Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Kran and Morn.
Indiana took all four points from VFW Post 9876 and moved
back into first place, based on total pins. La Montgomery led Indiana with a
525 series and Morn Mack had a 211 game and 523 series. Ooy Pluemkamon was
best for VFW with a 509 series which included a lot of splits.
Tue Pettae bowed a 544 series to lead Canada to a three
point win over Green Tree.
Bavaria moved into third place after winning three points
from Tea Party. Antero Ronkainen led Bavaria with a 540 series and Joe
Ferral was best for Tea Party with a 537.
Kran Nielsen led her Cafô Kronborg team to a three point
win over Brother D. Kran had a great day with games of 174, 192 and 268 for
a 634 series. She will most likely win either the high series or high game
trophy at the end of the league.
The boys are back in town
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf Society
Andrew Byrne was a winner at Treasure Hill on
Sunday, October 23, Green
1st Yui Bietry (10) 40 pts
2nd Andrew Byrne (13) 39pts
3rd Craig Blythe (10) 37pts
1st Norman Cheetham (15) 39pts
2nd Eddy Beilby (17) 38pts
3rd Peter Henshaw (16) 37pts
Near Pins: No 4 Craig Blyth, No 9 Yui Bietry, No
12 Tony Gliddon, No 16 Norman Cheetham
Hey where’s the title boy today? Well before the field
could get too smug about keeping Mr. Walsh off the podium, it was pointed
out that his irons were too hot, and in fact he had returned to Ireland to
put a deposit on a property in Grafton Street with his society winnings.
Rumor all so has it that Waddingtons, the makers of the famous board game
Monopoly, are thinking of changing Mayfair to Grafton Street.
This has not gone unnoticed by the infamous Co. Offaly
Gang who have suddenly turned up at Lewiinskis. Anyway back to the golf and
there was no man of the match today but it was not for the lack of trying.
It was in fact Yui Bietry, reverted to her more standard Red Tees and
handicap, who lead the boys home with a splendid 40 points, proving that she
can win off either the Reds or Whites. Yui’s 40 points was one ahead of
Andrew Byrne from you know where (didn’t take long hey). Jez waded in with
34 points and again had three no-scoring holes (when will it end?)
I am afraid all that awaited Craig Blythe in a three-way
count back was the Bronze. But it did not match the disappointment of
Thierry Petremont and Aaron Taylor as they slipped completely off the
Good scores abounded in the junior flight as Norman ‘I
never did’ Cheetham took the top podium spot with a solid 39 point haul.
Eddy the Eagle and Peter ‘Don O Corleone’ Henshaw, both boys never shy to
step up on to the podium, were stringed out in single digit increments.
Back at Lewiinski’s and after the presentation it was
Snowball time and the winner Ollie Whalsh was in the house; pity he was
upstairs filling his face with something! Don’t forget you have to be in the
bar to win. Next draw will be over 5,000 baht.
Tuesday, October 25,
Greenwood C&A - Stableford
1st Tore Eliassen (15) 37pts
2nd Peter Hynard (13) 34pts
3rd Colin Davis (15) 34pts
1st John Stolarczyk (22) 35pts
2nd Sean Soden (23) 35pts
3rd Adam Oyston (17) 34pts
Tuesday’s fixture saw the society venture to the well
maintained Wolveridge and Thomson designed Greenwood to play the C & A
Tore Eliassen was the only player to better his handicap,
this by just one stroke, and in doing so won the senior flight and more
importantly the man of the match. Tore was followed in by a triumvirate of
golfers log jammed on 34 points; Peter ‘The Right Honorable’ Hynard got the
better of Colin ‘the donkey’ much to the joy of the field, who did likewise
to Greg ‘I dare not’ Bates and pushed him out in the cold.
It was just about the same standard of play in the junior
flight as John Stolarczyk posted the better inward nine than Sean Soden as
both were looked on 35 points. Big hitting Adam Oyston rounded out the
flight a shot adrift.
The big winner on the day was not on the podium as Craig
Blyth collected a very healthy ‘2’s pot.
Bangpra - Stableford
1st Francis Goyons (7) 35pts
2nd Gary Lunn (13) 32pts
3rd Andrew Byrne (13) 32pts
1st Tore Eliassen (15) 34pts
2nd Eddy Beilby (17) 32pts
3rd Vic Hester (14) 29pts
Francis Goyons Brought the gang home through the
marauding Monkeys, with a top score on the day of 35 points. The balance of
the field found the going tough when “you have to count them all” but
familiar names accompanied Francis in the senior flight. In fact Garry Lunn
actually defeated two of the Offaly Gang in a count back. He relegated
Andrew Byrne to the bronze spot and left Kevin Mcentee Satang less at sea
The junior flight found the wet conditions, the slick
greens and the mischievous monkeys very hard to handle as Tore Eliassen
gratefully accepted the top podium spot with 34 points. Even more grateful
was Eddy ‘the Eagle’ as his 32 points took the silver. Vic’ the inflictor’
Hester did not have to live up to his moniker as he was dumfounded to find
that 29 points was good for the bronze.
Francis Goyons added to his A Flight victory winnings,
along with Peter Larson as they split a very healthy 2’s pot.
Friday, October 28,
Treasure Hill – Stableford
1st Andrew Byrne (13) 40pts
2nd Aaron Taylor (13) 34pts
3rd Peter Hynard (13) 33pts
1st Christy Knight (22) 40pts
2nd Don Lehmer (18) 38pts
3rd Ed Delaney (26) 37pts
It has been apparent of late that Co. Offaly gang member
Andrew Byrne was coming into form and that trend continued this day as his
40 points blew away the senior flight. Andrew’s tally was a massive six
strokes ahead off the in-form Aaron Taylor. Peter the ‘Right Honorable’
Hynard was a further shot back as he closed out the flight.
The junior flight was a bit more dramatic as Christy
‘Good’ Knight matched the senior flight winner to take the junior flight top
spot, and a share of the bragging rights. Don ‘the ladies man’ Lehmer was
sandwiched between two Irishmen as he took the silver one shot adrift. Ed
Delaney, owing to his fine behavior, prevailed on count back over fellow
Irishman Sean Soden. Sean was not sure what was going on but seemed happy
Andrew Byrne, Kevin Mcentee, Liam McGuinness, Jan
Eriksen, Mike Holmes and Don Lehmer 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.
Clark captures monthly title – at last
PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar
Golfer of the month Bobby
Clark (left) with runner-up Arnold van de Graaf.
The Three Sisters group teed off at the Pattaya Country
Club this past 26th of October in fine form. The weather was great and there
was a good showing.
Aside from a temporarily lost cell phone, everyone moved
around the course in brisk fashion and this being the end of the month the
competition was for the honor of having one’s name engraved on the trophy,
so everyone pulled out the stops for high points.
A tally of the cards back at Caddy Shack II revealed that
Bobby Clark was top man with 40 points. After all these many years and high
scores, this is the first time Bobby has won the trophy. Behind Bobby was
Arnold van de Graaf with a 38 points and trailing with 36 each were Rich
Murphy and Larry Emerson.
Herbie provided the usual fare of large and medium hot
dogs and Herbie was back on the course following knee replacement surgery.
He only carded a 27 but that’s not bad after being away for months.
‘Cor’ boys… it’s Worboys
PSC golf from The Golf Club
Only third place for Gabe Enright but just look
at his partner... the outrageous John Daly (far left).
Monday, October 24, Green
Valley - Stableford
1st Keith Warboys (14) 44pts
2nd John Dearden (20) 40pts
3rd Peter Le Noury (10) 39pts
4th Paul Smith (2) 36pts
5th Fred Brent (5) 36pts
This weeks placings have an almost déjã vu feeling about
them, with 3 of the guys making the podium as they did the previous week
and, indeed, the very same man winning both times, our headline man Keith
On his last game before flying out to Perth to visit one
of the Golf Clubs favourite sons, Chicka Smith, Keith demolished the field.
Thankfully (I heard a few of the guys say) he’ll still be away for next
week’s Monthly Medal, so the rest of us now have a chance.
No carts were allowed today, so another very good
turn-out was slightly lessened as some of our less mobile guys opted out to
play St Andrews. The previous weather predictions of a certain JE turned out
to be way off the mark, I’m afraid, as we continue to be bombarded by
torrential storms (albeit less frequently) making most courses a
It reminded me of a notorious incident in the UK back in
’87 I think it was, when the most noted TV weatherman of the day, Michael
Fish, on live TV, more or less mocked a lady who’d called in asking about a
suspected hurricane hitting the country by saying “don’t worry love, there
might be some strong winds but no hurricane”. The resulting tornado
decimated huge parts of the south coast causing tens of millions of pounds
worth of damage! So Johnnie, stick to what you know best eh? Cage fighting
As far as the placings go 2 of our low boys battled it
out for fourth and fifth places with good 36’s, however Paul Smith bettered
Fred Brent by 2 points on the back to win that little battle. In third was
long-time regular visitor Peter Le Noury, rattling up a very good 39 points.
Peter is one of the most prolific and frequent golfers around, rumour has it
he once played on 2,486 consecutive days, although I think that might be a
Up at the business end JTB continued with his strong
performances of late and must surely be having secret lessons or taking
ginseng or something. It was suggested he take a dope test but it was
quickly agreed that he’d definitely pass that. Joking aside he scored a
cracking 40 points and only denied the top spot by Keith’s magnificent 44
(and you sure as heck cant beat magnificent 44’s). I don’t know if he’s ever
shot better but a gross 78 is certainly something to be proud of.
Laem Chabang - Stableford
1st Michel Laurent-Gonnett (16)
2nd Thierry Petremont (12) 37pts
3rd Francis Goyens (6) 36pts
4th Kevin Taylor (6) 35pts
5th Chuck Anderson (10) 35pts
The sharp-eyed amongst you will already have noticed a
slight change to our days this week, with Mon, Tues, Thurs and Friday
playing days. This was in order to take advantage of Laem Chabang’s final
sports day of the year.
A good turn-out was predicted but, unfortunately, not
well enough, we were having to turn people away as it became impossible to
get any more tee times. I guess everyone else had the same idea. For me, I
was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the course. I haven’t really
been its greatest supporter over the last couple of years but, credit where
its due, all things considered, it was in good shape.
The place has always radiated a certain ambiance and
quality and its expected that this costs a little extra but, and here comes
my gripe for the day, 118 baht (very nearly two and a half pounds or four
dollars) for a small glass of Heineken draught! Come on, it’s the clubhouse
of a better-than-average golf club in Pattaya, not the Ritz or
Having recovered sufficiently from that body-blow I
readied myself for presentation back at the Golf Club. Those already
mentioned sharp eyes must have spotted the propensity of exotic sounding
names in today’s winner’s enclosure. Given also that I chose German over
French at school and my French vocabulary consists of, wee wee, bonjour and
‘how did that team ever reach the rugby world cup final’, I was a little
With the boringly predictable names of Kevin Taylor and
Chuck Anderson fighting for fourth spot on their 35 points, Kevin edged out
Chuck (okay, Chuck does have something of a ring about it) with what has
become boring and predictable! Namely beautiful ball-striking and solid
scoring. Kevin must surely be destined for a much lower handicap soon if he
continues on these lines.
Whoever these two guys play with they never seem to be
too far away from the action with steady golf the order of the day for
Francis Goyens and Thierry Petremont. On this occasion it was Thierry who
came off better on 37 against Francis with 36.
Topping the lot today with a very commendable 40 point
haul and, with a fine gesture, a bell-ring back at the club, was our winner
(and I hope I spell this right) Michel Laurent-Gonnett.
Khao Kheow - Stableford
1st Nick Hanscombe (12) 34pts
2nd Tom Yahnke (12) 33pts
We sallied forth towards Khao Kheow today with a smaller
field but, once again, with just that little bit of trepidation as to what
we would find waiting for us. This is another course whose reputation has
suffered somewhat of late. It always amazes me how the conditions of some
courses are allowed, at times, to drop from fantastic to downright awful in
no time at all.
Those of us who have lived here some time are perhaps
guilty of wearing our rose-tinted glasses in our perception of our courses.
It is true that, lets say, 5,6 or 7 years ago, golfing on the Eastern
Seaboard was as good as you’d find anywhere in the world; truly top class
courses for a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere. Take off those glasses
however, or listen to some of the new visitors, who sometimes are completely
underwhelmed, and its clear to see we don’t have that enviable position
anymore. It could be argued that it’s a harsh statement to make but it is my
opinion and I believe it’s a correct one, that being said I still wouldn’t
want to be anywhere else.
Out on the course and it was good to see that a bit of
the old Khao Kheow was coming back. It was pretty good underfoot, so none of
the almost standard ‘lift, clean and place’ of late, there were some ropey
areas on the fairways its true but it was eminently playable.
The greens, too, are improving significantly, still not
the scarily fast ones they once were but much, much better. The ‘A’ course
has been closed for some time with huge amounts of work going on, chatting
with the caddies they say its going to be great when its done (see my
earlier point; make the work pro-active, not re-active and maybe they don’t
have to shut down a third of their course!).
On a very hot, beautiful day the scores were averaging
around the 30 mark, not great but pretty much what’s expected here, anything
close to handicap usually gets you a sniff. Our winners didn’t quite get
there but were respectable enough.
Tom Yahnke, who leaves us for a little while, signed off
with a steady 33 points and second place. Cheers Tom, just pop back in and
sign up when you’re around again. One point better and another regular
visitor to the Golf Club, was Nick Hanscombe, with a nice 34 points.
Friday, October 28,
Treasure Hills - Stableford
1st Robert Still (12) 34pts
2nd Bob Newell (8) 33pts
3rd Gabriel Enright (16) 31pts
A much bigger crowd hauled out on the 331 for our final
game of the week. Welcome back to Stevie ‘I’m never late’ Mulberry, back
from the high-pressured grind of Blackpool to the calm of Pattaya.
I never thought I’d be doing a Wilkinson story this week
(particularly as he’s not even in town) but it seems you can’t get away from
him. He called Steve to say he’d be over for a few days and could he get him
a ticket to the game, “I’ve been looking at hotels” he said, “but I may as
well just stay with you.” It was good of him to invite himself but, wouldn’t
you know it, it just so happened to coincide with Steve redecorating the
spare room. Maybe next time Brian.
Here they are doing a bit of pro-active work, all new tee
boxes and loads of new trees planted (this will be an even tougher track
when they fill out) so it was a little bit untidy in places but that’s
acceptable. It’s still cheap-as-chips to play so its great value but, and
here’s the rub, because of that everyone wants to play it so its agonisingly
I have to make a mention here of the current TQ Masters
winner and holder of the green jacket, Kris K. Kris is over on a brief trip
and it was a bit of a coup for us to get the champ out on our fixture but
all did not appear well. I came across him around the 10th
tee only to see him wandering around aimlessly, shaking his head and
muttering “seven points, seven points, who gets seven points on nine holes?”
Oh, how the mighty fall Kris!
Another on a quick stop-over is Gabriel Enright. Gabe’s
like a little Tasmanian Devil, he fits so much in on these short trips it
gets me out of breath just sipping my beer. His 31 was good enough for third
One shot apart were the top two and your correspondent
was beaten into second by Robert Still. Robert shot a good 34 points with,
it has to be said, rented clubs! I will personally make sure they
mysteriously disappear before he plays his next round with us. It’s not easy
to say through gritted teeth but well done mate!
Thai Garden Resort Cup match goes down to the wire
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Bob Philp (left) receives the
Thai Garden Resort Cup from rival captain, Helmut Wolf.
Monday, October 24, Khao
Kheow - Stableford
A smaller than usual field on the C & A nines but at last
it’s a pleasure to report that the work that has been done on this course
over the past months is beginning to pay off, and it does look as though we
could be in for an excellent high season here, with some very special rates.
Rod Crosswell and Owen Walkley shared the spoils, both
scoring 40 points, only for Owen to lose on count back. Back in third was
Dennis Pelly on 38 and it was a long way back to find the fourth placed man,
Apparently, Norm Cheetham only played because the bus
turned up for him, perhaps the score reflects that Norm!
Rod Crosswell dominated the ‘2’s scene with birdies on
the A5, C3 & C8 and apparently wasn’t that far away from a clean sweep and
Suzi got the only other one on hole C3.
Instead of the monthly ladder, starting in November and
continuing each and every month for the next four, the Outback start two new
sponsored monthly competitions. One entails the sum of your best six
stableford cards from any of Khao Kheow, Burapha or Green Valley; and is
sponsored by Big Mango Properties. The other is an eclectic at Pattaya
County Club, rounds that will count include Turnip’s Monday, the regular
Tuesday and the Chad organised Friday round. This competition is sponsored
by De Vere, “for independent financial advice, wherever you are”. For
further details and entry fees please see The General at the bar.
The Outback Bar’s General
Jack (left) poses for a photo with Helmut Wolf from the German Swiss Golf
1st Rod Crosswell (14/Hi13.3) 40pts
2nd Owen Walkley (10/Hi9.7) 40pts
3rd Dennis Pelly (11/Hi10.9) 38pts
4th Fidge Button (16/Hi15.5) 33pts
Tuesday, October 25,
Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
A very good turnout today, with 26 Outbackers giving it
their best shot. The course was looking really good and in great shape and
apart from a serious looking storm that had more huff and puff than
substance, it was another excellent day at the office.
Quite remarkably, the scoring was only average with
Billy’s 35 points being enough to win Div A from Paul Greenaway (34) and Jim
Smith, also on 34. Div B went to Dave B with 37 points, on a fleeting visit;
beating Laong on count back 23 points to 20 on the back nine.
Watch out for the Outback’s new monthly sponsored
eclectic here at Pattaya C.C., which will start on 1st
November, see Chad or the General for entry details.
There were only two ‘2’s from Steve Milne on hole 16 and
Mark Riggall on hole 12.
Sugar, playing for the Outback
Bar, fiddles one off the tee at Phoenix.
Div A (0-15)
1st Billy Fitzgerald (11/Hi12.8)
2nd Paul Greenaway (8/Hi9.3) 34pts
3rd Jim Smith (11/Hi12.6) 34pts
Div B (16+)
1st David Barwick (17/Hi18) 37pts
2nd Laong Gatepratum (27/Hi26)
3rd Tony Ford (18/Hi19.4) 35pts
Burapha - Stableford
Playing C and D off the white tees was a pleasure today
as the course was dry but without a great deal of run but in good condition.
The greens were like lightning, hard but true, and all the rough had been
mown recently. Thankfully it was the last sports day so hopefully no more
5-balls out the front, however 28 golfers played and we were still all round
in about 4 hours.
Next week will see the start of the high season and the
rates will go up a little but not dramatically both here and the other
courses we play. I think here goes up by 300 baht and the caddie fee also
goes up a little. Khao Kheow goes up by 100 baht and their caddie fee also
goes up plus the cost of a shared cart goes to 700 baht; the cost of a cart
on your own remains unchanged. At Green Valley, the rate is unchanged.
Welcome back to John Sarcasmo, Gary Ralph, Bobby Chiofalo
and Tony Glidden friends from the land of Aus and goodbye to Fidge Button,
who’s got to go back to do a bit of work, and by the way, thanks for your
help as fines-master in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
Poor Chris Sloan caught a bit of what General Jack had up
in Chiang Mai. He was a little on the second hand side by the time he
finished being sick even in the car park, but he still managed to win
division A with a fantastic score of 39 points, the best of the day.
Other notables include Owen Walkley (36pts), 2nd
Div A; George Bishop (34pts), 2nd Div B and John
O’Keefe (34pts), 2nd in Div C.
There were five ‘2’s today from Owen Walkley on hole C5,
Jim Brackett, Rod Crosswell & Chris Sloan on C8 and Rod Crosswell again on
hole D8. And just in case you haven’t noticed that’s a total of five ‘2’s
that Rod Crosswell has had in his last two round of golf.
Div A (0-10)
1st Chris Sloan (7/Hi6.9) 39pts
2nd Owen Walkley (9/Hi8.9) 36pts
3rd John Oswald (10) 35pts
Div B (11-15)
1st Norm Cheetham (15/Hi14.2) 36pts
2nd George Bishop (14) 34pts
3rd Chris Fletcher (12/Hi11.8)
Div C (16+)
1st John Sarcasmo (20/Hi19.5) 36pts
2nd John O’Keefe (16/Hi15.9) 34pts
3rd Bob Chiofalo (21/Hi20.5) 33pts
Friday, October 28,
Phoenix – Thai Garden Resort Cup
The 4th Annual Thai Garden Resort
Cup between the Outback Golf Bar and the German Swiss Golf Club was held
Friday at Phoenix, with the evening festivities once again at The Moon River
A field of 60 players, thirty teams of two, were lining
up to wage fair battle in a mathematical scoring exercise in a new format
dreamt up by the General, as the German Swiss side were looking to avenge
their defeat from last year. So what was it?
A rainbow multiplier matchplay; six red, six white and
six blue from each player on each team, then multiply one team player’s
score by his partner’s, then write down the result of the sum:- whichever
team had the highest number of points on the hole, won that hole and so on,
on a hole by hole basis, and of course everybody knows that any number
multiplied by zero, is zero – now you all know that don’t you, unless of
course it’s your client’s account!
With a 10.32 first tee off time and even with everybody
away by 12.10, it was still very late in the day before the final result was
known; Capt’ Bob who had been collating the scores at Phoenix, left around
5.20 p.m., with two teams still to come in and at that moment in time, the
match stood all square 61/2
Pattaya was under siege again with the mass exodus from
Bangkok so getting to the Moon River Pub for 7 p.m. proved somewhat
difficult with the German Swiss co-ordinator, Helmut Wolf taking two hours
to get there from Phoenix and Capt’ Bob had given up the ghost using four
wheels and hopped on a motorbike taxi, which seemed to be the only way to
beat the invasion. It was not until around 8 p.m. before the final two match
scores came in, and the near pins also arrived, so General Jack & Helmut
were able to proceed with a very quick presentation, prior to the band
The new format was a success and looks likely to stay for
next year and even though the German Swiss got a lot closer than last year,
they didn’t quite do enough, with the Outback winning the last two matches,
to take the match 81/2 to 61/2
and ironically enough one of those wins featured two Germans playing
for the Outback! He! He! That will teach you guys to adopt a Scotsman as a
There were also prizes for the day’s top scores with the
first prize going to the German Swiss pairing of Juerg Becker & Hans
Pickartz who amassed 79 points, ahead of Joe Mooneyham & Steve Mann in
second on 78, Neil Lavery & Sugar took third with 75; following in fourth
place was another German Swiss pairing, Zion Asaban & Reto Wahrenberger (74)
and finally in fifth, John O’Keefe & Owen Lloyd (71). Note a full list of
the day’s results can be found on the Outback website at
Near pin prizes were awarded to Werner Reinhart on Ocean
5, Owen Lloyd on Ocean 7, Joe Mooneyham on Mountain 4 and Jean Paul Michiels
on Mountain 8.
It was another great fun day out; our thanks to the Thai
Garden Resort, not only for the evening and the excellent buffet but also to
the 500 baht vouchers to be presented to all the winning pairings; if you
haven’t got your voucher yet, hassle either Jack or Helmut.
See you next year!
Bernek blitzes Bangpakong
PSC Golf from the Café Kronborg
Mike Winfield, The Admiral &
Thursday, October 25,
Crystal Bay B & C – Stableford
As Monday was a Thai Public Holiday we elected to play on
the Tuesday and 15 of us assembled at Cafô Kronborg on a beautiful Pattaya
morning in readiness for the journey to Crystal Bay.
We welcomed Tony Berry from North Wales, playing with us
for the first time and also Gerry Dobbs & his mate Richard Taylor – both
from Brisbane Australia.
At 0815 hrs on the dot we departed the Kronny and headed
of down Highway 3, arriving at the course 45 minutes later to find a fairly
empty car park which indicated an earlier than scheduled tee-off would be on
the cards. Sure enough we were invited to tee-off at our leisure and our
first group got away at 0925 hrs which was 35 minutes ahead of schedule.
The weather was perfect although a little hot and steamy
at times and the golf course was in perfect condition with very little water
around, in fact we actually got some run on the fairways. The greens were
terrific and beautifully prepared so there were always going to be some good
scores handed in.
I had the pleasure in the first group playing with Mike
Allidi and it was a treat watching his skill as he put together another
sub-par round which included 5 birdies. We flew round the first nine (C) in
just on two hours and as there was hardly anyone else on the course we
stopped for a ten minute drink break before commencing our second nine (B).
It was a bit hot for the second half so another drinks break was necessary
and our full round was completed in four hours & thirty minutes.
We were able to have 2 flights with A Flight for
handicaps 0 to 15 and B Flight for 16 and over.
Two of my playing partners were involved in a count back
to decide first & second places in A Flight with veteran Ted Morris emerging
the victor with 38 points (20 points on C nine) ahead of Mike Allidi (18
points on C Nine). In third place was Aussie Mike Gosden on 34 points.
B Flight was well won by Alain Taddei with a great 40
points and Leif Kirkgaard finished second one point further back. The
consistent Mike Winfield completed the podium with 35 points.
A Flight (0-15)
1st Ted Morris (15) 38pts
2nd Mike Allidi (1) 38pts
3rd Mike Gosden (10) 34pts
B Flight (16+)
1st Alain Taddei (18) 40pts
2nd Leif Kirkgaard (20) 39pts
3rd Mike Winfield (20) 35pts
The Compass Cap was won by my old mate Stu (Heineken)
Rifkin and Mike Gosden paraded Deefa the Dog who collected many donations
for charity from our generous Kronny crew.
Thursday, October 27,
Bangpakong – Stableford
After checking with the golf course the day before to
ensure it wasn’t flooded as forecasted by our resident “Prophet of Doom”
Mike Winfield, we were delighted to have a very good field of 23 golfers
ready to tackle the lovely Bangpakong Riverside Country Club.
We were happy to welcome Dick Braimbridge from
Eritrea/Brisbane/New Zealand who has now retired and decided to spend most
of his time here in Pattaya. Also it was great to see Ulla & Kjeld Ravn back
from Denmark for a couple of months and our old friend Ronnie Ratte, back
from Korea for a four week break.
Getting away from the Kronny right on time at 0815 hrs we
set off on the long trip to the course and arrived 68 minutes later to see
that the course was quite busy. It was in fact one of the Provincial
Holidays due to the flooding and it was soon to become apparent that many
Thai golfers were taking advantage of it.
Our scheduled tee time was 0952 hrs but we were 15
minutes late getting our first group away with two Thai five-balls in front
of us. Having been spoilt over the past few months with early tee offs and
very quick rounds I guess it had to happen sooner or later so patience was
the order of the day. Perfect weather although fairly hot and sticky but the
course was magnificent as ever with very little sign of water and the greens
were just fantastic although a tad bare in parts.
We dawdled our way around the front nine in two and a
half hours which included a couple of enforced drink stops due to the slow
traffic in front. The back nine was even slower but even though it took us
five hours and twenty minutes to do the full journey it was nevertheless a
very enjoyable day. Encountering heavy traffic on the journey home we
arrived back in Pattaya just after 1830 hrs which is just about the latest
that I can remember.
We had 2 flights with A Flight for handicaps 0 to 18 and
B Flight for 19 and over. We had rewards for nearest the pin on all four par
threes and longest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth.
Despite the slow round there were some excellent scores
and with one exception if you had not played to your handicap then you
The A Flight was well won by Ken (let’s hear it for)
Bernek with a terrific 43 points and a count back was necessary to decide
second and third. Andre Van Dyk took second place with 40 points (22 point
back nine) and despite shooting a gross 69 Mike Allidi could only manage
third (21 point back nine). Once again well done Mike and keep it up.
Another count back for fourth place saw Mike Gosden emerge in front with 37
points (21 point back nine) ahead of Walter Baechli (20 point back nine) and
Ted Morris (19 point back nine).
The very consistent Mike “Mr. Negative” Winfield won the
B Flight with a fine 39 points, 2 points ahead of Dave “The Admiral”
Richardson in second spot. Jan Lovgreen took third place with 36 points and
Graham Buckingham was fourth with 35 points.
A Flight (0-18)
1st Ken Bernek (17) 43pts
2nd Andre Van Dyk (15) 40pts
3rd Mike Allidi (1) 40pts
4th Mike Gosden (10) 37pts
B Flight (19+)
1st Mike Winfield (20) 39pts
2nd Dave Richardson (24) 37pts
3rd Jan Lovgreen (22) 36pts
4th Graham Buckingham (24) 35pts
Near Pins: Walter Baechli, Mike Allidi, Mike
Allidi, Elias Magnusson.
Long Putts: Ronnie Ratte, Dave Richardson
Ken’s wife Wendy completed a Bernek family first & last
by taking out the Compass Cap award and Deefa the Dog was there to readily
accept many donations for the needy from our generous Kronny gang.
Welcome return to Royal Lakeside
PSC golf from The Bunker Bar
Monday, October 24,
Treasure Hill - Stableford
The heavy rains affected a lot of people one way or
another so only a small field set off for Treasure Hill. Tore Eliasson came
out on top with a decent score of 35 points; Gordon Melia was only one point
behind and Scotty Eaton came in third a couple of points back.
1st Tore Eliasson (15) 35pts
2nd Gordon Melia (16) 34pts
3rd Scott Eaton (11) 32pts
Near Pins: Brian Maddox, Ferdy, Gordon and Scotty.
Wednesday, October 26,
Royal Lakeside - Stableford
It’s been quite some time since the Bunker Boy’s made the
relatively long journey to Royal Lakeside but what a good choice of venue it
turned out to be! There has been extensive modernization done to the
clubhouse and the course itself making what was a very good course to visit
into a fantastic venue. If it wasn’t for the potential for traffic problems
on the way back it would be on the schedule every single month.
Back in the ‘new’ clubhouse the scorecards were checked
and it was Mashi Kaneta who had the best score of the day beating Peter
Habgood by a couple of points, Peter taking runner up spot ahead of Gordon
Melua on a count back.
1st Mashi Kaneta (14) 38pts
2nd Peter Habgood (18) 36pts
3rd Gordon Melia (16) 36pts
Near Pins: Jack Robertson, Bernie Stevens, Mashi,
Friday, October 28,
Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
Horrendous traffic hindered the short drive back from
Pattaya Country Club but once back in the Bunker Bar William Macey found
himself the clear winner by two points from Reg Smart and Sean Murphy came a
1st William Macey (15) 39pts
2nd Reg Smart (24) 37pts
3rd Sean Murphy (15) 32pts
Near Pins: Gerry Cooney, Reg Smart, Sean Murphy,
Trevor laments no par,
PSC Golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Trevor & Brian share a
joke after Thursday’s success on the course.
Tuesday, October 25,
Greenwood - Stableford
Tuesday was a visit up Hwy 331 to Greenwood, with the
C & A combination to be our test. The course has returned to excellent
order following the recent spate of rain, with greens running smooth &
Ray Spence (14) edged Brian Maddox (20) for top spot
on count back 17/16 after both had signed for 33 points. The technical
prizes proved elusive with only Willem scoring 1, while the Banglamung
Boys Home will be the beneficiary of the missed greens.
Thursday, October 27,
Crystal Bay - Stableford
Crystal Bay C & A was our venue for Thursday’s game,
with the course almost fully recovered following the abatement of the
rain. The rough was precisely that, very thick just off the fairway
edges, but this will probably be cut as the course dries further.
Brian Maddox (20) hit the top spot with a mediocre 29
points, ahead of Bob Lindborg (19) with 27. Near Pins were secured by
Brian & Trevor, with this being Trev’s first collect, he duly converted
for a nice birdie.
Note: Mulligans Lakeside plays golf on Tuesday &
Thursday, with ML hosting timely presentations on both days from
November. Call 089 094 1841 for scheduling or enquiries. Hope to see you
there, cheers & good golfing!
Saunders shoots the lights out at PAGS monthly
PSC golf from the Fairways Golf Society
A Flight winner Pehr Werngren.
Tuesday, October 25,
Pattaya C.C. - P.A.G.S. Tournament
Once again our monthly P.A.G.S. tournament was very well
subscribed with well over one hundred participants turning out. We were very
fortunate with the weather as we only had one short downpour of rain during
the event whilst all around us it looked dour.
The calibre of the golf was of a very high standard with
many golfers playing below par (unfortunately yours truly was not one of
them). Husband and wife Bryan and Ning Neal are on fire at the moment, and
both won their respective flights today.
1st Pehr Werngren (5) 42pts
2nd Chris Kerr (12) 41pts
3rd Alan Duffas (12) 39pts
1st Gary Saunders (15) 43pts
2nd Tom Nystrom (13) 39pts
3rd Joachin (19) 38pts
1st Bryan Neal (20) 40pts
2nd Leif Halin (24) 38pts
3rd Lucas 37pts
B Flight winner Gary
1st Ning Neal (13) 38pts
2nd Noi Emerson (21) 31pts
Long Putts: Mark Slinn & Alan Griffiths.
Long Drives: Sean Harley, Lucas Johansson, Tor
Edwards, Richard Line, Noi Emerson.
Near Pins in 3: Charlie Ayres, Bengt Borg, Richie
Near Pins in 2: Pehr Werngren, Mike Ryder, Goran
Petterson, Andy Robinson, Richard Line, Steve Kerr, Dave O’Kane.
Near Pins: Alan Duffas (2), Tony Dauth, Al Keith,
C Flight winner Bryan Neal.
The overall leaders at this stage with only two more
venues to come are Gavin Perfect, Jack Bowman, Mikael Anderson, Ning Neal,
Noi Emerson and Yuza, all hotly pursued by many others.
Everybody enjoyed the prize giving and great barbecue
laid on back at the Fairways club house where the festivities went on well
into the night.
Note: 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 into the club house and put their names down on the
lists provided or call Scott on 084 389 2379. Transport provided if
Ladies winner Ning Neal.
Gaussa garners ‘Golfer of the Month’ award
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Max Matthews (right) presents
the ‘Golfer of the Month’ award to Mike Gaussa.
Tuesday, October 25,
Bangpra - Stableford
It has rained so often these days that it was a pleasure
to go to Bert’s without the sky crying all over us. It was not the brightest
of days but we lived in hope, so into cars and off we went to Bangpra. The
roads were nice and dry but as we got close to the course it was noticeable
that some areas along the road were showing an excess of water. Yes flooded.
The book-in was quick and it was a pleasure for the first
time in weeks not to be told “carts on the path only”. So off to the first
tee and also for the first time in weeks we did not have to worry about wet
fairways or bunkers and those dreaded words of ‘lift clean and place’ were
not even uttered. So off we went.
As we took our carts down the first we saw no tracks on
the course, and from then on the day became a pleasure. This is a difficult
course at the best of times, however with dry conditions we found the greens
back to their trickiest - fast and really hard to sort out. When they are
this fast they do tend to intimidate the golfer.
Apart from a strong wind that blew at times the round was
most enjoyable, especially as from next month we will be moving into the
High Season and are unlikely to play here again until the Low Season comes
around. Round over, we were soon into the showers and found to our delight
that the hot water was back on.
Back at Bert’s we were soon thinking about the
presentation, particularly as it was at the end of the month and we were to
decide on the MBMG Group ‘Golfer of the Month’, and as usual it was very
On the day we had two flights; the winner in the A
Flight, 0 to 17, was Mike Gaussa with 38 points, in second was Steve Hamstad
with 35 points and third was yours truly with 34 points. In the B Flight the
winner was Dick Warberg with 41 points ahead of a count back on 33 points
that saw Daryl Evans in second and Roy Dayton in third.
With the results on the day, The MBMG Group ‘Golfer of
The Month’ was Mike Gaussa. Well done Mike. T.T.F.N.
Near Pins: Walter Bachli, John Hackett, Daryl
Evans, Bernie Cairns
Covill on fire
at Diana Open
Diana Golf October Open winners.
Thursday, October 27 -
On a fine October day on a course that was in good
condition there were only 18 entered for the day’s competition. We had 4
ladies including a past caddy (La-ong) and Noy, who is a working caddy here
at Pattaya Country Club.
Coming in top spot was Orn Kanasaengsri (16) with 34
points, closely followed by the aforementioned caddy- Noy Kamsania (22) with
With insufficient numbers to have Senior’s and Super
Senior’s it was a Men’s competition with 3 places. Coming in with a
fantastic 46 points was Ian Covill off his 16 handicap – the highest score
in a Diana competition for at least 2 years! Runner-up was Doug Chalkley
(25) with 39 points and in third place – and good to see him back in the
winner’s circle – was ‘The Colonel’ aka Bob Pearce (15) with 35 points,
winning on count back from Geoff Moodie.
Near Pins went to Noy Kamsania, Mike Coleman, Doug
Chalkley and Dennis Persson.
Note: The last Diana for the year is on Thursday 24th November at
Pattaya Country Club. Sign-up at Green Bottle or Diana Driving Range!
In-form Bertram wins again
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
A welcome (and slightly damp)
return to Jim Connolly and Fred Duffy.
Monday, October 24,
Eastern Star – Stableford
A public holiday today so for obvious reasons we were
playing our normal Friday venue. The course was still damp and sodden in a
few places and ‘pick clean and place’ was the format for the day. The
management here has still not got to grips with the buggies on the fairway
situation in these conditions, we have spoken to them, but no response.
The weather was kind to us today here and we had two
divisions out with the cut at 5-18 and 19+ in division 2.
Mikael Andersson returned the best score of the day of 34
points, beating the in-form and playing off 8 Bill Bertram 19/16 on a
back-nine count back. Ya Riley took third one point behind.
Pete Bowden won division 2 with 33 points ahead of Des
Sharkey in second on 32 and Mike Lewis third on 30.
Chris Voller birdied the 6th and Derek Kane the 13th to
scoop the pots in division 1 and 2 in the ‘2’s comp.
Near pins went to Bill Bertram, Ya Riley, Chris Voller,
Lee Casey and Derek Kane.
Phoenix – Stableford
Probably our last visit here until the next low season
kicks in regarding costs starting in November. An enjoyable day was had by
all with almost perfect conditions weather wise and on the course itself.
A slight difference today from Monday in the handicap cut
with 5-16 in division 1 and 17 plus in division 2.
Chris Voller’s 36 points was the best score of the day
winning division 1. Kari Aarnio was in second place two points behind and
third place went to the Irish boy, Martin McAteer, with 33.
After his three month stay in the UK with his ‘other
half’, Geoff Stubbs returned and on his first game back won division 2 with
34 points while Richard Kings beat Peter Bowden on a 16/12 back nine count
back after they both scored 29 points.
Yasuo Suzuki birdied L7 and Chris Voller M8 to share the
‘2’s in division 1 while in Div. 2 there were two rollovers to Pattaya C.C.
on the 31st.
Friday, October 28,
Eastern Star - Stableford
A slight misdemeanour by the organiser and we were
playing stableford today instead of our planned inaugural monthly medal here
at Eastern Star. This will now be played next Friday here as an experiment
and if it goes down well it will be played on a regular basis.
Russell Exley’s successful scramble was played here the
day before and with the Chairman’s Cup on Saturday nobody wanted to play
three days on the trot so our numbers were down today. Still, there were 8
ladies out and two divisions as well for the men. Amazingly the people who
played on Thursday and who played today said the course condition had
Still in form and waiting to be cut from an 8 handicap,
Bill Bertram won division 1 with 39 points, while smiling all over his face
Cully Monks beat Mikael Andersson on an 18/15 count back after they both
came in with 31 points.
Jim Lane with 37 points took the top podium position in
division 2 with Joe Kubon second and Andy Baber third with 29, beating Eris
Reginiussen on a 16/14 count back.
Eris’ other half, Yuzu Reginiussen won the ladies
division with 31 points, beating Rotana Neal on a 16/15 back nine count
back, while Arisa Hennings took third with 28.
There were no ‘2’s today in all three divisions so
rollovers to next Friday.
Near pins went to Arisa Hennings, Bill Bertram, Cully
Monks (2) and Toi Blair.
Holiday fun at Rayong
IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
Monday, 24th October was a public holiday so the Pattaya
Golf Society took advantage of the very reasonable fees offered by Rayong
C.C. to play a stableford event over the course which was in better
condition than most could have hoped, and it certainly knocked some more
exclusive courses into a cocked hat currently when it comes to course
presentation. What? Rayong CC? Even the greens had more pace than has been
seen over the past two years. The downside was the lack of golf carts and it
cost the group at least four participants.
Competition was quite tight with Peter Seward and Richard
Palmer sharing second place with 35 points each, just nudging Ronnie Ramsay
into fourth. The winner was Wichai Tananusorn, yet again playing superb
sub-par golf in his perpetual quest for zero. He was helped by a birdie ‘2’
on the fifth hole and shared the ‘2’s pot with Masa Takano and Allen Dow
after their similar efforts on the sixteenth and twelfth holes. Allen very
generously donated his share to the PGS adopted charity, the Fr Ray
Foundation Outreach Center.
The Booby Bevy went to Peter Masters for his hero-to-zero
performance which heralded his return to work and eight weeks of golf-less
purgatory. If the standard of presentation remains as high Rayong C.C. can
look forward to more visiting groups from Pattaya through high season.
in fine fettle
With rumours circulating that Mr Len had suffered a
“senior moment” in booking Treasure Hill for the Pattaya Golf Society’s
Monthly Medal event the members travelled to the course on Wednesday, 26th
October, in anticipation of a tough day.
They found the course in good condition with a few bare
patches on the fairways but greens which had been recently dressed.
Renovation work on some tee boxes also meant that many white tees were on
the black tee boxes. But monthly medals are all about golfers applying their
skills and grinding out rounds whatever the conditions and this day was no
exception as Wichai Tananusorn strove all round to return with the best
gross of 83 (net 76) for third place.
In second was new member Stephen Donahue who impressed
with net 75. The winner was Jim Ferris who has recently returned to his home
group in obvious good form and his score of net 72 was a deserved return for
hitting the fairways and finding the pace on the greens.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and ten handicapper Barry Dunn
won the “nil-return” count back to take the Booby Bevy on his first
competition round with IPGC. Treasure Hill was quite a harsh introduction to
be Pattaya golf scene for the Aussie golfer, as well as a few others.
The Pattaya Golf Society held its latest charity team
event at Plutaluang on Friday, 28th October on the West and North nines. The
format was pairs stableford combined and a good turnout followed the
tradition established this year in an effort to support the excellent work
of the Fr. Ray Foundation Outreach Center on Soi Thepprasit.
The course was in fine condition and the warmth of the
day matched that of the generosity of the many sponsors. Near pins were
sponsored by Rabbi, Tony Thorne, Jean Morel and Peter Ditz whilst Larry
Slattery, on his return to Pattaya, generously donated prizes for the next
event as well.
Near pins were won by Peter Ditz, Larry Bland and two by
In the event proper Masa Takano and Peter Ditz came third
with 61 points, a mere point behind the runners-up Marc Jensen and Haru Kato
and the fancied pairing of Jim Ferris and Larry Slattery took the honours
with 66 points as Jim scored the day’s only sub-par round of 37.
Rabbi and Khun Peung laid on a splendid buffet for the
presentation back in Soi Buakhao and Khun Phennipa from the Outreach Center
was there to receive the handsome sum raised which pushed the total so far
this year to ninety six thousand.
The next charity event is the PGS Annual Scramble which
will be held on Friday, 18th November at Pattaya Country Club. Sign-up
sheets will be available in the Elephant Bar from the weekend. As always the
true winners were the underprivileged kids in Soi Thepprasit whose day was
perhaps made better by the warm-hearted golfers at the PGS.
Culley edges photo finish at Bangpra
PSC golf from The Caddyshack
Bangpra - Stableford
1st Rick Culley 37pts
2nd Gary Ritchie 37pts
3rd Brian Orr 33pts
1st Dave Strang 34pts
2nd Bruce Tollitt 33pts
3rd Ramsay Smith 32pts
2’s: Rick Evans, Gary Ritchie
We had enough players for 2 flights at Bangpra on Tuesday
and Rick Culley and Gary Ritchie were joint top scorers on the day with 37
points but Rick edged the count back to take top spot in the A Flight. Dave
Strang put together 34 points to head the B Flight by one ahead of Bruce
Thursday, October 27,
Green Valley –
A 4-Man Scramble at Green Valley saw the team of Greg and
Gary Ritchie, Alan Beck and Helmut prevail after they returned a fine score
of net 59.2. They just did enough to pip the quartet of Ramsay Smith, Dave
Strang, Rick Culley and Phil Cawse who came home with net 60 to take the
Near Pins: Phil Cawse, Derek Mower, Alan Beck,
Long Drives: Bernard Channing
Note: From November 2011, The Caddyshack are
changing their golf days back to Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a 4-man
scramble the last Wednesday of every month.
She’s just a ‘Mod’ern girl
Travellers Rest Golf Group
Once again we had some fabulous turnouts despite the
horrific weather conditions of late with some pretty decent scores reported.
Score of the week was by Mike Sanders with a rather
impressive 39 points at Emerald, but the golfer of the week was Mod
Chaviraksa who was in the prizes at Phoenix and at Emerald, and of
particular note was Mod’s two birdie ‘2’s at Emerald on the 7th & 15th.
Monday, Oct. 14, Bangpra –
1st M Rossiter (11) 32pts
2nd Fergus Brennan (12) 32pts
3rd Jim Sykes (09) 31pts
1st Richard Moore (22) 38pts
2nd David Booth (13) 36pts
3rd Eric Curley (14) 35pts
Tuesday, Oct. 25,
Plutaluang N&E – Stableford
1st Bob Chiofalo (21) 37pts
2nd David Booth (13) 35pts
3rd Tony Gliddon (12) 32pts
4th John Sarcasmo (20) 32pts
Thursday, Oct. 27, Phoenix
O&M - Stableford
1st Mike Rushant (13) 35pts
2nd Mike Sanders (06) 35pts
3rd Chris Sloan (06) 35pts
4th Mod Chaviraksa (12) 34pts
5th Ted Senior (12) 33pts
Saturday, Oct. 29, The
Emerald - Stableford
1st Mike Sanders (06) 39pts
2nd Fergus Brennan (12) 36pts
3rd Jim Cleaver (13) 34pts
4th Arnold Jones (15) 33pts
5th Mod Chaviraksa (12) 33pts
Note: For more information visit our website www.trgg.biz
or call 038 422 525. You can find us on Moo10 Soi Dianne LK Metro where a
warm welcome will be given to golfers and non golfers alike.
God bless you please
Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf Group
Tuesday’s top three (standing
rear) with the staff at the Relax Bar.
You may think to yourself, that’s the title of a Paul
Simon song and from the film The Graduate. Well, if Mrs. Robinson were
around now she would be mighty proud of her little boy, Clive Robinson.
Although it was not quite a group record score, it was a
superb round of gross 75 (net 69) this past Tuesday, Oct. 25, to win the
famous Trattoria Italiana restaurant voucher.
In second place was Richard Baldwin with a net 70, third
went to Peter Harris with the same net score but losing on count back, and
in fourth place was John Bartley scoring a net 71.
So all four placed winners were under par, not too
surprising though with the course getting better by the day and the weather
calming down a little, plus we had to implement ‘winter rules’ (the fairways
are still a little muddy in places). Anyone who knows how to play reasonable
golf should excel from now on.
Back at the Relax Bar we all enjoyed our first drink at a
special rate thanks to our hosts Ung and Dieter (plus the daughter shown in
the photo with the Relax Bar menu in hand). Once all the scores were in and
calculated we went on to the presentation.
Only two near pins were recorded today and they went to
Dave Boran (back from the U.K. to unload his frustrations of living there -
nuff said), and Denis Dixon. The other two unclaimed near pin prizes went
into the lucky draw.
Five prizes for the lucky draw today, which is what most
of us hope for (well we ain’t good enough to compete with the professionals
- and I use that word very loosely – that we have in our group!)
Recipients of the lucky draw were Bill Hewitt claiming
the free massage at Relax Bar, yours truly claiming the free drink at Relax
Bar and Joris Goetschalckx (try saying that), Bob Neylon and John Stafford
claiming the smaller prizes.
Next week we are going to try and hold a pairs
competition. It is almost certain we will have an odd number of players, but
we will sort something out I am sure. Partners will be decided by a draw out
of the hat. However some players may want to share carts so we will have to
have a little flexibility in that department.
At present we are getting to our maximum numbers (6
groups for Tuesday’s and 3 groups for Friday’s) so if you want to play and
you have not already registered then get in touch quickly. We also have some
fishing trips coming up on 12th and 13th November and again if interested
then call me, Mike Gerrard on 087 091 7565.
Kris K captures Green Jacket at 18th TQ Masters
2011 Green Jacket winner Kris
Kritsanajootha (2nd left) receives the congratulations of Steve, Woody, Mike
Ready to tee it up at Emerald.
The 18th annual TQ (Tahitian Queen) Masters golf
tournament took place at The Emerald Golf Resort on Friday, Oct 21 with a
full field of eager golfers teeing it up at 9.04 a.m. in cool early morning
weather conditions and hoping for a rain-free day.
The tournament was split into 3 divisions for the men
with a maximum handicap allowance of 24 and a separate flight for the ladies
with a max 36 handicap. All the flights utilized a stableford scoring
The posse of players took to the fairways in high spirits
as the free amber beverages were liberally dispensed by the non-golfing
volunteers; namely Wild Bill, JD, Kevin and Joe… helped in no small measure
by the lovely staff from TQ. But, what would a TQ golf outing be without,
Ernie’s Creaser Mix to get everyone started!
If this sounds like a serious golf outing it was, though
by the end it was the one standing steadiest who prevailed.
“Excuse me – that’s my seat!”
In true form and just off a plane from the USA, Kris
Kritsanajootha won the coveted Green Jacket, which goes to the player with
the best score of the day regardless of flight. His fantastic 42 points
easily won the A Flight ahead of Ernie Maclnernny’s 40 points.
It was more closely contested in the B Flight where Rod
Carmichael beat The Golf Club’s Steve Ellison on count back, 37/17/12 to
C flight meanwhile was won by Bob Taylor, beating Dale
“The Dapper” Drader 36 to 34. Dale sported the original 1st Annual TQ
Masters shirt… and was personally responsible for helping empty at least one
of the beer coolers.
Last, but by no means least, Yui Bietry added some much
needed pulchritude to this year’s honors board as she took out the Ladies
Two caddies short.
Near pins were won in order of holes by Jeff Gortler, Bob
Newell, Paul Ovens and Brad Sproxton, while the Long Drive prize went to Bob
Ninneman and Longest Putt to Ken Cook.
Back at the Tahitian Queen following the golfing matters,
the day was topped off with more celebrations and the now traditional
roasted ox leg, provided once more by Bjarne of the Caf้ Kronborg - which
proves again that the “Great Dane” can really cook!
Despite prior doubts about the inclement weather of late
posing a threat to the tournament, it proved once again to be an enjoyable
success for all who took part and those coveting a Green Jacket of their own
will have their eyes fixed firmly on the date 19th
October 2012 for their chance of another tilt at the title, when
coincidentally it will also be the 19th edition of
this traditional and fun Pattaya golfing fixture.
Time for some liquid
refreshment on the tee.
Feeding time back at the TQ.
Steve Ellison was runner up in
the C Flight.
Pole swinger Bob Newell picks
up a near pin prize.
Which way to the next hole?
Ladies winner Yui Bietry
(right) on stage with Mommasan Ead.
A study in concentration.
One straight down the middle.
Thirsty work in the midday
Erik goes home on a high note
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, October 24,
Bangpra - Stableford
1st Erik Donnestad (4) 36pts
2nd Barry Wellings (5) 34pts
3rd Graham Johnson (6) 28pts
4th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 27pts
5th Mark Armstrong (21) 26pts
6th Trevor Schirmer (15) 26pts
There were no 2’s in the second division but Barry
Welling squeezed one in to sweep the first division pool.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed new member
Alistair Greer and also welcomed back Paul Taylor and Graham Johnson.
There was also a farewell for Trevor Schirmer who is off
to Oz for a short break from the rigours of Pattaya and who will be sorely
missed, especially his assistance with the on course organization on the
Wednesday, October 26,
Pattaya C.C. - Stableford
1st Erik Donnestad (4) 38pts
2nd Rod Howett (23) 31pts
3rd Markus Kamfjord (24) 23pts
The day’s competition was moved at the last moment after
several negative reports regarding the condition of the planned course had
been received and many of the usual suspects failed to show up at the
allotted time, which meant that the field was a lot smaller than would have
There were no 2’s in either of the divisions
Friday, October 28,
Greenwood - Stableford
1st Alan Pilkington (9) 39pts
2nd Erik Donnestad (4) 35pts
3rd Lyle Blaw (12) 35pts
4th Shuichi Kodaka (17) 34pts
5th Ole Stamnes (26) 33pts
6th Yukio Kikuchi (19) 33pts
Once again there were no 2’s in either division.
Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for Lyle Blaw
and the Mahiyuya Tour from Japan consisting Yukio Kikuchi, Masami Tagaki and
Hisahiko Makino led as usual by their intrepid guide Yasuo. There was also a
farewell for another year for Erik Donnestad, who was returning to Norway
after his very successful golfing holiday in the Land of Smiles, with his
We will certainly miss Erik’s gentle manner and charm and
perhaps a few more hopefuls will be in with chance of getting onto the
podium while he is away.
The Haven can be contacted on mobile 082 219 0965 or call
in to the hotel at 185 Soi 13 between Beach Road and 2nd Road. A schedule of
courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.
A tale of the one that got away
Sea fishing news from the Pattaya Sports Club
Peter Hyland and Capt. Dene
with their prize catches of the day.
After the past 4 or 5 trips on which we encountered
blustery to rough conditions, on 20 October our group of 7 welcomed a calm
and balmy day with light seas and we hoped the fish would cooperate and
provide a plentiful catch.
This proved to be the case with one good pompano and
seven 1½ to 3½ kilo coral trout (we call them “greys” as we are not sure of
their origin) caught by most of us.
Rich was the most successful with 3 of these greys which
are an excellent eating fish. I apologise for not including him in the
photos with this article with Peter Hyland and me displaying our catches.
All of us had bag catches of around 6–8 kilos, comprising good sized
snapper, pla daeng and grouper to take home.
An added benefit with this captain and boat boy is the
scaling and cleaning of the fish for a small fee. These guys work hard for
us all day, replenishing pla muek (squid) bait, untangling our lines,
providing coffee from time to time and moving continually throughout the day
to ensure we catch fish.
I hooked a large corbia and tussled with it for 40
minutes, bringing it close to the boat before it surfaced and finally broke
the 30 pound line. Those present, including the captain, estimated a length
of 1½ metres and a weight range from 18–25 kilos. A great fish – pity I
couldn’t land it as my subsequent aching muscle for the next 2 days would
have seemed worthwhile.
We extend a warm welcome to two more new members, Charlie
Reed and friend Khun Thor.
Our regular trip on the first Saturday of every month and
one mid-week/mid-month are well attended and usually have only one or two
vacancies available. I keep a register of members wanting to participate so
if you are interested contact me on 081 862 6279 or via the PSC office
I also arrange trips for up to 4 persons from time to
time using a smaller boat with an excellent captain. Reports from those
attending these trips are very complimentary of the captain and the catches.
Following some criticism as to the lack of PSC fishing
reports in the media, I will endeavour (but not promise) to produce a
monthly article in the media covering the two trips. I will have to rely on
assistance in December whilst I am in Perth on my annual pilgrimage.
Some date soon, yet to be advised, the boat will relocate
to Sattahip for approximately one month during strong winds and high tides.
Whilst this is a nuisance, the captain assures us of good catches of queen
fish during this period.
The next monthly Saturday trip is booked for 5 November
and 8 persons have registered their intention to attend.