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John Kepplers Cider Pool League

Results & Standings August 1

Team Pts. For Against Diff.
Brasshouse 54 170 103 67
Panitas 42 152 121 31
Smarty’s 36 134 139 -5
Ice Bar 33 136 137 -1
Barking Frog 27 140 133 7
Lucky Bar 27 127 146 -19
Siam Country Res 24 129 144 -15
Pats Bar 21 128 145 -17
Sweet Dream 12 104 169 -65
Happy Day 3 14 25 -11
Results:  Panitas 8 v 5 Ice Bar, Siam Country Res 5 v 8 Smarty’s, Sweet Dream 7 v 6 Pats Bar, Barking Frog 6 v 7 Brasshouse, Lucky Bar 9 v 4 Happy Day


Dolly Dalton Jomtien Pool League

Results & Standings August 1 (week 11)

Team Played Won Lost Bonus Pts
Buddy Bar 10 9 1 1 28
Country Road 10 9 1 1 28
Winners Bar 10 8 2 2 26
Simple Simon 11 7 4 4 25
Jimmys Den 10 7 3 3 24
Woaws Bar 10 7 3 2 23
Flying Dolphin 10 5 5 4 19
Shenanigans 10 5 5 4 19
DK Bar 10 4 6 6 18
Windmill Bar 11 4 7 6 18
Take Care Bar 10 3 7 7 16
Aussie Allys 10 3 7 6 15
Rioja 10 4 6 2 14
Lion Pub 11 2 9 7 13
Wombat Bar 11 0 11 3 3
Results:  Winners Bar 11 v 4 Wombat Bar, Windmill Bar 12 v 3 Lion Bar, DK Bar 6 v 9 Simple Simon, Flying Dolphins 10 v 5 Aussie Allys, Jimmys Den 10 v 5 Take Care Bar, Buddy Bar 6 v 9 Country Road, Woaws Bar 12 v 3 Shenanigans


Pattaya 8-Ball Monday Pool League

Results & Standings July 29 (week 20)

Team Played Won Lost For Agst Diff. Pts.
Phimai Geordie 20 18 2 204 96 108 56
Shoot Pool 20 18 2 189 111 78 56
San Snack Bar 20 15 5 187 113 74 50
Biggy’z Rest 20 13 7 171 129 42 46
Joy’s Paradise 20 12 8 150 150 0 44
Crazy Eddie’s 20 10 10 159 141 18 40
Buffalo Jack’s 19 7 12 130 155 -25 33
Mee Chew 20 5 15 130 170 -40 30
Connections 20 5 15 97 203 -106 30
Cum On Inn 19 5 14 130 155 -25 29
Parrot Inn 19 5 14 115 170 -55 29
Rising Sun 19 5 14 108 177 -69 29
Results:  Shoot Pool 12 v 3 Crazy Eddie’s, Connections 5 v 10 Joy’s Paradise, Parrot Inn 5 v 10 Biggy’z Rest, San Snack Bar 10 v 5 Cum On Inn, Phimai Geordie 12 v 3 Buffalo Jack’s, Mee Chew 8 v 7 Rising Sun


Legends Wednesday 9-Ball Pool League

Results & Standings July 31 (week 6)

Team P W D L +/- Pts.
Links Bar 5 4 1 0 22 13
Shoot Pool 5 4 1 0 22 13
Pook’s Bar 6 4 0 2 26 12
Legends Pool 5 4 0 1 18 12
Easy R-Con Bar 4 3 0 1 4 9
George & Dragon 6 3 0 3 -2 9
Mata Bar 4 2 1 1 14 7
Legends All-Stars 5 1 1 3 -14 4
Queen Vic 5 1 1 3 -16 4
FCUK Inn 5 0 2 3 -22 2
Wet Bar 6 0 1 5 -30 1
Buffalo Jacks 4 0 0 4 -22 0
Results:  Buffalo Jacks 9 v 11 Links Bar, FCUK Inn 10 v 10 Mata Bar, Legends All-Stars 7 v 13 Legends Pool, Pook’s Bar 12 v 8 George & Dragon, Queen Vic 7 v 13 Easy R-Con Bar, Shoot Pool 14 v 6 Wet Bar


Crumpton Oaks Cider Monday Pool League

Results & Standings July 29 (week 1)

Division 1
Team P W L +/- BP Pts.
Legends Pool 1 1 0 4 0 3
Smile Bar 1 1 0 4 0 3
Shoot Pool 1 1 0 2 0 3
Nicky’s Bar 1 1 0 1 0 3
Butchers Arms 1 1 0 1 0 3
Links Bar 1 0 1 -1 1 1
Sweethearts Bar 1 0 1 -1 1 1
I-Rovers 1 0 1 -2 0 0
Acorn Pub 1 0 1 -4 0 0
Pook’s Bar 1 0 1 -4 0 0
Results:  Legends Pool 10 v 6 Acorn Pub, Links Bar 9 v 10 The Butchers Arms, Nicky’s Bar 10 v 9 Sweethearts Bar, Pook’s Bar 6 v 10 Smile Bar, Shoot Pool 10 v 8 I-Rovers
Division 2
Team P W L +/- BP Pts.
Offshore Bar 1 1 0 8 0 3
Mai’s Bar 1 1 0 5 0 3
Wet Bar 1 1 0 5 0 3
Cheers Bar 0 0 0 0 0 0
Easy R-Con Bar 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shoot Pool ‘B’ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Caddyshack 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dean’s Bar 1 0 1 -5 0 0
Rabbi’s Elephant 1 0 1 -5 0 0
Wombat Bar 1 0 1 -8 0 0
Results:  Cheers Bar P-P Shoot Pool ‘B’, Dean’s Bar 5 v 10 Wet Bar, Easy R-Con Bar P-P The Caddyshack, Mai’s Bar 10 v 5 Rabbi’s Elephant, Offshore Bar 10 v 2 Wombat Bar


WKD Tuesday Darts League

Results & Standings July 30 (week 12)

Team P W L B/legs Pts.
Londoner 11 10 1 9 20
I-Rovers 11 10 1 7 20
Buffalo Jack’s 12 8 4 8 16
Mee Chew Sports Bar 12 8 4 7 16
W. Tankies 11 8 3 5 16
Shoot Pool Roxy 11 7 4 7 14
Crazy Eddies 11 5 6 5 10
Jantha Coffee House 10 5 5 4 10
Yates Bar 12 5 7 4 10
Shoot Pool 12 4 8 6 8
Scandalic 12 3 9 5 6
Cum On Inn 12 3 9 1 6
Nervous Wreck 12 2 10 8 4
Mai’s Bar 11 2 9 4 4
Results:  Cum On Inn (6-0)-(3-1) v Scandalic, I-Rovers (9-1)-(3-0) v W. Tankies, Londoner (7-1)-(3-0) v Buffalo Jack’s, Mai’s Bar (2-0)-(5-1) v Shoot Pool, Mee Chew Sports Bar (4-1)-(3-0) v Yates Bar, Nervous Wreck (5-1)-(2-0) v Jantha Coffee House, Shoot Pool Roxy (7-1)-(2-0) v Crazy Eddies


Crumpton Oaks Dry Cider Wednesday Darts League

Results & Standings July 31 (week 14)

Team P W L Bonus Diff. Pts.
Legends Sports Bar 14 13 1 12 92 26
Mee Chew Sports Bar 14 12 2 11 54 24
W. Tankies 14 9 5 8 36 18
Yates Bar 14 6 8 8 -16 12
I-Rovers 14 6 8 5 -28 12
Scandalic 14 4 10 7 -34 8
Jantha Coffee House 14 4 10 4 -34 8
Mai’s Bar 14 2 12 1 -70 4
Results:  I-Rovers (3-0)-(6-1) v Mee Chew Sports Bar, Legends Pool & Sports Bar (7-1)-(2-0) v W. Tankies, Mai’s bar (2-0)-(7-1) v Jantha Coffee House, Yates bar (6-0)-(3-1) v Scandalic


Bartley has double reason to celebrate

Phoenix Members Golf Society

Tuesday’s winners pose with the staff at The Relax Bar.

Mike Gerrard
With our group numbers growing week by week the competition is getting tougher. We were holding talks regarding how difficult it is for the lower handicappers to score the magic 40 points whilst the longer handicappers will have their 5 hours of fame and return scores of 40 points or better. Well, that theory nearly went out of the window on Friday, July 26 when Gerd Riedler scored a fantastic gross 75 playing from a handicap of 6 to return 39 points. Brilliant!
Happily it was enough to give Gerd first place by four shots from our very own ‘Mr. Consistency’ Mukesh Thakkar, who scored his usual 35 points. Joint third were Pierre Bietry and Keith Johnston with 32 points each and in joint fourth came the scribe and Arthur Barrett, also with 32 points but with inferior back nine’s.
Near pin prizes went to Michael Holdsworth (2), Peter Harris and Gerd Riedler.
Keith Johnston was the recipient of the free massage lucky draw prize with his son Ben Johnston claiming the free drink. Both these prizes are donated by our hosts The Relax Bar at Ban Amphur. The final lucky draw prize of 50 baht went to Bill Hewitt.
So onto our main day on Tuesday, July 30, and this being the last day of the month for our society meant that it was also the last day for contenders of the Blue Olive league voucher to improve on their previous scores.
There were about 5 players that could have overtaken Arthur Busch who was standing on a total of 78 points from his best two games. David Lusha was the most probable as hE only needed to score 37 points to beat Arthur, with John Bartley needing 39 and myself and John Clift needing a score of 40 or better. All of this, of course was assuming Arthur did not score more than 37 points.
Well David Lusha started like a train with a birdie at the first for 4 points and an eagle 3 at the second for another 5 points. Sadly David fell away badly and only recorded a total of 34 to leave him down the field. John Clift failed to threaten the leaders and I missed a short putt on the last which would have given me the 40 points I needed. So I ended up level with Arthur on 78 points.
John Bartley stole the whole day by shooting the 39 points he required to win the Blue Olive voucher, with a total of 79 points, but more important than that was that his back nine was superior to mine so it meant he also won the Trattoria Italiana end of the month voucher as well.
Third place was awarded to Mukesh Thakkar with 36 points and in fourth was Stuart Gordon, who after a horrendous front nine of only 11 points recorded 22 on the back to finish with 33.
Near pin awards went to Peter Harris, David Lusha, Mukesh Thakkar and Stuart Gordon.
None of us could believe that John Bartley was not among the near pin winners but not to be outdone guess whose name came out for the free massage lucky draw? Yes you guessed, John Bartley. Newcomer Volker Rech claimed the free drink and a consolation of 50 baht went to Harvey Trewarn.
With a happy time being had by all at the Relax Bar we wondered home totally relaxed after a great day out on the fairways of Phoenix.


Johnnie Williams triumphs

PSC golf from the Beaver Bar & Grill

The ever faithful golfers supporting the weekly Friday golf outing from the Beaver Bar arrived at the Emerald Golf Club once again on August 2 to tackle the course. The weather was an excellent addendum, having cool breezes, cloud cover and mild temperatures to assist the golfers.

Johnnie Williams.

The course still has many challenges as Emerald Golf Club continues to make their fairways better.
The winner this day was Johnnie Williams, winning on count back over Mike Gibbs. Larry Willett took third place a point behind the leaders. Johnnie Williams also won the nearest to the pin honors.
After the golf, all returned to the Beaver Bar & Grill for lunch and refreshments.


Habgood sparkles at Crystal Bay

PSC golf Bunker Boys @ The Ranch

Monday, July 29, Pattana B & C - Stableford
The skies were heavily overcast as we made our way up route 331, but as soon as we arrived at the course, the weather started to brighten up as a strong breeze moved the clouds away.

Geoff Parker, Bunker Golfer of the Month for July.

There was some debate as to whether we should play from our normal white tees or the shorter yellow tees, as the ground was soft underfoot meaning there would be little run on the fairways. Eventually we opted to play from the white tees but also decided to adopt winter rules because buggies were confined to the cart paths only.
The daunting first hole on the B nine caught out a few players, (your scribe included), and the course played tough all day in the strong breeze. Geoff Hart coped with the difficult conditions better than anyone else and came home in first place ahead of Raleigh Gosney.
Third place man Reg Smart almost produced the shot of the day, hitting a driver on the 175 yard par three 16th hole, the ball bouncing off the rocks in front of the green high into the air, and ending up inside the near pin marker. Fortunately for Reg though, his good friend Geoff Parker was in the following group, and hit a conventional shot within Reg’s mark, saving him the embarrassment of collecting the prize back at The Ranch.
Geoff Hart took two near pin prizes and also won the putting competition with an impressive total of 26 putts, to complete a satisfying day.
1st Geoff Hart (24) 35pts
2nd Raleigh Gosney (16) 33pts
3rd Reg Smart (27) 32pts
Near Pins: Tony Robbins, Geoff Parker and Gerry Hart (2)
Wednesday, July 31, St. Andrews – Rainbow Stableford
Thirteen golfers for one of our rare visits to the St Andrews course, and we’d decided to play a Rainbow format (6 tee shots to be taken from the red, white and blue tees), which seemed to present some difficult decisions for some players, particularly on the two par six holes on this course.
The course was in its usual excellent condition, and the weather was fine and overcast, although we did encounter a few spots of rain on the inward nine.
A few arithmetically challenged members appeared to have difficulty keeping track of how many tee shots they’d played from each of the tees, but there was no such difficulty for Colin Greig, who adopted a perfect strategy (following the advice of his caddy!) to take the winner’s spot in his first game back following his return from U.K.
Gerry Cooney took second place ahead of Reg Smart on a count back, and generally everyone agreed that occasionally playing this format makes a pleasant change, and gives everyone the opportunity to see the various courses in a different light.
1st Colin Greig (10) 36pts
2nd Gerry Cooney (13) 35pts
3rd Reg Smart (27) 35pts
Near Pins: Tony Robbins, Peter Habgood and Gerry Cooney (2)
Friday, August 2, Crystal Bay C & A – Stableford
A bright sunny morning for our visit to the always popular Crystal Bay course, and our four groups were able to tee off immediately that we arrived on the first tee. A strong breeze was threatening to make the course trickier than usual, but generally the weather was not too hot and almost ideal.
The round progressed smoothly and the course was in good condition apart from the bunkers which have been neglected for quite some time now.
Peter Habgood was playing in the first group and returned to the clubhouse with an impressive score of 41 points which no one in the following groups came close to matching. Barry Murnin ended a disastrous run of form over recent weeks to take second place, one point ahead of Geoff Hart.
At the presentation back at The Ranch, the Golfer of the Month trophy for July was presented to Geoff Parker who ended the month two points clear of Gerry Cooney.
1st Peter Habgood (17) 41pts
2nd Barry Murnin (14) 37pts
3rd Geoff Hart (24) 36pts
Near Pins: Geoff Hart, Mashi Kaneta, John Graham and Takeshi Hakozaki.
Note: The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society, who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar). 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 Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome. Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries. You can find all the news, schedules and results on our website at www.bunkersociety.com


Rod & Merle share weekly plaudits

PSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf Society

Sunday, July 28, Green Valley - Stableford
A Flight
1st Connie Walsh 11) 35pts
2nd JP Maffray (11) 36pts
3rd Bob StAubin (12) 36pts
B Flight
1st Peter Terry (19) 39pts
2nd Peter Henshaw (16) 36pts
3rd Merle Humphreys (19) 33pts

Wednesday winner, Peter LeNoury.

The story of the day was Peter Terry’s 39 points for man of the match and tops in B Flight. He was also the only player to better par on the day at the Sunday shortened Green Valley. Peter’s score was three clear of the pride of Dublin, Peter ‘Don O’corleone’ Henshaw and Merle Humphreys; the Paddy prevailed in the following count back and Peter also pocketed a near pin which he converted for a 2.
Turning to the premier flight, Connie Walsh continued his fine play with a count back win over JP Maffray, the reigning player of the month, after both finished with steady 35-point returns. Bob StAubin added a few shekels to the Jing Jai Orphanage fund as he always does, as he took the last podium place, sending Freddy ‘the quite one’ Starbeck and Broad more Bob to the welfare lines on count back.
Dale Shier and Colin Davis shared the 2’s pot with Peter.
Monday, July 29, Bangprakong - Stableford
1st Rod Brown (18) 43pts
2nd Pat Adland (25) 40pts
3rd Freddy Starbeck (12) 40pts
A relatively modest group, attributable no doubt to the season and back to back playing days, made the long journey to play the customer friendly Bangpakong Riverside.
Rod Brown led the boys into the shed with a 43 point lashing and Pat Adland put a final punctuation on his A Flight silver finish thanks to a count back win over Freddy’ the quite one’ Starbeck. We might be seeing Pat more often.
Pat and Freddy went head to head again as they split the 2s pot.
Wednesday, July 31, Pattana B & C - Stableford
A Flight
1st Peter LeNoury (9) 38pts
2nd Barry Copestake (14) 38pts
3rd JP Maffray (11) 37pts
B Flight
1st Mike Jeffreys (18) 36pts
2nd Rod Brown (18) 35pts
3rd Merle Humphreys (19) 34pts
Peter ‘the right honorable’ LeNoury was the story of the day as he started to build a formidable bid for ‘the title slot ‘with a co-man of the match count back winning 38pts, a score he shared with Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake in the premier flight. JP Maffray, who is well known at the pay window, filled the flight as he edged Rod Morison on his own count back, unfortunately there was no step left on the podium for Rod.
Mike ‘the Welsh wizard’ Jeffreys, who could find his way to the pay window blind-folded, took the laurels in B Flight with a steady even par round. Mike was followed up the podium steps by this week’s co title holder, Rod Brown, as he made is second podium appearance in the week a shot back, and the other man in the bold print, Merle Humphreys, was a further shot back.
Peter LeNoury and JP Maffray split the 2’s pot.
Friday, August 2, Mountain Shadow - Stableford
A Flight
1st Nick Shaw (17) 39pts
2nd Colin Davis (17) 37pts
3rd Laurie McBride (14) 32pts
B Flight
1st Merle Humphreys (19) 34pts
2nd Rod Brown (18) 33pts
3rd Jim Elphick (25) 32pts
Fittingly Friday capped the week off with both the title boys fighting to make the headlines their own, but the headline committee decided rightly so that both should share the honor. Merle Humphreys took the top spot in B Flight with 34 points; one clear of fellow co-title man Rod Brown to make it three podium place finishes each for the week. Jimmy ‘two shots’ Elphick rounded out the flight a further shot back.
Nick Shaw was the top man in A Flight and man of the match with a splendid 39 points on what many believe is the toughest par 72 on the Eastern Seaboard. Nick was two shots clear of ‘the Donkey’ who I imagine is the man of the month for July. Irishman Laurie McBride’s eyes were smiling as he grabbed the last B Flight bag of loot.
Colin Davis, Laurie McBride and Peter Henshaw shared the 2’s pot.
Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya land Soi 1, Beach Rd Soi13/13 near 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.


Neil is ‘Mr. Consistency’

PSC golf from Siam Country Resort

Neil Harvey & Willem Lasonder.

Tuesday, July 30, Khao Kheow – Stableford
Tuesday was a visit to Khao Kheow with the A & C combination our test for the day, at around 6340 yards from the yellow tees. The rain held off as we teed off, but by the 2nd hole we were in a downpour and then drizzle was off and on for pretty much the rest of the day.
With the course a bit on the soggy side underfoot, conditions were not conducive to good scores and it was Jeff Wylie (5) making a birdie on the last to edge Neil Harvey (19) on a count back, 17/14 after both signed for 32 points.
Near pins went to Neil and Owen with 2.
Thursday, August 1, Pleasant Valley - Stableford
Pleasant Valley was our Thursday venue, with the course in generally good condition, under cloudy skies with a 1-club breeze blowing. We played from the Blue tees at around 6330 yards, as Pleasant Valley is one of the shorter courses in the area.
Willem Lasonder (22) led the way, hanging on for the win with 37 points after making a great start with 23 on the front. Neil Harvey (19) gained some revenge with 35 points to get second spot after Jeff missed a short birdie putt on the last again.
Nesr pins were claimed by Jeff, Owen & Jonathan with 2.
Note: Siam Country Resort, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd, after going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 metres, with the venue on the left another 200 metres along. Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the resort hosting prompt presentations on both days.
As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome ALL golfers, including ladies & seniors who have opted for the “Silver” tee option. Call 089 094 1841 for scheduling or enquiries. Hope to see you there, cheers & good golfing!


Cowe comes home the winner

Jomtien Golf with the IPGC

Monday, July 29, Khao Yai G.C. - Stableford
This was our first trip here as a society to Khao Yai and we had an individual competition on each day for two divisions and an overall winner over the two rounds. The group was split at handicaps 10-20 and 22+ and we selected the yellow tees at 6,659 yards.

Tony Cowe and his lady Miss O.

This is the Jack Nicklaus course that used to be Mission Hills but now has changed its name. We were told in advance that it had wide fairways and this was not an exaggeration as we stood on the first tee and the landscape was stunning with volcanic hills surrounding the course. As the groups returned there was praise all round for the layout, the condition of the course and excellent greens.
The best score of the day was the 40 points to win division 2 for Tony Cowe, with Glyn Evans in second place on 36, and Rod Howett third with 34.
There were two 39’s in division 1, both scoring 20 on the back nine but Tim Hake, a resident here, beat Lindsay Phillips 15/14 on the back-six count back. Colin James took third with a ‘meagre’ 38.

Golfers and partners on the Khao Yai trip.

There were some tough and long par 3’s here and not one person in either division got on the green on the back nine. The winners on the front nine were (Div 1) Billy Fitzgerald and Chris Voller and (Div 2) Tony Cowe and Tim Hake. There were no ‘2’s at all so two rollovers to Wednesday’s game at Panorama.
Following golf it was all back to Tim and Uan’s house for a fantastic BBQ and even the showers were not a problem.
Wednesday, July 31, Panorama - Stableford
After scoring a miserable 18 points at the Bonanza in the non-competition day on Tuesday, Tony Cowe was back in form today as he won division 2 with 38 points. Mark Armstrong took second place in the flight after beating Rodney Howett on a 20/15 back nine count back, both on 30 points each.
Colin James returned a score of 38 points in division 1 to take the top honours, beating Lindsay Phillips with an amazing 23/20 on the back nine, and Tim Hake was in third spot eight points behind.
This was a tight course today; not quite as scenic as Monday but with some very interesting holes, especially the 10th where the fairway 100yds ahead of the tee slopes at a 45 degree angle from left to right and runs into an OB drain on the right – if you don’t carry 200 yards you are in trouble.
Near pins went to John Oxley, Lindsay Phillips (2), Mark Armstrong, Tony Cowe and Tim Hake.
Lindsay Phillips birdied the 11th for the only ‘2’ over the two days and he was a happy chap.
So the overall winner over the two days was Tony Cowe with 78 points ahead of Lindsay Phillips in second on 77, Colin James third with 76 and Tim Hake some way back in fourth on 69. Well done Tony Cowe and many thanks to Tim and Uan for all their efforts and organizational skills.
Friday, August 2, Eastern Star - Stableford
There was a cool breeze coming off the coast today and very pleasant playing conditions for the 19 players out today, with the cut at 8-17 in division 1 and 18+ in division 2. The greens here have improved slightly over recent weeks and work has just started to improve some of the holes.
An 18/18 back-nine count back and a 13/12 back-six count back saw Darryl Blair beat Marty Rock to claim top spot in division 1 with 34 points while Tony Thorne was third on 33.
Sean Bambury was the winner in division 2 with 30 points and Jim Sims beat the organizer on a 14/13 back-nine count back for second place after they both scored 28 points each.
Near pins went to Paul Butler (3), Alan Bissell, Peter Davies and Danny Greer.
There were no ‘2’s today in either division so a double rollover in both to the next Friday outing at Eastern Star.


John Player special at Emerald

The Billabong Golf Bar Society

(Left-right) Greig Ritchie, John Player and Gary Ritchie.

Monday, July 29, Treasure Hill - Stableford
With just a small field today we headed up 331 to Treasure Hill golf course. Apart from the traffic delays at the Amata and Hemrajh industrial estates, which took four sets of changes to get through, it was a good day out with no rain although it did try for a few minutes.
The course is in great condition with the greens being fast and true. The rough is a bit brutal though but the fairways are cut nicely to give good lies. The management has come up with a deal on Thursdays of 1,050 baht incl. caddy, cart and green fee, a bit better than our price Sunday of 1,700 with cart or 1,200 walking.

Roger Ison and Owen Walkley.

Anyway back to golf and there were no ‘2’s so the scoring went down to third place which was taken by Brian Maddox with 32 points. Second went to Owen Walkley with 33 points and first place was claimed by the Capt. with 35 points - his best result in many, many months.
Wednesday, July 31, Green Valley - Stableford
Green Valley is our normal venue for Wednesday and we were off to an early start as there was nobody else there. With six groups playing there was the normal banter going on at the first tee, with some not making it past the red markers, it was a grand start to the day.

We were lucky we got no rain at all even though it looked like it was going to get us. The course is in great condition and the greens even though just having been top dressed were running true.
The scores were quite good with most in the 30s, but the winner by a country mile was Steve Compton with a fantastic 43 points. Coming second was Owen Walkley a distant 5 shots back on 38, third was Roger Ison on 37 points and in forth was Martin Kingswood in a three-way count back over Dennis Pelly and Sell Wegner, all on 36 points.
The only ‘2’ of the day came from Bob Finley.
Friday, August 2,
The Emerald - Stableford
It was certainly John Player’s day today at the Emerald Golf Club, and but for missing a very short putt on the ninth he would have had an amazing 25 points on that nine.
The course was not in its best condition, with fairways still brown from the spraying and the greens had just been cored and sanded so it will probably be a while before we return here.
With five groups playing, everyone got off to an early start and we were back in under four hours. We welcomed a few Aussie boys today, Andy and Squeaky, plus Willie Dunlop who is back for some leave from Darwin, and Barney Clarkson.
Some scores were good but some could not handle the conditions at all. However as stated, John Player had the day of his life with 41 points to take first place over the organizer for the day, Greig Ritchie, who scored a very tidy 39 points to take second. Any other day that would be the winning score. Coming in third was the other Ritchie, Gary, with 37 points.
There were three 2’s recorded coming from Mark Wood, Gary Ritchie and Wayne Cotterell.
Note: If you are looking for a game with some friendly golfers, give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 or call into the bar - we are just off Siam Country Club Road looking straight down Lake Mabprachan.


Hacky plays like a gem at Emerald

PSC Golf from The Growling Swan

Peter Blackburn
Tuesday, July 30
As we were unable to negotiate a decent green fee rate at Green Valley for a Monday round it was decided to change the golf day to Tuesday this week to take advantage of the Sports Day rate. This resulted in a reduced field and 14 of us met at The Growling Swan to prepare for the trip to the course.

Nolan Wise, Shane Young & Paul Hack.

It was a 10.40 am tee off so our scheduled departures was 9.00 am instead of 8.30 am and we got away from the GS 10 minutes earlier than scheduled on a fine but rather gloomy Tuesday morning. Upon almost completing the 45 minute journey to the golf course the heavens opened and as we arrived the rain was torrential but we had faith! It bucketed it down for about 30 minutes and then abated to a drizzle so it was decided that we would proceed, despite the fact that word had it that most of the greens had been recently sanded.
Following 2 groups of our friends from Tropical Berts, we managed to send the first of our four groups away 5 minutes ahead of our scheduled 10.40 am tee time. The course was looking good if not a trifle soggy but there was hardly any standing water on the fairways despite the heavy rain that had just occurred. Sure enough most of the greens were sanded but not really a big concern and as the saying goes, it’s the same for everyone.
For the first time ever while playing golf in this country (24 years now for me) the drizzling rain continued throughout the whole round of golf and actually ceased as we walked off the 18th green. It had been wet and at times a bit uncomfortable but the company was great and it was a very enjoyable round which took just a bit under four and a half hours.

Geri Crilly & Max Bracegirdle.

With the smaller than normal field we had just the one Grade with five placings and also nearest the pin rewards on the four par threes.
The winner on the day was Irishman Geri Crilly with a fine 38 points, with Martin “Toddy” Todd breathing down his neck to finish second on 38 points. Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei finished third with 35 points and with 2 golfers on 33 points the count back saw Mike “Hunter” Gosden (18 point back nine) finish in fourth place from Peer Bruun (16 point back nine) in fifth spot.
1st Geri Crilly (26) 39pts
2nd Martin Todd (8) 38pts
3rd Alain Taddei (16) 35pts
4th Mike Gosden (12) 33pts
5th Peer Bruun (12) 33pts
Near Pins: 4th – Mike Gosden, 9th – Ken Hole, 12th – Ken Hole, 16th – Paul Hack
The Growling Swan NAGA Award for the worst score of the day was won by Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle and he accepted and wore the award with pride for a short time back at the bar.
Thursday, August 1, The Emerald – Stableford
The Emerald Golf Course was the venue for the day and there were 25 golfers signed up to tackle this challenging layout.
With most of us assembling at The Growling Swan we welcomed back Paul “Muncha” Moloney from his work in Liberia, West Africa and also newcomers Kurt Eric Persson and Seesa Phompinmon from Pattaya. It was sadly time to say farewell to our good friend Bent Agerbo who was returning to Denmark on the weekend after his bi-annual holiday in Pattaya.
We departed the GS 5 minutes early at 8.25 am and proceeded south, encountering just a light shower which cleared up during the 48 minute journey. Upon arrival we found the golf course very quiet and were able to tee off at our leisure so our first four-ball got away 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am.
Having heard a few adverse reports regarding the state of the golf course recently we were pleasantly surprised to find that all was good and the several patches of GUR on some fairways did not pose any real problems. There was sand on some of the greens but once again all was good and putting was not a worry to most.
The weather was great and not too hot although it did become a little humid later in the round but our pace was quite good with no-one ahead of us and the round was completed in the reasonable time of four hours & fifteen minutes.
We had 2 Grades - A Grade for handicaps 0 to 24 and B Grade for handicaps 25 & over. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.
Paul “Hacky” Hack had a day out on this difficult golf course and scored 41 points to easily win the A Grade, 4 points ahead of your writer Peter “Blacky” Blackburn in second place and Sal Brizzi 1 point further back in third spot. It was a four-way count back for fourth spot with 35 points being a popular score and it was Bent Agerbo (20 point back nine, 13 points on the last 6 holes, 6 points on the last 3 holes and 3 points on the 18th hole) finishing ahead of Mike “Hunter” Gosden (20 point back nine, 13 points on the last 6 holes, 6 points on the last 3 holes and 1 point on the 18th hole). The other 2 who missed out were Ken Hole (18 point back nine) and Kevin “Wayco” Waycott (16 point back nine).
In the B Grade it was Shane “Jockey” Young who stole the show and finished first with 37 points from Andrew “Turtle” Allen on 36 points and Paul “Muncha” Moloney finished third on 35 points. With 2 golfers on 32 points a count back was needed and it was Mark Stapleton (16 point back nine) who grabbed fourth spot from Seesa Phompinmon (12 point back nine).
A Flight (0-24)
1st Paul Hack (11) 41pts
2nd Peter Blackburn (11) 37pts
3rd Sal Brizzi (7) 36pts
4th Bent Agerbo (20) 35pts
B Flight (25+)
1st Shane Young (31) 37pts
2nd Andrew Allen (36) 36pts
3rd Paul Moloney (32) 35pts
4th Mark Stapleton (25) 32pts
Near Pins: 5th – Kevin Waycott, 7th – Sal Brizzi, 13th – Ken Hole, 15th – Mike Gosden
Long Putts: 9th – Andrew Allen, 18th – Kurt Eric Persson
The Growling Swan NAGA Award was well won by good sport Nolan Wise and he accepted & wore the award with pride for a long time back at the bar. Toddy then read out the fines, of which there were many and then was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers.
Note: Growling Swan Golf welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to [email protected]
We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls. All are welcome and for anyone that is interested the transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10.00am on each of those mornings. For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 084 345 4005.


Holehouse sails home at Navy

PSC golf from Café Kronborg

Monday, July 29,Plutaluang - Stableford
Following a quick check-in at Plutaluang on Monday we were allotted the East & South loops and we teed off 35 minutes early under very overcast skies and in windy conditions.

 Tony Holehouse.

The course on the day was in very good shape with quicker greens than usual, which surprised many on the first green.

The course was busy with the other 2 loops hosting a caddy competition for 270 players but we darted around in 4 hours and 15 minutes. Back in the clubhouse welcomes went out to Jonny Larsson from Norway and Tony Holehouse from the UK.
The winner was the aforementioned Tony Holehouse (H/cap 23) with a tidy 36 points. Jean Morel (18) took second with 34 points, Lasse Pettersson (30) was third with 31 and Gordon Everingham (23) claimed fourth spot with 30.
Thursday, August 1,Crystal Bay B&C – Stableford

Mike Winfield.

Crystal Bay was the challenge today and we set off under overcast skies but as we proceeded to the turn the sun appeared along with a nice breeze.

The course was in very good condition with fast greens.

We darted around in 3 hours and 50 minutes as the course was not busy in front. Mike Winfield (H/cap 22) was the winner on count back from Peter Fagerlund (17) with both players returning scores of 33 points each.


Hal Hart has best of the week

IPGC golf from The Haven

Monday, July 29, Pattana B & C – Stableford
Division 1 (0–15)
White tees
CSS 75NC
1st Jon Batty (8) 33pts
2nd Martin Grimoldby (5) 33pts
3rd Kevin Blake (6) 31pts
4th Phil Groves (7) 30pts
Division 2 (16+)
Yellow tees
CSS 74
1st Peter Hall (20) 36pts
2nd Don Everett (21) 33pts
3rd Ray Daws (19) 32pts
4th Ron Kerslake (27) 31pts
A large number of hopefuls demanded the formation of two divisions with the cut coming at fifteen and below for the first and sixteen and above for the second.

Brian Libbey.

In the first division, even with the course in great shape, the length from the white tees ensured that the CSS for the day went out to 75 and the event became non-counting for upward review of handicaps. The best return was the three over achieved by Jon Batty, using his ability to hit the ball a lot further than would appear possible when seen teeing off from a distance. But he needed to win a count back against Martin Grimoldby to succeed on the day, which he did with a better 17 to 16, leaving Martin scratching his head in second place.
Kevin Blake slipped onto the podium in his last appearance, for at least a couple of weeks, after just getting the better of Phil Groves by a single point to claim third place with Phil in fourth spot.
The second division saw some better scoring as Peter Hall at last played somewhere near to his old ability to return a level handicap round that was good by three to take his first win for a couple of years.
Don Everett just edged out Ray Daws for second place, leaving Ron Kerslake to take fourth after he won a count back over Vincent Gras, having had a better 17 to 16 over the C course.
With the courses playing so hard it was no surprise to find that there were no 2’s in either division.

Frank McGowan.

Prior to the presentations of the prizes there were welcomes for new members Fred Smith, an ex Collingwood player who used to play Ruck and now hitting the ball almost as far as he used to hit the opponents in the old Victoria Football League, Mike Dennis, Honorary Consul for Fiji in Adelaide, and Bruce Helde, without portfolio. There were also welcome backs for Martin Grimoldby, Bob Pratt and Gus Guidetti together with farewells for Graham Davis, Peter Hall and at last really leaving Kevin Blake.
Wednesday, July 31, The Emerald - Stableford
CSS 72
Division 1 (0-15)
1st Brian Libbey (9) 39pts
2nd Gus Guidetti (11) 37pts
3rd Phil Groves (7) 32pts
4th Takeshi Hakozaki (9) 32pts
Division 2 (16+)
1st Roar Berger (29) 39pts
2nd Ron Kerslake (27) 39pts
3rd Ray Daws (19) 36pts
4th Vincent Gras (17) 36pts
The day’s competition had been originally set for the wide open spaces of Crystal Bay but heavy overnight rain at the course that was still continuing in the morning meant that there were no carts to be allowed for the day. A very big star must be awarded to the course management for advising the group prior to departure, indeed at 8 a.m., that that was to be the situation and with the rain also affecting Mountain Shadow, last minute arrangements were quickly put in place to organise an alternative venue further south.

Hal Hart.

Such honesty from the course, with the ensuing loss of revenue to them, demands that the group continue to support them in the future at every opportunity.
So arrangements made, another big contingent left for the undulations of The Emerald where the small greens and rolling fairways always offer a good challenge and with the usual “lift and place in the fairway” local rule the scoring was very good, with three players playing three under handicap.
Brian Libbey took the first division top spot with his three under to deny Gus Guidetti his maiden win after Gus had pulled out all the stops over the back nine, scoring a stunning fourteen points from the last five holes but a front nine of one over handicap consigned him to second spot.
Phil Groves claimed third place after winning a count back over Takeshi Hakozaki, who had been looking forward to home course advantage earlier in the day, with a better 17 to 15.
The second division saw two more three unders with Roar Berger making a comeback win scoring 20 on the inward half as Ron Kerslake lost out this time with 18. Vincent Gras lost another count back for third place to Ray Daws after a worse 18 to Ray’s excellent 21, with 11 of them coming over the last four holes.

Roar Berger.

Back at The Haven there was a farewell for Geoff Potter who was returning to the UK to oversee his son’s preparations and polishing up for boot camp for a UK talent show.
At last the swollen 2’s pots were taken in both divisions with Phil Groves cleaning out the first and Al Rolnik and Ray Daws sharing the second.
Friday, August 2, Greenwood A & C - Stableford
CSS 72
Division 2 (0-17)
1st Frank McGowan (15) 36pts
2nd Jens Gunnarsson (14) 34pts
3rd Vincent Gras (17) 33pts
4th Chris Bonython (9) 31pts
Division 2 (18+)
1st Hal Hart (20) 40pts
2nd Gavin Hargrave (29) 34pts
3rd Don Everett (21) 33pts
4th Brian Johnson (19) 32pts
Following the cremation of long standing member Rodney Hayes on the previous day and the wake that followed at The Haven late into the night, it was no surprise to see a smaller than usual turnout for the trip to Greenwood. For those that did manage to crawl into sign up it was well worth the effort as the course was found to be in tip top shape and costing 350 baht less for the green fee than some other courses who have yet to recognise the prevailing market conditions.
Frank McGowan took the first division with a solid level handicap return that was good enough by two to leave Jens Gunnarsson in second place as he prepares to leave for the high seas once again. Vincent Gras finally made it into third place after two previous disappointments, fueled with copious quantities of liquid, to be able to tell his mum that he had beaten a past Australian Amateur Champion into fourth place by two clear shots.
Hal Hart had the round of the day and one that equaled his best ever in Thailand to win by a staggering six points ahead of Gavin Hargrave with Don Everett third and Brian Johnson fourth.
With the par threes all playing quite long, with the toughest being the 3rd on the C course at a measured 200 yards but playing slightly longer and where there were just two pars all day, there were no 2’s to be seen in either division.
Before the presentations there were welcome backs for Frank McGowan and Jamie King.
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 8.15 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play. A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.


Solid golf from Edwards

The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant Bar

The Pattaya Golf Society visited Bangpra on Monday, 29th July, to play its monthly medal round and found the course in superb condition with carpeted fairways and splendidly paced greens. The day remained cloudy but stayed dry and playing conditions were very comfortable.
From the start the course played quite long as the recent storms had softened the fairways, limiting the amount of run but the long hitters in the field benefitted. In second place were Craig Thomas, currently leading the “Player of the Month” lists and a rejuvenated Mr Len with net 76. The winner was Dave Edwards who showed the benefits of sound coaching, with net 73.
The non-winners beer draw was won by new member Steve Wright and the only birdie of the day came on the second when Peter Sanderson put his tee shot within six feet of the hole and mailed the putt with aplomb. He also took the Booby Bevy after his front nine of level par descended into golf gloom, dropping thirteen shots on the back nine. Never mind Peter, things will be better when you return in October and Bangpra will certainly be on the list.
The wait is over
Friday, 2nd August saw the Pattaya Golf Society visit Mountain Shadow for a stableford competition off the blue tees and found the course in excellent condition throughout with well paced greens.
A constant breeze made golf comfortable and Masanori Takano was certainly enjoying his round after nine holes when he lay level par. He was to fold over the back nine and finish on thirty points.
Elsewhere in the field Mr Len was more than holding his own after a drab front nine and he moved into turbo mode finishing with a one under back nine. This gave him 31 points for the win he has been chasing for more than eight months whilst he battled with various medical problems. The end of the tunnel is now in sight after this excellent effort.
There were no birdie ‘2’s and Masa received the Booby Bevy for his decline during the round whilst the non-winners beer went to John O’Sullivan just before he returns to UK.
Now Rabbi, try and hold the golf geezer back over the next few weeks!


Mashi king of the hill once more

PSC golf from Tropical Bert’s

Derek Brook
Tuesday, July 30, Green Valley – Stableford
This was one of the biggest days of the golf year at Tropical Bert’s as we were not only announcing the MBMG Group Golfer of the Month, but also the MBMG Group Golfer of the Year as well. Most exciting was that the whole thing was up for grabs as any one of several players could come home as winner of all, and although Mashi was as usual the favourite, he would have to play well to win.

Mashi Kaneta (right) receives his Golfer of the Year trophy and prize from MBMG Group’s Simon Philbrook.

One thing we have found this year is that all over the place numbers have been falling, so it was no surprise that on this morning the chosen few gathered in Bert’s to take the trip up to Green Valley. But sometimes the real gems turn up and at least five players were still in it and gunning for Mashi.
Soon booked in and changed we came out to that most annoying of sounds, rain drumming on the roof, and all decided to sit and have a cup of something and see what the weather brought. Well it brought more rain, but with time going on we decided to get to the start and tee-off in the now slowing rain. In fact with the temperature falling it actually felt quite nice.
It did not stop raining all the way through the front nine and despite the fact I played very well and was well ahead of Mashi, the wind, rain and cold certainly was beginning to get to me in particularly. It was thought those in carts got colder than those walking and to me I seemed to be freezing. Thirty years in the sun felt on this day like all my aches and pains came home to roost. On the back nine the swing got shorter and the ball did as it wanted.

Tuesday winner Tom Herrington.

The rain pretty well continued all the way around, with the fairways wet and soggy, the bunkers wet and soggy and guess what? … the greens were sanded, wet and soggy! The rough was not too good either, just like the rest of the course it was quite difficult. Indeed one of our players was so down that he said that if he did not sink his putt on the last hole he would never play golf again - so we gave him the putt. However, this is still a very fine course; just do not come when it is pouring down.
Once back in the changing rooms it was time to get into a warm shower and warm up. Sometimes here it really does get cold, well not as cold as a cold day in Europe or America but when you have lived here for many years the blood is thin. So a warm shower set us up for a quick cup of ‘tea!’ in the German Restaurant and best of all a bowl of pea soup with sausage, and really, very fine it was. It really warmed a cold body up. Feeling replete it was time to get back to Bert’s.
This being a special day we had asked Simon Philbrook of MBMG Group to come along to present the prizes but we had first of all to decide who had won the various competitions. The winner on the day was to be Tom Herrington with 37 points. Now the interesting bit, who came in with points, and in second was Mashi Kaneta with 34 points on count back over the scribe Derek Brook in third and this was to prove pivotal. Still, well played Tom!

Pu is flanked by Friday’s top two, Mick Coghlan and Steve Compton.

So to the Golfer of the Month and with his second place on count back Mashi Kaneta got enough points to take the award. The scribe thus missed out, how sad. Still, you have to give Mashi his due as he is a great competitor.
So finally to the MBMG Golfer of the Year award and with the points gained on the day Mashi, for the third year on the trot, took the MBMG Group title as the most consistent golfer of the year. What can one say but congratulations from all!
By the way there were a few beers flying around so sometimes it is really good when Mashi wins. But finally a big thank you to MBMG Group for sponsoring and Bert for letting us play from Tropical Bert’s and looking after the golfers so well.

Friday, August 2, Wangjuntr – Stableford

A very early start from Tropical Bert’s for the 1 hour 20 minute drive to Wangjuntr saw us arrive at what was essentially a very quiet car park, as there were no more than 10 vehicles there. Soon out onto the course we noticed the temperature was excellent and there was little wind and no rain.
The course itself was in excellent condition with all areas of GUR clearly marked and the undulating greens running at a good speed. Our three groups all finished in under 4 hours and we only saw two other groups on the course. Wangjuntr is in fine shape at the moment and despite being so far from Pattaya is well worth a visit.
On returning to Bert’s we announced the results and Mick Coghlan won with 33 points on count back ahead of Steve Compton in second and Dick Warberg in third. T.T.F.N.


McNeill bounces back for Burapha victory

Travellers Rest Golf Group

Andy Rich
Anyone would think that the Low Season had finished early this year with the marked increase in the numbers playing golf last week. Lots of old faces put in a re-appearance and I am sure they were all made welcome by the TRGG.

Mod Chaviraksa - winner of Div 1 at Phoenix.

With the increase incompetition it certainly seems to have led to better scoring, some of the winning scores were phenomenal.
Monday, July 29,The Emerald - Stableford
On Monday a very good turnout headed off to Emerald and it appeared that a third of the field played to their handicap or better. Simon Tapster hit the 40pt mark to take first place, with father to be Ted Senior finishing a point behind in the runners up spot.
1st Simon Talbot (15) 40pts
2nd Ted Senior (15) 39pts
3rd John Goodwin (25) 38pts
Wednesday, July 31, Burapha - Stableford
On Wednesday t was off to Burapha (A and B courses) and another good turnout again produced some sparkling golf and some very impressive scoring on a far from easy golf course.
Jim McNeill missed out on a top three place on Monday despite amassing 37 pts but he was determined not to miss out again and at Burapha he clocked up 41pts just to make certain he took home the prize money, and even then he only won by a single point from Jim Cooper who finished with 40pts. Richard Talbot, who has had his handicap trimmed by three shots after his recent escapades, still managed a hugely respectable 39pts to finish third.
1st Jim McNeill (15) 41pts
2nd Jim Cooper (15) 40pts
3rd Richard Talbot (16) 39pts
Thursday, August 1, Phoenix - Stableford
On Thursday the biggest field of the week turned up to play our usual venue at Phoenix (Mountain and Lakes). In fact so many turned up that they were split into two divisions: Div 1 (up to 14 handicap) and Div 2 (15 handicap and above).
It is good to report that it was a lady who led everybody home and I can just picture her delighted face as she collected her winnings.
Div 1
1st Mod Chaviraksa (12) 37pts
2nd Jim McNeill (13) 36pts
3rd Neil Bramley (9) 35pts
Div 2
1st John Goodwin (24) 35pts
2nd Billy Allan (15) 32pts
3rd Steve Smith (20) 32pts
Good luck to all you golfers for the coming week and if you would like to play a round of golf with the TRGG, please phone Fergus Brennan on 086 056 7019 or pop into the Ned Kelly Bar in Soi Lengkee and add your name to the weekly lists which are posted on the notice board.


Heddle in blazing form at Phoenix

PSC golf from The Outback Golf Bar

(From left) Sel Wegner, John Lawton, Tom Byrne, Peter LeNoury & Eddie Beilby.

Monday, July 29, Burapha - Stableford
A good size field of 35 Outbackers played Burapha C and D in cloudy weather with a cool breeze that got stronger as the day went on. The course as usual, was in perfect condition and the rough as brutal as ever, which always seems to be the case on these two nines.
John Low has become the new ‘King of Burapha’ with his second win in a row here, scoring 39pts to win Div A from Jim Brackett (38) and the consistent John Cunningham, who headed a four-way count back between Peter Nixon, Paul Bourke and Dennis Pelly all on 36.
In Div B, Svenn Lund had a winning return with 38pts to beat another big count back of four players all on 35pts this time, headed by Steve Mann with John Stafford third; Rosco & Paul Rodgers were the other two just missing the podium.
Jarrod Braithwaite had a great 39pts to win Div C from Tim Knight 34, who registered his 41st podium place this year and Andy Makara took third, also on count back, from Barney & Ivan Plunkett, all on 32.
There were six ‘2’s by Jim Brackett (C5), Barney Clarkson, John Cunningham & David Davies (D2) and two from Peter Nixon, one of which was from a great drive on the par-four 16th (D7) which left him an eight inch putt for eagle! Congratulations Peter on a fantastic drive.
Div A (0-12)
1st John Low (12) 39pts
2nd Jim Brackett (7) 38pts
3rd John Cunningham (6) 36pts
Div B (13-18)
1st Svenn Ole Lund (14) 38pts
2nd Stephen Mann (13) 35pts
3rd John Stafford (17) 35pts
Div C (19+)
1st Jarod Braithwaite (19) 39pts
2nd Tim Knight (23) 34pts
3rd Andy Makara (26) 32pts
Tuesday, July 30, Phoenix – Stableford
13 golfers travelled to Phoenix today to play Mountain and Lakes in almost European conditions; the rain persisting for most of the round which amazingly did not deter the hardy Outback golfers (Hmmm!). The water from the heavy rains immediately prior to start drained away quickly to leave the course soft but in good condition.
An outstanding round of 70 gross (40pts) gave Ian Heddle a five shot win over Kiwi, Gil Mohi (35) and two more players who both won Monday at Burapha; Svenn Lund and John Low both with 34, Svenn getting the nod.
Ian had five birdies in his round but no ‘2’s and was disappointed to only play the four par 5’s in level par; the only ‘2’ came from Dion Lane on the 16th.
1st Ian Heddle (2) 40pts
2nd Gilvrey Mohi (7) 35pts
3rd Svenn Ole Lund (14) 34pts
4th John Low (11) 34pts
Wednesday, July 31, Siam Plantation – Stableford
17 players here at Plantation today and the turn of the C & B loops and Rosco, who can be very dangerous off a handicap as high as 16, demonstrated his love for this course with a fantastic 42pts. Surprisingly, Rosco only won by one from that man again, John Low who although he had been cut since his win on Monday, still managed another excellent round of 41pts.
So John finished on a high, heading back to New Zealand the next day with Dion and Gilvrey –we shall look forward to seeing you again next year.
The remaining podium places went to New York Steve (37pts), Gilvrey Mohi (34) and Steve Mann (33) who beat Paul Greenaway and Jim Bryan on count back.
There were two ‘2’s, both on the 8th (C8), from Ben Collins & Rosco.
1st Rosco Langoulant (16) 42pts
2nd John Low (11) 41pts
3rd Steve Poznanski (13) 37pts
4th Gilvrey Mohi (7) 34pts
5th Stephen Mann (13) 33pts
Friday, August 2, Green Valley – Stableford
32 Outbackers played the ever popular Green Valley where we found the greens had been scarified and sanded but were still good to put on. Welcome back to Geoff Braithwaite and John Leonard and also welcome to Queenslanders Kim and Steve Duffer & Dion Hyland, playing with the Outback for the first time.
Peter LeNoury continues to play well out of the Outback and today was no exception; his 37pts in Div A was enough to beat a group of four, all on 36, with Peter Nixon second and Sel Wegner third on count back. Geoff Braithwaite and Paul Greenaway were the other two who just missed out.
Barry Copestake had the top score of the day to win Div B with a great 41pts from Tom Byrne 38, both of whom have signed to come to Hua Hin in just over three weeks time, so watch out for them in the book!
The recently retired John Lawton now has time to concentrate on his golf and he hasn’t taken long to find a winning way with 36pts today to win Div C from Eddie Beilby (35) and Andy Makara (33).
There were six ‘2’s from Tom Byrne & John Lawton (4th), Steve Mann (9th) and Peter LeNoury, Sugar Ray & Jarrod Braithwaite all on the 12th.
Div A (0-13)
1st Peter LeNoury (9) 37pts
2nd Peter Nixon (10) 36pts
3rd Sel Wegner (11) 36pts
Div B (14-17)
1st Barry Copestake (14) 41pts
2nd Tom Byrne (15) 38pts
3rd Bob Finley (14) 37pts
Div C (18+)
1st John Lawton (20) 36pts
2nd Eddy Beilby (19) 35pts
3rd Andy Makara (26) 33pts
Note: The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country. Call Jack on 081 578 1956.


Newbert’s 65 nips Monthly Medal

PSC golf from The Golf Club

Steve Ellison
Monday, July 29, Green Valley (white tees) – Monthly Medal
A Flight
1st Mike Newbert (9) net 65
2nd Paul Greenaway (8) net 69
3rd John McHugh (10) net 71
B Flight
1st Michael Hastie (22) net 73
2nd Chicka Smith (16) net 76
We have our Monthly Medal at the end of every month and this was the turn of our regular Monday venue Green Valley to play host to another full sheet of Pattaya’s finest golfers.

Mr. Monthly Medal - Mike Newbert.

We always have a good turnout for this comp and today was noexception.
The B Flight was an all Aussie affair, with Mum letting Chicka out to play with the lads as he has been a good boy of late. Chicka managed a 76 net off his 16 handicap, but Michael Hastie topped the flight with a fine 73 off of his 22 handicap.
As for the long hitters, it wasn’t even close. After many wins this summer and several excellent rounds of golf, Mike Newbert finally got the timing right for his first Monthly Medal. His orchid Antigua shirt freshly monogrammed for history, the Montauk Mauler turned in a great 65 to win by 4 strokes. Paul “Take it Easy” Greenaway has also been playing some great golf lately and his net 69 today brought him second place honours.
There was a shock when I read the results sheet to see an old familiar name in 3rd. Our TGC partner John McHugh snuggled in with a 71 on his card and helped ease the frustration of his last few efforts on the course.
McHugh couldn’t be with us for the presentation as he was packing for a once-in-a-lifetime golf journey to Scotland and Ireland for 3 weeks of golf in the other kingdom, The Kingdom of Fife! You lads have fun out there, it’s a different game without the palm trees.
Tuesday, July 30, Siam Plantation (white tees) – Stableford
1st John Mulrooney (13) 34pts
2nd Mike Newbert (9) 32pts
3rd Phil Smedley (10) 31pts
3rd Nigel Flanagan (12) 31pts
So I get this call around 10 o’clock on Monday night … “Steve, would ya have a slot for me tomorrow? I’m desperate for a game!” “Sure Johnny, welcome back mate.” and so fresh off the plane steps John (Sean) Mulrooney with all the luck of the Irish and just goes out and blows away the field to top the podium on this very tricky golf course.
Nobody shot their handicap today and the conditions were a bit damp as we played the back 9 in the rain. But then Sean knows a bit about playing in the rain as he caddied for Darren Clarke when he won The Open at Royal St. George’s in 2011. Good shootin’ pal!
Monday’s Medal winner Mike Newbert was 2 shots back to take sole second and post yet another good solid round of golf.
Third place had to be shared by our fearless Golf Captain Phil Smedley, who kicked everybody’s tail last week, and Nigel Flanagan, who also managed a 31 on the card. Nigel just had a birthday, so facebook him your gift certificates please.
Even in the damp the course was fantastic: the Tuesday Sports Day rate of 2,400 baht is well worth paying for such a great track. Don’t forget that P.S.C. Golf Chairman Joe Mooneyham has Siam Plantation scheduled for Thursday August 15th, so sign up by August 11th to avoid disappointment. There will be 5 flights, great food at the course, and tons of prizes!
Thursday, August 1, Phoenix Mountain & Lake (white tees) – Stableford
1st Henry O’Brien (19) 36pts
2nd Mike Newbert (9) 35pts
3rd Neil Hull (16) 34pts
We were off on that short jaunt down the road to Phoenix to start off the month of August with a bang. There were overcast skies so we were treated to a dry and cool day which was perfect for a good walk spoiled.
There was a full sheet of golfers for the comp as Phoenix is one of the more popular venues we have on the schedule, and the Sports Day rate of 1,100 is great value. We forget how lucky we are and thanks should be given to Mike Mesommonta (from Burapha) and the gentlemen of the E.G.A. for providing us with this fantastic summer promotion.
Neil Hull had a good day on the course and his 34 points was enough for sole 3rd place. The story of the week was Mike Newbert and with a win on Monday, a 2nd on Tuesday and a 2nd here today he was the golfer of the week. Well played Mikey!
Today, though, belonged to that legendary Scottish golfer Henry O’Brien. He was the only man to equal his handicap on the day and jumps to the top of the podium to stake a claim to those Handsome Man vouchers that Cap’t. Phil hands out. Thanks to all for joining us this week.
Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro. We try to schedule summer “Sports Days”, so come join us for a seriously fun day out. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya.com  and for more information mail us: [email protected]  and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya...   all handicaps welcome!


Jim Brackett wins 15th Anniversary Jackalope Open

Div. 3 Winner Benny Hansen (left).

Mark Gorda, in his never ending quest to generate funds for the tournament, had pledged to donate 1,000 baht for every birdie and 5,000 baht for every eagle scored on the day. This year’s tournament recorded 13 birdies but 0 eagles.
During a break in the prize giving, Woody Underwood gave a brief account of the Jesters and Jackalope partnership outlining how we raised over 3,470,000 baht over the past 5 years and how we cover the 24/7 care-giving, physical therapy and anti-retroviral medication (ARV) for two children Tewid and Fey living with HIV and severe disabilities.
Finally the much anticipated 50-50 draw prizes were picked with the winner, Gavin’s Group of Six receiving half of the record setting total of 312,500.00 baht collected on the day thanks to the aggressive ticket selling by Murray, Ty & Jason Kerr, Woody Underwood and others who sold in excess of 6,500 raffle tickets. Gavin’s Group of Six generously donated a sizeable amount back into the charity.

Div. 1 Winner Tom Thompson (left).

Thanks go to all the staff at Burapha Golf Club & Resort for their excellent service provided on the day. The organizers would also like to thank the following businesses and individuals who either donated their time and staff or helped to raise an outstanding amount in excess of 400,000 for the 2013 charity fund:– Ann & Dale Drader, Baltex Industries, Big Mango Properties, Bill Freeman, Bobby Taylor, Clayton Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Café Kronberg, Derek Reaper, Doug Thomas, Gavin’s Group of Six, Gordon Duncan, JD Texas, Jeff Palladeau, Jesters M.C., Joe Ernst, Just Burgers, Ken Cooke, Kennedy Consulting Thailand Ltd., Kevin Worl, Little Britain Merchants, Malcolm Clair, Mark Gorda, Matt Millar, Michael O’Halloran, Mike Peeters, Moe Deverdenne, Neil Sandilands, Nova Group & Jameson’s The Irish Pub, Pattaya Mail, Pattaya Sports Club, Paul Ovens, Ray Lepard, Rich Man Poor Man Guest House, Rich Wibrow, Ryan Woods, Stacey O’Toole, Stephan Hoge, Tahitian Queen, The Beaver Bar, The Golf Club – Brad Sproxton, The Haven – Steven Beard, The Kerr Family (Jason, Mamo, Muffy & Ty), The Links – Russell Exley, Todd Sherbaniuk, Wayne Ogonoski.

Div. 2 Winner Peter Marsh (left).

The Jackalope team would also like to thank all the individuals who helped out at the registration and scoring, Eddie’s staff for the sandwich snacks, the Caesar table “All Star Mixers”, the 50-50 ticket sellers, Just Burgers and all the cart drivers who kept the golfers well stocked with their favorite “refreshments”.
Special thanks also go to the staff of Rich Man Poor Man who on their own raised in excess of 78,000.00 baht over the past year at the guest house and an additional 34,000.00 baht on the day of the tournament, to Just Burgers and Rich Man Poor Man for the par 3 hole competitions, and to Mamo Kerr for providing all the players with her tasty Jackalope Cookies.
The Jackalope is not just about golf, it is also about giving back to the local community. On this 15th year of The Canadian Jackalope Open we will again be joining with the Jesters Care For Kids to help provide much needed assistance to the poor or disadvantaged children in the area.

After a week of rain in the Pattaya area, Friday August 2nd started with cloudy skies as 126 golfers made their way to the Burapha Golf Club & Resort for the 15th Anniversary Jackalope Open.
Registration opened at 10:00 and after checking in, collecting their anniversary shirt and goodie bags, most of the players headed for their favorite spots – the Caesar table for the Canadian breakfast speciality, the 50-50 ticket sellers for the much wanted raffle tickets and a new addition this year – the Jackalope Cookie table provided by Mamo Kerr with the proceeds being added to the charity fund.
By 11:30 everyone headed out to the golf course ready for the shotgun start, much anticipation hung in the air as individuals prepared their minds towards a good round; of course some of the golfers were thinking when they would see the first “refreshment” cart.
At 12:00 the shotgun was fired and the golfers were off to face a true test of golf on the slightly damp fairways. The field moved around C & D courses and with no rain, cool temperatures and not too many hold ups encountered, the first groups arrived back at the club house in less than five hours. The golfers were treated to a splendid buffet provided by the Burapha staff while they waited for their scorecard to be checked and tabulated by John Emmerson and his team.
Mark Gorda – wearing his now world famous Jackalope Jacket and Canadian tie - kicked off with the technical prizes first which were won by the following: Near pins winners on C5 – Tai Kanchana, Mike Chitwood, George Richman, Matt Millar, Dave Campbell & John Cunningham; Near pins winners on C8 – Beng Durant, George Richman, Larry Deverdenne, Captain Damrong & Thomas Rechsteiner; Near pins winners on D2 – Nual Russell, Kim Fletcher, Rich Wibrow & Mike Dabanovich; and Near pins winners on D8 – Mike Lovell, Bob Skelton, Dale Drader, Stephan Hoge & Murray Kerr.
Long drives winners were Noi – D4, George Konopik – D4, Andy Evans – D4, Robert Fogelman – C3, Ronnie Ramsay – D6 and Ty Kerr – C1. The Nearest the Keg winner on D7 was Dale Drader.
First place in the Ladies division was won by Noi with a whopping 47 points to finish 13 clear of Nual Russell in second on 34. In the Rabbits division the winner was Mike Chitwood ahead of runner-up Brian Reed and in the new revised Seniors division first place went to Robert Skelton. With a fair amount of players showing interest in this division, it may remain in future tournaments.
Division 3 honours went to Benny Hansen with 36 points who edged Dan Dorothy and Matt Earnshaw into second and third spots respectively, both finishing on 35 point totals.
The second division saw Peter Marsh at the top of the podium on 34 points with Seamus (34pts) in second and Keith Bowles (33pts) taking third.
In the top division Tom Thompson recorded a level par 36-point round to finish ahead of the pack on count back over Helmut Hebstreit while John Stanton completed the podium on 34.
The best low gross score of the day was the 79 posted by Ty Kerr.
Finally to the overall champion this year and with 37 points on his scorecard the title this year went to our 2013 winner Jim Brackett. Well done Jim!
Mark Gorda, in his never ending quest to generate funds for the tournament, had pledged to donate 1,000 baht for every birdie and 5,000 baht for every eagle scored on the day. This year’s tournament recorded 13 birdies but 0 eagles.
During a break in the prize giving, Woody Underwood gave a brief account of the Jesters and Jackalope partnership outlining how we raised over 3,470,000 baht over the past 5 years and how we cover the 24/7 care-giving, physical therapy and anti-retroviral medication (ARV) for two children Tewid and Fey living with HIV and severe disabilities.
Finally the much anticipated 50-50 draw prizes were picked with the winner, Gavin’s Group of Six receiving half of the record setting total of 312,500.00 baht collected on the day thanks to the aggressive ticket selling by Murray, Ty & Jason Kerr, Woody Underwood and others who sold in excess of 6,500 raffle tickets. Gavin’s Group of Six generously donated a sizeable amount back into the charity.
Thanks go to all the staff at Burapha Golf Club & Resort for their excellent service provided on the day. The organizers would also like to thank the following businesses and individuals who either donated their time and staff or helped to raise an outstanding amount in excess of 400,000 for the 2013 charity fund:– Ann & Dale Drader, Baltex Industries, Big Mango Properties, Bill Freeman, Bobby Taylor, Clayton Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Café Kronberg, Derek Reaper, Doug Thomas, Gavin’s Group of Six, Gordon Duncan, JD Texas, Jeff Palladeau, Jesters M.C., Joe Ernst, Just Burgers, Ken Cooke, Kennedy Consulting Thailand Ltd., Kevin Worl, Little Britain Merchants, Malcolm Clair, Mark Gorda, Matt Millar, Michael O’Halloran, Mike Peeters, Moe Deverdenne, Neil Sandilands, Nova Group & Jameson’s The Irish Pub, Pattaya Mail, Pattaya Sports Club, Paul Ovens, Ray Lepard, Rich Man Poor Man Guest House, Rich Wibrow, Ryan Woods, Stacey O’Toole, Stephan Hoge, Tahitian Queen, The Beaver Bar, The Golf Club – Brad Sproxton, The Haven – Steven Beard, The Kerr Family (Jason, Mamo, Muffy & Ty), The Links – Russell Exley, Todd Sherbaniuk, Wayne Ogonoski.
The Jackalope team would also like to thank all the individuals who helped out at the registration and scoring, Eddie’s staff for the sandwich snacks, the Caesar table “All Star Mixers”, the 50-50 ticket sellers, Just Burgers and all the cart drivers who kept the golfers well stocked with their favorite “refreshments”.
Special thanks also go to the staff of Rich Man Poor Man who on their own raised in excess of 78,000.00 baht over the past year at the guest house and an additional 34,000.00 baht on the day of the tournament, to Just Burgers and Rich Man Poor Man for the par 3 hole competitions, and to Mamo Kerr for providing all the players with her tasty Jackalope Cookies.
The Jackalope is not just about golf, it is also about giving back to the local community. On this 15th year of The Canadian Jackalope Open we will again be joining with the Jesters Care For Kids to help provide much needed assistance to the poor or disadvantaged children in the area.

Low Gross Ty Kerr (left).

Seniors Winner Robert Skelton (left) with Mark Gorda.

Rabbits Winner Mike Chitwood (left).

Ladies champion Noi (left) receives a Long Drive award from Lewis ‘Woody’ Underwood.

Burapha Golf Club provided a beautiful yet testing challenge to all the golfers.

The player–caddy partnership is all important in the game of golf.

This quartet came suitably attired for a Canadian led tournament.

A team of smiles waits for the shotgun start.

Mark Gorda (right) presents the Jackalope Open trophy to 2013 champion Jim Brackett.


Golfnutter: US PGA – year’s last Major

Welcome to Golfnutter’s Blog – a weekly commentary highlighting contemporary golfing issues, in Pattaya and beyond. For more on matters golf, especially Pattaya golf, visit golfnutter.wordpress.com. 
Do you happen to know the 169th name on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR)?

Shaun Micheel – 2003 US PGA winner.

Well, back in 2003, when current host Oak Hill Country Club last held the PGA Championship, the name of the 169th ranked golfer was on everyone’s lips. Shaun Micheel came from absolute obscurity to lift the Wanamaker Trophy. It was the only PGA Tour win of his career – a major no less!
The first round of the year’s last major, the PGA, will have just finished by the time this is published on Friday 9 August. Whilst no golfer can win a tournament on day one, they can certainly lose it. Regardless Dear Reader, if you read your Pattaya Mail on Fridays, there is still time to secure an interest on your favoured player.
The first PGA Championship was held in 1916 – the year the PGA was formed. The tournament was established specifically for professional golfers at a time when they were not highly regarded. This was when golf was run by wealthy amateurs, a fact that is still reflected in today’s entry conditions. It is the only major that does not explicitly invite leading amateurs to compete, and is the only one which reserves a large number of places, 20 of 156, for club professionals – a factor that perhaps contributes to a lessening in competitor standards when compared to the other three majors. This may partly explain why it ranks behind the others in terms of prestige – but it is a major nevertheless.
The PGA Championship was initially a match play event. It was not until 1958 that it turned into its current stroke play format of 72 holes played over four days. Back in 1916, the winner of the inaugural championship, Jim Barnes, received $500 along with a diamond-studded gold medal donated by wealthy sponsor Rodman Wanamaker. Last year’s winner, Rory McIlroy, earned $1.445 million and a replica of the rather large Wanamaker Trophy.
Oak Hill Country Club is situated in Pittsford, New York. Oak Hill (East Course) has a USGA Course Rating of 76.7 and a Slope of 147. It has hosted three US Opens, two PGA Championships and a Ryder Cup.
Whilst not long by modern standards – 7,163 yards par 70 – there are a few 500-yard par fours, including the two finishing holes. This does suggest players will need to use driver more frequently than has been the case in the last two majors.
The course has been described as having thick, punitive rough designed to keep scores in check, although winning scores at this particular major do not suggest the courses are set up as tough as an Open or US Open. Since stroke play was introduced in 1958, there have been just four occasions when the winning score has been over par. The average winning score during this 55-year period: 7.6-under par.
The most likely winning score come Sunday? Take the leader’s score after round one, double it, and then deduct two or three. As stated in an earlier column, this usually works for most tournaments except for either of the opens.
Now we turn to a “top-10” as determined by a mixture of form, ability and odds. Given that golf’s major champions are notoriously hard to predict – from 2009 the last 19 majors have produced 17 winners – this becomes a tough exercise. This is especially true since selections are based on an assessment of best return for odds given, as opposed to simply posting the bookies’ ten most favoured players.
Tiger is a case in point. He has been included in each of Golfnutter’s three previous top-10s, but not this time. Odds of 3/1 are simply too unattractive.
This column’s top-10 lists for the previous three majors has included the winner each time, so the chances of going 4-zip is rather pushing it. Realise that by the time this column is published, round one will be completed. The odds quoted here are courtesy of William Hill as at the time of writing – Monday 5 August.

· A Scott (16/1) - Form in majors continues. Oak Hill should suit.
· J Rose (20/1) - Focus now back. Should compete well.
· B Snedeker (25/1) - Gifted. Now used to name on majors leader board.
· H Stenson (28/1) - Excellent form continues. Now second in GIR.
· K Bradley (33/1 - 2011 champion. Starting to hit straps again.
· W Simpson (50/1) - 2012 US Open winner whose form is returning.
· M Kaymer (66/1) - 2010 champion. Confidence returning, form good.
· Z Johnson (66/1) - 2007 Masters winner. Course should favour him.
· B Horschel (80/1) - Rookie with 7 top-10s this year. Form hot.
· J Kokrak (200/1) - No other reason than he’s 169th in OWGR.
Good luck and good golfing!
Golfnutter


Lawn bowls at Coco Resort

 
Go from Bangkok Mens studies an end before bowling.
 
Last week turned out to be ladies week with both Lek and Thanom beating good class local opposition in Bank’s and Ken’s teams whilst Sue and Pukky surprised all with a comeback from 11-7 down to overcome Ian and Dave 19-15 and then held off a late challenge from Bank and Yuppa to succeed 19-14.
Our Hua Hin ladies however kept smiling despite being on the wrong end of a 62-5 defeat from Bus and Go.
 
Skip. For Against Pts.
Lek 94 63 8
Tan 91 43 8
Sue 103 49 6
Bus 116 61 4
Ian 71 67 4
Ing 64 69 2
Ken 37 53 2
Bank 38 64 0
HH Ladies 28 173 0

PSC Fishing Trips - July Report

A happy PSC fishing party.

Both of the Saturday trips on July 13 and 27 were well attended, with 7 participants on the first and 8 on the latter. Both days were similar, in that the sea-state at times provided testing conditions, and some caught a lot more fish than others.
Colin reported from the 13th that early in the day the onshore wind kicked up a bit of a swell, and it wasn’t until later in the day that things calmed down and he had a good time reeling in the pla daeng before the end. Dene reckoned he’d caught about ten kilos, with some nice yellowtail and snapper.
On the 27th, the skipper took us clear of Ko Khram and then motored a long way north across the shipping route into some quite rough conditions which some of us found hard going, especially as we weren’t getting many bites. The exception was Dang, who soon had more than dozen fish in her bucket, and hardly stopped reeling them in all day, so that she and husband Solly went home with well over 20 kilos.

Dang helps the boat crew clean her monster catch.

Dene once again had a decent haul, including a nice skipjack, and Charlie landed a small shark. In the afternoon we anchored in some quieter water around the Ko Ran Kwian rocks and had a lively spell catching mostly snapper and pla daeng.
In the past the prevailing attitude seems to have been that even the smallest fish are fair game, because they can go in the Tom Yam pot. The more conservation-minded of us are starting to feel that anything smaller than, say 15cm.(6") should go back in the water, otherwise the stock of bigger fish is bound to decrease. Of course, the few monthly excursions of Pattaya Sports Club will make no difference either way to the gross commercial overfishing that is taking place in the Gulf, but perhaps we should set an example.
Our July/August 20% discount promotion is proving highly successful, as the next trip on Saturday August 10th is fully subscribed. We still have a few vacancies on Tues. 20th and Sat.24th. Fees for this period are PSC Members 1200 baht, non-members 1400 baht.
Bookings can be made via www.pattayasports.org/ or phone John O’Neill on 085 391 7045


Late Army strike denies battling Dolphins

Pattaya United’s fight against relegation took another blow last weekend when they were on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller against Thai Army FC.
United’s chances of securing an unlikely on the road victory looked to be all but over inside the opening half hour last Sunday as the hosts took a commanding 2-0 lead at the Thai Army Sports Stadium in Bangkok. Brazilian Aron da Silva opened the scoring with a spectacular 25 yard effort in the 19th minute and another of Army’s foreign imports, Germany’s Björn Lindemann, doubled the lead 10 minutes later with an equally audacious free-kick.
Going into the break two goals down, United could have been forgiven if they had gone into damage limitation mode but they came out for the second half a different team and got a foothold back into the game on the hour mark as Obinna Darlington nodded home a pinpoint right wing cross from Jeera Jarernsuk.
With time ticking down, United launched an all out assault on the Army goal and they got their just rewards as Russian midfielder Rodion Dyachenko fired in a fine equalizer from the edge of the area in the 83rd minute.
Unfortunately for United and their travelling fans their joy was to be short-lived as Army scored a decisive third goal just 2 minutes later when Lindemann’s free-kick appeared to be turned into his own net by a Pattaya defender under pressure from Army’s Jung Myung-Oh.
This time there was to be no further come-back from United and the final whistle sounded soon after to consign them to their fifteenth defeat of the season.
The only bright points for United last weekend were the defeats suffered by relegation rivals Samut Songkhram against Suphanburi and Ratchaburi’s 4-2 loss to Chonburi. However, unless United can put a run of results together and pick up some points, the form of the teams above them in the table would seem to be irrelevant.
Pattaya United’s next match is on Sunday August 11 away at fellow strugglers Ratchaburi.

Team P W D L +/- Pts.
Buriram United 19 14 5 0 31 47
Muang Thong United 19 14 2 3 18 44
Chonburi 19 11 5 3 13 38
Suphanburi 19 10 6 3 13 36
Army United 19 8 4 7 7 28
BEC Tero Sasana 19 7 7 5 1 28
Osotspa 19 7 7 5 1 28
Songkhla United 20 7 6 7 -2 27
Bangkok Glass 19 7 5 7 -4 26
Police United 20 6 7 7 1 25
TOT 19 6 6 7 -9 24
Chainat 19 5 7 7 -1 22
Bangkok United 19 4 5 10 -14 17
Ratchaburi 19 3 7 9 -6 16
Chiangrai United 19 2 8 9 -10 14
Samut Songkhram 19 2 7 10 -12 13
Pattaya United 19 3 1 15 -23 10
Sisaket 3 0 1 2 -4 1
Results:  Songkhla United 0 - 2 Muang Thong United, Buriram United PSTP Sisaket, BEC Tero Sasana 1 - 1 Bangkok United, Chiangrai United 2 - 1 Chainat, Police United 5 - 0 Bangkok Glass, Army United 3 - 2 Pattaya United, Samut Songkhram 1 - 3 Suphanburi, Osotspa 4 - 0 TOT, Chonburi 4 - 2 Ratchaburi.


Bangkok Ultra Trail Festival next weekend

Active Management Asia has announced that the inaugural Bangkok Ultra Trail Festival 2013 will take place on Sunday 18th August in Nong Chok, Bangkok.
A total of four different trail lengths will be offered to entrants including 7km, 14km, 21km and 50km distances. All races will follow a 7km lap course around the scenic and breezy Fishing Park lake in Nong Chok. Athletes will be running through the greenery and magnificence of the Thai countryside featuring paddy fields, birds, canals, buffaloes and breathtaking views of the lake.
Organizers say this will be a fun, social and festive event and the competitor’s village will include shows, live music bands as well as games for children. There is no prize money on offer and the running is for fun only. Competitors who finish the 50km course will receive a T-shirt and all runners will be given a souvenir medal.
For more information got to website: www-ama-events.com or call 02-7189581.


Phadet crowned Hotelier Pool champion 2013

Finalists of the 2013 Pattaya Hotelier Pool Championship pose with tournament organizers and dignitaries at the conclusion of the 2-week event.

Hotel employee Phadet from the Sheraton Pattaya Resort displayed his talents on the red baize as he took first place at the inaugural Pattaya Hotelier Pool Championship held at Dicey Reilly’s Irish Pub at the Pattaya Marriott Hotel & Spa last month.
Phadet ran out the winner of the 2-week competition with a victory over Theethhip from the Holiday Inn Pattaya in the July 25 final. Kijja from the host Marriott Hotel finished in third place after winning a play-off match.

Phadet from the Sheraton Pattaya Resort pots another ball in the final.

The tournament was staged to help engender amicable relations between members of the hospitality sector in the region and saw 24 entrants take part from 13 local hotels.
Banglamung district chief Sakchai Taengho was on hand at the conclusion of the final match to presents trophies and cash awards to the winners and runners-up. Phadet received the 7,000 first prizes while Theethhip and Kijja picked up 5,000 baht and 3,000 baht respectively.


Cassarino captures prestigious title in Bangkok

Mathias Sitsongpeenong (left) takes on Juan Mario Kaewsamrit at the Royal Turf Club in Bangkok, July 26, 2013.

Italian fighter Mathias Gallo Cassarino, otherwise known by his ring name of Mathias Sitsongpeenong, was crowned world WPMF 135lb champion at a special Muay Thai championship event held July 26 at the Royal Turf Club in Bangkok to celebrate the 61st birthday of HRH The Crown Prince of Thailand.
A former student of Satit Udomeseuksa School Pattaya, Cassarino faced off in the lightweight division against Juan Mario Kaewsamrit and against all predictions he won every round against his more illustrious opponent.
Mathias now can place his new belt next to the 4 he already has including the WBC 130lbs, Revolution Australia 59kg, WMC 58Kg and the Prachuap Kirikan Province champion’s belt. The young Italian boxer currently trains out of the Sitsongpeenong Gym in Bangkok.
Another bout on the evening saw champion Singmanee Kaewsamrit defended his WPMF 147lbs (67Kg) belt, against emergent Brazilian talent Adaylton Freitas from the Muay Thai Plaza Gym.


 
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Bartley has double reason to celebrate

Johnnie Williams triumphs

Habgood sparkles at Crystal Bay

Rod & Merle share weekly plaudits

Neil is ‘Mr. Consistency’

Cowe comes home the winner

John Player special at Emerald

Hacky plays like a gem at Emerald

Holehouse sails home at Navy

Hal Hart has best of the week

Solid golf from Edwards

Mashi king of the hill once more

McNeill bounces back for Burapha victory

Heddle in blazing form at Phoenix

Newbert’s 65 nips Monthly Medal

Jim Brackett wins 15th Anniversary Jackalope Open

Golfnutter: US PGA – year’s last Major

Lawn bowls at Coco Resort

PSC Fishing Trips - July Report

Late Army strike denies battling Dolphins

Bangkok Ultra Trail Festival next weekend

Phadet crowned Hotelier Pool champion 2013

Cassarino captures prestigious title in Bangkok

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