pts
2nd Gary Ritchie 38pts
1st Bruce Tollitt 38pts
2nd Greg Ritchie 38pts
Jeff rips it up
PSC Golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Tuesday, October 4, Khao Kheow -
Dave with his mates from the
First to Tuesday, when we travelled north to Khao Kheow
with the C & A combination to be our test for the day. The tees were well
forward and with carts not allowed on the fairways we went to ‘lift clean &
place’, but restricted it to just the fairways.
Despite the recent rain and the course being a little damp in places, it was
still playable, offering the usual fair test. Jeff Wylie (6) again showed
that with LC & P, it takes some of the “rub of the green” out of play by
signing for a solid 39 points. Next best was Jim Federspiel (18) who also
shared the near pins with Jeff.
Thursday, October 6, The Emerald - Stableford
Thursday was a trip to Emerald, which has really improved in
condition over the last month or so after their coring and sanding process
covered the previous few months. The headline refers not to Jeff’s card (as
it may with some), but after starting with a double bogey he came good to
shoot a level par round, again relegating Jim Federspiel (18) to second with
35 points. In the bronze medal spot was Jim Fortune (25) just 1 shot behind
Near pins were picked up by Chris, Jeff, Dave & Iain.
Note: Mulligans Lakeside plays golf on Tuesday & Thursday with
presentation at the course Tuesday & Mulligans Lakeside hosting on
Thursdays. Call 089 0941 841 for scheduling or enquiries. Hope to see you
there, cheers & good golfing!
Peter Masters - the real master
IPGC golf from The Haven
Sunday, October 2, Green Valley - Stableford
1st Peter Masters (9) 40pts
2nd Sean Connolly (10) 40pts
3rd Joe McArdle (11) 36pts
4th Erik Donnestad (4) 36pts
Once again Peter Masters proved to be the master of golf on Sundays and the
man that everyone has to beat to have any chance of getting to the top of
the podium at the regular weekend competition at Green Valley. Another round
well below his handicap meant another win and a further one shot reduction
in handicap to add to the previous results in competition, which has seen
his handicap reduced eleven times in fourteen competitions since the middle
of July with a total of five shots reduction, a truly remarkable run of form
that shows no sign of abating any time soon.
Sean Connolly also had a great day but just missed out on the top spot with
the worst of a count back of 21 to 20, leaving him in second spot.
Joe McArdle slipped into third place with another winning count back of 19
to 18 ahead of Erik Donnestad whose 76 gross was the best of the day.
As usual the prizes were presented at the Golf Bar and indoor driving range
hosted by John and Jeff Ryves, who always make the golfers on Sundays and
Donovan’s competitions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays very welcome.
Monday, October 3, Pattaya Country Club - Stableford
1st Trevor Schirmer (15) 37pts
2nd Rod Crosswell (14) 36pts
3rd Ole Stamnes (27) 31pts
4th Erik Donnestad (4) 31pts
Trevor Schirmer is another player who is performing and appearing regularly
among the list of winners but steadiness around his handicap is his strong
point as he showed once more in winning the warm-up for the IPGC Monthly
Medals. His solid one under handicap round was just sufficient to see him
home ahead of Rod Crosswell at level handicap.
With all the courses continuing to be affected by the recent heavy
thunderstorms the day’s competition was again played under ‘lift and place’
in the fairway local rules which helped to make the day a lot more enjoyable
as the players contended with the usual wet weather drawbacks around the
There was then a larger gap back to third and fourth with the placings
decided by a count back which Ole Stamnes won against his golf tutor Erik
Donnestad by a margin of 16 to 15.
There were no 2’s in the second division but Trevor Schirmer slipped in the
only one in the first division as Yasuo Suzuki missed two short ones to
dampen his day out.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed back Yasuo Suzuki and Erik
Donnestad from either end of the world.
Friday, October 7, Pattana B & C - Stableford
1st Erik Donnestad (4) 37pts
2nd Trevor Schirmer (15) 34pts
3rd Rod Crosswell (14) 30pts
4th Alan Pilkington (9) 29pts
5th Grant Cadell (15) 28pts
Erik Donnestad, having shown well twice previously in the week, at last got
to the top of the pecking order with a solid gross 75 that translated into
37 points on a wet and windy day that saw all but the strongest struggle. In
fact Erik was the only player to equal or better their handicap as even the
now normal ‘lift and place’ local rule hardly helped to mitigate the extra
length required with so little assistance from the course. But everyone was
agreed that apart from the extreme dampness the course was in otherwise
excellent shape considering the amount of water that had obviously fallen
over the previous few days.
Trevor Schirmer was again among the winners with a handicap holding two over
round that was easily enough to take second spot.
Rod Crosswell stuck to the task well enough to claim third by a hairsbreadth
from Alan Pilkington with Grant Cadell another shot back in fifth.
Once again there were no 2’s in the second division but Trevor had one again
on his own in the first division.
Note. The Haven group now departs Soi 13 at the earlier time of 9 am
until further notice. If you would like to play with the 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
Gaussa gets the nod on count back
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Tuesday’s top four with
Bert’s ‘bundle of energy’.
Tuesday, October 4, Crystal Bay – Stableford
This is a well supported day out at Tropical Bert’s and we seem to be
playing the course quite often. On this day the list was full, or it was
the day before as normal cancellations took place. It is tough getting
old! Still, we were not too far short and it was soon into transport and
on our way down Sukhumvit. The drive was not too bad with only minimum
We were soon heading for the towers and arrived at Crystal Bay in good
time. It takes little time to book in and we were soon changed and on
our way for the test for the day which was to be the A & B Nines.
Quite surprisingly the course appeared on first view to be in good order
and the carts were allowed so we assumed all was well and off we went.
It was as we got to our first drives that we found the balls to be
covered in mud and the fairways were quite wet in places. It was going
to be another long day.
We also found the rough to be wet but all in all there were enough dry
areas to allow us to get around and we were once again reminded how good
this course can be at its best. It did however play very long and the
balls were quite near to their pitch marks or on occasions plugged. That
said the greens were still fast and tricky and the weather was fine if a
little muggy - a really good day, if quite tiring.
The showers are good in the changing room and well looked forward to,
however I think a few new towels may be in order, or maybe like jeans
they are the in thing. Then into the restaurant, which as usual proved
to be good food at a good price.
Once again we were into transport to wend our way back to Bert’s but not
before I took a drive around the complex of Crystal Bay to deliver an
item. I never realised it was so large and had so much in it, it proved
quite a surprise even if it took longer to find our target.
Back at Bert’s it was soon through the food bit and into the
presentation bit. The scores were quite average and fully backed up the
difficulty of the day, apart from the odd return. The winner on the day
in a two way count back on 37 points was Mike Gaussa, with Bob Watson in
second. Bob had the best round of the day with a gross 73. In third was
that Mr. Steady, Mashi Kaneta with 36 points. Mashi is one of those
golfers who when they get into trouble always seems to get out of it and
scores good points.
We then had a three way count back on 31 points that saw Barry Elphick
in fourth, Dick Warberg in fifth and Takeshi just missing out.
Near Pins went to Bob Watson, Don Carmody and Steve Hamstad. T.T.F.N.
Yui nicks the ‘Donkey’s’ carrots
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf Society
Sunday, November 2, Green Valley -
1st Yui Bietry (13) 37pts
2nd Alain Bellec (14) 37pts
1st John Dearden (21) 42pts
2nd Colin Davis (16) 40pts
Near Pins: No 4 Jan Eriksen; No 9 Alain Bellec; No 12 Bob Newell; No
16 Barry Copestake.
The story of the day started in the clubhouse at Green Valley as the Donkey
decided to give Yui not one, not two, but three shots to add to her 10
handicap, a more human side that the Donkey keeps to himself.
Sunday’s podium placers
Colin Davis, Yui Bietry and John Dearden.
Yui has long shown a strong desire to play off the men’s
(get your mind out of the gutter) tees and the extra shots came in handy, as
she emerged from a three-way pile up to top the podium in the senior flight.
Alain Bellec claimed the silver with a non-counting hole on his card.
Barry ‘the boot’ Copstake, who has been on fire this month, finally ran out
of steam, as he had a nightmare finish with non-counting holes on the 16th
and 18th. How different the headlines could have been.
The junior flight supplied the overhaul winner, John Dearden, with a nearly
flawless score of 42 points but he managed one non-counting hole on the
Now one good turn deserves another right? Well no, because the Donkey did
not realize he had gone out a shot and his excellent 40 points was good only
for the silver in the junior flight. Had he remained a 15 handicapper he
would have won the senior flight.
Yui Bietry, Nigel Jones, Eddy Beilby and Maurice Copan shared the 2’s pot.
Back at Lewiinski’s and after a few sherbets had been shifted Colin sat in
the corner in silence, as he thought he had well and truly shafted himself.
Tuesday, October 4, Greenwood - Stableford
1st Jan Eriksen (15) 42pts
2nd David Kirstuik (22) 39pts
3rd Ed Wyckoff (9) 36pts
Jan ‘the quiet one Eriksen’ did the best work on the day as evidenced by his
42 point lashing on the field. The ‘quiet one’ in this form is lethal, watch
out! Jan’s score was three clear of Canada’s David Kirstuik. Ed ‘our man in
the Whitehouse’ Wyckoff was a further three stroke back to wrap up the
There were two 2’s today and both belonged to the Ed Wyckoff.
Wednesday,October 5, Bangpra - Stableford
1st Ian Halfpenny (12) 38pts
2nd Jan Eriksen (15) 32pts
1st Mike Jeffreys (17) 33pts
2nd David Kirstuik (22) 31pts
A good sized field, took on the Japan Golf Promotion white tees at the tough
and tricky Bangpra, and it must be said lost the battle, that is all but for
Ian ‘lose change’ Halfpenny as he stood head and shoulders above the field
as he put together a fine 38 points, for the man of the match and premier
division honours. Jan ‘the quite one’ Eriksen was again in the frame as he
was six strokes adrift of Ian. You were warned.
The junior flight found the greens very tricky as Mike ‘the Welsh Wizard’
needed just 33 points for the top spot. This left Canadian David Kirstuik
and Ireland’s Christy good Knight to fight it out for the silver on 31
points apiece, David gaining the verdict.
Nigel Jones slotted home the only ‘2’ of the day.
Friday, October 7, Treasure Hill - Stableford
1st Paul Smith (7) 37pts
2nd Peter Henshaw (15) 35pts
3rd Eddy Beilby (14) 34pts
1st Barry Oats (26) 35pts
2nd Ed Delaney (26) 34pts
3rd Gebi Kindle (21) 33pts
Although Fridays at Treasure Hill can be a traffic challenge, the risk is
always worth it to play a most enjoyable layout. The good sized field found
it to be very tough, with only one player managing to solve the puzzle.
Paul Smith fashioned a very creditable 37 points for the man of the match
and senior flight honors. Paul was closely followed up the podium steps by
Irishman Peter ‘Don O’corleone’ Henshaw and Eddy ‘the Eagle’ Beilby, who
needed the aid of a count back over his good mate Barry ‘the Boot’
Skipping down to the junior flight, saw the Donkey’s mate Barry Oats carding
a solid 35 points to take top spot. Irishman Ed Delaney, no stranger to the
pay window, and Liechtenstein’s very own Gebi Kindle stringed out in single
digits and finished in that order.
Nigel ‘dead eye’ Jones matched the man in the Whitehouse’s Tuesday feat of
two 2’s on the day which added up to three for the week.
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
Murtagh’s yo man
Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf Group
Tuesday’s top three pose with
the staff at the Relax Bar.
During the previous night the rain storms we experienced would have closed
many a course back in the old country, especially as non paying members
upset the ground staff by insisting on playing in mud, muck and bullets.
Out here as long as the tourist is willing to pay (and play) it’s highly
unlikely that the course will be closed.
Thankful to say, although we decided on wet condition rules for the day, it
turned out that due to the sand based soil at Phoenix, the excess water had
drained so well within a few hours that even the carts were allowed on the
Today we tackled the Mountain & Lake course. As of next week all three
course’s will be open for the high season. I just hope that the green staff
have not decided to open the Ocean course too early. The greens on the Lake
course are still quite bad but improving each week.
Big (in stature and heart) Eamon Murtagh played out of his skin today with
some outrageous shots and three blobbed holes to record a fine 38 points to
win the day. He also took the money off me in the matchplay!
In second place was the udder Irishman, John Bartley, who after a spell with
a bad back is now back to fighting fitness to record 36 points. And in third
place losing on count back to John was Richard Baldwin, also with 36 points.
Back at the Relax Bar after our first free drink we dished out the spoils to
the victors and then proceeded with the near pin prizes which went to David
Czernie, Barry Copestake, John Bartley and Eamon Murtagh.
And so it was on to the lucky draw. This is the bit most of us enjoy as it’s
the only thing we can win! These prizes are donated by the Relax Bar each
week and they went to Bob Neylon, Patrick Browne and your truly.
So, all in all everyone who returned to the presentation received their
first drink free and most of the returnees also won something.
Commiserations to Tim Mason and Stuart Gordon who did not win anything -
they will have their turn soon I am sure.
Next week we play for the KPK Food Services voucher donated kindly by Keith
Keohane. As well as the monthly Trattoria Italiana voucher the KPK Food
voucher is also well worth winning. Anyone interested in joining our group
(male only) is very welcome as long as you have an official handicap and you
know how to play golf to a sensible standard.
Mooneyham makes magic
PSC golf from The Golf Club Sports Bar
Monday, Oct. 3, Green Valley -
1st Joe Mooneyham (16) 40pts
2nd Jimmy Brackett (7) 38pts
3rd Keith Warboys (14) 37pts
Another overcast day that turned out just fine in the end, especially for
reigning PSC golf head honcho Joe Mooneyham. Joe has been playing great golf
of late and his 40 stableford points was unbeatable.
Fellow Yanks Jimmy Brackett (an Arizona boy) with 38 points and Keith
Warboys (a Florida boy) with 37 also took spots on the podium with Yui
Bietry just off the pace.
Friday, Oct. 7,Crystal Bay - Stableford
1st John Dearden (21) 40pts
2nd Kevin Taylor (7) 38pts
3rd Bob Newell (7) 31pts
A rainy day in Pattaya but not a drop on the course at Crystal Bay - so goes
the rainy season! The policy on the day was no carts allowed - full stop! So
those not used to walking were at a big disadvantage.
This had no apparent effect on one hardy walker by the name of John Dearden
who strolled away with a first place with 40 points on the card. John held
back a couple of 7 handicappers by the names of Kevin Taylor (38pts) and Bob
Newell (31pts) to give a boost to the mid-handicappers in town.
John Dearden (left) with Bob
Newell, first and third at Crystal Bay.
Don’t forget that the T.Q Masters is on Friday the 21st so come on down to
The Golf Club and join us for one of Pattaya’s oldest running golf
tournaments, sponsored by our buddies at The Tahitian Queen.
Our road trip this month will be to Soi Dao Highlands on Tuesday 18th and
Wednesday 19th so come on by The Golf Club to sign up.
P.S. Bob Newell will have a very big announcement next week so watch this
space for details!
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 or our website: www.golfclubpattaya.com and www.facebook.com
Rought tops forty at Emerald
Jomtien Golf with IPGC
The Jomtien Golf ladies pose
for a photo at the IPGC Monthly Medal event at Bangpra on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Monday, Oct. 3, The Emerald –
There were only two divisions out today with the cut at 2-15 in division 1
and 16+ in division 2.
Back after a few weeks in the doldrums, Bryan Rought recorded the best score
of the day to win division 2 with 41 points while Brian Ferrignio took
second with 35.
The Finnish boy Kari Kuparinen, playing off 5, topped division 1 with 35
points, beating Paul Butler on an 18/16 back nine count back.
Now down to a two handicap, Paul Smith birdied the 7th and 13th to win the
‘2’s pot in division 1 and there were three rollovers in division 2 to
Pattaya C.C. the following week.
Andy Baber joined Neville Scurrell and Terry Redding in OZ this weekend for
a two week holiday. Have a good time boys! It was great to see Martin
McAteer and Frank Weland back this week.
Friday, Oct. 7, Eastern Star – Stableford
There was heavy rain yet again overnight here in Jomtien and also early
morning as we headed down to Siam Cats. There were a few deletions on the
board from the previous evening and two no shows but we still fielded 5
ladies and 37 men in four divisions in the day’s competition.
The first group went out as always just before our scheduled of 9.15am and
the next ten followed on time with a slight hiccup around the seventh
listing. As the round progressed the heat became intense with a heavy cloud
covering and no sun, and everyone was suffering with heavy perspiration.
After ten holes the darker clouds moved in and this increased until the
front group reached the 16th tee where the heavens opened. We remained under
cover for the next hour and our local rule stipulates that the competition
becomes null and void with any delays of an hour or more. A few groups
continued to the end but it was still raining two hours later.
On returning from our washout it was great to see back at Siam Cats the
Luxembourg boy, Georges Faber, here for three months and still playing off a
14 handicap, and Jim Connelly from the US who has been playing with us for
the past six years and now returns from a 20 handicap last time to a 16.2 to
play Monday with us at Pattaya Country Club.
A thoroughly good week for Thorogood
Golf from the Travellers Rest
Some good turnouts and some good scores saw the Travellers rest play
4 rounds last week. It was particularly good to see some new names on the
leaderboard and the results are as follows.
Thorogood was the Div. 2 winner at Emerald on Friday.
Monday, October 3, Greenwood A & C - Stableford
1st Jeff Boylan (22) 39pts
2nd Yoshiya Ebina (20) 38pts
3rd Fergus Brennan (11) 36pts
Tuesday, Oct. 4, Laem Chabang – Stableford
1st Arnold James (14) 32pts
2nd Adam Oyston (17) 32pts
3rd Rod Crosswell (14) 31pts
1st Yoshiya Ebina (19) 39pts
2nd JohnDahlseng (20) 38pts
3rd Brad Todd (25) 36pts
Thursday, October 6, Phoenix (Mountain & Lakes) –
1st Peter Roberts (15) 36pts
2nd Jeff Boylan (21) 34pts
3rd Bo Benjaminson (16) 32pts
4th Gary Bennett (20) 31pts
5th Steve Smith (21) 31pts
Saturday, October 8, The Emerald – Stableford
1st Rod Crosswell (14) 37pts
2nd Dave Palmer (6) 36pts
3rd Fergus Brennan (12) 36pts
1st Derek Thorogood (18) 36pts
2nd Mike Carr (18) 35pts
3rd Brad Todd (25) 34pts
Note: You can find the Travellers Rest on Soi LK Metro (off Soi
Diana) where a warm welcome will be given to golfers and non golfers alike.
For more information visit the website www.trgg.biz or call 038 422 525.
A Thorne in the Asian 1-2-3
IPGC Golf from The Pattaya Golf Society
The Pattaya Golf Society visited the Emerald course in
Ban Chang on Monday, 3rd October to play a stableford competition on the
course, which, although well prepared, was suffering from slow greens. The
day was very humid and with courses still having little run a long day was
Tony Thorne spoilt what was destined to be an all-Asian 1-2-3 with a fine
return of 35 points for a share of third place with Haru Kato but the “form”
men, Masanori Takano and Wichai Tananusorn, held out to share the victory
with 37 points each.
Khun Wichai also secured the day’s only birdie ‘2’ for a substantial bonus.
The Booby Bevy was reserved for the golfer who took a taxi to Eastern Star
instead, thereby causing a last minute dash across Ban Chang to make the
tee-off time and the usual fine presentation reception back at Rabbi’s
Elephant Bar in Soi Buakhao drew another good day’s golf to a conclusion for
Game on at Bangpra
The IPGC Monthly Members’ October Tournament
The IPGC members gathered at delightful Bangpra on
Wednesday, 5th October, for the October Members’ Tournament. The course is
always a challenge to all golfers with the greens running at pace and this
day was no exception. The course was in quality condition and the day stayed
Flight winner Ole Stamnes (right) receives his award from event organiser
Each monthly members’ tournament will provide winners in both divisions who
will go forward to the finals to compete for the Gold and Silver Medals
later in the season. In addition the tournaments will also be used to
determine the IPGC Gentleman Player of the Year, with between 1 and 15
points to be won in each division every month, dependant on final positions,
which will then be aggregated for the year to establish the overall winner.
As usual the first division contests a stroke play format whilst the second
division play stableford.
In the first division Erik Donnestad finished third with net 74, playing off
his handicap of four. In second place, losing out on count back by one shot
on the back nine, was Fred Brent with net 73. The winner was scratch golfer
Game Mallenpoothong with a fine net 73 and the best gross of the day.
Flight winner May Mitchell is presented with her Medal.
The second division played as usual stableford and things were very tight
again as Burnie Sinclair lost out on second place by one point and had to
settle for third with 33 points. John Dahlseng therefore took second while
the flight winner was Ole Stamnes with 38 well-earned points.
The Ladies’ flight was won by May Mitchell with 40 points with Noi Emmerson
one point behind in second having beaten Rotjana Neal on count back for the
In the ‘2’s competitions there were birdies for Game Mallenpoothong, Yasuo
Suzuki, Wichai Tananusorn and Stephen Beard.
After the tournament the golfers enjoyed an excellent presentation buffet at
Rabbi’s Elephant bar in Soi Buakhao, and the lucky draw gave everyone
present a share of the fun of the day. The presentation and prizes were
generously sponsored as always by the IPGC, and those who had contributed to
the success of the day were warmly thanked.
1st Game Mallenpoothong (0) net 73
2nd Fred Brent (5) net 73
3rd Erik Donnestad (4) net 78
1st Ole Stamnes (27) 38pts
2nd John Dahlseng (19) 33pts
3rd Burnie Sinclair (20) 33pts
1st May Mitchell (20) 40pts
2nd Noi Emmersson (20) 39pts
3rd Rotjana Neal (15) 39pts
‘2’s: Game Mallenpoothong, Yasuo Suzuki, Wichai Tanasusorn, Stephen Beard.
Allidi has gem of a round at Emerald
PSC golf from the Café Kronborg
Monday, October 3, Bangpra – Stableford
Once again we had a full complement of 20 golfers signed up for today’s
competition at the ever-popular Bangpra golf course. We welcomed back Mike
Gosden after his 3 week holiday in Perth, Western Australia and Mick
O’Connor, back from 3 months work in the U.K.
Winfield, Dave (The Admiral) Richardson and Mashi Kaneta.
After leaving Café Kronborg in overcast conditions a couple of minutes
before our scheduled departure time of 0815 hrs we arrived at the course
just 43 minutes later. It appeared to be quite busy but our first group
managed to tee off 15 minutes before our scheduled 1000 hrs time in what was
then perfect conditions, with a nice cooling breeze. We had a Japanese 5
ball in front of us but thankfully they didn’t waste any time and we were
rarely held up.
The course was in great condition as usual and the greens were as slick as
ever and it took just two hours and ten minutes to complete the front nine
after a couple of drink stops and the full round was finished in four hours
& twenty three minutes.
Once again most found it tough on this terrific layout but as usual Mashi
Kaneta played superbly and easily won the A Flight with 41 points, 7 points
ahead of Takeshi Hakozaki in second place. Aussie Stu Rifkin finished third
with 31 points and a count back saw Martin Todd (17 point back nine) finish
fourth ahead of yours truly (14 point back nine), both having 29 points.
Mike Allidi, Peter Blackburn
and Andre Van Dyk.
The B Flight was well won by Mike Winfield with a fine 36
points and Brad Todd finished second in a count back (18 point back nine)
from third placed Dave (The Admiral) Richardson (15 point back nine). Andre
Van Dyk completed the podium by finishing fourth with 32 points.
A Flight (0-15)
1st Mashi Kaneta (14) 41pts
2nd Takeshi Hakozaki (13) 34pts
3rd Stu Rifkin (14) 31pts
4th Martin Todd (7) 29pts
B Flight (16+)
1st Mike Winfield (21) 36pts
2nd Brad Todd (25) 33 points
3rd Dave Richardson (24) 33pts
4th Andre Van Dyk (17) 32pts
Near Pins: Mike Gosden, Mike Gosden, Mike Gosden
Long Putts: Stu Rifkin, Martin Todd
For the second consecutive outing Wendy Bernek won the Compass Cap while
Hunter took Deefa the Dog for a walk around and once again collected many
tit bits from the generous Kronny crew.
Wednesday,October 5,Emerald – Stableford
Once more our Café Kronborg Wednesday competition was fully subscribed as
twenty golfers were signed up and I for one was very much looking forward to
playing at Emerald Golf Resort. It had been quite some time since we had
played there, in fact for me it was to be my first look at this Nick Faldo
We welcomed back Elias Magnusson from Iceland and Karl Beter from Shanghai.
Sadly we were saying Bon Voyage to Paul Seaford and Mikito Homma who were
both returning o the U.K.
Under overcast skies our first foursome got away at 0930 hrs in perfect
golfing weather although the dark clouds were threatening overhead. It
wasn’t long before I was wondering why we had not played this course for so
long as it is certainly a great layout in fabulous condition and at 1,150
baht for green fee, caddy and shared cart it has to be just about the best
After completing the front nine in just over two hours I suggested we take a
break and coincidentally that was when the threatening rain clouds
materialized and we were subjected to a substantial downpour which lasted
around twenty minutes. When the rain was just a drizzle we continued and
although there was some casual water on the fairways the greens had
recovered very quickly and it wasn’t long before the rain had disappeared
and we finished our round in the good time of four hours & thirty minutes
which included the rain/drink stop.
Today we had rewards for nearest the pin on all four par threes sponsored by
Walter Baechli and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth sponsored
by Graham Buckingham. Many thanks to both of them.
Once more we were blessed with the presence of one of Pattaya’s finest
golfers in Mike Allidi and in shooting a gross 70 he won the A Flight with a
great 40 points. In second place was Martin Todd with 36 points ahead of the
consistent Mashi Kaneta in third spot with 34 points. A count back was
necessary to decide fourth & fifth place with Mike Gosden (20 point back
nine) edging out your writer (19 point back nine), both having 33 points.
B Flight was very well won by Andre Van Dyk with 37 points and Mick O’Connor
finished second on 33 points. Another count back decided third and fourth
spots with Elias Magnusson (15 point back nine) beating Walter Baechli (14
point back nine) who both had 32 points. On 31 points Mike Winfield (19
point back nine finished fifth on a count back from Kevin Dinan (14 point
It was a great day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we will certainly
be returning here very soon.
A Flight (0-15)
1st Mike Allidi (2) 40pts
2nd Martin Todd (7) 36pts
3rd Mashi Kaneta (14) 34pts
4th Mike Gosden (10) 33pts
5th Peter Blackburn (10) 33pts
B Flight (16+)
1st Andre Van Dyk (17) 37pts
2nd Mick O’Connor (22) 33pts
3rd Elias Magnusson (17 32pts
4th Walter Baechli (16) 32pts
5th Mike Winfield (21) 31pts
Near Pins: Mike Allidi, Martin Todd, Barry Collier, Elias Magnusson
Long Putts: Walter Baechli, Mike Allidi
Thursday, October 6, Khao Kheow A & C – Stableford
There were many returnees to Pattaya in the day’s field of 22 signed up for
the competition at Khao Kheow and we expect our numbers to increase even
more over the next few weeks. We welcomed Leif Kirkgaard and John Dahlsing
from Denmark, Patrice Bardy & Yves Connillier from France and Dr Paul
Cardwell from U.S.A. and his wife Bo. Farewells were handed out to Brad Todd
from Perth, Western Australia whose holiday is over and yours truly who is
also off to Perth but only for 11 days.
When we arrived at the course it was apparent that the area had received
lots of recent heavy rain. There were no carts allowed off the paths which
meant “lift, clean & place” on the fairways and first cut plus notifications
off G.U.R. areas around many of the greens and lots of enforced drop areas
were in place. I personally have never seen this course in such a state and
along with the wet fairways it was always going to be tough going, not for
We haven’t written much lately about Mick O’Connor’s misfortunes as he has
been away for three months but he was true to form by announcing that he had
forgotten his hat, towel and misplaced his spectacles. Welcome back Micko!
It was overcast but dry and humid and with no-one in front of us we set off
at a good pace. Yours truly exclaimed “oh no – not again” after a birdie on
the first as it is normally a curse on me for the rest of the round but
today was an exception. The greens were in good shape although just a touch
slower than normal and we got through the C nine in two hours and 10
minutes. Taking it easy on A 9 with a nice long break for drinks our full
round was completed in four hours and twenty five minutes.
There were rewards for all four par threes nearest the pins and longest
first putts on C9 and A9 sponsored by Mike Winfield/Ken Bernek (long story)
and Stu (no Heineken) Rifkin.
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the hole in one of Mashi Kaneta on
C3 and we celebrated with him afterward back at Café Kronborg thanks to his
Once again we were treated to a fine exhibition of golf by the classy Mike
Allidi who once more shot 70 off the stick to win the A Flight with 40
points. In a count back for second and third place your writer (20 point
back nine) finished just ahead of Mashi Kaneta (19 point back nine), both
having 37 points. Another count back was required to decide fourth place
with Patrice Bardy (12 points on last 6 holes) edging out Mikito Homma (11
points on last 6 holes) each having 35 points.
Leif Kirkgaard celebrated his return by winning B Flight with a fine 38
points, just 1 point ahead of the departing Brad Todd in second place. Yet
another count back was necessary to decide third and fourth places and John
Dahlsing (21 point back nine) beat Mike Winfield (16 point back nine), both
with 33 points.
A Flight (0-17)
1st Mike Allidi (2) 40pts
2nd Peter Blackburn (10) 37pts
3rd Mashi Kaneta (14) 37pts
4th Patrice Bardy (17) 35pts
B Flight (18+)
1st Leif Kirkgaard (21) 38pts
2nd Brad Todd (25) 37pts
3rd John Dahlsing (19) 33pts
4th Mike Winfield (21) 33pts
Near Pins: Mike Allidi, Martin Todd, Mashi Kaneta (hole-in-one), Mike
Long Putts: None
As there was not one of the 22 golfers who managed to one putt the 9th or
18th a lucky draw was held to allocate the prizes.
On the way out to the course San Mig Stu made the comment that he was not
happy with the way he was playing of late so decided to have an A.F.R
(alcohol free round). It was certainly a winning decision for Stu as he won
the Compass Cap (awarded for the worst score) quite easily. Deefa the Dog
was present and Hunter took him for a walk enabling him to collect many
donations for charity from the ever generous Kronny crew.
Pelly top scores and doubles up for the week
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
(From left): Andy Butterworth,
Dennis Pelly and Steve Kilner, all winners at Green Valley on Friday.
We played C and A loops today and whilst there are some
grumblings in the camp about the condition of this golf course it must be
said for the management that they are spending a huge amount of money on
improving it (the course). All the work they are doing will be in the best
interests of the golfing public and in the future we will be playing on a
much better golf course, so please fellas, cut them a bit of slack. We have
an excellent rate here for the high season, so a bit a patience should be
well worth it in the long run.
It played awfully hard today for the 21 Outbackers and that wasn’t anything
to do with the conditions; a little muggy to start off but it got better as
we played with a nice breeze coming up in the latter part of the round.
The scores were not terribly great but the one guy (Dennis Pelly) who got 36
points, lost a shot because the course played three shots harder than par,
with Bobby Driggs taking second on 34. Div B didn’t do too well at all, as
Kissy won it with only 33, ahead of George Bishop with 32, with the
also-rans, 30 and below.
There were no ‘2’s.
Div A (0-14)
1st Dennis Pelly (13/Hi12.2) 36pts
2nd Bobby Driggs (12/Hi11.6) 34pts
3rd Owen Walkley (10/Hi10.3) 31pts
4th Mike Winterburn (6/Hi5.5) 31pts
Div B (15+)
1st Keith Buchanan (16/Hi14.8) 33pts
2nd George Bishop (15/Hi13.9) 32pts
3rd Sean Johnston (16/Hi15.2) 30pts
4th Sakorn Pramoolchart (20/Hi22.5) 30pts
Tuesday, Oct. 4, Pattaya C.C. – Stableford
Following on from Turnip’s excellent turnout of 21 on Monday, there were 20
Outbackers here today on a course which had received a lot of overnight
rain; however, it stayed dry throughout the day albeit humid, as there was
A couple of Monday’s podium finishers, Geoff Moodie and Dave Earthrowl were
looking to repeat their success, with Dave scraping surprisingly into second
place in Div B today with just 32 points, but Geoff could only manage 27.
John Cogan continued his form with a fine 37 points to win Div A, which will
surely bring him down a another shot, with the visiting Fidge Button, having
his second game in as many days, taking second on 36. Fidge is warming up
for the upcoming Chiang Rai/Mai trip which gets underway Thursday Oct 13 at
the Santiburi course.
The regular Tuesday couple of Ke (Kurt Eric) & Mam (Phompinmon) had nothing
much to beat this week with poor scoring in Div B, as Ke took the win with
just 33 points and Mam taking third on 28.
We said goodbye to Lloyd today as he heads back to Basra for another stint
and hello to Terry O’Hanlon who played with the Outback for the first time,
as did Matt Knight who was braving one of his first ever, if not the first
ever, tournament rounds.
There was one ‘2’ on hole 5 from Terry O’Hanlon.
Div A (0-16)
1st John Cogan (14/Hi14.8) 37pts
2nd Fidge Button (15/Hi15.9) 36pts
3rd Jack Moseley (14/Hi15.5) 34pts
4th Orn Kanasaengsri (15/Hi15.3) 32pts
Div B (17+)
1st Kurt Eric Persson (29/Hi29.2) 33pts
2nd David Earthrowl (18/Hi18.1) 32pts
3rd Phompinmon Seesa (29/Hi27.7) 28pts
4th Laong Gatepratum (27/Hi26.4) 28pts
Wednesday, Oct. 5, Burapha – Stableford
With the amount of rain we had the previous night, driving to Burapha was
with some trepidation, thinking was there was going to be a hell of a lot of
walking coming up if we were to play.
Clearly not much rain had fallen here as the course was great and carts were
surprisingly allowed on the fairways. Some rain did threaten late in the
round but never arrived, so it was a good day at the office so to say.
21 Outbackers played in four 4-balls and one 5-ball at the back, all in
under four hours. The customary lucky draw for a free green fee in the
clubhouse went to Neil Lavery, then back to the ranch for presentation and a
John Cunningham topped the day with 38 points winning Div A, one ahead of
Burapha member, Tony Garnett (37pts) with Capt’ Bob back on 36. Div B went
to Muzza (37pts) and Kissy, who has been in the frame a lot just recently,
took second on 36.
We will be starting a re-gripping service hopefully when we get back from
our trip up north and the new shop will be under-way shortly after and open
in time for Christmas.
There were only two ‘2’s from Muzza on hole A3 and from Andy Butterworth on
Div A (0-14)
1st John Cunningham (10/Hi7.2) 38pts
2nd Tony Garnett (13/Hi9.8) 37pts
3rd Bob Philp (10/Hi7.8) 36pts
4th Ron Dickie (8/Hi5.6) 35pts
Div B (16+)
1st Murray Hart (16/Hi12.8) 37pts
2nd Keith Buchanan (18/Hi14.8) 36pts
3rd Sean Johnston (19/Hi15.2) 35pts
4th Bob Green (17/Hi13.2) 35pts
Friday, October 7, Green Valley – Stableford
Just about dodging the rain, there was still a good field of 22 Outbackers
here at Green Valley, despite a couple of late withdrawals. Dennis Pelly
shot the low round of the day with 39 points to win Div A by six from the
birthday boy, Andy Butterworth, and attract the handicapper’s attention with
a 0.6 cut, with Paul Greenaway on the podium after a long absence in third
Three players tied on 36 points in Div B could only be sorted on count back
with Steve Kilner, who returns to the Outback after a fifteen month absence,
getting the nod over two in-form Chiang Mai hopefuls, Fidge and Kissy.
Our thanks to Suzi, who was having her first game since returning from the
UK, for running the day and we hope she scores a little better next time
There was just one ‘2’ from Andy Butterworth on hole 4.
Div A (0–13)
1st Dennis Pelly (11/Hi11.3) 39pts
2nd Andy Butterworth (9/Hi9.6) 33pts
3rd Paul Greenaway (10/Hi11) 32pts
4th Owen Walkley (10/Hi10.4) 32pts
Div B (14+)
1st Steve Kilner (23/Hi22.5) 36pts
2nd Fidge Button (15/Hi15.7) 36pts
3rd Keith Buchanan (14/Hi14.8) 36pts
4th Sugar Ray Handford (17/Hi17.2) 34pts
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.
Pattaya Sports Club
200 Bowlers: Yeow and Ralph.
Bavaria won three points from VFW Post 9876 to hold on to
first place based on total pins. Antero Ronkainen led Bavaria with a 539
series and Ooy Pluemkamon was best for VFW with a 521 series.
La Montgomery bowled a 553 series to boost Indiana up to second place as
Indiana took all four points from Tea Party. Rich Murphy bowling as a Pacer
had a 515 series.
Green Tree jumped up to third place behind Mai Munsitha’s 511 series as they
took three points from Brother D. Ralph was best for Brother D with a 213
game and 510 series.
Café Kronborg won three points from Canada with Yeow showing the way with
games of 157, 213 and 203 for a 573 series. Tue Pettae bowled a 530 series