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 HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]: 
 
Ambassador Aces robbed by Bangkok Bullies!
Pattaya Marathon returns this month
 
Safer than sex
 
All tied atop Premier Darts
 
Norman follows Parks to top of leader board
 
Barnes and Haddon winners at Khao Kheow and Pattaya Country Club
 
PSC Independence Day Tournament
 
Special celebration for 800th Run
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Ambassador Aces robbed by Bangkok Bullies!

The 10-strong local squash club, under the captaincy of Steve Henry, put up a brave fight against the might of the 100-member squash team of the British Club of Bangkok at the Ambassador City Jomtien squash courts last weekend.

s1.jpg (25795 bytes)Local captain Steve Henry.

This was a return match against the Bangkokians, who had lost the previous encounter against the locals in a close 5:3 decision. The chairman of the squash section of the British Club in Bangkok, Peter Corney, even admitted that the strength and determination of the Eastern Seaboard team had caught the Bangkok group unawares on their first match.

The rematch was one of the closest squash championships seen in recent history. Each side was supposed to field 10 men, however, one of Jomtien’s "men" was the redoubtable Tukta, who despite her size was more than a match for the Bangkok man opposing her. Tukta disposed of John Vivien 3-2. Both captains won their brackets and the tension began to mount. At the end, it was a 10 all draw. Bangkok couldn’t believe it and Jomtien’s little club was exhausted!

A "count-back" was called for and a tally of individual games was taken. The plucky Ambassador City side going down by 21-20. The Bangkok side might have won the battle, but the war is just beginning! There is another rematch planned for September, and this will be held in Bangkok.

It is obvious that the local side needs more players. They train at the Ambassador City Jomtien and have full use of their 8 glass-backed squash courts. One of their top players is John Nutkins, a professional coach and referee, who really enjoys seeing new blood entering the sport and all the local members welcome all players, novices or old timers, experienced or otherwise.

With the Ambassador City Jomtien courts being air-conditioned, it is not so physically demanding to play down here as it is in Bangkok. Anyone who would like to join should contact Michael Iqbal on 723 520 or contact the Ambassador City directly on 255 501. The local team trains on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Pattaya Marathon returns this month

The Amazing Thailand Amazing Pattaya Marathon 1999 will be hitting the streets on July 17 & 18.

The Pattaya Fun Run will be held on Saturday, July 17th beginning on Beach Road in front of Sois 4 and 5. For full details of the Fun Run, contact TAT Pattaya on Phratumnak Hill, tel. (38) 428 750, 427 667, fax 429 113.

The Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (21.1 km) and Quarter Marathon (10.55 km) will be run on Sunday, July 18. The start and finish for all three runs will be on Beach Road between Sois 4 and 5. The routes for the three races will be the same as last year.

The Marathon will begin at 5:00 a.m., the Half Marathon at 5:30 a.m. and the Quarter Marathon at 6:00 a.m. Official timing for all three races will is scheduled to stop at 11:00 a.m.

The first three finishers of the Marathon, Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon of all age groups will be awarded with honorary trophies. 4th through 6th places will receive medals. Runners who finish before 11:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively will be eligible for medals, as well as certificates of honor.

Entry fees are 500 baht for the marathon (700 baht during the final week leading up to the race), 300 baht (& 500 baht) for the half marathon and 100 baht for the quarter marathon.

Application may be made by post by sending application with money order or bill of exchange to Director, Finance Division, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Le Concorde Bldg. 202 Ratchadaphisek Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkok, 10310 (please enclose self-addressed envelope and send your letter by 10 July 1999).

Application can be made in person at TAT Bangkok, TAT Pattaya, the Amateur Athletic Association of Thailand, Central Festival Shopping Center Pattaya, all branches of Robinson’s Department Store, Jog & Joy Magazine, and Running Sport Trophy Co. Ltd.

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Safer than sex

The Sattahip Sheiks and the Jomtien Trojans brought heat and passion to the diamond at this week’s Pattaya Sports Club softball game on Sunday June 20. It was a roller coaster ride, as the juices flowed and the teams split the doubleheader.

The Sheiks opened the scoring with three in the first with Jimmy (The Key) Lockhead and Mike (Mr. Ice) Berg providing the offensive punch.

The Trojans put up one in the bottom of the second as Copasetic Curt slipped one in to left center.

Not to be outdone, the Sheiks’ Gordon Lightfoot slapped a two run homer to center extending the lead.

When Kiwi Rick and Mark (The) Natural added back-to-back doubles in the top of the fifth, the Sheiks put the game away for good.

A seventh inning rally by the Trojans produced three runs but they still came up short eight to four.

The nightcap was a defensive battle and a real thriller. With their libido hanging in the balance, the Trojans played sparkling defense, frustrating the Sheiks’ batters.

In the top of the fourth, a double by Dial Tone Jim provided the Trojans with their first run of the game.

Vagabond Mike had a double in the fifth to give the Trojans two more and all they would need to emerge triumphant.

Pittsburgh Al at first and Serve and Folly Peter in left came up with the defensive gems, as the Sheiks cold only shoot blanks, giving the Trojans a rare shutout victory three to zip.

Games are every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Pattaya School #7 on Sukhumvit Road just past Greenway driving range and Caltex gas station. Equipment is provided and refreshments are available. All are welcome.

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All tied atop Premier Darts

Three weeks into the new Premier Darts League season and five teams are tied atop the table.

Tippy’s lost their first game of the season, even after jumping out to a 6-2 lead. Going into the doubles, Pook and players collapsed losing all 4 pairs, but won the beer at Madison Square Garden (no punches thrown).

The steady Bunker played the Spice Girls from the Scottish Bar and lost the game but won the main game (the beer leg). Mr. Loy checked out with 102 (another miracle). Texxan Inn beat SGP both games (Middy is already expecting the wooden spoon again). Billy & Da beat Sweet Mango game but lost the beer.

Keith from Rose Garden with high out 116 (but don’t ask how).

Next week sees Tippy’s vs. Texxan Inn, Mango vs. Rose Garden, Billy & Da vs. Bunker, and SGP vs. Thistle.

Pld Won B/L Tons
Tippy’s
Texxan Inn
Billy & Da
Rose Garden
Thistle
Mango
Bunker
SGP
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
0
3
3
1
1
1
2
1
0
17
14
18
14
11
15
9
4
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Norman follows Parks to top of leader board

The conditions were perfect for this week’s Pattaya Golf Society Stableford meeting at New Century Ban Chang. This course is a tough test of golf with its undulating fairways, not cut too generously in many areas. However, the scenic beauty of New Century is a great attraction and there is a distinct improvement in the greens keeping services.

The two main combatants on this day were Welshman Norman Brooks and Yorkshireman Roy (Tiger) Mitchell. Both carded 37 points, with Norman gaining first place on the count back.

Norman could well have been inspired by the marvelous play of rookie Welshman David Park in his first two entries in the European Tour during the past weeks or so.

Last week’s Pattaya Golf Society’s visit to Pattaya Country Club on Tuesday 15th June saw a large entry. Perfect conditions prevailed and this was reflected in some of the recorded scores.

"A" flight was won easily by Mike Parsons with 7 under par. His gross score of 86 was the best score he has achieved in competition.

Second, three shots behind, was George Meigh, playing his first game for several weeks following a visit home to Wales. George won second place on count back from Hannu Kemila. It was quite an event for Hannu to be out of the frame.

"B" flight winner was Bill Jones with a net 66. "5-Club" Tommy Jeeves followed 6 shots behind.

It should also be mentioned that Bill Jones, playing off 25, achieved back to back birdies on the 14th and 15th holes.

At the present time, Hannu Kemila is racing away with the Player of the Month award with 11 under par.

Colin Morgan has been missing for several weeks and it is hoped his health problems are cleared up soon.

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Barnes and Haddon winners at Khao Kheow and Pattaya Country Club

Pattaya Sports Club Golf from the Caf Kronborg

Khao Kheow - June 21st (Stableford)

Good scores on this challenging course in fine weather.

Winner: Barry Barnes, 38 points C/B
2nd: Doug Powell, 38 points
3rd: Udo Wack, 37 points

Pattaya Country Club - Thursday 24th June (Stroke)

Continued good weather again set the scene for good scores.

Winner: Nic Haddon, Net 69 C/B
2nd: Ebrahim, Net 69
3rd: Steve Smith, Net 72

Green Valley - Monday 14th June (Stableford)

Philippe Berra, continuing in good form, just fails to take the podium with Bernie Tuppin winning by one Stableford point.

Winner: Bernie Tuppin, 35 points
2nd: Philippe Berra, 34 points

Eastern Star - Thursday 17th June (Stroke)

The course proved to be more challenging than usual as best of the day was Dave Richardson’s net 75. Next best was net 77 in a four way count-back.

Winner: Dave Richardson, Net 75
2nd: Ebrahim, Net 77 C/B
3rd: Udo Wack, Net 77

C/B Herbie Ishinaga & Bill Jones

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PSC Independence Day Tournament

On Monday, July 5, the Pattaya Sports Club will have their annual American Independence Day tournament. The entry fee is 1200 baht, which includes green and caddie fees, an American 4th of July buffet, and a commemorative golf shirt.

The format is Stableford and the competition will be held at Phoenix Country Club. There are sign up sheets in all the regular Pattaya Sports Club golf venues, and tee times will be assigned on Sunday night. The post tournament buffet will also be the birthday party for local PGA pro Richard Livingston, and will be held at the Hare House on Soi Post Office.

Have you been craving a good burger or hot dog lately? Sign up today and be ready to eat until they roll you down Soi Post Office like a bowling ball.

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Special celebration for 800th Run

Pattaya Hash House Harriers are celebrating their 800th Run this Monday July 5th. Lots of prizes, unlimited beer, special T-shirt and a dinner at the Scandi Bar. Males 350 baht, females 200 baht.

Important: Sign-Up at The Hare House in Soi Post Office starts at 2:30 p.m. and bus leaves at 3:30 p.m., an hour earlier than usual. Bring a swimsuit besides your usual running gear.

The MisManagement.

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