Jesters take top honors at PSC Classic
March 26,1999 -
Phoenix Country Club
One of Pattayas grumpy golf denizens was heard remarking about
the 1999 Pattaya Sports Club Charity Classic: "Im not playing in that silly
thing. Its not about golf". For once, the old curmudgeon may have been right.
Jesters MC - the Championship Team (L to R): Serge
Lafreniere, Mark Westendorf,Lewis Underwood and Patrick Asklund, with PSC Golf Chairman
Mike Franklin (center) presenting the trophies.
If there is one Jewel in the Crown in the Pattaya Sports Club golf
calendar it is the Charity Classic. And it is not even about golf, its about
charity. The third annual PSC Charity Classic, held on Friday, March 26 at Phoenix Country
Club, raised an unconfirmed total of about B250,000. This is a sizeable increase in the
B210,000 that was raised in the 1998 Charity Classic. This money will go to several worthy
causes, such as the Banglamung Home for the Aged and the Pattaya Redemptorist School for
the Blind. It is money that will make a real difference and the people who organized, the
people who donated, and the people who participated are the ones that make this "real
The format was Team Stableford with the best three scores on each team
going toward the team aggregate total. But what makes the Charity Classic different, or
what makes it in the words of the previously mentioned curmudgeon, "that silly
thing", are the Mulligans. Mulligans were 100 Baht each and every golfer could use up
to two on every hole. There were hundreds of Mulligans, there were thousands of Mulligans,
and each one not only gave the golfers that rare second chance on the golf course, but
each one gave them a chance at the post tournament Lucky Draw as well. What a deal! And
all the money for Mulligans went straight to charity.
Runners-up, the Fore Nortons (L to R) Ivan
Plunkett, Tom Gingerich, PSC Golf Chairman Mike Franklin, Dan Dorothy and Jim Little.
Given a format like that the scores could be astronomical. Last year
the winning team had a team total of 147 points. This year, 147 points wouldnt even
earn a trophy. The Jesters MC, with team members Woody Underwood, Patrick Asklund, Serge
Lafreniere and Mark Westendorf blew away the field with 163 points. The Jesters top three
players all finished in the top seven in a field of 88 golfers. Woody had a tournament
high of 57 points. This team did so well that even without Woody and using the score from
their fourth team member they would have placed second. Patrick had 55 points, Serge had
51 points, and "Sticky" Westendorf had 49 points. How appropriate that the
Jesters Motorcycle Club, a bunch that shuns the hard bitten biker image and does their own
bit for charity, would win a tournament that was devoted to charity. Good on you, lads.
Each member of the first four teams won a trophy, four green fees to
Phoenix, and four green fees to Great Lake. Collecting their share of the loot in second
place were the Fore Nortons, with team members Dan Dorothy, Jim Little, Tom Gingerich, and
Ivan Plunkett. They had 156 points and edged out by one point The Mean Team, with Roy
Kapell, Dan Lundberg, Jonas Rosell, and Jonas Bergstrom. In fourth place, and probably
tired from all the work they had done in helping to put this tournament together were
Harry Riley, Stephen Beard, Derek Reaper, and Russell Finch, who had 148 points.
The post tournament celebration was held in the clubhouse at Phoenix,
MCed by PSC Golf Chairman Mike Franklin. There were over a hundred thousand Baht
worth of technical prizes to go to the individual winners of near pins, long drives, long
putts, closest to the line, and a whole host of other imaginative ways to give back the
members of the Pattaya Sports Club some of what they had put in. There were also over 100
Lucky Draw prizes to give away worth nearly two hundred thousand Baht. The number of
chances to win a Lucky Draw was the same as the number of Mulligans purchased. There was
so much to give away that it had to be done quickly, efficiently, and relentlessly. The
music from the Dire Straits song "Money For Nothing" should have been
playing in the background. "...we gotta move these refrigerators, we gotta move these
color TVs". There were even microwave ovens.
Plenty of sun burnt faces came in off the course to
be cooled with refreshing amber liquid.
One of the most sought after prizes of the evening went to the winners
of the Full Monty Lucky Draw. Every team on which every member bought the full complement
of 36 Mulligans was entered in a special drawing. They had bought the Full Monty and the
prize was four annual memberships in the Great Lake Golf & Country Club donated by the
management at Great Lake. The winning team for this coveted prize were the Stuffits, with
Nick Holborough, George Jackson, Ray Ryan and Lol Ewin. They had finished fifth in the
tournament with 146 points and missed out on getting a trophy. Dont think
theyll be complaining though.
It would be difficult to adequately thank all the people who contributed their time,
money, and resources to making the 1999 Pattaya Sports Club Charity Classic a rousing
success. But they are to be thanked and they are to be congratulated. It was a lot of work
and it went very well. It was even an enormously fun and successful day of golf. You were
wrong after all Mr. Curmudgeon; it was indeed about golf.
Team Members - Team Score
1) Jesters MC: Lewis Underwood, Patrick Asklund, Serge Lafreniere, Mark
Westendorf - 163.
1) Lewis "Woody" Underwood - 57 Points
2) Fore Nortons: Dan Dorothy, Jim Little, Tom Gingerich, Ivan Plunkett - 156.
3) The Mean Team: Roy Kapell, Dan Lundberg, Jonas Rosell, Jonas Bergstrom - 154.
4) Nightmares: Harry Riley, Stephen Beard, Derek Reaper, Russell Finch - 148.
2) Roy Kapell - 56 Points
3) Dan Dorothy, Patrick Asklund, Harry Riley - 55 Points
1 Kitti Stor - 48 Points
2 Banjob Franklin - 45 Points
Technical Prize Winners and
Hole Sponsor - Target - Prize - Winner
1 Diana Group - Straight Drive - 5000 Baht - Ivan Plunkett
2 Palmers Bar - Long Putt - Camera - Lars Evenssen
3 TMS George Davis - Near Line - 21" - TV - Mark Gorda
4 Team Canada - Long Drive B - Stereo - George Meigh
5 Harry & Ronnie - Near Pin - 5000 Baht - Jim Little
6 Hansard Intl - Near Pin - Gold Chain - Larry Willett
6 Northern Thai Insurance - Near Flag - 5000 Baht - Brian Ellis
7 Swagman Group - Near Line - Microwave - Stan Fry
8 Orchid Trading - Near Pin - VDO Rec. - Jerry Lien
9 Jesters MC - Long Putt - Stereo - George Jackson
9 BDS Designs - Long Drive C - Fridge - Mark Beaton
1 Scottish Provident Intl - Near Pin - Golf Equip - Steve Mascari
2 Fobe Jewelry - Ladies Long Drive - Jewelry - Gay Horan
3 Classroom - Near Pin - 1 Bt Gold - Dave McBurney
3 Ray Rogers - Long Putt - Cooler - Neil Munro
4 Bubbles, et al - Near Line - Appliances - Terry Summers
5 New Orleans - Straight Drive - Microwave - Joe Sparey
6 Lewiinskis - Near Flag - Cigars - John Hopkins
7 TQ - Near Pin - Stereo - Arthur Hancock
8 Las Vegas - Near Line - 14" TV - Kitti Stor
9 Russell Finch - Long Drive A - 5000 Baht - Neil Munro
9 Cafe Kronborg - Long Putt - 1 Bt Gold - Jerry Lien
Mikes Machetes and Davids Daggers poked and
prodded each other all afternoon at the weekly Pattaya Sports Club softball game on
Sunday, March 28. Before returning the blades to the sheath, each team carved out a win to
split the doubleheader.
The opener saw the Daggers come out swinging as Gday David
launched a three run homer in the top of the first. The Daggers added four in the second
as Pittsburgh Al and Esso Mike each had RBI hits.
After another dinger by Gday David in the fourth, the Daggers
added three in the fifth behind Dick (The Stick) Caggs two run double to right.
Accolades to Dick as he celebrated his sixty-first birthday with his consistent offensive
output, stellar defense, and his now infamous sliding.
The Machete never got unsheathed, thanks to tough pitching and strong
defense by the Daggers, and wound up on the short end of a thirteen to two slashing.
The nightcap was a different story as the Machetes sharpened their
offense and put up four in the first behind the timely hitting of Maple Leaf Rick and
Craig (The Hitman) Lewis.
The Daggers pushed two across in the bottom half of the inning when
Alan (Y. B.) Baa tripled and Gday David smacked yet another home run.
The second inning was scoreless, but in the third the Machetes erupted
for six as Matinee Idol Jeff smacked a homer to left.
The Daggers parried with seven in the last half of the inning as Gordon
Lightfoot contributed a dinger down the left field line.
In the top of the fifth Mark (The Natural) put the Machetes up for good
with a two run blast. Mike (Mr. Ice) Bergs three run blast in the top of the seventh
only widened the wound as the Machetes prevailed seventeen to ten.
If youre feeling a little jagged around the edges, come out and
play some ball. Games are every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Pattaya School #7 on Sukhumvit
Highway just past Greenway driving range and Caltex gas station. Equipment is provided and
refreshments are available. All are welcome.
Bull Ring does it again
Sunday March 14, 1999: The Bull Ring Bar took both first
and second place in the March Pattaya Sports Club Sunday fishing tournament.
Blondie Robinson with his first place
7 kilogram pompano, and Banana Billy with his second place 6 kilogram pompano
pose with PSC Fishing Chairman Carl Engel.
"Blondie" Robinson took first place with a 7 kilogram
pompano, while his fishing mate "Banana Billy" took second place with a 6
kilogram pompano. The remainder of the Bull Ring, team Justin Robinson, Blondies
son, and "Kiwi Bryan" came in with lesser fish.
The next fishing tournament organized by the Pattaya Sports Club will
be held jointly with the Pattaya City Festival April 14th and 15th. Trophies for this
tournament will be presented by His Excellency Bhichai Rattakul, Deputy Prime Minister of
Watch the Pattaya Mail for tournament details, or contact the Pattaya Sports Club.
PSC Pattaya Festival Fishing Tournament
for Deputy Prime Ministers
The Pattaya Sports Club is playing a large part in this years
Pattaya Festival. As part of this participation, PSC will be holding the PSC Pattaya
Festival Fishing Tournament on Wednesday & Thursday, April 14 & 15.
Jointly organized by the City of Pattaya and the Pattaya Sports Club
Association, fisherman will be competing for the Bhichai Rattakul, Deputy Prime Minister
of Thailands Trophy.
Each participant must fill out a tournament entry
form and designate which day he wishes to participate, Wednesday the 14th or Thursday the
15th or both days. Entry forms will be available at the Pattaya sports club office.
Entry forms must be submitted to the Pattaya sports club office by
12:00 noon Friday April 9, 1999.
Each participant must pay a tournament entry fee of 500 baht per
Each participant will be assigned to a fishing boat on the day chosen
to fish. There will be a maximum of four fishermen per boat.
Boats will leave from the Pattaya municipal pier at 5:00 a.m. each
Boats will return and weigh-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and closes at 6:00
p.m. each evening.
Trophies will be awarded for the following: First place, largest fish
by weight. Second place, second largest fish by weight. Third place, third largest fish by
If you require additional information please contact Carl Engel,
Pattaya Sports Club fishing chairman at phone 038-410-228, fax 038-426-121, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kraft tames Phoenix winds
PSC TAGGS... golf from the Hare House
March 24 - Phoenix Golf & Country Club (Bogey)
1st: Paul Kraft, 4 up
2nd: Roy Kapell, 3 up
3rd: Bill Thompson, 3 up
The TAGGS team went on a recon mission to Phoenix in advance of the
major assault on Friday for the Charity Classic. What they found was a course in excellent
shape, with its best defense, the long and difficult rough, in place and ready to swallow
any and all Mulligans. Phoenix is also not wanting in air defenses. The ever-present
strong ocean breeze made club selection difficult and against the wind the course was
playing very long.
Paul Kraft led his four man squad over the Ocean nine first. Paul hits
a long, low ball that is the ideal weapon in dealing with the wind. But you have to be
able to use the short range equipment as well. Paul, who was WIA a year ago, discovered to
both his delight and dismay that some of the medication he has been taking was hurting his
putting. He cut back the dosage last week and the results were obvious. Paul shot a 42 on
the Ocean to go three up on the course. He came back in on the Mountain course, managing
to subdue that nine by a score of one up, to go four up for the competition. That was just
enough for the win as Ray Kappell and Bill Thompson both finished the day at three up,
with Ray taking second place in a count back.
Major PSC golf tournaments coming up in April
On Friday April 9th the annual PSC Golf Am-Am Tournament
run by TAGGS from the Hare House takes place at Phoenix Golf & Country Club. Run along
similar lines to a Pro-Am, the scoring is based on the two better ball scores on each hole
from a team of four. Sign-up at Hare House or any of the PSC Golf venues.
A Birthday celebration takes place on Friday April 16th when John
Ottaway, a long time golfing member of Pattaya Sports Club, reaches the 60 year landmark.
PSC Golf, in association with the Paradise Club (Soi 8) are staging the John Ottaway
Paradise Classic. The format will be a two-man scramble held at Pattaya
Country Club. The entry fee of B.1000 per team will include breakfast, Paradise Classic
shirt, prize-giving with trophies at the Paradise Club, plus buffet, live band, cabaret
and lucky draw prizes. More details next issue.
April ends on Friday the 30th with the Delaneys Funhill
Cup at Rayong Green Valley, organised by Pattaya Sports Club Golf and
Delaneys. This new event will be a two-man team scramble with a shotgun start. The
entry fee of B.1100 per player will include green and caddy fees, a Funhill
Cup shirt, free buffet and prize-giving at Delaneys, plus Happy Hour and live
More details in future issues of Pattaya Mail, on the PSC Web Page at www.pattayasports.org and at PSC Golf venues.
Dusit Press Release-Health & Fitness: Mind &
Tai Chi at Dusit Resort Sports Club
Tai Chi is the state of activity which includes all the
events that go into the dynamic interplay in the universe. The Chinese have been
practicing Tai Chi as a fitness exercise for over 3000 years because of the wonderful
sense of wellbeing it gives them. Tai Chi is beneficial to the whole person, relaxing the
mind as well as the body. Chinese people have found that digestion, blood circulation and
the functioning of the internal organs became more efficient.
The stress reducing benefits of Tai Chi have long been widely accepted
in the Eastern world and more recently in the Western world. Now a new study into the
affects of performing regular Tai Chi exercises has shown that individuals have
experienced another benefit of reducing blood pressure.
Sixty-two sedentary adults, essentially spending their time in chairs
or in bed, of 60 years and over were assigned to one of two groups; the first participated
in a program of brisk walking and low impact aerobics, while the second group was taught
Tai Chi. After 12 weeks both groups demonstrated a significant drop in systolic blood
pressure. On average the aerobic group dropped about 8.4mmHg, while that of the Tai Chi
group lowered by 7mmHg. The researchers admitted to being very surprised at the results,
anticipating only a minimal change in the Tai Chi group.
With this in mind and after many requests, Dusit Resort Sports Club is
starting a regular Tai Chi program for all interested people. Tai Chi has no age, gender,
work level, status or language barriers.
Call Dusit Resort Sports Club 038 425611-226.
PSC Golf for April
April continues on Sunday the 4th with Lewiinskis
playing Stableford at Great Lake. Then on Monday the 5th there is a choice of better ball
at Rayong Green Valley with PSC Golf from the Café Kronborg, or Stableford at Noble Place
with the PSC Splinter Group from the Green Bottle.
On Tuesday the 6th, PSC Pattaya Golf Society from the Bunker go to
Sattahip for a Stableford competition, the Smokers from Lewiinskis go to Khao Kheow
to play stroke, while Scandic Hotel play the popular two man scramble at Noble Place.
On Wednesday the 7th there is a visit to Natural Park Resort from the
Green Bottle playing Stableford, or a medal round at Phoenix from Hare House.
On Thursday the 8th of April PSC Golf Café Kronborg goes to Eastern
The week ends on Friday the 9th of April with the PSC Golf AM-AM at
Phoenix. Sign-up early for this.
The full April schedule can be seen at the PSC Golf venues, in Pattaya
Mail and at our Web Site at www.pattayasports.org.
Royal Garden to host festival yachting
by Peter Cummins
The strand of Pattaya Beach in front of the Royal Garden Resorts will
be the location of the yachting action on Saturday, 17 April, scheduled to be part of this
years Pattaya Festival to be held from 12 - 19 April.
In order to bring the colour and excitement of yachting closer to the
people, the Royal Varuna Yacht Club has agreed with the Mayors office to have a race
from the Royal Varuna facilities at Pattaya Point, Kasetsin Beach, to finish on the beach
in front of the Royal Garden.
Catamarans and other craft line the Royal Varuna
foreshore: soon to be seen at Pattaya Beach. Photo Peter Cummins.
Yacht racing, due to the necessity of holding races some way off-shore,
has always been a rather vague - albeit spectacular - form of sport to the average person.
Now, as a highlight of this years Festival, some 20 - 30 craft
from the Royal Varuna will "come to the people", with an anticipated finishing
time around 14.00 hours, Saturday the 17th. Thereafter, the boats - mainly catamarans with
their multi-coloured sails, and the smaller single-handed Lasers - will be drawn up on the
beach for the crowds enjoying the seaside festivities to observe first-hand and talk to
There will be a "prize-giving" ceremony presided over by the
Governor of Chonburi Province or the Mayor of Pattaya City - hopefully both - at the Royal
Garden Plaza, during which the Royal Garden will serve food and beverage to the
participants and guests.
Prizes will also be sponsored by the Royal Garden. Following this, the
crowds will be able to see at first-hand the numerous precise sequences involved in
starting a yacht race, as the craft will launch from the beach and manoeuvre to start
another race back to the Royal Varuna.
Both the representatives of Pattaya City and the executives of the Royal Varuna regard
this event as a most positive step in promoting the resort as a marvellous haven for water
sports - particularly yachting, the prime object of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club for the
past 42 years around the Pattaya waters.
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