Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League
200 Bowlers: Nok, Wade,
Duanjai & Tui.
Duanjai Wuthrich bowled a 211 game, 511 series to lead
first place Indiana to a three point win over Café Kronborg. Lots of 200
games in this match up; Morn Mack had a 500 and La Montgomery bowled a 506
for Indiana, Yeow Gale rolled a 510 and Kran Nielsen had a 506 for Kronborg.
Bowling was not so great on lanes 9 and 10 but second
place Green Tree did well enough to win three points from Bavaria. Green
Tree remains five points behind Indiana with three weeks to go in the
Tui Amphanon bowled a 206 game, 533 series and Ooy
Pluemkamon had a 522 to lead VFW Post 9876 to a three point win over Brother
D. Sue Murphy bowled a 536 series and Ralph Oderbolz had a 503 for Brother
D. Nok Ostbo bowled a 204 second game for VFW.
Tea Party won three points from Canada led by Joe Ferral
with a 528 series and Tukata Thompson who rolled a 504. Tue Pettae bowled a
538 series for Canada. Wade Myers bowling as a Pacer bowled a 217 game and
It’s Francis’ week; Bob’s Medal
PSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf Society
Medal winners Mike and Bob
with Colin the Golf Manager.
Sunday, March 11, Green
Valley - Monthly Medal
1st Bob Newell (7) net 67
2nd Francis Goyons (9) net 68
3rd Bob Watson (4) net 72
1st Glenn McBurney (17) net 69
2nd Mark Bonner (14) net 72
3rd Colin Davis (15) net 72
1st Mike Craighead (19) net 75
Near Pins: No 4 Graham Holmes; No 12 Gary
Blackburne; No 16 Ranay Singh
Bob ‘Broad more’ Newell knew the round was out there, it
just hadn’t been answering the call. Well it heard him in time to take the
monthly medal for March 2012 as he scorched the course with a gross 74, a
whopping net 67, to take the crystal whiskey glass and a bottle of
Jameson’s. Every bit of that ‘scorching’ was required as a sublime day had
the field tightly bunched and low.
Francis Goyons and Koi.
In quick succession Bob was followed by Francis Goyons,
no stranger to the pay window, and Bob Watson, each just a stroke back from
the other; Bob Watson did however need the aid of a count back over the
unlucky Peter Lenoury.
Glen McBurney led the lads in B Flight with a rock solid
net 69. Confusion followed as the calculator went in to overtime to sort out
a five player pile up all with net even par rounds. ‘Mussels’ Bonner won
this one as he took the silver followed by whom else but the ‘Donkey’ to
lift the bronze. Jerry McCarthy, John Foote and Mikko Mutanen were left
satang less at sea level.
Mike ‘the mechanic’ added yet another crystal flute to
his vast collection with a net 75 in the Red Flight.
As all our regular readers know, Mike and Bob get a
non-transferable invitation to play in the year end Gold Medal.
Seven 2,s were recorded.
Monday, March 12, Royal
Lakeside - Stabelford
1st Francis Goyons (9) 38pts
2nd Greg Bates (11) 38pts
1st Lou Szigligeti (17) 36pts
2nd Colin Davis (15) 35pts
Francis Goyons continued his weekly climb to the top of
the podium as Sunday’s second place was followed by today’s first with a
rock solid 38 points. It did not come easy though as a count back was
required to edge the red hot Aussie Greg Bates.
Aussie traffic warden Lou Zig-Zag took the honours in B
Flight as he put a no parking ticket on the Donkey’s cart with an even par
No 2’s were recorded so a rollover on Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 14, St.
Andrews - Stableford
1st Francis Goyons (9) 38pts
2nd Graham Holmes (8) 38pts
3rd Ian Bell (6) 38pts
1st William Peach (20) 37pts
2nd Sukh Jutana (17) 36pts
3rd Peter Henshaw (18) 35pts
It is always tough to lose a count back and it is always
tough not to win when you have 38 points at the Desmond Muirhead designed St
Andrews. Well it happened to Graham Holmes (no not that Graham Holmes) and
Ian Bell, as they were left second and third in A Flight respectively. The
man on fire Francis Goyons made it two wins and a second place in as many
games as Francis’s 38 points was more favorably dispersed between the
outward and inward nines.
William Peach was one stroke clear in a battle marked by
consistency seldom seen in high handicappers, especially on a course so
demanding as St Andrews, over Sukh Jutana. Peter ‘Don O Corleone’ Henshaw
snuck in for the last spot in B Flight, edging Michael Goggin on count back.
Ian Bell, Ranay Singh, Thierry Petrement and Sukh Jutana
shared a rollover 2’s pot.
Friday, March 16, Crystal
Bay – Stableford
1st Merle Humphries (19) 38pts
2nd Peter Larsson 9140 36pts
3rd Lou Szigligeti (17) 36pts
On a day when the numbers were a bit modest, given the
PSC Charity event, old friend Merle Humphries retuned with a good bit of
zeal as he enjoyed a two stroke gap on the field.
Peter Larsson emerged from a triumvirate of players to
reap the silver while Aussie Lou the ‘Soi 13 Traffic Warden’ claimed the
bronze. Greg Bates was left scratching his head but he did manage a 2, as
did Lou and Merle so they just about managed to get their money back.
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.
Freeman flays the field
PSC golf Bunker Boys @ The Bowling Green
Monday, March 12, Bangpra
Twenty-six players today for our visit to the popular
“monkey course”. We arrived to find the course fairly quiet, and we were
able to tee off 20 minutes earlier than our scheduled tee time.
Keith Smithson and his mate Mike Lloyd made a welcome
return, but it appears that Keith is trying to bring down the tone of the B.
Boy’s transport. Evidently his car suffered some damage in his absence, and
is now held together by string and parcel tape!
Star of the day was Alan Freeman who shot a gross 72 off
his (dodgy?) handicap of 4 to return a great Stableford score of 40 points.
Paul Edgar made a long overdue return to form to win the B flight with 39
points, one better than Gez Williams.
Keith Smithson managed to take a near pin prize, so maybe
he can put it towards the cost of some much needed car repairs.
1st Alan Freeman (4) 40pts
2nd Mike Grasser (11) 35pts
3rd Lee Butler (15) 34pts
1st Paul Edgar (19) 39pts
2nd Gez Williams (19) 38pts
3rd Steve Kincoyne (20) 35pts
Near Pins: Lee Butler, Keith Smithson and John Hughes(2).
Wednesday, March 14,
Khao Kheow A & B - Stableford
Twenty-two golfers arrived at Khao Kheow to find the car
park almost empty and we were able to tee off immediately. Most golfers
struggled in the heat on what was a particularly sweltering day, and maybe
the weather suited the players using golf carts.
Certainly Rab McDonald made good use of his wheels to win
the day with 38 points. Peter Habgood (also a non-walker) made a return to
the podium in his second game back after several week’s illness, taking 2nd
place in the B flight, 2 points behind Bernie Stevens.
1st Rab McDonald (15) 38pts
2nd Paul Smith (3) 37pts
3rd Alan Freeman (3) 33pts
1st Bernie Stevens (19) 37pts
2nd Peter Habgood (19) 35pts
3rd Steve Kincoyne (20) 30pts
Near Pins: Alan Freeman, Keith Smithson, Steve
Kincoyne and T. Harvey
Friday, March 16,
Pattana – Stableford
Only a small group of players today, with a large
contingent of regulars playing in the PSC Charity Classic tournament.
Nothing to report from the course since your author is still in Cambodia,
and my regular correspondent was playing in the PSC. A good time therefore
to remind everyone, that if you have anything you’d like including in the
weekly report, please email it to me at email@example.com.
1st Mashi Kaneta (11) 35pts
2nd Paul Edgar (19) 33pts
3rd Roger Mitchell (24) 28pts
Note: The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society
who now play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd
Road and Soi Buakhaow. We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive
golf competition why not come and join us. We meet at the Bowling Green at 9
a.m. and new players with valid handicaps are always welcome. For more
information call Dave on 087 1469978, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shennanigans Weekly Quiz
This week’s winners: Chinese
Results – Tuesday, March 13: 7 Chinese Brothers
110pts; The Knuckleheads 100pts; Fortunes of War 95pts; The Tinkers 94pts; 3
Non Blondes 90pts; The Leftovers 86pts; G.T.F.C. 78pts; Mermaids 74pts;
Wosanames 71pts; The Elations 65pts
Hansen blitzes field to claim the ‘Mug’
PSC Golf from the Café Kronborg
Monday, March 12,
Greenwood A & B – Stableford
As many people were returning to their various homelands
after holidays in Pattaya, our numbers are understandably dwindling and a
field of 25 assembled at Caf้ Kronborg in readiness for our long awaited
return to Greenwood.
‘The Admiral’ (left) presents
The Cafe Kronborg March Monthly Mug to Niels Hansen.
We welcomed Neil Skilton, who has now finally retired and
will soon be travelling to various parts of the globe before deciding where
he is going to make his home. Peter and Somkhit O’Brien were playing their
last game with us for a while as they are returning to Bangkok so we wished
them a fond farewell.
Departing the Kronny a couple of minutes early at 0811hrs
we arrived at Greenwood 56 minutes later to find the car park almost
deserted, which meant an earlier than scheduled hit off. It had been more
than 6 months since we had played here and we couldn’t stay away any longer
due to reduced green fees (500 baht for 20 or more players) and popular
demand from our members. Indeed our first group, a three-ball was able to
hit off 25 minutes ahead of schedule at 0935hrs with no-one in front of us
and we breezed through the front nine (A) in one hour & forty five minutes.
The course was in great shape and the greens quick
although fairly discolored and the weather was perfect but with overcast
skies which thankfully delivered a mere couple of drops of rain throughout
the day. The second nine (B) was a little bit slower due to some traffic in
front of us but with a lengthy drink break half way through the back nine
our round was completed in the excellent time of three hours & forty five
minutes. Scoring was generally good on the day and the unanimous decision
was that Greenwood is back on our monthly schedule.
Walter Baechli & Eddie (The
Anything less than 36 points did not get a place on the
podium in either flight and A Flight was won by Walter Baechli with a fine
40 points, just one point ahead of Martin Todd in second place. In a count
back on 36 points for third & fourth spots Jesper Rasmussen (19 point back
nine) edged out Stu (San Miguel) Rifkin (18 point back nine) and unluckily
Ken (let’s hear it for) Bernek (17 point back nine) just missed out.
There has been a dramatic form reversal for the winner of
B Flight with Eddie (The Eagle) Glinsek having his first win with us after a
great 41 points. In second place was Mike Winfield with 39 points and Peter
Hammond finished third on 38 points. In a two-way count back on 36 points
Dave (The Admiral) Richardson (20 point back nine) finished fourth with Jan
Lovgreen (17 point back nine) just missing out.
A Flight (0-19)
1st Walter Baechli (18) 40pts
2nd Martin Todd (9) 39pts
3rd Jesper Rasmussen (19) 36pts
4th Stu Rifkin (14) 36pts
B Flight (20+)
1st Eddie Glinsek (33) 41pts
2nd Mike Winfield (22) 39pts
3rd Peter Hammond (22) 38pts
4th Dave Richardson (24) 36pts
Near Pins: A6 – Walter Baechli; B2 – Stu Rifkin;
B5 – Niels Hansen
Long Putts: A9 - Jesper Rasmussen; B9 – Eddie
The Compass Cap, which is awarded for the worst score on
the day, was narrowly won by Peter O’Brien, and Deefa the Dog was paraded by
Hunter and collected several donations to charity from the very generous
Kronny Crew. After much deliberation it was decided that the day’s Fashion
Award was to be split between Walter Baechli & Bjarne Kjaer.
Thursday, March 15,
Pattaya C.C. – Monthly Mug/Stroke
This was to be our last Caf้ Kronborg Monthly Mug at
Pattaya Country Club for quite some time as they are about to commence some
much awaited work on the course and for the next few months this event will
be held at Pleasant Valley.
A late cancellation and an annoying “no show” from a
repeat offender reduced the field to 26 and we assembled at Caf้ Kronborg in
readiness for the short trip to Pattaya Country Club. We welcomed John
Sandgaard (son of Kurt), Mark Armstrong formerly of Sydney but now residing
in Pattaya and Frank Pilkington, a regular Tropical Bert’s golfer.
Departing the Kronny spot on 0815hrs we arrived at the
course 24 minutes later to find plenty of activity and it appeared that an
earlier than scheduled hit off was doubtful. Having driven through light
rain on the short trip to the course the skies were looking ominous and we
waited at the first tee in drizzling rain but as ever were confident that
the weather would hold and once more the “rain gods” were with us.
We managed to surprisingly get our first group, a
three-ball away 25 minutes early at 0935hrs and it wasn’t long before the
rain disappeared completely although the skies remained overcast all day.
The course was in reasonable shape but some of the greens were very ordinary
and at times it was necessary to put through very rough patches. Our
progress was slowed down somewhat by the traffic ahead but after enforced
drink stops due to waiting at a couple of par threes we were able to
complete our full round in four hours and fifteen minutes which for a stroke
round was quite good.
We had a runaway winner of the March Monthly Mug with
Niels Hansen shooting 80 off the stick for his net 64. The A flight was won
by Mike Allidi (net 33 back nine) in a count back from Arne Max Pedersen
(net 35 back nine) with both golfers posting a net 69. In third place came
Leif Kirkgaard with a net 70 and in another count back with net 72 Martin
Todd (net 34 back nine) finished fourth ahead of Frank Pilkington (net 37
Yet another count back on net 71 was necessary to decide
the first 2 places in B Flight with Bo Cardwell (net 33 back nine) winning
from Jan Lovgreen (net 36 back nine) in second spot. Graham Buckingham was
third with net 72 and Peter Hammond finished fourth on net 74.
At presentations back at Caf้ Kronborg we acknowledged
Bjarne Nielsen and his family & staff for once more sponsoring this monthly
1st Niels Hansen (16) net 64
A Flight (0-20)
1st Mike Allidi (3) net 69
2nd Arne Max Pedersen (16) net 69
3rd Leif Kirkgaard (19) net 70
4th Martin Todd (9) net 72
B Flight (21+)
1st Bo Cardwell (29) net 71
2nd Jan Lovgreen (22) net 71
3rd Graham Buckingham (22) net 72
4th Peter Hammond (22) net 74
Near Pins: 5th – Peter
Blackburn; 7th – Martin Todd; 12th - Niels Hansen; 16th
– Graham Buckingham.
Long Putts: 9th – Bo
Cardwell; 18th – Kurt Sandgaard
The Compass Cap was well won by ‘The Admiral’, Dave
Richardson, while Hunter paraded Deefa the Dog who collected lots of
donations to charity from the Kronny Crew.
Bartley returns to form
Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf Group
Tuesday winners pose with the
staff at The Relax Bar.
With myself still not feeling so good I did not play on
Friday, March 9, but managed to get to the presentation back at the Relax
Bar to help my new apprentice (Mukesh Thakker) sort out the winners.
With the high season coming to a close soon we now have
just the elite few within the group, but the scoring was very poor indeed.
Billy Hewitt, with 36 points was the only player who was
on or near handicap while in second place was the acting scribe for the day,
Mukesh Thakker, with a mere 30 points. Following closely in third place was
David Czernie with 29 points.
Onto Sunday, March 11, and again we only had a few
players but played a nice format of teams of three and the best two scores
to count as a team score. As it happened all the teams scored the same score
of 81 points so the bet was off and all the spoils went to the individual
Unfortunately I have lost the paperwork for that day and
I cannot remember the winners or their scores. This sometimes used to happen
in the past when we had gone back to the My Bar. I think it was Billy Hewitt
again. Don’t matter, the company and the day was great - another day in
So onto our main day, Tuesday, March 13, and ‘Big’ John
Bartley was the eventual victor with 38 points. I say eventual, because the
Italian connection should have been numbers one and three with John in the
middle. Sadly Giorgio Baccioli and Sergio Volpi (who both had to leave
early) were not present to receive their honours so they were passed onto
the next best.
John was two ahead of visitor Wayne Ferral in second
place with 36 points and Goort Gelten and Bill Hewitt shared third place
with 35 points each.
Near pins went to Patrick Browne, Mike Gerrard, Hugh
Byrne and David Czernie.
The lucky draw prizes donated by the Relax Bar went to
Joris Goetshalkx, Stuart Gordon and another newcomer, Herbie Schwieterman.
Noticeable point about Phoenix Golf Course now is the
improving condition of the layout. Over the last 6 months the course has
been in poor condition compared to previous years. Now, at the end of the
busy time the greens are getting back to some sort of good texture. Problem
is that the greens staff will soon close nine holes at a time for
maintenance work and thus probably making them worse again!
At the end of this month the management of Phoenix are
starting two sports days: Tuesday and Thursday. When they have decided how
much they are going to charge I will post in the news. At present anyone who
is not a member of Phoenix can join our group (midweek only) for a green fee
of 1.000 baht (weekends are 1,600 baht). You will be charged as a guest of
Trev does it again
PSC Golf from Mulligans Lakeside
Tuesday, March 13, Khao
Kheow – Stableford
Tuesday was a visit to the great Pete Dye designed Khao
Kheow, with the B & A combination our allotted test. The course was in good
condition, so with all players and caddies in place, it was into the breach.
Trev shows off after his
birdie at Khao Kheow.
Visiting from Gosnells WA, Phil (20) led the way clearly
with 37 points, ahead of Tony (15) another visitor, 33 points, while Monte
Sykes (7) squeaked into third spot with 31 points. Tony also picked up a
brace of near pins, while the main focus of the regulars fell on Trevor who
picked up another near pin, and converted for a birdie 2!
Thursday, March 15,
Pattana - Stableford
Thursday was a long awaited return visit to Pattana, with
B & C being our test for the day. The course was in good condition, which
when combined with the facilities & efficient staff make it a great day out.
Another visitor, Norm Cheetham (14) led the way home
today with 37 points, after duelling all the way with Willem Lasonder (21)
who finished with 36 points. Your writer was in the group with both
place-getters and it was good fun to watch, pity my golf was so far below
standard on this occasion.
Tom & Clive split the near pins, with Clive having been
inspired by Trev’s success earlier in the week, no birdie 2 though.
Note: Mulligans Lakeside plays golf generally on
Tuesday & Thursday, with ML hosting prompt presentations on both days. Call
089 094 1841 for scheduling or enquiries. Hope to see you there, cheers &
Aihara - Ichiban
PSC golf from The Golf Club
Monday, March 12, Green
Valley (White tees) – Stableford
Ken Aihara (6) 42pts
2nd Don Bland (4) 40pts
3rd Mark Wood (8) 39pts
4th Mark Reid (8) 36pts
5th John Emmerson (11) 37pts
This is getting to be like a broken record (remember
them?), but once again it was the Ken Aihara show as his 42 points took
top spot for gold at our regular Monday venue. Ken is in fine form as we
all well know, but March is turning into his purple patch for sure, even
after getting down to a 6 handicap. Look at all the low handicappers on
Don Bland shot a wonderful round of 40 points for the
silver with Mark Wood back in form for the bronze with a very
respectable 39 points. In fourth place was Mark Reid for the copper
while John Emmerson brought up the rear for fifth place aluminium.
Green Valley is a very underestimated course. It is
in excellent shape right now and is one of the best value courses we
play. Every hole is different and there are no ‘Mickey Mouse’ holes on
this fine Peter Thompson track. We often take RGV for granted, but let’s
not forget how lucky we are to have her at our doorstep. We play here
every Monday, and the van leaves TGC at 08:15 for a 09:30 tee time so
come join us for a great day out.
Wednesday, March 14,
Treasure Hill (White tees) - Stableford
1st Dave Shelton (8) 41pts
2nd Bill Eyles (26) 40pts
3rd Steve Weller (5) 37pts
4th Peter Larsson (14) 35pts
5th Ken Aihara (4) 34pts
What a disappointment this course was. All the greens
were not just verticut, they were ploughed up for planting it seemed. We
were unfortunate enough to get slotted in after the cuts and before the
sanding and fertilizing so the golf was not what we were expecting at
all. This had been a great track recently, but the advice now would to
be to wait a few weeks at least before trying this on. They must do
maintenance sometimes, but how about some warning next time guys?
Verticutting is a necessary evil for golf course
superintendents. It helps drainage, allows more sunshine and water into
the grass plant and opens the “canopy” of the grass for a healthier
turf. It removes the vertical growth of the individual grass shoots. The
end result will be an improved putting surface with a true and faster
roll. I would only suggest it be done in a circular pattern rather than
straight so that putting would be less effected by the cuts and the leaf
blades are hit at a different angle. But that’s just me and I have never
been a greens keeper. Just a thought!
Dave Shelton was back in the saddle once again and
did not let the ruts get him down! To shoot 41 points in these
conditions is admirable, and this was a well deserved win by a great
Bill Eyles came in second with a really impressive 40
off his 26 handicap, but came in with a first class story. Bill was
sitting in the bar when someone caught his attention. He looked and
listened for a moment until he realized it was his old mate from 35
years back, George Young from ‘Sowf’ London! Back when they were both
Jack the Lads they would knock about at the same venues and had to
travel halfway round the world to bump into each other at TGC in
Our mate Steve Weller from Vancouver way was third on
the podium with 37 followed by Peter Larsson on 35 and Ken Aihara once
again in the frame with a 34 point round.
Friday, March 16, Green Valley - PSC Charity Classic
It was that time of year for the annual PSC Charity
Classic that we all look forward to. The Golf Club was a proud sponsor
of the 10th Hole and this year, the team of Gary Emmett and Steve
Ellison placed 5th out of 64 teams for our best result from The Golf
Club. For full results and story, please see the big PSC article in this
A reminder: Our Songkran trip this year is 13-20
April and up in the Khao Yai region at Pak Chong for some terrific new
courses including Mountain Creek by Seve Ballesteros, so drop by for
details and signups.
Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro. We
play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so come join us for a fun day out.
Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclub pattaya.com and
for more information mail us: email@example.com and see updates at
Fletcher & Stonebridge star at Burapha
PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar
Wednesday’s top three (from
right): Steve Mann, Fidge Button and Rod Woodriff.
Monday, March 12, Burapha
Thirty-three Outbackers here at Burapha for one of the
two regular Monday meets, to be greeted with overcast and cloudy conditions;
also present were the TIAC boys playing the first round of their four day
tournament but they played A & B whilst we were on C & D so the course was
We played from the white markers which is a fair test of
golf for all divisions; C course was in excellent condition with great
fairways and flat & fast greens; on the D course the fairways were also
great but the greens have still not fully recovered from their recent
scarifying and are a little patchy and uneven. The rough at Burapha still
proves to be tough to play out of, no matter which nine you play.
Even though the course was well attended we still managed
to hit off 20 minutes early and most completed their round in under four
Before we run through the results, we’d just like give a
special welcome back to Barry Rothberg, who doesn’t play so much golf now
that he’s living back in the UK but he did OK today with 33pts to get fourth
place in Div C. Nice to see you again Baz!
With 33 players we played three divisions with three
places in each division with some excellent scores recorded in all
divisions, especially division 1 with four players on 37 points who all
finished outside the placings.
There were seven ‘2’s recorded and they went to Paul
Bourke, John Cunningham, Jim Brackett, Neil Lavery, Campbell Potts, Murray
Hart and Bob Lindborg.
Div A (0-12)
1st Chris Fletcher (12/Hi11.8)
2nd John Cunningham (5/Hi5.8) 40pts
3rd Neil Lavery (11) 38pts
Div B (13-20)
1st Pete Stonebridge (16/Hi15.8)
2nd Murray Hart (14/Hi13.9) 36pts
3rd Campbell Potts (17/Hi16.3)
Div C (21+)
1st David Hausman (21/Hi20.5) 37pts
2nd Ivan Plunkett (21/Hi20) 36pts
3rd Greg Ritchie (21/Hi19.9) 35pts
Monday, March 12, Khao
Kheow – Stableford
(From the left): Martin
Kingswood, Murray Hart & Dennis Pelly were all winners of their respective
divisions at St. Andrews.
There were 22 Outbackers today playing B & A from the
yellow tees at Khao Kheow and as there was very little wind it seemed hot
and muggy for some players. The course was in reasonable condition apart
from two greens on B where on some parts of the green it was GUR and on the
A side they were working on a couple of fairways pulling out the weeds
again. Still, we all went round in 3 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 40 minutes.
Good going guys!
Poor Pat Culloty tried to save his Caddie from getting
hit by a golf ball coming from the next tee box and as he put his hands over
his caddie’s head, luckily the ball had hit a few trees, knocking out most
of the impact speed before hitting him straight in the back.
Steve Plant had an argument with a meter long Iguana on
B7 as the lizard lazed around the green. Steve the “Big Hunter” managed to
shoo it along its way without further ado but I guess he had a reason for
missing the putt.
Dennis Pelly and Martin Kingswood played together for the
first time in a draw, to win Johnny Cogan’s farewell bash at Pattaya Country
Club last week. Today they’ve gone and singularly won their respective
divisions sharing the top score of the day, matching 37’s, which although
not good enough to come anywhere at Burapha is very good going round this
course. Sel Wegner, who is just finding his form in time for Hua Hin next
week, was second with 35, whilst in Div B, Doug Douglas did well for his
second place with 36.
There were three ‘2’s from Suzi, Dennis and Pat.
Finally, a big thanks to Suzi for running the day!
Div A (0-17)
1st Dennis Pelly (12/Hi11) 37pts
2nd Sel Wegner (14/Hi13.3) 35pts
3rd Steve Plant (13/Hi11.8) 34pts
Div B (18+)
1st Martin Kingswood (19/Hi17.2)
2nd Doug Douglas (23/Hi21.5) 36pts
3rd Sugar Ray Handford (19/Hi17.6)
Tuesday, March 13, Pattaya
C.C. – Stableford
This Tuesday saw 14 Outbackers take the opportunity to
play the regular 18 holes before nine are closed on 1st April for some
months. The weather was fine, the course not too busy and following a major
tournament on Sunday, the condition was reasonable, except for some of the
greens on the back nine.
Organiser for the day, Nigel Cannon (22) led the way with
40 points – thus ensuring a handicap revision before playing in the
Outback’s tour at Hua-Hin next week; runner-up was ‘Snow White’ aka John
White (23) with 39 points and was still smiling.
Clearly in ‘recovery mode’ and in third place was our
‘Chad’, Barry Chadbourn (25) with 38 points. Former caddy Noy Kamsantia (20)
continued her good form with 33 points, thus securing fourth place whilst
regular Tuesday man, Terry Marney (29) took the final spot with 32.
Just two more Tuesdays at PCC with the full 18 holes and
for the moment the Outback plan to stay here during April to see how it
goes, playing nine holes twice.
1st Nigel Cannon (22/Hi22.6) 40pts
2nd John White (23/Hi23.6) 39pts
3rd Barry Chadbourn (25/Hi26) 38pts
4th Noy Kamsantia (20/Hi19.9) 33pts
5th Terry Marney (29/Hi29.1) 32pts
Wednesday, March 14, Royal
Lakeside - Stableford
Seventeen Outbackers travelled to Royal Lakeside for the
day for a 9.30 tee off. Unfortunately most arrived with only minutes to
spare as a truck had overturned on the bridge near the Amata Springs turnoff
which delayed most players for up to half an hour. Once we all arrived
everything went very smoothly with the manager there to greet us on the
first tee and wish us all good golfing.
The course and clubhouse have undergone a number of
changes in the last twelve months and the clubhouse is now fantastic and the
course presented very well. The fairways have been renovated and sanded in
many areas but did not detract or affect play in any way. The bunkers have
all had new sand put in them which was very soft leading to some plugged
lies but they will settle down over the next few months. The greens have
also been recently renovated and the first nine were a little slower than
the back nine but were still great to putt on and all the water courses have
been redone and it made for a great layout with a course that was receptive
to good golf.
There was only one division for the day and we paid out
down to fifth place. The overall winner of the day was Fidge Button
continuing his recent good form with 40 points on his 16 handicap from
Stephen Mann on 38 points on his 11 handicap with third place going to
recently returned Rod Woodriff with 36 points of his 14 handicap; fourth and
fifth places went to Greg LeBlanc (24) with 34 points and Neil Lavery (11)
There was only one ‘2’ for the day from Neil Lavery on
hole 15 with a great shot to within a metre of the hole and by the way Neil,
thanks for driving and thanks to Suzi for running the day.
1st Fidge Button (16/Hi15.9) 40pts
2nd Steve Mann (11/Hi10.6) 38pts
3rd Rod Woodriff (14/Hi13.5) 36pts
4th Greg LeBlanc (24/Hi24.1) 34pts
5th Neil Lavery (11/Hi10.6) 33pts
Friday, March 16,
St. Andrews - Stableford
Thirty-six Outbackers travelled to St. Andrews for our
Friday outing, which would have normally been Green Valley but PSC had
booked the course for their Charity Tournament with a noon shotgun start.
The course was vacant when we arrived and the starter
sent our groups off half an hour early. When setting up the start sheet we
had put in yellow tees instead of white and it was only after a few groups
had already hit off that I realised that yellow tees were 6,900 yards and
that made for a very tough day for a lot of players. Sorry golfers, I can
assure you I will check the card before next we visit a course and try to
make it fair to all. In saying all that, some players found the extra
distance to their liking and some good scores were recorded.
Welcome also today to a couple of newcomers from the UK,
namely Fred Bell and Keith Croasdale.
The course was presented well as always with great
fairways and tees, but the greens had been spiked and not rolled so they
were a little bumpy, making them difficult to putt on.
We had three divisions with three placings in each
division plus the ‘2’s.
Division 3 was won by Martin Kingswood with 37 points on
his handicap for the day of 21, from John O’Keefe with 36 points and third
place being taken by Greg Hill with 35.
Division 2 was won by Murray Hart with 35 points on his
17 handicap, from Sel Wegner on 33 points on his 16 handicap on a count back
from Steve Plant also on 16.
Division 1 was won by the consistent Dennis Pelly with
the best round of the day of 38 points off his 13 handicap, from Stephen
Mann with 37 points with third place going to Mark McDonald with an
excellent round 35 points off of 3.
There were eight ‘2’s; from Paul Greenaway, Mark
McDonald, Owen Walkley, Fred Bell and Steve Plant on hole 5; Suzi Lawton and
Brian Maddox on hole 10 and the two of the day to Murray Hart on hole 17 who
hit driver to make the green.
Div A (0–14)
1st Dennis Pelly (13/Hi10.8) 38pts
2nd Steve Mann (14/Hi11.3) 37pts
3rd Mark McDonald (3/Hi2.4) 35pts
Div B (15–20)
1st Murray Hart (17/Hi13.9) 35pts
2nd Sel Wegner (16/Hi13.3) 33pts
3rd Steve Plant (16/Hi13.2) 33pts
Div C (21+)
1st Martin Kingswood (21/Hi16.9)
2nd John O’Keefe (22/Hi17.6) 36pts
3rd Greg Hill (22/Hi18.2) 35pts
Note: The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km
from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country. All are welcome to come and join
us for a beer and a hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or
call Jack on 087 941 2474.
Wangjuntr – a real golfing experience
Jomtien Golf with the IPGC
The Jomtien Golf
Group at Wangjuntr.
Monday, March 12, Pattaya
C.C. - Stableford
Probably our last visit here until the renovations to the
course have been completed, the majority of our players do not want to play
each nine twice and according to the management the refurbishment for 18
holes will take 14 months, but we will play it by ear.
There was an eight group booking before our 10.00am
tee-off but only three groups turn up so we were off 45 minutes ahead of
schedule. There were only two divisions out today and two 39’s came in to
win both divisions; Jean Morel in the first, with William Chang second two
points behind and raivo Velsberg third with 36, and Lee Casey took top
podium position in the second division, with David Phillips second on 38 and
Tony Holehouse third with 34.
There were no ‘2’s today in either division so a rollover
to Green Valley in division 1 and a double rollover in division 2 next
Near pins were claimed by Georges Faber (2), Arvo Hiller,
Chris Voller, Gordon Everingham, Mauri Friman, Tony Holehouse and Jean
Wednesday, March 14,
Eastern Star - Stableford
A coolish nine holes for everyone and the temperature
climbed up as the first group reached the 10th and this carried on for the
rest of the round. The cut for the men today was 6-18 and 19plus with a
ladies division as well.
Playing off 8 now, Bill Bertram recorded the best score
of the day in division 1 with 38 points while Marty Rock beat Chris Voller
18/17 on the back nine for second after they both came in with 33 points.
In division 2 another Frenchman was in the reckoning
today with Yves Bosset winning with 32 points, beating Tony Holehouse 17/14
on the back nine, with Kalevi Wallius third on 28.
Pranee Bosset won the ladies division with 34 points.
There were no 2’s recorded today so rollovers in both
divisions to Friday next week.
Near pins went to Pranee Bosset, Jerry McCarthy (3), Ron
Miller, Andy Baber, Kalevi Wallius and John Williams.
A new word has been added to the Jomtien Golf vocabulary
this week - we have Albatross, Birdie and Eagle already established, and now
an addition, Goose … this only applies to the 16th hole at Eastern Star,
please ask Cully Monks for more details.
Friday, March 16,
Wangjuntr - Stableford
For the majority our first ever visit here, a one hour
and twenty minute journey from Siam Cats for the 33 players out today. There
have been many stories over the past three months regarding this course so
an interesting scenario today.
We had booked the highland course and after changing at
the clubhouse we were taken by truck with the caddie for a 10minute journey
to pick up the buggy. It was then another 10 minute drive to the first tee.
We teed-off on the first on the roof of the drinks station with at least a
250 metre drop onto the fairway, amazing. For most of us it was an
experience we have never encountered, with double greens, hazards in some
and the layout beyond imagination.
A tough test of golf today and this was reflected in the
scores. Heikki Alanko won division 1 with 35 points, Andy Baber was second
with 31 and Ron Miller beat Erik Donnestad 17/13 on the back nine for third.
The two French boys were in the headlines again with Jean
Morel winning division 2 with 34 points while Yves Bosset came in second
after beating Ian Plummer 18/14 on the back nine after they both returned 32
The ladies winner was Pranee Bosset on 23 points.
Tony Thorne birdied the 4th for the only ‘2’ in division
1 while Kari Aarnio, Yves Bosset (2) and Ian Plummer split the pot in
Near pins went to Pranee Bosset (2), Heiki Alanko, Ron
Miller, Marty Rock, Tony Thorne, Kari Aarnio, Yves Bosset, Tony Holehouse
and Velli Laaksonnen.
After the first group arrived back at the clubhouse, 20
minutes later the heavens opened and after 45 minutes of torrential rain our
rule is 60 minutes and the competition is cancelled but it eased off with 10
minutes to spare. The strange part of this was the last five groups came in
and said it only rained for 10 minutes?
An experience not to be missed here - the majority said
it was great to play probably once a year and we are now planning to play
the Valley course for the first time in early June.
Ishihara, Kikuchi and Niisato in the prizes
IPGC golf from The Links
Sunday, March 11, Green
Valley – Stableford
Twenty-two players teed-off at Green Valley this week,
and fortunately, unlike the previous Sunday, we were able to start on time
and with a good pace throughout only the final group failed to finish as a
torrential downpour threatened to spoil the day.
Phoenix winner - Yukio
The cut came at 0–13 and 14+, and with scoring proving
quite difficult in the B flight, regular Sunday visitor Alec Hoare was the
only player to shoot his handicap, finishing five points ahead of Maurizio
Guidi, with Phil Savarese finishing a further point back in third despite
only managing 16 holes.
The A flight was a much tighter affair, Peter Skinner
finally showing a return to form and finishing third on 35 points, one
behind Charlie Lapsey who was playing his penultimate round before returning
to the ‘Emerald Isle’. Bragging rights however went to Jun Ishikara, playing
his best golf so far this visit to score 38 points.
The ‘2’s pot went to Norman Cheetham & Jon Batty.
1st Jun Ishihara (11) 38pts
2nd Charlie Lapsey (9) 36pts
3rd Peter Skinner (10) 35pts
1st Alec Hoare (18) 36pts
2nd Maurizio Guidi (20) 31pts
3rd Phil Savarese (20) 30pts
Tuesday, March 13, Lotus
Valley - Stableford
Twentry-six players, boosted by a minibus full of guests
from the Fairways, made the always popular trip to Lotus Valley, although
four almost failed to make it there after a slight accident on the
treacherous highway. Fortunately no one was hurt and the damage minimal, so
we arrived only slightly late to the usual almost empty car park.
As usual we gave the 24 gentlemen players the choice of
tees, and 11 chose to play off the whites, joining the two ladies in what
was then christened the “Ladies/Katoeys” flight.
In the Gents flight, Russell Exley and Mark Stanley,
playing in the same four-ball, both tried to throw victory away on the 18th,
with visits to the out of bounds and water respectively, Russell finally
coming through by virtue of an 11 point back 6 against Mark’s 10 point haul,
after both scored 36 in total and 16 on the back 9. Harry Vincenzi was a
further point back in third.
In the “alternative” flight, Mike Korney just missed out
on another podium finish, scoring 34 points but missing out on an 18–16
count back to Alex Millborrow. Noi Emmerson finished second on 35 points,
with Piere Cere romping home on 39 points
The ‘2’s pot was shared by Shane Ruddle (2), Alex
Millborrow, and Richard Hurley who (shamefully) chose to play off the
whites, despite his 7 handicap.
Back at the Links, the presentation was somewhat
curtailed, as the Fairways bus, carrying 5 of the prize winners, somehow
managed to take a wrong turn around Chachoengsao, and was last spotted
somewhere in the Chiang Mai region!
1st Russell Exley (8) 36pts
2nd Mark Stanley (12) 36 pts
3rd Harry Vincenzi (15) 35 pts
1st Piere Cere (11) 39pts
2nd Noi Emmerson (20) 36pts
3rd Alex Millborrow (20) 34pts
Thursday, March 15,
Phoenix - Stableford
Fourteen players meant we were back to one flight today,
and with rain and threatening clouds before tee off it looked like the day
might be over before it had begun. Fortunately the rain abated, the skies
cleared and we were able to tee off on time.
Playing the Lake and Ocean courses, in perfect golfing
conditions and with the tricky greens unusually receptive, the standard of
scoring was generally high, with 4 players on 35 points just falling short
of the prizes.
Joe Niisato, playing his first round with The Links this
trip was third on 36 points, two behind the now in form Peter Skinner, who
managed a commendable 38 points. The winner however was another Japanese
visitor, Yukio Kikuchi who scored an excellent 39 points off his 20
With the par 3’s playing short, the ‘2’s pot was shared
by four players; Jon Batty, Warren Gallop, Al Keith and Joe Niisato.
1st Yukio Kikuchi (20) 39pts
2nd Peter Skinner (10) 38pts
3rd Joe Niisato (12) 36pts
Note: The Links depart from the hotel on Soi
Buakhao at 9.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and for Rayong Green Valley
every Sunday. Sign up at the hotel or contact Jon on 080 021 1034. A full
schedule of courses can be found on the IPGC website www.ipgc.org
A golfer’s dream
Phoenix Tuesday/Friday Golf Group
Russell checks his ace at Khao Kheow. “Yep,
Despite all the blood, sweat and tears that accompany a
golfer on his round, occasionally a poor day, beset by inaccurate shots and
even rotten bad luck, is bolstered by the thoughts that maybe this round is
the one when dreams will be realised. Such a day happened at Khao Kheow on
Monday, 12th March when the Pattaya Golf Society took on the C and B nines
Aussie Russell Meiers was undergoing a very mediocre
start and coming to the short par three eighth hole he could have been
forgiven for assuming all hopes of success had deserted him. The pin was at
157 yards with a slight breeze coming from two o’ clock. He caught a five
iron perfectly and caddies whooped as the ball landed all over the pin but
the hole was hidden by the slope at the back of the green.
Russell Meiers (left) is all
smiles as he accepts his new IPGC golf bag from Stephen Beard of IPGC.
On reaching the green a pessimistic Russell’s first
reaction was to look for his ball through the back and when it was nowhere
in sight a glance in the hole showed him what all golfers dream about. He
had just recorded the second “ace” of his career.
Beginning many years ago left-handed, an injury had
forced him the switch to an orthodox swing and he had already recorded a
hole-in-one at his home course in his native Queensland. Wonderful stuff,
but the day was to contain one more ironic twist. The organiser had been
fretting for six holes with Russell’s four-ball never in sight on the tee or
the course and was even mentally thumbing the Rule Book for advice. It
emerged that the Starter had set the group off early before the official
start time and thus the extenuating circumstances upheld the momentous
events of the day.
The sweet memory will remain with Russell for the rest of
his golf career and every time he takes out his new emblazoned IPGC golf
bag, presented to every IPGC member after a competition hole in one, he will
savour the day at Khao Kheow when his dreams came true for a second time!
A historic week for
Travellers Rest golfers
PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s
Bernie and the other Tuesday
winners pose for a photo.
Tuesday, March 13, Green
Valley – Stableford
This was the first course I played here, many years ago,
and there have been many changes. All the old timers remember the original
tee-off hole, downhill with lemon grass either side, from the old clubhouse.
That lemon grass took just about every ball driven into it, and if was full
with all sorts of creepy crawlies. That is a memory that has improved. But
the old par 5, what is now the 2nd, was in my opinion a great hole. Still we
have what we have and it is still a fine course.
The reception was busy on our arrival, it does support
more than one course, but we were soon through and at the start where you
can take one of two tees, and we always take the easier option to get all
away to a good start.
The course was full, so after getting away late, we were
held up at nearly every shot, especially on the front nine, with the back
nine being a little more fluid. The course itself was in quite good
condition, but as at most venues at this time of the year, they have seen
heavy use and some wear is apparent. We also had the normal strong wind at
this time of the year, still, wind-blown or not we got around.
Back at Bert’s the results were announced. In the A
Flight we had a treat as Bob Watson shot a gross 72, or level par, and this
gave him 39 points and the win. Cracking round! In second was Alan Sullivan
with 38 points on count back over Terry Dutson.
In the B Flight we had something to celebrate as Bernie
Cairns came in with a great 44 points for top spot. Bernie said later,
“Today’s round put the clock back 25 years.” Bernie has had some health
problems and it is nice to see him playing good golf. We then had count back
for second place on 36 points and Dick Warberg took second and Virginia
Then for the rest of us it was curry and cold ‘uns! TTFN.
Near Pins: Mashi Kaneta, Virginia Dutson, Barry
Elphick, Alan Sulliva
Long Putts: Mashi Kaneta, Terry Dutson
Kraft collects another win
PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar
Tuesday winner Paul Kraft
(left) with Jerry Hore.
More than a bit hazy this March 14 as many of the group
teed off in a blinding fog. How the poor caddies were able to find the balls
remains their secret. Groups called back to groups following so they would
know it was safe to hit. This lasted until Hole 3 for the first four groups.
When the fog cleared it turned into a beautiful day for golf. Humidity was
low and the course was in good condition except for a couple of greens.
Returning to Caddy Shack II, the cards were tallied and
once again Paul Kraft was the winner with a 38, followed by Jerry Hore and
Richard Hall, both with 37. Jerry won on the count back. A total of 16
players showed up and basically the scores were lower than normal.
Herbie provided snacks only as food was going to be
available at the Blue Moose Bar celebrating Bill Thompson’s 55th Birthday.
Masa holds the ‘Aces’ ... except one
The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar
On Monday, 12th March the Pattaya Golf Society visited
Khao Kheow to play a stableford competition on the C and B nines, which were
very soft as a result of recent rain. The club is also in the process of
re-turfing some of the greens but marking the areas GUR allows some relief
The field was divided into two flights at fifteen and
under and in the second flight Evan Millar was joined by Kevin McBride as
the runners-up returned scores of 31 points. For Kevin it was his second
visit to the podium in as many rounds and gives him something to boast about
in the north-east when he lands back in the UK next week. The flight winner
was new member Howard Jeglum and the Canadian marked his first IPGC
competition with 34 points.
In the top flight the returning Haru Kato joined “Banjo”
Bannister, Dave Moriarty and Mike Earley in joint second place on 33 points
whilst the in-form Masa Takano took another win with his level par 36 point
The highlight of the day was a hole in one on C8 by
Aussie Russell Meiers and this, the second ace of his career, gave him a
great deal of pleasure as he duly rang the bell on his return to Rabbi’s in
Soi Buakhao. This was the tenth ace recorded by the group in the past eight
years and the eighth on golf geezer Mr Len’s watch. In nailing his tee shot
Russell undid the good work done by Wichai Tananusorn, Howard Jeglum and
Bill McGarvie earlier in the round as their birdie ‘2’s were eclipsed.
Masa had held almost all the aces at Khao Kheow but the
big one went to Russell Meiers.
Triple for Takano
The Pattaya Golf Society made no apologies for visiting
Greenwood for the second time in the month on Wednesday, 14th March. The
course represents such excellent value for money compared with the
“denizens” of the region who are just pricing themselves into oblivion by
An empty car park greeted the large field when they
arrived and immediate progress was made on the A and B nines with no-one
else in sight. Such was the pace of play that the lead group completed the
full round in barely 3 hours 30 minutes!
With the field divided into two flights at fifteen and
under the second flight saw “Rabbi” Cohen enter the frame in third place
with 32 points, eating the dust of the second placed golfer, Russell Meiers
and his 37 points. The flight winner was Brian Shaw who impressed with 39
In the top flight Dave Moriarty, the group’s “Mr
Consistency”, posted 35 points for third, one behind Joe Niisato on 36. The
flight winner, Masa Takano, made it three in a row when he posted 39 points
to follow the high standards he is setting for his game at present.
“Rocketman” Rick Schramm took the ‘2’s pot with the only
birdie 2 of the day, on A6, and the Booby Bevy went to Wichai Tananusorn for
his worst ever round in five years with the group, but he was all smiles
later in Soi Buakhao threatening devastation on the field the next time out.
Greenwood did not disappoint and provided the warm
hospitality for an excellent golfing day out with the PGS.
Banjo hits the high notes
On Friday, 16th March the Pattaya Golf Society visited
Mountain Shadow for a stableford competition on the testing course which was
in top condition with good fairways and greens running at a quick pace.
Though not everyone’s favourite the course demands accuracy and the field
was divided into the usual two flights at fifteen and under. The strong
breeze was to be a factor also as the day wore on and the fourteenth, the
toughest par five in the province, into the wind was a real challenge.
In the second flight Mr Len again found third place his
own with 30 points, having once again started slowly trying to find the pace
of the greens. In second place was Greg Gawron with 31 points and the winner
was Jim Bell with 35 points.
In the top flight Rick Schramm, Masa Takano, Warren
Gallop and Peter Seward all shared second place on 32 points whilst it was
left to Richard Bannister to impress again with 38 points for an emphatic
Larry Slattery and Benny Hansen shared the ‘2’s pot for
their fine efforts on the fifteenth and the Booby Bevy went to the “star” of
the previous three rounds, Masa Takano, for his demise from a twenty point
front nine score to only twelve on the back nine, proving that one can
nothing for granted in the noble game.
It is always good to play a challenging course and
Mountain Shadow fitted the bill perfectly.
A pair of 40’s are the best of the week
IPGC golf from The Haven
Monday, March 12, Crystal
Bay A & B - Stableford
Division 1 (0-13)
1st Fred Land (13) 38pts
2nd Warren Gallop (10) 37pts
3rd Alan Pilkington (9) 33pts
4th Takeshi Hakozaki (12) 33pts
5th Alan Griffiths (11) 33pts
Division 2 (14+)
1st Leif Lossius (30) 42pts
2nd Ole Stamnes (27) 36pts
3rd Maurizio Guidi (20) 35pts
4th Ron Kerslake (28) 34pts
5th David Bowles (20) 34pts
Another good turnout required the formation of two
divisions for the visit to Crystal Bay where the course was found to be in
quite good shape with the greens, although not up to the condition of the
past, good enough to stand comparison with most in the area. It is a shame
that the standard of the locker rooms cannot be improved as the lack of
maintenance reflects badly on the overall perception of the club and the
day’s enjoyment, especially amongst the tourists that are involved with the
Division one was led home by Fred Land who has been
steadily improving throughout this visit, which started way back in December
since when his handicap has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride but with a
definite downward trend and it is now almost two shots lower. The day’s two
under handicap round was not the best, but it was still sufficiently tidy to
beat off the challenges of a very good quality field in the division, albeit
by a single point.
Warren Gallop, who has promised to play a lot more golf
and teach rather less to enable him to get down to the handicap level that
befits his talents, came close to making it a second place for Fred but just
failed in the attempt. After a very quiet two over going out, he put the
pedal down to cover the back nine in three under handicap which even
included a blob.
Alan Pilkington was also ruing a terrible start that saw
just a lowly total of thirteen going out but recovered sufficiently enough
to grab third place ahead of Takeshi Hakozaki, who could not seem to make
the home course advantage tell to his benefit but outscored Alan Griffiths
in a count back by 14 to 12 n the last six after they had tied the nine at
eighteen a piece.
The second division was a runaway victory for Leif
Lossius whose six under handicap round was his best ever in Thailand by five
shots after several nearly round at handicap level and earned him a three
shot reduction on his return from Norway next time.
Ole Stamnes played well to take second with a round that
would normally have been in the running for the top prize except for Leif’s
outstanding effort, with Maurizio Guidi another shot back in third.
Ro Kerslake took his first placing out of The Haven after
he won a count back over David Bowles with a better 20 to 12 after David,
having scorched out with 22 points, then subsided on the inward half.
There were no 2’s in either division.
Before presenting the prizes The Doc welcomed back Ron
Kerslake and Warren Gallop and there was also a farewell for Torild and Leif
Wednesday, March 14, Mountain Shadow - Rainbow Scramble
1st Yasuo Suzuki & Jun Ishihara (9)
2nd Shane Heavey & Ron Kerslake
3rd Bruce Kusyk & Wilf Wellman (16)
4th Alwyne Burley & Don Everett (15) 47pts
5th Yukio Kikuchi & Kaneo Watanabe
6th Warren Gallop & Allan Hanlon
The now regular monthly Rainbow Scramble was held again
over the always popular Mount Shadow course, although the criticisms leveled
at its sister course Crystal Bay have a resonance here as well with the
locker rooms in even worse shape every time we visit, but the saving grace
is the course, which as ever provides an excellent golf challenge. This is
especially true for the rainbow format that requires teams of two to play
six tee shots from each of the Red, White and Blue tees, with each team
member having to have at least seven of those tee shots after the handicaps
have been calculated by adding the two players playing handicaps together
and applying an allowance of 40% of that total.
Yasuo Suzuki at last reached the top step in a
competition on this trip after he teamed up with fellow countryman, Jun
Ishihara, to sweep to the front with an imperious fourteen under card that
closed out with 26 points on the back nine as they finished four under
Second place went to Shane Heavey and Ron Kerslake who
used their handicap, which was the highest of the day, well and combined a
measure of luck with some clever thinking to just end up a point short,
although they would have still missed out in a count back.
Another inspired pairing with Bruce Kusyk saw his partner
Wilf Wellman reach the dizzy heights for the first time after never actually
seeing his handicap reduced in over six years of playing in Thailand, but it
is fair to say that he is not here all the time, as they took third place
with a very good card that matched the previous month’s winning total.
Fourth Place went to a count back, with Alwyne Burley and
Don Everett just getting the edge over Yukio Kikuchi and Kaneo Watanabe
after scoring a better 25 to 23 on the last nine, and thus consigning the
latter pairing to fifth place.
Perhaps the saddest pair was that of Warren Gallop and
Allan Hanlon, who having completely missed the fact that Alan needed to play
the last tee from the blues to complete his seven tee shots and the last
blue tee, played from the whites and had the score for that hole, three
points, deducted from their total score, leaving them back in sixth instead
of second after count back.
Due to the format there were no 2’s competitions.
Before the presentations there was a welcome for Phil
Savarese and welcome backs for Kaneo Watanabe, Yukio Kikuchi, Pat Quinlivan,
Tony Pieroni and Norman Cheetham.
Yasuo Suzuki & Jun Ishihara.
Friday, March 16, St. Andrews (White tees) – Stableford
Division 1 (0–12)
1st Allan Hanlon (12) 40pts
2nd Jason Cole (7) 38pts
3rd Bob Heath (12) 35pts
4th Alan Griffiths (11) 35pts
5th Phil Groves (8) 34pts
Division 2 (13+)
1st Yukio Kikuchi (20) 40pts
2nd Fred Land (13) 37pts
3rd John Teague (20) 34pts
4th Paul Hartley (19) 34pts
5th Ron Kerslake (28) 34pts
After the two previous outings in the week it was a
pleasure to have some very comfortable, clean and spruce changing facilities
to go along with a first class layout at the St. Andrews 2000 course, where
the day’s competition had been moved to after the annual PSC Charity Classic
had needed the Green Valley part of the facility, which had originally been
booked. But the management had offered the course at the same rates as the
original which was a very fair exchange.
Another big attendance just stayed at two divisions with
the previously unlucky Allan Hanlon making up for missing out in the last
competition, taking top place in the first division with a very good four
under handicap round. Jason Cole, now a regular winner out of Soi 13, took
second place while Bob Heath won a count back over Alan Griffiths by 20 to
15 for third as they traded back nine for front nine, and Phil Groves closed
out the list in fifth another shot back.
The second division was headed by Yukio Kikuchi, also
with a very nice four under return that pushed Fred Land down to second as
he found himself unusually in the second tier with so many low handicappers
turning out to take advantage of the good deal on offer.
John Teague made it a good day as he took third place
after winning a count back over Paul Hartley with a better 22 to 19 and Paul
in turn taking fourth after beating Ron Kerslake by 19 to 14.
After a few dry days both of the 2’s pools were cleaned
out with Alan Hanlon, Michael Cutmore and Jason Cole sharing the first
division and John Teague clearing the second division on his own.
Back at The Haven there were welcome backs for David
Ross, Phil Cass and Paul Hartley.
Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact
mobile 082 219 0965 or call in to The Haven 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 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days you
wish to play. A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web
site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.
Linborg and Lavery link up to capture
16th PSC Charity Classic title
Charity Classic winners, Bob
Linborg (2nd left) and Neil Lavery (3rd left) with PSC Golf Chairman Joe
Mooneyham (left) and PSC President Tony Oakes (right).
There were 128 members playing in the annual PSC major
fund raising Charity Classic Golf tournament at Green Valley on Friday,
March 16. The format was a ‘2-person better ball’ Stableford with a prize to
be won on each hole. The course was in its usual great shape and the weather
was perfect for golf.
Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham was joined by Tony Oakes,
Bobby Clark, Bob Linborg, Nigel Cannon and Dene Mundy to welcome the
players, handle registration, answer queries and hand out the Charity
So at Noon off went the shotgun signaling the start of
what was to be a memorable day. It was some 4พ hours later that the teams
came back to hand their cards to Nigel, who calculated the results whilst
the players had a welcoming shower followed by some well-earned refreshment
and the buffet provided by Green Valley.
Runners-up, Geoff King and
This year, as in the past, there was also a raffle and
included in the many prizes were a R11 driver, air tickets to Chaing Mai,
and a 1-year membership to Pleasant Valley. The final ticket was to receive
50% of the money collected for the raffle. Whilst the names for the
technical prizes were being collated 3 lovely ladies from Green Valley sold
raffle ticket to generous members. The presentation was a lengthy affair but
thanks to Tony, Joe and Nigel it all went smoothly.
PSC MC Nigel Cannon opened the proceeding by introducing
President Tony Oakes who congratulated Joe on a fine and well organised
successful day. Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham then took the opportunity to
thank the many sponsors who had supported the day and also to all those who
participated. Final appreciation went to the members of PSC’s Executive
Committee for their support and help.
Teeing-off at beautiful Green
It was then back to Nigel for the formal announcement of
the winners. The technical winner’s names can be found on the web-site and
on the Club notice board.
In first place with a score of 49 Stableford points was
the team of Bob Linborg and Neil Lavery. How these 2 came to play together
is a story in itself! Bob withdrew 2 days earlier with a back problem; Neil
was invited by Joe to play in his first PSC competition just a few days
before. Owing to 2 no shows – Bob decided his back was ok so joined Neil.
Runners-up on 47 points were Geoff King and John Gall,
followed in third place on count back, with 46 points by Walter Baechli and
Barry Elphick, from Tony Chetland and Jens Jenison. Full results are on the
web site and the Club notice board.
The lucky draw was next followed by the raffle – and the
Neil story continued with him winning the R11 driver, golf balls and a
2-ball putter. Neil returned the putter to Joe and asked for it to be
auctioned which thanks once again to the generosity of the members the final
bid of 3,750 baht was accepted to big appreciation for Neil and the
The last ticket of the night for 50% was drawn with many
hopeful faces. The winner was one of our lady members who went home very
It was another successful event for PSC, and particularly
for Golf Chairman Joe who leaves shortly for a month in the USA.
Hot work out on the fairways.
Brett Chan, Brad Gearie, Gary
Emmett and Steve Ellison, representing The Golf Club, line up at the PSC
PSC smiles from Joe, Mod and
City slip back in the title race
Bangkok Casuals League Div. 1 & 2
Pattaya City FC take on Scans
FC at Thai Polo Club, Saturday, March 17. (Photo/Pattaya City FC)
Pattaya City played the Bangkok team the Scans last
Saturday at Thai Polo Club and knew that nothing less than a win was needed
to keep the pressure on the other teams at the top of the table.
After beating the Scans 4-1 earlier in the season City
were confident of achieving the right result this time around and began the
game in impressive fashion, with some slick passing moves leaving their
opponents chasing shadows, however, despite carving out some good
opportunities City were unable to make the breakthrough. A blockbuster shot
by City captain Craig Banks brought a great save from the Scans keeper which
was followed by a spectacular overhead kick from a defender to clear the
ball off his own goal line.
A goal had to come from somewhere with all the pressure
on the Scans defense, and when the lively Vorontsov broke through the
visitors’ back line he was dumped on the floor and a penalty was given.
Vorontsov decided to take the penalty himself but he pulled his shot wide of
the upright to hand the visitors another let-off.
Despite this setback, City maintained their dominance of
the game and eventually made the breakthrough their play deserved when a
35-yard howitzer of a shot sailed into the Scans net to make it 1-0, which
remained the score at the break.
A big shock awaited City at the start of the second half
however when, in their first attack, City’s Tshuma hit an unstoppable shot
that struck the inside of the Scans post and was cleared downfield to be
picked up by an opposing midfielder who squared the ball into the path of
his center forward to equalize for the Scans to make it 1-1.
Both defenses upped the stakes by keeping the forwards
quiet but then City burst through only to hit the bar. The Scans slowly made
inroads through the City defense but just could not get a telling shot in
and the match started to deteriorate, which led to one player being sent off
from each side. The game ended in a 1-1 scoreline and was a very
disappointing result for City.
City Res give the division
leaders a fright
The Pattaya City Res team played table topping Titans for
the second week in succession and looked forward to a good result after the
previous week’s positive showing.
The defenders of both sides kept on top in the first half
and chances were few and far between until City’s forward Brigstock-Barron
broke through and with only the keeper to beat was brought down in the
penalty box. Captain Gary Bowden converted the resulting spot kick, sending
the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-0 to City.
Titans tried to get back on level terms but the City
defense held firm and the visitors could only shoot high and wide. The
Titans did equalize however straight after the interval, when the City
defense failed to clear the ball properly.
City, who had lost their defending king pin Bowdon
through injury, looked like wobbling a little, especially when the Titans
were awarded a penalty kick of their own. However the opposing forward
blasted the ball high over the bar and the City Res could breathe again.
Titans were still looking to take the lead and put the
City defense under extreme pressure but it held firm until a good passing
move led to goal which the City keeper had no chance to save. With five
minutes to go City threw caution to the wind and nearly equalized when Brian
Wilkins header was brilliantly saved by the Titans keeper but the visitors
held on to finish 2-1 winners.
‘Dolphins’ stutter in Thai Premier League opener
PSC golf from the Three Sisters Bar
Pattaya United keeper Narit
makes a save during the first half of the Thai Premier League match against
Samut Songkhram FC at the Nongprue Stadium, Saturday, March 17.
Pattaya United’s eagerly anticipated start to the 2012
Thai Premier League season began with more of a whimper than a bang as they
were held to a lackluster goalless draw at home by Samut Songkhram FC last
Saturday at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya.
Missing from the Dolphin’s line-up was star striker
Ludovick Takam, who signed for rivals Chonburi FC in the close season, and
his absence was keenly felt as United toiled for most of the match to create
any clear cut openings in their opponents’ defence.
In front of a lively crowd, Samut Songkhram FC started
the more composed of the two teams and the forward pairing of French striker
Christian Nade and winger Napat Thamrongsuphakorn caused more than a few
problems down United’s right flank. It was however the Dolphins who carved
out the clearest chances in the first half; first OJ Obatola shot tamely at
the keeper with the goal seemingly at his mercy, then Kritsana Taiwan was
unlucky to see his glancing header rebound off the post and out to safety.
Dolphin fans try their best to
gee-up the team.
The second half was for the most part a carbon copy of
the first and United found it difficult to get any cohesion to their play
and break down the well organized Songkhram defence and the game petered out
into a nil-all draw. The Dolphin’s will be hoping to add far more zest to
their attacking endevours for this forthcoming weekend’s home match against
BEC Tero Sasana on Saturday.
Meanwhile, just down the coast last weekend Chonburi FC
got their season off to a flying start with a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of
Thai Port; the goals coming in the form of a brace from Kroekrit Taweekarn
in the 6th and 45th minutes,
added to further strikes by Geoffrey Doumeng (30) and Nuru Sriyankem (79).
In the Thai 1st Division last
Saturday, PTT Rayong secured local bragging rights over close neighbours
Thai Navy with a 2-1 home victory, while Sriracha went down 2-0 away to
Suphanburi the following day.ai
Thai Premier League Standings March 18
|Muang Thong United
|BEC Tero Sasana
|Results: (Sat 17/03) Buriram United 3 v 1
Chiangrai United; Pattaya United 0 v 0 Samut Songkhram; Muang Thong
United 2 v 1 BEC Tero Sasana; Chonburi 4 v 0 Thai Port; (Sun 18/03)
Police United 0 v 0 TTM Chiangmai; Bangkok Glass 2 v 0 Wuachon United;
Army United 1 v 1 Chainat; Osotspa 2 v 1 TOT; BBCU 1 v 0 Esan United.
Penultimate ball maximum dents Pattaya Cricket Club’s league hopes
Bangkok Casuals League Div. 1 & 2
Sunny square cuts to the
boundary as Pattaya Cricket Club get off to a flying start in their innings.
With two balls remaining, eight wickets down and six runs
required by Abidaya Birla CC for victory, Pattaya CC were confident of
securing what would have been a remarkable win. But ABCC batsman Gilhan had
other ideas as he swung through the line of a fast, full length delivery to
send it soaring over long on and in doing so severely dent PCC’s T20 league
It was a game of huge momentum swings as PCC won their
first toss of the season and elected to bat first on a swelteringly hot
morning at Horseshoe Point. Sunny was again in fine form and celebrated his
call up to the Thai national team as he punished anything wide with a fluent
26 ball 31 before he clipped one off his hip to the jubilant square leg
fielder. Yasir, John G and Debdas all perished in pursuit of runs and PCC
were 66 for 4 after 9 overs.
PCC captain Simon, 59 not out from 39 balls, became the
cornerstone of the remainder of the innings as he maintained a healthy run
rate with support from Hansie (14) and Usman (29) and PCC closed with a
competitive 175 for 6. The pick of the ABCC bowlers was Shahab who finished
with 2/23 from his 4 overs, having conceded 13 runs from his opening over.
In reply, despite two early wickets, Shahab and Faran
maintained the required run rate and after 10 overs ABCC were comfortably
placed at 91/2. The PCC bowling had been ragged at times and only after what
can be described as the mother of all bollockings from the home side
captain, that belied his normal calm exterior, did the bowlers start
Mithu’s off spin and Usman’s left arm quick worked in
tandem as the pressure slowly built. Faran (35) and Shahab (66) fell quickly
in succession and wickets began to fall regularly as the batsmen were unsure
as to how to reach their target.
To add to the tension an enormous tropical storm gathered
menacingly that made the ground extremely dark, except when the lightning
struck, and Sunny bowling at the speed of light had the last over to bowl
with 9 runs needed. His first ball ripped out Mishra’s middle stump. The new
batsman Arun scrambled a single and Gilhan pushed two runs from the third. A
swing and a miss seemed to put PCC in the box seat but Gilhan’s final mighty
blow ended a fantastic T20 game that left PCC regretting their wayward first
half bowling efforts.
PCC can still qualify for the playoffs but they need to
win their remaining two league games and hope other results go in their
For more information on fixtures and events please refer
the PCC website www. pattayacricketclub.com.
Pattaya promotes youth development with open Sports Clinic 2012
Sepak takraw will be one of
the sports taught at the open Sports Clinic 2012.
The Education Office together with Pattaya City Hall
hopes to keep Pattaya’s youth active and occupied during the upcoming
holidays by encouraging them to take part in the Sports Clinic 2012 project.
Now in its fourth year, the Clinic aims to lay a
foundation course for young people interested in sports to develop their
talents to the next level. The three sports included in the program this
year are swimming, sepak takraw and football.
Training for the swimming will be held by the instructors
from the Pattaya Swimming Club while the takraw will be taught by experts
from the Chonburi-Pattaya Club, one of the most famous in the Thailand
League. The budding young football stars will have a real treat as they will
receive hands on tuition from the coaching staff of the city’s Premier
League outfit, Pattaya United Football Club.
Applications are not limited to only youths from Pattaya
City but from everywhere as the Office of Education wants to encourage
everyone to participate in sport and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The project will be held from 1-10 April at Youth Center
Stadium on Thepprasit Road in Pattaya.